The mother of "Mother's Day"

For all "moms" in the world

In the 19th century, the city of Albion, Michigan, was the national headquarters for the Prohibition National Committee.

According to local legend, things heated up between the prohibitionists and their opponents, the "Saloonists". On May 11, 1877, the anti-temperance union kidnapped three sons of local leaders, forced them to spend the night in a saloon and drink alcohol.

One of the boys was the son of the local pastor.

His son's humiliation left the minister so distraught that when he took to the pulpit the following Sunday, he couldn't complete his sermon.

A parishioner, Juliet Calhoun Blakeley, who was celebrating her birthday that day, stepped forward. She finished the homily, and encouraged other mothers to support the temperance movement.

Continuer à lire