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Spokane's special Father's Day connection

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Father’s Day was founded here in Spokane, and the home of Sonora Dodd, who came up with the idea, is in the Perry District.

The current owners of the home open it up for the holiday.

“Sometimes we feel like we're the curators of the historic Dodd house museum of which we own and live in,” says Jerry Numbers, the homeowner.

Jerry knows a lot of details about the various pieces that belonged to the Dodd family that sits around the house.

“It's been a passion we've worked on for a number of years,” he says.

He and his wife have spent six years telling people about Sonora Dodd and her family. They even helped with reunions after talking to relatives.

“We had 40 relatives here of which some of them had never met each other before,” he says. “It was kind of a fun experience doing that.”

Now, they are thinking it's time for a change.

“This is probably our last year for open house on Father's Day,” he says.

Even though that’s not set in stone, Jerry hopes people continue to remember the message behind the holiday.

“As Mrs. Dodd promoted for years, the importance of fathers in the family and that's as important today as it ever was,” he says.

The items belonging to Sonora will be archived by Whitworth. Jerry doesn’t know yet when they’ll stop the open houses, so in the meantime, you can still ask for a tour.

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