Buckaroo Leather wishes all you Cowboys and Cowgirls a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
What will be on your Thanksgiving table??? Turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, cranberries......
The first Thanksgiving had quite a different a menu. The table was filled with native fruits, like plums, melons, grapes, and cranberries. There were also local vegetables such as leeks, wild onions, beans, Jerusalem artichokes and squash.
The main dishes included native birds and game as well as five deer. There were also fish and shellfish on the table.
Although our food for Thanksgiving dinner varies from the first dinner, the feelings of thankfulness, family, and freedom are still with us today.
Here is a story of one Thanksgiving from the 1800's of a settlers reasons for being thankful:
A Close Call
In 1938, Mrs. Hulda Esther Thorpe remembers the dangers that settlers faced on the prairie in the 1800s, and the many reasons settlers had for giving thanks:
One of the best Thanksgiving dinners we ever knew of was when a family of settlers had their nice wild turkey dinner taken by the Indians, who came in silently and just shoved the folks back and eat it up. They did not harm the white people though and after they were gone the women made a big corn bread and with what few things the Indians left, they had a feast, the best as the daughter tells, that she ever eat. This was because they were so happy and thankful that the Indians spared them. This is one of many stories Mrs. Thorpe remembers from her pioneer childhood.
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