Western Union of States

[U.S. 26 Fremont Flag-white]
White Canton – Correct Version
image by Rick Wyatt, 28 July 2001
[U.S. 26 Fremont Flag-blue]
Blue Canton – Wrong Version
image by Rick Wyatt, 28 July 2001

John Fremont, and Justin Trudeau, look alike. John was born in France. Justin’s ancestors are French and Scottish. One of his grandfathers is James Sinclair. Trudeau emerged the ‘Torch Bearer’ of the European Union in North America after his meeting with Trump, who has more of an interest in hawking the wares of his family, then tending to Real Business. For this reason, I found ‘The Western Union of States’ that will carry on the vision of John and Jessie Fremont, who designed a flag with a Peace Pipe. Let us make peace with our Canadian neighbors, and conduct sane and harmonious trade.

I encourage Democrats in Western States, that are carried by Republicans, to register as Republicans so as to present ideals based upon the Abolitionist Republican Party co-founded by Jessie and John in order to oppose the slave owners of the Red States, who took up arms, and as Traitors of the United States of America, formed the Confederate States that Jeff Sessions owes allegiance to. Trump has surrounded himself with Neo-Confederates racists who are destroying our American Culture.

Here is Elijah Cummings proposing a mountain be renamed in order to honor Jessie Benton Fremont. Let this mountain represent the entrance of  the Western Union of States into the European Union.

Empress Zita fled from the Nazis who took over Austria, and as a royal immigrant, found sanctuary in the U.S. Her son, Otto von Habsburg, was a co-founder of the International Paneuropean Union.

Jon Presco


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union on Thursday as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation, in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical stance of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Speaking to the European Parliament a day after it backed a comprehensive free trade deal between Canada and the EU known as CETA, Trudeau said the 28-nation bloc had a crucial global role to play.


One unusual variation of the U.S. flag was a 26 star flag carried by western explorer John C. Frémont, who later became the first Republican candidate for President. Between the rows of stars in the canton of his flag was an eagle. The eagle held the usual arrows of war, but the olive branch of peace was replaced by the calumet, or peace pipe. He hoped that this would be accepted by the Indians he met in his travels as a token of his peaceful intentions.

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Fremont Peak is the third highest peak in Wyoming and straddles the boundary between Fremont and Sublette counties.[3] It is named for American explorer John C. Fremont who climbed the peak with Charles Preuss and Johnny Janisse on August 13 to August 15, 1842.[1][4] Kit Carson had been with the climbing party on its first attempt at the peak, but had gone back for supplies the day Fremont and his men reached the summit. Carson is thought by some to have been the first to climb neighboring Jackson Peak. At that time, Fremont Peak was mistakenly thought to be the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains, although there are actually over 100 higher peaks in the range.

The peak is located on the Continental Divide and is the second highest peak in the remote Wind River Range after Gannett Peak. The east flank of the peak is in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest, while the west side is in the Bridger Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Upper Fremont Glacier is located on the north slopes of the mountain.

The Fremont Flag, designed and made by Jessie Benton Fremont, 1841. General John Charles Fremont, also referred to as the “Pathfinder”, first unfurled the Fremont flag on the crest of the Rocky Mountains on his First Expedition westward into United States territory on August 15, 1842. Knowing he would enter territories beyond national boundaries, Fremont realized he could not carry the Stars and Stripes. His bride, Jessie Benton Fremont, solved the problem by designing and making a flag that incorporated elements of the national flag, with a distinctive motif (the eagle’s talon holds a peace pipe or “calumet” instead of the traditional olive branch) intended as a message of peace to the Native people. In his memories, Fremont wrote he flew the flag on “Snow Peak”, now known as Fremont Peak in present day Wyoming, and “unfurled the national flag to wave in the breeze where never a flag had waved before.” On returning from his expedition, Fremont gave the flag to his wife, who backed it with a piece of her lilac silk wedding dress and embroidered upon it, in gold, the words “Rocky Mountains, 1841”–the year the expedition set forth. The flag was later said to be carried and used on Fremont’s Third Expedition in 1845-1846, an expedition that historians remark as a turning point in California history. The flag was donated to the Southwest Museum by Fremont’s daughter, Elizabeth, on May 3, 1905 and which she later rose on the day of the Museum’s groundbreaking in 1912. It is unknown if this is the flag Fremont flew in California.

Trudeau is predominantly of Scottish, French Canadian, and English descent. His grandfathers were businessman Charles-Émile Trudeau[14] and Scottish-born James Sinclair,[15] who served as minister of fisheries in the cabinet of prime minister Louis St. Laurent.[16] Trudeau’s maternal great-grandfather Thomas Bernard was born in Makassar to an AngloDutch colonial family[17] and immigrated to Penticton, British Columbia in 1906 at age 15 with his family.[18] Through the Bernard family, kinsmen of the Earls of Bandon,[19][20] Trudeau is the 5th-great grandson of Major-General William Farquhar, a leader in the founding of modern Singapore; he also has 1/256th ethnic Malaccan[21][22] and Ono Niha.[23][24][25]

Sinclair was born in Crossroads, The Grange, Banffshire, Scotland,[1][2] the son of James George Sinclair (March 9, 1879; Wick, Scotland – March 18, 1962; Vancouver)[3] and Betsy Sinclair née Ross (December 12, 1878; Evanton, Scotland – September 18, 1959; Vancouver).[4][5] He moved to Vancouver with his family in 1911 where his father, who had already immigrated a year earlier, was among the founders of Vancouver Technical Secondary School, the area’s first vocational school, and served as the school’s second principal from 1930 until 1944.[6] Sinclair studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1928 to study mathematics at St John’s College,[7] in the University of Oxford. He also studied mathematical physics at Princeton University. During World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in North Africa, Malta, and Sicily.

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Vancouver North in the 1940 federal election. A Liberal, he was re-elected in 1945 in the riding of Vancouver North, and in 1949, 1953, and 1957 in the riding of Coast-Capilano. He was defeated in the 1958 federal election. From 1949 to 1952, he was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance. From 1952 to 1957, he was the Minister of Fisheries.







The International Paneuropean Union, also referred to as the Paneuropean Movement and the Pan-Europa Movement, is the oldest European unification movement. It began with the publishing of Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi‘s manifesto Paneuropa (1923), which presented the idea of a unified European State. Coudenhove-Kalergi, a member of the Bohemian Coudenhove-Kalergi family and the son of an Austro-Hungarian diplomat and a Japanese mother, was the organisation’s central figure and President until his death in 1972.

It is independent of all political parties, but has a set of principles by which it appraises politicians, parties, and institutions. The International Paneuropean Union has four main basic principles: liberalism, Christianity, social responsibility, and pro-Europeanism. At the same time, it openly welcomes and acknowledges the contributions of Judaism and Islam whose heritage they share.[1]

The organisation was prohibited by Nazi Germany in 1933, and was founded again after the Second World War.

Otto von Habsburg, the head of the Habsburg dynasty and former Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, became involved with the Paneuropean Union in the 1930s, was elected its Vice President in 1957 and became its International President in 1973, after Coudenhove’s death.[1] The President of the Union since 2004 is Alain Terrenoire, former Member of Parliament in France and MEP and Director of the French Paneuropa-Union.[1] Otto Habsburg became the International Honorary President of the International Paneuropean Union in 2004. Its Vice President is Walburga Habsburg Douglas, a member of the Swedish Parliament.[1]

The Union has branches in many European countries, with the General Secretariat located in Munich. In France, the Pan-Europa Union was founded by later President Georges Pompidou and later cabinet minister Louis Terrenoire, with the support of Charles de Gaulle. The Union achieved high political influence in France, particularly within the gaullist segment of French politics.

The Austrian-Hungarian border crossing where the Pan-European Picnic took place in 1989

Among its notable members were Albert Einstein, Fridtjof Nansen, Johan Ludwig Mowinckel, Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, Bronisław Huberman, Aristide Briand, Konrad Adenauer, Sigmund Freud, Benedetto Croce, Bruno Kreisky, Léon Blum and Georges Pompidou.[2] Winston Churchill lauded the movement’s work for a unified Europe prior to the war in his famous Zurich speech in 1946.[3][4]

Grounded in liberal values, the Paneuropean Union was considered staunchly anti-communist from its inception and especially during the Cold War. For this reason, the organisation was much reviled by the communist regimes of the Eastern Bloc. The organisation became renowned for its role in organising the Pan-European Picnic, an important event during the Revolutions of 1989.

September 16, 2011 Jim Miller’s For the Love of History Post with Bear Flags

Friday, September 16, 2011

My “Flags of California History Project” Revisited or Everybody Loves a Parade

     This last weekend, September 10, 2011, the Native Sons of the Golden Westsponsored their annual Admission Day Parade in Columbia State Historic Park. The parade commemorates California’s Admission to the Union on Sept. 9, 1850. Previous to this year’s event, I had been approached by my friend Danette Oydegaard with an idea for a parade entry.

Danette is the founder and director of the Columbia Girl’s Academy and the Columbia Boy’s Academy. Through historical studies and living history interpretation, the Academys  promote character building, good citizenship, manners and all sorts of positive stuff for youth. Danette’s idea for the parade was to have her students carry my replica historic flags. Her husband Floyd would write a narration to explain the various flags and their importance to our State’s history. This would be read to the crowd as the flags passed by in chronological order. The whole thing was a great success and I thought the viewer would enjoy the chance to see the flags in their best context carried by Danette’s costumed students.

The Red Star of the Republic Flag
from the Rebellion of 1836
Photos Courtesy Danette Oydegaard

     California has always been a rebellious place and so we start with the 1836 lone red star of the republic flag, commonly refered to as the Juan Alvarado / Issac Graham flag. In 1836 Juan Alvarado, Monterey’s customs inspector, overthrows governor Guterrez with the help of American and English firepower under the leadership of Issac Graham. This appearance of a red star of the republic is apparently unique to California. The original flag still exists and is in the collections at the Autry. My replica is about 1/2 scale.

John C. Fremont’s American Flag
1842 – 1846


Next in order is the personal flag of John C.Fremont, “The Great Pathfinder”. This flag, which was designed and probably made by John’s wife Jessie, was carried on his many expeditions in the west during the 1840’s. Family history records that Fremont had it and flew it in California in 1846 in defiance of Mexican authority during the standoff between Fremont’s topographical expeditionary force and General Jose Castro’s soldiers. The original flag survives and is in the collections at the Autry. My replica is full size.

Peter Storm / Nancy Kelsey Bear Flag

    Now comes a very obscure flag that deserves some attention. This is possibly the first flag created during the stirrings of the Bear Flag revolt. The story goes that Peter Storm and Nancy Kelsey stayed back at Bale Mill and crafted this flag as the rest of the party of Americans marched on Sonoma. After the capture of Sonoma on June 14, 1846, Storm and Kelsey arrived with the flag but it was cooly received. It may or may not have flown on the pole in the plaza until replaced by the Todd flag. There is no conclusive evidence that any of this is true but you can certainly see how it might have influenced the final Bear Flag or been influenced by it.  My replica is based on the photo of Peter Storm and his flag, taken late in his life. The student carrying the sign somehow got out of order on this one.

William L. Todd Bear Flag of the California Republic

    Next is everybody’s favorite, the William Levi Todd Bear Flag. It was crafted sometime on or around June 14, 1846 as a statement of rebellion against Mexican authority in California. As the symbol of the Bear Flag Revolt and the banner of the California Republic, it flew on the pole in the Sonoma Plaza until replaced by the Stars and Stripes on July 9, 1846. This flag has a long and curious history ( which you can read in an earlier post) and is the ancestor of our contemporary State flag with its updates and improvements. One interesting thing was the use of the red star for the republic. Did the Bear flaggers remember the Alvarado incident, or was the star inspired by the Republic of Texas ?

31 Star National Flag
1850 (officially recognized July 4, 1851)

       And last but never least is the 31 star flag of The United States of America. I like to call it my 62 star flag as I appliqued the stars on both sides of the canton. California is the 31st State and was admitted into the Union of States on September 9, 1850. If you want to read about my replica, you should go to my first post on this blog. Note the liberty cap on the top of the pole courtesy of Danette Oydegaard. A nice 19th century touch. Good Show boys and girls of the Academys !!  Thank You Mrs. Oydegaard !!

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