Spokane History Timeline

Miss Spokane - Miss Marguerite Motie - 1912

Marguerite was the first Miss Spokane. She was born in Odebolt, IA. On January 19, 1895. She was the very youngest in her family. Marguerite moved to Spokane with her parents Frank and Anna and her seven sisters. She lived in the Gonzaga neighborhood. In 1909, the family began construction of a new home on the South Hill, at 1614 E. 13th Avenue. She moved there with her family in 1910. Marguerite attended Lewis & Clark High School until she was 17. She excelled in her oratory skills. She was a great athlete. She played basketball and volleyball. She was voted most popular in her class and had many friends.

The Spokane Advertising Club, wanting to increase the population of Spokane, wanted to create a symbol that would represent the Inland Northwest. To accomplish their goal they held a drawing and design contest. The winning design pictured an Indian princess with a sheath of wheat in one hand and in the other, a jug of water which was being poured. They named that symbol Miss Spokane and created a contest to select a young woman who would best represent that ideal.

Miss Spokane

In 1912 Marguerite’s friends entered her in the Miss Spokane pageant. Marguerite was chosen out of 138 entries. Shortly after her selection as Miss Spokane, her mother and sisters made the pattern for her official gown. There was a yellow sun on the breast of the dress representing Children of the Sun. During her reign, Marguerite went to Playfair Racetrack in 1913. She awarded the winners their prize. In 1914, she went to the Vancouver, WA, pageant and then to the Panama Pacific Exhibition in 1915. Marguerite went to the 1915 Rose Festival to parade with Little Miss Portland. Marguerite rode at the head of the Rose Parade in the largest car to be found in Portland.

Miss Spokane had her own Chocolates. She was also featured in over 40 ads for apples, wheat, and the Davenport Hotel and more. Marguerite and her husband Walter Shield married on February 14, 1920. They settled in Seattle where they had three children: Mary Ann, Walter, Jr., and Dorothy. They were very active in Seattle. For a number of years after their marriage, Marguerite continued to serve as Miss Spokane, returning to office when needed.

Marguerite and her husband Walter Shield married on February 14, 1920. They settled in Seattle where they had three children: Mary Ann, Walter, Jr., and Dorothy. They were very active in Seattle. For a number of years after their marriage, Marguerite continued to serve as Miss Spokane, returning to office when needed. Marguerite died in March of 1982 at 87 years.

Photos used with permission from Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/ Eastern Washington State Historical Society.
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Report created May, 2005.
Revised: August 21, 2007; 10/4/2009
Last Modified on August 2, 2011