Thanksgivings of Yesteryear

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On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1908, a classified ad appeared in the San Antonio Express for The Uneeda Dairy Lunch on Houston Street offering:

Special Thanksgiving Dinner, 20 cents--Menu: Oyster soup, queen olives, celery, cole slaw, roast turkey with oyster dressing and cranberry sauce, creamed potatoes, sugar corn. English plum pudding with brandy sauce. Tea, coffee or milk

And 76 years ago, on November 24, 1932, The Galveston Daily News Society column complained that football was ruining Thanksgiving:

Galvestonians Journey About On Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is supposed to be a home day, the modern fancy for attending football games has apparently done much to disrupt the old custom of a big family dinner. At any rate, many Galvestonians are going hither and yon this year and many of them will be attending the Texas A. and M. football classic...

The Longhorns beat the Aggies 28 to 12 that year.

-- Robb Walsh

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