From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 21, 1911:
"W. R. Stubbs, governor of Kansas, is convinced that the world is getting better every day. Therefore he suggests that all Kansans give thanks. Lawrence will be able to have a real Thanksgiving this year, for there are no football games to call the people away from their homes. Here is the Governor's proclamation. 'The Pilgrim Fathers established the beautiful custom of offering thanks to an All-Wise Providence for bountiful crops and general well being as long ago as 1621 -- the year following their coming to this new haven of religious tolerance.... Up until the close of the revolutionary war the Colonies retained the custom by common consent and annually devoted one late fall day to its observance. In 1863 President Lincoln renewed its usage by presidential Proclamation. Annually, since then, it has been our great privilege to set aside this day and keep it in a befitting manner. During the year about to close Kansas has been wonderfully blessed with splendid harvests.... Therefore I, W. R. Stubbs, Governor of Kansas, do hereby designate and proclaim the day set apart by President Taft, namely Thursday, November 30th, 1911, a holiday and general day of Thanksgiving throughout the state.'"