Miss Louisiana 1933: Marjorie Hagler - semi-finalist

Marjorie's first claim to fame was being chosen as "Miss Personality" in a local contest, after which she won the state contest with the distinction of being the first queen not from the largest city of New Orleans. At the national pageant she was popular with other contestants as well as the public, and also ranked high by the judges tying for 5th place. One of the articles mentions her "natural beauty" as compared to the more artificial beauty of other contestants, and how she had no publicity agent -- issues that many contestants had against specifically the New York contestants. Marjorie described her week-long trip to Atlantic City and Washington, DC as exciting and the time of her life.


1930 McDonald-Hagler Family census form -- Ferriday, LA
1930 census data, Ferriday, Louisiana:
400 Louise Avenue
Blu McDonald, 61 (AR) contractor - log
Alice McDonald 34 (LA), Marjorie Hagler 13 (LA) Rupert Hagler 15 (LA), Francis M hagler 10 (LA), Louise Hagler 7 (LA). (Note: Blu McDonald is Marjorie's stepfather.)
Marjorie Hagler was born on June 12, 1915 in Louisiana, the second of four children to Alice and Francis Hagler.

Marjorie - "Miss Winnfield"
Marjorie from the panorama photograph - age 18
On August 17, 1933, Marjorie was crowned "Miss Louisiana" in the state-wide elimination bathing beauty contest at Ponchartrain Beach, New Orleans, after having been selected as "Miss Personality" in a local contest two weeks prior. The Winnfield newspaper articles (#1, #2) go on to state it was the first time in Louisiana's history that the prize went to a non-New Orleans girl. Miss Louisiana is five feet five inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has grey eyes and short light brown hair. She graduated from Winnfield High School this year and plans to enter Louisiana State University this fall.

Marjorie - "Miss Chevrolet" and "Miss Louisiana"
Prior to her leaving, Marjorie wrote a letter of appreciation that was published in the newspaper, stating "Words are incapable of properly expressing my thanks and deep appreciation to all of you who have so generously made it possible for me to secure the articles and money necessary to make a proper showing."

The Atlantic City newspapers featured a solo picture of Marjorie on the third day's report, on September 7th, but she was not specifically mentioned in the article.

After her week-long trip. Marjorie reported a wonderfully exciting trip and the time of her life. Mrs. A. L. Smith, who accompanied Miss Hagler to Atlantic City, reported she was accorded fifth place among the thirty beauties by the judges, ranking high with most of the judges and very popular with the people. She was judged one of the most naturally beautiful girls who took part in the show, many of the girls being artificial beauties.

Miss Hagler took part in each of the events, including dinners, luncheons, dances, roll chair parade in sports clothes and float parade in bathing suit. In each event she was proclaimed by the huge crowds as popular and beautiful. Miss Hagler received flattering publicity considering the fact that she had no publicity agent.

article found in Miss Ohio's scrapbook; maybe from Daily Mirror
Evidencing the regard in which Miss Louisiana was held she was offered two positions in New York City both of which she declined as she expects to go to school at the Louisiana State University this fall. ... On their return trip they stopped over at the National Capital, where they spent a few hours in seeing the sights of that city, including the National Capitol building, monuments and other places.

After the pageant, Marjorie returned home to attend Louisiana State Normal College, now known as Northwestern State University, from which she graduated. She worked for the Louisiana Department of Labor from 1934-1940, and is on the 1940 census as a receptionist at the state capitol in Baton Rouge; later in 1940 she married Dr. Wiley A. Dial. After her husband's death in 1968, she worked in public relations for American Bank in Baton Rouge until her retirement in 1981. After retiring, she worked on a part-time basis with the bank's board of directors until 1988. Dial, a native of Winnfield, was active with the Northwestern State Alumni Association for more than 20 years on the local and state level. She helped organize local alumni chapters and served on the association's board. She was inducted into the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 1994, one of the highest honors the university presents to its alumni.

Social Security Death Index: MARJORIE DIAL, birth date: 12 Jun 1915, death date: 07 Feb 1997 (V), last residence: 70809 (Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, LA), last benefit: (none specified), social security number: 435-70-2420, place issued: Louisiana

Obituary: The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)-February 9, 1997 DIAL, MARJORIE H. A retired American Bank employee and longtime resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 3:48 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 1997, at Heritage Manor. She was 81 and a native of Winnfield. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home chapel, 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by Dr. Chris Andrews. Entombment in Greenoaks Mausoleum. Survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Wiley R. and Patricia Clay Dial and Dr. Patrick F. and Connie Bolin Dial, all of Baton Rouge, and James Michael and Sheila Maloney Dial, Atlanta; two sisters, Rupert Biles and Louise Samson, both of Baton Rouge; and six grandchildren, Alison Dial Carrow, Sara Dial, Patrick Dial, Robert Dial, Kathy Dial and Katlin Dial. Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Wiley A. Dial; a brother, Francis M. Hagler Jr.; parents, Francis and Alice Hagler; and a daughter-in-law, Mary M. Dial. Pallbearers will be Roy Barnes, Craig Carrow, Patrick Dial, Robert Dial, Dr. Gordon Peek and John Taylor. Honorary pallbearer is Dr. Jed Morris. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Long Purple Line of Outstanding Northwestern University Alumni, Womens Auxiliary to East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Society and numerous civic and community organizations. She was a former Miss Louisiana and a runner-up in the Miss America pageant. Memorial donations may be made to Mental Health Association of Baton Rouge.

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DIAL, WILEY 09 Jul 1904 Feb 1968 63 (not specified) (none specified) Louisiana 435-09-5856
-- All information found online through digitized newspapers.