Name: Rosemary Winslow
Title: Miss Kansas 1939
Date of Birth: April 14, 1920 in Topeka, KS
Biography provided by her son, William G. Hutson III
Married William (Bill) G. Hutson Jr.: 1939
1939 after the pageant: Winnie was offered a contract with the Michael North Agency in Hollywood. She declined, as she chose to accompany her new husband to Boulder, Colorado.
Bill’s father, William G. Hutson Sr., gave them one of his five hotels (The Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado) as a wedding present. The junior Hutson was serving as a civilian flight instructor in Boulder while managing the Boulderado. In 1942, Bill joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed in California, Arizona, and Texas as an instructor and his new bride, Winnie, went with him.
After the war, they returned to Boulder, and began working on remodeling the Boulderado. Winnie gave birth to their only son, William G. Hutson III, on January 4, 1946.
In 1948, Bill and Winnie purchased the Meadowbrook Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
After a couple of years they took an extended vacation to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where they leased an estate “Casa Rosada” for the entire year of 1951. During this time Bill, Winnie and their 5-year old son traveled all over Mexico and the Yucatan.
When they returned to the States, they turned over day-to-day operation of the Boulderado to a long-time friend but kept the operation of the dining room under their control. Bill stayed involved with the operation of Boulderado dining room and the Meadowbrook Lodge until his death in March of 1960.
After her return from Mexico, Winnie decided she wanted to start a local theater/playhouse. Winnie got together with a number of her friends, got a parcel of land donated, rented a circus tent, built a stage out of used lumber from an abandoned gold mine, and borrowed a hundred folding chairs from Howe Mortuary and named it the “Nomad Playhouse”. She assumed they were going to have to move around, therefore the name, Nomads.
Much to her surprise, her husband, Bill, also became interested and donated the money to construct a real playhouse. The Nomads went on to become a very popular playhouse and ended up being the longest running theater group in the area, unfortunately closing its doors in the early 21st century. From 1951 until the early 1960’s, Winnie directed over 20 productions and acted in more than 20 others. Even Bill and Billy got in on the fun, acting in some productions, building sets, etc.
Winnie re-married in 1962 or 63 and she and her new husband Maurice Miles, sold the Hotel Boulderado. They also sold the family home to Jack London, the writer. Then they purchased a 50-foot sport fisherman in San Diego and piloted it to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they kept it docked and purchased a home in Guadalajara, Mexico where they spent their winters. They returned to Jackson Hole each summer to manage the Meadowbrook Lodge, as Jackson was then a seasonal town, and was only active for about 100 days per year.
In 1972 mom (Winnie), was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. They sold everything, purchased a Cessna and a Winnebago and spent the remainder of Winnie’s life traveling around the US and Mexico.
She left us on March 3, 1973.