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September 21, 1952 - Columbia Missouri

"Salvation Army Officially Opens" The
Salvation army's official opening in Columbia
was highlighted by an address by
Lt. Col. A. E. Ramsdale, St. Louis division
commander for the organization in Missouri
and Southern Illinois. Dr. O. R. Johnson,
in extending the greeting of the city, hold
how he had come in contact with the army
during World War I. He spoke of the need
for the army in Columbia from the standpoint
of those who, in spite of overall prosperity,
are never prosperous. Dr. C. E. Lemmon,
representing Columbia's churches, spoke
on the spiritual need for the Salvation Army
in Columbia. Col. Ramsdale introduced
Capt. And Mrs. A. E. Winkler and told how
they had been selected as officers for this corps.


Joe M. Barnes, who presided at the program, commented on the great amount of work that had been done in preparing the local headquarters. He thanked the local painters union, which donated their services in painting the building's interior. Barnes introduced visitors and called on Colonel Ramsdale to introduce visitors from nearby corps. Col. Famsdale, on behalf of divisional headquarters, presented a bass drum to the local corps and the Hannibal corps presented 50 song books. A musical ensemble from St. Louis played several selections. Lt. Col. Lucy Dunham, East St. Louis, spoke at the first of a series of revival services held on September 21, 1952.



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