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1998
GRAND OLD DAY CELEBRATION AND PARADE
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

This was the scene at the annual Grand Old Day celebration on St. Paul's historic Grand Avenue, June 1998.  Tony Karsnia, of Willwerscheid & Peters Mortuary, organized a showing of professional cars, including the placement of an antique hearse in the Grand Old Day parade.  As you can see, thousands of people saw us that day!

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Bob Willwerscheid, clad in period correct "undertaker" apparel, dons Jim Paulson's 1870 S.C. Pease & Sons horse-drawn hearse.
Bob Willwerscheid & Chris Meyers wave to the crowd during the Grand Old Day parade.
A Cunningham horse-drawn hearse, on loan from Brown-Wilbert Vault Company, adorns the front lawn of Willwerscheid & Peters.
You can barely make out the professional cars behind all those people!
George Quast's 1939 Meteor LaSalle and 1916 Northwestern Studebaker hearse at Grand Old day.  The sign says 1915, but it has since been learned this antique coach is a year newer!
Professional cars begin to gather in the parking lot of Willwerscheid & Peters Mortuary on St. Paul's historic Grand Avenue.  Jeff Stanton's 1967 M-M Cadillac combination, Wayne Kempfert's 1939 Henney Packard ambulance, Tony Karsnia's 1974 M-M Cadillac Criterion, and Joe Klein's 1969 M-M Cadillac ambulance are visible in this photo.
A silver 1981 Superior Cadillac hearse, on loan from O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI
A black 1970 Miller-Meteor Cadillac hearse on loan from Fenske Funeral Home in Belle Plaine, MN

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