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Weather doesn’t dampen Fathers Day for Tri-States dad’s

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Father’s Day celebrations looked different for families across the Tri-States on Sunday. For some, it looked like casting lines and reeling in fish while for others it was just taking time to be with family.

Jonathan Coulter spent his Father's Day fishing with his sons Brently and Garrison at Moorman Park in Quincy.

"If it falls on my weekend then we have a cookout then we go fishing out here," he said.

Coulter said dedicating time to spend with family is what Father's Day means for him.

"I get to teach them what being outdoors is about and my kids are my world," Coulter said.

Dave Scharnhorst, his son and his grandson also kept up with their Father's Day tradition with a day fishing.

"My total job was to put worms on the hooks, take the fish off of the hooks, and then try to get another worm on the hook because we had a fantastic day," Scharnhorst said. "We never caught a fish bigger than this, but it was the best day fishing I'll ever have in my life."

His son, Matthew, said it's a special day for him to honor his dad while also making memories with his son.

"We just do things like fishing, canoeing, hiking, or just playing baseball in the backyard or whatever, it doesn't matter," he said. "Just spending time together. That's the important part."

His eight year-old son Jaxon said he had fun today and is optimistic for a big catch.

"Spending time with them having fun fishing, trying to catch a fish or twenty," Jaxon said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the idea of Father’s Day was conceived more than a century ago.

Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

June 19 was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration back in 1910.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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