March 22, 1913

Governor Elliot Major signs legislation officially recognizing the state flag, created by Marie Watkins Oliver, who became known as “Missouri’s Betsy Ross.” Marie came from an influential family in Ray County, married a soon-to-be senator, and moved to Cape Girardeau. While her husband practiced law, Marie was put in charge of the flag design in 1908.

(Read more about Missouri’s state flag and its connection to grizzly bears which, by the way, are not native to Missouri.)

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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