"Magic" 1974 by Pilot

What you have in your Manning collection/scrapbook/box/attic will help me with my Manning historical projects - you just don't realize it but when I work on something a person sends me I always find a nugget or two of history I've been looking for or never knew existed.

My cousin, Jon Ahrendsen, recently sent me 2 Carroll County Atlases. He took a few snapshots of family connections for himself and then forwarded them to me to show me some of the extras in the atlases.
The very first name in the very first snapshot caught my eye right away!
As soon as I saw Accola I remembered his name and that I was looking for proof he served in the military...lo and behold it mentions he served in Europe during WWII.
All I had in my notes is that Albert Claussen remembered that Wayne had served - no other information about him, other than his name that I had in the military database.


O. Wayne Accola
Wife: Eva (Ritchie)
Children: Clarissa, Eric
Member of Odd Fellows & Rebekahs
Methodist
Served in Europe during WWII
Source: 1963 Carroll County Atlas
Now this may not seem like much but try finding information and pictures for over 1000 Manning connected Veterans, so this information from the atlas is a gold mine.
First, I did not know his full name. Now I know I need to search for "O" as his first name initial. But more importantly I know he served in the military.
The other clues will help in my search for more information about him - I have his wife and kid's names, his church affiliation, and community clubs.

Down below I write about my recent scans of things I've saved over the years. Here are a few military related items that I didn't know I had on this specific subject. When I found stuff years ago I didn't always take a close look at exactly what I had but just knew that they are things that need to be saved.
I had Robert Kerkhoff's name in my WWII list but nothing else...not until going through my boxes of stuff did I realize I had something about him. When I have nothing about a person or topic, then something is a major find.
Here is a letter Robert sent to Ben & Loretta Sextro and Eddie Sextro is mentioned in the letter, too. This is page 1 of a 3-page letter.


This letter was sent shortly after the Battle of Luzon ended on August 15, 1945, and probably was the reason why "Luzon" was not redacted by the censor.

I have 4 short newspaper articles about this next Veteran, and even though it is just an envelope, it shows his handwriting, location, and rank at the time.
All of these little items add to the pieces of the puzzle about a person.


Patrick Francis McEnany to Ernest Dee Sutherland - WWII


I got side-tracked for a few days when I needed to reorganize some of the "stuff" I've collected/saved over the years.
I decided to scan just a "few" of the items I have...it seems I'm always scanning everyone else's stuff but never get any of my things digitized.
Here are a few items to take you down memory lane.

These first two envelopes had no letters inside but provide names out of Manning's past.
The first name Emmons was once a very prominent family in early Manning history. As soon as I scanned this envelope I sent it to one of the Emmons' descendants from out west who has been sharing Manning connected history with me. He was tickled to get this small piece of Emmons history.


From Orrin Emmons to Ralph Gordon Sutherland


From Fred Hassler in California to Ernest Sutherland
A ManCryCo (Manning Creamery Company) envelope.


From Ronald Masters, Manning chiropractor

Christmas greetings to the Seyller family


1950s Chamber Fair


Edward Henkenius Voc Ag Teacher 1963


FFA order 1963


1981 Centennial Cancellation - Coast to Coast

1981 Centennial logo - Manning Monitor


Sale of old school gym 1982


Rec Center membership renewal 1987


1982 Agriculture Appreciate Day in Manning

I've scanned lots of country school report cards but was surprised and tickled to run across something I had not scanned and frankly did not know existed.
These 4 cards show the tests my dad had to take/pass to graduate from 8th Grade in country school, so he could then attend high school in Manning.


Amos Kusel


The right side card was apparently the final testing in May of 1934 where he received his diploma.

If you have things like this - I'd like to get them to scan...that way they'll be preserved in my database.

Some will think "what a waste of time" - but they don't work with the community like I do and get requests for all kinds of topics...like recently where I was asked about the old Coke Mural that was on the south wall of the Corner Cafe.
Of course I knew there were at least 2 different Coke designs so I can let groups working on Manning history and restoration know about things they aren't aware of and can then make more informed decisions when they proceed.

The plans are to fully restore the old Coke mural in the near future.

So when I ask you for your old parade, school, community, family pictures to scan, I'll be looking for things like the mural that you wouldn't even consider or realize you have.


Coke Mural in 1948


2005 view

Did you know the old timers of German ancestry called this building "Eck" which means Corner...

1970s view of the newer Coke Mural

1960s view of the newer Coke Mural


1955 view of the Storz beer Mural

Storz beer Mural was there until at least 1961

1955 view of the Storz beer Mural


1913 view of "Banquet" Beer by Dubuque Brewing & Malting on Buhmann's Place

So again, I put out the plea to every Manning connected person to get me your old Manning stuff so I can scan those things and someday something I scanned in your collection may be requested by another Manning group.

Cleone (Schroeder) Podey
August 18, 1935 - November 10, 2018


Cleone Schroeder MHS 1953


Frederic Dethlefsen, Elaine Willenborg, Cleone Schroeder


Billy Genzen, Wayne Schroeder, Leo Willenborg, Harold Hill


Cleone Podey, Roger Sinow - 2005 German Heritage Day at Manning Heritage Park

Cleone & Wayne were the children of Herbert & Leona (Grimm) Schroeder

Pauley Jones Funeral Homes

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 members: 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

Cleone at Manning Schools
Click to see school events

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

Girls' Glee Club 1951-52
Back: Claus Bunz, Gene Kuhl, James Wingrove, Glen Singsank, Merlin Ramsey, Allen Eich, Wilbur Jahn
Middle: Caroline Louisfield, Corrine Sander, Roger Vollstedt, Colleen Schwiesow, Robert Neubaum, Betty Stuhr, David Grundmeier, Phyliss Branning, Daryl Genzen
Front: Janis Popp, Marlene Anthony, Vera Ahrenholtz, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens, Cleone Schroeder, Donna Spies, Marlene Hargens

1952-53 school year MHS concert band
Students of Senior class 1953, Junior 1954, Sophomore 1955, Freshman 1956, Eighth 1957

Back 9: Carol Rowedder, Judy Vollmer, Louise Polking, Robert Wycoff, Larry Kasperbauer, Roland Valentine, Mary Lou Foley, Marlene Jahn, Ann Littell
Fifth 13: Shirley Sextro, Claus Bunz, Bill Jensen, Merlene Thomson, Dale Vollstedt, Jack Hansen, Roger Littell, Ray Fink, Alan Leinen, Gene Martens, Lyle Frahm, Jon Groteluschen, Warren Puck
Fourth 15: Corrine Sander, Maxine Sextro, Carol Antone, Janet Kuhl, Joleen Klocke, Eunice Eich, Beverly Souter, Janice Ahrendsen, Beverly Nielsen, Janice Groteluschen, Donna Spies, Ruth Sextro, Lois Vennink, Karen Rix, Myra Meeves, Director Orville Harris (standing)
Third arc 4 on left: Marcia Martens, Darlys Vollstedt, Janice Laurinat, Verna Singsank
Third arc 3 on right: Richard Rix, Duane Monson, Robert Beisch
Second arc 4 on left: Shirley Ruhde, Audrey Leinen, Darlene Sextro, Cleone Schroeder
Second arc 3 on right: Cynthia Peters, Karen Carstens, Jane Opperman
Front 10: Barbara Knaack, Diane Rix, Gwanetha Horbach, Carol Sander, Charlotte Paulsen, Kay Ramsey, Marie Johnson, Betty Foley, Elke Bunz, Deanna Donaghu


One of Cleone's passions in life was volunteering for the Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein King & Queen contest at the Five Mile House northwest of Manning.
She helped to promote this Verein until the end...

Five Mile House

Cleone in charge of the lady's ball toss in 2016

2016 Ball toss 5-Mile house winner in the middle standing with past Queens - Cleone Podey, 7th over

2005 German Heritage Day in Manning - presenting Heinz and the German American Society of Omaha a Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein 1983 centennial mug.


Arney Luetje, Russell Sinow, Heinz Olk, Cleone Podey


Heinz Olk

In 2010 Cleone brought me her Grimm scrapbook so I could scan it. I won't show all of the Grimm connections but here are a few pix of of her more direct family members.

Grimm family

Leona Johanna Caroline Grimm


Schroeder family


Wayne, Cleone, Marilyn


Wayne, Cleone, Marilyn


Herbert


Leona 1955


Wayne Schroeder MHS 1948


Linda, Susan, Debra


Wayne & Lila (Mohr) Schroeder family


Dale & Marilyn (Schroeder) Jons family


Lucinda & Lyle Podey


Roger Podey


Cleone & Freddie Podey

Norma Rowedder

Visitation: October 30 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM St. Rose of Lima, Denison
Service: October 30 10:30 AM St. Rose of Lima
Cemetery: St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Denison, Iowa

Norma Charlotte (Roecker) Rowedder, daughter of Frank and Anna (Stoltz) Roecker, was born October 12, 1926, in Crawford County, Iowa. She was baptized into the catholic faith. Norma completed eight years in rural schools and then graduated from Manilla High School in 1944.

On December 27, 1945, she was united in marriage to Ivan Rowedder by Father Casey at the Sacred Heart Parsonage in Manilla, Iowa. They made their homes on various farms in Crawford County and were the parents of four sons. They were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. In 1969, they moved to Denison.

Norma retired after working as a quality control employee at World Wide Meats which was later bought by Dubuque Packing Company. She enjoyed dancing, golfing, flowers, gardening, and sewing. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Norma passed away peacefully on October 26, 2018, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, Iowa. She had attained the age of 92.Preceding her in death are her husband, Ivan; parents; grandson, Chad; brothers, Donald, Norbert, Marvin, and Rolland; sister, Edna; parents-in-law, Herman and Katie Rowedder.

Norma is survived by her sons, Rick Rowedder and his wife JoDene of Granger, Iowa, Denny Rowedder and his wife Ruth of Panora, Iowa, Marc Rowedder and his wife Kristin of Denison, Iowa, and Michael Rowedder of Forsyth, Montana; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Ken Roecker of Denison, Iowa; and sister, Charla Knapp of Beaver Lake, Nebraska.


I don't have any Roecker pictures since they are more connected to the Manilla area, but I did find them listed in Iowa No. 3 Country School.


Ivan Rowedder


Iowa No. 3 country school


Norma's sister-in-law Joyce (Hunter) Roecker - wife of Donald


Katie (Karstens) & Herman Rowedder {parents of Ivan}, with Pastor John Ansorge

November 11, 1918 "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" a ceasefire came into effect.


Veterans' Day - The End of WWI November 11, 1918

November 9 - assembly at school



Gene Steffes - goes out of his way to honor Veterans

More pictures coming for the program at school

1918 Homecoming of many of the WWI boys who served out of Manning.

Construction on the high school started in 1917 and the first graduating class in this building was in 1918.

World War I April 6, 1917- November 11, 1918
* denotes killed in action or died while serving

Winford Addison, George Adolphson, Emil H. Albert, Virgil R. Anderson, Joe Anstoeter, Henry E. Arp, Jesse LeRoy "Roy" Barnes, Louie Bailey, Orrin Bailey, Richard Baker, Louie Becker, Charles Behrens, Walt Bennet, Ralph Berkheimer, Jay Bingham, Herbert Blair, Edgar Bobar, Herbert Bobar, Lawrence J. Bock, Virgil V. Book, August Bogatzke, Gus Bohnsack, Fred Brandenberg, Henry Brandhorst, Gordon Branson - (Don), Rodney Burk, Alfred Buss, Jerome V. Callanan, Lee H. Callender, Robert Campbell, John Carstens, Willie Carstens, Clarence Carroll, William Chrastil, Hans J. Clausen, Arthur Claussen, Harry Claussen, Herbert Claussen, Herman Claussen, John Claussen, William Claussen, Roy Cole, Harry Corbin, Ernest Dammann, Hermann Dammann, Hugo David, Lawrence David, Marshall Davis, L.R. Davitt, Albert C. Dethlefs *, Edwin Dethlefs, Emil Dethlefs, Henry Dethlefs, Rudolph Dethlefs, William Dillingham, Clem Dultmeier, Neal T. Dunnick, William Dunnick, George Ehlers, Carl P. Eiffler, Oliver J. Emmons, Albert M. Emmons, George A. Erven, William T. Esser, Alfred Ewoldt, Emil Ewoldt *, John Ewoldt, William Ewoldt, Oscar Forbes, Arnold Foster, Arthur John Foster, Gustav Franke, Ledger Free, Russell Free, Martin Edwin Fritz, LeRoy Furhman, Fred Gehlsen, Ed Glover, Leo G. Goedert, Ross Golden, John Gosch, Louis Grage, Walter Grantz, Detlef Grau, Edward Grau, Herman Grau, Julius Grau, Walter Grau, William M. Grave, Henry Grelck, Nicolia G. Greibel, Edward Gronert, Ernest Gruhn, Fred Gruhn, Harry K. Gruhn, H.J. Hagedorn, Dr. H.H. Hagedorn, Otto Hagedorn, Bernard Halbur, Clarence Hambleton, Louie Hammer, Claudius Hansen, Levi Hansen, Henry J.M. Hansen, John Hansen, Peter F. Hansen, William Hargens, Alfred Hass, Leon Hass, Charles Hassler, John Herbers, Herman Hessling, Roy S. Hiatt, Glenn Higgenbotham, Featherstone B. Hill, Harry Hinz, Harry Hoffmann, Ed Holdsworth, Anthony Hunkler, Fred Iselin, Philip Jacobs, Algot Jacobsen, J.A. Jahnke, Albert Jansen, Emil Jansen, Blair S. Jarvis, Andrew C. Jensen, Lawrence Jentsch, Gustav Jessen, Frank Joens, Henry Joens, John Joens, John E. Jourdon, Louis Kalkhoff, Truman Kampen, W.D. Kanning, Albert Karsten, John Karsten, William Karsten, John Kasperbauer, Harry M. Keat, John W. Keat, Raymond B. Kelsey, Frank Kemper, Wheeler Kempf, John Kienast, William Kirkpatrick, Gordon Knowles, Frank Koeppen, Tom Kroeger, Henry Kruse, Claude Kruse, Emil J. Kuhl, Peter Kuhl, Emil Kuhn, Clarence Kuhse, Edward Kuhse, August Gus Kusel, Gerhardt Lamp, Herman Lamp, Ben Lampe, Albert Langheim or Langham, Roy Lawbaugh, Amos Lee, George Lee, Art Lee, Edward Lehmberg, Henry Lohmeier, William Lorenzen, Kirby Lott, Frank J. Lutwitze, Neal McCaffery, Wayne McCory, John McDonald, W.A. McEnany, Wayne McGory, James McGrane, Harry McMurray, Max Meindl, Clyde Meisel, LeRoy Meisel, John Meisel, Frank J. Mentzer, Anton Mergele, William Mergele, Henry E. Meyers, Marvin Meyers, Herman Moeller, William Mohns, Henry Mohr, John H. Mohr, Erwin Moser, Ralph Moser, Joe Muhlbauer, Jr., Hans Musfeldt, Chris W. Nelson, Fred P. Nelson, George Nissen, Ned Norris, Louis Ossenkop, Emil Opperman, Herman Opperman, Ed Paesler, Herman Pahde, George F. Parish, Floyd Parish, Ralph Parkhouse, Fred C. Passick *, Vernon Patten, Bryan F. Payne, John B. Peter, Charles Petersen, Fred Petersen, Gordon Petersen, Carl Piper, Fay Polloch or Pollock, Otto Popp, Gustav Pruter, Albert Puck, George Puck, Louie Puck, Peter Puck, Ferdinand Ranniger, Edward H. Reimer, Gerald Reimers, William Reinhold, Dr. Andrew Karl Resner, Harold Robert Resner, John Roggendorf, Charles Rogers, Karl Rohr, August Ross, Louie Rowedder *, Robert Rudnick, Gustav Ruge, Carl Ryan, George Schade, Herbert Schelldorf, Orlo Schelldorf, John Schilling, Karl Schmidt, August Schoening, Robert Schoening, Albert Schoeppner, Albert Schroeder, Frederick Schroeder, George Schroeder, John Schroeder, Otto Schroeder, Nicholas Schrum, William Schrum, Carl Schultz, Theodore J. Schon, Charles Scott, Peter A. Siem, Hans Sievers, George Sievert, Albert Signall, Francis Signall, Tom Signall, William Signall, Ora Simpson, William Simpson, William Sinow, Dr. Arthur F. Smith, Arthur Stang *, Alfred F. Stangl, Grover Steen, Joe Steen, William Steen, Johnnie Stewart, Thomas Stewart, Albert Stoelk, Lawren Stoelk, John C. Straveley, Cecil J. Straveley, Chris Steinhangen, Herbert Ray Stribe, Claus Struve, Peter Struve, William Struve, Bernhardt H. Stuhr *, Fred Stumpe, Heinnie Suhr, William Summerfeldt, Ernest D. Sutherland, Lionel Surridge, Wilbur Talbot, Louie Tank, Thomas W. Tarpy, Rudolph Almond Taylor, Marlene Thompson, Louie J. Thomsen, Lincoln Tompson, Ben Torgerson, Peter Vehrs, Julius Vinke *, Otto Voege, Louis Vogt, August Warnke, Earl Weems, Henry Weideman or Wieman, George Weidner, Sam Welch, Clinton Welch, A.E. Welliver, Ben Wentzel, Harry Werder, Ray Wieman, William Wiese, Ben Willenborg, Ray Wiseman, Arnold Witt, George Wittrock, Charles Wooster, Charles Wulf, Frank Wulf, William Wulf *, Herman Wunder

This may look like a jumbled list of names...I could have listed them in single file but then you would have to scroll and scroll to see all of the names.
For several decades I have been pleading, begging, and scheming with ways to get Veterans and their family members to come forward with pictures and information they have.
The WWI generation is gone and most of their children (WWII generation) are gone...so that leaves me with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to bother about military/Veteran pictures they have for their relatives or even of Veterans they don't even realize they have stored away in an old box or scrapbook they inherited from "granny or grampy."

So I again beg and plead everyone connected to Manning to dig out their old pictures and history and get it to me so I can go through it to find Veteran and old Manning history/pictures.

You may think just your knowledge of a relative being a Veteran is good enough, or that you have those old pix and information in your possession is good enough but what will happen when you are gone - BASED on 40+ years of working on Manning/family history I know what will eventually happen to those things in your possession - they will get either get thrown away or simply deteriorate.

The only way they'll be preserved long-term is to get them to me so I can scan them and add them to the Manning Historical Database.

WWI Manning Veterans web page
Click to see a more detailed listing

The really sad thing is that I have more pictures and information for a lot of Civil War, WWI, and WWII Manning connected Veterans than for the Vietnam to present day Veterans connected to Manning.
It is good on one hand because most of the original pictures and information I gathered and scanned for those early Veterans has probably been thrown away or taken out of town by someone who inherited those things since I scanned them - never to be seen again here in Manning.

This framed document hung in the old "Parker" house for as long as I can remember, where Melvin & Marge Kusel once lived on the northeast edge of Manning. When they had their sale and moved off the Parker farm I made sure it did not get thrown away or sold. I now have it in safe keeping for a Manning Museum someday, and also made a high resolution scan of it and digitally restored it for long-term preservation. While it obviously does not list all of the 330+ Manning connected men or the 8 total who died serving in that Great War, it is a very unique piece of Manning history that was hand written by one of the Parker sisters who were teachers in the Manning area.

Of course, like with most historical situations, I can show you pictures of people I'm referring to and tell you more background.

Parker family

Back: Jennie, Grace, Ida. Middle: Charles, John, Mary
Front: Clara, Minnie


early view of the Parker home where Mel & Marge Kusel later lived for decades.


John Parker - one of Manning's Civil War Veterans

Mary (Levan) Parker - wife of John


1964 Charlie Parker - the only Parker I'm old enough to have known.

IKM-Manning High School
Seussical The Musical
November 4, 2018

Click to see the FUN

October 28, 2018 - Halloween in Manning

Click to see the goblins

A special thanks to Ken Borkowski for sending me quite a few obituaries for his Weems uncles.
Sadly, this is another large family that has basically disappeared from Manning.
An important family, like most, because so many of them served our country in WWI but most during WWII.

In case you weren't aware of it, I have been actively working on many Manning historical aspects since I set up my web page in 1996, one of which is the Veteran topic and I set up that military web page in 2001.

Then in 2009, I officially started working on a Manning Veterans' history book project.
I had assumed I would have published it by now but for many reasons it is going to be a much longer project than anticipated - BUT well worth it to do it the right way and as thoroughly as I can.

For instance, while it is nice to have the obituaries for those Weems boys who served, I don't have much military information for them and no original military photos scanned for Newton, Charley, or Earl.

I also just now found out about the burial site for John Hoffmann. I either forgot if I knew or just missed it while working on all of the Hoffmann stuff I scanned over the years, but thanks to Jim Stoffers who is connected to one branch of the Hoffmann family, he brought it to my attention that John is buried in Hawaii.
John was killed in a plane accident somewhere between India and China while serving in the Africa Campaign.


National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii

John is buried in grave 124 of Section A in the middle of this map - the long rectangular area.
I also didn't have the company he served under, so little by little I keep gathering more military information about the over 1000 Manning connected Veterans.

We all lose friends and relatives but to have someone in your family get ripped away - killed overseas fighting tyranny is something hard to comprehend. Because of working on Manning Veteran history I understand much better now, while growing up with the kids of the parents and siblings of these great Manning men who sacrificed so much, that even into the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, there was a terrible pain with the parents/siblings...while the kids in these families who were my age probably didn't fully understand either, since they never knew their uncles.

Now is the time to fully honor those Manning Veterans and their families who sacrificed so much, along with all of the other Manning Veterans who served by getting pictures, information, documents, etc to me to scan and use in the Manning Veterans' book.


It would help to speed up the process and for me to get more detailed and thorough information about these Veterans if more family members would come forward and help out.

History can be as complicated or simple as people make it.
What's wrong is when self-appointed "history police" take it upon themselves to be the ones who determine what history we should keep and what history they feel needs to be destroyed...they are the "book burners" of today.
They spout all kinds of sophomoric statements, which most of the time have no basis in fact or historical perspective - only what they believe their truth is, and anyone who disagrees with them is evil or represents what they claim is bad.

I saw this item on E-bay and purchased it. It caught my eye from the standpoint of several historical aspects so I felt it needed to be preserved in my Manning Historical Database.

More commentary about this item coming...

While driving around taking Halloween pictures, I stopped to take a picture at 621 Fifth Street.
While talking to the owner, I brought up a conversation about who use to live there...one was the Bruce Hamilton family - Bruce was the postmaster. I forget his wife's name but their son was Brent (MHS 1992) and I believe their daughter's name was Jamie.
I also mentioned I had a number of pictures of this home and along this area of Center Street. The owner immediately mentioned she had three old pictures.
As soon as I heard this I asked to scan them. One of them I had already scanned from another collection but two I did not have scanned.
I probably have more old angles of this house now, than any other one in Manning.
The good thing for the current owner is because of the pictures from the other source, they had IDs so now the owner won't have to wonder who is in the picture.
She even commented that maybe there was information on back of the picture but it was glued to a scrapbook backing and she was afraid it would damage the picture if she removed it.
I told her I'm glad she didn't do this because, yes, she would have ruined the picture and there probably wasn't anything on back because most old pictures have no IDs or information on back.
Henry & Margretha (Hoffmann) Sievers home in the late 1890s to early 1900s
This picture came from another collection.
Henry & Margretha are standing in front.
Their first home before building a new home somewhere in Manning.


This picture came from another source and identified as Henry & Margretha.


I had this picture already scanned from another collection - Margretha in front.


This picture and the next one I did not previously have so I was glad the owner let me scan them.
You can see part of Hoffmann Lumber Company in the back left.


Henry is standing, Margretha is seated and the other younger lady is probably one of their daughters.


Lena Sievers, Margretha (Hoffmann) Sievers, Adelia Sievers, Henry Sievers, Sr.
This picture came from another source.

So if you have old pictures of your home (farm or in town) then please let me know so I can scan them.
Remember, I may also have some old pictures of your home and other information too.

Sharing is the only way to find out.

"100-year old letter from WWI uncovered
Christine Spall found the pencil-written note while sifting through a box of her late husband's belongings.
The letter dated February 27, 1918 and detailed a message from Airman Henry Walter Spall to his second son Horace Henry Spall"

WWI letter

I often hear these same comments from people who I bug about their Manning family history...
Christine Spall: "When you are younger you just don't think about it, you don't think to ask, and I don't remember anyone of my kids asking: 'what did grandad do in the war?'
"I wish I had asked my parents more now."

It was brought to my attention that this letter from Spall has been posted all over the Internet recently.
While I'm very happy for Christine "discovering" this letter, I didn't realize how unique it would be to so many people online.
For several decades I have been asking people about letters written home by the Veterans in their family...
Below are just a few examples of digital scans I have made over the years.

Now my reason in showing these examples is not for "bragging rights" but to bring to the attention of Manning Veterans and the families of deceased Veterans that I'm looking for letters written home during service so I can scan them and use samples of them in the Veterans' book.

BUT also so these letters will be digitally preserved in my database...that way when the original stuff gets thrown away or deteriorates - they'll still exist digitally in the Manning Historical Preservation Database I'm building.

I realize there will be some "private/personal" information in SOME of the letters but there will certainly be a few letters I can scan that will have information about the service and nothing embarrassing.

Sadly, some wives threw away ALL of the letters their husbands wrote home, because they didn't want the "lovey dovey" parts read by anyone else.
It will sound harsh but this was really shortsighted in destroying ALL the letters that are/were historically important.
So hopefully the children/grandchildren won't hold back all of the letters from allowing me to scan some of them, because just a few may have personal information about a family member.

So besides the pictures, information, medals, documents, discharge papers, etc. to scan, please bring me some of those letters written home to use in the Manning Veterans' history book.


1918 letter from Ernest Dee Sutherland to Donald Sutherland who founded the First National Bank in Manning and also served in the Civil War


WWI letter from Gerhardt Lamp in France to Hubert Lamp


February 2, 1945 WWII V-mail from Daryl Mohr to a friend
Daryl was KIA May 13, 1945, on Luzon Island


January 1, 1944 WWII page 2 letter from Heinz Detlefsen to his brother Max
Hinz was KIA November 8, 1944, while flying his Mustang during a mission over Germany


Letter from Melvin Musfeldt to Ken Jensen's parents during WWII


V-mail from Gerald Schroeder to Ken Jensen WWII


A very unique envelope that a V-mail message was written on - from Wilmer Ranniger to his parents WWII


V-mail message from Wilmer Ranniger to his parents WWII


WWII letter from Amos Rutz to his brother


1955 letter from Ray Christensen to his wife

I hope by showing some samples of letters written home during military service will encourage more Manning Veterans and their families to dig out and bring me their military historical items to scan...

Most of you may not know Janet, but she has lots of Aspinwall/Manning connections including on my mother's side of our family.
You may be surprised at who Janet is related to...
Janet (Ehrichs) Cornelius
January 7, 1940 - October 15, 2018


Click to see the Aspinwall/Manning connections

Oktoberfest at the Heritage Park October 13, 2018

Click to see the event
Polka and Waltzes many not be your "cup of tea" but there were all kinds of activities, fun, and friendly interaction at this event at the Heritage Park.
Definitely better than sitting at home and watching TV or playing on those "so-called" social media sites that rot your brain...
October 14 - Ho Ho Ho - 2 inches of snow!
Unfortunately, because of all of the rain for the last several weeks - there are still a lot of soybeans in the fields...some corn has been harvested but I'm sure all farmers are starting to get a little concerned - especially with saturated soybean pods freezing open and then the beans popping or falling out once harvest starts again.

"You help me, I'll help you" is at work...
Maybe you need to reconsider letting me scan your pix and history.
Updates:
Now Susie Schilling recognized two of the pictures from the Aspinwall Centennial book.
While we still don't have a lot of the pictures identified, if Jim hadn't let me scan them, he probably would have had a difficult time figuring out for sure who some of them are and maybe would have never figured out any of them.

Between Jim Stoffers and Lois Peters and her daughter, we have come up with a few more names and confirmations for several pictures.
Besides Jahn, Wunder (with Sievers & Lemster connections) is another name we came up with.

Jahn collection - or we think is connected to the Jahn family
Need help with IDs!!!


Click to see the pix

Does anyone remember the fall of 1972 - actually the whole year?
I'm fairly sure nearly the whole year was wet. We got stuck combining oats in some of the fields, and then that fall the heavens opened up and we had rain, rain, rain.
I don't have any rainfall totals but we got stuck in every field and many times in some fields. This was the days of gravity flow wagons and some straight trucks.
We had to haul the corn out of the fields with the combine and unload on the roads...which obviously took a lot of extra time.
Ruts were made everywhere.
For some reason I did not take pictures of this harvest.

I did take pictures of the last major flood we had during a fall harvest...we've had some falls since then where the Nishnabotna was brim full or went out of its banks in a few low spots but nothing like 1974.
Then the next spring we had the worst flooding since the late 1940s and early 1950s - flooding, only exceeded by the 1990 and 1993 floods.
Here are some pictures, but I'm still trying to pin down the year that we got stuck everywhere in the fields in the fall - again I think 1972.


Fall 1973 This was after the flood waters had gone down.

1973 Unfortunately these scanned 110 prints aren't the best quality. There wasn't much damage to the corn fields but a lot of trash and residue got tangled up in the soybean fields in the bottoms.

Spring 1974 We were going to put in terraces on our big hill, so we disked up the field and drilled it to oats then we got 3 inches of rain in 15 minutes...this event is what really impressed upon us that tillage had to stop.
As I recall, Jeff Siepker was with me in our Quonset - waiting for more schoolmates to come out and play some basketball. It also hailed during the torrential rain and it was so loud in the Quonset that Jeff and I were yelling and couldn't hear each other.

1974 The rain didn't stop - we had 5 major floods over a week+ period.

Then nature turned to the other extreme
During the summer of 1975, a three-year drought began and by the summer of 1977 the Nishnabotna Creek quit running for several weeks.


1977 shortly before the Nishnabotna Creek completely stopped running
1977 The smaller creek on our farm that connects to the Nishnabotna had already dried up in 1976 - grassed out like a waterway.

1981 The small creek
Nishnabotna June 1981 - Manning Centennial year


Nishnabotna May 27, 2013 minor flood.

Update: Here are the names my mother came up with - if you find any errors please let us know. My mother (MHS 1941) was 3 years ahead of when this group picture was taken and that is the seniors in this class - which would make her 7 years ahead of the Freshman.
I think she did great for identifying students in a picture from 75 years ago...
Tonight (10/9/2018) Donn Kelsey sent me the names of the students he could pick out. He also helped to confirm some of the names my mother came up with.

Another one of my loyal historical helpers, Bill Jentzen, recently brought me several old Manning connected pictures to scan.
I was especially happy to get these 2 pictures which show a lot of Manning connected people.
We need more help...there are a few of these students still living so hopefully they'll come forward, or their kids will show it to their mom/dad to get names.
Eventually, I'll have to start comparing pictures I have from this era to see if I can find something in my database that will confirm more names.

1943 school year
Back: Edwin Linn (director), Mary McGrath, ??, Leona Schrum, Bill Meyers, Sam Wiese, Jim Ansorge, Lyle Schrum, Ray Schrum, Mary Campbell, Burton Hoffmann, Jack Peters
Third: ??, Donna Pahde, ??, Gertrude Hershman, ??, ??, ?Larue Dietz?, LaVern Meyer, ??, Pat Surridge, ??, ??, Ludwig Hammer, Larue Dietz, Frank Miller
Second: ??, Jean Jensen, Joy Moore, Clariss Christian, Alice Dalgety, ??, Donna Sander, Ralph Petersen, Phyllis Firth, Clark Hershman, ??, Letty Frahm, Ken Jensen, ??, ??
Front: ??, Royce Rowedder, ??, ??, Gene Wiese, Justyn Sutherland, Bill Roberts, Mary Lee, John Keane, ??, Bill Sander

So far only Donn Kelsey has helped with the IDs.
Either very few Manning people visit my web pages, or they aren't interested in e-mailing me the names of their parents/grandparents.
I simply don't accept that most children can't identify their parents or grandparents in a picture like this.

I took a copy of the picture to Gene Wiese today at the Manilla Manor, but I need to increase the size of the students some more and will return later this week to work with him on the names of some of his classmates.


October 17, 1953 in Zion Lutheran Church at Manning - Hansen family

Back: Herbert, Lyle
Front: Larry, Marge, Emma (Jentzen), Hugo, Helen, Shirley

I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen the picture of a person put on a large 7 inch convex metal button which had a wire picture stand on back - similiar to the metal pin-on buttons you wear on a shirt or coat.


This is Otto Jentzen - grandfather of Bill.


This is the what the button looks like before being digitally restored.

My mother and I have added quite a few identifications but want help to confirm everything, so Asmus relatives - please go through them and contact me with corrections and updates.
I've also added some pictures from other collections that show various connections to the "Manning Family" history.

All the way from "down under" in New Zealand.
Last year Jon Asmus sent me his dad, Merlin "Buddy" Asmus' pictures from New Zealand so I could scan them.
I hope the Vollmer, Musfeldt, Asmus, and other families connected to Buddy (including the Nixon family in New Zealand) will take the time to go through all of the links and send me e-mails with IDs and locations for the various pictures.
I'm sure Jon will be grateful for your help - since he was born and raised in New Zealand and doesn't know much about Manning and his Manning relatives and would not be able to recognize many of the locations of the pictures and also the people in the pictures.

There are also pictures of non-Asmus family connected individuals and events in Manning - so anyone in their 70s & 80s might be able to help with IDs and locations too, so please take some time to browse through the various links and then please e-mail me with your information - even if some are guesses.


Click to see the Asmus pictures from New Zealand

Unfortunately there are no military records, documents, etc for Buddy. If any Asmus connected family member has letters that Buddy sent back to the Manning relatives, or pictures, newspaper clippings, etc. please contact me.

IKM-Manning Homecoming
September 28, 2018
Game time 7:00

Wolf Lady will hunt you down if you do not
Click to see the 2018 Homecoming

Heritage Park activities
Click to see the events

You help me, I'll help you!
I'm like a broken record repeating with my messages to get people to share their pictures and history with me so I can digitize their information and add it to the Manning Historical Database I've been building for decades.
Recently a Schroeder descendant contacted me to comment about a very old picture I had posted a while back about the "History of Children's Day" feature which is still linked off my main web page on the right side.
It was this picture

Intersection of Elm Street & Sixth Street (Highway 46 at that time) taken before 1915
This Schroeder descendent had been told that his great-great-grandparents, Hinrich & Wiebke Schroeder, lived in the house on the corner where Caseys General Store is now.
He showed the picture to his mother and she confirmed the story.
Now I had no idea about this and called Gerhardt Voge. The last person he remembers living in this home was a Mrs. Farrell. He said the Twin Gables was built on this corner after the house was torn down.
I remember Art & Ila (Claussen) Rix talking about a Schroeder who lived in the house just south of where Ila grew up in her parents' home at 423 Elm Street.
So up to this point, we did not know 100% sure if this really was the Schroeder house.

Then the Schroeder descendant remembered that my mother was an Ehrichs, and then started to connect the Ehrichs/Schroeder families, but not until he mentioned Norfolk, Nebraska, did it hit me that I might have more pictures about this Ehrichs/Schroeder family.

So I went to my family history folder to search for the Schroeder name and the pictures that my Ehrichs relative had sent me to scan a number of years ago.

I was surprised and tickled pink when I found a picture of a home that was in the Linde Ehrichs' collection from Norfolk, that was identified as "John & Wiebke Schroeder home in Manning."
Now there was no address or description of where it was in Manning, just that this Schroeder family lived there.

Picture from the Linde Ehrichs' collection in Norfolk, Nebraska

The man on the left is Hinrich and the woman on the left is Wiebke
As of this point, we don't know who the other man and woman are.
Now as you can see, this house is the same house with picket fence in the wider view photo.
If the Schroeder descendant hadn't initially contacted me about the house, I would have never known where the home of this picture from Linde was located in Manning.
Besides these 2 pictures, I was able to provide some other family pictures the Schroeder descendant didn't have.

To find out more about this Schroeder family and help being requested, click on "The Manning Exchange" link on the left and then go to the "Schroeder" thread to read the information.

The initial reason I showed the wider view picture was to show part of the old Germania Hall that was built in 1884...by the Manning Schuetzen Verein.
The Manning Verein was incorporated on April 11, 1879, under the laws of Iowa.
While Childrens Day has been officially using 1883 as the first year, I have information that shows it began in 1882 and one could consider it actually starting in 1881, but it wasn't described as much as a German event.

So to recap - if the Schroeder descendant would not have contacted me and provided the initial clue about the house, he currently wouldn't know for sure that it was the Schroeder house and also not have the close-up picture of that house with Hinrich & Wiebke in front.
I also provided him some digital family pictures that he either didn't have or only had a facsimile copy.

BUT he made it possible for me to now know where the picture of the Schroeder house was taken.
He helped me, I helped him

Now why don't you take a chance and contact me to see what we can work together on and share.

You aren't going to find anyone else with the type of database I have for the Manning area.


I also want to brag about these aspects.
My web pages are free and available to anyone who is interested in Manning area history.
I don't have any advertising such as "Google ads" that track you and I don't have those annoying pop-up ads.
You don't need a login and password to view my information.
I don't charge you for my information.
If you share your genealogy/history on the so-called social media sites or the commercial ancestry sites, you are restricting the number of older people who might be able to help you.
A lot of the older generation people aren't inclined to join the social sites or pay commercial sites "For the privilege" to post their own personal family history they worked on, only to make some company rich with their information.

For those sites that you think are free - most of them are gathering all kinds of information about you, track you, force ads in your face and then other websites that use, for instance, Google ads, will look into your browser cookie history to see what sites you've been to and purchased things.

I make absolutely NO money off Manning history - to the contrary it has cost me tens of thousands of dollars to accomplish what I have in my database.
My work is completely volunteer.

More importantly, my work is strictly about the Manning area history. I don't go into the history of nearby towns, other than Aspinwall, and rarely other nearby towns - only when they have some Manning connections.
I don't go into the general 4 county history that Manning is connected to, nor into Iowa history in general.
If you find an error or I find an error, I make the corrections when I find out and make sure the Manning database is updated.
Those other sites are more comparable to "Garbage in, Garbage out."

My only requirement is if you ask me for information and pictures, that you in turn share back.


Twin Gables was mentioned in this feature...Never heard of it? Here are several pictures I have gathered from numerous individuals over the years.
AGAIN the reason I have these pictures is because other people shared with me.
If you have old Manning history and information and like to come to my web pages and grab the pictures and information but won't give me the time of day - what you don't realize is I probably could help you more with your family history but you won't know until you contact me.
Even if I can't immediately help you, the pictures and information you could share with me and then I would in turn share on my web pages might inspire someone else you are related to to share what they have with me and then I would feature their history on my web pages...which would then help you - Hard to follow what I just said???

What I show here on my webpages doesn't scratch the surface of what I have in the Manning Historical Preservation Database.

Here are just some the images I have of the Twin Gables service station

Built by Albert Puck


September 1, 1937, newly constructed.

Note the "Iowa 46" sign. Before Highway 141 came into Manning from the east, Iowa 46 came down from Highway 30 on what we still call the OCO, over to East Street, then west on Third Street and down to Elm Street, then out to West Street and out of town.


May 12, 1938 advertisment in the Monitor


1942 Loyd Borkowski, home on leave
Notice the Schuetzen Verein in the back right (AKA Manning Firemens Hall)
This was the same location that Germania Hall once stood before it burned down in 1925.


Viola (Henkelman) and Wayne Ranniger

Become a member of the Manning Historical Preservation Database Project
A one-of-a-kind and very unique digital database
which concentrates on Manning and Manning area history

If you follow the link below to Homecomings of the past, you'll see pictures from as far back as 70 years ago.
While I have been collecting/scanning school pictures for over 40 years, the bulk of Manning school stuff was acquired when I worked on the Manning Schools History book project from 2006 - 2009, after finishing the Manning Quasqui history book.
At that time, very few alumni came forward with their scrapbooks and pictures, but even with a lack of over-all support from the thousands of alumni, I have a tremendous database started because of a FEW members who brought me their scrapbooks and boxes of pictures to scan.

One of hundreds of goals about Manning history that I'll never be able to fully complete is to get individual graduation pictures of each Manning student.
Someday I envision having a "wall of graduates" in a future museum.
The ONLY way this can happen is if many more Manning connected people and alumni come forward with their old pictures, so I can scan them. Here is the oldest Manning graduation picture I have come across - so far.

So please contact/e-mail me about your old scrapbooks and boxes of pictures that you probably haven't looked at since you graduated - AND someday your children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren will throw away.


Ida Parker - MHS 1896
In case you are bad at math - Ida graduated 122 years ago!

It was recently brought to my attention that my "Frames" designed web pages don't properly function or at all with some of the new browsers and devices.
I've known for years that while most current browsers will still read the code, that eventually they won't.
I know that frames don't show up well on those small screen devices but that is not my problem. If all people want to do is ruin their eyes on those small screens, rather than have a nice large 30 inch computer screen that I do most of my work on then I guess they'll just have to go elsewhere.
Back in 1996 I had read about the reasons why to NOT use frames. I can appreciate the cons for frames but for me they work the easiest and best to show pictures, data, obituaries, etc.
I'm sure many people will disagree but back in 1996 when the so-called experts were opining about the evils of Frames, I wonder how many of them have maintained an up-to-date and informative web page all these years like I have.
I also realize that frames technology has been left out of the newer HTML coding. I know the day will come when no new browsers/devices will work on frames pages...at that point I'll have to see if I'm going to be willing to convert everything over to the new scripts - the HTML code that will ALSO eventually be replaced by some newer "mousetrap" coding. So while change is inevitable - it is NOT always the right way or the best way.
I'm still using Internet Explorer 11 which Microsoft no longer supports and I also use Firefox which updates regularly - BOTH work fine with frames.
Dave Kusel


Buzz Aldrin saluting the US flag on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility, landing site of Apollo 11, June 1969.
Photograph by Neil Armstrong.


Raising the US Flag on Iwo Jima February 23, 1945


Both of these events are part of HISTORICAL world events and were achieved by Americans.
Even though people from other countries were involved in the 1950s/60s space race and WWII, these two particular events above were achieved by men from the United States of America.

The "First Man" 2018 movie leaves out the historical event of Armstrong and Aldrin raising the US flag.
I read from several sources that it took 400,000 workers and $24 Billion for the US to achieve the first moon landing.
I'm surprised the title of the movie isn't "First Person."
Of course if you believe some people, even today, the Moon landing was faked!

I suppose a future movie remake about the "Battle of Iwo Jima" will exclude the US flag being raised by Americans.

In January of this year, I created this historical perspective linked below about recreation in Manning and also information and graphics for the current proposed project for the Rec Center.
It shows how projects don't get done overnight and also how very important volunteers and donations are to every project.

Update on the Hillside Splash project
On May 15, 2018, the city council approved $400,000 in matching funds for the proposed Hillside Splash project. JEO Consulting has been working on design ideas and a proposal to complete this project in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will begin in 2019-20 with construction beginning in 2020-21, or as soon as funds are raised.
A zero-depth pool with some play features are planned in phase 1, with the slide aspects in phase 2, and a spray pad for phase 3.

Click on the link below to see some very interesting history on how Manning achieves so many amazing things and is now working on another unique project.

Manning Hillside Splash


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

IKM-Manning School promo
Click to see the brochure

There are so many ways to preserve and present history...pictures, video, audio, written words, and sadly, in many cases - nothing is done so individuals and events just disappear completely over time.
In 2016, I sat down with Orland to get his military story and also his "Manning" story.
Below is a link to one of the audio sessions I had with Orland. I'm using this audio and other sessions to create a story about Orland's life...
One thing nice about capturing audio is you get to not only hear the voice of the person featured but you get to hear his laugh and inflections in the way he uses words.
The audio is about 1 hour long. I removed some of the dead space and less important parts of the conversation and hope that you will take the time to listen to Orland talk about some of the highlights about the Manning Ag Center history.

Orland Fara remembers...February 2016

An observation I made during Orland's funeral was the lack of attendance by business people and Manning citizens in general. I realize many of them paid their respects at the viewing the day before and the church is relatively small but having attended funerals for 50+ years and knowing Manning history...society has changed a lot - it was quite common when a businessman passed away years ago that the businesses on Main Street closed down during the funeral and most of the owners attended the funeral.
Here are just two examples.
Ulysses L. Patton
July 30, 1908
ONE OF OUR OLDEST PIONEER CITIZENS PASSES AWAY LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
Was a Member of the City Council for Fifteen Years and on School Board for Nine Years.
Mr. Patton has been in the stock business in Manning for a number of years and was associated in the business with his son, Dwight, at the time of his death. As a token of the esteem in which Mr. Patton is held by the business men here every place of business in the city was closed from 10 to 12 o'clock, during the time of his funeral and all public work was suspended the entire day.

John Frahm, Prominent Business Man Died Tuesday
Entered Into Rest May 28, 1940 At Home Manning

The spacious funeral home and every, available place around the premises was occupied by friends during the services. Every business place in town was closed in his respect during the services.
The deceased leaves many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was one of the towns leading citizens; a man of pleasing personality; jovial; kind and honorable. He was a good friend to have and he had a host of friends. The Chamber of Commerce, Manning, 3-Mile House and 5-Mile House Schuetzen Verein, of which he was a member, and other organizations always found him a willing worker and liberal giver. The town and community will feel his departure in losing a faithful helper and progressive citizen. He was a faithful husband and a kind and loving father in his home and gave himself unselfishly for the comforts and good of his family.

Military honors

Another reason why more citizens should have attended the funeral was to honor and show respect to Orland for his military service...a Veteran of the Korean War.

Now these comments are solely my own and not intended to judge/criticize anyone but just as an observation of change over the years.


Orland Fara
June 25, 1931 - April 22, 2018

Visitation Wednesday April 25, 2018 , 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Visitation resumes at church at 9:30 AM.
Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at the Manning Cemetery

More information and pictures coming...

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

Many upcoming events.

Korean War Veterans continues


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

For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.

Click to visit the Manning Exchange

1 example from the Logeland Studio wedding packets.

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

Click to read about this important project.

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

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

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

In their own words
Attention "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow"

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


Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words

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

Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.

Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.

Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger

If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.

We'd like to hear from you !!!

What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"

Have some of your "Dreams" come true?

"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782

Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book project.
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.

How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.

Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.

Amos Rutz WWII

One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were, where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.

To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.

Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.

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

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


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

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
48 served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
3 served in the Spanish American War
300+ served during WWI
550+ served during WWII
87+ served in the Korean war era
65+ (more names need to be found) served in the Vietnam era
55+ (many more names need to be found) served from 1975 to present

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

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

We are starting the Manning Veterans' history book project
Don't wait until you see "Deadline" or it WILL be too late!!!

Click to read promos for the Veteran book


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

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

Click to see the tutorial

If you simply don't want those old family pictures you inherited please don't throw them - send them my way.
A lot of times I can recognize a face or location in those old pix.


One thing to keep in mind while you are looking for pictures - if they are glued in old scrap books please do NOT try to pull them out or cut them out. I can scan the whole page of the scrapbook and crop out the pictures you want to use in the book. If you attempt to forcibly remove the pictures you will probably damage them and when I scan them that damage will probably show up. This means I'll either have to use my graphics program to touch up the damage which can take a lot of time, or if they are badly damaged I just may not even take the time to scan them.