People decided to bring back King Turkey Day for 1945 after having skipped a year (or two? I’m not entirely certain, given the text; one of you folks know the answer to this?), mostly because they were afraid of losing the name and date to some other town.
Dean W. Donald Olsen of Worthington Junior College is mentioned toward the end of this article, too. Olsen, who was tremendously influential, died just recently; his obituary can be found here.