"Adventures of Superman" - Season 2 Opening and Closing Credits and Theme Song 1953

Bring your kids in costume to the Family Fall Festival at Manning Senior Living on Sunday, October 31, 2021 (1-2 pm).
The residents would enjoy seeing the children in their costumes! Free apple cider and caramel apples for all! Also, feel free to enter the pumpkin contest!
All are invited!
Fall Festival

Superman - "Truth, Justice, and the AMERICAN way"

Photo of poster displayed in the Lenzen, Germany, museum in 1997 (taken by Dave Kusel)

Poster of woman operating a combine.
DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) (East Germany)
"Socialistic state of the workers and farmers"

There were no individual farmers or land owners.
Workers were part of a communal farming operation, based on the Russian socialist version of agriculture.

What the shelves looked like in a Lenzen, Germany, store before the DDR (East Germany) socialist government took over after WWII - photo taken in the Lenzen museum in 1997 (by Dave Kusel)
What the shelves looked like in East Germany in 1990, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of West & East Germany.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
Abraham Lincoln
On March 4, 1865, only 41 days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office for the second time. Lincoln's second inaugural address previewed his plans for healing a once-divided nation. The speech is engraved on the north interior wall of the Lincoln Memorial.

Over 300,000 WHITE soldiers from the NORTH died to save the UNION and free the slaves.

Descendants and relatives of the Civil War soldiers from the SOUTH, served, fought, and died during WWI, WWII, and all of the subsequent wars the United States fought in...

Abraham Lincoln could not have known about the future world wars during his time in history, but he had the amazing foresight to realize that if he had not tried to reunite the North and South, and instead would have tried to punish the South and place them in judgement, that no way would the nation be able to heal and become whole again...and what if the north and south had not reunited - there is no way of knowing if both sides would have fought as allies in the future wars or even on the same side...

Today we have moronic politicians and citizens who, in their "god-like" and self-acclaimed morality, have taken it upon themselves to judge the citizens of the past.
They don't realize they are judging themselves of the very "sins" they have deemed evil in the past, as now they are trying to "enslave" and control the vast majority of US citizens today with their "WOKE" enlightenment.
My definition of a woke person is "evil moron."

Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.
Benjamin Franklin

William Saunders
September 7, 1946 - October 18, 2021

William "Bill" Bernard Saunders, age 75, of Manning passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 18, 2021, at his home in Manning.
A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Manning VFW on Monday, October 25, 2021, from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
A graveside service will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. with military honors by the United States Navy.
Funeral arrangements by Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll.

Bill was born on September 7, 1946, in Carroll, Iowa, and he was the son of Merle H. and Jeanne (Donnelly) Saunders. He grew up in Manning and graduated from Manning High School in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965 and served during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his honorable discharge he lived in California and Omaha. He worked in dental equipment sales and he owned and operated Gizmos Arcade in Omaha. Bill moved to Manning in 2008 where he retired. Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Football fan. He loved his dog Little Bit, and he had a kind and loving heart always willing to help family or a friend.

Bill is survived by his sister Kay Houghton of Omaha, Nebraska; a brother Carl Saunders (Debbie) of Fort Madison, Iowa; step-daughters Amy Henkel (Evan) of Bennington, Nebraska, and Sonya Olson of Omaha; and several nieces, nephews and many good friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Denny Saunders, a sister Millie Saunders, and his special friend Teri Amsden.

1965 MHS graduates: Connie Anthony, Irma Borkowski, Lyle Borkowski, Nathan Dappen, Ray Dentlinger, John Doyel, Paul Edmunds, Gene Ehlers, Rodney Ehlers, Jane Espenhover, Phyllis Jean Graner, Craig Grau, Curtis Grimm, Joyce Handlos, Jerry Hargens, Hilbert Hoffman, Michael Hoffman, Leroy Irlbeck, Joleen Irlmeier, Albert Jansen, Charlotte Joens, Kathy Johnson, Linda Kasperbauer, Le Kasperbauer, Karen Klocke, Bette Kruse, Linda Kruse, Kay Kuhn, Angela Kusel (valedictorian), Pamela Kusel, Robert Miller, Julie Monson, Harlan Moore, Jacquelyn Moore, John Moeller, Janis Mundt, Jeff Musfeldt, Rose Nepple, Lois Oakley, William Ohde, JoAnn Peters, Dan Pratt, John Ramsey, Rebecca Ramsey, Carol Ranniger, Janet Ranniger, Joan Ranniger (salutatorian), Karen Reinke, Larry Rohe, Daru Ross, Steven Rutz, William Saunders, Tom Schroeder, Philip Sextro, Gay Singsank, Karen Spieker, Jon Stein, Jim Steinke, Linda Struve, Gretchen Tank, Barbara Vollstedt, Donna Wegner, Jerry Walsh, Robert Wetzel

1965 former students: Toni Apicelli, Judy Beck, James Becker, Patsy Beese, Karen Borkowski, Donald Callender, Mark Curl, Vincent Curl, Terry DeBoth, Douglas Domayer, Gary Eischeid, Rebecca Eschenbacher, Craig Farnham, George Ford, Larry Galvin, Ernest Golwitzer, Jan Hamers, Cathie Hartman, Steve Joens, Gloria Jurgensen, James Keat, Donald Kingsbury, Sherri Loucks, Mary Martens, Gary McKinney, Linda Meaike, Wanda Mersman, Susan Muhlbauer, Ronnie O'Lear, Michael Patrick, Jack Plahn, Richard Poley, Marlene Schiltz, Michael Sebern, Karen Simcoke, Joan Tauber, Rolla TenEyck, Candace Waterbury, Jackie Wiese

1955-56 Fourth grade
Back: Lois Laverty - teacher, David Anderson, Mary Zerwas, Tom Bromert, Karla Kusel, LeRoy Joens, Karen Brady, John Swander, Georgia Schroeder, Gary Wiese, Bill Graner
Middle: John Lippincott, Jerry Hockett, Kent Weible, Joan Graves, Bob Venteicher, Linda Mundt, Patsy Popp, Ron McConnell, Rita Vehrs, Paul Vogl, ??
Front: Janice Ress, David Steckelberg, Gloria Mohr, Lance Monson, Dianna Volquartsen, Bill Saunders, Don Wagner, Gene Beckman, Bob Heithoff, Jack Ramsey, ?Gary Beck?, Genevieve Asmus

Junior high football (undefeated) 1960-61 seventh and eight grade.
Back: Charles Brother - coach, Nate Dappen, Doug Kusel, Albert "Butch" Jansen, Tom Schroeder
Third: Don Kingsbury, Lonnie Kasperbauer, Gary Eischeid, Steve Ruhde, Craig Grau, John Doyel, Dan Pratt
Second: Hilbert "Huey" Hoffman - manager, Steve Rutz, Phil Sextro, Bill Ohde, Bill Saunders, Mike Hoffman, Jeff Musfeldt, Daru Ross - manager
Front: Mark Joens, John Beckman, Nick Dappen, Dave Hass, Steve Musfeldt, Steve Atkins, Dennis Vaudt

1964 Football
Standing: Kelly Pratt, Gary Knueven, Ron Arp, Rick Hargens, Michael Blum, Allen Muhlbauer
Middle: David "Nubs" Dammann, Dave Rauch, Mark Joens, Douglas Kusel, Steve Ruhde, Dennis Ohde, Steve Atkins, Nicholas Dappen, John Beckman, Bruce "Stump" Rutz, Tom Jensen, Charles Moore
Front: Nathan Dappen, Jeff Musfeldt, Phil Sextro, Dan Pratt, Craig Grau, Tom Schroeder, Mike Hoffman, Steve Rutz, Curt Grimm, John Doyle, Bill Saunders, Ray Dentlinger, Lonny Kasperbauer

Kay Saunders

Dennis Saunders MHS 1957

Carl Saunders MHS 1958

Millie Saunders MHS 1975

Kay Saunders & Merlin Ramsey

Saunders Drive-in 1956

Saunders Steak House menu

1970 menu

Saunders Steak House ad in the 1981 Manning Centennial book

Merlin & Muriel Kunkel with Keith Kelderman (back) 1963 in Saunders Steak House

Ella (Mordhorst) & John Rowedder 45th anniversary in the Saunders Steak House

Pencker family history
also the Mustard Factory

Click to see the Pencker/Hansen and other family connections

Tribute to Tom in March of 2020

If you are considering building a new home or buying a spec home in a new neighborhood, plan to attend this upcoming meeting at the Timmerman Shelter House on Monday, October 18th at 6:00 pm.
The City of Manning is considering developing ground into a new housing neighborhood and would like to hear from you.
Please share with your staff or any interested parties.
Contact Dawn Meyer at City Hall with any questions.

I've been working on this tribute for months - which has been hard to finish because of all of the other projects that come up.
I wanted to see how much information and pictures I had for each member of the class of 1961 and include it with each name.
For some I had a lot of information and others not very much.
At times it was difficult to know for sure if I had the correct family so if you see some pictures that aren't part of that classmate, please let me know.

If you notice I don't have very many pictures for you or if you are a family member of a deceased class member and can help with more pictures and information please e-mail me.

The things you send me to scan will be added to this very unique Manning historical database I've been working on for decades, that I doubt anyone in any other community is doing.

MHS 1961

Click to see the MHS class of 1961

In Loving Memory Of Gene C. Borkowski

Funeral Service 2:30 PM ~ Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Manning Heritage Park, Manning
Pastor Jonathan Conner Officiating
Congregational Hymns "Amazing Grace" "In The Garden" "The Old Rugged Cross" Carolyn Kerkhoff, Organist
Casket Bearers are Byron Borkowski Collin Borkowski Brian Borkowski Jessie Hopkins Lucas Hopkins Jacob Thraen
Honorary Casket Bearers are Lauren Botine Lucy Borkowski Sara Thraen Jessica Thraen Samantha Hopkins Jocelyn Squatrito Nate Botine Scott Lusk Steve, and Pat Gawley
Interment with Military Honors from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517, American Legion Post 22, United States Army Honor Guard at Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin
Ohde Funeral Home in charge of services

Gene Carl Borkowski, son of Carl L. and Lucy (Gawley) Borkowski was born May 3, 1931, at home in Audubon, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Audubon. Gene attended country school at Jefferson Township No. 7 and Jefferson No. 8, and Irwin High School, graduating in 1949. Gene then farmed with his father and other neighbors.

On March 13, 1952, Gene was inducted into the U.S. Army. He attended basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and continued with six weeks of mountain cold weather training at Camp Carson, Colorado. In October of 1952, he was re-stationed to Camp Roeder, Austria, where he took signal communications training and was assigned as a radio operator and driver to the Headquarters Company of the 350th Infantry Regiment. Gene received his honorable discharge on March 1, 1954, with the rank of Corporal.

On November 7, 1954, Gene was united in marriage with Roberta "Bobbie" R. Kracht at the Zion Parsonage in Denison. Five Children were born to this union. Gene then worked for three years with the Green Bay Lumber Company in Harlan. In 1957, they moved to a farm in Audubon County where he started his farming career. In 1961, they moved to a farm in Shelby County, and in 1970, they purchased the Gawley farm which later became a Century Farm. He semi-retired in 1985.

Gene was a long-time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Irwin, but recently transferred his membership to Zion Lutheran Church in Manning in 2020.

He served as a P.C.A. board member (Farm Credit) for 8 years and also as township trustee for Jefferson Township. He enjoyed farming, buying and restoring John Deere tractors, going to farm sales, and going on Sunday drives, especially to Dairy Queen. Gene and Bobbie enjoyed traveling with their family and friends to all 50 states, as well as, The Bahamas and Europe.

After declining health since January of 2021, Gene died on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at his home near Irwin, Iowa. He was 90 years, 5 months, and 3 days of age.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lucy Borkowski; daughter Sheryl Hopkins; and granddaughter Jennifer Wulf.

Gene is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bobbie Borkowski of Irwin; children: Kevin Borkowski and wife Connie of Harlan; David Borkowski and wife Pamela of Irwin; Steven Borkowski and wife Holly of Manilla; and Susan Thraen and partner Brian Yoch of Mesa, Arizona; son-in-law Norm Hopkins of Colfax; 12 grandchildren: Byron Borkowski, Jocelyn Squatrito, Brian Borkowski, Lauren Botine, Collin Borkowski, Lucy Borkowski, Sara Thraen, Jessica Thraen, Jacob Thraen, Lucas Hopkins, Jessie Hopkins, and Samantha Hopkins; 7 great-grandchildren: Serifina Squatrito, Grant Squatrito, Kayden Erwin, Emma Erwin, Nash Hopkins, Sawyer Hopkins, and Jennifer Lusk; brother Vernon Borkowski and wife Leota of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; sister Sharon and husband Dean Axland of Ames; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jefferson No. 7

Page 138 of the Manning Schools history book

Back: Alice McConnell (teacher), Karie Marie French, Gary Erb, Margaret Laver, Marcia Juhl, Beverly Preis, Don Nielsen, Lois Pries
Middle: Karen Brady, Gloria Erb, Glenna Brady, Sharon Borkowski, Donna (Winsor) Schwiesow, Jimmy Nielson
Front: Dennis Erb, Leslee Laver, Ruth Ann French, Jean Nielsen, Carl French, Andrian Nelson

Jefferson No. 8

Page 139 of the Manning Schools history book

Edna Gawley's pupils
Back: Evelyn Ranniger, Elsie Petersen
Middle: Edna Campbell, ? Potts, ? Ranniger, ??, ??
Front: Gene Borkowski

teacher Gladys Groat - Picnic, taken on Jim Gawley’s farm - later George Gawley farm

Jefferson No. 8

Back: 1 Mabel Frank, 2 Ruth Kincaid - teacher, 3 Lucy Gawley, 4 Agnes Frank
Second: 5 Oscar Jensen, 6 Harold Crouch, 7 Edmon Gaskill, 8 Hans Jensen, 9 George Gawley, 10 Harold Hodne, 11 Melba Hammon
Lone student holding cap: 12 Ival Crouch
Front: 13 Robert Stocker, 14 Agnes Kvamme (guest for the day - she did not attend this school), 15 Irene Stocker, 16 Grace Farrell, 17 Ancel Crouch, 18 Edna Gawley, 19 Bertha Jensen

4th Grade: Edna Gawley, Alice Adams, Howard Christensen

Elsie ?, John Gawley, Gerald Knudson, Alice Adams, Howard Christensen
6th grade for Elsie, John & Gerald 8th grade, Alice & Howard 7th grade

8th grade - John Gawley, Edna Gawley, Gerald Knudson

1919 Jefferson No. 8

1 Lucy Gawley, 2 Agnes Frank, 3 Mary (Christen) French - teacher, 4 Mabel Frank, 5 Harold Crouch, 6 Oscar Jensen, 7 Melba Hammon, 8 Oliver Christensen, 9 George Gawley, Jr., 10 Edmon Gaskill, 11 Hans Jensen, 12 ? possibly Christian boy, 13 ? possibly Christian boy, 14 Robert Stocker, 15 Ancel Crouch, 16 Irene Stocker, 17 Bertha Jensen, 18 Edna (Gawley) Campbell

Jefferson No. 6
Back: Chester Mohr, Gale Moore, Marge Kuhn, Evelyn Meyer, Berthelene Meyer
Middle: Edna Gawley, Roy Hiatt, Evelyn Weems, Art Kuhn, Velma Hiatt, Leona Weems, Joy Moore, Lois Weems
Front Wayne Alwill, Junior Meyer, Opal Weems, Anna Marie Asmus

Jefferson No. 2 April 27, 1927

Lester Boyens, Laverne Anderson, Paul Klinkefus, Woodrow Armentrout, Arlo Hodne, Wilbur Armentrout
Edna Gawley & Alvina Anderson running on far right

1932 Edna Gawley - mother of Marvin & Larry

2001 Edna (Gawley) Campbell

Alice Gawley & Marcu Kuhl

Gawley farm circa 1920

George, Mamie (Frank), Lucy, George, Edna, Alice (Edna standing on running board)

Betty (Steen) Welch
April 18, 1923 - August 22, 2021

Click to see the Steen/Welch tribute

I was visiting with my friend and classmate, Mark Rowedder, who along with his wife recently made a trip back to Manning from out east.
We talked a lot about Manning's past and some of our school teachers' names came up...Mark shocked me when he told me that he read that Phil Lawler had passed away - some time ago already.
So I searched the Internet and was surprised to see he died 11 years ago.
Phil was one of my teachers during my junior and senior years and I have very fond memories of him. He was very well-liked by pretty much everyone as I recall and he had a great and silly sense of humor.
I don't remember which year or the exact event at school - probably Homecoming week where each day had a different theme, when he came to school wearing a huge sombrero and I mean this hat was huge.
I thought there was a picture of him with the hat in the yearbook but I did not find one.
If anyone has a picture of Phil with his sombrero - please let me know.

The only original picture I had in my database of Phil at Manning

Just below is Philip's obituary and other information I found on the Internet.
Below this online information are some scans I made from the school yearbooks.

Again, I put out the plea if anyone knows about the passing of any of our school teachers - or anyone who lived in Manning and then moved away.
They are a part of Manning's great history and I want to add those obits to my memorial page...

Philip R. Lawler

Philip R. Lawler a resident of Naperville Visitation for Philip Lawler, 60, will be from 3 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 2220 Lisson Road, Naperville, IL 60565. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 30, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Naperville Cemetery, Naperville.

On April 23, 2010, Philip R. Lawler passed away at his home in Naperville, with his family surrounding him. Phil will be remembered as a great husband, father, respected educator, coach and great communicator.

Philip Lawler was born on February 18, 1950, in Carroll, Iowa. He graduated from Wall Lake High School in Wall Lake, Iowa, in 1968. Phil graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1972. He later received his master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University. While attending Buena Vista, Phil met his wife, Denise Mascari, who also graduated from Buena Vista College. They were married August 11, 1973.

After college Phil taught in Iowa for three years (1973 through 1975 at Manning, Iowa High School). In 1976, he joined Naperville School District 203 as a physical education instructor at Madison Junior High School. In the 29 years Phil taught at Madison Junior High School, he went from being a "gym teacher" to a world renowned advocate of a fitness for life program that was developed and implemented at Madison. This new physical education program was recognized as one of six model P.E. programs by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

In USA Today 2002, Phil was selected as a member of the First Team All American teaching Team. Uniquely, Phil was the first P.E. teacher ever selected on the USA Today First Team. Phil's "New P.E." philosophy and hard work led to the beginning of the PE4Life organization. He quickly established a PE4Life training institute at Madison Junior High School, where he has since trained over 1700 educators, administrators and community leaders from 42 states and 10 countries. Phil's passion for spreading the message of healthy kids, families and community has reached over 2400 schools and has affected more than 2 million children.

Phil also worked as the Naperville District Coordinator of Physical Education from 1985 until 2003. In this capacity, he and his friend, Paul Zientarski, established the DuPage County Institute for Physical Education Teachers that included speakers from throughout the country and had more than 2000 in attendance yearly. Phil's commitment to improving physical education never went unnoticed. Phil was very pleased when the Naperville Junior High community of parents and students rated the new physical education curriculum the number one curriculum above all academic subjects. Parents realized the program increased results in all academic areas and Naperville began to set the standard for physical education across the country.

Phil's inspiration and dedication to physical education was equally matched by his love for baseball. Phil was an assistant head coach for over 30 years at Naperville Central High School under head coach Bill Seiple. As best friends they had many winnings seasons, highlighted by their 2006 Illinois State Championship. Phil was recognized for his achievements in baseball in 1999. He was the first assistant high school baseball coach inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was again recognized by the association by honoring him with the President's Award for his contributions to Illinois high school baseball. On May 9, 2010, Phil Lawler's number 29 was retired at Naperville Central's Varsity Field.

Phil's life is summed up best by a fellow District 203 educator, "I know your spirit will live on in everyone who knows and loves you. Your positive impact, like a ripple in a pond, on thousands of students, teachers, administrators and unnamed others on this planet earth." With all his passion for his work, his first passion and love was for his family.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Denise Lawler; and his children, Scott and Kim Lawler, Vince and Kim Marino, and Todd and Kathryn Lawler.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Pat and Sue Lawler, Dick and Jo Lynch, Maureen Lawler, Dan and Fern Lawler, and Jim and Trish Lawler.

Phil was also blessed with five grandchildren, Lucas Lawler, Alexa Lawler, Brady Marino, Hawke Lawler and Tucker Lawler.

Memorial contributions can be made to Naperville Central Booster Club for baseball. Arrangements were handled by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville, IL, www.friedrich-jones.com.

Naperville coach, gym pioneer Lawler remembered as a winner

The procession for Phil Lawler leaves St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naperville following the funeral Mass. Lawler was a longtime baseball coach and PE teacher in Naperville.


Family and friends leave St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naperville following the funeral of longtime physical education teacher and baseball coach Phil Lawler. Lawler died of cancer at the age of 60.

Pallbearers bring out the casket of Phil Lawler during his funeral at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Naperville on Friday.

It was one of the last words longtime physical education teacher and baseball coach Phil Lawler bestowed upon his adult son Todd before his death.

"That's all he did his whole life is win," Todd said. "Whether it be physical education, whether it be baseball or with our family, he won. He won all the time."

The proof was at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naperville on Friday where several hundred family members, friends, colleagues and baseball players gathered to say goodbye to a man many say inspired them with his passion and commitment.

Phil was 60 when he died on April 23 after a long battle with cancer.

"I'm the luckiest kid alive to be able to call this great man my hero and my dad," Todd said, asking those in attendance to tell the people in their lives how much they love them.

Phil spent 30 years teaching at Madison Junior High in Naperville where he revolutionized the school's physical education program, turning the focus to promoting lifelong healthy habits. It became a model for districts around the country.

Paul Zientarski, physical education, health and driver education coordinator at Naperville Central High School and one of Phil's close friends, said it was hard not to get caught up in Phil's excitement over his latest projects or lessons. He called his friend a motivator, an advocate and a competitor who did everything with class.

"If there's one legacy I can say about Phil it is if you can leave this world a better place than when you came in then you've done a good job," he said. "Phil, you did a good job."

For nearly three decades Phil could also be found in the dugout of Naperville Central High School where he was an assistant coach alongside head coach Bill Seiple.

Together they led the team to a Class AA state championship in 2006.

Lawler is also a member of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has a summer baseball tournament named after him and had his "29" jersey retired at Central.

Seiple on Friday said anyone who came into contact with Phil went away "enriched by his conversation, his encouragement, his support and his love."

"Some people see things for what they are," Seiple said. "Phillip had the gift of seeing things for what they could be."

During his retirement, Phil put his energy into working with PE4life, a not-for-profit group that develops fitness programs for children. Working with the group brought him international recognition and respect. He even appeared in the 2004 documentary film, "Super Size Me."

Despite his many professional endeavors, Phil's family was always a priority.

Daughter Kim Marino on Friday spoke of the "legacy of love" Phil and his wife of 36 years, Denise, gave their three children.

"My father loved unconditionally," Marino said. "It didn't matter what you did or you didn't do. It didn't matter what color you were or how old you were; it didn't matter the opinion you held. It didn't even matter if you played baseball or not."

Oldest son Scott emphasized the strength of his father's faith even during a six-year battle with cancer.

"He never complained, he never asked why, he just kept accomplishing goals and being with family," Scott said.

When he was younger, Scott remembers telling people he had no plans to become a baseball coach like his father and uncle, thinking he would try his hand at something different. But baseball is in his blood and he is now an associate head coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Phil's favorite movie - "Field of Dreams" - is now Scott's, he said. Not because it took place in Phil's birthplace of Iowa or even because it is about baseball. But for the final scene showing a father and son playing catch.

"I can't wait to play catch with you in heaven," Scott said. "I'll do my best to be a good person and make sure I see you there."

Lawler's legacy grows as foundation hits links again
February 2009 Naperville District 203 celebrates the career of longtime P.E. instructor Phil Lawler at Madison Junior High. Lawler reacts after speech by Naperville Central baseball coach Bill Seiple.

We can all hope to leave a legacy as rich and as lasting as Phil Lawler.

Memories of the late educator and Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame pitching coach -- who succumbed to cancer in April 2010, a rallying point for the Naperville Central Redhawks to win that spring's Class 4A title -- continue to motivate those he served.

The latest proof is the third annual Phil Lawler Batting 4 A Cure Foundation golf outing this Saturday at Tamarack Golf Course in Naperville. Registration for the event opened on July 15. All 36 foursomes sold out within a month, just like the two previous years.

"It's amazing to me but it's also a great thing that dad's spirit is still alive within the community," said Kim Marino, Lawler's daughter and the president of the foundation. She started Batting 4 A Cure in 2013 with brothers Todd and Scott Lawler who, not surprisingly, are youth baseball coaches. Scott heads the Benet varsity, Todd heads 29ers Baseball, named after his father's Naperville Central uniform number, since retired.

Vice president Marc Sweda, Ann Dana, Alyse Bergmann and Nick DiGiovanni are co-founders because this type of undertaking takes a village.

"You never think of what it all encompasses," Marino said. "It's a ton of work."

It's work worth doing.
Through two years Batting 4 A Cure has provided $30,000 to the Edward Foundation of the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville. Additionally, the foundation board selects families in Naperville who have been affected by cancer, and have given them about $15,000.

Fittingly for a man who sought to curb childhood obesity through the PE4Life organization as well as at Madison Junior High -- Lawler was featured in the Academy Award-nominated 2004 documentary, "Super Size Me" -- some of the funds helped children attend the Edward Foundation's Camp Hope this summer at the Naper Settlement.

"It's come full circle for us," Marino said. "It's a great opportunity for these kids to be able to grow and learn and have a week for them to feel normal and not to feel they're so awkward because they have cancer or a parent has cancer."

Although the golf outing is sold out, donations are always welcome. Information on how to donate is available at the website, batting4acure.com.

Running a charitable organization is basically Marino's full-time job. She said people often ask her what she gets out of it.

"Honestly, when we lost him five years ago it was a major void for me. It helped kind of fill up that hole that's left when a loved one passes," she said.

"And, for my dad, we felt like he was such an instrumental part of the Naperville community. Year after year we sell out (the golf outing) within a month. Teachers, athletes and students want to come back and relive the spirit of his life each year. It's a great day for us -- a great day for my family and my extended family."

On September 12 IC Catholic beat Walther Christian 4-0 in boys soccer. A first-year program coached by Javier Andrade, it was the Knights' first boys soccer victory.

That same day Naperville North beat Naperville Central 1-0. It was the Huskies' 600th win in program history. Jim Konrad's squad won its next three matches as well entering Thursday's home game against Lake Park.

Homegrown Hope
Metea Valley junior Angie Lee has beaten the odds. Now she's hoping her classmates can beat their teachers.

At 7 p.m. Saturday players from the Mustangs girls and boys soccer programs will play Metea faculty in the featured match of the Angie's Hope SMA Big Ball Soccer Tournament at Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville.

The whole tournament, from 5-9 p.m., draws about 30 teams and 250 people playing soccer with a wheelchair-friendly sphere Metea boys soccer coach Josh Robinson describes as a "yoga ball wrapped in felt."

The purpose of this recreational soccer spectacular is to raise funds for Angie's Hope, which supports research toward an eventual cure for spinal muscular atrophy.

According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, SMA is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls muscle movement. The Cure SMA website says the disease affects one in 10,000 babies -- another online source says one in 6,000 -- and is the leading genetic killer of children under 2.

SMA patient Angie Lee is 16. In 2006 with her friend Kyra, the pair decided to raise money to help find a cure, starting with a penny drive. With the help of their parents things got serious pretty quickly. Angie's Hope has since raised $152,528 toward the cause, including $32,000 at last year's Big Ball Soccer Tournament.

"She's a pretty amazing young woman we have in the building," Robinson said.

In addition to the teacher-student throwdown, Saturday's event offers other fun things like an opportunity to bid on a soccer ball -- regulation size -- autographed by the Chicago Fire. There is a small $5 door charge.

Robinson, on board with girls soccer coach Chris Whaley, likes the "hyperlocal" aspect of Lee's tournament.

"We're super-excited to be able to help out, it's something kind of local. We're always looking to promote opportunities for citizenship for our kids, we want to be able to help out with things within our school building," he said.

"One of the biggest things is this is a student-driven initiative. We know directly where it's going and it's something created by a young woman in the building."

The Century Club
On Monday, Downers Grove South's Melissa Weidner, Mary Eterno and Megan Wicklein were the first three runners to give the Mustangs the West Suburban Gold cross country victory over Addison Trail and Proviso East at O'Brien Park in Downers Grove.

In fact Downers South placed the first 11 girls across the line to become Illinois' first girls program to record 100 consecutive dual-meet victories. (Tri-meets are scored separately against each opponent)

Reaching the century mark, Downers South holds the state record well ahead of Downers Grove North's 69 straight wins. Rockford Guilford holds the boys mark with 104 consecutive dual-meet victories from 1981 through September 1994, according to IHSA records.

Downers South's string started in 1999 and has persisted under two head coaches -- Michael Arenberg for the first six seasons and current Mustangs coach Doug Plunkett these past 11.

"I think it's a combination of having lots of really talented girls come through the program and their dedication and willingness to put in the work, especially over the summer," said Plunkett, who recalled one meet where the streak nearly snapped, a 27-28 win over Hinsdale South in 2004.

Plunkett concedes that the Gold is not the strongest conference and that "many other area schools" may have achieved a similar streak where they in Downers South's place. But hey, 100 is 100, and the Mustangs can only compete against who they're up against.

"Over the years," he said, "the girls have come to expect to win each dual meet and find a way to make it happen."

1973-74 MHS yearbook

Not since the 1930s did MHS have girls' sports.
It was brought back when the new high school was built in 1972.
I wonder if Phil realized how he helped trail-blaze at Manning being one of the first girls' coaches since the '30s.
The first couple of years, the girls played JV level ball and then as they were able to build their individual and team skills the varsity level was added.

Oh how times have changed!!!

Phil during state FB playoffs against Mt. Vernon to fire up everyone - but not the sombrero picture I'm looking for...IF anyone has such a snapshot - please let me know!

1974-75 MHS yearbook

Unfortunately, when I worked on the Manning Schools history book, no one from this era of girls' sports brought me any team or sports photos to scan, so if anyone is willing, I'd sure like to scan your school pictures from that time frame...

Original prints of actual photos will scan much better than from the yearbook or a newspaper!!!

Darrell Eickelkamp
March 2, 1927 - September 29, 2021

click to see the tribute

Note: Darrell and many of the relatives never lived in Manning but are related to the Kusel/Ehrichs family, so this tribute is mostly intended for my relatives...
Dave Kusel

I'm always watching E-bay for unique Manning history - especially the old picture postcards that were mailed from Manning, mostly because there were 3 different railroads in Manning that had passenger service, so a lot of people even with no connection to the area came through town and during the layover had time to look around and shop and inevitably purchased some postcards to mail to friends and relatives about their trip.

Since I've been gathering Manning history for over 45 years, I pretty much have found and scanned most of the old picture postcards, but on occasion I'll find a new one in a family's collection or see one on E-bay I don't have.

Generally the sellers are asking way too much for them, so I wait to see if they lower the price. About the only time I purchase one that I already have a scan of is if it has names of people, information, and locations where their friend/relative lives written on the back...sometimes it provides clues into the histories of Manning citizens of the past.

When I read the description for this postcard on E-bay showing a scene I've never seen before, I had to laugh because it said "loading coal" in Manning, Iowa in 1913.

I knew right away it was a scene from straightening the Milwaukee RR system from the original one that wandered through the Manning area starting in 1882.
Since it was a very historically important image and something I had nothing similar to, I made sure I put in a high enough bid to get it.

I'm amazed at what some collectors will pay for something that has nothing to do with them or their community, and only because they want it for their collection/hobby...most of them have deep pockets so I can't compete and sometimes lose out on getting Manning's history back home.

Steamshovel loading soil onto cars that will take it to fill in the low spots to bring that area up to grade.

I have many scenes showing how they dumped the soil but right now I don't have any extra time to expand on the 1913 straightening of the Milwaukee tracks.

I've been working on a huge soil restoration project on our farm for several weeks (with several weeks more) which involves a series of tile line laterals, then eventually plowing up a waterway that originally had to be very wide to handle the rain water that ran off the side hills during the days of tillage and the early years of no-till with the waterway gradually widening.
Then we'll haul the plowed layers of black soil from the waterway, back up to the side hill where it once was and fill it in between the new tile lines...

Now 30+ years later after filling in the huge gullies in the side hills, "seeding" night crawlers, and experimenting with various oats/rye strips, and various changes in the planters/drill - the soil structure has improved immensely, from the old "plow-pan" days.
Since I'm using a Bobcat excavator to dig in the tile lines, I know exactly where the subsoil structure has greatly improved to almost perfect conditions to where very little rain water runs off because of the aforementioned soil reparations, and where there are "side hill seeps" where the subsoil is almost always saturated so there is no place for excessive rain events to soak into.

I'll eventually make a feature story on this project, because there is a lot of prior history up to this point.

So for now I won't be doing much updating on my web pages or working on history projects...

IKM-Manning vs Riverside
January 19, 2021

More pix coming when I find time...

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 manningveterans@davidkusel.com

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

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
70 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

28 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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