2005-09-03 / People

Man Who Drove Carriage in 1957 Bridge Parade Returns to Island

“It was a thrill,” said Robert Fitzgerald. “I can always tell people I drove the carriage in the Bridge dedication parade. I was quite honored, as a matter of fact.”

Mr. Fitzgerald was back on the Island staying at the Mackinac Island Yacht Club for a few days and stopped by the Town Crier office in search of the name of the 1957 Lilac Queen who rode in the Mackinaw City parade with him. That queen is Island resident Alice (Bunker) Bloswick.

Originally from Caro, Mr. Fitzgerald spent six years on the Island. In 1957 and 1958, he worked for Jack Chambers in the summer and was a student at Central Michigan University the rest of the year. When he returned from military service in 1962, which included time in Vietnam, he stayed for four straight summers, working for Mr. Chambers, then Carriage Tours, and finally at the yacht dock.

He also honeymooned on the Island in 1962.

“It’s really something,” he said. “Once you’ve worked here, you can always come back and see friends. It feels like one of the family returning.”

Mr. Fitzgerald and his wife, Annemarie, spent three days on the Island visiting friends before returning to their home in Oak Island, North Carolina.

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