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MAY 8, 2019

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Reflections From Faith and History The Hand that Rocks the Cradle -by Jeff Olson This coming Sunday we have an opportunity to honor a person who gave each of us the greatest gift of all - life. Mother’s Day has a long history in America, going all the way back to 1872 when Julia Ward Howe made the first known suggestion for a ‘Mother’s Day for Peace.’ She recommended that people observe a Mother’s Day on June 2 and for several years she led an annual Mother’s Day meeting in Boston. In 1887 a Kentucky schoolteacher, Mary Towles Sasseen, started conducting Mother’s Day celebrations. In 1904 Frank Herring of South Bend, IN started a campaign for the observance of Mother’s Day. In 1907, Anna Jarvis (18641948) of Grafton, WV began a campaign for a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day, inspired by her own mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis (1832-1905). Ann Jarvis dedicated much of her life in God’s service and founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve sanitary and health conditions. She also fed and clothed and treated wounds of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Anna selected the 2nd Sunday in May (beginning in 1908) and introduced the custom of wearing a carnation, her mother’s favorite flower. Anna Jarvis devoted herself full time to the creation of a national Mother’s Day, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women’s groups, churches and other institutions and organizations. Eventually, her progress towards this goal accelerated as many states would soon institute Mother’s Day observances. In 1912, West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day.

One hundred five years ago this week, May 8, 1914, Congress passed a joint resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Upon his signature, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother’s Day presidential proclamation, calling for “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” In 1972, the International Mother’s Day

MyPulseNews.com news@mypulsenews.com 479-243-9600 Shrine was established in Grafton, WV, dedicated to the spirit and preservation of motherhood and the institution of Mother’s Day as championed through the lives of Anna Jarvis and her mother. As important as is the history and national observance of Mother’s Day, even more important is what this should mean to each of us on a personal level - not only on this day but every day of every year. The Holy Scriptures command and admonish us to honor our father and mother (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). I am eternally grateful to my mother Rubie Lea Franks Olson, my

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mother-in-law Frances Mae Fritz Gauthier, and to my wife Denise. To this day, their lives testify that a mother’s love is second only to God’s in its depth, breadth, truth, selflessness and consequence. I will close with a stanza from a wellknown poem by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881). “Woman, how divine your mission, Here upon our natal sod; Keep— oh, keep the young heart open always to the breath of God! All true trophies of the ages Are from mother-love impearled, For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.”

Polk County Library Opens Genealogy Room with Help from Genealogical Society (MENA) The Polk County Genealogical Society has teamed up with the Polk County Library to provide a wonderful place to research your family history, the history of Polk County as well as other Arkansas counties. The Library has provided a “Genealogy Room.” The Genealogy Room has two computers with internet access as well as Ancestry.com at no cost. A printer/copier/scanner is available. The room is filled with family histories and many many Polk County records. One whole wall is dedicated to Polk County. Other areas include records for adjoining counties in Oklahoma as well as Native American research. We have records for Arkansas Counties, the Civil War, Veterans, as well as other states. The Society has microfilm of the Mena Star beginning in 1898 through 2016. There is no charge to the public to look at all the Polk County History on these reels. The Society also has microfilm of Census and other subjects including some court records.

The Society was established in 1986 to promote family genealogy and Polk County history. The Genealogy Room in the Polk County Library is loaded with information and history, just waiting for people to stop by and see. The Polk County Genealogical Society is having a huge fund raiser to purchase a new microfilm reader, computer, screen and printer for the Genealogy Room locat-

ed in the Polk County Library. The Society is selling a 10 pound box of Tyson uncooked breaded chicken tenders for $10 per box. This is a $30 to $40 value. Some tickets are available at the library. Contact 479-234-1967 for orders and information. The chicken can be picked up May 17th from 2 to 6 P.M. in the Northside Shopping Center Parking Lot. The Society is a 501-C-3 Non-Profit Organization.

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May 8, 2019  

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May 8, 2019  

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