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"Friendship, the very foundation of world peace", as Msgr, Vitus Stoll expressed II. was made real early this morning in Creston.
More than 200 persons gathered at ihe Burlington depot to bid official bon voyage to two carloads of wheat contributed by south central Iowa comities to the Abraham Lincoln Friendship train as it rolled across the state. Representatives from nearby communities were present.
The train bearing about 40 carloads of foodstuffs as it pulled out of Creston, started yesterday at Lincoln, Neb. It is bound for Philadelphia, shipped itarving
Traveling with the train were wo high ranking personages in he Christian Rural Overseas Pro-. r_m. which is sponsoring the trains, and they spoke briefly in appreciation of the effort here during a half hour ceremony held in the depot station.
"As we go forward from here", said Rev. M. R. Zigier. who represents the Church of the Brethren on the World Council Churches which headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, "my body tingles with emotion. I wish you could know How those people will feel at this outpouring of American friendship. The name Abraham Lincoln is known around the world as meaning peace, love and good will. This train wfll carry that spirit forward to those peoples. May God Bless you all*.
Neb. It is bound for Iphia, Pa., where it will bj
to foreign lands to befp : peopls in those landjl.
Tom Metzler of Chicago, national director of C.R.O.P., was also on the train. He told of the purposes to which the food will be used.
It will go to hospitals, to orphanages, old peoples homes. It will _ not be a part of the general ration for those countries, which will be handled through the Marshall plan. This food will be handled by the church people. On the train, he reported, arc cars of wheat, meat, ]*rd, two cars of macaroni and so fourth.
"This grain will go to Europe as wheat", Metzler told the large group when Lavern -Sawyer, Union county extension director on behalf of the people of this area presented the grain to the CROP leader. "In Europe they process it to 93 per cent extraction. They use every bit of H for food. This means giving life, health and strength to these peoples".
On hand to greet the train were delegations from several counties in this area, as well as from over Union county. The two cars of wheat represented contributions made here primarily to the Christian Christmas fund sponsored by the Farm Bureau organizations last December, and included contributions from Adams, Taylor. Ringgold, Union and Adair counties.
The train arrived in Ihe Creston Burlington yards about 3 o'clock this morning from Omaha and laid over in (he yards here. Two cars of wheat which were spotted In the yards here Thursday were bannered yesterday ready to be hooked on this morning. For the ceremony this morning, the engine and the train, a business car and a red-white and blue painted freight car (it contained sugar) were backed up to the two cars hooked on here. When the train left a few minutes after 8 a. m.. it pulled ahead and joined on with the remainder of the train standing in the yards.
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the cold. Ed :hc chamber of ,ty service com-the/ welcoming the pre/* were play-pep band led
by Don Moore. Bfay introduced President Arnold Cook of the Creston chamber of commerce who welcomed the group. Bray then introduced Mr. Sawyer, Union county extension director who in turn introduced representatives of vari-our farm organiazlions which played the leading part in raising funds for the train in this area. They included John Hunter, director in Taylor county; Don Lovely, president of Adams county Farm Bureau. Mrs Cleta Daniels, extension home economist of Adams county, the Rev. Leland Groves of the Church of Brethren of Adams county; Ed Hanrahan, president of the Union county Farm Bureau; Grace Bacon, Union county home economist: and Rudy Ames, past president of the Rural youth group. Introductions
Also on hand was Mayor Ray Taylor of Creston to welcome the group.
Edwin T, Randall, public relations director for CROP, with the train, told the group that the train Dad been made possible by the combined efforts of all organizations and of Jewish, Catholic end Protestant faiths. "It shows we are all bound together in one great family of God".
Following came talks by Rev. Zigier and Metzler.
Rt Rev. Msgr. Vitus Stoll, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Catholic church here, who was invited to ride the train to Ottum-wa. concluded the program with a fitting comment on the importance of friendship n the future of world peace.
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