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Sun Jun 21 2009, 02:00AM
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Father's Day was started by of a Confederate Veterns daughter. Just another thing that the South will not get credit for.

Sonora Smart Dodd (February 18, 1882 – March 22, 1978) was the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart and was responsible for the founding of Father's Day.
Sonora Louise Smart was born in Jenny Lind, Sebastian County, Arkansas in 1882 to farmer William Jackson Smart (1842-1919) and his wife Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart (1851-1898). William Smart was a member of The First Arkansas Light Artillery and fought in the 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge during the Civil War. The Smart family moved West and finally settled near Spokane, Washington.

When Sonora was 16, her mother died in childbirth with her sixth child. Sonora was the only daughter and shared with her father William in the raising of her younger brothers, including her new infant brother Marshall. Sonora Smart married John Bruce Dodd (1870-1945) and had a son, Jack Dodd, born in 1909.

Sonora Smart held her father in great esteem. While hearing a church sermon about the newly recognized Mother's Day, Sonora felt strongly that Fatherhood needed recognition as well. She approached the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and suggested her own father's birthday of June 5 as the day of honor for fathers. The Alliance chose the third Sunday in June instead.
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Sun Jun 21 2009, 05:25AM

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Excellent post!!!! Thank you!!

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Sun Jun 21 2009, 02:09PM
Excuse me,

we need to check our facts before we get to excided about this.....

William J. Smart (First_Last)
Regiment Name 1 Batt'y., Arkansas Light Artillery
Side Union
Soldier's Rank_In Corp.
Soldier's Rank_Out Sergt.
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Film Number M383 roll 3
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