Services Begun By Salvationists

Ensign Bergren and Corps Visit Camden and Blaney; Likes Columbia.

Ensign R. E. Bergren, with member of his staff, held their first meeting since assuming the command of the Columbia Salvation Army citadel on last Thursday, in Camden Saturday afternoon, where a large and enthusiastic crowd greeted them. A service was also held at Blaney, at which the people of that section also evidenced keen interest.

The first Columbia service was held at 7:30 o’clock Sunday night at the corner of Main and Lady streets. It was stated that the gathering was the largest in many a year for such a service.

At 8 o’clock Sunday night, in the Citadel Chapel, the local corps extended a formal welcome to the new incoming officials. Ensign Bergren said in his salutatory address, “I did not come to Columbia because I had to, but because I wanted to,” For years I have had my heart set on coming to the capital of the Palmetto State, and being assigned to this post is the realization of one of the fondest dreams of my life, and is the result of practically an ultimatum which I gave my superiors that I must have Columbia.

. . . We have just crossed the threshold of your fair city, framed in song and story, rich in historic memories of the nation and the Southland, and the forefront of modern achievement, but we have seen enough to know that we are in the hands of our friends.” It shall ever be our endeavor to render a maximum of service under the tri-colored standard of the organization whose cause we have espoused.”

Ensign and Mrs. Bergren with their staff came to Columbia last Thursday to assume the leadership of the local corps of the Salvation army. They came here from Columbus, Georgia, where they leave a record of outstanding achievement, and their work among Colombians and the people of nearby communities will be watched with interest by many.

September 6, 1926  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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