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located by Dov Gutterman, 13 March 2002
- indicates flag is known.
- indicates it is reported that there is no known flag.
Municipal flags in Clinton County:
The flag was found at
www.sos.state.mi.us/.../clinton.html. It consists of a gold-bordered white field, with a sprig of mint and the word Clinton above.
Clinton County (64,753 inhabitants in 2000; 14,890 ha; seat, St. Johns), located in central Michigan and part of the Lansing Metropolitan Area, was founded in 1831 and named after DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), promoter of the building of the Erie Canal as the Governor of New York and unsuccessful competitor of James Madison for the Presidency of the United States in 1812 (89/128).
It has been pointed out that this flag is that of the Clinton County Historical Commission, quoting the website of the Michigan historical Museum: "The Clinton County Historical Commission's flag features a sprig of mint, in commemoration of a crop grown in the county." However, the Clinton County website presents the very same flag as the Clinton County flag:
"Commissioned in 1940 by the J.L. Hudson Co. with the cooperation of Michigan county school commissioners, Michigan county clerks, Michigan newspaper editors and publishers, chambers of commerce groups and others. There were 83 flags, each 5 by 8 feet in size, made of silk and in colors exhibited at the Hudson Store during September 1940. The designs selected represent industrial activities, famous landmarks, natural resources, recreational facilities, historical events and civic projects for each particular county. The Clinton County flag has a sprig of mint at its center representing Clinton County's peppermint and spearmint growing industry. During late July and early August, the refreshing scent of mint distilling can be enjoyed while driving through the county."
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2008