More pix coming as I find time
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Donald and Kay Pfannkuch
Donald was born in Jackson Township, Crawford County. He is the son of Frank and Emma (Voege) Pfannkuch. After the death of Emma in 1939, the family moved to a farm south of Manning. Don comes from a family of five brothers and two sisters: Francis (who died in infancy), Ludwig, Marvin, Earl, Kenneth, Edna (Ramsey), and Irene (Olson).
Don graduated from Manning Community School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force 1952-1956. After he was discharged, he returned to farming. On August 2, 1959, he married Kay Collins in the First Baptist Church in Le Mars. Iowa. She is the daughter of Wayne and Faye (Nash) Collins. Kay met Don while she was teaching in Elk Horn. Kay has six sisters and four brothers, none who live in Manning.
Don and Kay have two children: Hallie graduated from Manning Community School in 1991, and Colin in 1993. Both received degrees from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Hallie taught in Stratford, Iowa, and then, after her marriage to Tony Greenfield in 1998, she taught in Sergeant Bluff. She met Tony, who was from Fulda, Minnesota, while in college. Hallie now teaches in Marshall, Minnesota, and Tony is a science professor at Southwest Minnesota State University. They have a very active little boy, Micah Jay, who was born on Valentine's Day, 2004. Colin began working for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, upon graduation from Buena Vista. In 1999 he married Dawn Junk of Dubuque, Iowa, who also graduated from Buena Vista. They now live on an acreage near Zumbrota, Minnesota.
Don is retired from farming, and enjoys part-time jobs, traveling, and fishing--especially fishing.
Marvin Pfannkuch 1972
Ken & Lucille (Genzen) Pfannkuch June 7, 1947
Earl & Lorene Pfannkuch
"This is an investment that we made for 100 years...this is going to open up more doors for us, in town and out of town."
Jeremy Carroll, Manning Utility Director
"Manning Can't be the Brightest Star, every Community in the area has to Shine."
Harvey Dales, Manning Mayor
Click to see and hear the ceremony
As I was taking pictures of the MMU event, I noticed several students walking over to the trestle, so out of curiosity I went over and asked what they were doing and
if I could take their picture.
They told me they were working on a school history project; the Transcontinental Railroad...I asked what class this was and they said American History - in a tongue and cheek manner I quipped "they still teach American History in school" to which they responded - definitely yes.
This is what the bridge looked like during construction in 1914.
What Jeremy Carroll's quote says above in the MMU feature story and Victor Davis Hanson's opinion piece talks about down below, really connects to this railroad story - Today, we go by this great railroad structure built over 100 years ago and don't give it a second thought as to how important it is to this community, both back then and today...even to our nation when troop and military trains crossed it during WWI & WWII.
I talk to our local construction crews in the area as I take pictures of their projects, and one thing I hear from them is: "no one wants to work today."
They are constantly looking for good help and all too often, when they get an employee they only work for a short time and then quit...with comments like, "do we have to work 5 days a week," do I have to show up at 7:30 in the morning," do you always work this hard..."
JUST think how hard the men worked when they built this bridge and trestle!!!
I'm sure some of the workers found the task too difficult and quit but if they wanted to eat they had to find another job or go hungry.
Many of the first rail lines either followed the rivers in the flood plains or they would wind around the big hills of this area to avoid making deep cuts in the hills. Then with
the onset of high speed trains they needed to straighten the tracks.
This next picture shows the original location of the Milwaukee, which crossed over what is now Highway 141. Then in 1915, high speed passenger trains were in demand, so the Milwaukee Company straightened out their tracks, which meant moving millions of tons of soil.
How they dug through the hills and then moved the soil into the valleys and bottoms.
By 1913, there were a lot of farmers in the area. They had slip scrapers, along with horses and mules.
Temporary log bridges were built to back the dump cars and fill in the bottoms and up to the trestle bridge.
Look at how much physical work it took just to make the forms to pour the huge concrete supports.
Note the steam-powered lift station used to carry the concrete up to the top to pour into the forms later on.
Large culvert to allow a small creek or large waterway to flow through.
Early days of the double track through Manning that carried passenger trains up to 100 mph.
The Milwaukee Grain Elevator is on the north side of the tracks.
Brand new Milwaukee Depot
Victor Davis Hanson: Members
of previous generations now seem like giants - When did we become so small?
Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages. Impoverished tribes passed down oral traditions that originated after the fall of the lost palatial civilizations of the Mycenaean Greeks.
Dark Age Greeks tried to make sense of the massive ruins of their forgotten forbearers' monumental palaces that were still standing around. As illiterates, they were curious about occasional clay tablets they plowed up in their fields with incomprehensible ancient Linear B inscriptions.
We of the 21st century are beginning to look back at our own lost epic times and wonder about these now-nameless giants who left behind monuments that we cannot replicate, but instead merely use or even mock.
Does anyone believe that contemporary Americans could build another transcontinental railroad in six years?
Californians tried to build a high-speed rail line. But after more than a decade of government incompetence, lawsuits, cost overruns and constant bureaucratic squabbling, they have all but given up. The result is a half-built overpass over the skyline of Fresno - and not yet a foot of track laid.
Who were those giants of the 1960s responsible for building our interstate highway system?
California's roads now are mostly the same as we inherited them, although the state population has tripled. We have added little to our freeway network, either because we forgot how to build good roads or would prefer to spend the money on redistributive entitlements.
When California had to replace a quarter section of the earthquake-damaged San Francisco Bay Bridge, it turned into a near-disaster, with 11 years of acrimony, fighting, cost overruns - and a commentary on our decline into Dark Ages primitivism. Yet 82 years ago, our ancestors built four times the length of our single replacement span in less than four years. It took them just two years to design the entire Bay Bridge and award the contracts.
Our generation required five years just to plan to replace a single section. In inflation-adjusted dollars, we spent six times the money on one-quarter of the length of the bridge and required 13 agencies to grant approval. In 1936, just one agency oversaw the entire bridge project.
California has not built a major dam in 40 years. Instead, officials squabble over the water stored and distributed by our ancestors, who designed the California State Water Project and Central Valley Project.
Contemporary Californians would have little food or water without these massive transfers, and yet they often ignore or damn the generation that built the very system that saves us.
America went to the moon in 1969 with supposedly primitive computers and backward engineering. Does anyone believe we could launch a similar moonshot today? No American has set foot on the moon in the last 47 years, and it may not happen in the next 50 years.
Hollywood once gave us blockbuster epics, brilliant Westerns, great film noirs, and classic comedies. Now it endlessly turns out comic-book superhero films or pathetic remakes of prior classics.
Our writers, directors and actors have lost the skills of their ancestors. But they are also cowardly, and in regimented fashion they simply parrot boring race, class and gender bromides that are neither interesting nor funny. Does anyone believe that the Oscar ceremonies are more engaging and dignified than in the past?
We have been fighting in Afghanistan without result for 18 years. Our forefathers helped to win World War II and defeat the Axis Powers in four years.
In terms of learning, does anyone believe that a college graduate in 2020 will know half the information of a 1950 graduate?
In the 1940s, young people read William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pearl Buck and John Steinbeck. Are our current novelists turning out anything comparable? Could today's high-school graduate even finish "The Good Earth" or "The Grapes of Wrath"?
True, social media is impressive. The internet gives us instant access to global knowledge. We are a more tolerant society, at least in theory. But Facebook is not the Hoover Dam, and Twitter is not the Panama Canal.
Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle and gripe.
As we walk amid the refuse, needles and excrement of the sidewalks of our fetid cities; as we sit motionless on our jammed ancient freeways; and as we pout on Twitter and electronically whine in the porticos of our Ivy League campuses, will we ask: "Who were these people who left these strange monuments that we use but can neither emulate nor understand?"
In comparison to us, they now seem like gods.
When Jason told me about the old receipts he had placed in 2 five-gallon buckets I talked to owner, Greg Sextro, about scanning them.
Having lots of previous experience in working with old papers I anticipated a lot of insect and possibly mice damage, and unfortunately I wasn't let down...insects had chewed and damaged most of the receipts and mice used some of the paper to make their nests.
So I slowly went through the buckets separating the destroyed items from the ones that were still legible and something I could scan...not to mention parts of mice nests and what the insects left behind after eating the paper.
Most people who find messes like this will just throw it away, but fortunately it was kept because I am able to find some undamaged or slightly damaged receipts that I can
make high resolution scans of, that provide a glimpse into the past history of these businesses.
Below: looking northwest on main street. 315 .... 301
Below: looking northwest on main street.
315 .... 301
Below: a 1927 Plat of this block --- Main Street on the right side.
Note "Hospital" listed at 309
309 Main Street
chewing by insects & mice
Manning Electric Light Company
Note the changes in the statement from 1911 to 1914
As the local historian, I find myself living in a time that is both exciting and also very sad for me.
Exciting in that I've been involved with and captured the construction of new buildings such as the Rec Center pool and sad times documenting the razing of very old and historically prominent structures like the Green Bay Lumber Company...structures that I wished we could have somehow saved and preserved but sadly are gone now.
Even though many of these old iconic structures are gone now, I want to keep them in the forefront of our history to remind everyone living in the community today that we don't live in a vacuum and that we have the great community today because of the strong foundations we can build upon that were provided by the previous citizens and their businesses they have operated since 1881.
Green Bay Lumber (blue arrow) was established in 1881.
This iconic building shows up in the background of a lot of Manning photos.
This one featuring the original location of the Milwaukee RR which is pre-1915.
November 14, 2006
November 16, 2006
November 20, 2006
December 1, 2006
December 4, 2006
Lewis, Reinhold & Doty 1911
Manning Electrical Shop 1916
Henry Mueller Furniture 1915
Henry Mueller 1915
Tom D. Parkhouse 1915
T.D Parkhouse - today Soll's Service 217 Main Street.
Prior to this brick structure it was a wooden one and the location of the very first Manning school.
January 17, 1918 ad
The Parkhouse family is another one I have very little information about and need help.
Floyd Thomas Parkhouse - the only Parkhouse buried in Manning - in the Parish lot.
WWI registration card for Ralph Parkhouse - I assume son of Tom.
Post Office Box for Merlin & Orren Wyatt - C.A. Easterly, postmaster
Gus Rober & Julius Wehrmann - 321 Main Street
Customers Claus Claussen & A. Kruse
Claus was Ila Rix's dad
Customers William Claussen & Nettie Kruse
Customers George Albert & Nettie Kruse
Douglas Rogers 1911
Schelldorf Brothers Lewis & Herbert at 309 Main Street 1914
History of Wyatt family
A few snapshots of the apartments at 309.
May 3, 2019 view from alley
February 5, 2019 view from alley
February 5, 2019 east room next to Main Street
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February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
light socket & push-button switch
light socket patent November 30, 1907
Just look at all of the things coming up and going on here in Manning...
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
Kathy Jean, daughter of Norman and Mary Jane (Grage) Rothfolk, was born September 1, 1959, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. She attended three years of schooling in Carroll and then special education classes in the Manning Community Schools from age 8 through about age 20. Kathy participated in Special Olympics, earning gold medals for her efforts.
Kathy worked at New Hope Enterprises in Carroll for three years before returning home to live with her parents outside of Manning. Kathy simply enjoyed being with her family and loved her nieces and nephews. Her life-long favorite hobbies were painting and coloring. Kathy and her mother moved together to Thomas Rest Haven assisted living in Coon Rapids in 2015, and Kathy moved over to the nursing home in 2016. She was an active participant in any and all social activities there and especially loved the golf cart rides.
Kathy died at the Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home in Coon Rapids, Iowa, on Monday, September 20, 2019. She was 60 years and 29 days of age. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kathy is survived by her siblings: Craig & Twyla Rothfolk of Bloomington, Minnesota; Cindy & Bob Bubon of Des Moines; Lori Ann & Mike Trecker of Manning; and Mary Jane & Eric Desing of Baxter, Minnesota; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Back: Craig, Norman
Front: Kathy, Mary Jane (Grage) holding Mary Jane, Cindy, Lori Ann
Marilyn (Grage) Avey
Allan Grage Manning Fire Department 1954
1902 back: Carl 15, Lena 14
front: Marie 8, Jacob 36, Lily 3, Katherina 37, Alma 4
not in picture: Malinda - mother of Mary Jane Rothfolk
Ewoldt No. 5
Back: Jeanette Gruhn, Marilyn Grage, Loretta Lerssen
Middle: Delton Gruhn, Mary Jane Grage, Gay Hockett
Front: Marlyn Gruhn, Donald Lerssen
Rothfolk home in Manning "Castle House"
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
Peter & Emma Rothfolk
Vera Clark & Johanna Rothfolk - Great Western Park pond
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
James & Sophia (Grau) Rothfolk
Rothfolk farm 1023 Crane Avenue
Norman Rothfolk in front of the Manning Veterans' wall
Norman Rothfolk WWII
Rothfolk sisters: Lorraine Gruhn, Elda Barten, Delores Fastje, Eileen Mundt
Lee Stein, Craig Rothfolk MHS 1975
Cindy Rothfolk MHS 1976
Lori Rothfolk MHS 1980
Mary Jane Rothfolk MHS 1982
Karl Rutz & Cindy Rothfolk MHS 1976
Mary Ann Rothfolk & Marian Kasperbauer
1st cousins: Amos Kusel & Lorraine Rothfolk
Minnie Lamp, August & Eileen (Rothfolk) Mundt
Elda (Rothfolk) and John Barten 1983
Henry & Lorraine (Rothfolk) Gruhn
Norman & Mary Jane Rothfolk
Grau connections begin
Standing: Mike Nemecek, Fred Gruhn, Leora Grau, Magda Grau, Barry Kusel, Doug Kusel
Seated: Lorraine Gruhn, Roger Barten, Clara Cox, boy in front Paul Mundt
Elda Rothfolk, Lorraine Rothfolk, Amos Kusel, Eileen Rothfolk, Eunice (Grau) Ahrendsen
Standing: Sophia, Herman, ??, Emil, Sr.
Seated: Clara, Ida, August, Laura, Maria (Hansen), ??, ??
August & Maria (Hansen) Grau
Emil Grau, Sr. 1945
Frank & Clara (Grau) Cox
Ida (Grau) & August Kusel
Emil & Magda (Holm) Grau
Emil & Herman Grau
Emil Grau, Sr.
1943 Back: Leora, Magda, Louise, Alfred, Rose, Emil Sr.
Front: Emil Jr., Tom, Irwin
Grau farm 1 mile northeast of Manning
Grau farm southwest of Manning on the old Airport Road
Detlef & Gottlieb Grau - twins
Detlef & Sophia (Sachleben) Grau - twins
Peter F. & Ida (Suhr) Hansen
Back: Ida, Peter
Front: Maria, Anna, Johann, Adolf
Prom 1968 - Fred Irlbeck MHS 1969
Fred & Karen Irlbeck family
Thomas Irlbeck MHS 1968
LeRoy & Elaine Irlbeck family - LeRoy MHS 1965
Ray Irlbeck & Gordell Lamp
2012 Ray Irlbeck, Robert Wegner, David Kusel
2016 Ray Irlbeck "Old Iron Club" ride
2012 Ray Irlbeck "Old Iron Club" ride
2003 Ray Irlbeck Children's Day - Knights of Columbus homemade ice cream
2001 Ray Irlbeck Lion's Club breakfast
Ray farmed the Herman & Harry Ploen farm for years
Ray also farmed the Schroeder farm just north of Aspinwall
1980 Manning Centennial Box Social
Merlin Struve "Foster Brooks"
Dale Reinke "Dolly Parton"
Ruth Hiatt "Minnie Pearl"
Ray Irlbeck "Sammy Davis Jr."
Merlin Irlbeck "Stan Laurel"
Wayne Schroeder "Jackie Gleason as Joe the Bartender"
Roger Vollstedt "Jerry Cologna"
Ronnie Hiatt "Crazy Guggenheim"
Ronnie Hiatt "Oliver Hardy"
Don Zubrod as himself "Master of Ceremonies"
Don Zubrod & Ray Irlbeck
Craig Moeller & Ray Irlbeck - MJM employees
Craig Moeller & Ray Irlbeck
Paul Irlbeck MHS 1983
Laurie Irlbeck MHS 1984
Michele Irlbeck MHS 1988
Back: Gary, Kathy, Michael
Front: Amy (Irlbeck), Harvey, Emma, Rachel, Logan - Amy Irlbeck MHS 1997
Joy Irlbeck MHS 1992
Visitation Ohde Funeral Home, Manning Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Manning
Visitation will resume at 9:00 AM Wednesday at the church
Funeral Service WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, 10:00 AM ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH MANNING
Officiating Pastor JONATHAN CONNER
Congregational Hymns "BY GRACE, I'M SAVED" "GOD LOVED THE WORLD SO THAT HE GAVE" "I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES"
TIMOTHY CONNER, ORGANIST
Urn Bearers DIXIE BENTLEY KAYE SMITH
Honorary Bearers DANE BLOM BRODY BLOM
Interment MANNING CEMETERY
Janet Kay, daughter of Elmer and Ruth (Farrell) Fischer, was born June 12, 1949, in Manning, Iowa. She grew up in Manning and graduated from Manning High School in 1967.
On May 20, 1968, Janet was united in marriage with Richard Plumb at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale. Two children were born to this union. Janet and Rich made their home on the present place in Redline. Janet worked keeping the books for the family business and after both children had started school, Janet became the secretary to the Superintendent at Irwin-Kirkman Schools until 1991. She then began a career with the U.S. Postal Service as a Rural Carrier Associate at Avoca. In 1997, she moved into Management ranks and held numerous details and positions including supervisor, distribution operations at Des Moines P&DC, and Postmaster in Manilla and had been the Postmaster in Denison since 2005.
Janet was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning and League of Postmasters Iowa Chapter. She enjoyed reading and collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and antiques. Janet was a faithful fan of the IKM-Manning Wolves and she cherished every event and any activity that involved her grandsons, Dane and Brody, as she was their #1 fan.
On Friday, September 6, 2019, Janet passed away unexpectedly at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Iowa. She was 70 years, 2 months, and 25 days of age.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Elmer and brother Warren Fischer, a sister Kathy Coleman, sister-in-law Charlotte DeVries, sister-in-law Phyllis Ann Plumb, sister-in-law Jan Buthman.
Janet is survived by her husband Richard Plumb of Kirkman; Son Jeremy Plumb of Des Moines; daughter Joy (John) Blom of Manilla; two grandsons Dane Blom and Brody Blom; her brother Robert Fischer and wife Diana of Fairfield; brother-in-law Larry DeVries of Glidden; brother-in-law Jack Buthman of Colorado; sister-in-law Julie Sheck of Kansas; brother-in-law Phil Plumb of Oklahoma; brother-in-law Ben Plumb and wife Betsy of Harlan; sister-in-law Phyllis Plumb of Harlan; brother-in-law Al Plumb and wife Diane of Irwin; sister-in-law Lori Baughman and husband Jim of Kirkman; sister-in-law Sue Hawkins and husband Don of Audubon; brother-in-law Steve Plumb and wife Kathy of Harlan; brother-in-law Paul Plumb and wife Michelle of Irwin; several nephews, nieces and great nephews and nieces, along with many many friends.
Warren Fischer MHS 1961
1967 MHS graduates: Jack Robert Albert, Linda Marie Barten, John Lee Beckman, David William Dammann, Michael John Edgerton (valedictorian), Ronnie Lee Ehlers, Marla Jean Ferry, James Warren Fink, Janet Kay Fischer, Jennelle Loretta Handlos, Lone Ostergaard Hansen, Kathryn G. Heithoff, Charles David Hill, Thomas Glen Jensen, Shirley Ann Karsten, Glen Charles Mahnke, Della Jean Miller, Sandra Lee Mohr, Charles Daniel Moore, Mary Anna Muhlbauer, Laurel Delone Musfeldt (salutatorian), Steven Paul Musfeldt, Ruth Ann Nepple, Gloria Jean Nissen, Elizabeth Victoria Oakley, Kay Helene Petersen, Bonnie Lou Pfannkuch, Craig Louis Potthoff, Peggy Lou Puck, Lynn Dean Ramsey, Joyce Lynn Ranniger, Helen Marie Reinke, Dennis Walter Rohe, Connie Sue Ross, Douglas Lynn Rowedder, Patsy Rae Rowedder, Bruce Jon Rutz, Delora June Schroeder, Bruce William Sieve, Dawn Dee Singsank, Larry R. Spieker, August William Stangl, Catherine Marie Stangl, Duane Francis Stangl, Richard Charles Stribe, Diane L. Venteicher, Dennis Ray Vetter, Doris Elizabeth Vogl, Darlene Marie Volquartsen, Thomas Paul Volquartsen, Vicky Lyn Walters, Darrell Eldis Weems, Joel Dean Weible, Carolyn Glee Wiese
1967 former students: Dennis Breidert, Cecile Calvert, Larry Drees, Noreen Eich, Cyla Freese, Linda Hargens, Steven Holst, Jimmy Hulsebus, Kathy Hummer, Linda Jackson, John Kuker, Kathy Lippincott, Curtis Lohrmann, John Loucks, Terry Martsen, Carol McKinney, Larry Meaike, David Moore, Wayne Moore, James Mount, Patricia Muhlbauer, Marvin Nepple, Lynn Porsch, Mary Ann Prosise, Pamela Ricke, Debra Russell, Diane Sander, Eldon Sextro, James Swander, Jene Thompson, Thomas Vonnahme, Anna Watson, Larry Wiggins, John Wilson
September 17, 2019
Hello Nominating Farmers,
The Bayer Fund would like to thank you for your support during the 2019 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education school nomination process.
We are pleased to announce that IKM-Manning Community School District will receive a $25,000 grant.
IKM-Manning Community School District will be celebrating their grant with a check presentation ceremony, and we would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend.
Please find the event details below:
Date of Presentation: October 11th, 2019
Time of Presentation: 7:00 PM
Location of Presentation: IKM-Manning Middle/High School (Football Field) 209 Tenth Street, Manning
Please note: The ceremony will begin at 7:45 PM. If you would like to be part of the ceremony you can meet Trevor Miller at 6:50 PM at the Southwest Area of the Manning building. If weather is chilly Trevor will meet you by the Southwest entrance in the corridor.
If you can RSVP by (ONE WEEK PRIOR TO EVENT DATE), we will inform the school and the local Bayer representative that you will or will not be able to attend.
Thanks to the support of farmers like you, since 2011, Bayer Fund has awarded over $18 million in grant money to more than 1,000 school districts through the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program. We hope to see you at the presentation and look forward to your participation again in the future.
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Team
2016 presentation for $25,000
All of a sudden an idea hit me that I just couldn't resist.
With all of the talk about the "Green New Deal" you better get one of these tools.
With plastic banned among other things we'll be going back to the days when this tool came in handy.
This particular one is way before my time but the ones I remember and used had the same purpose.
Now the BIG question is - will the younger ones pushing the Green New Deal even know what this is and that they'll be needing one - among a lot of other hand operated tools and machines???
Now some people won't appreciate my tongue and cheek humor along with some reality, but I like to "tweak" people who maybe don't quite understand that they are proposing the rest of us should just follow them like lemmings over a cliff.
I recently purchased these two paper milk bottle caps which gave me even more ideas to respond to some of the politicians and their amazing promises to take
care of us from cradle to grave...either for free or make someone else pay for it.
You can just ignore my commentary but I still suggest you read the historical information about Manning's early history below.
I have several areas highlighted in yellow that pertain to my commentary and will be at the end of the history lesson...
Some of you may have a copy of the 1981 Manning Centennial book but probably have never read/studied it from cover to cover.
1981 Manning Centennial book
MILK BEFORE REFRIGERATION
Long before there were milk trucks running on our paved streets to supply customers with the milk they needed, and before the grocery stores had milk for sale in their modern refrigerators, the people of Manning depended upon small milking businesses or owning a cow of their own to supply their milk needs.
Several of these family businesses operated in Manning for many years. One such business was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rohr Sr. They had three or four cows, Jersey or Guernsey, whose milk tested higher in butterfat. The cows were kept in a barn in the winter on the Rohr property and driven to and from a pasture west of the Northwestern track in the summer.
The business was a family project. Mrs. Rohr would strain the milk thoroughly and then dip it into small pint and quart sized pails with tight fitting lids. As for sanitation, the pails and everything used in the milking process had to be thoroughly scrubbed and scalded after use. Cows had to be tested for tuberculosis to insure the safety of the customers from contracting T.B. from the milk.
Since there was no refrigeration in those days, the basement floor or a box lowered down into the well were the next best thing. Milk left over would be put into a crock and cooled until the cream would rise to the top. This would be skimmed off until enough was saved for butter making in the old fashioned churn. Buttermilk was used for drinking or for buttermilk soup. Any left-over skimmed milk was made into cottage cheese so there was very little waste.
Whether or not it was a money-making affair is very questionable. But it did supply the family with its milk, besides keeping them busy and out of mischief.
As fast as the prairie land was turned into town lots, Manning began to bustle with business activity.
By December 29, 1881 -- four months after the first lots were sold -- the town had 112 buildings either up or in the process of construction; 69 of these were businesses.
"It is claimed by commercial travelers and others who are in a position to know that more business is conducted in Manning than in any other town of the same size in the State of Iowa," states the 1906 Carroll County Atlas.
During the past 100 years, Manning's business directory has shown many things: changes made as old ideas became obsolete and new products became available; the stability of long-time firms; and the continuous growth of services and enterprises.
A business review of Manning's first year, made in 1882, showed 94 firms; in 1906, there were 120. For this centennial book, over 140 businesses and professional services were listed.
Manning now has firms which our pioneer fathers never dreamed of: hybrid seed corn dealerships, a rural water system, a motorcycle shop, a pizza house. New buildings have pushed the business district to the north and west edges of town, and the Urban Renewal Agency has promoted the Bavarian look for the downtown area. Trucks hauling soybeans to the processing plant, hogs to the buying station, parts to the manufacturing plants, and equipment brought for repairs, show license plates from a wide radius of the town.
Erwin Hansen, Manning's senior attorney, sums up the growth this way: It is noteworthy that Manning's population has remained constant over the decades. In earlier days, many more people were needed to man the shops, provide the services, and run the factories; today, methods have become more mechanized and automated, resulting in the call for fewer employees. Manning has therefore grown, providing new jobs for the laborers, new prospects for the store owners, and new lines of industry.
As we look at the histories of Manning's businesses, we should keep in mind the changes the community has faced, and the success our business leaders have made in keeping up with the changes. We have not attempted to list every storekeeper who has conducted business in Manning, but instead hope to show the trends of the past 100 years.
The Manning Creamery was built in 1883 by G.W. Coe, who operated it a number of years, then sold it to a Mr. Wilson. The creamery stood idle for some time, then purchased by Hoelker Bros. of Halbur. A.T. Bennett bought it in the summer of 1898; his manager, F.W. Miller, a professional dairyman and buttermaker, purchased the business in February 1899. The following March, Miller sold it to Wiese Bros. and Sweger, who had also purchased creameries in Irwin, Aspinwall and Botna, and were making plans to build one at Manilla. Adam Wiese and Sweger ran the creamery, while Charles Wiese ran the merchandising business.
The Manning Creamery was incorporated February 17, 1912, and began manufacturing butter and ice cream in early April. The original facilities were purchased from the Fairmont Creamery of Omaha, Nebraska. About 70 local business men and farmers were stockholders and the first officers were: C.H. Reinholdt, president; H.C. Darger, secretary; D.W. Sutherland, treasurer; H.A. Sweger, vice president and general manager.
During early years all cream was gravity-separated on farms, and was brought to the creamery in two, three, and five gallon cans by individual farmers or shipped by rail in the baggage cars which were a part of every passenger train. The only method of cooling cream on the farm was by placing the cans in a water tank. The first cream haulers were J.H. Schleeter and Peter Lohmeier; by 1917, the delivery fleet consisted of one small truck and one horse.
Later, truck routes were established and the cream was separated by mechanical separators and picked up at the farms and at cream buying stations in other towns. There was at least one cream station in nearly every town. Finally, only grade A milk was gathered by tank trucks from refrigerated stainless steel tanks owned by individual milk producers.
Distilled water block ice was manufactured from 1914 until 1946, when mechanical refrigerators had pretty well replaced the ice box. Ice was used along with rock salt to pack ice cream for delivery; it also was delivered to local homes by horse and wagon and later by truck. Ice was also supplied to railroads and several neighboring towns as time passed.
In 1919, two new coal burning, hand fired steam boilers and one Corliss steam engine were purchased from Murray Iron Works, Burlington for $4761.00. This required the building of the first of many additions to the original building. The steam engine was used to drive one large ammonia compressor, which produced the refrigeration for the ice plant, and one generator which supplied electricity to the entire operation. When the engine was not in use, electricity was purchased. These boilers were later converted to coal stokers, were later replaced by oil burning boilers, and finally natural gas was the primary fuel used.
J.A. (Jake) Bruck became general manager in 1917 and served in this capacity until his death in 1942.
It was during this period that the business volume and trade territory grew until Manning butter, ice cream, cottage cheese and milk were sold in most towns within 50 miles of Manning. The company truck fleet in later years numbered about 20.
Bulk butter was shipped by rail and later by truck to markets in Chicago and New York. During the 1930s, up to one and a half million pounds of butter were produced annually. The manufacture of butter was discontinued in 1958 and thereafter Manning butter was custom manufactured and packaged by Crystal Springs Creamery at Kimballton.
Originally, bulk butter was packed in wooden tubs which were replaced by cardboard boxes holding 64 pounds each. For many years, each stick of packaged butter was wrapped and placed in one pound cartons by hand.
During early years, ice cream was packaged only in bulk, in five gallon metal cans. The cans were in turn packed in crushed ice and rock salt in wooden tubs.
The retail stores employed wood chests, refrigerated in the same manner, into which the cans were inserted through the top into metal sleeves.
The only "packaged" ice cream was hand packed in the retail stores and soda fountains.
The first ice cream bars were "Eskimo Pies" which were cut by hand with a large knife from quart blocks or "bricks" of ice cream, hand dipped into a pot of melted "Hershey's" milk chocolate, then hand wrapped in their familiar foil wrappers.
For a while there was a Holstein-Friesian museum in Manning
sadly the contents was given to another museum a number of years ago.
Back to my commentary
Manning, like so many small rural communities, was self-sustaining in the beginning.
Then because of many various reasons things started changing.
Manning had multiple dairies and eventually the creamery. There was a slaughter house and meat locker. Clothes and shoes were made locally. Food was grown locally and sold to the local grocery stores. There were blacksmiths that made tools and simple machinery. Harness shops took care of the many needs of the horse population...and on and on.
Then new technology started eliminating the smaller businesses.
One of the biggest negative impacts on the food services were politicians and law makers who thought they knew better and had to start regulating everything. Big businesses in the cities would use their clout to persuade politicians that regulations were needed for safety, but the end goal was basically putting the smaller companies out of business.
I mentioned there was a meat locker in Manning. I remember it well and when it closed, dad purchased the lockers and we did some inside renovation
such as removing the concrete floor in the refrigerated room in back and also replacing some of the flooring.
The slaughter house is still standing in the alley behind - next to the bowling alley...now used for storage.
It can be debated but along came rules and regulations and inspectors that would eventually put this company out of business.
The lockers were painted steel, of course lead-based but of no concern back then - freezer paper was used to separate the meat from the metal.
There was an overhead track that took the large cuts of meat from the slaughterhouse, into the locker area. The track was simply out in the open over the alley.
Along came the regulators and new rules requiring stainless steel lockers and no outside exposed areas during the handling of the meat.
For decades no one became sick but rules eventually shut the business down.
Even though the Manning Creamery upgraded many times, and attempted to keep up with the safety regulations, it too became impossible to continue with ever increasing rules and the expenses of keeping updated...so it eventually sold out.
Now many politicians today want us to basically go back to live like the early days of Manning.
It could be accomplished in the small rural communities but would be complete mayhem in the cities and urban areas.
But even in the small towns there is NO way anyone would be able to operate a small business because these same politicians of today, are worse than the people who destroyed the businesses years ago with over-regulation and rules.
Also, today's litigious society would sue these small businesses into oblivion...they wouldn't last a month.
Now my commentary may be over-simplified and many people will disagree with my conclusions and argue that we need all of these governmental rules and control but
somewhere along the line we'll need to figure out how to get back more control over our lives before we lose all of our freedoms.
1925 Masonic Lodge 2 quarts sherbet
July 15, 1956
July 15, 1956
farm industry visitors
boiler February 10, 1956
Amos Kusel December 1968 - Manning Milk carton
Exhibits at the school parking lot: Iowa Corn Trailer, ISU FLEX virtual reality, DNR trailer, John Deere field data, Puck Custom Enterprises, Ambulance, Drones, Lineman 360, Manning Utilities, Manning Police, Wiese & Sons, Blankman Aquatic Resource Management.
I don't know whose idea it was and don't want to take away from the other exhibits, but I think first 3 pictures where kids
were able to operate an excavator did the most to open their eyes to the real world - that a joystick is used for something other than playing games.
Very few kids today, even on a farm, are able to experience hands-on how to operate machinery.
Kids as young as 8 were given a chance to run the Bobcat...I would guess probably the first time for most of them to operate anything larger than a lawn mower.
They had to move the controls to pick up the safety cone and move it to the other side and place it in a ring on the concrete.
As I observed the kids you could see this was much more than "playing" and "having fun" - they were really concentrating on the motions made by moving the joy sticks...they were LEARNING!!!
The other exhibit that really caught my eye was the Loess Hills project.
The first question I asked the instructor is "Are you taking this class into the big cities of America?"
As I visited with the instructor, she noted that she observed a child in one of her classes drawing a cow brown...she asked the kid why brown and the kid said "to get chocolate milk."
Another comment that was related to her about a child who asked their grandmother why she was putting green beans in some jars. The child assumed the
grandmother had opened a can of beans and then was transferring them to the jar. Then it became apparent that the kid knew nothing
about gardening and canning vegetables and fruit.
Kids today aren't experiencing/learning the little things that those of us who are much older, just take for granted.
For those of you who have never attended a STEM event, it is the modern day version of the School Science Fairs we had years ago.
1995 Clint Stammer
1992-93 Science fair winners - Back: Jim Keegan, Molly Ulrickson, Amy Muhlbauer, Chad Stammer
Front: Chad Irlmeier, Tiffany Jahn, Heather Odendahl
Clint Stammer, Jenny Knueven, Chad Jensen, Matt Detlefsen, Jason Irlmeier
1990-91 eighth grade science fair
1972 Tim Kienast - science fair in Des Moines
1971 Jon Ahrendsen got First Place in Manning.
He then went to the State Science Fair held in Veterans' Auditorium where he got 2nd place.
The other STEM picture at the beginning of this feature shows the Loess exhibit.
Soil and the Nishnabotna Creek has fascinated me since I was a kid.
My dad and uncle talked about farming with horses and how bad the erosion was from the extensive tillage that was used - all they had at the time.
Then in the early to mid-1960s dad gave up the plow as the main tool of tillage and used farming techniques that eventually became known as minimum tillage...later, after his death, we started using No-till.
While growing up, the creek that runs through our farm was a major source of fun but also a lot of work.
I liked to build dams in the creek and played in and around the creek, but since dad had a cow-calf herd with pastures, we had to fix fences in the creek after floods...down in the creek there was no wind, it was hot, and mosquitos were abundant. We had to pound posts by hand and working in the mud and water and along the steep banks with barb wire was always an interesting challenge.
Getting back to soil - in 1974 we purchased a soil mover and I've been hauling soil from the bottoms, back up into the hills ever since.
Working with the soil has taught me a lot about nature and the environment and is why the Loess exhibit caught my attention...along with the Bobcat excavator exhibit.
If any of the kids who operated the Bobcat during the STEM event happen to look at the pictures I took of them, they can now see a real-world use for an excavator below.
Trenching in tile lines on a sidehill seep or wetspot.
Our Bobcat is the next size bigger than the one the city of Manning has.
Hauling soil from the bottom ground and putting it back where it ONCE was.
Have you ever heard of the word Loess?
Do you know how to pronounce it?
The word Loess comes from the German word Löß which means "wind-deposited" soil.
Since it is an umlaut word it is more difficult to pronounce if you only know English, but of you say "luss" you will be fairly close to the original German pronunciation.
Since Iowa was settled by a lot of German immigrants, they had a big influence on names of towns and aspects such as the origins of the word loess.
I'm sure a lot of you have driven by the bluff hills down by Council Bluffs, Iowa.
BUT I'll bet you never took the time to learn about or really take in how this wonder of nature came into existence.
My mother, now 96, tells me about the dust in the air during the "Dust Bowl" days of the 1930s. We did not have the severe dust clouds and drifts of soil here in this part of Iowa, or the dust clouds so thick that the sun was completely blocked like other parts of the Midwest.
BUT now imagine dust storms so large that they created the bluffs of Western Iowa - which is basically an enormous "snow drift."
Once the glaciers receded after the Ice Age, there was no plant life to hold the soil in place, so the powdery soil that washed into huge flood plains eventually dried out allowing huge dust storms from the prevailing westerly winds.
Most of Iowa is covered with this Loess soil.
While we need to protect our farmland/soil and be concerned about erosion caused by agricultural activities, the erosion caused by man's activities is nothing more than a sneeze when compared to the destructive power of nature that bulldozed the rocks and soil with glaciers and then blew soil into drifts over 350 feet high.
Eventually grasses moved in and seeds distributed by birds and animals took root and turned the barren ground into the Great Prairies of the Midwest.
I have never read about estimates on how long this process took but it would have taken hundreds to maybe a thousand years for the healing process to be completed after the glaciers retreated.
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.
Because I've scanned hundreds of collections, I've digitally preserved thousands of historical pictures and documents that people later lost track of, or accidentally threw away.
Occasionally I get people who have bad memories and don't take care of their old stuff will come back to me to say I did not return their things.
Anyone who has paid even the slightest attention to my web pages since 1996 can tell that I'm not the problem, but the owners of their family pictures and history
end up being their own worst enemy because of their carelessness and lack of organization - they lost their pix & history...or they gave them to another relative, which
they forgot...or someone in the family stashed them away and forgot where - I could write a book on the ways people lost their own pix.
Of course they never thank me when I can give them the scans of their pix and history on a DVD - after they lost their originals.
Having worked on Manning family historical collections for 40 years, I've learned of dozens of family collections that were simply thrown away by the next generations...EVEN after I made contact with some of them, asking them to let me go through that old history before they start throwing and dividing up stuff among family members.
This first image below is a perfect example of how thorough I am and the detailed work I do to preserve our history. While going through Amanda Lamp's night school papers I noticed a letter head for Herman Lamp's purebred business.
Amanda used some of Herman's blank pages to write down recipes. There were other recipes written down on plain paper, index cards, and scrap paper, but if I had not taken the time to look at each piece of paper I would not have found this letter head.
Next you see the old suitcase that Ann (Voge) found in the attic of her dad's house. I scanned the first item on top that Ann found in a safe. I remember Gerhardt telling me about it and wanted to make sure I scanned it because I had never seen this type of FFA MHS school letter.
Gerhardt Voge's 1940 FFA school letter
I've been busy with various projects on the farm but will soon get back to finish scanning the Kuhl scrapbook.
So the reason why I'm showing this letter of thank you is that it gives a shining impression of the people of Manning and how they treat total strangers who visit here.
Marcus Kuhl & Ida (I think his sister) postcard from Hot Springs, Arkansas
1910 H.E "Ed" Kuhl farm home
C.L. Jahn, Lena (Jahn) Kuhl, Elsie Kuhl, Herbert Kuhl, H.E. Kuhl
C.L. Jahn - hired hand - brother of Lena
More coming as I find time and get more pix scanned.
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
I saw this item on E-bay and purchased it. It caught my eye from the standpoint of several historical aspects so I felt it needed to be preserved in my Manning Historical Database.
An observation I made during Orland's funeral was the lack of attendance by business people and Manning citizens in general. I realize many of
them paid their respects at the viewing the day before and the church is relatively small but having attended funerals for 50+ years and knowing Manning history...society has
changed a lot - it was quite common when a businessman passed away years ago that the businesses on Main Street closed down during the funeral and most of the owners
attended the funeral.
Here are just two examples.
Ulysses L. Patton
July 30, 1908
ONE OF OUR OLDEST PIONEER CITIZENS PASSES AWAY LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
Was a Member of the City Council for Fifteen Years and on School Board for Nine Years.
Mr. Patton has been in the stock business in Manning for a number of years and was associated in the business with his son, Dwight, at the time of his death. As a token of the esteem in which Mr. Patton is held by the business men here every place of business in the city was closed from 10 to 12 o'clock, during the time of his funeral and all public work was suspended the entire day.
John Frahm, Prominent Business Man Died Tuesday
Entered Into Rest May 28, 1940 At Home Manning
The spacious funeral home and every, available place around the premises was occupied by friends during the services. Every business place in town was closed in his respect during the services.
The deceased leaves many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was one of the towns leading citizens; a man of pleasing personality; jovial; kind and honorable. He was a good friend to have and he had a host of friends. The Chamber of Commerce, Manning, 3-Mile House and 5-Mile House Schuetzen Verein, of which he was a member, and other organizations always found him a willing worker and liberal giver. The town and community will feel his departure in losing a faithful helper and progressive citizen. He was a faithful husband and a kind and loving father in his home and gave himself unselfishly for the comforts and good of his family.
Another reason why more citizens should have attended the funeral was to honor and show respect to Orland for his military service...a Veteran of the Korean War.
Now these comments are solely my own and not intended to judge/criticize anyone but just as an observation of change over the years.
Visitation Wednesday April 25, 2018 , 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Visitation resumes at church at 9:30 AM.
Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at the Manning Cemetery
More information and pictures coming...
Korean War Veterans continues
For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.
We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.
Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words
Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.
Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.
Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger
If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.
What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"
Have some of your "Dreams" come true?
"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and
shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782
Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.
How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.
Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.
One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next
Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were,
where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.
To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.
Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.
Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions email@example.com
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.