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Regina Fennell

Regina Fennel (Butte) in group picture from 1939 trip to New York Worlds Fair.

Regina Fennell (Butte) in 1939 group picture at New York Worlds Fair. 

In 1939, the “Gypsy Coeds” started out this time for a longer destination – the New York World’s Fair. The group this time included the Misses Marge and Darlene Dorgan, Winnie Swearingen, Rosemary Moran, and Regina Fennell, now Mrs. Don Butte, and Miss Anne Holland. They were again greeted at Dearborn, Michigan, by Ford managers, given a place to camp and shown through the Ford Plant. While attending the New York World’s Fair all expenses were taken care of by the Ford Motor Co., through some of the efforts of R. L. Breen. They also visited Niagra Falls on this trip, and traveled through Ontario and Quebec and the New England States. After visiting New York, they traveled on to Washington D.C. before heading home.


Regina Fennell graduated from Bradford High School in the class of 1936.   Her sister-in-law Eleanor Butte was a traveler in 1937.  Other members of that Bradford High School Class and Gypsy Coeds, were Winnie Swearingen and Rosemary Moran.   Regina and Rosemary Moran were cousins.  Rosemary Moran was a traveler in 1938, 1939, 1940 & 1941.  Winnie Swearingen was a traveler on trips in 1938 & 1939.

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  1. Angela Stange permalink

    This is a wonderful tribute to Mom and all of the adventurous girls who had this great experience. Thank you for capturing this important part of history for so many of us.

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