I came across this one today and thought it had the makings of a lovely post about the coming of spring and the hopeful end of the Texas “stay at home” order tomorrow. The May Queen was elected every year–you can see the 1929 candidates listed on the sign–and it looks like they’re all having so much fun:
Katrina Smith was the winner that year and she was really something, not just the May Queen but one of the Campus Beauties in the Campanile and the Rice Princess at the Dallas Fair:
It’s hard for me to understand how we can mourn for someone we never knew, or for something that happened 90 years ago but it’s a real thing. I was stunned when I learned that by the next spring Katrina Smith was dead of typhoid fever. This is from the May 22, 1930 Houston Chronicle:
Bonus: Keep on planting, though.