Seal of Missouri State Flag

Missouri state flag seal

Missouri State Flag

The flag of the State of Missouri was accepted and adopted by the legislature of Missouri during the administration of Governor Elliott Major (1913-1917). This flag was designed by Mrs. Elizabeth Watkins Oliver of Cape Girardeau. It was raised over the State Capitol where it flew for a few hours, was lowered and presented to Governor and Mrs Majors by adjutant General John B. Omeara, a military aide to the Governor.

Mrs. Major presented the flag to her sister Jane, Mrs. Will Tinsley of Bowling Green, Missouri. Mrs. Tinsley was the mother of Mrs. K.G. Kennen and grandmother of Jane Kennen Carnahan who presented this treasure to Honeyschuck.

Governor and Mrs. Major were residents of Bowling Green where he studied law in the office of Champ Clark.

Governor Major, a native of Lincoln County, and Mrs. Major, a native of Pike County, met at Pike College in Bowling Green. Elliott and Elizabeth were married June 14, 1887, at the home of her parents, Ovid A. and Micca Shaw Myers, near Edgewood, Missouri.

After serving as a Missouri State Senator, Elliott was elected Missouri Attorney-General in 1908. The Majors, along with their children, Micca, Elizabeth and Elliott, Jr. then moved from their Bowling Green home to Jefferson City.

On January 13, 1913, Elliott Major was inaugurated Governor of Missouri. During his administration our present capitol was under construction, so the state government was housed in temporary quarters.

Mrs. Major was described by Kelly Pool, a Jefferson city journalist, as "a First Lady of rare good sense and beautiful poise--the democracy of the humble country home in Pike County is the democracy of Mrs. Major in the Mansion."

Speaker and Mrs. Champ Clark remained close friends of the Majors and were frequent guests in the Mansion at Jefferson City. Before the wedding at Honeyshuck, Genevieve Clark was honored at a reception given at the Mansion by Governor and Mrs. Major.