1903 Thanksgiving in Norfolk

Thanksgiving in Norfolk

Quiet Home Observance a Feature of the Holiday

Town Wore Sunday Aspect

Business Houses Generally Closed During the Afternoon, and Many of Them all Day—Services held in Several of the Churches of the City.


            Thanksgiving was very generally, though very quietly observed in Norfolk yesterday.  There was no public observance outside of the services in the churches, and in an amusement way, the ball of the firemen at the Marquardt hall, but, after all, it was perhaps one of the most completely enjoyed holidays ever observed by the people of Norfolk.  The family gatherings, the rest from the toils of a week or a year, were the appreciable features, and nearly everyone participated in the observance to this extent.  The downtown business streets had an almost Sunday-like aspect during the entire afternoon, and a number of the business houses remained closed during the entire day, while the proprietors and the clerks observed the holiday after their own inclinations.  In spite of the high price of the Thanksgiving turkey, many of them were disposed of by the local dealers, and there were few in the city but who sat down to a dinner of more than ordinary excellence.  It was an unusual holiday in the matter of weather.  The people of Norfolk have experienced warm Thanksgivings, and dry Thanksgiving, and cold Thanksgivings and wet Thanksgivings, but seldom have they known of white Thanksgivings, and this is what they had yesterday.  A layer of snow covered the ground, and many were inclined to confuse the holiday with the Christmas season.  The air was chilly and the snow did not melt to any considerable extent during the entire day.  The wind was from the south, but frost-laden and somewhat disagreeable.  Sleigh riding and fun with sleds and skates were possible to those who were not too particular about the surfaces and general conditions.

School Exercises

            Observance of the holiday by the schools was Wednesday afternoon, when nearly every room had something on for the entertainment of the pupils and patrons of the schools.  Literary exercises, music, spelling down contests, or the serving of treats of pop corn or other seasonable delicacies formed entertainment in may of the rooms, but the real significance of the holiday was the announcement a the close of the day’s work that there would be no more school until Monday and the pupils and teachers would be left to enjoy the vacation as they desired.

Source:  The Norfolk Daily News, Friday, November 27, 1903, page 5.


Post Offices in Madison County, Nebraska

PERKEY’S Nebraska Place-Names

by Elton Perkey

Madison County, NE. Post Offices

Post Office          Established                   Discontinued                Remarks

Battle Creek        27 Jul. 1870

Blakely                25 Feb. 1880               21 Jun.1899

Burnett              20 Jan. 1880                8 Aug. 1887                  Ogden to Burnett to Tilden

Chloe              4 Mar. 1882               6 Jan. 1886

Clarion            4 Apr.  1872               23 Oct. 1899

Deer Creek         14 Dec. 1870        2 Nov. 1899              Changed to Meadow Grove

Dry Creek            28 Mar. 1872       20 Nov. 1888

Dunlap                 11 Feb. 1888                    1889

Emerick               24 May 1873        21 Dec. 1920

Enola                   22 Jan. 1906         31 Dec. 1909


Gates                   24 May 1873                12 Oct. 1875

Glenaro               21 Dec 1874                7 Aug. 1876

Hale                     30 Jan. 1888                27 Oct. 1897

Hiram                   2 Jun. 1887           11 Jun. 1887       Munson to Hiram to Warnerville


Kalamazoo          23 Jun. 1874                24 Aug. 1904

Kent Siding

Madison               23 Dec. 1869

Marrietta              18 Nov. 1873                20 May 1881

Meadow Grove   2 Nov. 1889                                                      before was Deer Creek

Munson                12 Jan. 1880                2 Jun. 1887               to Hiram to Warnerville

Newman Grove   23 Jun. 1874

Norfolk                 9 Jun. 1868

Ogden                 8 Apr. 1878                  20 Jan. 1880            to Burnett to Tilden

Parry                    15 Oct. 1872                6 May 1873

Plum Grove         5 Apr. 1872                   1 Oct. 1873

South Norfolk

Spring Valley       21 Mar. 1872                19 Dec. 1873

Tilden                  8 Aug. 1887                                        was Ogden to Burnett to Tilden

Union Valley        3 Jul 1872                     15 Feb. 1875

Warnerville          11 Jun. 1887                30 Nov. 1917

Warren                 26 Dec. 1871               18 Aug. 1890

Yellow Banks      14 Jun. 1877                19 Dec. 1879