Florida Bankers Association Bulletin No. 6 Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, November 10, 1939

Florida Bankers Association Bulletin No. 6 Regarding the Date of Thanksgiving, November 10, 1939


Bulletin No. 6 - Page 3

The Munroe & Chambliss National Bank, Ocala, recently remodeled its building and installed counter-height fixtures. A short time before, the Commercial Bank & Trust Company of that city renovated its quarters, installing counter-height fixtures.
The Merchants & Farmers Bank of Madison also has re-arranged its quarters and installed counter-height fixtures.
I will appreciate any items of interest concerning your official families and improvements in your banking quarters.

The bankers of Florida suffered a great loss in the death, on July 26, 1939, of their friend and fellow banker, James Simpson Reese, who had served for many years with honor as President of the Citizens & Peoples National Bank of Pensacola.

My trip to the great Pacific Northwest will ever live in my memory, because of the many pleasant associations I enjoyed with bankers from all over the country. The scenery throughout the Canadian Rockies, around Banff and Lake Louise, leaves one breathless; and all in all, it was a real treat for a country boy.
My good friend, W. W. MacEachern, Vice-President of the American Bankers Association for Florida, has forwarded to you a bulletin which I consider a masterpiece, covering the Seattle convention. I was proud of the number of Florida delegates present, and I believe that such gatherings tend to renew one's enthusiasm for his chosen profession. Let's all of us start planning to attend the convention in Atlantic City next year.

We are all happy that Stephen H. Fifield (Uncle Steve) was elevated to the presidency of the Financial Advertisers Association in Toronto in September. Jacksonville also was honored again when LeRoy Dart was justly rewarded for his long years of service in A. I. B. work by being made vice-president of the American Institute of Banking at its convention.
John L. Fahs, Vice-President of the First National Bank of Leesburg, was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Florida by President Roosevelt in September. John's experience as a banker, civic worker, and legislator, qualify him to handle this important public office with honor to himself and his friends.
Friends of C. J. McCrocklin, Vice-President of the First National Bank, Tarpon Springs, were glad to learn of his appointment as a director of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
HERE'S HOPING that each of you enjoys the Thanksgiving Holidays to the full - - - - - and that the HASH doesn't last too long.

J. Carlisle Rogers,


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


Rogers, J. Carlisle




Depression Era Florida (1926-1940)

General Note

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.