Back: ??, Doug Dammann, Cory Ahrendsen, Cory Halbur, ? Lamp
Front: Luann Andresen, ??, ??, ?Sharon Weller?, Brenda Venteicher

Mark Johnson & Luann Andresen

Mark Johnson & Kalvin Dammann

FFA project: Rick Behrens on tractor, Douglas Dammann, Mike Hull

Back 7: ??, ??, Brett Halbur, Gary Ferneding, Wendy Ahrendsen, ??, ??
Front 4: ??, Suzette Miller, Dale Gruhn, Leah Kumm (Denison)
FFA Conduct of Meetings team from various schools.

Jason Ferry (attended school in Manilla), Luann Andresen, Cory Ahrendsen, Eric Lampman, Chris Behrens, Tom Bruch

1949 Dick Clark MHS FFA letter

February 22, 1951 advertising - various businesses in Manning

various businesses in Manning

various businesses in Manning

various businesses in Manning

Harold Schmidt

May 17, 1945 Harold Schmidt Receives F.F.A. State Award
Harold Schmidt, member of the senior class of Manning high school and member of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America, has been awarded the degree of State Farmer by the state association of F.F.A.
The award was given to seventy boys in the state, chosen for their outstanding work in Vocational Agriculture and the Future Farmers. The local chapter has been under the supervision of George Liljedahl, agriculture instructor.

October 23, 1941 - FFA Boar sale Ad

George Opperman, Amos Kusel, Merlin Musfeldt, Alvin Musfeldt, Emil Opperman
On the Emil Opperman farm place - Emil, father of George

I never met Bill but knew of him from my parents and other Manningites who had him as an instructor - he was VERY well liked.
I asked one of my Manning helpers to find his obituary, which she did and sadly was light on facts, but I was able to add more details to it about his time here in Manning.
She also found his WWII registration card which confirmed this was the correct Bill Campbell. This is why obituaries should have more lifetime facts to help us know for sure it isn't about a different person.

He always signed his name W.B. Campbell, and he went by Bill. Fortunately I found out that his middle name was Bain, which was his mother's maiden name.
He was one of my parents favorite school teachers - here are some pictures of Bill and more information.

FFA and Ag instructor

William Bain Campbell

William Bain Campbell, a pioneer in the farming and cattle-breeding industries, died December 22, 1983, in Los Angeles. He was 75.

A native of Iowa, Campbell had lived in Lake San Marcos for 10 years. He worked as a real estate broker in California and was active in community and church affairs in San Marcos.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; sons William of Los Angeles and James of Dallas, Texas; daughter Constance McGrath of San Diego; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in San Marcos. Final disposition will take place in Gilmore City, Iowa. The family has asked that contributions be sent in lieu of flowers to the United Methodist Church in San Marcos.

Bill was buried in Marble Valley Cemetery, Gilmore City.

Son of William and Mary (Bain) Campbell, he was born November 5, 1908, in Garfield Township, Iowa. He married Alice Knipe, daughter of James and Grace (Stuart) Knipe.

After attending Iowa State College, Bill came to Manning, Iowa, in the summer of 1937, where he taught Agricultural classes and helped charter the FFA Chapter in 1938. Under his direction, Manning Schools installed a new course in "Smith-Hughes Agriculture." He continued at Manning until May of 1941, when he moved back to Gilmore City, Iowa, where his family lived to manage a large farm.
Times-Advocate Escondido, California December 25, 1983

1966 - MHS 1941 class reunion, Amos Kusel, Bill Campbell

New Smith-Hughes Man Plans Triple Program, Manning
William Campbell Announces Plans for Night School; F.F.A. Group

William B. Campbell, newly elected head of the Smith-Hughes Vocational Agriculture Department of the Manning School has a triple program in view for the community.

First - The boys in the school will be given an opportunity to study all branches connected with the subject. The courses being arranged according to grades.

Second - Mr. Campbell plans to choose an advisory board of ten representative farmers from localities surrounding Manning to assist and advise him in organizing a night school for men who are actually engaged in farming and for boys who cannot attend school. An effort will be made to ascertain the subjects of most interest and greatest value to farmers of the community.

The night school is held one night a week for from 10 to 20 weeks and begins after the harvest work is finished. This course is usually concluded with a banquet and a visit to some place of prominence in connection with farm interests.

Third - Mr. Campbell hopes to organize a chapter of the Future Farmers of America. The future farmers activities tend to develop leaders in farm work, to teach the boys to conduct business meetings, to cooperate in all work undertaken, to make their farming a business to be proud of, to promote thrift, to make the farm a better place to live by improving farming and farm methods.

The Smith-Hughes boys' life will not be all work. He will take part in judging teams, exhibit his animals and his produce. He will take part in all local, state and national projects provided for the boys, plays, minstrels, public speaking. Projects will not end with the school year, the work will be continued through the summer.

Mr. Campbell has been holding conferences with local 4-H and county farm leaders.
Carroll Daily Herald Carroll July 29, 1937

Amos Kusel, Alvin Musfeldt, George Opperman, Merlin Musfeldt, Bill Campbell (Ag Teacher)
taken in the Ag room in the basement of the old gym
The Carroll county 4-H crops judging team which will represent Iowa in the competition at the National 4-H club congress in Chicago, Illinois, next December will be representing the state in the second interstate competitive event this year. The same three boys who won the state 4-H crops title will be Iowa's livestock judging entrant in the National Future Farmers' competition in Kansas City, Missouri, next month. They are members of the Manning High School team. Left to right are: Amos Kusel, Alvin Musfeldt, George Opperman, and Merlin Musfeldt who was the highest rated individual judge in the contest, and their coach, William B. Campbell Manning High school vocational agriculture instructor and 4-H leader.

Amos Kusel with his FFA sow July 3, 1939

George Pfoltner with his FFA feeder pig
The barn in the background is the Hassler farm where Ben & Loretta Sextro lived in the 1960s - 80s
Now the Manning Heritage Park farm.

Alvan Hansen with his FFA/4-H bull

George Opperman, Amos Kusel, Merlin Musfeldt, Alvin Musfeldt, Emil Opperman
On the Emil Opperman farm place - Emil, father of George

July 27, 1939 F.F.A. Tour Shows Results Of Ag Students' Endeavors
Over Sixty Persons In Group Which Visited Local Projects

Over sixty Dads and sons plus other interested parties made up the twelve car caravan which Sunday completed a circuit of Future Farmers of America projects in this vicinity. The route included in Sunday morning's tour was only a part of the projects which are being carried on, another tour in a week or so will complete the visiting program.

The F.F.A. is a national organization of boys under 21 years of age. William B. Campbell, head of the Manning Vocational Agriculture Department is sponsor of the local organization, made up of high school students and those who have graduated in the last year or so. These students are required to establish livestock or farm produce projects as a part of their work. These various projects were the subject of interest for the organization members and their fathers in Sunday's tour. The visits to the several farms clearly showed the outstanding work accomplished by these students who carry on their projects systematically and by proven methods.

Records covering all feed data, costs etc. are maintained by the boys so that actual cost of production will be known and margin of profit established upon marketing.

The caravan stopped first at the Herman Hargens' home at the south edge of the city where the F.F.A. unit's own project is carried on. The class borrowed $100 to start it. They now have 20 market pigs, consisting of two litters, averaging 130 pounds. To date they have $64.00 in their project. They are able to keep a very accurate account of all expenses due to the fact that all feeds, Mineral etc. are bought at market prices.

The next stop was at the Jack Keat farm where his son Kenneth exhibited 27 fine pigs averaging 145 pounds, farrowed March 1st. In the beginning Kenneth had three sows and predicted he would have 27 pigs. He did. He predicts he will clear about $162 on his project and he probably will.

Glen "Red" Struve, son of George Struve, was the next stop. Glen showed three fine Shorthorn market steers from the George Struve and Sons purebred herd. The visitors could well have spent half a day looking over the fine herd but lack of time made it impossible to witness all of the fine animals now being prepared for showing at the leading fairs and expositions. Glen intends to show his steers at the State Fair, at Westside, Carroll and other fairs.

Glen also showed a litter of 6 Chester White purebred pigs, 150 days old and averaging 185 lbs. They were some of the best ham sandwiches on the hoof, witnessed on the day's trip. His records show that to date he has $6 a head in this project. Another project of his consists of two litters of market pigs, self fed and on clean ground.

Roger and Lyle Eich exhibited their hybrid seed corn project. These lads purchased 2 single crosses after being bred up for 10 years or so and their final cross makes a 4-way cross. These two boys also showed their purebred Duroc-Jersey hog exhibit. They realized 15 pigs out of one sow, having used a substitute sow for 6 of the number. Their display showed an ideal system of self feeding.

Alvan Hansen's project was the next stop and the group saw two fine Black Angus steers. Alvin paid about $65 each for them, and stated that they consumed from 24 to 26 pounds of feed a day a piece. One of the steers shows good prospects for exhibiting by Ak-Sar-Ben time.

A litter of 9 Spotted Poland China pigs was shown by Gene Strathman. These pigs were farrowed March 24th and will average 90 pounds or better.

Ivan Opperman and George Opperman showed 2 Shorthorn steers averaging 830 pounds and four Hereford steers. George also has a Spotted Poland China project, on clean ground and featuring self feeding.

The next stop was at the Herman Lage home to see Wesley Lage's litter of 9. These pigs were Lage's purebred Spotted Poland farrowed April 20th and will average 90 pounds or better.

Bob Kruse exhibited one of the best set-ups of the day. He has his litter of 9 on clean ground, has self-feeding, temporary shelter, etc. He has $43 in his project to date and his fine looking pigs will average 115-120 pounds.

Billy Meggers, a freshman student showed two fine litters of 13 Hampshire market pigs, averaging about 110 pounds. They farrowed March 19th and to date he has $25 in them. He has them on clean ground and feeds corn, soybeans, and some mineral.

A market litter of 8, farrowed March 28th, was shown by Virgil Bueltel. These pigs will average close to 100 pounds. He has his pigs on clean ground and they are self-feeders. He had one of his father's (Frank) sows to begin with.

Glen Jensen, a graduate of this year's class at Manning, was the last stopping place for the caravan. He showed a fine litter of 9 Hampshire pigs, farrowed March 25th, averaging 100 pounds. He has $26.00 in his project to date. He has the litter on clean ground, feeds corn, tankage and the other requirements.

The tour continued to the city park where a basket dinner was enjoyed by the group. Following the dinner a kittenball game between the fathers and sons was staged with the fathers winning 17 to 11 in an overtime battle.

The remainder of the projects, most of them south of town will be visited in another tour in the near future according to Mr. Campbell.

Alvin Musfeldt, Merlin Musfeldt, George Opperman, Amos Kusel on the Emil Opperman farm