In 1919, a year after the Great War ended, Asheville, along with the rest of the country, prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918. That Thanksgiving some local residents celebrated with nontraditional dishes.
In 1919, U.S. soldiers were returning home from WWI. In Asheville, a proper welcome became the source of much local debate.
On the eve of 1918, wartime efforts overshadowed revelry.