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Gobble, Gobble, Thanksgiving has come around once again! As each of you is sitting around your holiday table this year, wherever you may be, please take a little time to be thankful for those who came before us and made this wonderful extended family a reality.



If you'd like to add a little Rhodes family tradition to your Thanksgiving dinner this year, here is Jennie Rhodes' recipe for cranberry salad, taken from Kay's Kollektion of Favorite Recipes.


Cranberry Salad

(Must be made several hours, or up to a day before serving)

1 pound fresh whole cranberries
2 navel oranges
1 cup sugar (or sugar to taste)
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans are good)
1 package Jello

Grind cranberries and peeled oranges, preferably in a food grinder.
Stir in sugar and mix well.
Prepare Jello using 3 cups of boiling water
When Jello begins to thicken, stir in cranberry/orange mixture
Add nuts.
Refrigerate until firm.

Editor's Note: The recipe does not indicate the flavor or size Jello that is to be used. Additional research reveals that the Jello was red and the amount was enough to fill the mixing bowl. Strawberry in the smaller box would probably work well, but this part of the recipe can be adjusted to suit your taste.

Thanksgiving Trivia

When was the first Thanksgiving celebration held?
The Plymouth Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving celebration in the fall of 1621.

What was the reason for holding a Thanksgiving celebration?

On December 11, 1620 the first Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were initially known) landed at Plymouth Rock. By the fall of 1621, of the hundred or so passengers who had sailed on the Mayflower, only half were still alive. (Of these, only four were adult women and almost forty percent were children.) The survivors, thankful to be still alive, decided to give a feast.

What was the name of the Wampanoag chief that was invited to the first Thanksgiving feast?
His name was Massasoit. Some ninety Wampanoag tribesmen were present at the feast.
What was the name of the Pilgrim leader who invited the neighboring Wampanoag to the first Thanksgiving?
It was Governor William Bradford who invited them. The reason they were invited is because they were the ones who taught the Pilgrims to cultivate the land, thus making it possible for them to survive.

How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

It lasted three days (the celebration consisted of games as well as food).

Which president proclaimed the first "National Day of Thanksgiving"?

George Washington (in 1789 and then again in 1795).
Even though Thanksgiving was observed most years, it was not an official holiday. What is the name of the woman credited with making Thanksgiving a national holiday?
Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor. She began her Thanksgiving campaign in 1827.

Which president made Washington's "National Day of Thanksgiving" a national holiday?

On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued a "Thanksgiving Proclamation" that made the last Thursday in November a national holiday. (Before that, the president had to make an annual proclamation naming the day when Thanksgiving was going to be held.)

Who was the last president to change the date of the Thanksgiving holiday?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving to the Thursday before last (the reason was to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy).
What happened in 1941?
Congress passed an official proclamation naming Thanksgiving a legal holiday to be observed, from that date forward, on the fourth Thursday in November.

Last but not least...
Who wanted to make the turkey the national bird of the United States of America?

Benjamin Franklin, but he was opposed by Thomas Jefferson. Legend has it that Franklin then named the male turkey a "tom turkey" to spite Jefferson. (The female is called a "hen turkey" and the baby a "poult.")

What part of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual?
The wishbone.

What drink did the Puritans bring with them in the Mayflower?
Source: Virginia Soto/ -

Rhodes on the Road....


Bob and Cathy (Rhodes) paid a visit to Ginger and Phil (Hunt) at their home in Caledonia, Michigan during the last week in October. The four spent quality time discussing On the Rhodes, genealogy, and also poring over some old photographs which will likely be making their debut on the website in the near future. Phil, true to form, kept everyone in stitches with his funny stories. In his spare time he also managed to take some professional quality photographs of the group, including solo portraits of our patriarch, Bob Rhodes. Bob (Phil and Ginger's "Uncle Buddy") regaled the group with vivid, rich tales of his personal memories of family members, as well as his recollections of events from the earlier days of our family history.

Bob, Cathy and Ginger have taken both fun and productive genealogy trips together in the past and are our most diligent and dedicated family historians. Their next research venture was planned during the visit, and the trio has tentatively scheduled a trip to central Illinois, primarily Effingham, for sometime in June 2007. Ginger reports that anyone who would like to come along and help research and trek through the cemeteries of Illinois is more than welcome! For more information, please contact Ginger at:


On the Rhodes is currently seeking stories, memories, poems, and other written materials for use in a special project regarding Kay Rhodes. As stated in last month's newsletter, memories of any family member are welcome at any time, however, we have an immediate need for special items about Kay. Specifically, we are looking for those which illustrate the type of person she was, how she loved her family, and the way she lived her life. If you can help and send us something that communicates the essence of Kay, please email it to: as soon as possible!

This month's PicTune page is a mystery to everyone but Phil. I wonder who it could be....hmmmmm.




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That's all for this month's edition of the On the Rhodes newsletter! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone. Be careful if you're traveling and remember that we are thankful for each and every one of you!