Queen Juanita Wood

1940's Queen of the May, Juanita Wood was crowned by her consort, Allan Sorensen.

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Mendon May Day— 1940Mendon May Queen Juanita Wood and her May Day Court.

Mendon May Day Festival Scheduled For Saturday— Mendon Sunday school officials have announced the May Day festival, an annual event at Mendon since pioneer days, will be held Saturday, May 25. Miss Juanita Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo K. Wood, has been selected as May Queen and will preside over the day’s activities. Allan Sorensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nephi C. Sorensen, will act as consort. A parade at 9:30 a.m. will start the day and is to be followed by crowning the queen, the maypole dance and a program. Highlighting the program, several selections will be played by the South Cache Band, directed by William H. Terry. At 2:00 p.m. a children’s dance will be conducted, this to be followed by another band concert. Later in the afternoon a ball game, races, and sports will be staged. In the evening a community dance to which the public is invited will conclude the celebration. As a prelude to May Day, the Sunday school will sponsor a dance Friday night in the Mendon hall. Everyone is invited. Claud A. Sorensen, Alonzo K. Wood, and Fred Taylor, Sunday school superintendency, are in charge of all arrangements.Mendon May Day Float.

Mendon May Day Observed, Annual Festival Is Staged With Pomp— Thoughts of war and world strife were far remote to residents of Mendon today as that thriving Cache community carried on the tradition began by pioneer forefathers and observed the annual May Day festival. Queen Crowned— Hundreds of home-towners, home-comers and visitors gathered on the public square this morning for the crowning of Queen Juanita Wood, and the maypole dance, which was staged by twenty charming little girls, dressed in pink and white colors of the festival. Queen Wood was inducted into the ranks of May royalty by her consort, Allan Sorensen. The South Cache High School Band, directed by William H. Terry, figured prominently in the celebration, besides presenting open air concerts, it furnished several numbers for the program just before noon in the chapel. Elmer J. Hancock, member of the Mendon bishopric, was principal speaker at the meeting, which was under the general direction of Claud A. Sorensen, Alonzo K. Wood and Fred Taylor. Other numbers on the program were prayers by Joseph N. Sorensen; trombone duet, Madall Hancock and Glen Perry, accompanied by Geneva Barrett; recitation, Irene Barrett; solo, Ross Bartlett; reading, Linden K. Wood; piano solo with band accompaniment, Geneva Barrett; musical reading, Leola Bailey; French horn solo, Clyde Yeates; and several band selections. Dinner Served— Dinner for the queen, her consort, maids and their consorts, was served by Mrs. Alonzo K. Wood. Maids and consorts were Carma Whitney, Carma Stauffer, Mary Alta Baker, Jean Kidman, Oleda Kidman, Seth Bird, Leo Ladle, Eldon Sorensen, Paul Sorensen and Earl Muir. [Sharon Muir and Claudia Sorensen were the flower girls in 1940] The afternoon’s program consisted of games, races, band concert, ball game between Mendon and Morning Milk. An evening dance will end the gala festival.