Social Services Director
Accura HealthCare of Manning
So the sooner these "problem child" photos get scanned the better quality image you'll get now as opposed to waiting until it is too late to correct the color.
Childrens Day 1980
Childrens Day 1979
Chris Muhlbauer on French Horn - Mike Hinners on bass drum
Outdoor Swimming Pool 1980
Carolyn Renze in yellow shirt
Travis & Melanie Doyel in the water
Denise Doyel on bleachers
Possibly Vicki Schwiesow wearing towel
They are not sure where they purchased this collection but would be either in Nevada or in Long Beach.
These are some of the names on the photos that were identified:
Sister Esther M. Grube, William Grube, Poppi-Lewis-George Grube, Betty Jane Grube, Mrs Basil H. See, Mrs Willena Grube Anderson, Irene Tinsley of South Dakota, Mary Grube.
A family living in Seattle Washington, and Lavan D. Sanderford of San Francisco.
So if anyone can help with the Grube family connection please let me know...
This is the Manning Grube family of whom I descend from.
Detlef and his family immigrated from Schleswig/Holstein to Davenport, Iowa, in 1865, and eventually the children ended up in Manning.
Detlef Grube 1817 - 1865 married Anna Miller 1813 - 1878
Children of Detlef & Anna:
Christian born 3/18/1842
Claus J. born 2/24/1845 married Catherine Struve born 1/22/1850 - 9/20/1867
Henry married Ida Kusel who was a sister to William Kusel
Sophia born 9/9/1852 - 10/19/1935 married William Kusel - Dave Kusel's great-grandparents
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Some communities in this country show disdain for the USA and even hate their country - they tear down their statues and history - NOT here in Manning...
"Land of the Free"Statue Erected on Main Street
By: Jean Voege, Main Street Manning Executive Director
Manning's Main Street now has seven solid bronze statues lining thanks to the installation of "Land of the Free" on the east side of the VFW Hall on Friday, October 16, 2020.
The Design Committee of Main Street Manning (MSM) was instrumental in securing this statue as well as the others that line the street. When asked why this particular statue was chosen to adorn the streets of Manning, Marsha Clausen, Chair of the Design Committee, said, "Bravery is a word often thrown about without true thought to its meaning. Our soldiers, past and present, willingly risk their lives to save and protect the many, and their bravery saved the world from a terror unlike any we could have imagined. My Uncle George Seite served in World War II and was reported as missing in action and was eventually liberated from a German Concentration Camp at the end of the war. I am in awe when I reflect on the sacrifice that our soldiers made to protect our freedoms. Manning has always had strong military history and we are proud to be in "The Land of the Free!"
Clausen continued, "In the summer of 2019, Manning was selected to host '"Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,"' a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. We felt that the Land of the Free would be an excellent '"fit"' with the opportunity to host this exhibit."
The initial funds to pay for the statue, valued at over $6,800, were raised by a free-will donation at the Souper Tuesday Soup Supper hosted by the Organization Committee of Main Street Manning on Tuesday, March 3. Additional funds were donated by the American Legion Auxiliary to the Emil Ewoldt American Legion Post #22. The VFW Post #3517 had secured a grant to help fund Main Street Manning's efforts to host the "Voices and Votes" exhibit.
When the Covid 19 pandemic forced the cancellation of that exhibit the Manning VFW Post #3517 kindly donated the money to the funding of the statue. A donation of over $4,600 by the Emil Ewoldt American Legion Post #22 in June 2020 allowed for the purchase of the statue which was forged by BronzeMan in Agoura Hills, California. Because of the long term working relationship between Marsha Clausen and BronzeMan, the company covered the cost of shipping. The Manning Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post #3517 will donate the cost of the commemorative plaque that will be placed near the statue.
The placement of the statues on Main Street and within the Main Street District had its start in 2015 when the Main Street Manning Design Committee in collaboration with Manning's Visionary Committee was able to secure funding through donations and grants for the purchase of the "Leap Frog" and "Girl with the Fountain" statues in the Manning City Park. Since that time, additional funding has been secured to fund the other six statues on Main Street.
More historical military perspective coming...
April 13, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 13, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 20, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 20, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 20, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 22, 2020 - Trestle Park
April 22, 2020 - Power supply underground
The bike was designed and constructed by Mike Warner of Warner Welding. The metal wheels, iron tractor seat, old machinery parts and tools along with the landscaping rocks were donated by friends, alumni, and former students of the Robinson's.
Manning City employees helped with installation and landscaping of the Bike Art memorial.
Friends collaborated with the City of Manning to align the Bike project Manning Visioning Plan and beautification for parks and trails for alumni, friends, families, and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.
This is one of the many projects that the Beautification Committee collaborates their efforts with the City of Manning, Manning Main Street, and Manning Visioning Plan, to make Manning what it is today.
Manning City Administrator Dawn Meyer stated. "We are honored to be able to place this memorial at the Trestle Park. Art is one of the focuses of the park and trail projects like this not only serve as a memorial, they also help enhance the art offering of the community. We are thankful that the friends and family of Scott & Mitch chose to memorialize them in such a unique way."
Now some people will not know who the Robinsons are...unfortunately I don't have any scans from actual photos of Bonita but below is a sampling of the Robinson history.
From the 2009 Manning Schools history book:
Bonita "Mitch" (Buckhammer) Robinson grew up in Bayard, Nebraska. She attended a country school until the middle of her sixth grade year, and graduated from Bayard High School in 1961. She graduated from Kearney State College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (Kearney State is now the University of Nebraska-Kearney). Mitch graduated with a major in business education and a minor in English. She taught shorthand and office practice at Kearney High School in 1965.
Mitch married Scott Robinson in August 1966 and they moved to Manning two weeks later. Mitch was hired by Robert Melick and Wayne Curlile to teach Junior High Language Arts. Her first year salary in Manning was $5100, which seemed like a lot at that time.
After teaching seventh and eighth grade Language Arts for three years, Mitch quit teaching to start their family. Tiffany was born in August, 1969. Mitch remained a stay-at-home mom until their son Matthew was born in January 1971. Paul Bjorkgren, superintendent, called and asked if Mitch was ready to take her former job back. After much thought, she decided to accept the position. Paul actually hired her while at the golf course.
Mitch continued teaching Junior High Language Arts and also Chapter I Reading and Junior High typing until retiring in May 1999. She was also assigned the task of Yearbook Advisor the last six years of her teaching career. Mitch admits that those were not some of her fondest memories of teaching.
Funny moments: "Wish I would have kept a daily journal throughout the years because something memorable happened most every day. I'll never forget Dave Irlmeier's famous comment. Every time I would hand out an assignment, he would ask if it was going to be graded. I said, David, what difference does it make if it is graded or not? His quick reply was, 'Would you be standing up there teaching if you didn't get paid?' What could I say to that?"
Daughter Tiffany graduated from Manning High School in 1987. She attended University of Nebraska-Kearney for two years and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She did substitute teaching for several years in the Des Moines area and also in Manning. Tiffany is married and living in Grundy Center, Iowa, where her husband Jeff Carson is manager of the city's municipal utilities. Tiffany works in the chiropractor's office and enjoys golfing, bicycling, and traveling.
Son Matthew died of leukemia in October 1972, at the age of 21 months. The Robinsons never forgot the comfort and support they received from the entire community and especially their community of fellow faculty members and the students. "This community is special and I'm sure that's why we are still living in Manning, Iowa, today."
Mitch taught in the Manning School system for 31 years and retired in May 1999. She then began working in Dr. Robert Vonnahme's chiropractic office in July of that year. She continues working part time at the present. Mitch enjoys walking, golfing, vacationing, watching sports, and keeping close contact with friends.
Scott Robinson was born in 1940 and grew up in Kearney, Nebraska. He attended school in Kearney School District and graduated from Kearney High School in 1959. Scott participated in football, basketball, and track in high school. He attended Kearney State College and graduated with a BA Degree in Education, majoring in geography and physical education.
After marrying Mitch and moving to Manning, Scott accepted a teaching position in geography and physical education. Coaching was always a strong desire for Scott. He coached as an assistant in football and basketball and became head golf coach for 27 years after Ross Norman left for another job. The most memorable challenges as a coach were attempting to teach Dan Kerkhoff how to shoot free throws and to keep Brad Kusel from "passing gas" during practices.
Scott retired from teaching in May 1999, and continued as head golf coach until retiring in the spring of 2009. Scott continued a career as a crop hail adjuster that began in 1981. A memorable comment from a member of the community was, "What does Scott know about farming?" Funny thing is Scott may have adjusted this farmer's crops.
Scott Robinson, Larry Rowedder, James Murphy
Basketball coaches: Scott Robinson & James Murphy in the old gym (now Rec Center)
Football coaches: Scott Robinson, Gary Taylor, James Murphy
November 2, 1972 at Manilla - scanned from the Wayne Saunders negative collection
Scott Robinson, Curt Stribe, Jim Murphy, Kevin Pfannkuch, John Opperman, Keith Stribe
Scott Robinson & Larry Miller 1974
Tiffany Robinson & Virginia Stoberl April 1987 - school cafeteria
I remember the first day that Scott came back to school to continue teaching in his classroom after taking several days off for the funeral & burial of Matthew.
All of us students were very quiet and didn't know what to say or do, and Scott was also very quiet which was different from his usual telling the class a joke or two and clowning around before we got to our Geography class.
Scott's Nickname was "Oscar" and he was the only teacher I recall that we could call by his/her first name and not "Mr. or Mrs."
He got his nickname from Oscar Robertson - an all-star black NBA player during the 1960s and early 1970s. Scott would scrimmage with us players and he would show us his "fancy" moves and ball handling...we also enjoyed playing 3-man cutthroat with Scott where one person had the ball and had to go against the other two to score a basket.
Most people start out in life with humble beginnings, and then continue throughout their lives in the same way and the only recognition they receive is from their family and friends who saw what they did in life...
Some folks, though, do achieve some amazing accomplishments, but their foundation began in their communities.
You don't have to grow up in a huge city to achieve your goals...just like the fellow in this feature below.
He went out into the world and through his achievements he has given a tremendous image about the Manning community.
Take a trip through his past and see where his goals took him today.
We interact and influence so many people and are also influenced by others.
Back: Jackie Borkowski, Fred Gruhn, Duane Swensen, Robert Barten, Gene Wycoff, Mrs. Grace Andresen
Middle: Jane Christensen, Jeff Musfeldt, Jackie Moore, Gene Wycoff, Karen Borkowski
Front: Linda Barten, Laurel Musfeldt, Chuck Moore, Gwenda Borkowski
Junior High - Back: Charles Brotherton, Jeff Musfeldt, Phil Sextro, John Doyel, Jon Stein, Dennis Ohde
Front: Tom Schroeder, Albert "Butch" Jansen, Curt Grimm, Dan Pratt, Donald Kingsbury
Junior high football (undefeated) 1960-61 seventh and eight grade.
Merlin & Delone (Brockman) Musfeldt with Genelle (Kruse) & Leland Kienast
Merlin was the son of Louie and Laura (Schroeder) Musfeldt
Merlin Musfeldt moving soil at the new Zion Lutheran church site November 21, 1960.
Photo from Merle Stoelk's collection.
Tom Schroeder & Jeff Musfeldt - at the Schroeder house.
Jeff Musfeldt - staying overnight at the Harold & Bernice Schroeder home.
Yes, even future Major Generals once wore PJs!
Jeff Musfeldt confirmation March 26, 1961 Zion Lutheran Church
Pep Club initiation - probably 1964
1965 MHS graduates: Connie Anthony, Irma Borkowski, Lyle Borkowski, Nathan Dappen, Ray Dentlinger, John Doyel, Paul Edmunds, Gene Ehlers, Rodney Ehlers, Jane Espenhover, Phyllis Jean Graner, Craig Grau, Curtis Grimm, Joyce Handlos, Jerry Hargens, Hilbert Hoffman, Michael Hoffman, Leroy Irlbeck, Joleen Irlmeier, Albert Jansen, Charlotte Joens, Kathy Johnson, Linda Kasperbauer, Lonnie Kasperbauer, Karen Klocke, Bette Kruse, Linda Kruse, Kay Kuhn, Angela Kusel (valedictorian), Pamela Kusel, Robert Miller, Julie Monson, Harlan Moore, Jacquelyn Moore, John Moeller, Janis Mundt, Jeff Musfeldt, Rose Nepple, Lois Oakley, William Ohde, JoAnn Peters, Dan Pratt, John Ramsey, Rebecca Ramsey, Carol Ranniger, Janet Ranniger, Joan Ranniger (salutatorian), Karen Reinke, Larry Rohe, Daru Ross, Steven Rutz, William Saunders, Tom Schroeder, Philip Sextro, Gay Singsank, Karen Spieker, Jon Stein, Jim Steinke, Linda Struve, Gretchen Tank, Barbara Vollstedt, Donna Wegner, Jerry Walsh, Robert Wetzel
1965 former students: Toni Apicelli, Judy Beck, James Becker, Patsy Beese, Karen Borkowski, Donald Callender, Mark Curl, Vincent Curl, Terry DeBoth, Douglas Domayer, Gary Eischeid, Rebecca Eschenbacher, Craig Farnham, George Ford, Larry Galvin, Ernest Golwitzer, Jan Hamers, Cathie Hartman, Steve Joens, Gloria Jurgensen, James Keat, Donald Kingsbury, Sherri Loucks, Mary Martens, Gary McKinney, Linda Meaike, Wanda Mersman, Susan Muhlbauer, Ronnie O'Lear, Michael Patrick, Jack Plahn, Richard Poley, Marlene Schiltz, Michael Sebern, Karen Simcoke, Joan Tauber, Rolla TenEyck, Candace Waterbury, Jackie Wiese
Jeff Musfeldt with Chuck Ehlers (Vietnam Veteran & Manning Fireman)
Jeff Musfeldt with John Weible (WWII Veteran who I have no military pictures and very little history)
Jeff - I need to get the original photo to make a high resolution scan to replace this one.
Manning, Iowa Native Earns Rank of Major General
A U.S. Air Force Reserve leader was honored at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona after his promotion in February. Major General Jeffrey M. Musfeldt, the mobilization assistant to the commander of Twelfth Air Force and U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, earned his second star and pinned on the rank in a ceremony held on his behalf.
His mother, wife and three children joined him at the promotion ceremony presided over by Lieutenant General Doc Foglesong, the 12th AF and USSOUTHAF commander.
In June 1969, the general was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and received his pilot wings at Reese Air Force Base, Texas the following year.
He is a command pilot with 4,100 hours of fighter time, including combat in Southeast Asia.
Major General Musfeldt was born and raised in Manning, Iowa graduating from Manning High School in 1965. He currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force
Major General Jeffrey M. Musfeldt is the Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon. General Musfeldt assists in overseeing Air Force inspection policy and criminal investigations; counterintelligence operations; complaints, and fraud, waste and abuse programs; intelligence oversight; and two field operating agencies -- the Air Force Inspection Agency and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
General Musfeldt was born and raised in Manning, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a degree in Mathematics and was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program. The following year he earned his wings as a distinguished graduate of Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. The general is a command pilot with 4,100 hours of flying time, including combat time in Southeast Asia. He has maintained mission ready status for over 27 years of his flying career in the F-4, A-7, F-16, and A-10 aircraft.
General Musfeldt has been associated with the Air Force Reserve Professional Development Center for the past 14 years, instructing more than 1500 squadron commanders during that time. Additionally he was instrumental in developing the Air Force Reserve Command's mentoring program. In his civilian career he was a multi-unit franchisee owning some of the highest volume restaurants in the Burger King system.
He is married to the former Laura Hale and has five children: Ashley (27), Natalie (25), Annie (16), Austin (14) and Adam (13).
2020 award recipients
Lt. Commander Kennith R. Culp (ret)
Captain Howard Kerr (ret)
General Don Kutyna (ret)
Colonel Sue Moorhead (ret)
Major General Jeffrey M. Musfeldt (ret)
Traditionally, a formal public event would be held at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will instead hold a virtual event on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm.
Jeffrey M. Musfeldt was born and raised on a farm in
Manning, Iowa. He graduated UI ROTC as a second lieutenant with a mathematics
degree in 1969. Thirty-eight years later, in 2008, he retired from the United
States Air Force having achieved the two-star rank of major general-serving his
final five years at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as the deputy inspector general of the U.S. Air Force.
During his highly decorated career, Musfeldt was a combat-ready fighter pilot for 27 years, flying the F-4 Phantom, A-7 Corsair II, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He accumulated more than 4,000 hours of total flight time, including combat time in Southeast Asia and the Balkans.
As a regular instructor at the Air Force Reserve (AFR) Commander's Course, Musfeldt instilled the concept of the "culture-focused commander" in more than 1,500 new commanders. This expertise also made him instrumental in instituting the AFR's Total Quality Management and Mentoring Initiatives.
In 2017, Musfeldt communicated with Hawkeye Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, suggesting a potential pre-game sideline formation structured around proper etiquette for our national anthem. Ever since, this display of patriotism has been an inspiration to all who have witnessed it.
Now retired, Jeff Musfeldt actively volunteers for a variety of faith-based initiatives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
Phyllis (Pieper) & Wilbur Lamp 1983 Schuetzen Verein
Phyllis Lamp, age 99, of Manning, died early morning,
November 13, 2020 at Manning Regional Healthcare in Manning.
Visitation Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, Iowa
Service Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm Zion Lutheran Church, Manning
Congregational Hymns "Drawn to the Cross" "O God of Mercy, God of Might" "Beautiful Savior" Susan Lamb, Organist
Casket Bearers: Jacob Lauber, Isaac Lauber, Connor Lamp, Kyle Selmer, Tyler Saunders, Kolby Struchen, Quincy Lamp
Burial will follow the service at Manning Cemetery, Manning
The funeral will be livestreamed by Zion Lutheran Church. Please go to zionmanning.com and proceed to the Facebook link. It can also be accessed through Facebook on Zion's facebook page.
Officiating Pastor Jonathan Conner and Pastor Robert Riggert
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis Faye, daughter of Philip and Susan (Hutchinson) Pieper, was born October 17, 1921, on the family farm in Crawford County, Iowa. When she was six years old, her mother passed away and she went to live with her grandparents nearby. She attended country schools near her home, completing the eighth grade and continuing into high school for a short time at Deloit. Phyllis then worked in her home.
On June 15, 1941, Phyllis was united in marriage to Wilbur Lamp in Vail. Three children were born to this marriage. Phyllis and Wilbur farmed east of Manning for 35 years. In 1982, they moved into Manning.
Phyllis was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies' Guild. She was a proud homemaker and a charter member of the Friendly Neighbor Club. Throughout the years, she enjoyed dancing, sewing and drawing. Phyllis did a lot of reading. She always enjoyed cooking and baking favorite selections of her family and friends.
On Friday, November 13, 2020, Phyllis passed away at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, at the age of 99.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wilbur Lamp in 1993; son Gordell Lamp in 2005; son-in-law Rudy Roe; brother, Yale Pieper in World War II; and sister, LaRoyce Lamp and her husband, Harvey.
Phyllis is survived by her two children: Mahlon Lamp and wife Jane of Atlantic and Jean Roe of Des Moines; daughter-in-law Valda Lamp of Manning; seven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters; other relatives and friends.
Wilbur Lamp 1988 Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein
Wilbur Lamp 1982 Schuetzen Verein on the Lamp farm
Ray Irlbeck & Gordy Lamp 1982 Schuetzen Verein on the Lamp farm
Gordell Lamp & Wayne Schroeder 1988 Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein
Valda (Lamaack), Julie & Gordell Lamp 1988 Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein
Wilbur & Gordell Lamp Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein
Top: Marilyn Brus, Dennis Greer, Harriet Friedrichsen
Third: Dean Grimm, Evelyn Antone - teacher, Gordell Lamp
Second: Sharon Greer, Mahlon Lamp, Jean Lamp
Bottom: Kenny King, Curt Grimm, Denny Rohe
Gordy Lamp with his Ewoldt No. 7 teacher, Lucille Lamp
Page 38 of the Manning Schools history book
"White Bear" country school
Kindergarten 1948: Kenny Venteicher, Larry Lutwitze, Dean Grimm, Marilyn Brus, Gordell Lamp
Back: Luana Jean Lamp, Curt Grimm, Gwenna Bogatzke
Middle: Bruce Grimm, Diane Gehling, Sandra Mathisen, Kenny King, Cindy Musfeldt, Lydia Hugeback
Front: Becky Hugeback, Vickie Musfeldt, Charlene Mathisen, Al Grimm, Dave Friedrichsen
Back: Dean Grimm, Ron Brus, Marilyn Brus, Gordell Lamp, Rollin Joens, Evelyn Antone
Front: Leo Joens, Harriet Friedrichsen, Mahlon Lamp, Sharon Greer, Curtis Grimm
October 1, 1963 Sophomore Homecoming Float
The sophomore float entitled "Royal Visions of Victory" featured victory queen Vicki Wanniger.
The attendants are L-R: Jeanie Lamp, Sue Schrum, Linda Spack.
In car left to right - front: Doug Kusel, Steve Ruhde
Back seat: Mark Joens, ?student in shadows?
Car belonged to Harold Ruhde, Steve's father.
Gordell Lamp certificate
Gordell Lamp MHS 1961
October 1962 Homecoming - Pepclub initiation: Jean Lamp, Linda Spack, Donna Ramsey, Sharon Grimm
Slumber party at Vicki McGrath's home
Jean Lamp, Marilyn Jansen, Linda Spack, Sue Schrum, Donna Ramsey
Valda & Gordell Lamp wedding
Luana Jean Lamp MHS 1966
1965 Sweetheart dance - last year of FFA until 1973
Kay Kuhn (FFA Sweetheart), Jeanie Lamp, Joyce Ranniger, Gwen Tank
Julie Lamp, Don Lamb, Jill Lamp
Scott Lamp 1st grade
Steve Lamp 1st grade
Gordy Lamp 6th grade country school
Julie Lamp & Mark Johnson
Julie Lamp & Ron Weiss
Julie Lamp & Brian Joens - MVP basketball players 1986
Doug Vollstedt, Jill Lamp - Outstanding Senior athletes 1986
There will be no services.
Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home, Andover, Kansas, with an online guestbook available at www.heritageofandover.com.
Mark Anthony Wittrock, 60, Navy Veteran and Construction Contractor, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital, Wichita, Kansas, with his loving wife by his side.
Mark was born on March 1, 1959, in Carroll, Iowa, to James and Myra (Meeves) Wittrock. He got his GED while in the service and later married Karen Patrick on April 20, 2007, in Winfield, Kansas.
Mark loved going to auctions, grilling, fishing with his older brother in Iowa and construction. He could build anything with bare hands, including a house from the ground up. He loved kids and dogs and was a regular donor to the Kansas Humane Society and the Cowley County Humane Society. He will be remembered as a loving and caring man; and even sometimes as Santa Claus around town.
Mark is survived by his loving wife Karen; father James; 4 children; 2 step-children; siblings Rick, Tom, Dave, John, Susan, and Sandy; 8 grandchildren and his dog Molly. He is also an uncle and great-uncle to several nieces and nephews and is survived by many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Myra and his dog Maggie.
1978 MHS graduates: Marsha Jean Beck, Bradley James Bjorkgren, Donald R. Blum, Bruce Michael Bruhn, Del Ray Christensen, Lynn Everett Christensen, Ann Crandall, Joan Elizabeth Croghan, JoAnne Rose Croghan, Patricia Joan Croghan, Cynthia Jolene Curlile, Anna Marie Drees, Robert Dean Ehlers, Michael G. Fara, Patricia Ann Ferneding, Lori Marie Foote, Janet Lee Genzen, Daniel Lee Gore, Hans Kristian O. Hegland, Mark Herman Hagedorn, Joan Marie Hass, Dean Raymond Heithoff (valedictorian), Gail Arlene Hoffmann, Sharon Dee Houghton, Charles Arthur Hughes, Kevin Lynn Irlmeier, Jeff Lynn Jahn, Brenda Sue Juels, Joyce Ann Justice, Joseph W. Kalkhoff, Paula Jean Kanne, Joni Kay Karsten, Thomas Walter Knop, Carlys June Kusel, Michael Linell, Mary Jane McNutt, Shirley L. Milkert, Jeffery Lee Mohr, Michael Dean Mohr, Joleen Kaye Muhlbauer, Neil V. Muhlbauer, Lori J. Mundt, Susana Beatriz Nakazaki, Jane Ellen Nelson, James Ivan Opperman, Steven Wayne Phillips, Diane Kay Reinke, Shirley Ann Renze, Daniel L. Rohe, Doris J. Rohe, Lonny Dean Rowedder, Jill Renee Schmarzo, Gregory Joseph Sextro, Leon E. Sporrer, Scott Alan Stripling, William Lee Strosahl, Richard George Struve, Donna Rae Stoelk, Steven Tank, Jean Marie Voege, Kevin Lee Vollstedt, Janelle Jo Wanninger, Kevin Gene Warner, Dean Michael Wegner, Donna R. Weiskircher, Kyle Lane Wiese, Kathleen Jean Willenborg (salutatorian), Randy Lee Willenborg, Ginger Wolfe, Donald Wurr
1978 former students: David Amsden, Dan Ashton, Jeff Bauer, Gayla Betterton, Mary Blasey, Andy Boell, Bill Brotherton, LouAnn Clipperton, Richard Drennen, Tom Espenhover, Tom Frisinger, Brian Grundmeier, John Hansen, Russ Hansen, John Hedburg, Kala Huldeen, Kathy Klinker, Mike Lake, Gail Lamaack, Melvin Leinen, Arlene Mathisen, Monica Mohr, Ron Moore, Julie Orey, Gail Pearson, Nanette Robertson, Kevin Rutherford, DeAnn Schlichte, Kevin Schumann, Margie Shipps, Lynn Sporrer, Jay Thompson, Wes Thygesen, Dale Vogl, Sharon Vogl, Karen Wiese, Mark Wittrock
I realize that we are able to honor more than just one person at a time in our country, and I'm not taking anything away from "celebrities" and other more "well-known" people in our society such as the recent passing of Alex Trebek but what did he do during his life that was so much more important than, for instance, our two Manningites who recently passed away?
I say he did nothing that was any more important for society than these 2 Manning folks and the thousands more who died around the country recently.
We spend TOO much time with so-called "hero worship" and not enough time getting to know those people who lived in our community and helped build it into what it is today.
Sadly, a lot of the younger people in Manning today, won't even know who Marilyn or Jim or their families are/were, where once almost everyone in the community years ago knew each person who passed away and several generations of their families.
Slowly the indifference each subsequent year with our fellow
citizens is becoming similar to what it is like in huge cities where people don't even know their next door neighbors for the most part.
I didn't know Marilyn directly but knew Wayne & Cleone very well. I visited often with Cleone about history each year at the 5 Mile House Schuetzen Verein.
Wayne hauled a lot of grain with and for Kusel Brothers when we custom harvested for farmers years ago, and is where I first got to know him.
I visited often with Jim Wittrock over the decades, because he took walks along Railroad Street which is next to our farm fields where I drove along and worked on quite often.
He always had interesting things to talk about and was fun to visit with and I will miss his stories.
As long as I'm able, I'll continue to honor and give tributes
on my web page to Manningites who pass away, and when I find time, to some of the living citizens, most of whom go about their daily lives quietly and ask for no recognition.
If you take some extra time to go through each tribute thoroughly (especially the Khrushchev story in Jim's audio) and read the extra information I show - even though it is just a very small snapshot of their lives, you might realize they had even more interesting lives than our celebrities and more nationally-known citizens...
Back: Cleone, Wayne, Marilyn
Front: Leona (Grimm), Herbert
Back: Dale, Marilyn holding Janine
Front: Steve, Barbara
Back: Marilyn Schroeder, Marilyn Godiksen, Bill Opperman, Stanley Nissen
Front: Rose Ann Muhlbauer, Leland Kienast, Marian Kasperbauer
Visitation November 14 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM United Church Westside, Westside, Iowa
Funeral Service November 14 11:00 AM United Church Westside
Westside Cemetery, Westside
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services
Masks and social distancing are required for all guests who attend services.
Marilyn Dorothy (Schroeder) Jons was born March 19, 1930, at the home of her parents, Herbert and Leona (Grimm) Schroeder, in Manning. She joined a brother, Wayne, and they were joined by a younger sister, Cleone.
The family moved around a lot in the Manning and Westside areas when they were young, as Marilyn's father worked for several different farmers. Marilyn attended kindergarten and first grade in country school at Hayes No. 5, went to 2nd through 8th grade in Westside, and then attended high school in Manning, graduating as the valedictorian of the Class of 1948. Marilyn was on the newspaper staff and in the Pep Club, and she has always been very proud that Manning High School won the Boys' Basketball State Championship in 1948. She had perfect attendance throughout high school.
After graduation, Marilyn moved to Des Moines for one year and worked at the Veterans' Administration, and then she returned to Manning to work in the office at the Wells Dairy Creamery.
Marilyn met Dale Jons at a dance at the Arcadia Legion Ballroom, and they were married at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Manning by the Rev. Harlan Kruse on October 6, 1951. They celebrated nearly 65 years of marriage when Dale passed away on July 22, 2016.
Marilyn and Dale settled on the Jons family farm 1 1/2 miles north of Westside, where both Dale's grandparents and parents had farmed and Dale had been born in 1930. One of their most proud moments was when they received their Century Farm award at the State Fair in 2006. They remained on the farm until January 3, 2014, when they moved to the Manilla Manor.
Marilyn was a devoted housewife and a caring mother and grandmother. She loved having the grandkids over for slumber parties (sometimes several days at a time), and they played many games of "Sorry" and "Happy Days." They especially loved her waffles, French toast, scotcharoos, chocolate chip cookies, porcupine meatballs, and macaroni and cheese!
Marilyn was an active member of the United Church Westside, where she had been church financial secretary and was a member of the women's group. She was also a member of the Westside Cemetery Association for many years.
Marilyn's hobbies over the years included vegetable and flower gardening, journaling all the important happenings of every day, attending Ar-We-Va sporting events and other activities, watching the Game Show Network, working on word searches and crosswords, and playing 500 Rummy, Crazy 8's and King's Corners. Andy Williams and Donna Reed were among her favorites! Listening to the "Polka Party" on KDSN was a daily activity, and every Saturday night's schedule included watching "Lawrence Welk" and "Mollie B's Polka Party." She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Dale; son Steven Jons on June 29, 2020; son-in-law Davey Kock in 2012; brother, Wayne Schroeder; sister and brother-in-law Cleone & Freddie Podey; her parents-in-law, Henry & Martha Jons; Dale's siblings and their spouses: Luella & Orvill Nobiling, Melvin & Opal Jons, Norma & Ivan Frahm, Edna in infancy, and Elsie & Vernon Rickers.
Marilyn is survived by three children, six grandchildren and their spouses and 10 great-grandchildren; daughter Barb and her husband Pat Wuestewald of Manilla and their children: Adam and his wife Stephanie of Norwalk and sons Austin, Brady and Carson; Meghan and her husband Jeff Wilson of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and their daughters Chloe and Julia; and Molly and her husband Derrick Bradstreet of Eudora, Kansas, and their sons Colt and Coy; daughter Janine Kock of Westside and her children: Kellsey and her husband Wade Morrison of West Des Moines, and their daughter Isabella; Kendra and her husband Trent Fredericksen of Bennington, Nebraska, and sons Samuel and Benjamin, and Jared and his wife Kenzie of Arcadia; and daughter Doreen and her husband Nicholas Hansen of Westside; sister-in-law Lila Schroeder of Manning; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
1947 Homecoming Court
Back: Zita Smith, Marion Godiksen, Marilyn Schroeder
Front: Faye Jensen, Madonna Steen, Marilyn Grau
1948 MHS graduates:Wayne Alwill, Ruth Behrens, Leone Beyer, Dorothy Blum, Herbert Buschman, Roger Clark, Arlo Dammann, Jimmy Farrell, Virginia Felt, Dick Geith, Marion Godiksen (salutatorian), Marilyn Grau, Colene Gray, Delton Gruhn, Shirley Grundmeier, Russell Hammer, Orville Hinze, Faye Jensen, Don Kasperbauer, Bob Koch, Iris Kuhl, Darlene Lamp, Dale Leinen, Willis Lohmeier, Ruth McConnell, Norma Meggers, Darlene Mincey, David Musfeldt, Coreen Nickum, Stanley Nissen, Geraldine Reimers, Bill Roberts, Merlin Rostermundt, Royce Rowedder, Virgil Rowedder, Charles Schelldorf, Glen Schmidt, Marilyn Schroeder (valedictorian), Shirley Schroeder, Wayne Schroeder, LaDonna Schrum, Zita Smith, Madonna Steen, Lyle Stoberl, Patty Valentine, Alice Wagner, Allen Wegner, Opal Weems
1948 former students: Lois Algren, Margaret Allen, Duane Bingham, Marilyn Bliefert, Jerry Bonnesen, JoAnne Boss, Bob Bringleson, Charles Davis, Delores Dethlefs, Victor Diels, Hazel Doyel, Duane Ellison, Lee Furgason, Virgene Grimm, Lois Hargens, Jeania Hyde, John Kellogg, Donald Kramer, Teddie Marsh, Paul Mentzer, Donna Moore, Barbara Petersen, Dwayne Petersen, Hugo "Junior" Ress, Dean Soppe, Louis Schwiesow, Margaret Singsank, Delores Stamp, Allen Steele, Shannon Sullivan, Betty Umland, Darlene VanVuren, Marvin Willenborg, Carol Wood
Back: Marian, Florian, Agnes
Front: James, George, Bernadine (Eischeid), Janet
James Wittrock, age 81, of Manning, passed away on Sunday,
November 8, 2020, at his home in Manning.
Private Family Funeral services will be held later in November 2020 at the Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla.
Due to the pandemic, private family graveside services will be held at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
James John, son of George and Bernadine (Eischeid) Wittrock, was born November 12, 1938, at home in Carroll County, Iowa. He grew up near Templeton and Manning, attending school at Eden Township District No. 9 country school and Sacred Heart School in Templeton, completing the eighth grade.
Jim was a lifelong farmer and drove truck as an owner/operator hauling grain and livestock to various towns and cities. He also did trucking jobs for Dedham Co-op, Pioneer and many farmers. In 1976, Jim retired from farming and continued to haul grain until 1987. He also served with the Army National Guard and Reserves from 1956 - 1963. While married to Myra Meeves, the couple had seven children.
In May of 1984, Jim was united in marriage with Joan Mesenbrink in Nashua, Iowa. Together, the couple managed Motel 6 locations in New Mexico, Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Jim was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycle, tending his large garden in Manilla, walking his best buddy Hooch (his dog) in his later years and most recently enjoying his friendly pussy cat, Otis.
On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 81. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joan Wittrock; son Mark Wittrock; siblings: Florian Wittrock; Marion Joens and Janet Pevey; step-daughter Renee Binder; parents in law Francis and Vera Mesenbrink.
Jim is survived by his six children: Rick Wittrock of Manning; Tom Wittrock of Manning (Sherri Wagler); Susan Kusel of Thornton, Colorado; Dave Wittrock (Stacie) of Overland Park, Kansas; John Wittrock (Darla Neumann) of Manning; and Sandy Klocke (Kris) of Des Moines; daughter-in-law Karen Wittrock of Kansas; numerous grand, great-grand, step-grand, and step-great-grandchildren; sister Agnes Jules of Grand Junction, Colorado, along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Al & Marian (Wittrock) Jones
Harold & Agnes (Wittrock) Juels
Florian & Elizabeth Wittrock
Standing: ??, Frank Eischeid, George Wittrock
Seated: Deanie Eischeid
Myra (Meeves) & Jim Wittrock
wedding cake made by Darlene Lamp
Rick, Susan, Tom, Mark
Tom Wittrock operating the asphalt roller 1988
Unknown boy in front
Sandy Wittrock & Jodi Jensen
James John Wittrock MHS 1988
Tom Wittrock MHS 1980
Tom Wittrock & Dawn Hargens - Prom King & Queen
Back: Dan Renze, John Wittrock, Kelly Croghan
Front: ?Anesta or Tamatha Hillen?, Cory DeBoth, Kay Wieland
Tom Wittrock 21 years MFD in 2004
Back: Rick, John, David, Mark, Tom
Front: Susan, Myra, Sandy
Back row - 13th from left: Tiny Tyson from Audubon
Back row 8th from left: Dave Kerkhoff
Back row 6th from left: Bob Lacy
Fifth row 6th from left: Ralph Hicks
Fifth row 7th from left: James Wittrock
Jim received three medals for marksmanship: Expert Pistol, Expert M1, Expert Carbine
Fourth row 8th from left: Jim Schoeppner
Third row 10th from left: Earl Vogl from Templeton
Second row ? 5th from the left: Garber from Audubon - Master Sergeant
Front row 6th from the left: Captain Robert Nymand
October 6, 2017 interview with Jim
For a number of years I bugged Jim about getting his military service and like most humble Veterans he said he really didn't do anything important and it wasn't necessary
to get his story for the Veterans' book...then one day he asked me to make a copy of his battalion. I made a copy for him and then asked him again if I could interview him
to get his story and said it would be OK.
At first during the interview he didn't think he would have much to tell but as we got going there were lots of interesting things that he remembered.
Hopefully this will encourage more Manning Veterans to work with me so I can get their stories too!!!
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
Joseph Croghan, son of William and Helen (Keane) Croghan, was born in Harrison County in 1927. His parents were both born in, and remained lifelong residents of Harrison County, Iowa. Margaret was born in Shelby County in 1929. Her parents were Peter and Catherine (Windeshausen) Schmitz. Peter came from Wiltz, Luxembourg to America in 1902, and settled in Shelby County, Iowa. Catherine was a lifelong resident of Shelby County.
Joseph and Margaret both grew up near Panama, Iowa and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in Panama. They married on December 28, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Panama, and farmed their first year of married life in the Panama area. In 1950, they moved to a farm south of Manning known as "Long Branch". They purchased 200 acres of land in 1952, and set up a "Grade A dairy operation," selling milk to the Manning Creamery and later to Mid-Am. of Omaha. They are the parents of nine children, who are all graduates of Manning High School.
John married Mary Wieland. They have five children, Kelly, Brian, Shawn, Jason, and Jennifer. Kelly is married to Brenda Martens, and they have three children named Johnathan, MaKayla, and Brandon. Brian is married to Stacie White. They have two daughters, Jessica and Taylor. Shawn is living in Des Moines. Jason is married to Amy Halbur, and Jennifer is married to John White. They have two children, Rachel and Noah. John passed away August 5, 1985. Mary is remarried to Robert Kruse and is a nurse at the Manning Plaza. They live on an acreage near Templeton.
Bill is married to Virginia Wieland. They have three children, Steve, Sherry and Shannon. Steve is married to Rhonda Hinners. They have two children, Britany and William. Sherry is married to Jason Kilby. They have two children, Cassie and Caleb. Shannon is married to Todd Hinners and they have one son Tucker. Bill is a retired police officer, and is presently a deputy sheriff for Carroll County. Virginia works at St. Anthony's Hospital Pharmacy in Carroll and has her own upholstering business. They live on an acreage near Templeton.
Gene is a plumber and lives near Harlan, Iowa.
David is married to Patty Warren. David has one son, Chris and two stepchildren, Kyle and Katie. David is a construction superintendent in the Austin, Texas area, and Patty is an elementary school teacher. They live in Austin, Texas.
Charlie works at Farmland Foods in Denison, Iowa and lives in Manning, Iowa.
Patricia is married to Marc Arp. They have three children, Kyle, Stacy, and Ryan. Kyle is married to Jill Kienast. Marc works for Puck Custom Enterprises, and Patricia works at the Manning Plaza. They live in Manning, Iowa.
JoAnne is married to Terry Halbur. They have three children, Jessica, Amy, and Eric. Amy is married to Roy Moore who is in the U.S. Navy. Terry works as a Director of Construction for Rite-Aid, and JoAnne is a cosmetologist. They live in Laguna Hills, California.
Jerry is married to Nancy Schechinger. They have five children, Justin, Chantel, Megan, Jerad, and Amber. Nancy works as a nurse for St. Anthony's at the Westside Clinic. Jerry and Nancy moved to the Croghan family farm in 1991 where they grow crops and raise hogs for Prestage-Stoecker Farms.
Jim is married to Jody Wessel. Jim, is a computer specialist for Hewlett Packard, and Jody is a teacher for the deaf. They live in St. Charles, Missouri.
Joseph and Margaret built a new home on the farm in 1985 and continued farming until 1991 when they moved into their home in Manning. Joseph passed away December 30, 2001, and Margaret retired from her job of 27 years at the Manning Regional Health Center in December 2003. Margaret is a member of the Sacred Heart Church.
Jim Croghan MHS 1987
Trish Croghan MHS 1978
Jerry Croghan MHS 1982
Back: Mark Jansen, Keith Kerkhoff, John Opperman, Kim Jahn, Kevin Pfannkuch
Middle: Kent Misselhorn, Paul Hargens, Michael Mohr, Rex Sebeniecher
Front: Eugene Stoelk, Eugene Croghan, Daniel Lorenzen
After Gerhardt passed away in 2019, I started working with his daughter, Ann, so for the last year and a half we have been working together
to get as many pictures identified as we can.
I'm just about finished with the suitcase and here are a few pictures/items I scanned.
Gerhardt, who went by "GT" (Gerhardt Theodore - named after 2 uncles, Gerhardt Lamp & Theodore Voge) always called me "Kusel" and I always addressed him as Gerhardt.
He and my dad, & Billie and my mother were good friends; dad graduating from Manning in 1938, Gerhardt in 1940, and mom in 1941, and I went to school with the Voge children, so our two families have had close ties over the years.
Ann and I have been having fun going through these pictures and trying to
ID them, and we hope to get some help with some of the pictures when I eventually show some of the unidentified ones and ones we are looking for confirmation...many of
them being part of the Lamp family.
Here are some that were in the Voge collection but not of the Voge or Lamp name - Manning friends of the 2 families...
I'm always looking for MHS graduation pictures and after all these years of going through the Voge collection, in the bottom of the suitcase, I ran across this photo of Gerhardt.
I also found a senior picture of Ed Schumann...my goal is to get high resolution scans of as many MHS graduates as I can, BEFORE they are all thrown away, and then someday put prints on display in a hopeful future Manning museum.
Amos Lee - special message in diploma.
Junior High diploma 1937
Edward Schumann MHS 1927
Manning High School where Gerhardt & Ed graduated - now the location of the Rec Center.
These next 2 pictures are nothing unique, unless you consider the year and that most small-town kids never flew on a jet plane or even watched one land and take off.
Well in 1968, Dean Martens was going to fly out to relatives so he took along some of his friends, who had never flown and probably never saw any jets at an airport.
So Jerry & Terry Voge and Randy Lohmeier went along with Dean and his dad, Walt, to watch the take-off.
Randy Lohmeier with Walt Martens
I have a number of pictures of the Reinke family and of Minnie but this is a new one I had not seen before.
Minnie & Jessie were best of friends, so there are several different pictures of the two of them together in the collection.
Minnie (Stumpe) Reinke married August Reinke and their son was Harold.
Ivan Anton & his sister - during WWII Ivan changed his last name to Antone
Does anyone know the name of his sister in the picture?
A very amazing colorized photo
These are the types of unique historical items that have mostly been thrown away and what I'm always looking for...
Lots of people like to think they are preserving their family history by their own scanning but they won't scan all of what I want to preserve, which is why I keep asking for more families to get me their old collections and history so I can not only preserve their family history but the "Manning Family" history.
Manning Telephone bills for the Voge family during the months of May & June 1960
More Voge/Lamp pix coming in the future - where we'll be looking for help with IDs...
Phyllis Branning MHS 1953
Phyllis D. Kuhl
Visitation October 30 10:00 - 11:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Arcadia
Service October 30 11:00 AM Zion Lutheran Church Arcadia
Arcadia Public Cemetery, Arcadia, Iowa
Huebner Funeral Home in charge of services.
Phyllis Dorothy (Branning) Kuhl was born on September 23, 1934, to Fred and Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning in Carroll, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Iowa. She received her education at a country school near her home through eighth grade, and attended high school in Manning where she graduated with the class of 1953. Phyllis met her husband, Gene Kuhl in high school. The couple was married on August 15, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, and they were blessed with four children. Phyllis was a stay at home mom and enjoyed raising her children. After her kids were grown, she worked various jobs; including a cook at Ar-We-Va Elementary in Arcadia.
Phyllis's faith in God and family was everything. She was an excellent cook. She made the best bread and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed gardening. Phyllis was a hard-worker who participated in all farm chores, including butchering chickens. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and Gene cherished attending their school, sporting and 4-H events.
Phyllis passed away on October 26, 2020, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll at the age of 86 years, one month, and three days.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; Gene's parents, Herb and Alice (Wilhelm) Kuhl; brother, Fred Branning Jr.; great-grandson, Jake Muhlbauer; and grandson-in-law, Ryan Carlson.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Kuhl of Arcadia; four children, Connie (Steve) McCollough, Doug (Sue) Kuhl and Kristi (Mark) Hoffman all of Vail, Iowa, and Debbie (Tim) Kraus of Westside, Iowa; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brad) Hinners, Stacie (Scot) Muhlbauer, Bradley (Tami) McCollough, Natalie Carlson, Melissa (Obadiah) Sawyer, Jenny (Justin Siegner) Kuhl, Amanda (Greg) Bellville, Mitchell (Amber) Hoffman, Michael (Kait) Hoffman, Shane (Amanda) Kraus, Caitlynn (Justin) Heiman, and Cara (Nic Rosener) Kraus; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Bret, Colter, Shayna, Alice, and Charlie Hinners, Karlie, Ty, Laynie, and Brandt Muhlbauer, Hallie, Aubrie, Dierk, Trace, and Clay McCollough, Taryn and Rhett Carlson, Lane, Sebastian, Landon, and Bruce Kraus, Mason Hoffman, Ryder and Calvin Bellville, Maddox Hoffman, and Raven Marie Oxendale; siblings, Beverly (Mike Tomlianovich) Branning of Bloomington, Illinois, and Bonnie (Ron) Cornelius of Vail; sister-in-law, Pat Branning of Carroll; brother-in-law, Rollin (Darlene) Kuhl of Irwin, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
I don't have any pictures of Phyllis but here are some of the older Branning & Grundmeier students.
If anyone in the Branning family has country school pix, please let me know.
September 1923 - Ruth (Grundmeier) Tewes, Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning, Martha Vetter, Elvina Reinart
The rest of the kids Martha Vetter did not know...
Miss Jons teacher
Back: Louis Vetter, Art Branning, Earl Eischeid, Paul Vetter, Martha Vetter, Ethel Petersohn, Hilda Branning, Glennie Schoenjahn - teacher
Gilmore Oeser far right middle row in complete black clothes
Front Row: first girl in all white is possibly Arlene Peters, ??, possibly a Peters boy, ??, ??
Back: Hilda (Grundmeier) Branning, Martha Vetter, Louise (Grundmeier) Kurth
Front: Ruth (Grundmeier) Tews, Elvina Reinart, Helen Petersohn
Eleanor Jons - teacher
MHS 1953: Vera Ahrenholtz, Marlene Anthony, Glenn Branning, Phyllis Branning, Claus Bunz, Margene Drees, Allan Eich, Mary Lou Foley, Daryl Genzen, Loyce Gray, David Grundmeier, Dorothy Hammer, Marlene Hargens, Marlene Jahn, Wilbur Jahn, William Jensen, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens, Barbara Knaack, Dareld Kracht, Gene Kuhl, Gene Martens, Roland Meeves, David Muhlbauer, Robert Neubaum, Pete Petersen, Lewis Puck, Merlin Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, Richard Rix, Corrine Sander, Cleone Schroeder, Colleen Schwiesow, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Shirley Sextro, Glenn Singsank, Melvin Sinow, Donna Spies, Norbert Stoberl, Betty Stuhr, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Shirley Vinke, Roger Vollstedt, Shirley Watson, Myra Weinbrandt, James Wingrove, Phyllis Zerwas
Former MHS 1953: Dean Aden, Janet Asmus, Carol Bliefert, Joseph Bringleson, Jr., Mary Bringleson, Janet Dau, James Davenport, Michael Farmer, Jack Fuller, Howard Gilman, Roger Hansen, Mary Ann Hass, Richard Henriksen, Mary Ann Holme, Donald Lerssen, Caroline Louisfield, Roger Mentzer, Ramon Meyers, Leo Miller, Charlotte Mishler, Patricia Pare, Janice Popp, JoAnn Ramsey, Betty Remmes, James Rostermundt, Darrel Sander, Lois Sander, Everett Slechta, Arlo Stein, Michael Sullivan, Nadine Walters, Jon Wiemann
1952 Homecoming Royalty
Back: Phyllis Branning, Phyllis Zerwas, Donna Joens, Marlene Anthony, Corrine Sander
Front: Bobby Heithoff, Donna Spies (Queen), Gloria Mohr
Girls' Glee Club 1951-52
Volunteers take orders and collect the donations.
Car order #64
Volunteers delivering the meals prepared by Deb's Corner Cafe
I was struck by this image and it got me to thinking...
For those who get this virus or worse yet, die from it - their lives are definitely impacted in a serious and difficult way, BUT while I was thinking about this I remembered several WWII
and Korean combat Veterans I interviewed and the subject of keeping their sanity would come up and how they survived...All of them stated that they had to occasionally laugh
and have some lighter moments.
While getting information about some Korean war pictures from Bob Wegner, I asked him about one in particular...Bob's helmet-covered head and body were down flat on the ground behind a berm and he was smiling. I asked him what was going on and he told me he was under fire from the enemy.
I was caught off-guard by this response and asked him "How could you ever be smiling while being under attack?" and he told me that life is precious and that he couldn't constantly be thinking about dying or getting shot or he would have gone crazy.
I told Bob how I don't think I could have ever been one of his buddies with a camera and take pictures during combat...Not taking away anything from our troops who were under fire, but those combat photographers and amateurs who took pictures during war had to really be fearless & brave!
Main Street Manning To Host "Drive - Thru Harvest Dinner" On Sunday, October 25
To cap off a successful season of "Drive-Thru" Sunday meals, Main Street Manning will host a "Drive -Thru" Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 25.
According to Main Street Manning Executive Director, Jean Voege, "Manning and the surrounding area have been very supportive of the three drive-thru events we have held since May. When we were planning the first drive - thru event for Mother's Day, we had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised to have cars lining up at 10:50 am even though the event was not to start until 11:30. We served 88 cars and sold out of 275 meals in 72 minutes! After receiving multiple requests to do a similar event for Father's Day, we decided to hold a drive-thru omelet breakfast and our experience was much the same - cars lined up early & we sold out of 190 meals. We had a similar experience with our recent event, "Portable Pancakes" on Sunday, September 27. After serving 267 meals, we once again had sold out of food."
"The pandemic has forced the cancellation of many local and area "harvest dinners" and Main Street Manning saw this as an opportunity to fill the void left by those cancellations so we decided to hold one more "drive-thru" event, a "Drive-Thru Harvest Dinner", said Voege.
The harvest dinner, which will be prepared by Deb's Corner Café, will be sliced ham, cheesy hash browns, green beans, jello, a dinner roll and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Serving will begin at 11:30 am on a first come - first serve basis and will run until 1:00 pm or until 300 meals have been served. The meals will be distributed from Deb's Corner Café located at 326 Main St. in Manning.
Jean said, "once again we will be doing the event as a free-will offering as it helps to keep the flow of traffic moving and the volunteers collecting money won't have to make change during these times of heighten awareness for infection control. While we suggest a donation of $15 per meal, we trust that those participating will be as generous as their personal circumstances allow knowing that the proceeds will go to reimburse the expenses incurred as the community comes together to support our local businesses and the many other services provided to Manning by the Main Street Manning. Checks should be made payable to Main Street Manning."
"We will be using the same process as we have for our previous "drive-thru" events. As you drive up Main Street, be on the lookout for volunteers who will be taking orders and guiding you to where you need to go. We want to maintain safety and social distancing. We will have marked "stops" along the way to guide everyone as they make their way down Main Street. Volunteers will be available to take your food order, collect the free-will offering for the meal and bring orders to your car."
Delivery service will be available within the Manning city limits. Calls for meal delivery will be taken at 712-210-7293 starting at 11:30 am on Sunday, October 25. A free-will offering will be requested upon delivery.
According to Voege, "as an organization, Main Street Manning wants to make a positive difference in our community. Our goal continues to be the promotion of Manning businesses while promoting community engagement and generosity. Just like our previous "drive -thru" events, participants can maintain social distancing, drive up Main Street, stay in their cars, pick up a delicious meal."
Main Street Manning looks forward to seeing you on Sunday, October 25 for the "Drive Thru Harvest Dinner"! For more information, call Main Street Manning at 712-655-6246 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wow, I never realized how much "experts" can know so much about so many Americans who they have NEVER met.
12 years ago Obama said many of us only "cling to our guns, or religion.
Then 4 years ago Hillary said a lot of us were part of a "basket of deplorables,"
I thought people like this were supposed to be part of the party of tolerance...
Not one thing I have ever done or said has had any negative or positive affect on Obama or Clinton, yet their votes and policies have had a negative affect on myself and
millions of Americans, living and unborn...
Same with Meacham - I have never done or said anything about him, yet he feels empowered by insulting and slandering me and millions of other Americans.
I guess my simple life and little historical involvements are nothing better than what a lizard would be able to accomplish and no way would Meacham stoop to ever associate with someone like me!
I'll put my insignificant accomplishments against anyone like these people who have such high opinions of themselves!!!
One thing I understand and appreciate, which is why this country is the GREATEST NATION on earth, is that people like this have the constitutional right of Freedom of Speech to make statements like they do - the problem is THEY DON'T believe that anyone who disagrees with them have that same right.
Our country is in danger of falling into an abyss that we may find difficult to ever come out of, if people like this get total control.
How long before these type of people come after someone like myself directly who have the knowledge and capability of operating a web page and force me to shut down???
Construction has continued all year, from winter and when spring came, it got busier than ever.
Manning continues to get its brand new and highly upgraded fiber optics system, then Caseys started construction on their new store, the Water slide project is full-steam ahead, and the Center Street bridge construction is also in full-swing. Then in south Manning, I've been told there are as many as 4 new houses being built. I haven't had time to drive around to take pictures but maybe will try in the next few days.
One thing I noticed once the state and federal Covid restrictions started ending is that 141's traffic is busier than I've ever seen, with trucks & cars, and I become impatient when I try to cross 141 now because I have to wait, sometimes several minutes because of the traffic.
I talked to one of the building contractors earlier this year and they said they had all kinds of back-orders of siding and other building materials because of all the construction that has been going on across the country, in spite of the Covid virus.
I don't have time to show more detailed stages for each of the projects but take a look at what is going on in Manning. I won't show many fiber pictures, since there really aren't any exciting or unique things to show...basically digging and boring.
One thing to keep in mind when you look at all of these construction pictures - the next time you drive across a bridge, walk into a business, or go to a recreation center - think of ALL the work it took to provide you with these things that are taken for granted.
If you ever see a construction worker - take the time to THANK them for all of the
physically hard work they do, in all kinds of environments and difficult conditions...
Most people today don't have to do physical work - definitely not as demanding as construction crews...
When you see a worker standing around from time to time leaning against the proverbial "shovel," don't assume this is what they do all day or question why there are so many workers at times at certain projects.
The old saying with concrete work is "You never have enough help once the cement truck starts pouring concrete."
If you like to criticize then put on some work boots, pick up a tool, and work with these men for just ONE day - you'll be singing a different tune after that!!!
Center Street Bridge
Center Street bridge June
east side railing
west side railing
Looking south on East Street
Screw jacks are used to give the pitch/slope to the bridge deck.
Concrete slump test
It's a joystick world - operating the concrete pump
Burlap covering with sprinkler system used to keep the concrete wet for several days
Water was pumped from Willow Creek
12:37 AM October 21
July 15 - footings for the old Rix station canopy
July 17 - looking east
adding clay soil to replace the black bottom gumbo that was removed.
August 3 adding more clay fill in back
August 12 digging the hole for the fuel tanks
August 13 digging the hole for the fuel tanks
August 19 - adding pea gravel as fill
August 21 - blue liner water barrier
October 19 - first snow on Caseys
Since the Hillside Splash bid came in $150,000 under the designer's figures, it has been decided to complete the whole project now.
Most of it will be finished this year with completion next spring.
November 2020: Manning Insurance Agency Awards A $500 Gift To The Hillside Splash Pad
As part of the IMT Insurance 2020 Community Contest, Manning Insurance Agency is proud to award a $500 gift to the Hillside Splash Pad.
Of the nearly 100 entries submitted and more than $32,500 awarded to worthy causes, Hillside Splash Pad was chosen as one of the 2020 project winners.
This is the 23rd consecutive year that IMT, along with Independent Insurance Agents like Manning Insurance, has awarded local community projects and organizations in need of funding.
August 25 - remember the old high school band room? This is part of the footings.
Thanks to the Manning Rotary who received a grant from Rotary International for "Free Notes" Harmony in the Park musical stands.
Other groups/individuals who assisted with the cost of concrete and retaining wall were Manning Chamber, Chicks with Checks, Refresh Manning Trust, and Norbert & Virginia Stoberl.
And this is just a little of what is going on in Manning - not counting the 7 new homes that are currently being built in South Manning, and all of the other smaller projects that pop up from time to time.
This Manning construction feature shows exactly why we can't have a NATIONAL policy of Shut Downs for controlling the Covid virus.
Every state and every community has very different situations and populations and environments to where shutting down in a large city makes no sense in a very small town.
While there have been several positive Covid cases in Manning, from my interactions with the various construction crews, I'm only aware of one positive case with one of the construction workers here in Manning, and that person didn't catch it while at work, but somehow his grandmother got Covid and they suspect he contracted it when he visited her.
When I visit with the various crews, I try to maintain a safe distance - I don't want to be responsible for giving them the virus and I sure don't want to catch it from them.
But I think, based on the infection rates, that you are much less likely to catch the virus outdoors...not impossible but being locked up in close contact in a home hasn't prevented the spread in these situations either.
Another amazing thing about the Manning community is rather than shut everything down completely we all work together to help each other by various activities such as the "Drive-thru" fund raisers that have been held throughout the Covid Pandemic.
Main Street Manning To Host "Drive - Thru Harvest Dinner" On Sunday, October 25
To cap off a successful season of "Drive-Thru" Sunday meals, Main Street Manning will host a "Drive -Thru" Harvest Dinner on Sunday, October 25.
What happened to personal responsibility and respect for our country and privacy in every aspect?
This problem goes way beyond politics and interference by foreign countries...it is integrated into almost every company, both software and hardware.
What happened to the people who owned and worked for the companies years ago who wanted to provide something to the consumer they could use, WITHOUT any interference, tracking, or control over the user?
Today, these companies/programmers often argue why they do this is because it is easier for them to setup and update things because most people don't understand how to trouble shoot and fix problems that arise.
They also say the consumer won't take the time to learn how to work with a product or take the time to back up the data.
Basically these software programmers/owners think people are just too stupid and lazy to get it right.
Now most people will wonder exactly what I'm writing about or think I'm just talking through my hat...
Let's start with Google.
I hear lots of concerns on the news and by people how this tech company is trying to take over and control nearly everything.
Here is one way they are doing it that I have never seen explained in the news.
I'll use Google and Bing search engines for the same search word - TREE.
Then I'll click on the same link site - wikipidia...Now both search engines will take you to that specific site BUT Google is using a completely different process. You see this path line in your browser for both Google and Bing - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree.
BUT use the right click then copy function and you'll get completely different initial path.
Google first takes you through their server so they can track what you searched and where you go.
Bing takes you directly to wikipedia without taking you through their server and tracking you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree
Why would you care?
What's the harm?
You shouldn't care because of just this one example with just one company but because every company is either or will eventually take away all of your privacy and take over the complete invasion of every aspect of your life.
Next Google example.
Lots of websites use Google ads.
Again, this allows Google to track where you go and what you are buying or looking for.
Just because you jump to a different website doesn't stop Google from following you.
At this point they aren't able to determine EXACTLY who you are but the more services you use, and applications you download from them will give them more access into your computer.
What's to eventually stop them from doing what hackers and viruses do which allow them to gain access into your personal computer files?
Then there is Google mail.
People like it because it is a "FREE" service - HA!
Don't be fooled!
What irritates me the most about these so-called "free" e-mail services is they don't pay any attention to the spammers, scammers, hackers, who use this free service.
Try contacting Google mail or other free service to complain when you get spam through G-mail or other free service.
I just got another spam mail and they are using G-mail.
I pay for my mail service, so I have no patience for freeloading people who think they are using a free service - it is invading my world and privacy when you use those services.
Another service Google offers other web pages is CAPTCHA - that little box you have to fill out to prove you are a human.
It isn't obvious that some of these CAPTCHA functions on different websites are controlled through Google but they are.
I use CAPTCHA with my guestbook and message board to stop hackers and scammers from posting their crap on my web pages.
The big difference is that I set up my own CAPTCHA on my site and don't use any other service or company for this feature.
Now to show how entangled and intertwined Google, Facebook and other tech companies are lurking around trying to work in your browser and other programs on your computer - there is a little system file Windows uses to allow or block access.
It is called the HOST file.
This is the default file with very little information:
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
Here are the restricted addresses I added to the HOST file.
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
# block omnipage
# block doubleclick
# block facebook
# block all facebook
# block google
# block all google
When you get those annoying ads that pop up while browsing, or all of a sudden you see something you looked at to purchase on another site - it's because of just some of these sites used by the big tech companies to track you and sell you stuff, and worst of all to invade your privacy.
If you study the different sections I have above you'll see Omnipage as one of them.
Many years ago after updating my Omnipage OCR software
program, it started trying to connect to the Internet which I noticed by accident one time when I didn't have my Internet hooked up.
I would get a number of pop up boxes trying to connect to sites that had nothing to do with Omnipage. So I copied those addresses and added them to the HOST file and after that Omnipage never tried to connect to the Internet.
Using this updated HOST file I now get popup boxes on some websites that will tell me I'm blocking part of their site so it won't function properly or at all.
Other sites will still work but at least I don't see those annoying ads or what I last purchased or looked at.
It isn't just big tech that uses these services, but insurance companies, banking sites, e-bay, and many others.
To log in to a couple of my insurance or banking sites, I have to reload the default HOST file, restart the computer and then I'll be able to login in and access those company sites that I do financial business with which is truly amazing and absolutely irresponsible that they allow these big tech companies to track what financial or businesses I use for personal purposes.
Basically I think their tech support departments simply have ignorant workers or somehow these companies are paid by the big tech to use these invasive services.
I have been planning to call these companies and ask them to explain to me why they use these tech companies invasive services to see what they say.
Once I log out of those sites, I reload my updated HOST file with the restrictions and then restart my computer so I don't get all of those annoying ads and invasion of privacy when I browse the Internet.
If I can set up my own web page without using the services or programs of Big Tech, then certainly the companies I do business with can also control and maintain their websites where I access my information.
I have often wondered if and for how long the Ag companies that provide GPS mapping services and technology, have been, or will eventually be secretly capturing all of your data and field activities that you think are only provided to you with the access.
I showed the old Microtrak technology feature down below and at that point, the companies and programmers hadn't yet thought of ways to steal your data and invade into your privacy...but it was just a matter of time.
What is really confusing to me are the politicians and people who object to the Big Tech invasion, yet they still use their services.
If everyone would stop using Google or Facebook or other services that censor speech and only donates to one political party, they would either have to change their ways or go out of business.
There are still some other options to these particular big tech companies so you don't have a reason not to switch.
For those of you who like the censoring or political donations because you are on the "same side," don't be fooled, it won't be long before your rights, privacy, and freedom of speech are restricted.
We need to stop the companies now that insist on this complete invasion and take over.
We use to be able to purchase a computer program on a disc and then install it and use it when, as much or long and how we wanted to use it...and could easily re-install it if you got a new computer or your hard drive would fail.
We could control the installation and didn't need a connection to that software company through the Internet to use it.
Now, for the most part, you can only download the software from the company and have to pay a yearly subscription fee...and even though you install it on your computer,
at least part of the functions work off the company's server or won't function at all if
you don't have an Internet connection.
WHY? because they want to know what you are using the software for, when, how much, what type of data you create, and then probably are or will eventually secretly track/store your data on their site to use for whatever they want.
Remember when Bill Clinton's administration took Microsoft to federal court in 2001 when they integrated Internet Explorer into the Windows operating system?
Even though Bill Gates was more closely aligned politically with Bill Clinton, the government was trying to stop Microsoft from monopolizing computer and Internet technology back then.
Now Big Tech is 100 times more invasive and they are openly hostile to one political party.
Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely!!!"
When I hear people say these companies offer services for free.
NOTHING is FREE and I'm not just talking financially.
What is the price of your freedom when you lose it???
If you can help with Burmeister/Burmester please contact me.
There is an Addison connection to the Burmester/Burmeister names in Manning but not to the Burmeister branch that I have recently posted the obituaries on...
In 2005, someone connected to the Blocker family sent me these 2 very low resolution scans but I can't figure out who right now.
The old Main Street picture postcard has Burmester written on part of the building. This would be the south half of the present day building where Alan Irlbeck is located - the old Merlin Struve building.
It is hard to see on this scan but Burmester was written on the south end of the second building.
Below is from a 2005 e-mail from a Burmester relative and possibly may have sent me the above scans...
I really wouldn't know if the Burmaster and Burmester are one and the same. Quite possibly. If it were John Henry Burmester it could be the reason he left Manning in 1897.
My information about the furniture'undertaking business comes from my Uncle Lyle Luth who wrote to me in 1967: "Mother's father [John Henry Burmester born 1842, Haderslev, Schleswig, then Denmark] was a farmer but had to quit because of ill health due to sunstroke. They moved to Manning, Iowa [from Ida Grove], where he operated a furniture store and undertaking establishment, a standard combination in the west at least. If mother [Emma Burmester 1st child, born 1879 in Lost Nation, Clinton, Iowa] was in the store when someone came in to order a casket and the deceased was about mother's height she would get into the casket to determine if it was long enough, something she dreaded. Whether she was always somewhat superstitious or this started it is a question.
Her father was a violinist but I do not have any idea as to his ability or whether he played only for his own amusement. He died rather young [1902, Ute, Iowa] and whether before or after the family settled in Ute I know not. Grandmother [Alwina Blocker Burmester] operated a boarding house to support the family.
She subsequently married John Bornhoff, a widower with a family, a farmer at Westside, Iowa."
Emma Burmester married John Luth in Ute and they remained there until John Luth died. The second child of John Henry and Alwina Burmester, Anna married Dan Cronin in Ute and moved to Platte Center, Nebraska. The third child was Richard who went to Montana, married Blanche Streeter there, became a deputy sheriff and was shot to death in the line of duty. Dorothy, "Dora" Burmester, born in Manning 11 May 1847, married Ed Miller in Ute. They settled on a farm near Blackberry, Minnesota.
Now it could easily be that a child was playing with this brooch and lost it on this property and the owner didn't even live at this location...or maybe they were visiting and lost it, so there may be NO connection to this property and the brooch. But Sheryl is hoping someone might recognize it.
It snowed throughout the night - very early in the morning, October 18, 2020
For decades I have been restoring our farm fields from the ravages of tillage that goes way back to when the Prairies were first plowed.
I'll show some pictures and images that will give you an idea of the restoration process and how I use yield, aerial, and other maps to determine where to tile, where to haul soil and then as the healing process continues in the following years to hopefully see a dramatic increase in yield, soil structure and water infiltration/drainage.
We first started GPS mapping yield with Microtrak back in 1995...long before John Deere and other farm equipment companies were thinking about the use of GPS and
This mapping technology has come a long way since the early days of Microtrak but even with the early and sometimes erratic data, we were able to determine areas of each field that needed attention for various aspects of yield and crop production improvements.
The blue lines are the tile I trenched in during the fall of 2017 and the black polygon is the area I hauled soil this fall.
1990 aerial map overlaid by the tile lines and area I hauled soil from the bottom.
Fall of 2020 soil work
I first plowed the area in the bottom, including part of the waterway.
Most farmers had a commercial contractor just bulldoze out the waterway and feather the soil out next to the waterway...the last place topsoil is needed.
I haul soil in stages...rather than cover that whole sidehill and take the chance
we get big rains next year with bare soil - at least only this smaller area will wash, with the rest of the field above and below with no-till residue will hold and be stable.
Then next fall I'll haul more soil below this year's soil area.
Looking to the bottom
View of where I hauled the soil.
159 loads with the soil mover = 398 tons of soil on the initial layer over 2017 tiled sidehill.
This layer is about 1 feet of new topsoil.
14 extra loads to shape end rows = 35 tons.
There was a deeper eroded area on the endrows so I added another layer which made it about 2 feet.
2 feet is how much topsoil has eroded off tilled sidehills like this on basically every farm in this area.
Spring of 2019 after a heavy rain with some rill erosion. You can see the tile lines which are a much lighter clay color.
I started experimenting with fall rye long before anyone thought of using it as a cover crop...sometime
back in the early 1990s, I would plant it on the steeper areas of endrows and on sidehills that I hauled soil on. Then the next spring I would kill it off with
roundup with my spot sprayer before the crop was planted. Sometimes I would leave it on those steep areas of endrows that were the
previous year's soybean stubble that was planted into corn and let it go fallow for that year.
We generally didn't have erosion and runoff problems with the previous year's corn stalk residue planted into soybeans, so I didn't use rye in those cases.
Example of rye left on one of the steeper endrows of soybean stubble going into corn.
April 14 - Rye on endrows that was eventually killed off and planted into corn.
April 23 - Root system of a rye plant.
While the yield improvement will take many years to pay for itself, improving these areas of a field/farm will increase the value of the property when it is sold someday.
But the biggest reason for tiling and improving the soil structure in these areas is to stop most of the erosion.
The big reason why no-till slows down and prevents erosion is rain water infiltrates the much better soil structure created by the process over tillage which destroys soil structure, BUT when there is a wet sidehill and sidehill seeps even when it isn't raining, when those heavy rain events come there is no place for the rain to go but run down the surface of the sidehill...thus tiling and improving the soil surface will allow the rain water to soak in, whereas before it had to run down the slope.
If we knew about no-till and tiling the hills back when terraces were first being built, there would be a lot less terraces today.
This farm above has lots of C, D, and even one area of E slope but has NO terraces.
After decades of no-till we have less to no erosion compared to other farms with terraces and their land is tilled.
This brings me to part 2 of this feature...TERRACES on a different farm.
In the spring of 1974 we planted oats on our "Big Hill" with plans to build terraces on this field that summer...
Little did we know about a major flooding season coming.
We disked the field and sewed the oats which was starting to emerge when we got a rainfall event of epic proportions...we got 3 inches in 15
minutes along with hail on our place.
Below is the result of that event.
BUT, this wasn't the end of the "Noah" event...We had a total of 5 floods in two weeks with a total of 18 inches of rain.
Note the "Save Gas" button on my Volkswagon dashboard...this was during the 1974 Arab Oil Embargo of 1973-74.
The problem is that only a few years later, eight-row planters were built, so we decided to just grass out the top sides, realizing we would lose some crop production acres.
The terraces are now difficult to impossible to get around on the ends.
In our case on this hill an offset terrace had to be built, which makes it impossible to farm with the present-day huge planters, sprayers, and combines.
So I decided to shorten up one terrace so there would be 80+ feet for endrows and more room available to get around the offset terrace.
Finished shortening the terrace.
Before I shortened this terrace, I trenched in tile in the area above it that had been in CRP for 10 years and had been an area of sidehill seeps and wet spots.
Subsoil had been previously borrowed from this sidehill back in the 1960s when the county wanted to reshape the road and fill in the valley between the 2 large hills in that road.
The topsoil was pushed back on our field and then subsoil removed and then they pushed back the topsoil.
The problem is, when you disturb soil structure like this, it really ruins it.
After that we had a lot of wet spots in that sidehill and when we put in the terraces, this only compounded the subsoil compaction and disturbance of the topsoil.
Because of no-till, we don't get the run-off like we did when we tilled, so the inlets are no longer needed.
During the 1993 Midwest flood, these terraces were NOT topped by the 10+ inches of rain during that event we had.
The reason I know this is because the "shoreline" of residue in our terraces were NOT at the top of the terrace. ALSO, most other terraces in our area on tilled farms had major blowouts in their terraces...we had none.
About 5 years ago I had experimented with eliminating a tile inlet on another terrace but just capped the end and filled in the hole.
The next spring after snow melt and heavy rain, water was standing on the surface of the ground where the inlet once stood. So I dug down and connected tile to the pipe that goes under that terrace. I ran a tile line both ways from that tube for about 30 feet and after that, never had standing water in that low spot where the inlet once stood.
This map shows the tile lines I added to this sidehill.
This map shows the tile plus, the area reclaimed on the topsides of the terraces which can now be farmed.
We gained about 1.75 acres by doing this.
Another thing I learned over the years tiling in the sidehills is that you need go closer with the lines, than as with tile in the good bottom ground land.
In 2013, I added 2 lines in a sidehill. Several years later, even after hauling good bottom ground soil over this area, I noticed after rain events that water was standing on top of the ground below the 2 lines I had trenched in back in 2013.
So this fall I added one more lateral and after overlaying this line on the aerial map, I can see that the wettest area is where this new line is now.
I also noticed that gray clay and orange clay was in this area where the water was standing.
It will be interesting in the next few years to see how this extra line works...
More coming later...
In January of 2018, I created this historical perspective linked below about recreation in Manning and also information and graphics for the current proposed project for the Rec Center.
It shows how projects don't get done overnight and also how very important volunteers and donations are to every project.
Update on the Hillside Splash project
On May 15, 2018, the city council approved $400,000 in matching funds for the proposed Hillside Splash project. JEO Consulting has been working on design ideas and a proposal to complete this project in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will begin in 2019-20 with construction beginning in 2020-21, or as soon as funds are raised.
A zero-depth pool with some play features are planned in phase 1, with the slide aspects in phase 2, and a spray pad for phase 3.
Click on the link below to see some very interesting history on how Manning achieves so many amazing things and is now working on another unique project.
Oh the Fun of playing in the Sun (1968)
1909 cartoon about 2 boys nabbing their friends' clothes while "skinny dippin.'"
Click to find out about the project
I'm working on a list of names of Manning citizens (now deceased) whose vision made it possible for Manning to have a Recreational facility.
They made it possible for the continued expansion into an outdoor pool addition in 2020 - sadly they'll never got to see this new addition, but we will forever be grateful for their efforts that began over 40 years ago.
List of citizens no longer with us who made the Rec Center possible.
Jean & Gene Wiese - Gene secured the $50,000 LR Nelson grant, MCF member - use of their soil mover - Jean was a Rec Board member
William F. Ohde - Manning Community Foundation member - countless hours with various aspects of construction.
Willis Puck - countless hours with various aspects of renovation - drove the Puck skid loader.
Curt Struve - various aspects - co-rec center board member.
Barry Kusel - various construction aspects - rec center board member.
I'll add more names as I think about this topic and do some research in my database.
waste oil burner, hoist, press
2019 complete new covering.
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.
Korean War Veterans continues
For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.
We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.
Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words
Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.
Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.
Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger
If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.
What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"
Have some of your "Dreams" come true?
"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and
shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782
Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.
How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.
Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.
One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next
Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were,
where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.
To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.
Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.
Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions email@example.com
1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
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
We are starting the Manning Veterans' history book project
Don't wait until you see "Deadline" or it WILL be too late!!!
Click to read promos for the Veteran book
If you simply don't want those old family pictures you inherited please don't throw them - send them my way.
A lot of times I can recognize a face or location in those old pix.
One thing to keep in mind while you are looking for pictures - if they are glued in old scrap books please do NOT try to pull them out or cut them out. I can scan the whole page of the scrapbook and crop out the pictures you want to use in the book. If you attempt to forcibly remove the pictures you will probably damage them and when I scan them that damage will probably show up. This means I'll either have to use my graphics program to touch up the damage which can take a lot of time, or if they are badly damaged I just may not even take the time to scan them.