The wandering school bell
The bell begins traveling
By Oct. 24, Goodland’s bell was in Topeka. Auditor Carl Bjorkman, a bell collector, had purchased it and taken it to his Topeka home. Then the bell joined the Free World in the Cold War.
Only a year earlier, West Berlin had escaped the Soviet blockade that had tried to starve the city into submission. The Soviets and their allies had surrounded West Berlin for 11 months. The Western powers supplied the city by air. While the blockade endured, the world stood at the brink of war. In Korea, the Cold War had turned hot in June.