While most of us are hitting the grocery stores for last minute items, dusting off the Kitchen Aid, cleaning the fine china and preparing for the feast of Thanksgiving, we thought it might be a great time to look back 50 years, to see what events were happening here in Ely.

In 1966, November 23rd, the Olympia Market in Ely had ten pound bags of potatoes for .49 cents Standard Market had 2 cans of beets for .29 cents, while the ad for Standard Market in McGill’ listed three pounds of butter for $1.19, and twenty five pound sacks of flour for $2.25.

Many places had Thanksgiving specials. The Junction Cafe in East Ely offered a roast turkey with all the “fixins” and you had a choice of desserts:  carrot pudding with hot spice sauce, homemade mince or pumpkin pie for $1.75.

The Airport Lodge on Highway 93 North offered a roast turkey with wild rice dressing, baked ham with fruit sauce each with customary fixings. And the classic, Hotel Nevada that is still open today provided a Thanksgiving Dinner with a wide variety of Baked Ham, Roast Prime Rib or a Roast Fallon Turkey for $2.50 or a baked, stuffed Western Lobster for $3.50

For the night owls there was a dance at the “New Ruth Club” with music by Sally and Jack. Even the Central Theater was open, playing an adventure epic called “Zulu”, a technicolor thriller of the the conflict in Africa.

And if after the movie if you needed a night cap, the Midget Bar was offering a “Cape Codder” made with cranberry juice….after all that was still a celebration of Thanksgiving right?

And while there were no “Black Friday” sales in 1966 there was a Christmas Guide that had Christmas Specials from Steptoe Drug, East Ely Pharmacy, Economy Drug, Wilson Bates, Nanette’s, and Western Auto that would make today’s sales look unbelievable.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Ely Times to you and your families.thanksgiving-in-1966

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