J.Henry and Sons



Mom. Mother. Mama. Mommy. No matter what you call her, one thing is for certain – if it wasn’t for her, you’d not be here reading this.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. It is almost a crime that we set aside just one day a year to honor one of the most important people in our lives – our mothers. While you’re mulling that over, have you given much thought to how Mother’s Day got started?

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world. In the United States, there’s some fascinating debate as to who came up with the idea. Some credit Ann Reed Jarvis, who wanted to educate young women how to properly raise children. She started a few “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to formally organize it. In 1868, she organized Mother’s Friendship Day, meant to help end the bitterness and reunite the country following our Civil War.

Then, there’s Juliet Calhoun Blakely, who, interestingly enough for our blog, was part of the Temperance Movement. Ms. Blakely created a local Mother’s Day celebration in her hometown of Albion, Michigan back in 1877. She took to the pulpit of her church one Sunday morning, encouraging mothers to have a day of service by supporting the prohibition of alcohol. It didn’t go over very well, several of the town folk wound up vandalizing her home that evening.

Others tip their hats to Julia Ward Howe, an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate who, back in 1870, wrote a Mother’s Day Proclamation, challenging mothers everywhere to work toward peace throughout the world. She called it Mother’s Peace Day and suggested it be celebrated every year on June 2nd.

There’re several other origin stories, but many sources cite Anna Jarvis as the “mother” of our official Mother’s Day. If that name sounds familiar, she was the daughter of Ann Reed Jarvis, mentioned above. Ms. Jarvis believed a day needed to be set aside honoring mothers everywhere for the sacrifices they made for their children. She worked with a prominent department store owner named John Wanamaker, who owned a number of locations in Philadelphia. He funded Ms. Jarvis’ campaign, and in May 1908, she launched the first Mother’s Day celebration at her church and Mr. Wanamaker held a huge Mother’s Day event at one of his stores, enticing thousands of people to partake in the celebration. The event gained traction around the country, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure setting aside the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.

As you can well imagine, we have some ideas how to best celebrate Mother’s Day.

A great gift and wonderful experience would be to schedule a J. Henry & Sons tasting with us. We can accommodate up to 30 people at a time. Not only can you sample any of our award-winning Bourbons, but we’ll give you the grand tour around the family farm so you (and your mother) can see where we personally grow our grains, age, and bottle our whiskey. The tour and the tasting, which includes a premium J. Henry Bourbon cocktail is very affordable at $10 per person, plus tax.

You can get more information and schedule a tour by visiting our Scheduling page.

Of course, the gift that keeps on giving (at least for awhile) is a bottle of J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon, our cask-strength Patton Road Reserve, or our limited edition Bellefontaine Reserve, which is our extra-aged Wisconsin Straight Bourbon finished in ex-VSOP Cognac casks. All of our unique Bourbons have won multiple awards, and we believe your mother would give her seal of approval. She’ll #DrinkBetterNotMore, and will probably offer to share with you so you can, too.

If you think about it, when you reward your mother, you also #RewardYourself. Cheers!

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