Oscar Kittredge, was an owner of the famous MC Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the West, covering parts of Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon. Following the November 1952 election of President Eisenhower, Oscar and his wife Josephine received an invitation to the inaugural ball. Josephine called upon Else Lion of LaPointe’s dress shop in Klamath Falls to find her an appropriate dress. Else returned from New York with three beautiful gowns and one was deemed perfect. On January 20, 1953, the White House guard announced to the President and First Lady, “Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kittredge of Klamath Falls, Oregon.” Mamie Eisenhower took Josephine’s hand and graciously said, “I admire your good taste.” They were wearing the same dress. …Or so the story goes.
Written by Heidi Neel Biggs