May 2017

May 2017
Posted on 05/01/2017

Question:

Who were a few of the young people who lived in our area in the mid-20th Century to receive recognition for winning various contests that were held in the Salt Lake area?

 

Answer:

The Jordan School District Marble Tournament sponsored by the Midvale Kiwanis Club was an event that was eagerly awaited by the boys in the area. In May 1941, competitors were divided into two age groups. Boyd Smith of Butlerville took second place among 11 to 14 year olds, while Robert Covington, also of Butlerville, took first place among 6 to 10 year olds.

17-year-old John Mc Crea was living with the Ormand Coulam family of Cottonwood Heights and was a student at Jordan High. He won the American Legion regional oratorical contest with the subject “The Constitution of the United States as guardian of the nation.”  John had only been in the United States for nine months, coming to the U.S. from England after his home city was bombed during WWII.  

Ardis Erekson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Erekson, was crowned queen of the Freshman Class at the University of Utah in September of 1950. She was chosen from a field of 15, and was described by the Salt Lake Telegram as the “most beautiful” of the U. of U. freshmen.