It was 1912 and hundreds of spectators and participants gathered from far and near to watch the festivities. There was, however, more to the annual parade than the usual floats and figures. Two platoons of suffragists, numbering sixty-eight in total, lead the parade through town, spreading their peaceful message of equality. Labeling themselves as suffragists rather than suffragettes meant they pursued a more legal, quiet approach than their more boisterous, action-oriented, and sometimes legally questionable counterparts. Photos of the event appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, showing the women on horseback. Additional festivities included dinner prepared by the Methodist church, discussions by village elders, live music, and dancing around the maypole.