The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 9, 1965 · Page 11
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U L \ L «*i I l mt Boy On Freighter Trip To Poland, Tells Of Experiences Dan Bray Joins Greek Crew On Voyage BY RUTH SHIERK DAN BRAY, son of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Bray, recently returned after his second trip to Europe. He left Canada, June 22, on a freighter, the "SantaSuzan- na" with a cousin, Pat Doud and friends. Bob Groeningar and John Bohlman, all of New York City. The four boys had Jobs as ordinary seamen of the ship, arranged by Dr. Bray's brother- in-law, Henry Doud. Dan and his cousin had done this last year, spending time on trips to southern Europe and northern Africa. The ship flew a Liberian flag, and the rest of the crew were all Greeks. Dan said that they quickly learned a few words of Greek, DAN BUAY the crew learned a few words of English, and they used sign- language a great deal. The captain, a Greek, was 34 years of age and had fought the Communists at the age of 12. The cargo was Canadian wheat bought by Poland. The ship carried no cargo on the return trip. Meals aboard were mostly of American food, with the ship carrying lockers of meat and produce. Some Greek meals were served, and Dan best liked the squid. The larger ones were cut into bite-sized pieces and sauteed in wine and tomatoes. They put into port at Gdynia, Poland, where they spent ten days. They had to obtain permission to go ashore, had to sign out and on again, with a limit of 28 hours leave. The American youths traveled as far as they could each time they were granted shore leave, always being careful to be back to their ship on time. They faced arrest or confinement if they were tardy. TRIP TO WARSAW Their longest trip on land was one to Warsaw, about 250 miles from Gdynia. After obtaining special visas, they traveled by train during the night and spent their daytime on tour. Warsaw was about 89 per cent destroyed during World War n. Much of the new building is of pre-fab cement slabs. Much of the rebuilding which has been accomplished in the old part of the city is exact replicas of the old buildings which were destroyed. They found many markers, places, and monuments marking scenes of the war or honor- North Iowa Interstate Route Set Solid black line indicates the new route proposed Wednesday by the Iowa Highway Commission tor Interstate Highway 35 in northern Iowa. To the left of the solid line (dotted lines) is the previously proposed route. The Iowa State Highway Commission last week approved a proposed route for Interstate 35 in northern Iowa which would send it along a corridor between Clear Lake and Mason City, as illustrated here. This seems to settle the fight as to location. The first route proposed was to run between Garner and Ventura. The proposed corridor starts its diagonal to the northeast about seven miles north of Williams to near Latimer and then due north, about midway between U. S. 69 and U. S. 65, crossing U. S. 18 between Clear Lake and the Mason City airport, and to the Minnesota state line. The Commission decision today, which still must be approved by the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads, came after one of the most exhaustive studies ever made in the United States of the socio-economic capabilities and potentialities of an area and the highway complex which must serve that area. More than 20 routes were studied and re-studied over a period of two years. Among the factors considered in the choice of the corridor, the Commission said, were the length of the 1-35 mainline, average daily traffic, construction costs, amortized construction cost plus maintenance costs, benefit cost ratios, proximity to population areas, general convenience to traveling public, disruption of social and cultural travel, school bus and mail routes, Also playing a major part in the decision was a section of the United States Code "Highways," which says that "it being the intent that local needs, to the extent practicable, suitable and feasible, shall be given equal consideration with the needs of Interstate commerce," and a section of a Bureau of Public Roads memorandum which says the Interstate Highway network shall "connect the principal metro- politan areas, cities and industrial centers." Consideration also was given to the effect each of the many proposed corridors would have on the future proposed Freeway system, to be built after the Interstate network is completed. ing the Poles who died then. Attached to a tree at the entrance to the Ghetto are a number of plaques, one for each of the "camps" the Poles had been sent to during the war. At the foot of the tree Is a grave honoring the "Unknown Jewish Boy," which is covered with fresh flowers daily. They saw the former S. S. headquarters, used by the German Secret Police, of which it was said that one might enter the building but never come out. Over 8 tons of human ashes were removed from the basement after the war was over. The boys' guide in Poland was about their age, 20, a pre-law student, who spoke good English. He was free in his talk against the Russians and most critical of them. FEW YOUNG PEOPLE He remarked the absence of young men, with people being either elderly or very young. The war took those who would be iii the age group in between. The black market in money exchange flourishes. At a bank, one gets 24 pieces of money for an American dollar. A Pole can get 72 pieces of money for the same dollar, and on the black market, a dollar brings from 100 to 120 pieces. The Poles can take the equivalent of only $5 on his travels. Thus, he buys American dollars on the black market and doesn't declare that money in customs. Dan and his friends were searched a number of times for extra money which they had gotten through the black market. John had hidden some on one occasion In the shoulder padding of his jacket. The guard missed it in a search of his person. On another occasion, he had some in his back pocket, which was the only place the guard didn't search. Dan feels that many Poles work in or for the black market. Movies shown are partially American-made, with a Polish sound track. Dan saw only one American car in Poland, which was from Montana. Two persons occupied the car, obviously tourists. Many of the trains are coal- burning, but Dan saw some Diesels. Warsaw and Gdynia have electric street cars. Part of the streets are paved and some surfaced with bricks. Dan stated that although the vegatables served are of the same variety as ours, the main meat is pork. The young boys seem to be tall, but the men are short, and the women are short and heavy set. Dan said he has never seen so many fat women in his life as he did in Poland. LIKES AND DISLIKES He feels that the Poles hate the German people more than they dislike the Russians. However, he felt that they do like the Americans. He also feels that the Americans have in many cases presented a poor image, with bragging about how much the United States has helped European countries. He stated that the Greeks like Americans, especially since President Truman's help when they were threatened. Also, Dan stated that the Poles do not consider themselves as Communists, but rather as Socialists. NOTIC LOWEST COST BATCH DRYING WITH NEW STUBTANK Here's a practical, low-cost answer to your needs for extra drying capacity. STORMOR'S new roofless stub tank is available with fans and heat units that make it a fast, efficient, economical batch dryer. Tank capacities to 4,000 bu. Constructed of heaviest gauge, full-galvanized steel. SEE THE QUALITY STORMOR LINE AT: STOCKDAUS ef Iowa FolU, |e, toCfri Representative 1 KYll KEITH, Al0«n«, )9W« DONALP Q. iUPlQNG, NX 1W, Titenkfl, l«. Iowa State Bank and The Security State Bank both of ALGONA, IOWA Dan was able to take some pictures. However, the military guard at the ship, in uniform, noticed Dan taking a snap-shot of him and quickly said, "Official ... No pictures." He saw many men In uniform and armed, some with hand- weapons and many with machine guns. The boys went to a few dances, and Dan stated that their dances are about a year behind ours. At one place they visited, they found a good "combo", with the dancing area out-of -doors and covered with tenting. Dan estimated that there were about 300 young people there. Leaving Poland, they had 20 hours leave at Danzig, then traveled through the Kiel Canal and had a 5-hour shore leave. They were allowed to travel to a 50- mile radius of each port. Leaving Kiel, they were at sea 18 days to New Orleans, where they spent a couple of days, Dan went from New Orleans to Atlanta, Georgia, to board his plane for Chicago, and then to Algona. One of Dan's most salient remarks was that "Barriers formed by politics disappear with a smile." He attempted to learn the language In Poland and found the people responsive. He and his companions tried to teach the people they met some few words Of English, and In return the Poles tried to help them learn. 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