Hopefully a Welch relative will come forward and let me know what happened to Clinton and where he is buried.
I have run into a really busy spell, which is why I haven't updated as much on my web pages.
Hopefully in a week or so I'll be able to get back to the history projects and updating my web pages.
Discrimination against German ancestry during WWI & WWII
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.
VFW Cub Scout Pack 110
Don Struve directing the IKM-Manning elementary marching band
Don, also a Veteran, has retired from IKM-Manning so this was his last event representing the school
Agriculture - the lifeblood of the nation and the Manning community
Without food nothing else can function
Great-grandparents who are Veterans and enjoy celebrating our Freedoms
Our future - having fun
Manning police officers checking the speed you can throw a baseball
Engaging with the community and providing security for all
Our future - having fun
Our future - having fun
Various church organizations reaching out and providing fun for everyone.
Our future - having fun being silly
Our future - having fun with balloon sword fighting
Our future - with a turtle face painting
As I fall further behind with my web page & history projects, events continue in Manning, so I capture them as best I can and then try to find time to present them in web pages.
Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with all of the past events I've fallen behind with.
I continue to look and ask for information and pictures about Manning's 1000+ Veterans...but sadly it is mostly ignored now.
Recently Scott Humphrey visited Manning and provided me with some new information about Manning history.
I had some basic information about the Humphrey family to share with him, but what really caught my eye is when I saw the Corbin name in Scott's notes.
I knew immediately that a Corbin served in the Civil War.
With more searching I found another Corbin in my WWI database.
I had no information about this Veteran or if he was related to the Civil War Veteran...now I do, thanks to Scott who took the time to come to Manning and share with me.
Now why I do I think it is so important to gather information about another Veteran?
He went to school in Manning.
He was the grandson of Andrew Corbin.
He served in the Army during WWI.
His name is Harry T. Corbin.
Harry's parents were Henry and Josephine (Humphrey) Corbin.
His siblings were: Hazel, Franklin, and Andrew.
Nothing extraordinary or unusual about this family history...
The biggest and most important information I received from Scott is where Harry Corbin is buried.
In the Manning Centennial book there is a military section that lists the Manning Veterans who died serving our country.
I had always assumed this list was complete...now I realize it wasn't.
The notes Scott had listed Harry as buried in the American Cemetery in St. Mihiel, France.
It had never occurred to me that more Manning citizens died serving our country beyond the list I previously had, and I would not have known to search for Harry Corbin in a cemetery overseas...or that he was another KIA Veteran of Manning.
I found the website of this cemetery and discovered some more information about Harry. Then I e-mailed the staff at this website with the hopes I could find someone to take
a picture of Harry's burial cross.
To my amazement, I received several pictures the very next day. Apparently a photographer took pictures of all of the markers in 2014.
Harry T. Corbin - buried in Plot D, Row 3, Grave 31
Now I hope someone from the Corbin family or other relative of this family will come forward with pictures of Harry and hopefully Andrew, and other military information.
This is another example of why we need to collect information about all of our Manning Veterans and digitize their military related photos - NOW and not hope someone
in the future will do this.
100 years from now, will another local historian be looking for information and pictures about Manning's Veterans who were not preserved and documented with this current Manning Veterans' history book project?
I guess those of us living now will never know but it is sad that Harry T. Corbin almost fell off the face of the earth, only to be remembered by a marker over in France...
Now we have connected him to his grandfather who fought to preserve our UNITED STATES of AMERICA.
There were no "safe places" for Andrew and especially Harry to go to - they knew how important it was to stand up and fight for this country and its values.
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
Russell Stribe, Orren Ramsey, Allen Muhlbauer
December 3, 2016 honoring Orren for 70 years as a member of the Manning VFW Post 3517
More pix & information coming when I find time...
I hope everyone will take the time to read Clara & Jim's memories.
Then read his obituary...
I'm not taking anything away from his accomplishments after leaving Manning but I believe he excelled as an adult because of his deep Midwest/Rural/Manning Roots.
The things he learned in country school, on the farm, with the various local organizations, and in Manning school gave him a big head start when he went out into the "real world" to make a living and raise a family.
These are the Potthoff children pictures I have.
1966 ?Larry Farrell?, Craig Potthoff
Mary MHS 1972
Jeanne MHS 1973
Brian MHS 1977
Jeffrey MHS 1980
MANNING LODGE NO. 262, A. O. U. W. was organized August 1, 1885, with the following charter members: J.R. Benson, P.M. W; G.L. Stotter, M. W.; Fred P. Wiseman, G. F.; J.N. Smith, O.; G.W. Laflar, Recorder;
V. Roush, Financier; Emanuel M. Funk, G.; J.C. Oard, J. W.; B.F. Parrott, O. W.
The object of the order is fraternal insurance. There was for a number of years that the meeting place of the lodge was made at the office of some of the members, but they have awoke from their lethragy and have increased their membership sufficiently to warrant their having a permanent meeting place which is now the K. of P. hall. Their time of meeting is every first and third Saturday of the month.
Here is the building referenced above.
This next information shows how our history ties together, but someone has to collect it, scan it and then connect it...
If you click on the Louck's link further down below you'll see construction pictures of the outdoor swimming pool.
I scanned these Junior High Gazette issues and one of them is from 1956 that addresses the need for a swimming pool.
If you have history like this - please do NOT throw it away - I want to scan it.
If you want it back, I'll scan it and then return it, but we cannot continue to throw away the small amount of our history that is left.
Another interesting tidbit I found in one of these Gazettes was a column of nicknames.
Now hopefully someone will come forward to help me with the initials of the students. I'm sure there will be a number of students with the same first and last initials.
Here is a complete issue of the Gazette to peruse...
Click to see the Jr. High Gazette March 27, 1956
One of the main aspects I'm always interested in when scanning text is to make sure I get a good enough digital scan so I can OCR the words and convert them to text.
This means if the text/columns are crooked/slanted I make sure to "square it to the world" which very few people pay attention to when scanning.
I have gone through probably a dozen versions of this OCR software since 1996.
The very first optical character recognition program was almost useless.
Not knowing how to type back then, I could transcribe the text faster by the "hunt and peck" method than it took me to go through the spell checking process in the software.
The current version of software I use now - much of the time is 100% accurate.
I'd say the OCR process of these mimeographed prints is around 90% accurate, so it takes some time to spell check but still faster than manually transcribing.
I don't have time to OCR all of Jerry's Gazettes now, but now that I have digital imagery of them, it can be done in the future, long after these sheets of paper return to pulp dust.
So if you have received my requests for your pictures and have committed to sending me your things - PLEASE do so now.
Before you send anything - make sure to e-mail me first.
I have extra special steps for you to use when mailing pictures and documents to me through mail.
Having used these extra steps for 20 years there have been no problems sending and returning these precious historical items safely.
May 15, 1947 Spotlite
Sunday, May 18
"Pomp and Circumstance" Esther Stryzewski
"Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming" Praetorius
"Danse des Mirlitans" Tschaikowsky from "Nutcracker Suite"
Flute Trio, Address The Rev. Johann M. Ansorge
"Prayer Perfect" Stenson
"I Heard A Forest Praying" De Rose
"Open Our Eyes" Macfarlane
"The Lord Bless You and Keep You" Lutkin
"Pomp and Circumstance" Esther Stryzewski
Wednesday, May 21, 1947
"Pomp and Circumstance Esther Stryzewski
Welcome, Mary McMahon
"Invictus," Huhn Gene Wiese
"Adante Et Scherzo" Ganne Justyn Sutherland
Introduction Superintendent Ken B. Koch
Address, Dean M.D. Heiser
(Junior College Dean, I.S.C., Ames, Iowa)
"Dedication," Franz"My Johann," Grieg
Girls' Glee Club
Presentation of Class of 1947 Miss Marie Perkins
Presentation of Diplomas Mr. Al W. Martens
(President, Board of Education)
"Success Treads on the Heels of Every Right Effort"
CLASS FLOWER CLASS COLORS
Red Carnation Red and White
Miss Millicent Read - (future Mrs. Sam Wiese)
President Wilbur Karsten
Vice-President Harvey Hargens
Secretary Robert Popp
Treasurer Letty Frahm
(The first six represent an alphabetical honor roll)
Anna Marie Asmus
Leonard Sextro - 1944 - ninth grade graduation
Manning Fire Department running team practicing on Third Street.
Japanese Midgit sub on Main Street - used as a US war bond fundraiser during WWII.
Ron McKay honoring the men & women who died during the September 11, 2001 attack on America.
Only the good Lord knows why
he called you all home on that dreadful day.
His works are strange and mysterious;
He wanted it this way
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
In conjunction with the Ron McKay artistic tribute.
There is no "vacuum" of volunteers in Manning
A few weeks ago, Manning Police Chief Sam Hansen was checking events at the Jefferson, Iowa, Casino website to see if the AC/DC tribute band was coming there this summer.
While looking through the casino calendar of events Sam noticed an event called 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit.
Sam thought to himself "Why couldn't we bring this event to Manning - only an hour away?"
Sam went online and found the web page and contact information.
9/11 mobile exhibit
He made contact with their scheduling agent to get some initial information, and then decided to bring this idea up with the Manning Rotary.
From there it expanded into fundraising and getting more volunteers.
Sam also worked to convince the agent to give Manning a reduced rate since their display would be in Jefferson which is fairly close to Manning.
Kirk Heuhn volunteered along with Ron Reischl to organize a fundraiser.
Planning group: Sam Hansen, Ron Reischl, Kirk Heuhn, Todd Stadtlander.
Donations as of May 20: Manning Chamber, Manning Insurance Agency, Ron Reischl, Home Mutual, Manning Rotary, State Farm, Thrivent Financial, Deb's Corner Café, Ohde Funeral Home.
The fee to get the display in Manning is $3500.
Extra funds are also needed to pay for room and board for the mobile unit workers during their stay in Manning.
So anyone interested in making a donation for this upcoming event please contact Kirk Heuhn email@example.com or Sam Hansen.
The tentative location will be at the parking lot of the old hospital along Main Street and Highway 141.
Todd Stadtlander is coordinating with the Manning Fire Department to provide a grill-out for the mobile unit workers at Manning's new fire station, and also show those workers what Manning has for fire equipment. Several of the workers with the Mobile Unit were actual fire fighters during the 9/11 attack.
First responders - EMTs, fire department members, and law officers of the Manning area are asked to attend this event and wear their uniforms.
This is also an invitation to all former Manning alumni and former residents of Manning to put this event on your calendar.
"Come Home" and visit old friends and family members and enjoy this historical display - which will be another UNIQUE event in Manning's amazing history.
When the pioneers settled this area and developed Manning, Iowa, during the 1870s and 1880s, they would have never been able to envision this community would
become home of the "world champion fire department running team," a sub from half-way around the world that was used in the first major
attack on our country would end up on Main Street, that the official US Bicentennial Train would go through Manning, and now a display about 9/11 will be in Manning.
One thing I know for sure - the pioneers would be proud that the citizens of this community have followed in their footsteps to continue to build upon their hard work and make Manning a great place for future residents to live and grow up and to make their own AMAZING Manning history.
It is a wonderful piece of history that fills in more pieces of the Manning puzzle but it also created some questions for me.
The August Kusel listed as President of the Board was a brother to my great-grandfather, William Kusel.
The problem is, August Kusel lived in the middle tier of country schools in 1921...Lincoln No. 2 is in the top tier of country schools.
Since the souvenir is from 1903, it could be that August and his family lived in the top tier and then later purchased land and then moved down to the next tier...something I'll probably never figure out.
August's children did attend Lincoln No. 5 - that I have documented.
Emma Heesch is Anne Muhlbauer's grandmother.
Generally one letter won't make much difference - you can still tell who the person is but there is a really excellent example in the Manning Centennial book - in the school roster list. Under 1952 you will see the name Louis Mohr but this is actually Louise Mohr...which obviously is a big deal where it appears to be a male name but is actually a female name.
Here is my Grau tree...
1 Detlev Grau & Elsabe Blunck
2 Detlef Jacob Grau & Sophia Sachleben
3 August Grau & Maria Hansen
4 Ida Grau & August Kusel
5 Amos Kusel & Dorothy Ehrichs
6 David Kusel
This next picture came from the Ben Puck collection that I scanned 11 years ago.
Ben inherited several scrapbooks with Puck pictures.
Some were identified and others were not like with Eggert J. Puck's family photo just below.
One of the reasons why I show this picture is because some of his children are listed in the Lincoln No. 2 school souvenir booklet.
The other reason is I hope one of the hundreds of living descendants of this huge family will see this feature and be able to help me with the IDs...
A comment about the Manning Centennial book.
I often use it to find family histories...the problem is a lot of prominent and not so prominent families failed to submit their own family histories back in 1981.
I often hear people comment and wonder why so many people who lived in this area failed to submit their family histories for the Manning history book...
This same comment will be made someday about the Manning Quasqui history book, and also the Manning Veterans' history book..."WHY did no one in my family submit their histories for these books???"
This is why I have become a pain to many people - insisting that I scan their pictures or if they understand the process that they make high resolution scans and then e-mail them
If I wouldn't do this - a lot of the pictures I feature on my web pages would be small like this - I assume everyone agrees that "Bigger" is much better in this case...
Have you purchased a copy of this book?
There is an order form linked on the left side of this web page.
Money from the sale of the school and the Quasqui books will help to preserve Manning history and get the Veteran's book published.
For some of the obituaries it will be hard to determine exactly which Manning families they are connected to, so I will have to do some searching in my database to see if I have any pictures or more details about those who have passed away elsewhere.
Sadly, so many obituaries written today leave out the important family/historical details and even worse yet, they have many errors - so I attempt to cross-reference each obituary to my database to help find those errors.
Click on the "What's new" link on the left and then click on "Memorials" to find the most recent obituaries.
If you can help with information and pictures for any of these former Manning individuals - especially the 5 new Veterans I discovered - please contact me ASAP.
This was a facsimilie copy I was given to scan. Hopefully a Wyatt family descendant will have an original photo for me to scan and also help with the IDs.
The Wyatt family has completely disappeared from Manning - like so many old and pioneer families.
The Wyatt hospital when it was brand new.
But I do have a picture of Milo's mother and some of her relatives. This picture came from the Garmire/Hagedorn collection that one of their descendants brought to me from out of state years ago to scan.
Voss and Frahm - now Deb's Corner Cafe.
Dorothy Dethlefs and Florence Frahm - 1925 MHS basketball
From the Arlien Sinn collection
Vera Dethlefs (twins)
From the Jean (Lyden) Farley collection
Bernice (Dethlefs) Ohde
Dorothy (Dethlefs) Walz
I don't have any Gaskill or Musfeldt pictures for Julien (Gaskill) Back's family but below you can see the country school she attended.
My mother, Dorothy Kusel, taught Julien at Lincoln No. 8.
I don't have any pictures of Earl Fischer or his family.
He graduated in 1945 and was active in FFA.
1945 MHS graduates: Ida Armstrong, Robert Barsby, Elmer Buschman, Clariss Christian, Donna Vee Dalgety, LaRue Dietz, Earl Fischer, Clarence Fox, Marilyn Grage, Jeanette Gruhn, Clark Hershman, Burton Hoffmann (salutatorian), Ellen Jensen, Jean Jensen, Lester Joens, Dorothy Kasperbauer, Verne Koch (valedictorian), Irma Kuhl, Bob McGrath, Don Mohr, Marjorie Mohr, Glen Mordhorst, Delores Nickum, Gladys Polzin, Donna Sander, Harold Schmidt, Russell Schroeder, Howard Schumann, Arden Smith, Leonard Stoberl, Jean Stuhr, Norma Suhr, Patricia Surridge, Lois Weems, Donald Weiskircher, Orrin Welch, Jack West, Donald Wiese
1945 former students: Bob Addison, Lyle Anthony, Gordon Boss, Viola Brandenburg, Wayne Davis, Delmas Hacker, Norma Hagedorn, Otto Harder, Harvey Hemminger, Elmer Hicks, Ronald Hobek, Ruth Kennedy, Helen Kleespies, Louise Kleespies, Grace Klyver, Bernice Lohmeier, Arlene Mastin, Donna McConnell, Waldo Puck, Vergene Ruhde, Donald Scanlan, Margie Schrum, Katherina Soppe, Robert Spangler, John Stangl, Kenten Williamson, Lucretia Wolfe
October 9, 1941 Spotlite
On Wednesday evening, October 8, the FFA held their monthly business meeting, followed by the initiation of the "green hands". They furnished the entertainment and were then given the green hand degree. Those initiated were Earl Fischer, Walter Puck, Harold Juels, Bob Barsby, Don Wiese, Leonard Stoberl, Donald Joens, Lyle Anthony, Glenn Mordhorst, Harvey Hemminger, Don Weiskircher, Harold Schmidt, Willie Hoffman, Donald Nickum, Robert Lake, Russell Schroeder, Orrin Welch. The refreshments were served at the Kuhl Cafe.
Walter Lage. Reporter
July 13, 1944 Spotlite
F.F.A. And 4-H Conduct Tour Of Projects
Last Sunday morning the combined 4-H club and Future Farmers organization conducted a tour of the 4-H club and Vocational projects sponsored by the individual members.
The tour started at the George Struve farm where they viewed the Shorthorn cattle belonging to Glen and Fern Struve and then saw the projects at the following places: Donald Petersen, Berkshires; Willis Hoffman, Market Pigs; Louie Muhlbauer, Spotted Poland Chinas; Ed Drees and Dennis Drees, Cross-bred Sheep, hogs; Maxine and Bob Hinners, Spotted Poland Chinas; Russell Schroeder, Cross-bred Hogs; Harold Schmidt, Durocs; Glen and Alvin Kuhse, Spotted Poland Chinas; Alvin Haberl, Sheep; Donald Stoelk, Durocs; Kenny Pfannkuch, Crossbred hogs; Roy Struve, Berkshires and Club Calves; Earl Fischer, Poland Chinas; Marvin Bogatzke, Poland Chinas; Robert and Franklin Mohr, Spotted Poland Chinas; Gene and Sam Wiese, Hampshire Sheep; Robert Lake, Durocs.
The tour ended with a picnic at the City Park at noon. A softball game was played in the afternoon.
The tour was under the supervision of Vocational Agriculture instructor George H. Liljedahl, and County Agent John Engel
Michael Harris is another obituary I found. His parents were Orville "Bud" and Maxine Harris.
Bud participated in the 1948 basketball year where Manning won the state championship.
Bud and his pep band also famously or infamously were the reason why pep bands were banned at state games for several years.
Bud's tiny pep band over-powered the pep bands of the large schools like Davenport and Sioux Center. One of the songs they played was "Hold that Tiger," and I have been told that they got other spectators besides the Manning fans to yell out the song when Manning's opponents had the ball.
Bud Harris invited to a MHS 1948 class reunion.
Bud in the background of the old gym where the pep band played
Bud walking in a Children's Day parade
The gym packed to the rafters during the Welcome home state champs rally.
The reason why I grabbed Glen Hopper's obituary is because he married a King girl.
There were several King families who lived in the Manning area and down to the Gray area.
I have very little King information so hopefully a King descendant will see this feature and come forward. I have a few King pictures but have no idea if/how they may be related to Charlotte (King) Hopper who recently passed away.
1961 MHS football
For this next individual I have contacted the Funeral Home that was in charge of his services.
Howard Andersen, as stated in his obituary, was born in Ewoldt Township in 1932.
No parents' names were listed but he has one sister, Mary.
The obit states he graduated from Manning High School but I do not have either Howard or Mary Andersen (or Anderson) in my database.
I also searched my country school database but did not find him.
What I'm most interested in is that he was a Veteran so I hope we can get some pictures and information about his service to use in the Manning Veterans' history book.
For Virgene (Grimm) Burright I have a picture of her father with his brothers and one of Virgene in a school group photo.
Virgene's parents were Edwin & Helen (Schmidt) Grimm.
Back: Virgene Grimm, Iris Kuhl, and Zita Smith
Front: Ruth Behrens, Rose Ann Rix, Ruth McConnell
1948 MHS graduates: Wayne Alwill, Ruth Behrens, Leone Beyer, Dorothy Blum, Herbert Buschman, Roger Clark, Arlo Dammann, Jimmy Farrell, Virginia Felt, Dick Geith, Marion Godiksen (salutatorian), Marilyn Grau, Colene Gray, Delton Gruhn, Shirley Grundmeier, Russell Hammer, Orville Hinze, Faye Jensen, Don Kasperbauer, Bob Koch, Iris Kuhl, Darlene Lamp, Dale Leinen, Willis Lohmeier, Ruth McConnell, Norma Meggers, Darlene Mincey, David Musfeldt, Coreen Nickum, Stanley Nissen, Geraldine Reimers, Bill Roberts, Merlin Rostermundt, Royce Rowedder, Virgil Rowedder, Charles Schelldorf, Glen Schmidt, Marilyn Schroeder (valedictorian), Shirley Schroeder, Wayne Schroeder, LaDonna Schrum, Zita Smith, Madonna Steen, Lyle Stoberl, Patty Valentine, Alice Wagner, Allen Wegner, Opal Weems
1948 former students: Lois Algren, Margaret Allen, Duane Bingham, Marilyn Bliefert, Jerry Bonnesen, JoAnne Boss, Bob Bringleson, Charles Davis, Delores Dethlefs, Victor Diels, Hazel Doyel, Duane Ellison, Lee Furgason, Virgene Grimm, Lois Hargens, Jeania Hyde, John Kellogg, Donald Kramer, Teddie Marsh, Paul Mentzer, Donna Moore, Barbara Petersen, Dwayne Petersen, Hugo "Junior" Ress, Dean Soppe, Louis Schwiesow, Margaret Singsank, Delores Stamp, Allen Steele, Shannon Sullivan, Betty Umland, Darlene VanVuren, Marvin Willenborg, Carole Wood
May 16, 1946 Spotlite
Large Crowd Sees Ninth Grade Play At School Tuesday
Faculty and Students Are Seen In Comedy
The ninth grade play "The Rugglesses
In the Rear," a three Act comedy, was presented
in the high school auditorium under the direction of Miss Rosemary Gleason on
Tuesday night before a large crowd. The cast included:
Mrs. Rugglesses, a woman of 40 with five children, Miss LaVonne Snell.
Granny Rugglesses, peevish and 87, Mrs. Patricia Locke
Sarah Maud, Mrs. Rugglesses oldest daughter, Virgene Grimm.
Peoria, the second daughter, Rose Ann Rix.
Kitty, the third, Beverly Ochsner
Clem, the youngest, Bob Johnson.
Jimmy Cullen, Mrs. Cullen's 14 year-old son, Melvin Clothier.
Mrs. Cullen, Mrs. Rugglesses' special friend, Mrs. Elaine Bowen.
Miss Sheldon, a talkative seamstress, Miss Caroline Brady.
Carol Bird, 15 and beautiful, Lois Wilhelm.
Elfrida Bird, Carol's cousin and governess, Delores Dammann.
Grandfather Bird, a crusty and aristocratic old gentleman, George Liljedahl
Peter, the oldest of the Rugglesses children, Louis Bohnsack.
Dr. Hamilton, a young physician, Richard Clark.
Others assisting back stage, Jerry Knaack and Delores Dammann.
Programs, Iva Mohr, Mary Jane Grage, LaVonne Armstrong, Mary Kasperbauer.
Music between acts was furnished by Dicky Zerwas, a cornet solo by Stanley Frahm, a trombone solo with Miss Lois Whitney as accompanist, a woodwind quartet, John Pratt, LaVaun Hargens, Betty Lou Popp and Beverly Ruhde. Ruth Musfeldt sang a solo accompanied by Fern Struve.
For Verna (Vehrs) Olberts I don't have any Vehrs or Opperman pictures of her family.
This is the family history that was submitted in the 1981 Manning Centennial book.
Gus Vehrs was born in Schleswig, Germany in 1870. At the age of 12, he came to this country with his folks, and settled in Carroll County, in the Manning area.
Later he married Bertha Opperman in 1895. They farmed in this area until retiring in 1936, when they moved into Manning.
They had 13 children, five of whom still survive. Three are living in Manning. They are: Mrs. Margaret Wegner, Mrs. Helen Miller and Harold Vehrs. They have lived in and around the Manning area all their lives. Then there are Mrs. Henry Jensen (Viola), Audubon, and Mrs. Verna Olberts, Moline, IIIinois.
One of Harold's sons, Richard, has a son, Rex, who will be 14 years old in 1981. He is the only one to carry on the Vehrs name. They are residing in Texas.
Richard Vehrs spent 22 years in the Air Force, and retired in June of 1980 as Senior Master Sgt. They intend to continue living in Texas.
For Alvina (Dammann) Pearson I have a picture of her mother, Emma Kortum, who married Henry Dammann.
I have 2 pictures of a Henry Dammann but he is a different Henry and not Alvina's dad.
The city wants to make full-size reprints so I'm making super high resolution scans of them.
This smaller blueprint is 550 MBs (39x14 inches by 600 DPI) and saved in TIF format...the largest print is 1.2 GBs in size which just about maxed out my software limits.
This blue print is in fairly good condition for being 115 years old, but there was a dime size hole in one spot and the usual scuffs and marks, with dark/light areas.
Now is the time to scan something like this - most of the time I'm given very brittle blueprints, documents, and papers that will crack and be very difficult to work with...especially
when they are rolled up.
Digitally touching up the defects is what takes the most time with projects like this. I could spend even more hours tweaking it more but feel it is much better now.
Even though I am absolutely swamped with scanning projects and other history projects - when something like this is presented to me - I drop everything and get the scanning done...I have learned from past experiences where I was given opportunities to scan old/rare/one of a kind historical items but then I asked them to wait - GUESS what? A lot of the time the item was thrown away or got damaged or disappeared. So when the city asked me to scan these old rare documents - I grabbed them to work on right away.
Jeff Hargens brought to my attention about the passing of one of our former classmates, who went by Jean when she attended school here at Manning.
I could check the year/s she went to school in Manning but that particular database is sitting in my safe and not in my computer files, but she was part of our MHS class of 1975.
When Jeff told me her name, I did not recognize it but when I saw her picture, then I remembered her.
1975 MHS graduates: Corine Altenhein, James Lyle Anthony, Bruce E. Antone, Cathleen Susan Arp, Cindy Kay Bilsten, Amy Lu Brotherton, Renee Lee Christensen, Peter Joseph Croghan, Jill Renee Escher (valedictorian), Dean D. Grau, Robbie Charles Grundmeier, Jane Francis Hacker, Thomas A. Handlos, Jeff L. Hargens, Jon Merlin Hass, Peter M. Heinicke, Dale H. Hinners, Liesa Deloris Hinners, Ricky R. Jahn, Bruce L. Jensen, Mark Kenneth Jensen, Kerry Lynn Joens, Christine Ann Kanne, Jan LaRae Karsten, Mary Imelda Kerkhoff, David August Kusel, Brian Charles Lage, Suzanne Renee Long, James Russell Mohr, Lynn Davis Mork, Richard D. Mundt, Carol Ann Musfeldt (salutatorian), Todd Randall Nelson, Debra Kay Nissen, Thomas George Opperman, Marcus dosSantos Paes, Bruce Arlo Pfannkuch, Steven Craig Pfannkuch, Johannes Helmut Plessing, Royce Lynn Ranniger, Sharon Ann Reischl, Mary Lou Rohe, Merlin Rohe, Craig Norman Rothfolk, Mark J. Rowedder, Mildred Jean Saunders, Steve Merritt Sebring, Jeff R. Siepker, Karen Rose Sporrer, Larry Francis Sporrer, Dale Kenneth Stangl, Mark Steven Stangl, Lee A. Stein, Judy Mae Stoberl, Marlys Ann Stoelk, Allen Lowell Stribe, Carol Jean Struve, Ronald E. Venner, William Henry Voge, Cynthia Kay Wanninger, James V. Weitl, William Kenneth Weitl, Kent L. Wiese, LindaLou Bernice Willenborg, Maureen Williams, Karen Marie Witt
1975 former students: Michelle Aiken, Barbara Anthony, Esther Benter, Mary Boell, Cindy Brincks, Jeff Chandler, Lori Dentlinger, Lynn Eich, Carol Espenhover, Donna Gerhardt, Dean Graves, Dennis Graves, Russell Hargens, Robert Iddings, Jerome Irlmeier, Jeanine Klemme, Jeri Ann Kloewer, Timothy Lakers, Pam Marr, Steven Mathisen, Luann Miller, Ricky Mohr, Kelly Poldberg, Martha Robertson, Michael Schiltz, Michael Schlichte, Mark Schwaller, Steve Schwaller, Dyann Sheldon, Brenda Shipps, Linda Wanninger, Paula Warner, Paul Weis
Jean's brother, Richard, was with the former MHS class of 1973...
Memorial Service MAY 6 10:00 AM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Lorie "Jean" Dahleen
Jean was born February 23, 1957, in DeWitt, Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Phyllis Klemme. She passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Denison Care Center in Denison at the age of 59.
Jean received her education in Manning Schools and then the Denison Community Schools, earning her GED. She worked as a stay-at-home mother and when her boys were older, Hallett's Shoe Store, The Denison Bulletin, KDSN Radio, Farmland, Job Corps. She was baptized in Christ April 21, 1957, in DeWitt, Iowa, and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison on March 26, 1972. On September 8, 1973, Jean was united in marriage to Keith Schwenn They had four sons, Matt, Jared, Nick, and Adam. She was then united in marriage to Bruce Dahleen on October 5, 1991.
She loved her children. She loved when her grandchildren came to visit. Grandma's piano bench was the place to be. Taking pictures of her grandchildren was a favorite activity. Her smile and laughter was contagious. Everyone remembers her giving nature and strength of self-reliance. She instilled both of those qualities in her children.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Rick. Survivors include: her husband, Bruce; her sons, Matt and his wife Allana; Jared and his wife Melissa; Nick; and Adam and his wife Shannon; her grandchildren, Joey, Carly, Kaitlyn, Sage, Jack, Devan, Blake, Kalvin, Taylor, and Easton. Her sister, Sarah and her husband, John Fineran, her brother, TJ Ray and his wife Dianna. Along with other relatives and friends.
Helen Kasparbauer 2004
Ohde Funeral Home in charge of services
1917 two adults sitting higher up on the pile: Dora Guth & Clara Ehrichs - rest are Guth children.
Guth Farm - from the Frank Ehrichs collection
Dora (Wieck) Guth
William Wanninger, Sr. farm - from the Frank Ehrichs collection
Brandt farm in foreground with Wanninger farm to the upper right.
To the upper left is the old grade for the original Milwaukee track before it was moved in 1915.
Many years ago Antonia Kuhl lived on this farm with her parents when the old Milwaukee tracks went through the pasture.
This would have been before 1915. There was a grove near these tracks where the gypsies would camp out.
In the evening they would play music and do their "dancing bear" ritual where they wore a bear skin during the dance.
In the morning there would be footprints around the farmhouse windows where the gypsies had been peaking into the house.
Antonia later married Hugo Wilhelm and this information was remembered by their daughter, Lois Peters, who listened to the family stories when she was a kid.
Other information about the farm photos featured above.
William Wanninger was Billy Wanniger's dad.
My grandmother, Clara Ehrichs, and Dora Guth were second cousins.
Ruby Jahn, Wayne Ranniger, Dorothy Frahm, Blanche Murchland (teacher)
Dorothy Lola, daughter of Henry W. and Dora (Hagge) Frahm, was born April 14, 1922, at home on the farm in Crawford County, Iowa. She attended Hayes No. 7 country school then continued to work on her parent's farm until about 1948 when they retired.
Following her father's sudden death in 1949, Dorothy continued to live with and care for her mother in Manning. When her mother died in 1966, Dorothy moved to an apartment. Dorothy always fulfilled a role of caregiver, whether working for the Elmer Mueller family in their home, her own nieces and nephews or at the Manning Plaza. She worked in the laundry at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home and Hospital for nearly 32 years, retiring in November of 1998. Dorothy enjoyed driving into her later years and keeping her home. She loved all the Iowa seasons, even snow in the winter. Dorothy was active in the United Methodist Church in Manning.
In 2016, Dorothy moved to the Manning Plaza Nursing Home. Following a short hospital stay, she died at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center at Manning, Iowa, on Saturday morning, April 29, 2017. Dorothy was 95 years and 15 days of age.
Preceding her in death are her parents; brother, Ivan and wife Norma Frahm; and nephews Dennis Frahm and Merlin Frahm.
Dorothy is survived by nephew Kenneth Frahm (Rose Mary) of Templeton; niece Eileen Monson (Gary) of Audubon; nephew Robert Frahm of Des Moines; six great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Back: Irene Ranniger, Florence Kruse
Third: Bernice Schroeder, Eunice Ranniger
Second: Irene Jahn, Phyllis Schroeder, Delores Kruse, Berdine Rowedder
Front: Jean Ohde, Louise Ossenkop, Dorothy Frahm, Ruby Jahn
Back: Gilbert Rowedder, Wesley Ohde, Merlin Schroeder, Earl Ossenkop, Vinton Paulsen
Middle: Willis Brus, Willis Mahnke, Lester Ohde
Front: Wayne Ranniger
School picnic - workers
Henry Frahm farm - from the Frank Ehrichs collection
Luella with the Easter Bunny in the Manning Plaza April 15, 2017
More information coming...
Detlef & Gottlieb Grau (twins)
Detlef is Dave Kusel's great-grandfather and Gottlieb is Marilyn Rostermundt's great-grandfather.
Now I know some people's response to me is that it is none of my business what people do with their personal history.
My response is that this history, which is their property, is also part of Manning's history too, so who does it really belong to???
So, again, I'll put out a plea to anyone who has old Manning connected pictures, identified and even if they are NOT identified - please get them to me so I can digitize that history.
If you don't want them, why would you mind if I get them to scan???
Below is an example of a piece of mechanical history that most people would wonder why I spend time writing about it.
This is the type of equipment and the people who operated those things who built our country.
Everyone needs to see and understand why we live in such a privileged time as we do now.
They need to see how hard our ancestors and the pioneers worked and struggled to survive and why we have no reason whatsoever to complain today.
Obviously this is my opinion but I think I can back a lot of it up with history...
Over the next day or so, I'm going to work on more names to identify the various characters in the play.
MHS 1940 - Dorothy's classmate, LeRoy Hass died on April 1, and Dorothy's first cousin, Marge Kusel, are featured further down below...
If someone can expand on this topic, please let me know.
This post card will be used with Albert's military story.
I have so very little information about him and no picture.
Now many people might wonder why I think this is extra important historically...I'll explain more in a few days.
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
25 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.