Dave Kusel's Guestbook

for 2001
Thank you for visiting!
Hello I recently submitted a qestion to the Manning home page and am researching the Sirname Manning.
Jonathan Manning
Rockford, IL USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 18:28:37 (CST)
Merry Christmas Dave and to everyone in Manning. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We just spent the Holidays in Tempe with Nate & Viola and Mom & Dad. All are doing well. Nate is currently still Roving for the PFD and is looking to get a permanent spot with Station 21 Rescue Squad. Mom and Dad are doing well and are looking forward to moving to the PHX area soon. It will be nice to have everyone in one state again!! I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year. Take Care...
Suzanne Bandow McClelland
Page, Az USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 08:29:18 (CST)
Hi Dave, Just quieting down after Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Thank you, Dave for all you do with this web site. I'm getting a little nostalgic reading e-mails sent to you from people I remember. Nate Bandow's comments were especially interesting. It reinforces what I've always felt about Manning - we raise young people who are productive and proud. And I may be prejudiced, but I believe we do it better than most. Happy holidays to everyone and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2002. LeRoy and Freda Dammann
Freda Dammann
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 19:13:05 (CST)
Just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for your hard work in putting some information up about the watershed project meetings we have been having. I also wanted to let people know there are groups meeting as we speak to develop ideas and put plans together. I appreciate you getting this information to the people. Hopefully this is just the begining of a successful water quality project for the West Nishnabotna River Watershed. Keep up the good work.
Dave York
Carroll, IA USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 15:40:45 (CST)
had to visit again and will probably come back often. it is the only way to see what everyone has been doing. if you see aunt ila and uncle art, tell them i said "hello" and think about them often. seeing the picture of the corn fields, reminds me of my last visit when i was 16, i'm not almost 63. nice job and thanks janis soulis
janis g soulis
lake city, fl USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 14:54:48 (CST)
What a wonderful site. I wanted to know more about Manning and you have given me a look at this area. I found that I have family, Helena Petersen and Lena Stahl, buried in a cemetery near here, and wanted to know more. Thanks so much.
Christine Hostrup Armstrong
Lady Lake, FL USA - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 15:46:38 (CST)
David, good job on creating and maintaining a nice site. Especially meaningful to us after visiting Manning on our honeymoon last June.
LuAnn Winkle
Blanchester, OH USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 18:57:22 (CST)
Enjoyed your site very much! My great grandmother was a Kleespies. I would love to learn more about Henry H. Kleespies as I'm doing a name study of the Kleespies family in Europe and the US.
Brian Morgan
Annandale, VA USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 19:49:14 (CDT)
Dear Dave, Great site. I just happened upon it while searching on the Wein Township, Beebranch, Chariton County Missouri site. And to my great surprise there were Passick.Passig families searching there. I posted a message about my family on your site and also sent emails to the 2 people that were seeking information. God Bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe and under his care. Shirley in Missouri
Shirley Kays
Marshall, Mo USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 15:52:36 (CDT)
Nice Job, Dave.
Lue Baker
Manning, USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 18:25:33 (CDT)
Hello ya'll I am stationed in germany and would like to get info on our relatives in germany and thanks dave for that great reunion back in 99 -- my dad is Gordon and my grandpa is garland kusel
Jeremiah J. Kusel
Bamberg, AE Germany - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 05:20:14 (CDT)
Dave: You are amazing! You have put so much work into this Kusel project. Your computer skills are the envy of many, including me. Thanks for all you have done to keep the Kusel history alive and well.
Jim & Verle Fackler
New Hope , MN USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 22:40:12 (CDT)
Just passing through and wanted to say "Hi!" to everyone in Manning. I really enjoyed the pictures and your tributes to all of those who were affected by this tradgey. I also enjoyed reading Nate's comments regarding the events on 9/11. Well, I need to get back to work, Take Care, Suzanne
Suzanne (Bandow) McClelland
Page, AZ USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 14:49:41 (CDT)
Dave, The pictures from around the world are very moving. They tell me that there are so many people who care!
Peg Buman
USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 12:58:23 (CDT)
Just visiting and thought I'd sign in and say HI
Keith Wanninger
Ankeny, Ia USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 19:15:15 (CDT)
Dave,i came across family Longbehn...Langbehn and i am wondering if there is a relationship here. this is not a very common name and i would like to make contact with anyone who would like to exchange family information. thanks...hope you can help out.. my family ties are in St Paul Minnesota and some in Spokan Wa and Chicago Ill john
GRANTS PASS, OR USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 10:19:37 (CDT)
Dave, That is great what you have added to Manning's home page. What a great way to honor all of the people that lost their lives in the WTC attacks. Phoenix is very closely related to the New York Fire Dept., we have sent our Chief, Chief Brunacini to help New York get through this. We have also sent several other Phoenix firefighters to help with funeral arrangements etc. It is unbelievable the bravery that was shown from all walks of life in this tragic encounter. This has made me sit back and take a look at life and realize how important our freedom is to us and how important it is to remember to live life to the fullest everyday. I hope everybody takes a moment sometime and does the same thing. Thank you and GOD BLESS ALL!!!! NATE BANDOW PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER!!!!!!!
Nate Bandow
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 12:35:13 (CDT)
Hey Dave, I am just sitting in class up in Wisconsin and ran across your web site and thought I would say hi. Hope everything in Manning is going well. Tasha
Natasha Vonnahme
Eau Claire, WI USA - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 19:54:55 (CDT)
Hi Dave: Your brother, Doug, turned me on to your web site because I am just learning about ponds. Ours is almost as large as yours. We own the company doug works for and we love Doug! My family is german also (Bock) so will be reading all parts of your site. Thanks for all the fun and information you have supplied.
Trudy (Bock) Williams
Tulsa, Ok USA - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 07:11:37 (CDT)
Great website Mr. Kusel. Our instructor says Manning is just like your pictures. He makes us study your website for our soil conservation studies. Keep up the good work.
Clermont Northeastern FFA Chapter
Batavia, Oh USA - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 06:22:44 (CDT)
Dave: just stopping by to say hi! Web site is looking great as usual.... Glad you have kept "my" Kusel Page active (Abraham Julius Kusel)! Keep up the good work. Regards, Bob
Bob Goodman
Oak Hill, VA USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 22:55:00 (CDT)
Dave. My brother Brad sent me the link to your website. I think it is GREAT!!!!. I recognized your last name from some information that my Dad and I were putting together on family history. We had gotten quite a ways before he passed away a couple of years ago, but I intend to keep working on it. If anyone is interested in any of it, let me know at bill.stoelk@starband.net.
Bill Stoelk
Basin, WY USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 21:44:02 (CDT)
Dave, just found your site. This is GREAT!! Have had a wonderful time reading about Manning's history especially MJM. I'll be spending more time here in the future. Thanks for all your hard work.
Sandra McGrath Sorensen
Maryville, MO USA - Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 18:17:31 (CDT)
my mother was alvera m. claussen, sister to ila claussen rix, who his still in manning, whose parents were claus claussen and clara ewoldt. i have received a lot of information about this family, but am missing some things. i hope possibly there will be some info from you or one of your readers. this is really nice and i have enjoyed what i have seen. janis
janis gayle miller soulis
lake city, fl USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 11:44:18 (CDT)
I was just informed of this website by my brother, Dick Mundt. So far, I am very impressed. It is a great way to keep up to date on my old home town.
Marci Mundt Guzman
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 20:44:03 (CDT)
I have enjoyed your site sooo much! I found a picture of my dad, Otto Kruse when he was employed at the Manning Mill. He was probably in his 40's. He is now a healthy 82. I sent it to him. I know he will be thrilled to see it!
Francine M. Kruse
Lee's Summit, MO USA - Friday, July 27, 2001 at 16:07:52 (CDT)
Wow - a friend of mine came across your site when looking for my name. And he actually found it. I'm the granddaughter of the late Albert & Grace Andresen, life-time residents of Manning. I have so many fond memories of visiting my grandparents & Manning & it was a joy to view your site. Thanks!!
Tanya Andresen
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 16:20:50 (CDT)
Dear Dave, Your Manning website is interesting, clever, and nostalgic. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. Now, if you could only convince my brother to embrace technology..... With kind regards, Deb
Deb Grau
Chicago, IL USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 19:02:34 (CDT)
Hi again Dave! This is an excellent website! It's great to see that the programs that we started at the Rec center are still going strong. There are many things I could not have accomplished without your help. This site is a great source for the history of Manning; past,present, and future. Kent Rutz - Director - Manning Community Center - 1979-1980
Kent Rutz
Council Bluffs, IA USA - Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 21:44:58 (CDT)
Going to be doing RAGBRAI this year 01 (again) and wanted to come to Manning and see if i could find any old classmates/friends from my youngster past.. Went to school there until 5th grade then moved to Calif. Lived with grandparents Louie and Dora Ehlers at 208 2nd St. Visted again a couple of times but have lost total contact with any relatives and friends......Can you help me ..thanks.
Gary Cooper
San Diego, CA USA - Monday, July 09, 2001 at 15:12:19 (CDT)
Enjoyed your page and other Manning pages that I saw in the Alumni Association newsletter.
Vern Hansen
Phoenix, Az USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 18:36:55 (CDT)
I have enjoyed your webpage. My grandmother, Hilda Hansen, was born and raised in Manning.
Kathryn Hope
Springfield, MO USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 08:51:45 (CDT)
My great grandfather and some family are buried in the graveyard of a Lutheran church in Manning? Is there more than one such church? How can I contact the pastor or sextant?
Leo Hageman
El Paso, TX USA - Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 15:43:49 (CDT)
hey! my dad is also a david kusel! we orginate from south africa though.
Sigi Kusel
dorset, england - Monday, June 25, 2001 at 06:28:25 (CDT)
Hi Dave, thanks for all your work in making information about Manning available to us "outlanders." I graduated in 1953 and am looking forward to our 50th reunion in 2003. AMAZING!!! Pete Petersen
Pete Petersen
Canyon, TX USA - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 17:00:24 (CDT)
Enjoyed your site.Thanks for sharing your experiences with no till.We are in a learning curve but results are encouraging. We have lots of post & wire fences, lots of crop,some pasture with cattle & sheep outside year round.Some farmers put nest boxes on posts for starlings ,we think they eat slugs.Kind regards,Sam.
Sam Small
Waimate, South Canterbury New Zealand - Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 06:51:09 (CDT)
Dave, Thank's to your site I have found my ggg grandfather Samuel Bingham from Manning.Thank you so much for sharing your great site. Lana
Rapid City, SD USA - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 23:10:19 (CDT)
Class of '48.
You have done a wonderful job on the web site that must have involved many hours gathering the info. I showed it to Wayne and Lucille Ranniger of Manning as they are visiting this week. They weren't aware that it existed and really are enjoying it.
We came to New Mexico from Guam in 1975. I retired from the US Air Force in 1976 and worked at White Sands Missile Range for several years. We settled down here because there is no need to own a snow shovel.

Stan Nissen
Las Cruces, NM USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 12:01:16 (CDT)
Dave, my first visit to the web site - excellent. I got a kick out of reading the various starling notes, especially about taking them out with a pellet gun. That must be a Manning-bred response. I've dispatched a few from my own family room window. Jay Musfeldt
Jay Musfeldt
Salem, OR USA - Saturday, June 02, 2001 at 14:16:39 (CDT)
Graduated in 1948, would like to be added to the page. Thanks Chuck
chuck schelldorf
mansfield, tx USA - Friday, June 01, 2001 at 19:46:10 (CDT)
Have just reread all the comments from 2000 and found it all very interesting. Great that we can communicate this way. Am looking forward to our 45th Class Reunion in 2002 and this is a good way to get in touch with those MHS graduates from 1957!!
Betty Peters Nobiling
Westside, IA USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 17:44:59 (CDT)
We are enjoying the information about the Kusel family very much. Hank and Ruth
Hank and Ruth Kusel
riverton, wy USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 10:30:59 (CDT)
Your latest work is excellent, David. Your site explains the value of no-till in such a simple, understandable way. I recommend your site to all farmers and people like me who deal with farmers in the attempt to stay profitable while preserving and improving our resources. I wish you the best and ask you to continue what you are doing. Sincerely, Ed Winkle
Ed Winkle
Blanchester, Oh USA - Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 10:06:17 (CDT)
Hey Mr. Mentor haven't seen you for awhile and I like the new webpage maybe I will come talk to you when I come back to Manning to visit.
Jeffrey Oliver
gillette , WY USA - Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 21:54:58 (CDT)
David: good to see you back "on-line". I like your new URL. I continue to work on my family tree.... 650 boxes and growing :) Hope things have been going well for you back on the farm. Regards, Bob (Abraham Julius Kusel link)
Bob Goodman
Oak Hill, VA USA - Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 00:28:17 (CDT)
Hello Dave, I just wanted to let you and your viewers know that the new manningia.com Web site is now online! Visitors may find interesting information about the Manning community, a business directory, events calendar, economic development info., a listing of Manning links, and much more. Check it out! manningia.com
Paula Halbur
Manning, IA USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 10:10:16 (CDT)
i just wanted to pop in and say hello. we got our computer in jan. and i've been having a ball with it since. also i wanted to mention that i have a bedspread crocheted by rosa for her daughter, julia (my grandmother) and it is in excellent condition. if you or anyone else reading this post would like a photo of it, just drop me an e-mail and i will see that you get one. gut seite. danken.
patricia powers
garner, ia USA - Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 14:08:51 (CDT)
Thanks so very much for sharing the starling trap information. We have Northern Flickers that are being chased out of their nest boxes and need to permanently remove the European Starlings. So, again, many, many thanks for your insights and suggestions for their removal. Best of luck to you!
Jorrie Ciotti
Waldport, OR USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 16:37:55 (CDT)
Thanks for the great site on Manning......I really enjoyed the pictures of the snow.....Keep up the good job...
Diane Reinke-Kendrick
Denver, Colorado USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 07:04:22 (CDT)
Dave, I was surfing the web and found this site. You have done a wonderful job!! Dawn
Dawn Ritchison ( Hargens)
Longmont, CO USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 13:55:58 (CDT)
I am looking for a way to foster earthworms into my tiny little yard. Thanks for all the great info.
Reno , NV USA - Monday, April 16, 2001 at 21:34:48 (CDT)
Dave, I was just surfing one day and found that there was a James Muhlbauer living in Manning, IA. I live in Manning, SC. Some coincidence, Huh. Does he have e-mail that you know of? Later, Jim Muhlbauer. I am on the road and used my daughter's address. Mine is Jamo@FTC-I.Net
James A. Muhlbauer, Sr.
Manning, SC USA - Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 12:08:22 (CDT)
Love the Popcorn music !
USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 17:05:21 (CDT)
Hello, I gained valuable information from your sites for a school project. Keep up the good work. The music was rivoting as well. Thanks. Bobo
Brett Layden
Lethbridge, AB Canada - Monday, April 02, 2001 at 21:16:05 (CDT)
I love the updates you done to the Manning website... It all looks great!! I haven't been home in about 8 years. We probably will not get back there this year either. I just started a new job with the Page Unified School District. It's great... Gotta go... will visit soon
Suzanne (Bandow) McClelland
page, az USA - Friday, March 30, 2001 at 12:46:20 (CST)
Thanks for posting the Schnitzelbank. I browsed the rest of your site, and enjoyed the German names section. I am a first-generation German immigrant, born in Essen Werden. My father, Lothar, told me that the name "Hoffmann" comes from pre-Prussian times when a field guard was employed to protect the farming interests of fuedal landlords-- hence, a "field-man" in the old German. Regards, Oliver
Oliver Hoffmann
Harrison Twp, MI USA - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 12:18:08 (CST)
Just checking the script
Mike Schieuer
Sioux City, IA USA - Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 09:06:45 (CST)
I have been going back in history tring to find out about my Family. I have some history that I sure would like to find out if it true yet I can not seem to find the right places to go to find the info! BackFebruary 6, 1926 in Manning Iowa, A husband (Martin Albert John Klofkorn) killed his wife (Glenn Bousman) then killed himself. I have been tring to find News Paper articles about this but having no luck. Does anyone know where to look or does any one know of this Saddness! Thanks PG
ok USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 01:29:20 (CST)
I am from Winterset, Iowa. I have relatives in Manning, Iowa. I've grown up around Manning. It is a wonderful community for raising a family. I have a lot of respect for Manning people, heritage, and community. When I was 4, I am 17 now, I always wanted to raise a family there. I know I will. It's an excellent town that has hardworking values. The town also has lots of German influence. I am part German. If your thinking of going to Manning, GO, it's so worth it.
Jamie Gordon
Winterset , Iowa USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 19:08:23 (CST)
My mother, Norma Claire Keairnes (Goeser), graduated from the Manning High School in 1940. Are any of her friends or classmates online?
cathy gaber
Bethesda, MD USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 13:34:38 (CST)
Dave, I belong to the Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, I am glad that you have some Rhodies and Azaleas in your Arboreteum- If you need any info as to hardy Rhodies that Midwest chapter members grow in their gardens let me know, I also can provide you with members that reside In Iowa.
Tadeusz Dauksza
Orland Park, il USA - Monday, March 05, 2001 at 10:01:56 (CST)
Just looking for some ideals on a Apple Press. I have a tree that produces more apples than I can use or give away, so I thought I would try to learn how to make some cider instead. While searching I came upon your web site. You seemed down to earth so I thought I would just take a minute to say Hi!
Vern Keller
Terre Haute, IN USA - Friday, March 02, 2001 at 13:05:10 (CST)
Congratulations for bringing Manning to the world! From now on I will be a frequent visitor. I have a suggestion: as we have an exchange studente from manning here why don't create a link with all the exchange students Manning hosted?
Marcus Paes
Campos, RJ BRAZIL - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 07:57:03 (CST)
Hi Dave, We Knew you have been having WINTER, but enjoyed your pictures of the snow while we are enjoying these months of sunshine and 80 degrees. We picked a good year to come south for a "spell", didn't we? See you in another month. Dan & Lois
Dan & Lois Peters
Harlingen, TX USA - Tuesday, February 27, 2001 at 21:32:37 (CST)
Hi Dave - I'm a friend of your brother Doug. He was at our house this past Sunday, and gave me your web address. I'm an ex Hawkeye (Oskaloosa) and sort of miss it, until I saw your snow plow pic. Will be moving to Dallas next week, and we will see Doug and Joy more often. All for now.
Jim Duermeyer
El Paso, TX USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 19:06:17 (CST)
I disagree with your "winter wonderland". It was 75 here yesterday. I was happy to drive my vette with the top down as opposed to the snowplow in the picture!
Dale Sieve
dallas, tx USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 12:48:22 (CST)
Family history search Jane Mary Grelck is my husbands great grandmother. Other names mentioned Peter, Catherine, John Amelia. Hopefully I will fight my way through in the next couple of months. Henry and Catherine settled in Australia
USA - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 01:09:26 (CST)
Robert Carson
Holmen, Wi USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 14:14:05 (CST)
Hi! I wanted to say thank you for your Schnitzelbank page. That is our "family song" sort of, and I wanted to find information on it.
Prior Lake, MN USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 14:20:04 (CST)
hi dave!!the hausbarn is very nice!! many greatings an all people in manning.the time in iowa was fantastic.i missed the big t-bonesteaks!!!they`re was graet!sometimes i look in your side. ok dave it is intresting for me.wat do you paid in your side. cui stefan
ribnitz, 49 germany - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 02:23:08 (CST)
katie Ruepke
Ankeny, IA USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 12:08:31 (CST)
Hi Dave Iused to live in Manning.Enjoyed your web page.I miss the life of a small town.Hope anyone who remembers the Muellers are doing fine .
terry mueller
council bluffs, ia USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 22:15:56 (CST)
Hi: My father was born in Manning in 1913. May mother was born in Turin, Iowa in 1918. Just wondering if there are any relatives out there!! Thank you, Brad
Brad Stoelk
Mesa, AZ USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 12:28:45 (CST)
Hey how is everyone I am stationed in bamberg germany and I would like to know the address of our relatives over in germany so I can visit I am stationed over here for 2-3 years and I would like to find them so if anyone knows them tell me please ok
Jeremiah Kusel
APO, AE Germany - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 06:41:30 (CST)
Enjoyed your web site. Especialy the Schnitzelbank page. I found it while searching for the words to the Schnitzelbank song. I was suprised and pleased when I found your site with words (german and English) , the music and pictures. I recal my father leading the family and friends in singing at backyard summer parties in Baltimore, MD. I publish a home page devoted to the origins of the Trageser name and ancestry. I will place a link to your Snitzelbank site on my home page for all the other Tragesers who recall with fondness the singing of the Schnitzelbank in our youth. Please visit Trageser.org and see what I am doing.

San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 00:12:07 (CST)
Thank you for the holiday greeting. It is always nice to see and hear about the stomping grounds I grew up on. Very impressive!
Kerry Rutherford
Des Moines, Ia USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 00:08:56 (CST)
I really like the MIDI files you add to your pages. How could I save them into a file folder to enjoy when I am computing at a later time?
Vince Moye
Reinbeck, IA USA - Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 07:33:30 (CST)
I have recently been looking for ways to get rid of about 12 Starlings that continually visit my feeders. I have some great birds, (Cardinals, Titmice,Flickers, Nuthatch, Chickadees, Downys, etc)but they are bullied by the Starlings. I have taken out 4 or 5 with a pellet gun, but I don't want to scare off the "good birds". Do you recommend one of your traps? Thanks, Drew
Drew Stitz
St. Louis, MO USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 09:52:07 (CST)