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Manning, Iowa
"Home of Pioneer Spirit"
Where independent & rugged-thinking individuals (both past & present) work together to accomplish great things for the community!

Some songs from 1975

Zita Frances Harms
September 15, 1933 - July 4, 2024
Zita Ress MHS 1951

More pix & history coming...

It is so beneficial to me when more people help out with Manning history...Tom Lee has been one of them and recently sent me the link to another obituary of a former Manningite who was only here one year but is part of Manning's amazing past.
Whenever I can find some extra time, I'll search the Internet for obituaries of people who moved away from Manning but this is not very often, so I hope more people will let me know when they find an obituary and send me the link.
I was surprised when I found a picture of him which I remember scanning once I saw it.
Even though he came to teach at Manning the year after I graduated, I remember him but didn't get to know him and since his family wasn't from this area, I don't have anymore information or pix for him.
It was nice that the family included Manning as part of Terry's obituary...most of the time, short-term aspects of a person's past are never included but then I'll add it for those former Manningites who had moved away.

In Loving Memory Terris "Terry" L. Sorensen

VISITATION Sunday, July 28, 2024, 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Emmetsburg, Iowa
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Monday, July 29, 2024, 11:00 A.M. Holy Family Catholic Church, Emmetsburg, Iowa
CLERGY Rev. Paul Kelly
INURNMENT Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo, South Dakota: To be held at a later date.

Terris Lee (Terry) Sorensen, son of Chester M. and Phyllis (Babb) Sorensen, was born on October 8, 1948, in Yankton, South Dakota. He grew up in Irene, South Dakota, graduating from Irene High School in 1966. In high school he was very active in sports and music, then furthered his love of music at Yankton College, graduating from there in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education with an emphasis on trumpet.

On July 26, 1969, he married Judy Schaefer of Polo, South Dakota, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. During their marriage they were blessed with 3 children: Jamie, Mark, and Tonia. They were planning to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this month.

Following college graduation, Terry and Judy moved to Iowa to begin their teaching careers. Terry was band director for grades 5-12 at Sioux Valley School, Peterson, and Linn Grove, for 5 years. During this time their 2 sons Jamie and Mark were born. In 1975, they moved to Manning where Terry was band director 5-12 for a year. Looking for a new adventure, in 1976, Terry and Judy purchased the bowling alley in Emmetsburg, which they operated for a short time before selling it in the interest of their young family. In 1977, Terry went to work as an assistant manager at Pamline until it closed in 1982. For the next 7 years he was in a partnership building Newline pressure washers. Then in 1990, Terry became the manager of Dyno's Convenience Store, a position he filled until his retirement in 1999 due to serious health problems. Meanwhile, their daughter Tonia was born in 1983 amidst all these changes.

Terry's real passion in life was music. After arriving in Emmetsburg, he soon became a member of the Municipal Band, and for many years he belonged to both the Northwest Iowa Concert and Jazz Bands. For Main Street Community Theatre, he played trumpet in the band for a dozen musicals, starting with the very first one in 1978. In 1988, he received the very first "Coveted Rubber Chicken Award" for his music work at the theatre, and in 1991 he received the Golden Production Award for behind-the-scenes work. He also served on the MSCT Board of Directors.

In other community work, Terry served on the original Economic Development Council to plan and create a permanent local group. On another musical note, in 2009 he formed and directed an original brass group called Biblical Brass which provided music for special occasions at churches and at the annual "Home for the Holidays" city Christmas celebrations.

Terry was a faithful member of Holy Family Parish, involved in the music ministry as choir director and youth group choir organizer for several years. He also served as a board member of Emmetsburg Catholic School.

Terry loved his family and was a good husband and dad. As the kids were growing up, the family went on fun camping trips. He helped coach several Little League baseball and softball teams and offered much encouragement to all three of his children in their musical and athletic endeavors.

After Judy's retirement, together they enjoyed several faith-based reflections online each morning. Something very meaningful to Terry in the last year of his life was that both he and Judy listened to and completed Fr. Mike's "Bible in a Year" online. It was a wonderful preparation for his farewell to this world. He was thankful and hopeful for a new life.

Terry was in At-Home Hospice for 3 1/2 months. He passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2024, at the age of 75. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Phyllis Sorensen, a sister Cheryl Sorensen, and his parents-in-law Lawrence and Margaret Schaefer.

Left to cherish Terry's memory are his wife Judy, his 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter: Jamie (Annette) Sorensen of Onawa and their 9 children: Isaac (Ellie) and their daughter Sadie, Hannah (Cameron) Bender, Selah (Chris) O'Daniels (all 3 couples of Kansas City, Missouri), Micah, Jeriah, Elias, Brie, Charis, and Quentin at home; Mark Sorensen of Storm Lake; and Tonia (Brock) Householder of Prairie City and their 2 children: Wyndam and Rowyn. Also surviving are his sister Judy (Larry) Brunsvig of Madison, South Dakota; brother-in-law Robert Schaefer of Polo, South Dakota; sister-in-law Linda (Herman) Kindle of Pierre, South Dakota; and many extended family members and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home

While working on all of my various history projects and capturing the construction sites and other activities in Manning, and while scanning several Veterans' scrapbooks, I keep an eye out on e-bay for Manning items.
Every now and then I'll see a picture postcard I don't have or one I already have but the one on e-bay has some information written on back.
Below is a scene that is a little different from other picture postcards I already have and I could tell from the posted image on e-bay that it was a print that was of good quality, so I purchased it.
The left business is 409 & right business 407 Main Street. On the back were some first names mentioned but I haven't been able to figure out the last name of the business owner on the right side. It is pre 1915 since there are no bricks on Main Street.
I know the left business was owned/operated by Henry Ewoldt - grandfather of Ila (Claussen) Rix who many of you will remember.
On the right side the earliest business I know of was a harness shop owned/operated by Claus Nielsen, Sr., father of Claus, Jr. who was married to Bernice Paulsen.
But I haven't found a last name for Herman who had a business in this same building.
He comments about the new sidewalk along Main Street and that he put in an access to his basement, which I assume was used as a coal chute.
The young guy on the buggy is probably his son...not sure if maybe the man behind the buggy is Herman.
One thing I noticed is this is the fanciest fly netting on a horse that I have seen.
Farmers used fly netting but didn't have the frilly material on the bottom.

Herman mentions an Arthur attending the firemen races in Davenport the next year.
This would be Manning's fire department running team that traveled around Iowa and eventually won the permanent cup - billed as "World Champs."
This was in 1913 and they ran in races much of that decade.
The postcard was addressed to Gus, but again, I don't know any last names for these guys.
I have a lot of MFD running team picture postcards with information on back and other information and will have to find time to see if I can connect Arthur to one of the Manning runners.
This all takes a lot of time but needs to be done now as in the future no one will be able to connect these people.

409 & 407 Main Street

Message on back.

I recently scanned Ray Irlbeck's military scrapbook and now I'm working on Allen Muhlbauer's military stuff. I sat down with Auggie the other day to interview him about his service and will be transcribing that digital audio soon...then I give him a rough draft to go over for corrections and changes.
This all takes time but to me so very well worth it to preserve the history of Manning's Veterans and citizens in general.
Once I finish scanning Auggie's pix, I'll have him sit down with me in front of my computer and we'll go over them to get some captions and more the meantime here are some of Ray's and Allen's pix.

I always planned on visiting with Ray about his service but at the time I was working on WWII & Korean Veterans and always assumed there would be plenty of time for me to sit down with him - sadly that never happened.

Ray in his C-80 Boxer armoured fighting vehicle - weighs 21 tons

Ray on back of his C-80

Ray, Jerry, John, Bernard displayed on top of their mother's piano

Ray at home January 1961

Ray loading manure on the Irlbeck farm.
Besides working on a Veteran's military history I'll scan other pictures in their albums.

Ray on his bunk

Out on maneuvers near Bad Hersfeld, Germany

Ray's C-80 out in the field

Ray with a 3.5 bazooka
Fortunately, Ray wrote on the backs of most of his pictures which helped me with captions.

Ray in his barracks

Ray was a cook in Germany for a while

Ray making hamburger patties

Ray wrote: "This is the day I wish I never saw another hamburger."

Ray wrote on back "A big wave."

Geiger T-AP 197
I need to visit with Ray's wife to see if she knows if this was the ship he headed over or returned on from Germany.

In front of the 46 Infantry building during Christmas

Ray Fuger, Joe Ganza, Ray Irlbeck at Fort Dix, New Jersey

Ray was always a fun-filled character and you never knew what he would come up with next.

Here are a few pix from Allen Muhlbauer's collection.

Allen Muhlbauer in Vietnam

One of the base camps in Vietnam

One of the problems I run into with almost everyone's collections/scrapbooks/pix, is that they are deteriorating.
So now is the time to scan them before they get worse.
Here is an example of the color-shifting and color-correction I made.

Original scan

Digially enhanced and cleaned up.

4 Hueys coming in for a landing.

Huey taking off

Chinook landing - notice the manned weapon sticking out of the front left side hatch.

Inside a Huey while in flight

"Out in the bush"

Allen writing home.
I think this is one of the most amazing images captured that I've scanned.
The serenity of the moment while surrounded by the unknown ahead as an American Soldier serving in Vietnam.

That's it for now - back to scanning more of Auggie's pix.

This is another shout-out to anyone/everyone who in the distant past or recently have agreed to work with me on old Manning connected pix and history they have so I can scan those things and get them preserved in the Manning Historical Database I'm constantly working on.
I know you are busy and it is a hassle to dig out and send to me, but the only way that history you have will get preserved long-term is if I get it to scan and archive.
I know many people scoff at this and say that their family won't throw those things away and/or they have scanned those things - but I have 50+ years of experience to back up this I've seen one old family/Manning collection after another thrown away - I usually find out around 5 - 10 more collections that were thrown away each year.
So either lose it, or preserve it in my don't have to spend much time but I'm the one who spends hundreds and thousands of hours scanning Manning stuff.
I've seen scans by people and most of the time it is way below par...and the other problem is very few have that data properly backed up on multiple hard drives and at off-site locations such as in a bank safe deposit box.

I added quite a few pictures from Ruth & Dick Crandall's collection, including a grade school picture that I need more help with IDs, so if you are one of the unknowns and don't want to continue throughout history as ?, please help out with the IDs.

Ruth (Sand) Crandall

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While taking pictures of the IKM-Manning gymnasium construction I noticed this Musk Thistle blooming near the construction site.
For those of you old enough and more specifically farmers who had pastures, these and several other types of thistles such as Bull Thistles could take over a pasture and choke out the grass.
Way back the farmer would go out and "stick thistles" with a spade or other sharp tool. With very few pastures now, the thistles are still found in road ditches but more commonly along creek banks and terraces.

Musk Thistle

Bumblebee collecting nectar and at the same time is pollinating the flower.

The flower is sweet smelling, but look out for the sharp spiny leaves which are a defensive mechanism for the plant from herbivores.

Jennifer Sporrer

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Strange weather - abnormal weather?
This is what is actually NORMAL...people just like to average things out and then call that normal.

We had 5 major floods during the spring of 1974 and there was a major tornado system in March of 1913 in the Manning area.
Click to see some pix and ponder about some perspective of mine - agree or disagree.

Is weather more extreme than ever before?
Recently I worked on more obituaries and noticed this interesting tidbit.
Mary Ellen (Swank) Higday was born July 9, 1936, on one of the hottest days of that decade. It was 117 degrees that day.

60th anniversary of MHS 1964

Click to find out about the reunion and see some random pix and information

Merlin G. Rostermundt

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If you think I'm making it up or exaggerating at how much time I spend on preserving Manning's history - here is what I'm working on right now - Ray Irlbeck's military scrapbooks and information.
It never ends!

Screen shot of my Windows Explorer window that shows some of Ray's pix in his folder.

I always find unique things in people's collections and make sure to scan them.
There are non-military pix in Ray's scrapbooks so I make sure to scan them too.
This item is something I've never seen or scanned before and glad to add it to my database.

Ray's dad, Alphonse Irlbeck taking a nap on the couch.

I love pix like this that show times gone by - the kitchen with smooth painted ceilings and walls, the stove, the doors, tile flooring, etc. - so very similar to the kitchen I remember while growing up.
Also another scene that you seldom see anymore - the whole family around the kitchen table - no TV, no cell phone, no computer.
Someday I feel more people in our society will wake up and realize the error of their ways and go back to some of the traditions we once had.

Margaret (Underberg) Irlbeck preparing Thanksgiving dinner - Ray's mother

Irlbeck family November 23, 1961

Ray with a bazooka - in front of his C-80 tracked Boxer armoured fighting vehicle - Bad Hersfeld.
Fortunately, Ray wrote on the backs of many of his pictures and gave locations and names.

Terry Mundt wanted to know if I had any information and pix for the Higday and Shipps families that were here only a year in the early 1970s.
I generally don't take request because I have way too much to work on, but this interested me so Terry, Connie (one of my Manning helpers), and I started searching...
We found obits for the Higday family and discovered the mother's maiden name was Swank. Now I haven't been able to determine if she was related to the Swank family in Manning during the 1950s and 1960s so maybe someone out there will know and tell me.
Terry thinks the Shipps dad was Eugene, but we can't find any more information on this family.
There was a Shipp family during the 1940s but it is a different spelling.

None of the children graduated here so I have them recorded with the "former" class lists.
In 2008, I had a wonderful group of volunteers who sat at the large table in the high school office to go through all of the record books to get the list of students and mark down which years they attended school here.
I'm so glad I asked them to do this as having the list of names and the years have helped me beyond the school's history.
It helped me find out how long these 2 families were here in Manning.
Below is an example of one of the sheets my volunteers filled out...the amount and different types of data I have for Manning is endless and I even forget all that I've recorded over the decades.

Arnold Shipps Former 1973
Brenda Shipps Former 1975
Ernest Shipps Former 1977
Margie Shipps Former 1978
Peggy Shipps Former 1981
If anyone has pictures of this family or the Higday family, please let me know.

Robert Higday Former 1977
Brent Higday Former 1981
Marilyn Higday Former 1983
I now have the obits for their parents, Max & Mary Higday which can be found on my obituary page...but here is a very interesting and timely sentence from Mary's obit.
Mary Ellen (Swank) Higday was born July 9, 1936, on one of the hottest days of that decade. It was 117 degrees that day. She was born Southwest of Kellerton, Iowa, in Athens Township in the Salem community at her great-grandparents, Ed and Ida Greenman's home place.

1977 former students list made by my volunteers in 2008.
Higday and Shipps is listed and you can see the year they were here.
In this case the last name is spelled Schipps but the other siblings were spelled Shipps on the other database sheets.

I brought this picture back to the top.
I need to clean up this right side of my web page and move the links of the feature stories to the left side sections.
I see I'm so far behind with events I captured going back to the Easter Bunny in Manning and haven't added those pictures and as recent as the Horse show, Memorial Day and even Kinderfest but my priority has to be with scanning old collections I have and get and continue to work on the Manning Veterans' history book project.
As much as I like to show current events and projects, working on the old stuff is of utmost importance - as I always write and talk about - I need to get those old historical items scanned before they are all thrown away.
Here are the names for the students in this picture I posted some time ago.
I didn't include the names just to see if anyone would e-mail me and offer to help with names or better yet, offer to get me their old school and Manning pix.

I recently received the original of this picture to scan.
I originally didn't list the names...
I was able to ID most of them but a few I couldn't quite put a name to.
I have all of the names now with the correct spellings.

Robert Meyer - 5th grade teacher 1965-66
Back: Craig Moeller, JoAnn Borkowski, Doris Volquartsen, Roxanne Ruhde, Donna Sonksen, Joy Hockett, Roxie Irlmeier, Anne Jensen, Mike Pearson
Middle: Kay Mueller, Dorthie Dammann, Georgia Dethlefs, Gail Phillips, Jim Kunkel, Clark Tibben, Tom Wurr, Mike Bilsten (mostly out of view)
Front: Glen Eickman, Doug Mohr, Mike Rohe, Mike Weitl, Dave Vogl

I want people to see what I've been struggling with for 50 years, dragging old pix around to get names from people such as Art & Ila Rix, Letha & Bud Johnson, Bill & Bernie Ohde, Max Detlefsen, and on and on and on.
BUT many of those pix were from their parents and grandparents generations...and also of their era.
Now they are all gone so any pictures from that previous era I was working on will probably go unidentified now - UNLESS I have similar pix in my database that I have identified or run into the few very old Manning family collections with IDs, that have survived the trash bin that I've been warning everyone about for the last 4 decades.
Most will tell me their kids will not throw them but every year I find out about 10 or 15 more old family collections that are gone forever or were divided up to the "four winds," never to be seen in this area again.

I know people are posting some of their old pix on facebook and other social media sites - this if fine but the only way they will be preserved long-term is to get them to me to scan and archive...I'll also try to get everyone identified.

Over the decades people will find my web pages and then e-mail me to see if I have information about their family line.
I always respond, mostly right away, but for some reason, more often than not, they never respond to me - not sure why since they reached out first.

Other times I correspond back and forth for a while and we generally help each other to some extent but when I ask if they have old Manning pix and information, they'll say yes and will consider sending me those things but seldom do they follow through.

This is fine and I realize we are all busy in life but I just don't have extra time to keep reminding them.
So if you have offered to work with me in the past and haven't done so - please do so now - let me know what you have and we'll work out a time for you to send me those things and I'll scan and return them.
At least those historical items will be preserved long after the original stuff is thrown away in the future...or deteriorates to a point they can't be scanned.

Right now I'm going through my plugged-up Inbox of e-mails, many of which I've never received a response or very little follow-up...which takes up a lot of my valuable time from scanning history and working on various projects.

Another reason I like to go through old family collections is many will have obituaries to look through - especially collections from out of state which many times will have old names I didn't know were once part of Manning's past. I pretty much have most of the obits but once in a while I'll find some I don't have or they'll be different versions. I found 3 obituaries in the Emmons collection I didn't have and several that were more detailed obits of what I already had.
Anymore I can recognize an old Manning surname but there were two I had not seen before, Nihles & Topf...or I had forgotten about.
So you can check out the 3 new obits I just added.

Below I mention how there are non-family member pictures in the Emmons collection - here are 3 examples.
Verna was my Sunday school teacher. Mae Schroeder has Stribe & Ohrt connections. Mary Stuhr would be the niece of my great-grandfather William Kusel...and her husband, John Stuhr, is part of the Stuhr family in Manning. This is the only picture I have of Mary & John. I have a Kusel family picture from that family but on back it states that Mary is not present, but another member from that family states her mother says Mary is in the family picture. This is always a problem when most pictures aren't identified properly and so many other pictures have been thrown away over the years.

Verna (Schroeder) Musfeldt-Fischer - age 2
I've seen a number of patriotic pictures like this in other family collections that were taken during WWI.

Mae (Stribe) Schroeder 1910 - Verna's mother - Mae was the daughter of George and Alvena (Ohrt) Stribe.

John & Mary (Kusel) Stuhr

My best guess is this was taken in the Manning area before they moved to Oregon.
Note the loose hay stack covered with snow in the background.
This is another example of why I like to go through other family collections, because many times I'll find pix and information about my own family.
I'm hoping that some of my distant Kusel cousins will send me the old pix they still have, so I can go through their collections to maybe find more clues and make more connections with the scans and information I already have.

Nephews & Nieces of Mary in this area were Fern Ramsey, June Ruhde, Pearl Dammann, Alvin Jensen, and Ward Jensen.

Emmons - how many of you recognize this name?
In 2007, Irvin Emmons contacted me by e-mail and has been sharing his family and old Manning history ever since.
He is the son of Floyd Emmons MHS 1924, and grandson of Orrin Emmons MHS 1891 who was a prominent Manning businessman during the late 1890s through the mid 1920s.

Irv recently sent me 2 packets of pix and information from Oregon to scan and as usual, I found lots of amazing Manning history in them, including pictures of other Manning individuals who are not in the Emmons family.
As my database grows, now mostly from people who inherited their old family and Manning history but never lived here and share with me, I'm able to put together all kinds of connections and here are some more examples...this is why I wish more people would share their old collections with me so I can go through them and find those little hidden items they have no clue they have but I will probably be able to find - BEFORE what they have gets thrown away eventually.

I know there is a historic society in Manning and a number of people asking for Manning/school history but I hope it gets to me first, so I can go through it to scan and archive it in the appropriate database area for future reference.
There isn't anyone else living now who will be able to put the pieces of the Manning puzzle together like I can...the old timers such as Art Rix's generation are long gone - the ones who I went to for help to ID old pix, and other Manning information in the 1970s through the early 2000s...

100 years ago - this is what the Children's Day parade looked of several historic photos from the Emmons' collection I just scanned.
I spent about 1 hour digitally cleaning and touching up this image - there are always hundreds of scratches, marks, splotches, etc. to work don't see them in low resolution scans, but with my high to super high resolution original scans, they show up like boulders or the grand canyon.

What else do you see in this 100 year old picture?
Note the US flags, we still proudly fly the US flag on our Main Street during special occasions.

Children's Day 100 years ago...
While touching up the image I noticed something that I recognized - the car-plane in the back.
It hit me that this must be Freddie Moeller's contraption he made.
Craig "Spitter" Moeller would be tickled pink if he were living to now know when Freddie made it for the parade.

Note the kids running over to look at the car-plane.
Now I'm able to crop out this image but even with a high resolution scan, the image is not clear.

Well, Spitter brought me some of his old pix to scan years ago and here are 2 of them that are close up.
I wonder if these and his other old pix I scanned still exist - at least I now have them in my Manning Historical Database.

I often talk and write about trying to capture permanent fixtures in the background when you take pictures.
I learned this decades ago from scanning old pix like this - what do you see that is a permanent fixture?
The only way I knew the picture was taken in Manning is because the water tower or some other old structure is in the background.

A lot of times I also can determine a general time-frame by what is in the background.
I know the old gym was constructed in 1938 and the high school was constructed in 1918.
So this gave me a time for Freddie's car to be taken between 1918 and 1937.
Now thanks to the Emmons picture that had the year written on back, I know a much more accurate time when Fred made his car-plane.

Who cares?
What is important is that people continue to share their old pix & history with me so I can figure out more pieces of the Manning Puzzle.

Who was Freddie Moeller?

He was a WWII Veteran who served overseas, among many other aspects.
Sadly, like so many Veterans, I have very few details about his service.

Who was Orrin Emmons?

Orrin Emmons 1947

Where did the Emmons family live?

333 First Street - and the exterior hasn't changed much since then.

October 4, 1928 Manning Monitor
The auction sale of the Emmons residence property on First Street for last Saturday afternoon, resulted in a sale. Dr. Virgel R. Anderson was the lucky last bidder and secured the commodious home, finely located and fitted with all the modern conveniences, and then some, for $4900.
This is a case where both parties appear to be satisfied. Dr. Anderson certainly got a bargain and Mr. Orrin Emmons accounts for his satisfaction by taking two transactions into consideration. Mr. Emmons says that in the residence property he purchased in Salem, Oregon, in 1926, he has a profit of $1000 or $1500.
So his real estate account in the ledger will show the balance on the credit side.

Orrin was a lawyer and involved in real estate, on the school board, and mayor...and here is just a little information to show you.

Orrin served on the Bank of Manning board.
I scanned this item from Lucille Sinn's collection that her grandson sent me in 2009.

From the Emmons collection I scanned years ago.
Ralph Gordon Sutherland was one of the owners of the First National Bank.

I'm hoping Irv can find the original of this photo that his dad submitted during the 1981 Manning Centennial.
Intersection of Main & Third Streets - I have several similar images but none taken from the roof of the building.

Here are some Monitor articles about Orrin Emmons

December 25, 1890 Manning Monitor
Number enrolled 49. Average daily attendance 42 1/2.
Number neither absent nor tardy 22. Number of visitors 35.
Average standing of Senior class 96.
Orrin Emmons 99 1/2, Charlie Matteson 99, John Jenson 99, Mamie O'Flyng 98 1/2, Gertrude Burnham 97 1/2, Minnie Parker 97, Julia Moore 93, Bert Wood 90 1/2, Arthur Freelove 89.

February 25, 1909
Orrin William Emmons has been appointed by the court as referee in the Bruning estate and left today to inspect a tract of 370 acres near Arcadia belonging to the estate.
This is quite an important appointment for Mr. Emmons as there is at least $35,000 involved in the deal. O.W. is being kept quite busy these days and is working up a very nice practice.

September 6, 1906 Manning Monitor
As there has been some inquiry as to the reasons that impelled the Board of Education to raise the tuition of the Manning Schools from $1.00 in the grades and $1.50 in the High School to $1.50 and $2.00 respectively, I am authorized by the Board to state for the benefit and information of the public in general and for those who are most interested in particular, that the average daily attendance in the Manning Schools for the year 1905-1906 was 351 out of a total enrollment of 428. The amount paid to teachers was $6215.00 a monthly average of $690.55 making the average tuition per month for each pupil $1.96. To this must be added the current expenses amounting to approximately $190.00 per month or an average of 54 cents to each pupil thus totaling the sum of $2.50, the average cost per month for each pupil, not counting the amount invested in the grounds and building and the taxes necessary to pay off the bonded indebtedness created for the purchase of the same.
It will thus be seen that the average net cost is far in excess of the amount received as tuition from the nonresidents. During the past year the number attending the grades was 19 and in the High School 17, making the average tuition about $1.25 per month for each pupil while the average cost was $2.50 per month. It will therefor be seen that the increase of fifty cents per month in the tuition is justified by the cost to the taxpayers of the Independent District and by the further fact that the tuition in our schools is lower than in any school of like standard throughout the country.
We are pleased to have the nonresident pupils attend our schools as they are among the best of our students and we do not desire to discriminate against them in any measure, but we feel that in justice to the taxpayers of the lndependent District of Manning, the burden should be a little more equalized; this we have endeavored to accomplish though the tuition charged through the coming year is still $.75 per month below the actual cost.
Orrin W. Emmons, Secretary of the Board of Education.

You think there is fake news today???
It is nothing new!

April 6, 1922 Manning Monitor

Reports have been circulated that minors have been forbidden by the mayor to enter our pool halls for the purpose of having their barber work done. This is untrue. Such statements hurt a legitimate business. Be sure you know what you are talking about before you make statements regarding the policies of the present administration. The columns of this paper will be used to convey to the pubic matters of importance which the general public should know.
Orrin W. Emmons, Mayor

June 22, 1922 Manning Monitor

Just at the dawning of the longest day of the year, the soul of one of the familiar figures of our community left its earthly habitation to start on its long journey throughout shadow land.
Private Nathaniel Dillingham served with faithfulness as a soldier in Company E., of the 74th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry from August 13, 1862, until he was honorably discharged on the 10th day of June 1865, and participated in many of the pitched battles of the Great Civil War, among them being the important engagements of Kenesaw Mountain; Jonesboro, Peach Tree Creek, Franklin, and Nashville, and many minor engagements.
In thus assisting to perpetuate our free institutions, Comrade Dillingham did his whole duty unflinchingly and unselfishly and impelled by a noble impulse and in honor of that faithfulness and in recognition of those services, we owe to his memory special observance of the hour of his interment.
Therefore, as Mayor of the Town of Manning, Iowa, I do hereby publicly request,
that our business houses close from 2 until 4 p.m., Friday, June 23, 1922, or until the services are concluded at the cemetery.
That our citizens generally cease from their labors during said time as a mark of respect for this Veteran of many battles.
That our flags, be flown at half-mast as tokens of esteem for this soldier who has answered the Last Roll Call.
That the funeral services which are to be held on the lawn at the home at 2 o'clock p.m., Friday of this week under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic and the American Legion be largely attended as befits the occasion.
Given under my hand and by virtue of my office on this twenty-second day of June, Nineteen Hundred Twenty Two.
Orrin W. Emmons, Mayor of Manning, Iowa.

For decades, I've been stating that Manning was the hub of Western Iowa during the Pioneer years of this area...mainly because of the 3 railroads, all with passenger service.
I've found picture postcards that were sent from here - all over the US.
Now today, I find even more of them on E-bay which shows how many more people came through town, stopped over, purchased a picture postcard and then sent it from the post office.
Many of these people were just visiting or traveling through, but a lot of them moved here and reported back to a relative or friend they arrived.
This would then entice them to come to Manning and some of them moved here too.
This article by Orrin Emmons only further proves my point when he goes into how many former Manningites once lived in Manning back then and later moved west.
I have pix and information for most of the family names he mentions below, but I have to finish scanning the Emmons collection and move to the next collection.

November 26, 1925 Manning Monitor
Made Entire Trip Overland To Salem Oregon.
Many Former Iowans Now Living In Salem

Mr. and Mrs. Orrin W. Emmons and family thoroughly enjoyed the over land trip to their new home in Salem, Oregon, and as they camped on the way had all the pleasure of an outing while enroute.

Their two automobiles and trailer formed a (miniature, modern reproduction of the "covered wagon" trains of 1849." Though lacking the hardship and uncertainty and Indian menace endured by the pioneers, they enjoyed the comfort and speed of the present day mode of transportation, the paved and graveled highways, and the cities and towns in lieu of the isolated camps and post road stations of early days.

However, they had one sad experience. The family cat, a great pet of course, insisted on accompanying them, but at a town in Idaho strayed away, and not having returned at the time of departure, was left behind. The crate was left with instructions for shipment in case the "cat came back," and to their surprise the feline traveler reached Salem before their arrival, but, alas, owing to change of climate or fatigue, a case of fits developed and the pet went where all good cats go.

Their arrival in Salem was made very pleasant by the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Laflar, and some of the older residents here will fully realize the quality and extent of that hospitality, having pleasant memories of many good times at the Laflars, who had and still possess the happy faculty of making guests feel right at home, glad they came, and after partaking of the products of Mrs. Laflar's culinary art, sorry to leave. Through the kindness of Mr. Laflar the goods upon arrival had been placed in the house secured, and they were soon settled in their western home. Mr. Laflar is in the loan, real estate and insurance business and is doing fine.

Mr. Emmons is well pleased with Salem and western Oregon. And why shouldn't he be pleased? Salem, the capital of the state and the county seat of Marion County, a city of 20,000 inhabitants, is situated in the Willamette Valley, a beautiful and very fertile valley, 150 miles long and 20 to 60 miles wide, and is a city of pleasant homes, fine schools and churches and good business opportunities. Salem seems to be quite a church town, and is especially Methodist, for while all denominations are represented, there are Methodist Churches.

The young people are all attending school. Floyd and Clarence are freshmen in the liberal arts course at Willamette University, a splendid Methodist college located there. Genevieve attends Junior High and Florence Senior high, and they entered the same grades at the capital of that state as they would have taken had they continued here. This not only speaks well for the young ladies, but also for the Manning High School.

M.E. Peck, who was a classmate of Mr. Emmons at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, has been for many years a professor at the Willamette University. Floyd and Clarence attend some of his classes, and in speaking of their proficiency he remarked that it was evident they had enjoyed fine high school advantages. Another feather for Manning High.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emmons live at Palo Alto, California, where Robert is attending the Leland Stanford University. This is his last year of study for his master's degree. He does some teaching at the university now.

Manning is only a trifle more than 44 years old, and is not a large city except in the estimates and minds of a majority of its citizens, who are proud of its past and believe in its future; but strange to say, you can not travel far in any direction, or tarry long anywhere without meeting someone who at some time lived here or in this vicinity, or has relatives or friends who did.

Mr. Emmons says this is true of Salem, where a number of people reside who are well remembered here. Mr. and Mrs. Laflar have been mentioned. Mrs. Breckenridge and daughter Grace, mother and sister of our townsman, E.E. Breckenridge, have lived there many years. Miss Grace holds a responsible position in the state house, where she has been for the past five years. They own a pleasant, modern home and Grace drives her coupe to and from the state house.

Other residents are Mrs. August Gruhn and daughter, Bertha; Mrs. August Kusel and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Stuhr; Mrs. Anna Karstens, and Herman Bock, who is a furniture dealer. Mr. Bock was in the implement business when here.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Laflar live at Portland, and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Arney are at Newberg, about 30 miles from Portland. Mr. Arney, with his brother Frank, who died at Lake City a few months ago, opened the hardware store of Arney Brothers, here in December 1881 (the town was only four months old), which they conducted for a number of years.

If you are one of those people with the propensity to give your Manning pix & history to those commercial and genealogy websites - that is your business, but why don't you consider first working with me...
Those commercials sites don't give a hoot about you or Manning - they want your money or information so they can sell ads.
If you haven't already noticed...everything I post is free - no logins, no ads, no popups.
I make no money and in fact preserving Manning's history has cost me tens of thousands of dollars over the years.
So why not work with me so we can preserve Manning's history together, along with the hundreds of other individuals who have shared with me over the decades.
Dave Kusel

For those of you who know Craig Rothfolk MHS 1975, I'm posting a tribute to his daughter, Jenica, who was a twin and passed away recently.
There will be some pictures and information that show the connections to the Rothfolk, Grage, Grau, and other relatives of the Manning & Manilla area.
Craig is not only a classmate and good friend, but we are 2nd cousins...

Jenica Ann Rothfolk
December 14, 1982 - June 10, 2024

Jenica and her son Zayden
Click to see the family connections in Manning

I just received the sad news from his brother, Don, that Robert Wurr passed away.
Since the tribute to their father, Verl, is so recent, I'm also using that tribute for Bob's tribute...which is linked below.

Robert Wurr

Click to see the Wurr family tribute

Tom, Don, Bob

1983 MHS graduates: Lesia Lou Andresen, Suzanne Mary Bandow, Ronald Douglas Beaver, Ricardo Alfredo Bolomey, Cintia Helena Bulgarelli, John H. Bunz, Denise Dee Clausen, Teresa Renee Clipperton, Jennifer Ann Collison, Sherri Jo Cvrk, Valerie DeAnn Enenbach (salutatorian), Dean L. Genzen, Gregory James Hacker, Julie Beth Hagedorn, Troy Roger Hagedorn, Timothy Alan Hansen, Philip Jason Heinicke, James Lawrence Hinners, Brenda Kay Irlbeck, Paul Ray Irlbeck, Kyle Lynn Jensen, Patricia Joan Kalkhoff, Josef A. Karsten, Brian Keith Kelderman, Keith Klocke, William Joseph Langel, Sheryl Susan Warner Long, Barbara Joy McAdams, Rhonda Jean Meeves, Steven Laverne Meier, Matthew Martin Milkert, David Spencer Miller, Vickie Leigh Miller, Barry Lynn Mueller, Bradley William Mueller, Sherri Ann Muhlbauer, Barbara Lynne Myer, Lori Jo Nelson, Joan Susan Nissen, Lynn Joseph Nulle, Jeanine Renee Petersen, Charles Mayburn Ramsey, Timothy Gail Ridgley, Diane Kay Rohe (valedictorian), Daniel Lee Rosonke, Timothy Jon Rowedder, Kreg Robert Sailer, Robert Charles Schmidt, Johna Colleen Schultz, Anthony Howard Sevey, Mark John Sextro, Danny John Singsank, Tammy Ellen Spies, Renee Arlene Sporrer, Daniel Joseph Vollstedt, Jay Roger Vollstedt, Loraine Ann Willenborg, Robert C. Wurr

1983 former students: Zeanna Aylor, Tim Benter, Susan Blohm, Michael Camden, Sara Carter, Wade Cloud, Terry DeLong, Marla Feick, Marilyn Higday, Jon Kasperbauer, Tim Larsen, Todd Larsen, Lori Lohmeier, Cindy Lyman, Leslie Martens, Scott Mohr, Sara Nelson, Douglas Orey, Chad Reynolds, Kent Schlater, Sherri Talbot, Angela Taylor, Jennifer Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Vogl

Robert Clair Wurr, age 60, of Defiance Iowa, passed away on June 17, 2024.
Robert, the son of Verl & Virgine (Fendrich) Wurr was born on May 15, 1964, in Carroll, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning, Iowa. Robert attended Manning Community School and was a member of the graduating class of 1983.
Robert enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and creating amazing stained glass windows. His family and friends were very important to him.
Survivors include his brothers Thomas Wurr and wife Teresa "Nook" of Colorado Springs, Colorado; James Wurr and wife Cindy of Ankeny, Iowa; Don Wurr of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nieces & nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mom Virgine Wurr, dad Verl Wurr, brother David Wurr, and sister-in-law Denice Wurr.
A memorial service will be held on a later date.
Pauley Jones Funeral Home

If your browser starts the embedded music on my web page, then just click on pause or stop, so you can listen to the presentations.

IKM-Manning ground breaking ceremony June 12, 2024

Click to hear the presentations
Speakers in order of the audio: Trevor Miller, Luke Potthoff, Nick Liston, Sam Stagg, Craig Neises

Steven Baridon, Sam Stagg, Nick Liston, Nolan Shanks, Amy Ferneding, TJ Sterk, Jeremy Puck, Trevor Miller, Zach Meiners, Emmalie Rasmussen, Lucas Potthoff, Steve Ray - school board member, Josh Linde, not present

I will be featuring a huge article in the Manning Monitor that will have the transcription of the presentations, several current pictures, and then go into a VERY detailed history of the Manning school system.

I just heard from the son of Mary McMahon that she had passed away a few days ago. He said she would reminisce about Manning all of the time.

As usual I found quite a few pictures in my database, but more surprising is how many school entries in the Manning Monitor I found about Mary.
I've found lots of school articles for many students over the years for tributes, but I think Mary probably has the most of any...I hope people will take the time to click on the "School Articles" link under MHS 1947, and take the time to read all of the activities she was involved with and her honor roll achievements.

Mary (McMahon) Klotzbach

Click to see the tribute

Remember the days when you were a teen riding in a car down Main Street and all of a sudden the car stops and "Chinese Fire Drill" is yelled - the doors fly open and out come the kids running around the car and back in...then away they go!
Well, this drill shows how gracefully we've aged here in Manning, but still have fun.

Chinese Fire Drill during the "Parade of Cars" June 9, 2024

Yep, "Granny" still has some gumption and will use her cane when someone gets in the way of her Chinese Fire Drill.

Was this a girdle adjustment, OR an aching back???

All in good fun in Manning, Iowa

Melvin Renze - Parade Grand Marshal - 96 years young

If you live in Manning and wasn't there to join in - you missed a wonderful day of Family Fun and entertainment.
As always, it takes a LOT of volunteers to put on these events, for which Manning is well-known-for, to put on fun events like this.

I don't know when I'll have time to post pix and the corresponding audio information for this parade, but I'll try as soon as I can. If you are interested in cars and auto history then come to the parade.
I'm providing a VERY unique MANNING car story to be told during the parade.

Web page promotion, in conjunction with the Manning Monitor ad and information

Manning Rotary Club Presents: Parade of Cars June 9th

Dust off your classic car and join the Manning Rotary Club for a spectacular Parade of Cars on Sunday, June 9th. This free, family-friendly event celebrates the rich history and evolution of domestic automobiles.
Calling All Classic Cars! Do you own a special American-made car? We're inviting car enthusiasts to showcase your prized possession in our Parade of Cars!
We're planning to have examples from every decade, from the early days of motoring to the latest high-performance machines.
• Early Transportation 1910-1954
• Styling and Muscle Car Era 1955-1971
• Cars from 1972-1999
• Modern cars from 2000-present

Registration will be held from Noon - 1:30 pm in the old Casey's gas station on Hwy 141, one block west of Main Street, and staging will be communicated at that time.

The parade will start promptly at 2:00 pm as cars will travel from Hwy 141 to the VFW Hall along Manning's brick-lined Main Street. In the 200-300 block of Main Street a roving Master of Ceremonies will share a one-minute story about each car as it drives by. Prizes will be awarded for the best car in four categories:
• Early Transportation (1910-1954)
• Styling and Muscle Car Era (1955-1971)
• Cars from 1972-1999
• Modem Cars (2000-present)
• A crowd-voted "Best of Show" award will be presented at the end.

So whether you have a car to enter or simply enjoy admiring classic vehicles, the Parade of Cars is a fun event for everyone. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show! Several local businesses will be open at noon, offering everything from coffee and sandwiches to ice cream, pizza, and beer.
A free-will offering will be collected at registration and during the event to support the construction of a $10,000 shade structure at Manning Hillside Splash.
For more information contact Master of Ceremonies, Tim Weible, at (515) 290-6965 or

Two more Manningites passed away.
I don't have any pictures for them in my database and will just show the links to the Ohde Funeral Home site.
I've been wanting to sit down with Jerry to get his military information but as usual, I never have enough time to get to every Veteran, in between all of the other projects I work on.
I have several old Kracht pictures and Emma Kracht married one of my Grau relatives, but not sure if or how they are related to Roberta.

Jerome Irlbeck
April 8, 1937 - June 7, 2024
Jerry Irlbeck

Roberta (Kracht) Borkowski
September 22, 1936 - May 28, 2024
Roberta Borkowski

One of Roberta's sisters-in-law can be seen in the country school photo down below - Sharon Borkowski.

My mother used to check the area funeral home websites for me, but now I have to take some time once in a while myself to see if a Manningite had passed away...
Here is one I just discovered.

Donald Haberl

Donald C. Haberl, age 89, of Carroll, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Accura Healthcare in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2024 at Holy Spirit Church - St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll. The Celebrant will be Fr. Patrick Behm. Gift Bearers and Casket Bearers will be Don's grandchildren. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion.
Visitation will be from 12:30-1:45 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2024, at Holy Spirit Church, prior to the Funeral Mass.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Don's family at

Donald was born on August 4, 1934, in Carroll, Iowa, the fourth child of eleven children born to Ben and Genevieve (Daniel) Haberl of Manning, Iowa.

Donald attended Iowa No. 6 country school at Manning, and after his education, Donald worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the United States Army; serving for two years stationed stateside. On May 14, 1957, Donald married Mary Ann Bauer at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur with Msgr. Lawrence Greteman officiating. The couple made their home on an acreage north of Carroll, later moving to Maple River.

Over the years Donald worked in construction, plumbing, and later for Farmland Foods. Donald enjoyed playing cards, bingo, casino trips, woodworking, gardening, and making dried beef.

Donald is survived by his sons: Robert (Lorraine) Haberl of Rockwell City, Douglas (Joyce) Haberl of Carroll, Thomas Haberl of Breda, and Scott Haberl of Moville; eighteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; his daughters-in-law: Lynn (Tom) Berger of Auburn, and Dani (Glen) Mueggenberg of Breda; his son-in-law: Rodney (Cindy) Rattenborg of Scranton; sisters: Darlene (Leo) Willenborg, Norma Jean Anthofer, Rita Ann (Arthur) Bruch; brothers: Bernie Haberl, Erwin (Mary Jane) Haberl, LeRoy (Carol) Haberl, and Ed (Annette) Haberl; sister-in-law: Marilyn Bauer, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Ann Haberl, his daughter, Vicki Lynn Rattenborg; his sons: Stan Haberl, and Randy Haberl; his daughter-in-law: Kris Haberl; his infant grandson Matthew Haberl; his parents-in-law John and Mayme Bauer; his siblings: Joleen Bauer, Alvin Haberl, and Marlind Haberl.

Page 117 of the Manning Schools history book

Another discovery by Connie who helps me with Manning history.
I asked her to look for Hulda (Heinke) Brandhorst but she found nothing by that name and then discovered that Hulda married Gerhardt Sandhorst. It was Brandhorst in one of the other family obituaries but we've now compared more information and know it is Sandhorst.
This is covered down below in the country school part...

More from the Musfeldt/Brady/Jensen collection...
Karen Brady and her sister Glenna attended Jefferson No. 7. Here is a picture with some names.
Please help out if you can...

Third: Alice McConnell, Karie Marie French, ? Erb, ??, ??, Beverly Price, ??, Lois Price
Second: Karen Brady, Gloria Erb, Glenna Brady, Sharon Borkowski, Donna Winsor, boy?
Front: ? Erb, ??, Ruth Ann French, ? Erb, Carl French, ??

Here are the names found while working on the Manning School history book for Jefferson No. 7 back in 2007-09
It is by no means complete, and I'm always looking for more names, pictures, and information for the area country schools...

Shelby County, Jefferson Township, District No. 7
Directors: Allyn Erb, Howard French, Lowell Nelson
Teachers: Bernice "Pinkie" Armentrout, Eileen (Jensen) Stoelk, Alice McConnell

Students: Nadine Alwill, Bernice Armentrout, Beverly Bargenquast, Bob Bargenquast, Jim Bargenquast, Joyce Bargenquast, Charleen Barten, Gene Borkowski, Sharon Borkowski, Vernon Borkowski, Glenna Brady, Karen Brady, Jim Breining, Verlee Breining, Howard Christensen, Kenneth Christensen, Lois Christensen, Thelma Christensen, Allyn Erb, Dennis Erb, Gary Erb, Gloria Erb, Mildred Erb, Florence French, Howard French, Ruth Ann French, Albert Hansen, Lynn Hansen, Warren Hansen, Grace Jensen, Dorothy Juhl, LaVern Juhl, Marcia Juhl, Virgil Juhl, Dick Kuhl, Lynn Kuhl, Alys Larsen, Larry Larsen, Phylis Larsen, Leslie Laver, Margaret Laver, Ralph Laver, Gerald Lunsman, Marlin Mohr, Dwayna Mork, Adolph Nelson, Adrian Nelson, Jim Nelson, Tony Nelson, Donald Nielsen, Janell Nielsen, Jean Nielsen, Beverly Pries, Lois Pries, Keith Schwiesow, Gene Weber, Jim Weber, Bonnie West, Janice West, Donna Winsor, Darrell Wittrup, Delphi Wittrup, Don Wittrup, Betty Wooster, Chuck Wooster, Richard Wooster

Fortunately I have a few Manning helpers!

I had this information just below in the tribute to Olivia Mohr and was asking for help as to who Louise was and thanks to Dan & Lois Peters' daughter, Julie, she figured out who both Louise and Bob are in the V-mail.
I just didn't have time to go through all of the Kuhl obituaries and information I have so if a family member would help, they probably have the details I won't have to quickly figure out who is who.

Daryl Mohr

Daryl Mohr in front of Valentine's Bakery along Main Street

V Mail (Victory) from Daryl to Louise Kuhl.
4 months before Daryl was KIA
Thanks to Julie, I now know this is the Louise Kuhl who graduated in 1941.
If only my mother was living as she also graduated in 1941 and would have been able to tell me more.

Note 2 key comments by Daryl:
...up on the front lines this is the only kind of stationery they have for us. have to burn your mail as soon as you read it.

Donna Keat mentioned in the letter graduated from MHS in 1942.
There is a Donavieve Anderson who graduated in 1941, but I think the way Daryl wrote the letter that he was referring to a man and I don't know a Don Anderson.

Louise was the daughter of Rudolph and Edna (Coomes) Kuhl.
Bob in the V-mail is Robert Kuhse who married Louise.
All I have are death notices for Bob & Louise and a little military information about Bob's service - so here again, if more family members would help with the Manning Veterans book project, I could get it published sooner.

From time to time I like to point out what "V" means in V-mail - it means "VICTORY."
I also point out that what many people think is the "peace" sign when they hold up the index and middle fingers - it was something used during the Vietnam era, but guess what???
That was the symbol "V" for Victory during WWII.

I can figure out a lot of Manning connections because I've worked on Manning history for decades but if more family members of the feature stories I post and pictures I show would take some time to help me, it would save me a lot of time and I'd get a lot more done.
Here are 2 examples from the Musfeldt/Brady/Jensen I'm working on, of who exactly the country teachers are connected to.

1909 Lincoln No. 3 country school - Nora Jensen
Hulda Heinke, teacher
As soon as I saw Hulda's name I knew exactly where she fits in - her sister, Gertrude, married Pastor John Ansorge, Lutheran Church in Manning. Hulda married Gerhardt Sandhorst and one of my Manning helpers is looking for an obituary.

1910 Lincoln No. 3 country school - Nora Jensen
Marie Moser, teacher
I knew right away who Marie was - she married Dan McGrath and was a freelance photographer and writer for the Monitor and area newspapers.
Her grandson, Dan, married my sister, Angela.

Now I'm sure most people will say OK, big deal, and that is just fine.

I'm at least able, and take the time, to connect the dots of Manning's history and put the little pieces of the puzzle together.

Audrey (Leinen) Phillips

Click to see the tribute

When I visit with people who share their Manning history with me to scan, I tell them about all of the aspects that I run into that slow me down with ALL of the Manning projects I work on and this feature just below is a perfect example.
Now I could just ignore the obituary I just discovered and/or not work on the tribute and continue on the things I'm currently working on, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment and can't resist searching my database to see what I have and pretty much anymore I have something and in this case quite a bit - even more that I'm not including in this feature.

While working on the 1961 Homecoming parade pictures for Glenna Brady, I noticed the Beisch Clothing store sign in the background.
I couldn't remember if I had Al and his wife's obituary so I checked...I have his wife's obit but not Al's obit...then I discovered that their son, Robert, died in 2021 and that he was a Veteran. The picture I found of him online was very interesting as he looks so much like his dad.

I searched my database and was surprised to see I have a picture of Ruby and of Robert, but unfortunately no pictures of Al.
Here is a delayed and abbreviated tribute to the Beisch family.
Unfortunately I don't know when Bob joined the Army National Guard and/or if he served before joining the guard. Hopefully someone will know and contact me so I can add a little more to his military story in the Veterans' book.

As I constantly write about - IF only more Manningites would help me with the Veterans book and Manning history in general I could get this Veterans' project completed sooner and much easier, but I'll just keep plugging away and continue to work on this last history book I'm going to publish for Manning.

Robert Beisch MHS 1956

1956 MHS graduates: Janice Ahrendsen (salutatorian), Gordon Anthony, Carol Antone, Roger Barten, Gerald Beck, Robert Beisch, Dorothea Brus, Karen Carstens, Virginia Dammann, Deanna Donaghu, Delores Eckholdt, Roselle Ehlers, Mardella Friedrichsen, Robert Froyd, Beverly Genzen, Larry Genzen, Emil Grau, Roger Hagedorn, Allen Hargens, Roger Hinz, Larry Hodne, Darryl Jahn, Roger Joens, Roger Koepke, Janet Kuhl (valedictorian), Janice Laurinat, Shannon Mahnke, Allen Mohr, Joyce Nulle, Cynthia Peters, Ronald Peters, Janice Petersen, Dennis Ramsey, Noreen Kay Ramsey, Myrene Rowedder, Merlene Saunders, Raymond Thielen, Constance Trella, Eleanor Trella, Janice Vehrs, LeRoy Venteicher, Marcella Wanninger, Richard Wellendorf, Larry Witt

1956 former students: Erwin Barkalow, Nancy Dales, Larry Daugherty, Richard Enenbach, Verna Ford, Alan Friedrichsen, Rosemary Fritz, Art Fuller, Charles Fuss, Edwin Groppe, Jr., Ione Hicks, Roy Hinze, Michael Kellogg, Marlene Kinney, Sandra Lacy, Roger Littell, Paul Malven, Charlene McLaughlin, James McMahon, Sandra Mishler, Lila Nulle, Bill Porter, Jimmy Rohovit, Norma Rostermundt, Joyce Spence, Roy Stark, Brian Travis, Bobby Welker, Charles White, Dorothy Wiemann, William Wyatt

Dance Band
Back 3: Joycelyn Genzen, Roger Koepke, Sylvia Vollstedt
Second 5: Jon Groteluschen, Warren Puck, Dwayne Mickelson (band instructor), Jack Hansen, Richard Wellendorf
Front 5: Dale Jansen, Darlene Genzen, Karen Rix, Robert Beisch, Rae Lynn Wycoff
On piano: Jeanette Hugg with Kay Ramsey assisting

Back: Coach John Beach, Warren Puck, Student Manager; Vernon Wagner, Robert Horbach, Ronnie Peters, Larry Genzen, Larry Nielsen, Eugene Haberl, Gary Koon, Tom Koon, Dale Jansen, Larry Zerwas, Larry Witt, Phil Knaack, Robert Beisch, Coach Ray Standerwick
Second: Victor Schwiesow, Allen Muhlbauer, Larry Lohrmann, Ronnie Hodne, Bob Froyd, Roger Hagedorn, Royce Genzen, Dennis Saunders, Bob Laverty, Carl Saunders, Allen Laurinat, Ray Fink
Front: Billy Genzen, Ronnie Mohr, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Larry Rowedder, Gary Monson, Keith Pfannkuch, Dennis Grimm, Dick Bowers, Richard Brockelsby, Keith Hass, Allan Fonken, David Peters

From the 1981 Manning Centennial book:

Albert Beisch purchased the Schelldorf Store (309 Main) from Lewis Schelldorf and Ted Rix April 1, 1950.
He later moved the store to the east side of the street, into the former Livingston Pool Hall (316 Main Street).
Beisch's Clothing Store featured men's and boys' wear for 25 years. The business was sold to Gary Smith February 1, 1975; the building was made a part of Smith's Coast-to-Coast Store.

309 Main

316 Main - 1957

May 25, 1950 Monitor ad

Ruby (Emmick) Beisch

I know a few of you will be waiting for pictures and information on the recent Horse Show at that Heritage Park and also the Memorial Day service, but you'll have to be patient....
I need to finish scanning the Brady/Musfeldt collection so I can move on to other collections I have to scan before anymore other collections are brought to me.
I realize that lots of people post stuff on facebook and other media sites but I have audio to go along with the pix, plus I don't just upload everything without editing the pix and providing information and captions for them.
I know the world will keep spinning whether or not I post things on my web page but I'll get to the 2 recent events and then post them soon.
I have to listen to the digital audio and cut out the dead space and other comments that might be caught that isn't part of the program, so this takes me extra time too.
Here are 2 teaser pix for now.

May 25, 2024 Horse Show

Taps, May 27, 2024 Memorial Day Service

What's in a picture?
As I continue to scan the Brady/Musfeldt collection I ran into several more interesting images.
I've scanned thousands of old baby pictures and sadly many of them are not identified and no one at the time I scanned them knew who the babies were...not even for sure if the baby was part of their family, or a baby picture a friend, neighbor, or other relative had sent to the family.
Baby pictures can be a "dime a dozen" and generally most people don't care about, but many times I "see" things in those pictures that other people don't think about.

At least we know who they are in these 2 pictures.
The first one shows Glenna Brady holding the handle of the push mower.
What I like about this picture is it is a good image of a push mower.
I remember when I stayed with my Ehrichs grandparents in Aspinwall when I was a kid and would watch grandpa, Louie, push his mower.
Like most kids initially, I wanted to "help out" so I asked grandpa if I could mow the lawn. At first it was fun but before long I realized how much work it was and then told grandpa I was tired.
Then several years later as I got older and watched him sharpen the rotary blades of the push mower, it hit me there was even MORE work to mowing the lawn.

Glenna Brady holding Sheryl Musfeldt
Another aspect captured in this picture is the old push-button light switch.

This baby picture means more now when I confirmed this is Sheryl (Musfeldt) Zinke who passed away recently.
I had older pictures of Sheryl but no baby pictures and this picture also shows Glenna (Brady) Clark who passed away in 2014. Glenna graduated with the MHS class of 1962.
So every little picture I scan adds more to the Manning history puzzle.

I've scanned hundreds, maybe thousands of old horse pictures on farms in the area and this is a first for me.
I always comment about how everyone's collection I scan I find things I've never seen or scanned before.
Now I'm sure people today who have horses have captured their horse taking a "snow bath" but you have to understand historical perspective. This picture was taken 62 years ago. There weren't phones with cameras on where just about anyone now can take pictures. The chances the Brady family had their camera with them and then catch this scene would be very rare back then. While people took a lot of pictures over the last 100+ years, the cameras did not have the technology we have today and people didn't carry their camera around with them everywhere like can be done now.

So before you scoff at this picture just below as nothing unique, put yourself back in time and think about it some...

In the upper right you can see the cistern - something else that you don't see much anymore - we still have and use our cistern on our farm.

"Oh it feels so good" - Prince taking a snow bath March 1962
Did you know that many animals including birds take "snow baths" in the winter when water is scarce?

It is so exciting for me when someone helps me with IDs for the endless parade of pictures I post on my web page.
Dean Hoffmann identified JoAnn Phillips in the 1970 Messiah picture I posted with Livie Mohr's tribute.
Then I got to looking at the picture more - I had quickly listed some IDs of the adults and a couple of them were driving me crazy but I couldn't put names to them.
So I e-mailed Mabel Huldeen to see if she knew who the lady to her right is...and she responded back ri ght away and said she was Mary Beth Summers who was the elementary music teacher during the early 1970s.
As soon as I saw her name in Mabel's e-mail to me - I remembered her but didn't have her as a teacher...I just knew her face was very familiar.

When I started working on Manning/family history 50 years ago, over the decades I would pester the "old timers" with one old picture after another to get IDs.
Fortunately back then they were willing to help me so I got a lot of very old pix at least partially identified.
Now those citizens and most of those old pix I once handled are gone forever.
So now I'm working on the "younger generation" pix but sadly, it is mostly crickets when it comes to my requests from people my age - a little older and younger - to get help with IDs.
But I'll continue to work on finding more Manning history and then as I run back into old pix I've scanned over the decades that don't have IDs, I'll keep working on them too.

On a different note, Karl Albertsen stopped out and had a question May 25. He was visiting with some of his friends in town and they were trying to remember where Ral-Mars was located on the west side of Main Street.
It was originally on the east side but torn down when the Plaza was built.
I have the outside door of Ral Mars on that side. When my relative, Darlene Lamp, passed away I visited with her son to get old pix to scan and then he showed me some of the interesting old time items that were in their barn. So when I saw that Ral-Mars door I bought it from Mike - someday it will be on display in the Manning Museum.

So I took Karl to my Manning Historical room and showed him my web site where I have SOME of the businesses that were located in the various buildings on Main Street.
Then he asked about the Meat Locker. I told him the slaughterhouse is still sitting on the west side of the alley next to the bowling alley.
I told him some of the names I knew who owned that business and then told him that my dad bought the items in the locker after it closed.
It basically closed because our ever-growing and more deranged politicians decided that the meat lockers had to be stainless steel - among other new regulations - this is also one of the reasons for the creamery closing as it became more and more difficult to maintain the government regulations.
Anyway, back to the locker - after we removed the meat lockers (some of which we still have in our shed), we knocked out the concrete floor under the lockers. There was no insulation so the frost and moisture rotted the flooring and joists underneath, so we removed them too.
Harold Schmidt helped us, and one day Richard Schmidt told me he also helped knock out that concrete (I had forgotten he had helped). I don't recall who owned/purchased that building and then put in the new floor, but my family, again, has a lot of connections to Manning's history.
It is now the north side of Cliff's Place.

If anyone wants to help me expand on the names of businesses and their owners or operators, please go to the link above and start writing down what you remember.
I started this web page back in the late 1990s but haven't updated it much since.
I really need the more recent business names...

I just heard this quote and it is so true - especially today...

Those in power protect themselves from the rest of us.

I finished Livie Mohr's tribute which is linked below.

The more I work on these tributes, I gain a better understanding of our history and the folks who once lived in Manning.
My first tributes back in 1996 were of people much older than me and some of them I did not know very well or at all...some of them had moved away and buried here in Manning when they passed, but I did have some family background on them and maybe a few pictures.
Now in 2024, my database has grown exponentially and I grew up around most of these folks so I have more personal experiences with them, and then when I work on their tributes, I find pictures and information I've gathered over the decades and learn even more about these individuals, OR am reminded what I once knew about them and had forgotten.

I have quite a few memories of Olivia, better know as "Livie."
One of the main memories are the various places she sang - mostly in the Sacred Heart Choir where I had video taped some Christmas Church programs in the 1980s, but athelso at some community events and one time when we first started Channel 2 I asked some Manning individuals to sing the Hallelujah Chorus at a live broadcast and Livie was one of them.
It was a crude broadcast where the choir stood behind the counter of the Manning Municipal Light office and I had my video camera with on-board microphone to show it.
I can think of a number of Manning ladies in different choirs whose singing voices stood out in a prominent way over the decades and Livie was definitely one of them.

Since Livie was not born/raised in the Manning area, I don't have any of her ancestral family pictures or information, so most of the tribute is about the Mohr family that many Manning folks will/may know.

One part of the tribute you'll see I'm trying to find out which Kuhl family that Louise Kuhl MHS 1941 belongs to.
Daryl Mohr wrote her a V-mail 4 months before he was KIA during WWII.
If only my mother was still living because she also graduated in 1941 and would have known which specific Kuhl family...

So if any Manning/Aspinwall area Kuhl descendant reads this and knows who Louise belongs to - PLEASE e-mail me ASAP.

Olivia Mohr

Click to see the tribute

After a lull in deaths for quite a while, we now have 2 more former Manningites who passed away recently, Livie Mohr on May 12, and Raejean Jones on May 11, and then Verl Wurr passed away in Manning on May 13.

Below is Raejean's tribute

Click to see Raejean's tribute

Click to see Beth's tribute

From Verl Wurr's collection

I have so many things going on that I don't know which way to turn anymore.
I attended Verl Wurr's visitation this morning and had a nice chat with Tom & Don and we shared fun stories and memories about their dad and his life in Manning.
Having been involved in Manning for 50 years, I got to know Verl and I visited with him often after his retirement.
I know he annoyed some people with his polka music when he would drive around town and roll down his window and blare the music for all to hear...but I didn't mind it because I grew up with Polka - my dad had it on the radio every morning when I was a kid and I love the old German Polkas.
As I searched my Manning Historical Database for "Wurr" I found lots of picture and information I had forgotten about.
What I love the most is some of the pictures show how hard people physically worked years ago and contrast that to our current time...there is no comparison.
I'm sure many people think I just have my head in the sand when I often dwell on the past, but having captured it with video, audio, and photography since 1965, I've learned to pay more attention to details than most people do.

From Merlin Struve's collection I scanned in 2008.

December 1962 - I showed this to Verl years ago and we think he is up on top of the pole.
Notice that back then they used special spiked anklets and a strap to climb the poles - no boom trucks back then.

Verl was very active in Manning with the Municipal Light Company. I have some pictures that show some of those activities Verl was involved with.
Ever since it was decided to tear out the old Manning light plant generators, which greatly saddens me, I had been wanting to go out to visit with Verl about what he remembers about the days when they were still using those generators in Manning, and who some of the operators were.
I visited with Gerald Beck one day and he confirmed that Verl started working for the light company before Gerald did, so we were thinking that Verl might recall some more names and have more information...BUT sadly I did not find time to go visit with Verl at the Assisted Living, so now those memories are gone forever.
I just never have enough time to get to the people I'm wanting to interview.

My interest has also been peaked about the light plant after taking pictures of the tear down and removal of one of the generators during the winter and spring and one day I started getting yelled at by one of the employees, only to eventually receive a letter from a law firm in West Des Moines that I was to "Cease and desist entry onto Manning Municipal Utilities Property." I was trespassing, interfering with the employees, endangering myself and others and if I continue to trespass that MMU may take legal action.
The local law enforcement also made a visit to our farm and I have no idea who reported an alleged incident - I was being accused of stealing but not officially.

Now I don't want to make this about me and this is nothing new over my decades of documenting and capturing events in Manning.
I've had the law called about me trespassing several years ago while taking pictures and the manager of that Manning business failed to tell his staff that I would be taking pictures on their grounds and writing a story about them to feature on my web page. Needless to say I told the Manning police that I not only had permission but was requested to take pictures by the manager and then I visited the manager who had no clue his staff called the cops - and then I informed him I now declined his request to write the story.

So this is just a little sampling of what I've had to deal with over the decades where I get accused of not having permission while video taping things in the 1970s and 1980s and then with my digital camera since.

For those of you who appreciate what I do and like the current and historical aspects of Manning - don't worry, I'll continue to take the abuse because I know how important our history is.

Orval Fink was very instrumental with the success of the Manning Municipal Light company and why Manning's power lines are underground.
You can read more about his activities in Manning in his obituary.
A sad thing started occurring even back then...when he passed away, very few people in Manning attended his funeral. Many had either forgotten all that he did for the community or simply didn't even know him. I recall one of his peers who served with him on several boards and a fellow businessman comment that if it weren't for the members of other boards from other communities, that the pews would have been empty, other than the family.
I was there with my mother, who worked for Orval and he was the one who approached her about being the director of housing when the Terrace Apartments were built in she became very close friends with Orval.
Orval is the one who first approached me about showing my videos on MMCTSU - Manning's new cable system - Channel 2 which I did from 1982 through 1990, all with volunteers and a considerable expense to me.

I write this about Orval to show how most people have no clue as to why our infrastructure in Manning is as great as it is today...yes, many people since have followed in those Pioneer footsteps and previous Manningites and have continued to build upon what we have but that amazing FOUNDATION and FOOTING has been given to us to either take care of it and continue on or let if fall into pieces.

Now enough of my blathering and back to a more interesting topic - honoring Verl Wurr and his family for what they've done for this community.
I know most people won't give a hoot about my commentary but I hope you will take the time to follow the link to Verl's tribute...there is a lot of information, more pix and a very interesting video of Verl that you have to see.

Click to see the tribute to Verl Wurr & family

Sometimes critters in nature need a helping hand from us - if we are willing to take the time...
This little box turtle was sunning himself along the edge of 141 while was driving into Manning.
I saw something along the side of the road and as I got closer I could see it was a little turtle, so I pulled over to a side-road and ran back up the hill to save him.
It was almost comical as I was heading to get him and about 10 cars went flying by but he survived from being road-kill.

I had thought about takin my camera along to take pix of him along the road, but then after seeing cars fly by both ways, I figured I better pay attention to my own safety.
So I took him down to the Trestle Park - took some pix and then let him go along the creek bank.

Occasionally he would come out of his shell and try to claw his way out of my hand.
His claws aren't that sharp but I could definitely feel them, so I kept tapping the front of his shell so he would go back into his "house" while making a little hissing sound.

While working on this little turtle story, I remember mom one time commenting to me how I noticed so many things while driving down the road. I guess I just always pay attention to what is on the road and around it so as to not hit something.
I'm sure glad I noticed this little guy. I'm not a "turtle-ologist" but looked up box turtles on the Internet and I'm pretty sure from the descriptions that this is a "boy" turtle, and hope I don't offend the transgender turtles - sorry I couldn't resist throwing this in and really don't care if I offend someone with this comment.
Anyway aside from my boy/girl comments here are a few pix I took.

I imagine this is a turtle's worst nightmare - if they can dream.
This is the most vulnerable position they can get in and sometimes are not able to turn back over.

He kept peeking out to see if I was still there.

"About-face" he saw an opening so off to the races to get away, which reminds me about the "tortoise and the hare" story.

Left front - right rear - to keep himself in balance - similar to how we humans run with our arms opposite to our legs so we stay in balance.

Free and safe at last in the Nishnabotna Creek bank grass.

I know it isn't anything new but I think it is more prevalent during more recent years.
Today (Friday) is one of the many blood drives in Manning throughout the year. I don't think I had ever taken any pictures of the bloodmobile before and all of the carts and tubs the workers have to move from that truck and into the building - in this case today the VFW hall.
Anyway, I was visiting with one of the workers and I was standing back quite a ways from the lift when the person in charge came outside and blurted to the worker that no one else is allowed to touch any of the items. The worker was commenting to me how the wheels of the cart ran off the edge of the lift - they were parked on a very steep incline.
It was not what the "boss" said but how he said it to his worker. I immediately backed her up when she said we were simply visiting. He said a few more things to her and then I told him that I've been around events like this before he was born and that I fully understood that the general public can't be touching things like with a blood drive.
He didn't think how he was insulting my intelligence and having observed individuals like him over the decades and they way they treat their subordinates, anymore I'm not going to just stand by silently and not defend those who are mistreated.
Lately I've observed and heard about a few individuals in positions of authority who think they run this town...again nothing new but I'm not going to sit back silently and not speak out.
The employees of our city and school over the years once realized that their jobs are a privilege and NOT a right.
Even the volunteers on boards, councils, organizations considered it an honor and privilege to serve the public.
BUT today, based on my decades of observing how people interacted back then and how some interact now - I hope those voted in to be in charge of the employees pay more attention.
It is always just a few individuals but one "apple will spoil the whole barrel."
As the last of the items were being carried into the VFW, I thanked the workers for the great thing they are doing to help maintain the blood supply...and that hopefully I'll never need it but know that it will be there when someone is in dire need.
Denise Doyel and I were also chatting about some of the Manningites who have donated gallons of blood over the decades, one of whom is Brad Vollstedt - he was also there volunteering.
It takes local volunteers and groups to organize these blood drives and the Manning Rotary has been one of those groups.
I very seldom hear a volunteer complain or try to usurp their authority over their fellow citizens.
Just my observations and opinions...I still continue to brag about the vast majority of employees, volunteers, and community members in general in Manning.

I just heard from Sylvia (Vollstedt) that they are planning their 65th reunion this year.
Plan early, Plan ahead!!!

Members of the Class of 1959...
A 65th Year Class Reunion is being planned for October 5th, 2024!
An information letter will be mailed to members of the class soon!


Sandra Dammann & Larry Handlos - Comet Dance Queen & King 1959

1959 MHS graduates: Vivian Adamson, Glen Ahrendsen, Shirley Beckman, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Richard Bowers, Ronald Bromert, Wayne Brus, Beverly Dalgety, Sandra Dammann (salutatorian), Jeanette Fink, Allan Fonken, Mary Frahm, William Genzen, Dennis Grimm, Joel Grundmeier, Larry Handlos, Keith Hass, Paul Hass, Linda Heithoff (valedictorian), Betty Hoffman, Barbara Johnson, Julia Johnson, Bernard Jones, Karen King, Philip Knaack, Rollyn Koepke, Wanda Kolman, Nancy Loftus, Ronald Mahnke, Lorraine Martens, Gary Monson, Evans Samuel Musfeldt, Jay Musfeldt, Sharon Niederfrank, Allen Nissen, David Peters, Keith Pfannkuch, Roger Reinke, Larry Rix, Larry Rowedder, Susan Rowedder, Carlene Schrum, Sharon Schrum, Vernon Sonksen, Carol Spieker, Stanley Spies, Clifford Stammer, Mary Steffes, Larry Vehrs, Ronald Vogl, Sylvia Vollstedt, Linda Warner

1959 former students: Dennis Backhaus, Darlene Breidert, Gary Brockelsby, Lorraine Christensen, Helen Dethlefsen, Phyllis Fritz, Richard Hinners, Mary Jentsch, Jolene Koch, Larry Martens, James Middendorf, Ronald Mohr, Donna Mundt, Edward Neubaum, Linda Paulsen, Rose Porter, Michael Schoeppner, Lavina Seals, David Sextro, Kay Stangl, Larry Stangl, Gary Tigges, Carmen Weifenbach, Marilee White, Marilyn Wyatt

I have amassed such a huge amount of data about Manning and when I scan something new that I recognize and wonder what else I may have for that topic or person, so I search for it in my database. While scanning the Brady collection, I recognized Leone (Hagedorn) Garmire's name and knew one of her children had sent me some stuff to scan years ago.
So I searched and found the folder and that the daughter had sent me a ton of stuff to scan in 2003. And then I noticed I had created a web page about that information but had forgotten I still had it posted on my web is the link

As I always try to do, I take note of the spellings of names and noticed how Leone spelled her first name. I had seen it predominantly as Leona. While not that big of a deal, accuracy is the most important aspect of preserving history and genealogy and WAY too many people just write down stuff full of errors and then many post it on various websites which then continues the errors on ever further.
Before I started changing her spelling in some of my files and information I had, I found her tombstone and looked at the spelling there...just in case she had spelled it one way when she was young and changed it later - which is not all that even tombstones can have errors, BUT I want to find the name at birth if possible and it is Leone.
This is why I'm constantly requesting people to let me know when they see errors I have on my web pages and in the Monitor articles I publish.
Here is the interesting item I scanned that brought about this article.

Update on the Brady collection:
I'm generally not interested in history unless it has a direct connection with Manning and Manning people.
I also am not a history/geography buff other than, again, Manning connected.
But when I saw this picture and scanned it, I was pretty sure I knew where it was and confirmed it by double checking Glen Brady's separation papers and it listed the name of the Island I thought the picture was showing.
So I searched the Internet and it is a historically famous image.
What makes me EXCITED, NOT that I have a scan of a historically important image but that a Manningite had it in his collection and he served at the battle to take this island from the Japanese and then later it was used as the base from which the plane that carried the atomic bombs to drop on Japan.

For now I'll leave the name off, to see if there are other history buffs out there who will recognize it right away or know the name.

Glen Jensen told me how he was up in his plane and saw the huge explosion over Japan in the distance.

I'm not into poetry or little anecdotal articles, but find lots of little clippings saved by a Manning Veteran and/or a family member that meant something to them.
Here is one item that Glen and his family kept...which gives a little perspective on what went through their minds when they received their selective service notice.

Take some time to read the "Ode to Selective Service."

I've scanned hundreds of WWII war ration stamp booklets over the decades, and while scanning one recently and looking at the various military equipment on the stamps, I got to thinking...about the mind-set of many people today and if they were living during WWII.
Would they have protested these militaristic stamps - the weapons of war that were killing people - even though the Nazis were slaughtering millions in Europe, and the Japanese Imperialists who did the sneak attack on Hawaii...why the US isn't a perfect system either.
Then I think about so many people today who have absolutely no clue as to the sacrifices all Americans made during WWII to save the world.
We are paying high prices for food right now - think about if you had to live under rationing during a world war???
We have way too many citizen whiners and the illegals coming here who think we owe them.

Here is a very unique item I scanned from the Brady collection.
If only more people would let me go through their collections and scrapbooks.
I almost always find something I've never seen before. I think I scanned some similar type information from a WWI collection, but I don't recall any type of card like this that someone carried in the military during WWII.
These unique little items are SO VERY precious historically.

When I work on Veteran's military stuff, I try to put myself in Veteran's shoes and think about all of the various items I've scanned and then think about many of them were boys - 18 to 25.
To be given this chemical warfare card to carry, not to mention to be aware of that you were probably heading into combat soon.

This is another unique item in the Brady military collection...

Boy Scouts of America
While we still have Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, I'm going to post this uniform and add some commentary.
How long before the symbol of America will be removed from "Scouting America" to just "Scouting"?

Scoff all you want "Boy" has now been removed...America and the flag will be NEXT!

Weblos rank medal

Why don't they just follow the age-old traditions?

I'm constantly watching for Manning items on E-bay and recently saw this Manning uniform.
If the goal of myself and another business person is achieved, this item among thousands of other Manning items will be PROUDLY displayed in the Manning Museum someday.
One thing I'm doing and will be able to do is to have background information and stories included with many of the historical items.
The boy who had this uniform had an uncle who served during WWII, and his grandfather and great-uncle served during WWI.

For now I'm leaving their names off, because my commentary/opinions are mine and I'm not speaking for this family, OR anyone else - I don't hide behind anonymous Internet sites.

This is the BIG problem today - way too many politicians and people in authority and "squeaky wheels" who in reality are much smaller in numbers, think they can speak for the majority of us and if you don't agree with them then you are declared an evil person.
Unless more of the decent America loving citizens of this country stand up - "Boy and American" won't be the only words to continue to be eliminated from our English Vocabulary.

This problem isn't just national, but even occasionally corrupts our small local community. There are always a FEW who think they know better and the world will stop if they weren't there...the "power" goes to their heads.

My hope is that the small scout troops in rural America will stand up to this attack on our amazing traditions and not change the name to Scouting America, which I'm sure will jeopardize their national organizational membership, but a stand needs to start somewhere before we lose our country.
I wonder - will the scout motto be changed too?
God is mentioned - He is probably next on the chopping block.

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

History usually ends up repeating in Manning - I'll go into details linked below.
While this new event is coming soon, it is really following the historical aspects about Manning that go back decades, and most of the time I can show the connections.

Click to see the Good Ole Days

I continue to scan the Brady/Musfeldt amazing collection!!!
Here are some more examples that show our incredible past.
Roy Struve, Melvin Musfeldt, William Jentzen, Alvin Jentzen, Norma (Musfeldt), Vera (Ransom) Jentzen, Dorla Eckley, Letty (Frahm) Rothmeyer

Helen (Musfeldt) and Glen Brady

Glen Brady in front

I'm just beginning to get into Glen's military information and pix and there are a ton of items to scan - I can't wait to get to them...

Over the years, former Manning residents have given back to this community they were raised in.
This helps keep Manning going. One such person is Patrick Knueven (MHS 1963).
He organized this upcoming event to showcase his "old stomping grounds."
The continued survival and viability of a small community depends on citizens and former citizens like Pat.

Hopefully more former Manningites will schedule visits like this from their current commuities to come take a tour of Manning.

Do you pay attention to the world around you?
Or is your head buried in one of those devices where you walk right by (or into) someone walking towards you on the same sidewalk.
It used to be that people would say hello, even if they didn't know you - not much anymore as most people are oblivious to their surroundings from their technological addiction...
So more than likely these device-addicted people are completely ignorant of the world immediately around them...

Here are 2 events in nature among the millions of things that go on around us that way too many people are mostly unaware of - unless you actually pay attention to the little things in nature.
I was driving by "Schmitty's pond and had my window down and Whoa was I surprised at what I heard.
The Schmidt pond (Harold & Gladys) had water in it for the first time in a couple of years and toads didn't sing but boy are they singing now since the drought, at least for now, has been broken.
This is actually the beginning of the mating season where the "boy" toads are courting the "girl" toads.

April 27, 2024

Toads video
This would be a great background sound for a good ole fashioned science fiction movie.

Then on May 3rd I get a phone call from Gene Steffes - another person who pays attention to the world around him.
He said there was a baby owl on the ground near the Railroad Trestle and some dogs were barking at it.
So I drove in to take some pix, and was very glad Gene called...
Here are some pix and a very interesting defensive sound and stance the owl took, at the same time the mother made the same clicking noise in a tree across the Nishnabotna creek.

Can you turn your head 270 degrees?

May 3, 2024 baby Great Horned Owl

Owl video
I have to admit I had never heard this defensive clicking sound before from an owl.

Gene was moving to position himself so he could pick up the owl with the branch.
He wanted to help it perch up on a nearby tree, so it wouldn't be on the ground for predators to get it.

The owl was busy watching Gene as he moved away from the tree.

Mama owl was keeping an eye on us in the tree across the creek, occasionally making the same clicking sounds with her beak.

I was wearing sandals and didn't want to walk over to my car to get my telephoto lens.
So cropping out the picture will have to be good enough.

May 2, 2024 update:
The cemetery board has established a fund to assist in the repairs, and donations can be sent to: Nishnabotna Township, PO Box 152, Manilla, IA 51454.
Click on the link below to find more details about the damage...
April 26, 2024 tornado

Click to see a different perspective.

This is one of the more amazing collections I've worked on.
While I still have to digitally clean up the pictures, most of them are in great shape, where most of the time I have to do a lot of restoration, or I just save the scan and then someday hope to find time to repair them for many pictures in other collections.
There are unique pix and things I'm finding - always something I've never seen before in collections I scan
I'm finding military pictures and information which helps make a more complete story for the 1000+ Manning connected Veterans I'm working on.
Here are some more scans from the collection.

Helen Musfeldt on the Musfeldt farm wearing overalls that have the straps vs. coveralls that cover the whole upper body.
There is so much history in this picture.
The horse-drawn wagon has the bangboard on for picking corn by hand where a palm-hook was used to twist the ear off the corn stalk.
It has a double tree that 2 horses are hooked up to vs. an single tree where only one horse is connected.
In the background you can see the feed bunk which appears to have a salt lick block in it, and of course the barn behind Helen.

Helen Musfeldt - Red Cross membership when she was a senior at Manning High School
Too bad the protesting youth we have today don't do something good for this country.
It's all about themselves! They have absolutely no perspective about history and how good they have it today.

Hans Musfeldt

Below is the only previous picture I had of Hans and it wasn't military - now I have several military pictures of Hans.
This is what I previously had for his military information...

Hans Herman Musfeldt

1935-36 American Legion Commander

November 11, 1887 - June 20, 1970

Departure July 14, 1918 at New York on the Empress Of Britain
Unit Battery A, 63rd Artillery (Coast Artillery Corps)
Rank Private First Class
Departure February 6, 1919 at Marseille, France
Arrival February 27, 1919 at New York on the SS Caserta
Unit Camp Dodge Provisional Detachment
Rank Corporal
Service Number 828674


Military funeral rites for Hans Herman Musfeldt, 82, were held on Tuesday afternoon, June 23, 1970, at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning, with Rev. Robert Rushing of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in the Manning Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Musfeldt, he was born November 11, 1887, and died early Saturday morning at the Manning Plaza, where he had lived for a short time. He had been in failing health.

Mr. Musfeldt attended rural schools and farmed with his brother, Louie. Following service in World War I, he returned to farming; he retired 22 years ago and moved to Manning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: John, Fred, Frank, and Henry at the age of 10; and a sister, Mrs. Kate Nulle.

He is survived by three brothers: William, Carroll; Julius and Louie of Manning.

Hans had purchased this picture of either the ship he left on or returned on from Europe during WWI.
I can see an ID number on the ship something like 400 but can't read it clearly enough.
I looked for pictures on the Internet of the SS Caserta that he returned on based on the information we found so far.
But I didn't have much luck with finding a confirmed picture of the Caserta for comparison.

Melvin Musfeldt
Same thing with Melvin, but I previously didn't have ANY pictures of him - now I have several images scanned.

This as what I previously had for his military information...

Manning Monitor articles ------ 1943

Melvin Musfeldt in N. C.
Pvt. Melvin Musfeldt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Musfeldt, writes, thanking the Legion and Monitor for the home town paper.

He states he received it regularly and enjoys it very much. He has been stationed at Morris Field, Charlotte, N. C., since Sept. 14 and is working in the hospital. He states he likes his work fine. He thanks his relatives and friends for remembering him over the holidays. He says that he received many greeting cards and presents.
His address is Pvt. Melvin Musfeldt, Med. Det. A.A.B., Morris Field, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pvt. Melvin Musfeldt in Kentucky
Pvt. Melvin Musfeldt writes his parents informing them he has been transferred, and is now stationed at Bowman Field, Louisville, Kentucky.
Melvin has been stationed with the Medical Detachment at Morris Field, Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 17 months.

He also wishes to thank the Monitor office and the Legion for the paper and says he enjoys it very much and looks forward to it's arrival every week.
He says they have rumors that they will be stationed at Bowman Field only until about March 1st.
He also says he enjoys hearing from relatives and friends.

Manning Monitor article ------ 1944

Melvin Musfeldt in France
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Musfeldt received a letter from their son Cpl. Melvin F. Musfeldt, who is stationed somewhere in France.

He says the weather there is much like ours in Iowa. He is with the Medical Detachment and says they are pretty busy. He also wishes to thank the Monitor staff and the Legion for the paper.
He says that he gets it regularly now and enjoys it a lot.

Manning Monitor article ------ 1945

Laundry day at Camp Chicago of the assembly area command in France and three members of the 817th air evacuation squadron are shown hanging up their wash on an improvised line.

Left to right are S. Sgt. Melvin F. Musfeldt of route one Manning, Iowa; S. Sgt. John W. Winquist of Kiron, Iowa and Pfc. Richard S Dawson of Washington, Iowa. US Army Signal Corps Photo.

In Memory of Melvin F. Musfeldt

Born April 8, 1920, Manning, Iowa
Died September 11, 2001, Scottsdale, Arizona
Memorial Service Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Saturday, September 15, 2001, 6:00 p.m., Scottsdale
Officiating Reverend Brian Murphy

Melvin Ferdinand Musfeldt, 81, Phoenix Arizona, passed away September 11, 2001. Memorial Service 6 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2001, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3110 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona.
Arizona Aftercare.

Son of Frank and Nora (Jensen) Musfeldt, he was born April 8, 1920, and was married to Melba Lehwald. They had four children: Marlys, Marilyn, Merle, and Myron.
Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, September 13, 2001

This V Mail is another item I scanned from the recent collection. I have lots of them scanned from other Veterans' collections but sadly, most of the letters written home and V mails were thrown away by many families.

WWII V Mail (Victory mail)

V Mail from Mel to his parents, Frank & Nora (Jensen) Musfeldt

Helen (Musfeldt) Brady

I just love colorized pictures to scan.

The Frank & Nora Musfeldt kitchen on the farm.
I always look for pictures like this that show old cook stoves and other inside things from years ago.

Take the time to read the whole sale bill - note "Lunch by Botna Social Club"

These next 2 pictures really caught my eye when I scanned the images high resolution.
Notice the signs "Manning N. 4M." (north 4 miles) with a hand & finger pointing.

This is a picture of students heading to country school.

November 26, 1913 country school teacher Paula Hasselmann
I could only find Annemarie Hasselmann as a teacher at Iowa No. 1 in my database, but assume these were sisters.
I finally found Paula Hasselman who taught at Lincoln No. 3 where Nora Jensen and some of her siblings also attended country school.

The Brady/Jensen collection is huge!!!
Last night I spent about 4 hours scanning 2 more certificates and a panoramic picture which needed a LOT of repairing since it was one of those photos that most people kept rolled up since it is so long - which then develops lots of cracks - especially since this one is 110 years old.
So here are 3 more scans I repaired and restored before they would eventually get so bad down the road from deterioration that it would be impossible to get a decent scan to even repair.

110 years ago!

7 x 33.5 inches

If I counted correctly, Nora Jensen is in the middle.

Karen Brady (MHS 1964) ran across my web page recently and saw my pleas for old Manning/family pictures and history to scan, so she graciously brought me her Brady/Musfeld/Jebsen history to scan. She also asked about a Manning Museum, and I told her I'm working on one with another business owner in Manning. She said her children probably wouldn't be interested in keeping some of the old family history so she would like to have it preserved in the Manning Museum.
Lately, I've been contacted by a number of former Manningites and alumni about getting me old pix to scan and preserve here in Manning, so after decades of begging and pleading Manning connected people are getting some of their old history to me to scan and keep some of it here for the museum.
Here is one item I scanned and digitally repaired.
Most of Karen's history has been cared for in binders and plastic sleeves and most of it is identified, so this will save me a lot of time repairing and restoring the scans and trying to ID some of the pix.

Frank & Nora (Jensen) Musfeldt marriage certificate...Karen's maternal grandparents.
After Karen dropped off the pictures, we drove into town to take a tour and we had a great time reminiscing about various Manning names and businesses.
We stopped in Cliff's and I told her that Vicki (Atkins) Waterbury was her relation - Vicki's mother was Verna (Jensen) Atkins.

What was going on in Manning in 1967 & 1969?

Auxiliary Has Gold Star Tea
Gold Star mothers of Emil Ewoldt Post No. 22, American Legion Auxiliary, were honored at a tea following the regular meeting of the Auxiliary Tuesday evening. Mrs. Herman Lamp was chairman of the event. Honored guests received gifts from the unit.
The business session was conducted by President Grace Schatz. It was reported that shoes and overshoes had been purchased for the unit's assigned child. Handbooks will be ordered for junior leaders, and the Legislative Bulletin for the unit. Mattress covers will be purchased for mattresses that can be loaned to persons in this area. The president and secretary reported on the County School of Instruction.
Lola Ahrendsen, past president, announced that Bonita Hagedorn, Alta Hansen and Lillian Mohr had perfect attendance for the past year. The unit received certificates of merit from the state and district for reaching its membership goal. Bonita Hagedorn received the draw prize.
Tea was served at a lace-covered table centered with a gold arrangement of fall flowers and blue tapers.

Robert Larsen of Des Moines was a Wednesday dinner guest of Mrs. May Schrum. Max Gunnerson of Denver returned to Des Moines with him. Jim Gunnerson went to Des Moines Friday to visit in the Larsen home. On Sunda y, Mrs. Gunnerson and Barbara and Mrs. Schrum drove to Des Moines. The Gunnerson family, Mrs. Schrum and Mr. and Mrs. Larsen then went to Pella for a picnic with Mr. and Mrs. James D. Schrum of Fairfield.

Gerald C. Ferris, business manager of Midwestern College in Denison since June 1965, has accepted the position of business manager with the J&S Feed Service of Manning and Manilla. Mr. Ferris' main office will be in Manning, but he will maintain his residence in Denison at present and commute to Manning.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stuhr have returned from a trip to Denver, Colorado, where they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hinz and other relatives.

Kenneth Fogleman, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Williams attended a 6th district meeting of the VFW in Denison Sunday.

Mrs. Ida Schuster has returned to South Sioux City, Nebraska, after visiting in the homes of her brothers, John and Herman Kienast.

The Junior American Legion Auxiliary met at the Legion Hall Saturday with nine members and a guest, Denise Mohr, present. Committees were appointed for the next meeting, October 21, when a Halloween party will follow the business session.

Binghams End Vacation Trip
Mr. and Mrs. Jay L. Bingham have returned from a three months' trip into Canada and the New England States. Leaving June 5, the couple went to Ottawa, and visited Parliament Hill while the House of Commons was in session. They spent ten days at Expo 1967 in Montreal, where they saw the Queen of England. After visiting in Quebec, they followed the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Gaspe Peninsula. They drove through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
From Bar Harbor, Maine, they toured the Portland and Sebago Lake region, where Dr. Chandler of Manning was reared and attended school. They then drove through the. White Mountain region of New Hampshire and Vermont, and visited Cayuga State Park in New York. Before returning home they visited the Niagara Falls area. They arrived in Iowa August 23, and visited their children in Iowa City and Des Moines before coming home.
Twenty-eight members attended the September meeting of the Methodist WSCS, at the church. Mrs. George Wegner presided at the business session.
Mrs. Ernest Ehlers reported that October is designated as "Methodist TV Evaluation Month", when special interest should be taken to check the types of programs that should be viewed. Mrs. Ronald Hansen announced that "Week of Prayer and Self Denial" will be observed at 7:30 p.m., October 25, at the church. A communion service will be included. Members were reminded that cash donations to replace the fall buffet dinner were due before October 10.
A letter was read from a family in Southern Rhodesia. Used clothing can be brought to the October 13 circle meetings and packed to be sent to them. The fall workshop will be held at Scranton September 26 at 9 a.m.
Hostesses were Mrs. Glenn Rowedder, Mrs. Arnold Jacobsen, Mrs. Leslie Rauch, Mrs. Harry Petersen, Mrs. Harold Borkowski and Mrs. Orville Carter.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rowedder visited Sunday with Ed Meggers, a patient at the University Hospitals in Iowa City.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, September 20, 1967

Notice all of the clubs in Manning...

Two Manning farmers have entered cattle in the 70th International Livestock Exposition November 28 through December 7 at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago.
Lester Dammann, Manning, has entered the dairy show with Holstein. Glen Struve has entered the Polled Shorthorn Show. Mr. Struve is also a delegate to the annual meeting of the American Shorthorn Association, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago on December 1.

J & S Feed Service of Manning is in the process of erecting a 40,000 bushel Stormor bin. The drying bin should be ready for use during the coming weekend.

Ella Steen was hostess to the Friendship Club on Wednesday, November 19. Helma Kruse won high at cards; Ella Rowedder, second; Lillian Mohr, third and Emma Ranniger, high bid. Refreshments were served by the hostess. Mrs. Rowedder will be hostess at the group's December meeting.

Alice Schrum entertained the R-Gu-Not Club on Wednesday, November 19. Guests were Malinda Erps, Emma Bartels, Emma Dietz, and Ida Jochimsen. Antonia Hinz won high at cards; Emma Schrum, second; Else Struve, low and Mrs. Erps, 80 honors. Emma Schrum will be hostess to members in two weeks.

High school football coach Larry Rowedder was a guest at the weekly dinner meeting of the Manning Rotary club on Tuesday evening, November 18. Mr. Rowedder showed films of the Exira and Glidden football games. Coach Rowedder's team has an 8-0-2 record for the season, the first undefeated season since 1946.

Two hundred members of the fourteen-county area Lakota Girl Scout Council will take part in a Thanksgiving dinner at the National Guard Armory in Fort Dodge on Thursday evening, November 20. Manning leaders and girls who planned to attend the banquet were Mrs. Pat Klinker, Mrs. Jan McConnell, Debbie Weis, Jan Arp, Mary Wiese, Debra and Susan Schroeder, Susan Opperman, Mrs. Betty Opperman, and Mrs. Dorothy Arp.

Sunday supper guests in the home of Mrs. Florence Ramsey included Mrs. Marvin Brookbank and children, Perry; Mrs. David Maasen, Des Moines; Mrs. Royce Anthony and children, West Liberty; Mrs. WilIetta Sander, Denison; Mrs. Amanda Brockman, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brockman and Kim, Arcadia, and Mrs. Gladys Ramsey.

Mrs. Evelyn Polking and Mrs. Fredda Hinz were hosts to the Manning Duplicate Bridge Club at the American Legion Hall on Saturday evening, November 15. The group was directed in play by Charles Walker of Denison. Mrs. Lois Whyte and Mrs. Ella Runge of Denison placed first; Mr. and Mrs. William Ferguson, Glidden, second; Mr. and Mrs. Walker, third (tie); and Mr. and Mrs. William Biersdorf, Denison, fourth. The group will meet next on November 29 with Verna and Viola Karstens as hosts.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, November 24, 1969

When I tell people how one thing connects to another and how I'm able to tie even more things together when people get their old Manning items and family history to me - I can show exactly how and why with more examples.
Lately the names of Dwight Parkinson, N & B Motors, and now Francis Brennan have come into the mix...
More items have come from the family of Erv Bauer.

While I'm discussing connections - starting in 1970, my mother was the Manning Housing Director for both Terrace Apartments and then later Elm Crest Apartments.
Over the decades she had a number of maintenance men, one of whom was Erv Bauer. Mother had the utmost respect for Erv and the job he did. He was conscientious and a very friendly person and mother just loved the job he did, as well as the residents of the apartments. I remember visiting with Erv and he told me how much he enjoyed working for and with mother and I learned what a great person he was.
When I approached him in 2013 about his military service, he let me scan his 5 albums and then came out to our house to work with me on the captions for the pictures. It was so much fun to work with him and visit with him.

Again, this is why I bury myself in Manning's history - because of all of the connections my family and I have with Manning's past.

This license plate holder came from the Erv Bauer collection and adds more to the N & B articles posted down below.
Here are 2 more items from the Bauer collection that expand on the history of Manning's past businesses.

Manning Creamery meat cleaver & tenderizer

Patent April 8, 1907

Complements of Manning, Creamery, Manning, Iowa

Manning Trust & Savings Bank
I have lots of pix and early history of the building that once housed this business, but won't go into details now.
This building still stands on the corner of Third & Main Streets.
From my understanding is that the building and property is being turned over to the city and will hopefully get restored.
Originally it was the Bennett Bank, then the name changed to German Savings Bank.
During WWI, the anti-German animosity forced a name change to Iowa State Savings Bank.

Next I'll add more information about Dwight Parkinson.
Again, I'm going to mention the importance of people with Manning memorabilia and history to get it to me to scan and document.
ALSO, the importance of accuracy with the spelling of names and information.
When I first was given some information about N & B Motors and the name Dwight "Parky" Parkinson came up, I thought the last name looked familiar. I searched for Parkinson but nothing came up in my database.
Now with another newspaper article found I was searching more in my database and accidentally spelled the name Parkison and voila, I found 2 files about Dwight. It was in a folder that I scanned a businessmen feature from the Monitor.
The name was misspelled Parkison but is of Dwight Parkinson.
Here is the recent article Connie found that caused me to search more and stumble on to the Monitor article, also shown below, along with a picture from the paper.

Dwight "Parky" Parkinson has sold his feed store to George Scott of Dow City. Scott also purchased the Farmers Elevator at Denison.
Russ Clark former manager of the Dow City Elevator will manage the Denison elevator and the feed business at Denison. Parkinson will be a district manager for the Purina Company with his residence at Denison.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, February 5, 1953

A resident of Manning 15 months, Dwight E. "Parky" Parkinson, 41, of the N & B Motors, Inc. has become an active citizen, aiding in civic undertakings and taking important roles in chamber work.
Born and educated in Des Moines, Parky was connected with the Ralston Purina company for 10 years in the capacity as employee and dealer. He came to Manning from Denison in January 1959.
Parky and his wife, Alice, have one daughter, Cynthia Ann, who is five and will start school here next fall.
Affiliations of this week's businessman include membership in the Manning Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and the JRH Club.
Parky is a navy veteran, having served 42 months during World War II.
Note: the original spelling in the article was Parkison

Lastly, a story about Francis Brennan, that was sparked by an article Connie found about my family and also Francis' obituary...
Mr. and Mrs. Amos and Dorothy (Ehrichs) Kusel, Angela, Barry, and Douglas, returned Saturday, January 17, 1959, from a three and one-half week trip to the West Coast.
They spent Christmas in Corvallis, Oregon, with Mrs. Kusel's brother, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn & Dorothy (Granneman) Ehrichs and family. They also visited in Redwood City, California, with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kusel and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kusel, South Pasadena; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ehrichs and family, Fullerton, California; Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Mary Brennan, Long Beach, California.
On their return trip they visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold Nielsen and family in Albuquerque. Points of interest visited were Depot Bay, the Redwood country; Disneyland, Catalina, Boulder Dam, the Petrified Forest, and U.S. shipyards at Wilmington, California. While in Pasadena they viewed the Rose Parade.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, January 17, 1959
2 year old David stayed with his grandparents, Louie & Clara Ehrichs, in Aspinwall.

I have a number of pictures of Francis & the Brennan family.

Francis "Irish" Brennan, Bruno Thomsen, Dorothy & Angie Kusel
Taken down by cement bridge in creek on the Kusel farm.
The dogs name was Lady found on the Kusel farm.
This was the dog that hunters from Harlan left behind and then hit the Manning Monitor and then Des Moines Register.
Irish & Bruno read the articles and brought out food for the dog.

Here is what I have for Francis' military information & pix.

Branch Army
Enlistment March 25, 1942
Discharge March 25, 1943
Re-enlistment March 23, 1943
Discharge December 29, 1952

Burial Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manning
Wife Mary Agnes (Merrill) Brennan

Manning Monitor article------ 1943

Fort Sill, Oklahoma, March 31, 1943: Francis William Brennan, Manning, Iowa has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army of the U. S., at the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School.
Lt. Brennan is now visiting relatives in Manning while on furlough.

Manning Monitor article------ 1944

Francis Brennan now 1st Lieut. Fort Bragg, N. C. Second Lt. Francis W. Brennan of Manning, Iowa has recently been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, it was announced from Headquarters of the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center where he is on duty as a platoon commander in the Fourth Training Regiment.

Lt. Brennan who has served in the Army for a year and a half received his commission March 25, 1943, after completing officer candidate training at Fort Sill, Okla.
He attended Manning High School and Creighton University.

Francis Brennan Tells of Camp
Francis Brennan, who left some time ago writes the following from Camp Roberts, Calif.
"Just a line to expose my whereabouts. On the morning of Aug. 11, 1942 I left Carroll enroute to Camp Dodge, Ia. That same evening I was on my way to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where I stayed for two weeks. Then I was sent here to Camp Roberts, California.
Camp Roberts is situated in the Salinas Valley, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It is completely equipped with all modern conveniences, such as paved roads, sidewalks, sewage system, good water, electric lighting, telephone, transportation, churches, hospital, fire dept., theatres, sports arena, post office, laundry, warehouses, post exchanges, etc.

Immediate purpose of the camp is to give training to selective service recruits, and to accustom them to life in the army of the United States. Camp Roberts comprises two replacement training centers, Infantry and Field Artillery.
The official title of Camp Roberts was given by the war department in 1940 and is one of the few United States Army Posts named after a non-commissioned officer.
He was Corporal Harold Roberts, a boy of seventeen from San Francisco who enlisted in the last war. He served with a tank corps at St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne.
He sacrificed his life in the Montrebeau Woods to save the life of another soldier when their tank foundered in a shell hole completely submerged by water.

It's 9 p. m. and the lights are going to be turned out in a minute, so I'll close hoping to receive the next issue of the Monitor.
Pvt. F. W. Brennan, Btry C. 54th F.A., Bldg. No. 6107, Camp Roberts

Manning Monitor article------ 1945

Francis Brennan Back From Service
Wearer of the army commendation ribbon and with more than three years of service to his credit;
Lt. Francis W. Brennan has returned to his home here and stopped in The Monitor office to express his thanks to the Legion and the paper for making it possible to receive the home news while in uniform.

Lt. Brennan has served as an instructor in the 11th battalion school fourth artillery, at Fort Bragg, N. C., and it was for his meritorious service rendered in that position that he received the commendation ribbon from Brig. Gen. Ellerbe W. Carter commanding.

Corporal Francis Brennan arrived in Carroll from Camp Roberts, California, this morning and spent a few hours with Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Witt and family before going to his home at Manning, where he will spend a ten-day furlough with his wife and with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore D. Hansen.
At the conclusion of his furlough, he will go to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He is attending officers' training school.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, December 22, 1942


Francis William Brennan, 74, of Manning died Saturday, September 2, 1978, at the Manning Plaza. He had been in failing health for the past three years and had been hospitalized for the past two months.

Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church in Manning with Msgr. Dean Walker officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brennan, the son of William and Amanda (Hinrichs) Brennan, was born July 10, 1904, at Manning. He graduated from. Manning High School in 1921 and then attended Creighton University at Omaha.

He married Mary Merrill September 24, 1934, at Bancroft, Iowa. The couple had made their home in Manning since that time. Mr. Brennan had operated a farm near Vivian, South Dakota, for over 20 years. He was a member of the draft board during WW II and had been a clerk in the Iowa State Liquor Store in Manning. He also was a A.S.C. Field Officer in several area counties.

Mr. Brennan served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 as a 1st Lt. He was a past member of the Manning Fire Department, a charter member of the Carroll Elk's Lodge, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 22 of Manning.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his mother, Mrs. Amanda St. Onge of the Manning Plaza.

He was preceded in death by his father and two sisters.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, September 6, 1978

Additional notes:
Amanda was the daughter of Hans Hinrichs & Anna (Winkelmann-Hinrichs) Hagedorn.
Amanda was first married to William Brennan in 1904, who is buried at Saint Martins Catholic Cemetery, Odebolt, Iowa. He died August 6, 1918.
Amanda's second husband was Howard Shoop, buried in Vivian Cemetery, Vivian, South Dakota.
Her third husband was Joseph St. Onge, buried in Vivian Cemetery, Vivian, South Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hansen had no children of their own, but reared their nephew and niece, Francis and Edna Brennan.
Ted & Mary (Brennan) Hansen, April 1, 1943
Ted is related to Dave Kusel on the Grau/Hansen side of his family.

George Brady & Francis Brennan

Bill Petersen & Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan & Walt Hansen - MHS 1922

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan
On the northeast side of the old high school before the gymnasium was added in 1937.

Mary Brennan 1970 retirement party

Postcard from Mary Brennan to William Brennan

It is GREAT that more people with Manning connections are sending me old Manning items to scan and/or keep for the museum, but wow, I'm having a hard time keeping up with this aspect lately, and still be able to continue scanning the other family collections I have.
While scanning takes time, I also take the time to try to find more information and background on each item, then compile that information with it and then archive it.
Fortunately I have several Manning helpers, as I call them, who dig around on the Internet to find obits, and other articles to help me with the connections and documentation.
Below are more items I've received and worked on recently and have expanded on other feature stories I started and are shown below.

Vanessa, a Lohrman descendant, sent this Ohde Funeral Home pamphlet for the museum.
I've already scanned this item from another copy in another family collection, but I decided to scan it again, since the previous scan was made over 20 years ago and my scanners and software are much better now.
I hate to rescan things from years ago, which takes away from my current scanning, but I want to get the best quality scans I can for the future preservation of Manning's history.

Ohde Funeral Home pamphlet

More items from the family of Erv Bauer to be preserved in the Manning Museum...

Connie came through again and found these articles that provide more information about Erv Bauer's old items...
Sanitation Company Formed at Manning
The Manning Sanitation Company has been formed, to effect systematic collection of household refuse. Arlo LaRue Hodne, Jr. is operating manager. The company will furnish 20-gallon garbage cans to subscribers, and collections will be made twice each week.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, March 1, 1960

Buys Hatchery
Roger Nissen, owner of Nissen's Poultry Service here, has purchased the Farmers' Hatchery at Coon Rapids, and will expand his business throughout southern Carroll County. Jim Cady will be hatchery manager for Nissen at Coon Rapids.
Daily Nonpareil, July 31, 1953 Roger Nissen Sells Partnership Interest
Glen Jensen and Gerald Schroeder have purchased the interests of Roger Nissen in the Nissen Poultry Service and Hatchery.
The three men formed a partnership March 1, 1955. Mr. Nissen sold his interest because of ill health. The new owners will change the name of the firm in the near future. Mr. Nissen has not made any plans for the future as yet.
Carroll Daily Times Herald June 4, 1956

There was also this little snippet of information next to the Sanitation article, so I grabbed it.
Now I know where Francis had moved to after leaving Manning.
I actually have a picture of him, and thanks to Connie & Jim, I now have his obituary - shown below.

Coaches, Francis Miles & Kermit Tannatt next to the stage of the old gym.
Francis M. "Mike" Miles, principal and coach at Fremont-Mills Community School, Tabor, Iowa, has been named superintendent there. He replaces G.O. Mason, who resigned. Miles formerly was a teacher and coach at Manning High School in 1954.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, March 1, 1960

Francis Michael "Mike" Miles PhD
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University passed away in Phoenix on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the age of 84. Dr. Miles was born on September 18, 1929, in Livermore, Iowa, to Eugene and Anne Miles.

Following graduation from Livermore High School, Mike received BA and MA degrees from Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He worked for 16 years as an educator in Iowa, starting out as a teacher of mathematics and a coach of basketball and track. His skill as a coach helped the Tabor girls' basketball team win the state championship. Mike later served as a principal and as superintendent of schools in Tabor and Riverside, Iowa.

While working on his doctorate in school administration, Mike worked for the Kenosha, Wisconsin school district as an assistant superintendent for planning, budgeting, and data processing. Mike soon discovered that, although he loved numbers, his true passion was working with students. After finishing the doctorate degree he brought this passion to Northern Arizona University where he became a professor of educational administration in 1969. During his 35 plus years of working for NAU, Dr. Miles, while always teaching, also served as chairman of the Educational Administration, Supervision and Foundations department; director of field-based programs; director of the Arizona Assessment Center; and area coordinator, Educational Administration, Supervision, and Foundations. Mike was one of the first directors when NAU established the Center for Excellence in Education and was instrumental in establishing most of the regional offices for Northern Arizona University off campus courses.

Dr. Miles received many awards and certificates in recognition of his service, including Arizona's Distinguished Administrator of the Higher Education Division, Northern Arizona University's Distinguished Faculty Award, and an Award for Excellence, Educational Leadership from the Center for Excellence in Education. Dr. Miles participated in numerous professional and academic associations at the local, state, and national levels; presented and led many workshops; chaired and served on many doctoral committees; and authored or co-authored numerous publications in the areas of educational leadership, school business management, the assessment process, and school personnel. Dr. Miles also utilized his various skills and interest in education as a consultant on subjects including school accounting and planning, superintendent searches, and educational team building. Dr. Miles was well known for his caring interest in helping others reach their fullest potential.

Mike is survived by his wife Ann A'Lee; daughter, Laurie (Sam) Levy, Minneapolis, Minnesota; son, Dan (Nancy) Miles, Seattle, Washington; son, Patrick (Mary Jo) Miles, Amherst Junction, Wisconsin; grandsons Aaron, Matthew, and Miles Levy, Minneapolis, Minnesota; sisters, Virginia Miles, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Marjorie Miles, San Francisco, California; and his former wife, Mary Ellen Miles, Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also survived by his step-daughters Diana Perez and Stephanie Crow, Goodyear, Arizona; step-granddaughter, Amanda (William) Walthers, Phoenix, Arizona; step-grandsons, Seth, Dillon, and Colton Crow, Goodyear, Arizona; step-great-granddaughters Annabel and Payton Walthers, Phoenix, Arizona; step-great-grandson Billy Walthers, Phoenix, Arizona; brother-in-law Nyle (Maureen) BeDillon, Centennial, Colorado; and sister-in-law Anne (Kent) Griffen, Casa Grande, Arizona.

Always the educator, Mike donated his body to science, hoping that he could in some way contribute to finding cures for heart disease and Alzheimer's. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name could contribute to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association, or to Hospice of the Valley. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Arizona Republic, March 9, 2014

Additional information: Francis M. "Mike" Miles, principal and coach at Fremont-Mills Community School, Tabor, Iowa, has been named superintendent there. He replaces G.O. Mason, who resigned. Miles formerly was a teacher and coach at Manning High School in 1954.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, March 1, 1960

Manning Sanitation Company - D.E. Parkinson
From the 1981 Manning Centennial book...
F.D. Ross & Co. was sold to N & B Motors in 1959, who in turn sold the firm to Dwight "Parky" Parkinson.
He discontinued the business after about one year.
The building is now owned by the HMC Corporation and houses the Plastico manufacturing company.

If you know more about Dwight and his business, please e-mail me.

Nissen's Poultry Service

J & S Feed Service had its origins in 1955, when Glen Jensen, Gerald "Jerry" Schroeder, and Roger Nissen began a three-way partnership in a business called Nissen Poultry Service. It was located in the old Puck Implement building at the north end of Main Street, near the intersection with Front Street.
This is the block building that Orland Fara used to store supplies for Manning Ag Center.
Tom Doyel has converted it into a home now.

Manning Trust & Savings Bank - now Templeton Savings Bank of Manning

These are just a few examples of Manning historical items I've found/purchased/collected over the decades and hope more things like this will be returned to Manning and given the museum.

So please don't throw/sell those old Manning memorabilia items but get them to me so I can scan them and document the information about them, and also please try to remember who/how you got them, so I can credit the source/s for posterity.

I hope that I'm finally reaching more Manning connected folks who are willing to get the old Manning "stuff" they have to me so I can scan it and document it.
Recently the Bauer family brought some old druggist bottles to Denise Doyel at the bank and wanted them to go to the Manning Museum and requested that these bottles are credited to their dad, Ervin, who found them decades ago.
Below are 3 of the different druggists bottles and I'll be following up with more background on them once I get through all of the e-mails with links to more information.
Realize these businesses are from the late 1880s to early 1900s.
Connie, one of my Manning helpers, has really come through in finding where some of the business owners moved to and more information about them.
I started with the 1981 Manning Centennial book and found some basic information which helped Connie find more information online.
Now this takes a lot of time and work to scan, find, and compile this into a feature story but well worth it.

I hope by showing these little Manning stories that they will encourage more people to dig out that old Manning stuff they have buried in their closet or attic, and get it to me so I can work with it, and if they don't want it back I'll make sure it goes into the Manning Museum.

I don't have time to go into all of the details but want to briefly mention the OCR software I use to open digital images and convert them to editable text.
When I purchased my first scanner in 1994, it came with a software that would OCR images (Optical Character Recognition).
It was HORRIBLE, I was just learning to type with my $15 typing software and I could hunt and peck faster than all of the recognition errors those early programs had.
At first these early programs cost around $1000 but when I upgraded them each year it was only in the lower hundreds...But, BOY, did they improve them!!! The version I have now of Omni Page is sometimes 100% accurate. They even made it possible for the program to recognize italics and odd size text and also ignore the little blemishes and dots.
This program saves me hours of work when OCRing stuff.
Sadly, there hasn't been an update for many years, I think mostly due to the fact that very few people care about or use this technology anymore, compared to a couple of decades ago.

John Lewis & Amandus Herman Grau

R. Randolph Rogers

C.J. and Frank Schroeder

Below is how I can connect obituaries and information that is otherwise just old information about a person or topic that you can find on the Internet, but the people who post that basic information won't have the Manning connections since they don't go into deeper details about that person, like I can and do.
The first part is the obituary that was published...notice there is NO mention of Manning.
Thanks to Connie who has lots of sources on the Internet, she can find other information that ties and expands on an obituary or topic, such as the druggist bottles shown above.

Again, this is why I wish more people would work with me and share the old Manning history they have so I can scan it, compile & connect it to other aspects that are a part of Manning's past...


BURIAL Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California
Mausoleum, Columbarium, First Floor, Section 64, 4 up, 6 across

In Berkeley, March 17, 1937, R. Randolph Rogers, beloved husband of Fannie E. Rogers (married April 19, 1889 in Woodbury, Iowa), and loving father of Mrs. Della Borman of Oakland, Elba W. Rogers of Berkeley, and the late Verna Johnson and Howard Rogers of Hayward.

A native of Clarksfield, Ohio, aged 72 years, born September 1864. A member of Sycamore Lodge No. 129, I.O.O.F. of Hayward.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 19, 1937, at 2 o'clock p.m., from the Garden Chapel of the Pratt Mortuary, 1044 C Street, Hayward. Incineration private.

He lived in Walnut, Iowa, in 1900.

Manning connections:

The Monitor October 21, 1898
We take this means to announce to the people of Manning and vicinity that we have purchased the drug and Jewelry business of R.R. Rogers.
C.J. Schroeder is well-known here as a first-class watchmaker, and he will look after your wants in the jewelry department. Frank P. Schroeder has had years of experience in the drug business.
Manning Monitor August 1, 1956

R.R. Rogers, a druggist of Manning, made an assignment Wednesday to U.C. Rogers for the benefit of his creditors.
The liabilities, we understand, are quite large.
The Carroll Sentinel August 28, 1896

A Lorenzen descendant contacted me about any Lorenzen information I might have that connects to the Denison Lorenzens...
We are not sure if Manning area and the Denison area Lorenzens are connected but if you have Lorenzen information from the 1800s and early 1900s for these 2 areas, please let me know and I'll get you in contact with this descendant.

I was recently contacted by a Fonken/Rowedder descendant who found one of my web pages with this information that I had forgotten all about - shown below.
She is fairly sure she has figured out the actual spellings of the names - at the time I figured they weren't spelled "Grachimes" but didn't have as large a database to go through to maybe connect to the Joachimsen name.

I found a 1999 e-mail address for Alice Burley and sent a message. Unfortunately it bouced back to me which is what I expected from such an old address - I hope she is still alive - I don't know how old she was in 1999.
She had some old Manning pix she wanted to send me to preserve here in Manning and so I could scan them.
Well one thing led to another and I forgot to keep in touch and she must have also forgotten so I hope she still has those old pix and will send them to me.

This is also a shout-out to anyone who has contacted with me over the decades and offered to send me their old stuff to scan and/or if they wanted to get it back to Manning for preservation here.
I know I eventually forget or move on but I'm dealing with thousands of people and those of you who offered to work with me are only dealing with just one person - me - so it's not that I'm ignoring you but I just don't have endless amounts of time and have to keep moving on and forward.
So please get back to me if you offered to send me pix and information years/decades ago.
Hopefully Alice will respond to my e-mail to her or see this feature - if you know Alice please let her know I'm trying to reach her... Thanks,

Here is part of the Fonken/Rowedder e-mail information she sent to me recently and I'll eventually update the information with the pix…
My great-grandmother and -grandfather, Helena Joachimsen and Willie Rowedder traveled to Payette, ID in 1904 with several other people from Manning. In fact, my great-aunt, Verna Rowedder (born 1904) and grandfather, Lester Rowedder (born 1906) were both born in Payette, ID. So I am making an educated guess that “Lena Grachimes” is actually my great-grandmother Helena Joachimsen (born 1885, so 17 yr in 1902) and “Henry Grachimes” is her brother, Henry Joachimsen (born 1882, 20 yr in 1902).
They also had a sister, Mehta Joachimsen (born 1880, so 22 yr in 1902), so the first photo (“Meta Johchimes”) is likely her. She married Dethlef Vinke (born 1883) in 1908, so perhaps he is the man in the photo with her? This looks more like a wedding photo, though, so perhaps wasn’t taken in 1902?

E-Mail From: ALICE BURLEY 1999

Thank you for answering. My great grandmother Mary Schroeder and her brother Henry left Germany April 4, 1898 for Manning, Iowa. Her father Henry stayed in Germany. Their main concern was to get Henry, Jr out of Germany before he had to join the service. Their cousins paid for their fare and my grandma and her brother worked the fare out. My g grandma was 14 and her brother was 17 when they came. I believe this took 3 to 5 years. I know these cousins were farmers as my grandma told the story of going to market because she was so good at math, she could figure what was owed them for their produce, etc. in a flash. Mary was engaged to marry someone in Manning, had her dress made and then got cold feet, boarded the train and left Manning in 1905. I'm still waiting to hear from an uncle on whether he knew who these cousins were.

My grandma came to Payette, ID where her brother Henry had come to farm.

My g grandmother was from Schleswig-Holstien, Germany. The pictures were in a porcelin covered photo album I inherited from my grandmother last year.

The picture on the right is marked "Henry Grachimes" 1902


Picture taken in Lyden Studio.

The picture on the left is marked "Lena Grachimes" 1902.

Taken in Lyden Studio.

The "G" could be a J it is written like a cursive capitol J but looks like a little g.

I would gladly send these pictures on to you. I was hoping to find a historical society in Manning when I searched the internet. My grandmother, Annette, Mary's daughter did not know who any of these people were.

The picture on the left has "Meta Johchimes" 1902 written on the back.

The picture on the left has Longbehn, Manning Iowa 1902 written on the back.

Taken in Lyden Studio

Note: There is a Langbehn listed in the Manning Centennial book (below).
This almost surely must be the same name so if anyone has more information please contact Dave Kusel or post a message on The Manning Exchange.

All the markings on these pictures are in the same hand. Because the last name Johchimes, Jrachimes, Joachimes is spelled different on each of them, someone is sounding the name out. If my g grandmother wrote on the backs of these pictures she would have only been in the US 3 1/2 years in 1902 so she doesn't know how to spell yet.


From Manning Centennial book page 303 Langbehn listed -----
Click on the Manning Family - G 292 - 305 link on the left then Scroll to Fred Gruhn on the right side.

Excerpts: from the above link------------

Fred Gruhn, born April 8, 1867, at Wallersdorf, Germany, came to this country in 1892, settling in this vicinity. He married Amanda Asmus March 23, 1895. Amanda, daughter of John and Anna Heuer Asmus, was born at Plainview November 20, 1875. She came to Manning at the age of 17.

After their marriage, they settled on a farm 21/2 miles south of Manning. In 1907, they moved to a farm in Shelby County, where they lived for 37 years. After their retirement they lived in their home at 610 4th St. Mr. Gruhn died March 1, 1948, and Mrs. Gruhn September 30, 1953.

They were the parents of 10 children: a daughter, Emma, died in infancy; Lena (Mrs. Albert Jansen), Manning; Ella (Mrs. Grover Steen), Manning; Henry, Manning; Alma Thompsen Custer, Harlan; Frieda (Mrs. Henry Langbehn), Columbus, Georgia; Anna (Mrs. Alfred Mahnke), Albert City; Edward, deceased, married Hazel Juels and lived in Mesa, Arizona; Ida (Mrs. Gilmer Anthony), Denison; Helen (Mrs. Lenus Anderson), Denison.

1902 ----

no other information

I know my comments get to rambling and are lengthy, but I think they are doing some good, as lately I've been receiving e-mails from quite a few people with Manning connections from around Iowa & the US, who have old Manning items they want to return to Manning for preservation here and go in the future Manning Museum.
I've probably had more people contact me in the last month or so than any other time since I started my web page in 1996.

I recently had an Eckholdt descendant contact me, telling me that the obituaries I have and other information on my web pages helped her fill in more blanks about her great-grandmother.
I noticed I don't have a lot of Eckholdt obits so I asked Connie to dig around and in her usual response has found most of them.
If you know Connie and either see her or are in contact with her, PLEASE give her a BIG THANK YOU. She has been invaluable in helping me find and preserve Manning's history.
One of the names from another project who I asked her to find is another Civil War Veteran who once lived in Manning and I did not have in my list, so now I have 105 Civil War Veterans connected to Manning.

If you would like to share photographs of Dale (& friends) to be included in the presentation during this event, please email or text Paula Hutton McKinley or (515) 494-3313 by Saturday, April 20, 2024.
Please email your photographs in the largest format possible. If you are texting or emailing images always keep the original size, do not let your phone downsize it. If you have really large photos to send and need help, please email Connie Wilson at and she can help you.

Dale Jerome Jansen
December 6, 1938 - February 22, 2024

Click to see the tribute

I've been adding a ton of obituaries and compiling a lot of other information that Connie and I have been finding on the Internet.
Many of these obits and information are about Manningites from the late 1800s and early 1900s, which has exponentially expanded my database - filled in a lot of pieces of the Manning puzzle.
Each name or aspect I work on takes me in 20 different directions which then we look for more information to fill in those blanks.
What I see in a lot of obits and other newspaper articles is that the Manning connection is not written about, so I then add those connections.
While many of these folks once lived here and moved away, their family roots are here and descendants and other relatives will probably not know these connections but have unidentified pictures that were actually taken in Manning, so unless I add/include the Manning connections, someone searching for their roots and trying to figure out where those unknown pix were taken will not be able to find those Manning ties...

I realize that no one is going to know these names like I do, or even heard of some of the surnames, but if you are interested in Manning's past and Manning's future you should take the time to read some of these obits, which will give you an idea of how many different families lived here at one time, what they did, and where they eventually moved to.

Here are 3 pictures from the Easter Bunny visit March 30, 2024, down by the city ballpark.
I'll try to find some time to post the rest of the pix as I work on the endless aspects of Manning's history...

More than likely, next year this little tyke will run to the Easter Bunny.
1 year can make a difference between terror and huge smiles greeting the bunny.

Oh the peace and tranquility of a 3 month old...

There was a nice crowd at the Heritage Park event but I wish more area folks would attend events like this. It is a "social" event where people actually talk to each other in person and not constantly waste away their lives with those gadgets on so-called "social" media sites, that way too many people have their heads buried in today...
Especially the younger folks who are inheriting this community. If they want the quality of life we have now to continue, they are going to have to step it up a lot more.

St. Patrick's Day - Hausbarn Cookoff

Where distinguished folks go to have a good time!!!
German ancestry may be prominent in Manning but we can celebrate and have fun with the cultures of other people.

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, Jean Stadtlander, Tim Weible

Brenna spoke briefly and commented how Manning is a good example for other communities to follow, with all of the amazing infrastructure and community events we have here.
She took a tour of the hospital, and also commented at how amazed she was with the indoor pool and waterslide that a little town like Manning has.
Also during the evening on multiple occasions, all of the volunteers it takes for events like this were acknowledged by various speakers.
Jean & Tim, above, are just two of the wonderful volunteers Manning has and without all of them we wouldn't have the "quality of life" that exists in Manning today.

More pix and information coming - IF I can find some extra time.

We lost another Manningite on March 9th, so another tribute is coming in the next few days...

Does anyone know the location or contact information for Charles Scott who taught mathematics at Manning in 1972?
He was a Vietnam Veteran and I'd like to get some military information/pix for him to add to the Manning Veterans' book.
For that matter, any teacher at Manning who served that you know of their whereabouts - please let me know.
The list of Manning connected names who served keeps growing almost daily.

Please visit the Manning Exchange for local news, articles, and information...a work in progress.

Many upcoming events.

Korean War Veterans continues

There are lots of Manning Veterans of the Korean era with no pictures or information.
Will you be in the Manning Veterans' book???
Unless more post-WWII Veterans come forward there will be a lot of 1946 to present day Manning connected Veterans missing from the book.

For those of you who are occasional visitors to the Manning Exchange - please make sure to click on the "archived articles" section where previous featured stories are kept.

Click to visit the Manning Exchange

1 example from the Logeland Studio wedding packets.

There are still quite a few Logeland Studio wedding packets available.

Click to read about this important project.

It will help to financially support the Manning Veterans' history book project.

"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen."
George Washington, August 7, 1782

Just as a reminder: the Manning History book committee continues to work on a Manning area Veterans' history book project.
For those of you who are Veterans or have/had Veterans in your family - will you come forward?
The history book committee will do their best to get as many pictures and information about the 1000+ Manning Veterans but we can't do it all by ourselves.

How many small communities do you know have published 5 history books? The first one was the History of Manning 1898, then the 1981 Manning Centennial book, next the 2006 Manning Quasqui book, and most recently the 2009 Manning School history book. Probably the last book to be published will be the upcoming Manning Veterans' book - unless someone comes forward in the next generation to take over these projects after I'm gone. Will you help with the Veterans' history book project? If you are a Manning connected Veteran or are presently serving and do not submit your military connected pictures and infomation you probably won't be in this once-in-a-life-time Manning Veterans' history book. With a limited number of volunteers we can only do so much on our own but will try to get pictures of as many Veterans as we can. There are over 1000 Manning Veterans so we have a long ways to go before the book can be published.

Manning Veterans are slowly coming forward and below is another example. We hope to eventually get more pictures and information for Mike to put in the book but for now this is what I have to show to you.

Amos Rutz WWII

One thing that many Veterans and people who are submitting information have not fully understood is that this next Manning history book is specifically a Veterans' only book. It won't be like the Centennial or Quasqui history books were, where there is a Veterans' section along with other community aspects. We are aiming for a 2-volume book (around 1090 total pages) which will really be unique!!!
This book will be ALL Veterans' information (and the post auxiliaries) - hence it won't be a "Name, Rank, and Serial Number" only history but we want a complete history for each Veteran.
For instance - below is Louis Boell's picture and the information that was published in the Veteran section of the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book. It has the basic information but we are looking for more and I spoke to Louie by phone and he sent more pictures and information - also for his brothers.

To see what Louis submitted click on the link underneath "Are you a Manning Veteran" shown below.

Note: we also want some family background such as parents and grandparents. All too often you will only see just the Veteran's name with their basic military information but without the family connections it will be difficult for future historians and genealogists to know for sure who this person belongs to.

Are you a Manning connected Veteran?
I would like to hear from you!!!
We are starting a Manning Veteran history book project and if you don't come forward you may not be included in the book. NOT because we want to intentionally leave you out but because you didn't come forward.
Same goes for those of you who have Veterans in your family who have passed away. If you don't come forward and help by submitting Veteran connected pictures and information your Veteran may not be included in this once in a life-time Manning Veterans' history book.

Please e-mail me about your Veteran questions

The United States flag
is proudly displayed here and NO other flag is as IMPORTANT!

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
104 served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
5 served in the Spanish American War
350+ served during WWI
650+ served during WWII
87+ served in the Korean war era
65+ (more names need to be found) served in the Vietnam era
55+ (many more names need to be found) served from 1975 to present

29 paid the ultimate price with their lives defending the U.S. Flag

Are you a Manning Veteran?
Are you currently serving and have a Manning connection?

We are starting the Manning Veterans' history book project
Don't wait until you see "Deadline" or it WILL be too late!!!

Click to read promos for the Veteran book

There are a lot of WWI and some WWII Veterans pictures with no IDs.

Before you spend time scanning pictures
please look at these instructions
I appreciate your efforts scanning pictures for me but if you only make low resolution scans you are really wasting your time. High resolution scans are the best and only way to really preserve those old pictures.

Click to see the tutorial

If you simply don't want those old family pictures you inherited please don't throw them - send them my way.
A lot of times I can recognize a face or location in those old pix.

One thing to keep in mind while you are looking for pictures - if they are glued in old scrap books please do NOT try to pull them out or cut them out. I can scan the whole page of the scrapbook and crop out the pictures you want to use in the book. If you attempt to forcibly remove the pictures you will probably damage them and when I scan them that damage will probably show up. This means I'll either have to use my graphics program to touch up the damage which can take a lot of time, or if they are badly damaged I just may not even take the time to scan them.

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