David Kusel's 2012 guestbook




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Interesting to read your pages. I was a foreign student at Manning High School in 1974, some time ago now although the years have flown by. The town is looking good! Kind regards and best wishes Jeannie

Added: October 9, 2012



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Daughter of the late Captain Edward P. Morris and sister to Ted Morris of Plastico, T & C Machine. I have enjoyed my Manning visits to see my family and bathe in the "quiet-ness" of your town. Each time I have visited, I have felt welcomed by the people of Manning. Great place to raise children.

Added: October 9, 2012



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Hello Dave, I had not visited for a while. What a pleasure it was to see a photograph of Dr. Smith. He was the best doctor around and the only one to correctly to diagnose my illness was all due to allergies. My brother's (Norman Rudnick)musings about my father made me laugh. That was not the only time Papa pulled that stunt. We were going back to the farm one Saturday afternoon and the POWs were just marching (slouching a much better word) back to their barracks. Papa let his powerful voice ring out in Germany's national song. Those men snapped upright and my mother was pounding on Papa's arm shouting, "You can't do that."

Added: September 29, 2012



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Thanks to your good friends, Dan & Lois Peters, we get to share in some of Manning's wonderful history and progress. We are so happy when they come back to Texas because they are our next door neighbors there. Really enjoy your articles and pictures but, do you think you could tell Dan to slow down a little and not try to paint his way into heaven for awhile yet? Thanks again!
Carol & Don Zuehlke


Added: July 23, 2012



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Enjoyed your web site. Our winter friends in Harlingen, TX sent us a message about Dan & Greg painting the steeple. Great pictures and great history of Manning.

Added: July 23, 2012


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David,
My sister's comments about our German Heritage reminded me of an incident during WWII.
During the summer of 1944 I was home from college and accompanied my father to Audubon one afternoon. On the western edge of town was a war prison for German and Italian Soldiers. Since many of our young men were off fighting, prisoners deemed peaceful were consigned to labor groups that assisted farmers who needed field work done.
As my father left town we were fairly close to the camp where a number of prisoners were gathered. My father, who was driving, stuck his head out of the window and launched into the chorus, the German national song, "Das Vaterland, Macht Ruri Sein" - in English: "Rest in peace, the watch on the Rhein is solid and true."
The reaction was quite explosive. Most of the men gathered there snapped to attention and raised their right clenched hand in salute.
I slunk downward and pleaded with my father to shut up. Mercifully he did and the threat of being an inhabitant of the camp ourselves was over.
Wass Hael!
Norman


Added: July 21, 2012



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Thank you, Dave for the picture and update on Trinity Lutheran. Blessings for all you do.

Added: July 19, 2012



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Hello, just started my geneolgy search and your site has helped a lot. My father is Robert Moore. My grandparents were Clinton & Alice (McKeever) Moore. Great grandparents were Brick & Bertha Moore, and Tom & Lucy McKeever. Great- great- grandpa was Joseph Moore. Glad to see the obituaries of all. Found a lot to fill in missing blanks. Thanks!

Added: July 9, 2012



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Hi David, wondered if you know any Jansen's in Manning. Looking for info on Claus "Henry" Jansen, his sons, Nicholas, Frederick, and my GGrandfather "Louis"? Mid to late 1800's, early 1900's. They had farms in the surrounding areas. I heard you were the one to contact! :) Thank you for any tid-bit...Sue

Added: June 29, 2012



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Just dropped by. As usual you continue to awe me with the amount of work you put into this site and your efforts to preserve the history of the community. Thanks.

Added: June 20, 2012



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Dave, it is always great to read your homepage. Whenever I get homesick, I always come to this page!! Keep up the good work!!!

Added: June 15, 2012



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I am married to Steve Grau, son of Tom and Ann Grau! I love visiting Manning!!

Added: May 17, 2012



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Decendant of Dwain Koester > Albert Koester > John Koester > Jurgen Koester. Thank you for all of the info on your website. My family roots are here and it's good to see so many photos.

Added: May 4, 2012



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As someone who spent their younger years on the farm and was driving a tractor and team of horses in my pre-teens, I too am very unhappy with the proposed new child labor regulations. I'm glad to see that you feel the same way and enjoyed reading what you posted about it.
Happy Farming, Greg


Added: April 26, 2012



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Wonderful to find this..I have been researching my mothers family roots which lead me to Carroll, Iowa..My grandfather was Ralph Albertson..I found the pics you posted of his brother Norbert(my Uncle Norb) and I was able to pic him out without reading the names...Thank you for all of your work...

Added: April 18, 2012



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It's been a while since I checked in. The U.S. Government started to incarcerate Germans and Italians as they had done to the people of Japanese descent during WWII. They soon realized there would be no one to fight the war. People from Lincoln Township (we would go to Manning on Saturday night) have spread over the entire country. My maiden name is Rudnick. There is no one with that surname there now, but one of the educators in Manning has a definite connection. Thanks for all of your work, Dave.

Added: April 17, 2012



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Hello cousin!

It's been awhile since we talked. Thanks so much for showing around when I came home for my 50th anniversary of being away! I still think about your hospitality and kindness but it was exactly what I expected from an Iowa farmboy! I'm hoping to come back again in the near future. All my best to you and your family!

David Friedrichsen


Added: April 14, 2012



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I come from a long line of Hammers and Ehrichs that got their start in Iowa. I'm the granddaughter of Louie and Marie Hammer, and married to the grandson (Tom,son of Raymond) of Henry and Anna (Lorenzen) Ehrichs.
I'm so glad someone is keeping track of all these people, as I have a budding interest in both sides of the family history. I hope to be able to add some information to this site soon.


Added: April 11, 2012



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My father, Clarence Martin Houlihan, passed away on Sunday, March 18th in Omaha, NE at the age of 91. Is there an email address for your paper that I can send his obituary to? He is originally from the Denison/Vail area.

Thank you.


Added: March 27, 2012



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Thank you for your very informative website. As the granddaughter of Herman Fischer (great granddaughter of Fred (Fritz Henry) Fischer, I enjoyed learning about the Fischer history through your website. My father, Earl Fischer, is also a Manning native. I am intrigued by the murder of Lucy (Lucie) Fischer, so I thank you for the information that you have posted regarding that.
Karla Fischer Dillard





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Dave,
Thanks for posting the picture of Mom and the people at the Plaza. I was glad to help you with identifying a couple of the people in the picture.


Added: March 5, 2012



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Thank for posting the pictures of my family the Schurer's, several of those pictures of the Gas Station I had never seen. I do not remember who the girls are in that one picture, sorry. I was only 9 at that time girls probably not important yet.

Added: March 1, 2012



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THANK YOU-thank you for posting all of these picture! Its the only way I get to see picture of my kids if someone else takes them. The one of Andy with the doll is really sweet. We will have to show girlfriends and family some of these picture. Thanks again--

Added: February 29, 2012



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I like it Here

Added: February 21, 2012



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I was referred to your site by Marilyn Collier, a friend of several years. You're doing a magnificent job with the site. Thanks for sharing your families history.

Added: February 16, 2012



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I am looking for decendents of Matthias and Mary Parish who died in Manning in 1883 and 84. His youngest son Henry also lived there. Any contacts appreciated.

Added: January 22, 2012


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Happy New Year, Dave. I met visitors to our church today. The man was from near Denison and his aunt is living in Manning. I referred them to your site.

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