Looking Back: Miss Mount Clemens 1928

Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 20, 2016


Elsa Julia Moderson won the title of Miss Mount Clemens for the Macomb County Festival in 1928. Twenty of the city’s fairest were chosen from the city at large by the balloting of the Mt. Clemens Business and Professional Women’s Club and were judged by a committee composed of dramatists and artists. The list of entrants included both employed girls and home girls, students and others. They competed only in pictures that were judged by the committee at the Board of Commerce office. Women in the pictures were in full dress, not in bathing suits or scanty evening gowns.

Elsa was chosen when she was 25 years old. At that time, she worked at the county clerk’s office and yet lived with her parents at 209 Robertson Street. She rode atop of a float in the Macomb County Festival parade representing Mount Clemens. Elsa was put in charge of entertaining other girls selected to represent the other towns within the county. Among them were Miss Warren, Miss Halfway, Miss Armada, Miss Richmond, Miss St. Clair Shores, Miss New Baltimore and others. Each village within the county prepared to enter a float in the big morning parade of the festival on Aug. 29, 1928. The floats carried the official representative of the village and, in some cases, the runners-up to the successful candidate.

As you can see from this wonderful photograph, the float was covered with beautiful flowers. That was most likely due to the efforts of her father who owned a wholesale floral business on Robertson Street in Mount Clemens.

Winning the title of Miss Mount Clemens must have been a huge honor for this beauty, who did not make her home in Mount Clemens until the age of 20. Coming from Bielefeld, Germany, to a new land must have been difficult. Surely, this title helped to make her feel like part of the community.

— Written by Kim Parr, Director of the Macomb County Historical Society & Crocker House Museum, 15 Union Street in Mount Clemens.