Lodi celebrated Thanksgiving holiday early in 1939
In this 1940s photo, Lodi businessmen draw attention to a sign directing travelers on Cherokee Lane (which was the main highway through town) down Pine Street toward the business district in Downtown. From left: Sam Stoloff, Sam Salas, Bob Elliott and Phil Mitchell. The sign was posted for years at the southwest corner of Cherokee Lane and Pine Street. Lincoln School is in the background.
Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 am
President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a bold move in late October 1939.
In an effort to boost the nation's struggling economy following the Great Depression, Roosevelt bucked tradition and moved Thanksgiving up one week earlier to make the Christmas shopping season longer for retailers.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:00 am.