Historical Treasure of the Month: Historic flag

Published 4:49 pm Friday, June 17, 2011

This special flag has only 36 stars. Handmade by members of a sorority in 1864, just after Nevada joined the Union as the 36th state, the flag was given to their dean, Dr. Joseph Daniel, when he retired. Dr. Daniel brought it with him when he became the pastor of the Congregational Church in Tryon. Around 1909, when John J. Landis was 9 or 10 years old, he admired the flag so much that Dr. Daniel gave it to him. The flag remained in the Landis family until 1996 when they presented it to the Polk County Historical Association. The Landis family regularly displayed the flag on the 4th of July at their home on Peniel Road. In honor of Flag Day, the museum invites the public to visit the museum to see this flag and the 31 star flag that was flying when Polk became a county. The museum is located at 60 Walker Street in Columbus. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (photo submitted by George Comparetto)

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