Plaza of the States, Century 21, Seattle, header

Idaho State Honor Day, April 24, 1962

Washington State Flag Plaza of the States Fire Font of Unity Idaho State Flag
Washington Governor Albert D. Rosellini and Idaho Governor Robert Smylie

Exclusive photo from Greater Seattle News Bureau.
Photo by Forde Photographers

Washington Governor Albert D. Rosellini is presenting Idaho Governor Robert Smylie a framed copy of the plaque that was mounted beneath the flagpoles for each state's flag. A copy of the plaque is shown below.


Governor's office seal


There are few places in the United States that can match the wild, spetacular beauty of Idaho's towering mountains, vast evergreen forests, high waterfalls and steep canyons. In central Idaho are primitive areas totaling more than three million acres which only pack horses and aircraft can penetrate. It is a land of granite crags, wooded slopes and has the deepest gorges in North America.

The natural resources of the state include fertile soils for farming, rich mineral deposits, dense forests and great water supplies. Rich soils produce wheat, barley, peas and hay. in the drier areas, a network of irrigation canals carries water to produce potatoes, sugar beets and other crops.

Idaho leads all other states in silver production, and has the nation's largest silver mine. It is also a leading state in the production of lead, zinc and cobalt. The first electricity from atomic energy was generated in Idaho.

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Albert D. Rosellini, Governor of the State of Washington, do hereby designate April 24, 1962, as


and urge the people of the State of Washington to extend our traditional warm hospitality to our many friends from the 'Gem of the Mountains' at the Seattle World's Fair.

"G O V E R N O R"

Whirl In Space Delights Gem Staters

--(Post-Intelligencer Photo by Tom Brownell)

FOUR HIGH-FLYING students from Kellogg, Idaho High School squeal in supreme delight at brain-addling whirl on Flying Coaster along Gayway at Seattle World's Fair. Here for Idaho Day festivities yesterday are (left to right) Pam Poffenroth, Kathleen Hogan, Mary Ann Keller and Sally Gibbon.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 25, 1962

Sparkling Day For Gem Staters:

Fair Thrills 4 Idaho Girls

Four sets of pretty little eyes popped in and out yesterday like runaway yo-yos.

By nightfall it seemed their owners couldn't wring another look out of the whirling, color-soaked land of tomorrow.

YESTERDAY was Idaho Day at the Seattle World's Fair, and these four high school girls had stored up enough sights and sounds to last a lifetime.

Pam Poffenroth, 16, Kathleen Hogan, 16, Mary Ann Keller, 16, and Sally Gibbon, 17, all from Kellogg High School, were a part of the 117-member group the little mining town of Kellogg sent to do things up right at the World's Fair.

THE WHOLE town pitched in to raise well over the $3,645 goal to send the band, drill team, color guard and twirlers over in four buses. They left Kellogg after Easter Sunrise services in the school gymnasium and returned at noon today. And most will be coming back again with their families, judging from the reaction of Pam, Kathleen, Mary Ann and Sally.

I'd say come back for a week," Mary Ann said. "I think you should take two weeks to see it all," countered Pam. Kathleen thought it better to set no limits—"You should take your time and really go through it all so you can get all you can out of it." The thing that most impressed Sally was this:

"THERE'S such an attitude of friendliness and honesty at the Fair—not like they're trying to gyp you."

The Space Needle, Monorail, U.S. Science Pavilion and the wax museum all rated high on their lists of favorites.

During the long ride back to Kellogg, the students will be mentally reconstructing their days at the Fair. They all have to write a theme about their trip and $10 goes to the winning boy and $10 to the winning girl.

PAM, KATHLEEN, Mary Ann and Sally rightfully figure they are mighty lucky to make the trip to the World's Fair. And the Fair could feel it was equally fortunate to get such enthusiastic boosters from the fine state of Idaho.

Idaho State Plaque from the Plaza of the States

Here's the printed information card that Rosellini was handing to Gov. Smylie in the photo above. The cards were also mounted at the base of each state's flag pole.

Idaho State Day Commemorative Cover

The State of Idaho was honored by the World's Fair Post Office on their State Day.
Because the Space Needle commemorative was not issued until April 25, Utah got a Project Mercury stamp.

"The Players"

Early on, Governor Smylie appointed Louise Shadduck who was running his Department of Commerce and Development as the go-to person for Idaho Honor Day. Ms. Shadduck and Jack Gordon exchanged lots of correspondence over the next seven months.Shadduck was later named one of Idaho's Women of Influence by the University of Idaho.

Idaho Governor Robert Smylie, 1962

Robert Smylie
Idaho Governor

 Louise Shadduck, Dept of Commerce Idaho, 1962

Louise Shadduck, Executive Secretary
Idaho Department of Commerce and Development

Shadduck's appointment letter

Jack liked to thank people

It only took a week for Jack to thank Shadduck for her assistance over the months and enclose a set of miniature Century 21/Idaho flags in a little stand.

Louise Shadduck, in turn, thanked him for his thank you.

Jack starts thanking Gov. Smylie on June 11 and sends him several Trade Dollars

Thank you to Smylie along with a copy of the Century 21 Sheet Music.

Next, he sends off the Declaration of a Free Man as read at the Idaho Honor Day.

Dancers Celebrate Idaho's Day

--(Post-Intelligencer photo)

IN THE PLAZA of the States at the World's Fair Tuesday, this group of Basque dancers from Boise whirled and leaped with skill and abandon as they danced during the official ceremonies of Idaho Day at the fair. The Idaho state flag on pole at upper right flutters for photo.



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