“Kids Say the Darndest Things” may be a television show, but kids have been saying what’s on their minds – and amusing adults – for centuries. In 1903, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa asked the city’s school children to pen an essay on Thanksgiving turkeys.
A sampling of the essays were published on Nov. 26, 1903. They were written by second and third graders at Armstrong and Bancroft schools. The published selection, the paper said, was “the most excellent.”
So what did the children have to say? Here are some examples. The misspellings are the children’s.