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BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 307—272-8979 pamhopkinson®gmailcom I remember read- ing George VWashington’s words of thanksgiving and Providence: “I flatter my— self that a superintending Providence is ordering ev— erything for the best and that, in due time, all will end well.” We recently were able to connect some lineage to passengers on the May— flower voya e. It was part of a family iscussion over our early Thanks iving dinner. Both lines 0 con— nection for my children were through their grand- mother‘s lines; The fact that‘they both survived a voyage across the ocean and the first winter in the “new land” made us thank— ful for their tenacity and grit. Further study of this period took us to a man named Tisquantum, more The Bible Church held a live nativity scene during the Holiday Mingle in 2010. Pictured are (l-_r) readily known as Squanto. Tisquantum was a member of the Patuxet Tribe. He and others‘in his tribe. went aboard a ship from early explorers and were kidnapped and taken to Spain and sold into slav— ery. Tisquantum ended up in England and learned the lan uage and later jumped at t e chance to travel back to his former summer vil— lage to be a translator be- tween the English and the Native Americans. Sad- 1y, when they arrived, he discovered his whole vil— lage no longer existed, but a story goes that they had succumbed to plagues. Tisquantum was a key figure in meeting the Pil— grims and helping them to survive in their new envi— ronment. The seeds they had brought with them did not adapt to the harsh en— vironment they were now in. He helped them lant and harvest. Much o the story of the first thanks- CHRONICLE giving is tradition. Much of it has been enhanced, from the ‘original journals that were kept. But we know the Pilgrims landed, and 45 of the original 102 passengers died during a harsh winter from lack of shelter, scurvy and conditions on the ship. So here is, a quick over- view looking ,back to 1620. We know the Pilgrims left England to establish their religion freely away from the rule of the mon— archy. They met a native named Samoset who spoke some English words he had picked up from explorers. He introduced them to Tis- quantum, who spoke En- glish, and they were aston— ished. They were able to communicate and learn the survival skills they needed. When I read about these people, there is no doubt that Providence was over all, long, long before their Mayflower journey was planned. When ou con- sider Tisquantum s kidnap- . ships to bring ing, the learning of the anguage, the trip back to his village, the meeting of the Pil rims and the sur- vival o the Pilgrims, you conclude that their char- ter had to have been more than Chance. All helped lead us to our countr , our freedoms and our 1i erty. Now, here we are in 2020 with the modern conve— niences more plentiful than we could have even imag— ined in our lifetime. Yet, we sometimes get a bit wobbly thinking about how diffi— cult this year has been. Looking back through history gives us perspec- tive. What a perfect time at the end of this year to take a deep breath, give thanks to those who came before and endured the real hard— us tothis point. What will be said about us when our poster- ity looks back? How did we weather 2020? Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful feast. FILE PHOTO Saughn DeFuentes, William DeFuentes, Hannah Cruz, Jenci Jasso, Derek Phelps and Jaxson Jasso. See more in excerpt from 10 years ago. From our files First live nativity scene held 10 years ago 100 years ago, Nov. 26, 1920 The Cowley Progress Pre—war prices for live hogs became general yes— terday throughout the United States. In Chicago the market closed at the bottom figures of the day the lowest since Decem- ber 16, 1916. 75 years ago, Nov. 29, 1945 The Lovell Chronicle Mrs. Rose Fink has opened a beauty shop in her home on West Main Street and will be ready for appointments on Monday, Dec. 3. She re- cently completed a beau— ty course in a Billings beauty school. I 50 years ago, Nov. 26, 1970 The Lovell Chronicle Pic: Shelley Tippetts (left) and Jewel Harrison of Lovell received tro— phies for the best dairy foods demonstration at the 4—H Achievement pro— gram at Burlington Nov. 7. Trophies were presented to the team by the Sho— shone Milk Producers. 25 years ago, Nov. 22, 1995 The Lovell Chronicle Federal employees returned to work Mon— FILE PHOTO Shelle Tippetts (left) and Jewel Harrison of Lovell received trophies for the best dairy oods demonstration at the 4-H Achievement program in 1970. See more in excerpt from 50 years ago. day after the US. Con— gress and the Clinton Ad— ministration reached an agreement Sunday that will keep the govern— ment running for at least another month, ending a budget impasse that forced hundreds of thou— sands of workers to be furloughed for six days last week. 10 years ago, Nov. 25, 2010 The Lovell Chronicle Pic: The Bible ChUrch held a live nativity scene during the Holiday Min— gle on Main Street Satur- day evening. Shepherds and wise men pictured here braving the bit— ter cold weather are (l-r) Saughn DeFuentes, Wil— liam DeFuentes, Hannah Cruz, Jenci Jasso, Derek Phelps and Jaxson Jasso. November 26, 2020 The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Byron News Reflecting on Providence of Thanksgiving Lincoln’s proclamation made Thanksgiving official BY TOM EMERY The first Thanksgiving is often associated with the Pilgrims. Over two centu- ries later, President Lin— coln was the first to make it official. The official designa— tion of 1863 is the most lasting of the nine procla- mations for a day of thanks issued by Lincoln during his presidency. The idea of a thanks- giving was nothing new. On Oct. 3, 1789, George Washington had issued a proclamation for a day of thanksgiving, sched- uled for November 26 of that year. It had been cel- ebrated on various days throughout the nation, as many states had their own designations. . ‘ Thanksgiving had much of its actual origins in religious proclamations by bishops,” said Dr. James Cornelius, the former cu- rator of the Lincoln Collec- tion at the Abraham Lin- coln Presidential Librar and Museum in Springfiel . “Forms of thanksgiving had been celebrated through- out much of New England, and continued through co— lonial times.” The impetus for an official national day of Thanksgiving came from Sarah Josepha Hale, the 74—year—old editor of God- ey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s magazine. Hale had written to several pre— vious presidents asking for such a holiday, to no avail. On Sept. 28, 1863, 'she wrote Lincoln, urging him to declare “a day of our an- nual Thanks .iving made a National an fixed UniOn festival.” Noting “an in— creasing interest felt in our land to have Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the _states...it now needs national recognition and authoritative fixation, only, to become permanently an American custom and institution.” Lincoln had actually made several Thanksgiv- ing proclamations during his administration. On Nov. 28, 1861, he had ordered all government departments to shut down for a local day of thanksgiving, and he re- quested national days of “humiliation, prayer and fasting” on multiple oc— casions. Lincoln also pro- claimed thanksgiving for “signal victories” in the Union war effort in April 1862 and another remem— brance on Aug. 6, 1863. On Oct. 3, 1863, Lin— coln heeded Hale’s call. He issued his own procla— mation, declaring the last Thursday in November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” In 1863, that date would have also been Nov. 26. “It was not only the anniversary of Washing- ton’s proclamation, but it also fell on the same day of the week,” said Cornelius. “There’s a sense of history in Lincoln’s effort.” The words were actu— ally penned by" Secretary of State William Seward, and the original draft was later sold to benefit Union soldiers. To be sure, the reclamation was certain— y heavy with military ref— erence. Passages such as “in the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity” and “the ad- vancing armies and navies of the Union” called to light the national tragedy of the war. Still, 1863 had been productive for the North, with key victories at Get- tysburg, Vicksburg and elsewhere. “There 'was reason to celebrate the progress of the war,” said Cornelius. “Those were important victories, and Lincoln wanted to remem— ber them.” Scholars have long de- bated the extent of Lin- coln’s Christianity, but the 1863 proclamation makes repeated religious refer- ences. Phrases such as the “watchful providence of Almighty God,” “the gra- cious gifts of the, Most High God,” “our beneficent Father” and “the Almi hty Hand” are sprin led throughout the document. “Lincoln saw the day as an appropriate time to give national gratitude for God’s plan and goodness,” said Dr. Cullom Davis, a nationally recognized Lin— coln scholar from Spring— field. “It was yet another reason to be thankful.” “To top it off, the year of 1863 brought a pretty good harvest,” remarked Cor— nelius. “Lincoln saw plen— ty of reasons to celebrate, and they are all summa— rized in the Thanksgiving proclamation. Referenc— es to historical tribute, the military, religion and agri- culture are all found in the document.” The first official Thanksgiving Day in 1863 would bring even more reason for the North to celebrate. On Nov. 25, the day before, Union troops earned an important vic— tory at Chattanooga. The holiday was exactly a week after Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Many also credit Lin— coln as the first president to ceremoniously pardon a turkey, now an annu— al White House tradition. Lincoln pardoned the bird at the behest of his young son Tad in 1864. In 1941, Congress au—. thorized a resolution that switched Thanksgiv— ing from the last Thurs- day in November to the fourth Thursday of the month. (Tom Emery is a free— lance writer and research— er from Carlinville, Ill. He may be reached at 217— 710—8392 or ilcivilwar@ya— hoo.com.) NWC to deliver in—person and online classes for spring 2021 . Similar to the fall 2020 semester, North— west College will deliver both in-person and online courses during the spring 2021 semester. All employees and stu- dents who are on campus will still be required to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing practices and limit in-person gather- ings. Members of the pub- lic who visit campus are re- quired to do the same. The goal is to continue transitioning areas of cam— pus between operation— al conditions throughout the semester, which will allow the college to move to more restrictive or re- laxed guidelines, as possi- ble, based on the current conditions. The plan allows NWC to pivot quickly and to the best of the co lege’s ability as conditions change throughout the semester. Students can expect to continue receiving import- ant updates via their stu— dent email accounts as de- tails continue to emerge. Those who are inter- ested in taking classes this spring can still register. Courses begin Wednesday, Jan. 13, and the last day to sign up for full-term class- es is Jan. 20. To see upcom— ing course offerings, visit h ' nw — icslschedulehtml. For more information about NWC’s response to COVID—19 , visit https;4[ nwc.edu[covid.