Father’s Day

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fathers-dayFather’s Day is upon us again so we wanted to wish all the dads out their a Happy Father’s Day. We realize this post doesn’t have to do anything personal finance or bank rates but we just wanted to acknowledge dads on this day and the things dads do, which in many households include managing the family finances (Yes, we also acknowledge moms also manage the family finances).

The first Father’s Day is believed to be held on July 5, 1908 in a church in Fairmont West Virginia according to firstfathersday.us.

Here is a little history about Father’s Day from firstfathersday.us:

“And so, the day was observed on July 5, 1908.

Ward Downs, a prominent member of the church, wrote this letter to then State Congressman Arch Moore on August 10, 1972 when Congress was deciding on a date to nationalize Father’s Day. Congressman Moore never responded.

“It has recently come to my attention of a movement establishing a Father’s Day by an act of Congress to be observed the same as Mother’s Day. It was my privilege to have attended the first Father’s Day Service July 5, 1908, at the Williams Memorial M. E. Church, South, now the Central United Methodist Church, Fairmont, WV. The sermon was preached by Dr. R. T. Webb at the request of Mrs. Charles Clayton, a member of that congregation, and daughter of a Methodist minister. I recall the occasion very distinctly as the pulpit was decorated by having ripened sheaves of wheat placed about it. Many favorable comments by the individuals and the press were made concerning the service at that time. Any assistance you can give this movement will be very much appreciated by me and all the Methodists in this part of the country.”

Happy Father’s Day!

 
Author: Brian McKay
June 21st, 2009

MBR In the Press





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