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A tale of two cities: A true story of friendship

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WORTHINGTON -- The play by Jessica Zuehlke and Jim Stowell, "A Wagon Load of Shoes," is based on the true story of the partnership between Worthington and Crailsheim, Germany.

In the aftermath of World War II, 11-year-old Martha "Marnie" Cashel began a pen-pal relationship with a young girl from Finland named Kerttu. In one of her letters, Kerttu asked, "I know it is considered shameful to beg, but since I have only paper shoes, I wonder if you might have an extra pair to send me?"

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