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Toy Len Goon, American Mother of the Year, 1952

Toy Len Goon, American Mother of the Year, 1952

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Maine Historical Society

Toy Len Goon, a native of Canton, China, was named American Mother of the Year in 1952.

Here, she is the star attraction of a parade in New York's Chinatown.

She married Dogan Goon and came to the U.S. in 1922. They had eight children. When he died in 1940, she continued to raise the children (the oldest of whom was 17) and operate the family laundry at Woodfords Corner in Portland.

She was born August 14, 1891 in China and died May 27, 1993.