Frontier Squares

In Memory

The square dancing community is tight-knit. We feel the loss of any member just as we would someone in our family. Here, we honor those who have danced with us and still dance in our hearts.

  • Elmer Blasing
  • Charlotte Davis
  • Dave Mather

Elmer Blasing (2020)

It's hard to imagine never being around Elmer's sweet spirit any more.  Elmer hasn't been physically able to dance now for years, but he came with Joann, watched her dance, and we're sure he was dancing in his heart.  Elmer and Joann have been a big part of Frontier Squares since 1979 (under Johnny Davis).  They took square dance lessons in 1978 from Gus Weisman in the old Hayloft Barn when it was located in Springdale, and they took round dance lessons from Rocky & Betty Clawson in 1981.  Elmer and Joann served a term as President for Frontier Squares.  They were Federation Representatives for many years and held the office of Treasurer for six years.  They were also Treasurers for the Ohio State Convention, held in Cincinnati, in the 80's.  They were chosen as Honor Couple in 1985 by the Southwestern Ohio Square Dance Federation (now known as Greater Cincinnati Dance Federation) to represent "the best" in our community for all their hard work and dedication.  Elmer and Joann were truly part of the foundation and fun that Frontier Squares is built on.

Charlotte Davis (2019)

Charlotte was the wife of Frontier Squares' first caller (Johnny).   You can read Charlotte's account of "How Did Frontier Squares Get Started" in our History Booklet.  From what we've been told, Johnny was a dynamic, talented teacher and caller that attracted many dancers to our activity.

Thanks to Johnny & Charlotte, and the five squares of people who were in the first class that started in 1971, they gave birth to our wonderful club that we love as Frontier Squares.  Johnny called for Frontier from August, 1972 to January, 1985 when he died suddenly.  At the time of his death the membership of Frontier was at its all-time highest, 276 members.

We regret we never had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte (we had invited her multiple times to attend honor dances or anniversary dances).  If you believe the phrase, "Behind every successful man is a woman," plus her welcoming smile (shown in the picture below), we say “THANK YOU” for her dedication and efforts that helped make Frontier Squares what it is today.

Dave Mather (2018)

Dave was our last active Charter Member that was with Frontier Squares when it became a club in 1972.  He passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 84.  When we talk about "Standing on the Shoulders" of members in the past, it was never truer than it was for Dave & his wife Pat.  His daughter remembers going to dances with them when she was a teenager.  They were never club officers, but were part of the "lifeblood" of the club.  Dave substituted teaching lessons for Johnny Davis when needed from 1973 - 1985.  Dave taught lessons after Johnny died in 1985, co-taught with Alan Johnstone in 1986 and taught the class of 1992 from Sept - Dec. when Pam Courts was hired.  There are many dancers out there that have him to thank for their many years of dancing  (Barry and I were in the class of 1992 and had a special bond with Dave.  He always let us know that he was proud of us and our involvement).  It is also noted in our club history that Dave taught line dancing at club dances in between tips in 1981.