O'Fallon Progress

Thanksgiving is a ‘day of appreciation of life’s many blessings’

Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president.
Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president. rkirsch@bnd.com

At Thanksgiving 75 years ago, World War II loomed on the horizon for O’Fallonites. At the time, Progress Editor Marcel Kuehn noted that we should be thankful that we had good crops and for the most part were prosperous.

“Of course there are lots of things most of us can think of that we’d like to have, things which in lots of cases we think we can hardly get along without. It is human, we suppose, to keep reaching out and desiring just a little more than we have. But when you come down to the bare facts, we’re just so fortunate we ought to be ashamed of ourselves for asking for anything else. So let this be a real Thanksgiving day. A day of feasting and celebrating and visiting, of course. But also let it be a day of appreciation of life’s many blessings; a day of thoughtful, serious, thanksgiving and let it be one of devout prayer that our nation this year of 1941 remains spared of the devastation and ravages of war and its subsequent grief and sorrow.” War did come, however. Pearl Harbor was only weeks away.

75 years ago, Nov. 27, 1941

With the launching of the drive throughout the country by the Navy for recruits to man Uncle Sam’s “two ocean” navy, Chief Boatswain’s Mate W.L. Hughes, chief recruiting officer of the St. Louis sector, will be in this city every Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock. His headquarters will be at the Progress office to interview those interested in the Navy or the Naval Reserve.

50 years ago, Nov. 24, 1966

Anthony P. Donovan, 18, of O’Fallon, was injured fatally early Saturday morning when a foreign car he was driving overturned on a curve on Country Club road just outside of Lebanon. A second youth in the car with him, Douglas Meyer, 17, of O’Fallon, whose father owned the car, escaped with minor injuries.