A look back at food prices; stores that served Pelican area over the decades

This week we’re going to “look back” a little differently.

We each have our favorite must-have dishes that comprise our Thanksgiving dinner each year. Here’s a look at how the cost of that dinner has changed through the years.look-back-thanksgiving-boy-girl-dinner-card

Thanksgiving Menu 1941

Turkey, Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Squash, Pickles, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Celery, Rolls and Butter, Pumpkin and Mincemeat Pie, Whip Cream, Sparkling Burgundy Wine, Coffee and Apple Cider

Turkey – 29¢ per #

Potatoes – 25¢ for 10#

Peas – 27¢ for 2 cans

Squash – 2¢ per #

Sweet Potatoes 10¢ for 3#

Celery – 13¢ for 3 stalks

Cranberries – 35¢ for 2#

Dill Pickles – 19¢ per jar

Butter – 37¢ per #

Pumpkin – 10¢ for 20oz can

Mincemeat – 25¢ 3-9oz cans

Coffee 59¢ for 2#

Apple Cider 29¢ per gallon

Sparkling Wine – $1.00

Local Grocery Stores:

Carr & Hanson, Henning’s, Olson’s

You will notice that some menu items are not listed in the grocery prices. Some things were homemade so not purchased in stores.look-back-turkey-art-menus

Thanksgiving Menu 1966

Turkey, Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Squash, Olives, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Celery, Rolls and Butter, Mixed Nuts in the Shell, Pumpkin and Mincemeat Pie, Whip Cream, Sparkling Burgundy Wine, Coffee and Apple Cider

Turkey – 36¢ per #

Potatoes – 39¢ for 10#

Peas – 95¢ for 4 cans

Squash – 10¢ per #

Sweet Potatoes 29¢ per #

Yams – $1.00 for 4 cans

Celery – 19¢ per stalk

Olives – 59¢ for 7.5oz.

Cranberries – 49¢ for 2#

Cranberry Sauce – 49¢ for 2 cans

Butter – 69¢ per #

Pumpkin – 29¢ for 20oz can

Mincemeat – 39¢ per can

Whipping Cream – 35¢ for 8oz

Mixed Nuts in the Shell 99¢ for 2#

Coffee $1.89 for 3#

Apple Cider 65¢ per gallon

Sparkling Wine – $2.98

Local Grocery Stores: Larsen’s, Rex’s, Walt Boe’s

In 1966, some grocery items are now available in cans or cartons to make it easier for the cooks to get the meal on the table.

Thanksgiving Menu 1982

Turkey, Lutefisk, Potatoes, Gravy, Dressing, Peas, Pickles, Celery, Olives, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Rolls and Butter, Pumpkin Pie, Whip Cream, Coffee

Turkey – 67¢ per #

Lutefisk – $1.69 per #

Potatoes – $1.29 for 10#

Peas – 99¢ for 2 cans

Sweet Potatoes 25¢ per #

Yams – 69¢ per can

Pickles – 99¢ per  jar

Olives – $1.09 for 7.5oz.

Celery – 39¢

Cranberries – 59¢ per #

Cranberry Sauce – 79¢ per can

Dinner Rolls – 49¢ per dozen

Butter – 1.79¢ per #

Pumpkin – 45¢ for 20oz can

Frozen Pumpkin Pie – $1.39

Cool Whip – 59¢

Whipping Cream – 89¢ for 8oz.

Coffee $5.89 for 3#

Local Grocery Stores:

Larry’s Supermarket, Larsen’s, Walt Boe’s

If you didn’t want to cook, Dunvilla in the Country was offering a buffet with all the trimmings for $6.50 per person.

Thanksgiving Menu 2016

Turkey, Potatoes, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Corn, Carrots, Cranberries, Rolls, Butter, Pickles, Pumpkin Pie, Whip Cream, Egg Nog, Coffee.

Turkey – 99¢ per #

Potatoes – $1.99 for 5#

Potato Buds – $2.29 per  box

Gravy – 88¢ per can

Sweet Potatoes – 89¢ per #

Yams – $1.99 per can

Stove Top Stuffing – $1.00

Frozen Corn – $1.00 per bag

Baby Carrots – $1.00

Cranberries – $1.99 for 12oz

Cranberry Sauce – $1.79 per  can

Butter – $5.00 for 2#

Pickles – $3.99 per jar

Whipping Cream – $2.99

Cool Whip – $1.00 for 8oz.

Pumpkin – $1.00 per can

Frozen Pumpkin Pie – $5.99

Egg Nog – $2.79 per quart

Coffee – $7.99

Local Grocery Store:

Larry’s Supermarket

Surprisingly some prices have not increased all that much, and a lot more convenieces foods have joined the market. Whoever and whatever make up your Thanksgiving dinner, the most important part is the fellowship you have with whomever you spend your time and that you are thankful for all that we have.