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Searching for the Origin of Father's Day
by Mike Krumboltz
33 hours ago

252 Votes Searchers have a question they'd like answered: Who started Father's Day? Who do they have to thank for the mandatory bonding time they're spending with dear ol' dad this weekend? Lookups on "father's day origin" and "who started father's day" inspired us to investigate. The results of our research shook us to our very core.

OK, maybe not to our core, exactly. But the story of how Father's Day came to be is still pretty interesting. A blog from a Detroit church explains that most historians credit a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd with creating the holiday. Ms. Smart Dodd was "inspired by her father, a widower and Civil War veteran named William Jackson Smart." She wanted to do something to honor his memory while paying respect to all fathers.

Clearly she was a woman with a plan. Alas, not everybody agreed with her pleas to "give it up for the papas" (our words, not hers). In fact, Ms. Smart Dodd's proposal was often mocked when it first made the rounds. Folks felt it unnecessary. And the all-male United States Congress felt that having a holiday for fathers might look like they were trying to give themselves "a pat on the back."

Additionally, many just plain didn't want the holiday. An article from Inspiration Line explains that, according to an article in The Spokesman-Review, "one group of men conventioneers laughed and said they didn't want a Father's Day. A National Fishing Day would be better, they told her."

Though many scoffed, the holiday was eventually accepted. In 1910, the first local Father’s Day was held. It wasn’t until 1924 that President Calvin Coolidge "made it a national event." Then, in 1966, President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Nixon made it law in 1972.

It's hard to imagine a time when the idea of Father's Day was mocked and dismissed as ridiculous. If it weren't for the tenacity of a grateful daughter, it may never have come to pass.

To ALL the fathers on AMD, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to you!!!
Keep up the good work.

"one group of men conventioneers laughed and said they didn't want a Father's Day. A National Fishing Day would be better, they told her."
They must have all been from Minnesota. They take fishing seriously up there.... even in the frigid cold they call winter.


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onehornytoad69

Jun 21 @ 4:29AM  
Interesting!!! Thx for the Info!!!
They take fishing seriously up there...
Doesn't Everyone?
LilGriz

Jun 21 @ 6:21AM  
They take fishing seriously up there

You betcha we take our fishing seriously up here....we do have a couple lakes and rivers doncha know...

Well, at least people can't complain that it was made up by Hallmark to sell more cards. Personally, I don't make too big of thing about it.
Sunshine79

Jun 21 @ 9:08AM  
Well, let's thank Johnson & Nixon!!
Cootiesprayer

Jun 21 @ 9:36AM  
Thanks casual, this was good! greenie for you my dear.
Ewe_Wish

Jun 21 @ 10:33AM  
They must have all been from Minnesota. They take fishing seriously up there.

Hell I thought you would have realized that soon when you found out our state motto is ...............Friends don't let Friends Fish...................Alone.

even in the frigid cold they call winter.
Well what the hell else is there to do.......................and have you seen some of the ice fishing villages..........some of those people have nicer fish houses than the homes they live in...................
Ewe_Wish

Jun 21 @ 10:35AM  
I forgot to leave a kudo so I came back............for one thing I forgot to say Happy Father's Day to all the fathers here..............and the second reason is I think anyone who is willing to move to MN and spend winters here..........deserves a kudo.......and a very warm winter coat and a pair of sorrels.........
casuallylooking

Jun 21 @ 11:19AM  
I think anyone who is willing to move to MN and spend winters here..........deserves a kudo.......and a very warm winter coat and a pair of sorrels.........
And a good psychiatrist

some of those people have nicer fish houses than the homes they live in...................
Isn't that the truth.. It's mind blowing to someone who has never actually seen such a thing.

Personally, I don't make too big of thing about it.
You deserve to have a big deal made of it FOR you. For the wonderful Dad that you are.

Doesn't Everyone?
I'm not sure about everyone, but don't get in their way on the first day of fishing season. They WILL run you over with their boats.... and keep on heading for the lakes.
And at Fleet Farm -- a.k.a. the mans mall -- you have to spend at least a week going through all of the fishing poles to pick one, or five. 13 long isles of them to choose from. You would love it, Alex.
somnium

Jun 21 @ 12:01PM  
Thanks y'all for the Father's Day wishes for all of us fathers!

I have a wonderful daughter and two of the kewlist grand kids! Love 'em all!



Yet... I just can't help thinking, I may have an unknown child fluttering about out there somewhere- I don't know about! And what if this child has many kids/grand kids I don't know about? The immensity of it all!!! This seems to only come up on Father's Day for some reason!!

Enjoy your day guys!!

LilGriz

Jun 21 @ 3:59PM  
13 long isles of them to choose from

And that is in the sorta off season between ice up and good ice time......highs of 0 for days in a row.....I think they call that December....

Been a great day so far...all three of my girls today..
Ewe_Wish

Jun 21 @ 4:26PM  
13 long isles of them to choose from

Must have been one of our smaller stores.............
NightOfOld

Jun 21 @ 6:04PM  


Thank you for the info. sweety. Here's your Greenie.
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