|Stories behind Fathers' Day
[ 2006-06-16 18:44 ]
A Lady of Memorable
Her name was Sonora
Louise Smart Dodd and she lived in Spokane, Washington. Sonora was the
oldest of six children raised by their father, William Jackson Smart, when
their mother died during childbirth. Sonora honored and revered her
father, and while listening to a Mother's Day sermon, in 1909, she
determined there should also be a day to honor fathers.
Sonora gained local support and made her dream a
reality, one year later, within her own city of Spokane, Washington.
Sonora married John Bruce Dodd. She died March 22, 1978, several years
after Father's Day became a permanent national observance.
Rose: the symbol of
In early times, wearing flowers was a
traditional way of celebrating Father's Day. Mrs. Dodd favored the red
rose to honor a father still living, while a white flower honored a
deceased dad. J.H. Berringer, who also held Father's Day celebrations in
Washington State as early as 1912, chose a white lilac as the Father's Day