The building to the east of this float has an amazing historical background.
Sadly, the facing of the structure is deteriorating and currently is not being occupied.
I remember Thomas MacDonald Williams telling me that it was built with a soft brick that should never be painted - "It needs to breath," he said, so with the combination of having been painted decades ago and the aging of the structure there is a lot of crumbling.
It is another old structure that should be restored and preserved but I fear this will never happen...but I can always hope.
Here are some pictures and information about the past of the old German Savings Bank.
1913 view along the intersection of Third & Main Streets
I just noticed in this picture that there was either a fire or several older buildings were torn down on the right and they are preparing to build the 2-story stucture shown in other pictures below...which also faced a fiery demise.

The large brick building at the corner of Main and Third Streets was built in 1898 as the Bennett Bank, and a year later it changed to the German Savings Bank. It later housed the Manning Trust and Savings Bank. To the right of the bank is the Manning Telephone Company building.
The third bank in Manning was organized by A.F. Bennett in April, 1897. It was a private institution, which had a cash capital of $20,000 and a responsibility of over $50,000. Bennett served as president, W.F. Carpenter was cashier, and W.F. Kempf the assistant cashier.
The bank building was erected during the summer of 1898, at a cost of $4500 and $1500 for fixtures. It was located at the northeast corner of Third and Main Streets, later occupied by the Manning Trust and Savings Bank.
The law offices of A.T. Bennett and the bank rooms were on the first floor, and the basement was made into a printing office.
Bennett notified his customers in May, 1899, that he was forced to give up either the commercial business of the bank or his practice of law. His decision was to confine the banking business to specialties. In June, a group came to him to propose organizing a state savings bank.
The corporation was approved, and the bank's name changed to the German Savings Bank. The management was to be by seven directors: Frances M. Leet, Asmus Boysen, Julius Brunnier, Gustav Jans, John Grelck, George H. Dietz and Albert T. Bennett. The business opened July 1, 1899.
William F. Carpenter served as the first cashier, and F.L. Shumaker as his assistant. Shumaker resigned after three months, and his place was taken by Albert Puck.
In 1918, because of the pressures of World War I propaganda, the bank was reorganized by dropping the name, "German Savings Bank" and incorporating under the new name of "Iowa State Savings Bank." New officers and directors were: Douglas Rogers, president; Herman P. Hansen, vice-president; Ryel H. Wheeler, cashier; Julius J. Miller, Henry Buhmann, Herman P. Mundt, and Rudolph Kuhl, directors.
The Iowa State Savings Bank discontinued operations in 1923.

The Manning Trust & Savings Bank began with a meeting held on June 25, 1924, to consider the matter of incorporating and to adopt articles of incorporation. Directors elected were F.C. Henningsen, Henry E. Meyers, Gus Vinke, Jens J. Sinn, George P. Schelldorf, Peter Rix, and Mark F. Enenbach. Bank officers were, F.C. Henningsen, president; Peter Rix, vice president; and Henry E. Meyers, cashier. The new bank took over the location of the former Iowa State Savings Bank.

Pre 1915 photo - no bricks on Main Street yet...

Here you see the single story structure on the middle right that either had a fire and torn down or replaced by Fred Ross to build a new structure.
Here are 2 cropped images from this picture that show what the signs say...

Garage - I have some information on various men who had a garage business in this block but won't research that now.

Dr. W.D. Addison - Veterinary Hospital sign (William Addison)
For some time the Addison family lived just north of the Trestle in what is now one of our farm fields.

Sometime after 1915 - when the Main Street bricks were laid

Here you see the 2-story structure that was missing in the first picture.
This structure was later destroyed by a major fire.

I very often talk and write about how I make high resolution scans and the importance of such.
Here are 4 more examples that show what I'm referring to.

Note the barber pole and shower & bath sign

German Savings Bank signs

Manning Telephone Company - started by the Zerwas family

Dr. Esser Office sign on left (William H. Esser)
F.D. Ross garage sign (Fred Ross)

Early 1900s view - note that now the wooden Veterinary building is gone on the far right.

Ad in a 1906 Atlas

Last year the bank had a German Savings Bank calendar.
This and many other wonderful calendars were left in the Carriage House after Ben & Loretta Sextro no longer lived on what is now the Heritage Park farm.

Check on display at the Manning Monitor office.

Wilhelmine Schrum bank booklet
I forgot to note who brought me this passbook to scan in 2010 or write down more information.
I'm fairy sure this was Wilhelmine (Schrum) Kruse - Mrs. William Kruse


Manning Trust & Savings Bank

Remember when there were trees?
It was fine until they got big and then the birds loved to "do their thing" while roosting so the trees were removed.

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