SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Robert G. Heft, who is credited with designing and sewing America's first 50-star flag, has died. He was 67.
Wakeman Funeral Home says Heft died Saturday at a hospital in Saginaw. A cause of death wasn't immediately available. Heft, who lived in the Saginaw area, made the flag in 1958 as part of a high school history project in Lancaster, Ohio. He spent more than 12 hours sewing the design at his mother's Singer sewing machine.