1932

♦ Wenatchee and all of America were in the throes of the Great Depression in 1932. The local economy was so grim that officials canceled the Apple Blossom Festival that year.

♦ Marjorie Munch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Munch, was crowned queen of the Wenatchee Junior Prom, held May 7 at the high school. Her attendants were Nadine Long and Jean Vermilya. The selection of a prom queen replaced the customary naming of an official Apple Blossom queen. 

♦ Even though the festival was not held, Queen Marjorie posed for publicity photos. Marguerite Frawley, another Wenatchee High School student, was named as queen of the apple blossoms and also posed for publicity photos.

♦ A full-page ad in the April 27 issue of The Daily World encouraged local residents to invite their friends and relatives from out of the area to visit North Central Washington during "Blossom Time,"  April 28-May 2, when trees were predicted to be in full bloom. The ad was published at the request of many local businesses including the Cascadian Hotel, Golden Rule Mercantile Co., Webb's Shoppe, the Wenatchee Department Store, Whiteman Fuel Co., White Cross Pharmacy, Wenatchee Printing Co. and Owl Drug Co.

♦ Manson's Apple Blossom Festival was held as scheduled on April 29. "The people of Manson debated for some time as to whether a blossom festival should be held this year or not," said F.A. Butterbaugh, chairman of the publicity committee for the festival. "It was finally the unanimous decision to go ahead..." A one-day apple blossom event was also held in Cashmere on April 30.

♦ A photo published in the May 10 issue of The Daily World showed five local girls posing in an orchard among the blossoms. The photo was taken by noted Seattle photographer Asahel Curtis and was to be used in an issue of National Geographic. The girls were Ruth Ryan, Bee Coles, Charmaine Whalley, Jewel Welborn and Marguerite Avey

1933

♦ The Apple Blossom Festival was held May 5-6. (This year's festival count skipped ahead to "14." The 1932 festival, which wasn't held, would have been the 13th.)

♦ Queen Lucille Baker reigned over the festival with Princesses Vivian Reimer, Dorothy Sampson and Esther Barnes.

Frank Hennessey was general chairman.

♦ Queen Lucille and her princesses toured North Central Washington to promote the festival and also traveled to Seattle where they were guests at a Seattle Rotary Club luncheon and met Gov. Clarence D. Martin.

♦ A portrait photograph of Queen Lucille has appeared in newspapers throughout the U.S. advertising the valley's apples. It was chosen by Associated Press to be included in its daily photo service and was sent to all member papers.

♦ Gov. Martin attended the queen's ball and led the grand march. D.W. Drake was chairman. Princesses representing North Central Washington communities at the event included Eva Knowles, Sunnyslope; Bodelle Tonneberg, Bridgeport; Jeanne Newell, Peshastin; Arita Ogden, Chelan; Kathleen Wilson, Ephrata; Ruth Heimbigner, Dryden; Leah Hylton, Tonasket; Eileen Fletcher, Waterville; Dorothy Woods, Entiat; Edith Nixon, Rock Island; Maxine Sumner, Quincy; Dorothy Thompson, Cashmere; and Opal Buckingham, Mansfield.

♦ Thousands lined the streets for the 2½ mile long parade. Golden Rule Department Store, Wenatchee Milling Co. and Morris Hardware were judged the most attractive entries.

Bob Roberts, local manager of the Richfield Oil Co., arranged for a portable sound system from the company which was driven up from Los Angeles.

♦ Coronation ceremonies were held in Memorial Park with the crowning of Queen Lucille by Gov. Martin. W.S. Macy was in charge. The program included the Ladies Musical Club Chorus, under the direction of Miriam Gardner Corner; dancing by Francis Wheeler, Sally Jo Evans and Helen Thomas; and the Wenatchee Band, under the direction of W.E. Mills.

♦ The festival concluded with a fireworks show and pageant at Recreation Park entitled "The Spirit of No Man's Land."