Miss Kentucky 1933: Lucille Rader - semi-finalist
The seven MidWest contestants included young and old. Turning 15 just at the end of the Pageant, Lucille was the youngest Pageant contestant, but far from alone at the young age -- at least four of the 31 contestants were under the proscribed age of 16, including the winner, Miss Connecticut. No information on any state contests have been found; it is assumed that the Pageant's MidWest coordinator Jimmy Carrier chose Lucille perhaps due to her successful World's Fair competition in June. Statuesque, Lucille was a semi-finalist at the Pageant, and stayed involved in the Miss America pageant in Florida throughout her life.
|1930 Rader Family census form -- Berea, KY|
27 Adams St
Roy E. Rader, 41 (KY) Business manager of the Bond Lumber Company
Cornelia 37 (KY), Howard 16 (KY), Vernon 14 (KY), Lucille 11 (KY), Fred 9 (KY), Billy 5 (KY), John 3 11/12 (KY), Irene 2 (KY). (Note: although this census has Lucille's mother's name as Cornelia, her name is actually Minerva as listed on her 1920 census; Cornelia was her mother's name.)
Lucille Rader was born in 1918, the oldest daughter of Roy and Minerva Rader.
|Lucille from the panorama photograph - age 14|
It is not certain how Lucille was actually chosen as Miss Kentucky for the Miss America Pageant. According to her son, she was selected "Miss Kentucky" at the Chicago World's Fair. According to the September 9 NY Daily Mirror article, she was invited by letter by James Carrier, who at the time was the promotion director of the Atlantic City Beauty Pageant Association, and was ousted in late August, a week prior to the start of the Pageant. Apparently there were no preliminary contests in Kentucky to pick a state beauty queen for the Pageant.
|1933 - Lucille is second from the left|
|1933 - Lucille is third from the left|
In St. Louis, Lucille and Miss Idaho Margaret Whitman were featured in the local newspaper article having cooking lessons on Aug 6th. Lucille was pictured in the Sep 6-8 articles nationwide with a picture of six Midwest contestants who visited the Nation's capital; this is thought to be a picture from when many contestants performed at Chevy Chase Lake, a suburb of Washington, DC. The only contestant known to have visited Washington, DC was Miss Wisconsin who made a special trip after the Pageant ended and was received in the Oval Office by President Roosevelt!
|Misses Maine, Connecticut, Mississippi, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky at the judging|
Lucille married Jesse Marion Cyrus (1909-1973) and had two children. Her husband pre-deceased her by 33 years. She cannot be found on the 1940 census, and neither can her family.
Social Security Death Index: LUCILLE R CYRUS, date of birth: 11 Sep 1918, date of death: 16 Dec 2006 (V), last residence: 34748 (Leesburg, Lake, FL), last benefit: (none specified), social security number: 341-05-1963, state of issue: Illinois
CYRUS, JESS 11 Jul 1909 Sep 1973 64 32811 (Orlando, Orange, FL) (none specified) Kentucky 403-03-9551
Lucille had stayed in touch with the Miss Florida Pageant. Her son and I contacted each other through genealogy postings.