Dads deserve to have day

By BRENDA BUTLER

I wish the OBSERVER had a special Father’s Day supplement like they do for Mother’s Day. I would like to hear the stories of others who had good dads. And I would love to tell a few stories of my dad that were special. Like how he taught us all how to play chess, took us camping and for boat rides. He made a homemade car race game he drew, which we used my brother’s hot wheels and dice for. My dad’s name is Richard Butler.

The OBSERVER didn’t do it last year. I just learned how Father’s Day came to be. I’m sure some people already know the story. But I felt that those who don’t may enjoy this as much as I did.

Sonora Dodd came up with the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Sonora wanted a day to honor her father, William Smart, who was widowed at the time.

His wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his five other children by himself on a farm in eastern Washington State.

When Sonora grew up, she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. Sonora’s father was born in June. So she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Wash.

President Calvin Coolidge backed the idea in 1924, but it wasn’t until 1966 that Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. This was finally signed into law in 1972 by Richard Nixon.

Brenda Butler is a Dunkirk resident.