Few know that the "true" origin of Father's Day can be traced back to the American Civil War. William Jackson Smart was a Union Soldier in Arkansas' 1st Battery Light Artillery. Married in 1865, his wife Elizabeth Harris gave birth to six children before dying delivering her sixth child in 1878.
Elizabeth's death left Mr. Smart sole responsibility of raising six children. He moved to the State of Washington in 1887.
The children held their father in the highest regard.
The story goes that while Sonora Louise Smart, only daughter born William and Elizabeth, was listening to a Sunday morning church sermon concerning the proclamation of Mother's Day she concluded that fathers should also be recognized for the part in raising their children. The rest is history and on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.