History of Father’s Day

On June 19, 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd held a Father’s Day celebration at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. William Jackson Smart was her father, a civil war veteran and a single parent who raised his six children there. She first proposed the idea at the Old Centenary Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She told the pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honor them like the mothers did. She initially suggested June 5th which was her father’s birthday, but the pastors did not …read more