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Two mother-daughter duos have been crowned Queen Alalah.

Mother-Daughter Queen Alalah

The first mother-daughter duo to be crowned Queen Alalah was Mary Jane (Mitchell) Mills, crowned in 1934 and Queen Alalah VII, and her daughter, Margaret Mills, crowned in 1958 as Queen Alalah XXVII.


The second mother-daughter team to be crowned was Nancy Neumann-Mott, Queen Alalah XXXIV in 1965, and her daughter, Amanda Mott, crowned Queen Alalah LXV in 1996.


Mary Jane Mitchell was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lester D. Mitchell. She married Malcolm McLeod Mills at his home in the 1930s. She served as a page to Dorothy Moore, the first Queen Alalah, in 1928. Mitchell was crowned Queen Alalah in two separate ceremonies at the Burford Theater.


During the years the coronation was held at the Burford, two ceremonies were held to handle the large crowds. Edith Joyce Davis directed the program with the theme "The Girls in the Clock." Margaret Mills, Mary Jane’s daughter, was crowned during the first year when Arkalalah had no theme. Not only was Margaret crowned Queen Alalah XXVII, but on Jan. 14, 1959, she was crowned Queen of the Twelfth Night Party for the French, German and Spanish clubs. The party was held at The Osage Hotel. Jack Neff was crowned King.


Nancy Neumann, Queen Alalah XXXIV, was crowned during a year when an estimated 60,000 people watched the Saturday parade through downtown Arkansas City. Neumann, the daughter of Howard and Mary Lucille Neumann, married Michael D. Mott in 1969. Amanda Mott graduated from Maize High School in 1995 and majored in business administration and accounting while at Cowley. She was a member of the Tigerette Danceline, served as a Student Ambassador, and was a member of Volunteers Learning Through Service. Amanda’s aunt, Jane Neumann-Kerr of Ponca City, was a member of the Arkalalah Queen’s court in 1966.


Mary Geeslin was crowned Queen Alalah III in two coronation programs on Oct. 30, 1930. The next day, she was knocked to the pavement during the parade when her throne caught on a wire hanging across Summit Street at Chestnut Avenue. She received skull and brain concussions and was admitted to the hospital.

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