Miss Wisconsin 1933 Marie Huebner - semi-finalist

The Pageant was a thrilling time for 19 year old Marie -- she remembered how on the penultimate night a newspaper reporter came to her room, as a top contestant, to take her picture in the crown and with the sceptre. How fascinating that Miss Ohio had a copy of this picture of Marie in her scrapbook! Marie was delighted to see the ocean, taste lobster, and visit the Chicago World's Fair. But most memorable, she is the only contestant who went to Washington, DC after the Pageant and called upon President Roosevelt! And he received her and her chaperone in the oval office and shook their hands! Her mother started her Miss America Pageant scrapbook, and Marie continued it all her life. She loved reminiscing about the Pageant, and stayed "glued to the tube" each year when the Pageant was televised!

1930 Huebner family census form - Portage, WI
1930 census data, Portage, WI
Oswald Huebner 44 (WI) proprietor of a cleaning company
Mayme 40 (WI), Edwin 19 (WI), William 14 (WI), Marie 16 (WI).
Marie was born on September 24, 1913 the only daughter of Oswald and Mayme Huebner of Portage.

Marie from the panorama shot - age 19
According to the 1973 Daily Register Portage newspaper article, Marie wore a peach satin, floor-length, sleeveless low-necked evening dress for the final event -- the Most Beautiful Girl in Evening Gown." Sponsors had paid for the expenses for the complete wardrobes for the contestants, plus transporation for both Marie and her chaperone. The Philadelphia Ledger described Marie as "slender, winsome, brunette and adorned with million dollar dimples, Miss Wisconsin arrived in Philadelphia with the advance guard of the beauties who wll appear in the Atlantic City pageant." Marie "stood 5'4", weighed 115 pounds, and her coloring was more on the scale of pink and brown rather than pink and white. She was a brown-eyed beauty, wore her hair in two knots at the nape of her neck, had a flashing smile, which beguiled her interviewers." The article goes on to state that Marie finished in the top 8 in the pageant.

Marie is my personal favorite as far as the other contestants go, due to the fact that I spent several hours over the years talking and corresponding with her in 2004-2007. Clear-minded, Marie's reminiscences of the pageant, when in her 90s, were that they kept her very busy the whole time. As did several other contestants, she had a scrapbook, which had been started by her mother, and she sent me copies of several items from it -- the "Romantic Confessions" article on Miss Illinois, newspaper clippings, and the wonderful picture below right. Her memory was that Miss Connecticut and her mother kind of clung to her and her chaperone during the pageant -- so it is interesting to see that Marion Bergeron is standing next to her in the panorama photo (which I sent to Marie before her death). Probably due to this close association with Marion during the Pageant, Marie and Marion did keep in touch after the Pageant for a few years, but Marie did not correspond with any of the other contestants. My absolutely favorite story was how after the pageant she went with her (Wisconsin) chaperone (and no other contestants) to Washington DC, and President FDR welcomed her into the oval office! Although some newspaper clippings had said that the contestants would be greeted by the President, Marie is the only one I found who actually did meet President Roosevelt!

Since Marie's mother was ill and crippled, Marie needed a chaperone to travel with her to Atlantic City. A stylish upper-echelon older woman from Portage, whose husband was in the furniture business, was the one chosen. Marie's family did not have a lot of money. She and her chaperone Harriett Murison took a train to Chicago, where they toured the 1933 World's Fair, but this was not as part of the MidWest tour; she met no other contestants until they arrived by train in Philadelphia. She did remember that everywhere she went she was greeted by reporters who took pictures.

Marie Huebner - 1933
WI WV OH DE MI VA NJ (backside)
1973 article in Portage, WI
At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel her room was next door to some gentlemen who were there with a wine convention or were wine wholesalers. Prohibition had been the law since 1920, but became increasingly unpopular during the Great Depression. In March 1933 the manufacture and sale of certain alcoholic beverages were made legal, and the 18th amendment was repealed three months after the Pageant, in December 1933. These men were making a lot of noise, and Marie was not happy, that is, not happy until they came over to her room with a bottle of wine on a doily for her -- she still has the doily in her scrapbook!

In 2011 I received a copy of Miss Ohio's scrapbook which contained this picture of Marie with the crown and scepter; I wish I could have sent it to her in 2004-2007
Marie Raimer - 2005
It was her first taste of lobster, and her first sight of the ocean. But 70 years later she had no memory of the movie "Ghost Train." The night before the coronation she said a newspaper (perhaps the Daily Mirror, as the picture at left was found in Miss Ohio's scrapbook) visited every one of the 8 semi-finalists and had each one try on the crown and hold the scepter in order to take a picture, as they would not have time for this the following night after the 10pm coronation. She had not expected to win herself, and was not in the least disappointed, but she was surprised that Marion won. Marie wished she had received a copy of those pictures; while she had pictures of herself in a gown, she had no pictures in a bathing suit. (I was delighted to be able to rectify that and send her the panorama photo of herself, the other contestants, and Pageant Director Nichols!.)

In 1973, the Portage newspaper ran a large article on Marie, with a picture of her chaperone too. It mentions how she and Mrs. Murison shook hands with President FDR in the Oval Room, and how the photographers took pictures the night before the coronation of their favorite finalists, decked out in evenings gown and the crown, just to be prepared.

In 1940 Marie and her husband and three children were living in Portage.  

Obituary: Marie Raimer of Puyallup, passed away on February 15, 2007 at the age of 93. She was born Marie Huebner on September 24, 1913 in Portage, Wisconsin, where she lived the first 59 years of her life. She attended St. Mary's Grade School in Portage, and after graduating from Portage High School, went on to Rosary College at River Forest, Illinois for one year. Returning home at age 19, she worked as a clerk and model at a local apparel shop. Early that summer, several organizations were sponsoring regional beauty contests in which Marie participated. She was chosen as Miss Portage on July 4, 1933 in one of these contests and entered the Miss Wisconsin competition in August of that year. Marie won the state title and was crowned Miss Wisconsin of 1933. She went on to compete at Atlantic City that September for the Miss America title, where she finished among the eight finalists. In 1936 Marie Huebner became Mrs. Elmer Raimer of Portage and she is remembered there as Marie Raimer, devoted wife and mother of four children, ardent church member, volunteer worker in many local projects and an expert seamstress. She plied her needle and sewing machine to fashion many a wardrobe for local women who wanted to look like Marie. The Elmer Raimers left Portage in 1972 to live in Puyallup, Washington, close to children and grandchildren who had migrated to the Pacific Northwest. Here they began new lives with new friends, a new church, new adventures and lots of new great-grandchildren. Trips back to Portage to visit relatives and old friends were always in their schedules, however. Marie continued using her seamstress skills, making among other things, a special blanket for each new arrival into her growing family. Additionally, she worked for a major department store where for 5 years, she was able to share her talents as one of their top saleswomen in the sewing machine department. Marie was preceded in death by her brothers Edward Huebner, Portage, WI and William Huebner, Hastings, MN; her husband Elmer, Puyallup, WA; and her daughter Judith (Leist), Bremerton, WA. She is survived by sons William, Battle Ground, WA, John, Puyallup, WA and daughter Jean (Bublitz), Bothell, WA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. All who knew and loved her will dearly miss this wonderful lady. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 from 1:00 to 6:00PM . Recitation of the Rosary will be 6:00PM, Powers Funeral Home, 320 West Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, Wash. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 at 10:00AM, All Saints Catholic Church, 503 3rd St. S.W., Puyallup, Wash. Burial at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way, Wash.

Marie died in February 2007 at age 93.
Social Security Death Index: MARIE H RAIMER, date of birth: 24 Sep 1913, date of death: 15 Feb 2007 (V), lst residence: 98371 (Puyallup, Pierce, WA), last benefit: (none specified), social security number: 394-18-3437, place of issue: Wisconsin

2013 80th anniversary article

RAIMER, ELMER W 21 Apr 1909 15 Jan 2001 (V) 91 98371 (Puyallup, Pierce, WA) (none specified) Wisconsin 394-05-1246
-- I located Marie through the help of the Portage, Wisconsin library. They keep a file on Marie, with many clippings, that they so graciously copied for me. They also knew she was in Puyallup, Washington. Thank you Dawn Foster! I simply looked up the Raimers in Puyallup and called. Marie answered the phone, but asked me to call back as she was making dinner! That is, after she regained her composure from the surprise as to the nature of my phone call! That was August 27, 2004, and was followed by two and a half years of delightful correspondence!