Recent feature stories below!

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

"Happy Days" theme song

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

IKM-Manning ground breaking ceremony June 12, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

Mary (McMahon) Klotzbach

Click to see the tribute

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

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

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

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

All in good fun in Manning, Iowa

Melvin Renze - Parade Grand Marshal - 96 years young

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

I don't know when I'll have time to post pix and the corresponding audio information for this parade, but I'll try as soon as I can.

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

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

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

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

If you are interested in cars and auto history then come to the parade.
I'm providing a VERY unique MANNING car story to be told during the parade.

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

Manning Rotary Club Presents: Parade of Cars June 9th

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

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

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

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

I hope everyone connected to Manning will stop to think about the fact that one or more Manningites, of this little town, served in every major and most of the minor battles during WWII.
Around 700 men and women connected to Manning served during WWII...15 paid the ultimate price with their lives while serving.

Now this is not to diminish the historical importance of all of the other Veterans who served before and after WWII; those who served during war, in combat, in peacetime, behind the front lines, or stateside...we owe all of them the respect and honor for their service to our country.

80 years ago - June 6, 1944

I've taken pictures much of my life - since 1965.
First with a Kodak 110 color camera, then I video taped things, and now with digital cameras.
I've captured just about every angle you can think of in the Manning community but when I think about the people who took these pictures 80 years ago during WWII - more specifically the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion time-line, I just shrink with humility.

NOTHING I've captured has even the slightest comparison as to the dangers and horrors the 2 amateur photographer friends of Bud & Wilmer (also serving in the military) had with their own cameras - they had their cameras during the invasion and weren't supposed to.
While they had no way to take pictures during the actual invasion, they took pictures before and after and in the case of the glider that crash landed - it was shortly thereafter and one of the airmen was killed during the landing.

So when you take pictures so freely and easily with your smart phones - stop to think about these young guys - not much more than boys, who faced the horrors of war in combat.

Bud's Longest Day

Wade "Bud" Mohr
I took this picture of Bud's hand January 31, 2003...

This ring was traded for in Paris, France, for a pack of cigarettes by Bud.
He wore it for the rest of his life...

In Southampton - before D-day - Bud in white cap

Out on the English Channel - Bud in white cap

View from the LCT

Note the white line...The tank operator would look through a viewing hole in the bottom to follow the line.

Wilmer Ranniger
Wilmer Ranniger's story

Crash landing of the glider that carried Wilmer with the 81st Airborne

June 5, 1944 - Wilmer (arrow) is in this picture with "Ike"
Eisenhower with U.S. paratroopers of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on June 5, 1944.
Wilmer heard that Ike was going to talk to the 101st Airborne.
So he snuck away without permission from his 81st Airborne location to go see Ike and amazingly he was in this historic image.

Just stop to think - many if not most of these men probably died during WWII to fight for the freedoms of the World.

I had the utmost honor to be able to interview these two Manning men, one who was 30 and the other who was 19 during D-Day.
I knew them and grew up around them in the community, and they allowed me to scan their military pix and information, some of which will be featured in the Manning Veterans' book.
They never boasted or bragged about their service or held it over we civilians who owe so much to all Veterans - actually like so many Veterans they seldom if ever talked about their service; not until they got older did they start to tell their story and I'm so very grateful they were willing to share some of their stories and pictures with me.

Now I can share them with everyone.

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

Donald Haberl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Page 117 of the Manning Schools history book

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fortunately I have a few Manning helpers!

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

Daryl Mohr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audrey (Leinen) Phillips

Click to see the tribute

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

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

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

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

Robert Beisch MHS 1956

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

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

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

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

From the 1981 Manning Centennial book:

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

309 Main

316 Main - 1957

May 25, 1950 Monitor ad

Ruby (Emmick) Beisch

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

May 25, 2024 Horse Show

Taps, May 27, 2024 Memorial Day Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those in power protect themselves from the rest of us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olivia Mohr

Click to see the tribute

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

Below is Raejean's tribute

Click to see Raejean's tribute

Click to see Beth's tribute

From Verl Wurr's collection

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

From Merlin Struve's collection I scanned in 2008.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click to see the tribute to Verl Wurr & family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weblos rank medal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click to see the Good Ole Days

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

Helen (Musfeldt) and Glen Brady

Glen Brady in front

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

I recently received the original of this picture to scan.
For now I'm not going to list the names...
I was able to ID most of them but a few I couldn't quite put a name to.
I have all of the names with the correct spellings and will post it, but not yet.

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

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

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

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

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

April 27, 2024

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

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

Can you turn your head 270 degrees?

May 3, 2024 baby Great Horned Owl

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click to see a different perspective.

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

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

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

Hans Musfeldt

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

Hans Herman Musfeldt

1935-36 American Legion Commander

November 11, 1887 - June 20, 1970

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manning Monitor articles ------ 1943

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

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

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

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

Manning Monitor article ------ 1944

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

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

Manning Monitor article ------ 1945

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

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

In Memory of Melvin F. Musfeldt

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

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

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

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

WWII V Mail (Victory mail)

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

Helen (Musfeldt) Brady

I just love colorized pictures to scan.

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

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

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

This is a picture of students heading to country school.

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

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

110 years ago!

7 x 33.5 inches

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

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

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

What was going on in Manning in 1967 & 1969?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notice all of the clubs in Manning...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manning Creamery meat cleaver & tenderizer

Patent April 8, 1907

Complements of Manning, Creamery, Manning, Iowa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manning Monitor article------ 1943

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

Manning Monitor article------ 1944

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

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

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

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

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

Manning Monitor article------ 1945

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

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

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


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

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

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Brady & Francis Brennan

Bill Petersen & Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan & Walt Hansen - MHS 1922

Francis Brennan

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

Mary Brennan 1970 retirement party

Postcard from Mary Brennan to William Brennan

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

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

Ohde Funeral Home pamphlet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nissen's Poultry Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Lewis & Amandus Herman Grau

R. Randolph Rogers

C.J. and Frank Schroeder

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

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


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

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

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

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

He lived in Walnut, Iowa, in 1900.

Manning connections:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-Mail From: ALICE BURLEY 1999

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

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

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

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


Picture taken in Lyden Studio.

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

Taken in Lyden Studio.

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

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

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

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

Taken in Lyden Studio

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

1902 ----

no other information

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

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

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

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

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

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

I updated the Kuker feature, so you'll have to scroll down to see the information and pix I added...
If anyone has information and memories and corrections for this feature - PLEASE e-mail me.
I know some people post information and memories on facebook/twitter and those other genealogy/historical sites, but that information will never get compiled and connected the way I'll be able to preserve it, and someday the information on those sites will end up disappearing.
The only way we are going to preserve more of Manning's past is if I get the information to add to the Manning Historical Database...

The sad tragedy of a car/semi accident occurred where Sheryl (Musfeldt) Zinke died in Audubon County, April 10, 2024.

Sheryl Ann Zinke

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Do you know much about your ancestral roots?
This would be one aspect of many for the descendants of the families in the Manning area.
This is another tribute and very few people will know anything about him but there are a number of relatives who still live in this area.

So follow this link to see the connections.

While working on more obituaries and the Lyden family history in Manning, I was wondering if the Harold Addington, who was guidance counselor in Manning during the 1972-73 school year was the same Harold who married Marianne Lyden.
So Connie dug around the Internet and found this information in the Carroll newspaper.
I also contacted someone in the Lyden family and hopefully they'll be able to determine they are the same Harold Addington.

I also scanned and OCRd the swim team article.
If anyone has swim team records for the outdoor pool, PLEASE contact me. I visited with Bruce Beasley about a year ago and he recalls there was a list of those records in the display case that once stood in the lobby on the north end of the old gym.
I visited with the current director, and he hasn't seen any of these records stored anywhere.

I'm sure the records that were broken each year were published in the Manning Monitor, but the over-all list of records may not have been published.

So hopefully one or more of the parents who were involved with the swim team will have some of these records.
This is how easy we lose our history and without my constant work on trying to find and preserve our history - it won't be long and it will all be gone...and I even get resistance from a few people in the community who, for whatever reasons, just don't like what I do to capture activities and try to save historical items - the few things that are left.

I know this is a lot to read but you might actually learn something about Manning's past or be pleasantly surprised at some of the people you know and their accomplishments from years ago...

Equipment Purchased for New School
Carroll Daily Times Herald, August 9, 1972

Gymnasium bleachers, science lab equipment, auditorium seating and library furniture have been purchased to be used in the new high school building that is under construction for the Manning Community Schools. The building is expected to be available for use sometime during the next school year.
Pre-school meetings for the teachers are scheduled to be held August 23, 24, and 25, prior to the opening school date on Monday, August 28. The first day will be an all-day session with 850 students anticipated to enroll. This is a decrease of 20 students from last year.
Eight new faculty members on the high school level and six on the elementary level have been hired.

Harold Addington will be employed as guidance counselor. He has received a B.S. from Northwest Missouri State College and M.S. from the University of Southern California and has 17 year's experience in the teaching and counseling fields.
Terry Galbraith, a graduate of the University of South Dakota will teach mathematics.
Colleen Mileham, who received a B.S. from Iowa State University, will be employed as a home economics instructor.
Larry Miller, a graduate of Buena Vista College and has nine year's experience, will coach and teach math.
Rebecca Mills, who received a B.A. from Cornell College will be employed as a junior and senior high English instructor.
Raejean Paulson, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa will teach elementary, junior high and senior high physical education.
Edward Rohlfs, who received a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University, will be employed as an industrial arts instructor.
Thomas Wilde, a graduate of Mankato State College, will teach English.

Now teachers on the elementary level include Jacquelyn Calkins, a graduate of Wayne State College; Roger Erickson, a graduate of Sioux Falls College; Susan Herrington, a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College; Patricia Johnson, a graduate of Buena Vista College; Tracy Sorbe, a graduate of Augustana College and Marlene Uthe, a graduate of Iowa State University.

All the school administrators are returning. They are Paul L. Bjorkgren, superintendent; Charles Brotherton, high school principal and Wayne Curlile, elementary and junior high principal.

Returning high school instructors include Cathy Askew, Spanish; Charles Aylor, science; Gertrude Davis, librarian; Edward Flaherty, social studies; Jean Hudson, business education; Gerald Huldeen, instrumental music; Mabel Huldeen, parttime instrumental music; Gary Linder, vocal music; James Miller, English; James Murphy, business education, physical education and coach; Martin Sievers, science; John Thiele, social studies; Duane Boersma, science, and coach; Donald Klinker, social studies; Marjorie Lodwick, English; Scott Robinson, social studies and coach; Bonita Robinson, English, and Kenneth Stripling, math.

Elementary teachers returning are Mary Beth Summers, Thomas Ferguson, Dolores Sextro, Virginia Dethlefs, Geraldine Thomas, Margaret Ohde, Elaine Woodrich, Theo Ann Sortedahl, Verna Musfeldt, Karen Thomsen, Geraldine Stripling, Louise Koester, Irma Bromert, Marjorie Bartholomew, Colene Rowedder, and Richard Maxwell.

Bus drivers have been rehired and routes are approximately the same as last year's.

Team Recognized During Annual Manning Banquet
Awards were presented and the Manning members of the all-conference team announced at the annual banquet sponsored by the Manning Swim Team Parents Club Monday evening.
The awards were presented by Kathy Felker, coach, and Jennifer Zerwas, assistant coach. Miss Felker was also presented with a gift from the team.

Manning Swim Team members of the all-conference team are Steve Fogelman - H.M. Freestyle, Kim Mitchell - All-Star Freestyle, Steve Phillips - H.M. Freestyle, Brad Zerwas - All-Star Freestyle, Kerry Taylor - H.M. Backstroke, Steve Fogelman - All-Star Backstroke, Scott Rix - H.M. Backstroke, Kim Mitchell - H.M. Backstroke;

Don Wurr - H.M. Backstroke, Brad Zerwas - H.M. Backstroke, Helen Wiese - All-Star Backstroke, Paul Schroeder - H.M. Backstroke, Steve Phillips - H.M. Breast Stroke, Amy Brotherton - H.M. Breast Stroke, Todd Nelson - H.M. Breast Stroke, Bev Baker - All-Star Breast Stroke, Gail Phillips - H.M. Breast Stroke, Angie Taylor - H.M. Butterfly, Dave Beck - All-Star Butterfly;

Jane Nelson - H.M. Butterfly, Don Wurr - All-Star Butterfly, Jess Zerwas - H.M. Butterfly, Jim Stangl - M. Butterfly, Kim Mitchell - H.M. Individual Medley, Don Wurr - H.M. Individual Medley, Brad Zerwas - All-Star Individual Medley, and Jenn Zerwas - H.M. Individual Medley.

Swimmers who had scored a total of 100 or more points were given special mention. They include Valerie Enenbach, Angie Taylor, Dave Beck, Steve Fogelman, Scott Rix, Kim Mitchell, Mike Christensen, Steve Phillips, Don Wurr, Amy Brotherton, Todd Nelson, Brad Zerwas, Jenn Zerwas, Helen Wiese, Jess Zerwas, and Jim Stangl.

Officers of the Swim Team Parents Club are Errol Wegner, president; Dorothy Rix, vice president; Beverly Mitchell, secretary; and Sondra Christensen, treasurer.

The banquet committee members were Beverly (Mrs. Larry) Rix, Peggy (Mrs. Clifford) Nelson, Virgene (Mrs. Verl) Wurr, Diane (Mrs. Daryl) Genzen, and May (Mrs. George) Opperman.

While working on obituaries that Connie finds for me in various newspapers, I also watch for other Manning stuff and here is just one sample.
Years ago, it was very common for the area newspapers to feature the little daily activities going on in and around that town.
It was gossip to some extent but I'm so glad that a local reporter called around to find out these little tidbits of our history that would have otherwise been lost forever.
Privacy laws today have eliminated most of these type of articles.
I remember most of the people in these little clippings and all of them are deceased (I think), except for one of them - Gary Schroeder.
I also learned about another community social club in Manning I had not heard of before.
There are also aspects of the community that no longer are reported on and is too bad when a person stops to think that it really is the responsibility of that organization or public entity that gets tax payer and community support, financially.
I have pictures of most of these past Manningites or of someone in their family, but don't have time to find and post them now.

Carroll Times Herald, October 12, 1957

Surprise Lesson At Toastmistress Meeting in Manning
Manning Toastmistress Club met Tuesday morning with Iola Stammer as hostess and Faye Hill, co-hostess.
Topic mistress Evelyn Polking presented a surprise lesson on listening. Governor Faubus, in the person of Bonita Hagedorn, gave his views on the racial problems in his state. President Eisenhower, represented by Florence Genzen, gave an account of his actions. Dolores Ramsey was then asked to give Mrs. Hagedorn's speech and Emma Dietz to give Florence Genzen's speech.
Following a business meeting, Toastmistress Bonita Hagedorn presented Florence Bock, who talked on "It All Started with Eve." Inez Hansen then gave a lesson on reading. Dolores Ramsey evaluated speaker No. 1; Eunice Jensen acted as lexicologist; Florence Genzen was general evaluator, Eunice Hass timed the meeting.

Herman Behrens Sells His Business To Ralph Grundmeier
Herman Behrens of Manning has sold his oil business here, after 32 years. His Home Oil Company station, bulk plant and tank wagon have been bought by Ralph Grundmeier of Manning.
Mr. Behrens began business here in 1925. Mr. Grundmeier, who came to Manning from Carroll eight years ago, has been operating a motor repair business at the Home Oil Company since that time.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Schrum and Randy of Missouri Valley spent October 8 in Manning and attended funeral services for Elmer Peters.

Gary Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Schroeder, is now in service, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pahde are spending a week in Milwaukee with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kohnke and family.

Mrs. Carl Sandberg of Oakland, California, plans to spend, the next two months in Manning with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Wentzel. This is the first time in 46 years that Mr. Wentzel and his sister have been together.

Firemen at Manning Elect Their Officers
Officers of Manning's Volunteer Fire Department were elected at the annual meeting October 8.
Claus Nielsen is president; LaVerne Olsen, vice president; Ed Knaack, secretary; Ronald Hiatt, treasurer; Billie Ohde, chief; and Edwin Johnson, assistant chief.
Trustees named were Jack Ramsey, Merlin Hass, and Merle Stoelk; custodian, Earl Hoffman; hall committee: Delbert Vinke, Elvin Laurinat, Julius Hoffman, Matthew "Bud" Wagner, and Gil Nelson are new members of the squad.
The annual goose dinner will be served November 19, with Chris Schmidt, Merlin Hargens, Bud Wagner, Wilbur Karstens, and Allan Grage in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Clothier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clothier of Manning, is now employed in the business offices of Reed Hospital in Chicago.

Every spring I hear people exclaim how windy it is and was never as windy when they were kids.
Well every spring it is windy because every spring it is always naturally windy.
Here is a 1949 account...

The Manning Fire Department was called out twice during Wednesday night's high wind to extinguish two grass fires here. One was at the Kuker Oil Station and the other at the Bill Hagedorn home.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, April 15, 1949

I often like to show the extent of Manning history I have, to try to encourage more Manning connected people to get me their old Manning pix, history, obits, documents, etc. to me so I can scan them and add them to the Manning Historical Database.

November 6, 1947 Monitor ad

Jake Jr., Ginette, Mernetta, Jake Kuker
Taken in front of Anna Hagedorn's home - Ralph's mother...

I'm looking for more Kuker obits. According to my notes, Jake was married twice.
The second wife was Ralph Hagedorn's sister but I need to find more information to confirm this.

One of the workers at Kuker Oil Station shaking hands with Jim Kuker
Daru Ross is sure this is Walter "Butch" Mahlberg, who worked for Emil Jansen - owner of this station (Phillips 66 franchise) called "Emil's Service," and then Butch purchased it from Emil.
Then Merlyn Irlbeck purchased the business from Butch - Daru worked for Merlyn for a while during early 1970.
This business was located west, near Merle Saunder's Cafe.
If anyone can provide more information - PLEASE let me know.

I'm pretty sure the Kuker building is just above Martha Hagedorn's head in this picture.
I think this was taken sometime after the August 6, 1956, windstorm that hit Manning - the strongest recorded storm in Manning.

The warehouse below that became Spies Fur was next to the Nishnabotna Creek, just west of the service station shown above.

Originally the warehouse for the various service station owners and Phillips 66 franchise.
This is a rough time-line that several people have given me but may need some tweaking and corrections...
Originally a warehouse for the various service station owners that had Phillip 66 franchise.
There was a block building just east of this building and then the Merle Saunders Café just east of that…then later Merle tore down the block building and café and built the Saunders Steak House and motel.
Merle sold this old tin roofed building and property next to the creek to Ken so he could start his Spies Fur business.
Merlyn Irlbeck then moved his business to the Quonset that now is part of Rasmussen Lumber Company, where various owners of that business worked for many years.

Merle Saunders Cafe 1956 - just east of the service station building.

Greetings sent to Clarence & Iola Stammer

Ginette Kuker next to the Garden Club's fire place in the city park...she graduated in 1962.
In the background you can see the Twin Gable's station where the original Casey's store was once located.

Jake Kuker MHS 1968

James Kuker MHS 1958

Jake Kuker and Dave Rauch 1966

Standing: Norman & Elena Kuker, Delores & Lou Odendahl, Leon & Rose Hugeback
Frank Handlos seated
Norman was a nephew of Jake Kuker, Sr. and purchased the Kuker Oil Station from Jake

We are looking for Norman's obituary. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lampasas, Texas.
He and Elena had 3 sons: Johnny, Donald, and Ronald

As I continue to work on various Manning projects, I run into family names who I don't have obituaries for, so I ask Connie to dig around in her online sources and she usually comes through.
Trying to connect people to other families with the same last name can be very difficult, so I try to find obituaries and even then the problems continue when they have very little facts included in the obit, so I have to find more obituaries of other family members and then finally I can usually make the connections.
I also notice variations in the spellings of last names in the obits, so I try to determine which one is correct. Fortunately, I can catch some of these errors from memory having worked on the area history for decades which also saves me time by not having to read through a lot of obituaries and other historical information in my database.
I also use other sources of information that Connie finds and I find and then add some of those facts to the obituaries, to either correct errors I notice or to expand on the family connections/history so the person reading the obit will have the most accurate information and also be able to make connections easier with my added information.

While I'm able to get a lot more obits from my Manning helpers, I'll gladly accept obits from anyone who browses through my web page and notices they have some I don't have.
I'm sharing with everyone, so those who find information on my web pages should also feel obliged to share in return.
I recently added 5 more obits and I post the date I add each time which can be found on the right side of that page.

As I continue to work on Manning's history and ask various Manning helpers to find information on the Internet, I continue to be amazed at the stuff people post that is in error or easy to find and show on those commercial websites.
Do I have everything correct? NO, but I always ask everyone to let me know if they find an error or suspect I might have an error because I want to correct any errors I have, no matter who made them - I want the most accurate database I can get..
Lately I've had several people tell me loudly and clearly with colorful language, that they don't like what I do in capturing activities in and around Manning with my digital camera. Now this is nothing new and similar to when I video taped programming for Channel 2, many decades ago.
Another day recently I was visiting with another person - having a nice conversation and when I told them about the first railroad in Manning was the Northwestern - they blew their stack and said it was the Great Western - they had worked for the railroad for 40 years and knew the area history. I tried to explain the Great Western came along after the Northwestern and Milwaukee and after they expressed more of their knowledge of area RR history I was told to get the "F" out of here. Now I calmed things down and dropped the discussion.

When someone tells me I'm wrong, my first comment is - I could be wrong and will look in my database and generally I find out I was correct or mostly correct.
I could have told this person that all 3 RRs went through our farm and I have the abstracts that show those RRs and I also have all kinds of historical information in my database but it wasn't worth a heated argument.

Why do I mention some of these confrontations? I'm sure it will sound like whining...For one thing, this is what I deal with quite often when I work on Manning history and someone doesn't like what I do...their right, but I also have the right to take pictures and preserve Manning's history - some people just see their side of the issue and then some of them also spread lies and rumors because they can't back up their point of view.
I also mention this to emphasize that more people need to learn to listen today and not speak - I don't mean from me but in general...then they might actually might learn something in life.
I learned years ago to LISTEN to folks, especially the older and more experienced people - I also realized that sometimes their memories weren't always correct but I still took in their stories.
Then I would document them as best I could and if I found out they had something incorrect I made a note about it. BUT I didn't run around and tell everyone that person was wrong or went back to them to hold it over them.
I'll never forget one time in the "Bull Pen" at the Corner Cafe - a bunch of old timers were discussing the video I played on Channel 2 the night before where Bud Johnson would tell of the various families that lived in the homes around town - I titled the video "The House that Jack Built." Now some of the guys were saying Bud had this wrong and that wrong and then all of a sudden Art Rix, the elder person there, spoke up. He said that while Bud left out some of the families who lived in a home, he was basically correct with what he told - the room got quiet.

Now disagreements and arguments are nothing new when it comes to our history/memories but one thing I've noticed is how attitudes have changed - to where the person thinks he can't be wrong and gets aggressive about it.
Everyone has the right to their opinion but that doesn't mean just because they have an opinion that they need to proclaim it as the ultimate truth to everyone.

Years ago we had party phone lines for gossip, but now with the Internet we can reach nearly everywhere around the world to gossip, and I think that makes some people believe that everyone should hear all of their opinions.

Here is a little spat back during WWI when there was anti-German animosity, so Der Manning Herold eventually combined with the Manning Monitor and only English was printed in the Monitor after that...but Berthold Kraus didn't like what someone was saying about the Herold.
We'll never know who that person was but Kraus obviously gave that person a "tongue lashing" in Der Manning Herold.
So as we all can see, arguments and disagreements are nothing new and at times can get pretty heated.

Give him a Dose of Paregoric
Der Manning Herold

It is rumored that an English paper is soon to be issued from the Herold office, the necessary amount of material on hand. There is said to be some dissatisfaction over the change of the name from Monitor and especially over the substitution of the words “Carroll County” for “Manning” in the heading. ---- Manning’s Baby to the Capital.
There is a fellow in this town with a kid’s head on a man’s shoulders who has had a chronic attack of colic ever since we have refused to let him dictate the managing of our business. We are reliably informed who this fellow is and know to an absolute certainty that he knew he was lying when he “wrote” those words and that he did it without the knowledge of Mr. Kraus. We have nothing to say about dissatisfaction with our paper only that we have added 45 new names to our list in the last three months and have lost but three.

Note from Art & Ila Rix March 2004
Berthold Kraus and his wife were involved in Show Troops which put on plays.
When their group came to Manning to put on a play they liked the town so well that they moved here.

Another thing I notice with those online genealogy/history and social media sites are that people like to post the most common pictures and information but I like to scan and document the odd and unusual things that no one else will take the time to scan and preserve.
What do you see in this scan?

This is the first thing I look at when someone brings me an old Monitor.
I immediately knew who this was - Raymond Kelsey, Manning dentist and also dentist for the military during WWI, WWII, and Korea. His son is Donn Kelsey. Ray's wife was Florence Meyers, a relative of mine.
I think little things like a subscriber's name on the Monitor is a very important part of Manning's history puzzle.

I'm double checking for sure which home this old Monitor was discovered while they were renovating their home and I e-mailed Donn to see if his parents lived at this home...I'll report back once I get all of the facts squared away.

I constantly watch e-bay for old Manning items I don't have. Most of the picture postcards that are currently listed, I already have multiple scans of, so I'm not interested in them UNLESS they have writing and names on back that will give a little perspective about that time-frame.

Here are several items I recently purchased that are very unusual. Many times I can't compete with the pocketbooks of collectors who only want the item for their collection and aren't interested in the background/history of the Manning item. So many times I get outbid and of course the money comes out of my own pocket when I win...I'm not a collector but these items will go in the Manning Museum someday.

As I wrote above, I'm not a collector but this matchbook cover intrigued me, as I had never run across this business before with a Manning connection and citizen. I just love it when I can find something about a past Manningite who I knew and my family has connections with. Amos "Messy" Misselhorn and my dad, Amos "Kiezel" Kusel, graduated together in 1938 and there was another Amos in this class - Amos "Pickel" Rutz...nothing earth-shattering but it's the little things to me that are sometimes more important that the big picture.

Another item I purchased was this 1916 envelope that I think is connected to Charles Lyden, but I don't recognize the Standard Stock Farm name. There were 2 other e-bay bidders on this item and not sure why they would want it.
I've been trying to reach Jeanne (Lyden) Farley in Aplington, but the phone number I have is dead - if anyone is in contact with Jeanne, please let her know.
Anyway, on back is what I was really interested in where it lists Lyden's prize breeding sows. The Lyden homeplace was southeast of Manning - later owned by Herb Ullerich and farmed by Wilbur & Gordy Lamp and later our A.R. Kusel farming operation custom farmed it for around 15 years for Herb.
Charles raised purebred Poland China hogs. He also raised and bred trotting horses.

Lady Big Bone 2nd in contest & Wonder Girl 4th

There were several farms with the name "Stock" in them but I need to determine if this was Lyden's farm.
Harry Nelson was involved with this transaction but I don't recognize his name.

The last item I'm going to feature for now - I have dozens of other Manning historical things I purchased over the last couple of years - is this baseball team.
The first thing I checked on the back was to see if there were any names/dates and like usual - there wasn't any information. I have several other picture postcards from this era scanned, some with a few names, dates, and information so I'll have to compare them to see if I can ID someone in this picture.
The photo was taken in front of the Fair Grounds grandstand which was once located on the south side of the road that goes down to the present-day sewage what is part of the soccer field and one time the Manning School football field before it moved across the road to the north and was just south of 141 & the Saunders' Steak House.
For years, Shorty Sextro owned and farm this area where the team is standing...
The road that is still there was where we practiced for track when the old school was still being used where the Rec Center is now.

Unfortunately no information was written on back of this recent purchase on e-bay

From the Radeleff family collection 1910

You can see the Milwaukee railroad water tower and the Manning water tower under the word "over."

From the Ruth Ohde collection - more specifically the Dethlefs history.

1 A. Schoening, 2 A. Koepen, 3 August Gruhn, 4 Cam Parish, 5 Russell Free, 6 Lou Reinholdt, 7 Lou? Ohm, 8 Pete Kuhl, 9 George Dethlefs

I finished Judy Bunz's and Sandra Sigler's and Jane Eischeid's tributes - linked down below.

Jane (Espenhover) Eischeid

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

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

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

I'm bringing this back up to the top, since I so seldom have someone contact me to identify someone in a picture.

Tim Kienast was sure this isn't Marlene Ruhde who was originally identified on the right side of this picture, so he contacted Marlene's daughter and she confirmed this isn't her mother but thought she might be Madlyn Younie, then Tim contacted Lois Croghan to see if she could confirm this is Madlyn and I just received a phone call from Lois and this is Madlyn so another teeny piece of Manning's history is confirmed.

I just wish more people would help out with identifications while there are still people old enough who could/should know, or before other photos that are identified get thrown away that could be used for identification comparisons of pictures I have in my database. Sadly, many old pictures I've scanned that aren't indentified will probably never get identified because the people who would have known them are also deceased and their descendants/relatives don't have much interest in helping out.

Herb Groteluschen, Everett "Butch" Himes, Lou Bohnsack, Madlyn (Cramer) Younie
In 2009, Jon Groteluschen sent me quite a few of his pictures to scan and then again in 2021, he sent me many of his albums and pix to scan. He wanted to make sure they would be preserved and that his children probably wouldn't have much interest in keeping most of them after he was gone.
Anyway Jon helped identify most of his pictures and thought the lady on the right was Marlene Ruhde.
He thought a Marlene Schrum also worked in this grocery store but wasn't sure.
Tim had Pam Sebring look at this picture and she said her mother didn't work at the Groteluschen grocery store and this wasn't her mother (Marlene Ruhde) but thought the unknown lady might be Madelyn Younie.
I can't find a picture of Madlyn right now, but below are pictures of her sisters, Pauline and Audrey for comparison.

Everett "Butch" Himes, Lou Bohnsack, Madlyn (Cramer) Younie

LaRue Dietz, Audrey (Cramer) Olsen

Pauline (Cramer) Graves 1966

If you didn't see Jon's tribute the first time around or just wasn't interested - I would encourage you to look at all of the wonderful pix & documents Jon sent to me to scan. It wasn't his ego why he wanted me to digitize his stuff, but his pride in the Manning community he grew up in and to preserve just a little part of that history.
Be sure to click on the "Articles" links - you'll see some amazing newspaper articles I scanned from Jon's collection.
Not many people will take the time to help me with Manning's history, like Jon did...

Groteluschen history

1981 Manning Centennial book
According to records, one of the early pioneers in the grocery business was A. Young, who owned a stock of goods in the food business. November 23, 1887, he sold his stock to E.E.A. Brunnier and J.H. Burmeister. This was shortlived and on December 8, 1887, Brunnier purchased Burmeister's interest. He managed the store for many years. The next owners were the Kleespies Brothers, Leo and Henry. In 1928 Frank Ehrichs purchased Leo's interest and the store became Kleespies and Ehrichs. Ehrichs became the sole owner in 1930. This store carried a complete line of general merchandise, dry goods, groceries and meats. Vincent Wehr managed the meat department for Ehrichs, who also had a general merchandise store in Aspinwall. In 1936 Olson Brothers of Audubon purchased the store and it was managed by Herb Groteluschen. December 1945, Herb purchased the store and operated it under the name of Manning Food Market. Clerks were Lou Bohnsack, Leola Gray and Jack Junge.

The store, located at 324 Main, was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Walt Baker in 1965. To allow for expansion to a growing business, the store was moved to the former Ohde building at 320 Main Street in 1972. After the untimely death of Walter Baker, the store was continued by his wife, Genevieve and son, Ron. They carry a complete line of fresh and frozen foods, staples of all kinds and have an excellent meat department. The clerks at the present time are Fern Ramsey, Minnie Dales, Harold Baker, Charles Laverty and Ralph Grundmeier.

This has been a continuous grocery business since before 1887 and is still a thriving asset to the community.

Note: at the time of the Baker operation - there were 4 different grocery stores in Manning - some food for thought for today!

As I also write about quite often, one of the big reasons why I like to work on and preserve Manning history is because of all of my connections to it...Frank Ehrichs mentioned in the story above was my great-uncle who lived in Aspinwall...the birth place where my mother grew up.

Thanks again, to Roger Hansen for finding another obituary of a former Manningite.
Hopefully more alumni will let me know when they hear about or discover the passing of a classmate or schoolmate.
Less and less Manning connected families are sending obituaries back to the hometown newspaper such as the Monitor anymore, so unless someone notifies me I won't be able to make a tribute and add to the history of that person who passed away.
Oh, I realize lots of people will post things on facebook and other media sites and funeral home web pages, but those sites won't have the in-depth history and connections like I'll have on my web page and in my database.

Sandra (Johnson) Sigler

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Judith Ann Bunz
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Ever hear of "big brothers?" well Allan had 2 of them...

Roger, Allan, Lyle
My dad, Amos Kusel, was a third cousin to the Eich brothers - more details on this once I finish the tribute.
My mother, Dorothy (Ehrichs) Kusel and Lyle Eich graduated in 1941.
So there are all kinds of connections between my family and the Eich family.

As I'm searching my database for "eich" I'm being reminded how many pictures and how much information I've scanned from the Eich families over the years.
When I scan old family collections I concentrate on the scanning process and don't have time to "take in" the historical value it has. When I later use some of this data for tributes, I realize the historical importance of preserving this history which honors those folks who helped build the community we live in now...and even more importantly, all of the hundreds and thousands of people they interact with who have also helped build the town we call Manning.

A specific example is in the Ann Grau tribute - I hope everyone reads the story about Magda Grau and her experiences going through Ellis Island and how she considered herself "I am a very blessed woman."

Working on all of this history over the decades gives me the tremendous pride I have for our community and helps me realize how much we owe our ancestors and the Pioneers before us - how humble we should be for all of the wonderful things that have been bestowed upon us by so many selfless and physically hard-working citizens before us.

Lately people have been contacting me about old Manning pictures, newspapers, memorabilia, school, etc. items - if I want them.
Of course I'll take just about anything old that is about Manning's past that people no longer want - NOT for me to keep for myself or sell, but will eventually go into the Manning Museum I'm working on with another business owner in Manning.
Over the decades, there have been various groups and individuals who made attempts to preserve our area history but eventually they fade and die out.
Also, some of the old stuff those other Manning groups were given didn't meet their interests/standards on what to preserve so many things were thrown away or maybe sold on a sale.
NOT me, I take all the old stuff and can generally determine for sure if it has a Manning connection and would be of interest for a museum.
I don't keep or sell any old history people give me - in fact I'm the only one who has been using my own money over decades to purchase old Manning history to preserve in a Museum.
When people bring me old Manning Monitors, many times I'll have the same issue but what I look for is to see if the name of the person is printed on the newspaper (see scan below). I make sure to keep the ones with names on since that shows who was part of Manning's history.
I always tell people at our libraries/school/city hall, Heritage Park, etc. that if someone brings them old stuff and they don't want it or don't think is has a Manning connection - to take it anyway and let me know...I'll be the one who will be able to determine its connection and historical background to Manning.

I'm also the only one who knows how to and has the professional computer equipment & software to properly digitize and photograph and then take the time to archive the background of that item in the Manning Historical Database I've been building for over 50 years.
Below is a picture that Lynn Kruse brought me. It is grainy and unfortunately no date or location was written on it, other than "Nishnabotna River" that was during a flood...probably 1947 or 1950.
When I zoom in on the high resolution scan, I can see a farm place in the background and 2 bridges. The one is similar to the type of bridges in the county and also a few that were in Manning, but there is another bridge that looks like it would be a railroad bridge but I don't see any of the tracks going away from it.
Anyway, this is the type of old photo that most people see no reason to keep and just throw it - NOT me, I want to scan as many old Manning connected pix I can before they are ALL thrown away or destroyed.

Not sure exactly where this picture was taken along the Nishnabotna Creek.

Robert Kruse MHS 1940

This is what I'm referring to about saving a copy of a newspaper that has the name of the subscriber.
Something no one else would think of in preserving our history...

Larry Ruhde

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Allan Eich

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Does anyone really understand why I go to all of the effort, time, expense, and more to post Manning information???
While many people who take the time to read my information and look at the pix, won't necessarily know who the person/s I feature, if more people would just take a little more time to read and study what I post, they should get the idea that all of these little memories, anecdotal stories, and the like need to be documented by someone - who better than myself with the decades of preserving Manning's history.
So if you have some stories and memories about Manning and hopefully pictures or other visuals to go along with the story, please contact me, so we can get that information preserved in the Manning Historical database.

While working on the Patty Valentine tribute, I ran into this Monitor ad that was in Roland Valentine's collection I scanned.
I asked him to send me some information about it and it is interesting how little businesses started and evolved decades ago.

B&B TV was a joint venture with Bill Jensen, Jr. after we had graduated from DeVry Tech Institute in Chicago. We located in the back end (walled off from furniture area as I remember) of Bennett’s Furniture Store. Paid no rent, but helped them deliver and serviced things that they wanted serviced (e.g., Easy Spin Washers). We were in competition with Merlene Thompson (also DeVry grad) located in Gambles.
When we decided to open a repair shop, we needed a name but had a problem with whose name would come first if we used names in the title. I suggested B&B TV because with that name, depending on who was asked what the initials stood for, the answer would either be Bake and Bill, or Bill and Bake. Problem solved...note: my nickname at that time, like my dad’s, was "Bake."
I stuck it out for a while but there was not enough business for everybody, so I left it to Bill and relocated to Clovis TV in Clovis, New Mexico, and Radiosmith in Ralston, Nebraska, after Merlene had moved there.

Roland Valentine

Here is a perfect example of why I'm always looking for obituaries of former Manningites, and also encourage people/families today to write up obituaries for their loved ones, even if they requested not to have one - I know that sounds terrible to go against the wishes of a person facing their demise, but obituaries are pretty much the last acknowledgement of a person's life and last honor they will be given.
I also just noticed that Bill was a Veteran who I did NOT have listed in my Veteran database, so now I have to try to find more military information and hopefully some pictures to use as a write-up for the Manning Veterans' book.

Dave Kusel

A memorial service for William Rae Jensen of Van Nuys, California, was held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel in San Bernardino, California, July 9, 1982, at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Robert Wood, pastor of the Church of Religious Science, San Bernardino, officiated.

William Rae, son of William J.F. and Minnie (Westphalen) Jensen, was born December 26, 1935, in Manning, Iowa. He was educated in the Manning schools graduating with the class of 1953. He attended DeVry vocational training in Chicago and spent a year in TV repair in Manning.

He and Barbara Blair of Kirkman Were married February 16, 1957. They moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he attended the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

He enlisted in the United States Army and served two years stationed at Waukesha, Wisconsin.

They went to Wilmington, Delaware, where he was employed by DuPont, and lived there one year, then was transferred to their plant in Los Angeles.

They also lived in Texas a short time, then moving back to the Los Angeles area. He was a partner in Novacap Electronics, manufacturing ceramic chip capacitors, the last two years.

He passed away suddenly on a camping trip at Sonora, California, July 4, 1982, at the age of 46 years, 6 months and 8 days.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church all his life.

Survivors include two daughters and a son: Shelli Rae, Mrs. Victor Kelly of West Covina, California, Elizabeth Mason Jensen and William Todd Jensen of Highland, California; a grandson, Mathew Kelly; parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J.F. Jensen, and a sister, Iola, Mrs. Clarence Stammer, Manning.

Mrs. William Jensen and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Stammer attended the services in San Bernardino. They were guests of Barbara and David Koenig of Highland, while in California.

Notice in Merlene's obituary down below that it doesn't mention he repaired TVs here before moving to Ralston - I'm guessing he helped Joe Horbach...not that every detail can be in an obituary but thanks to Roland, that little tidbit about Merlene being in the Gambles store first is not lost forever but now recorded in my database.
After Roland told me this story, I remembered I had a picture of Joe working on a TV in the Gambles store...a picture among a collection of around 300 I scanned in 2004 after visiting with Joe's wife, Mildred, one day about some Manning history questions I had. They had 2 sons, both of whom died before Mil died.
When Mil died in 2008, I tried to find out what happened to her pictures - as far as I have determined - they were thrown away - like you constantly hear from me about people throwing our history all of the time.

Now many people will say to themselves - who cares about the Horbach pictures - well this first photo by Mil is a VERY VERY VERY historically important and prominent picture among several that Mil took and it was in Manning, Iowa...I wonder how many little towns in the US can lay claim to having this sub in their community?

October 1, 1943 on Main Street in front of what is now Cliff's Place

Japanese HA-19 mini sub.
This mini submarine was one that attacked Pearl Harbor and captured afterwards.
On back are 2 propellers - one runs clockwise and the other runs the opposite direction.
The submarine was mounted atop a trailer and toured the United States to help raise US War Bonds during WWII.

Joe Horbach working on a TV in Gambles

Joe & Mildred (Mescher) Horbach in Gambles

415 Main Street - located in what is now the north half of Cliff's Place

Wenzel Locker Plant - November 1946 George Wenzel, Joseph Mescher
Joseph was Mildred Horbach’s father

I hope someday a relative of this family will prove me wrong and let me know Mil's pictures weren't thrown away...for one reason, I'd like to rescan them at a higher resolution and there probably were more Mil didn't show me so they weren't scanned.

So when I write about how one family collection after another ends up getting thrown away by the next generation - even though I hear lots of people say - my family will never thrown their stuff - I have 50 years of examples I can site to prove what I say.
So if you can't see the historical importance of some of Mil's pictures then you really must not care at all about our history, period.

Merlene J. "Tom" Thompson
Merlene passed away June 11, 2019, in Omaha.
VISITATION: Monday, June 17th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at West Hills Church, Omaha, Nebraska, followed by SERVICES AT 10 a.m. Interment: Monday, June 17th at 3pm, Manning, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to West Hills Church.

Preceded in death by daughter, Sheri Lynn Thompson; sisters, Joyce Lathrop and Alys McMunn. Survived by wife, Carol L. Thompson; son, Tomas M. Thompson (Tracy); grandchildren: Jenny Gollehon (Chris), Michael Thompson (Alyson), Erin Pulec (Tyler), and Becca Best; great-grandchildren: Tomas, Andrew, James, Timothy, Brooklynn, and Jay; sister, Virginia Drath; brothers-in-law, Bill Sander (Marge) and Burton Sander (Jean).

Merlene, Tom, Tommy, Senior, Grandpa, and Papa are just a few of the names that Tom would answer to over the years. Born April 10, 1935, he was raised on a farm in Manning, Iowa, with three older sisters, Virginia, Joyce, and Alys; children of Merlene and Laura (Steenhusen) Thompson, Sr.
Tom was lucky to be the baby boy of the family and was not lacking motherly love!

His sisters, Virginia and Joyce also doubled as his teachers at country school during his elementary years at Jefferson No. 1 in Crawford County.

When Tom graduated from high school in 1953, he left Manning and headed east to Chicago where he attended DeVry University and from which he graduated two years later. In 1955, Tom moved to Ralston, Nebraska, where he was hired at Radiosmith as a radio and TV technician. Little did he know he would later go on to own Radiosmith and spend the rest of his working years in that very same store.

After starting his new job, he found Carol Sander (the main reason he moved to Nebraska to begin with) and they were married on December 29, 1956. The love he had for Carol was the type of love that everyone dreams of finding - pure, faithful and unconditional. When Tom and Carol were married, Tom also gained something he had never had before…brothers! Carol's brothers Bill (Marge) and Burton (Jean) have been a big part of Tom and Carol's life; whether they were traveling together, golfing together, or just sitting around the dinner table, there was never a shortage of conversation or laughter. Tom and Carol welcomed to the world their son, Tomas, on January 13, 1958 and just a few years later their daughter, Sheri was born on December 12, 1961.

Tom was a loving father who led by example with a life of integrity, honor and humor. Tom felt great heartache when Sheri passed away on October 21, 2013. His love for his family was never doubted as he went out of his way to make each person feel special. This love only grew deeper when his grandchildren Jenny and Mike were born, and then again with the expansion of his family in 2010 when Tom and Tracy were married and Erin (Tyler) and Becca joined the family. He always looked forward to spending time with his great-grandchildren: Tomas, Andrew, James, Timothy, Brooklynn, and Jay. He loved having the kids around-you could just see his eyes light up when they'd find the coins that he had hidden in the couch cushions for them. Tom loved to play golf, spend time with his family, and spice things up every now and then with a practical joke. He was loved and admired by many and will be missed greatly, but we know that he is saving a place for each one of us in Heaven and we will see him again. We will think of you, Grandpa, when we make that tough shot on the golf course or hear a witty joke because we know that you are smiling down on us as we walk through each day of our lives.

I keep thinking about the on-going crusade I have to try to preserve/save Manning's history, and the various comments I've heard from individuals over the decades about throwing away their old pictures and old history.
The sad thing is that no matter what the reason/excuse, lots of individuals are making decisions about their family's history, even if it is specifically about/of that person I visited with, such as someone's parent or grandparent, who decides they don't want their old pictures and history passed along to the next generation - so they just throw it.
Now most people don't want to argue with a relative about these things, especially if the pictures and stuff belongs to and is about that relative, but I often wonder how many children/relatives will try to sit down with that person who wants to throw things and try to explain to them the importance of keeping it - for future generations who would love to have those old pix, documents, and history.
Of course, the other part of the challenge is a lot of children/descendants/relatives don't care about that stuff either, and don't want to have to deal with it when their loved one dies. BUT someday there will be a future relative who will ask "Where is all of our history...the old family and Manning pictures."

Just some "food for thought" before you or someone in your family starts throwing things.

What's wrong with this picture below?
This was a question I posed for a while to see if anyone else would see the errors.
Now I have it corrected but still continue to ask people to let me know if they see errors in my research.

JoAnn Peters, Janet Ranniger, Gretchen Tank, Karen Reinke, Kay Kuhn, Linda Struve, Carol Ranniger, Joan Ranniger

Thanks to Daru Ross & Gretchen (Tank), they corrected some errors I had.
If you follow the tribute to Donna, just below, you will see where I first had it featured.

In Memory of Donna (Wegner) Venteicher

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In Memory of Ann (Littell) Grau
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In Memory of Dennis Backhaus

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In Memory of Wilma Faye Bogatzke

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I finally finished the Valentine tribute - linked down below
I hope Manningites of all ages will look at this tribute - especially those whose parents are of the WWII generation - as I have several unidentified military pictures that Freeland had in his collection. The first one below I don't know and the second one I know but won't list his name'll have to click on the Valentine tribute to find out who he is.
For several of the unknown pix, they are driving me crazy because I'm sure I've seen them before but haven't had time to go through the hundreds of thousands of pictures I have scanned to compare and hopefully the match I might find will be identified.
I've been begging and pleading for anyone connected to Manning to help me with unidentified pictures of all types since I started my web page in 1996 and in the Manning Monitor articles over the decades, but sadly many people either don't recognize their parents/grandparents or just won't take the time to help me.
No one else is going to do this so if you want your relative in the Manning Veterans book with pictures that are identified, then it is going to be up to YOU to contact me and help out...I can only do so much.

Unknown Veteran

I also have an extensive number of Manning Monitor clippings from Patty and a few from Roland's time in school.
For those of you from this era or who had parents or older siblings from this era - take some time to read all of the'll probably find someone you know or something about one of your parents.

While these tributes I create to honor the individual who passed away is the main goal, and the pictures and information is generally about the person/family, so often the collections from those families I scan have lots of pictures of non-family Manningites and this Valentine collection is no exception.
Roland sent me an amazing pictorial history of Manning and its citizens to scan in 2020-21, so please note the various other folks who are featured in this tribute who will give you an idea of how many other people/families interacted with the Valentine family and who were part of Manning's amazing history.

I want to thank Roland & the Valentine family for taking the time to share with me, and now you, their wonderful collection of Manning history to scan.
I hope this will encourage more families to work with me on their history to add to the Manning Historical Database.



While working on these tributes, I have to figure out the family backgrounds so I can search for pictures and information about the extended family members in my database.
Obituaries are one place I start and then I discover I don't have a lot of obits for a family.
So I ask Connie to see what she can find on the various websites, some free, but others she is a member of and pays for.
Without her work, I would not be able to figure out some of the extended families for these tributes, until she finds obits for me.
I often write about this topic to give credit to Connie and the other "Manning helpers" I have who find obits and other information for me to help figure out more parts of the Manning puzzle.

I also mention in these discussions that relatives and friends are welcome to grab obits for their own personal use, but they are not allowed to then take the information from my web pages and add that information to the commercial and other genealogical/historical websites.
I pay for my domain and web pages and my Manning helpers also spend their own money and time with research to help me.
Those commercial websites can spend their own time and money to find this information - why Manning connected people will give information to those sites and not help me with the Manning database is beyond me...their right to do what they want, but my research is for Manning and NOT to help companies to make money off of other people's work.
I've added several more old obits to my web page that Connie found recently, and is still looking for more...

Here is an example of how I start with a tribute.
The little boxes are minimized pictures I found with the Valentine name in my database.
Next I'll go through each of them, crop and resize them accordingly and then save them as a file and add the HTML code in the web file that will contain the picture, along with IDs and other information.

Photoshop Elements

Resize the image

Control Pad - edit the HTML code

Microsoft Edge view

I almost want to move to a big city where basically few people know their neighbors and they only know just a few people in their community - when it comes to all of the Manningites passing away anymore.
I had hoped that since the WWII generation is basically gone, that the deaths would slow down for a while but everyone else kept getting older and now we are in the "Baby Boomer" generation which is the largest generation now getting older and the number of deaths seem to be occurring faster now.
Here are two more former Manningites who have recently passed away.
Dale Hinz, and just today Roland Valentine e-mailed me that his sister, Patty, passed away this morning (March 11).
Roland is curious who is still living in the MHS class of 1948...
Merlyn Rostermundt is one member that I know of who is living.
So I'll be working on their tributes, along with Robert Snyder's tribute over the next few days.

Patty (Valentine) Johnston tribute

I won't have a lot of pictures of Dale Hinz.
His family moved before he graduated - he was a Former MHS 1961 member
Junior High Basketball

Back: Coach Raymond Bechen, Dennis Maasen, Lenny Carstens, Alan Kusel, Dean Grimm, Wayne "Butch" Jensen, Dave Nelson
Front: Allen Vinke, Jerry Callender, Dave Swank, Dale Hinz, Larry Ruhde

Dale Hinz

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Robert "Bob" Snyder

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

St. Patrick's Day - Hausbarn Cookoff

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

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, Jean Stadtlander, Tim Weible

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

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

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

As I worked on the Ross and N&B feature I noticed the name of Emil Albert as a partner with F.D. Ross. I always check to see if I have an obituary when I see an old name and sure enough I didn't have Emil's obit and several other of the Albert family. This family name is very often misspelled as Alberts...
So I asked Connie to search and she found an obit for Henry Albert.
When I go through a page of the newspaper, I check for other Manning connections and sure enough I noticed the name of Nady and Bunz.
So I grabbed those articles and converted them to text.
Then I noticed I didn't have any obits for the Nady family and after searching the Internet got lucky and found obits for that family.
Then I noticed that Gary Nady was in the Navy. I didn't have his name listed in my military database so I asked Connie to see if she would look for some military information...she found a little but then discovered a very interesting tidbit of history. Gary was married for a short while to 1958 Miss America.
So I'm going to add some more of this recently discovered information down below.
While a lot of Manning history is "out there" somewhere on the Internet, it mostly has no connections back to Manning. Many times the people, even if they are connected to Manning are posting stuff but don't have a clue as to the minutiae in an article or picture.
Only because of working on Manning history for over 50 years am I able to "see" things most other people will miss or not have a clue about.

Henry Albert obit and to the left I noticed Hannes Bunz.
My dad was a silent partner with Hannes in the International Harvestor business in Manning.
I remember dad talking about this accident when we would use the torch around barrels and other items with possible explosives.

Then I noticed this article at the top of the page - Nady jumped right out at me...

Below is part of that article about Nady.

Nady, Manning, Wins 2 Heats in Preliminaries
Gute, Knight of Carroll Fail to Place in State Track Meet
By Howard Brants (Sports Editor) AMES
Manning's Gary Nady, four-sport star, won his heat of the 100-yard dash in 10.7 and came back to win his heat in the 220 in 23.7. He is regarded as a possible double winner.

I won't post the obits for Gary's parents here as they can be found in my obituary page linked on the left, but I'll show some snippets of information from my database about the Nady family below.

1981 Manning Centennial book
Early members of the Little Flower Club were Isabelle Smith, Caroline Clark, Vera Fink, Alice Wehrmann, Leta Foley, Irma Bromert, Bernadette Peters, Edna Kuhl, Lorraine Neubaum, Jennie Nady, Vivian Hoffmann, Florence Bock, Regina Mohr, Veronica Timmerman, Helen Horn, Shirley Zentmeier, and Agnes Zerwas.
Twenty-one members of a sewing circle of Sacred Heart Parish with the encouragement of their pastor, Rev. Father J.J. Keane, met at the home of Mrs. Arthur Bock, on February 13, 1935, with the intention of forming a study club, and combining it with the sewing activities. They chose the name "Little Flower Study Club" in honor of Saint Theresa, for the group. Mrs. A.H. Hinz was elected its first president, and Mrs. Frank Mentzer, the first secretary-treasurer.

In November of 1935 the sewing circle was discontinued, and Mrs. Arthur Bock became the new president, Mrs. Melvin Jentsch, vice president and Mrs. Joseph Horbach, secretary-treasurer.

The club meets in the homes every first and third Wednesday of the month, from October through May. It is active in community affairs, principally in its support of the Public Library.

Charter members include Isabel Smith, Florence Bock, Rose Nickum, Helen Kleespies, Mrs. Navin, Louise Jentsch, Flossie Hunter, Anna Enenbach, Alice Wehrmann, Mrs. Brady, Mildred Horbach, Nina Mentzer, Mrs. Butel, Pearl West, Antonia Hinz, Agnes Zerwas, Edna Kuhl, Mrs. Wilfong, Mrs. Claussen, Regina Mohr and Margaret Brady

1981 Manning Centennial book
Xavier Clifford Nady, ATTORNEY
X.C. Nady, attorney, came to Manning in 1949 and practiced here for a short time before accepting an appointment with the federal Office of Price Administration.
He was occupied in this position for several years and then located at Tipton, Iowa.

Former Miss America 1957 Marian McKnight kisses Van Derbur upon her Miss America 1958 victory.
Miss America 1958 Weds Grid Coach
Miss America of 1958, Marilyn Van Derbur, married her college sweetheart, Gary Nady, Thursday night with more than 2,000 guests and spectators packing St. John's Catholic Church.
The couple left for a month-long honeymoon after a champagne supper and a country club reception. A double ring ceremony climaxed a romance that began when she was freshman and he a sophomore football star at the University of Colorado. She was a sophomore in 1957 when she won the beauty pageant.
Nady, 27, is the son of a Tipton, Iowa, attorney. He is football coach and a political science instructor at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, where the newlyweds will make their home. "We dated during my freshman and sophomore years," the 23-year-old bride said when they announced their engagement on Christmas Day 1959.
"After I was crowned Miss America, I didn't see Gary as much, since I was traveling all over the country. That was enough to make up my mind. Ever since then, I've Just been trying to persuade him."
Miss Van Debur broke off the engagement less than three months after the first announcement. At the time, she was doing television commercials, making personal appearances and continuing her studies at the university, where she was graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa.
"Gary and I just weren't able to work things out," she said at the time. "Gary's a wonderful fellow, and we're still good friends."
Then, last March, the former Miss America disclosed they had patched up their troubles and added: "We always knew we'd be married. It never really was off."
The blonde beauty is the youngest of four daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Van Derbur. He is a wealthy businessman and civic leader who operates rates mortuaries here.
They were divorced in 1961.

Photo I purchased on E-bay to add to the Nady history...

As I mentioned above, Gary served in the Navy and Connie found this short article about his service.
Hopefully a family member will find this article and work with me to get some military pictures and information to use in the Manning Veterans' book, but unfortunately both Gary's brother and sister have passed away.

Gary Nady

Midshipman, US Navy

Gary Nady, Manning, In Inaugural Parade
Gary Nady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Xavier C. Nady, marched in the inauguration parade Tuesday with a navy unit from the Bullis Preparatory School from Silver Springs, Washington.
Bullis is a prep school for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The Manning youth is a former three-sport star on Manning's athletic teams.
Carroll Daily Times Herald, January 21, 1953

Gary Austin Nady, 81, surrounded by his loving family, peacefully took God's Hand and went from this life to everlasting life on Sunday March 8, 2015.
He was born on February 23, 1934, to Jennie Wray and Xavier Nady in Fairfield, Iowa.
He is predeceased by his parents, brother Xavier Wray Nady, and sister Charmian (Nady) Carlson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Michelle (Heiner) Nady. His children Ron Nady, Libby Lynch and husband Peter, Jenny Montgomery and husband Monty, and Scott Nady and wife Ronnica. His adoring grandchildren, Peter, Jack, Reid, Phoenix, Max, Michael, Nico, Ceci, Caro, and Sebastian.
He graduated from Manning High School in 1952, then attended Bullis Prep and The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He received a football scholarship to University Of Colorado at Boulder and was a member of the 1957 winning Orange Bowl team. He treasured his years there earning a BS, MS, and was president of the Sigma Nu House.
He married Michelle Heiner in June 1962 in Los Angeles, California.
He had a successful career at The Dallas Apparel Mart for over 30 yrs. He distinguished himself in sales and management receiving many awards and honors.
A devoted husband, adoring father, and proud "Papaw," he deeply loved his family.
He was a constant presence on the athletic fields of his children and grandchildren and loved cheering them on. He was always happiest when surrounded by his family. His larger-than-life presence will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church on Inwood Rd. on Saturday March 21 at 2pm.

Now I'll show some pix & information from Gary's days at MHS...

1952 No loss until sub-state finals

Back: Larry Kasperbauer, Claus Bunz, Richard Rix, Russell Spies, Ken Graves, Lyle Frahm, Roger Vollstedt, Lowell Stribe
Front: Coach Ray Walder, Richard Zerwas, Roger Nielsen, Gene Martens, Gary Nady, Deanes Rowedder, Head Coach Larry Gillespie


Back: Ray Walder coach, Roland Valentine, Allan Eich, Pete Petersen, William Richards, Jack Mohr, Duane Monson, Wayne Vennink, Larry Gillespie head coach
Middle: Richard Mullennax, Willis Kruse, Dick Zerwas, Roger Nielsen, Roger Vollstedt, Deanes Rowedder, Russell Spies, Larry Kasperbauer
Front: Gary Nady, Fredric Dethlefsen, Merlin Ramsey, Robert Neubaum, Art Zerwas, Richard Rix, Alan "Goose" Vennink, Claus Bunz, Lowell Stribe, Kenneth Graves, Raymond Christensen


Back: Larry Gillespie coach, Richard Rix, Roger Nielsen, Dick Zerwas, Deanes Rowedder, Roger Vollstedt, Art Zerwas, Ray Walder
Front: Gary Nady, Merlin Ramsey, Claus Bunz, Robert Neubaum, Allen Vennink, Lowell Stribe, Kenneth Graves, Raymond Christensen

Poem from the Barb Nielsen collection
Down yonder on the basketball floor
Oh, watch our boys just doll up the score
It's a team that's got some steam, it's ten in a row
A basket here a basket there, just watch the team go
More and more, we're cheering more and more
Every time they flip it in, we're sure to win
Down yonder over Mapleton way
They say that they know just how to play
But Nady and Nielsen and Zerwas and Martens and Rowedder,
Oh, how they play.

I've added a ton of pictures and information to several of the features shown/linked below.
I hope people will take the time to look at the pictures, read all of the information, and more importantly - appreciate what they are able to view on my web pages - show me another web page that can cover the history of a specific community like you find here...

Daru Ross just e-mailed me the major clue I needed to find N & B Motor Company in my database which was probably where I saw this business name in the past.
I found one entry from the Centennial book which gave me a year so now I asked another one of my Manning helpers to see if she can find some newspaper articles.
If anyone else has memories of this business - feel free to e-mail me...

N & B Motor Company light switch cover
I'm sure I've run into this business name years ago but can't find it in my database right now.
Any help with who N and B are and where their business was located - please let me know.
One of Joann (Wilhelm) Pratt's daughters purchased it in the New Hope mall about 15 years ago in Manning.

Below is another item I purchased off e-bay - from someone in Des Moines. I paid way more for it than I generally want to, but it is a very unique item I've never run into before and my mother played for his funeral...ironically the year of the map is 1923, the year my mother was born.
I often write about why I want to preserve Manning history because so much of it is my family's history...with so many connections.
The cover of the map measures 2 x 3.5 inches, and the map, when unfolded, measures about 9 x 12 inches.

The map folded up inside the cover.

Here is a cropped out image where Manning is on the map.

It is even downsized some from my original high resolution scan.
I did some digital touch up and repair to clean up the worst of the marks, scratches, and damage.


Born May 1, 1891 Friedrichskoog, Holstein, Germany
Entered Into Rest September 20, 1965 at home, Manning, Iowa
Age 74 years, 4 months, 19 days
Services Held At Zion Lutheran Church - Manning, Iowa Wednesday, September 22, 1965, 11 A.M.
Clergyman Pastor Edward F. Heinicke
Dorothy Kusel, organist
Interment Arcadia Cemetery
Pallbearers Lee Peters, Elmer Stoffers, Albert Bauer, Lester Peters, Vernon Peters, Henry Stoffers

Fredrich Wilhelm "William" Bauer
Funeral services for William Bauer, 74, will be held Wednesday, September 22, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Edward Heinicke officiating. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Bauer, he was born May 1, 1891, in Friedrichskoog, Holstein, Germany. He came to the United States in 1905 and located near Westside, where he worked on various farms. He was married to Marie C. Brockmann in Omaha on September 16, 1914. They farmed near Arcadia and Manning for 10 years. He then operated F.W. Bauer & Company garage with his brother-in-law, Alfred Brockmann, in Manning, and later operated taverns here. He retired 10 years ago.

Mr. Bauer died early Monday, September 20, 1965, at his home in South Manning, following a two-week illness.

He is survived by his wife; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Sophie) Stoffers, Arcadia; two brothers, Adolph Bauer, Auburn, and Louie Bauer, Carroll; and brothers and sisters in Germany.

He was preceded in death by three children in infancy, and several brothers and sisters.

Jim Stoffers reminded me I have a digital group picture he gave to me that came from Betty (Peters).

Paul Werner, Henry Peters, Bill Bauer, and Hannes Stoffers, on board a ship returning home after visiting family in Germany in 1929.

F.D. Ross & Co. Of Manning Sold To Des Moines Firm
Fred D. Ross & Co., Manning Ford dealer, has been sold to Mainline Motors, Inc. of Des Moines. The company, one of the oldest Ford dealerships west of the Mississippi, has been operated in Manning for 44 years, beginning business September 1, 1914.
Dwight E. Parkinson has been named manager of the firm. His family will move to Manning following the holidays.
Carroll Times Herald, December 9, 1958
N&B Motor Company
Nick & Barney
Dwight "Parky" Parkinson - hired to manage the business
Parkinson Buys N&B Motors, Inc.
Dwight Parkinson, Manning, who has managed N&B Motors, Inc. for a year and a half, has purchased controlling interest in the firm.
He is now president and general manager of the corporation, a home-owned Ford dealership.
Carroll Times Herald April 25, 1960

The Manning Monitor March 27, 1919

A business deal was made yesterday whereby Herman P. Hansen sold his lots just back of the Rostermundt & Kuhl Hardware Store to the Fred D. Ross Co. at the consideration of $6,500. These are desirable lots and more than one business man has had his eyes on them. It is not known what the owners may do with them but in a year or two erect thereon a big brick building.

Aspinwall Co-Op's Annual Meeting Set At Manning June 22
The annual meeting of the Aspinwall Co-op will be held at Fireman's Hall in Manning June 22 at 8 p.m.
Special programs are planned for both men and women attending the meetings according to Robert Schilling, manager. Lunch and door prizes will also be offered.
During the past year, the Co-op opened a new store at Gray and this week purchased the F.D. Ross & Co. Petroleum business in Manning, from August Ross. The firm had been in business for 39 years.
Orla Peters has been retained by the firm as tank wagon operator, to service customers in Manning and Gray.
Carroll Times Herald, June 19, 1959

F.D. Ross & Co.
Fred D. Ross started his garage business September 1, 1914, in the Peter Ohrt building he sold half interest to Jack Bald, assuming the firm name of F.D. Ross & Company, under which name it operates today. In 1918, the two partners sold one third of their holdings to Emil Albert.
In 1919, Fred D. Ross purchased the site for their large building on the corner of Third and Center Streets (picture immediately below shows that area) and erected the building now occupied. In 1928, Jack Bald sold his interest to August Ross, who has been employed by the firm since 1916 as mechanic, then salesman; with the exception of two years he served in World War I.
F.D. Ross, A. Ross, and Emil H. Albert were then business partners. Emil Albert passed away in 1933 and Raymond Ross, son of F.D. Ross, was taken into partnership in 1937.
F.D. Ross passed away April 1, 1939. Since that time A.J. Ross, Ray Ross, and Elizabeth (Mrs. F.D.) Ross have operated as partners in business.
This authorized Ford dealership also sells Sinclair products and Philco appliances.
Manning Monitor August 16, 1956

Model T Ford driving west on Third Street from Center Street pre-1915 as there are no bricks yet
Homes left to right: John Lewis next to the water tower, then Herman Hansen, Enenbach family home west side of Center Street.

2 homes and vacant lot where the new FD Ross garage would be built.
These 2 pictures came from the Fred & Alice (Lohmeier) Grau collection I scanned in 2006.

1917 Butzie Albert in Ford on 3rd Street in same area as above.
F.D. Ross ledger: 1934 Ford St. [standard] Tudor's: John Mohr, John Zitzelsperger, J.M. Nagl, Selby E. Livingston
John H. Mohr grandfather of Michele Mohr is on the far left

Few people will know about these amazing "Ford Days" in Manning, Iowa.
Fortunately, I've been gathering Manning history for decades and have compiled quite a database to show people today what went on decades ago in our amazing little town and in this event below, 102 years ago!
Ford Day October 5, 1922
12,000 people
10:00 a.m. start with selections by Manning band.
Ford Parade (parade of Ford cars 3 blocks long).

Classes in parade:
Beautifully decorated -- Merlin Wyatt
Oldest Model -- 1909
Shimmying Ford -- F.D. Ross --- driven by Emil Jensen
Car coming the farthest -- Louie Jam (Jahn?) 375 miles
Car bringing largest family -- Max Steckleberg, Manilla
Car bringing 4 generations -- Jacob Kuhl
Most people in the car -- Charley Ramsey 13
Car with the tallest people -- Jacob Kuhl 5 people
Car with most oldest people -- Harry Ohm 5 average age of 85 (all were Manning settlers)
Homeliest man in parade -- Ed Roggish
Worst looking Ford in parade -- F.D. Ross Co.
The crowd was entertained after the parade by "The Hamiltons" and "Arial Woods" acrobats and tumblers.
Dan "Devil" Hart from Florida did daring tricks while flying over Manning at noon.
Booster clubs from Omaha (30), Carroll (137) and Denison (98) arrived about 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. Industrial parade led by Carroll's band.
Manning Business firms had floats spreading 3 blocks followed by the Denison band.
At the end of parade was the Manning band followed by industrial floats.
Each band later gave a concert.
1st place to Manning
2nd place to Carroll
3rd place to Denison
4:30 p.m. Manning Fire Department answered a call to put out a fire at the north end of Main Street to demonstrate their new truck.
The next event was the presentation of the Fords.
Lucky persons were Laura (Grau) Alwill of Manning and Mr. Conroy of Manilla.
Note: Laura Alwill was Dave Kusel's great-aunt
There was a pavement dance until the dance at the Opera House started.
This was the first celebration Manning has had since the homecoming celebrations of the WWI soldiers.

Walter Donald Felker

Click to see the tribute

I don't think most people truly understand or appreciate the importance of preserving our history and why I constantly plead for people to send me their old Manning pix & history to scan and archive in my Manning Historical database…
To friend of Allen,
One of the reasons I post tributes to Manning folks who pass away is for just this very situation.
(message shown down below from an old friend of Allen Dammann and she has been trying to locate him after many years)
Even with all of the ways people have today to keep in touch, true communication is almost lost...the ability to visit with people in person without using some technological device.
While my web pages are part of that technology, I've learned throughout my life that preserving our history - our stories are what ties us together.
Every person affects almost countless numbers of individuals as they travel throughout their lives. Most people don't stop to think of this interaction and most of us aren't even aware how we influence people around us - some for the good and some bad.
I watched Allen grow up from a young kid to young adult and saw so many ways he influenced people around him and the video taping he got involved with me was just one way. He had so many crazy, ingenious, and unique ideas but also the other students and adults who helped me with the taping and live programing we provided for this little town of Manning on Channel 2 in the 1980s.
This was way before the Internet, youtube, facebook, twitter, etc. and unfortunately before the digital age, so the analog videos I have aren't the quality we have today but very precious and unique so many decades later.
I don't know if you had a chance or were able to open the videos but try to watch the 1987 commencement video.
Allen gave the class introduction and his mannerisms show up so well and his voice is just like hearing him from so long ago.
While this is analog video converted to digital, it is still great to have even little snippets of Al's life recorded and documented for all time...
I've had several other of Al's friends find out about his death through my web pages since his passing, and got them in contact with his family.

Dave Kusel

Dear Dave,
February 25, 2024

I came across your page while trying to find information about Allen Dammann, whom I met in New York in 2008 and became good friends with. Eventually, we both moved, he first going to Maine to be near his sister, but we had always kept in touch.
I had been trying in vain to contact him by email and phone for years now, and I had been fearing the worst. Yesterday I was thinking again about one of the numerous walks we took in Manhattan together, and so I decided to try a web search again. I'm not sure why I hadn't come across your website before, but I did now. I read it with a heavy heart.
I am grateful to you for maintaining your page and for paying tribute to Allen. Like you said, he was an ingenious and witty person, one of the brightest and funniest minds I've met. I am incredibly saddened by knowing he's no longer with us, and having departed so young.
Do you know what caused his death? And would you know where in NYC his ashes were scattered? I'd like to pay homage to him next time I visit the city. Also... would you know what happened to Troubles? I reckon if she's still alive (I recall feeding her sometime in the early 2010s while Allen was out of town), she may be living with his sister. He absolutely loved that cat.
Thank you again for helping me bring closure.
I wish you all the best in all your endeavors!
Thank you for everything, and my best regards to folks in and from Manning!
Friend of Allen Dammann

A note from Harriet Gross:
Just happened to see your inquiry regarding Robert & Marian Melick. Lyle & I were very good friends of the Melicks when they lived in Manning and I still correspond with them at Christmas time. Yes, Bob is 91. Two years ago they moved to a retirement community in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
They had three children - David, Gary, and Nancy. They moved from Manning in 1969, so none of their kids graduated from Manning schools.
So appreciate all you do to keep Manning's history alive, even though I am not a Manning native. Last fall I moved to be closer to my daughter, but I really do miss living in Manning. It is a special place!

Harriett Gross

Does anyone remember Robert Melick's wife's name?
His name came up in the Huldeen tribute linked below so I searched for him and his obituary and ran into several Melicks of the approximate age-group and if I knew his wife's name it might help in determining if I found "our" Robert Melick.

It never dawned on me that Robert and his wife are still living. I was thinking they would be in the 100 age range but one of my Manning helpers found information that his wife is Marian Pippitt and they were married in 1957 and last living in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
I found a Marian Melick and a Robert Melick both living in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and she is listed as being born in 1935 and Robert in 1932.
Assuming they were 20 when they were married in 1957, that puts these 2 in the approximate time-frame.
Maybe someone in their family will see this message and confirm my suspicions...

Robert Melick

Nancy Melick, 1970 - I assume this is Bob's daughter.
She would have been a member of the 1981 class.
So if anyone knows where the Melicks ended up, which would help narrow down my search and the other family members names - please let me know.

I'm always looking for obits of former Manningites, including teachers and other folks who once lived here but moved away...they are also a big part of Manning's history.

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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