Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday conjured by greeting card manufacturers to sell more cards. In fact, when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards.
We all know, of course, Mother's Day was created on Day 1 when God created the earth; and all was good. Mother's Day is more than a celebration. It is an event. Card, candy and flower sales soar while department stores run specials for a sales weekend rivaling Christmas. Restaurants are packed with adoring families on Mother's Day and phone lines are jammed with words of gratitude. And this is how it should be.
But Father's Day is different. It wasn't until 1909 that Sonora Smart Dodd, a devoted daughter from Spokane, Wash., embarked on a campaign to create a day to honor her dad, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran and father of six.