Happy Thanksgiving from The Slatonite

In the 1950’s, the family kitchen became the main staple of many family homes.

Including those in Slaton…

1955 Advertisement in The SlatoniteIncluding those in Slaton.

Advertisements in the Slatonite of the 1950’s show a plethora of appliances that promised to modernize the family kitchen with the introduction of the modern day electric stove.

Thanksgiving, in the 1950s, became a more elaborate family affair.

In 1955, according to the book Slaton’s Story, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Gilmore moved to Slaton with their daughter, Marilyn, from Turkey, Texas.

Mr. Gilmore became principal of East Ward School and Mrs. Gilmore taught English, Speech and Spanish at Slaton High School. Their daughter was a student at Slaton Junior High.

For this typical Slaton family, a Thanksgiving meal would have been a pleasant affair with the typical Thanksgiving foods bought from the local Piggly Wiggly.

According to Piggly Wiggly advertisements in The Slatonite, in 1955 the Thanksgiving meals for the average family would have been no different than today’s turkey, dressing, cornbread, cranberries and pumpkin pie feast.

The prices, however, were.

In 1955, the price of a Turkey was 53 cents a pound. The average price of a ham ran at 49 cents a pound.

In order to whip up traditional sides such as green bean casseroles and stuffing, the typical family could buy cans of Green Beans for 9 cents and onions were going for 5 cents a pound.

Don’t forget the cranberry sauce, which cost 19 cents a cants

For dessert, Pumpkin Pie filling was priced at 2 cans for 25 cents and sugar was 12.5 cents.

In 1955, Green Stamps were given after every purchase and patrons to the Piggly Wiggly were given double Green Stamps on Tuesdays if they made a total purchase of more than $2.50.

Seventeen years later, in 1972, Slatonites had the choice of two grocery stores The Piggly Wiggly and United Supermarkets.

1972 was also the same year that, according to Slaton’s Story, the Dalton Wood family arrived in Slaton.

That year, Dalton Wood was named the new editor of The Slatonite. The couple had three children and, in their new town which was on the verge of winning state in 1974 in girl’s basketball, the family had much to be thankful for.

Especially since The Slatonite continued being a popular newspaper for local citizens and cost only 15 cents an issue.

The family’s Thanksgiving meal was also something else worth being thankful for.

In 1975, the price of a turkey was going for 55 cents a pound at United.

At the Piggly Wiggly, however, the price had increased to 69 cents a pound. A three-pound can of Crisco, however, was 99 cents at the Piggly Wiggly. Potatoes were affordable at the Piggly Wiggly as well, going for 19 cents for a ten-pound bag.

At United, however a package of ten biscuits were sold for $1.

Another favorite, which was now mass-produced, Pumpkin Pies were sold at 69 cents a pie at Piggly Wiggly.

Today, as expected, families are spending an all time high on foods.

In today’s modern super markets, hams are going for $1.89 a lb., Turky $1.49 a lb., and Pumpkin pies are a whoppin’ $3.99.

Plus, Green Stamps are now a thing of the past.

One thing has remained the same, however …

Like in generations past, families in Slaton will continue to gather round the table, give blessing, and be thankful for another year and hopeful for many more.


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