Thoreson speaks to Noon Lions Club

The Marshalltown Noon Lions Club met in regular session on July 21 at the Legion. President Garland Schossow opened the meeting. Music was led by Doris Langenbau and Ken Niehouse, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Tail Twister Walden Paige made the round with his basket for contributions. Allan Thoreson gave the Invocation. The president reminded the group that the meeting on July 28 would be a board meeting. All members are welcome.

The announced program for the day didn’t materialize and Thoreson was drafted to fill in. He spoke briefly about some of his early days as a pastor. He started in South Dakota near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and was there from 1958-63. He was appreciative of the wide open country. A new Church building was under construction with the members working to aid its completion.

One time when he was driving to the site he gave a ride to an Indian man who was clutching a small sack. In the ensuing conversation Thoreson learned that the man was know as I Little Sack. Surprisingly, he asked if the church would welcome a murderer. Thoreson took a little time to answer this but told him that the church was open to sinners. When he told others of the work crew about that they asked him, “You gave a ride to I Little Sack? Don’t you know he is accused of murder?”

When asked for any more of the story he said that a woman’s body had been found along the railroad and it was supposed that this had been the victim. He didn’t have any further information about the case. Thoreson said that family relations are very important to the Indians.