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United States flag: blue canton with 34 stars; field of alternating horizontal stripes, 7 red, 6 white; hand stitched with stitched repairs, one red repair patch. Hand made by the ladies of Winchester, WI during Civil War days: Mrs. James Jones (Esther Clarke Jones), Mrs. Job Hough (Sarah Ann Clarke Job), Mrs. Gunder Larsen (Mary Jane Rogers Larsen), Mrs. John Clarke (Susan Jones Clarke), Mrs. Charles Charnley (Ann Jones Charnley) and Mrs. Sylvester Fuller (Clarissa Clarke Fuller). The town wanted a flag so the ladies met in each other's homes to make the flag, most of the sewing took place at the home of Mrs. Esther Jones. The flag was raised in the school yard but was torn (down) by Southern sympathizers. The next day the flag was recovered and raised again. On August 14, 1997 descendants of the flag makers visited the museum to view flag and share more of their family's history. Correspondence of August 15, 1997: Thank you so much for the flag-showing yesterday. It especailly meant a lot to my aunt, ...95 years old). She has been anxious to see the flag ever since we knew about it. It was her grandmother, Mrs. James (Esther Clarke) HOnes at whose home most of the sewing was done. Her husband was the Register of Deeds for Outagamie County for many years. Two of the other women who worked on the flag--Mrs. Job (Sarah Ann Clake) Hough and Mrs. Sylvester (Clarissa Clarke) Fuller were her sisters. Two of the others--Mrs. John (Susan Jones) Clarke and Mrs. Charles (Anne JOnes ) Charnley--were her sister-in-law. Mrs Gunder (Mary Jane Rogers) Larsen, the other person mentioned, was a friend who lived in the Winchester area also. The rest of us at the flag-showing were cousins (plus our spouses). We cousins...are all great-grandchildren of Esther Clarke Jones. ...All we know aobut the flag is recorded in the newspaper clipping; we regret not knowing... Evidently the flag was eventually packed away in an attic until my great-aunt, Miss Alma Jones, of...Oklahome came to visit. She, being a dughter of James and Esther Clarke Jones, must have known about it and decided it had historical significanse so presented it to the museum.
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