Yankton Press & Dakotan
18 Oct 1941 (Evening): p. 1, col. 4
Pioneer Day Being Observed On College Hill Today; Many Events
Mother nature smiled down upon Yankton college’s 24th annual Pioneer day with her best Indian summer sunshine of a picturesque autumn day, as collegians, alumni, faculty and friends celebrated homecoming events today. The Kronithonitolliton reception – banquet at the Masonic temple and the promenade at the city hall tonight close the festivities for 1941.
At 7:30 this morning a large attendance gathered on the Kingsbury hall lawn and enjoyed the breakfast, and committees rushed to finish floats and prepare for the coronation.
On a spotlighted stage of Forbes hall, Miss Gertrude Bednar of Dupree was crowned Miss Pioneer by Pioneer Day Manager Leighton Borin, and proceded to the throne draped in black with gold trimmings. President Joseph Lyle McCorison, jr., then gave her the power to reign as “Girl of Pioneer Day.” Her attendants appeared with her in the traditional pastel colors.
Parade Lines Up
A colorful parade lined up at 10:30 on college hill and proceeded through the city streets. About 20 organization floats were entered along with bands, drill groups, and special features. High school bands participating were from Yankton, Parker, Tyndall and Scotland.
At noon the luncheon was served on the Kingsbury hall lawn, and once more the queen and her attendants were honored along with their escorts. In the afternoon the Yankton college Greyhounds met the Augustana Vikings on Crane field in one of the crucial battles of the South Dakota college conference.
Thursday night the homecoming festivities got off to an early start with the pep fest around the bonfire on Observatory hill followed by a snake dance downtown. Friday afternoon in a special ceremony, the Annie E. Tennent Center for Music Appreciation in Old Middle hall was dedicated. Last evening Miss Amy Ellerman, New York contralto, appeared in a vocal recital accompanied by Miss Ann Gordon of Chicago, also a graduate. Miss Pioneer and her attendants and their escorts made their first formal appearance.
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