Fathers Get Their Day

Butler County Democrat – Ohio – Jun 11, 1914

FATHERS’ DAY TO BE OBSERVED JUNE 19.

Spokane, Wash., June 16.

Officers of the Spokane Ministerial alliance and the Young Men’s Christian Association of Spokane are sending invitations to churches and allied organizations in towns and cities all over the United States to pay tribute to the head of the house on Fathers’ day, June 19, the rose being suggested as a suitable flower to wear on the occasion.

Mrs. J.B. Dodd of 610 Sharp avenue, Spokane, who is the originator of the idea, thus explained the plan for a national movement in a petition to the ministers of this city:

“The beautiful custom of Mothers’ day suggests the question: Why not a Fathers’ day? This is further emphasized by the celebration of Children’s day by our Sunday schools.

“Fathers’ day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out:

“The father’s place in the home.

“The training of children.

“The safeguarding of the marriage ties.

“The protection of womanhood and childhood.

“The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism, is so apparent as to need no argument.”

Butler County Democrat (Hamilton, Ohio) Jun 23, 1910

WHAT? A FATHER’S DAY?

WE HAD TO DO IT

They Are Getting the Worst of It! Who?

Why, the Fond Papas, of Course.

THERE, little world, don’t cry!
For you need something new, I know.
Of parties told,
Chestnuts old,
You have wearied long ago,
But, TODAY holds all for which you sigh —
There, little world, don’t cry!

SUNFLOWER SENTIMENT

Spokane did it — so why can’t we?

We will. It is FATHER’S DAY.

Of course it is generally assumed, and generally true, that there are fixed rules for setting aside a day to be devoted to tender sentiment, or patriotic display, but here’s where the exception comes in.

Probably you will think the day unlegal because the governor didn’t issue a proclamation. Well, I’ll tell you, Governor Mills is, as you know, the most obliging man in politics or out (it looks like the latter, now) and would have been glad to set aside this day had he been duly notified. Thought about telegraphing him yesterday that we were going to pull off a Fathers’ day here, but he was in Las Vegas where they were having a Fathers’ day all their own, and you can well imagine that the telegram would have been lost in the shuffle.

Anyhow, it’s FATHERS’ DAY.

Mother’s had her day, dedicated to tender sentiment and made evident by wearing carnations, and it’s only fair that one day of the year should be set aside formally and ceremoniously to honor him who pays the bills.

Much thought has been given the selection of a flower symbolic of fatherhood. After hours of thought and deliberation the SUNFLOWER has been selected. Why, I don’t know. The small sunflower typifies “Adoration,” and the big sunflower means “You Are Splendid.”

The big sunflower for ours.

That’s settled. Wear a sunflower today in honor of Father.

You see Mother has been featured in song, the motive of opera and the theme of literature — she’s had her inning and deserves it. But — what would a home be without Father?

He’s been getting the worst of it.

Nobody writes sentimental songs about Father; nobody indites sonnets to his manly beauty or perfections. Supplanted in the home, his position in the world of politics is now threatened. Working now to buy the baby shoes — soon he will have to put them on.

Poor Father! Not a “has-been,” for he “never was.” Just an “also-ran.” Whip up some sentiment for the occasion — grow tearful at thought of Father. Think but a moment of his checkered career.

Nothing to eat, but Mother’s food.
Nothing to drink but booze,
Nothing to wear; dressed like a dude;
Nothing to gain — all to lose.

No place to loiter but the club,
Nothing to play but sluff;
No place to go but home,
Rough on Father — very rough!

Albuquerque Morning Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Oct 1, 1911

Father’s Day.

Gabe — I see that they celebrated Mothers’ Day. Why don’t they have a Fathers’ Day?

Steve — Father has every Saturday night, hasn’t he?

Bayard Advocate (Bayard, Iowa) Jun 27, 1912

Cambridge City Tribune (Cambridge City, Indiana) Jun 17, 1926

FATHER’S DAY.

June 16th is Father’s Day, and we want to urge everyone not to overlook this occasion. For some reason, Mother’s Day is much more widely observed than Father’s Day. This is understandable in the light of the beautiful sentiments that are aroused by the very word “mother” — yet father need not be neglected, as too often he seems to be.

Father may seem indifferent to such an occasion as Father’s Day. Probably, if asked, he would call it “nonsense” and ask his children to “forget it.”

Father may seem austere, or too practical to care for such trinkets as you might be moved to purchase for him, or, in many cases, it might seem ridiculous to present him with a gift out of his own money.

But remember one thing! A man is only a boy grown up. Your father, no matter what his exterior, has hidden away in his heart a little boy. And that little boy will come to the surface and with father will retire to his room as happy about the red pair of suspenders, or the tie, or the box of cigars that you have given him, as any little boy would be about a box of marbles or a baseball glove.

Don’t be fooled by your father. He likes little attentions just as much as mother does.

Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Jun 14, 1929

Big Piney Examiner (Big Piney, Wyoming) May 8, 1947

NEXT SUNDAY IS FATHER’S day. In a nutshell, here is the purpose of Dad’s Day: To build a strong America, through wholesome child upbringing …….

Bruce News-Letter (Bruce, Wisconsin) Jun 16, 1949

A Word Of Tribute To Dad

The National Father’s Day committee has issued a father’s “Ten Commandments” for good citizenship. As Sunday will be Father’s day, the man of the family may want to check the list of commandments to determine his rating. Here is the list:

By and large, we believe the fathers do a good job. They are not perfect and no one expects them to be perfect, but most of them have deep interest in their children and genuine affection for them, even though they may seem gruff at times. Fathers may differ in their methods, but all of them strive to help their children over the rough spots in life and get them off to a good start.

In a great many families, gifts will be presented on Father’s day. That is well and good, but for most fathers, we believe that expressing a few words of appreciation will be welcomed above everything else. A little work here and there can do wonders to cement family ties and to give a lift to those who have found today’s burdens much greater than they had expected. To make a good home is not a simple task, and those who have been successful in that respect deserve every tribute that can be paid to them.

Do not let Sunday pass without making at least some gesture that would be pleasing to Dad.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Jun 16, 1951

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