Mary was a well known local dancer. I told you these Bojon people are talented and super special! She took up dancing as a hobby and when she was 19 she won she won her first dance contest. She danced at the Arcadia Ballroom (it is now razed) on 5th Street in downtown Pueblo. She taught G.I.'s how to dance and earned the nickname "Arcadia Mary" because she danced at the Ballroom so much! She had a saying, "My family is my first love but I love dancing second.".
In 1944 she was the first woman to donate her hair used for military aircraft bombsights. She saw an advertisement in the local newspaper in 1943 saying that the government was looking for women to donate hair for the war effort. The ad did not specify what the hair would be used for only that it had to be blonde and at least 22 inches long. It could not be treated with chemicals or hot irons. The operation was a clandestine one even though they found the hair through a newspaper advertisement.
Mary's hair was her prized possession and she cried for two months after cutting it. She washed it twice a week with pure soap and combed it twice a day. It reached down to her knees. She wore it in a braid wrapped around her head and was known as the lady with the crown. She married Carl Brown after 1944 and became Mrs. Mary Mitzi Babnik Brown. In 1947 she became the vice president of the State Federation of Labor and was the first women to hold that position. She was an active Democrat and was the president and vice president of the Slovenian National Benefit Society, She spent her last years living in the 300 block of Spring Street in the Grove. Paul Harvey told her story on his national broadcast radio show called The Rest of the Story on November 19, 1990. Mary passed away on April 14, 1991. I never dreamed when I was given this photo of our mom by my brother Bill that such a story was behind the National Broom Company! Makes me very proud to be a Bojon and share this rich history with all of you!
How is that for the Rest of the Story....? Bojon style! Until tomorrow