Brent Moore has been e-mailing me over the last several years about a project he is working on which is linked at the bottom on the left side. Having worked on his family ancestry a lot, an idea came to me about if our ancestors would be proud of what we are doing in our time.
Lots of people feel proud of what their ancestors did but it hit me that maybe we should reverse things and ask ourselves if we are doing what we can, to follow in their shoes to improve things around us.

There is obviously no way to know what our deceased ancestors would say about us but I think it is something for us to consider as we go about our daily lives.
Do we deserve what we have today and how can we improve upon what we have to give to the next generations.
For most of us we won't be able to "fill the shoes" of many/most of our ancestors...mainly because of the events and time they lived in, but we should try to help our society as best we can, like they did, and would be proud of us.

There is no way for those of us today to truly compare ourselves to the generations who survived the Great Depression, fought in World Wars or the Civil War, along with the daily hard labor and physical times they had, to boot...even people who have jobs that require a lot of physical labor today have no clue as to how much tougher their type of job and life would have been generations ago.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to do our best in whatever job we have just because it was "tougher in the old days."

Below is some family background from two different time-frames in our past, which should help the reader understand the family connections.

1981 Manning Centennial book


Back: Martha (Richards), Charley, Julia
Middle: Deed, Rhoda
Front: Joseph, Maud, Brick
Joe and Martha (Richards) Moore and their nine children came to Iowa from Indiana in 1876 following the Civil War, during which Joe had fought with the Union Army and his father Gilbert had died a prisoner in Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

Joe's son, Charles Gilbert, married Isabella Dales near Botna in 1890. Isabella's parents, Andrew and Mary (Gauley) Dales, had emigrated from Ireland during the Potato Famine of the 1840s. Charley bought a farm in Section 14 of Jefferson Township, Shelby County, in 1919, from his brother-in-law, John Dales.

Charley and Isabella had four children: Wilfred, Nettie (Mrs. Walter Grau), Golda (Mrs. Ray Sanders), a long-time teacher in the Manning schools; and Sylvia (Mrs. Gordon Lawrence).

Wilford Dale Moore married Elsie Loretta Vandeman, daughter of Charlie and Nellie Mae (Holmes) Vandeman, in Botna and succeeded his father on the farm. To this union were born two children: Charles "Gale" and Beatrice Joy (Mrs. Keith Doyle) of Westside.

The farm, presently owned by Gale and his wife Joanne, is home for their son Chuck and family. Gale Moore and Joanne Grundmeier, daughter of Clarence and Hulda (Jensen) Grundmeier, were married December 28, 1945, and had four children: Jacquelynn, Charles, Gregory (1950 - 1970), and Christie (1960-1962). Jackie, who is married to Lavern "Butch" Spieker, lives in Indian Hills, Colorado, with their sons Matthew and Mark. Chuck married Janice Riesselman, daughter of Herbert and Dolores (Ocken) Riesselman, December 28, 1968, and they have three sons.

In 1967 Gale and Joanne started a fertilizer business in Manning, Manning Anhydrous. They were joined in 1974 by Chuck and Jan, after Chuck had completed four years at the University of Northern Iowa and three years in the Army.

Brent, Eric and Josh, sons of Jan and Chuck, are the fifth generation of Moores to live on the farm.

2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Chuck and Jan Moore

On December 28, 1968, Chuck Moore and Jan Riesselman were married at St. Augustine Church in Halbur, Iowa. Charles Daniel is the son of Charles Gale and Joanne (Grundmeier) Moore of Manning and Janice Marie is the daughter of Herbert and Dolores (Ocken) Riesselman of Halbur. The coupleís first home was in Cedar Falls where Chuck earned a teaching degree in industrial technology at the University of Northern Iowa. Jan had graduated from College of Automation in Des Moines and worked as a computer keypunch operator at the Cedar Falls Utilities.

Chuck joined the Army in July 1971, one month after graduation and spent two years in Heilbronn, Germany, as a Pershing Missile Systems NCO. Jan joined him there in January and the coupleís first son, Brent, was born in Stuttgart, Germany. A second son, Eric, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, where the family was stationed from January through July of 1974.

The Moores moved back to Iowa to the family farm, Section 14 of Jefferson Township, Shelby County, where Chuck had grown up. The couple farmed and operated a business, Manning Anhydrous, with Chuckís parents. A third son, Josh, was born in Manning.

After selling the fertilizer business to Aspinwall Co-op in 1989, the couple purchased additional farm ground and started a commercial hay operation, Quality Hay Products. During the early days, Chuck substitute taught in Manning as well as IKM and Denison. Jan worked as a substitute cook for the school lunch program, a bookkeeper at Manning Equipment Repair, and since 1993, has worked for Puck Implement Company in Manning. Chuck discontinued his hay operation in 2004 and is now an equipment salesman for Robinson Implement in Irwin. The couple continues to live on the family farm that has been in the Moore family for four generations since 1909.

At present, Chuck and Jan are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. Brent and his wife Donna, daughter of George and Helen (Tapken) Kordick are the parents of Stephen, Katherine, Michael, Anne, and Elizabeth. Eric and his wife Cheri, daughter of Loren and Marsha (Fell) Clausen are the parents of Ryan and Jessica. Josh married Sarah Adams, daughter of Neil and Charlene (Kearney) Adams and they are the parents of Alison (2005). All three sons graduated from Iowa State University and are involved in various computer fields; Brent as a systems manager at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Eric as an engineer with Motorola in Libertyville, Illinois, and Josh as an engineer with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Eric earned his masters degree in Computer Engineering in May 2005. Donna, a past student at Iowa State, is a full-time mom at present, Cheri, who graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, is a registered nurse at Sherman Immediate Care in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, and Sarah, who graduated from the University of Washington, is a civil engineer with HDR in Bellevue, Washington.

The Moores are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. Chuck is a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and a past school board member at the Manning schools. Jan is a member of Lambda Eta sorority and a past member of VFW Auxiliary. The Moores worked on the Quasquicentennial history book committee in 2005-2006.

Chuck was born in Carroll, Iowa. Chuckís ancestral family names are Moore, Grundmeier, Vandeman, Jensen, Dales, Holmes, Koepke, Jebsen, Richards, Gauley, Dearinger, Wright, Oberegge, Dohm, Christiansen, and Klindt. Jan was born in Carroll. Janís ancestral family names are Riesselman, Ocken, Muhlbauer, Anstoeter, Eischeid, Shillinger, Schmeiding, Schlichte, Simballen, Walterscheid, Stoiber, Fuser, Sprenger, and Berning.

2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Gale and Joanne Moore
Charles Gale Moore was born December 31, 1922, 1 1/2 miles south of Botna, Iowa. On December 28, 1945, he married Joanne Grundmeier who was born on October 20, 1927. They lived on the farm where Gale was born and they had four children: Jackie, Chuck, Greg, Christi Jo.

Jackie married Butch Spieker on September 25, 1965. They have two boys: Matthew, and Mark. Matthew married Roberta Keller August 29, 1987, and two girls were born to this union, Brittney and Lyndsey. Mark married Camie Fielding on December 2, 1985, and they have three children, Joshua, Christopher, and Emily.

Chuck married Jan Riesselman on December 28, 1968. They have three boys: Brent, Eric, and Josh. Brent married Donna Kordick on May 20, 1995, and they have two boys and three girls: Steven, Michael, Katherine, Ann, and Elizabeth. Eric married Cheri Clausen on July 1, 1995, and they have one boy and one girl: Ryan and Jessica. Josh married Sarah Adams on August 18, 2001.

Greg was killed in a tractor accident while helping a neighbor who was hurt in an accident. He was buried May 20, 1970.

Christi Jo was born with cerebral palsy and lived for a little more than two years and was buried September 8, 1962.

Gale and Joanne have moved to Yuma, Arizona, and Gale spends his time buying and selling cars from the State of Iowa. Joanne spends her time feeding the wild birds and crocheting Afghans among other things.