Because I've scanned hundreds of collections, I've digitally preserved thousands of historical pictures and documents that people later lost track of, or accidentally threw away.
Occasionally I get people who have bad memories and don't take care of their old stuff will come back to me to say I did not return their things.
Anyone who has paid even the slightest attention to my web pages since 1996 can tell that I'm not the problem, but the owners of their family pictures and history
end up being their own worst enemy because of their carelessness and lack of organization - they lost their pix & history...or they gave them to another relative, which
they forgot...or someone in the family stashed them away and forgot where - I could write a book on the ways people lost their own pix.
Of course they never thank me when I can give them the scans of their pix and history on a DVD - after they lost their originals.
Having worked on Manning family historical collections for 40 years, I've learned of dozens of family collections that were simply thrown away by the next generations...EVEN after I made contact with some of them, asking them to let me go through that old history before they start throwing and dividing up stuff among family members.
This first image below is a perfect example of how thorough I am and the detailed work I do to preserve our history. While going through Amanda Lamp's night school papers I noticed a letter head for Herman Lamp's purebred business.
Amanda used some of Herman's blank pages to write down recipes. There were other recipes written down on plain paper, index cards, and scrap paper, but if I had not taken the time to look at each piece of paper I would not have found this letter head.
Next you see the old suitcase that Ann (Voge) found in the attic of her dad's house. I scanned the first item on top that Ann found in a safe. I remember Gerhardt telling me about it and wanted to make sure I scanned it because I had never seen this type of FFA MHS school letter.
Gerhardt Voge's 1940 FFA school letter
I've been busy with various projects on the farm but will soon get back to finish scanning the Kuhl scrapbook.
Karie Haskins MHS 1979
Kris Haskins MHS 1982
Kelly Haskins MHS 1986
Darwin Haskins, Bobbie Hansen, Max Detlefsen - MHS basketball game
Jessica Nissen MHS 2007
What I'm really looking for right now are military pictures of the Manning Addisons who served. So if you are an Addison relative/descendant and have military pictures, please e-mail me.
Every couple of months or so I spend an hour or more searching on Bing.com for obituaries with Manning listed as point of origin.
This time I found 3 more obituaries that have Manning connections.
For 2 of them (Janning, Larson) they have loose Manning connections but close enough to have them in my database in case I run into more of those family names that connect to Manning more directly.
I added all 3 obituaries to my Memorial web page linked on the left.
For the other obituary, (John Burton Schrum) he has all kinds of Manning connections and is a WWII Veteran who I'm looking for more pictures and information about his service and ALSO his family history - Schrum & Addison...so if anyone has more pictures and information, please help out. He had several siblings so I'm hoping that nephews and nieces will have some more military pictures of Burton that were shared between the families.
Manning Monitor article ------ 1943
Fourth Son Of Local Family Enters Service
Arthur Schrum, chief yeoman, has seen ten years of service, most of it spent on a convoy in the Atlantic. He visited many countries while engaged in this work, among them Iceland, Greenland and Russia. Arthur, now 29 years old, is stationed at New Orleans, La., in a recruiting office.
Wayne Schrum, 22, has seen several years of service in the army. He is now attending school at Sioux Falls, S. D. He is a radio technician.
Lyle, better known as Junior Schrum, is attending University of Michigan at Ann Arbor under the navy V-12 program. Junior, 18, was a member of Manning's championship basketball team for four years, graduating from Manning high school in 1943.
Burton Schrum who has been in the employ of DuPonts at Clinton, Iowa,
until called into the navy recently, is the last of the boys to enter the service. He is 26 and
is taking boot training at Farragut, Idaho.
Manning Monitor article - 1945
JOHN BURTON SCHRUM
John Burton "Burt" Schrum, beloved son of William and Ruby (Addison) Schrum, was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 2, 1918, and peacefully passed away at the Andbe Home in Norton on November 14, 2018, at the age of 100.
Burt grew up in Manning, Iowa, and graduated from the Manning High School in 1936. On September 21, 1939, Burt married the love of his life Betty Laverty in Manning, Iowa. Burt and Betty moved several times before making their home in Norton, Kansas, in 1955. He also proudly served in the U.S. Navy from July 11, 1944, till February 2, 1946.
Burt was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion, and Lions Club. He even coached numerous baseball teams, including the Norton American Legion Baseball group. One of his favorite things to do was to watch any sport. His greatest love was his family, especially his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Survivors include: five children, Burton, and wife, Lois Schrum, Tucson, Arizona; Steven Schrum, Norton, Kansas; William, and wife, Marilyn Schrum, Norton, Kansas; Barbara, and husband, Michel Magers, Greeley, Colorado; Deborah, and husband, Craig Chizek, Rose Hill, Kansas; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several other relatives and friends.
Burt was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers, Arthur, Wayne, Lyle "Junior", and Warren Schrum, and one sister, Marjorie Schrum.
INURNMENT - A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
MEMORIALS - American Legion Baseball Program.
I'm also looking for more military pictures and information for Burton's brothers.
Wayne "Pedro" Schrum WWII - from Freeland Valentine's collection
Lyle "Junior" Schrum WWII - from Freeland Valentine's collection
Not sure if this is Art Schrum
?Arthur Schrum? WWII - from Freeland Valentine's collection
I need help with IDs for some of these pictures so please e-mail the names.
Ruby (Addison) Schrum with little girl
Not sure of order: Winfried, Ruby Schrum, Elsie, Cecilia Nickum, Fern, William married Elsie Rogers
Scan from a copy
The Addison family is another family I have very little information and pictures, so any help with pictures and information would be greatly appreciated.
Fern's son, Mick Addison, served in the Army. He also attended school at Manning. Mick is the only Addison obituary I have, so anyone with other Addison and Manning
connected obituaries - please come forward.
You can check to see which obituaries I have on my Memorial web page...
I know many people give their pix and information to those ancestry websites and post them on social media sites - which is fine, but I doubt you are working on the publication of a Manning Veterans' book or preserving Manning's history, so if you want your old pix and Manning connected information preserved in the Manning Historical Preservation Database I'm building and in the history books I work on - then please get in contact with me.
Believing in My Freedom of Speech, I have added more of my perspective at the end of this feature.
Scenes from our past...Recent scans from the Kuhl collection.
Elsie, Herbert, Melvina, Marvin, & Marcus Kuhl - pony "Cupid"
Elsie, Herbert, Melvina, Marvin, Marcus, Kathryn - Kuhl kids June 1917
Left: Herbert, Melvina, Elsie Kuhl
Right: not sure who is who - Johnnie Jahn, ??, Malinda Meggers
Marcus & Kathry Kuhl - Lester Meggers
Kuhl kids: Kathryn, Marcus, Marvin, Melvina, Herbert, Elsie
The Family Circle
Paper read by Jacob Billing, at the first Billing family Reunion held at the Sidney Fair Ground, Sidney, Ohio, on Sunday August 19, 1928.
Following the custom of other families the Billing relatives decided to meet as a family circle for the first time this afternoon here at this beautiful Fair Ground and refresh the memories of days long past and gone and to assure each the other of his high esteem and continued friendship for the years that yet may lie before us.
The family is the unit of civilization. Not only is it the unit of civilization but it is the test of civilization for the stability and integrity of any nation or race is in direct proportion to the sanctity and coherence of its family group. This is a strong statement, but is verified by the testimony of all experience, observation and history. This then being true, the cultivation, development, and elevation of the family ideal should be paramount and have the right of way, always consuming our best thoughts and noblest energies. A broken family is a diseased cell in the organism of society. To prevent and heal these breaks is the only hope of a loftier race. To the task of conducting and disciplining in righteousness and justice the affairs of the family, every parent who has the welfare of the state at heart, as well as his own happiness and well-being, will unstintingly give of his best efforts. The peril of the family is the peril of the nation. Remove family perils, and, at once, national perils are vanquished. Maintain the integrity and sacredness of the family idea, and the nation is safe.
Not only does the family reunion satisfy the normal, natural, craving for fellowship of one's own, but it arouses pride in one's ancestry, and pride in one's ancestry is no mean asset. It has saved many a man from dishonor and ruin. He would not yield to temptation because it would bring a blot on his family name. Normally man is proud of his blood and name and delights to keep them unsullied. Frequently coming into contact with the whole family will make him more interested and careful to perpetuate the good name and standing of his people. To see his own people, by scores, and perhaps, by hundreds, and coming in contact with the best men and women of the family name has a very wholesome influence for good upon all, and no one should fail to avail himself of the opportunity to be present at his family reunion. By all means, make it possible for the young to attend. It will arouse in them a desire to "make good" as they realize the toils and privations of the older ones who have made it possible to have and enjoy such delightful occasion.
As father and grandfather recount the experiences of Pioneer life and the difficulties of "getting a start," in life, appreciation, and pride will swell the bosoms of the younger listeners, causing many mental resolutions to "go and do likewise" and make a worthy place for themselves in the world. Many silent observations and comparisons are made with the result that more strenuous and more efficient efforts are decided upon for the largest success in life.
And then what memories these family reunions revive. They are rich in memories to unseal life's secret springs. Memories of the old home. Memories of father and mother, perhaps, long gone to their eternal reward. Memories of play-days with brothers and sisters who also have passed to "that borne from whence no traveler e'er returns," and the tears lay very shallow. There are memories of joys and sorrows, but after all, valuable, as a rich contribution to aid in life's tasks and life's pleasures.
And then, somehow, we cannot help but think that the homeowner can more easily measure up to that great word - the one word since the Great War - the word Americanism. That word came from the crucible of strife, from the white heat of battle, and from the shock of opposing armies. It is the most vital word at present in the English language. In it are crystallized the hopes and faith and unselfish love of mankind. It stands for the support of right against wrong, of good against evil, for justice against injuries. It stands for all of this and much more. It is the one word that expresses all that is good and fine that is in the heart and mind of America, and, somehow, it does seem that a man who owns a part, be it ever so small and humble, who really owns a part of this great American soil, who can call a part of it "his very own", and feel that a part of it is his, must ever remain a more intelligent, interested, and law abiding citizen than he would have been without a knowledge of that ownership. The family reunion will foster and develop all this fine home-owning sentiment which is so necessary to produce the citizen who can in every way qualify as a thorough American.
1916 patriotic day Iowa No. 2
Harry Koester 1924
Picking cherries 1918
Patriotic celebration - Iowa No. 2
4-H days celebration in Manning 1934
Written on back of the picture "The Last Roundup"
Koester family cutting up firewood
Herman, Julius, Harry, Amanda 1917
1920 Iowa No. 2 sack race
William Anthony, Chris Ehrichs, Gus Koester, Ed Georgius, Emil Meggers, Ed Kuhl, Louie Ehlers, Willie Meggers
Scenes from our past...Manning's schools
1960s Manger scene - school yard along Highway 141
Mrs. Golda Sander third grade students in their Easter hats - 1960
1948 Iowa No. 8 Christmas program
Washington No. 5 Christmas program
1916 Warren (Ewoldt) No. 8 Christmas card
National Honor Society 1965
1977 National Honor Society
Quill & Scroll 1969
Boys' Quartet: Jerry Knaack, Charles Schelldorf, Bill Roberts, Robert Koch
1954 Boys' Quartet: Allen Rix, Lyle Frahm, Roland Valentine, Duane Monson
1973 Manning High School gun safety and cleaning class
1974 Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Ron Frahm - Boy's State
1974 Boy's State
Manning Schuetzen Verein ribbon 1882
Manning Schuetzen Verein - later known as the Firemen's Hall
Children's Day King shoot dance 1950
Children's Day King shoot Robert Hoffmann, left - Phil Knaack, right
in basement of Firemen's Hall
H.D. Radeleff gun club park late 1890s
Great Western Park - shooting club
Louie Mundt & Wayne Snyder started this gun club which is now the basement of Cliff's Place.
Wayne Snyder was the Chief of Police before Marvin Gaer.
3 Mile Schuetzen Verein - 3 miles north of 141 on West Street
5 Mile Schuetzen Verein - Hayes Township, Crawford County
5 Mile Schuetzen Verein - 1988 Gordell Lamp
5 Mile Schuetzen Verein
5 Mile Schuetzen Verein
1952 Christmas - target game
1988 grade school fair - B-B Gun contest
Scenes from our past...Manning's churches
Manning has always had 5 different congregations since the 1890s
Lutheran - before the Sunday classroom wings were added
Baptist - old Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church - moved to the Manning Heritage Park in 2006
Scenes from our past...our society
The Beatles - Datebook July 29, 1966
Time April 8, 1966
1973 Roe v. Wade - Supreme Court Decision
Since 1973 - 60,000,000 US abortions
Scenes from the present...our future
"The Hunt" Universal Pictures - directed by Craig Zobel - released in September 2019.
Release canceled August 10, 2019 "While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film."
These US soldiers shown below and hundreds of thousands more died for OUR FREEDOMS which gives people like Race the ability to kneel during the National Anthem.
If he were a citizen of many other regimes around the world throughout history and even today (look at Cuba, China, Russia, Venezuela, etc) he would probably "disappear" for kneeling/protesting in those other countries.
Race and so many others have ABSOLUTELY NO clue as to how good they have it here in the United States of America!!!
OR how precious and unique the United States of America is.
28 Manning men died serving their country.
Over 380 Manning citizens served during WWI
Nearly 700 Manning citizens served during WWII
What would the world look like today if the United States of America never existed?
It can't be proven because we can't go back in time and change it to NO United States...
But here is a different perspective than the constant talking points we are bombarded with every day.
No America - No US Civil War - the war that ended slavery.
No America - No Abraham Lincoln and the hundreds of thousands of Caucasian men in the North who fought and died to save the Union and free the slaves.
Yes, other ethnicities fought for the North but take away the majority white men who fought and died and the North would have lost.
Over 330,000 Caucasians died and many hundreds of thousands more served and were wounded by fighting for the North.
Over 60 Civil War Veterans moved to Manning after that war. One of Manning's family ancestors died as a prisoner at Andersonville.
No American Civil War - Slavery would have continued throughout the world as an accepted way of life - for how long, no way to know but once
the rest of the world saw how the US ended slavery, other peoples and countries also fought back against the scourge of slavery (not just black slavery, but all slavery).
No America - WWI & WWII, etc???
While other countries fought against the tyranny of Nazism, Imperialism, Communism, Socialism, I really wonder if the outcome would have been a lot different if there were no United States of America.
Again, while people of all races in the US fought and died during the 2 world wars, since the US was an 80% majority Caucasian nation the vast majority who served were white.
There would probably be a lot more people speaking German or Japanese today if it weren't for the USA - more people under the tyrannical rule of communism. Various estimates show that 94,000,000 deaths through executions, man-made hunger, famine, war, deportations, and forced labor occurred under communist governments.
What about dictatorships? Anyone remember the "Butcher of Uganda" Idi Amin Dada? He was "president" from 1971-79. There is no way to tell
for sure but estimates that his rule caused the deaths of 100,000 to 500,000 of his citizens.
Other notorious African dictators who caused the deaths of tens of thousands more people in their countries: Charles Taylor, Liberia; Paul Biya, Cameroon; Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe; Sani Abachi, Nigeria; Sekou Toure, Guinea; Macias Nguema, Guinea; Siad Barre, Somalia; Omar Al-bashir, Sudan; Hissene Habre, Libya
None of these men were/are Caucasian, so the white race is not the only one that has evil people.
Now I've only shown some of the military aspects of our history - I could go on and on about the sacrifices the Pioneers of this country who NOT ONLY fought and died for our FREEDOMS, but who were the tens of millions before us that built this country into the powerhouse for good it is today. A nation for good that was able to defeat endless evils, create the "Bread Basket of the World," a nation of great industry and technology, and even more importantly a nation of Judeo-Christian beliefs - a nation where people from all over the world are willing to risk their lives to get her, then break our laws to enter and stay here.
Sadly they do not stop to think that the reason many of them are fleeing their native land is because of the breakdown of the rule of law or dictatorial rule in their countries, so when they enter the US illegally, they are only condemning the US to the same demise when they break our laws.
So IF the US is so bad why do so many people from around the world try to come here???
The other sad truth about so many of the younger generation citizens of the US is they have absolutely NO clue what sacrifice, honor, family, patriotism, and HARD WORK is.
I've shown thousands of pictures from our Pioneer past. Anyone who thinks they have it tough today needs to look at all of those pictures and learn more about their history.
Unfortunately there are very few people living today who these young people and complainers can talk to about the World Wars, Great Depression, and Dust Bowl days.
This is where I feel so "privileged" and blessed to have been able to talk to hundreds of those members of the Greatest Generation and Pioneers of our community.
They are the ones who gave me and all of the citizens of Manning the great Freedoms, Privileges, and wonderful life we can choose to live in or reject.
I prefer to write about and show the good we are as US citizens.
If you don't like it here - then you have the RIGHT & Freedom to LEAVE.
Do you recognize the "Iron Curtain" and the Berlin Wall? Thousands of Eastern Europeans tried to escape from the Socialist/Communist rule after WWII - many of them died in their attempts!!!
That wall was a WALL to keep people in!!!
The communist dictators of the Eastern European countries (backed by the Soviet Union leaders in Russia) made SLAVES out of all their people.
Who fought to free those people who were enslaved? The United States of America - defeating the Soviet Union through the Cold War.
Russia occupied and then claimed territory through the satellite states of the USSR after WWII
The USA provided the Berlin Airlift, the Marshall Plan, defended Western Europe, helped rebuild Japan!!!
I don't claim to be an expert worldly historian...just an amateur local historian, BUT I have personally observed historical aspects of my ancestry and WWII that tie to our local history.
In 1997, I had the honor to see some of the existing Berlin wall that was not torn down; but preserved as a reminder of our past and what could happen again.
My cousin, Jon, and I went to Germany to trace our ancestors. Here are some pictures I took and a very amazing story of one of my distant Kusel cousins.
The reason why we couldn't connect our families is because of all of the destruction during WWII and then the communist Soviet Union destruction of church records, cemeteries, and all types of historical information in what became Eastern Germany.
On February 13 to 23, 1997, my cousin and I traveled to Germany to trace back our family names.
We flew into Berlin on Friday and headed to Lenzen where my great-great-grandfather & mother Kusel came from. There we met with Peter Kusel and his family who live in Baekern which is about 2 miles from Lenzen.
Guess who Peter, Jutta, and their family love? The people of the United States of American and especially the men and women of the US military who defeated the evil regimes that destroyed much of Germany & Europe.
Fleeing East Germany to the west after WWII
In 1952 Peter and his family fled from here across the Elbe river to West Germany but before they left they buried silverware, linens, and documents in their barn with the hopes that if they were able to return someday they could prove this was their property...never dreaming at the time that it would take 40 years before they could return to their home and farmland.
|This was the barn where Peter buried the documents. It was converted into living quarters during East German
control and it wasn't until 1996 that they regained ownership of it again.
Even though this is their property you have to remember that other families lived here for the 40 year period from 1952-1990.
|Above are the holes they made in the concrete floor of the barn that had been converted into a house. They had to dig down about 6 feet to get to the cream cans.
Remember that this was a barn in 1952 and was converted into a house during the GDR (German Democratic Republic) era so this is why there was a concrete floor here.
To the left are the 3 cream cans that they hid the valuables and documents in for 40 years.
What an amazing idea to bury their valuables and official documents so they could then prove someday they were the rightful owners of their farm land.
|Here Peter and Jürgen show one of the aprons that was stored in the cream cans.|
Peter's farm is about a mile from the Elbe river so each winter
(when the leaves had fallen off the trees) they would come to
the river on the West side and look through binoculars to see their farm.
In 1990 Peter drove his John Deere tractor for 10 hours from the farm they rented in West Germany to the Elbe river to cross on the ferry to get to his farm.
On the East side of the Elbe river there was a guard tower which monitored the river near their farm.
There is a river crossing by this tower so it was guarded during the GDR era.
Peter was able to reclaim most of their property except for one farm that they couldn't prove was theirs.
The communists did everything they could to destroy records, even church records and cemeteries. Here you see Peter Kusel showing us one of the cemeteries where his ancestors were buried.
Peter said that some of the cemeteries deeper in the forest were not discovered and are still there, intact.
Our last stop was the museum in Berlin. It was really eye-opening! Especially in the ways the people of East Germany tried to escape to West Germany.
Here are some pictures with explanations that show how ingenious they were in their attempts to escape their own homes and towns - to the Freedoms of the West.
Rubber balls were placed in the springs of cars.
This was to prevent the extra weight of a hidden person causing the car to sag.
homemade motorized glider used to escape over the wall in 1988.
Panels of wire mesh with spikes were used underwater in the Elbe River.
This prevented people from swimming to freedom.
Farmers were basically forced into Farm collectives.
Peter said they have extreme hatred for the communists and the dictators.
U.S.S.R. - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Nazi Socialist Party
Some people want to us to believe there is a big difference between Socialism and Communism - don't be fooled.
I prefer to work on Manning's history to preserve it and document the facts about our past, but when the ancestral past of our community is attacked, with many US citizens and politicians calling our way of life racist and deplorable, then I guess it is time to stand up for what I believe in.
Gary Odendahl, Charles Ramsey, Steven Atkins, Virgil Hass
Graveside Service Manning Cemetery Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:00 AM Manning, Iowa.
Charles "Tub" F. Ramsey, age 72, of Manning, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Manning Cemetery with Rev. David Rauch officiating. Military honors will be given by the Manning American Legion and VFW. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com
Born on March 1, 1947, in Manning, Iowa, he was the son of John L. and Edna (Pfannkuch) Ramsey. Tub, as he was known to most, grew up in Manning and graduated from Manning High School in 1966. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years on the USS Piedmont and the USS Sterett.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1970 he moved back to Manning and worked for Manning Ag Center until moving to Omaha where he worked for Earl May in Council Bluffs. Tub then lived in San Diego, California, for three years where he worked in an office supply company and then moved back to Omaha and worked for Raiders Office Supply until his retirement. He moved back to Manning in 2007 and did maintenance work at the Terrace Apartments where he lived. Chuck enjoyed fishing, cooking and traveling. Tub will be truly missed by his family, especially his nieces and nephews, who he dearly loved.
Tub is survived three brothers: Keith Pfannkuch (Marilyn) of Manning, John Ramsey, Jr. (Lois) of Manning, and Lynn Dean Ramsey (Kathy) of Templeton; several nieces, nephews, other extended family and many goods friends. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Edna Ramsey. He is also preceded in death by his good friend Tom Kohoutek and his beloved dog Troy.
3 Ramsey generations
Charles, Lynn, John, John Jr., Todd
Orren & John Ramsey
Lynn Dean Ramsey
John Ramsey, Jr. - January 14, 1966
Todd Ramsey, son of John, Jr.
John Ramsey, Bill Ramsey, Amos Rutz
John Ramsey - Postage stamp picture
John Ramsey - 1954 Manning Fire Department
Keith Pfannkuch family
Edward & Delores Ramsey
Mayburn Ramsey - 1954 Manning Fire Department
Edna (Ramsey) Peters - 1957 Legion Auxiliary president
Charles Laverty - married Bernice (Ramsey)
1966 former students: Teri Apicelli, Linda Betts, Joyce Determan, Shirley Espenhover, Kathleen Fischer, Leslie Frahm, Linda Galvin, Frank Golwitzer, Mary Ann Golwitzer, David Hass, Jerry Hilsabeck, Larry Hilsabeck, Donna Hinz, Robert Holdsworth, Jr., Dennis Janning, Ivan Joens, Jr., Janice Knueven, Norman Luckow, David Maasen, Dale McDonald, Marvin Mersman, Jolene Plahn, Duane Riesselman, Karen Segebart, Robert Shafer, Diana Snyder, Charlene Steckelberg, Georgia Steffes, Jimmie Tauber, Mark Thetford, David Turner, Dennis Vaudt, Verna Vehrs, Jeffrey Wegner, Richard Weifenbach, Sherry Weifenbach, Cathleen Weiss
I often write about the interconnections found in family collections of pictures and how people interact with so very many of the citizens of a community.
If Shirley had not taught at that country school then the Sander family would not have attended her wedding and have a picture of the reception...to where 71 years later it was found in Donna's family collection and then sent to me.
As a teacher, Shirley interacted with a lot of students and their parents...here are pictures of some of them.
See if you knew/know who they are and who their children would be today.
Judy & Marlys Sander
Lyle Meyer - Wayne Jahn
Adlyn & Betty Beermann
Charles & Edwin Beermann
Dennis & Kenneth Frahm
Unknown first names
? Mahnke, ? Weller, ? Mohns
Shirley Ehrichs 1948
Shirley Ehrichs, Geniece Jahn
Shannon & Ronald Mahnke
Back: Shirley Ehrichs, Arlene Mohns
Front: Kenneth Frahm, Cleo Weller
Back: Shirley Ehrichs
Front: Betty Beerman, Shannon Mahnke, Mardella Friedrichsen
Ronnie Mahnke, Judy Sander, Wayne Brus, Shirley Ehrichs
Ethel Rowedder, Geniece Jahn, Minnie Syring, ? Frahm
1948Back: Charles, Shirley, Wayne
Fourth: Ronnie, Kenneth, Dennis
Third: Edwin, Shannon, Mardella, Arlene, Corrine, Betty
Second: Cleo, Marlys, Wayne
Picnic May 18, 1948
Back: Luella Mahnke, Hilda Weller, Bernice Mohns, Leona Beermann, hidden Eunice Friedrichsen who is holding 1 year old Marcia Friedrichsen seen in back row, Ella Rowedder, Norma Frahm, Clara Ehrichs
Front: Shirley Ehrichs, Willetta Sander, Luella Brus, Minnie Syring
Edwin ?, Mardella ?, ??, Marlys ?
May 12, 1946
So the reason why I'm showing this letter of thank you is that it gives a shining impression of the people of Manning and how they treat total strangers who visit here.
Marcus Kuhl & Ida (I think his sister) postcard from Hot Springs, Arkansas
1910 H.E "Ed" Kuhl farm home
C.L. Jahn, Lena (Jahn) Kuhl, Elsie Kuhl, Herbert Kuhl, H.E. Kuhl
C.L. Jahn - hired hand - brother of Lena
More coming as I find time and get more pix scanned.
At the beginning of a new year I start removing the older links on the "What's New in 2019" web page to make room for the next year's new feature stories.
Many of you may already know this but many visitors do not - so I wanted to bring this to everyone's attention again.
Diana Sibbel MHS 1972
1972 former students: Kaylyn Betterton, Randy Borkowski, Melissa Eschenbacher, Kaelyn Farrell, Colleen Green, Cheryl Hansen, Kurt Hass, Norman Heithoff, Mary Kay Holst, Peggy Hupp, Michael Joens, Robin Knapp, Jim Kunkel, Sharlene Mathisen, Barbara McKinley, Randal Mohr, Madonna Nepple, David Nissen, Allan Otto, Michael Pearson, Laurel Porsch, David Prebeck, Donna Reinke, Jeff Rinehart, Donna Schwaller, Ann Weiskircher, James Weiss, Douglas Wiese, James Wittrock, Jerome Wuebker, John Zekan
Growing up and living in a small community generally means you are related to a lot of people, and over multiple generations you probably don't realize how many citizens around you are "shirt tail" cousins.
Since Diana is my relation I knew I would have quite a few pictures and information so I thought I would take her tree back in time to see how many Manning names she ends up being connected to.
I won't go way down into the sub branches with pictures and names but mostly stay with the older generations.
I think I have the connections correct, but if you see some errors please let me know.
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
I highlighted 2 Hansens above in yellow.
August Hansen married Emma Kusel...of all the people I have pictures of in my database, I don't have any of Emma Kusel.
After viewing this feature, the great-granddaughter of Emma Hansen e-mailed me about having Emma's signature, so I asked her to send me a picture of the signature that was on the back of a dresser handed down in the family.
August & Emma were the great-grandparents of Diana.
Emma was the daughter of William & Sophia (Grube) Kusel.
Friedrich & Catharina (Meinke) Kusel
Great-great-great-grandparents of Diana
This connects Diana to all Kusels of the Manning area.
To complicate my connections with Diana, I'm also related to her through the Hansen side.
Mary Hansen, married my great-grandfather August Grau.
August & Mary (Hansen) Grau
Mary was great-grandaunt to Diana & great-grandmother to me (Dave Kusel)
August & Mary Grau family
August, Emil, Clara Cox, Laura Alwill, Sophia Rothfolk, Herman, Mary (Hansen) Grau
standing: Ida (Grau) Kusel
All of these people and their descendants are related to Diana through the Hansen family...
I highlighted 2 of the children above in yellow.
Friedrich Hansen married my mother's great aunt, Trincke Ehrichs, so their children would be related to me on both the Hansen & Ehrichs side.
Their children would be related to Diana on the Hansen side.
Of course Peter Hansen and Ida Suhr who are highlighted in yellow are shown at the beginning of this feature.
Now we go into the "younger" generation Hansen relatives.
John R. Hansen (brother of Erwin)
John R. Hansen (brother of Erwin)
Lester Moore (formally of Manning) on the front right…he was John's administrative assistant
1960 Mary Hansen - wife of John R.
Francis "Irish" Brennan, Walt Hansen (brother of Erwin)
Verdis Hansen - son of August & Emma (Kusel) Hansen
Uncle to Diana
Angela & Janet, Erwin Stoelk (son of Lawren & Ida Hansen Stoelk)
Erwin was cousin to Diana's dad
Virginia Greteman, Duetta Switzer - Amos & Dorothy Kusel's wedding party 1944
Virginia was also a 1941 classmate of Dorothy
Virginia Greteman - daughter of Otto & Alma (Hansen) Greteman
Virginia was a cousin to Diana's dad
1902 Theodore "Ted" Hansen (owner-driver) - son of Peter & Ida Hansen
Ted & Mary (Brennan) Hansen 1943
Peter F. Hansen Manning Legion Drum & Bugle Corps - son of John (Johann) L. & Marie (Biehl) Hansen
Peter F. Hansen, John Campbell 1965
Peter F. Hansen WWII Veteran
Now we go into the Meyers part of the family - Anna Hansen married Henry Meyers
Back: Alfred, Marvin, Henry
Middle: Tina, Henry, Anna, Ida
Front: Hilma, Florence
Anna (Hansen) Meyers
Dorothy Herman, Frank Hoffmann, Helen, Leo Kleespies, Hazel, Raymond B. Kelsey
Dorothy married Alfred, Frank married Hilma, Helen married Marvin, Leo married Ida, Hazel married Henry E. Meyers, Jr., Raymond married Florence
1937-38 Dr. Raymond Kelsey Manning Legion Commander
Raymond Kelsey in front of Valentine's Bakey
1957 Raymond Kelsey with his son, Donn
Donn Kelsey Fireman 1st Class Washington, DC 1950
Florence (Meyers) Kelsey Manning Legion Auxiliary 1938
Top to bottom: Donn Kelsey, Dale Bingham, Clark Hershman - all were Veterans
Donn Kelsey MHS 1947, Dale Bingham MHS 1941, Clark Hershman MHS 1945
Lois (Wilhelm) Peters in her car - Donn Kelsey
Back: Ida, Tina
Front: Hilma, Henry, Marvin
Ida (Meyers) Kleespies
Marvin Meyers 1917
Robert Meyers - son of Alfred
Henry E. & Hazel Meyers
Henry Meyers 1939-40 Legion Commander
Hazel Meyers 1933 Legion Auxiliary president
1955 Anna Meyers 208 May Street before the house was moved.
William and Elsie Sibbel
Pat & Connie
1974 Peggy Sibbel, Susan Rutz
William Fagan MHS 1995 & Betty Jo Fagan MHS 1996
As a side note: I don't have any other Fagan or Sibbel pictures to show because those families are outside of Manning. I work on Manning and Manning connected/area
collections, but just don't have time to go much outside the Manning area for historical preservation.
I'm having a hard enough time getting all of the Manning projects scanned and worked on.
If anyone is related to or a descendant of the Sibbel, Meyers, Hansen, Suhr, Petersen, Kusel, Grau, Kleespies, Kelsey, etc families and can help with more pictures and information and obituaries - please contact me.
That is a tremendous accomplishment and it is all due to the generosity of our community members,
Manning Regional Healthcare Center vendors and business partners, the Foundation board members,
MRHC staff members, golf participants, and donors.
Thank you for making the 2019 Golf Classic a success!
There are PICTURES posted on the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation Facebook page. We tried to capture some of day's moments to share with everyone. 'Like' the page and you can view the photos - ENJOY!
Handing out awards and prizes is the highlight of the day, so Thank You to this group
for their Cash Donations, Pin Prizes, Flight Prizes, Chipping Contest Prizes, Raffle Prizes & Silent Auction Prizes.
Wild Rose Casino Motor Inn Larry Hagedorn The Observer
Vision Care Clinic Veterinary Associates Stone Printing Graphic Edge
Carroll Broadcasting Graham Tire Holmes Murphy   Denny Garvis
West Central Iowa Rural Water Molly's / Molly Muhr Jet Express Casey's General Store
Manning Regional Healthcare Center Linn Block Iowa State University University of Northern Iowa
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo Blank Park Zoo Foundation Servi-Share (Iowa Hospital Association) Northwestern Mutual Insurance / Jeanne Kerkhoff
It was a hot, humid day on the golf course last Friday, but it didn't slow down the fun!
· We had 4 MRHC vendors join us in the morning: Brown's Medical Imaging, Hauge Associates, KDSN and *Seim Johnson.
· In the afternoon, teams from *First National Bank, *Holmes Murphy, *Puck Enterprises, *MRHC, Manning Municipal Utilities, AGP, State Farm, Home Mutual Insurance, Soll's Service, Dr. Josh & Kellee Smith, and Virginia Rasmussen participated. (*sponsors)
· Siouxland Urology and Emerge Marketing Solutions sponsored holes, and Senior Life Solutions sponsored the morning and afternoon refreshments.
Tournament Results are as follows:
1st Flight / 1st Place: State Farm Insurance - 54
1st Flight / 2nd Place: Home Mutual Insurance - 57
2nd Flight / 1st Place: Virginia Rasmussen - 61
2nd Flight / 2nd Place: AGP - 66
· Closest to the Pin Winner - women: Chris Wiese (Golf Umbrella donated by Graphic Edge)
· Closest to the Pin Winner - men: Scott Dreier (Sunglasses and Hat donated by Vision Care Clinic)
· Longest Putt: Jeremy Carroll (putter)
We'd like to thank all these sponsors and teams for spending the day with us!
Thank you to everyone who purchased Raffle Tickets… The boxes were very full when we did the drawing!
The winners are:
· Omaha Zoo, Casey's Card, Giant Jenga - Doug Greving
· ISU Football Tickets, Hickory Park - Susie Schilling's (WCIHF Board Member) daughter
· Blank Park Zoo, Casey's Card, Giant Jenga - Jamie Blum
· Car Detailing, Oil Change Package - Dr. McLaws
· $200 Cash - LeeAnn Christensen
Thank you to our online bidders! It was fun to see the bids roll in for the baskets throughout the auction.
Final results for the Silent Auction on Friday at 5pm were the following high bidders:
· Basket #1 - Pioneer Woman slow cooker package - Brian Lage
· Basket #2 - Dog Food package - Denise Doyel
· Basket #3 - Wine/Wine Glasses package - Laurie Bruck
· Basket #4 - Wild Rose Casino Package - Larry Hagedorn
· Basket #5 - The Observer package - Virginia Rasmussen
· Basket #6 - Trail Cam package - Shelli Lorenzen
· Basket #7 - Olde is Golde package - Virginia Rasmussen
The Chipping Contest proved to be a Pretty Big Challenge! Those who participated got entered into a drawing.
Chipping Contest Winners were:
· Adventureland Tickets: Rick from Holmes Murphy
· UNI Football Tickets: Austin Haubrich
· For making 2 Shots into the Heart: Austin Haubrich
The day was a success, and no one got heat stroke! J The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation sincerely appreciates those who participated and contributed to the day. The funds raised will help us continue to promote health and wellness for the residents of Manning and the surrounding communities. The Foundation is a partner to Manning Regional Healthcare Center in providing the best possible care to our friends and neighbors!
Thank you for supporting WCIHF!
Rita with her daughter, Jennifer
Theresa Theobald - 5th, Rita Theobald Zerwas - upper elementary combination, possibly Myra Hansen
Rita Zerwas 6th grade, Theresa Theobald 5th grade (1949-50)
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book.
1966 Deb Schroeder, Jessica Zerwas - (MHS 1974)
Bradley Zerwas - (MHS 1977)
Joanna Zerwas - (MHS 1984)
Children of Phillip and Agnes (Brunnier) Zerwas
1980s Sister Agnese FSPA (Alice Zerwas), LeRoy, Eugene, Sister Mary Philip (Phyllis Zerwas), Frances
Francis Zerwas - MFD 1954
Francis Zerwas - WWII
Francis Zerwas & LeRoy Zerwas - WWII
Francis Zerwas - WWII
Francis Zerwas (right) Manning Telephone Company 713 Third Street owned by the Zerwas family
Telephone switchboard installation January 1956
Kellog Switchboard & Supply Company, Des Moines, Iowa
Francis Zerwas standing upper right
Phil Zerwas kneeling lower right
Frances Zerwas - Save More grocery store in background (now Plastico)
Frances Zerwas, Rita Zerwas, Mildred Joens (Ben's wife), Martha Hagedorn
Bowling party in Saunder's Steak house north room
Brian Joens 34, Brett Monson, Brad Zerwas 44 - MHS vs Denison 1977
1951 Fifth Grade
I know it has nothing over the modern social media sites, but it is just for Manning people and about Manning people...also it is only for positive messages - I do not allow any spam or negativity, so it is a special forum to me.
Nancy (Stoberl) Stammer has posted a message about the upcoming class of 1969 reunion on the Manning Exchange...feel free to post any questions/comments you may have...or just read the message.
Nancy and her husband Calvin have been big supporters of my history projects so I thought I would return the favor and help them get the word out about the MHS class of 1969 reunion.
I've added some of the new Keat military information to their respective names in the Veterans' section.
This is where I would like to start with other Keat connected individuals - military pictures, documents, discharge papers, honors, medals, etc to scan and add to their stories and my Manning database.
Obituaries that I don't have for the Keat and connected family members will also be very helpful.
Other family names that married into the Keat family: Tate, Groteluschen, Campbell, Schultz, more.
Here are the Keat connected Veterans we are looking for pix and information: Civil War, Martin Van Buren Tate; WWI, Harry Keat & John Keat; WWII, George Keat & Leola (Keat) Petersen; Korean era, Wesley Keat, Sr., & Larry Keat.
My newly found Keat friend is been digging around and has been sending me a number of obituaries...one was of a lost Kusel relative of mine.
Another one is of Hotchy. Anyone my age and older should remember Hotchy's popcorn stand next to the Crystal theater. His name was George Parish and you will probably remember he was blind, but I doubt you knew he was a WWI Veteran.
So all of these obits I've been receiving are really helping me with my Manning family and Veteran historical research.
Sadly, like so many modern day obits and especially those written in the big cities, these obits are short on historical and family facts, and often have a number of errors.
BUT because I've worked on Manning history for so long and have an extensive database, I'm able to correct at least some of those errors and also add more "facts" so at least the reader will know which family the person descended from...
Julie, born in 1971 in Des Moines, is looking for help in
finding out what her family bloodline is.
Her adoptive parents are deceased and the hospital where she was born apparently destroyed the archival records...courthouse records do not exist.
She recently took a DNA test and found 2 matches in the Henry & Rosa (Kusel) Friedrichsen family tree.
One specific match was in the Edward Friedrichsen line and the other match was in the Herman Friedrichsen line so it appears she does descend from one of the Henry & Rosa Friedrichsen lines.
Like so many people who were adopted out, Julie would like
to know where she comes from and who her living relatives are, and hopefully
get to know some of her long-lost "cousins."
She is not out to judge anyone or look for any type of compensation...just searching for family connections.
Most secrets in small communities are never 100% secret, and generally when an adoption occurs, other family members and neighbors have some knowledge of these events...so if you can help Julie with her quest in finding out which specific branch she comes from - she would be very grateful.
These are the children of Henry & Rosa Friedrichsen: Clara (Friedrichsen) Wiese, William, Helena (Friedrichsen) David, Julia (Friedrichsen) Borkowski, Flora (Friedrichsen) Polzien who had no children - only step-children, Edward, Emil who was never married.
I can appreciate the privacy of situations like this. Over
the last 20+ years I have actually helped several other
adopted or born out of wedlock individuals make contact with their biological
family members...all of which turned out great with happy reunions.
I also can understand that this knowledge might upset some of the family members, which is not my goal, nor that of Julie.
But having worked on Manning family history for over 40 years, I have come to understand how very important "family" is to most people.
I have pictures of some of my great-great-grandparents and pictures of all my great-grandparents and under, along with a lot of family information and history, so I am fortunate and cannot fathom how difficult it must be for someone who knows basically nothing about their family ancestry.
All families have divorce, out of wedlock births, and adoption somewhere in their family tree. This is nothing to be ashamed of or judgmental about, but a fact of human existence.
So if you can help Julie, please send me an e-mail and I will forward her your information.
IF you choose to be anonymous to Julie, but still willing to provide me with the information, I will maintain your privacy and forward the other information to her.
If you want to remain completely anonymous, you can fill out the form on The Manning Exchange linked on the left side frame and submit it.
You can put in a fake name and don't have to add your e-mail address.
Just fill in the required information, answer the security
questions, and then submit the information.
I control what/when information is actually posted, so I'll just copy your information and then delete the message...it won't get posted.
When E-bay began I could get post cards for only a few dollars, but that obviously has changed a lot now.
Fortunately I had been gathering old Manning postcards and scanning them from local sources for decades, so I haven't had to purchase many off e-bay, but once in a while I'll see a postcard or old Manning photo that I don't have.
If they are reasonably priced then I might bid on them.
I also may purchase some of them even if I already have scans or a hard copy original, if they have information on back or are in better condition than the scans I already have.
Someone recently purchased a reprint copy on e-bay of this first image (shown below). What they purchased wasn't the original postcard but a reprint made from the seller's scan of
an original postcard.
Years ago I scanned an original postcard of this image but it is not the high resolution I make today, so hopefully someday I'll run across another original postcard of this image.
I have several scans of the image of the second picture (shown below) but would like to have the person who purchased the one on e-bay send it to
me to make a high resolution scan of it...I assume a Manning connected person purchased it.
I may run into another original postcard someday to scan but I'm also interested in scanning the information on the back of that Mueller corner postcard recently sold on e-bay.
So if you are reading this request - please e-mail me so I can work it out to get that postcard from you to scan. I do NOT want to keep it but scan it with my professional scanners/software.
By the way I have scans of many different angles and years taken at the old Mueller intersection on Main Street - and also from the 5th Street intersection shown below.
If you have old Manning postcards but want to keep them, I still would like to scan them...even if I might already have scans of some of them.
And to make it perfectly clear - I do not make money off of the scans I make or the history I scan and add to my database.
My historical preservation projects have cost me thousands and thousands of dollars over the last 45 years, and anyone who pays attention knows I share my work freely - no ads to annoy you with, and no logins to pay for on my web pages.
All I ask in return is for people to share their old pix and history with me so I can scan them into my database.
From the very beginning of Manning's existence in 1881, the citizens realized that all work and no play would not make for a quality of life needed for a healthy community.
So in the fall of 1881, the very first event to celebrate the life of the community and entertain the kiddies was called the "Thanksgiving Hop."
Then each year thereafter an annual event was held specifically for the children and on February 9, 1882, the Manning Schuetzen Verein (incorporated under the State of Iowa laws on April 11, 1879) officially organized and later in the year held the first Kinderfest (children's festival) which has continued each year except 1 year during WWI and 2 years during WWII...While probably debatable and maybe not provable, Manning's Kinderfest can lay claim to the longest consecutively run community event in Iowa.
While there were much older community events around the state, they eventually died out.
Today, we have a few children and their families living here whose great-great-great-grandparents attended Kinderfest in their day.
Here are a few more sneak preview images - later on I'll add the full complement of pictures and some background information about them.
June 17 2:00 p.m. Rain
In January of 2018, I created this historical perspective linked below about recreation in Manning and also information and graphics for the current proposed project for the Rec Center.
It shows how projects don't get done overnight and also how very important volunteers and donations are to every project.
Update on the Hillside Splash project
On May 15, 2018, the city council approved $400,000 in matching funds for the proposed Hillside Splash project. JEO Consulting has been working on design ideas and a proposal to complete this project in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will begin in 2019-20 with construction beginning in 2020-21, or as soon as funds are raised.
A zero-depth pool with some play features are planned in phase 1, with the slide aspects in phase 2, and a spray pad for phase 3.
Click on the link below to see some very interesting history on how Manning achieves so many amazing things and is now working on another unique project.
Oh the Fun of playing in the Sun (1968)
1909 cartoon about 2 boys nabbing their friends' clothes while "skinny dippin.'"
I saw this item on E-bay and purchased it. It caught my eye from the standpoint of several historical aspects so I felt it needed to be preserved in my Manning Historical Database.
An observation I made during Orland's funeral was the lack of attendance by business people and Manning citizens in general. I realize many of
them paid their respects at the viewing the day before and the church is relatively small but having attended funerals for 50+ years and knowing Manning history...society has
changed a lot - it was quite common when a businessman passed away years ago that the businesses on Main Street closed down during the funeral and most of the owners
attended the funeral.
Here are just two examples.
Ulysses L. Patton
July 30, 1908
ONE OF OUR OLDEST PIONEER CITIZENS PASSES AWAY LAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
Was a Member of the City Council for Fifteen Years and on School Board for Nine Years.
Mr. Patton has been in the stock business in Manning for a number of years and was associated in the business with his son, Dwight, at the time of his death. As a token of the esteem in which Mr. Patton is held by the business men here every place of business in the city was closed from 10 to 12 o'clock, during the time of his funeral and all public work was suspended the entire day.
John Frahm, Prominent Business Man Died Tuesday
Entered Into Rest May 28, 1940 At Home Manning
The spacious funeral home and every, available place around the premises was occupied by friends during the services. Every business place in town was closed in his respect during the services.
The deceased leaves many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was one of the towns leading citizens; a man of pleasing personality; jovial; kind and honorable. He was a good friend to have and he had a host of friends. The Chamber of Commerce, Manning, 3-Mile House and 5-Mile House Schuetzen Verein, of which he was a member, and other organizations always found him a willing worker and liberal giver. The town and community will feel his departure in losing a faithful helper and progressive citizen. He was a faithful husband and a kind and loving father in his home and gave himself unselfishly for the comforts and good of his family.
Another reason why more citizens should have attended the funeral was to honor and show respect to Orland for his military service...a Veteran of the Korean War.
Now these comments are solely my own and not intended to judge/criticize anyone but just as an observation of change over the years.
Visitation Wednesday April 25, 2018 , 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Visitation resumes at church at 9:30 AM.
Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at the Manning Cemetery
More information and pictures coming...
Korean War Veterans continues
For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.
We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.
Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words
Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.
Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.
Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger
If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.
What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"
Have some of your "Dreams" come true?
"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and
shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782
Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.
How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.
Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.
One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next
Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were,
where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.
To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.
Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.
Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions email@example.com
1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
48 served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
3 served in the Spanish American War
300+ served during WWI
550+ served during WWII
87+ served in the Korean war era
65+ (more names need to be found) served in the Vietnam era
55+ (many more names need to be found) served from 1975 to present
26 paid the ultimate price with their lives defending the U.S. Flag
We are starting the Manning Veterans' history book project
Don't wait until you see "Deadline" or it WILL be too late!!!
Click to read promos for the Veteran book
If you simply don't want those old family pictures you inherited please don't throw them - send them my way.
A lot of times I can recognize a face or location in those old pix.
One thing to keep in mind while you are looking for pictures - if they are glued in old scrap books please do NOT try to pull them out or cut them out. I can scan the whole page of the scrapbook and crop out the pictures you want to use in the book. If you attempt to forcibly remove the pictures you will probably damage them and when I scan them that damage will probably show up. This means I'll either have to use my graphics program to touch up the damage which can take a lot of time, or if they are badly damaged I just may not even take the time to scan them.