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The way it was: Girls State -- 1951
Riverton delegates to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State 63 years ago were, from left, Ruth Dunning, Margaret Bybee, Ila Fay Hughes, Zannie Harris and Shirley Blomberg, pictured on June 14, 1951. File photo

The way it was: Girls State -- 1951

Jun 15, 2014 - Staff

Riverton sent five delegates to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State 63 years ago this week for a mock legislative session, a mock election, mock courtroom proceedings and citizenship training at the University of Wyoming.

All five Riverton girls ran for offices modeled after Wyoming state government positions, and four were elected. Shirley Blomberg won the vote for U.S. Senator, Ruth Dunning was elected city treasurer, Margaret Bybee was elected county commissioner, and Zannie Harris was installed as supreme court chief justice. Ila Fay Hughes won her party's nomination for county sheriff but was defeated narrowly in the mock general election.

Girls State concluded with Cheyenne Day, when the "staters" went to Cheyenne to observe state government first-hand.

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