Mother's Day In Albion / Mother's Day

Mother's Day In Albion / Mother's Day (HMII7)

Location: Albion, MI 49224 Calhoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 14.563', W 84° 45.087'

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On May 13, 1877, the second Sunday of the month, Juliet Calhoun Blakeley stepped into the pulpit of the Methodist-Episcopal Church and completed the sermon for the Reverend Myron Daugherty. According to local legend, Daugherty was distraught because an antitemperance group had forced his son to spend the night in a saloon. Proud of the mother's achievement, Charles and Moses Blakeley encouraged others to pay tribute to their mothers. In the 1880s the Albion Methodist church began celebrating Mother's Day in Blakeley's honor.

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The official observance of Mother's Day resulted from the efforts of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia. In 1868 her mother had organized a Mother's Friendship Day in a West Virginia town to unite Confederate and Union families after the Civil War. Anna Reeves Jarvis died on the second Sunday in May 1905. In 1907 her daughter began promoting the second Sunday in May as a holiday to honor mothers. Following an act of Congress in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May Mother's Day.
HM NumberHMII7
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number1723
Year Placed1990
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 4:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 685514 N 4679173
Decimal Degrees42.24271667, -84.75145000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 14.563', W 84° 45.087'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 14' 33.78" N, 84° 45' 5.22" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-279 S Ionia St, Albion MI 49224, US
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