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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 1976 when Kirk graduated at MHS

Sherri Jo (Cvrk) Gray
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Kirk Gerald Huldeen

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I keep kicking myself for not being able to find enough time to sit down with various Veterans.
I was visiting with Joe over the last couple of years when he told me he was serving on a Navy ship in the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I told him I would stop in sometime to get his story but now I'm too late again.
Hopefully family members will have information about that event and other information about his service to use in the Manning Veterans book.

Joseph E. Neil, Sr.

Joseph was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Manning. A visitation will be held at Sacred Heart on Thursday, February 15th at 9:30 AM followed by Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:30. Joe wished to be buried next to Adam at Tahoma National Cemetery in Washington State.

Joseph E. Neil, Sr., 80, of Manning, Iowa, died February 10, 2024, of complications from a fall at his home in November.

Joe was born August 28, 1943, in Carroll, Iowa, the fourth of five children born to George and Agnes (Busche) Neil. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School and Kuemper Catholic High School.

In 1961, Joe joined the United States Navy and was a Vietnam-era Veteran.

For many years, he worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation and was a member of the Manning Ambulance crew. He had Neil's Shoe repair in Manning for many years and more recently, Joe enjoyed serving his community as a bus driver for the IKM School District. Community service was important to Joe and he volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader, was involved in the Knights of Columbus, and was a proud member of the Northwest Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club, and the American Legion.

Joe is survived by his four children: Cynthia, Christopher (Jen), David (Shanda Fulcher), and Joseph, Jr. (Caroline), 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His siblings: John (Betty), Peg Schulte, and George (Joni) also survive him. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends are left to cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Adam, his brother James, sister-in-law Judy Neil, brother-in-law Gerald Schulte, and his parents.

I received word from my cousin, Jon Ahrendsen, that his oldest sister, Alice, passed away on Sunday morning, February 4, 2024.
Jon has posted a notice on his Facebook page...

In Memory of Alice (Ahrendsen) Hoffmeier

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More interesting pix from Colene Rowedder's collection.
1948-48 Student Council

Back: Stanley Nissen, Bill Opperman, Leland Kienast
Front: Marian Godiksen, Marilyn Schroeder, Mary Ann Kasperbauer, Rose Ann Muhlbauer

I know somewhere I have a picture scanned of the outside of the old high school and someone wrote what courses were held in each room, but won't take the time now to find it.
Anyway, I'm trying to determine if this was on the first or second floor of the old school...I'm thinking on the second floor.
In 1948 it was the Commercial classroom where shorthand was taught.
Now I know the use of the rooms were changed over the years so what it was then probably had a different class in it years later.
I also noticed an interesting portrait of a young lady in front of a flag. I don't think it was anyone famous nationally but to have a local student with their picture so prominently displayed would be unusual too.
I also cropped out the safety glass window that it may help someone recognize the room.
I think the dark square to the right of the window as a vent built in the wall, but could be wrong.

A Manning helper told me that she thinks the shorthand message on the blackboard reads - "I love you"

Commercial Room - shorthand 1948

Class room window next to the hallway

Unknown person in portrait

I just spent over an hour communicating by e-mail to get information and confirmation and visiting with Russ Spies in person about an unidentified picture I had in the Monitor.
When someone IDs a picture for me, I try to get confirmation by at least one but preferably two other people. I don't want to offend the person who gives me IDs, but having worked on pictures for over 50 years, I've found that no one's memory is perfect and sometimes the IDs they give me are wrong. Then to make matters worse, sometimes the other confirmers will have different IDs between each other...enough to drive a person crazy.

Anyway, I think I now have a couple of pictures with more IDs - 2 on the right side of this page (Operetta photo, and Honey Rix) - just scroll a ways down on the right side.

Here is the unidentified picture I had in the Monitor article.

Keith, Mark, Steve Zerwas - Alfred Spies, grandfather of the Zerwas boys.
Sons of Dick & Donna (Spies) Zerwas
Now that I know they are Zerwas boys I can definitely see the family resemblances having worked on hundreds of Zerwas pictures over decades.

I continue to write that I have difficulties in finding time and older folks who can help me with picture IDs.
I use both the Monitor and my web pages to show these pictures, but pretty much only the older generations subscribe to the Monitor - the younger generations don't read the printed word any more and then some of the older folks aren't big on browsing the Internet and e-mailing so my web page requests go unnoticed.

My other option is driving around town to see if I can find someone old enough to help with IDs.
Basically my old-timer base is all deceased now.
When I do find someone who can help me, we end up visiting for quite a while...they just love to visit in person with people and since I know Manning's history, I can carry on a conversation with them.

I just spent around an hour digitally touching up and repairing the scan of this 1948 picture from Colene (Gray) Rowedder's collection.
I normally don't have the extra time to do this, and especially when I'm scanning scrapbooks. I just make high resolution scans, adjust things as best I can during the pre-scan mode, and then may touch up some really bad areas but have to keep scanning. I save the files in TIF format so they are uncompressed and someday either I or if someone as crazy as I am will digitally repair my scans.
Anyway, the faces of some of these grade school students from 1948 are driving me crazy.
All Colene wrote in the book is this was a grade school operetta. I'm wondering if one of her younger cousins might be in the picture and why she took it.
Colene took some amazing pix and I can't wait to get to them to scan.
So guessing these students are maybe 6th grade in 1948 this would put us in the time-frame of Alice Ahrendsen & Duane Monson who graduated in 1954.
I know that 9th grade was not considered high school for quite a while.

Roger Vollstedt was the year before and Ron Frahm the year after the 1954 class for examples.
I'll take a copy of this to Ron to see if he can ID anyone, but this always takes extra time to do this.
I'm also going to e-mail Lyle Frahm who graduated in 1954 and hopefully he can ID someone.

I know there are children/grandchildren of these students out there who should be able to ID their parent/grandparent but sadly - since 1996 when I first started my web page to try to get help with pix and Manning information - it has basically been Crickets.
Maybe someone will finally come forward.

Well I never expected to get at least some names so quickly...Lyle Frahm e-mailed back and gave me the names of 3 students and that he played the character Tom Sawyer.
Ron Frahm confirmed Lyle's IDs but we still aren't sure of the girl with the glasses and the other boy on the right.
Suzanne (Bandow) thinks the gal with the glasses is her aunt Phyllis (Zerwas) Snyder.
This is about the least amount of time I've had to spend with a picture ID in decades.

1948 Grade School Operetta

Carol Rowedder, Lyle Frahm, ?Phyllis Zerwas?, ??, Gwanetha Horbach

Since Doug wasn't from Manning, I don't have a lot of pictures or information but I'm sure many Manning folks saw him on occasion at various Manning projects over the decades - on his knees applying glue for tile floors and of few occupations today where there is quite a bit of physical labor required - and they should receive our respect for what they do...

In Memory of Douglas Weitl
July 9, 1958 - January 30, 2024

June 18, 2003 applying glue on the floor of the Heritage Park log "Erwin Hansen" conference center restrooms

June 20, 2003 applying glue on the floor of the Heritage Park log "Erwin Hansen" conference center

June 20, 2003 laying carpet on the floor of the Heritage Park log "Erwin Hansen" conference center

June 20, 2003

Moving to the new library at 123 Main Street from 310 Main Street

March 14, 2022 - the last project I captured Doug in Manning
I asked Doug if he was thinking about retiring - he said he was training a couple of younger guys to take over his business someday soon.
I just didn't expect it to be this SOON!

Doug was a no-nonsense worker and tackled each project with pride - it wasn't just another job - he wanted it done RIGHT each time.

The city crew did a lot of the upgrade and restoration but with some aspects it required a professional who knows the business.

2018 new carpet in the dining area of the Kusel home

Lois Croghan of Country Interiors would sublet carpet and tile jobs to Doug to keep the business in the Manning area.

So thank you Doug, for providing a professional service to the Manning area - we salute you!

Doug Weitl, age 65, of Templeton, died Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.
A public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m.
A private funeral mass will be held at Holy Angels Church in Roselle with burial in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charitable contributions.
A complete obituary is pending.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Doug’s family at

Most people will have no idea how the Hausbarn looked before it was brought over to Manning.
Like any structure, maintenance and repair is ongoing and I believe there was a windstorm that damaged the roof shortly before it was disassembled and shipped to Manning.
Below are 3 images to give you a little history lesson and a request for memberships and support for the Manning Heritage Park.

Of course maintenance and repairs continue with the Hausbarn and other structures at the Heritage Park, so the request for financial support and also volunteers to work at the gift shop and park is of utmost importance that the community and anyone who has Manning in their heart to help out in some way.

Early days of the Hausbarn

1986 Brandon Puck posing in front of the Hausbarn in Germany

2024 newsletter and membership form

If it works out for Jon Ahrendsen - he will be standing where the red circle is, around 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 today, January 28, 2024.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Just for fun!!!

Here he is around 5:30

A few minutes later someone else came into the frame - red arrow
Click on "Observation Hill" at the bottom of the picture on this website

You won't be able to recognize him but if he is able to get away from his work you should see someone standing there...

Once he returns home, I hope to write a story about his tour of medical duty down there.

Here is another unique item I purchased on E-bay.
I've scanned other leather postcards but this is a different one and even though there is no writing on the back, I wanted it to scan & preserve.

I contacted the seller, who lives in Sioux Center, to see what background information he could tell me...he purchased this and a number of other picture postcards at a sale in Orange City.
Some of the names on the postcards are listed below.
Mrs. A.F. Jonas, Jr.
C.W. Lundberg
Miss Carla Buchholz
Miss Rose Hartman
Mrs. G.E. Pritchett
Miss Mary Elizabeth Jonas
Laura Buchholz
Mrs. Carl Lundberg
Miss Helen Howard
Henry Woolworth

As far as I know none of these last names have a Manning connection.

But posting them might ring a bell with someone who might be able to determine who lived in Orange City and had a Manning connection.

Now remember that Manning had 3 different railroads, all with passenger service at this time, so picture postcard companies would sell postcards in the local businesses to passengers who visited Manning or had a stop-over and then would send a postcard back to family members, or ahead to people they would eventually go to be with.

In Memory of Susan (Baker) Green

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I'm so fortunate to have several people who I call my "Manning helpers" on the look-out for Manning obits and other information.
Jim Stoffers found an obituary of Forrest for me and sent it to me to OCR and convert into editable text, which I then converted to HTML to post at the bottom of this particular feature.
I'll also add it to his military service information on the Manning Veterans' page, and link it to my obituary page.
These are just some of the steps I have to take to save, edit, archive, and share the information I have.

But the obit Jim captured from the newspaper site was a poor scan so I asked another Manning helper to see if she could find another obit in a different newspaper...some of which are membership only sites that she pays to gain access to.

I often get suggestions by people with good intentions on how I should do this or do that or search here or search there but they don't realize that I've pretty much used every tactic and source to get information and help on the myriad of Manning history projects I work on.

What I need are more Manning connected folks to do some of the leg-work for me and help me, but for 50+ years I've found out that this generally just doesn't I plug away as best I can and am SO fortunate for the few folks who do help me.

Need help confirming this is Forrest Wiese
While working on more obituaries of different families, one thing led to another and we found information on various sites. Connie found some obits and other clippings and I ran across a picture someone posted on findagrave, so I contacted her.
Below is some of the information she sent me and the picture I received recently from her, and made a high resolution scan of it.
When I noticed there were names on the back, I noticed they were written the same as it was written on the scrapbook which I assumed would be left to right.
BUT sometimes people will write names on the back of a picture as if you would look through the picture to the front - which would be left to right on the back but identify them as right to left on the front.
Fortunately with my large scan I was able to read the names on the front 2 sailors and could make out Thompson front left then Thomas front middle, so the IDs are left to right on the front.

But I want get confirmation from a relative or someone who knew Forrest that the sailor back left is Forrest Wiese...even though it was misspelled Weiss on the picture and in the scrapbook.

Well after receiving this high school image - I think that is probably Forrest in the Navy group picture below.
But I sure wish a relative or someone who knew Forrest when he was younger would confirm it...

Forrest Wiese - Westside senior 1934

Back: Forrest Wiese?, Ray Moore
Front: ? Thompson, ? Thomas, Woodrow Draper

For the first 2 men in the front row - read the information below from the lady who sent me the picture from Texas.

January 19, 2024
Hi Dave! Thanks for reaching out to me! First of all, did I match Forrest's picture to his name? Is that the man you know as Forrest? There's always a chance I get someone's picture added to the wrong person, but I try not to do that. I am not related to him.
I bought these photos off eBay. There were 11 photos of groups of Navy guys on a ship. Luckily the names were written under all of them, so I did a little research and all of the names were showing up on the ship, Roamer.
I bought them from a fellow in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
I buy old photos from eBay with the names of the people written on them and I figure out who they are.

January 20, 2024
All of these men were from the WWII Navy ship called ROAMER. I researched on their collection of muster rolls for that ship. I found names for the majority of the men in the photos. Some men already had photos on ancestry or findagrave, so they were easy to match. I knew those were the correct people in the Navy photos I received.
As you can see in the photo I posted, Forrest's last name is not spelled correctly. The original owner of these pics spelled a few names wrong on his pictures. There was no other Wiese on the muster rolls other than Forrest. There was also no one on the rolls named "Weiss" or anything similar to that. I assumed the owner of the pics just spelled Forrest's last name wrong.
One day someone will come along and tell me that's definitely Forrest or it's not. If it's not, I'll gladly delete my picture from his Findagrave memorial.
If it is him, I would like to return it to a family member. There's a satisfaction in returning photos to family members, so I spend quite a bit of money buying these pics and researching their identities to get them back to family.

January 21, 2024
I'll mail it to you tomorrow. It's a small picture, so it will only cost very little. I'll pay for the shipping, so no need to refund me. Please let me know your address.
Two of the men in the picture have common last names, so unfortunately I'm not sure which one was correct.
Here's what I figured out:
Back: left is Forrest Wiese, next to him is Ray Herman Moore (1923-1984)
Front: The first man is either Ronald William Thompson or Gordon Albert Thompson
The middle guy in the front is either Charles Arthur Thomas, Richard Markham Thomas, or Hamilton Samuel Thomas
The 3rd guy on the front row is Woodrow Wilson Draper 1913-1958
The pictures had been in a photo album and the person on ebay had 2 or 3 pages of the photo album with the pictures still glued on them for sale. I cut out each picture with the black paper still glued to the picture and I also cut out the names of each guy in the pictures. The same names are written on the back of the picture (spelled wrong also).

January 22, 2024
I just put it in my outgoing mail at work. I'm hoping you get it in a few days.

Cut out of the original scrapbook

Names on back - what I like about the back is it shows the "official censor" stamp.

What I find interesting and disappointing is that a total stranger will help me with Manning history over the Internet but it's generally crickets from those who lived here or their ancestors lived here...but I've just accepted it over the decades and since 1996 when I created my web page.

Another reason for posting this picture is to show how much difficulty I have in finding military pictures for the Manning Veterans' book and getting information from family members about the Veteran in their family.

And finally, another reason why I'm glad I was able to get the original photo is that Forrest married my relative, Virginia Greteman.
She was the daughter of Otto & Alma (Hansen) Greteman.
Alma was the daughter of August & Emma (Kusel) Hansen.

I have even more connections: Virginia & my mother, Dorothy, were 1941 classmates. Virginia was one of my mother's bridesmaids.
So all of these connections are also why I like to work on Manning history - because of all of the connections I have through my family/ancestors.

Virginia Greteman MHS 1941

May 28, 1944 - Dorothy (Ehrichs) Kusel bridesmaids: Virginia Greteman, Duetta Switzer (one of mom's relatives)

Sadly, Forrest & Virginia's only living child is a daughter, their three boys are also deceased.

Hopefully I'll get some help with this picture and some military information for Forrest to add to the Manning Veterans book.

Mass of the Christian burial Forrest E. Wiese of Arcadia will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 1997, at St. John Church in Arcadia.

Mr. Wiese, 80, died of lung cancer Saturday, May 31, 1997, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Monsignor James Lafferty will officiate the Mass.

Lector will be Mr. Wiese's son, Lynn Wiese. Mass servers will be Matt Ricke, Justin Hoffman, and Alex Vonnahme. Gift bearers will be Lyndsay Wiese, Ashley Tegels, and Austin Tegels. Eucharistic ministers will be Jerry Tegels, Frank Testroet, and Anita Tegels.

Casket bearers will be George Brinks, Archie Ricke, Lenus Schulte, Ron Leiting, Tony Muhlbauer, and Neil Leiting.

Military honors will be conducted by Ehlers-Gerken American Legion Post No. 694 of Arcadia.

Burial will be in St. John Cemetery at Arcadia. Visitation will begin at 2:30 and a rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Twit Funeral Home in Carroll. A vigil service will be held at 7:30, followed by another rosary at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Carroll Area Hospice and left at the funeral home.

Born October 20, 1916, at Westside, he was a son of Walter and Anna (Rosengren) Wiese and attended Westside High School.

During World War II, Mr. Wiese served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater.

He and Virginia Greteman were married May 15, 1945, at Carroll by the Rev. Arthur Poeckes.

Mr. Wiese was a retired farmer and he also worked for the Arcadia Cooperative Elevator.

He was a member of St. John Parish in Arcadia and the Ehlers-Gerken American Legion Post No. 694 of Arcadia.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Arcadia; two sons: Lon Wiese and his wife, Barbara, of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana; and Lynn Wiese and his wife, Carol, of Iowa Falls; a daughter, Shelley Tegels, and her husband, Jerry, of Ankeny; eight grandchildren; two sisters: Loretta Arduser of Littleton, Colorado; and Lorraine Wattley of Chicago, Illinois; and a brother, Warren Wiese, of Manilla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Terry and Brent Wiese; two brothers: Kenneth Wiese and one in infancy; and two brothers-in-law: Jim Arduser and Tom Wattley.

The wonders of technology
It's a wonder when the technology works but it would be next to impossible to do the historic work I do without all of the technology we've been dealing with over the last 50 years.
I'm so glad that I learned this technology the hard way - by myself - been building my own PCs since 1996.
Once you figure something out the hard way, you usually don't forget it, and it helps a lot that I can fix/troubleshoot myself, pretty much all of the problems that arise.
Even the much older technology that I still have to use for various reasons, keeps me on my toes.
For instance, I have to maintain a PC with Windows 98 so I can access the older GPS technology I still use for mapping fields. It uses SRAM cards and the newer operating systems, motherboards, and BIOSs won't recognize the SRAM reader. Once I transfer the data from the card I can open it in a computer with XP. I have to use this version OS since the Arc View program I use won't run on any newer OSs.
Now there are many more newer hardware devices and programs that will accomplish the same thing and generally a lot easier but it isn't economically feasible to upgrade for what I'm doing for the farming operation.

Next thing is I figured I better clone the hard drives on these older PCs in case the C drive goes bad, but finding cloning programs that will install/function on XP are few and far between.
If one of those drives went bad it would be a nightmare to reinstall everything and then try to remember all of the customized settings and reinstall the special scripts that I once figured out how to add years ago.

I also have software that performs more detailed tests on hard drives. When I test for bad sectors, it takes a long time with these Terabyte drives now...just spent 4 days checking a hard drive.
Then I make sure to defrag the files and check the file system integrity on a regular basis.

This all helps maintain the health of the drives and also lets me know if a drive is starting to get wonky.

Then I recently upgraded one PC to a newer partition/backup program which was needed to resolve/fix some problems Microsoft created when they keep upgrading and changing their software/OS.
I also needed more backup options such as incremental/differential since many of my folders/files are getting huge, so that way the program only backups up recently changed or new files and doesn't take as long as a full backup.

Now I realize that many people have "cloud" backup for their phones/devices, but I want my backups where I can see them and work with them.
Plus there are very few people who have all of the computer devices I have and broad spectrum of digital files to backup and archive.

Of course all of this extra software/hardware increases the costs of preserving the Manning history but well worth it.
I know very few people will read all of this message but for the few who do, at least they'll understand a little bit better what I have to do to save Manning's history.

As I continue to scan this next family collection, I ran into this pose...of which I've seen quite a few like this in many other family collections from that generation.
Ironically enough, many of these little boys ended up serving in the military during WWII, and some of them died fighting for our freedoms.
I know pictures like this are offensive to many people today - who would have a different attitude if they would know their history, but way too many of them have been taught alternative history.

July 4, 1938

What a HOOT! - the older lady is holding a broom - I suppose to keep everyone in line.
The gal standing tall is holding a ladle and the gal behind a US Flag
The 2 guys in front have their jug & crock.
the boys have their toy pistols
The other lady has a water pale I guess to dowse any fires.

I would have never expected to see a picture of Eddie Johnson in this collection

Eddie Johnson in front of the Ben Franklin store 1938.
Fortunately this collection I'm scanning most of the pictures are identified/dated, except the military scrapbook.
Once I saw the ID in the scrapbook I could tell right away it was Eddie.
I doubt I would have been able to recognize him without the name listed - I don't think I have a picture of him this young.

A very common picture taken years ago...I find in most old collections.

Easter Sunday 1938

I'm very different than other genealogists and historians in that I don't have a favorite topic, subject, family interest, organization, church, etc.
I want to find and scan ALL area history, family collections - anything connected to Manning...and I take current pictures in the community, scan pictures, scan documents, news print, booklets, write stories for the Monitor, and maintain information on my web pages.
BUT I am always drawn to old farming pictures and this one below is just great, historically.
Based on the information written on the various pages of the scrapbook, before and after, this picture was taken circa 1938.

I often hear other folks brag how hard they work and how far back they can go into their family ancestry, yet they haven't learned one major lesson that I did nearly 50 years ago...that if you only concentrate on your own family history you will never discover all of the pictures and information in other family collections who have pictures and information about your family.
I often find pictures of my relatives in the collections of other Manning area families...which only stands to reason, if your ancestors immigrated here in the 1870s through the early 1900s.
Just like Eddie Johnson is in this collection, but not related to them.

Alma Schneider & Ben Kahler

This is why I make high resolution scans, so you can read the small print/details...

Denison Milling Company, Henry Zurn, Manager & Bernard Kahler, Operator

December 21, 1938

Two things caught my eye in this picture - the Doud Milling Company in the background and NO snow on the ground in late December.

I often hear people tell me that it doesn't snow like it used to, or this weather pattern is much different than they remember...
Then I tell them that unless they are Methuselah, they have absolutely no perspective that has any bearing when it comes to weather/climate, etc.

The other aspect about this picture is it always makes me angry that I wasn't able to get enough people in Manning to help me save the Doud Milling Company (brick) that was part of the Manning Ag Center...but I don't have the financial means nor the clout for things like this, I guess.

Delores "Honey" Rix - daughter of Lloyd & Frieda (Kaiser) Rix
I have a large database of nicknames and have heard a lot of them but "Honey" was new to me.

Have kids really changed that much over the decades/centuries?

The picture with the boy on the left isn't the only one I've scanned where he is sticking his tongue out during the picture taking process.
There are more negative influences on kids today, but basically they are the same based on having fun together and making faces - the basics in life.

Pat was a good friend of my mother, Dorothy.
I am also related to the Sibbel family on the Hansen/Kusel side.
I don't have any Lightfoot pix or information since Pat's family is not from this area, but I will show some Sibbel/Hansen/Kusel connections.

In Memory of Patricia Sibbel

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In Memory of Harlan James Moore
April 4, 1947 - January 14, 2024

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I generally don't have the time or take the time to show one of many little projects I work on day to day, but since I had help on a picture I featured in the Manning Monitor, I thought I would show it here and include some of the information connected to this picture and family...
I spent time over several days running around to find and visit with Marlene Siepker and her cousin, Melvin Renze and they were both very helpful. Marlene is 91 and Mel is 96 and I teased them that they are not old enough for many of the old pictures and projects I work on.

This plowing bee picture came from the huge collection of Lila Handlos - her son, Tom, called me one day in 2016 to pick up that collection so I could scan it...which included 10 scrapbooks and a number of loose items (400 items scanned).

I could pick out Frank Handlos in the picture and a few others looked familiar but couldn't come up with names.
Then Marlene Siepker called me about the picture I featured in the January 11 Monitor and said she could ID some more people and told me this plowing bee was on her parents' farm northeast of Manning.
Once I opened the picture I immediately could see several of the Renze girls and specifically picked out Marlene.
If I know the family connected to a picture, sometimes I can ID some of the people in that picture, based on family resemblances and decades of working on old family pictures...which is why I keep begging to scan people's collections of Manning.

I'm hoping that maybe a family member will be able to ID some more of the farmers...

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

On the Fred & Frances Renze farm - circa 1942

??, Ben Sextro, Frankie Handlos, ?Herman Sonksen?, Gilbert Renze, Frank "Shorty" Sextro, ?Ben Lechtenberg?, Marlene Renze

??, ??, ?Alvin Ferneding?, Virginia Renze, ??, Henry Espenhover holding Joyce Renze
Donna Renze (another daughter of Fred) wasn't at the plowing bee as she was attending St. Anthony Academy in Carroll.

Here is the article Marlene had about the Plowing Bee.

A display of loyalty and the good neighbor policy was evidenced on Tuesday when friends and neighbors gathered at the Fred Renze farm 3 miles east and 1 mile north of Manning to plow and prepare 35 acres of land preparatory to corn planting.
Mr. and Mrs. Renze have been in Rochester, Minnesota, for nine weeks since April 15, 1942, where Mrs. Renze (Frances) is submitting to cancer treatments in the Mayo Clinic. Mr. Renze is remaining with her to give her all necessary care and to assure her transportation to and from the clinic. Because of this he has been unable to remain at home and keep up with the farm work which is pressing at this time of season.
Neighbors and friends realized his situation and came forward with loyal and determined efforts to see that the necessary work was taken care of and things gotten ready for the planting season.
Eleven tractors with plow attachments and other equipment drove on to his place Tuesday and immediately set in to make short work of the 35 acres that had not been plowed and by evening the work was practically finished, and a good neighbor was made happy.
Henry Espenhover took the supervision in hand and was ably assisted by the following who were there and furnished tractors and equipment and their labor: John Sextro, Frank Sextro, Ben Sextro, Frank Handlos, Bert Petersen, Frank Fangman, Ben Lechtenberg, Otto Billmeier, Herman Sonksen, Gilbert Renze, Roy Hagedorn.
Mrs. Roy Hagedorn and Leona Lechtenberg took charge of preparing the food for the men and must be complimented for their fine work.
The above is a fine example of what friendship and co-operation means as one to another and especially in these times when help is scarce and production means more than it ever did before.
These people realized that a friend and neighbor was in need of help and gladly came forward to see that it was given; no better reward can be had than friendship such as this.

It always takes extra time but one thing I've learned is I have to listen and visit with people who help me with IDs and information.
They enjoy talking about old times and most of the time I find out a lot more information about various subjects, beyond the immediate topic I approached them about...
Here are some little notes I jotted down while visiting with Marlene.

One of the main reasons why I like to work on Manning history is because my family and myself many times have lots of connections to a topic and the Renze farm is one of them.

Some memories by Marlene Renze January 15, 2024 as recorded by Dave Kusel
Fred and Frances Renze were at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for 9 weeks, so the neighbors got together to help plow and plant Fred's corn crop.

Fred and Margaret Renze were raised by Henry & Lena (Renze) Espenhover. Lena was the eldest sibling of Fred & Margaret.
Their father, Diederich, died in 1919, and their mother, Johanna (Hannasch) died in 1910.

Ray & Luella Hagedorn were employed as a hired hand and hired girl by Fred & Frances Renze to assist with the family and do chores while Frances was dealing with her cancer. Luella stayed at the farm during this time.

After Frances passed away, Fred moved his family to Carroll in 1945 where he was employed as a carpenter building houses.

Fred later married Marie Fritz (of Carroll circa 1953) who had Rosemarie, James, and Phyllis Ann Fritz. The marriage didn't last long…
I'm trying to figure out this Fritz family of Carroll.
There was a large Fritz family in the Manning area during this same time frame and I'm wondering if they are related.

Since our AR Kusel operation farmed Fred's land for around 20 years, I asked Marlene if she remembered the original Milwaukee right of way.
The old RR cut was still visible and headed northeast towards Halbur. It was just over the hill north of the east/west road where it would have once crossed the north/south road of that intersection. Today Rural Water has a tower on the southeast part of that intersection.

Marlene said that her sister Virginia would ride the horse up and down the RR grade.
Charles H. Ramsey would raise colts and each year would bring the mare out to the Renze farm with the colt.
Then once the colt was old enough Charles would sell that pony and then breed the mare again.
Marlene remembers the name of the mare was Pearl and one of the colts was Pal.

Fred then filled in that right of way, but Marlene didn't remember any of the details, other than she remembers helping pick up lots of rocks.

I'm sure many people will think this information is a waste of time to record/document but for Renze descendants someday, they will appreciate these little stories that are NO longer told to the younger generations, so they won't be able to pass them along in the future.

Denny Rohe
June 2, 1949 - January 12, 2024

Bob Miller, Larry Ahrendsen, Lloyd Nepple, Dennis Rohe

Dennis Walter Rohe, a well-known and respected longtime Terrell, Texas, resident, passed away peacefully in Grand Saline surrounded by family on January 12th, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denny was born to Glenn and Mildred "Millie" (Venteicher) Rohe in Carroll, Iowa, on June 2, 1949. He was the oldest of 8 boys. His family lived on a farm in Ewoldt Township, in Carroll County. Denny’s father passed away in 1967. His mother, Millie, raised her 8 boys on the farm, until they moved to an acreage north of Manning and in the late 1970s moved into town. Although farm life was not always easy for the Rohe boys, they created a lasting bond that has continued until this very day.

Denny attended Ewoldt No. 7 country school and graduated from Manning High School in 1967. He took business classes while working at Lozier, in Omaha, Nebraska. Bob Brannon convinced him to move to Texas for a job opportunity at Lozier’s competitor, Madix. Denny loaded up his family, which included his 2-year-old son Todd and moved to Terrell. His daughter Tina was born not long after that.

Little did Denny know that Madix would become his second family. He served as the Plant Manager for over 50 years. Denny would have celebrated 51 years in February. He took pride in taking care of Madix’s staff and customers. During the last couple of months, due to his illness, Denny was forced to slow down. Although he could still be found in his recliner asking if shipments were made on time, if the uprights were set correctly and asking about so much more of what Denny loved for most of his life. There were countless hours spent walking around the plant and sitting behind his desk demonstrating a work ethic will never be duplicated. Denny will leave a lasting impression on anyone that had an opportunity to work with him. His positive energy will continue to be felt at Madix and the impact that he made will never be forgotten.

Denny was a selfless leader that donated much of his time to the community of Terrell. He has volunteered countless hours to local charity efforts over the past 49 years. Denny served as a co-chair for the Chamber of Commerce annual civic auction, and was a chairman of the Chamber Board’s Tourism Committee. In 2020, he was named as an Honorary Life Member of the Chamber and has headed up the annual Terrell Jubilee barbecue contest for over 15 years. Denny was awarded the Rotary Club of Terrell's Community Service Award and the Citizen of the Year in 2012. He has been an active member of the Terrell Kiwanis Club for over 34 years. Denny served as President of the Terrell Club in 1995-1996. He has been the chairman of the Annual Pancake Day fundraiser for over 20 years. During this time, over $200,000 has been raised through Denny’s efforts as chairman of this fundraiser benefiting 4-K-Kids Clubs, 1-Builders Club, 1-Key Club, 1-CKI Club, Angel League T-Ball kids, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Scholarships, and many other programs.

An important highlight for Denny, which occurred every other July, was the Rohe Reunion with his 5 brothers and their families. At least fifty Rohes, by birth and marriage, took over Branson, Missouri, during the Rohe’s Rowdy Reunion. Many special memories were made that always included Denny’s fish fry and sampling of Templeton Rye!

Denny enjoyed ranching his farm in Grand Saline, which included the love for his longhorns. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and most importantly his grandkids. Grandpa never missed an opportunity to tell stories about their latest happenings to his family and friends.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Millie Rohe, brothers Darwin and Dean Rohe.

He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Teri Dodson Rohe of Grand Saline; his son Todd Rohe and wife Camille of Sunnyvale; his daughter Tina Spain and husband Curtis of Wills Point; step-son Kris Humphreys; step-daughter April Crow and husband Casey of Terrell; grandchildren: Madalyn, Mason, and Mabry Spain and Clayton and Addison Crow; brother, Dave Rohe and wife Kathy of Manning, Iowa; brother, Don Rohe and wife Sandy of Carroll, Iowa; brother Dale Rohe and wife Diane of Wills Point, Texas; Doug Rohe and wife Timmy of Monks Creek, South Carolina; brother Dan Rohe and wife Penny, of Fulton, Missouri; along with nieces, nephews, other extended family and many friends, each of whom will greatly miss Denny.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00pm, Saturday, January 20, at First Baptist Church in Terrell with his family receiving friends beginning at 5:00pm to service time. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made in honor of Denny to Stonepoint Church at, there will be an option for a donation in his name. Denny was a loyal member and servant to his church.!/TributeWall

1967 MHS graduates: Jack Robert Albert, Linda Marie Barten, John Lee Beckman, David William Dammann, Michael John Edgerton (valedictorian), Ronnie Lee Ehlers, Marla Jean Ferry, James Warren Fink, Janet Kay Fischer, Jennelle Loretta Handlos, Lone Ostergaard Hansen, Kathryn G. Heithoff, Charles David Hill, Thomas Glen Jensen, Shirley Ann Karsten, Glen Charles Mahnke, Della Jean Miller, Sandra Lee Mohr, Charles Daniel Moore, Mary Anna Muhlbauer, Laurel Delone Musfeldt (salutatorian), Steven Paul Musfeldt, Ruth Ann Nepple, Gloria Jean Nissen, Elizabeth Victoria Oakley, Kay Helene Petersen, Bonnie Lou Pfannkuch, Craig Louis Potthoff, Peggy Lou Puck, Lynn Dean Ramsey, Joyce Lynn Ranniger, Helen Marie Reinke, Dennis Walter Rohe, Connie Sue Ross, Douglas Lynn Rowedder, Patsy Rae Rowedder, Bruce Jon Rutz, Delora June Schroeder, Bruce William Sieve, Dawn Dee Singsank, Larry R. Spieker, August William Stangl, Catherine Marie Stangl, Duane Francis Stangl, Richard Charles Stribe, Diane L. Venteicher, Dennis Ray Vetter, Doris Elizabeth Vogl, Darlene Marie Volquartsen, Thomas Paul Volquartsen, Vicky Lyn Walters, Darrell Eldis Weems, Joel Dean Weible, Carolyn Glee Wiese

1967 former students: Dennis Breidert, Cecile Calvert, Larry Drees, Noreen Eich, Cyla Freese, Linda Hargens, Steven Holst, Jimmy Hulsebus, Kathy Hummer, Linda Jackson, John Kuker, Kathy Lippincott, Curtis Lohrmann, John Loucks, Terry Martsen, Carol McKinney, Larry Meaike, David Moore, Wayne Moore, James Mount, Patricia Muhlbauer, Marvin Nepple, Lynn Porsch, Mary Ann Prosise, Pamela Ricke, Debra Russell, Diane Sander, Eldon Sextro, James Swander, Jene Thompson, Thomas Vonnahme, Anna Watson, Larry Wiggins, John Wilson

Page 38 of the Manning Schools history book

Top: Harriet Friedrichsen 4th, Dennis Greer Primary, Marilyn Brus 6th
Third: Gordell Lamp 6th, Mrs. Evelyn Antone, Dean Grimm 6th
Second: Luana Jean Lamp 1st, Mahlon Lamp 5th, Sharon Greer 2nd
Bottom: Dennis Rohe Primary, Curtis Grimm 2nd, Kenneth King Primary

Between clearing snow, fixing equipment, and lately fighting with my backup software that I finally had to go with a different company after 20 years, and one of my backup drives that went bad that I keep in the bank safe deposit box so I had to get a new drive, which I'm now copying all of the data onto it right now which takes several days - I'm hopefully going to get back to scanning several collections I have had for a while.

And in the meantime while waiting for files to get backed up, I made this next feature web page.

Walk along with me around Manning...

Click to see some snow

I needed to move some of the feature stories below to the "What's new" page, since the right side frame was filling up.
I also need to move some of "What's new" feature stories to the "Archive" section and delete others from my web page.
Before I do that you should take some time to click on the What's new in 2024 link on the left and scroll through all of the links and make note of how many Manningites passed away last year...this was the most tributes I've ever published since 1996.

I also finished the Weihnachtsfest feature by adding the buggy rides and some Christmas light pictures - just scroll way down on the left side of the Weihnachtsfest page that is linked over on the left under What's new.

Do you wear blinders as you go about your daily business?
OR do you actually pay attention to the world around you and not have your head buried in that stupid phone all day long and as you walk around in public?

I know this insults the sensitivities of a lot of people but over the last several years, when I meet young and old people alike on Main Street - they have their heads buried in their of these times I'm going to stand right in their path to see if they run into me.

People are basically becoming more rude and less sociable in public today - so sad!

It's weather like the recent winter storm that brings back memories like the one below where we had to start up the tank heater with cobs and chunks of wood to free up the ice from the water tank, and take hay out to feed the cattle...not to mention moving snow with a 50 or 630 JD with hand trip bucket.

Amos & Barry Kusel - December 1961 haying stock cows north of the Kusel farm place.
I don't know if I was riding along on the hayrack on this day - I was only 5 when this picture was taken but I remember other times how fun it was to break the twine string and kick the sections of hay on the ground and watch the cattle run up to eat...

It is interesting and I've been commenting about this for the last month or so about the low pressure systems that are now coming out of the deep south/southwest part of the US.
When we had many of the big snowstorms and snowy winters years ago, most of those lows came out of the deep south.
For the last 5 to 10 years most of the lows came from the west/northwest, which tends to have drier air so we don't get as much snow/moisture. It will be interesting to see if this pattern out of the south continues.
I see there is another winter storm warning for tomorrow January 12 in our part of Iowa, whereas so many of the previous fronts had been going north or south of Iowa or fizzled out before it gets into Western Iowa.

Another website update

If we get this amount then it will be comparable to the January 10, 1975, three-day blizzard where we received 12 to 13 inches.
Hopefully we don't get the sustained 80 MPH winds with gusts to 100 MPH like on January 10!!!

10:50 PM January 11

This is also what I notice that the lows slide on south of Iowa with the wrap-around snow dropping on us.
It will be interesting if another part of this front hits Iowa head-on on Friday...

Harry Musfeldt intersection next to 141 after the 1975 blizzard
A dragline was brought in to dig out the snow.
Most roads in Crawford County had to be pushed out later that winter by caterpillars.

Harry Musfeldt - this is looking south to where Gaylin & Jan Ranniger live today

My Volkswagon on our bottom road - this was before they filled in the grade and raised the road years later

Brian Lage on the snowdrift in front of their garage on the Lage farm

Many creeks were blown full and why there were "icebergs" ice jams by the bridges back then.
To the west is the old Emil Ress farm, and behind that would be the location of the Soybean plant today.

My great-uncle Herman Grau and other old timers at the time told me the 1975 blizzard was like the 1936 blizzard they remembered.

Last night January 10, a disturbance came from the west and we received about 1 inch of snow, so we seem to be in a snowy pattern, at least for a while...

It's just about dark and I went out to check things - make sure doors are closed ahead of the upcoming winter storm and I heard 2 owls hooting back and forth to each other.
I'm fairly sure they are Great Horned owls but usually there is only one in our windbreak at a time looking for an evening snack.
I've noticed a few more rabbit tracks this winter than previous winters. We have more/different type predator birds now than when I was a kid and there are a lot more coyotes and other predator 4 legged critters now too, since hunting them has declined, so they are eating up the smaller 4 legged prey like rabbits and the ground birds like pheasants that become prey and also the smaller birds that have to take cover in the trees when the predator birds are in flight.

It's experiences like this that make me reflect on the struggles my great-great-grandparents and great-grandparents had when they came to this area in the early roads, no towns, no railroads except the Northwestern up by Arcadia/Denison area.
No trees, just vast expanses of Prairie Grasses with shacks at first that had no insulation.

So I always remind people when I hear them or hear about other people complaining how tough they have it - that the have absolutely no clue how good they have it - UNLESS they study and understand our history.

My mother was from the generation that wrote down little sayings and quotes and even made up their own...they wrote them as little quotes in the senior autograph scrapbooks and diaries, many of which I have scanned.
This Greatest Generation was influenced in a major way by their parents of the WWI Generation, and the WWI folks learned from the Pioneer Generation, most of whom came from the "Old Country" and immigrated here to Iowa to build it into the great agricultural state it is today.
Decades later mom's generation remembered some of those things and would write them down on scratch paper.
When someone from those generations would pass away I hear many of the descendants complain about all the junk and useless information that was kept ("they never threw anything" I commonly hear from those who inherited the stuff), even though most of the time they seldom went through everything in the boxes of stuff that was kept.
In a rush to just get rid of those things, they don't realize they would probably learn things about their parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle, even though they think they already knew everything about their loved one.
Here are 3 short items my mother wrote down and clipped.
I'm guessing the chicken & pig story is something she remembered hearing as a little girl and then wrote it down on this page of a little notebook.
Mom would hear some of these little stories/quotes in Plattdeutsch but over the years she forgot how to say them in that language and was never a written language because of all the different dialects of what was called "Low German."

Chicken said to the pig
Cluck Cluck, isn't it great that we've been able to provide ham & eggs for mankind?
Pig replied, For you it's just involvement, for me it's total commitment.

As I go through the little boxes of things she kept in the garage, I'm watching for things like this and historical documents/records of community activities she was involved with...for some items I take the time to scan but I don't have time to scan everything now, but will file it away in envelopes and store in plastic totes.

I know most people say you can't keep everything but for most people they have little to nothing left of their past - most of it has been thrown away and what's left will hit the trash can sometime in the near future.
These quotes above are also something people in society need to ponder - where we came from and where we are heading.

Here are some memorabilia items she kept - I'm sure not all that interesting to most people but pieces of the Manning puzzle that I just love to scan, preserve, and archive.

1985 Parks & Recreation flier by Bruce Beasley

1987 MHS Christmas Concert

1988 Boyer Valley sports feature - partial scan

First National Bank calender - MHS schedule

The Parks & Recreation flier created by Manning's director Bruce Beasely from 1981 through I think 1989 who is also a great friend of mine, was VERY creative and brought quite a few new ideas to Manning from his home of Coralville, Iowa.

Now take some time to really study the items.
The first thing I noticed with the Christmas concert filer is the title "Christmas."
They also performed the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah - and a notation to stand was printed in the program.
The Messiah and more often the Hallelujah Chorus was performed many times over the decades, but I can't remember the last time it was performed in school and/or as a non-denominational event in Manning.
I have a performance I scanned years ago that was held in the old high school in 1970.

Note all of the businesses we no longer have that are listed in the 1988 sports feature.

Messiah practice - west bleachers of old gym.

Faces I see who are no longer with us:
Dorothy Kusel, Helen Pratt, Rita Zerwas, Judy Joens, Imelda Kerkhoff (Lydia Musfeldt behind Imelda), Dave Edgerton, Dean Fara

More faces I see who are no longer with us: Tom Henderson, Michael Mohr, Jerilyn Kusel

1970 Messiah

Jackie Borkowski tribute is finished - scroll below.
Rita Saunders tribute is finished - scroll below.

I had always thought that once the majority of the WWII generation had passed away that I wouldn't be posting as many tributes for a while, but I guess I forgot that everyone else continued to age including the "Baby Boomers" and sadly it seems that I'm posting tributes more often now than the last 28 years on my web page.

I now have the tributes for Edna Rudnick and Cynda Juhl finished - scroll down...
I'll work on Rita Saunders next and then finish with Jackie's tribute - then I hope this will be the last one for a while.

While working on Cynda's tribute, I got to remembering about how I received e-mails from a few people when I started posting obituaries back in 1996 - they were upset that I would post that information for the whole world to see.
They wanted me to remove the obit for their family member but I tried to reason with them and continued to post the obits.
I recall a few people also didn't want me to post pictures but the vast majority of family members and others connected to Manning were thrilled that I was able to post pix of their loved ones and also include some background music for the tribute.
Then a number of years later, funeral homes apparently noticed I was posting pictures with the obituary as a tribute and now most of them have copied what I started.
But being first wasn't the best situation for me until other funeral homes started posting obits and then started posting pix too, and I haven't had a complaint about posting obits for over 20 years.

Jackie Borkowski

Click to see the tribute

I know a lot of genealogists come to my website to look for and grab pix and information and especially obituaries for their use.
If you are currently searching my pages or have done so in the past, please help me with obituaries I don't have or only have partial obits.
Connie & Ann, my Manning helpers look for obits for me and many times they can't find them through their Internet searches, so I would appreciate it if you would help me by going through my obituaries to see if you have some I don't have and then send them to me.
By working together with people this is why I have the immense Manning historical database I have, and when others share and work with me that database grows...

Please remember that anything you grab from my web pages is fine for your OWN use - but NOT permitted to be used on those commercial genealogy/historical websites.
I provide everything for free and don't have any popups, ads, no long-ins, etc. to annoy you, and I don't make any money off of my historical research so I for darn sure don't want those commercial websites or anyone using/selling the data I have.

This is the number of pix I scanned from a collection that was destined to be thrown away, but fortunately the person who inherited them decided to keep them and even more importantly - SHARE them with me so I could scan them.
Now I know the curiosity of many people will be - whose pictures did they originally belong to?

It doesn't matter - because this has been the end result of hundreds of collections I've tried to get my hands on but for a myriad of reasons the owners decided to just throw them away - and a few of them were divided up to the "four winds" with other family members so I'll never be able to find out who has them or get them back to Manning, Iowa, to scan.

Click on the link below to see a few of the 400+ pix I scanned - the ones that were basically pix of NON-family members but to me so very historically important and ones I didn't there were several old farming pictures which I just love, because I've heard so many stories about that era from my parents and grandparents generations and the myriad of Manning old timers over the last 50+ years.
Fortunately most of the pix in the collection were identified so at least anyone who looks at my database in the future will know who they are.

I realize most people won't care one way or the other but someday there will be future descendants/relatives/genealogists/historians who will love to be able to see images of their ancestors from so long ago...

Click to see some pix from the past

As a reminder, IF you have old family/Manning albums and scrapbooks, old Manning/family memorabilia, school, old records, documents, certificates, military uniforms, medals, burial flags, and on and on...that your family no longer wants or your kids/grandkids will just go through and pick out a few things and then throw the rest away...
Please contact me.
I'll take the time to digitally scan the pictures and documents, so they will be preserved and archive which is the most important process in saving our history, and then I will make sure those items get stored/preserved in a Manning Museum.
More and more I'm getting people with Manning connections, but never lived here, contacting me and wanting to know if I would take the old Manning stuff they have and be able to preserve it for them.
A lot of them time, I'll be able to ID some of the pictures they have and also they don't always know that some of the old items they have are Manning connected.
So PLEASE DON'T THROW, but contact me so that precious history will get safely and properly preserved.

Thanks - Dave Kusel, Manning historian - preserving Manning history and items for over 50 years.

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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