"Basketball" Kurtis Blow 1984

All School Reunion
The All High-School Reunion has been finalized for Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
On May 21, the University of Iowa Steel Band will perform at the Hausbarn court yard.
The alumni reunion will be on Friday night (May 22nd) at the Hausbarn-Heritage Park.
Doors open at 5, social evening. There will be a door entrance fee.
Nothing special is scheduled - based on past reunion feedback, the alumni want to spend time visiting with classmates, schoolmates, and teachers.

The class of 1970 will have their 50th reunion 4:00 Friday at the back room of BrickHaus Brews (prior to the all-school reunion).

Pass the word to all of your friends/alumni to make plans to be in Manning for the All-School Reunion this year!

Karen Kienast - Alumni contact

Saturday, May 23, the 2020 Party on the Bricks will be downtown Manning where a stage will be set at Main and Third Streets and beer and food will be sold at Main and Fourth Street.
Music headliner will be Brad Morgan who has been nominated for two Midwest CMA awards. Opening for Morgan will be Aged Spirits, a band from Templeton.
More specifics
6:00 - gates open for ticket sales
6:30 to 8:30 Aged Spirits plays
9:00 to midnight - Brad Morgan and band plays
12:30 Beer/liquor stand closes
The Fire Department will host the beer/liquor stand.
Two Palms food truck will serve food.

Sponsorships being sought for POB:
$1000 GOLD - 10 concert tickets; recognition onstage, radio and print.
$500 SILVER - 5 concert tickets; recognition onstage and print
$250 BRONZE - 2 concert tickets; recognition print.
$100 – “Friend of the Party.”

Ron Reischl - POB contact

A note from Dave Kusel:
Countless volunteers are working endless hours to provide everyone an amazing celebration this summer.
Other volunteers will also help with setup, operations during the 3 days, and teardown.
Some of these volunteers also donate money out of their own pockets to help put this event on.
So please donate in advance if possible, or donate when you get to Manning.

People will also have the opportunity to view a display from the Smithsonian Institute.

Display tours will be offered by select businesses and the school.

Manning businesses will be rolling out the red carpet for alumni and visitors.
An array of souvenir items including Party on the Bricks shirts will be available for sale at the Main Street Manning office.

Jean (Wiese) Stadtlander and her group will be busy decorating the storefronts on Main Street with Bulldog and other school memorabilia ahead of the reunion weekend.

Have you ever been to your own high school class reunion in the past?
Time flies by and waits for no one.
Just like history...today becomes history tomorrow - will you be a participant or sit on the sidelines?

So if you haven't seen your classmates and/or your hometown since you graduated or for a very long time - 2020 is your chance to resolve this issue...
Dozens and dozens of Alumni have passed away since the last 2 all-school reunions - 2020 is your chance to meet schoolmates, relatives, and friends...maybe for the last time.
So make your plans now.
Many volunteers will be spending countless hours preparing for this event for YOU.
These area citizens are following in the footsteps of tens of thousands of volunteers of Manning's past who have made this such a great community.

June 19, 2010

They were kids then, and now are Alumni.

Wayne Jahn (May 6, 1934 - September 13, 2010) with his grandson Zach IKM-Manning 2009.
Wayne graduated from the 8th grade at Hayes No. 7, then went to work with his dad on the farm.

Pam Kusel MHS 1965, Dave Kusel MHS 1975, Marge (Kuhn) Kusel MHS 1941, Karla Kusel MHS 1964
Marge Kusel (October 28, 1923 - March 8, 2017)

All-school reunion June 19, 2010

June 20, 2015 Party on the Bricks All-school reunion

Tim Rowedder MHS 1983 (May 5, 1965 - August 30, 2016)

Alumni of all ages

Just imagine the history
That's touched them in one hundred years
They've resonated with laughter
Likewise have been washed in tears

Students who became soldiers
As they marched off to fight wars
Most luckily came home again
To the farms, factories, and stores

The horses that pulled the plows
And wagons with people, and freight
From early tractors, cars, and trucks
The improvements have been great

Hardworking business people
Who have called Main Street home
Progressive in their thinking
Knowing they were not alone

Folks that came together
For religion and education
Participating in parades
In our heritage celebrations

Lots of changes in the future
Next hundred is just as long
But as for Manning's Main Street
It will be standing strong

Craig "Spitter" Moeller

Manning now has a Motel - click on the "Quick Tour of Manning" link on the left side frame of my main web page to find contact information.

Get your reservations in now - before the rooms are all booked up for the 2020 event.

Even though I realize there is a small interest in looking at basketball pictures I still want to find some time to edit and then post pictures from the Treynor game.
Here are some preview images.
January 31, 2020

More pix coming

I'm looking for old Manning phone books - 1980s and before. They are a wealth of information for me to find addresses of old businesses and where families/individuals lived.
I just used a 1967 phone book to get the exact name of Tommy Wolfe's welding business for the Steffes story linked down below...it was called the "Manning Welding Shop."
So if you find old Manning phone books and are going to chuck them, please e-mail me.

Longterm I'll eventually put them in a Manning Museum that I hope we can eventually get established in Manning.


I'm bringing this feature back to the top.
I realize most people aren't particularly interested in my writing but for those who do take the time to read it, I like to tease them once in a while to see if they see what I see.
The 2 pictures below show a lot about our local history - even though what I see is mundane and probably useless information from most people's perspective, I like to look at things from different angles to see what I can learn about our past.
Having the "Patience of Job"
One thing I've learned with my long trek of preserving Manning's history is you need a lot of patience...patience with some people who only think that throwing is the only thing good about items from our past.
Patience with looking for and waiting decades to find a picture of some historical event.
Patience with the digitizing process - to take the extra time to properly scan, restore, and document the history that is left.

Back in the mid-1970s I took over my mother's interest in going through old pictures that were for sale at the Manning Monitor office.

As my interest grew, I started talking to the "old timers" of the community about old picture postcards they had. I discovered that lots of small photography companies went from town to town in the late 1800s and early 1900s to take pictures of various scenes in those communities and also of new construction and then print picture postcards.

For years I've been looking for any pictures that show the construction of the churches in Manning.
I found some of the 2nd & 3rd Catholic Church, 3rd Zion church, and odds/ends pictures of other church buildings after they were built, but I was always looking for construction pictures of the 2nd church building of Zion - the large brick building.
Finally, in February of 2020, I found 2 picture postcards on the Internet for sale, one of which showed the 1920 construction of Zion.
I previously had several other images of the other church shown below but this one was slightly different and I was more interested in the information on the back...It tells an interesting story about Manning and its early history.

February 16 update: Below is some historical information from the "History of Manning 1898" book, and also some of my own perspective.


M. E. Epworth League

M. E. Foreign Missionary

M. E. Earnest Workers

M. E. Sabbath School Supt.

Presbyterian Aid Society

Presby. Young People's S. C. E.

Sabbath School Supt.

Christian Aid Society

Christian Young People's S. C. E.

Christian Sabbath School Supt.

Miss Clara Parker

Mrs. Mary Coe

Mrs. Rose M. Wilson

William H. Reever

Mrs. H. M, Free

David Summerville

Charles Redick

Miss Anna Robb

W. Lancelot from Gray

Frank H. Long

A more complete report of the census taken in 1895, is as follows;
Total number of inhabitants .................. 1144
Males ....................................................... 582
Persons over 18 years of age................. 653
Persons 5 to 18 years of age ................. 347
Persons under 5 years of age ................ 156
Single....................................................... 654
Married.................................................... 490
Widowed.................................................... 48
Divorced...................................................... 7

From the above table we deduct the following matrimonial results;
Persons eligible to marriage................................................................ 144
Number of females aspiring to matrimony.......................................... 162
Number of males aspiring to matrimony ...............................................38
Number of widows and widowers aspiring to matrimony ..................... 48
Number of grass widows and grass widowers aspiring to matrimony.... 7

Number of persons who are capable of supporting a family, aspiring to matrimony.................................... ????

Number of persons not capable of supporting a family, aspiring to matrimony...................................... ????

Born in Iowa ..........................................588
Born in Germany .................................. 246
Born in Canada ....................................... 15
Born in Ireland ......................................... 9
Born in England ..................................... 10
Born in Denmark ..................................... 7
Born in Norway ........................................ 3
Born in Austria ........................................ 4
Lutheran ............................................... 451
Christian ............................................... 115
Presbyterian ........................................... 96
Methodist .............................................. 135
Catholic .................................................. 73
Congregational ....................................... 14
Universalist .............................................. 5
Episcopal .................................................. 2
Baptist ...................................................... 5
Evangelical................................................ 3
United Brethern ....................................... 7
Church of England .................................... 2

No religious belief ................................. 242
Old soldiers ............................................. 24
Births ....................................................... 32
Deaths ..................................................... 13
Subject to military duty ........................... 176
Voters ..................................................... 288
Not naturalized ..........................................16
Foreign born between the ages of 6 and 17 ........... 7

As seen above, the vast majority of Manning citizens held a Judeo/Christian belief. Even before the town was incorporated, the citizens met at homes and before long there were church buildings popping up, left and right and by 1900 there were 5 different churches in Manning.

Think about how these structures were built...all by hand and when you look at the Zion bell tower final construction below, note the scaffolding and also the pulley system used to lift the bricks and mortar to the top...all done by hand - no boom trucks or cranes.

So the people of the community were very dedicated in having a faith-based town.
These strong values still hold true today, with 5 church congregations, while greatly reduced in members but still very active in helping the community stay strong.

Zion Lutheran Church - now the Calvary Baptist Church

1920 final construction of the bell tower

Christian Church - NW corner of Second & May Streets.

From the History of Manning 1898
The followers of this faith, who are commonly called Campbellites or Deciples of Christ, for a number of years, worshipped with other denominations.
A congregation was organized in June of 1885, by Elder, H. E. Hidgbee, in the public school building. After this, they held meetings in the school building and for a time in the Presbyterian Church which was very kindly tendered them by that congregation.
In the spring of 1886, a lot was purchased of John Stillmans, and a church was erected in the summer of 1887. The committee who had charge of this was: F. W. Arney, L. M. Conklin and F. H. Long. The building has never been dedicated.
Those who have officiated over this congregation as regular pastors are: Elder. H.E. Hidgbee, June, 1885 to June, 1886; O.H. Thurmann, October 1886, resigned in 1888; J. G. Encell, fell of 1888, resigned in summer of 1889; J. A. Linder, April, 1890 to 1891; O. H. King, April, 1891 to April, 1892; D. J. Howe, December, 1892 to September, 1893; C. A, Lochart, after a protracted meeting of three weeks in which fourteen additional members were enrolled, was employed as regular pastor end remained until the following October; O. L. Davis, May, 1895 to August, 1895; J. W. Paine, May, 1896 to May 1897.
In the summer of 1892, Marion Boles held e protracted meeting end increased the congregation with fifty nine members. He met with a severe and painful accident, however, during the progress of these meetings, which compelled him to close them on account of the injuries sustained. While using a gasoline stove to heat the water in the baptistry, the building caught fire, and in extinguishing the flames Rev. Boles was badly burned.
In the summer of 1897, Elder. D. A. Hunter and son held a protracted meeting which lasted five weeks end resulted in adding eighteen new members to the congregation.
According to the Manning Centennial book the Christian Church closed and was torn down in 1920.

Did you notice the return and mailing addresses on backs of both postcards?
One was postmarked Blair, Nebraska, and the other Kansas City, Missouri, and they were sent to Manchester, Kansas.
As far as I know the Seely family has no connections to Manning - so how did these postcards get into the hands of the sender?
Manning had 3 different railroad companies during this time, so an unknown number of people came through Manning over the decades with stop-overs here, where they would purchase picture/postcards and then use them to mail to friends and relatives.
This is why there are so many Manning picture/postcards all over the US - because of all of the train traffic through town.

It put Manning on the map and while this may have not been much of a benefit to the community, it definitely made it possible to where I am now able to find very old pictures of Manning to add to my database.

While working on the tribute to Willetta Sander, I posted her 1926 confirmation class photo.
I noticed I had more recently found another original to scan. Back in 1999, Zion volunteers asked for confirmation pictures from anyone who had them. These volunteers tirelessly worked to get everyone identified and then I scanned them and made 8x12 prints for their display.
While I'm glad I was able to scan those old photos, it was before I fully understood high resolution scans and did not have the professional scanners and software, and only several years scanning experience.
Now when I find one of those original photos, I scan them so I have better images.
These old Lyden Studio photos are difficult to scan. The faces tended to be overexposed when taken and now years later the prints are deteriorating. One of the problems is the faces become more washed out and brighter. Another problem is the metallic sheen that occurs around the edges and darker areas caused by the type of print and paper used...this sheen can be reduced/eliminated by isolating those areas but this takes lots of hours to clean up.

So if you have any of these old Zion and even newer class photos, please let me know and get them to me to scan.

The faces will continue to get brighter and washed out to where eventually you'll only see the darker areas such as eyes, hairline and dark sides of the face. Once this happens it will become basically impossible to digitally repair and restore the faces so now is the time to scan them high resolution.

January 22, 1928 confirmation

1999 scan

2016 scan - names can be found under the Sander tribute down below.

As I'm constantly writing about - there is always something going on in Manning - and I'm generally there to capture and thoroughly document it.
Many of you may have heard that Caseys is going to build a new store in Manning this year which will be located at the old location of Rix Amoco (later known as Jet X-press).
For those of you who are long-time followers of my historical work you would expect me to show some historical perspective of this recent project and future construction site of Caseys.
So click below to take a trek into the past.

Click to see some history both past and present

Marlene (Bogatzke) Radtke
April 6, 1936 - February 11, 2020

Marlene Bogatzke MHS 1954

Marlene, age 83, passed away Tuesday, February 11th, at The Villa Nursing Home in Middleton, Wisconsin
Visitation Zion Lutheran Church, Manning Monday, February 17, 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Manning, Iowa
Funeral Service Zion Lutheran Church, Manning Monday, February 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Interment Manning Cemetery Monday, February 17, 2020
Ohde Funeral Home in charge of Services

School information

1954 MHS graduates: Alice Ahrendsen (valedictorian), Edward Anderson, Lois Anthony, Marlene Bogatzke, Beverly Brus, Doris Christensen, Margaret Dales, Kay Eckholdt, Dorothy Ehlers, Lyle Frahm, Carol Ann Gruhn, Gwanetha Horbach, Larry Jahn, Marie Johnson (salutatorian), Clarice Jones, Larry Kasperbauer, Joleen Klocke, Walter Kortman, Willis Kruse, Audrey Leinen, Jeanne Lyden, Arlene Mohns, Jack Mohr, Duane Monson, Thomas Musfeldt, Roger Ohde, Charlotte Paulsen, John Petersen, Robert Phillips, William Richards, Allen Rix, Diane Rix, Carol Sander, Darlene Sextro, Sylvia Shamp, Beverly Souter, Lowell Stribe, Roland Valentine, Wayne Vennink, Paul Vollstedt, John Wagner, Elaine Willenborg, Ardith Witt, Robert Wycoff, Arthur Zerwas

1954 former students: Evelyn Barnes, Lloyd Barten, Sharon Jo Benjamin, Bonita Louise Beyer, David Brandhorst, Gayle Dau, Richard Dethlefsen, Frederick Fox, Loyce Frank, Tom Gensler, Doris Jean Gilman, William Hargens, Kaye Hostetter, Ralph Kellogg, Donald Lacy, James Martens, Ronald McKim, John Miller, Peggy Jo Mohr, Richard Mullennax, Juanita Neal, Joann Peters, Ruth Peterson, Loretta Rauch, Tommy Rohovit, JoAnn Schrum, Robert Shields, Daniel Volquartsen

Karl & Mathilda (Meyer) Bogatzke - married: May 3, 1895

Back: Hanna, August, Fred, William, Karl
Front: Eva, Karl Sr., Albert, Mathilda (Meyer), Paul (on lap), Bertha

Karl Jr. is Marlene Bogatzke’s father
Karl Sr. first wife Alvina Krueger - they had August & Hanna
Karl Sr. second wife Mathilda Meyer - they had baby girl, Fred, William, Karl, Eva, Albert, Bertha, Paul, Ida, baby girl, baby girl, Mathilda, Marie, and Ernest

Fred & Laura (Schade) Rudnick -- Karl Bogatzke, Jr., Beata (Schade) David

Page 148 of the Manning Schools history book

1933 Lincoln No. 4

Back: Clarice Keat, Dewey Hargens, Kenneth Keat, Bernice Kuhse, Gordon Best, Maxine Kuhse, Melvin Noelck, Lillian Sinow
Middle: Donald Gust, Deloris Kuhse, Merlin Hargens, Leola Keat, Walter Noelck, Donna Keat, Wayne Hargens
Front: Alvin Kuhse, Mae Bogatzke, Marvin Bogatzke

Mae Bogatzke MHS 1943 & Norma Nissen MHS 1944

Myron Bogatzke MHS 1952

Marilyn Bogatzke MHS 1958

1945-46 MHS varsity basketball

Back: Coach C.W. Steneker, Bob Koch, Merlin Rostermundt, Charles Schumann, Willis Lohmeier, Wilbur Karsten, Royce Rowedder, Bill Strathman
Front: Norman Arp, Frank Wegner, Marvin Bogatzke, Paul Behrens, Jim Farrell, Leo Rostermundt

Myron Bogatzke
Myron entered Basic Training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas on December 4, 1956 and for 8 weeks he was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. From there he went to Iceland from April 1957 to April 1958.
His last assignment was at Fort Riley, Kansas from May 1958 to December 1958.
He received his honorable discharge on December 5, 1958 with the rank of Private E2.
Myron received the Good Conduct Medal and his last assignment was with Company A 9th Transportation Battalion. His title was Light Vehicle Driver.

Private August Bogatzke
August was inducted into the Army on July 23, 1918 in Audubon, Iowa, and served with Company H 7th Infantry. He fought in France & Germany and was part of the Army of Occupation at Meuse-Argonne.
He received an honorable discharge on August 28, 1919 at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

Ken, Nancy, Mae Fogleman

Debra Fogleman

Steve Fogleman & Julie Siepker

Martin Bogatzke MHS 1986

Martin Bogatzke

Craig Bogatzke MHS 1988

November 1983 Musical - the "Hotbox dancers"

Dancers: Anne Bunz, Beth Opperman, Carolyn Bruhn, Rhonda Vollstedt, Barb Genzen, Barbara Nelson, Karla Bogatzke, Lana Jensen, Anissa Hass

Anissa Hass is one of very few alumni members who shared their school pictures and scrapbooks with me to scan when I was working on the Manning Schools history book in 2008.
I know there are tens of thousands of other great old school pictures out there - mostly unidentified - so if you want your old school pix digitized, identified, and preserved then please e-mail me.

Girls' Glee Club 1951-52
Back: Marlene Bogatzke, Cleone Schroeder, Marlene Hargens, Jane Opperman, Sally Juels, ary Helen Stangl, ??, Barb Knaack, Phyllis Genzen, Myra Schroeder, ??, Waldeen Jackson, Marlene Nulle, ??, ??, ??
Middle: Betty Foley, Shirley Watson, Marlene Anthony, Dorothy Hammer, Shirley Ruhde, Louise Polking, Ardith Witt, Shirley Sextro, Shirley Vinke, Joleen Klocke, Darlene Sextro, Carol Sander, Alice Ahrendsen, ??, Marie Johnson?
Front: Jeanne Lyden, Gwanetha Horbach, Carol Ann Gruhn, Cheryl Andresen, Phyllis Branning, Judith Vollmer, Janis Groteluschen, Janice Popp, Mary Lou Foley, Lois Struve, Charlotte Paulsen, Diane Rix, Janelle Kruse, Phyllis Zerwas

March 18, 1951 confirmation

Back: Donald Froyd, Paul Vollstedt, Willis Kruse, Eustace Lake, Jr.
Middle: Charlotte Paulsen, Letty Fuss, Pastor John Ansorge, Ardith Witt, Carol Rowedder
Front: Alice Ahrendsen, Judith Vollmer, Marlene Bogatzke, Loyce Frank, Janis Groteluschen, Sally Juels

3rd Annual Chili Cookoff

The Hausbarn came a long way across the Atlantic Ocean from Klein Offenseth, Germany, where it stood for hundreds of years before getting dismantled and then reassembled here in Manning, Iowa.

Early image of the Hausbarn

in a bad state of disrepair

in a bad state of disrepair

dismantled and shipped to Manning in 1996

Dan Peters left and Harold Schmidt right oversaw the project in Germany

Paula & Claus Hachmann - owners of the Hausbarn

Notes about the Hausbarn
written by Claus Hachmann in 1997.

(Translated by Don Ruhde, Iowa Falls, Iowa, October, 1997

The farm has long had the name "Vor de Wischen" (Vor den Wiesen).
{Vor den Wiesen means before/in front of the meadow/pasture}

The series of owners has been determined as follows:
1564 Jurgen Mor
1616 his son Peter Mor
1630 successor by marriage Johann Lenter
1640 Claus Thams, married to daughter of Peter Mor
1672 Johann Kuhl, married to the daughter of Claus Thams
1719 son-in-law Paul Pingel
1731 his son Peter Pingel
1740 successor by marriage Tewes Harder
1766 Peter Pingel II, son of Peter Pingel
1808 Tewes Pingel, son of Peter Pingel II
1823 Otto Prining, successor by marriage; his wife died six weeks after the birth of their second child. He sold the farm, which had been in the family 257 years.
1823 November 27, Tewes Kuhl
1833 August 12, sold to Achim Auerhoff
1886 Jochim Hachmann, son-in-law of Jochim Auerhoff
1920 his son Claus Hachmann II
1967 his son Walter Hachmann
1983 his son Claus Hachmann III
1996 the old house barn was dismantled and shipped to Manning

My father told me that his grandfather, Jochim Hachmann, had told him that the house was 250 years old. If we go from the fact that my great-grandfather died in 1951, the house must have been built around 1700. No one here knows an exact date.

According to that, from the series of owners, the builder would have been Johann Kuhl, born 1644, died January 3, 1725. He was the son of Jurgen and Zilly Kuhl from Westerhorn, a neighboring village. On October 3, 1672, he married Margaretha Thams, born November 5, 1646, died December 5, 1723. Together they had six children.

(After this, we got the official scientific analysis of the timbers and Dr. Johannsen believes that the house was built in approximately 1660 by Claus Thams.)

It was built as a farm barn/house (for 90 hectars of land at that time [a hectar is approximately 2.5 acres]. That means in the front part were the living and sleeping rooms, in the middle up to the big back door was the hallway/entryway, and on the sides of this were a row of cattle and the work horses. The animals were tied and were fed from the hallway. The fountain to the right front of the hallway was used for both people and animals. On the floor above, hay and straw, as well as grain, were stored.

About 1820-1840, a new, larger house/barn was built on the other side of the street, and this one, the old one, was used by my great-great grandfather, Claus Hachmann, as the elder/parental house until his death in 1911, which means that cattle were kept there until then.

Since 1920, only machinery has been stored in the hallway. My great-grandfather built in 1914-1918 a new farm house, besides this one and we lived in that until 1995.

From 1980 to 1985, a very poor family with six children lived in the house/barn.

Then a man moved into the house and lived there with his wife and four small children in the last years until 1995.

The house was not damaged during the war. In January, 1990, the thatched roof was heavily damaged by a storm. The renter demanded from me a new roof. The matter was in law court for five and a half years and finally he had to vacate the house.

Since the dismantling agreement in January, 1991, Dr. Johannsen and I have agreed that the house should go to Iowa.

In the front part of the hallway in earlier times there was an open fire pit and cooking was done there. The sausages and hams hung from the ceiling and were smoked by the smoke from the fire. And we still speak of it being a smoke house, and the rafters still have a blackened look.

On the front gable there was a stork nest from 1964 to 1970.

Don Zubrod and Orren Hansen went to boot camp together at Fort Bliss, Texas

Taken from the 1981 Gray Centennial book
Fred O. Hansen was inducted into the U.S. Army February 4, 1952. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, for his basic training.
He attended a radar mechanic school for nine months, also at Fort Bliss.
He was then transferred to Fort Monroe, Virginia, to operate a Radar M-3 until his discharge February 3, 1954.

Fred Orren Hansen

SERVICES 11:00 a.m., Friday January 31, 2020 First Presbyterian Church Sac City, Iowa
OFFICIATING Reverend Missy Brown
VISITATION 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday January 30, 2020 Farber & Otteman Funeral Home Sac City
INTERMENT 1:30 p.m., Friday January 31, 2020 Manning Cemetery

Fred Orren Hansen, age 92 of Sac City, Iowa, formerly of Denison, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Black Hawk Life Care Center in Lake View, Iowa. Fred Orren Hansen was born on December 11, 1927, to parents Fred P. and Hilda (Rowedder) Hansen in Hayes Township just south of Westside, Iowa. He was baptized on October 19, 1929, at his parents' home.

Fred grew up and went to school in Gray, Iowa. He graduated from Gray Community School with the Class of 1946 as valedictorian. Sports were always a big part of his life, playing basketball during high school and then after graduating, playing softball with the local Gray softball team.

On June 4, 1950, Fred married LaRue Hagge, the love of his life, at the Presbyterian Church in Manning. Growing up, he was always known as Orren to his family and friends but after being drafted into the United States Army on February 4, 1952, he would be called by his given name, Fred. He and LaRue lived in El Paso, Texas, while he was in radar training and then later moved to Fort Monroe, Virginia, until he was honorably discharged on February 3, 1954. After returning home, he and LaRue settled on a farm near Gray. Soon their family would begin with daughters, Cheryl and Lisa. They raised their girls in Denison where Fred worked as a butcher in a grocery store for many years. Later he would work in the quality control department for Farmland Foods where he retired in 1993 after 16 years of working there.

Fred loved being outdoors, whether working in the yard or in the garden. His favorite things included an annual fishing trip to Minnesota in June. Fred loved to watch the Chicago Cubs ballgames. It was a longtime watching for dedicated fans like Fred and his brother Bob until the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. He also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play football and basketball and rarely missed an Iowa State game. Fred was a very supportive fan; always attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Although he never had a son, Fred was blessed with two sons-in-laws and enjoyed time spent with them fishing, watching ballgames or playing cards. Fred was a family man and spent many weekends with his brothers and cousins and their families. There would most likely be a game of penny-ante poker or some other card game going on. Fred loved to sit on the deck and listen to the Big Band Music of the 40s, or Lawrence Welk or even some Polka. If he wasn't watching a ballgame on TV, his favorite shows were Blue Bloods or watching Hallmark Movies with his daughters. There might be a tear in their eyes, but there was always a happy ending. After retirement, Fred and LaRue loved spending time near their children at their cabin on Black Hawk Lake in Lake View.

Fred was a very thoughtful and soft-spoken person that would greet you with his smile. He was a loving caregiver who helped LaRue take care of her parents when they became older by taking them to ballgames, fairs, and parades. Later when LaRue had health issues, he was always by her side and took her to appointments. The greatest gift a parent can give their children is to show by example the person they should be.

Fred's gentle and caring nature will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cheryl Campbell of Sac City, Iowa, and Lisa (Chuck) Struchen of Early, Iowa; grandchildren: Timothy (Adrienne) Campbell of Commerce City, Colorado, Todd (Abigail) Campbell of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, Ashley Struchen (fiancé Darick Wold) of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Austin Struchen (fiancé Rachel Boyle) of Holstein, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Ava, Sean and Sophia Campbell of Commerce City, Colorado, and Warren, Henry and William Campbell of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont; many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 56 years, LaRue Hansen; son-in-law, Warren Campbell; brothers: Alvin (Alice) Hansen, Melvin Hansen, Robert Hansen, and Billy (Maureen) Hansen; parents-in-law, Melvin and Eldora Hagge.

The Hansen family first lived one mile west of Manning on the old Delmar Mundt farm.
Bob Hansen remembers the winter of 1935-36 when his older brothers had to walk down to the Milwaukee tracks and then into town to get groceries and walk back home.
In 1936 the Hansen family moved to the farm by Gray, where Bob lived until his retirement in 1992, after-which Bob and his brother, Mel, moved to Manning.

From Fred Orren to his parents

From Fred Orren to his parents

Robert "Bobby" Hansen

Melvin Hansen

September 7, 1942

Back: Alvin, Hilda (Rowedder), Fred, Melvin Front: Fred Orren, Robert, Billie

Billie Lee Hansen

Bobby went to visit Orren when he was in Texas, they went to Carlsbad Cavern when Orren was on leave.

Alvin Hansen, Peter Moeller, Amanda Moeller, Hilda Hansen, Melvin Hansen, Fred Hansen
Moellers and Hansens were good friends and neighbors

Mel Hansen & Harold "Porky" Moeller

? Langbehn, Jimmy Rowedder's wife, Mary, Hilda Hansen, Melvin Hansen, Art Ahrendsen, Bobby Hansen
Langbehn worked for Jimmy Rowedder in California where they sold shoes

Harold Beck, could be Alfred David, Orren Hansen, Leroy Sorensen, Bobby Hansen

Fred Orren, Melvin, Hilda (Rowedder), Bobbie, Alvin
Bill not in the picture - passed away from heart complications - he had Marfan syndrome
Taken in the farm home by Gray

Since Bob's dad was the oldest he stayed here on the farm near Gray, and the rest of the Hansen family moved to Austin, Minnesota.

Fred & Hilda (Rowedder) Hansen

Back: Hilda Rowedder, Ella Rowedder, Margaret (Vollmer)
Front: wife of Herman Rowedder, Julius Rowedder

Willetta A. Sander

Service February 8 10:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Denison, Iowa
Visitation February 7 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Huebner Funeral Home - Denison
Manning Cemetery, Manning

Willetta Anna Sander, the daughter of Harry and Laura (Joens) Kruse, was born August 13, 1912, on the family farm near Manning, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed (January 22, 1928), at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Willetta passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of one hundred seven.

She attended Hayes Township Country School No. 7 and as a young girl, she worked for neighbors and helped her parents on the farm. She also helped her aunt wallpaper in the Manning Hotel.

On August 8, 1934, she was united in marriage with William E. Sander and resided in Manning. They were blessed with the birth of four daughters: Corrine, Marlys, Judith and Susan. The couple lived in Manning, then moved to Okoboji and later moved back to Manning. They moved to the Kruse farm in 1945. In 1952, they moved to Schleswig where they operated a bar and grill. In 1964, they moved to Denison and both worked at Midwestern College. After Bill's death, Willetta worked at the Denison School as a cook until her retirement in 1984.

Bill and Willetta were great dancers and enjoyed polka dances at the Five Mile House as well as other places. Willetta's family was very important to her and time spent together was something she looked forward to. She loved socializing, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, word search, watching game shows on television and also NASCAR. She enjoyed going to the Senior Center for many years and well as shopping trips with her daughters. Traveling with friends and family and going to baseball games were also pleasurable for her.

Willetta was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Laura; husband, William in 1968; daughter, Corrine Jahn in 1985; sons-in-law, Wayne, Vertus and Marvin; granddaughter, Kathy; great-granddaughter, Rachel; sisters and husbands, Florence and Bill Ramsey and Delores and Ray Brockman; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Katie and Emil Sander; brothers-in-law and wives, Herman and Esther, Hugo and Florence, Louie and Lora, Max and Evelene, and Harry and Viola; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those left to cherish her memory include: three daughters, Marlys Groth, and Susan and Keith Siefken, and Judi Brookbank; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-great-grandchildren with three more to be born in the spring; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Not many are so blessed to have their mother with them for so many years. She led by example to respect and be kind to others. Most of all, she taught us to love one another. She taught us to pray and to love our Lord and Savior. We shared much happiness, lots of love and also many tears for the loss of our loved ones. We can only pray that she was as proud of us as we are proud to have her as our mother.

Mom always said, "Be positive and do your best." Mom, thank you for being you.

January 22, 1928 Zion Lutheran confirmation
Back: Edna Schroeder, Elmer Schroeder, Vera Schelldorf, Velma Schelldorf, Edward Hinz, Lester Rowedder
Row 5: Gilbert Martens, Claus Nielsen, Viola Gottsch, Vernon Schroeder, Anna Bolte
Row 4: Leon Hass, Alfred Kuhl, Elmer Rowedder, Emil Martens, Laura Mahnke, Emma Borkowski, Amelia Walter
Row 3: Emilie Martens, Detlef Martens, Helma Kruse, Henry Kruse, Amelia Ranniger, Emil Ranniger, Bertha Genzen, Albert Genzen
Row 2: Anna Meister, John Meister, Margaretha Oeser, Herman Oeser, Amelia Fonken, Dietrich Fonken, Ada Frahm, George Frahm
Front: Herman Mohns, Willetta Kruse, Belle Simpson, Pastor John Ansorge, Mamie Walter, Elsie Rowedder, Wilbur Schroeder

Corrine Sander MHS 1953

Page 88 of the Manning Schools history book

Corrine Sander MHS 1953

I often write about the many connections I have to the Manning area and its people...my Aunt Shirley Ehrichs stayed with the Sander family while she taught at Hayes No. 7.
Here are some pictures from Shirley's collection.

May 12, 1946 picnic Hayes No. 7
Back: Luella Mahnke, Hilda Weller, Bernice Mohns, Leona Beermann, hidden Eunice Friedrichsen holding Marcia Friedrichsen, Ella Rowedder, Norma Frahm, Clara Ehrichs
Front: Shirley Ehrichs, Willetta Sander, Luella Brus, Minnie ?Searing?

May 12, 1946 Hayes No. 7
Back: Fern Weller, Joan Rowedder, Lyle Meyer, Charles Beermann, Shirley Ehrichs
Middle: Wayne Jahn, Betty Beermann, Shannon Mahnke, Arlene Mohns, Mardella Friedrichsen, Corrine Sander, Adlyn Beermann, Edwin Beermann
Front: Kenneth Frahm, Cleo Weller, Marlys Sander

Shirley (Ehrichs) Schramm

"Maybe I'll be the only person to say this today. The Iowa caucus is essentially the perfect example of systemic racism. 91% of the voters in Iowa are white.
The reason why you see a drop in turnout -- I'm just speculating here -- it could be perhaps that white children are not in the cages. So when you're talking about the tangible pain that black and brown people are feeling, they feel a sense of urgency because their kids are being put in cages. Right? And so if you have a 91% white electorate, that sense of urgency may not be reflected in the turnout numbers. I'm not saying that's the reason for this. It could be a factor."

Zerlina Maxwell MSNBC Analyst - February 4, 2020

Click and watch the video
3/4 of the way Zerlina & a lady from the View - in their own words

As a 5th generation Iowan whose ancestors immigrated to Iowa between 1855 and the mid-1880s, I am amazed at the ignorance people today have of history and actual factual realities.

Iowa is "WHITE" because of the huge immigration surge during the late 1800s to early 1900...in Iowa's case many from Germany - one of the reasons why the largest percentage of immigrants in Iowa are of German ancestry.
When these immigrants came from Europe, the east coast and eastern states of the US were already settled for several hundred years, so they had to look for new land to farm and build their family lives...Iowa was a perfect location.
While eastern and middle Iowa was already being settled since the 1840s, western Iowa was wide open.
My ancestors, like so many of the old time families of Manning, came to this area - all Prairie and basically no towns.

These ancestors had nothing to do with the slave trade into the US and many arrived after the Civil War.
My Kusel side arrived in Eastern Iowa in 1855 and came to the Manning area in 1874.

So for anyone to accuse Iowan's of being partly responsible for slavery and being racist, simply because the state is 91% white IS a RACIST comment itself!!! - SPOKEN BY a RACIST.

Here are some facts about Iowans, and specifically the Manning area.

The United States flag
is proudly displayed here and NO other flag is as IMPORTANT!

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
60+ served with the North during the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
5 served in the Spanish American War
350+ served during WWI
600+ 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

28 Manning men paid the ultimate price with their lives defending the U.S. Flag

Now to make it perfectly clear - I'm not speaking for anyone or family featured below - my comments are mine and mine alone - I use the images and individuals to show how proud I am of Manning and Iowa and its citizens.

2011 Kinderfest

Video - Amazing Iowa Civil War Stats

Video - Loading gun

Below are 3 white men who helped free the slaves and save the Union - one died at Andersonville.
To attack their integrity because they are white is beyond racism...
It is pure evil intent by those who make such statements as shown at the top of this feature.

Henry Carlton Peters

The death of Henry C. Peters marks the passing of a splendid Christian soldier from the church militant to the church triumphant; and it would be impossible to find words in which to express the splendid service he rendered to his God and country.

He was born February 29, 1840, at Flat Rock, Michigan.

When the clouds of Civil War burst he enlisted on the 15th of June, 1861, in Company B, 47th Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for a period of three years; but on February 20, 1864, he re-enlisted for an additional three years, and was discharged on July 13, 1865, while holding the grade of Sergeant.

During these terrible years of civil strife, he distinguished himself, and the government awarded him a medal of honor.

We cannot describe his bravery better than by quoting from the 'Medal of Honor Certificate' which accompanied his medal, "That a Medal of Honor was awarded to him for most conspicuous gallantry in action at Vicksburg, Miss., May 3, 1863, when he was one of a party that volunteered and attempted to run the enemy's batteries with a steam tug and two barges loaded with subsistence stores." He was captured during the war and held for four months in that next to Andersonville war horror, Libby Prison at Richmond.
All honor to the sacred memory of such a patriot.

On November 6, 1867, he married Miss Agnes L. Gorham at Monmouth, Illinois.

He and his bride journeyed to Flat Rock, Michigan and settled down to farming. In 1879 they came west with their family to Carroll Co., and three years later they moved to Manning; so for the past forty-one years they have been familiar figures in this town.

There were nine children born to this union and all are with us save two - one died in infancy, and Mrs. Livingston, who died last fall.

The deceased was a faithful member of the Christian Church, and when the call came for higher service on March 19th, 1923, he went out bravely and triumphantly with an unshaken faith in Jesus, the Captain of his salvation.

He leaves to mourn, his wife and seven children: Mrs. Fred Reidel, Wyandotte, Michigan; Mrs. Cora Sherman Lake City, Iowa; Mrs. George Reidel, Trenton, Michigan; Mrs. Joseph Hollenbeck, Audubon, Iowa; Mr. Charles Peters, Aurora, Illinois; Mrs. Ward Billick, Manning, Iowa, and Mrs. Joseph Campbell, Los Angeles, California. Also twenty-one grand-children and eleven great-grandchildren. Also one brother, George Peters, Howell, Michigan.

Funeral services, conducted by Dr. O.D. Ellett and the Rev. H. Coates, were held at the home, March 22nd. The remains of the late H.C. Peters, accompanied by the son, C.H. Peters, of Aurora, Illinois, and a daughter, Mrs. Cora Sherman of Lake City Iowa, was taken to Detroit, Mich., and met there by relatives and taken to the Home of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Reidel and on Saturday afternoon, March 24th after a short service at the old home church the body was tenderly laid to rest in the old family cemetery where father, mother, brothers, sisters and an infant son are peacefully sleeping.

Gilbert Moore

Father of Joseph Moore who also served in the Civil War

Gilbert Moore, enlisted on August 16, 1862, in Co. "F" 101 Regiment, Indiana Infantry Volunteers at the age of 43. He was captured at Chickamauga, Georgia, September 20, 1863, while assisting a wounded comrade to the field hospital. He was imprisoned in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia; Belle Island, also in Richmond; Danville, Virginia Prison; and last at Andersonville Prison, Georgia. He died at Andersonville Prison, Georgia, September 4, 1864. Gilbert is buried in Andersonville Prison Cemetery. Section H, Grave 7820.

Joseph Moore

January 10, 1883, Charter Officer of the McPherson Post No. 33 who served as Senior Vice Commander.

Joseph Moore enlisted in Co. "D" 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in February 1864. Joseph was wounded at the Battle of Champion Hills, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863. He was engaged in action at the following: Alexandria, Louisiana, May 5-12, 1864; Atchafalaya, Louisiana, July 28, 1864; Fort Spanish, Alabama, March 27, 1865; Fort Blakely, Alabama, April 9, 1865; Mobile, Alabama, April 12, 1865. At the close of the war, Joseph was discharged and returned to Wabash County, Indiana. In the fall of 1869 he moved his family to Tama County, Iowa, and in February 1876 to Botna, Iowa. Joe was a charter officer of the McPherson Post Grand Army of the Republic in Manning, Iowa.


Joseph Moore died at his home in Irwin on Tuesday evening, after an illness of dropsy. He had been in very poor health all winter; in fact hasn't been really strong since he had a stroke of paralysis five: years ago on the farm.

He was born near Wabash, Indiana, Dec. 11, 1844, and married to Martha Richards at her home in Wabash county, September 10, 1868.

To their union were born nine children: Charles G., George, Julia, Ella, Brick, Deda, Frank, Rhoda and Maud.

All are living but George, Ella and Frank.

The father has for many years been a member of the U. B. church. He was converted in 1879 and has lived a devoted Christian life. He was a kind husband and father. He always looked on the bright side of life and never had an enemy.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to Iowa, in 1869, settling in Tama county. From there they came to Shelby county in 1876. The same year they moved on a farm in Jefferson township near Botna, where they passed through all the strenuous times of the pioneers. Since leaving the farm they moved to Irwin, where they have resided since.

The bereaved wife and children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
Funeral services will be held in the Christian church conducted by Rev. Hurd, assisted by Rev. Farrell.
The remains will be laid to rest in Oak Hil cemetery.
Mr. Moore's brother, Quarto Moore, and sister, Nancy Bollinger of North Manchester, Indiana, are here.

Mr. Moore was a soldier in the Civil War having served in Co. D, 17th Indiana Infantry. He joined in January, 1864, and served to end.

Taps Sounded

Manning Monitor, February 22, 1917
Joseph Moore, pioneer settler of Shelby County, a devoted Christian, excellent neighbor, true friend of mankind, civil war veteran, smiling, jovial, good hearted American citizen, was laid in his last resting place at the Irwin cemetery last Thursday.

For years he was a frequent visitor to Manning where he was recognized as a man of deep conviction. Of late years he has come less frequently, but no one ever came to Manning who was more welcome than Joe Moore. This was especially true with respect to his Civil War comrades.

He will be missed at Manning and especially at Botna where he and his good wife toiled many hard and long years, making a veritable garden spot of the land that years ago was a desolate country. He has gone to his reward, but not until he had left a record that anyone might be proud of.

Following is an account of his life as published in the Shelby County Republican.

Joseph Moore died at his home in Irwin on Tuesday evening, after an illness of dropsy. He had been in very poor health all winter: in fact hasn't been really strong since he had a stroke of paralysis five years ago on the farm.

He was born near Wabash, Indiana, December 11, 1844, and married to Martha Richards at her home in Wabash County, September 10, 1868.

To this union were born nine children, Charles G., George, Julia, Ella, Brick, Deda, Frank, Rhoda and Maud. All are living but George, Ella and Frank.

The father has been for many years been a member of the U.B. Church. He was converted in 1879 and has lived a devoted Christian life. He was a kind husband and father. He always looked on the bright side of life and never had an enemy.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to Iowa in 1869, settling in Tama County. From there they came to Shelby County in 1876. The same year they moved on a farm in Jefferson Township near Botna, where they passed through all the strenuous times of the pioneers. Since leaving the farm they moved to Irwin, where they have resided since.

The bereaved wife and children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Funeral services will be held in the Christian church conducted by Rev. Hurd, assisted by Rev. Farrell. The remains will be laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Moore's brother, Quarto Moore and sister, Nancy Bollinger, of North Manchester, Indiana, are here.

Mr. Moore was a soldier in the Civil War, having served in the 47th Indiana Infantry. He joined in February 1864 and served to the end of the war.


Back: Rhoda, Deed, Charley, Julia, Maud
Front: Joseph, Brick, Martha

McPherson Post No. 33 on the north end of Main Street

Tom Williams' rendition of the building on the corner of Second and Main Streets.

Below are examples of the men and women of Manning and Iowa's past who I deeply respect and am grateful for the "privileges" I and so many others have today - the people who built the "Bread Basket of America" and also fought 2 world wars and brought the country through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

The vast majority of the "mouth-pieces" on the "talk" media today have absolutely no clue as to how good they have it and how easy they have it and how privileged they are to be given their lifestyle because of all of these WHITE people who came before us.

Most of these "opinion-heads" have never really worked a day in their lives...at least not in the traditional Pioneer sense of hard work.

They have it too easy and are paid way too much (IMHO) and have never produced anything but slimy slurs and condescending opinions of Middle America.

Hard-working Pioneer women

The vast majority of us out here in Iowa just want to be left alone. Let us go about our daily lives producing food, building things, and taking care of our communities.
We aren't telling the rest of America how to run their lives or calling them "deplorable" and "irredeemable."

We also don't need the government and so-called "educated elites," Hollywood or our "city cousins" to tell us how to live and how to work. JUST GET OUT OF OUR WAY and we'll continue to do our duty as Americans, pay our taxes, and follow in the hard-working Christian Pioneer ethic we've had for generations in Iowa.

So when you think about how tough you have it today - reflect on the images and the pioneers of your past mentioned above. Then thank God for your life in the greatest nation on Earth.

For those who in essence say America isn't perfect in "THEIR" eyes - yes America has aspects in its past and even present that have wronged people - I say to you, go live in those other countries around the world that are perfect - IF you can find one!!!

I've been working with William Ohde on the Ohde family history and he has been sending me obituaries that I have now OCR'd, transcribed, edited, and corrected.
I have them posted on my web page.

Some people have been taking it upon themselves over the last several years to simply copy and then transfer my work to other commercial ancestral websites.
While I am obviously not the original source of these obituaries, they are my work and content on my web pages are loosely copyrighted.
I have NO problem with people copying material on my web pages for their OWN personal use, but to take it and then post it on those commercial websites that have done NOTHING for Manning, and make money off my work and other people who help me, is really low-life.

When you do this, it really hurts my Manning historical research!!!
People searching for obituaries and information about their family who are connected to Manning will probably search those commercial websites.
When they find MY work on those sites, they won't realize the source and worst of all probably won't continue searching and find my website - and then contact me to find out that I probably have more information and pictures of their family members.

This also prevents me from asking them for Manning pictures and history they have that I don't have and would like to scan - which then HURTS my Manning historical research.

I have ways of knowing if someone takes my work and then posts it on those other sites, so be aware of this and that I might be contacting you to STOP doing this.

You don't want to help me with my Manning research - FINE - BUT don't steal my work to help some other person/company make money off me!!!
Now I realize that the only way to prevent this theft is to NOT post anything on my webpage but then that would really hurt my research because no one out there would know what I'm doing for historical research in Manning and then never contact me.

ALSO - PLEASE remember that providing my web page to you for FREE and FULL access, costs me a lot of money!
I make absolutely NOTHING off all of my historical work - to the contrary it costs me thousands and thousands of dollars.

Update January 3:
I just received an e-mail from a Hall descendant who I worked with in 2008.
She wanted me to resend an 1893 MHS class picture I had sent her back then...apparently she lost it.
Well, now I can't find it!
It has to be in my database but I must have not given 1893 as part of the file name. I searched for other key words but no luck yet...anyway I will eventually find that picture.
BUT, I'm so glad she contacted me because after reading one of the older e-mails from her I noticed I had sent an obituary to her for James Hall, one of Manning's Civil War Veterans.
I checked James' military link on my Veterans' page but NO obituary.
So I e-mailed her and asked her if I truly did send her the obituary...sure enough she sent back the obituary I had transcribed over 10 years ago from the Monitor Microfilm.
So I searched the 1918 Monitor folder and sure enough, there was the file. I had simply never transferred it to James' bio on the Veterans' page.

I guess after working on over 4000 Manning connected obituaries since 1996 on my web page, I'm bound to forget to post a few of them.

This is exactly what I'm talking about at the beginning of this feature...if this Hall descendant had not found my web page but first found one of those other commercial ancestry sites, I might not have discovered my omission just now.

I asked the Hall descendant if she had found James' wife's obituary - she had not.
So I did a quick search on the Internet - I didn't find her obituary but got lucky to find a fairly decent scan of James & Emeline.

So I copied it and then repaired and enhanced it. I think it might be high enough resolution to use in the future Manning Veterans' history book.

Here is that picture

James & Emeline Hall wedding day
I wanted to contact the source of this picture but I had to JOIN that commercial website - this is what is GREAT about my web page - you Do Not have to join to work with me, and I don't force any ads on you!!!
I wanted to see if this person was a Hall descendant and see if they had more pictures and history for the family and that I probably have pictures and information they don't have.

Now to show you how much information I had dug up over the years about the Hall family...
Back in 2002, while talking to John Ohde, I found out that a Hall descendant had sent him a couple of letters and paper copy prints of the Hall family sometime in the 1980s...below is that information.

Letters to John

The Kemp descendent had made facsimile copies of the originals he had. While these pictures are better than nothing, I really wanted to get the originals to scan.
So I tried to contact Kemp, but found out he was deceased and couldn't track down any of his relatives to see if they still had those old Hall/family pictures.

Here are the scans I made from paper copies that Kemp gave to John.

Henry Pollock, his wife Azubah (Hall) Pollock, Hattie (Hall) Martin, Fay Polluck - son of Henry, Frank Kemp - father of John Kemp of Danbury, Iowa (Kemp Studios), Ida Hall - Kemp mother of John Kemp, Emeline Hall, James L. Hall (Civil war vet)
James and Emeline Hall built the Hall home.

James L. Hall home 1905 304 Ann St
Horse barn NE side (left) on second lot which belonged to James was torn down about 1926
Present Owner 2020: Helen Wiese
John Ohde 2002
Before John: Bill Asmus
Before Bill: Art Bock

James Hall residence in background
Henry Pollock home center and Kemp home 3rd house on this block
Frank & Ida (Hall) Kemp in their car “Horseless Carriage” in 1905.

Please take the time to fully read the complete obituary below...think about how James helped give you and me the freedoms we have today.
He helped end slavery and save the UNION.

Note the major battles he participated in and then in later years suffered from injuries, having to retire sooner than he would have liked.
Then read the very last line - a tribute by the Monitor editor.
Think of how amazed that James would be with the technology we have today - that we can now use to honor him on the World Wide Web!!!

OBITUARY for James L. Hall
Mr. James L. Hall was born July 26, 1837, near Pittsfield, Massachusetts. When he was three years old, his parents moved to Walworth County, Wisconsin, where most of his boyhood was spent.

When but ten years or age, he lost his mother, and when fourteen, his father died also. After this the boy was thrown out on the world to struggle for himself. At this tender age he of necessity encountered many difficulties and endured much adversity, but triumphed over all. At the age of seventeen, he went to Thornton, Illinois. Being an industrious young man he readily found employment on a farm. Here he remained until the age of twenty-four, when he enlisted in the army. He belonged to Company F. Fifty Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted in 1861.

As a soldier he made a noble record and was engaged in the battle of Vicksburg, Shilo, Ft. Donelson, Siege of Corinth, Bay's Ferry, Resaca, Iuka, Snake Creek Gap, Altoona, and Atlanta, beside being with Sherman on his famous march to the sea.

He endured many hardships incident to military life and was honorable discharged, November 18, 1864. Upon his return from the army, he again settled at Thornton, where he engaged in business for himself. On August 16, 1868, he was married to Miss Emeline Williams of that city.

To this union were born five children, three daughters and two sons. One son died at the age of four and a half years, and the other in infancy.

In the year 1875, the deceased moved his family to Shelby County, Iowa, settling near Irwin. Here they lived some fifteen years, enduring the privation and hardships incident to pioneer days. By means of thrift and good management he struggled to a good degree of affluence. He was a man who was always in the forefront of every noble project for the uplift of the community whether material, educational or religious.

But he had given his best strength to the flag of his country, and was handicapped by ailments contracted in army service. It was therefore necessary for him to abandon farming at a comparatively early age. He came to Manning in 1890 where he spent the rest of his days. He was a man whose life was above reproach, and whoever sought the best, things for his family in the way of education, and comfort. He was a model husband, father and citizen, and universally esteemed by all who knew him. Long since he took the Bible as the rule and guide of his faith and practice, and throughout his soldier career, always pillowed his head by night upon a copy of the Scripture which he carried.

For three years his health was on a rapid decline. At the end drew near he became eager for the summons of the death angel to usher him to his final rest. He appeared fully ready for the end. He died May 31, 1918, aged 80 years, 10 months, and 5 days. A wife and three daughters remain to mourn his demise, all of whom were present in his last hours and weeks lending, their kindly ministrations to make their loved one comfortable. The daughters are Mrs. Harriet Martin, Billings, Montana; Mrs. Azubah Pollock, Omaha, Nebraska; and Mrs. Ida Kemp, Sioux City, Iowa.

It is fitting that mention be made of the long and happy marriage of this aged couple. Had the husband lived a couple of months longer, they might have celebrated their golden wedding. It would be hard to find a richer affection and greater devotion than that which was exhibited by this aged pair.

The funeral services were conducted from the home Sunday afternoon. Rev. Aller, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, conducted the services. There was a very large attendance of friends and neighbors.

At the grave the services were under the charge of the local Masonic Lodge, the deceased being a faithful member and worker of that organization. Over a hundred of the members of the lodge were present and the work of the lodge was very impressive.

Thus another of our valiant soldier boys has departed from this earth. His life work is ended, but his memory will always he cherished for the noble work he performed. He has well earned a place among men, and future ages shall pay him honor.

I write about how I can put pieces of the Manning puzzle together.
Just below is a biography about James that was published in Shelby County in 1889.
Notice that nothing is mentioned about his connection to Manning and that he is buried here...or that he was a member of the Manning GAR McPherson Post No. 33.
Well, the Hall family moved to Manning one year later. So while the Shelby County historical article about him is great, I wonder if anyone has updated and connected James' history to Manning in that county?

JAMES L. HALL is a native of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, born July 26, 1837. He is the son of Alvin and Philantha (Yales) Hall, both natives of Massachusetts, who afterward moved to Wisconsin where they died rather early in life. When James L. was three years old his parents went to Walworth County, Wisconsin, where he grew to manhood. He was reared to farm life, and received a limited education in the common schools; although his opportunities have been few he has made the most of them, and has qualified himself to transact any business that may fall to him. At the age of fourteen he was thrown upon his own resources, and since that time he has made his own way in life. Mr. Hall was united in marriage August 16, 1868, to Miss Emeline Williams, daughter of Spofford C. and Mary (Hastings) Williams, natives of Vermont; she was born in Rutland County, May 29, 1845. They have three children - Hattie, Azubah and Ida. In June 1875, Mr. Hall came to Shelby County, Iowa, and settled on an eighty-acre tract of wild prairie in Jefferson Township. Here he has established a comfortable home, and has one of the best farms in this part of the county. He has suitable buildings for stock, and has planted a three-acre grove. He devotes himself to agricultural pursuits, and deals extensively in live-stock. He has added 160 acres to his first purchase, and now owns 240 acres in a body.

Mr. Hall has done much toward the up-building of Shelby County, and is deserving the esteem and regard in which he is held. The first wages he received were $10 a month, and from this small start he has risen to a position of financial independence. Politically he affiliates with the Republican Party; he has served faithfully in the various offices in his township from the beginning of his residence in the county until the present time. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., Lodge No. 444, and of the Farmers' Alliance.

He enlisted October 1, 1861, at the call for men to defend this nation's flag, in Company F, Fifty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was honorably discharged November 18, 1864, having served his country for three years. He entered the service as a private, but was soon promoted to Sergeant, in which capacity he served most of the time. The most noted battles in which he participated are Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Lay's Ferry, Resaca, Inka, Altoona, Snake Creek Gap, and Atlanta. He was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea, and saw all there was to see, but did not feel all there was to feel, as he escaped without a single wound, and without being taken prisoner. However, he endured all the privations incident to a soldier's life, and these are not few. He is a member of the G.A.R., Slacker Post, No. 139.

Here is a colorized image of the Hall home, taken sometime before 1923 which is when the residential streets were paved.

Well I hope this feature story will inspire more people to contact me about Manning history/pictures they have so we can work together to add it to my Manning Historical Database.

Gerald "Doc" Schreck
September 6, 1931 - January 30, 2020

Gerald Schreck

Mass of Christian Burial is pending for 88 year old Gerald "Doc" Schreck of Templeton.
Doc died at his home on Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2020.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning in charge of arrangements.

Visitation and Prayers Monday, February 3, 2020 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sacred Heart Church Templeton, Iowa
There will be a 7:00 PM Prayer Service
Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:30 AM Sacred Heart Church
Interment with Military Honors Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Sacred Heart Cemetery, Templeton

Taken from the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Doris and Gerald Schreck

Back: Kevin, John, Steve
Middle: Allen, Doris, Tim
Front: Philip, Gerald, Annette

Doris, daughter of Effie (Friedrichsen) and Nelson Christensen, was born near Gray, Iowa, on July 14, 1936. Nelson passed away September 7, 1974. Effie (94 years of age) resides at the Manning Plaza. Doris graduated from Manning High School in 1954. She married 1/LT USAF Gerald Schreck, son of Clara (Heithoff) and Louis Schreck of Templeton, at Sacred Heart Church, Manning, Iowa, on December 27, 1954.
In 1956, after leaving active duty, they moved to Omaha where Gerald completed college and Dental School. After two years of private practice he entered active duty with the US Army Dental Corps and retired as an orthodontist with the rank of Col. in September 1982. The family thoroughly enjoyed the interesting life as a military family with several stateside and overseas assignments.
Doris and Gerald had eight children: Gerald Jr. who passed away in infancy, Allen, Tim, Steve, Phil, Annette, Kevin and John.
Gerald Jr., born prematurely at James Connally AFB, Waco, Texas, August 24, 1955 passed away August 25, 1955.
Allen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, February 20, 1957. He graduated from high school at Lawton, Oklahoma. He served five years in the US Army and works at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, in the Medical Equipment Maintenance Department. He is married to Debbie (Cooper) and has a son Joshua. They live in Fairway, Kansas.
Tim was born in Omaha, Nebraska, April 28, 1958. He graduated from high school at Lawton, OK and ISU, and works for Stine Seed Company. He and his wife, Laure (Neuses) live in Ankeny, Iowa and have one son, Christopher.
Steve was born August 4, 1959 in Carroll, Iowa. He graduated from high school at Lawton, OK and ISU, Ames, and is an air traffic controller at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri. He is married to Lori (Tapley), they have a son Tommy and a daughter Lindsey.
Phil was born October 22, 1960 in Carroll, Iowa. He graduated from Seoul American High School, Yongsan, Korea and ISU. He is the chief meteorologist at KSFY, TV, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is married to Kristie (Parsons), they have three children, Jacob, Samantha and Madeline.
Annette was born July 23, 1962 in Carroll, Iowa. She graduated from high school in Leavenworth, Kansas. She enlisted in the Air Force where she received training as a Dental Assistant, Periodontal Therapy and as an Operating Room Surgical Assistant. After leaving active duty, she graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program in Tucson, Arizona where she lives and works.
Kevin was born April 20, 1966 at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He graduated from Kuemper High School, Carroll, Iowa and the Auto Body Program in Sioux City, Iowa. He works for Badding Construction, Carroll, Iowa, and is married to Karen (Vonnahme). She has twin daughters, Jessica and Amber.
John was born October 26, 1968 at Munson Army Hospital, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He graduated from Kuemper High School, Carroll, Iowa. He entered the USAF May 1987 and is currently stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida. He is married to Darnell (Battaya), has a son, Jordan, daughter Erin and two stepdaughters, Katelyn and Hannah.
Doris and Gerald observed their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004. A Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton, with Msgr. Ken Seifried (Col USA Ret.) and Fr. Leo Riesberg officiating. An Open House reception followed, at the American Legion Hall in Dedham, Iowa, where Gerald is a lifetime member. All seven children, their spouses and 13 grandchildren were present for the festivities.

Gerald & John Schreck

Annette & Gerald Schreck

Allen Schreck

John Schreck

Annette Schreck

Gerald & John Schreck

T/Sgt. Schreck, currently assigned to Keesler AFB, MS., re-enlisted in the U.S.A.F. on October 28, 2004. His father, COL (USA Ret) Gerald G. Schreck (above left) administered the oath of re-enlistment in City Hall, Templeton, Iowa. The U.S. flag (shown above), which was flown over the U.S. Capitol on August 4, 1990, was presented to the Schreck family in honor of T/Sgt. Schreck's great-uncle, LT Dale E. Christensen, Gray, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during WW II. LT Christensen was killed in action in New Guinea on August 4, 1944.

Dale Christensen WWII - uncle to Doris Schreck & Ray Christensen

Raymond Dale Christensen & Doris Schreck with their uncle Dale's Congressional Medal of Honor

Dale's Congressional Medal of Honor & backside of his Purple Heart

Christmas card to Clarus & Helene (Herbers) Heithoff

Down below there are 3 Kindergarten class pictures and below them is a Third Grade class photo.
I'm looking for help with identifications.
So far I've had 5 individuals respond - WHERE is everyone else who is either in the picture or was a classmate/schoolmate of these students - I'm sure you can help with some of the faces.

I added the names of "former" students of these classes. Some kids move into Manning and then move away and never graduate here, so providing those names sometimes helps to spark memories of faces of those kids.

Why do I have these names?
Below are some of the School history book volunteers - the ones who transcribed names and information from various school and other books, news print, etc.

Transcribers: (names from school record books, minute books, country school director's books, microfilm) Nadine Ehlers, Velaine & Wayne Curlile, Lue Baker, Marilyn Hansen, Sue Behrens, Judy Joens, Theda Wiese, Julie Hagedorn, Jean Stadtlander, Carol Hagedorn, Gladys Schmidt, Vic & Donna Schwiesow, Donna Arp, Lois Peters, Jan Lahndorf, Phyllis Opperman, Marge Stribe.
Country School: Russ Stribe, Marge Kusel, Dick Clark, Dorothy Knudson, Merlyn Irlbeck, Robert Hansen of Audubon County, Ray Thielen, Gary Schroeder, Melvin Meier, Laverne Meier, Myron Bogatzke, Donna Schwiesow, Ardith Lage, Dennis & Margaret Backhaus, Dale Ehlers, Helene Heithoff, Marlene Siepker, Delores Kuhn, Lorrine Danner.

Here are some pictures of volunteers I took while they were working/transcribing names and information, or proof reading draft material.

Some of these folks spent hundreds of hours helping with the school history book - can't I get at least a few minutes from those of you who are in the class pictures and can ID some of the faces???

Judy Joens, Vic & Donna Schwiesow - 2007 extracting highlights from school record books.

Sue Behrens, Marilyn Hansen, Judy Joens extracting ALL student names from school record books.

Lois Peters working on the country school student names

Jeff Wanninger, Sally Hodne, Tim Kienast proof reading the school sports records

Lue Baker extracting names & highlights from country school record books

Dorothy Kusel proof reading each and every page of the school history book.

Microfilm reader with printer I purchased to find and print school articles from the Manning Monitor and then later scan and OCR and then make MS Word files.

Box 20x20x20 full of sheets of paper - both sides used for proof reading purposes

2008 Every page of the Manning School history book draft stage.
Put on display for anyone interested in helping look for errors one final time.

When you read school notes about someone in one my tributes who has passed away, that information came from all of the countless hours of using the microfilm machine and then OCRing into text.

All of the volunteers were part of a "labor of love" for their community and have tremendous pride in helping preserve Manning's history.

So once again, PLEASE help with IDs for pictures when I post them - you can spend a few minutes to help!

For decades, I've been working with the Ohde family on their history...first with William F. and then later with Ruth.
The last years, Ruth had been digging out stuff that was stored in hidden areas and not looked at for decades. I tried to keep up with scanning things because Ruth had a good handle on the family history and could generally answer most questions I had like IDs, and then like so often happens, the community is shocked when someone passes away suddenly, like with Ruth.

There are so few people who can help me anymore with old Manning/family history, but I keep plugging forward.
The Ohde family has boxed up the old stuff and now I'm going through everything again. I asked to go through everything again because the early stuff I scanned was hit and miss and I didn't have as good a scanners and software. I'm finding a lot of stuff I had scanned previously but also a lot of things I've never seen before so it is exciting to work on this family history for one last time.

Down below are some interesting items of history and some pictures I need help with IDs, so please help out and e-mail me anyone you can identify.

I was excited to find this first image because it is a part of history that is ingrained into my memories, since it was the strongest winter storm since the 1936 snowstorm that the old timers always told me about.
As I recall, we had 13 inches of snow with sustained 80 mph winds and gusts to 100...a three-day blizzard...it began early January 10 - I was heading to school. Even though there was heavy snow coming down they had not yet called off school, but then I heard over the radio that school was cancelled. I was driving my Volkswagon fastback, and by the time I got back home it was getting difficult to see.
During the day the snow got worse and of all things our sows decided it was time to start farrowing. At the time we were using my uncle Melvin Kusel's hoghouse where he lived on the corner. It started getting dark and the blizzard was at full force and there was no way I could drive back to our farm, so Roger Erickson, who helped us farm at that time, took me home on his snowmobile. I have no idea how he could see where he was going but he got me home safely and then also safely got home in Manning.

Once it got dark the power went out for the rural community but fortunately the power stayed on in Manning so my brother was able to see while helping the sows give birth.

This is what I like about history with these first two images - being able to notice and then compare pictures as to the changes that have occurred. As I stated above, I was excited to scan this first picture which is something from my era, and then when I scanned the 2nd picture I immediately noticed something very interesting...it was the same tree, one image in 1975 and the other image taken circa 1936.

January 1975 blizzard - large conifer on the northwest corner of the Ohde Funeral Home property.

Compare the tree above to the tree below.

William Ohde next to the conifer when it was much smaller.

January 28, 2020 new blue spruce tree.

Conifers generally grow around 1 foot per year so they are fairly slower growers, but if you live long enough you'll slowly see them get bigger each year to where someday you can tell the story about when they were just a seedling when you were a kid.

This tree comparison reminded me about the story Clifford "Bud" Johnson told me how he remembered jumping over a small conifer on the property where Janet (Genzen) Smith now resides.
Bud was born in Manning in 1908 so this tree was huge by the time he told me the story.
You say - what's the big deal about a story of jumping over a tree as a kid...it stands out in my mind because I visited with Bud about Manning's history for many years and he told me lots of amazing little tidbits of Manning history.
One interesting fact about Bud is his middle name is "Manning." When his dad first came to Manning he fell in love with the town so much that he gave his son the middle name.

January 28, 2020 White Pine tree that Bud jumped over as a little kid.
White Pines grow around 1.5 to 2 feet per year.

Bud Johnson 1926 in front of Chris Johnson Shoe Store

Bud next to his home at 703 Third Street.

Bud's wife, Letha

Letha (Boysen) Johnson

Letha Johnson - MHS school teacher

I think it is fitting to start with John Ohde. Many of you may know that John has now retired and his last day working for Manning was at the Manning Rec Center where renovation is going on.

January 23, 2020
This is an unusual scene - John Ohde actually sitting down during work!

January 24, 2020 - gift to John for his 43 years of service to the Manning community.

PLEASE help me with IDs
e-mail Dave Kusel

There are lots of familiar faces...I've added the names I think I know for sure and a few guesses - for many others I recognize the face but can't quite put a name to them.

To make it easier for me - simply copy the names for a picture and paste it into an e-mail. Then fill in the names/corrections and send it to me.

Here are the list of students who were with 1972 but didn't graduate or maybe held back so I also included 1973...sometimes seeing the names will spark a memory when looking at the student pictures.
1972 FORMER members: Kaylyn Betterton, Randy Borkowski, Melissa Eschenbacher, Kaelyn Farrell, Colleen Green, Cheryl Hansen, Kurt Hass, Norman Heithoff, Mary Kay Holst, Peggy Hupp, Michael Joens, Robin Knapp, Jim Kunkel, Sharlene Mathisen, Barbara McKinley, Randal Mohr, Madonna Nepple, David Nissen, Allan Otto, Michael Pearson, Laurel Porsch, David Reinke, Jeff Rinehart, Donna Schwaller, Ann Weiskircher, James Weiss, Douglas Wiese, James Wittrock, Jerome Wuebker, John Zekan

1973 FORMER members: Mark Aiken, Mary Lou Bauer, Debra Espenhover, Steven Espenhover, Robert Fuller, Jeff Grimm, Randy Hargens, Deborah Hass, Colette Himley, Francis Hummer, Deana Hupp, Sharon Irlmeier, Kevin Jahn, Richard Klemme, Susan Kloewer, Carol Knudsen, Jane Moore, Jean Muhlbauer, Jamie Murray, Richard Musfeldt, Eugene Nepple, Cynthia Parkinson, Jennifer Pearson, Sherry Petersen, Bruce Pohlberg, Terry Saunders, Kathleen Shiltz, Arnold Shipps, Terry Shoemaker, Doyle Thompson, Rosemarie Wittrock, Peggy Wuebker

Kindergarten class - MHS 1972
Teacher Irene Weddum - Back: Scott Renze, Mike Bilsten, Tom Wurr, Kirk Escher, John Ohde, Douglas Wiese (August 8, 1953 - April 3, 1965), Lonny Hargens, Doug Hargens, Craig Moeller
Middle: Melissa Eschenbacher, Connie Grimm, Vickie Mundt, Donna Reinke, Dottie Dammann, Gail Phillips, Ruth Croghan
Front: James Weiss, Lynn Venteicher, ?Randy Borkowski?, Lynn Stein, Lonnie Jensen, Brian Peters, Randy Saunders, Tom Walters, Doug Mohr

Kindergarten class - MHS 1972
Teacher Betty Brotherton - Back: Gary Dammann, ??, Mary Steinke, Roger Musfeldt, Keith Kerkhoff, Karen Wegner, ??, Anne Jensen
Middle: David Nissen, Randy Hargens?, ??, Michael Pearson, ??, ??, Georgia Dethlefs, Clark Tibben, Jennifer Zerwas, ??
Front: Laurel Porsche, Eugene Croghan, Craig Pfannkuch, Jeanine Case, Marge Vogl, ?Anne Felker?, ??, ??

Kindergarten class - MHS 1972
Teacher Irene Weddum - Back: Kevin Struve, Steve Espenhover, Allen Otto, John Opperman, Alice Sporrer, Mary Kasperbauer, Bev Otto, Jim Kunkel, Keith Vetter
Middle: Joy Hockett?, Donna Sonksen, Janet Vetter, Amy Weiskircher, Madonna Nepple, Kathy Hinners, Mary Opperman, Peggy Hupp
Front: James Wittrock?, Dave Irlmeier, Linda Rohe, Marilyn Strosahl, Carolyn Strosahl, Dean Martens, Ron Irlmeier

If you have school class pictures like this, please contact me so I can get them to scan and then add to my Manning historical database.

John Ohde's grandfather in the back row 1904
Back: Joe Barber - R Guard, William Ohde, Sr. - Fullback, Ellis O. Frick - L Guard
Middle: Gustav Franke - R End (MHS 1907), Ledger Free - R Halfback, Harry C. Reinholdt - Q Back (MHS 1908), Ernest Dee Sutherland - L Halfback (MHS 1906), Harry Free - L End (MHS 1906)
Front: William Summerville - R Tackle (MHS 1905), Grant Barber - Center, Walter Grantz - L Tackle
Substitutes not shown: Arthur Laflar (MHS 1906), Louie Phillips

John Ohde's grandfather

1916 Three Mile House Schuetzen Verein
This medal caught me off-guard. When I looked at it I immediately saw "Hayes Township" on the medal, but when I scanned it I noticed something interesting - "3 Mile House."
At first I thought the 3 was an error and should say 5 but when I checked the Five Mile House King Shoot record, John Oeser was the high scorer in 1916.
So even though it says Hayes Township it should say Ewoldt (Warren) Township which is where the 3 Mile House was once located - 3 miles north of Manning.
I have a number of inside pictures of the 3 Mile House and quite a few historical items including ribbons scanned but this is the first medal I've run into.

If you have any pictures of the outside of the Three Mile House building - PLEASE e-mail me!!!

Thanks to the wonders of e-mail I'm able to communicate with William G. Ohde who lives out of state to get information and IDs for some of the pictures not identified.
Bill confirmed this is his great-grandfather, Jurgen George Ohde and helped me figure out where the picture was taken.

Jurgen "George" Ohde 1846 - 1919
Jurgen is standing in front of the Brunnier home on the west side of Center Street, across from the water tower.
The home to the north (where William & Francis Ohde first lived when married) and beyond would be where the Ford Garage was built in 1919...today the location of Plastico.
Jurgen's son William Ohde married Frances Brunnier, daughter of Julius and Caroline (Koepke) Brunnier.
The Brunnier home was the first house built in Manning. It was featured in the History of Manning 1898 book. Below is some information and images of that home.

1898 History book
The house was built where it now stands by John Ferguson in the autumn of 1881.
The property is now owned and occupied by H.G.A. Brunnier.­

Some of you may remember this as the home of Ed & Delores (Ohm) Ramsey.
This picture taken in 1957 gives a better view of what the old Brunnier home looked like.

There is so much history connected to the Ohde/Brunnier family.
Martin Brunnier's son, Henry helped design the Manning water tower and later helped design the Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
Henry, a 1900 MHS graduate, was a first cousin to Frances (Brunnier) Ohde.

William & Frances (Brunnier) Ohde

When the water tower was first built - picture from the Amanda (Mundt) Puck collection

I have never run across any pictures of the erection of the water tower...
If you have any please e-mail me!!!

1952 Manning Rotary Charter

probably from Carroll, Henry J. Brunnier, William F. Ohde, probably from Carroll

Henry Brunnier, a president of Rotary International presented the charter to Manning's newly formed Rotary club.
Manning Officers with President Henry Brunnier
Ralph Grundmeier, Sergeant at Arms, Charles T. Bennett, Director, Peter F. Hansen, Director, William F. Ohde, President, Henry Brunnier, Rotary International President, Henry E. Meyers, Treasurer, Henry J.M. Hansen, Director, Elmer Mueller, Director, Eugene B. Zerwas, Vice President

In 2017, I scanned the blueprints for the water tower that was erected in 1903.

I made super high resolution scans of the blueprints (1 gigabyte files), touched them up and then the city had some new prints made, which are on display in city hall.
Here are 2 of those prints.

William Franklin Ohde

Ida (Roggendorf) Dethlefs memories
Klean Klose Shop & Crystal Theater

Click to read the history

1996 renovation of First National Bank

As I was digging through one of the boxes of Ohde stuff I ran across a rolled up document. Now in order to scan items like this I have to first lay them out flat and put some extra weight on the lid for several days. That way, when I start scanning, it won't want to roll right back up and fight me, especially with items I have to split-scan.

Once I got it in place on my large format scanner I scanned the top part and was greatly surprised to see what it actually is - an official document for the "Ohde addition" from 1905.
It is getting brittle but still in good shape and not falling apart or cracking, BUT it won't be long before this starts happening and now is the time to get it digitized.

Below you can see the Ohde Addition on the middle right side

More Ohde history/pix coming...

Remember the All-School reunion this summer - updated information can be found under the "What's new in 2020" link on the left, then click on 2020 reunion link.
More details will be added as they are confirmed over the next few months.

On January 18, a relative from Germany of the Hinz/Genzen family in Manning signed my guestbook.
I'm now working with her to share information and hopefully some pictures that connect to the Manning family.
At first I wanted to make sure we were talking about the same Hinz family and a screenshot from a history published in Holzbunge shows the same Jurgen and Anna (Peters) Hinz who immigrated to Manning.
As I get more information and pictures I'll share some of it on my web page.

This is the local family referenced.

Back: Edna Kaspersen, Luella Gruhn, Edward Hinz, Eldora Hofvander
Front: Walter Hinz, Jurgen Hinz, Anna (Peters) Hinz, Florence Genzen

Heinrich Hinz - uncle of Florence (Hinz) Genzen

Heinrich sent this trunk full of his possessions and clothing from Hamburg. He immigrated to Manning but then went back to Germany, never to return to Manning.
It is not known why.

Jurgen Hinz 1895 - grandfather of Larry Genzen & Darlene Vollstedt
The small framed picture is of Kaiser Wilhelm II at the base of Jurgen Hinz's image. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), Germany's last Kaiser, was born in Potsdam in 1859, the son of Frederick III and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria.

For Rent
Looking for a shop to do farm or vehicle repairs and more?

Call or e-mail (by appointment only)

Quonset (40x80) fully insulated with both waste oil and supplemental natural gas heaters...all new wiring and lighting installed in 2012.
All concrete floors, with movable over-head hoist, including various shop equipment like chop saw, grinder, drill press, press, and more...
All new covering on outside - top and ends in 2019.
Fully graveled & maintained lane and yard. We have a rear mount tractor snow blower (loader) we use to keep lane/yard free of snow in winter.
Owners live on premises - with security lights.

2012 complete rennovation

waste oil burner, hoist, press

2019 complete new covering.

Call 712-653-3259 or e-mail - farming@davidkusel.com
Also, some possible space to store equipment for the renter.

This would be a shared situation...we still want to use the shop for occasional repairs we will have year-round and also store the loader/tractor/snowblower in the winter.

Manning Hillside Splash

Click for a printable flier

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.

Manning Hillside Splash 2019 update

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

Please visit the Manning Exchange for local news, articles, and information...a work in progress.

Many upcoming events.

Korean War Veterans continues

There are lots of Manning Veterans of the Korean era with no pictures or information.
Will you be in the Manning Veterans' book???
Unless more post-WWII Veterans come forward there will be a lot of 1946 to present day Manning connected Veterans missing from the book.

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.

Click to visit the Manning Exchange

1 example from the Logeland Studio wedding packets.

There are still quite a few Logeland Studio wedding packets available.

Click to read about this important project.

It will help to financially support the Manning Veterans' history book project.

What makes up a community?
Just ONE person
who is a son or daughter
who is a brother or sister
who has a school chum
who is related to someone in that town
whose friend has a friend in that town
whose friend is related to someone else in town
who may have moved away but still thinks of the place they grew up as home

We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.

In their own words
Attention "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow"

Who is the sister of the meteorologist linked below?
Click to see the answer in her own words

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

I have been receiving questions from various "1983 kids" about what type of information we would like them to write about.
Please read through the meteorologist's story to get ideas for you own personal write-up.
Then send me an e-mail so we can work out your story.

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.

We'd like to hear from you !!!

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 project.
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.

Amos Rutz WWII

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.

Are you a Manning connected Veteran?
I would like to hear from you!!!
We are starting a Manning Veteran history book project and if you don't come forward you may not be included in the book. NOT because we want to intentionally leave you out but because you didn't come forward.
Same goes for those of you who have Veterans in your family who have passed away. If you don't come forward and help by submitting Veteran connected pictures and information your Veteran may not be included in this once in a life-time Manning Veterans' history book.

Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions manningveterans@davidkusel.com

The United States flag
is proudly displayed here and NO other flag is as IMPORTANT!

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
60+ served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
5 served in the Spanish American War
350+ served during WWI
600+ 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

28 paid the ultimate price with their lives defending the U.S. Flag

Are you a Manning Veteran?
Are you currently serving and have a Manning connection?

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

There are a lot of WWI and some WWII Veterans pictures with no IDs.

Before you spend time scanning pictures
please look at these instructions
I appreciate your efforts scanning pictures for me but if you only make low resolution scans you are really wasting your time. High resolution scans are the best and only way to really preserve those old pictures.

Click to see the tutorial

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.