WILLIAMSTOWN – A day set aside to honor fathers is just over 100 years old. For many it is a day to reflect on the role a father plays in the lives of the home and their children.
A few people surveyed recently said they think Father’s Day should be emphasized more and the focus should be moved to being with the man they call Dad more than on gifts.
Christina Rosenlieb, of Marietta, said she sees Father’s Day as honoring fathers and fatherhood.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “It’s to honor dads and the men of the home.”
Rosenlieb said more emphasis should be placed on the day.
“I don’t think it’s emphasized enough,” she said. “It’s an important job in the family.”
Troy Rosenlieb echoed his wife’s thoughts on the day.
“It’s a reminder or how important it is,” he said. “It’s a reminder of the critical role you play in your children’s lives.”
Troy Rosenlieb said as a father the day has come to mean more every year and this year he will mark the day as the father of two children.
Juanita Richardson, of Parkersburg, said she has not marked the day since her father died in 1979.
“I always remember it,” she said.
Richardson said she thinks the day should be recognized more.
“I don’t think it gets as much as Mother’s Day does,” she said. “More people seem to celebrate Mother’s Day more.”
Inez Clarida, of Williamstown, said the day should be a time for the younger generations of fathers to learn from the older generations.
“I think some of the young fathers need to take lessons from the older fathers,” she said. “They need to be there more for their children; put the children first instead of their own fun.”
Clarida said she thinks the day has become too commercialized.
“If they would get together with dad for dinner rather than a text or telephone call it would be better,” she said.
Her husband Larry said he agreed with her statements on the day.
According to history.com, Father’s Day as we know it was created by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., in 1909.
Dodd said she thought of the day after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. She stated she thought fathers should be honored in a similar fashion.
Historians said she felt strongly for fathers because of the affection she received from her own father, Mr. William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Dodd’s mother died while childbirth when she was just 16 and her father raised the newborn and five other children with love and care.
Dodd was inspired by Anna Jarvis’s struggle to promote Mother’s Day. Dodd began a campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the United States. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Y.M.C.A. supported Sonora’s cause. As a result Spokane celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.