At the turn of the century, Galt boasted a flagpole on Fourth Street, in the then center-of-town, that was 90 feet tall. Then as now, the flag was flown until it became tattered and needed replacing. Two ladies in the community solved the problem of a new flag in their own way. Here’s how an anonymous writer wrote it up for history.
The old flag now in possession of the W.C.T.C. was solicited and purchased by Mary Pritchard and Grazzie Noble in the year of 1911 after a very successful Fourth of July celebration, managed by the Pythian Sisters, a local order in Galt at that time assisted by a committee from the other local orders and citizens of Galt a celebration yet fresh in the minds of many. After the 4th passed by and all obligations were met, there remain a hundred and eighty dollars and Mrs. Pritchard and Noble ask that a nice flag be purchased out of it for the town, the old one being thin in tatters and rags, but this request was denied them, as the town park was in debt $200.00 and the money was voted by a majority to be paid on that debt. Then Mrs. Noble and Pritchard feeling the sting made a resolution between themselves that they would collect the out standing pledges and then some more from those who had not contributed to the 4th fund and purchase a town flag which they did without any difficulty and purchased the flag of 48 pure white stars representing our states of the union, length 22 feet by 18 feet wide and it was with much pride at an appropriate service for our flag Mrs. Noble and Pritchard unfurled its folds to the breeze.
The Galt Area Historical Society offers a book of our local history called Tapestry. Click here for more information.
Last edited 27 February, 2005
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