Happy belated Thanksgiving from “The Traveler”! Even though it is a few days past the U.S. observance, my travels found me back at Thanksgiving again with the November 29, 1911 issue  of The Courier from Coldwater, Michigan. The front page of the issue features a large Proclamation from the Chase S. Osborn, Governor of Michigan, setting aside Thursday, November 30th for a day of prayer, feasting and thanksgiving.
Additionally on the front page is an article “Thanksgiving in Coldwater – At the Churches, the State School and City Schools” which begins “Every one of the ninety-two million American citizens is called upon by the President of the United States (Taft) and the Governor of his state to lift up to Heaven the praises of his heart to the Giver of All on Thursday…”. The article then continues about the programs which were held in the schools, including “In the High School, in place of the regular chapel exercises there was read the Governor’s and President’s proclamations…”.
Separation of church and state? Something about this report just seemed good. Maybe we should revisit the old school ways???