Flag With Lincoln Connection To Fly In Leoti

A United States flag with 36 stars will fly again in western Kansas, 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s death.

Susan Schrader of Leoti donated the flag to the Museum of the Great Plains after her family owned it for five generations. Schrader and Karen Walk, the curator of the museum, believe the flag is loosely connected to Lincoln.

Schrader believes the flag’s original owner was S.P. Holmes, a businessman who dealt in American and foreign silks.

According to Walk, Holmes was likely a Lincoln supporter and his flag may have flown over the Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York City in 1865.

After being restored, the 8 by 5 foot flag will be framed and hung on the museum’s wall. Museum officials hope to unveil the flag on June 14 – Flag Day.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle