Cress Funeral and Cremation Service on Speedway Road in Madison is home to beautifully restored vintage hearse – an 1800s horse-drawn funeral carriage, to be exact.
The hearse was used for years by the Christ Belsaas at his funeral home in Boyd, Minnesota. As a child in 1920s and 30s, W. Robert Cress lived just down the road. He would watch in awe as the hearse rolled by, drawn by a team of horses.
Cress acquired the hearse from the Belsaas family in the 1980s. He painstakingly restored it and put it on display at his own funeral home in Madison, where it can still be seen today.