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.

  • Mae (Beth) Young
  • Elmer Blasing
  • Charlotte Davis

Mae "Beth" Young (2022)

It is with much sadness that we pass along the news that our dear friend, Mae "Beth" Young, died on Thursday, September 8th.  She had been dealing with kidney issues for several years and recently developed heart problems.  Beth and her husband, Jim, graduated from Frontier Squares with us in 1993 and they were members of the club for ten years.  They served the club and were on the board as Decorators, Recording Secretary and Class Chairman.  Even though they haven't danced in years, we stand on their shoulders making Frontier Squares the fun and friendly club that it is still today.  Attached is a picture from a square dance weekend and the other is Beth in the cockpit of their plane.  Beth got her pilot's license in 1987 and she and Jim loved flying and traveling the world together.

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.