Submitted by Comments:
Name: Paul Drahn
From: Central Oregon
I discovered your web site and genealogy because of the reference to the German(Prussian) village of Bochin. My Drahn(pronounced drain) ancestors came from the village between the years 1850-1855. My GG grandfather was a head shepherd for some wealthy family. Eldest son came to America, Chicago, in 1850. Another son came in 1854 to Chicago, then Texas. The rest of the family came in 1855 also to Chicago, then 5 years later moved to the Waco, Texas area. All but the first son were shepherds. The Drahn families in Iowa are descended from GGGrandfather's nephew. Would love to hear from you. Paul
Added: December 26, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Erwin Anderson
From: Sioux Falls, SD

Merry Christmas from a Grau relative. Keep
up the good work with your Manning and area
information. Eine tag ich werde Manning gehen.
Added: December 20, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Marty
From: Council Bluffs
I love your websight. It brings back memories of when we would visit Grandma and Grandpa Neubaum and Grandma Joens.
Added: November 6, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: pat kasperbauer
From: council bluffs
Dave, got your address and will be sending some veteran related things in the next few days. keep up thegood work.
Added: October 4, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Mary Causey (Pautsch) Yamada
From: Denison, Iowa
Hi Dave, glad to see you are still plugging away at Manning history. It's been a long time since I was here and I'm pleased to see all the progress you've made.
Added: October 2, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Joy Isaacs
From: Bolingbrook. IL
Always nice to have nostalgic moments. Thanks, Dave!
Joy (Irlbeck) Isaacs
Added: September 6, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Amy Dales
From: Vilseck, Germany
Thanks Dave for the video of the Dwarfs. I was laughing so hard at my dad, (Ray Irlbeck). He has always been such a character but I never knew him as an actor!! Love it!! Thanks!!!!
Added: September 6, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Dian Schons
From: Mahwah, NJ 07430
Dave -

I was so touched by the interview you did of my parents when they sold our farm. I never knew they did this interview. I don't recall them ever telling me about and I never saw until today. My Dad passed away last week and I so miss him. This was the first time I'd heard his voice in nearly five years. Thanks for doing this - it's been a wonderful discovery for me to make after his passing. Most appreciative of your efforts.

Best regards,

Dian Tank Schons
Added: September 3, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Travis Doyel
From: Manning
Thanks for coming to our youth football practice. The kids really enjoy seeing themselves on your website. Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do for this wonderful community.
Added: August 20, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Beth Barsoum
From: Ewing Township, New Jersey
Our neighborhood is overrun with European starlings. I've been looking for ideas on how to reduce the ES population here. Came across your ingenious birdhouse traps. We'll have to rig those up next year, maybe in February?

The starlings stay here year-round. We see only a few cardinals and blue jays, never any bluebirds or purple martins. Thanks for the advice.

We'll have starling pie -- here's a recipe:

12 starlings, plucked and dressed
1 yellow onion, peeled
2 cloves, whole
2 T. flour
salt & pepper
1 recipe biscuit dough
Simmer the birds, giblets, onion, and cloves in a pan with 2 c. water until the meat comes off the bones. Stir flour into reduced broth in the pan and heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper, meat, and giblets. Pour into an iron skillet or deep pie pan, cover with rolled out biscuit dough. Bake at 400 F for 10 mins. then lower heat to 350 F and bake for 20 mins. or until crust is nicely brown. Yum.
Added: August 5, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Nathan
From: McCook, Neb
Wow! I finally had a chance to look through your website. This is quite the project you have and is certainly your passion. Best of luck in your continued efforts. I am certain many people take advantage of and appreciate all of the information you are constantly providing for people interested in Manning, Iowa history.

Best wishes,

Nathan Huegel
Added: July 8, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Donna Clothier
From: Harlan, Iowa
Dave, our sincerest thanks for the wonderful School History that you and so many Manning volunteers put together for all of us who were fortunate to graduate from Manning Schools.

The all school reunion and Kinderfest last weekend just proved that our hometown is there to stay. I admit to a few tears throughout the day, remembering my years in Manning.

God Bless you!
Added: June 22, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Doug Rohe
From: Charleston SC
Dave. Thanks for all you do. I look forward to the Monitor articles every week. Keep it going.
Added: May 31, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Dave Opperman
From: Ft. Collins,CO
Dave-just a big thank you for all you do. For your seemingly tireless efforts and love for your home town, you are the beacon to all of us who have moved away. Our hearts are always in Manning. Thanks again.
Added: May 27, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: kathy Gannon
From: Rock Island, IL
My grandparents were Charles and Mimi Hershman. My father Clark Hershman was raised in Manning Iowa. Growing up I would spend my summers in Manning and Denison. I hope to get back there one day, maybe this summer.
Added: March 19, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Phil Musfeldt
From: Richardson, TX

I drove through Mannining Friday the 26. What a winter you have had there, the snow must be seen to be believed. And all the tree branches torn down by the ice make it look like a war zone.

We are making plans to attend the reunion this summer. Hope to see you then.

Phil Musfeldt
Added: February 27, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Kyle Jensen
From: Manning
Thank you for all you do to keep memories alive of Manning and the surrounding area (especially for those of us who no longer live there, but still refer to it as home).
Added: February 14, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Nancy Ardell
From: San Leandro,California
Regarding WWI Veterans Honor roll - those young men that first signed up - Gordon Branson was the son of Milton & Emma Branson. Gordon was raised by grandparents David & Caroline Branson after Emma ( Shearer) Branson died in 1896.

At some point Milton Branson remarried, & with his new wife, Alice Cole, sold his farm and bought farmland in Fairmount,North Dakota, where he moved the rest of his children, (Roy,Frank,May (mother-Emma)
and Thad (mother Alice). Because the government was still trying to populate North Dakota, all of the farm equipment & animals, and family were moved free by the railroad. Milton & his older sons road with the animals and May,Thad & Alice road in the coach area. All of the sons continued on in farming in Fairmount, and later one of the grandsons, & two great grandsons after. Two of the grand daughters moved away when they married, but the other two grand daughters both married local farmers, their children have remained farmers, now farming soybeans and beets successfully in Fairmount.
Added: February 8, 2010
Submitted by Comments:
Name: Sandy Overton
From: Honey Creek, IA
I am great granddaughter to Wm Addison of Manning and My grandfather Fern of Manning. My step grandfather was Herbert Rudnick of Gray, he was married to my grandmother Meta (Christensen) Addison Rudnick.

I am currently working on the Rudnick side of my genealogy.
Added: January 18, 2010

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