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Senior Citizens at Chapel

September 19, 2019
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The Chapel Church Volunteer ladies hosted 21 senior citizens on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 11:30 pm in Chapel’s Fellowship Hall. Guests were served pork loin, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, peach dessert with ice cream, and drinks. The tables were decorated by Karen Handorf with model trains and train signs on crosses. Claire Handorf told a train joke, and Pastor Don Morrison gave the meal blessing. After the meal, Sue Koster read a poem entitled “The Train of Life” and then introduced Bill Backoff, a retired railroad conductor. He told about the 1910 train wreck that happened 2 ? miles southwest of Gladbrook. It was the worst passenger train wreck in Iowa history. Two combined Rock Island passenger trains were detouring over the Chicago Great Western Railroad tracks from Marshalltown to Waterloo. Instead of turning the trains’ locomotives at Marshalltown, the decision was made to run the two engines backwards. The lead locomotive tender car  jumped the tracks in a cut, and the train came to an abrupt stop in the clay bank. Thirty-eight passengers, mostly in two wooden cars between the two locomotives and the heavy steel cars, immediately died, but there were a total of 55 deaths, which is the most lives ever lost in Iowa’s train history. A historical marker is along the road on Abbott Ave. It was a very interesting program of a tragic historical event that happened near us. Doris Allen and Cindy Morrison were the door prize winners. The next senior citizen’s lunch will be Friday, October 11, at the Memorial Building at 11:30 am. Please get reservations to Jeanne Paustian, 473-2802 or home 473-2843.

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These Chapel ladies served the September 13 senior citizens’ lunch (l-r): Sue Koster, Ruth Wescott, Karen Handorf, Carolyn Kloster, Claire Handorf, Connie Buchman, Shirley Svendsen, and Phyllis Mann.



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