First Miss New Ulm recalls events of her 1937 coronation

NEW ULM – The first Miss New Ulm recalled the 1937 pageant Saturday during the 2013 Miss New Ulm Contest at the New Ulm Event Center.

Lorraine Oswald, with an admitted passion for music, said she and The Greenhouse Boys Band rode boxcars on the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad to Minneapolis after her coronation for the Miss On To Nicollet Contest at a large downtown hotel.

“It (Miss New Ulm Contest) wasn’t as elaborate as the one today. I think I was name Miss New Ulm because I was the band’s drum major,” Oswald said. She remembers the following train ride to Minneapolis.

“There were about 80 boys of all sizes with me, including (New Ulmites) Don Veigel and Coggie Niemann on the train,” Oswald said. “There were 25 to 30 women at the Miss On to Nicollet Contest. Judges asked us questions but said they couldn’t decide the winner because we were all so beautiful, so they drew a name out of a hat. Someone from the Twin Cities was the winner. I recall going to a baseball game with the entourage and listening to a band play at the game.”

Oswald met the 20 Miss New Ulm candidates and ate supper with them Saturday. She listened to them answer questions after supper.

“This is a lot of fun for me,” Oswald said. “They’re all very good looking girls. What a great opportunity for them. They’ll never forget it.”

Miss New Ulm Contest Emcee Kevin Finstad said it was nice that Oswald could be part of the event.

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