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Name: Michele Mohr Olney From: Tempe, AZE-mail:

Hi Dave: I really appreciate this great website. It keeps me informed on what is going on in Manning now that my Mom is here in Arizona. I know I have quite a few pictures that you would like. I will search for them over the long New Year weekend. Keep up the good work.MicheleClass of 1971


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Name: Jon Groteluschen From: Aiken:

Hi Dave, I graduated from Manning in 1957. My Dad owned and operated Manning Food Market for almost 30 years. I haave a few store pictures from the 1930's and 1940's that I'm going to try to send to you. My mother died in Audubon in 2005 so I don't get back that way anymore. Your website is my connection to Manning -thanks.


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Name: Denise Doyel From: Manning

Dave, We truly enjoy visiting your Website and viewing the many pictures taken at Weihnachtsfest. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. So many of these pictures are priceless and capture the true magic of the Christmas season. Thanks for making these pictures available to our many family members and friends. Denise


Added: December 9, 2008

 

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Name: Gaillard E. Frank From: Highland, CA

Hi Dave: I enjoy reading your articles. Brings back a lot of thoughts of the past. Gaillard Frank


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Name: Martha Louise Asmus From: Auckland, New Zealand

Hi DaveMy father, Merlin Charles (Buddy) Asmus was born in Manning in 1920. After ten years as a funeral director, I have just opened my own funeral home, and as Manning was such a big part of my childhood with my dad recounting his memories, I could think of no other name for my new home but - "Manning Funerals". What I am looking for, rather urgently, is a photo of the first funeral home in Manning as I would like to obtain a copy to have at my opening on Thursday, November 27th! Can you advise where I could get a copy of this - it's very important to me, and a way of honouring my dad and his past. Thank you.


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Name: Gary Dales From: Manning

Dave,Your work is a true blessing for Manning. Without your tireless efforts, many of Manning's memories would surely be lost. Thanks for all of your efforts!


Added: October 14, 2008

 

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Name: Susan Kusel Swetz From: Yonkers, NY

What part of Germany are you from? My father Henrich (Harry) Kusel was born near Hamburg.

Admin reply: Hi Susan,This web page gives some details of where my Kusel ancestors came from in Germany (Prussia).http://www.davidkusel.com/genealogy/andreas.htmThanksDave Kusel


Added: September 30, 2008

 

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Name: Wade Janssen From: Walnut Creek, CA

Do you have any of the pictures from when we put the dachreet on the roof of the German barn?

Admin reply: Hello Wade,This web page shows the complete stages of the Hausbarn reconstruction in Manning.http://www.davidkusel.com/hausbarn/germany/germany.htmThank sDave Kusel


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Name: Joyce Vento From: Brooklyn, NY

Dave, I'll go through my old photo albums, as I know I have quite a few pictures of Ewoldt #6, and will send them to you. That was the schoolhouse on the Struve corner. In fact, I was the last graduate from the 8th grade from that school. Also, Dad, Elmer Richards was the director of the school and I remember cleaning the school for the new school year.


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Name: Eldora Hinz Hofvander From: Evanston,Il Born-Manning,Ia

Hi Dave, What a great job you have done and are still doing. You once asked me if I had taught school in Manning-I did not. I am the only heir left of Jurgen @ Anna Hinz. Dad was director of Ewold Twnsp #2 school for 18 years. I don't know if he ever got any pay for that but I do remember every August we loaded up brooms, mops, cleaning rags & etc and en masse we went up to that school & scrubbed it clean. Who taught there? - I remember Captolia Heinrichs Greteman, her sister Margaret Butterworth (for a short time & a "sub")


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Name: Virginia Borkowski From: Elliott, Iowa

If you have not found the homestead records online, they are very interesting. Many of them give the complete document online. The kind of thing we use to have to mail to the government and send money for.glorecordsBLM.gov patent search If it doesn't come up, put it in your search engine. There were 20 Kusels and that didn't count the married daughters.


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Name: Virginia Borkowski From: Elliott, Iowa

My son Douglas and I just got back from the Dakotas. We drove out to the Kusel homestead near Vale, SD. They have built a new bridge just east of Vale and about where the lane that goes over cattle guard gates and across pastures starts. This is about 3 miles. There is little left to see. We did not go down to the Martens place because ruts were so deep. A pickup would work best. One person didn't want to buy a new guard gate so he put up a gate to get out and open.


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Name: Penny Sweeney From: Grand Forks, ND

Hello! I'm planning to visit Manning and my parent's and grandparent's graves in Hayes Township Cemetery. I am the grand daughter of Albert and Alma Schroeder who were long time farmers in the area. They did move to town upon retirement. My parents, Burdette and Rose Ann (Beebe) Schroeder began their married life in rural Manning as well. My parents ended up in Carroll, Iowa. That is where I call home, although I fondly remember staying with grandpa and grandma in Manning and finding out more about the old German ways.


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Name: pete nicholls From: uk england

hi i'm from england. at the moment we have one of your residants with us one the farm in the uk his name is adam kerkoff (18)he is with us for 3 weeks while his perants are in africa, we are all enjoying him being here and showing him how we farm he has told us about manning (good things) and maybe i might come over in the future and sample your culture


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Name: Robin David-Matheny From: Warrensburg Missouri

Dave, My grandparents lived in Manning and I remember going to the park and playing on some of the same equipment that's still there! My grandpa used to work in the park and I would go with him as a little girl. My grandparents were Alfred and Wilda David. I would be interested to hear from people who knew them and can tell me stories about them.


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Name: Monte W. Lowderman From: Macomb, Il

Dave; I have been traveling with your brother Doug selling Real Estate at Auction. I know the Weise family there in Manning as my family raises Hereford Cattle as well. Doesn't Dave look like Garth Brooks. Doug showed me your website... impressive.. enjoyed viewing the info and looking at the family history, as well as info on the town of Manning... Good luck putting your info together for the Manning all school reunion.


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Name: Wanda Petersen From: Charlie Lake, BC, Canada

Very interesting history about your part of Iowa. I was trying to find information about my husband's family and I did--an acount of some of the Rostermundts. I enjoyed spending time reading about the history of the region.


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Name: Amanda Capitan (Schneider) From: San Clemente, California

I am the Great Great Grandaughter of Nicholas Rostermundt. My grandmother (Ruth Kulick) is the daughter of Harry and Augusta. Very nice website. Enjoyed reading things about my family I never knew. Thanks!!


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Name: Kenneth Ray Rinderhagen jr From: Salt Lake City Utah

I would like to Thank You for the informationand recodnition to Ray & Vera Rinderhagenken6us2006@yahoo.comI am Grand son to Ray & Vera Rinderhagen


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Name: Debra Nissen From: Rochester, N.Y.

I love to check in occasionally and see all the great work you are doing. We are planning another Manning vacation this summer as the kids - now 22,19,and 18 still like to come back and visit relatives and friends and live in a small town for a while. Deb Nissen


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Name: Wes Petersen From: Lawton, IA

Thanks for all the work you've done here! An awesome collection.. Although I'm not a Manning resident myself, I have many relatives in the area. I happened across your site while looking for sources for centennial books (for Manning & area towns).


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Name: Lynn Mork From: Berlin WI

Howard,I enjoy your web-site I really appreciate all the work you and everyone else puts into it. It keeps me up-to-date on what is happening in Manning--things are well at the the high school in Berlinthanks again howardlynn


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Name: Jarae Smith From: Summerville, SC

I go to this web site every now and again..My maiden name is Kusel and I know you know my family as most of them reside in Hartington and Omaha, NE. Thanks for keeping the page up, I enjoy looking at the history of the Kusel family.Jarae


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Name: Joyce Vento From: Brooklyn, NY

Dave, I like the new look for your pages. Keep up the good work.


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Name: Kenneth Breon From: LaMonte Mo

I would like to know if you have any History about the Breon Hotel?We have a pictureof it and only know a very short story about it but would likr to know what happend to it?I can send you what I have if you are interested.Kennie Breon

Admin reply: Hi Kenneth,I will send you a follow-up e-mail and this web page has some information about the Breon Hotel.http://www.davidkusel.com/manning125/street/west30.htm#BreonD ave Kusel


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Name: Charles Ansorge From: Lincoln, NE

I appreciate your efforts to create this site. My grandfather was an early leader in your community where he was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church from 1904 until shortly after he celebrated his 50th anniversary as pastor in 1954. I can recall visiting Manning when I was a child and listening to him preach in his church. Your web site helped bring back memories of my youth.


Added: February 4, 2008

 

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Name: Rick Reinking

I enjoy the work done on your website. I particularly liked viewing the Manning-IKM basketball pictures! Good luck on the merger!


Added: January 30, 2008

 

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Name: Mike Beaman From: Ankeny

Dave, My first teaching job was in Manning 1n 1976. My 3 daughters were all born in the Manning Hospital. My wife,Linda, and I had such a wonderful experience in Manning and I really enjoy staying in touch with everything that is going on in the community. Keep up the good work.


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Name: Edna Rudnick Nee Dammann From: Phoenix, Az

I check your guestbook quite often and find it very interesting. Every once in awhile I recognize a name. keep it up


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Name: David Kusel

Welcome to my 2008 guestbook.Please let me know what you think about my web pages.ThanksDave Kusel