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The History of Father’s Day
fathers and wives without husbands. She’d lost her own father some years before and knew how heartbreaking it was to lose such a guiding force from your life. Ms. Clayton was inspired to pay tribute to the fathers lost in the mining accident. She shared her idea with the local church pastor, and he agreed that the fathers should be given proper recognition. So, on July 5 — a date chosen because it was Clayton’s father’s birthday — of 1908, the town of Fairmont celebrated the first Father’s Day to honor all the lost fathers and give families a chance to mourn. Despite this early beginning, the holiday wouldn’t catch on in the rest of the nation for many years. In 1920, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane,Washington, brought up the idea of honoring fathers with a day of celebration. People began to pick up on the idea, though it still didn’t become a national holiday until 1972, when Richard Nixon declared it so. Thanks to the sacrifices of many men and some caring women, we now have a day dedicated to our fathers. They are the people we turn to for advice and guidance — our role models throughout our lives.
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Before learning about the Monongah Mine incident, I didn’t know the true history of Father’s Day. I, like some of you, thought it was either created so that fathers wouldn’t feel left out after the family celebrated Mother’s Day a month prior, or another invention of greeting card companies. Little did I know that the history of the small town of Fairmont,West Virginia, held the answer. Every summer in Fairmont, history is brought to life when actors pay tribute to the day in 1907 when a nearby mining accident took the lives of over 360 men. Many were Italian migrants, and many were also fathers.“Vibrations were felt in three or four towns,” describe the re-enactors of the incident. It was one of the deadliest mining accidents in U.S. history. After the mine exploded, thousands of children in the Fairmont area were left without fathers. A local resident, Grace Golden Clayton, couldn’t bear to think of all these children without
Enjoy the holiday with your family, and be thankful that you are near and dear to one another.
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