100 Years Ago
AT FEDERAL JAIL
In addition to the regular bill of fare, M.T. Brisco, who has charge of the feeding of the prisoners, had provided a barrel of fine apples and 66 pounds of dressed turkeys.
To a News Record representative Mr. Brisco, Friday morning, said:
As Mr. Brisco was passing along one of the corridor Friday morning, one of the prisoners came up to the bars and said:
Thanksgiving services conducted by Rev. Sitton, were held in the jail Thursday evening.
AT COUNTY JAIL
"I wanted to give them pumpkin pie to go with the turkey," said Jailer Barry, "but as I was unable to get the pumpkins, we had to be satisfied with sweet potato pie."
IN THE CITY
Work was practically suspended all over the city, few stores being open after dinner, and the banks, county and Federal offices, and factories were closed all day. There were some few though that on account of the rush of business were compelled to work their men all day.
Taken as a holiday, the day was an exceedingly quiet one, there being few disturbances to mar the sanctity of the day.
The preceding was excerpted from a news article, "Thanksgiving Day As Kept In Fort Smith," Fort Smith News Record, Nov. 27, 1903, p. 1.