6/15/08

Fathers Day

A little Fathers Day History..


Fathers day contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards.
In fact when a "Fathers day" was first proposed there were no Fathers Day cards!
Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington , first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington State. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.
At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day.".
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.

Happy fathers day!

4 comments:

Michelle said...

What part isn't working?? The background is there. The only thing I see is your header has your polka dots on it. Is that what you are talking about??

Mother Goose said...

I enjoyed this history on father's day.

Michelle said...

It all looks right to me. The background is the YW values. There is a colored background behind where you post your blogs. On the header there is stripes around it and then there is your brown and pink polka dot "pink basement dweller" logo.

SherryB said...

Rachel, thanks for keeping my children this week!! They had an absolute blast with guys!!! Emily can't wait to come next week!!! Have a great weekend!!!