America’s Junior Miss Established

George Downing (third from right) and Fred Holder (far left) among founders of America's Junior Miss

George Downing (third from right) and Fred Holder (far left) among founders of America’s Junior Miss

America’s Junior Miss is established with Fred Holder, manager of Bellingrath Gardens and Home, as its first president and George Downing, President of Coca-Cola of Mobile and Executive Director of the Bellingrath-Morse Foundation, as its treasurer.

America's 1st Junior Miss, Phyllis Ann Whitenack of West Virginia, at Bellingrath in 1958

America’s 1st Junior Miss, Phyllis Ann Whitenack of West Virginia, at Bellingrath in 1958