Happy Father's Day! Ever Wonder About the Origin of this Special Day?

Reblogger Markita Woods NMLS#196099
Mortgage and Lending with Fairway Independent Mortgage NMLS #196099

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandads, and papas! Thanks for what you do!

As I was trying to find the appropriate gifts for my husband and father, I was thinking to myself what is the history of Father's Day?

And sure enough Anna "Banana" Krutchen' s blog answered my questions...quite interesting.

Original content by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 AZ Broker BR030809000

Once Upon a Time, Father's Day was Born...100 Years Ago

Sonora Smart Dodd.

Does that name ring a bell or have any importance to you?

Well, this Sunday you'll be celebrating Father's Day thanks to Dodd who originated this special day for fathers everywhere. Better yet, this Sunday marks the 100th birthday of Father's Day! That's right, Father's Day has been celebrated for 100 years. Now sit back, relax and let me retell the story of how Father's Day came about...White Rose

Red Rose

Once upon a time in Spokane, Washington,
a young woman was sitting in church, attentively listening to the Sunday sermon on Mother's Day. It was the year 1910, two years after the first Mother's Day observance in West Virginia.

During this sermon, Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd realized something as she listened about the maternal sacrifices made for children -- it was her own father that made the sacrifices as he raised her and her 5 brothers...ALONE...after his wife died during childbirth. She realized fathers must also be recognized for their sacrifices and hard work, too.

And thus the idea of having a Father's Day was born and proposed. While the town of Spokane strongly supported it, it did receive a bit of criticism before it officially became an official observance in 1972, 62 years after it was proposed.

During the first observance, young members of the YMCA went to church wearing roses: a red rose to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a deceased one. Dodd traveled through the city in a horse-drawn carriage, carrying gifts to fathers.

Dodd wanted Father's Day to be observed on her father's birthday (June 5), but the ministers claimed they needed extra time to prepare sermons on the new subject of fathers. This is why Father's Day always falls on the third Sunday of June.

Happy Father's Day!



"Either we honor both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honoring either one. But to single out just one of our two parents and omit the other is the most grievous insult imaginable."

Senator Margaret Chase Smith


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Shannon Lewis
Beringer Realty - Champaign, IL
Realtor, Broker - Champaign-Urbana, IL

That's neat. I didn't know the history of Father's Day or Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 19, 2010 10:56 AM #1
Ann Gioe, CRP, GMS
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty - Indianapolis, IN
Central and Southern Indiana Real Estate

I find it hard to believe that Hallmark wasn't somehow involved

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