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Backstory: Glimpses of Casper Thanksgivings from decades past

Mary Lou Sulley, 11, and her brother Patrick, 7, pose with what appears to be a live turkey in a Thanksgiving Day feature photo published in the Casper Star-Tribune on Nov. 25, 1971. Mary Lou is holding with a Better Homes and Garden cookbook. The cutline said they were the children of "Dr. and Mrs. O. F. Sulley." (Photo by Chuck Morrison)

CASPER, Wyo. — Like most towns and cities in America, the Thanksgiving Day holiday has for decades meant gathering with family and friends for company and food.

While the prices and businesses have changed in Casper over the past century, the traditions for the most part have not.

We have to admit, however, that filling up with “all the tasty foods expected of the occasion” at the Cinderella Cafe for a cool 65 cents sounds pretty fantastic.

Enjoy a walk down nostalgia lane before or after your feast today.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

“Sweet, but sad blue-eyed Sherri Charlene Nicholson” poses with the family turkey before the bird is sent off to slaughter in a photo published on Thanksgiving Day by the Casper Tribune-Herald in 1964.
A Thanksgiving page published by the Casper Tribune-Herald on Nov. 28, 1934.
Pineview Elementary School students pose for a photo published in the Casper Morning Star in 1962.
A newspaper ad for Thanksgiving dinner at the Townsend Hotel’s restaurant in 1938. One dollar comes to just over $19 today adjusted for inflation.
A Casper Tribune-Herald ad from Nov. 15, 1940 for the Red Front grocery store located at 12th and Cherry.
A Casper family with out-of-state visitors was featured in the Casper Tribune-Herald on Nov. 25, 1954.
An ad from Nov. 23, 1932 appeared in the Casper Tribune-Herald for the Cinderella Cafe. Today’s cost would come to around $13 with inflation.
An ad for the Wyatt Cafeteria from Nov. 25, 1936. The cafeteria was located in the basement of the Hotel Wyatt building at 120 North Center. It was located near the Henning Hotel and was demolished in 1977 after the city condemed the WWI-era building.
A morning Thanksgiving church service at Casper’s First Presbyterian Church from Nov. 23, 1961 was published later that day in the evening edition of the Casper Tribune-Herald.
An ad for the Red & White Cafe on East Yellowstone appeared in the Casper Star-Tribune on Nov. 25, 1971.

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