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History of Father's Day

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Ninety-eight years ago, an American tradition was established in Spokane, Wash.

Sonora Smart was 16-years-old when her mother, Ellen, died in childbirth having her sixth child in 1898. Sonora was the only girl of the six and, along with her father, William, helped raise her younger brothers.

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Sonora grew impressed with the courage and sacrifices William made in raising six children and thought he should be recognized.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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