PRINCETON — In honor of Flag Day last Friday, Bureau County Historical Society curator David Gugerty shared an interesting piece from the society’s collection — a 39-star United States flag.
Although it was never an official star count, 39-starred flags were actually manufactured twice in U.S. history — first in 1875-76 when manufacturers anticipated a second state would join Colorado (the 38th state). Later in 1889, the 39-star flags were again produced when companies anticipated North and South Dakota would enter as one state, Gugerty said.
This particular Old Glory was sewn sometime before 1884, when owner Will Pascharsky of Princeton carried it in a campaign rally parade for presidential candidate Grover Cleveland. It was donated to the museum in 1951 by Elizabeth Fleming of Princeton.