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A Look Back to Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  

For many, it will be a time of total enjoyment. For others, joy will be mixed with sorrow over the loss of loved ones.  

The first item in this list, recalling the Thanksgiving message of Gov. Jelks in the early 20th century, expresses sentiments almost all of us share. Before he became governor, Mr. Jelks was the editor of a newspaper much like the Enquirer. 

  • Nov. 30, 1905—Today is Thanksgiving by proclamation of Gov. William Dorsey Jelks. The day is set aside for a general Thanksgiving for the reason that “the Giver of all good things has abundantly blessed us during the past year with bountiful harvests, with freedom from epidemics, with a quickened public conscience and with the greater blessing of peace throughout our borders. 
  • Nov. 24, 1910—Today a was a happy one in the Lee home in Tennessee. God has blessed the family with a beautiful baby girl, whom they have named Mary. 

(When Mary grew to adulthood, she would become the wife of legendary Hartselle physician Dr. William Henry Block. The Blocks were longtime residents of a beautiful home on Short Street. This would be the home in which they reared their own beautiful daughters, Carolyn and Lee.) 

  • Nov. 30, 1922—Many Hartselle residents went to the local movie theatre this Thanksgiving Day to hear a concert over a Western Electric radio set. 
  • Nov. 29, 1923—This is Thanksgiving. Many businesses remain open but report less trade due to the holiday. 
  • Nov. 28, 1929—A union service was held this Thanksgiving at the Hartselle Baptist Church, and a contribution was taken up for the relief of the poor. 
  • Nov. 25, 1935—The public-school children are contributing canned fruits and vegetables as a Thanksgiving offering to the Morgan County TB sanitarium at Flint. The hospital now has eight patients. 
  • Nov. 26, 1936—The Alabama College Glee Club presented a Thanksgiving night concert here at the Methodist Church. One of the audience’s favorites was “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” 
  • Nov. 21, 1938—A railroad car parked on the sidetracks here is being loaded with provisions to send to the Baptist orphanage in Troy. The trip south will begin in a couple of days, with arrival in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. 
  • Nov. 24, 1938—Mr. and Mrs. John Bean hosted an unusual Thanksgiving party. Friends attending were invited to eat cantaloupe from a late summer crop. 
  • Nov. 21, 1938—The many Thanksgiving candy assortments sold to Hartselle young men this year by Peoples Drugs made this a sweet Thanksgiving for a lot of local girls. 
  • Nov. 28, 1940—Edward Summers, who is at school at the Army aircraft center in Rantoul, Illinois, is spending Thanksgiving here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edd Summers. 
  • Nov. 25,1943—Today is Thanksgiving. Many families are unable to be together because of the separations of war. 
  • Nov. 26, 1961—Bill Kracke, a student at Sewanee, visited local relatives during the Thanksgiving holidays. 
  • Nov. 21, 1962—MCHS, MCTS, Hartselle Elementary and Crestline dismissed for the Thanksgiving holidays this afternoon. School will resume on the 24th. 
  • Nov. 21, 1962–Ray Wilson, enjoying a Thanksgiving holiday hunt in the Bankhead Forest, was killed tragically when his companion slipped while going up an embankment, causing his shotgun to accidentally discharge and fatally strike Ray. 
  • Nov. 22,1962—A sumptuous turkey dinner with all the trimmings was served to prisoners in the Morgan County jail today in celebration of Thanksgiving. 
  • Nov. 23, 1962—The White House has confirmed President Kennedy gives the entirety of his annual salary of $100,000 to charity. 
  • Nov. 27, 1980—Gilbert Turney celebrated a Thanksgiving birthday today. Mr. Turney was born Nov. 27, 1895. 
  • Nov. 24, 1983—Today was a sad Thanksgiving in the Ernest Bennett home. Mr. Bennett passed away about a week ago.  
  • Nov. 18, 1984—Santa Claus will arrive on the old Number Nine fire truck Dec. 7 as the star of a dazzling Hartselle Christmas parade. 
  • Nov. 22, 2018With Thanksgiving for 2018 over at midnight tonight, folks will be turning their thoughts toward Christmas decorations. The Hartselle Civic Center is sponsoring a Christmas Craft Night. Participants will be shown how to paint their own vertical porch signs Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The fee is $25 per project.