I want to go into low resolution and default scanning, which way too many people use and then send me
those poor quality and basically useless images that can't be used for proper restoration and preservation.
The 3 images below are of the same picture used to make the above scanned image.
Most people either don't have the scanning skills/experience and/or just don't take the time to properly scan their old pictures.
The worst situation is where people use the scanner's default settings which generally makes the target size of the scan the actual size as the picture.
Some people will increase the resolution - either by increasing the target size or the DPI. This helps a lot but most people either don't understand or take the time to use the other pre-scan adjustments.
While you can post-edit the picture, it is best to adjust the settings before making the final scan into your graphics editor.
Then the last thing is most people either don't know how or take the time to digitally repair/touchup the image - things that you can't do during the pre-scan.
So I'm again showing examples of poor/improper scans that most people make and then compare the properly scanned image and partially repaired image above.
Which one would you want? I will assume you choose my way of scanning above and this is why I'm constantly asking people to please get me their pictures/documents to scan with my professional equipment and software and 23 years of digitizing experience.
Now I know what some people will say who are willing to work with me but will still insist on scanning their pictures and then e-mail
them to me...you will bump up the resolution and do some pre-scan adjustments, but basically you still won't make the quality scans I make,
along with the other options I decide during the scanning/saving process.
So please consider bringing/mailing me your original photos, documents, and history to scan.
Three people so far have e-mailed me about some errors they saw in the Kroeger feature below...
I know a lot of people today won't take the time to "read" so I'm going to repeat this comment/request again at the top of this feature.
If you find errors or think I have an error in my information - PLEASE e-mail me.
Another thing unique about my historical database and myself is that I don't think/know I'm always right.
Some people will later tell me they didn't e-mail me about an error because they didn't want to hurt my feelings...to the contrary, I tell them I'm mad at them when they don't tell me about errors I have.
This is a big problem on those ancestry/genealogy websites that "charge" you for the privilege to share all of "your" hard work on their sites so they
can make money. When the first commercial ancestry site started back in the mid 1990s I used a guest login in. After finding a ton of errors submitted by one of my relatives, I never went back.
Way too many genealogists/historians "KNOW" they are right and even get mad if you question their facts.
Now I realize there is also a lot of accurate and good information out there on various websites - I just prefer to share it freely, with NO logins, passwords, and NO charge/Ads, and
I'm open to being corrected.
This is the big difference in my web page work compared to most other sites.
For the most part, people who work on their family genealogy, will skip right on by old pictures they or a relative have in their collections that are NOT related to them. Generally those non-relative and unidentified pictures just get thrown away or put in a box that gets hidden away and forgotten about.
Over 30 years ago I figured out that I was missing out on a lot of Manning area history/pictures by working ONLY on just my family genealogy.
I had noticed how there were so many non-relative pictures in my own family collections and other family collections of the area I had been looking at, that I wondered if those Non-family, Non-related people might have some pictures of my relatives.
Almost without exception, I end up finding at least one picture, if not more, of my relatives in other family collections I work on and scan, who I have no relation to.
Please follow along below to see how many family connected pictures I have for the Kroeger descendant who very recently contacted me by e-mail and is looking for
family names highlighted in bold below.
Now I realize this feature story will appear to jump around a lot but it really shows how interconnected the Manning Family is and why I work on it, RATHER than my own specific family history.
The most important aspect is how many different family collections I've scanned that had pictures of her family...some who are related to her and others that have no connection to her, other than way back those families were friends/neighbors and shared a lot of pictures. So please note whose collection each picture came from.
So by scanning any/all Manning family collections I can get my hands on over the last 23+ years, I now have a non-specific and the broadest database of a community's history.
I am not "historically prejudice" in that I want to scan any/all aspects of Manning history - NOT just one topic, subject matter, or family.
Here are 3 scans sent to me by the Kroeger descendant. She is looking for help with IDs, so if you can help please e-mail me.
Minnie (Ohrt) Gosch children
Not sure of order: John Hans, Otto W., Ella Dorothy, Emil Herbert
This next picture is Henry Kroeger and I'm trying to determine for sure if the picture further down below of the man with the hogs is also Henry Kroeger.
She sent me 3 obituaries I didn't have: Wilhelmina Biehl, Hans Gosch, and Ella Kroeger, and they are now posted on my obituary web page.
I'm searching my database and figuring out who she is related to. I'll be showing some pictures over the next few days I have that connect to her direct family, but I haven't determined how she is related to other people with the same last names of pictures I have.
It takes time doing this, so if anyone else is related to these families and can help us - please e-mail me.
Remember, I'm not related to these families - at least nothing close, so please don't e-mail me and leave off first/last names or write grandmother/grandfather, etc., but list their full names.
1945 John & Lena (Biehl) Oeser from the Amanda (Mundt) Puck collection
Not sure if/how Lena is connected to these other Biehls.
The starting point is with the Kroeger family for my new contact, and then the other names married into the Kroeger family.
I also found out that Orville Kroeger is a cousin to my new contacts dad, so I'll start with the Kroeger name in my database.
From Dora to her sister, Anna (Mrs. Fred Kroeger)
Postcard from E-bay
There were several Kroegers who attended MHS: Dorine former 1941, Verna 1944, and Marlene 1951.
I know that Dorine is connected to the family above (will go into that more later), but I'm not sure about Verna & Marlene at this point...
Dorine was a classmate of my mother who graduated in 1941
Dorine Kroeger - former member of MHS 1941
From the Bernice (Karstens) Schroeder collection
Dorine was the daughter of Otto and Ella Kroeger
stepdaughter of the late Rose (Brandt) Kroeger
Dorine was raised by her grandmother Minnie Biehl in Manning, after her mother died at an early age.
Ninth Grade Graduation 1938 on the steps of the old grade school
Now I'll go into the Gosch family.
In 2003, I was contacted by Norman Gosch. Never met him in person, but we e-mailed back and forth quite a bit...a very friendly person, and he was willing to share with me. He was a Veteran so he sent me his military story and a picture. He also didn't know a lot about his dad's (Emil) side, because he was 10 years old when Emil died. But he sent me this information that I compiled.
There is reference to Bernice (Mundt) Spiese which I'll go into more below.
Emil Gosch picture is in Bernice Spiese folder.
There is an Elsie Ohrt, daughter of Hans Ohrt also in Bernice's folder.
Norman Gosch believes that Bernice's picture of Emil Gosch is his father.
Norman was about 10 years old when Emil died.
Emil Herbert Gosch married Mamie Wegner.
Mamie is sister of Helen Petersen and Milda Peters.
Emil was born April 1, 1901 in Manilla and died July 18, 1935
Emil's parents were Hans Gosch who was married to Minnie Ohrt
Hans died in 1903. But before he died they had 4 children:
Emil born 4-10-1901
Ella born in 1898
John born in 1892
Otto born in 1896
Minnie (Ohrt) later went on to marry Henry Biehl after Hans died.
So we are not sure who Elsie Ohrt might be and I haven't tried to pull up her picture yet on your website.
Emil is the father of Norman Gosch.
Emil & Mamie worked on the Hassler farmstead then later on moved to a farm northwest of Manning which was owned by Minnie & Henry Biehl.
Emil Herbert Gosch and Mamie Dorothy Wegner were Norm's parents.
Elsie Ohrt, daughter of Hans Ohrt from the Bernice Spiese collection
Now we'll go back to more Gosch pictures I have in my database.
Picture from the Wegner/Genzen collection
In 2014, one of Norman's daughters e-mailed me after finding my web page. So I asked her about more pictures and information about her family and she sent me quite a few pictures to scan.
Their service is certainly as important as this Kroeger genealogy feature and look at how much I'm showing about it...
SS Marine Devil - troop transport that Norman references in his diary.
Here are some Gosch/Siem/Wegner family pictures
Norman's brother Roger Gosch - from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Norman Gosch from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Emil & Mamie (Wegner) Gosch from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Emil Gosch and George Peters from the Wegner/Genzen collection
The carriage house at the Manning Heritage Park
Emil & Mamie (Wegner) Gosch from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Milda (Wegner) Peters & Mamie (Wegner) Gosch from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Mamie Gosch with Norman from the Wegner/Genzen collection
Patricia (Siem) and Norman Gosch from the Wegner/Genzen & Peters/Wilhelm collection
Patricia Siem from the Wegner/Genzen & Peters/Wilhelm collection
Patricia Siem with her brother Lester Siem from Norman Gosch's daughter
Pete & Elsie Siem from Norman Gosch's daughter
Patricia & Geraldine Siem at 103 Sue Street from Norman's daughter
Note the old grade school across Sue Street to the east
Now we'll go back to more Ohrt pictures I have in my database.
Minnie Biehl, Hans Ohrt, Katherine Fonken from the Ohrt collection I worked with in 2017/18
Katie Ohrt, Katherine Fonken from the Ohrt collection
Elsie Ohrt & Herb Kroeger from the Ohrt collection
Back: John, Hulda, Julius, Katie (Frahm)
Front: Lillian as born July 1898
from the Kuhse/Mackin collection
Ohrt family older
Back: Hulda, Julius, Lillian
Front: John, Mildred, Katie
from the Ohrt collection
Lillian Ohrt baptism certificate from the Kuhse/Mackin collection
Lillian Kuhse, Katie Ohrt, Mildred Plummer from the Ohrt collection I worked with in 2017/18
Nellie Mohr & Julius Ohrt from the Ohrt collection
Back: ??, ??
Front: Lillie Ohrt, Hulda Ruhde from the Ohrt collection
Mildred (Ohrt) Plummer from the Ohrt collection
Possibly Hulda (Ohrt) Ruhde from the Ohrt collection
Gladys (Ohrt) Sonksen from the Ohrt collection
Clarence Kuhse who married Lillian Ohrt from the Kuhse/Mackin collection
Julius Ohrt on the farm just northwest of the Milwaukee RR tracks in Manning from the Ohrt collection
Leonard Ohrt farm from the Frank Ehrichs collection
Not sure who Leonard was and where the farm was
February 11, 1931 Lyle Joens on the Henry Ohrt farm from the Gehlsen/Joens collection
Henry Ohrt married Emelia Hagge
from the Fonken/Cook collection
I have a lot more Ohrt pictures but they are another generation or two younger.
If anyone can help with IDs, connections, has more pictures and information for these families, please e-mail me.
I hope this will encourage more people with Manning (especially military/Veteran) connected pictures and history to get it to me so I can scan it with my professional hardware and software and 23 years experience digitizing things.
Every now and then I'll run into old Valentine & Christmas cards.
I will usually scan a few of them if there are full names and messages. Amanda Koester kept all of her childhood cards and while it takes a lot of time to scan them, I fear that I won't run into as large a collection anymore, so I better scan what I can still find...so many are just thrown away or sold at an estate sale or on e-bay, where they'll be gone forever from the Manning family.
The fun thing is you can see the hand writing by a lot of different Manning area citizens, along with signatures. Unfortunately, most of the time only the first names are signed, but I'm able to figure out some of the last names or find a card from another year with the full name.
If you can figure out who some of these people are because you grew up in this area and even knew some of them, please let me know.
These Valentines are from the 1920s and 30s.
Heinie Otto, Elsie & Marcus who I believe are Kuhl
As I continue to scan the Voge/Lamp collection I run into all kinds of pictures. Here is another first...a farmer with binoculars. Now I realize that farmers had binoculars years ago but
this is the first picture I've run into of a farmer holding one.
Another first to scan is the gas-powered reel mower in the back. I've scanned pictures of the hand-powered push mowers like this but not until now have I run across a power mower.
When I scanned this picture of 6 men on horses I thought about some of our genius politicians who want us to go back to those days.
I'd gladly buy these "expert" politicians, horses if they'll grow the food and care for the horses and themselves with their own hands, live in an old wooden uninsulated farmhouse, and actually have to go out into the environment and do physical work for a living and to survive.
In between all of the tributes and other projects, I'm back to the Voge/Lamp collection and continue to find "first-time" items.
When I ask Veterans and family members of deceased Veterans to bring me more than just pictures, documents, and memorabilia, basically I'm looking for anything connected to the Veteran - below is one reason why...
Before you scroll down and read about this item - try to guess what it is.
As you'll see, I like to be thorough when documenting historical items, and especially unique WWI items for use in the Manning Veterans history book...why I prefer to do the scanning with my equipment/software.
1 razor head, 2 handle, 3 two chrome holders (6 razor blades per packet)
Razor packet - front and back
Star Cru-Steel, Kampfe Brothers, New York
Razor with protective paper sleeve
Here is another first for me to scan - WWI American Expeditionary Forces pin
What the original pin looks like
Digitally touched up
Stripe that Herman kept his medal box
Victory Medal - front
The Great War For Civilization - back of medal
This medal was sent officially from the US Army.
According to the inserts, Herman was suppose to acknowledge he received it, but didn't.
I'm glad he didn't so this way I have scans of them.
Box the medal was shipped in.
Envelope to be used for the response...
Form to use for acknowledgment of receipt.
Simply amazing graphics
Patriotism was evident nearly everywhere in the past.
The reverence toward Christian sacraments is shown in these amazing certificates - this one is 16x12 inches.
To find out who she is click on the "What's new in 2019" link on the left and then click on "Justice" and you'll find out...if you don't already know.
They are working on their Civil War Post history.
If you missed it, I now have the weblink to the Bloomfield feature on the "What's new in 2019" link on the left side frame.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll with Chaplain Angelo Luis of St. Anthony Regional Hospital officiating. Casket bearers will be Allen Stribe, Terry Anthony, Chad Anthony, Todd Anthony, Justin Anthony, Jarad Anthony, and Steve Brinker. Burial will be in the Carroll City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll from 12:00 P.M. on Saturday until the time of service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Dick's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com
Born on January 19, 1949, in Manning, Iowa, he was the son of Gilmer and Ida (Gruhn) Anthony. Dick grew up on his family's farm near the 5 Mile House in Crawford County. His education included both Ar-We-Va and Carroll High School and graduated from Carroll High in 1967. He was drafted into the United States Army following high school and served for two years stationed in Vietnam. Following his military service, Dick returned to Denison and was married. To this union two children were born, Troy and Tina. He was later remarried to Donna Stuhr in 1996. The couple lived in Des Moines where Dick worked for the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 2008. In retirement, Dick thoroughly enjoyed life taking many trips to Okoboji and Colorado, fishing, attending his grandchildren's activities, walking with friends, hosting family gatherings, and his Maltese dogs.
Dick is survived by his children: Troy Anthony of Des Moines, Tina Anthony of West Des Moines, Heidi Sharp (Brant) of Des Moines; eight grandchildren: Breanna (Jared), J.T., Austin, Abbie, Adrian, Logan, Nate, and Sophia; three great-grandchildren: Blakely, Jaxon, and Maverick; two brothers: Danny Anthony of Newton, Iowa, and Randy Anthony (Jacki) of Denison; a sister-in-law Nancy Anthony of Stickney, South Dakota; a brother-in-law Lowell Stribe of Manning; and several nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife Donna in 2007; his parents Gilmer and Ida Anthony; a sister Lois Stribe; a brother Larry Anthony; and a sister-in-law Eloise Anthony.
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Lois, Larry, Danny
Back: Larry, Gilmer, and Dick
Front: Randy ?, Lois, Ida, Danny ?
Back: Danny, Lois, Larry
Front: Randy, Ida, Gilmer, Dick
Gilmer Anthony Washington No. 4 country school
Lewis & Gilmer Anthony
Herman would be Dick's grandfather.
Johann Friederich and Catharina (Groth) Jahn - Dick's great-grandparents
Claus Anthony - citizenship document
Claus Anthony - 1854 vaccinations in Germany
Herman & Hulda (Molter) Anthony - from Judy (Gehlsen) Joens' collection
Herman Anthony - from the Ohrt collection
Hulda (Molter) Anthony - from the Ohrt collection
Identified as Hulda (Ruhde) Anthony but I'm wondering if it should be Molter - from the Ohrt collection
Original Herman Anthony farm house
1 & 1/4 miles east of Five Mile House
New Anthony farm house
Anthony hen house & barn
Anthony hog house
Herman Anthony 1933 King
Fred and William Gruhn reunion
Gus Gruhn farm near Manilla mid to late 1930s
1 Delton Gruhn
2 Charlie Gruhn (legal name Harry Karl Gruhn)
3 Max Gruhn
4 Margaret Gruhn Ohde (married Ray Ohde)
5 Wayne Ranniger
6 Bill Meggers
7 Marian Ranniger (wife of Gilmore Joens)
8 “Pitts” Charles Gruhn
9 Arthur Gruhn
10 Lester Gruhn ?
11 Henry Gruhn
12 Duane Meggers
13 Betty Steen
14 Gene Gruhn
15 Velma Steen
16 Ella Steen
17 August Gruhn Jr. (father of Margaret Gruhn)
18 Minnie Ranniger Gruhn (wife of August)
19 Ethel Gruhn Seib
20 May Delle Ranniger Engelmann
21 Raymond Thompsen
22 Alma Thompsen ?
23 Ray Ohde
24 Alma Jansen Gruhn ? (wife of William Gruhn Jr.)
25 Luella Hinz Gruhn ? (wife of Max Gruhn)
Edward, Henry, Lena Jansen, Ella Steen, Alma Thomsen-Custer), Fredia Langbehn, Anna Mahnke, Helen Andersen, Emma Gruhn
Back: Ed, Henry, Alma, Ella
Front: Ann, Ida, Helen
Visitation February 15, 2019 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Pauley Jones Pfannebecker Funeral Home, Denison, Iowa
Rosary February 15, 2019 4:30 PM Pauley Jones Pfannebecker Funeral Home, Denison
Prayer Service February 15, 2019 7:00 PM Pauley Jones Pfannebecker Funeral Home, Denison
Service February 16, 2019 10:30 AM St. Ann Catholic Church, Vail
Cemetery St. Ann Catholic Cemetery, Vail
Obituary for Helen Dieter
We have received word that Margaret Ellen Lally Dieter of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died peacefully on 11th day of February, 2019, at the Western Home Deery Suites in Cedar Falls. She was surrounded by her loving and admiring family. She had attained the age of 96 years, 1 month, and 19 days.
Born December, 23, 1922, at the Lally family farm home in Hayes Township, Crawford County, Iowa, she was the fourth child and the second daughter of the late John Patrick and Margaret Marie (Houlihan) Lally. She attended the Hayes No. 4 one room school house, also known as the "Lally" school, until completion of 8th grade. Then, with her siblings, she travelled five miles to Vail, Iowa, to attend St. Ann's Academy until her graduation in May 1940. She graduated from the Commercial Extension School in Omaha completing a course of secretarial and short-hand writing. She was employed at the Crawford County Bank in Denison while boarding with her Aunt Bridget Houlihan Beirnes.
She married her beloved Robert Harold Dieter on March 8, 1943. They spent their lives on a typical Iowa small farm one mile north of Vail in Crawford County. Helen was a proud wife and mother to six children.
In the 1950s, Helen worked at the Crawford County Agricultural Conservation Office in Denison as a stenographer. In 1969 she was employed at the Vail Observer as editor at a time when the office was in the old creamery on the Lincoln Highway. She was always pleased with her ability to find uses of her short-hand and editing skills.
While blessed with a rich voice herself, she was especially fond of husband Bob's Irish baritone singing. Their life story began as she first noticed him at St. Ann's High School when he sang the "Kerry Ring Song" with other chorus members in 1939.
She was the main caretaker for Dad and provided attentive support for him in his later years. Helen supported and encouraged her own children in their educational endeavors. When in her 80s with little time to spare, she volunteered to assist as a literacy reading program tutor at Holy Spirit School in Vail. She was extremely proud of the Kuemper High School education of her six children.
In 1983, they moved into town and lived on Somerset Street where they enjoyed the company and community of Vail friends and being close to St. Ann's Church. After 68 years of marriage, upon the death of her husband, Helen spent time with her children in Pennsylvania and in Iowa.
She is survived by six children: Patricia (John) Reidell of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania; Joan Fraser of Placerville, California; Robert (Mary Beth) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Gregory (Peggy) of Ames, Iowa; Thomas of Sarasota, Florida; and Brian (Mari) of Iola, Texas. Left to cherish her memory are 30 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
She is also survived by brother-in-law, James V Haney of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Mary Z. Lally, Denison, Iowa.
Helen was pre-deceased by all of her siblings and their spouses: John P. and Regina (Owens) Lally of Denison, Iowa; Joseph T. and Rita (Kelly) Lally of Vail, Iowa; Jane Marie (Lally) and Elmer Thompson, Santa Monica, California; Catherine (Lally) and John G. Lawler, Westside, Iowa; Theresa (Lally) Haney, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Genevieve (Lally) and Edward J. Pribyl, Omaha, Nebraska; and Martin Lally, Denison, Iowa. She was also pre-deceased by one son-in-law, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
In an era when the role of Catholic god-mother was fondly expressed with birthday wishes and a gentle guiding relationship, her god-children were nephews and nieces: James Patrick Lawler, Janet Pribyl Fitzpatrick (deceased), Richard Lally, Michael Lally, and Timothy Lally, also Teresa (Teri) Dieter, and Angela Piper Namanny.
The family would like thank the Cedar Falls Western Home and the entire staff and nurses at Stanard Family Assisted Living and at The Deery Suites for their care during her stay. In addition, mother was so appreciative of Eucharist Ministers from St. Patrick's Parish for faithfully bringing the Eucharist to her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail or The Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in Helen's name.
John Lally farm - photo from my Great-uncle Frank Ehrichs' collection.
I don't like writing about these types of subjects because it takes away from the historical projects I'm constantly working on, and then turns me into the topic of discussion/controversy.
Sometime around 1998, I set up the Manning Veterans' web page. Over the years I kept adding names as I found them or someone provided me with information about a Veteran. I was so glad that I had been gathering pictures and information for nearly 30 years at that time so I could list a very unique database of military personnel connected to Manning, going way back to the War of 1812.
By the time I set up the web page, I think all of the Manning WWI Veterans were deceased, but there were quite a few WWII Veterans living...so I concentrated on the WWI and WWII Veterans, while there were still people living who could help me with these 2 generations of Veterans.
This forced me to have to side-track the younger generation Veterans while working on the older military history.
Now there are very few WWII Manning Veterans living and I still need to sit down with a couple of them.
Sadly, during the time-period I was concentrating on WWI & WWI, we started losing Korean and even some Vietnam Veterans.
Time waits for no one!
happened that I had not expected...many of the post-WWII Veterans seemed to just fade away and had little if any interest
in sharing their military story and pictures.
While many of them eventually will work with me if I contact them directly, only a few of them have come forward on their own.
There are a couple of exceptions...I've had several different Veterans post a message for my guestbook and wonder why they are not included in the Manning Vets.
I always respond and first ask them if they are referring to the Manning Veterans Memorial Wall, which I have no direct involvement - other than I show the list of names featured on that wall.
I also inform them about my Manning Veterans' web page which sometimes I did have their name and if it didn't, it was because no one had informed me that person is a Veteran.
Here are 2 examples of confusing questions that were left for my guestbook. I have no idea if they were referring to the Memorial Wall or the Manning Veterans'
history book project I've been working on officially since 2009 and unofficially with my web pages since 1998.
In every case, I have never had a response back as to which project they were referring to, or the steps I gave them to get included.
Just wondering how to be recognized for 6 years of service to our country?
Just wondering why my name and my classmate's name were not included in manning vets? We both served honorably from 1968 to 1971 in USMC.
One misconception about the Memorial Wall is that each name plaque was actually paid for by the Veteran or a family member...they are not free!
Another huge misconception about the Veterans' history book project is that if a Veteran's name is not listed that I intentionally left it off...like I had something against that Veteran or didn't feel they should be honored in the book.
I challenge anyone to take on a project of over 1000 individuals and try to find pictures and information about them going back to the early 1800s and not end up still having an incomplete list, even though I've come up with 1000+ Manning Veterans to date.
The Memorial Wall project was mostly accomplished by volunteer workers, and money was raised/donated to pay for some of the commercial work.
The Manning Veterans' history book project is all volunteer (mostly me), and completely at my own expense.
I have been raising some money for this project and there have been some donations which are in a special bank account for the publication of a book someday, but I receive no compensation or reimbursement.
I need to make this VERY CLEAR, so people don't believe I'm profiting from this historical work.
Below is just one of thousands of examples of military pictures that I've scanned over the years that I have no idea who they are. This picture came from the Lamp collection I'm working on right now - Herman and Gerhardt both served overseas during WWI and I assume these are some of their buddies they got to know - OR are they Manning boys they trained with at boot camp?
This is what I'm trying to prevent from happening in the future for Manning Veterans from Korea to present day military personnel,
where someone someday will look at pictures from Korea, Vietnam,
and all of the other modern era Veterans and ask - "who are they?" Where did this Manning Veteran serve, etc?
So again, I put out my plea to all Korea to present day Manning connected Veterans - don't let your pictures and military story slowly fall into the dust heap of history.
Now I realize that what I just wrote doesn't interest or mean much of anything to most people who are basically interested in only their family history.
Fortunately, I realized over 30 years ago that the most important parts of our history/genealogy are the community history - NOT our own personal family history.
Having this mindset, now allows me to work with just about anyone who has Manning connections because of my immense and very unique digital database - but sadly a lot of people don't realize I probably can help them with their history, or they think they know it all already.
So if more people would work with me and share what they have, then I would be able to increase this Manning Historical Preservation Database and expand more my ability to help even more individuals with their research.
Another challenge I have is that I can't get more people to get me their old Manning connected pictures, documents, and history so I can scan those things.
While there are some people who have the capabilities I have in digitizing things, very few have been scanning as many decades as I have and as many pictures/documents I have worked with that have provided me with a lot of experience. Very few also have the years maintaining a web page like I have that is so very helpful in reaching out to people around the world who have Manning connections.
So e-mail me and let's work together on your old pix and history.
I've posted lots of unknown baby pictures since 1996 when I first started my web page.
Most unidentified baby pictures I've worked with came from old family collections, so more than likely the people in those baby pictures were deceased - probably even their children. So it would be understandable that no one would come forward with a name.
I've also posted pictures of babies who were probably still living but then I wonder if no one came forward because they didn't want anyone to know it was their baby picture...no matter the reasons why people don't come forward with picture IDs, it is great to finally have someone e-mail me and tell me who one of the unknown baby pictures is.
To find out - check out "Unknown 12" linked in the baby picture feature below. You'll see that once I know who the baby is I can generally come up with all kinds of pictures of that person and their family connections...and then run into more ID problems.
If you have been viewing my Easter Bunny, Santa, and Princess Prom pictures over the last 15 years you may have wondered where all of the babies/kids are coming from.
One reason is that kids who grew up and went to school here - then went to college, found employment elsewhere, and started families, soon realized that the boring little town they grew up in wasn't all that bad after all.
They definitely were the type of individuals who "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
For such clean originals and historically important pictures, I generally make very
high resolution scans. I set the target image at 34 inches by 300 DPI and save it in TIF format which makes for very large file - 218 MBs. My reasoning is someday, someone
might want to make a large blowup print of it and with this super high resolution and a professional printer, it will look as good - probably better than the original.
One thing I will do someday is to isolate Jessie and Agnes' faces and lower the brightness and add a little more contrast so they won't be overexposed.
Besides old historical pictures, I always like to find pictures from my era. Here is a 1975 classmate of mine and his younger brother - grade school pictures.
This is why I prefer to go through family collections...they might assume I'm not interested in newer pictures or some other item of history...I prefer to make those decisions.
Kyle Wiese, a MHS 1978 graduate
I ran across this picture of one of the Farrell families.
Farrell is a name that has disappeared from Manning. I do have some Farrell pictures and information but no Farrell family member has come forward to share pictures and information with me.
Warren Farrell served overseas during WWII. I have no pictures of him and only limited information.
Ed, who is pictured below, possibly served in the Spanish American War. Gerhardt Voge remembers Ed saying he was a prisoner of war and was dragged behind a horse as torture.
Now I have no other references to Ed's service and would like to find out one way or the other.
If any Farrell or Farrell relative has old family pictures and history - please e-mail me so I can get your items to scan and add more history about this family name in the Manning Historical Preservation Database.
While these are rare to find, I have scanned several other Manning & Hayes Township ribbons from other collections but this one is in very good shape.
While I'm sure somewhere throughout history some members of these Vereins accidentally got hurt by gun discharge, but I've never found one case where someone died from gunshots or where some nut started shooting up the club.
Kinderfest, for decades, had a rifle/target contest for the boys and there was a plain old gun club in Manning for many years. Knowing these facts of history convinces me we need to bring back these gun clubs, so kids and even adults today can learn gun safety and proper use and maintenance, and respect for these weapons.
Visitation: February 6 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Service: February 7 10:30 AM United Methodist Church, Dow City
Burial: Dow City Cemetery
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services
Jeanette June Houston was born May 8, 1937, in Botna, Iowa, the daughter of George and Bernice (Schroeder) Justice. She passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of eighty-one.
Jeanette received her education in the Manning Community Schools and was a graduate of Manning High School with the class of 1955. She continued her education in 1956 at a beauty school in Des Moines. Jeanette began her cosmetology career in a beauty shop in the hotel in Dow City.
On May 4, 1958, she was united in marriage to Thomas Houston and the couple was blessed with the birth of seven children. The family moved to Council Bluffs in1969 and moved back to Dow City in 1973. Jeanette was so happy to be back in Dow City as she loved Dow City and the people in it. She loved fixing hair and catching up on all the gossip around town. She began working at the Dow City School in the 1990s and loved feeding all the kids and making homemade cinnamon rolls.
Jeanette was a member of the Dow City Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. In her leisure time, she enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards especially Euchre, reading Harlequin romance novels and socializing with the ladies. She loved having company and was particularly fond of her "apartment family" after moving from Dow City to Denison. She was also an excellent pie baker. Jeanette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and truly enjoyed raising her children.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom in 2014; and one brother, Dennis. Survivors include: seven children: Tom and wife, Vicki; Carmen and husband, Don; Norman and wife, Maria; Lori; Jon; Michael and wife, Traci; and Alison and husband, Doug; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; siblings: Roger; Wayne and wife, Arlene; Joann; Keith; Jolene and husband, Bud; and Lynn; special family friend, Randy; other relatives and friends.
1955 MHS graduates: Sandra Anderson, Bonnie Brus, Larry Christensen, Lynn Clark, Kenneth Dammann, Merlin Drees, Eunice Eich, Phillip Enenbach, George Eschenbacher, Dennis Fischer, Betty Foley, Ronald Frahm, Russell Frank, Donald Froyd, Joycelyn Genzen, Thomas Grau, Janis Groteluschen (valedictorian), Peggy Grundmeier, Robert Hagedorn, Shirley Hansen, Marion Hargens, Janice Hodne, Ronald Irlbeck, Sally Juels, Jeanette Justice, James Kasperbauer, Shannon Koon, Eustace Lake, Allan Lamaack, LaVonne Lohmeier, Alan Lorenzen, Edwin McConnell, Mary Alice Mohr, Lauron Musfeldt, Beverly Nielsen (salutatorian), Jane Opperman, Marlene Otto, Kathleen Ploog, Louise Polking, Delores Puck, James Ramsey, Daryle Rowedder, Carol Rowedder, Shirley Ruhde, Burton Sander, Margaret Schroeder, Verna Singsank, Mary Stangl, William Stein, Larry Thomssen, Lois Vennink, Clifford Vinke, Judith Vollmer, Dale Vollstedt, Phillip Zerwas
1955 former students: Clark Addison, Lois Armentrout, Jerold Barten, Susan Brandt, Sally Christensen, Delores Davis, Carol Fuller, Letty Fuss, LuEtta Gehlsen, Margaret Gensler, Duane Hansen, Patty Hansen, LaRue Hodne, Mary Kennedy, Marsha Kuhl, Jackie Lee, Clifford Letty, Ann Littell, Janet Martens, Ronald Masters, Kathryn Nollen, David Olbertz, Mary Ann Peters, Norman Pieper, Mark Ramsey, Gene Rostermundt, Gregory Schurer, Sondra Spicer, Janice Stein, Patricia Volquartsen, James Williams
November 19, 1953 Spotlite
Junior Class Gave "Corliss Archer," Friday
Friday evening the junior class presented "Meet Corliss Archer" under the direction of Bill Robinson. At 8 o'clock the curtain opened to the strains of "My One and Only Heart." Whose heart is that, I wonder? Corliss's?
The entire plot of the play revolved about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl, Corliss Archer, who was very ably portrayed by Janis Groteluschen. Mr. Archer, her father, was excellently played by Lynn Clark and Louise Polking was simply terrific as Mrs. Archer. Jane Opperman was very good as Louise, the Archer's maid, Mildred, Corliss best friend, was finely portrayed; by Carol Rowedder, and Bill Stein was absolutely tremendous as Dexter Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin were played by Dale Vollstedt and Bonnie Brus, Mary Helen Stangl was adequately hysterical as Cousin Agnes, Betty, another girl friend, was capably played by Lois Vennink. The doctor and the nurse were portrayed by Merlin Drees and Jeanette Justice. The student director was Kathleen Ploog.
It seemed Corliss Archer was quite bored with every-day life so, with the help of Mildred, decided to change the neural course of events by making up stories to put in Corliss' diary. To complicate matters, Cousin Agnes came to visit, read the diary, and believed every word of it. The results that followed were hilarious and the ending was very appropriate to a teenage girl.
Between acts the entertainment was furnished by Betty Foley who played a flute solo, "Sonata No. 2," accompanied by Mrs. Dorothy Groteluschen. Shirley Ruhde sang "My Hero" and "With a Song in My Heart"' accompanied by Alice Ahrendsen.
All in all, the play was excellently cast and presented
superbly. Mr. Robinson should be given a well-deserved pat on the back for his fine production.
By: Alice Ahrendsen
1953 Jr. Sr. Prom Sophomores waiters and waitresses
Back: Lois Frahm, Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Lohmeier, Judy Vollmer, Bonnie Brus
Front: Lynn Clark, Phillip Zerwas, Donald Froyd, Ronald Frahm, Eustace "Junior" Lake
1953 Prom waitresses
Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Brus, LaVonne (Bonnie) Lohmeier, Lois Vennink
1955 Algebra class
To all classmates and schoolmates of Jeanette...
You may or may not be amazed at the number of pictures I have of Jeanette.
The thing basically no one realizes is that my huge database of Manning school pictures came from just a few Manning students who had other schoolmates and classmates in their collections, scrapbooks, and boxes of stuff and let me scan them.
I know there are a lot more Manning school pictures and history out there and unless I get them, the vast majority will end up getting thrown away someday by a relative who inherits them, so that history will be lost forever...Once in my database it can and will be digitally preserved in libraries and museums.
So if you want your old Manning pix and history preserved long after we are all gone, then contact me so I can get them to scan and add to the Manning Historical Database.
The more history I get scanned, the more I can feature on my web pages.
I realize that some people don't like to look at old pictures of themselves or from their era because it makes them feel old.
Trust me, we are all getting older whether or not these pictures exist, and whether or not I post them on my web pages.
George Ralph Justice, son of Ralph and Alta (Chamberlain) Justice, was born February 22, 1916, near Defiance. He grew to adulthood on his parents' farm in rural Manilla and received his education in the rural school.
June 24, 1936, he married Bernice Schroeder. They made their home in the Botna area. Eight children were born to this union, Jeanette, Roger, Wayne, Keith, Joleen, Dennis, Lynn, and Joann.
He farmed near Botna until 1942 at which time he bought the Botna Store and also went into the trucking business. In 1968 he sold the business to his son, Wayne and at this time started working for Western Engineering Company out of Harlan. He had been in failing health since 1986. He was residing in the Little Flower Haven Rest Home in Earling before his death at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, November 5, 1991, at age 75 years, 8 months, and 14 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis in 1949; a grandson, Rodney in 1971; two brothers, Kenneth and Earl Justice; and in 1989, by Bernice, the mother of his children.
He is survived by seven children, Jeanette (Tom) Houston of Dow City; Roger Justice (Kay) of Omaha, Nebraska; Wayne Justice (Arlene) of Botna; Keith Justice (Joan) of Minden; Joleen (Bud) Bandow of Minden; Lynn Justice of Minden, and Joann Bengford of Denison; 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Harold Justice (Anna) of Carroll; Amos Justice (Arlene) of Rogers, Arkansas; Clifford Justice (Frances) of Irwin; Russell Justice (Darlene) of Irwin and Howard Justice (Norma) of Ankeny; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Marian Justice of Denison and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held November 8, 1991, at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning with Rev. Robert Chamberlain, officiating. Burial was in the Manning City Cemetery. Casketbearers were Wes Dammann, Norman Houston, Todd Justice, Mark Croghan, Mike Houston, and Travis Justice. Ohde Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Wayne & Arlene Justice
Lynn Justice - MHS 1970
Roger Kuhl & Dale Ehlers with their teacher, Marian Justice at Hayes No. 8
Marian Justice with student Kenneth Boell
I've said this a million times and unfortunately it changes nothing but IF I only would have had a computer and scanner when the Manning & Aspinwall Centennial books were published. Thousands of extra pictures were submitted but there just wasn't enough room in the books. Orval Fink & Art Rix, did make some negatives of extra pictures and items submitted for the Manning book, by taking pictures of them, so at least a few more of the thousands submitted and not used, were preserved but the quality of that process they used is nothing compared to the quality of a digital scan from an ORIGINAL photo or historical item.
Besides looking for all random Manning pictures and history, I've been looking for originals of pictures/documents used in the centennial books...but like I've been harping for decades,
most of them have been thrown away!
When you scan from a printed book or newspaper, you get the dot matrix pattern, so the original and NOT a copy made of an original is what I'm ALWAYS looking for.
Here is one example of an old scene used in the Aspinwall Centennial book - it is NOT the same postcard used for the book but it is the same image sold back in the early 1900s. The top image is obviously a scan from an original picture/postcard and the second image is the scan I made from the history book, to use with the online version of the Aspinwall book I posted in 2011.
I haven't had time to digitally touch up the marks and scratches of the top picture but I saved it in TIF format (for future repair) at 300 DPI and increased the size of the scan to 26 inches - in case someone wants to make a large blow-up of it someday.
Here you see the dot pattern of the original print format.
Blow it up and eventually all you see are a bunch of dots...
The above picture was taken around 1910. The man at the "steering rod" was a stranger who came to Aspinwall on a Sunday afternoon on business concerning the new railroad track that was to be laid (It was completed in 1915). He asked Peter and Reka Christensen and their sons Jacob and Hugo if they wanted an "auto ride." The Christensen's home is in the background. It was located east of Peter's blacksmith shop which he owned until about 1914, when they moved to Montana in 1915 or 1916.
I've featured Theodor from the Voge collection before but I think it is important to continue to emphasize the unique situation Manning and other small towns with predominantly German heritage had during WWI & WWII - and why we need to publish a Manning Veterans' history book.
Many Manning boys who went to fight in Europe/Germany during WWI or WWII, more than likely were fighting against relatives, some who were very closely related/connected.
This is one example for WWI. While Gerhardt Voge (age 96 here in Manning) was not born, his uncles, 2 from here in Manning (Herman & Gerhardt Lamp) went overseas to fight during WWI. Another uncle of Gerhardt Voge, Theodor Vöge, lived in/near Stakendorf, Germany. Of all things, Theodor did not die during a battle, but while on leave he was killed by a bomb someone set off in the pub where he was drinking beer with some of his buddies.
"Memorial to our fallen heroes." Stakendorf August 24, 1924
WWI shrine for the men who died serving Germany between 1914 and 1918.
I also just noticed another interesting name on the wall - Friedrich Dohrmann...If you read the history of the Manning Plaza you saw that A.C. Dohrmann Construction Company out of Sioux City was hired to build the plaza...I'm sure no direct family connection but shows how many Iowa names are of German ancestry
During the large immigration from Europe from the 1870s through the early 1900s, the Germans immigrants heard about the Iowa Prairie waiting to be developed and they fell in love with Iowa because of its similar natural traits to their native Germany.
So if you are a Manning connected Veteran or family of a deceased Manning connected Veteran - have you come forward?
Will you or the Veteran in your family be a part of the amazing Manning military history?
It's easy, just contact me and we'll go from there. I end up doing most of the work! I just need your pictures, documents, and information to scan and use in the book...
Modern-day returning combat Veterans also face these adjustments, which effect each person differently but when you consider the staggering numbers during WWII, it is amazing that the country as a whole was able to adjust.
Back: Arnold Brus, Don Massen
Front: Luella (Kahl) Brus, Betty (Koch) Maasen
Helen (M. - last name initial) bowling
1957 Mueller bowling team
Back: Ben D. Joens, Lyle Joens (son of Bill), Bill Petersen, Leo Wuebker
Front: Paul Volquartsen, George Erps
1957 Part of PE class was taking turns setting the bowling pins. Darlys Vollstedt in front then Ruth Ohde.
The first Manning school annual called the Philosophian was in 1907 which dedicated the new brick school that replaced the original 1883 wooden school.
Then in 1935 the first Comet was published. The next Comet was published in 1939. They both featured Freshmen through Seniors for those 2 years.
Then with the outbreak of WWII, no year book was published until the war ended - instead non-bound Spot Lites were printed for each class.
Here is the 1941 Spot Lite - final edition.
Deloris Kuhse was a member of the MHS class of 1941...this was back when people fully understood patriotism and showed it in just about every way possible.
Here is why I emphasize patriotism to the younger generations of today.
It's not that the WWII generation of Veterans are more important than the Veterans of any era, but consider the number of Manning citizens who served and died, including in the MHS class of 1941.
These 1941 members served during WWII: Dale Bingham, Frank Bliefert, Leonard Frahm, Betty Grelck, Virtus Hargens, Lyle Hoffmann, Leola Keat, Robert Kuhse, Elmer Meyers, Daryl Mohr, Alice Musfeldt, Harold Neal, Warren Petersen, Robert Ramsey, Robert Rostermundt, Norman Rothfolk, Ruth Schelldorf, Gene Strathman, Roy Struve, Keith Wunder.
As far as we know, Pauline (Cramer) Graves, Rozora (Kuhn) Schroeder, Dorothy (Ehrichs) Kusel, and we think Robert Rostermundt are the last living members of MHS 1941.
Their superintendent, Amos Lee, served during WWI
Their teacher, Elnor (Vannote) Detlefsen's husband, Heinz Detlefsen, also died while serving in WWII.
Lyle Gene Strathman MHS 1941
Awards Day at MHS
Lyle Strathman, Dorothy (Ehrichs) Kusel, with Virginia (Greteman) Wiese lying on the ground
Lyle on corner of Main & Third Streets
Lyle Strathman - temporary burial site in Alaska
Max & Heinz Detlefsen - Max also served during WWII
Heinz "Cotton" & Elnor (Vannote) Detlefsen
Heinz in his flight gear
Margraten U.S. Military Cemetery near Vaal, Holland
Permanent burial site of Heinz Detlefsen
So when there are complaints today about all kinds of injustices, maybe these modern day complainers need to take a little history lesson to realize things really aren't as bad as they want everyone to believe.
It was great to see so many "young" citizens at the meeting but there should have been a lot more...
If the young generations want the same quality of life they grew up with and have come to expect, then they'll have to step it up a lot more to KEEP IT!!!
Donald Dean Wegner of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died January 20, 2019, at age 85. Don was born in Aspinwall, Iowa, and graduated from Manning High School. He served for two years in the Korean Conflict. After leaving the army, Don moved to Des Moines to attend The Barber College which began his 50-year career of barbering in Des Moines. His customers became his business advisors, friends, and family. Don retired to Lake Okoboji, Iowa, in 2005, then moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Melvin, Paul, Warren, Frank, and Lucille. Survivors include his wife, Marjean, Fernandina Beach, Florida; daughter Janel Dennen (Marc Stopeck), Oak Park, Illinois, and their son Isaac; daughter Jody Nelson (Don), Northbrook, Illinois, and their children Jack and Sonja; son William Wegner, Des Moines, Iowa; and sister Judy, Manning, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Foundation at WaysToGive.CommunityHospice.com.
Donald was the son of Emil and Margaret (Vehrs) Wegner.
He attended Aspinwall School and graduated from Manning High School in 1951.
Melvin & Helen (Hinz) Wegner May 27, 1940
Back: Gladys Boyens, Donald Schroeder, Virgene Schacht, ??, LaVern Boyens
Front: Donna Schacht, Lucille Wegner, Alvin Jansen, ??
Wilbur Karsten, Bill Strathman, Frank Wegner
It is so sad at how many Manning connected Veterans won't be featured in the Manning Veterans' book, simply because no one will come forward to help me with this project.
As I continue to dig through the boxes of Voge/Lamp stuff I ran across an envelope and hit a jackpot of Herman Lamp's military treasures...
There were 2 items I have not run into before with other collections so it is always exciting to find different Manning connected history.
One item was a pin that I tried to find information about on the Internet but so far found nothing. I'm assuming it is referencing American Legion membership reaching 500,000 in 1940...but right now this is conjecture.
The other new item was an official welcome home pin for the WWI Veterans.
Herman and his wife, Amanda (Koester) Lamp never had any children so they really have no one close to carry on their legacy, so besides being an honor I feel it is my duty in my capacity of preserving Manning's history for 4 decades to make sure their memories are not completely lost forever.
All too often when I go through old family collections, I'll find a bunch of military pins and medals and unfortunately the family members won't know the background, who they belonged to or which one of several Veterans in their family...as one generation inherits from the previous generation, if things aren't thrown away, more stuff gets tossed into the same box - all mixed together with no idea about any of the items.
I'm not sure what these pins represent
I believe this is Herman's WWI utility belt buckle
American Legion 1st half million
Red Cross pin
Herman served with the 88th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Brigade unit, 349th Infantry Regiment
As best I can tell, Herman served with his brother, Gerhardt, throughout the war.
Red Cross pin
Aluminum plaque - front & back
Herman's pay booklet
USS Rijndam - ship that brought the Lamp brothers home after WWI
Farmers Educational & Cooperative Union of America - pin
Herman had 2 of these pins.
If you have military pictures, medals, pins, ribbons, documents, papers, memorabilia for a Manning Veteran - please come forward now.
If you don't then you or your relative won't be featured in the Manning Veterans two-volume history book that will feature over 1000 Manning connected Veterans - a one-of-a-kind community military history book.
Ella Fledderman from the Minnie Lamp collection.
Joyce (Richards) sent me this information: As far as I know Jessie Bushman & Ella Fledderman both lived south of Manning on farms.
As far as I can remember all of the ladies of the club lived on farms south of 141.
Hilda Overgaard lived in Gray. Her husband, Andrew, operated the Gray mill and feed store.
Heinie Otto & Johannes Bunz 1935
Heinie Otto school janitor
So hopefully someone will come forward and help me with his service information for the Manning Veterans' book.
Quoting Walter Cronkite "And that's the way it is..." January 18, 2019
The nice thing about operating my own web page is that I don't have to worry about some elitist PC cop removing or blocking my ability to speak my piece.
In January of 2018, I created this historical perspective linked below about recreation in Manning and also information and graphics for the current proposed project for the Rec Center.
It shows how projects don't get done overnight and also how very important volunteers and donations are to every project.
Update on the Hillside Splash project
On May 15, 2018, the city council approved $400,000 in matching funds for the proposed Hillside Splash project. JEO Consulting has been working on design ideas and a proposal to complete this project in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will begin in 2019-20 with construction beginning in 2020-21, or as soon as funds are raised.
A zero-depth pool with some play features are planned in phase 1, with the slide aspects in phase 2, and a spray pad for phase 3.
Click on the link below to see some very interesting history on how Manning achieves so many amazing things and is now working on another unique project.
Oh the Fun of playing in the Sun (1968)
1909 cartoon about 2 boys nabbing their friends' clothes while "skinny dippin.'"
Click to find out about the project
I saw this item on E-bay and purchased it. It caught my eye from the standpoint of several historical aspects so I felt it needed to be preserved in my Manning Historical Database.
An observation I made during Orland's funeral was the lack of attendance by business people and Manning citizens in general. I realize many of
them paid their respects at the viewing the day before and the church is relatively small but having attended funerals for 50+ years and knowing Manning history...society has
changed a lot - it was quite common when a businessman passed away years ago that the businesses on Main Street closed down during the funeral and most of the owners
attended the funeral.
Here are just two examples.
Ulysses L. Patton
July 30, 1908
ONE OF OUR OLDEST PIONEER CITIZENS PASSES AWAY LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
Was a Member of the City Council for Fifteen Years and on School Board for Nine Years.
Mr. Patton has been in the stock business in Manning for a number of years and was associated in the business with his son, Dwight, at the time of his death. As a token of the esteem in which Mr. Patton is held by the business men here every place of business in the city was closed from 10 to 12 o'clock, during the time of his funeral and all public work was suspended the entire day.
John Frahm, Prominent Business Man Died Tuesday
Entered Into Rest May 28, 1940 At Home Manning
The spacious funeral home and every, available place around the premises was occupied by friends during the services. Every business place in town was closed in his respect during the services.
The deceased leaves many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was one of the towns leading citizens; a man of pleasing personality; jovial; kind and honorable. He was a good friend to have and he had a host of friends. The Chamber of Commerce, Manning, 3-Mile House and 5-Mile House Schuetzen Verein, of which he was a member, and other organizations always found him a willing worker and liberal giver. The town and community will feel his departure in losing a faithful helper and progressive citizen. He was a faithful husband and a kind and loving father in his home and gave himself unselfishly for the comforts and good of his family.
Another reason why more citizens should have attended the funeral was to honor and show respect to Orland for his military service...a Veteran of the Korean War.
Now these comments are solely my own and not intended to judge/criticize anyone but just as an observation of change over the years.
Visitation Wednesday April 25, 2018 , 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Visitation resumes at church at 9:30 AM.
Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at the Manning Cemetery
More information and pictures coming...
Korean War Veterans continues
For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.
We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.
Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words
Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.
Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.
Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger
If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.
What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"
Have some of your "Dreams" come true?
"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and
shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782
Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.
How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.
Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.
One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next
Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were,
where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.
To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.
Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.
Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
48 served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
3 served in the Spanish American War
300+ served during WWI
550+ served during WWII
87+ served in the Korean war era
65+ (more names need to be found) served in the Vietnam era
55+ (many more names need to be found) served from 1975 to present
26 paid the ultimate price with their lives defending the U.S. Flag
We are starting the Manning Veterans' history book project
Don't wait until you see "Deadline" or it WILL be too late!!!
Click to read promos for the Veteran book
If you simply don't want those old family pictures you inherited please don't throw them - send them my way.
A lot of times I can recognize a face or location in those old pix.
One thing to keep in mind while you are looking for pictures - if they are glued in old scrap books please do NOT try to pull them out or cut them out. I can scan the whole page of the scrapbook and crop out the pictures you want to use in the book. If you attempt to forcibly remove the pictures you will probably damage them and when I scan them that damage will probably show up. This means I'll either have to use my graphics program to touch up the damage which can take a lot of time, or if they are badly damaged I just may not even take the time to scan them.