August 24, 1881
At the new town of Manning fifty-three lots are already sold and
there is talk of incorporating the town. The town expects to have
300 inhabitants before the end of the year.
October 1, 1881
Several buildings in course of erection at Manning were blown
down by a tornado. The damage was not great. The large Catholic
church at Vail, erected two years ago, was leveled to the ground.
October 5, 1881
S. L. Wilson of Manning is buying the material for a paper in
the town for which he has chosen the name of The Monitor.
December 6, 1881
The first issue of the Manning Monitor announces that the first
religious service in that town was conducted by Rev. Elliott of
the M. E. Church on Sunday, the 4th. The minister has
arranged for regular services in the future.
March 10, 1882
A vote on incorporation at Manning resulted in 171 for to four
against the proposition. At the ensuing election (March 10) for
city officials John R. Collomore received 122 and J. R. Benson
82. George E. Hunt was elected recorder and Byron E. Whaten assessor;
treasurer O. E. Dutton; marshal, H. Chapman; councilman-J. M.
Turner, N. F. Shear, P. A. Emery, M. Hoffmann, J. L. McQuaid,
R. F. Tidd. The number of votes cast was 209. At the first meeting
the council passed an ordinance fixing saloon licenses at $300
with a bond of $1000 for non-violation of the law. The birth of
Manning as a municipal corporation was attended with a great deal
of excitement and ended in a crushing defeat to what was known
as the "Geo. Makpeace" faction.
April 10, 1882
A fire at Manning, originating at 8 o' clock in the (Sunday) evening
in the Heintzelman & Moody's dry good and grocery store, destroyed
thirteen buildings. The origin of the fire is not known but incendiarism
is suspected. It was discovered in the rear of the Heintzelman
& Moody store, where the fire had made so much headway it
was impossible to save any but a small part of the stock, valued
at $7000. There were neither fire apparatus nor water at hand
with which to check the flames, which burned until all of the
material was exhausted to feed upon.. The entire population turned
its attention to saving as much of the moveable property as possible.
The loss was as follows: Collamore & Priest, general store,
$4000; Wetherill & Marsh, hardware, building $1600, stock,
$3000; Whaten Bros., groceries, building and stock, $5000; Stocker's
butcher shop, $200; Garstenberg's saloon, building and contents,
$1600; Hoffmann & Shook dry goods, $3000; M. B. Freelove,
three buildings, $3000; Webb's saloon and boarding house, $2500.
A large portion of the possible loss was saved, as the fire did
not burn rapidly on account of previous wet weather, and stocks
could be carried to safety.
June 21, 1882
A man named Schnetzer died at Manning from the smallpox in an
September 13, 1882
The vote at Manning on the question of issuing $5000 bonds to
secure a depot of the Milwaukee was carried by 140 for to three
January 10, 1883
McPherson Post G. A. R., is organized at Manning with the following
charter officers: Commander, S. E. Whitcher; S. V. C., Joseph
Moore; J. V. C. , Geo. Stocker; Officer of the Day, H. Stocker;
Adjuvant, C. M. Failing. The city council of Manning has purchased
ten acres in the N. E. ¼, Sec. 18, Warren township, to be
used as a cemetery, paying $45 per acre.
January 24, 1883
Rev. Elliott, pastor of Manning circuit, M. E. church, has raised
a subscription of $900 toward erection of a $1200 church in the
Rogers neighborhood to be erected in the spring.
August 26, 1883
Presbyterian church at Manning dedicated, Rev. R. F. Coyle of
Fort Dodge officiating, assisted by Rev. T. S. Bailey. The cost
of the chruch building is $2000.
September 28, 1887
J. W. Lindsay, of Manning, was indicted by the grand jury for
"having appeared in court as an attorney in violation of
law". The court exonerated Lindsay on the ground that, not
being admitted to the bar he was not a lawyer and consequently
not amenable to the statute forbidding a peace officer to appear
as an attorney-Lindsay being the town constable.
The first newspaper at Manning was started shortly after the town
was founded, in November, 1881, by S. L. Wilson. After running
the Monitor for nearly two years he relinquished ownership in
favor of Seth Smith, one of the pioneer business men of the town.
He, in turn, sold to a partnership consisting of B. I. Salinger,
L. P. Bingham and C. S. Lawrence, the last named having been connected
with the paper as foreman since its beginning. But in 1884, Salinger
& Brigham sold their interest to Mr. Lawrence, who continued
as sole proprietor till 1893, when on account of failing health
he disposed of his interests to A. L. Heicks, who soon sold to
Funk & Salmen, and shortly after the paper passed into the
hands of E. M. Funk, who took into partnership his son Erwin,
the firm name becoming Funk & Funk. Though a republican paper
at the start, it was made democratic by S. C. Lawrence, who declared
that because of the position of the republican party on the liquor
question in the state, he was impelled to support the other party.
In 1896 Bennett Brothers purchased the plant from Funk & Funk
and after keeping it a year sold to W. E. Sherlock, who had come
from Sigourney, Iowa. The latter, however did not retain ownership
for long but sold to Charles Haworth. Subsequently G. W. Laflar
became publisher of the Monitor, and so continued until the year
1910, when W. H. Mantz, the present proprietor took charge.
The Manning Herold, the German paper, was started by Bertrand
Krause, in February, 1894, and continued under the same management
until the death of its founder, June 1907. It then passed into
the hands of Peter Rix, who sold it in 1910 to its present publishers
Among the unsuccessful attempts to establish other papers in Manning
was that of the News, started in 1885 by Theodore E. Palmer,
and sold in the same year to W. J. Morrow. In 1888 the plant was
destroyed by the fire that burnt E. C. Perry's store, on the second
floor of which it was published. In 1889 the Free Press
was started by G. W. Laflar, Charles C. Coe, but it had a checkered
career, passing successively under the ownerships of Coe &
Laflar, C. E. Ferguson, Martin Brothers, G. W. Laflar, Charles
Haworth, and finally what was left of it, in 1895, was merged
into the Monitor, then the property of Funk &b Funk.
The first bank was that of O. B. Dutton & Son. This
bank was the antecedent of the First National bank, which was
organized with D. W. Sutherland, as president and O. E. Dutton,
The first physicians in the town were R. R. Williams, still
in the practice, and T. S. McKenna, who died in 1908.
The first school in Manning was opened in the fall of 1881
with Benjamin I. Salinger as teacher. An extract from the Monitor
of December 29, 1881, say: "The school has been in operation
for one month past under tuition of Mr. B. I. Salinger and the
numbers are about ninety pupils. The school will be divided after
the holidays and the primary department put into the hands of
Mrs. Winter." B. I. Salinger remained in charge of the school
for two years.
The population of Manning in 1890 was 1131; in 1900, 1169;
and in 1910, 1434.