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June 4, 2022 Celebration of life

I brought Tom Schroeder's tribute back to the top (I scanned many of the Karsten/Schroeder pix in 2012).
This is a very extensive tribute, mainly because Tom let me go through all of the family scrapbooks and boxes of pictures/documents - a "ton" of family history!

If you find any errors, incorrect IDs, and/or can help with some of the unknowns in Tom's tribute - please e-mail me.
Like many of the tributes I feature, Tom's tribute is more than about his family, but also a tribute to Manning/Aspinwall history.

Thomas Harold Schroeder

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As you often see in my writings how I can't keep up with everything that is going on around town; this spring is nothing new.

The open house/ribbon cuttings seem to be on a weekly basis right now.
Below is the most recent one...

I also try to bring more awareness to the Manning public about supporting the businesses we have here and not go out of town when there is something you can purchase locally.
I hear many whine that they can't afford to pay more for something here when it is cheaper elsewhere...I just listen and don't bother discussing the topic because it would be fruitless. The vast majority of those people who say this have smart phones and all kinds of electronic gadgets for their kids, not to mention all kinds of other things that they could really do without.
There also isn't any understanding or consideration that if they want the amazing and very unique life style we have here in Manning to continue, that they need to support the local businesses a lot more - they are your friends, relatives, and neighbors who not only pay business taxes but also personal taxes that help maintain the infrastructure, pool, waterslide, trails, library, and everything else that is part of the city functionality, including wages for the city employees...these businesses also employee people.

I also like to explain about and show with pictures how much HARD/physical work and expense it takes to start a business that is going to support your town and how much labor it will take to continue things!
Here are a few pictures from start to finish for "Willow Creek Market Garden" - owner Marty Orr, who also has a mowing business.

November 22, 2021 hauling in woodchips and organic matter from the city recycling pile.

November 26, 2021

March 10, 2022

March 23, 2022

May 4, 2022

May 11, 2022 Open House

May 11, 2022 Open House

7000 flowers for sale

May 11, 2022 Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting

Now there have been other ribbon cutting/open houses that have occurred since last year.
These individuals/families have also taken a BIG GAMBLE in starting their new businesses and have also invested a lot of time and labor to get started - they need YOUR support too...along with ALL of the other older existing businesses in the community.

These type of people are extra-special members of our community who believe in it so much to put their body and soul into making it possible for our town to survive and flourish!

June 9, 2021 "Sweet Treats"

Kris (Haskins) Waterbury and her daughter during their opening.
They both grew up in Manning, and went to school here, so their roots are deep in the community.

Manning has a grocery store, Pizza restaurant, the Corner Cafe, Cliff's Place, and now a new sports bar/restaurant (featured just below) - so many wonderful businesses that we need to support fully and more often.

I just finished scanning several pictures of Bob Grundmeier that his wife, Betty (Stuhr) had sent to me.
I went to Robbie Grundmeier's viewing last week and while paying my respects to the family, I visited with Betty about Bob's military service.
I hate to ask people about Manning history during a loss in the family but many times this is the only chance I'll have to ask for pictures and information.
Betty found these items and mailed them to me - and I'll be returning them right away.

One of the reasons why I like to preserve Manning's history is because I know/knew so many of the citizens who lived here, or my siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents knew their families and interacted with most of them.

Robbie and I graduated in 1975 and I remember when he and his dad wired some electric motors on our farm during the summer of 1975...Bob had an electrical business in Manning...I think was called Grundmeier Electric.

I also appreciated it when Bob brought me the Washington Township country school directors' books in the mid-2000s so I could scan names and information from those books.
Bob was a member of the Carroll County Genealogical Society and let me borrow the books to scan. I was refused by other members to have access to them...I could work on them, BUT ONLY at the location they were being stored here in Manning at the time.

The Carroll Courthouse didn't want to store these books anymore so they gave them to the Carroll Society.

There was no way for me to work with and scan those books at the Manning location, so I was fortunate that Bob trusted me and appreciated my historical work and let me scan them.
This is one reason why I wanted to ask Betty for Bob's information, so I could honor him in the Manning Veterans' book - my way to show appreciation for his working with me.

I'm including this Grundmeier story with the Golden story.
In the Golden story I show how easy it is for history and connections to Manning to get lost and how important it is when people share their collections with me to scan and how I'll find pictures about non-family members who I previously had none.
The group picture is a perfect example - I had no idea that Deanes Rowedder is a Veteran and now I have a military related picture to use with his are the items Betty sent so I could scan them.

Jerry Subbert, Deanes Rowedder, Dick Ocken, Robert Grundmeier
They went to service together.
Left Carroll on the bus at the Burke Hotel.

Robert Grundmeier

Everything I can scan will be helpful to create a bio on the Veteran.

I always think there is plenty of time to work with various Veterans but time usually runs is Bob's 2015 response to my question if he was a Veteran - and I told him I would try to get together with him down the road to get more details - which never happened when he passed away in 2016.

February 24, 2015 e-mail from Bob:
Yes, I am an Army veteran, served during the Korean War.
1954-1956, 2 years active and 6 years reserve, Honorable discharge on July 31, 1962.
Did not serve in Korea, was in a Nike I Missile site based on the west end of Langley Air Force Base, Hampton Virginia.
Was based out of Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Why did I take the time to create this feature about Ross Golden?
Since 1996, I've been using my web pages to ask for pictures and information about Manning's Veterans to add to the Manning database.
Then in 2009, I officially started the Manning Veterans' history book project, using my web pages and also promoting it in the Manning Monitor.
Unfortunately, I'm not getting much help and very few Veterans or the family members of deceased Veterans have come forward.
Fortunately, I've been going through a lot of Manning family collections and finding military pictures of a lot of Veterans and also finding other sources of pictures here in Manning for decades.

Generally Veterans and/or family members will work with me one on one to get their stories and scan their pictures, but most of Manning's Veterans are deceased and many of the living Veterans no longer live in Manning.
So with over 1000 Veterans to get information on, it is a very slow process by myself.

I also have run into obstacles where a few family members or Veterans don't feel it is important to publish a book on Manning Veterans.
I won't go into all of the reasons I've heard but this comment has come up a number of times by family members of deceased Veterans - "It is good enough for us to know that our father served, and no reason to put information in a book about him."

Obviously this is the right of anyone to refuse to provide information about a Veteran in their family, and for any living Veteran to choose not to be included in the future Manning Veterans' book, so I have to move on to the next Veteran to work on.

Ross Golden's story is a perfect example of why a book about Manning's Veterans needs to be published, so they don't get lost to time and eventually no one will know who served, fought, and died for our country - as a citizen of Manning, Iowa.

I'd like to remind everyone that this book is really about the Veterans of Manning in totality and the town's military history, and not about any specific individual who served, even though there will be over 1000 individuals featured...meaning that the purpose of the book is to honor Manning's Family of Veterans and not specifically about any particular family or family member.
So if you want a family member featured in the Manning Veterans book or are a living Veteran who needs help working on your story, please contact me and I'll do my best to help...

Ross Golden
Who is he???

He is 1 of around 100 of the over 1000 Manning Veteran names in my military database who I have/had NO information/pictures.

Well, thanks to the dedicated work by Connie Petersen and Ann (Voge), we now know a lot more about Ross and dozens more military men who served and who are connected to Manning's AMAZING history.

Follow the link below to see how much effort and time it took to finally figure out his Manning connections and to make sure that the online information we found is of our "Manning" Ross Golden and not another Ross Golden.

Manning's Ross Golden

How do you like it when those commercial genealogy, grave, and historical websites make money off of your work and family history/treasures?
I've been online longer than most of them and have NEVER made ONE PENNY off any of the history I've work on over the last 50 years - to the contrary, all of this preservation has cost me tens of thousands of dollars!
My goal is to preserve all Manning and the Manning area history - which is so precious and very special (especially to me) and I have never once thought about making money off of other family's and individual's pictures and history.

So why not JOIN my astronomical endeavors and rather than give those other websites your pictures and history so they can make money off of it (and you) - let me digitize them and archive them in the Manning Historical Preservation database and even post some of your history on my website.

Now I haven't done this all by myself...I've had hundreds of volunteers help me with the history books we've published and sourcing of Manning information, and the endless supply of pictures and information that hundreds more individuals with Manning connections have sent/brought to me to scan and archive and post on my web pages.
The reason why I have the immense database I do is because OTHERS shared with me and we worked together. I learned my lesson years ago about sharing history - it HAS to be a two-way street.
If I share and they don't share back then I would have never been able to build this amazing and ever-growing database I have today when someone asks me for pictures and history, I first expect them to start sharing with me, otherwise most of them will come, take, and then I never hear from them again.

Janice K. McConnell
May 3, 1938 - April 28, 2022

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As I continue to digitize and archive military information from Connie & Ann to use in the future Manning Veterans' book, I continue to be awestruck at the sacrifices so many Manning Veterans made and the horrors beyond combat situations many of them had to deal with at their demise.
As I started working on the McCuen family information - the dad served during WWI and 2 of his sons served during WWII. Walter's sons who served were Carl and Walter, Jr.
Below is the amazing account and detailed horrors of war-time that Walter, Jr. had to deal with leading up to his death by drowning on a "Japanese Hell ship."

If you aren't going to read Walter's story thoroughly - I hope you at least read the first paragraph under "ARISAN MARU "'Japanese Hell Ship"'

MM2 Walter Rea McCuen

Born March 1918 in Manning, Iowa

Detaining Country Japan
Camp Prisoner of War Camp #1 - Cabanatuan 1-2-3 Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines 15-121
Status Died as a result of ship sinking
POW Transport ship Arisan Maru, October 24, 1944

Died October 24, 1944 at sea
Memorial site Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines
A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.
Rank Petty Officer Second Class Primary Navy Enlisted Classification MM-0000-Machinist's Mate Basic training Great Lakes, Illinois
Service Years 1939 - 1944 Primary Unit 1940-1942, MM-0000, U.S.S. Canopus (AS-9) Navy Certificates: Order of the Golden Dragon, Neptune Subpoena
Rank Machinst's Mate Second Class
Service Number 3212961
Parent Unit Submarine Squadron 20

Walter was the son of Walter Bennett and Ella Marguerite (Rea) McCuen.
His brother, Carl, born in Manning, also served during WWII.
They had a half-brother, Gary McCuen.

ARISAN MARU "Japanese Hell Ship" (October 24, 1944)

Japanese freighter of 6,886-tons bound for Japan (in convoy of 17 ships) from Manila Bay in the Philippines. In the holds were about 100 civilians and 1,782 American prisoners of war being transported as slave laborers to work in the mines and factories of Japan. Crowded so close together they could not lie down, the holds soon became a hell-hole as the temperature soared to over 100 degrees F. The lack of fresh air caused many to go mad as the holds became fouled by the stench of sweating bodies, urine, and human excrement. As the ship sailed into a typhoon, the odor of vomit from the hundreds of seasick prisoners added to the wretched conditions.

Four days out into the South China Sea, in the Bashi Strait, at 1500 on the 24th, a terrible jolt shook the ship from bow to stern as three torpedoes from the American submarine USS Shark (some sources say USS Snook...both these submarines failed to return from that patrol) split the ship in two. The two halves separated but remained afloat, only to sink two hours later. Most of the Japanese crew and guards were the first to escape by the few available lifeboats. Those guards left behind were set upon by the enraged POWs and killed. Only seven men survived the sinking by clinging to wreckage. Two were picked up by the Japanese escort destroyer; the other five were later rescued by a Chinese fishing boat and reached the Chinese coast. As the Arisan Maru was unmarked, the captain of the submarine had no way of knowing that the ship carried POWs.

USS Canopus (AS-9)
Fought in the Battle of the Philippines, Battle of Batann and Battle of Corregidor.

Upon the surrender of Bataan on the night of April 8 & 9, 1942, Canopus was ordered scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, to deny her use to the enemy. On April 9, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the crew scuttled the ship and abandoned ship.

Of the Canopus' crew, 221 were evacuated to Corregidor on February 28, 1942, and served with the Marines' 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions on beach defenses. The final 327 crewmen were also evacuated to Corregidor and served in the 4th Marine Regiment's 4th Battalion Reserves (Provisional) which fought during the final battle for the island fortress. Nearly all Canopus crewmen were captured at the fall of Corregidor and spent the rest of the war in Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps in the Philippines and the Asian mainland. Some of the captured crew members were killed on December 14, 1944 in the Palawan massacre.

A total of 212 crewmen were declared killed or missing in action, one of whom was Walter McCuen who died on the Arisan Maru.

Walter R. McCuen M.M. 2/c
Walter Rea McCuen, Machinist's Mate, Second Class, who had been reported missing in action, died October 24, 1944, on a Japanese prisoner of war ship according to a dispatch received by his father, Walter B. McCuen, of Osseo, from the Navy Department.

A letter from the casualty department to Mr. McCuen reads in part: "It has been ascertained that on October 11, 1944, your son, who had been held captive by the Japanese in the Bilibid Prisoner of War Camp, Philippine Islands, was placed on board a Japanese freighter, apparently en route to Japan. On October 24, 1944, this ship, which bore no mark to indicate it was carrying prisoners of war, was torpedoed and sunk off Shoonann, China. Records maintained by the Japanese authorities in the Philippine Islands have come into the possession of the United States naval personnel and these records reveal that Petty Officer McCuen did not survive the sinking."

He was born at Manning, Iowa, in March 1918, and was graduated from Atlantic High School in 1937.

He entered the Navy in March 1939, and received his training at Great Lakes, Illinois, and later on a battleship.

He had been a prisoner of war.
Leader-Telegram Eau Claire, Wisconsin July 29, 1945

As my Manning history helpers {Connie Petersen & Ann (Voge)} keep searching for obituaries and military information for Manning connected Veterans, very interesting historical aspects pop up from time to time in the newspaper articles and obituaries.
I am always in awe at how many Manning connected people were involved with major events in US history.
Note the yellow highlighted line in Norman's obituary.


Funeral service: Thursday, March 29, 2007, St. John's Lutheran Church Ft. Collins, Colorado (
Visitation: Saturday, March 31, 2007, after 9:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home Manning, Iowa
Graveside Service: Saturday, March 31, 2007, 11:00 AM Manning Cemetery, Manning

Norman H. Meyer, 86, of Fort Collins died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Medical Center of the Rockies.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth St. the Rev. Brian Bestian will officiate. A graveside service will be held in Manning, Iowa, on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 11:00 AM.

Norman H. Meyer was born June 29, 1920, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to C. Henry Meyer and Louise (Manske) Meyer. He grew up in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He moved in 1952 to Denver.

Norman married Jeanette Ann Gruhn on November 28, 1959, in Manning, Iowa. They lived in Golden until 1989. He was a mechanical design engineer for Coors Brewing Company for 26 years. He also worked for Stearns-Roger Corporation of Denver, Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Glenn L. Martin Company in Omaha, Nebraska. At the Martin plant he was a liaison engineer in the project engineering department which did the modification work on the bomb bay of the "Enola Gay."

Norman and Jeannette Meyer retired in 1982 and moved to Fort Collins in 1989.

He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Denver Kickers in Golden, founder and member of the Lutheran Fellowship Group of Denver, a volunteer for the Poudre Valley Hospital and Aspen Club in Fort Collins. Hobbies were traveling, fishing, bowling and jigsaw puzzles. As a Boy Scout in Lincoln, Nebraska, he achieved Eagle Scout.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette of Fort Collins; one son, Christian H. Meyer and his wife, Candy Meyer; and one grandchild, Claire Yuka Meyer of Santa Clarita, California.

His parents, one sister and two brothers preceded him death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Foundation.

Notes: Jeanette, daughter of Harry and Wilhelmina (Meggers) Gruhn - she graduated from MHS in 1945.

Robbie Charles Grundmeier
Robbie "Rob" Charles Grundmeier, age 65, of Carroll passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll with Pastor Ryan Roehrig officiating. Music for the service will be Briee Roehrig as soloist.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1:00 - 2:45 P.M. on Sunday prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for the family at

Rob was born on February 20, 1957, in Manning, Iowa, and he was the son of Robert and Betty (Stuhr) Grundmeier. He grew up in Manning where he graduated from high school in 1975. He was married to Joleen "Jo" Vonnahme on August 18, 1978, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. He worked for Drees Plumbing and Heating, and Badding Construction, before working at the Office Stop for many years. He also drove truck for Arcadia Limestone and was the cook at Sunnybrook Assisted Living. In retirement, Rob enjoyed driving school bus for Carroll Community Schools.

Rob enjoyed music and played in various bands over the years including: Axis, Jukebox, and Promise. He played bass guitar and he was on the worship team at Grace Christian Fellowship. He enjoyed going to Mexico and was an aviation enthusiast. He loved to fish with his two sons, but most of all he loved to spend time with his family.

Rob is survived by his wife Jo of Carroll; his two sons Christopher and Daniel both of Carroll; his mother Betty Grundmeier of Carroll; two brothers: Brian Grundmeier (Connie Meyer) of Carroll and Todd Grundmeier of Carroll; his in-laws: Jerry Vonnahme of Washington, Iowa; Denny Vonnahme (Cherri) of Ogden, Duane "Dewey" Vonnahme (Joni) of Carroll, Carol Gortmaker (Al) of Sussex, Wisconsin; and Karen Derner (Dale) of Carroll; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

Rob was preceded in death by his father Robert Grundmeier; his father and mother-in-law Vernon "Andy" Vonnahme and Sally Vonnahme; a sister-in-law Carol Vonnahme; and a brother-in-law Kevin Schreck.

Dick Mundt, Mike Schlichte, Jeff Siepker, Steve Sebring - Robbie Grundmeier aiming
1973 gun safety, cleaning, and refinishing class in the basement of the old school gym.

May 23, 1971 Zion Lutheran Confirmation

Back: James Mohr, David Kusel, Brian Lage, Peter Heinicke, Craig Rothfolk, Steven Pfannkuch, Bruce Antone, Karen Witt, Pastor Edward Heinicke
Front: Carol Musfeldt, Bruce Pfannkuch, Renee Christensen, Mark Jensen, Robbie Grundmeier, Debra Nissen, Ricky Jahn, Marlys Stoelk

Robbie's paternal grandparents: Alvin & Charlotte (Nobiling) Grundmeier

Betty Stuhr MHS 1953

1949-50 Juniors & Sophomores FFA
Bob Grundmeier graduated from MHS in 1952

Back: Gene Ehrichs, Allen Jensen, Dale Schnirring - instructor, Robert Boell, Richard Boell
Middle: Donald Jackson, Robert Grundmeier, Norman Andresen, Russell Spies, Charles Kruse, LeRoy Dammann
Front: Robert Richards, Charles Frank, Allen Joens, Raymond Christensen, Fredric Dethlefsen, Myron Bogatzke, Leon Hugeback

1975 MHS graduates: Corine Altenhein, James Lyle Anthony, Bruce E. Antone, Cathleen Susan Arp, Cindy Kay Bilsten, Amy Lu Brotherton, Renee Lee Christensen, Peter Joseph Croghan, Jill Renee Escher (valedictorian), Dean D. Grau, Robbie Charles Grundmeier, Jane Francis Hacker, Thomas A. Handlos, Jeff L. Hargens, Jon Merlin Hass, Peter M. Heinicke, Dale H. Hinners, Liesa Deloris Hinners, Ricky R. Jahn, Bruce L. Jensen, Mark Kenneth Jensen, Kerry Lynn Joens, Christine Ann Kanne, Jan LaRae Karsten, Mary Imelda Kerkhoff, David August Kusel, Brian Charles Lage, Suzanne Renee Long, James Russell Mohr, Lynn Davis Mork, Richard D. Mundt, Carol Ann Musfeldt (salutatorian), Todd Randall Nelson, Debra Kay Nissen, Thomas George Opperman, Marcus dosSantos Paes, Bruce Arlo Pfannkuch, Steven Craig Pfannkuch, Johannes Helmut Plessing, Royce Lynn Ranniger, Sharon Ann Reischl, Mary Lou Rohe, Merlin Rohe, Craig Norman Rothfolk, Mark J. Rowedder, Mildred Jean Saunders, Steve Merritt Sebring, Jeff R. Siepker, Karen Rose Sporrer, Larry Francis Sporrer, Dale Kenneth Stangl, Mark Steven Stangl, Lee A. Stein, Judy Mae Stoberl, Marlys Ann Stoelk, Allen Lowell Stribe, Carol Jean Struve, Ronald E. Venner, William Henry Voge, Cynthia Kay Wanninger, James V. Weitl, William Kenneth Weitl, Kent L. Wiese, LindaLou Bernice Willenborg, Maureen Williams, Karen Marie Witt

1975 former students: Michelle Aiken, Barbara Anthony, Esther Benter, Mary Boell, Cindy Brincks, Jeff Chandler, Lori Dentlinger, Lynn Eich, Carol Espenhover, Donna Gerhardt, Dean Graves, Dennis Graves, Russell Hargens, Robert Iddings, Jerome Irlmeier, Jeanine Klemme, Jeri Ann Kloewer, Timothy Lakers, Pam Marr, Steven Mathisen, Luann Miller, Ricky Mohr, Kelly Poldberg, Martha Robertson, Michael Schiltz, Michael Schlichte, Mark Schwaller, Steve Schwaller, Dyann Sheldon, Brenda Shipps, Linda Wanninger, Paula Warner, Paul Weis

Easter Bunny visits Manning

Click to see the Easter Bunny with the youth of the Manning area

After working on the Santa pix for 4 days, I finally finished the Weihnachtsfest feature...I hope people will enjoy looking at this annual Manning event.

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Laurinat - a name from Manning's past that most citizens in Manning today have never heard of before.
So if you are interested in this name and other Manningites who grew up with and around the Laurinat family - take some time to go through the tribute and read the "school notes" which will provide you a lot of Manning names...

In memory of Allen Laurinat
February 4, 1940 - April 4, 2022

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In memory of Lori (Rothfolk) Trecker
July 26, 1961 - April 5, 2022

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Kent and Amy Wiese


Time sometimes creeps up on Kent Wiese, who has been working in the meat processing industry in Des Moines, Iowa, since 1976.

Kent couldn't help but reflect on those years when he learned he was the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs' 2021 Citizenship Award.

"It seems like just yesterday I started doing this kind of stuff," said Kent, who co-owns Amend's Packing Company with his wife, Amy. The company opened in Des Moines in 1928. "When you get an honor like that, you stop and think, 'Oh my gosh, I've been doing this kind of work for 46 years.'"

The Citizenship Award is given to an individual or individuals who actively participate in the civic process for creating public policy, and who work closely with the Center to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.

Kent was honored for his efforts to raise support for House File (HF) 857 - legislation that supported Iowa's small meat processors. In 2021, with support from Center staff, he hosted a press conference at his facility and later took legislators and attendees on a tour. He also made calls and advocated to his local decision-makers, and he did several television and media interviews.

"Kent has been a strong advocate at the state level for small meat processors in Iowa," said Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center. "The press conference Kent hosted helped generate energy for the legislation, and soon after, HF 857 passed without opposition."

Kent's advocacy work didn't stop there. After the bill was signed, he was appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force, a group created by the legislation to study challenges in the industry.

"It was good to talk to other locker members, and beef and pork producers," Kent said, noting there were also two representatives from community colleges and a culinary arts professor on the task force.

Among the group's recommendations, which are being considered by Iowa lawmakers this session, is the establishment of a community college butchery education program to help train the next generation of meat processors.

While Kent was raised on a small farm where "everybody did this kind of work," that may not be the reality for everyone interested in the industry. Even those who come from bigger plants need training to work at an operation like his.

"Most people working in big plants know one thing," he said. "In a little locker, you learn everything. I had the best teachers because these butchers who were in the 60s and 70s taught me how to do it. I'm still learning things."

The need to have a well-trained workforce became apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlighted many long-standing challenges faced by Iowa's small meat processors. As meat supplies at grocery stores dwindled at the start of the pandemic, Kent said people were turning to local meat lockers for their purchases. So were producers looking to get their animals processed when work paused at the larger regional packing plants.

The urgency was evident by the number of phone calls his business got.

"Amy just said today that the phone had only rung six or seven times so far," Kent said recently. "Back in Covid, it was six and seven times every five minutes. Those lines were going. People were desperate to get meat and get their animals in here."

Kent and his staff worked 65 to 75 hours a week to fill custom orders.

"We did everything we could possibly do," he said. "I would go home at 6:30 and be in bed at 7 and be back down here at 4. Whoever wanted to work, I told them they could whenever they wanted because we are just going to be cutting every day. I had a good crew and still do."

At times, he said, it was a challenge to take care of everybody's needs, but they wanted to do what they could to make sure people had something to eat.

Being an advocate and voice for meat processors has been a rewarding experience for Kent. He said he liked being part of a grassroots effort and working with Center staff.

"I talked to several producers, and they absolutely love the Center," he said. "They really think the Center has done a lot for small producers and farmers."

He was also pleased that some Iowa lawmakers, including Rep. Chad Ingels, who championed the passage of HF 857, took the time to visit his facility for the press conference and tour.

"It made me feel good that they were here and listened to what we had to say," he said.

Kent, who retired and closed Amends for about seven months before opening back up again in early 2019, said processors are starting to regain their footing. He also is confident the community college program will be established.

"They'll get it going, I know they will," he said. "I know it will work if they can get students to do it. Not just somebody who wants to go into the meat business, but producers need to get in. If they want to market animals, they need to take this community college meat class."

Center for Rural Affairs

Some Wiese history

Carolyn, Kent, and Kyle Wiese 1961


Back: Miss Robbins, Dale Hinners, Kent Wiese, Dave Kusel, Paul Weis, Bruce Antone, Steve Pfannkuch, Mark Stangl
Renee Christensen?, Sharon Reischl, Carol Espenhover, Marly Stoelk, Sue Long, Amy Brotherton, Mary Lou Rohe
Bruce Pfannkuch, Jim Mohr, Kerry Joens, Jan Karsten?, Steve Sebring, Todd Nelson, Dale Stangl, Mark Jensen

Miss Robbins got married during the school year, and quite a few of us in her class went to the wedding in Missouri.
I can't remember her first name right now, or what her married name was, so if someone remembers - please let me know...Pam is a first name that comes to mind but only a guess.

1968 wedding in Missouri - Steve Sebring?, Steve Pfannkuch, Todd Nelson, Kent Wiese?

1975 MHS graduates: Corine Altenhein, James Lyle Anthony, Bruce E. Antone, Cathleen Susan Arp, Cindy Kay Bilsten, Amy Lu Brotherton, Renee Lee Christensen, Peter Joseph Croghan, Jill Renee Escher (valedictorian), Dean D. Grau, Robbie Charles Grundmeier, Jane Francis Hacker, Thomas A. Handlos, Jeff L. Hargens, Jon Merlin Hass, Peter M. Heinicke, Dale H. Hinners, Liesa Deloris Hinners, Ricky R. Jahn, Bruce L. Jensen, Mark Kenneth Jensen, Kerry Lynn Joens, Christine Ann Kanne, Jan LaRae Karsten, Mary Imelda Kerkhoff, David August Kusel, Brian Charles Lage, Suzanne Renee Long, James Russell Mohr, Lynn Davis Mork, Richard D. Mundt, Carol Ann Musfeldt (salutatorian), Todd Randall Nelson, Debra Kay Nissen, Thomas George Opperman, Marcus dosSantos Paes, Bruce Arlo Pfannkuch, Steven Craig Pfannkuch, Johannes Helmut Plessing, Royce Lynn Ranniger, Sharon Ann Reischl, Mary Lou Rohe, Merlin Rohe, Craig Norman Rothfolk, Mark J. Rowedder, Mildred Jean Saunders, Steve Merritt Sebring, Jeff R. Siepker, Karen Rose Sporrer, Larry Francis Sporrer, Dale Kenneth Stangl, Mark Steven Stangl, Lee A. Stein, Judy Mae Stoberl, Marlys Ann Stoelk, Allen Lowell Stribe, Carol Jean Struve, Ronald E. Venner, William Henry Voge, Cynthia Kay Wanninger, James V. Weitl, William Kenneth Weitl, Kent L. Wiese, LindaLou Bernice Willenborg, Maureen Williams, Karen Marie Witt

1975 former students: Michelle Aiken, Barbara Anthony, Esther Benter, Mary Boell, Cindy Brincks, Jeff Chandler, Lori Dentlinger, Lynn Eich, Carol Espenhover, Donna Gerhardt, Dean Graves, Dennis Graves, Russell Hargens, Robert Iddings, Jerome Irlmeier, Jeanine Klemme, Jeri Ann Kloewer, Timothy Lakers, Pam Marr, Steven Mathisen, Luann Miller, Ricky Mohr, Kelly Poldberg, Martha Robertson, Michael Schiltz, Michael Schlichte, Mark Schwaller, Steve Schwaller, Dyann Sheldon, Brenda Shipps, Linda Wanninger, Paula Warner, Paul Weis

Back: Dewey Wiese?, Milford Wiese, Norma (Maloy), ?probably a sister Opal Holdsworth or Laura Derner?
Front: ??, ??, ??

1982 Donna (Wiese) Hargens - Kent's aunt.

1969 Legion Auxiliary president

Elsa (Boyens) Wiese with her son, Milford 1945 at home on leave

Carolyn Wiese

MHS 1967

Kyle Wiese

MHS 1978

Kent Wiese

MHS 1975

Manning Businesses - Crazy Days in Manning - Milford Wiese & Ronnie Hiatt

Milford with grandchild?

1 Mile Relay 1974 - Tom Gore, Kent Wiese, Keith Stribe, Rick Lohrmann

1 Mile Relay 1975 - Brian Joens, Tom Grau, Jr., Bruce Antone, Kent Wiese

Tim Kienast, Jeff Sebring, Bob Tank, Kent Wiese - State qualifiers Mile Medley team

1975 basketball - Back: Coach John Morey, Dale Stangl, Mark Rowedder, Kent Jahn, David Kusel, Bob Tank, Mike Phillips, Larry Walters
Front: Tim Kienast, Marcus Paes - AFS, Lynn Mork, Kent Wiese, Steve Pfannkuch, Jeff Wanninger, Dennis Klinker

1975 varsity team - Back: Robert Tank, Mark Rowedder, Kent Jahn, David Kusel, Lynn Mork
Front: Michael Phillips, Brian Joens, Larry Walters, Steven Pfannkuch, Kent Wiese

1974 - Back: Lonnie Rowedder, Bill Brotherton, Kyle Wiese, Jim Opperman, Neil Muhlbauer, Jeff Mohr, Tom Knop, Dean Heithoff, Brad Bjorkgren, Del Christensen, Scott Stripling, Dan Ashton, Charles Hughes, Mark Hagedorn, Don Blum, Steve Phillips
Third: Doug Opperman, Rick Warner, Mark Nulle, John Reischl, Mark Croghan, Jay Drees, Jay Mohr, Don Opperman, Wesley Dammann, Marc Arp, Terry Halbur, John Stangl, Scott Nelson, Brian Joens, Dave Opperman, Don Wurr (manager)
Second: Dan Gore (manager), Doug Schroeder, James Wurr, Dale Muhlbauer, Jeff Sebring, Keith Misselhorn, Dave Wiese, Alan Fara, Larry Walters, Tim Kienast, Mike Phillips, Bob Tank, Kent Jahn, Leon Sporrer (manager)
Front: Dale Stangl, Mark Stangl, Mark Rowedder, Steve Sebring, Jim Mohr, Kent Wiese (KW white letters), Lynn Mork, Dale Hinners, Allen Stribe, John Hass, Peter Croghan, Jeff Siepker
Coaches: Larry Miller, John Morey, Scott Robinson, Tim Hoffman

Back: James Anthony, Mark Rowedder, Jeff Siepker, Lynn Mork, Bruce Jensen
Middle: Steven Sebring, Steven Pfannkuch, Peter Heinicke, Tom Handlos, Kent Wiese, Larry Sporrer
Front: Todd Nelson, James Weitl, Jon Hass, James Mohr, Kerry Joens
8th grade track team

Nina Michelle Pratt
October 20, 1970 - March 16, 2022

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He was a great friend throughout high school and we tried to keep in contact as much as possible as the years went by.
The last time I spoke with Bill was around 5 years ago when he and his brother Steve were back in Manning...we sat along Main Street and gabbed for an hour or more.
One thing Bill always teased me about, whenever I saw him, was that someday I would plow up Main Street and plant corn...he was thinking that someday this little town would fade away.

I teased him when we were visiting on Main Street that day that Manning is still here and going strong...something he realized as he and Steve drove up from Omaha and took the "scenic" route to Manning, driving through the little towns and they were amazed at how they had deteriorated, but how amazing the great shape Manning is in.
I visited often with Dale & Mary Johnson after their sons graduated and moved away. They both died too young 52 and 55 - only a year apart.

We often teased Bill about his height and being so skinny, which gave him the nickname of "Twiggy." We also kidded him that he had to run around in the school shower just to get wet because he was so skinny at 6 feet 7 inches and 140 pounds.

One thing about Bill is he would take the teasing but boy could he also dish it out - all in good fun of course...he had this amazing deep chuckle when he laughed!

We did lots of stupid and silly pranks in school and the one thing I'm going to "tell on Bill" was when he and another classmate stuffed as many of the library chairs in the little study room as possible, and when they closed the door, the chairs fell back against it...I'm sure the janitors did not see the humor in this - I don't think they ever discovered who did this prank. One thing we never did was to do destructive pranks...just the normal stupid things that high school kids do.

If you have any "fun" memories about and/or you had with Bill and would like to tell us - please send them in an e-mail...I'll decide if they are appropriate for public viewing - we want to "celebrate" Bill's life.

1974 MHS graduates: Jon Sidney Ahrendsen, Daniel L. Arp, Beverly Jean Baker, Randy Dean Baker, Christine Kay Beck, Joseph Walter Blum, David John Croghan, Colleen Jane Dammann, Diana Lynn Doyel, Barbara Ann Drees, Jeffrey James Drees, Christine Marie Edmunds, Dean William Fara, Gwen Marlyn Fielweber, Nancy Kay Fogleman, Michael E. Foley, Jean Patricia Garner, Michael John Gawley, Dwight Thomas Gore, Gary Craig Graner, Douglas Dean Hansen, Kimala Ann Haubrich, Martha Ann Heinicke (salutatorian), Mary Ruth Heinicke, Barbara Kay Hudson, Linda Louise Hughes, Randy Wayne Jahn, William A. Johnson, James Walter Karsten, Jeffrey Lynn Karsten, Jan Lee Kasperbauer, Jerilyn Joy Kusel, Rick Paul Lohrmann, Randy L. Mahnke, Dean Joseph Moeller, Larry L. Mundt, Randy Alvin Musfeldt, Stanley Alan Musfeldt, David Jon Nelson, Debra Kay Opperman (valedictorian), Dale Dean Reinke, Paul James Renze, Randall Joseph Renze, MaryJane Bernice Rohe, Dale N. Rohe, Susan Elizabeth Rutz, Peggy Ann Sibbel, Dale Kevin Sieve, Keith Dale Stribe, Becky Sue Tank, Karen Ann Tank, Connie Sue Weems, Bob Larry Weiskircher, Daniel Lee Williams, Jessica Marie Zerwas, Steven R. Zinke

1974 former students: Paula Andreasen, William Baley, Sheila Bauer, Glenda Baugh, Darwin Betterton, Craig Brady, Donna Dentlinger, Pam Drees, Darwin Farrell, Nylene Freese, Keith Frisinger, Bev Geerdes, Duane Gehling, Sally Grimm, Cindy Halbur, Jacqueline Hansen, Paul Hartman, Darrell Hinners, Robert Hinz, Debra Hodne, Michael Irlmeier, Laurie Jahn, John Karbula, Jane Kunkel, Carol McCammond, Daniel Moore, Daniel Nelson, Louie Schwiesow, Earl Shoemaker, Marilyn Taggart, James Thompson, Jerry Voge, Terry Voge, Debra Wassom, Diane Zentmire, Mark Zerwas, Steve Zerwas

William A. Johnson
October 4, 1956 - March 17, 2022

"Tall & Short" of MHS 1974

Bill "Twiggy" Johnson & Kevin "Chipper" Wanninger standing in the doorway to the school library

Bill Johnson interviewing US Congressman William Scherle of Iowa at MHS 1974

Algren Family Funeral Home

WilliamA. Johnson

A Celebration of Life for William "Bill" Anthony Johnson will be held at a future date to be determined.

Bill was born on October 4, 1956, in Webster, South Dakota, and died on March 17, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. He was surrounded by his beloved family and was able to say goodbye to his loved ones who couldn't be there, using modern technology.

He was the cherished husband of Gretchen B. Johnson (nee Beckman); loving father of Kimberly Johnson Hogate (Todd Hogate) and Michael Beckman Johnson (Emily Koury); loving Baba of Annaleia Hogate and Elaine Johnson; dear son of the late Dale and Mary (nee Prunty) Johnson; loving brother of Bob, Steve (Rose), and Tom Johnson; loving uncle to Daniel, Elizabeth, Alex, Kyle, David, Natalie, Corey, Robert, and Lindsay; great-uncle to Trenton, Haileigh, and Chyanne; cherished brother-in-law to Rose Johnson, Lisa Beckman, Bert (Diana Mees) Beckman, Bill Beckman, and Pam Beckman.

The family moved to Manning, Iowa, in 1968, where Bill graduated with the MHS class of 1974. Bill graduated from the University of Iowa in 1978 with a degree in journalism. While at Iowa, he was the university editor of the Daily Iowan. He won several awards during that time, including, the Brewer key for journalistic excellence. His first job out of college was writing manuals for computer programs. He later completed his Master's Degree in Business Administration at Duke University. He worked full time and went to classes in the evening, completing the program in two years. He had several different positions in the computer industry ending up working in Business Intelligence at Motorola.

Bill also loved science fiction and won a Hugo Award in 1998 for his novella, "We Will Drink a Fish Together." His stories were published in "The Year's Best Science Fiction" several times. His good friend Gay Haldeman helped guide him through the writing business.

Most of all, he loved his family. He was happiest being Baba to Elaine and Annaleia. He never missed a day telling us how much he loved us. He is sorely missed.

He had many trials related to a genetic disorder, Marfan Syndrome. He also told us that he didn't want to have his life prolonged with machines. And he put this in many of his stories. He was also a very giving person and had checked the donate organs box on his driver's license.

He was a very funny person and self-deprecating. He was very tall and would leave messages in the dust on the top of his friend's refrigerators. Everywhere we went, people would ask him, "How tall are you?" Sometimes he'd say, "Don't worry-you'll get your full growth one day."

Writings by Bill Johnson

Robert Johnson MHS 1977

Steven Johnson MHS 1980

Tom Johnson MHS 1982

Dale Johnson

Sergeant Dale W. Johnson of Summit has returned to Seattle, Washington where he will be discharged from the army sometime in October of 1953.

Sergeant Dale Johnson Returning from Korea August 27, 1953 With the 40th Infantry Division in Korea, Sgt. Dale W. Johnson, son of Mrs. Lena Johnson of Summit, is returned to the U.S. after serving with the 40th infantry division in Korea. Sergeant Johnson, a member of the 980th field artillery batallionís battery C, joined the division in July 1952, and earned the commendation ribbon, Korean and UN service ribbons. Before entering the army he was employed by the Milwaukee railroad.

Mike Lamp's birthday party in the city park.
Tom Johnson in the checkered shirt facing the camera.

Dean Moeller giving Bill a haircut???
1974 yearbook

Bill was never bashful about anything

Boys' State 1973-74

William Johnson, Michael Gawley, Larry Mundt, Jon Ahrendsen, Randy Renze, Paul Renze
Mike Gawley, Larry Mundt, Jon Ahrendsen and Randy Renze were the delegates to Boys' state.
Bill Johnson and Paul Renze were the alternates.
Standing on the north side of the old high school along 141.

From the 1973-74 yearbook
Did You Know?
Jan Karsten cries at scary movies?
Dave Kusel hit his head on the basketball rim while jumping?
William Johnson has turned into a Playboy?
There was a battle of the bands at the Starline on Sunday night, but nobody told the bands?
Kent Wiese likes to have Keith Stribe rub his feet?

Cast Selected for "Oliver" Musical
Stage Presentation November 16, 17, 1973

Bumble-David Crandall
Corny-Amy Brotherton
Mr. Brownloe-Mark Stangl
Mrs. Sowerberry-Jerilyn Kusel
Mr. Sowerberry-Doug Hansen
Charlotte-Peg Dentlinger
Noah-Gary Drees
Dr. Grimwig-Bill Johnson
Mrs. Bedwin-Maureen Williams
Old Sally-Jessica Zerwas
Practices are every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 in the Auditorium. The auditorium will benefit the actors with more stage room and new lighting that give special effects. It will also benefit the audience with better seating facilities.
The setting is in London, England around the 1880s. The performances are November 16th and 17th at 7:30.
This year the Manning High School Musical Theatre is presenting the musical "Oliver." "Oliver" was chosen because the directors wanted "a good production for the new auditorium and it contains a large cast." There are 83 parts: 16 which contain Jr. High students.
Mr. J. Miller is the theatre director and Mr. Linder is the music director. Chris Beck is the stage manger and Deb Opperman and Sue Rutz are the accompanists. The most difficult aspect of the production is for the actors to learn the cockney or the London dialect. Jean Garner, the A.F.S. student from England will help the actors with this.

There are many new people in the main roles. The 6 major roles are:
Oliver-Tom Lee
Fagin-Dean Moeller
Dodger-Mark Jensen
Sikes-Lynn Mork
Nancy-Becky Tank
Bet-Kim Sailor
"Oliver" Production Progresses
Committees for various phases of the "Oliver" production, such as props, lighting, costumes, and advertising, have been established. Gwen Fielweber heads the committee for props, while the lighting is tackled by Dean Fara. The costumes are handled by Jessica Zerwas and Lynn Mark, and the advertising is left up to Maureen Williams. Gwen's department has been looking for, old clothing and would appreciate any clothing that readers would like to donate.
Originally, the cast had been taking cockney lessons from Jean Garner, but as of now it's "every man for himself."
One group of the cast has started working on a dance routine to go with a song. It's a bit confusing for some, and a few are born dancers, but just about everyone is improving.
Most of the scenes in the musical have been run through, and some quite a few times.
And of course everyone's trying to get their lines memorized down pat.
The play has been scheduled for November 16th and 17th with a matinee for the school on the 15th.
November 8, 1973 Behind the Scenes of "Oliver"
Students Manage Production
The musical being held this year, or for that matter, any year, has meant a lot of work for many people. Not only the actors but also the people behind the scenes really make any musical a success.
Of course, everything falls under the supervision of Mr. Linder and Mr. James Miller. Directly under Mr. Linder and Mr. Miller are the stage manager (Chris Beck) and the house manager (Doug Hansen). These two people are in charge of additional committees. It may seem confusing, but they are managing to work everything out smoothly.
Under stage manager Chris Beck are the props committee, the costumes committee, the lighting crew, and the make-up committee. Each has its own chairman.
The props committee is overseen by Gwen Fielweber. This committee is busy applying a little paint here and there and, generally, making the scenes more lifelike and colorful. Several props necessary for "Oliver" have been obtained through students and friends in the community. The most unusual prop called for in the play is --of all things-- a coffin!
"Oliver" requires many costumes as Jess Zerwas, Lynn Mork and Miss Mileham, the home economics teacher, have found out. The Home Ec room is bustling these days with students modeling their "fashionable" apparel and sewing machines zipping together little white caps and black skirts for the girls. Again much of the costumes are left up to the ingenuity of the wearer. But final approval must be given by Mr. Miller and Miss Mileham.
Lighting crew, headed by Dean Fara, operates the stage lights during rehearsals (after all, an actor should be able to see what's going on!) The majority of their time, however, is spent in learning how to operate the new lighting equipment; setting lights and cutting color gels for the lights.
The make-up committee, supervised by Connie Weems, makes its debut at the dress rehearsal and performances. Prior to the time in which they perfect an actor face, their main job is to see the supplies of makeup are plentiful, particularly since this play has such a large cast. It would be terrible if they ran out of face cream and had to "improvise."
The house manager (Doug Hansen) is considered very important. He is in charge of the tickets committee, headed by Karen Tank; the advertisement committee, handled by Maureen Williams; and the programs committee, supervised by Carol Musfeldt. Little is needed to explain these committees for they do exactly what their titles say. Ticket sales are set up by the tickets committee. Posters and ads proclaiming the coming of "Oliver" are overseen by Maureen Williams and helpers. Carol Struve is in charge of putting together the programs. Happiness is all these crews working together to make "Oliver" a success.

Obituary for Arden Hargens
April 10, 1940 - March 11, 2022

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Steven Rutz
1965 Manning High School graduate

Tonight we honored our head starter Steve Rutz. He has been with us since 2011 and serving our great sport for 50 years. He announced his retirement this season and we celebrated and honored him with a silver pistol, the title starter "emeritus," and we will be renaming our high school Early Bird Opener meet in his name to the Steve Rutz Starter Meet!
We got to surprise him in front of his family, friends, fellow starters, coaches, and his favorite group of people of all on meet days, the student-athletes. The full field of athletes, coaches, and fans joined in celebrating Steve.
Thank you for your lifelong commitment to education, athletics, and the sport of track and field.
Forever grateful for you, Steve!
University of Dubuque Track & Field/Cross Country
Iowa Association of Track Coaches
Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU)
Iowa High School Athletic Association
USA Track & Field

A few images of Steve growing up in Manning, Iowa, while attending school
Mrs. Golda Sander 3rd Grade class

Back: Jacky Wiese, Joann Peters, Pam Kusel, Don Callender, Eddie Stangel, Jimmy Keat, Bill Ohde, Janice Knueven, Lois Oakley
Front: John D. Moeller, Steve Rutz, Jean Graner, Julie Monson, Mike Seivers?, Mrs. Golda Sander, Daru Ross, Albert "Butch" Jansen, Karen Reinke, Sherry Loucks

Junior high football (undefeated) 1960-61 seventh and eight grade
Back: Charles Brotherton - coach, Nate Dappen, Doug Kusel, Albert "Butch" Jansen, Tom Schroeder
Third: Don Kingsbury, Lonnie Kasperbauer, Gary Eischeid, Steve Ruhde, Craig Grau, John Doyel, Dan Pratt
Second: Hilbert "Huey" Hoffman - manager, Steve Rutz, Phil Sextro, Bill Ohde, Bill Saunders, Mike Hoffman, Jeff Musfeldt, Daru Ross - manager
Front: Mark Joens, John Beckman, Nick Dappen, Dave Hass, Steve Musfeldt, Steve Atkins, Dennis Vaudt

1964 varsity football team
Standing: Kelly Pratt, Gary Knueven, Ron Arp, Rick Hargens, Michael Blum, Allen Muhlbauer
Middle: David "Nubs" Dammann, Dave Rauch, Mark Joens, Douglas Kusel, Steve Ruhde, Dennis Ohde, Steve Atkins, Nicholas Dappen, John Beckman, Bruce "Stump" Rutz, Tom Jensen, Charles Moore
Front: Nathan Dappen, Jeff Musfeldt, Phil Sextro, Dan Pratt, Craig Grau, Tom Schroeder, Mike Hoffman, Steve Rutz, Curt Grimm, John Doyel, Bill Saunders, Ray Dentlinger, Lonny Kasperbauer

1963 school play
Back: Joan Ranniger, Jeff Musfeldt, JoAnn Peters, Karen Brady, Bill Ohde, Larry Ehlers
Middle: Carol Ranniger, Angela Kusel, Gene Ehlers, Steve Rutz, Sandra McGrath, Barb Vollstedt, Annemarie Schwartz
Front: Hilbert Hoffman, Dave Pfoltner, Larry Fischer, Kent Weible, Nate Dappen

In Memory of Kenneth Borkowski

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In Memory of Phyllis Opperman

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Duane Irlmeier

Duane Irlmeier, 86 of Templeton, died Friday, March 11, 2022, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton. The Celebrant will be Fr. Timothy Friedrichsen. Mass servers will be Dylan and Carter Wieland. Music will be by Jeanne Kerkhoff and the Templeton Community Choir. Special music will be provided by Jo Beane. Lector for the Funeral Mass will be Sally Reiman. Gift Bearers will be Rhonda Wolf and Randy Zubrod. Eucharistic Minister will be Karen Zubrod. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Heather Schulte, Mandi Dolson, Amy Hanken, Renee Hackfort, Amber Schoeppner, and Rhonda Wolf. Casket Bearers will be Jamey Voge, Josh Rohe, Chris Mohr, Todd Irlmeier, Alec Irlmeier, Kade Irlmeier, Gage Irlmeier, James Hanken, and Randy Zubrod. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. There will be no visitation on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church for a later designation. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll and online condolences may be left for Duane's family at

The son of Joseph "Stoggie" and Rosalia "Mep" (Kasperbauer) Irlmeier, Duane was born on June 15, 1935, in Dedham, Iowa. Duane attended Sacred Heart School in Templeton and graduated with the Class of 1953. On April 27, 1955, Duane was united in marriage to Pauline Wanninger. The couple lived in Templeton their entire married life. Following graduation, he was employed a short time with Lawrence Ocken Construction. Duane then worked for Earl Niehaus Produce and later purchased the route which he owned and operated until 1972; when he was employed at Farmland Foods until 1975. Duane and Pauline purchased Kaus Grocery Store in 1975 and operated it as Irlmeier Grocery Store until 1992. Duane then worked at Manning Grocery until retirement.

Duane enjoyed woodworking, Christmas projects, and was meticulous and took great pride in his professionally manicured lawn. Duane was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs Fan and lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church in Templeton.

Survivors include his wife Pauline of Templeton; his children: Diane (Dale) Rohe of Wills Point, Texas, Cheryl Irlmeier of Dubuque, Doug (Pam) Irlmeier of Templeton, and Chad Irlmeier of Ankeny; his grandchildren: Jamey (Brandy) Voge, Josh Rohe, Heather (Joel) Schulte, Chris Mohr, Mandi (Mark) Dolson, Todd (Keely) Irlmeier, Renee (Brandon) Hackfort, Amy (James) Hanken, Amber Schoeppner, Alec Irlmeier, Kade Irlmeier, and Gage Irlmeier; 16 greatgrandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; his sister, Bonnie Hein of Carroll; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Sally (Harry) Reiman of Carroll and Bill (Lue) Wanninger of Manning; his step-siblings in-law: Pat (Kevin) Schultz of Carroll, Lois (Pete) Croghan of Manning, Mark (Bonnie) Wanninger of Manning, and Nook (Tom) Wurr of Colorado; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and many friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Sheila Schoeppner; his granddaughter, April Schoeppner; his great-grandson, Miles Dolson; his sister, Linda Billmeier; and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jerry Hein, Ray Billmeier, Delores (Roy) Lidbeck and Marilyn (Merlyn) Zubrod.

In Memory of Burton Rutz

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I have often wondered where did all of those Manningites of years ago end up when they moved away...well thanks to Connie, I am able to put a ton of the pieces of Manning's puzzle together.
I have always wondered what the initials T.D. Parkhouse stand for...not until Connie found his obituary did I find out.
THEN a very interesting factoid caught my eye - it is highlighted below...Traer, Iowa, is northeast of Marshalltown.
So now I know a lot more about the Parkhouse family to go along with the other information I already had in my database.

58-Year-Old Traer Man Is Killed While Walking on Highway
Thomas Dench Parkhouse, III, 58, was killed almost instantly about 6 p.m. December 18, 1931, when he was struck while walking on primary 59, near the south Traer, Iowa, city limits. Parkhouse had left his home only a few minutes before and was walking north toward the business district. Dr. W.C. Wagner, Traer physician, tended to Mr. Parkhouse at the scene. Parkhouse, suffering from a skull fracture, a broken leg, and other injuries, was unconscious, and died only a minute or two after the Doctor reached his side. Neighbors went to the home to inform his family of the tragedy while other friends took the body to the Boettcher undertaking parlors. It was believed likely that the fact that Parkhouse was almost wholly deaf was responsible in a measure for the accident. His back was to the car, and he was probably never aware of its approach until it struck him.

The funeral of the accident victim was held Monday afternoon at the local United Presbyterian church, with the pastor, the Rev. B.M. Wallace, in charge. Burial was in West Union Cemetery, southeast of town. Pallbearers were Fred Childs, Albert Wulf, Ralph Crawford, J.W. Young, R.P. Young, and James Whannel.

Thomas Dench Parkhouse was born May 6, 1873, on a farm near Traer. He was a son of Thomas and Sarah (Scobel) Parkhouse, who with a brother, Will, preceded him in death.

His boyhood was spent in this community and at the age of 21 he located at Manning, Iowa, making the trip to Manning on a bicycle.

On February 16, 1898, he was married to Pearl Parish, of Manning.

She survives, together with the following children: Ralph Parkhouse, of Maquoketa, Iowa; Harold, of San Diego, California; Lyle and Raymond, of Redfield, Iowa; and Lester and Dorothy at home.

A son, Lloyd, died in infancy. Mr. Parkhouse was in the harness and garage business at Manning for nearly thirty-five years. The family moved from Manning to Redfield, Iowa, living there three years. Two years ago, they moved to Traer, after the death of Will Parkhouse, a brother. Mr. Parkhouse assisted here at times in the Claus Wulf Harness Shop.

The decedent's father, Thomas Parkhouse, died here only a few months ago.

Other surviving near relatives include the following: Charles Parkhouse, a brother, of Redfield; Mrs. John McFarlane, a sister, of Morrisonville, Wisconsin; and Eleanor Parkhouse, of Maquoketa, a grandchild; Will Parkhouse, southeast of Traer, and Charles Parkhouse of Toledo are uncles.

Relatives here for the funeral service Monday, besides the children present, included Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parkhouse, of Redfield Mr. and Mrs. McFarlane, of Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Parish, of Manning, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. William Rasgorshek, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Parish is a brother and Mrs. Rasgorshek is a sister of Mrs. Thomas Parkhouse. The decedent was known as a faithful and devoted husband and a kind neighbor and friend. Although the almost total loss of his hearing in the last years of his life was a great handicap, it was one that he bore with smiling fortitude.

T.D. Parkhouse garage - present day location of Solls Service
The orginal building was a wooden hall where the first Manning school classes were held

Bill to Orren W. and Merlin B. Wyatt for car repairs.
They had a small hospital room before the large concrete Wyatt hospital was built.

While Connie Petersen has been plugging away at searching for WWII and now WWI Manning Veteran information and sending me tons of obits, military information, and other Manning history, which I have been editing & archiving in my database, and posting on the Veterans' pages and obituary pages - I have also been scanning the John Keane collection that his son has sent to me from Florida to scan, including his dad's MHS 1946 letter sweater.

I'll be posting many of those scans once I finish scanning his grandmother's MHS 1922 memory book...I already have scanned John's school scrapbook and odds and ends.
Here is the 1946 senior class play - note all of the businesses in Manning - sponsors...

John passed away January of 2021 so I'll also be posting a tribute to him.

1940 State Division I Class B winners

Back: Sam Wiese, Jean Schrum, ??, Jim Ansorge?, Leroy Hass, Frank Miller, ??, ??, ??, ??
Third: ??, ??, Dale Bingham?, ??, ??, ??, Robert Bonnesen?, ??, ??, Ken Jensen?, ??, ??, Gene Wiese?
Second: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??
Front: ??, ??, ??, ??, Jean Jensen, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??

Who can find their mother/dad in this picture?
I'll have to study it some more and compare with known pictures to see if I can get more identifications - I thought I already had this picture scanned with names but unfortunately I did not...

School concert program

January 17, 1918 Monitor Ad

In Memory of Richard Allan Ramsey

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In Memory of Ronald A. Colling

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In Memory of Tom Opperman

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In Memory of Hans "Junior" Bonnesen

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Another Manning mystery solved, 10 years later.
In 2012, I scanned the Manning Homemaker's Club charter scrapbook (1940 to 1942) that is stored in the Manning Library, and in it was a military section with several Veteran pictures and items.
There are 2 pictures I could NOT figure out why and what their Manning connection was.
Thanks to the obituary of Carl Baumhover that Connie found now in 2022, the mystery is finally solved.
Below are the 2 Baumhover pictures that are in the Homemaker's club scrapbook, along with the information in the scrapbook and what I was now able to find because of Carl's obituary.

Carl W. Baumhover

Tec 4 85th Cavalry Reconasance Squad Mechanized BSM

A military patch of the branch he served in.

Carl Baumhover Is Taken by Death

Carl W. Baumhover, 32, who operated a welding shop here (Carroll, Iowa) and also worked for the Iowa Electric Light & Power company, died at the gas plant at 1:30 this morning, January 10, 1950. He had been employed as night-man at the gas plant since December 1.

Funeral services are set for 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Lawrence church of which Mr. Baumhover WWI a member, The Rev. Fr. Arthur S. Poeckes will offer the requiem mass.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet (SS. Peter and Paul's) Cemetery, Carroll, Iowa.

The body is resting at the Sharp Funeral home, where the rosary will be led by the Rev. Fr. Poeckes at 8 o'clock each night before the final rites.

Mr. Baumhover, son of Louis and Emma (Budden) Baumhover, was born on the home farm one-half mile east and one mile south of Mt. Carmel, April 19, 1916. He attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.

A veteran of World War II, he was inducted into the Army July 3, 1941, at Fort Francis E. Warren, Cheyenne, Wyoming. He served with the 3rd Armored Division in the European Theatre, having been overseas two years and four months. He took part in the Battle of the Bulge and served with one of the first occupational troops in Berlin.

After receiving his discharge on October 1940, he returned to Carroll.

He was married to Delores Eischeid January 28, 1948, at Holy Angels Church, Roselle, by the Rev. Fr. Bernard Montag.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Linda, one year old; his parents, who live on the home farm; three sisters and six brothers: Mrs. Paul Boell (Helen), Manning, Iowa; Louis Baumhover, Sutherland, Nebraska; Albert J. and Andrew, Carroll, Iowa; Mrs. Albert Wernimont (Rosella), Breda, Iowa; Fred, Carroll, Iowa; and Elmer, Robert, and Alice at home.

Corporal Fred Baumhover

Fred Baumhover
Frederick Henry "Fred" Baumhover
May 16, 1919 Mount Carmel
Died August 14, 1961 Denver, Colorado
Burial Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado
Son of Louis and Emma (Budden) Baumhover
Brother to Carl Baumhover WWII

Here are some other pages of the Homemakers scrapbook.
While these Baumhovers have no direct connection to Manning, I'll still probably use them in the Manning Veterans' book with the Homemaker's club part that covers their letters sent to WWII soldiers...since I now know the connections for this family.

First page of the Homemaker's Club scrapbook - Helen (Baumhover) Boell highlighted in white

Letter from Carl

Letter from Fred

These are the types of historical items I'm looking for from the various Manning Veterans to use with their military biographies.
It is sad that quite a few Manning Veterans and/or their families won't work with me so I can add their information in this future Manning history book - the last book I'm going to publish about Manning's history.

SAD, NOT because they aren't working with me but SAD that a lot of Manning Veterans WILL NOT be in the Veterans' book because no one provided the information.

So if you are a Manning Veteran or family member of a deceased Manning Veteran and you have not yet contacted me - NOW is the time, because my plans are to start laying out the book at the end of this year and work on it over the winter into early 2023.

Once I start laying out the book, I will no longer accept information or updates because it will delay things and be impossible to fit a Veteran in their section that is going to be alphabetical.

I remember getting heck from a few people/families, when I was laying out the Manning Quasquicentennial and School history books, because they procrastinated and then wanted to submit information way past the deadlines.

Remember, I'm not getting paid ONE PENNY for ANY of this Manning history I work on - in fact it has cost me thousands of dollars over the decades - I'm not stating this to brag or expect any thank-yous or pats on the back but so people don't think that I'm getting "rich" somehow off of their information.

I've added a ton of obits that Connie & Ann have been finding for me recently from all over the US.
This batch has really added a lot of information for quite a few Manning connected Veterans who I had very little to nothing about...
As I use my OCR software to capture the scanned image and convert it to text, I also find other interesting Manning history - this 1946 Memorial Day, for instance, farther down below...

As I've mentioned many times before - I hope the leeches who think they are genealogists and historians don't take any of these obits, that my Manning helpers and myself spend countless hours to add to my Manning database and on my web pages, and post these obits on those commercial sites that are only in it for the money.
I depend on people finding these obituaries and other Manning history on my web pages and then contact me, who I then work with to get pictures and history they have to scan and add it to my database.

Update: when my e-mail to Marilyn Rubbelke of Brainerd, Minnesota, bounced back I guessed she might have passed away and sure enough I found her obituar and she died in 2019, four years after she sent me the old Manning pictures she had. Her great-grandmother was Laura Rix and how she was related to the Manning Rix family.
So I lost another source for Manning history but I'm so glad she sent me those pictures to scan because it seems to me that she didn't know who in her family was going to take care of them after she was gone...but I never guessed this would happen so soon - she was only 2 years older than me.

One of the recent obituaries helped me identify a couple of unidentified pictures in my database that came from a member of that family (Marilyn Rubbelke) who lives in Minnesota and found my web pages about a decade ago and sent me a lot of old Manning pix to scan.
A lot of obituaries are very incomplete and vague, along with errors, so I had to do a lot of searching in my database to connect the obit to the Manning family.
I hope that people will go through these obits and look for errors or missing information and then let me know ASAP.
Unfortunately I no longer have my mother to go to and ask questions - I know she would have known a lot of the people in these older obits, or other members of their family so I wouldn't have to do as much digging...

I need more people to send me their military pictures and history for the Veterans in their families.
I'm thinking that I will start laying out the Veterans' book towards the end of this year.
I first have to find a publisher who will work with me to use the InDesign program I have to do all of the editing and layouts for each page of the book.

This will save a lot of money that I would otherwise have to then also have fundraisers to be able to publish/print the book so the individual price for each book isn't prohibitive.
Fortunately, I've been getting donations over the years and also have been taking the sales of the previous 2 Manning history books I worked on and put that money in the Veterans' account.

So if you are a Veteran or family member of a deceased Veteran - please contact me so we can get started on the military biography and pictures.

Below is one example of the difficulties in figuring out who the person is and their Manning connections.
If there is a cemetery listed in the obit then I will search the internet for web pages of those cemeteries and then hopefully find other family members that show the parents or other siblings, so I can then hopefully figure out the Manning connections.

Jenetta Davis

Below is how I modified the obituary with the information I found on the Internet and in my database.

Jenetta Davis
Jenetta Louise Davis, born February 5, 1910, to Julius and Theresa (Moeller) Rix, in Manning, Iowa, and died March 31, 2003, at 93 years of age.
Survived by 3 children, Truman Anderson, Merle (Madge) Anderson, Carol (Bill) York-Critchley; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Rix, and sister, Laurane H. Johnson.
She married Arnold Jeppe Anderson in 1928 (divorced), he was born in 1904 and died 1974.
She was a member of Central Lutheran Church for over 25 years.
Worked at Comstock Hall of the University of Minnesota for many years.
Memorial service will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3207 37th Ave S., Mpls.
Call Cremation Society of Minnesota for service times.
Interment, along with her siblings Clarence & Lurane, in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, Minnesota.

After spending a lot of time figuring out Jenetta's connections, this obit helped me ID 3 kids who are in one of the pictures I scanned from the Minnesota collection I scanned years ago.
This is what I've been doing for around 50 years - trying to figure out who is in thousands of unidentified pictures I've scanned and then connecting them to their various families in Manning.

Marilyn Rubbelke, who sent me these pictures to scan, knew these kids belonged to the Julius Rix family but did not know the names, but now we at least know the names.
I knew they had to be from Manning since this is a Lyden Studio print.

Jenetta, Clarence, & Laurane Rix - not sure of order
I found out that Julius & Theresa had 1 older son, Leroy so why is he not in the picture.
Another guess is these 3 kids could be Jenetta's: Truman, Carol, & Merle
The age old problem of working with unidentifed pix.

Julius & Theresa (Moeller) Rix

Julius & Theresa with their attendants Henry Moeller and Emma Hagedorn

If anyone can help with this family history and the sibling picture please let me know...

Program At Manning For Memorial Day May 18, 1946
The Memorial Day program will be held in the high school auditorium at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The line of march will form at the north end of Main street at 9:30 and the march will begin at 9:15 promptly, as follows: Colors, color guard, marshal of the day, Mayor Raymond B. Kelsey; school band, World War II army unit in uniform, World War II navy unit in uniform, all other ex-service men in one body, all women's organizations in one body, flower girls for all organizations, Girl and Boy Scout troops.

Note: I remember Ila (Claussen) Rix telling me one time in the 1980s that when she was a little girl (circa 1914), she and other little kids would walk in these marches that were led at that time by the Veterans and Auxiliary Ladies of the McPherson Post No. 33 (GAR - Grand Army of the Republic) and she recalled the old GAR Veterans, who were still able, leading the parade.
At that time, the wooden building was still standing there that Post 33 used for meetings and gatherings...where the block building now stands on the north end of Main Street directly to the east of the VFW hall.
Dave Kusel

The program at the auditorium follows: Address, Peter Kuhl, commander, American Legion.
Prayer Peter Hansen, chaplain, American Legion
"America", audience and band
"Letter to Saint Peter", Marie McGrath
"Gettysburg Address", Bill Sanders
"American Prayer", high school girls sextet, Ruth Musfeldt, Iris Kuhl, Fern Struve, Zita Smith, Ruth Behrens, Ruth McConnell
"Flander's Field", Zita Smith
Memorial service Bertha Ruhde, president of the V.F.W. Auxiliary
"You're A Grand Old Flag", sextet, Mrs. Larry Polking, accompanist
Roll call World War I, John Schroeder, adjutant, American Legion
Roll call World War II, Sam Garmire, adjutant Veterans of Foreign Wars
Address, the Rev. Arthur Raeside
"Star Spangled Banner", audience and band
Benediction, James Albert, chaplain, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Salute to the Navy, Phyllis Zerwas
At the Manning Cemetery: "Rock of Ages," band
Prayer, the Rev. Raeside
Decoration of Unknown Soldier's Grave, Iva Jean Mohr
Salute; taps, buglers, Billy Roberts and Charles Schelldorf

I just found out that William Chandler passed away - I added his tribute to his brother, Clint's tribute I posted in 2020.

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This probably won't interest many people but I'm so excited to have it. Tom MacDonald Williams purchased it at an estate or garage sale in Manning/Aspinwall years ago and his wife, Sharon, ran across it recently and noticed the Ehrichs name which she knew was my mom's maiden name.
I didn't know most of mom's Ehrichs uncles, but Frank Ehrichs was the youngest in that generation, and I remember him quite well. He owned/operated the Aspinwall grocery store and post office. He was my great-uncle and if you follow the various tributes I make, you may see some of the aerial farm pictures he hired to be photographed in Iowa & Hayes Townships in Crawford County.
So here is the packet he gave to salesmen he had when Frank was an agent for the Great American Insurance Company. I scanned the various parts of the packet which is from the days of fountain pens and ink blotters.

Outside cover - 8 x 6 inches

Inside left half - I digitally added the wording because it is hard to read the original print.
The fountain pen is not the original one but a pen that Tom added for a more realistic view.

Inside right half

Printed side of the blotter paper

blotter paper

penwiper - the penwiper has several cloth type circular blotter pads in between the leather covers

stamp packet

inside stamp packet - the stamps are probably not original but Tom added them for more realism

Address booklet

Willie Hansen of Aspinwall - salesman for Frank Ehrichs

B section

M section


Hugo Beyer Elkader, Iowa RFD 1
Reinhard Blunk Davenport Route 6 Box 218
Willie Bedford Carroll, Iowa RFD 6
Miss Marie Barrett Manilla, Iowa

Daniel Dudley Manchester, Iowa
Edwin Degenex Cedar Falls, Iowa
Emil Ewoldt Manning, Iowa
Carl Eckhoff Twin Lakes, Minnesota

John Gocken RFD 1 Tripp, South Dakota
Albert Gerard RFD 2 Bagley, Iowa
Fred Holwegner RFD 5 Harvey, North Dakota
Willie Hansen Aspinwall, Iowa
Carl Hasbargen Alpha, Minnesota

Fred Kirchoff Box 3 Thor, Iowa
Edgar Kirchoff Thor, Iowa
John Koepplin Elgin, South Dakota
Theodore Lorenzen Springfield, Minnesota
Willie Meggers Route 2 Manilla, Iowa
Robert Marpe Twin Lakes, Minnesota
Walter Matthiessen Belgrade, Nebraska
George Melien Kiron, Iowa

Emil Oeleich Box 214 Lamont, Iowa
Fred Ogren Route 1 Deloit, Iowa
Otto Pretz Parkston, South Dakota

Jacob Reinen Jackson, Minnesota
Fred Roloff Wilmington, Iowa
Lothar Rohlgust RFD 5 Harvey, South Dakota
Miss Lucille Rollins Denison, Iowa
Adolph Shimnock Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Henry Schroeder Cowles, Nebraska
Herber Tunberg Ida Grove, Iowa

Irvin Vossler Box 63 Avoca, Wisconsin
Eugene Wendling Ryan, Iowa
Otto Wann Avoca, Wisconsin
George Williams New Hampton, Iowa

In Memory of Lowell Stribe

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Marion was another good friend of my mother, Dorothy.
There is a large selection of pictures scanned from Marion's collection - many that are not identified so hopefully relatives of Marion and other Manning folks will look through the pictures and help identify some of them.


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If anyone has memories about Manning people, history, events, etc. - whether or not you are very old or relatively young, and don't mind sharing them, some of which may be posted publically but more importantly archived for posterity/history/preservation - please send them to me.

Please keep them "good" memories and not be critical of someone/something or judgmental - I will decide what is appropriate for public use and worth archiving.
I don't want information that is intentionally hateful or harmful but uplifting, silly, informative, educational - things that some of you might remember hearing while sitting with your grandparents/uncles/aunts, old-timers, etc.
Something that once was passed along by story-telling but now is pretty much NO longer being done by the younger generations who DON'T know what they have been missing and will never be able to tell those old stories to their kids/grandkids because they NEVER heard those wonderful old stories.

I just found out that Paul Weis passed away, so I did some quick digging to see what I could find in my database about Paul - unfortunately not much...

He had an infectious laugh/smile and I remember him being very quick-witted and funny, with a lanky stature - if you were ever around him you would never forget him.
I wonder if anyone knows how he got the nickname "Honker" - his brother, Dan, was nicknamed "Red" which was obvious when you saw his hair.

If anyone wants to e-mail me their memories of Paul, I'll post them here. Who were his closest friends?
Dave Kusel

1975 MHS graduates: Corine Altenhein, James Lyle Anthony, Bruce E. Antone, Cathleen Susan Arp, Cindy Kay Bilsten, Amy Lu Brotherton, Renee Lee Christensen, Peter Joseph Croghan, Jill Renee Escher (valedictorian), Dean D. Grau, Robbie Charles Grundmeier, Jane Francis Hacker, Thomas A. Handlos, Jeff L. Hargens, Jon Merlin Hass, Peter M. Heinicke, Dale H. Hinners, Liesa Deloris Hinners, Ricky R. Jahn, Bruce L. Jensen, Mark Kenneth Jensen, Kerry Lynn Joens, Christine Ann Kanne, Jan LaRae Karsten, Mary Imelda Kerkhoff, David August Kusel, Brian Charles Lage, Suzanne Renee Long, James Russell Mohr, Lynn Davis Mork, Richard D. Mundt, Carol Ann Musfeldt (salutatorian), Todd Randall Nelson, Debra Kay Nissen, Thomas George Opperman, Marcus dosSantos Paes, Bruce Arlo Pfannkuch, Steven Craig Pfannkuch, Johannes Helmut Plessing, Royce Lynn Ranniger, Sharon Ann Reischl, Mary Lou Rohe, Merlin Rohe, Craig Norman Rothfolk, Mark J. Rowedder, Mildred Jean Saunders, Steve Merritt Sebring, Jeff R. Siepker, Karen Rose Sporrer, Larry Francis Sporrer, Dale Kenneth Stangl, Mark Steven Stangl, Lee A. Stein, Judy Mae Stoberl, Marlys Ann Stoelk, Allen Lowell Stribe, Carol Jean Struve, Ronald E. Venner, William Henry Voge, Cynthia Kay Wanninger, James V. Weitl, William Kenneth Weitl, Kent L. Wiese, LindaLou Bernice Willenborg, Maureen Williams, Karen Marie Witt

1975 former students: Michelle Aiken, Barbara Anthony, Esther Benter, Mary Boell, Cindy Brincks, Jeff Chandler, Lori Dentlinger, Lynn Eich, Carol Espenhover, Donna Gerhardt, Dean Graves, Dennis Graves, Russell Hargens, Robert Iddings, Jerome Irlmeier, Jeanine Klemme, Jeri Ann Kloewer, Timothy Lakers, Pam Marr, Steven Mathisen, Luann Miller, Ricky Mohr, Kelly Poldberg, Martha Robertson, Michael Schiltz, Michael Schlichte, Mark Schwaller, Steve Schwaller, Dyann Sheldon, Brenda Shipps, Linda Wanninger, Paula Warner, Paul Weis

Deborah Weis MHS 1970, Dan Weis MHS in 1971, and Penny Weis was with the former class of 1981 at Manning.

Paul Christian Weis
Paul Weis, 65, of New Ulm, Minnesota, died Saturday, September 11, 2021, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

A private family service will be held at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Paul is survived by his sisters, Debra Kaslon of Blair, Nebraska; Penny Weigel of New Ulm; and Terri Rogers of Isanti; and by his brother, Daniel Weis of Winona.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul Christian Weis was born May 2, 1956, in Davenport, Iowa, to John and Shirley (Meyer) Weis. He attended elementary & Junior High School at Manning, Iowa, and was a 1975 graduate of Springfield High School, Springfield, Minnesota, and served in the U.S. Navy. Paul worked various jobs in the New Ulm area until bad health forced him to retire.
Minnesota Valley Funeral Home New Ulm, Minnesota

1967-68 Fifth Grade
Top: Sharon Grimm (Mrs. Dennis), Mark "Poncho" Jensen, Amy Brotherton, Dale Hinners, Maureen Williams, Mark "Bear" Stangl, Renee Christensen
Third: Bruce "Mongoose" Antone (now back to original: Anton), Marlys Stoelk, Susan Long, Paul "Honker" Weis
Second: Carol Espenhover, Kerry Joens, Mary Lou Rohe, Craig Rothfolk, Sharon Reischl, Steve (somtimes Pancake) Pfannkuch, Jim Mohr
Bottom: Dale "Stinger" Stangl, David "Howard" Kusel, Kent Wiese, Bruce "Poofer" Pfannkuch, Todd "Toad" Nelson, Steven Sebring

Submitted for the 2009 Manning Schools history book.
School memories by Mark Rowedder
Thank you Mr. Klinker and Coach Boersma
There is a long list of teachers that played a major role in my life. Most important are my parents, but of those I did not call Mom or Dad, I would recognize two who I believe got me started in the direction I now find myself.
Mr. Donald Klinker
Mr. Don Klinker taught junior high social studies at Manning Junior High when I was in 7th and 8th grade from fall of 1969 to the spring of1971. This included geography, civics, and American history. I was an OK student by this time but did not have a class or subject that I had latched onto as being a favorite. That all changed with Mr. Klinker's class. Something clicked for me. I cannot even tell you exactly how he did it but I enjoyed his class and I did well. I am not sure the methods he used would be advisable now to young teachers, but they worked for me. Social studies and American History in particular became my subject, no matter who or where it was taught. I now have both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in social studies education. I taught social studies for several years in three school districts. I have been fortunate to have trained prospective social studies teachers at two universities, and now I run a middle school as a principal, but never stray far from one of my social studies classrooms to listen in and sometimes get pulled in to team teach it. I would have to say that all started with Mr. Klinker's 7th grade social studies class.
Mr. Douglas Duane Boersma
Coach Boersma taught junior science and coached all the junior high sports of football, basketball, and track. In the classroom, you wanted to pay attention to catch the joke as well as the point. He liked to show off at times, playing with acids or mercury - for which we would now call HazMat and shut a school down. He played around with mercury to demonstrate its characteristics as a liquid metal. He was prone to be pulled off subject at times by well placed questions from his students which might lead to nice long discussion of his philosophy on people, politics, and life in general. They were as interesting lessons as anything he taught specific to the science curriculum.

It was as a coach though that he made the most impact on me. I was overweight (a usual problem) and way out of shape as a 7th grader trying to play football for the first time. I could not run across the room without stopping to rest let alone the ten nightly laps we had to run across the school yard (back stop to the tree on the west end) behind the old high school every night- but he made me do it. He would have us go over and get old tires from Rix's and put them on the hill next to the band room and run up through them uphill- and he made me do it. He made us do the tackling line, even against the 8th graders. This group included Keith Stribe, Gary Graner, the Renze and Karsten brothers (Paul & Randy - Jeff & Jim). Jeff Karsten in particular was the one guy you did not want in your tackling line because he knew how to put you down hard. I must have outweighed him by at least 70 pounds, but he would pick me up just the same and slam me down with a textbook tackle on that nice grass bare practice field. Practice could be fun, too. Coach was not opposed to running "exotic" plays- flea flickers, the guard around (my favorite) and others that were as fun to practice as to use in a game. When it was discovered that one of the guys could place kick the ball fairly well- we might spend most of the practice on extra points and field goals either down at the football field or over a power line at the practice field. This is at a time when most high school teams went for two after touchdown rather than kick the extra point.

Basketball was much the same- the 8th graders were lean and quick, they liked to run and that is what we did nightly. Wind sprints from 10 down to 1. We practiced in the old high school gym when the varsity had a game but more often in the fellowship hall at the Lutheran Church. There was no bus to the church, we walked from school. In the winter cold, snow, uphill, (honestly) and hauling books, gym bag, and in my case, a trumpet, it got to be a pretty good work out in just getting to practice. Coach did not have set style of play. Those 8th graders were quick and could run circles around most teams- the Harlem Globetrotters are the only other team I can remember running a three man weave at the top of the key. They would hypnotize the other team with that play and to get an easy layup after they would whip a pass to Jeff Drees or Jon Ahrendsen under the basket left unguarded. We as 8th graders did not do that- we were slower and bigger (or at least I was slower and bigger) and we played a different game from that group. They played man to man defense, we played zone. They pressed, we hustled back to our zone. Different players, different approach- he did not force the team into one style, he adapted to what players could do.

That first spring came and the subject of track came up in Coach's class. I had no real interest in track. I did not like to run. We had just moved into town in January so I had no "have to help out on the farm" excuse. Coach told me "You should be out for track" and when I could not get a word of protest out he let me know he was glad I agreed. I was out for track. It was the best thing a coach did for me. Track helps all athletes, regardless if you can run well or not. I could throw the shot but he made sure I ran every night as well. I think it was pretty entertaining to see Paul Weis and I racing each other for a quarter mile- I could never quite catch him but just trying helped me most. Coach pushed me. "Go Row" seemed to be his mantra. Young Kevin Boersma (maybe 4 or 5 at the time) would walk around his house saying "Go Row" not knowing who or what Row was but his dad said it a 100 times a night so he would, too.

I do not think I had the most memorable of high school athletic careers. But I did earn a varsity letter in one sport all four years (track of all things), and I lettered in four sports (basketball more for showing up for practice for four years more than for playing time) and those were situations that did not happen all that much at the time. I also got to back up Kevin Pfannkuch and Rex Sebeniecker one year and played alongside Jeff Siepker, Pete Croghan, and in front of Lynn Mork the next year on Manning's first state playoff team. I was the warm up partner to Dave Kusel and we combined for 43 points one night (I had two, "Howard" chipped in 41 for the school record). I got to play with a lot of good guys and good ballplayers but none of it may have happened if a junior high coach did not keep after a fat 7th grader to keep moving and sticking with it.

I do not know what happened to Mr. Klinker outside that he left Manning to farm or something while we were in high school. Coach Boersma left teaching for the insurance business and I made it a point to try to stop by his office when I was in town to say hi. He appreciated that I still called him coach, even 30+ years after I played for him. I miss that opportunity to talk to him now.

At the time of this writing it has been almost 40 years since I entered Manning Junior High. I am now in my 30th year in education and I coached a lot of years in a lot of sports. I have been very fortunate and some credit needs to go to Mr. Klinker and Coach Boersma - Thank you both.
Mark Rowedder, Manning class of 1975

Is anyone in contact with the Klinker family? How is Donald doing - and I forget his wife's name?

7th grade basketball team 1969-70 seventh

Back: Kent Rutz, Tom Hargens, Vernon Hansen, Donny Rowedder
Middle: Duane Reinke, Tom Doyel, Michael Stangl, Leonard Dammann
Front: Dan Weis, Alan Grimm, Greg Blum

7th & 8th grade fall of 1966 on south end of old football field south of Highway 141.

Back: Coach Gary Molzen (December 26, 1942 - November 12, 2018), Sydney "Skip" Schrum, Curt Stribe, Greg Schultz, Brad Zubrod, Lonny Hargens, Mike Stangl, Coach Douglas Duane Boersma (February 7, 1939 - September 16, 2004)
Fourth: Mark Siepker, Brian Peters, Dean Lorenzen, Doug Hargens, Dean Martens, Craig Moeller, Kevin Struve, Jim Kunkel
Third: Randy Lohmeier, Lonnie Jensen, Doug Mohr, Mike Bilsten, John Heinicke, Tom Wurr, Ron Willenborg, Scott Renze
Second: Bill Croghan, Al Grimm, Vernon Hansen, Dick Hornberger, Dan Weis, Joe Odendahl, Denny Reischl
Front: manager Jeffrey Moore?, Tom Hargens, Kent Rutz, Don Rowedder, Dave Irlmeier, Tom Doyel, Greg Blum, Steve Olsen - manager

Pep club
Fourth: Helen Wiese, Debra Waterbury, Deborah Weis, JoAnn McNutt, Jodi Hiatt, Kristyn Kuhn, Janet Arp, Becky Sextro, Carol Jean Dammann, Vickie Musfeldt, Becky Hugeback, Jeanne Potthoff, Karen Hinners
Third: Francine Kruse, Nancy Wiese, Rosie Schultz, Beverly Mundt, Sara Schroeder, Claude Rennotte, Peg Hargens, Norma Arp, Darlys Schrum, Becky Saunders, Barbara Stangl, Teresa Stangl
Second: Sheila Schrum, Beth Volquartsen, Carla Talbott, JoAnn Dethlefs, JoLynn Escher, Nancy Weems, Patti Fischer, Denise Mork, Barbara Hoffman, Connie Sibbel, Joni Hinze, Nancy Vonnahme, Roxie Irlmeier
First: Linda Rowedder, Michele Mohr, Doris Volquartsen, Dottie Dammann, Jeanne Case, Mary Felker, Jodie Heithoff, Barbara Blum, Mary Blum, Anne Felker, Marcia Mundt, JoAnn Borkowski, Karen Stoberl
Absent: Denise Hinners, Marilyn Strosahl, Cindy Vehrs

May 1968 Style show for Home Economics

Colleen Poldberg, Debbie Weis, Marva Jensen, Linda Rowedder

1969 Homecoming royalty

Linda Rowedder, Marva Jensen, JoAnn Dethlefs, Debbie Weis, Debbie Waterbury, Claude Rennotte, Sara Schroeder

Choir 1970

Back: JoAnn Dethlefs, Peggy Bennett, Beverly Ohde, Pam Foley, Mark Siepker, Lonnie Hargens, Darrel Baker, Dave Schroeder, John Hornberger, Mark McNutt, Dan Andersen, Dan Weis, Sara Schroeder, Donna Sonksen, Ann Jensen, Doris Volquartsen, Joann Rohe
Third: Pam Hargens, Mary Opperman, Mary "Ging" Hudson, Deb Waterbury, Jodi Hiatt, Kathy Potthoff, Joy Hockett, Michael Zerwas, Mark Heinicke, Arlen Schrum, Paul Hiatt, Donna Reinke, Michele Mohr, Jennifer Zerwas, Linda Rowedder, Deb Schroeder, Kathy Felker
Second: Starr Christensen, Kerry Lohrmann, Connie Grimm, Twyla Misselhorn, Becky Saunders, Susann Opperman, Kevin Stangl, Vernon Hansen, Roger Musfeldt, Kent Rutz, Tom Hargens, Scott Renze, Deb Weis, JoLynn Escher, Roxanne Ruhde, Roxie Irlmeier, Gail Phillips
Front: Dorthie Dammann, Lola Stammer, Frances Struve, Francine Kruse, Judy Mueller, Mike Bilsten, Kevin Struve, Richard Hornberger, Brian Peters, Allen Rohe, Lonnie Jensen, Mary Potthoff, Georgia Dethlefs, Myra Weems, Linda Rohe, Marva Jensen, Sue Irlmeier

November 20, 1969 FB team
Back: Harvey Dales, Vernon Hansen, Richard Hornberger, John Opperman, Ron Hill, Lynn Justice, Marty Kerkhoff
Third: Keith Kerkhoff, Joe Odendahl, Kevin Pfannkuch, Dean Martens, Dan Weis, Alan Grimm, Clyde Fielweber, Mark Siepker, Don Vonnahme, Doug Hargens, Dan Hinners, Greg Schultz
Second: Lynn Venteicher, Mike Bilsten, Kim Jahn, Tom Wurr, John Ohde, Craig Moeller, Dean Lorenzen, Lance Lage, Dennis Beck, Kevin Struve, Bill Croghan, Dennis Reischl, Arlen Schrum
Front: Kirk Escher, Tom Doyel, Ron Reischl, Don Rowedder, Doug Musfeldt, Curt Struve, Dave Irlmeier, Dan Andersen, Doug Mohr, Eugene Stoelk, Mike Mohr, Dave Wurr, Kent Rutz

1969 Concert Band
Standing: Judy Mueller, Barbara Heithoff, Marcia Mundt, Beverly Mundt, Nancy Stoberl, Kathy Potthoff, Lois Muhlbauer, Barbara Wiese
Third: Gail Phillips, Vickie Mundt, Mary Kasperbauer, Jennifer Zerwas, Kent Rutz, Mark Spack, Peggy Bennett, Daniel Weis, Allen Rohe, Lonnie Jensen, Brian Peters, Ruth Croghan, Greg Blum, Lyle Karsten, Dave Schroeder, Francine Kruse, Gaylin Ranniger, Vickie Musfeldt, Doris Volquartsen, Georgia Dethlefs, Susan Opperman, Karen Dreier
Second: Mary Wiese, Frances Struve, Sandra Hass, Julia Croghan, Russel Ranniger, Keith Schroeder, Debra Schroeder, Starre Christensen, Mary Croghan, Roger Musfeldt, Dick Hornberger, Vernon Hansen, John Dobler, Darrel Baker, Lola Stammer, Kevin Struve, Mary Hudson, Connie Sibbel, Janet Arp, Kristyn Kuhn, Marjorie Stangl
Front: Anne Jensen, Kathleen Joens, Darlis Dammann, Beverly Ohde, Linda Rohe, Roxanne Ruhde, Lance Lage, Irene Stangl, Dottie Dammann, Twyla Misselhorn, John Heinicke, Pam Foley, JoAnn Dethlefs, Kathy Felker

Prom 1969

Debbie Weis, Keith Schroeder

I purchased this picture postcard on E-bay some time ago and have been wanting to scan and post it to see if anyone recognizes whose house this is/was and if it is still standing.
The message on back is dated 10/28/1910 and signed by G.W. Leighty who lived in Scotland, South Dakota.
He apparently purchased this card in Manning, then rode the train to South Dakota and sent it back to his girlfriend in Manning.
He asks her about the Box Social she attended in Manning.

If you remember where this house once stood, or know where it is now - please e-mail me.

A VERY big reason why I want to go through family collections is I'll almost always find pictures of events in Manning or of non-family members...and there is no exception with Marion Ream's collection I just started scanning and found this picture.
On back is written A.J. Rushenberg - who was one of the runners. I'm not sure if Marion is related to the Rushenberg family or her parents attended this event and purchased a picture later on.
I have scans of quite a few different picture postcards of Manning's running team but it is always great to find more, especially since they may be better quality originals than some of the other ones I've scanned previously.

1913 Manning Fire Department running team

Information on the back of a previous scan from another picture postcard of this same event.

Excerpt from Arlo Ranniger's memories that can be found in Ivan's tribute...
I wish there were more "Arlos" today who appreciate our history and want to document it and digitize it.
Basically ALL of our history is lost/gone/sent to the trash barrel.
BUT I'm trying to find what is left so I can scan and digitize it and get it preserved for those people in the future who will want to know about their past.

I'm finally finished with Ivan's tribute.
It is an extensive feature because in 2016 the Oppermans let me go through their collection of pictures and history, plus I had a lot of Opperman pictures and history from other sources over the years.
It is amazing at how many Opperman families there were over the decades/generations and now, like so many other Manning Pioneer families, there are just a few left in the area.

Next I'll be working on Marion Ream's tribute. I didn't have much on her family but about a year ago she gave me what she had left of her family collection to scan and to keep - SO now I will be scanning her stuff and show some of it in her tribute.

She was a friend of my mother, Dorothy, and I had visited with Marion over the years about her family history but she just never seemed very interested in talking about it, BUT I'm so glad she didn't do what so many other families have done in the past and continue to do now, which is THROW away their old pix & history.

If you find any errors, incorrect IDs, and/or can help with some of the unknowns in Ivan's tribute - please e-mail me.
Like many of the tributes I feature, Ivan's tribute is more than about his family, but also a tribute to Manning history.

May 30, 1925 - December 13, 2021

Click to see the tribute

In Memory of Dorothy Kusel
August 27, 1923 - December 18, 2021

Click to see the tribute

Robert Hagedorn
September 12, 1936 - December 13, 2021

Click to see the tribute to Robert

I could live 1000 years and will never finish all of the history projects I want to complete.
While going through my video tape collection of Manning looking for some video of my mother playing during Weihnachtsfest to use in her tribute (which I'm still working on, along with severa other tributes), I noticed this feature I did on Channel 2 about Dave Rohe as head bus driver and mechanic at the school.
Converting old analog video into digital takes time and a lot of equipment, and unfortunately it will never have the quality that modern HD digital has, but these old videos are precious historically in that you can see and hear hundreds of Manning citizens who are no longer with us...grand, great-great, great-great-great, etc. grandchildren will be able to see and hear their ancestors interact - what an amazing technological blessing.
While film has been around for over 100 years, it had not been something available for most people - home movies on film became more common in the 1950s and 60s but not until the late 1970s did video come along where you could immediately play it back or watch it live on a TV.

I had the largest volunteer organization in Manning (over 150 volunteers during the 10 years of programing) with the most diverse group of citizens, ranging from 5 years old into the 80s. None of us had any specialize training but we forged ahead and did the best we could while working at our regular jobs. I was always amazed at how many school kids would stand for hours operating a camera or a senior citizen doing commentary for several hours and never complain or ask to be paid - TODAY I doubt I would be able to find this type of amazing volunteer help.
In 1978 I purchased my first video camera (the first in Western Iowa) and in 1982 started showing programs on the local Channel 2.
I didn't have program directors, editors, consultants, etc. and most of the features we did were off-the-cuff with virtually no pre-planning, and what is amazing is those who held the mic and did the interviews were about as good as the professionals you see on TV.

About 10 years ago I built a video to digital computer transfer system with a number of capture units and other hardware & software...I know there are companies that you can send your tapes to that will do the transfers but I'm hoping I can achieve the same or hopefully better quality and at less cost.
I have been sending some old films in to get transferred and found the best process for that media and sometime will send in one of my video tapes to have them transfer to digital so I can then compare to my transfers...

This video of Dave Rohe is 25 minutes long. Harold Schmidt is doing the interviewing with a brief cameo by Harold Ruhde.
One of the problems I had during the transfer is that the video dubs I used, interfered with the right side audio head which created a buzzing sound, which you'll hear at the end of the tape. I have several high-end and professional VCRs and will try another VCR sometime to see if their audio heads aren't bothered by the video dubbing.

I saved the original video file of Rohe in AVI format (5.4 GBs) which has less compression but converted it to MOV format (2 GBs) which is more compressed for a smaller and faster download but does not deteriorate the original source.
So please be patient when you click on the link below which takes you to a 2 GB file for download. Let it buffer and give it time and it will eventually play for you.

Dave Rohe picking up Grant Wanninger

1987 Video of Dave Rohe

I'm busy scanning my own family pictures and scrapbooks for once and decided to take a peek outside to see how strong the wind has become out of the north and BOY did I get a surprise!

8:30 p.m. January 4, 2022, wind blowing over our farm wind break

If you have never lived in an old farm house without any insulation and there was only a very old windbreak of tall deciduous trees with no lower branches or shrubs to slow down Old Man Winter on the ground level, then you'll never know what it is like to try to keep warm in your house.

I'm guessing the wind gusts are over 60 mph with sustained 40 to 50 mph, and a temperature of 15 degrees Fahrenheit and falling.
I was outside with only a T-shirt on when I took this video where there was virtually no wind behind the windbreak - the near-by tree branches barely moved. If I were to walk outside the windbreak with only a T-shirt I wouldn't have lasted very long and the wind would have over-powered the microphone even with a windscreen over it.

So turn up your volume and listen to the power of nature blowing through the tall trees on the outside of the windbreak.

If there was any snow on the ground and/or it was snowing we would have a full-blown blizzard with ZERO visibility out in the open...

Then think of our Pioneer ancestors who first came here in the 1860s & 1870s when there were NO trees (only the Tall Prairie Grasses), and they lived in single walled buildings at first, and the nearest neighbor would be several miles away.
I don't think the spoiled people today would be able to survive if they had those living conditions!!!

1948 before the 1956 August windstorm took out many of the larger trees

A white X shows where I was standing when I took the video.
You can't quite see it but around 2000 I added 2 more rows of conifer trees outside the tall Lombardy Poplars.
Today those conifers of various species are 20 to 30 feet tall and really help kick the wind up and over the inside windbreak.

Nancy Marilyn Stammer

Nancy Marilyn Stammer, age 77, of Marquette Township, Michigan, peacefully entered eternal life Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at home, in the loving, comforting care of her family. Born March 3, 1944, in Ishpeming, the daughter of Thomas and Esther (Kotajarvi) Dobson, Nancy was raised in Ishpeming and graduated from Ishpeming High School, Class of 1962. After high school, she held various jobs, including hairdresser, before studying speech pathology at Northern Michigan University.

Nancy met Clifford Stammer while he was serving in the US Air Force at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. Clifford completed his service and was honorably discharged, and in 1968 the couple was united in marriage.

They moved to Iowa where they raised four children, all of whom graduated from Manning High School: Crystal 1987, Craig 1988, Cory 1989, and Scott 1992; including Clifford in 1959. Nancy instilled the importance of education in her children, making certain that they all attended and graduated from college. In addition to being a wife, mother, and homemaker, Nancy also performed the accounting responsibilities for the family farm that the couple ran for many years.

For retirement, Nancy and Clifford relocated to Marquette in 2003. Nancy found her most fulfilling moments to be time spent with her family. In her leisure, she enjoyed doing genealogy research, which led to a trip to the Isle of Man with her father and brother. Nancy also enjoyed collecting coins and solving puzzles. She loved her pets, especially the cats. Nancy was passionate about playing cards, was a connoisseur of peanut M&Ms, and loved cardamom bread, made the Finnish way.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Clifford; her children, Crystal (Shawn) Braley of Omaha, Nebraska; Craig (Christine) Stammer of Chaska, Minnesota, Cory (Lisa) Stammer; and Scott (Jodi) Stammer both of Champlin, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Hailey Stammer, Brooklyn Stammer, Georgie Stammer, Sydney Braley, Colin Stammer, and Logan Braley; and her brother, Robert (Ethel) Dobson of Negaunee.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and caregivers of UP Home Health and Hospice, especially Amy and Emma, for their compassionate, professional care of Nancy and for the many kindnesses they extended to the family. Private family services will be held with entombment in the Park Cemetery Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UP Home Health and Hospice, 1125 W. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at

Clifford Stammer Iowa No. 2 country school

Linda Meggers, Allen Nissen, Clifford Stammer, Betty Dammann

Clifford Stammer MHS 1959

Childrens Day - Calvin Stammer, Clifford Stammer, Eugene Koester
The ride background right was the "Round Up"
Left mostly out of view - Ferris Wheel on the west side of the old Firemen's Hall.

Calvin & Clifford Stammer home on leave

Back: Clifford & Calvin
Front: Clarence & Iola (Taylor) Stammer - Iola graduated from MHS in 1938

Iola, Clifford, Calvin, Clarence

Craig Stammer MHS 1988

Michael Paul Trecker
September 6, 1959 - December 27, 2021

Lori Rothfolk MHS 1980
daughter of Norman & Mary (Grage) Rothfolk
grandaughter of James and Sophie (Grau) Rothfolk & Walter and Malinda (Petersen) Grage

Jarod Trecker MHS 2004

Justin Trecker IKM-Manning 2009

Funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, December 31, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Manning with Lori Shannon officiating. Casket bearers will be Jarod Trecker, Justin Trecker, Denny Steffes, and Darin Jensen. Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Manning from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday. Additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10-10:45 A.M. prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at

Mike was born on September 6, 1959, in Carroll, Iowa, and was the son of Dennis Anthony and Barbara Ann (Wessling) Trecker. Mike grew up in Carroll and attended Carroll High School. Following high school Mike worked several construction jobs and continued to work in construction mill wright work most of his working career. He was married to Lori Ann Rothfolk on November 16, 1985, at the United Methodist Church in Manning by Rev. Joseph Sushil. To this union two sons were born: Jarod and Justin. Mike and Lori have lived in the Manning area all their married life. He was a member of Manning United Methodist Church. Mike enjoyed all things racing including stock cars, tractor pulls, figure eight, and bracket racing and especially fuel altered races at Eddyville, Iowa. He also enjoyed working on figure 8 cars and helping his nephews with their cars. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Mike fought a courageous battle with liver cancer for over 10 years.

Mike is survived by his wife Lori of 36 years of Manning; two sons: Jarod Trecker (Libby) of Grimes and Justin Trecker of Manning; two grandchildren: Addison and Jackson Trecker; his siblings: Leonard "Jay" Trecker (Ruth) of Coon Rapids; Theodore "Tad" Trecker (Bonnie) of New Britain, Connecticut; Joseph Trecker (Susan) of Coon Rapids; Denise Trecker of Kansas City, Missouri; Mary Vonnahme (Ron) of Carroll; and Cynthia Trecker (David Phillips, Jr.) of Kansas City, Missouri; his in-laws: Craig Rothfolk (Twyla) of Bloomington, Minnesota; Cindy Bubon (Bob) of Des Moines; and Mary Jane Desing (Eric) of Baxter, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Barbara Trecker; and his mother and father-in-law Norman and Mary Jane Rothfolk; and his sister-in-law Kathy Rothfolk.

He had quite a smile and fun chuckle and I got to know him when he was the Manning postmaster and also when I worked on his family computer at his home.

February 10, 1947 - December 10, 2021


Visitation Friday, December 17, 2021 AT 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Saturday, December 18, 2021 AT 10:30 AM Central Church of Carroll
Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla in charge of arrangements.
Funeral Service on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:30 am at Central Church of Carroll, Carroll, Iowa
Pastor Gary Magill, Officiating
Recorded Music Selections "How Great Thou Art" by Carrie Underwood, "Dancing In The Sky" by Mindi Fisher, "Jealous Of The Angels" by Donna Taggart and "Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
Casket Bearers are Leonard Lingle, John Gordon, Micah Peatrowsky, Justin McEvoy, Josh Dawson, and Dan Dawson
Honorary Casket Bearers are Ken's Grandchildren
Military Honors by United States Army Honor Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3517 and American Legion Post 22
Interment at a later date at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa

Kenneth Paul Ahrenholtz, the youngest of five children born to Edwin and Ethel (Smith) Ahrenholtz, was born February 10, 1947, in Manilla, Iowa. He grew up on the farm and attended country school near his home before graduating from Manilla High School in 1965.

In 1967 Ken was inducted into the U.S. Army and spent one year stationed in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge in 1969, he returned to the family farm, east of Manilla.

On August 21, 1971, Ken was united in marriage with Beverly McEvoy at the United Methodist Church in Defiance. Three daughters were born to this union. The couple farmed for many years. Ken also operated his own construction business and worked at the Gruhn lumber business in Manilla. He also helped Bev with her ceramic business. Ken worked at the U.S. Post Office from 1984 until retiring in 2007.

Ken was member of Central Church in Carroll, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He was good with his hands and enjoyed doing woodworking, carpentry work and fixing up older houses in his spare time. He also enjoyed gardening, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Lions Club, and following his grandkids' activities. He and Bev traveled to more than 40 states and went on several cruises. He cherished going on an Honor Flight in 2018. Ken and Bev celebrated their Golden 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2021 with family at friends.

Ken died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, December 10, 2021, at his home near Manilla, Iowa. He was 74 years and 10 months of age.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Hazel Ahrenholtz and Marcille (Wilton) Swires; three brothers-in-law: Myron Kempton, Glen Higgins and Estel Grimm; and extended family member Sandy McDonald.

Ken is survived by his wife Bev Ahrenholtz of Manilla; daughters: Paulette and husband Leonard Lingle of Aspinwall; Tammie and husband Douglas Baughman of Kirkman; Becky and husband John Gordon of Manning; 6 Grandchildren; Ashlynn, Jacqueline and Abagale Lingle; Logan and Austin Gordon; and Katie Boughman; his siblings: Vera Kempton of California; Elaine Grimm of Manning; and Lyle Ahrenholtz and wife Ellen of Omaha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Kenneth and Beverly Ahrenholtz
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Kenneth Paul Ahrenholtz was born at Foderberg Nursing Home in Manilla on February 10, 1947. His parents were Edwin and Ethel (Smith) Ahrenholtz. Beverly Kay McEvoy was born at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs to Timothy and Dorothy (Hays) McEvoy. Ken's ancestors were German and English, while Bev's ancestors were Irish and Polish.

Ken has one brother, Lyle and four sisters: Marcille Swires, Vera Kempton, Elaine Grimm and also a sister named Hazel May that lived one day after birth. Ken is the youngest sibling. Ken went to country school at the corner of X Avenue and 370th Street. After completing up through half of 6th grade at the country school, he went to Manilla and graduated from there in 1965. After graduation he worked in Manilla at the fertilizer plant until he was drafted into the U.S. Army on August 3, 1967. Ken was honorably discharged from the Army on August 1, 1969. Ken was raised on the farm that he and Bev own and reside on.

Ken worked with John Kloewer from Defiance in the construction business for a year and a half and then started Ahrenholtz Construction in the fall of 1971, still working out of Defiance. Ken and his crew built numerous houses in the Defiance area, and also did remodeling. Ken worked construction until 1985 when he became a carrier/clerk at the Manning Post Office. He alternated between walking both city routes and also was a clerk at the window. In 1991, Ken became the Post Master of the Manning post office and currently holds that position.

Bev has one brother, Roger McEvoy and two sisters, Kathy Dawson and Joyce Peatrowsky. She is the oldest of her siblings. Bev went to grade school through 6th grade at Beebeetown, then 7th and 8th grades in Neola where she graduated in 1968 from Tri Center High School. Bev was raised on a farm south of Beebeetown. She worked at World Radio and Beef Land in Council Bluffs for three years after high school before marrying Ken.

Bev was a stay at home mom while their family was growing up. Bev and Ken had their own ceramic business for 17 years, Family Affair Ceramics. Bev taught ceramics out of their home, and she and Ken took their own finished projects to many craft shows. Bev also helped with the farming when needed. Ken and Bev have several rental houses in Manning, which they have put much time and energy into repairing and remodeling.

Ken enjoys building anything, but especially likes making furniture items. Bev enjoys sewing, reading and working outside. We travel when we get the chance and have seen many different parts of the country.

Ken and Bev were married August 21, 1971, at the Defiance Methodist Church. From this union three daughters were born: Paulette Kay, Tammie Jo, and Rebecca Sue. All three girls were born at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Paulette married Leonard Lingle and they live in Aspinwall. Tammie married Douglas Baughman and they live outside of Harlan. Becky married John Gordon and they live in Manning. Ken and Bev have three granddaughters, Ashlynn, Jackie and Abby Lingle. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Kenneth Ahrenholtz
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Post #22, American Legion Commander 1993-94
Kenneth was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 3, 1967. He took his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia and his advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. E-5 Ahrenholtz received the Vietnam Service, National Defense Service, Vietnam Campaign and Expert Rifle medals; also two Overseas Bars and the W/60 DVC. Kenneth was discharged August 1, 1969, serving one year in Vietnam.

Grass never grew under his feet! He was busy his whole life and was especially community minded.
Follow the links below to read about some of his life's activities...

He was also a neighbor of my mother when they were both living in Aspinwall - so they knew each other for 80 years.

Dan Peters
April 15, 1931 - December 9, 2021
Funeral services for 90 year old Dan L. Peters of Manning. Dan died late Thursday evening, December 9, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospital in Sioux City.
Dan is survived by 5 children: Michael Peters and wife Callie of Bozeman, Montana; Mark Peters and wife Lynne of Stagecoach, Colorado; Julie and husband James Rabbitt of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Jeffrey Peters of Oak Creek, Colorado; and Gregory Peters and wife Randy of Manning; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Cynthia Genzen of Manning; brother David Peters and wife Deanna of Plano, Texas; other relatives and many friends.
Korean War
Korean War - Dan Peters

Korean War - Dan Peters

Korean War - Dan Peters

Korean War - Dan Peters

Korean War - Dan Peters concluded

90th birthday April 15, 2021

The "Apple of his eye"
In Memory of Lois (Wilhelm) Peters

In Loving Memory of Christine K. Lettow

Christine Kay Lettow, 65, of Arvada, Colorado passed peacefully on Monday, December 6, 2021. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She is survived by her husband Kris, her children Ian, Adrienne, Sarah, Jayson, her granddaughter Grace, and her sisters Judy Kelly, Paula Willett, and Marsha Beck. She is preceded in death by her brothers Dennis and Robert, her father Harold and her mother Alice.

Christine was born on April 23, 1956, to her parents Harold and Alice (Musfeldt) Beck in Carroll, Iowa. She was raised in the Manning area and graduated with the Manning High School Class of 1974. She received her nursing degree from Des Moines Area Community College in 1976 and served as a Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse for 42 years. She retired at the age of 62.

Christine married her husband Kris on November 26, 1983. On November 25, 1988, Christine gave birth to her son Ian and on November 7, 1991, she gave birth to her daughter Adrienne.

Christine grew up on the farmlands of Iowa; she was a farm girl at heart and loved horses. From her work ethic to her way of decorating, Iowa flowed strong in her veins. She was an avid quilter, cook, baker, and homemaker. Her years at Grossmont and Avista Hospital created a large extended family whom she remained close to throughout her life. Her passions were her children and her granddaughter. She loved being a Nonnie and spending time with Grace. They spent 4 wonderful years together making priceless memories. Her love for Jesus and devotion to loving and serving others was evident not only in her career but in how she took care of her family. Her sense of humor and her authenticity were infectious. People were drawn to her whether they knew her personally or not. She made every event and holiday memorable and special; whether it was a baby shower, tea party, or Christmas. Most importantly, her love for Jesus was unmatched. She wanted nothing more than to bring Him glory and honor. She loved to start her mornings reading in the Word and singing to Jesus. She will be leaving a heart-shaped whole in all of our hearts.

Her Celebration of Life is on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 3:00pm at Revive Church, 8270 W 80th Ave Arvada, Colorado 80005. Pastor Joel Bundick will officiate the service. Flowers and condolences will be received at the church.

Newcomer - West Metro Chapel (303-274-6065) is assisting the family

Harold and Alice Beck family
Harold, son of Carl and Bertha (Rudnick) Beck, was born in Audubon County in 1918. He attended parochial school at Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Gray High School. He entered the service in 1942 and was discharged in 1945.

Alice, daughter of Fred and Emma (Ruge) Musfeldt, was born in 1924 and graduated from Manning High School in 1941. She taught country school for two years, then entered the Army Cadet Nurse Corps in 1944. When Harold returned from service, Alice dropped her schooling and they were married in 1945. They farmed in Audubon County for eight years, moved to a farm near the Five Mile House for thirteen years and then moved to the Otto Popp farm near Manning where they lived until 1978. While living on the Popp farm, Alice continued her education at DMACC in Carroll and obtained her license as a Practical Nurse.

They then moved to California where they lived 19 1/2 years managing apartments. While living there, Harold would often go to Monterey and go deep-sea fishing. He and Alice also were privileged in joining their families on trips to Germany, China, Hawaii, and Alaska. They also ventured out in the U.S. to places such as New York, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Tennessee, to name a few.

Harold and Alice returned to the Midwest to reside in Omaha in 1997. In 1998 Harold passed away and Alice continues to live in Omaha.

The couple had seven children: Judy, Fresno, California; Robert and his wife Jennifer (Zerwas), Omaha; Paula and her husband Jim Willett, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chrissie and her husband Kris Lettow, Arvada, Colorado; Marsha, Golden, Colorado; Dennis, died in an auto accident and Russell who died at birth. They have nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Alice commented: "It's been a great journey--Our thanks to our Lord for letting it be!"

Source: 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial History Book

In 2018, I made a tribute to the class of 1974 and have reposted it so click below...
MHS class of 1974 tribute

More information and pictures coming...

February 26, 1929 - December 1, 2021

Click to see the tribute


Visitation Thursday, December 9, 2021at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM Ohde Funeral Home
Interment Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:45 AM Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin

Jamie Lee Cantrell was born on August 29, 1977, to Chris Brown in Newton, Iowa. He graduated from Manning High School with the class of 1996. Following high school, he moved to a couple different towns and later ended up in Manning. He worked as a cook at Bloomers Bar and Grill in Carroll, Iowa.

Jamie enjoyed riding his motorcycle and cheering for the Miami Dolphins. He will be remembered for his awesome cooking, especially his secret jambalaya recipe. Some of his other known specialties were grilled bacon, strawberry pies, lemon supreme pies, and sour cream and raisin pies. His children, Jaydon and Bailey, were what mattered most and he cherished spending time with them.

Jamie passed away at the University of Iowa Hospital on December 4, 2021 at the age of 44 years, three months, and five days.

Jamie was preceded in death by his grandfather, Chuck Cantrell and niece, Laura May. He is survived by his son, Jaydon Cantrell of Manilla; daughter, Bailey Cantrell of Omaha, Nebraska; parents: Chris and Kevin Brown of Manilla; two brothers: Marc (Natalie) Cantrell of Worland, Wyoming; and Troy Cantrell of Denison; grandparents, Carol and Richard Schmidt of Manning; several nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. all at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin.
Memorials may be directed to the family.

1996 MHS graduates: Lyndi Marie Behrens, Jamie L. Cantrell, Leah Marie Carter, Sean Milo Clark, Andrea Rae Ehlers, Bettyjoe M. Fagan, Tim J. Ferneding, Shaun Dean Grau, Heather Elizabeth Grigsby, Tammy Marie Halbur (valedictorian), Dale Merlyn Hargens, Jason Harvey, Ka Man Ho, Pavol Krajnak, Josh C. Moore, Michelle Renee Morlok (salutatorian), Ryan Dale Pfannkuch, Jackquelyn Christine Ranniger, Jackquelyn Sue Rauch, Chad Louis Riesenberg, Jonathan R. Riggert, KaDee Rae Schiltz, Matthew Larry Schultes, Gwendolyn Therese Vahl

1996 former students: Sarah Andersen, Michelle Annehelle, Kyle Anthony, Melton Anthony, Ben Auen, Maria Bauer, Brian Benger, Cory Branning, Dale Brincks, Jodi Brown, Amanda Butler, James Clark, Crystal Coatney, Janelle Cripps, Crystal Crittenden, Betty Dalton, David Dammann, Mike Davis, Jerry Dillinger, Ryan Eischeid, Kimberly Gilbert, Christopher Greving, Tabitha Grote, Marianne Hackman, Jennie Harlowe, Nicholas Heithoff, Christian Jahn, Sara Lohoff, Kyle Lohrmann, Connie Long, Jennifer Mason, Katrina Mohr, Kenneth Nepple, Brandon Oberling, Michelle Piere, Thomas Platz, Dill Randall, Lisa Ray, Brian Rose, Nolan Ryan, Joel Schultz, Emilee Segebart Todd, Stalter, William Stewart, Michelle Tannehill, Joseph Thielen, Jeff Weesner, Shaun Wielenman, David Yokiel

I'm still busy working on obituaries that my Manning helpers keep finding and sending.
While I skim through a page to find the obituary, I notice all kinds of amazing Manning trivia from the past.
Many people called this gossip but was in every newspaper years ago...long before Internet, before most people had phones or radios, so the only way they found out about people in the community was to read the papers.
This type of "information" was stopped when the "privacy laws" started popping up and when there were a lot more ways to communicate.
Here is a peek into the past of people who lived in and/or were connected to the Manning area...
Remember that Manning had 3 different railroads during this time, all with passenger service, so travel throughout this part of the state was relatively easy and fast...

Miss Sophia Horn was a West Side caller Saturday Note: West Side is how Westside was commonly spelled during the late 1800s & early 1900s.
S. Borkowski was an Omaha pleasure caller Sunday.
Fred Weise, Sr., was an Omaha business caller Monday.
Pete Petersen was a business caller in Dedham Tuesday.
Miss Maxine Kuhl is confined to her home with the grippe.
Leo Navin was an Omaha business caller Sunday and Monday.
Leo David was an Omaha pleasure caller Sunday and Monday.
Mrs. Nick Anderson is seriously ill at her home in East Manning.
August Soll was a business caller in Omaha Sunday and Monday.
Laverne Potthast has been confined to his home with the grippe.
Attorney Orrin W. Emmons was a Fort Dodge business caller last week.
Emil Vetter and family, of West Side, were shoppers here Saturday.
Miss Arlene Kuhl has been on the "flu" list for the last week or 10 days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Struve were Omaha pleasure and business callers Tuesday.
Leo Babl, of Dedham, motored to Manning Sunday afternoon on a business trip.
A large number of the young folks attended the dance at Dedham Monday night.
A large number of the young folks attended the dance at West Side Saturday evening.
Harry Rix was a Chicago visitor last week, leaving here Thursday and returning Wednesday.
Miss Clara Eckley and Nola SchwaIler were Dedham pleasure callers Tuesday evening.
Henry Dethlefs, an old employee of the Manning Produce Company, is taking a three weeks' vacation. Henry just had all of his teeth extracted.
Mr. and Mrs. August Gebhart and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Pfoltner, who have been spending the winter in California, arrived home Tuesday morning.
Louie Stamp, a former Manning boy, now living in Hemingford, Nebraska, where he is running a potato ranch, is visiting friends and relatives here for a few weeks.
Mrs. Josephine Blair and son, Bonnard, have returned from Rochester, Minnesota, where Bonnard had one of his legs examined. He says that he expects the leg to be as good as ever in six or eight months.

As a reminder to anyone who feels they have the right to take information/obits from my web pages and then transfer that information to those commercial webpages...
Start your own web page, pay for it, and operate it for over 2 decades, and then have "lazy" people who think they are "volunteers" and "historians" and "genealogists" "steal" your work and give it to commercial sites so they can make money off your efforts!
I have NO problem with people grabbing pictures and information from my websites for their own PERSONAL use...if I didn't want people to do this then I wouldn't post anything.
My goal way back in 1996 when I started my web page was to share with the hopes that other people would share in return, but I never dreamed that people would take my hard work and expensive efforts and give it to commercial sites.

I also have been fortunate to have a lot of volunteers help me over the decades to find Manning area history and it is not fair to them to take their work that they share with me and then some lazy person gives it to those commercial sites.

So if you have taken information from my site and posted it on those commercial sites - PLEASE remove it immediately.
You are hurting my research!
If my information is on those other sites and people find it there, they probably won't search further and find my web pages and not realize that I probably will have more information/pictures of their family ancestry.
So they don't contact me and give me a chance to ask them for their history and pictures to add to the Manning database.

This probably sounds whiny and petty but let me "take" your work and use it for my own financial benefit and see how you would feel.

These are 2 Schroeder pictures shown below were stolen from one of my Schroeder web page features in 2018 and they posted them on one of those commercial sites, stating they were the contributor/source of the images.

Now you might again think how petty - well if you spent nearly a week restoring and editing the original scan of the family photo you probably would not appreciate some lazy low-life person taking your work and then posting it on another site that makes money off my week's worth of pains-taking efforts, and also taking credit for the scan - you would be unhappy too.
These thieves wouldn't have the know-how, patience, or capability to do what I do with digital restoration.

Then some people will challenge me as to how I know the stolen image is my work - having worked on digital scanning since 1995, I can tell most of the time if the image someone "borrowed" is my work.

Scan of Thomas Schroeder taken from my web page and posted on another commercial site.

The original source scan I used to make the cropped image that was "borrowed."

Image someone "borrowed" from my web page and posted it on a commercial site.

The original source scan I used and downsized for the web page post.

As I'm always writing about - I make super high resolution scans of old pix - I scanned this picture 30x20 inches by 300 DPI and saved it as TIF which makes a 160 MB file.
This image below is what the original scan looks like before all of the painstaking digital restoration where I highlighted about 20 different areas, 1 at a time, to adjust the contrast, brightness, and color, including isolating several of the heads that were overexposed.

Below is a perfect example of why I need to keep the pictures I scan, only on my website, with the hopes that someone will find them and contact me and hopefully be able to help identify some of the thousands of pictures I show over the years that have NO/Few IDs.

Vinke family

Back: Dorothea, Henry, Jr., John, Gustav
Front: Julia, Laura, Caroline (Sperling), Henry holding Julius, Detlef, Emilie
The above identifications are based on the information below from a Vinke descendant and one of my helpers.

HENRY 1847-1923 LENA 1853-1927
Gus, 1874-1932
John, 1876-1952
Henry Jr. 1878-1907
Dora, 1880-1956 Edward Grimm
Detlef, 1882-1963
Laura, Charles Welsh
Emilie 1886-1934 Detlef Martens
Julia, Charles Thiedeman
Julius 1890-1918 (died in France in 1918)

So hopefully someone will have this Vinke picture with names, and/or the birth years for Laura & Julia which might help some.

Help from another one of my Manning history volunteers: James Stoffers:
Laura Ann Vinke's birth as February 27, 1884. Laura married Henry Buhmann in December of 1901, but later divorced Henry and married Charles Welsh. Laura died in Omaha on July 6, 1961.
Julia Vinke's birth was April 2, 1888. She married Charles Thiedeman on January 14, 1914 and died on January 2, 1969.

I've added a bunch more obits that Ann & Connie sent to me recently - with another 10 from them I've OCR'd and converted to text and will be adding soon.

Another item of history I'm always looking for are military/veteran related articles, and while searching for obits, my helpers and I found these 2 articles, one of which added to Manning's War of 1812 Veteran buried in the Manning can read more about Oliver Williams and also Earl Martens who gave his life for all of us during WWII, by going to my military/veteran web page linked on the left side of this page.

Earl Martens of Manning reportedly Missing in Action.
Daily Times Herald October 7, 1944

Earl Martens, of the United States infantry, son of Emil Martens of Manning, is reported missing in action in France.
Word was received by the family this week.

Headstone for Veteran of 1812 War

Daily Times Herald May 28, 1969
To Americans, now embroiled in a conflict in Asia, the wars fought at home seem strangely remote. Yet, a veteran of one of those wars was remembered at the Manning cemetery, when a headstone was erected for Captain Oliver Williams, Veteran of the War of 1812. No one knows date of his birth, nor for that matter, of his death. There is only the Carroll County court house record that he is buried in Lot 88, Section 3 of the Manning Cemetery, and that his wife's name was Racial.

Record of the veteran was unearthed by William C. Schrum, who has been graves registration officer of the American Legion at Manning for more than 40 years. He has gone through court house records in all counties nearby, mainly for the purpose of finding data on Civil War Veterans. He has a complete file of the 112 veterans of eight wars who are buried in the Manning City Cemetery, the Sacred Heart Cemetery, and Iowa Township Cemetery west of Manning.

Captain Williams served in the New York Militia during the War of 1812. Mr. Schrum gave the information he had to Richard Crandall, service officer of Emil Ewoldt Post, who applied for the gravestone. It is a simple stone of marble, which stands out in the cemetery because of its absolute whiteness.

Veterans from wars listed in Mr. Schrum's record are from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam conflict, including the Civil War, the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean action.

Lots of people don't understand why I want to scan their stuff, or why I'm so hard-core when it comes to high resolution scans.
Here is just one reason - without a high resolution scan you wouldn't be able to read the message under the school name and how important it "USED" to be to honor these words...

Our Liberties We Prize And Our Rights We Will Maintain

Even more people don't see any reason to send me their family/historical stuff because they have already scanned it, but most don't have the decades of experience I have or the professional equipment/software. So their low quality scans are generally useless.
Or they just don't want to bother and think that those original historical items will always be around and continue to be passed on down to the next generation.

But boy do I have one story after another how most of those people who say their history is well cared for and preserved in its original condition - until something occurs they never thought would happen.
Recently I had someone ask me if I had any pictures of their family member - specifically military pictures. I had one civilian picture and then asked why...
He told me one of the children threw away the military pictures and information of their parent.

I could write a book about the myriad of stories I've heard how/why family history is now gone.

This is why I'm constantly asking people to send me their stuff, so I can make high resolution scans and get it preserved and archived in my database - which someday will also be stored in the National Archives in DC - something I've already been in communication with.

I've been adding a lot more obits I've been finding and also those from Ann (Voge) and Connie Petersen, who are real troopers helping me with Manning history.

If you have old Manning connected obits I don't have, or know of someone who used to live in Manning and has passed away more recently, please let me know.

Obits are very vital to my Manning historical work to help connect names and families and how they are related, or let me know if they aren't connected...
Many times there are also errors, and if I know for sure and can corroborate the corrections then I'll make the proper changes to the obit.
I also may include more details for a specific aspect, such as it may say the person graduated from Manning but NOT list the year, or attended country school but generally they don't know the exact school number...
I will have this information in my database.
I also will add the maiden name of the mother if not listed - believe it or not, I have had some people e-mail me because they did not know the maiden name.

So I'm trying to make sure these obits I have will be the most accurate and informative as possible to offset all of the erroneous/incomplete/junk obits that are out there in the cyber world...

Below is a perfect example of a misspelled Manning name that I'm sure most of you have never even heard of but fortunately, because of working on Manning history for over 50 years and being a fanatic against errors, I've run into and learned something about most Manning surnames, so I can usually tell right away if there is a spelling error.

The correct spelling is Kruetzfeldt and they also had the wrong day of the week he died.

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
70 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

28 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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