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Pioneer Queen/Marshal Named

KSCB News - April 3, 2012 4:54 pm

Doris M. Mann was named the 2012 Pioneer Queen and Marcus (Mike) C. Brune was named the 2012 Parade Marshal Monday during the Guymon Chamber of Commerce General membership meeting.
Doris is a 1943 graduate of Tyrone High School. Mann was born eighth into a family with 10 children.
Doris and Charles Mann married in 1942, and then acquired a family of four daughters and seven grandchildren. Doris is no stranger to the significance of Pioneer Queen, as her mother, Katie, was named Queen in 1960.
Childhood memories such as the dust storms, rabbit drives, and having her own sister as a teacher during her small school-house days, are all part of what makes Doris a great representative for Pioneers of her time. Doris still enjoys sewing and being a big part of helping and contributing to her church.
Mike Brune was born in 1926 and graduated from Guymon High School in 1944 at age 16.
After being drafted in the war in 1945, Brune returned home in 1948. A year later, he married Patricia Brown Brune. He has three daughters, seven grandsons, and eight great-grandchildren.
Brune recalls using toy tractors to haul dirt off of window sills during the the dust bowl days and trying to aid a sick cow after her pores were too clogged with dirt for her to breathe. From being a bus driver at age 15, to Combat Engineer and Master Sergeant in the military, and being a backhoe operator in 1985, Brune holds many respectable titles and represents the hard work that comes with being a Pioneer of his time.
Brune is well-traveled and now enjoys restoring and fixing old buggies. The Parade Marshal himself can be seen in the upcoming Pioneer Days Parade riding in one of his buggies that was made in the 1880s.

 

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