Father’s Day Only Comes Once a Year So It’s Time to Remember Dad!

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Thursday, June 16, 2011

The first observance of Father’s Day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.

Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. All the credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later.

Clayton’s celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon’s proclamation of Father’s Day, and worked to recover its legacy. Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service.”

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.  US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents.” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

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Stop by the Mountain Valley View Farm booth at the farmers’ market, where we will be offering farm fresh healthy items to give to Dad.  If you are looking for any particular farm item, let us know and we will try to bring it to the market.

Items that we will have at the market this week are:  farm fresh eggs and farm fresh goat milk for animal consumption.

Spokane Public Market

32 W. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99210
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    Wed – Fri


Spokane Farmers’ Market

5th Ave between Division & Brown
Spokane, WA 99210
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.    Wed & Sat


Spokane Northside Farmers’ Market

315 E. Francis
Spokane, WA 99205
Hours:  Wed 3 – 7 p.m.  and Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market

1421 N. Meadowood Lane
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.    Sat

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Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.
Your Source for Northwest Farm Fresh Foods Shipped Worldwide
4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, Washington 99016-8732 USA
Phone (509) 928-1800 | Fax (509) 922-9949

Email: sales@mountainvalleyviewfarm.com

Blog with us at www.mountainvalleyviewfarmblog.com


Mountain Valley View Farm Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8:00 a.m. – Noon;  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Closed Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Other farm hours by advance appointment only.
Please call (509) 928-1800 to schedule an appointment.


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& Bed and Breakfast
Phone (509) 928-8900


Directions to Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc.

From I-90 East or West

Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue straight for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The farm will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road


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