Queen Juanita Buist

1918's Queen of the May, Juanita Buist was crowned by her Concort, Clifford Ahren.

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Mendon May Day— 1918

Mendon— The annual May Day celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18th, Miss Juanita Buist will be the May queen and Master Clifford Ahrens the Prince Consort. Everyone will assemble on the public square in the morning where the crowning of the May queen will take place after which will be the maypole dance. A program will be rendered in the ward meetinghouse. In the afternoon there will be a children’s dance after which there will be races of all kinds, a tug-of-war between the north and south ends of town. And the days celebration will close with a grand ball at night. A special feature of the day will be a concert that will be given by the Mendon Band. It will be the first time for the band to appear and no doubt will be a great treat to everyone.

Mendon, May 27th— Mendon’s annual May Day celebration was held on Saturday, May 25th, Although the weather man wasn’t kind enough to give us a nice warm day, still all seemed to enjoy themselves. At 10:00 a.m. everyone assembled in the amusement hall where a short program was rendered. First was a song by a special chorus “Maying,” crowning of the May queen, Miss Juanita Buist by her consort, Master Clifford Ahrens. Song by chorus, “Juanita is Queen of the May.” After this was the maypole dance by the May queen and her maids. Everyone always enjoys the maypole dance and said that it has never been danced better. The pole was decorated in the national colors and when braided was a very pretty sight. The Mendon Band then favored us with some music and everyone assembled in the assembly hall where the remainder of the program was rendered. Song, choir; prayer, Elmer J. Hancock; music by mandolin and guitar club; recitation, Master Ivan Barrett; song, May queen and her maids; cornet solo, George G. Sweeten; girls chorus; vocal solo, Laretta Walker; music by the band; prayer, J. A. Gardner. At 2:00 p.m. there was a children’s dance, after which a band concert, which was certainly appreciated. We are very proud of our band and think they do exceptionally well for the amount of practicing they have had. During the concert the Misses Gwendolyn and Eva Pilkington favored us with vocal solos and duets. Solos, Miss Laretta Walker and the girls’ chorus sang again. There was also a basketball game, after which the sun shone long enough to make it possible for a baseball game between Wellsville and Mendon. The day’s celebration closed with a grand ball at night. Music was furnished by Sweeten’s Orchestra and the Mendon Band. Mendon went over the top with her allotment in the Red Cross drive last week. People seemed to be willing to do what ever they can to aid the Red Cross. The families of Joseph C. Sorensen and Charles Ladle are quarantined with small pox, and the families of James Bird and Clara Longstroth with scarlet fever. Artice Bird, daughter of Bishop Mormon D. Bird, is very sick with heart trouble. Professor and Mrs. Alma N. Sorensen has moved to Mendon for the summer.