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1939 Labor Day Royalty

Looking back: Labor Day Royalty

Published January 12, 2000

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 12, 2000

1939 Labor Day Royalty

This photo was taken on September 4, 1939 during the Labor Day Parade. The 1939 Labor Day celebration was held on September 2, 3, and 4th and celebrated the state’s Golden Jubilee, in honor of 50 years of Statehood.

As we move forward into a new millennium, we continue to look back at past celebrations.  This week’s photo is of Issaquah’s Labor Day royalty in a Nash convertible, circa 1940. From left is June Lindsay, Labor Day Queen Carman Scamfer, Marjorie Darst, Anne Kochevar, and an unidentified gentleman. In 1924, Issaquah changed its major celebration from the Fourth of July to Labor Day weekend and called it Issaquah Roundup.  The first Labor Day parade was in New York City on Sept, 5, 1882.  In 1894, the federal government made it a holiday for federal employees to honor the “American working man.”