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All invited to commemoration of 50th anniversary of Pomona Lake’s dedication

A correspondent’s photo appeared in the Sept. 5, 1964, Ottawa Herald with the caption: QUEEN CANDIDATES – One of these 10 girls will be named Miss Pomona Dam today. The winner will be announced at dedication ceremonies at the dam site. The candidates are Gloria Johnson, Burlingame; Joan Walker, Ottawa; Kay Ingersoll, Michigan Valley; Judy Mason, Osage City; Kathy Jones, Overbrook; Mary Tesar, Pomona; Sandra Thornbrugh, Quenemo; Janice Caudle, Melvern; Nancy Failor, Lyndon; and Phyllis Neilson, Vassar.

It’s been a summer long celebration but it’ll be coming to a close as the Pomona Lake 50th Committee and Pomona Lake Corps of Engineers host an open house to recognize the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Pomona Lake.

Poster from the Sept. 5, 1064, dedication of Pomona Dam.

Poster from the Sept. 5, 1964, dedication of Pomona Dam.

The open house will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Pomona Lake Project Office. The community is invited to be a part of the open house, and the Corps of Engineers will be displaying information that has been collected over the 50 years of the project.

1964 Miss Lake Pomona Queen candidates sought

Miss Lake Pomona Queen and candidates from the Sept. 5, 1964, dedication have been invited as special guests; those who attend will be recognized at 2 p.m. The Corps and committee are requesting that if anyone is aware of the whereabouts of Miss Burlingame Gloria Johnson and Miss Ottawa Joan Walker, they contact the Corps of Engineers at 785-453-2201.

The 50th anniversary Miss Pomona Lake and Little Miss Pomona Lake have also been invited to attend.

Members of the community are requested to bring any photos, articles, artifacts, and information on the history of the lake to share. Information can also be provided in advance; contact park ranger Will Bolt at 785-453-2201.

The Pomona Lake 50th Committee is also extending a special invitation to those families impacted by the construction of the project to share their history and artifacts, and also those who worked on the dam during the construction at Pomona Lake during the 50 years.

The open house is planned as an opportunity to visit with friends and to share the 50 years of Pomona Lake. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the open house, contact Bolt or Jim Franz at 785-453-2201.

For more information about Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary, click here.

Photocopies of Pomona Lake memorabilia thanks to Pomona Lake Corps of Engineers.

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