On November 11, 1918, the fighting from World War I ended at 11:11 AM and an Armistice was signed. Around the world people celebrated the end to the final and greatest war.
Across America patriots celebrated the end to World War I.
The small community of Herring, Iowa joined in the julilation. The town’s people and area farmers gathered at the bottom of the Herring Hill near the center of town. They took two long poles and spliced them together with wire. Later that night the Herring folk celebrated the end of the Great War by hoisting the towering flagpole and proudly flying Old Glory in the town center. Ralph Dean was 12-years-old and helped raised the Herring flagpole.
The flagpole is pictured in this photo taken in 1929.
Herring at that time had a country store complete with post office, a grain elevator, a Northwestern Railroad Depot, a lumber yard, and a dance hall. The country school was down the hill by the train tracks. Herring was established as a trading town and at one time previously had a pool hall, a blacksmith shop, and a livestock yard for the railroad. Years later Ralph Dean and his wife Alice moved back to Herring to raise their three girls. Over the years the community slowly disappeared. The country store burned down in the 1950’s. The dance hall was torn down after World War II. The houses and grain elevator are no longer standing.
The only “structure” left in Herring, Iowa today is the Armistice Day flagpole.
In 2012 Jim Hoft, the founder of The Gateway Pundit, went back to Iowa and purchased what was left of Herring – the Armistice Day flagpole. You see, his grandfather Ralph Dean helped hoist the pole in November 1918.
This summer we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Herring flagpole. Local farmers, family members and friends came out to celebrate. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stopped by and gave a wonderful speech for the occasion.
On Sunday Steve King sent The Gateway Pundit a video from earlier today. Steve was back on the Herring Hill this afternoon and took this video.
Steve says some wonderful things about our founder Jim Hoft.
Thank you, Steve King!
Thank you for your kindness.
And thank for being such a great champion of freedom!