1982 MHS graduates: Richard Duane Amsden, Lynna Marie Andresen, Ken E. Bauer, Sara Mae Carter, Lyle Kevin Christensen, Julie Jeralyn Collison, Susan Crandall (salutatorian), Gerald Thomas Croghan, Owen Jerome Croghan, Jessica Sue Dammann, Mary Helen Drees, Janice Marie Eickman, Kenny Roger Eischeid, Michelle Angelique Fiddelke, Scott Edward Fielweber, Vicki Lin Frank, Robert Allen Genzen, Todd Karl Gruhn, Craig Frank Hacker, Jon Michael Hagedorn, Shelli Dee Hagedorn, Roxanne A. Halbur, Kristie Sue Haskins, Lisa Sue Hass, Donna Lea Herbers, Delia Lee Hicks, Alan R. Hinners, Jeff Houghton, Patricia Ann Hughes, Brett David Irlbeck, Jeff L. Joens, Denise Elaine Johnson, Thomas James Johnson, Lori Sue Justice, Daniel C. Kalkhoff, Annette Kinsey, Chris Elmer Langel, Trudi Margaret Lewis, Patrick Alan Lutwitze, Margaret Renee McAdams, Ron McKay, Mary Jane Miller, Julie Ann Mohr, Rebecca Renee Mohr, Rourke Francis Mullen, Edith Dawn Myer, Christopher D. Nelson, Kent E. Pfannkuch, Richard Alan Ramsey, Dean Wayne Rohe, Donna Jean Rosonke, Mary Jane Marie Rothfolk, Karla Ann Sailer, Barry Schwiesow, Julie Ann Siepker, Kevin Sporrer, Randall Lee Sturm, Wanda Jean Tank, David Scott Thompson, LaDonna Lorraine Vaughn, Kathy Linn Vollstedt, Lisa Marie Wanninger, Tim Waterbury, Carmen Beth Weets, Craig Alan Wegner, David Robert Wegner, Valerie Lynn Weller (valedictorian), Jean Marie Wiese
1982 former students: Roger Auten, David Belding, Shelley Belding, Brent Bell, Dacia Bell, Beth Brotherton, George Davis, Kevin Doyel, Theresa Epperly, John Falck, Michelle Feltner, Sheila Ferry, Laura Fischer, Todd Gerdes, Abner Hendrickson, Kimberly Karstens, Karol Klinker, Sandra Kovacevic, Karen Kruse, Michael Lamp, Susan Lee, Carla Madsen, Michelle McMillen, Keith Meeves, Rick Petersen, Dwayne Read, Todd Rix, Kimberly Ross, Michael Rowedder, Joyce Schlichte, Mary Schwaller, Ron Sevey, Tully "Buzz" Simon, Robert Vaughn, Debora Vogl, David Walsh, Lance Warnke, Duane Wilde, Susan Wittrock
Richard Sorensen - MFD
Teresa McKay - MHS 1979
Duane Sorensen - MHS 1986
June 7, 1968 - November 21, 2012
Ronnie, Richard, Nikki, Carter Sorensen
Dawn Elizabeth Rohe 3 months, Derrick Allen Rohe 3 years
Children of Merlin Rohe and Teresa (McKay) Vonnahme
September 11, 2001, attack on the United States inspired two local young men to honor the victims through their talents...
Perhaps he didn't want to take you alone.
But, rather with your friends,
who were also in the danger zone.
Yes, he took you in his hands
the moment you got off the ladder
He couldn't stand to see you be any sadder.
As Lady Liberty provided the light
to get you through the smoke and the haze,
tears ran down her cheek
as up to heaven she did gaze
With the World Trade Center still burning and
crumbling from this terrible deed,
The grass in the distance was a beautiful
green without a single weed.
September 11th, 2001 is a date we will never forget.
To all those who arrived to help-
We say Thanks
your heroism may never again be met.
Poem written by Dan Rosonke
More information coming...
Rita (Nissen) Saunders
I'm hoping to also get to the school musical audio and pictures but because of the late spring and flood, I'm way behind on work around the farm.
Why do I care and bother to comment? The "Sound of Music" is one of my favorite musicals and that some idiot would equate "Edelweiss" as a Nazi song needs to be mocked, made fun of, and rejected by everyone.
The gist of the idiocy found on just one of many Internet websites
"'On Thursday, a New York Post reporter tweeted that President Donald Trump played the song "Edelweiss" at the White House.
The New York Times' White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, suggested the song was a Nazi anthem, inspiring rightful backlash on Twitter. She seemed to stick with this false view, even after she was called out on it.
"Edelweiss” was being played as we walked into the @WhiteHouse
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) April 18, 2019
Flabbergasted, Haberman responded, "Does...anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song?'"
Here is just one of many websites that will explain how this nonsense all came about.
Food for Thought
As a dumb ole Midwest Iowa farmer I can't resist showing this animated gif...
Many members of the so-called news media and politicians are pretty much nothing more than a cow chewing its cud - just regurgitated opinions and political brain-dead nonsense.
Quoting Walter Cronkite "And that's the way it is..." April 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.
Acts of kindness that continue to show how the citizens and businesses of the United States are the most generous on earth...who not only help US citizens during natural disasters but people all around the world.
Trailer nearly half full with more coming from Audubon.
Below was the original request which is now over.
THE CITY OF HAMBURG NEEDS OUR HELP! PLEASE SHARE!
We've contacted the mayor's office (housed in the grade school currently) for a list of items they need. We'll update if they send more info!
We'll be collecting items at The Market Place Today (Tues), Wed, Thurs 7am-6pm and heading out Friday morning.
ANY HELP/DONATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED!
Gallon jugs of water
Paper plates, cups, bowls
Plastic forks (especially forks), spoons, knives
Napkins, paper towels
Crock Pot Liners, Roaster Liners
Diapers, wipes, any other baby food/supplies (not clothes)
Heavy Duty garbage bags
Ready/easy to eat meals: Soups, Microwavable meals, dry cereals, canned fruits and veggies, fruit cups, juice boxes, non-perishable foods that don't need stovetop cooking
Buckets, work gloves, plastic gloves, bleach and other cleaners, mops, muck boots
They have no running water, heat, or gas but the school does have electricity. They DON'T have a need for clothes at this time.
The Market Place
The good thing this year is that I only found a few pop cans/bottles in the debris, one board with spike and 2 broken fence posts - a major improvement by
farmers/landowners for not using gullies and washouts along creeks as a dumping point.
Farther down below is the flood feature and I mentioned how the changes in the roads by the county drastically changed the flow of flood water and debris.
The first picture below shows the March 13 flood water coming from the northeast, and the 1960s picture shows how the water flowed before the road was raised by 10 feet in the 1980s.
This completely changed the of the water and the debris field...backing it up in our field.
This was the worst debris field created since the 1974 spring when we had 4 floods in about a 2-week period.
The cornstalk pile in the background came from a 1-acre debris field.
2 large manure spreaders and 2 loader tractors were used to clean up the mess
About half way through we said we should have counted the spreader loads.
I'm guessing well over 100...probably closer to 200.
1960s view that shows the flood waters would freely flow across the road.
The floating debris just kept on going south...except for the fences that caught some of the debris.
Loading corn stalks in the field just north of the RR trestle
Wide view of the field north of the trestle
Spreading the debris on the CRP
So a few days later we tried on another section of the CRP which created more smoke than fire.
I added some pictures and audio from the plaza meeting held at the high school auditorium...
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!!!
Linda Muhlbauer, Director
Manning Public Library
310 Main Street
1981 Manning Centennial book
MANNING PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Manning Public Library Association was organized in August 1886. A membership fee of one dollar per year was charged. The library was started with a case of 30 volumes and was located in the State Bank. In June 1895, a Woman's Reading Circle was organized and they took charge of the library, and increased the stock of books to 160 volumes. They subscribed to Iowa State Traveling Library which furnished them with 100 volumes per year. It was opened to the public on Saturdays from two until five o'clock. By 1900 the library was no longer in existence.
In 1928 the American Legion Auxiliary gave a sum of $394 and an agreement was made with the city council to use the city hall for a library. The money was used to build bookcases and a board was appointed to help carry on the work. The library was opened in January 1929 and books were rented from the Denison Library for several years. Many organizations helped to build the library by donating money and books. Auxiliary members donated their time and took care of the checking in and out of books. In 1934 the library was taken over by the town and has since been supported by both city and county taxes.
The first board to be appointed by the city included: Anna (Espy) Sutherland, Anna (Hansen) Meyers, L.E. Qualley, Luther Tate and Mrs. Jack West. In 1934 Mrs. Myrtle Porter was appointed the first librarian. In 1939 she resigned and Ida Motter was appointed. After she resigned in 1945 Mrs. Harry Hinz became librarian and has held that position for the past 34 years. It has been through the direction of Mrs. Hinz that the library has grown steadily. In 1955 the town voted to build a new City Hall and the library now has the east wing of that building. The library has grown from a book collection of about 1800 in 1934 to about 11,000. Many books have been presented to the library as memorials. Clubs have given books as a memorial each time a member dies. The American Legion Auxiliary each year continues to give a donation to help the project they started in 1929. The Rotary Club has been generous. They set up a shelf in honor of Henry & Ann Brunnier. Mr. Brunnier was born and raised in Manning, became an architect and assisted in designing the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Each year the club gives books for this shelf and it now consists of 150 volumes.
In July 1979, the library board including Mary Stangl, Sue Puck, Millicent Wiese, Clifford "Bud" Johnson and Darlene Schrum sponsored a Fredda Hinz day to celebrate the library's 50th anniversary. A special reception and open house was given to honor Mrs. Hinz for her 34 years of service to the library. During the reception a portrait of Mrs. Hinz was first displayed. The portrait commissioned by the library board of Trustees was painted by Virginia (Lee) Mickunas of Des Moines. She is the daughter of Amos Lee, a former Superintendent of Manning schools. The portrait will hang in the library in honor of Mrs. Hinz's services to the community.
Where the library was housed at 412 Main Street -
just north of the alley on the north side of the Wyatt hospital.
1912 Paul Moerke made the Iowa Girl cigar in this building.
According to Art Rix, Paul Moerke is on the left
Later this building became the Manning Fire Station on the ground level.
The upstairs housed the Manning Library - stairway on the right.
Fire station on the right
Fredda was in the library when the fire station caught on fire.
When she called in the fire they thought she was kidding.
Fire station on the right
If anyone has a head-on close picture of the old WWII Veterans wall please let me know.
If anyone has pictures inside the library please let me know.
The word "Library" is written on the glass of the second window from the left.
Ral-Mars original location is in the building on the left (north) - Ralph & Martha Hagedorn
The next location in 1955 of the Manning Library - 715 Third Street
where the Manning Natural Gas Company was previously located.
Fredda Hinz 1956 book fair
Fredda Hinz 1956
1965 Fredda Hinz reading to Tom Stangl and John Pratt
The present location of the Manning City Library at 310 Main Street
1947 Club Cafe - where the city library building stands today.
Fire strikes the Club Cafe February 1951
View from the alley of the Club Cafe (collapsed roof).
Club Cafe structure removed.
Children's Day, High School band - the cement mixer belonged to Herb "Gloomy" Hass - carpenter.
1979 50th anniversary
??, Fredda Hinz
Fredda with her portrait
Virginia (Lee) Mickunas - portrait artist.
Renee Pfannkuch & Judi Stribe - 2005
On March 14, 2002, I asked several of Manning's "Living historians" to come to the Manning library to go over the pictorial display that Orval Fink & Arthur Rix made during the 1981 Manning Centennial. We went through each photo and I wrote down memories, identifications, and facts they remembered.
This was the last time where all of these folks worked together with me before they started passing away one by one...
As you can see, we had fun - I forget what Max & Ken were laughing about...
One of the biggest problems for any library are the overdue books. Manning has a campaign about once a year to get books returned.
Memorial gift books have become a very positive way families, individuals and clubs can remember someone. The list is really large of those who have shared in this way. One class at a reunion gave money to buy books that were dedicated to deceased members.
"One of the most unique memorial gifts while I have been librarian was to honor a 45th wedding anniversary. The couple's daughter asked the librarian to buy 45 books to be dedicated in honor of her parents," Hinz said. "Another memorial provided the work space and counter with a sink in the Memory Room. So many people have been so thoughtful and have left a tangible memorial to the library, it would take a separate Hinz also said, "We desperately need someone who knows about laminating to come here, just for an hour and teach us what to do. We have such a good tool and would love to be able to give better results when people want something laminated. We do a lot of laminating and just don't feel real comfortable with what we've done in the past."
When the library is visited Fredda will be remembered, for Fredda Hinz loved to work in the library, cared about the condition of the books, and enjoyed meeting the people who patronized the library. Her portrait in the front reading room will be a reminder of the long hours she spent cataloging, arranging, storytelling, helping locate material, and most of all giving others a love for reading. In the future years let's hope others will see this example and be able to fill the spot she is leaving.
OOPS! my sword broke...
More pix and I will attempt to add sound with some of the pictures will be coming soon...BUT this is going to take even more editing time so please be patient.
Visitation: March 27 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison, Iowa
Rosary: March 27 4:30 PM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison
Mass of Christian Burial: March 28 10:30 AM St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Denison
Verta Mae Von Tersch was born September 29, 1929, in rural Gray, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Gertrude (Schroeder) Barten. She passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of eighty-nine.
Verta Mae was baptized in Christ and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Manning, Iowa. She received her education at Lincoln No. 5 country school near her home in Audubon County, and graduated from Irwin High School, in Shelby County, with the class of 1947. On April 18, 1949, Verta Mae was united in marriage with Eugene "Tunney" Von Tersch at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Defiance, Iowa. The couple made their home on the farm south of Denison and was blessed with nine children.
There were three things in life that Verta Mae jokingly said she would never do and those were...she would never marry a Catholic or a farmer or ever have children, but those were the three things she embraced with the deepest affection. In the early years, she was employed at the Red Lantern and JoMart Steak Houses and as a hostess at Cronk's Cafe, all in Denison. She also provided counseling at the Denison Job Corps.
Music provided much pleasure for Verta Mae as she particularly enjoyed yodeling, singing in the church choir, singing and dancing. She was an excellent seamstress sewing all the clothes for her family. Verta Mae was also a good cook and enjoyed baking, especially bread and cinnamon rolls. World traveling provided many fond memories for her as she made trips to Yugoslavia, China, Italy, and the Holy Land. She also enjoyed socializing with neighborhood women. Verta Mae was a member of the Altar Society, Neighborhood Women's Society, Council for Catholic Women, and Cancer Society.
Verta Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene in 1977; one son, John Von Tersch; one grandson, David Von Tersch; one sister, Charleen Knudson and her husband, Kenneth; one brother, Arlo Barten; a stepbrother, Marland Mork and a step-brother-in-law Jerald Axland. Survivors include: eight children, Larry Von Tersch (Kathy) of Platte City, Missouri; Sharon Tesar (Michael) of Omaha, Nebraska; Joan Von Tersch (Bill Wege) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one daughter-in-law, Diane Von Tersch of Glenwood, Iowa; Dale Von Tersch (Carolyn) of Denison, Iowa; Paul Von Tersch (Annette) of Wayland, Iowa; Mary Hanno (John) of Sioux City, Iowa; Gene Von Tersch (Krystal Ferguson) of Denison, Iowa; and Teresa Shook (Chad) of Salix, Iowa; twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; a step-stepsister-in-law, Jeanie Mork of Denison, Iowa, and step-sister, Dwanna Axland of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Memorials may be designated to Holy Spirit Retirement Home or Trinity Heights in Sioux City, Iowa.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and the staff at Holy Spirit Retirement Home where she has spent the last three years.
John Barten - confirmation Trinity Lutheran Church (Lincoln Township)
Lincoln No. 5 country school December 1913
1913 Back: Alfred David, Edna David, Emil David, ??, ??, ? teacher, ??, ??
Front: Clarence David, ?? ??, ??, John Barten
December 20, 1934
LINCOLN CENTER (No. 5) SCHOOL PROGRAM AND PLAYS To Be Held Wednesday, December 26th
"A Merry Christmas After All"
Bobby Allen, who has a vivid imagination, Arnold Musfeldt
Peggy Allen, who conspires with him, Rosa Elsberry
Anna, the cautious maid, Martha Kienast
Grace Allen, the mother, Gertie Barten
Jim Allen, the father, Jack Bobenmoyer
Eleanor Marston, the aunt, Edna Schultz
Gordon Hayes, Eleanor's erstwhile fiancee, Donald McMurphy
Elmer Merriwell, an unexpected guest, Virgil Elsberry
An officer, determined to do his duty, Homer Elsberry
"The Christmas Bouquets"
Aunt Mary, Milda Kienast
Katie, beautiful Irish maid, Ella Musfeldt
Barbara, a flirt, Pearl Elsberry
Tom, her suitor, Don McMurphy
Dick, her suitor, Homer Elsberry
Hairy, her suitor, Jack Bobenmoyer
Ladies, please bring, boxes Teacher: Herbert Briggs
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book:
John Barten was born in Washington Township, Jackson County, Iowa, on December 1, 1871, on the Barten homestead. His parents were Christian Hinrich Martin Barten, a native of Rosenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, and Anna Joss Barton, a native of Herolfingen, Canton Bern, Switzerland. John spent his early years in eastern Iowa until he located in Lincoln Township in the late 1890s.
He married Miss Ada Meyer, daughter of Ernest August Meyer and Marie (Wollenberg) Meyer (deceased 1886) and step-daughter of Katherine (Kettlesen) Meyer, on March 6, 1901 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township by Rev. A. Ehlers. Dorothea Friederike Ida "Ada" Meyer was born on April 1, 1876, in Washington Township, Will County, Illinois. Her father was a native of Wendenhof in Hannover and her mother was born in Stralsund in Pommerania.
John and Ada were the parents of three sons: Richard August Christian, born June 4, 1902; Walter Ernest, born September 19, 1905; and John Friedrich Wilhelm, born December 30, 1908. On October 16, 1916, Ada, along with her unborn son, died in an Omaha hospital following surgery for a lingering intestinal disorder. They are buried in the Barten family plot in the Manning Cemetery.
On February 20, 1918, the Barten home in Lincoln Township was the setting for the marriage of John to Luise Pauline Müller by Rev. G. Krumm of the Peace Evangelical Church in Manning. Pauline was born May 17, 1888, in Dettingen an der Erms, Württemberg, Germany. She died June 21, 1977. Her parents were Johann Müller and Maria Agnes (Schneider) Müller. To this marriage one daughter, Lorraine Frieda, was born on December 26, 1919. She married Frank Danner on October 10, 1964. Lorraine passed away on February 19, 1967.
On July 24, 1934, Richard married Ida Zaiger (born: June 24, 1899, died: September 20, 1986). They were the parents of four children: Lloyd (deceased), Jerald living in Ankeny, Leone (deceased), and Bernice now living in Rockwell City. Richard farmed and drove a truck until he died on December 18, 1960. Richard and Ida are buried in the Manning Cemetery.
Walter married Gertrude Viola Schroeder (born: June 5, 1912, died: October 24, 2003) on March 1, 1929. They were the parents of three children: Verta Mae of Denison, Arlo living in Des Moines, and Charlene living in Irwin. Walter farmed the Barten homestead in Lincoln Township and for a short time before he died they lived in Irwin. Walter died on February 19, 1947. Walter and Gertrude are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin.
John married Elda Rothfolk (born: December 28, 1913, died: June 8, 2002) on August 3, 1937. John died December 22, 1988. They were the parents of four children: Roger of Audubon, Dorothy of Irwin, Robert (deceased), and Linda living in Cedar Rapids. John and Elda are buried in the Manning Cemetery.
The following sister and brothers of John W. Barten also
lived in the Manning community: his sister, Mrs. Herman D. (Emma) Hinz, and his
brothers, Chris Barten, William Barten and Charles Barten. William and family
eventually departed for Oklahoma and Charles later moved to Nebraska.
From the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book:
February 22, 1905 Charles married Margaretha Schultz. She was born at Stolp Pomerania, Germany September 22, 1881, to William and Wilhelmina Schultz. She and her mother came to America in 1892, and they first stayed in the home of her mother's uncle near Wall Lake.
After Charles retired in 1919, he, Margaretha and their family moved from the farm to Aspinwall, where they bought an acreage from Chris Hollander on the east end of town. The acreage included three acres of pasture, so Charles bought some cows and the children did the milk chores, selling milk to a number of families in town.
The family included three children, Wilhelmina Amanda (Mrs. Art Fuss), Marceline, Missouri, born December 18, 1905; Henry Wilhelm, Manilla, born May 6, 1909; and Gertrude Viola Mork, Irwin, born June 5, 1912.
Charles lived in Aspinwall until his death in 1959. Margaretha lived there a few more years and, because of
failing health, moved to Eventide Nursing Home in Denison, where she passed away in 1970.
These next pictures came from the Emma Schroeder collection. 3 of them were identified as taken on the Charles Schroeder farm, but unfortunately like so many
old pictures - there were no identifications.
Any help with identifications and family connections will be greatly appreciated.
Taken on the Charles Schroeder farm
Luella - taken on the Charles Schroeder farm
I'm thinking this was actually taken in a small town.
There is some writing on the large building in the background.
Also, the road doesn't appear to be a graveled country road.
John on the Charles Schroeder farm
More unknown pix
Could this be Gertrude & Minnie?
?Mayday event - Minnie?
Emma (Schroeder) Schilling in swing
It is possible some or all of the school pictures below are connected to the Aspinwall town school.
The Schroeder family moved into Aspinwall in 1919 when the oldest, Minnie, was 14.
Previously the Schroeder kids would have attended Iowa No. 2
Back: ??, ??
Front: ??, Marie (Schwiesow) Schroeder, ??
Heading to school - Aspinwall Independent School
I'm fairly sure that is the Emil Ehrichs Hudson dealership brick building in back on Main Street.
country school - Iowa No. 2
Back: ??, ??, ??, ??
Middle: ??, ??, Minnie, ??
Front: ??, Gertrude Schroeder, ??
country school - Iowa No. 2
country school - Iowa No. 2
country school - Iowa No. 2
Page 107 of the Manning Schools history book
Possibly the Charles Schroeder barn - painting and repairs
1928 Iowa license plate
Extended Barten family
1923 Elverta Barten holding Roland Derner
Elverta Barten was Charlie Barten's daughter
Charlie was married twice - Elverta was from first marriage - Second marriage - Louise Derner
Detlef & Emma (Barten) Hinz family
Circa 1917 Elma, Thurman, Alford, Richard, Georgia
William B., Rebecca holding Zona Gail, William F. holding Christena, Annetah
They homesteaded a wheat farm near Leedy, Oklahoma.
Chris Barten home in Bellevue, Iowa
Emma & Chris Barten
Charles & Louise Barten
Chris & Emma (Ross) Barten wedding
Back: ??, Ida (Ross) Borkowski
Charley Barten - twin brother of Chris Barten
Charley lived in Leedey, Oklahoma
Charles' brothers were John Barten, Sr., Chris Barten, and sister Emma (Barten) Hinz
Back: John, Charles, Henry
Front: William, Chris
Taken in 1912 when their parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Emma (Barten) Hinz
Clarence Barten's WWII dog tag - purchased off e-bay by Dave Kusel from Glendale, California
E.B. Barten would be Emma (Ross) Barten, mother of Clarence
John Barten barn destroyed by the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado
May 1934 Iowa No. 2
The smallest boy in front looks like a Meggers.
Here is a souvenir booklet from Iowa No. 2
Front and back covers
Pages 3 & 4
Again, I put out my plea to anyone who has old school and country school pictures and history...especially those old Souvenir booklets, which have the teacher, students, directors, board members, etc. listed...a gold mine of history, plus the year it was printed.
Please dig those things out and get them to me so I can digitize and preserve them in my Manning Historical database.
As you can see on the pages of the Souvenir booklet above, deterioration from the acid in the paper, and a type of mold is breaking down the paper as noted by the orange spots.
I can digitally clean this up but someday the booklet will be so badly ruined by those splotches it won't be worth scanning and repairing.
Totally amazing historical event captured in 1918. Even more exciting is the fact that Ida Koester, one of the students who attended this school, wrote down the names of the students, year, and what the event was.
The first picture is definitely going to be used in the Manning Veterans' history book. It shows how people showed their patriotism and pulled together to support the WWI troops.
All of the students dressed up in nice clothing for this school program.
Leona Evers - teacher
A sad fact of ignorance is that some people today will gasp at the sight of kids holding guns at a school...not considering that the dads, uncles, cousins, and older brothers of these students were overseas fighting for the freedoms of the world.
Also ignorant of a time when young boys also used guns to hunt for food for the family, or shoot a coyote or other predator that would kill their farm animals.
Children's Day today is vastly different than what it was for the community during the early years of its history.
Many mothers/grandmothers made very fancy dresses for the girls (to a point of competition) and they would get new shoes. The boys would get new shoes, socks, pants, and shirt which had to last them for special events for a whole year, until the next Children's Day.
Travel was limited so everyone made their own fun with events like Children's Day.
1916 Iowa No. 2 school program - Patriotism was a constant theme
I scan thousands of pictures and unfortunately most aren't identified. I've spent decades showing them to various family members and the older generations in Manning but now they are deceased.
Back in 1996 I had big hopes that I would get endless help with these pictures by showing them on my web pages. For about 10 years very few Manning connected people were online and by the time they got on the Internet, there were endless distractions for them to spend their time on.
But I continue to preserve Manning's history and from time to time I find scrapbooks identified and it is fun to not have to spend time trying to figure out the who/what/when/where/why of the picture.
Below is a perfect example. Most baby pictures are not identified or explained. This one has the names, the year and the occasion which makes the picture so much more interesting and especially historically important because of the extra information...all thanks to Ida (Koester) Wunder who took the time to write in her scrapbook.
A big problem is that these old black paper albums had a white chalk type marker that came along with the album. For some of the albums I've worked on over the years, I was no longer able to read the writing. I can just read the writing in the Koester album by using a magnifying glass and change the angle of the page to the lighting. Sometimes it helps that I know the names of the era/area.
I was actually surprised at how many pictures and information I had in my database for the Friedrichsen family.
Most people won't remember or know Harriet unless they attended Ewoldt No. 7 or were confirmed March 22, 1959, at Zion Lutheran in Manning.
Here are her confirmation classmates: Eugene Mahnke, Royce Anthony, Larry Fischer, Janet Nulle, Roger Kuhl, Diane Rowedder, James Hansen, Kenneth Schrum, Vergene Reinke, Judith Schroeder, Fred Gruhn, Duane Karsten, Donna Antone, Patrick Callender, Kenard Carsten, Merlin Frahm, Wayne Pfannkuch, Kenneth Spies, Gary Gruhn, Robert Fischer, Wayne Ross, Gale Vinke, Marcia Friedrichsen, Rosemary Ehrichs, Curtis Jansen, Sherill Martens, Joy Hansen, Lowell Jahn, Carolyn Ward, Gloria Popp
These are just a few of the citizens of the Manning area that Harriet interacted with while living south of Manning.
It further shows the importance of preserving the history of everyone connected to Manning. I'm trying my best, are you willing to help???
Another great thing about Dave's son contacting me is that he was able to ID and confirm pictures of his dad that I scanned from the Spies colletion.
More coming as I work with Scott in the coming days/weeks.
More information and letters written home that were shared with the Manning Monitor can be found under Dave's link in the Veterans' WWII section that is linked on the left side frame under "Long term projects."
While I'm too young to remember this business "Bales Cash Market," I have several pictures that came from the Joyce (Jensen) Schroeder collection...plus
several from the Spies collection of the Bales family.
This further shows that when people let me scan their old collections, I will be able to preserve those items, and also share with everyone interested in Manning's history.
So why don't you share your history with me so it will be preserved long after we are all gone and your collection gets thrown away someday...
It's just a simple e-mail!!! and we can work out the process for me to get them to scan.
Darrell & Jack Bales on the old Summerville (now Russ Spies farm).
Note the Gray, Iowa, water tower back left.
Darrell Bales - wonderful historical image of an old fashioned butcher!
405 Main Street
Harold Calvert September 1950
Joyce (Jensen) Schroeder & Bernice (Mundt) Spiese September 1950
About a week ago I saw something that really caught my eye on E-bay...a token from the Manning Exchange.
You can see some pictures and find out more details about Ed by going to my Veterans' page (on the left side frame under "long term projects") and then click on Manning Area Veterans link, then on the Spanish American link.
From the Internet: The 17th lost heavily in killed and wounded in the Spanish-American War, where it participated in the battles of El Caney and Santiago, and many of the officers and men were decorated for conspicuous bravery in action.
All kinds of exciting things happen for me when other people share and work with me.
Lately I've been working with a number of collections and people who are looking for various family information that I might have.
As I always do - I ask that those looking for information/pix I have will also share what they have...and here are several situations that really helped me with my Manning Veterans' project.
One person steered me toward some obituaries on the Welch/Dietz/Arp families. One Welch obituary in particular, Benjamin, provided me the extra information I needed to prove
that Clinton Welch served and died during WWI.
Now why would I get excited at such minor information? It should excite everyone that I now have another Manning Veteran in my list - especially another one who fought and died for our country - a pretty big deal I would say, wouldn't you???
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.