Mendon May Day— 1961
Mendon Prepares For May Festival Saturday— Plans for Mendon’s traditional May Day celebration are going forward with the event scheduled for Saturday, May 6th, under the supervision of the Sunday school superintendency, Zeno Andersen, Floyd Roundy, Ronald Jensen and the officers and teachers. All events will take place on the church lawn beginning at 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Larsen daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Larsen will reign as May Queen. She will be crowned by her consort, Wayne Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Anderson. In the queen’s court will be Linda Yonk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Yonk; Clare Andersen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Andersen; Fawn Sorensen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Kay Sorensen; Michael Bowen, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bowen; Elizabeth Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Anderson; Vaughan Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver H. Peterson; Kathleen Whitney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlynn Whitney; David Buist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Buist; Jeanette Castleberry, who is making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel R. Earl; John Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Olsen. Crown bearer and flower girl will be Val and Jean Sorensen, small son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sorensen. Thirty little girls dressed in this year’s May Day colors of red and white will dance the maypole under the direction of Mellree Andersen and Mozelle Sorensen. A program will follow the coronation ceremonies. In the afternoon there will be a children’s dance, races, ball games and sports. A dance at 9:00 p.m. will conclude the day’s festivities. The public is invited to attend. Picture Caption: Like spring blossoms Mendon May Day Queen and her attendants are gathered on a hillside. Carolyn Larsen will be crowned queen Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the church square. Her maids of honor are Elizabeth Anderson, Kathleen Whitney, Jeanette Castleberry, Fawn Sorensen and Linda Yonk. The observance of May Day is an annual event.
Mendon’s May Festival Saturday— May Day Festivities will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Mendon square with the crowning of Carolyn Larsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Larsen, as May Queen, by her consort, Wayne Anderson. Members of her court are Linda Yonk, Clare Andersen, Fawn Sorensen, Michael Bowen, Elizabeth Anderson, Vaughan Peterson, Kathleen Whitney, David Buist, Jeanette Castleberry and John Olsen. Val and Jean Sorensen will be crown bearer and flower girl. Following the dancing of the maypole by thirty little girls, a program will be presented in the chapel. In the afternoon there will be a children’s dance, races, ball games and sports. In the evening the dance will begin at nine o’clock. In charge of the day are members of the Sunday school superintendency, Zeno Andersen, Floyd Roundy, Ronald Jensen and the officers and teachers. Picture Caption: Following a tradition of more than 100 years, Mendon will crown a May Queen on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the church square. Carolyn Larsen, right, will wear the crown. Her attendants are, from left, Jeanette Castleberry, Elizabeth Anderson, Kathleen Whitney, Fawn Sorensen and Linda Yonk. Jean and Val Sorensen will be flower girl, crown bearer.
Printed May Day Program: Mendon May Day, May 6th, 1961, 10:30 a.m. Queen’s Court: May Queen, Carolyn Larsen; Consort, Wayne Anderson; Flower Girl, Jean Sorensen; Crown Bearer, Val Sorensen. Attendants with their Partners: Linda Yonk with Clare Andersen; Fawn Sorensen with Michael Bowen; Elizabeth Anderson and Vaughan Peterson; Kathleen Whitney with David Buist; Jeanette Castleberry with John Olsen. Morning Activities: 10:30 a.m., crowning of the Queen and Maypole dance. Program in the Yellow Brick Church: Entrance of Queen and attendants. Song by congregation, “Come to the Woodland;” prayer, unannounced; song, Gloria Richards and Karen Hiibner; poem, Marlene Smith; song, Julie Ann Peterson and Judith Owen; song Gayle Hiibner and Bonnie Kidman; speaker, Clare Bowen; instrumental music, Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Clark and family; reading, Mrs. Maxine Mitton; song Mrs. Milton Johnson; remarks, Bishop Rulen Ladle; the Ramblers, Mike Mazuran, Wynn Johnson, Craig Christensen; prayer, unannounced. Exit of Queen and attendants. Afternoon Activities: 1:00 p.m. Skyline Riding Club demonstrations; 2:00 p.m. children’s dance; 3:00 p.m. races and ball games; 9:00 p.m. dance.
Picture Caption: This is Mendon at Maytime!— Pretty little girls in new dresses winding the maypole, following coronation of the Queen of May. The Herald Journal photographer caught this moment in 1961’s celebration. Queen and court in foreground.
Picture Caption: Wayne Anderson placed the crown on Queen Carolyn Larsen’s head at the beginning of the annual May Day Festivities in Mendon Saturday morning. Jean and Val Sorensen are flower girl and crown bearer. Members of the court are David Buist, Jeanette Castleberry, John Olsen, Fawn Sorensen, Michael Bowen and Linda Yonk. Thirty little girls dressed in red and white wound the maypole before a crowd of several hundred on the town square.