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This Day in MendoHistory: June 30, 1931- Mendo’s Own Miss America Weds in Reno

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In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘰𝘯? 𝘋𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶! 𝘊𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘢𝘵 https://smile.amazon.com 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦!

Photo: Five ladies in a flower-decorated car at a local parade, possibly in Fort Bragg, c. 1925. The women are identified as Elva Erickson, Fort Bragg; Dorothy Dutton; Delas Wilson, Greenwood; Grace Mattos, Mendocino; and Fay Lanphier. Fay was the first Miss California to become Miss America, winning both titles in 1925. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

June 30, 1931 – Winfield Daniels and former Miss America, Fay Lanphier, were married in Reno, Nevada. The marriage was kept secret from all but a few close friends and family until the end of July.

They had met when they were children attending the Mendocino Grammar School together. He was born and raised in Mendocino, and she spent her early childhood there.

Winfield graduated from Mendocino High School in 1924 and had just recently received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California.

Fay was chosen Miss California in 1925 and became the first Miss California to be crowned Miss America later that year. She was the first Miss America winner to star in a feature film, The American Venus (1926). In 1928, she married Sidney Spiegel, the son of Joseph Spiegel who founded the Spiegel catalog. That marriage ended in divorce after only 6 months.

After their marriage, Winfield and Fay lived in Orinda and had two daughters. Fay passed away at the age of 53 in 1959.

𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘰 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦, 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘵 curator@kelleyhousemuseum.org

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Matt LaFever
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Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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