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for 2000
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"You may have noticed that I have a lot more messages posted on my guestbooks from 1996 through early 2000.
One of the main reasons is that I had one of the very early web pages on the Internet and also a guestbook...so people doing searches didn't have a much come up with a search engine - so they quickly found my web pages and since there were very few other websites out there they browsed through my various web pages and then signed my guestbook.

Today, I have thousands of times the amount of pictures and information on my web pages as compared to 1996, but there are millions of web pages and other type social media for people to wade through in a search engine now...and some of those other sites are more specific to the interests of the person doing the searching.

My web pages are very specific in scope - basically strictly Manning area connections.
But this is what I want so anyone who visits my web pages will soon realize that I'm looking for old Manning connected pictures and history to scan and preserve.

People today seem to be more interested in gossiping and sharing what they ate for breakfast on all of those so-called "social" media sites, but my GOAL has NEVER changed - preserving Manning's history."
David Kusel - 2020


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  • I took an interest in Apple Cider pressing, so I got on the internet. I started searching and found your webpage. What you had to say interested me and so I will continue to research more before I decide to buy a Apple cider press. Thanks again.
    James H. Rexrode
    Swanton, MD USA - Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 16:51:40 (CST)
    hello dave, your farm pages are nice. I'm farmer in france and i take interest in no-till, just starting here!
    laurent lorre
    janville, france - Monday, December 18, 2000 at 17:22:59 (CST)
    Enjoyed all your farm pictures.I learned to drive a tractor, on a F-20. Our Bremer County farm had many of the same problems as yours with large amounts of rain over a 24 hour span. Much of the top soil settled in the waterways and county road ditchs. Keep on taking the pictures.
    DJ
    Cedar Falls, IA USA - Monday, December 18, 2000 at 11:36:04 (CST)
    Happy Holidays to you too. Thanks for this page and all your help. Jan
    Jan Lahndorf
    Manning, IA USA - Monday, December 11, 2000 at 20:52:31 (CST)
    It is nice to see that you have the appreciation of the old tractors. I do some part time farming to keep me sane. I just parked my IH 303 after finishing the corn. It's slow but it keeps on running. I also have several 1020's in running condition. I liked the variation in color of the Super M. My brothers father in law did that to an Oliver and he runs it in a parade every year. It sure gets alot of comments on the the "rare 4 cylinder John Deere".
    Brian Milliron
    Cambridge, mn USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 19:52:50 (CST)
    What's the history of the Joens family? I like the music
    Roxane Joens-Matre
    Polk City, IA USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:05:31 (CST)
    I was looking up the Muhlbauer name and came upon a James Muhlbauer who lives in Manning, Iowa. My name is James Muhlbauer and I also live in a town called Manning, but this is in South Carolina. My ancestors came from Germany and settled in Bethlehem, PA. Nice site.
    James A. Muhlbauer
    Manning, , SC USA - Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 04:28:15 (CST)
    My great grandparents were early settlers in Manning. They were Carl August & Catherine Louise Dohmeier Hagemann. I understand that Carl's brother Edward farmed there & he sponsered my grandparents from Germany in 1889.I know there are cousins still in the area & I would love any help on this family. I have the family information about the family on to the present. Mary Worrall
    mary worrall
    boise, id USA - Thursday, November 23, 2000 at 22:53:35 (CST)
    I haven't been here for quite a long time. Just gets better and better. Love the music!! The information is good too.
    Jan Lahndorf
    USA - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 23:44:36 (CST)
    PLEASE SUBMIT ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES FAVORITE RECIPIES WITH A CUTE STORY TO GO ALONG WITH IT FOR OUR NEXT GERMAN FAMILIES AT HOME COOK BOOK! YOUR FAMILIES WOULD LOVE THIS!
    Sugarberrys
    LaVista, NE USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:59:04 (CST)
    My family is making a cookbook of German family dishes. Please submit your favorites with a short story to go along and we will be happy to consider it for our publication. Address them to : Sugarberry@yahoo.com
    Erik
    LaVista, NE USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:52:24 (CST)
    I am trying to find out what the name Weidenhaft means and also Hoff. Thank you. Jon
    Jon Abrahamsen
    Omaha, NE USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:47:47 (CST)
    I am looking for any information on Adolf Eichmann's family tree. Anyone that can email any help to me would be much appreciated. Thank you kindly, God Bless

    Just one more thing! If you are in the Omaha area and want German food to knock your socks off...Pardi's in Brentwood Plaza 84th and Giles! Fabulous!
    Dawn Eichmann Canning
    Papillion, NE USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:25:32 (CST)
    I am doing a very extensive study on German heritage. I am very proud to be German. Your site is a joy. Thank you!
    Dawn Eichmann Canning
    Papillion, NE USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 16:23:09 (CST)
    Hi Dave, I'm the grand-daughter of John and Elda Ehrichs,and I'm doing a small family history paper. I remembered coming to your house with my mom and you showed us your site, so I thought I would check it out again. It helped me out quite a bit and I really enjoyed looking at all of the pictures.
    Jamie Wietfeld
    Leigh, NE USA - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 23:26:58 (CST)
    Nice Greetings from Germany.I Have seen the new fotos. Please say HELLO to family Puck,family Rotterberry and to the community of Manning. Bye Mathias
    Mathias from Ribnitz-Germany
    Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 13:10:09 (CST)
    Dave, Your website is great. Keep up the good work in the Manning information. I would like to know if you, or other relatives have been working on the Grau and Hansen geneologies. We are related through the Grau/Hansen families. My grandmother is Elda Barten, your father's cousin. Let me know if anyone is working on these geneologies. Dennis Barten, St. Louis, MO
    Dennis Barten
    St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 15:18:00 (CST)
    Hi Dave, what is the wonder of nature picture of. fall has certainly made it to oregon rain has come. will be checking in later your cousin Betty
    BETTY
    FOREST GROVE, OR USA - Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 19:57:10 (CDT)
    My grandfather came from Kiel, arrived in New York in Oct, 1881, his brother Otto in Feb, 1882 and his cousin Kuno in Aug. 1884 their last name is Francke.
    Ida Francke Hall
    Burbank, Ca USA - Sunday, October 22, 2000 at 14:44:05 (CDT)
    I enjoyed your site! My ancestors are from the Schleswig Holstein area. They settled in Cedar Rapids and South Dakota.
    Brenda Dahlin
    Sioux Falls, sd USA - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 12:38:50 (CDT)
    Hi Dave, Your cousin, Jan Stanton, is the school nurse at my school, Fort Crook, in the Bellevue Public Schools, just South of Omaha. I love to do 1 day road trips and Jan was telling me about the barnhaus on Thursday and then she received an article from the local paper. Great article. I plan to come over during the Christmas Season. Thank you, Ray Brown
    Ray Brown
    Omaha, Ne USA - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 08:58:51 (CDT)
    I have been to Manning three times this year to see the hausbarn, and truly enjoyed every experience. Since my parents came from the Oldenburg area of Germany (Kirchhatten), and they lived in hausbarns, I can really relate how their families lived. I have not been to Germany but the pictures I have seen of the Kuhlmann hausbarn is very similar to the one in Manning. I can trace one line of my family back to 1681 when they purchased a hausbarn in Kirchhatten. Thanks for making this web site avaiable.
    James (Jim) W. Kuhlman
    Mason City, IA USA - Sunday, October 15, 2000 at 10:20:49 (CDT)
    Thanks so much for the Schnitzelbank! Best on the web I have seen yet.
    Diane Hultsch-Melone
    Chicago Heights, IL USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 21:22:46 (CDT)
    Hi Dave, we are here at home and watching your homepage. We´ve klicked some pics and freshed up our memories about the Housebarn. It has become a good housebarn and it was a nice time in Manning. Dave, i wants to visit you next year in Manning. Greetings to all people know us from Stefan & Mathias. (we´ve made the reedroof 8=))
    Stefan & Bjoern
    Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany - Friday, September 29, 2000 at 12:59:46 (CDT)
    I enjoyed visiting your web site after reading about it in the Sunday Des Moines Register. We use to live in the Manning area and think this "hausbarn" is super cool. Can't wait until we can travel to Manning and see the real thing. "Congrats" to everyone involved in the reconstruction of this building, it's great. Thanks. Maxine Brott
    Maxine Brott
    Clarion, Ia. USA - Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 13:10:18 (CDT)
    Great web site, my wife is of German origin , hope to visit Manning next summer and view the place. Thanks
    Daryl Holden
    Mount Ayr, Ia USA - Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 12:45:10 (CDT)
    Nice page.On Saturday, I will pick up a used cider press that belongs to an older fellow who wasted no time putting an electric motor on his press too.When I accepted his offer to sell it , he became nostalgic about the fun he'd had with it...family gatherings etc. Though I'd never met him before, he seemed like a nice guy, so I invited him to make cider on "his" press any time he wanted -- you've never seen a fellow cheer up so fast! Seems like a great family activity, plus I like (good) hard cider even better than beer
    Grey Terry
    Phippsburg , ME USA - Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 20:48:22 (CDT)
    My husband Richard & I enjoy visiting the town of Manning. Richard is the Carroll County Deputy DARE officer and I have heard him say how great the students & faculty at the Manning school are. We love to come & visit Manning and especially like to eat at Cliffs. I am thrilled to such a nice web site, keep up the good work!
    Connie Vogelzang
    Carroll, IA USA - Wednesday, September 13, 2000 at 08:42:59 (CDT)
    Keep up the Great Work! If you have access to any more German surnames meanings I would appreciate knowing what Meiners & Haverman mean. When is the hausbarn open? Is there a charge to tour it? Can the Hassler farm be toured?
    Pat Wynn Meiners
    Des Moines, IA USA - Monday, September 11, 2000 at 16:33:43 (CDT)
    The weekend of the 11-13 was in Manning for a 40th Class Reunion and that is when I found out about your web sit. Looking forward to checking it from time to time seeing what is going on back in Manning. Thanks
    Mick Schurer
    Lawrence, KS USA - Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 17:51:36 (CDT)
    Hello from HOT HOT Texas! 50 days with no rain and over 100 almost every day! We visited Manning in mid July and stayed at the guest house, what a great deal! My brother Jay and his wife Julie, sister Betsy and Leon and I and Cheryl all got together and it was a almost like being at "home". The guest house is a wonderful asset to Manning and I recommend it to anyone who may be visiting. Just call the Manning Monitor and ask about it. The house barn is very impressive! Manning should be very proud of the results of the work and money you put into it. Thanks for the pictures of the all school reunion, perhaps I'll get there in 2006 when my class of '66 hits the big FOUR-OH! If any of my old class mates from '66 see this, please drop me a line (email). Enjoy Manning! You don't know how lucky you are. Phil Musfeldt
    Phil Musfeldt
    Richardson, TX USA - Saturday, August 19, 2000 at 19:36:14 (CDT)
    Post greetings after the great all-school reunion and all the other "doings" at Manning. This web site was suggested to me, so decided to log on...great job. Manning can be real proud..AGAIN!!
    Betty Peters Nobiling
    Westside, IA USA - Monday, August 14, 2000 at 12:16:44 (CDT)
    I noticed you have found property you once owned in Germany prior to the War. My family owns property in the former East Germany, but we're at a loss how to regain ownership. Family has passed on, and all we have is the town name and location. If you can help us find our property and regain ownership, I would appreciate your assistance!!
    Kris Johnson
    London, ON Canada - Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 01:39:30 (CDT)
    As much as we have had many e-mail exchanges I felt I should sign in. Great page Dave. I hope to learn as much about no-till as you have forgotten.
    Russell C McLucas
    McConnellsburg, Pa USA - Monday, August 07, 2000 at 05:27:12 (CDT)
    I enjoyed your site!
    Allen Arndt
    Burnsville , Mn USA - Saturday, August 05, 2000 at 18:13:40 (CDT)
    Juergen and Bernhard have been here and sent their geetings to a graet project . Your Reethouse feeels like home. Keep on going . Thank you of keeping german tradition alive. Greetings Bernhard, Juergen and Burkhard
    Juergen Weilandt,Bernhard Babbe
    RR#Parkhill, Canada - Thursday, July 27, 2000 at 23:49:57 (CDT)
    My late grandfather,Chester Schroeder, was Fred Hassler's half brother. I can remember, as a little girl, how exciting it was to have a visit from Uncle Fred and Aunt Glenna. It was interesting to read about their homestead. Thank you.
    Darlene Mashek
    West Des Moines, Ia USA - Friday, July 21, 2000 at 19:07:49 (CDT)
    I'm looking forward to reading all the comments. My grandparents, Mom and Doc Sinn were early settlers in Manning; he a dentist she a milliner and social person. Would love to hear from anyone who knew them or their children: Elizabeth, Karl, Lucille, Arlien, Amos. My mother was Lucille. Great website!! Thanks for keeping Manning on the map!! Lon
    Lon Erwin
    Durango, CO USA - Friday, July 21, 2000 at 10:41:00 (CDT)
    I enjoyed the Schnitzelbank page - thanks very much!
    John Johanneson
    Madison, WI USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 10:15:33 (CDT)
    Visited the housebarn yesterday on our way through Manning. It was incredible. Just goes to show what people can do when they pull together. Thank you so much for your contribution to Iowa.
    Tricia Garton
    Sioux City, IA USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 11:50:17 (CDT)
    We stoped by the Haus Barn today and it sure somthing to see and someone told us of your web sight. Got home and looked the web page up. Sure do like the music
    Mr Mrs Dale Deetrh
    Bayard, IA USA - Friday, June 16, 2000 at 21:43:26 (CDT)
    I need a nickname, help me out please!
    Allison Smith
    Battle Ground, WA USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 18:28:49 (CDT)
    Hi, I read about the "Housebarn"-project in our Newspaper - the KIELER NACHRICHTEN and visit your homepage. it's a very good hp. For all who are intrested: on my hp you'll find a site about KIEL, a site about ALT-KIEL, a GENEALOGY-SITE and other. Greetings from Germany
    Dieter Suhr
    Kiel, SH Germany - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 14:55:38 (CDT)
    I have a Sparrow situation that can't wait until Sparrow trap arrives. Early in the season Sparrows killed a Tree Swallow in my Peterson box. We taped the box up, removed our bird feeders from the yard, put a halo and fish line and sinkers around the halo (were told these discourage sparrows) and then took off the tape. We also put up another Peterson box as a decoy box. The Sparrows disappeared from our yard for ten days, so we felt safe enough to open the boxes for occupancy. Within a week we had Tree Sparrows in the plain box and Bluebirds in the halo box. Yesterday, the Sparrows fought for control and won the bluebird box. Luckily the bluebirds flew off and were not harmed. But they have a beautiful nest built and waiting inside the box. Today we were able to tape the box again. Unfortunately the Sparrows moved over to the other box and either killed or ran off the swallows. We haven't had the guts to look inside yet. But tonight we will. It's taped now. But what can we do? I have ordered a Sparrow trap, and have also bought a trap for the outside hole of the box. But is it too late this season to expect the bluebirds will come back? Or are we just asking for trouble. I don't want them killed. I am very motivated to trap and dispose of the sparrows. It's my understanding that once nests are built you should not disturb them. So what should I do short of letting the Sparrows breed? It was so lovely having the two nesting pairs for a whole week! Can you or any of your viewers give me some good advice?
    Karen Deeds-Jarvie
    Bowling Green, OH USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2000 at 15:27:28 (CDT)
    Wonderful site Enjoyed it. Have many ties to Manning. Second Child born in that Hospital. Grand mother worked there. Family live in and around Manning many years. Thank you Will be visiting often,
    Glenda Hinze Begnoche
    Sioux City, Ia USA - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 13:43:59 (CDT)
    Great site!!
    JaCi
    USA - Sunday, June 04, 2000 at 11:25:14 (CDT)
    Hello Howard!!! I think this is great! I don't have much time to explore now, but I will be returning to the sight soon!
    Robin L. Halbur
    Windsor, CO USA - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 13:53:56 (CDT)
    Hello, I saw your pictures which shows how you manage the No-till farming in US. Here in lower Bavaria we practise the soil conservation corn plantig system too. But we don´t let the corn straw on the top, we seed Senf after harvesting wheat or barley. The Senf will freeze down in winter, so that we can seed in this "Mulchsaat" in spring Here in Germany we also have the same problems with water erosion in corn as you. hope I can hear from you, greatings from Bavaria, Hans. after harvesting wheat or barley Senf, which freeze douwn in winter
    Hans Neumayer
    near Passau, By Germany - Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 04:01:03 (CDT)
    Great job, little brother on Jon's trip "downunder", I hope to go back some day.
    Douglas G Kusel
    Tyler, Tx USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 20:26:18 (CDT)
    Haven't fully explored your website yet, Dave, but judging from the comments of those who have, there's a lot more going on here than just Kusel ascendency/descendency. I have strong proactive farming beliefs myself.. Admire your website, also. I just have a gedcom in rootsweb under my dog's name, woofer5. You'll find my Kusel data there. Mary
    Mary Causey Yamada
    Sacramento, CA USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 13:23:47 (CDT)
    I like your Starling trap,and I am going to make one as they are very agessive birds. I do like your page and will return again. Harvey
    Harvey Brown
    High River, Ab. Canada - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 12:32:38 (CDT)
    greetings from germany i am jan milz, son of georg milz (he brought the reed for your house to iowa) we are online now with fehmarn-reet.de and it would be nice if you had a link to us on your page. we have one, too. hello from my dad bye jan
    jan milz
    hamburg, germany - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 14:17:10 (CDT)
    Hi Dave....Interesting page...would like to know how you did this, trying to make one of my own... Thanks.
    Kelly Kalkhoff
    Gillette, Wy USA - Sunday, April 30, 2000 at 03:42:06 (CDT)
    Hi! I just went thru all your hausbarn photos with my brother, Gilmore. We're both impressed with the hausbarn, and appreciate your taking the pictures and showing the progress. Now we hope to see it for real some day. -- Gloria Schmidt
    Gloria Schmidt
    Leavenworth, WA USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 15:53:37 (CDT)
    I found an old service buddy of mine listed as a 1968 graduate of MHS. His name is Terry Hargens, I would love to locate him. Can you help? Nice Web Site ... JOHN KEENAN
    John Keenan
    Jacksonville, IL Dave - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 13:54:57 (CDT)
    You have wonderful info.in your site.
    Tara Naccarato
    Lower Burrell, P.A. USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 20:16:06 (CDT)
    I noticed that you were planting corn yesterday. I farmed for several years while also holding down a coal mining job. In addition to grain, I also was a registered Angus cattle breeder for 28 years. Now that I am limited to gardening, (and have the only garden in the neighborhood) that birds are playing havoc on my garden. Any help you could give me to get rid of these pests would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I haven't looked up your town on the map yet, but I was in the Navy with a guy from Fort Dodge, IA. I'm not sure how far that is from you. Also, if you're a basketball fan, I think you guys landed a great coach in Steve Alford. Hope to hear from you, Freddie Wells
    Freddie Wells
    Hopkinsville, KY USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 19:25:16 (CDT)
    April 14, 2000 My great- great grandfather Samuel Bingham and his wife, Jane Callison, were Manning pioneers. Other families of Manning to whom I am kin include the Babcocks and Smiths -- and probably others. My great grandparents were Duward and Hulda (Bingham) Rogers who at some point moved to Hartington, Nebraska. Their daughter, Louise Maude, married Grover Cleveland Maple. They had four children: my mother, Mary Gertrude, and my uncles Oliver, Graydon, and Merrill. The family and others, including the Rogers' and the Babcocks, moved to the San Diego, California area in the '20. My mother met and married James Edmund Battles of Boaz, Alabama there. He was a career navy officer. I was born in Pensacola, Florida. Upon Daddy's retirement, we returned to Boaz. My beloved parents and my two brothers, Thomas and Stephen, are now deceased and buried in Albertville, Alabama. My wife, Una (Slaton) Battles (whjo is from Albertville), my son, Joshua Edmund, and I live in Birmingham. I have three first cousins who are the children of Merrill and his wife Evelyn, both of whom are deceased. Two of them, Brian and Max Oliver, live in the San Diego area. Their brother, Terry Lee, lives in Atlanta. Our remaining uncle, Graydon, lives in Chula Vista. I think our Babcock cousins still live in National City or vacinity. As we are interested in more information on the family, I would enjoy trading comments, etc. I made a short visit to Manning about four years ago, but I was able to obtain no information, nor could I locate the graves or homeplace (if it still exists)of the Binghams. I hope to try again. I appreciate your site and the privelege of visiting it. Craig Battles Birmingham, Alabama
    Craig Battles
    Birmingham, AL USA - Friday, April 14, 2000 at 10:04:28 (CDT)
    I was directed to your site in a surname search. Im not really sure why? The name that I was searching for was Seedorf. I did however enjoy your site and am always excited when someone is successful in their search. It gives me hope!
    R Johnson
    San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 23:50:08 (CDT)
    I am the production coordinator for the National Sunflower Association. I was given your web site by one of our growers. A large percent of our growers in the Northern Plains and High Plains are no-till farmers. We would like to list your web site in our next issue of The Sunflower Magazine if it is O.K. with you. Sincerely, Max
    Max Dietrich
    Bismarck, ND USA - Friday, April 07, 2000 at 08:11:40 (CDT)
    Hi, I am starting a directory of Personal Homepages on my personal homepage so others can browse homepages that interest them, if you would like to be listed just visit me. Thanks
    Dale
    Va USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 21:46:24 (CDT)
    What a pleasant surprise to read about the Hausbarn that is being reconstructed in Manning, Iowa. I never lived in Manning but visited several times. Both of my parents, Herman Boock and Elsa Peters first came to Manning when they came to the USA from Schleswig/Holstein. My mother was a sister to Mrs Jurgen Hinz (Anna). Her daughters (Edna Kaspersen and Florence Genzen still reside in Manning. What a wonderful job you have done to preserve heritage of your community
    Walter H. Boock
    Merced, CA USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 19:05:15 (CST)
    Nothing like being able to visit Manning without the LONG drive. Hey! I still have the tape from my graduation of the video you put together for Class of '87! Now my kids laugh at it!
    Tina Musser (Wiskus)
    Thornton, CO USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 08:37:41 (CST)
    My husband and I had the privilege of visiting the housbarn last fall when it was in an early stage of restoration. The progress pictures are great. I can hardly wait to come back to Manning for a combined visit with my aunt, Helene Heithoff and to see the housbarn again. Manning holds many fond memories for me. Your website is great!
    Karen Lane
    West Des Moines, IA USA - Sunday, March 26, 2000 at 13:44:06 (CST)
    Thomas D. Parkhouse, listed as one on the Manning Pioneers, was my great grandfather. It was wonderful to be able to find out information regarding my Great-grandmother's (Pearl) side of the family. We have many of their old letters and pictures. If you have any other info, please let me know ! Thanks again, Teresa
    Teresa McKenna
    Vinton, IA USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 15:29:22 (CST)
    I happened upon your site while doing a web search for info. on yield monitoring equipment. I'm an agronomy major at UW-River Falls and am doing a term paper on precision ag. I'm very impressed by the whole operation. We need more proactive farmers like yourself!
    Paul Luehmann
    River Falls, WI USA - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 09:52:32 (CST)
    Hello, I was just looking for detailed information on the BAUERNHAUS, German(Farmers House)for my German language newspaper in Canada, and I was very suprised on how much effort and teamwork has gone into this project. I only can congratulate you good people in and around Manning. If you can read German, I'll be more then pleased to send you a free copy of our April 2000 issue "Das Echo", which highlights your project. You also can contact me by mail: Das Echo, P.O. Box 27, Pointe-Claire QC H4K 1J7 Canada, or Fax (514) 335-3185. Have a nice day!!!
    Paul Christian Walter
    Montreal, QC Canada - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 22:23:16 (CST)
    Nice page and was through your part of the country last June. If I ever get back I would love to visit you. I live and farm in Central Texas in the southern Blacklands just north of Austin. My family also came from Germany in the late 1880's . I'll send you my url for my web site asap. Wayne Decker, Hutto, Texas
    Wayne Decker
    Hutto, Tx USA - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 19:10:42 (CST)
    Hallo und Guten Tag! Wir haben uns nur für Starling Traps etc. interessiert und sind auf Deiner WebPage gelandet. Ja, das mit den Earthworms ist interessant. Wir haben Zugriff auf große Mengen zerbrochener, gerösteter Kaffeebohnen und haben diese unserem Kompost beigefügt. Es scheint ein absolutes Lieblingsfressen der Regenwürmer zu sein. Well, just in case the above did not make too much sense: We are "feeding" our earthworms in the compost pile with broken, roasted coffee beans and they are having a blast! Multiplyine by the thousands we are truly enjoying to watch the activity going on in this little ecosystem. Many greetings from C & D Wickberg
    Corinna Wickberg
    Seattle, WA USA - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 21:18:26 (CST)
    Hi, I am the editor of the German edition of The Furrow and would like to know more about your experience with earthworms. Is there any scientific research on your method? I will publish an article on GPS-worms in the next edition.Best regards Rainer Mache Flur und Furche P.O. Box 100862 68140 Mannheim Germany
    Rainer Mache
    Mannheim, Germany - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 08:23:38 (CST)
    p.s. I'm a descendant of Manning Pioneer Martin V. Tate--he's in your bios--his daughter, Sarah Eliza Tate married Richard Samuel Keat. One of their sons was my grandfather, George Keat. I have MV Tate's Civil War file from the national archives if (you or)anybody wants a copy.
    Wes Keat, Jr.
    Eureka, CA USA - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 23:45:42 (CST)
    An excellent site! I surfed back through looking for my roots and to listen to the music. The graduation lists are fabulous; more webmeisters should post such. My father was born in Manning in 1932. I think there are still members of the KEAT family around and some relatives named LAMP. And ancestors named Joens or maybe Jens with an oomlat. snail=2235 Primrose Ave Eureka CA 95503
    Wes Keat, Jr.
    Eureka, CA USA - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 23:31:56 (CST)
    Greetings from germany!
    Franz-Peter Schollen
    Coesfeld, Germany - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 09:48:14 (CST)
    Can't get enough of Manning, Iowa. Keep it up and thanks!
    Pat Callender
    Lakewood, co USA - Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 19:28:28 (CST)
    DAVE!!!!! Jay is back online once again. I'll drop you an E-mail
    Jay Kusel
    Stillwater, OK USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 14:36:09 (CST)
    The information on conifer problems with fungus is interesting. Some of our most beautiful trees are gone and many of them are ill. They are just too big to treat well. Thankyou, Christie
    Christie Scott
    Lombard, Il USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 22:33:13 (CST)
    Just wanted to let you know we enjoyed your webpage, I never knew there was a city named Manning until today! I wonder if I have any relatives in the area & also how did the city get it's name. See ya later, Cletus
    Cletus Manning
    USA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 15:27:15 (CST)
    it was good to find you on the web, look forward to seeing more of you. ken
    kenneth schrum
    sapulpa, ok USA - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 18:22:28 (CST)
    i WAS OVERWHELMED TO DISCOVER YOUR GUESTBOOK ON THE WEB. I WAS A MANNINGITE MY ENTIRE LIFE--IN FACT,DAVE, YOUR MOTHER WAS A TEACHER OF MINE IN ASPINWALL, IOWA. I AND MY HUSBAND,RON NOW LIVE AT "IOWA'S BEST KEPT SECRET'--BEAUTIFUL LAKE PANORAMA!
    Joanne (Lamp)Dunkerson
    Panora, IA USA - Friday, January 07, 2000 at 19:00:01 (CST)
    Checking on my namesake in class of 58. Wonder what relation he is? I graduated from South Side High Fort Wayne in 1963.
    James Kuker
    Fort Wayne, IN USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2000 at 22:40:40 (CST)
    enjoyed your entertaining and informative website.thanks
    tracey sullivan
    USA - Monday, January 03, 2000 at 20:19:28 (CST)
    It is surely a pleasure to enter the guestbook of one of the smartest people I have ever talked to. Between David Kusel and Paul Reed I am beginning to think the smartest farmers farm in Iowa. I really enjoy your work, David, thank you very much for sharing with all of us. Sincerely, Ed Winkle
    Blanchester, Ohio USA - Monday, January 03, 2000 at 15:39:20 (CST)
    Nice web page, Dave. I just checked to see when the school reunion was scheduled. Have a nice New Year. JP
    john pratt
    kenosha, wi USA - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 18:38:10 (CST)