History of Father’s Day

February 12th, 2013 posted by Cheri Sicard

Father and son While many people believe that Father’s Day is a holiday invented by the fine folks at Hallmark, it’s not so. The celebration of Dad’s special day can most likely be credited to Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington State, who first suggested the idea of the holiday in 1909. Mrs. Dodd’s father, civil war veteran William Smart, was widowed when his wife died during childbirth with their sixth child. Despite the obvious hardships, Mr. Smart proceeded to raise the newborn along with his five other children, by himself. // It wasn’t until Sonora Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The original date chosen for the holiday was June 5, Mr. Smart’s birthday, however the celebration was postponed until June 19, the third Sunday in June, because there was not enough time to prepare. At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a Father’s Day. Some accounts credit Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia, as the founder of Father’s Day, although most histories give credit to Mrs. Dodd. In early times, wearing flowers was a traditional way of celebrating Father’s Day. Mrs. Dodd favored the red rose to honor a father still living, while a white flower honored a deceased dad. J.H. Berringer, who also held Father’s Day celebrations in Washington State as early as 1912, chose a white lilac as the Father’s Day Flower. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day, but it never became official until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the presidential proclamation that set aside the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

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I don’t have children, but this book had me wiping tears of laughter from my eyes. The author’s descriptions of teaching his daughters to drive, how they eat, talk and dress, and his daughter’s first job had me laughing so loudly people were staring at me. There’s a scene where he puts his older daughter “on trial” which may be the funniest thing I’ve ever read in a book. I also LOVED the part where he goes to a high school dance as a chaperone and tries to keep his girls from dancing with boys. I’m going to buy this book for my father, it reminds me so much of when I was a teen! (courtesy: Amazon)

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