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.
Read the other side of the Albion Mother's Day historical marker, including Ms. Blakeley's connection to the Underground Railroad.
Back to the Albion, Michigan Home Page.
Read about sons of prominent Albionites who were induced to indulge in liquor, and Juliet's response in Frank Passic's essay on Albion's claim as the birthplace of Mother's Day.
This page sponsored by Michigan Mugs.
Give your mom a mug for Mother's Day.
All rights reserved for these pages and all subsequent pages.