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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
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The History of Father’s Day
Houston County Courier -  June 2009

Houston County - Everyone around the world will celebrate Father’s day on Sunday, June 21.
What does Father's Day mean to you? Maybe a homemade card, a new tie, or the chance to sit back and relax in your favorite chair as your kids volunteer to do all the chores around the house.
Father's 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 "Father's Day" was first proposed there were no Father's 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.
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, Wash.
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 third 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.
Others seem to believe that Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers.
Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.
The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on July 5, 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, WV, by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South of Fairmont.
The church still exists under the name of Central United Methodist Church.
Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother's Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church at Spokane, and she arranged a tribute for her father on June 19, 1910.
She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance to honor all fathers.

Everyone around the world will celebrate Father’s day on Sunday, June 21.
What does Father's Day mean to you? Maybe a homemade card, a new tie, or the chance to sit back and relax in your favorite chair as your kids volunteer to do all the chores around the house.
Father's 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 "Father's Day" was first proposed there were no Father's 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.
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, Wash.
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 third 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.
Others seem to believe that Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers.
Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.
The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on July 5, 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, WV, by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South of Fairmont.
The church still exists under the name of Central United Methodist Church.
Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother's Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church at Spokane, and she arranged a tribute for her father on June 19, 1910.
She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance to honor all fathers.

 

 

 



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