Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Today would be Anna Marie Jarvis’s 143rd birthday

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to Anna Marie Jarvis! May 1st is her birthday and if she were alive today she would be 143 years old, so let’s honor her and her accomplishments by reading her story about establishing the first MOTHER’S DAY. Anna’s mother died May 9, 1905 and Anna wished to find a fitting way to remember her mom. As Anna thought about it, the idea grew and she decided to create a day to remember all mothers.

THE FIRST MOTHERS’ DAY was held on May 10, 1908 and a few days later the Philadelphia Inquirer printed an article about the huge success of Anna Marie Jarvis’s idea. The article boomed: “Millions Observe First ‘Mother’s Day’ – Philadelphia woman overwhelmed by response to her suggestion for national celebration.” See:

Download and save this article and share it with your family as you prepare for Mother’s Day this year. It’s a story that will warm your heart.

FATHERS’ DAY. And, so the father’s won’t feel left out our friend Tom Kemp has forwarded an article about Sonora Dodd and her suggestion to create Fathers’ Day. Like Anna Marie Jarvis, the idea for Fathers’ Day grew out of the love that Sonora Dodd had for her father William Jackson Smart. The first Father’s Day was held in June 1910 to celebrate his birthday and has been celebrated in June ever since. The article about this appeared in the Dallas Morning News 13 June 1963. See:

These articles are part of the 81.3 million articles in the Historical Newspapers at GenealogyBank.com, available for paid subscribers. But remember, you’ll find the original scanned images of the free articles on Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day online at:

So, DearREADERS, in preparation for that nostalgic time of year when we honor each of our parents, why not print out these articles, and share them with your family as you gather together. Ol’ Myrt will be spending Mothers’ Day with her children and grandchildren, a real first. This day will be hard since we just lost our mom/step-mom this past Christmas. So it is time to start a new tradition, and dwell on her memory, rather than the sadness of missing her so much. And although my Dad is on hospice, it might just be that he will live long enough to celebrate Fathers’ Day in June.

Many of you have written that you’ve already lost one or both of your parents. Believe me, I now understand how you feel. Doing genealogy is our way of keeping the memory of our family heritage alive in the hearts and minds of the younger generations, isn’t it?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.


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