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Thanksgiving in the Soo - 100 Years Ago
Craig Huckerby for local2 sault ste. marie
October 8th, 2012 at 3:06pm | Last Updated at 3:45pm
As many of you sit down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings , it was quite a different story what may have been on the dinner table 100 years ago. Being that it is our centennial year of becoming a city, we took a look to see how Thanksgiving was all those years ago.
Just like today, those preparing the Thanksgiving meal had their work cut out for them - just a lot more work and likely for a lot more people than today's standards.
First of all it was more likely to be a chicken dinner than a turkey. The chickens were smaller birds and could fit in the ovens in most Sault Ste. Marie kitchens at the turn of the century.
But you may have also enjoyed some rather odd dishes on the dinner table back then.
Sheepshead with Hollandaise sauce. This was a fish dish , but it doesn't sound too appetizing anyway
Pigeon pie. A sort of meat pie in a pastry. How about Broiled quail on toast?
There was no doubt an abundance of fresh vegetables with many having their own large vegetable gardens and with many farms in the area.
But for those that didn't grow their own vegetables or for those that needed more ingredients the downtown was home to many stores with fresh produce and meat.
Just as the dinner table offerings have changed so has the meaning of Thanksgiving over the the last century.
One of the first organized national celebration of thanks dates back to Thursday, January 10 1799 In signal victory over our enemy and for the manifold and inestimable blessings which our Kingdoms and Provinces have received and daily continue to receive
Over the years though other reasons were given to celebrate the holiday and the harvest.
The holiday moved to the autumn period dating back to Thursday, 6 Nov. 1879 Blessings of an abundant harvest was the reason for the holiday.
The date of the holiday has changed from January to April to June , October and November. In 1957 Thanksgiving officially settled on mid October in Canada with the reason given, For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured.
Photos of Sault Ste. Marie courtesy the Sault Ste. Marie Museum.