BETWEEN NOW and Nov. 25 all turkeys should be extremely alert.  

Yep, the first of the BIG fall season holidays will arrive in 16 days. You guessed it  – Thanksgiving Day.

I’ve often wondered if the Pilgrims realized what they were starting 389 years ago. The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on December 13, 1621, at Plymouth,  Massachusetts. This observance occurred when Gov. William Bradford decreed that the day be “set aside as a day of feasting and prayer, to show the gratitude of the colonists.”

Soon the special day spread from Plymouth to the other New England colonies. Then 168 years later on November 26, 1789,  President George Washington “issued a general proclamation for a day of thanks.”

The first state to have an official state Thanksgiving Day was New York. This occurred in 1830. Virginia was the first southern state to have an official Thanksgiving Day. This took place in 1855.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November “as a day of Thanksgiving.”

Then in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a change in the Thanksgiving date. He moved it up one week to give a longer period of time between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas . This was to allow more Christmas shopping days to stimulate business.

Finally in 1941, the U.S. Congress stepped in and ruled the fourth Thursday in November would be the official Thanksgiving Day with the stipulation the day would be an official legal holiday. No other changes have occurred since that time.

Our neighbor to the north, Canada, also celebrates Thanksgiving Day; however, the Canadians’ holiday comes on the second Monday in October.

Let Ye OLD Columnist (YOC) be the first to wish each of you out there in Readerland a Happy Thanksgiving.

HATS OFF to our city officials for resurfacing South Harbin Drive. This well-traveled north-south thoroughfare was badly in need of repairs. Now if Harbin Drive, both north and south, could be relined, especially the center stripe, everything on this street would be in tip-top shape.   

TWO MAJOR construction jobs are underway in the northwest part of town.

One is an addition to the First Presbyterian Church on North Harbin Drive, while the other is the construction of the third Alsup Convenience Store on the Northwest Loop.

The other Alsup’s stores are located on East Washington Street at the intersection of U.S. Highways 377 (Business Route) and 281,  and at the intersection of the South Loop and State Highway 108.

 TARLETON’S HOMECOMING last month was a great success. That’s the way Ye OLD Columnist  (YOC) viewed the day. The heavy rains on Saturday did not slow down the activities. YOC had the privilege to visit with members of the 1960 class as the attending members celebrated their 50th graduation anniversary. Seeing these graduates for the first time in 50 years brought back many good memories to YOC.

Congratulations are in order to officials with the Tarleton Alumni Association. It takes much planning and work to have a university Homecoming.  

’TIL NEXT TIME – “He, who sleeps in continual noise, is wakened by silence.” — William Dean Howells (1837-1920), American author, editor and critic.