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    Hartford Queens 1952 - 1959
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Miss Hartford 1952
Joanne Goodrich Duncombe, Miss Hartford 1952
Joanne Goodrich

This was the first contest following WW2,
as it had been discontinued for many years.

First Runner-up - Tonda Kubin
Second Runner-up- Joyce McConnell

Other contestants:
Jean Baldwin, Lois Berndt, Sally Brandt, Barbara Burger, Gail Clover, Helen Dyer, Camilla Haight, Rita Kreamer, Tonda Kubin, Joyce McConnell
Crowned by Norb Nelson, Mayor of Hartford 
Sponsored by the Junior Mothers' Club
Contest was held at the Heart Theater. 

Miss Hartford 1953
Delores Frontczak - Miss Hartford 1953
Delores Frontczak

1st Runner-up - Claudia Childs
2nd Runner-up - Helen Barker
Miss Congeniality

Joanne Goodrich,
Miss Hartford 1952 crowns new queen.

Other contestants:
Donalee Kabel, Marion Krumwiede, Rita Yatowt, Barbara Smith,

There were 16 contestants, but have been unable to locate names of the remaining contestants. 
Miss Hartford 1954
Linda Hitchcock - Miss Hartford 1954
Linda Hitchcock

1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Miss Congeniality
Miss Hartford 1955
Leoda Howard-Miss Hartford 1955
Leoda Howard

Mary Ann Szewczyk
Joan Ilg

Photo submitted by Pat Bachman Empson 11/2002
Miss Hartford 1956
1956 Miss Hartford - Lynn Wehlau
Lynn Wehlau

Crowned by Norb Nelson, Mayor
Master of Ceremonies - John S. Olds
Escorts - Allen Fritchie, Roger MacLeod
Crown Bearer - Billy Barlow (age 5)
Co-Chairmen - Mrs George Kabel and
Mrs. Robert Brookfield

Saturday, April 7. 1956
8:00 p.m.
Hartford High School Auditorium

Miss Hartford 1956-Lynne Wehlau, 1st Inez Anthony 2nd Mona Ulrath
Inez Anthony - 1st Runner-up (left)
*Mona Ulrath - 2nd Runner-up (right)
Miss Congeniality

14 contestants

Joan Allen, Kay Austin, Emilia Bundesman,
Roselie Hazelett, Rith Leilor, Kay Ann Moore,
Ann Penwell, Bette Roberts, Florence Teall,
Joan Tikal, Leona Weston

*Mona Ulrath was Miss Bangor 1957.

Joan Briggs
Marcia Ison

Crowned by Norb Nelson,Mayor
Master of Ceremonies - Roger Duncombe
Crown Bearer - George Fernham

14 contestants

Saturday, March 30, 1957
8:00 p.m.
Hartford Highs School Gymnasium

Other contestants were:
Joan Allen, Lorraine Cox, Susan Dentler,
Mary Gould, Joyce Hamil, Bettie Jones,
Judy Miller, Erma Rowley, Myra Smith,
JoAnn Tikal, Lucille Weston.


Miss Hartford 1957
Miss Hartford 1957 - Ann Penwell
Ann Penwell

Miss Hartford 1958

Joyce Hamill
Queen's Court
Bobbi Hitchcock - 2nd Runner-up
Joyce Hamill - Queen
Pat Munro - 1st Runner-up

Photo submitted by Ronnie Munro (Miss Hartford 1960)

Click here to view 1958 Blossomtime Float
On the float (L-R)
Delores Brown, Bobbi Hitchcock,
Pat Bachman, Joanne Smith
Miss Hartford 1959
Miss Hartford 1959 Lynn Poulter

Lynn Poulter

Lauretta Daisy - Runner-up
Delores Hauweghen - 2nd Runner-up
Miss Congeniality

Norb Nelson - Master of Ceremonies

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 20, 2014