Few know that the origin of Father's Day can be tracked to the American Civil War. The saga begins as such. 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 the sole responsibility of raising six children. He later moved to the State of Washington in 1887.
His children held him in the highest regard. The story goes on to say that Sonora Louise Smart, only daughter born to William and Elizabeth, was listening to a Sunday morning church sermon. The topic concerned the proclamation of Mother's Day. Sonora decided that fathers should also be recognized for their part in raising their children. The rest is history and on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.