Lo and behold, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the second Sunday in June was set aside as... Children's Day! First celebrated in June of 1856 at the Universalist Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts, by 1868 Children's Day had gone nationwide.
Flora was the daughter of Paul Worden and Louisa Wheat, and the sister of my 2nd great grandmother Mary Worden Warner. All of them lived in Manchester, New York, Flora only steps from the church whose altar is pictured here.
Flora had no children of her own and to tell you the truth it sounds like she was kinda stuffy. Her husband lived in a nearby city where he held some sort of position with the church, which may explain why there were no children; he did visit from time to time however. Flora amused herself by teaching Sunday School, boarding old maid school teachers and joining societies like the Women's Christian Temperance Union. But who am I to judge?
Sadly enough, Children's Day, like so many other good ideas, has gone the way of soda fountains and prizes that don't stink in your box of Cracker Jack. However, the UN now recognizes a Universal Children's Day on November 20, so maybe it will make a comeback.