The History of Father’s Day

Fathers are the men that help raise and support a family and community. They often serve as role models for young men and inspire a personality of maturity and dependability. We celebrate Father’s Day on June 15 this year, but when did the holiday begin?

How it all began

Father’s Day began as a one-time celebration in Monongah, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. There was an awful coal mine explosion that killed 362 men who left behind several wives and children. The town of Monongah commemorated them as fathers.

The following year in Spokane, Washington, Sonora Dodd tried to establish an equivalent holiday to Mother’s Day, but for her father. She was one of six children raised by William Smart, a widower and Civil War veteran. Dodd campaigned around her town for the day and was successful. Her idea became widespread throughout the state of Washington and they celebrated the first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

By 1916, President Woodrow Wilson was honoring the day in Spokane. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge asked other state governments to observe Father’s Day, but not all would. Official action regarding the holiday did not occur until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate. President Richard Nixon had the holiday officially recognized as a national holiday in 1972 during the middle of his term.

Honoring Dad

Quanz Auto Body began with our grandfather. He moved his family from New York to New Mexico in 1969 and opened a paint and body shop as well as a used car lot. Our father, Rick Quanz, learned the family trade from his father and opened up the first Quanz Motor Car Co. in 1980. He learned collision repair and mechanical business. Our Westside location opened in 1993 with only 15 employees. Today we have close to 50 who work with us and all of them are like family.

By 2007, we expanded again and the next generation of the Quanz family is in charge with Adam running the body shop, Andrew in the parts department and Daniel in the service department. Our team of hardworking fathers (and mothers) is here to help your family with all your automotive service needs!