Up with the Flag! I.P. Rumsey | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Up with the Flag! I.P. Rumsey

Up with the Flag! I.P. Rumsey | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
I.P. Rumsey is raising the Island Lodge flag. Caption reads: "Up with the flag! I.P. Rumsey."
DESCRIPTION
I.P. Rumsey is raising the Island Lodge flag. Caption reads: "Up with the flag! I.P. Rumsey."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:137510
Creation Date: 1898
Creator Name:Holt, Lucy
City:Townsend, Town of
County:Oconto
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Lucy Holt photo albums, 1895-1936
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:M2018-012, Album 1
Original Dimensions:3.5 x 3.375 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
See similar images: ID 137645, ID 138555, ID 140037. I.P. Rumsey is Lucy Holt's father. According to Lucy Holt's great granddaughter Shan Holt in August 2018, "Holt children viewed it as a signal honor to raise the flag every morning, with one of the adults on the Island, and lower it, fold it, and put it away at dusk. Oddly, neither W. A., Alfred, nor Donald saw active service in the armed forces. I.P. Rumsey, of course, was a captain in the Union Army, and later all three of Don’s sons served (Marines, Don, Jr.; Air Force, Dorsey; Army, Bill). So the flag ritual was a symbol of patriotism for the family, I believe. All of us kids were taught the proper way to fold the flag (triangle fold). Jeannette kept up this tradition during her tenure as Lodge hostess, but it has lapsed in recent years. At the Ark, there was a fun story about the Don Sr. and Gordon Wheeler being responsible for raising and lowering the flag daily. Knowing that the flag is supposed to fly perpetually over the grave of Francis Scott Key, once when they forgot and left the flag flying all night, they tried to escape judgment by making a sign that read 'Here Lies the Body of Francis Scott Key. Don’t take the flag down, Just let it be.' The sign survives, and can be seen at the Ark today."
SUBJECTS
Plants
Trees
Clothing and dress
Islands
Veterans
Men
Outdoor photography
Flags
Patriotism

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