Prior to Progress Day - May 20, 1959
The Hillsdale State Savings Bank rented costumes for its employees for the festivities.
The Lackey women pose on the steps of the Hillsdale Daily News steps, a requirement because Father Lackey was on the committee. Schools were closed for the afternoon so everyone could join in the fun.
"Its a mighty big show," wrote Dean Iverson in his front page article of the May 20, 1959 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News. What Iverson was describing was the special Michigan Week event, the day that normally busy downtown Hillsdale allowed only horse-drawn vehicles.
Life Magazine photographers were present for the day, taking hundreds of pictures, including the one of the "Leutheuser Rambler, the man on stilts, on the courthouse lawn. Horse-drawn milk wagons and bread men made downtown deliveries. The U.S. mail was delivered by a two-horse wagon, while Duane Calbetzer walked the town cranking his old time hurdy-gurdy. It was said to be one of the greatest cooperative efforts ever to take place in the city of Hillsdale.
Carol A. Lackey