The beginnings of Fathers’ Day, 1911.


Started by Mrs. John B. Dodd of Spokane, Washington, and observed in that city in the year 1910, was the first remembrance for fathers, the right hands of mothers, the ones who strive to look after the well being of their families.

The day for fathers is the third Sunday of June, like the one for mothers which is celebrated on the Second Sunday of May.

There is much criticism about the day for fathers, because there are many fathers who forget their homes on Saturday nights and throw their money at all sorts of worldly entertainments. But this is not true of all fathers; there are fathers who think first of their homes, their wife, and their children, and then after their entertainment; and for those fathers, and all fathers, Aloha for them should be given by the children who are living.

The symbol of remembrance for fathers is a Rose of any color; that is while the father is still living, this should be pinned on the chest, but for the father who has died, a White Rose should be pinned;  just as remembrances are held on the day for mothers, so too should the be for fathers. The theme on fathers’ will be announced at the Churches.

[Let Fathers’ Day be everyday while you can!]

(Aloha Aina, 5/13/1911, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XV, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 13, 1911.

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