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Aurora, Ohio, was founded by Capt. Ebenezer Sheldon, a former Revolutionary War soldier, in 1799. The area was then a part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. Sheldon traveled to Ohio through Pittsburgh and was the first white man to settle in the area. Arriving alone, he built a log cabin with the help of another recently arrived settler, Elias Harmon, and then later brought his family from Connecticut, the first to settle in the new Aurora Township. Gradually the township grew as more people arrived. Dairy farming developed into the area's early principal enterprise. Between 1855 and 1910 Aurora enjoyed a "Golden Age of Cheese", which gradually fostered a well-established town. In 1929, Aurora achieved village status, and in 1970 became a city, with over 6,000 residents.
Aurora's flag was adopted on March 17, 1971. It was designed by Mrs. Dorothy Maxwell, a resident of Moreland Hills, Ohio, and winner of a contest for a new city flag. The Middle School Art Department chose the winner, awarding Mrs. Maxwell the prize of $25, which she graciously donated to the Aurora Memorial Library for an art book. The flag has a simple design. The field is dark green with a large golden yellow device in the center. The device shows the outline of a kind of equilateral triangle with its sides curved outwards. Centered in the triangle is a rising sun with nine rays extending from it to the triangle's top and sides, occupying the upper two-thirds of the design. Across the disc of the sun in dark green numerals is the date, 1799. Immediately below the sun, and curved parallel to the base of the triangle is AURORA in golden yellow letters on dark green. The three corners of the triangle represent Heritage, Progress, and Vision. The rays, of course, represent the dawn, and the city's name.
All this from GWAV: gwav.tripod.com/issue_23.htm
Valentin Poposki, 25 September 2007