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 Reverand Myron Daughterty. According to local legend, Daughterty was distraught because an antitemperance group had forced his son to spend the night in a saloon.
Proud of their mother's achievement, Charles and Moses Blakeley encouraged other to pay tribute to their mothers. In the 1880's the Albion Methodist church began celebrating Mother's Day in Blakeley's honor.
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