Official Preliminary to Miss Texas and Miss America Scholarship Competitions

Miss San Antonio America 1937, Olive Henderson
Local Pageant Information:

August 24, 1937

Miss San Antonio Summary:

Olive Henderson was chosen by Howard Davis, chairman of the publicity committee for the Chamber of Commerce, as San Antonio's candidate for the title of Miss America.

In 1937 the national pageant had not yet required all contestants to be state preliminary winners.  Olive Henderson represented San Antonio along side Miss Texas at the 1937 Miss America Pageant (Inter-City Beauty Contest) in Atlantic City held from September 7-12, 1937.


• Top 10 at Atlantic City

Miss Texas Summary:

1937 was the first year the Miss Texas Organization sent a representative to the Miss America Pageant (Inter-City Beauty Contest) in Atlantic City.  It wasn't until the 1964 that the national pageant required all of the national entries to be a state preliminary winner.  Before 1964 many contestants competed with city titles along side contestants with state titles like Miss San Antonio with Miss Texas in 1937.

Miss Fort Worth 1937, Alice Lucille Emerick, was crowned Miss Texas 1937 in the 1st Miss Texas Pageant held in August 1937.  Miss Emerick finished 1st runner-up in the Miss America Pageant.

Miss America Summary:

Miss Bertrand Island 1937, Betty Cooper, was crowned Miss America 1937 during the 11th Miss America Pageant (Inter-City Beauty Contest) held at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11, 1937.

Miss Cooper decided she didn't want to commit to the role and ran off with a man.  The pageant committee decided not to award another contestant the Miss America 1937 title.

Miss San Antonio 1937, Olive Henderson
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