J. CARLISLE ROGERS
CASHIER FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF
LEESBURG, LEESBURG, FLORIDA
Bulletin No. 6 - P. 1
FLORIDA BANKERS ASSOCIATION OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Nov. 10, 1939
TO THE MEMBER BANK ADDRESSED:
The officers and members of the Executive Council of your Association, in a regular called executive meeting held in Miami on Monday, October 23rd, adopted resolutions recommending that the banks of Florida observe both November 23rd and November 30th as Thanksgiving holidays, provided the President officially declared the 23rd as a regular holiday, Governor Cone having already proclaimed the 30th as Thanksgiving Day for Florida.
Since that time President Roosevelt has proclaimed the 23rd as the Thanksgiving holiday and our Comptrollers, J. M. Lee, in a letter dated November 3rd, has advised that it was his conclusion that both November 23rd and November 30th will be legal holidays in this state, under the provisions of our laws, and that all banks in the state should cooperate with each other to the end that there will be uniformity of procedure in the observance of the legal holidays.
I have already cleaned my gun and if the turkey does not last from the 23rd to the 30th, I hope to fill in with either doves or quail.
I will appreciate it if you will furnish me with any information you or your employees may have relating to known or potential bank robbers who are not at this time incarcerated in any penal institution.
WAGES AND HOURS
Your Secretary discussed this matter at Seattle with General Counsel D. J. Needham and his assistant, and had supposed that a special bulletin would be released before now from the offices of the American Bankers Association.
On October 23rd, the minimum hourly wage was raised to $.30, and the work week reduced to 42 hours. I am writing both to Pratt's Letter Service and to the General Counsel of the American Bankers Association to see if special bulletins cannot be prepared to cover interpretations to date concerning operations under the Wages & Hours Act.
In Pratt's Letter of November 4th, they stated that they were "advised on good authority that the Wage & Hour Division is revamping its explanation of the time for [overtime] plan; that the new explanation will be clarified; - will report later". When this information is received, I will pass it on to the members.
State Archives of Florida: Series 368, Box 91, Folder 5
The bulletin states that banks of Florida will observe both November 23 and November 30 as Thanksgiving holidays so that there is uniformity across the state.
November 10, 1939
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation moving the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday of November to the second to last Thursday of the month to extend the holiday shopping season. The holiday was changed from November 30, the last day of the month, to November 23. Thirty-two states issued similar proclamations, but 16 states refused to make the change. Florida Governor Fred P. Cone decided not to move the date forward and left the holiday on its traditional day. The governor's decision received both praise and opposition, with many wanting to keep with tradition, while others criticized the governor for creating confusion throughout the state. Many Florida organizations chose one date to celebrate the holiday, while others recognized both days as Thanksgiving. The dispute remained unresolved in 1940 and 1941. The issue was finally settled on December 26, 1941, when President Roosevelt signed a joint resolution declaring the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.