Celebrating Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day for children of any age to honor their father. Fathers are very special men, who, along with mothers, share the responsibility for building and maintaining the family. There are many ways in which to show thankfulness to fathers on Father’s Day. At Scrumps Cupcakes we want to help honor your Father with a box of our delicious cupcakes. These are not your average sprinkled cupcakes, these are what I like to call Man-Cakes.

A Little History About Father’s Day

After the war, he remained in western Arkansas near Fort Smith in a township called Marion which was located in Sebastian County, Arkansas. In 1865, William married Elizabeth L. Harris and had five children with only four surviving infancy. Elizabeth died in 1878. Shortly thereafter, in 1880, William married Ellen Victoria Cheek Billingsley. Ellen had been married before and had three children from the previous marriage. After the wedding vows were said, William and Ellen counted eight as the number of children combined through their marriage.6 During their marriage, William and Ellen had an additional six children together bringing the total number of children to fourteen.

One of William’s and Ellen’s children was Sonora Louis Smart, born on February 18, 1882, in Jenny Lind, Sebastian County, Arkansas. In 1889, when Sonora was 7 years old, William decided to move his entire family across the country, via train, to a town near Spokane, Washington, called Wilbur.

Nine years later in 1898, when Sonora was 16 years old, her mother, Ellen died to unknown reasons. As an older daughter among all her siblings, Sonora assisted her father by caring for her younger brothers. She continuously observed her father and how he spent endless hours caring for and raising all the children while working diligently trying to give them a better life. As Sonora sacrificed part of her life in helping to care for her siblings, she easily understood and admired her father’s sacrifice for all the children.

On November 4, 1899, Sonora married John Bruce Dodd. At a Mother’s Day service celebrated at the Central United Methodist Church in Spokane, Washington, Sonora began thinking about a day to celebrate fathers. As she honored her father so much, she felt that a perfect day for this celebration would be on William’s birth date of June 5th.

Sonora’s petition to hold Father’s Day on June 5th, 1910 was submitted too late for the Ministerial Alliance to adjust their sermons. The celebration would be held but the date would be June 19th of 1910. The sermon was “…presented by Reverend Dr. Conrad Bluhm at Sonora’s church, Old Centenary Presbyterian Church (now Knox Presbyterian Church).”

In 1913, Congress introduced a bill to establish each first Sunday of June as a day to recognize fathers. Congress voted the bill down. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson attempted to make Father’s Day an official day of celebration by attending and speaking at the Father’s Day service in Spokane, Washington. However, Congress turned the bill down once again. President Calvin Coolidge tried in 1924 to nationalize Father’s Day but again, the day was not supported by Congress.

In 1966, “President Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.”8 President Richard Nixon, in 1972, “established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the 3rd Sunday of June each year.”

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