Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina
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Anna Jarvis Started Mother’s Day Tradition
The second Sunday in May gained national recognition as Mother’s Day when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress making that recommendation May 9, 1914.
The following year, Wilson received authorization to proclaim Mother’s Day as an annual national observance.
History records that the campaign for a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day began in the person of Anna Jarvis, a lady with dual residences in Grafton, W Va., and Philadelphia, Pa.
Ms. Jarvis is believed to have chosen the second Sunday in May for Mother’s Day, and to have begun the custom of wearing a carnation in honor of the holiday.
The custom still exists today.
A white carnation is worn to signify a living mother. A red, pink or other colored carnation means the wearer’s mother has died.
Churches in both of Ms. Jarvis’ hometowns held Mother’s Day celebrations on May IO, 1908.
The service at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton was held in honor of Ms. Jarvis’ own mother, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis.
During the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1912, a delegate from Andrews Church introduced a resolution recognizing Anna Jarvis as the founder of Mother’s Day. The resolution also suggested the second Sunday in May as the adopted day.
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because, number one, there is no other mom in the whole wide world like my mom,” Angela,
8, wrote. "My mom is always there for me.
First place winner Sarah Sustaita made a multi media picture of her mother with bead and rhinestone earrings, a sparkling necklace and ring, ana a pearl and rhinestone hairclip She placed a small bouquet of silk roses in her mother’s hands.
“My mom has creative, loving hands,” Sarah, 9, wrote.
First place winner Jeanna Quarles, 16, made a realistic pencil drawing which captured a peaceful image of her mother reading in a chair.
“My mother has always encouraged me to do the absolute best I can,” Miss Quarles wrote in an accompanying letter.
Second place winner Nicole Rhoden, 8. drew a cheerful picture of her mother picking flowers beneath a rainbow.
Sisters Jessica and Julia An derson picked up second place
categories" tW° separate Julia Anderson of Aiken won second place in the 9-
Julia. 12, drew a bright pie- to 12-year-old category.
ture of her mother in a long, flowered dress. She included a caption that described her mother as “very understanding in hard times.
Jessica, 13, pictured her mother as a teacher surrounded by pencils, lessons, apples and books.
Third place winner Justyn Redd, 7, drew a picture of his mom wearing a polka-dotted dress, with a red ribbon in her hair. She has a wide, friendly smile and pretty eyes.
Third place winner Toccara Samuel gave her mother a professional look in a business suit and pearls.
On the back of the picture,
Toccara, ll, wrote, “My mother is special to me because she encourages me to do well in school. She also cares that I’m in church so I can learn more about God.”
Third place winner Tracey Hicks, 18, drew a family portrait with each image made of hundreds of little dots.