Next week is suppose to be much colder and with some snow, so I'll keep going on the other community events that I've captured but have not yet posted on my web page.
Believe it or not, I'm working on the musical pictures and corresponding audio
Please be patient
Click to see Santa
While the celebration of Karmen's life was going on at the Ohde Funeral Home, many talented members of the community were entertaining folks at the Hausbarn Heritage Park.
This is just one example - with more to come as I find time to catch up with all of the other events that have been presented in the community over the last several months.
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Troy and DeEtte resided on his grandparent's farm near Irwin, Iowa, as Troy farmed the ground and DeEtte taught Headstart Preschool. They then moved to Troy's parent's farm west of Audubon where he continued to farm and work construction for various independent contractors, and DeEtte worked in the Activity Department at the Friendship Home in Audubon. Three years ago, Troy and DeEtte moved to Manning as Troy accepted a position with the Manning Municipal Utilities. DeEtte has been the Activity Director at the Manning Plaza since 1995.
Troy and DeEtte have four children: Benjamen William, Isaac Ridgeway, Karmen GraceyKay, and Eliza Donae. They were all born at Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, Iowa.
Troy's father's ancestors came to the United States from England, and his mother's ancestors came from Denmark. DeEtte's father's family came to the United States from Germany and England, and her mother's family came from Switzerland.
IKM-Manning 2012: Michele Arkfeld, Taylor Boyle, Adam Brandt, Erica Bunker, Alex Dammann, Taylor Fox, Karmen Grabill, Rachel Graeve, Elizabeth Halbur, Kristina Halbur, Garrett Hansen, Austin Haubrich, MaKayla Irlbeck, Samuel Irlmeier, Brooke Kahl, Dustin Karsten, Veronica King, Scott Langel, Shyann Lappe, Tobi Lewis, Ryan Meier, Markus Neumann, Rachel Nulle, Brittany Page, Brandon Ramsey, Angela Ranniger, Steven Reitan, Marcus Rohe, Eric Rosener, Joseph Singsank, Megan Sparling, Elizabeth Stacey, Paige Sybesma, Robert Tank, Cody Willenborg, Roxanne Willenborg
Funeral Home, Manning Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Manning, Iowa
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Karmen GraceyKay, daughter of Troy and DeEtte (Ridgeway) Grabill, was born October 29, 1993, in Audubon, Iowa. She first lived with her family on the farm near Fiscus before moving to Manning when she was in the third grade. Karmen graduated from IKM-Manning High School in 2012, then attended Iowa Western Community College where she earned an Associate's Degree as a Veterinary Technician.
Karmen went to work with Petersen Harvesting where she could operate any piece of equipment or pull any load down the road. She enjoyed traveling and harvesting throughout the south and western plains, covering many states and meeting friends along the way.
Throughout the years, Karmen participated with the Bunkhouse Gang 4-H Club, Saddle Club, FFA, and played tenor saxophone in the school band. Karmen was a natural at everything she did. She enjoyed riding her horse Juno as fast as she could doing barrels and poles. As a young girl, Karmen liked playing in the mud down by the creek with her brothers. Her dog Yaeger was constantly by her side. Yeager and her family were her whole world. Karmen cherished the time spent with her fiancé Tyson and their girls Kylie and Whitney. Karmen always had a big smile on her face and lit up every room she entered. Karmen and her sister Eliza shared a very special bond.
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, Karmen died as the result of a truck accident in Adams County, Iowa. She was 26 years and 25 days of age.
Karmen is survived by her fiancé Tyson Petersen and their daughters Kylie and Whitney of Hamlin; her parents Troy and DeEtte Grabill of Manning; brothers Ben Grabill and fiancée Ashly Steffes of Adel and Isaac Grabill and wife Courtney, and their children Madison and Wyatt, of Manning; a sister Eliza Grabill and boyfriend Blake Cadwell of Manilla; her grandparents Rex and Judy Grabill of Audubon and Ron and Nancy Owen of Audubon; great-grandmother Alice Owen of Exira; aunts and uncles Risa & Kevin Rugaard of Audubon and Derek & DarylLynn Ridgeway of Charleston, South Carolina and Tyson's family: parents Kent and Carol Baier, brother Travis Petersen and children Brooks and Baylor, sisters Tiffany and husband Ian Steensen and daughter Bria; and Melissa and husband Tyler Thygesen and children Hannah and Logan; grandparents Bonnie Petersen and Chuck Griffith. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Doug Ridgeway, and great-grandparents Doris and Garland Grabill, Roscoe and Hazel Bowman, Don and Helen Ridgeway and Ray and Fern Rasmussen.
View looking east.
In the original picture there was an old windbreak we had taken down with plans on starting the new one.
Croghan Construction is putting a new cover on the Quonset for us.
I told them that it was a lot easier for me to climb to the top 50 years ago.
View from the boom truck
Dad also liked to save/move whole buildings. When I think of how much work it was and he really didn't make a lot of money from all of these projects - and consider
today how most of the old buildings are just burned down or razed with an excavator and hauled to the dump - how times have changed.
Back then we mostly did it because that was what people did years ago - tough physical jobs weren't thought of as work but just a way of life.
After various people salvaged what they wanted from the building, the rest was burned and hauled away.
If you look closely, you can see the bottom section of the spiral fire escape on the north side of the building.
1967 The old Lester "Lead" Hargens home across the alley to the west from Thriftys Food.
Harold & Richard Schmidt helped us lower the 2nd floor of the house.
The JD A belonged to Harold and the JD 630 was our tractor.
Dad then converted it into a garage that was purchased by Clausie Strosahl.
Amos Kusel thinking things over on the next steps in lowering the 2nd story.
In March of this year we put a new cover on the granary. Granaries were very common back in the 1950s and 60s. This one was built in 1959. My mother tells me the story that each day I would go out to "help" but one day I didn't go out anymore...They basically figured out that once the construction of the walls got too high for me to climb that I was scared and wouldn't go out anymore - I was 3 years old - so I guess I've been involved with construction and farming for 60 years - I'm now 63.
Doug Kusel painting 2003
I believe that was Orland Fara's wooden ladder we borrowed.
Wayne Rudnick, age 85, of Manning passed away early Monday morning at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.
Visitation and Funeral Ohde Funeral Home, Manning Monday, November 25, 2019 2:00 PM Manning, Iowa.
Visitation will be held beginning at 12:00 PM until the time of service.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Wayne Rudnick, Orland Fara, Larry Handlos, Melvin Potthoff, Earl Singsank
City of Manning
Gene Wiese Iowa State Fair judge
Gene Wiese MHS basketball
90 year old Eugene "Gene" Wiese of Manning died November 14, 2019, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Memorial Service Monday, November 18, 2019 1:30 PM First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Jean (Warnke) Wiese
August 8, 1953 to April 1964 - died from smoke inhalation in house fire.
Picture taken in Templeton at Captolia Hinrichs Greteman’s home.
Lobster trap made by Doug & Captolia.
Gene Wiese & Gerald Ford
Moving cattle herd
1947 MHS graduates: Anna Marie Asmus, Paul Behrens, Delores Dammann, Dorla Eckley, Donna Belle Ehrichs,
Letty Frahm, Louise Grau, Marjorie Hansen, Harvey Hargens, Maxine Hinners, William Hoffman, Wilbur Karsten, Bonita Kasperbauer,
Michael Kasperbauer, Donn Kelsey, Glenn Kuhse, Don Livingston, Dorothy Lohmeier, Marianne Lyden, Mary McMahon, Lila Mohr, Robert Mohr,
Marvin Mordhorst, Louis Muhlbauer, Norma Musfeldt, LaJune Neubaum, Ralph Petersen, Kenneth Pfannkuch, Doris Phillips, Robert Popp,
Lola Ress, Bill Sander, Charles Schumann, Leonard Sextro, William Sibbel, Patricia Siem, Donald Stoelk, Bill Strathman, Fern Struve, Bob Suhr,
Justyn Sutherland, Robert Wegner, Frank Wegner, Earl West,
(valedictorian or salutatorian could not be found in school records or the Monitor)
1947 former students: LaVonda Allen, Loa Barnes, Ruby Borkowski, Edmund Claussen, Ronald David, Jim Erwin, Mary Anna Fox, Manfred Funk, Alvin Haberl, Betty Harder, Dale Hell, Shirley Iselin, Marjorie Jacobsen, Grace Joens, Marie Jones, Lloyd Koester, Birnadine Kramer, Mary Lee, Ruth Ann Loneman, Patty Mersman, Donald D. Petersen, Thomas Pittman, Kenneth Robinson, Keith Rohr, Emil Segebart, Roger Slates, Patrick Sullivan, Merlin Umland, Billy Wailes, Larry Wallace
Second session Kindergarten 1934 Manning Elementary school
Back: Donn Kelsey, Charles Schumann, Jim Farrell, Marjorie Jacobsen, Dorothy Lohmeier
Third: Manfred Funk, Letty Frahm, Ronald David, Pat Sullivan, Dorla Eckley
Second: Lila Mohr, Willis Lohmeier, Bill Sander, Bob Suhr
Front: Ralph Petersen, Loa Barnes
Teacher Miriam Beagle
Merlin Rostermundt, Gene Wiese, Jim Farrell, Wilbur Karsten
Earl died November 12, 2019 at Accura Healthcare in Manning.
Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Visitation will resume at the funeral home at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Interment Saturday, November 16, 2019 Manning Cemetery
A look back into Earl Henry Singsank's life.
Earl is the son of John & Jenny (Muhlbauer) Singsank. His maternal grandparents were Joseph and Johanna Muhlbauer, and his paternal grandparents were Theodore "Tater" and Margaretha (Lucas) Singsank. He has six siblings: Margaret Popp, Ardella Berg, Glenn, Verna Hass, Laurel Vogl, and Cleo Hansen.
Earl was born at home on a farm between Templeton and Halbur. Shortly after Earl was born, the Singsank family moved into Templeton where he attended town school.
Next the family moved south of Templeton which later became the home of the Nepple family.
Then Singsanks moved to the Fox place, west of Templeton. At this time, as a young teenager, Earl began working for Bill Eich to help pick corn. He also cultivated with a two-row cultivator pulled by four horses. Earl also worked for Frank Lutwitze, father of LaVern Lutwitze and Margaret Frees.
From the Templeton area, the Singsank family moved north and
John Singsank worked for Herbert Hinze, father of Orville (Orville later married Iva Mohr).
Herbert gave Earl three pigs to raise and butcher, including the corn to feed them. This was payment for Earl doing odd jobs on the Hinze farm.
Earl now attended Washington No. 5 country school, with Ruth Kuhn as his teacher. Some area families who had children attend this school were Coleman, Eckholdt, Espenhover, Fonken, Grau, Grundmeier, Hinze, Klocke, Kusel, McGrane, Meister, Rowedder, Schroeder, and the Singsank siblings.
The Singsank family moved again, this time to the Nellie (Signall) Lynch farm which was one mile north from the Genzen farm (two miles north of 141) on the OCO. Frankie Handlos lived just east of Earl at the present day address of 13506 290th.
This is when Earl met Jean Stuhr who lived one mile east and a half mile south of the Lynch farm. Earl had already finished the 8th grade in country school, and Jean was in high school.
Earl and his dad farmed the land for Nellie Lynch for 16 years. They also raised livestock for her.
Next John and Jenny moved farther south to work with cattle and other livestock for John Campbell near Botna, along with two other Campbell brothers, Tom and Bob. After several years John & Jenny moved to Manning to retire.
It's now 1947, Earl and Jean were married and lived in a small house on the Ed Stuhr farm; Ed was Jean's dad. They raised two girls, Gay Lynn who married Ron Vogl, and Dawn Dee who married Tom Irlbeck.
Earl's next employment was with Alvan & Elaine (Schroeder) Hansen on the Hansen farm. After this he worked for a short time at Dultmeier Manufacturing.
Then Earl started working for Priebe & Son on the night shift. He and his family were still living on the Stuhr farm.
Then for two years they lived in the old house that once stood on the farm which is now 30745 Delta Avenue (Cory Halbur).
While working at Priebes, Earl worked in the refrigeration area that had two coolers, and he also helped load frozen chickens into trucks that came to pick up orders. He took the frozen chickens that were butchered by a different crew and placed them in individual boxes and then placed them in the freezers.
Eggs were also a large part of the Priebe business and Earl remembers 40 workers who broke eggs. Some chickens were shipped to New York. Those butchered chickens were put in large barrels in the freezer. Then the barrels were loaded into trucks on a daily basis and packed with dry ice to keep them frozen. Priebe had dry ice on hand.
Leonard Frahm and Charles Loftus were managers of Priebe at this time. Henry Arp (Lyle's dad) was a route man who drove a truck out to the farmers of the area to pick up chickens to bring back to the plant to butcher. Dave Grundmeier and Rockley Wiese were other workers Earl remembers.
In 1957, Priebe and Sons moved their entire business to North Carolina. At that time they offered Earl a job and wanted him to move with them, but Earl and the family didn't want to move away from Manning so he declined their offer.
After Priebe, Earl worked for Ray Heithoff for two years - he helped feed hay to 800 head of cattle. Then Ray was killed in a farm accident which ended this employment for Earl.
The Singsank family moved into Manning in 1961. They lived at 703 Second Street (Donna Alfers' home). Then they purchased the home at 423 Eleventh Street, where they have lived ever since.
In 1962, Earl started working for the Manning Mill. He
remembers the Opperman brothers (George, Ivan, and William) along with several
other investors who owned the business. Bob Mohr worked at the Manning Mill for
a while and then was transferred to manage the mill in Grand Junction that the Manning
Mill investors had purchased.
Earl recalls that Roger Reinke drove a semi-tractor trailer for the Manning Mill.
One of Earl's duties was to haul corn out of the east Quonset over to the mill so it could be ground for feed. Dry corn was brought into the mill on the Northwestern RR and from local farmers. Earl also hauled bagged and bulk feed out to rural customers, such as Ron Frahm, Bill Opperman, and many other farmers.
Earl continued to work for the Manning Mill from 1962 until
1966 when Orland Fara and his family moved to Manning to purchase the business
which was renamed Manning Agricultural Center, Inc. (MAC).
Besides Earl, Otto Kruse and Tater Dammann continued employment at MAC.
Early on, Earl had an egg route with 70 customers. He used Orland's pickup with a topper to pick up the eggs. He also ground and mixed feed and bagged it - around 100 bags per day during the early years. Randy Jahn helped Earl bag feed while in high school in the early 1970s.
Earl also had a bulk truck feed route. One time, while driving down the hill with a full load of feed by the Cleo Chamberlain place (31876 Concord Avenue today), the front wheel fell off which pulled the truck down into the road ditch. Fortunately the truck did not upset and Earl was uninjured. Some of the customers on this route were Albert Handlos, Thielen farms, and Lester Joens.
Earl also hauled chicken feed to a farm near Elkhorn - one time one of Earl's gloves fell out of his pocket and into the feed truck and got buried in the feed he was unloading. A glove would plug up the farmer's feeding and delivery system to the chicken feeders, so Earl had to drive to Kimballton to unload the truck to find the glove before the farmer would take the rest of feed. Earl remembers the customer was "all upset, he was really shook up - when I left he got a little better."
After many decades of working on various farms and mills,
Earl retired in 1989. After retirement, Earl did odd jobs, such as mowing
lawns, and also helped Jack Shannon paint houses and farm buildings.
Earl and his wife also traveled quite a bit. They had a topper on their pickup and would sleep in it. They traveled Niagara Falls, Yellowstone, Denver, Branson Missouri, and throughout the Midwest.
Jean (Earl's wife) worked at the Dime Store for 18 years, first for Al Martens and then his son, Gene, and later for Joyce Zubrod and Marsha Clausen for several years.
Marcella & Ed Knaack, Rita Saunders, and Bernice Nielsen were regular employees who worked with Jean. One of Jean's jobs was to clean the glass candy dispensers using ammonia water. It took Jean a whole day to clean all of them.
After leaving the Dime Store, Jean then went to work at the Manning Hospital in the dietary unit for nine years and then she retired. Loretta Handlos, Geniece Popp, Shirley McCollum, Ila Grimm, Selma Dalgety, and Bud Stahl were some of Jean's co-workers.
More pix & information coming
An instructor at UC Berkeley argued that “rural Americans” are “bad people” who have made “bad life decisions” in a tweet that he has since deleted.
UC Berkeley instructor Jackson Kernion said that “rural Americans” are “bad people” in a recent tweet. Kernion, a graduate student studying philosophy, has taught ten courses at UC Berkeley over the past few years. The tweet, which was highlighted this week by Campus Reform, was deleted after it sparked criticism from other Twitter users.
"I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. they, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume, are good people," Kernion wrote in the deleted tweet. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren't pro-city."
"It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move," Kernion wrote in a follow-up tweet.
If you have never used a pickaxe - as in the mining business
If you have never used an axe - as in the timber industry
If you have never used a washboard and wood-fired cook stove - as in mother/housewife
If you have never used a meat cleaver - as in a butcher
When I was growing up and attending school, I remember several teachers telling us that there is much more to the world than our rural surroundings and that
we need to get out into the world to see how much more there is...they knew that many of us would follow in the footsteps of our parents/grandparents and continue
living/working in our rural surroundings and never realize there is more in life that is out there.
It is painfully obvious from statements made above that the "city" kids weren't being told by their teachers that there is much more to the world than just their city surroundings.
I simply can't keep up with all of the activities going on in Manning, but I hope to post this Veterans' program in time.
John & Delores (Grimm) Balukoff - John was a brother to Marie
Marie Burns, age 101, of Manning died early Monday, November 11, 2019 at Senior Living of Manning.
Arrangements are pending at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning
When I see so many young complainers in the news today, and then I look at these local students who put in so much effort with school events, I'm glad I live here in Manning and
not in so many of those other communities who I think could learn something from our IKM-Manning school system.
If you look closely at the podium above, you'll see the name of Jack Lorenzen. This podium is used at graduations and other school events. It was made in honor of Jack who
served 3 terms on the school board. He also served in Korea from 1950 to 1952. He married 1951 MHS graduate Wava Lacy.
Jack died in 2004 - when these students were babies or not even born.
I think it is always important to explain why someone's name is on a plaque or honored in some way.
For the picture of the 2 boys above the podium picture - the one on the left (Logan Vonnahme wearing the John Deere shirt)
is the grandson of Judy (Genzen) Jacobsen...I overheard him call Judy, "grandma" when she -
was explaining his video duties for the musical. This kind of caught me off guard that Judy had a grandson in Junior High.
I remember Judy as a kid who lived with her family just east of our farm.
I also remember when Judy's grandparents, Virgil & Florence Genzen previously lived on that farm.
Many of the older family generations attended country schools of the area and some also attended Manning town schools.
Larry Genzen was my shop teacher at the old high school shop - below the gym.
Today, I believe our history is more important than ever - that everyone, young and old, need to think more about where they came from and who it was that gave us the quality of
life we now enjoy.
Below I'll show you just a little of Judy's grandson's ancestral background who made it possible for his existence and the relatively easy lifestyle he now enjoys...also that he can experience and work in the digital world of videography.
I would encourage everyone connected to Manning to stop and think about their background
and why they now exist and live in this community.
I was fortunate to have known everyone shown in the pictures below, except for Edward Genzen, who died before I was born.
Having known all of these older generations of the Genzen family and so many other older generations of other Manning area families had a big impact on my life...just like anyone else who grew up and lived in the Manning area their whole lives.
It's just that most people don't stop to think about history that way...it had an impact on us whether we realize it or not.
Bertha (Grimm) & Edward Max Albert Genzen
Virgil & Florence (Hinz) Genzen
Cynthia (Peters) & Larry Genzen
Judy Genzen - Grandmother
Solo Mime January 1987
Judy Genzen - Grandmother
Back: Janet, Paula, Judy, Barb, Bob
Front: Larry, Cynthia
Darlene (Genzen) Vollstedt, Larry Genzen - siblings
Larry Genzen, Betty Lengemann, Darlene Genzen 1952 Pep Club initiation
Betty was a neighbor of the Genzens - She is also the mother of Luann Langel who teaches at school.
Full musical coming - as I find time to edit everything.
Full event coming - as I find time to edit everything.
Tommy L. (T.L.) Henderson, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 76 on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in his son's home in Austin, Texas, surrounded by his family and his dog.
T.L. was born on August 16, 1943, in Leon, Iowa, and was raised in the Clearfield and Lenox area where the Hendersons have farmed for five generations. Tom was baptized and was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Lenox. He excelled at baseball, basketball, football, and 4-H where he enjoyed showing livestock and being on championship state and national livestock judging teams. Tom graduated from Lenox High School in 1962 and continued his education at Iowa State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1967.
Tom and Cheryl J. Rickers were married on November 24, 1968, and raised two sons, Ty Thomas and Cole Thomas now both residing and working in Austin, Texas. Ty is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas. Cole, a former Army officer, is a computer software director.
Tom loved music and his country. He was a member of Iowa State Singers and Men's Glee Club. He also sang with Der Manning Liederkranz, a German barbershop chorus and numerous church choirs. He particularly enjoyed singing the "Common Doxology" before meals, singing "God Bless America" at Rotary meetings, Christmas caroling with the Henderson sleigh bells, and entertaining his family on long road trips before the invasion of personal electronic devices.
After a forty-year professional career in agricultural lending with Iowa and Colorado banks, T.L. and Cheryl retired to country living in Burnet, Texas, in 2014, where Tom loved tending to the property and working outdoors with cattle and his horse. Burnet was just close enough to families in Austin to enjoy abundant time together.
Seldom seen without boots and a cowboy hat, T.L. was a Christian man who never met a stranger. Within a few minutes of meeting someone, he was engaged in conversation about agriculture, history or education. Because of this interest in people and service, community involvement was a mainstay in Tom's life. As with all other communities in which he had lived, he quickly assimilated into life in Texas. He was a member of Rotary, the ROMEOS (Real Old Men Eating Out - a First Baptist Church men's group), Burnet County Historical Commission, City of Burnet Historic Board, and Burnet County Heritage Society.
T.L. is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl J. Henderson of Burnet, Texas, two sons and four grandchildren: Ty and Kate, Evan Porter (14) and Ellis Andrew (10) of Austin, Texas; Cole and Kristen, Lenox James (3) and Estel MaeJean (1) of Austin, Texas. Other survivors include a sister, Judy Henderson Teig of Norwalk, Iowa, a brother, Bill Henderson of Clearfield, Iowa, and his "baby" sister, O.Kay Henderson of Des Moines, Iowa. T.L. was preceded in death by his parents: Guy Porter Henderson and Mary Louise Arneal both lifelong residents of Clearfield and Lenox, Iowa.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church in Burnet, Texas on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Doug Lindley presiding. Burial will be in Lenox, Iowa at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hill Country Community Foundation PO Box 848 403 E. Jackson Burnet, Texas 78611 on behalf of Burnet Rotary Scholarships.
Tom loved God, his family, his Scottish heritage and animals - especially horses and dogs. He often told his sons to "Be productive citizens" and "Be as good as your dog thinks you are." Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com Arrangements entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, Burnet, Texas.
Cole Henderson 7 months, Tyler Henderson 8 years
1981 Der Manning Liederkranz
Back: Larry Genzen, Larry Schultes, Mike Ferneding, Tom Henderson, Gordell Lamp, Keith Kelderman
Middle: Dick Crandall, Lester Joens, Leroy Schultes, Paul Hiatt, Duane Monson, Art Rix, Ron Halbur
Front: Melvin Renze, Claus Bunz, Ray Pratt, Wesley Nulle, Warren Puck, ??
Director Rebecca Noble
early 1990s Back: Leroy Schultes, Tom Henderson, Gordell Lamp, Ron Halbur, ??, Keith Kelderman
Front: Ray Pratt, Duane Monson, Kenneth Puck, Warren Puck, Claus Bunz, Melvin Renze, Larry Genzen
Son of Edward and Loretta (Kasperbauer) Venteicher
1956 MHS graduates: Janice Ahrendsen (salutatorian), Gordon Anthony, Carol Antone, Roger Barten, Gerald Beck, Robert Beisch, Dorothea Brus, Karen Carstens, Virginia Dammann, Deanna Donaghu, Delores Eckholdt, Roselle Ehlers, Mardella Friedrichsen, Robert Froyd, Beverly Genzen, Larry Genzen, Emil Grau, Roger Hagedorn, Allen Hargens, Roger Hinz, Larry Hodne, Darryl Jahn, Roger Joens, Roger Koepke, Janet Kuhl (valedictorian), Janice Laurinat, Shannon Mahnke, Allen Mohr, Joyce Nulle, Cynthia Peters, Ronald Peters, Janice Petersen, Dennis Ramsey, Noreen Kay Ramsey, Myrene Rowedder, Merlene Saunders, Raymond Thielen, Constance Trella, Eleanor Trella, Janice Vehrs, LeRoy Venteicher, Marcella Wanninger, Richard Wellendorf, Larry Witt
1956 former students: Erwin Barkalow, Nancy Dales, Larry Daugherty, Richard Enenbach, Verna Ford, Alan Friedrichsen, Rosemary Fritz, Art Fuller, Charles Fuss, Edwin Groppe, Jr., Ione Hicks, Roy Hinze, Michael Kellogg, Marlene Kinney, Sandra Lacy, Roger Littell, Paul Malven, Charlene McLaughlin, James McMahon, Sandra Mishler, Lila Nulle, Bill Porter, Jimmy Rohovit, Norma Rostermundt, Joyce Spence, Roy Stark, Brian Travis, Bobby Welker, Charles White, Dorothy Wiemann, William Wyatt
Mitch passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial book
Scott is the son of Sid and Caroline Robinson and is a native of Kearney, Nebraska. Bonita "Mitch" is the daughter of Henry and Lydia Buckhammer and is a native of Bayard, Nebraska. They both graduated from Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska - Kearney, in Kearney, Nebraska.
They were married on August 6, 1966, and moved to Manning that fall due to their employment in the Manning Community School District. Scott taught junior high and high school social studies and coached football, boys' basketball, and golf. Mitch taught junior high language arts. They both retired from teaching in the spring of 1999 after thirty-three years in the Manning school system.
Scott continues to adjust crop hail for Square Deal of Allied Insurance and continues to coach high school golf. Mitch works part-time for Dr. Robert H. Vonnahme Chiropractic.
The couple had two children. Tiffany Jane was born August 18, 1969, and Matthew Scott was born January 8, 1971. Matthew died of leukemia on October 1, 1972. Tiffany graduated from Manning High School in 1987 and attended Kearney State College for two years before transferring to Iowa State. She graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She has been employed with Vision Care Clinic, PC since 1999. Tiffany married Jeff Carson a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, on November 4, 2000. Jeff is the utility manager for Manning Municipal Communication and Television System Utility.
Scott Robinson and James Murpny
Mitch teaching at school
Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Case, age 93 of Manning, is pending at Ohde Funeral Home.
Gene passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Accura Healthcare of Manning.
When finished in Vella LaVella the men caught up with their main units in New Guinea and headed for the Philippines in 1944. They landed in Lingayen Gulf on the west side of the islands where there was light resistance. They fought their way across the central plains through small burrows and rice paddies where there was little cover. Their destination was the deserted Agricultural College. This college had been used to train Filipinos in the field of agricultural and was important as a school to improve water buffalo for use as food and as draft animals. There were few bombing attacks as they marched across the plains because the U.S. Navy, in a battle near New Guinea, had destroyed the Japanese navy in 1943. Five hundred Japanese ships were destroyed at that time; therefore, the Japanese had no ships to carry supplies to the area or on which a plane could land to carry in supplies.
The men left the Ag College and went north on a route called Highway 5. This was merely a cow path as the fighting had mostly destroyed the road and the area around it was dense jungle. The Japanese were dug in at what was called the Pimple beside Balete Pass just south of Santa Fe, the summer capital of Luzon. The commander told B Company to take the pass.
(As I was visiting with Gene Case about this sword shown below, I asked more details as to how he acquired it...all of a sudden his facial expressions changed and when I asked
more about it I could see this was an area he did not want to go into.
Based on his statement above at Wolfhound Ridge, that he was among the 13 out 39 who returned to base alive - it was either him or the Japanese soldier in close combat.) Dave Kusel
One of the most admired generals in this area was General James Leo "Dusty" Dalton II. Gene and several of the men were on duty in the area of Knobby Ridge when General Dalton and a group that he was traveling with came by. Gene told the general not to continue on that path because there were snipers there; however, the general and his men decided to take the road anyway. A sniper killed the general. Gene was the last man to talk to this famous man who was loved and honored by the troops.
Gene was honorably discharged from the army and during his time in the service had received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star from the U.S. Army with two ribbons with V for valor, a Bronze Star for serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, and the Bronze Star with two ribbons from the Philippine Government, the second highest military award.
Bob MHS 1969
Jeanine MHS 1973
Gene's family has a history of patriotism and service. His brother, Frank Case, served during the Korean War. His father, Victor Case, served during WWI in the Transportation Corps in the Army as a truck driver. Victor was honorably discharged February 1919.
Gene in his fatigues while on the airbase.
Gene with an adopted puppy found near the airbase.
Gene with a Japanese boy on the Kagimahara Airbase.
August 17, 2003 dedication of Veterans' Memorial Wall
Gene Case raised the flag - boy scouts salute
Kami Hinjosa & Gene Case - 2004 Legion Hall
1981 Ceremonial Team - Manning Centennial
Click to see the flier
Donna was 1979 MHS graduate, Donna Sturm
Lisa was 1980 MHS graduate, Lisa Phillips
Another amazing example of the Manning Community's dedication to Honoring Veterans!
Another amazing example of the Manning Community's dedication to HELPING others!
More pix and information coming
2016 IKM-Manning grade school kids help stock the pantry
IKM-Manning grade school kids help stock the pantry
IKM-Manning grade school kids help stock the pantry
A perfect example of how the IKM-Manning area youth are taught about helping other people.
Click to see the flier
Another amazing example of the Manning Community's dedication to HELPING others!
Racoon River Boys
The 7th Annual Main Event for Main Street
Manning, hosted by Main Street Manning's Organization Committee, is scheduled
for Friday, November 8, 2019, at the Hausbarn Conference Center. This annual event is
the primary way Main Street Manning raises funds to support the mission of the
organization and make Manning a better community in which to live.
Door open for social hour at 5:30 pm.
The meal, catered by Two Palms Grilling of Audubon, will be served at 6:30 pm.
Chris Muhlbauer & the Raccoon River Boys will be providing the entertainment beginning at 7:30.
Just as in years past, there will be a both a silent and a live auction.
The Organization Committee would appreciate your support by donating an item(s) for the auction(s). The donation(s) could be from you as an individual OR a donation from your business.
Tickets are available at Manning Pharmacy, First National Bank & Templeton Savings Bank. The cost is $30/person.
If you are interested in purchasing a table of 8, we ask that you call the Main Street office at the number below so I can better track the sales of a full table.
We will be also be recognizing the 10 year anniversary of Main Street Manning!
The Organization Committee strongly encourages you to buy tickets before October 25. This allows the committee to give a more accurate count for food to Two Palms Grilling.
Looking forward to your support of Main Street Manning & to seeing each of you on November 8!
Main Street Manning
307 Main Street
PO Box 261
Manning, IA 51455
712 - 655 - 6246
January 1, 1914
When it comes to tooting ones own horn Manning's citizens have it on the citizens at other towns, the size of Manning in many ways.
In the first place there is no town or community in Iowa more prosperous. This is shown by the fact that Manning has three excellent banks, all prosperous, and all holding more deposits than the banks in any town the size of Manning.
Manning's resources are further shown by the immense amount of produce handled in the produce house here, no town of its size handling more produce. During the past month at times there were more than fifty people on the pay roll. What town the size of Manning can show a better report.
Manning's flour mill has a reputation in this part of Iowa second to none. Running throughout the year, day and night, with almost a hundred towns in Iowa handling the Manning Flour, the company is to be congratulated upon their showing.
With the added watermains just completed Manning can boast of its water supply and fire protection. No town has a better protection. Also Manning's Electric Light Plant has few equals in Iowa in towns the size of this.
The Fire Department of Manning has no equal. No town in Iowa has ever been able to make the showing it has made. World records are the pride of the local fire department.
When the Manning Creamery Co. gets its new machinery, the town will have a business founded upon rock, and one that will surely grow to be one of the noted businesses of Iowa.
While some are opposed to the saloon in Manning, credit must be given for a saloon run according to law, and free from the troubles that oft-times comes to the saloon proprietors. Ten men find employment throughout the year, receive good wages and live like other citizens above suspicion. Little complaint can be had the way Manning's saloon has been run the past year.
From the business standpoint all the business, and professional men have enjoyed a good year, each feeling that he has tried to do his part to make our little city one of merit worthy of the highest praise. It is the cooperation of all, farmer with city man, that makes us what we are, a prosperous and happy people.
I realize the writer of this article could have gone on and on with many other points of interest in Manning at that time, but it does surprise me that they did not mention the 3 railroads - Northwestern, Great Western, and Milwaukee companies.
Most big cities didn't have 3 different railroad companies serving their communities.
Even though billions of pictures are being taken today, someday most of them will disappear, just like so many of the old
historic printed pictures. Since digital pictures are a "dime a dozen" today with people constantly taking snapshots, they aren't categorizing and identifying most of them.
When the people who took them and those who knew the people in those pictures are gone - most of those digital pictures will be unidentified and end up just like their hardcopy predecessors of the past with no information and the ones that weren't deleted or lost digitally will end up being erased from the digital storage device.
Julie, daughter of Dan & Lois (Wilhelm) Peters is looking for pictures of the Wegner family - especially of Henry Wegner her great-great grandfather (father of William Wegner). Henry died February 6, 1907 and is buried in Manning. His wife was Margaretha (Hilbert) Wegner.
Please e-mail me if you can help with the Wegner family pictures.
October 16 - Full again with bags on top!
Truly GREAT AMERICANS in Manning!
An example of another project where people/groups donate is for the statues on Main Street. Because projects like this are so common, many locals don't even notice anymore, but trust me, many visitors and former residents who come to Manning are in awe at what this little town can accomplish.
More pix coming as I find time
Then while helping Mona on her Rudnick/Reickman family tree, I ran across a short Monitor article in my database about Otto Rudnick who served during WWI.
I couldn't find an Otto Rudnick who matched the era to have served but I found a Reinhardt Otto Rudnick whose age matched perfectly. So I e-mailed one of my Rudnick helpers and she confirmed that this was the Otto I was looking for. She also added that he died from the Spanish Influenza in 1918 and that she did not have any pictures or military information about his service.
So I'll continue to look for and gather names, pictures, and information for more Manning connected Veterans. I still hope/plan on publishing a Manning Veterans' book but as long as I have hundreds of names with no pictures and/or information and as long as I keep finding new names on a consistent basis I'll do what I do best which is to find, collect, and then digitize Manning's history before it is all gone.
This was during the time I was working on the Manning Quasqui history book project and starting the Manning Schools history book project, so I wasn't able to scan all
of the Frank pix and I know I didn't get to every box they had with their treasure trove of historical pix.
So I asked Russ & Linda's children if I could go through them this winter. They were happy to let me borrow them to go through things again...they said they were just basically storing them for now.
Other than the Hoffmann collection I've worked on from Dean Hoffmann - the Frank collection is the biggest one I've run into and worked on.
To me it is like candy to a kid - I just drool when I can go through old precious history like this...
The tragedy is that most of these old family collections have been thrown away over the last 4 decades or parts of them divided up and taken to the four winds by various descendants of a parent/grandparent who died.
When I ask someone if I can go through their old stuff and scan those things, some won't because of various reasons, others will offer the scans they have made, or make hard copies, but for whatever reason won't let me scan them into my database...then years later I find out the next generation just threw them away or lost them one way or the other.
I've heard the "we won't throw them" comment from just about everyone I contact, but sadly I end up being correct about most collections ending up in the trash heap of history.
From the very beginning of Manning's existence in 1881, the citizens realized that all work and no play would not make for a quality of life needed for a healthy community.
So in the fall of 1881, the very first event to celebrate the life of the community and entertain the kiddies was called the "Thanksgiving Hop."
Then each year thereafter an annual event was held specifically for the children and on February 9, 1882, the Manning Schuetzen Verein (incorporated under the State of Iowa laws on April 11, 1879) officially organized and later in the year held the first Kinderfest (children's festival) which has continued each year except 1 year during WWI and 2 years during WWII...While probably debatable and maybe not provable, Manning's Kinderfest can lay claim to the longest consecutively run community event in Iowa.
While there were much older community events around the state, they eventually died out.
Today, we have a few children and their families living here whose great-great-great-grandparents attended Kinderfest in their day.
Here are a few more sneak preview images - later on I'll add the full complement of pictures and some background information about them.
June 17 2:00 p.m. Rain
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
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.