Mendon May Day— 1962
Mendon Chooses Date For 1962 May Celebration— Mendon’s annual May Day celebration, a tradition in the community since shortly after its founding, will be held on Saturday May 5th, at 10:30 a.m. on the church square. Under the direction of the Sunday school superintendency Zeno Andersen, Floyd Roundy and Ronald Jensen, plans are going forward. This year’s queen will be selected from five candidates, Kathy Kidman, Pamela Hulme, Connie Sorensen, Eva Longstroth and Susan Bowen. Maypole dancers are practicing under the direction of Mozelle Sorensen and Mellree Andersen. Everyone is cordially invited to attend this first of the annual valley celebrations.
Mendon May Fete Saturday— Mendon’s traditional May Day celebration will be held on Saturday, May 5th, under the direction of the Sunday school superintendency. Eva Longstroth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Longstroth, Jr., will be crowned by her consort, David Buist, at 10:30 a.m. on the church lawn. David’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Buist. Members of her court will be Connie Leishman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leishman, and David Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Taylor; Barbara [Owen], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Owen, and John Olsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Olsen; Suzann Bowen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bowen, and Neil Yonk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Yonk; Kathi Kidman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Kidman, and Keith Sorensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. [Fred] Sorensen; Pamela Hulme, daughter of Mrs. Virginia Hulme, and Gaylen Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Baker. The flower girl will be LuAnn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Baker, and the crown bearer, Michael Barrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Barrett. Twenty-eight little girls will dance the maypole. They have been practicing under the direction of Mozelle Sorensen, Mellree Andersen, and Pauline Sorensen. A program in the chapel will follow the coronation. 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 cordially invited to attend. Picture Caption: Eva Longstroth, at back, will be crowned Mendon’s May Queen, May 5th. Maids or her court; Kathi Kidman, Pamela Hulme, Barbara Owen, Suzanne Bowen, Connie Leishman.
May Festival At Mendon Saturday— Mendon will hold its annual May Day celebration this Saturday, May 5th, at 10:00 a.m. Eva Longstroth will be crowned Queen by David Buist, her consort. Members of the court are Connie Leishman, David Taylor, Barbara Owen, John Olsen, Suzann Bowen, Neil Yonk, Kathi Kidman, Keith Sorensen, Pamela Hulme and Gaylen Baker. LuAnn Baker will be flower girl and Michael Barrett crown bearer. The traditional winding of the maypole will follow the coronation. At 10:30 a.m. a program will be presented in the chapel. The Little League baseball game will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the children’s dance at 2:00 p.m. Races for the children will be at 3:00 p.m. and a baseball game at 3:30 p.m. The Mendon Orchestra will play for the public dance at 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend the events. The day is under the direction of the Sunday school, Zeno Andersen, superintendent; Floyd Roundy and Ronald Jensen, counselors, assisted by the officers and teachers. Picture Caption: Framed by a window of the church is the winding of the maypole at the traditional May Day celebration in Mendon. This year’s observance will be held Saturday with the crowning of the queen scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on the church square.
Mendon Town Celebrates Traditional Day— Sunny skies and ideal spring weather smiled on Mendon’s May Day Saturday as residents and many former members of the community gathered on the church square to witness the celebration which has been an annual tradition for almost a hundred years. Miss Eva Longstroth was crowned Queen of the May by her consort David Buist. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Longstroth, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Buist. Members of the court included Connie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leishman; David, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Taylor; Barbara, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Owen; John, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Olsen; Suzann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown; Neil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Yonk; Kathi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Kidman; Keith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sorensen; Pamela, daughter of Mrs. Virginia Hulme; Gaylen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Baker. Flower girl was LuAnn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Baker, and Michael Barrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Barrett, was crown bearer. The 10:00 a.m. coronation ceremonies opened with the singing of May Day songs let by T. Kay Sorensen. After the entrance of the court and the crowning of the queen, little girls of the town, dressed in pretty, full-skirted red and white checked dresses, wound the red and white streamers of the maypole. On the program which was held at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel, four-year-old Lorraine Anderson sang, accompanied on the guitar by her father Clyde; Steven and Brenda Hardman sang accompanied by their grandmother, Rhoda Hardman; Betty Yonk recited: The Four Sons, Max Brunson, Darwin Larsen, Jay Nielsen and Ivan Pedersen, entertained; Vicki Balazs played a piano solo and Bishop Rulen Ladle spoke. Prayers were given by John O. Hughes and Ross Shelton. During the afternoon there were sports events and a children’s dance. The May Day dance at 9:00 p.m. concluded the celebration. Members of the Sunday school superintendency, Zeno Andersen and his counselors Floyd Roundy and Ronald Jensen, assisted by officers and teachers, were in charge. Mrs. Mellree Andersen and Mrs. Mozelle Sorensen trained the maypole dancers. Picture Caption: Following the crowning of Eva Longstroth as Mendon’s May Queen, little girls of the community, dressed in red and white wound the maypole in the traditional celebration that has continued in the town for almost a hundred years.