The Origins of Father's Day

The Origins of Father's Day

Tomorrow, millions of dads across the USA will celebrate Father's Day--adding another tie or coffee mug (or, if they're lucky, a made in USA Jacob Bromwell product) to their gift collection. Although the holiday was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the day's origins actually stretch back much further than that.   Sonora Smart Dodd conceived the idea of a day that recognized fathers back in 1910. Dodd's father was a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised Sonora and her five siblings in Arkansas. When Sonora heard a Sunday sermon about Mother's Day in 1909, she told the pastor that fathers deserved a holiday honoring them as well. She suggested her father's birthday, June 5, but the pastors didn't have enough time to prepare a sermon, so the day was pushed to the third Sunday of June.   It took a long time to catch on. A lot of folks considered a day honoring fathers to be somewhat of a joke, and it was also criticized for its commercial tie-in with retailers. But by the 1960s, the day was being recognized and today it is celebrated in just about every country, with some name and date variations here and there.   Father's Day makes me think of my own pappy, a hard working rascal who taught me everything that I know, especially the importance of making quality, American made products! From all of us here at Jacob Bromwell, we wish the pops out there a very happy Father's Day!

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