Reclaimed Barn Wood First Official Flag - Ogle Co.

Reclaimed Barn Wood First Official Flag – Ogle Co.


Weathered and pitted with history the reclaimed wood of the the disappearing Midwest barn is the inspiration and the canvas for Marie Roth’s hand painted tributes to Old Glory. Each American flag comes with a short bio of the barn where the wood originated and story of the flag design. From the Betsy Ross to the 50 star, each flag is truly a unique embodiment of history.

Dimensions: 3 1/4″L x 12″H

Marie’s flags are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. Call us for the selection immediately available or to ask us about commissioning a custom flag. 


Flag Information:
This becomes the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, the result of Congressional action taken that day.  The resolution reads: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States by thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”  No directions are given how these elements shall be arranged or portioned.  Although it had been under consideration for six years, no record of any discussions is found in Congress.

Barn Information:
This flag is painted on floorboards from a barn built in Ogle County, IL c. 1873.  In 1929 the farm was purchased by the family of the existing owners.  At the time the family was living in the city of Chicago but had long wanted to purchase a farm.  On October 28, 1929, the family, against the advice of their banker, withdrew all of their cash from their bank accounts.  That same afternoon the purchased the farm.  The next day, October 29, 1929, was black Tuesday, the stock market crash of 1929 that began the Great Depression.

Five children were born on the farm.  Two years after the last birth, the mother died and her parents arrived at the farm to take the baby home with them.  The father refused, confident that he would be able to farm and raise his five children himself.  He did and that baby is now the current owner, farming the property with his son and grandson.  Over time they have purchased additional farms and now raise cash crops on over 2,000 acres supplying grain for alternative fuels.

Weight 50 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 12 in