Thanksgiving Trivia

Why is Thanksgiving observed on the last Thursday in November? 

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She stated that only the chief executive had the power to make the holiday, “permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately.

Tulsa Fire Department Thanksgiving Banquet, 1911

Tulsa fire department thanksgiving banquet, 1911

Tulsa Fire Department, 1911 

A Thanksgiving Day Banquet was served by the ladies of the baptist church in the new fire house at 17 West 2nd Street, between Main Street and Boulder Avenue. 

Fire Chief R. C. Alder is standing against the wall on the right side of the window. Trinity Episcopal Church chaplain and rector Rev. Gerald A. Ottman, City Auditor E. B. Cline, Fire and Police Commissioner T. E. Smiley, Mayor L. J. Martin, Finance Commissioner F. M. Wooden, Tulsa Daily World reporter Glenn Condon, and Tulsa Daily Democrat reporter Charles Allen are also pictured.