Daywas started in 1909 by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd
from Spokane, WA to honor her dad, William Smart.
Dodd's mother died during childbirth with her sixth
baby, leaving Smart, a Civil War veteran, to raise
the kids himself. When Dodd was grown up she realized
how much her father sacrificed for her and her siblings.
June 19, 1910 marked the first Father's Day ever,
and it was observed in Spokane, WA. Across the country
other areas began to observe the holiday as well.
President Lyndon B. Johnson officially declared
the third Sunday in June Father's Day. -
Day Fun Facts and Quotes
Father's Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday,
with an estimated $100 million in card sales. Husbands, grandfathers,
uncles, sons and sons-in-law are honored as well as father.
In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons. Today,
kids wouldn't touch Dad's clothes if they were sliding naked
down an icicle.
In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family
business. Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home
from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer
and set the VCR.
People say About Father's day:
is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider
for all, and the enemy of all."
-J. August Strindberg
is a wise father that knows his own child."
doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember
father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother
would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass."
"We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're
I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly
stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one,
I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."
, "Old Times on the Mississippi"
Atlantic Monthly, 1874
something like a line of gold thread running through a man's
words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the
years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands
and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself."
-John Gregory Brown
, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery,
would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and
violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the
desire to beget children is a natural urge."
greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!"
her the name of father was another name for love."
father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me."
boys become big men through the influence of big men who care
about small boys."
the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."
-Ruth E. Renkel
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who
I remember he was."
- Anne Sexton
"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices
call him father!"
-Lydia M. Child
talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years
what my father taught by example in one week."
night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the
kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed,
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be."
profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I
am prouder - infinitely prouder - to be a father. A soldier
destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.
The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation
and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions
of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when
I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in
the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, 'Our Father
who art in Heaven"
cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need
for a father's protection."
- to God himself we cannot give a holier name."
James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death,
and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for
getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his
father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble,
takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his
son how best to crash through it."
- Clarence Budington Kelland
The thing to remember about fathers is... they're men. A girl
has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable
rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of
qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat, like
your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle...
" If the relationship of father to son could really
be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the
glory of fathers and sons.
" My father hated radio and he could not wait for television
to be invented so that he could hate that too.
Peter De Vries
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother
rather than all major credit cards.