In 1908, Anna Jarvis holds a memorial service at a West Virginia church to honor her mother, Mrs. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, who passed away three years prior. Philadelphia newspaper publishers latch onto the idea and widely promote a day for honoring mothers, to be held on the second Sunday of the month of May. Read more about it!
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- May 10, 1908: Miss Anna Jarvis invites friends to honor her mother, Mrs. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis at a ceremony in St. Andrew's Methodist Church, Grafton, West Virginia.
- 1910: West Virginia passes a law designating the holiday and other states follow suit.
- May 8, 1914: U.S. Congress passes a law that states the second Sunday in May is to be celebrated as Mother's Day.
- May 9, 1914: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
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Pages in Chronicling America.] Miss Anna (or Annie) Jarvis, Mothers' Day.
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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "Day of Our Mothers,"
Florida Star (Titusville, FL),
April 30, 1909, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1.
- "Whole Nation Pays Mothers a Tribute,"
Washington times (Washington, DC),
May 9, 1909, Sunday Evening Edition, Page 8, Image 8, col. 3.
- "Boys and Girls to Pay Tribute,"
The Call (San Francisco, CA),
May 11, 1912, Junior Section, Image 1, col.3.
- "Wear a Flower,"
Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN),
May 11, 1912, Page 2, Image 2, col.1.
- "Because of the Increasing Volume of Work, Miss Anna T. Jarvis Has Founded an International Assocation to Carry on the Work She Begun,"
Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA),
May 12, 1912, Page 10, Image 14, col. 1-5.
- "Founded a Holiday,"
Washington Times (Washington, DC),
May 7, 1914, Page 7, Image 7, col. 4.
- "Wilson Proclaims Mother's Day,"
Washington Herald (Washington, DC),
May 10, 1914, Page 3, Image 3, col. 1-3.
- "The Significance of Mother's Day,"
Ogden Standard (Ogden City, UT),
May 16, 1916, City Edition, Image 9, col. 1-5.
- "Founder of Mother's Day Thanks Ad Men for Co-Operation,"
Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA),
June 29, 1916, Night Extra, Page 10, Image 10, col. 2-3.
- "Mother's Day,"
St. John's Herald (Apache, AZ),
May 18, 1922, Image 7, col. 1-3.