"Wait Till the Cows Come Home" Harry MacDonough & Olive Kline 1918

Taking the extra time to properly document and identify the people of Manning's area history.
Whenever I walk into a building/business in Manning, I always scour the walls, shelves, and displays for old pictures that weren't there before.
I recently was in the basement of Trinity Church at the Heritage Park and saw a recently hung picture on the wall.
So I scanned it and now am trying to determine who is in this confirmation picture. I haven't had time to talk to Sam Musfeldt who volunteers to care for this structure to see if he knows who brought in this picture.

While I'm so glad whoever had it didn't just throw it away, give it to New Hope, or try to sell it but it would be helpful if some type of information was included with it.
The family name who had it would give me a very good clue to start with. Then I can look in my database at the various years and list of names to see if I can figure out which confirmation class this was.

This is what I've been doing with tens of thousands of old photos over the decades...something no one else will do or probably can do - on this level of historical preservation.

ALSO, if I don't get these old pictures identified now, they'll probably never get identified. I still have a few older people I can go to who occasionally will recognize a face, BUT in another decade there won't be anyone living who will be old enough to help.

So I'll use this picture to continue to promote my preservation projects, and encourage other Manning connected people/families to get their old pix to me to scan and document so I can properly preserve them.

Trinity Church Confirmation
From other pictures I have scanned over the years, I've identified the Pastor as Ernest Starck.
Because I have worked with Starck's great-grandson who contacted me in 2017 to share pictures and information he had and work with me on the amazing story about Pastor Starck during WWI, I know that he was pastor from 1913 through 1918.
So I looked at the confirmation classes during this time period and found the class with 11 students.
Now I hope to match the names to the faces...here are the names.
Mildred Braun, Harold Beck, Lorena Ecker, Christian Meislahn, Albert Riley, George Bald, Virginia Egner, Joe Schroeder, Erna Porsch, Lester Borkowski, Dorothy Asmus

Now these are the grandparents of a lot of living people - so I hope they see this feature and contact me to help with the IDs.

Now either there were 2 Harold Becks, or the confirmation name is in error in my database, because the Harold Beck I knew was born in 1918 and served during WWII.

So as the song playing on this web page states, I sure hope people don't "wait until the cows come home" because it won't be long before the barn is gone forever.

In Memory Ronald H. Peters
September 4, 1938 - June 17, 2019

Betty & Ronnie Peters - good friends of Elke Bunz who had this picture in her collection.

Ron Peters, born September 4, 1938, passed away on June 17, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and Multiple System Atrophy. Ron grew up in Manning Iowa, the son of Henry and Esther (Vetter) Peters. He and his sister Betty helped his parents in what started as the Peters Tavern and eventually became the Corner Café - the same structure that was a historically prominent tavern, first owned by the Buhmann brothers and then Voss & Frahm, which had the longest bar (horseshoe shaped) west of the Mississippi.

He met his future wife Jeanette" Jen" Hugg while in high school, as he captured her heart with his infectious smile and pretty blue eyes. The high school sweethearts married after Jen finished her degree at AIB and looked forward to their new life together.

The first in his family to attend college, Ron attended the University of Iowa where he completed both his undergrad and graduate work in Physiological Psychology. Upon graduation he received an offer to teach at Iowa State. They moved to Ames and into their first little home on Arizona Avenue in 1963. Though they had their first daughter Kris, the one that looks like her Mom, while still in Iowa City, they welcomed their second daughter Kari in Ames. And she is the one that looks like her Dad.

The family flourished while in Ames. Ron and Jen built the home that they would live in for the next 50 years on Northbrook Circle while their girls attended Ames schools and eventually Iowa State. Both girls had their Dad for Psych 101 but that was about as far as it went with passing down the scientific gene. Ron loved his research and teaching and his students loved him. He received many awards during his 45 years teaching at Iowa State. Avid Cyclone fans, they held season tickets to both football and basketball games until just recently. With a wonderful group of friends they had the best tailgate one could find under the C6 sign in the Hilton parking lot. Ron and the family loved spending their summer vacation camping and fishing in the mountains of Colorado or Wyoming or wherever their trailer might take them. He was an enthusiastic fly fisherman and spent many a day on the river with his favorite fishing buddy. The same buddy who helped him perfect their famous margarita recipe. He was also particularly fond of his granddaughter, Emme, who Kris had adopted in 1999 from Kazakhstan. He morphed into the role of Papa easily and she loved him dearly.

Due to Ron's illness, he and Jen chose to move to Green Hills Retirement Community in 2017. They have enjoyed the new friends they have met there and appreciate the care that all the wonderful staff has provided for both of them. Jen, Kris, Kari, and Emme will miss their favorite Papa greatly but are so grateful for the wonderful husband, father and grandfather he was and how he took such good care of "his girls."

There will be a small family burial in the Iowa State University Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to 2205 Green Hills Drive, #1205, Ames, IA 50014.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com

Ron Peters MHS 1956

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

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

School information about the Peters & Huggs

Check out Ronnie's most embarrassing moment during a junior high basketball game...

1955 Back: Coach John Beach, Warren Puck, Student Manager; Vernon Wagner, Robert Horbach, Ronnie Peters, Larry Genzen, Larry Nielsen, Eugene Haberl, Gary Koon, Tom Koon, Dale Jansen, Larry Zerwas, Larry Witt, Phil Knaack, Robert Beisch, Coach Ray Standerwick
Second: Victor Schwiesow, Allen Muhlbauer, Larry Lohrmann, Ronnie Hodne, Bob Froyd, Roger Hagedorn, Royce Genzen, Dennis Saunders, Bob Laverty, Carl Saunders, Allen Laurinat, Ray Fink
Front: Billy Genzen, Ronnie Mohr, Hans "Junior" Bonnesen, Larry Rowedder, Gary Monson, Keith Pfannkuch, Dennis Grimm, Dick Bowers, Richard Brockelsby, Keith Hass, Allan Fonken, David Peters

Heinie Dethlefs mowing in back - Roger Koepke and we think Ron Peters on right.

1956 Betty Peters on Main Street after eating noon lunch at the old grade school and heading back to the high school.

1955 Jeanette Hugg

Karen Rix & Jeanette Hugg

Dance band

Back 3: Joycelyn Genzen, Roger Koepke, Sylvia Vollstedt
Second 5: Jon Groteluschen, Warren Puck, ??, Jack Hansen, Richard Wellendorf
Front 5: Dale Jansen, Darlene Genzen, Karen Rix, Robert Beisch, Cynthia Peters
On piano: Jeanette Hugg with Kay Ramsey (looking at camera) assisting

Junior Senior Banquet: Judy Hugg & Barbara Vollmer

Back: Gerald Beck, Larry Wilson, Dennis Ramsey, Larry Genzen, Alan Friedrichsen
Front: Larry Nielsen, Jon Groteluschen, Bobby Laverty, Ronnie Peters, Roger Littell, Coach Bill Anderson

Homecoming 1952

Junior High float: 4 boys on hayrack Ron Peters, ??, ??, ??
then Coach & Jr High Principal Anderson, Roger Littell, Rob Horbach, Bob Froyd

Did you KNOW???

1950 new addition proposal - the existing gym and high school noted in back.



Children's Day - Henry Peters Tavern in the background

Children's Day 1948
note that this Coke Mural is different than the one recently painted on the Corner Cafe wall.

Some history of the Horseshoe bar

Henry Buhmann's place

John Frahm - the large ice house in back

1915 John Frahm, Carl Voss, Henry Buhmann, Henry Graves, Jack Junge, ? Ruhde, Charles Kempf, ?Bill Buhmann?, Carl Hagedorn, Bob Mutom, Henry Frahm

View looking west across the bar to Main Street

Sometime after the 1916 Iowa Prohibition "Temperance movement"

Kleespies Brothers now in the north half of the building - Voss & Frahm Soft Drink Parlor in the south part.

1950s Manning Food Market on the north half and Corner Cafe in the south.

THE CORNER CAFE - 1981 Manning Centennial book
The building now housing the Corner Cafe at the northeast corner of Fourth and Main, has had a long and interesting history of serving the public. The building was, of course, once wooden, and there were a succession of businesses at the location before 1891.
By 1891, the property belonged to John Albert and was being used as a saloon. May 8, 1891, a terrible fire destroyed the entire block, including the Albert Saloon. Only one pool table was saved. As a result of the fire, the building was rebuilt by Mr. Albert as a two story brick. He did not live to see the property completed, however, and it passed into the hands of Honnas Wunder who continued to rent out the premises as a saloon.
It was occupied in succession by A.L. McEnturff, Graves and Mreau, Claus Edens, and John Hansen (1898). The 1900 Business Directory lists Henry Buhmann as a bartender for John Hansen. Henry and Bill Buhmann were later the proprietors of the ''Eck (Corner) Saloon."
The saloon gained fame as the "Horseshoe Bar", touted by the Dubuque Brewing and Malting Co., brewers of Banquet Beer, as the longest bar west of the Mississippi River. The bar was of solid mahogany, was 120 feet long and took eight bartenders to service. The bar had a solid marble kickplate, part of which is still in the cafe basement.
This saloon was one of 13 in existence in Manning when a law passed by Iowa's 33rd General Assembly (1909) limited the number of bars in a town the size of Manning to only one. A Gentlemen's Agreement between the saloon owners gave the license for the one saloon to John Frahm at this location, on December 28, 1911. This license cost $4,200. he then hired many of the other saloon owners as bartenders. When Iowa went dry in 1916, the very colorful history of this property as a saloon ended abruptly.
The building's life of serving the public did not end, however. The business came to be known as the Voss-Frahm Soft Drink Parlour, and in 1932, was the Henry Albert Temperance Parlour.
In 1940, Henry Peters took over and ran a very successful tavern and cafe venture until 1975.

Henry and Esther Peters - 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Henry and Esther Peters served the Manning community for nearly 35 years as proprietors of first, Peters Tavern, and then the Corner Cafe (now Deb's Corner Cafe) on Main Street. They spent endless hours preparing home-cooked meals (ham on rye, soups, hamburgers, pies) six days a week. They began this line of work in Westside and moved to Manning in 1940. Their first home in Manning was on Fourth Street, then at 710 First Street until 1952, when they moved to their new brick home at 409 Second Street. This move also brought a telephone and a television set to their family home.
Henry was born on December 25, 1895, in Hamburg, Germany. He first worked in Omaha after arriving from Germany in 1912 as a young man of sixteen. He then stayed with relatives around Manning and Arcadia and learned the farming trade. His first marriage was to Celia Bauer in 1917. To this union were born four children: Vernon, now of Wall Lake, Lester (deceased October 20, 1997), Arlene Noack (deceased January 23, 2002) and Ray (deceased May 4, 1978). Celia died on October 22, 1934. Henry died on April 24, 1982 after retiring at the age of seventy-nine.
Esther Vetter and Henry were married in Yankton, South Dakota, in 1938. Esther was born on October 5, 1906, in Carroll County. Her parents were August and Minnie (Noelck) Vetter. Her mother and siblings moved to Manning from a farm near Halbur in 1940, after the death of her father, August. Her mother, Minnie, and Paul, Frank, and Martha lived at 122 Third Street. She also had another brother, Louis, and a sister, Alice (Young). Esther was a life-long partner with Henry in the tavern and cafe business. She passed away on September 13, 1998.
Ronald Henry (September 4, 1938) and Betty Jean (November 22, 1939) were born to this union. Both Ron and Betty attended school in Manning until their graduations in 1956 and 1957, respectively. Ron went to the University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in psychology in 1963. He married Jeanette Hugg of Westside on June 22, 1958. Two daughters, Kristin (Ames) and Karin (Chicago), completed their family. Kristin adopted an infant girl from Kazakhstan so they have one granddaughter, Emmerson, who was born on July 20, 1999. Ron retired as Professor of Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames where he spent his entire career of 40 years. Jen also retired as an administrative specialist for the psychology department. They have always enjoyed traveling in their recreation vehicles.
Betty obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls (UNI) in 1961 with a double major, upper elementary and library science. She married Donald Nobiling on June 25, 1961. She first taught sixth grade at Ar-We-Va in Arcadia; then seventh and eighth grade reading in Carroll, did 15 years of substituting and, finally, was at Manilla (IKM) where she served for 23 years as Title I Reading teacher and school librarian before retiring in 2002. She continues to be the City Librarian at Westside since 1971. The Nobilings have three sons: Scott (Roseville, Illinois), Brad (Polk City, Iowa) and Craig (Chadron, Nebraska). They have nine grandchildren. Don retired after being with the Crawford County Secondary Highway Department for 15 years.

2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book

Martha Vetter

Paul Vetter
The Vetters have lived at 122 Third Street in Manning for over 60 years. Mrs. August Vetter, Frank, Paul, and Martha had been the occupants of this two-story home since their move from the farm near Halbur in February 1942. August had passed away on the farm on April 3, 1931. Minnie and her three children began a new life for themselves in the city setting of Manning. Living there now are Paul, who turned ninety-five in March of 2005 and Martha, who was ninety-three in September of 2005. Frank passed away in February of 1997 and their mother, Minnie (Noelck), died in March of 1977.
The house has basically remained the same except for an enlargement of the much-used porch on the street side and the changes made to the back, which gave another entrance to the home. The stairs to the basement were moved to give more room to the kitchen, but much of the house is the same. These were projects that were completed by Paul and Frank over the years. This house was once occupied for a short time by Reverend Ansorge in 1907.
Martha retired from her years of working at and eventually owning the Corner Cafe on Main Street. She did a lot of the baking and cooking. The homemade rye bread was her specialty. She also recalls the many years of working at the egg drying plant during WWII where hours of breaking and separating eggs occupied many hours of the week.
Paul was drafted in 1943 at the age of thirty-four. He served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines until 1945. Paul was employed by the Ohde Funeral Home for more than 25 years. He helped with the yard work, drove to surrounding hospitals to get the deceased, assisted at funerals, helped to put up the endless feet of lights for the annual Christmas display, and was a general all-around “handy man.” After retirement from Ohdes, he continued doing summer yard work and winter snow removal with his brother Frank for many years.
The Vetters are long-time members of the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. They were both baptized and confirmed at Zion in Arcadia by the Reverend Tews. Deceased family members include Esther (Mrs. Henry Peters), Frank, Louis, Alice (Mrs. Francis Young), and August (as an infant).

Paul Vetter WWII

I have very little information for the Hugg family.
These 2 aerial photos are from my great-uncle Frank Ehrichs' collection which he used as a weekly contest in the Denison newspaper to promote his grocery store in Aspinwall.
Any help with the Hugg family would be appreciated.

Henry Hugg farm
Crawford County

Howard Hugg farm

I'm always watching for picture postcards I don't have scanned that are for sale on E-bay.
Right now there are quite a few for sale, but none that I don't already have at least one if not several scans from originals.
There are also 2 that are listed as Manning but they are not.

When E-bay began I could get post cards for only a few dollars, but that obviously has changed a lot now.
Fortunately I had been gathering old Manning postcards and scanning them from local sources for decades, so I haven't had to purchase many off e-bay, but once in a while I'll see a postcard or old Manning photo that I don't have.

If they are reasonably priced then I might bid on them.
I also may purchase some of them even if I already have scans or a hard copy original, if they have information on back or are in better condition than the scans I already have.

Someone recently purchased a reprint copy on e-bay of this first image (shown below). What they purchased wasn't the original postcard but a reprint made from the seller's scan of an original postcard.
Years ago I scanned an original postcard of this image but it is not the high resolution I make today, so hopefully someday I'll run across another original postcard of this image.

I have several scans of the image of the second picture (shown below) but would like to have the person who purchased the one on e-bay send it to me to make a high resolution scan of it...I assume a Manning connected person purchased it.
I may run into another original postcard someday to scan but I'm also interested in scanning the information on the back of that Mueller corner postcard recently sold on e-bay.

So if you are reading this request - please e-mail me so I can work it out to get that postcard from you to scan. I do NOT want to keep it but scan it with my professional scanners/software.

By the way I have scans of many different angles and years taken at the old Mueller intersection on Main Street - and also from the 5th Street intersection shown below.

By the way, if anyone has old Manning postcards - and you are planning on throwing them away, or selling them - please consider letting me scan them first.

If you have old Manning postcards but want to keep them, I still would like to scan them...even if I might already have scans of some of them.

And to make it perfectly clear - I do not make money off of the scans I make or the history I scan and add to my database.

My historical preservation projects have cost me thousands and thousands of dollars over the last 45 years, and anyone who pays attention knows I share my work freely - no ads to annoy you with, and no logins to pay for on my web pages.

All I ask in return is for people to share their old pix and history with me so I can scan them into my database.

I'm busy working on the spring school play pictures I took with my Nikon D5.

I took over 700 photos of the play and also connected my digital audio recorder to the school sound board to record the actors/music. I'm going to add clips of the audio to the pictures - something I've never tried before so it is going to be interesting how I can work out this process.

In Memory Duane Rohe

Visitation Reichmuth Funeral Home Omaha/Elk Horn Monday, June 24, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Omaha, Nebraska
Graveside Funeral Service with Military Honors
Sacred Heart Cemetery Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:00 AM Manning, Iowa

Duane W. Rohe, age 73 of Omaha, died at his home with his family at his side on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. If Duane were asked to describe himself and his life, there is no doubt he would be able to do it in a space much shorter than this sentence you are reading right now. He was a man of few words. While there are not enough words available to adequately describe the depth of his strength, selflessness, and humility, here is his family's futile attempt to do just that.

Duane was born on January 12, 1946, to Martha (Halbur) and Vernon Rohe in Carroll, Iowa. Immediately, he was thrust on the path to value hard work and possess integrity as the first of eight children born to farmers. Tirelessly and certainly without complaint, Duane did his chores and provided an example for his siblings Larry, JoAnn, Allen, Linda, MaryJane, Daryl, and Janet of what it is to work hard. He graduated in 1964 from Manning High School in Manning, Iowa, and later attended Commercial Extension and Electronic Computer Programming Institute both in Omaha.

At the age of 20, Duane was drafted in the Army in 1966, and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on August 1, 1968. With the drive of a locomotive, Duane went from farm to military to employment at Union Pacific. Shortly, after the start of his career with Union Pacific, Duane met the love of his life: his hard-bodied, 1970 Dodge Coronet.

Shortly after buying the Dodge Coronet, Duane met the true love of his life, Edna "Eddy," and they married April 30, 1971. Their 48-year marriage was filled with celebrations, adventures and challenges by the names of Jason, Darron, and Brandon…Three boys. Poor Eddy, right? Once again, Duane tirelessly and certainly without complaint provided an example of what it is to be a good person for his three boys and subsequent five grandchildren: Mackenzie, Alex, Riley, Malorie, and Antigone. He volunteered working nearly every election, donated blood, helped neighbors with anything they needed, and chauffeured the family on countless trips back to the farm; back to his roots.

Duane was a consummate teacher. He taught in such a way the student didn't even realize he or she was learning. His honesty, fairness, integrity shone so bright, there was not an option but to be influenced to be a better, stronger person.

After 33 years of faithfully serving Union Pacific until his retirement in 2001, Duane diverted his energy back to the land and suburban farming, otherwise known as mowing neighborhood lawns. He undoubtedly provided exemplary service for his neighbors.

Duane's strength and grace were no better on display than when he battled cancer a total of 3 times. The final time Duane was diagnosed with cancer, doctors gave him an initial prognosis of less than 1 year. He survived nearly 2 years.

Duane was a man of few words. But his words echo and reverberate in all of those he touched. Any time he and a family member would part ways, he would have three phrases that he surely would like to pass on to you now, "Be careful." "Have fun." "Do good." And know that with each phrase, he is saying, "I love you."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Martha Rohe, and a brother, Allen Rohe.

Duane is survived by his wife, Edna "Eddy" Rohe of Omaha; sons, Jason (Laura) Rohe, Darron (Tina) Rohe and Brandon (Mura) Rohe all of Omaha; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Alex, Riley, Malorie and Antigone Rohe all of Omaha; brothers, Larry Rohe of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Daryl Rohe of Manning, Iowa; sisters, JoAnn Rowedder and Janet Goecke of Omaha, Linda Sporrer of Dedham, Iowa, and MaryJane Stribe of Carroll, Iowa.

Memorials in his name can be made to the Cancer Research Institute and left or mailed to the Reichmuth Funeral Home at P.O. Box 67 - Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022

February 1956 Ewoldt No. 2
Back: Sheryl Hill, Joy Hansen, Linda Handlos, Betsy Musfeldt, Irma Bromert (teacher), Roger Hansen, Jimmy Hansen, Russell Stribe, Charles Nepple
Middle: Philip Musfeldt, Susan Muhlbauer, Lloyd Nepple, Duane Rohe, Kenneth Spies, Marvin Nepple, Rose Marie Nepple, Gay Singsank
Front: Ruthann Nepple, Dawn Singsank, Patricia Muhlbauer, Richard Stribe, Larry Rohe

Page 13 of the Manning Schools history book

Freshman Homeroom B

Third: Bob Venteicher, Lannie Monson, Linda Mundt, Steve Schrum, Betty Thompson, Ronnie Nissen
Second: Donnie Wagner, Karla Kusel, Paul Vogl, Beverly Talbott, Patsy Popp, Russell Stribe, Rita Vehrs, Mr. Kenneth Laverty
Front: Dianna Volquartsen, Calvin Stammer, Janice Ress, Dian Tank, Duane Rohe, Mary Musfeldt, Kent Weible
Freshmen & Sophomore 1961 FFA
Third: Lyle Zinke, Jim Hansen, LeRoy Joens, Pat Knueven, Fred Gruhn, Mr. Luther Thompson, Sponsor
Second: Jerry Hockett, Duane Karsten, Raymond Hagedorn, Kenny Zubrod, Roger Schroeder, Ron Nissen
Front: Kenneth Spies, Russell Stribe, Paul Vogl, Calvin Stammer, Don Mathisen, Merlin Frahm, Duane Rohe

1964 MHS graduates: Colene Kay Anthony (salutatorian), Eugene C. Beckman, Karen Rae Brady, Thomas W. Bromert, Daryl W. Dammann, Ruby Mae Dammann, William Ross Graner, Joan Francis Graves, Raymond F. Hagedorn, Marian Margaret Handlos, Robert Bernard Heithoff, Sheryl Ann Hill, Jerry S. Hockett, LeRoy Ronald Jones, Joleen Joyce Justice, Barry Ray Kusel, Karla Ruth Kusel, Johan R. Lillehaug, Ronald L. McConnell, Gloria Jean Mohr, Lance D. Monson, Linda Lea Mundt, Mary Ellen Musfeldt, Ronald Briggs Nissen, Janice Lucille Ress, Duane W. Rohe, Stephen M. Schrum, Calvin F. Stammer, Russell Earl Stribe, Beverly Jean Talbott, Dian K. Tank, Betty Ann Thompson, Robert F. Venteicher, Paul A. Vogl, Dianna Jane Volquartsen, Donald Joseph Wagner, Kent John Weible (valedictorian)

1964 former students: David Anderson, Genevieve Asmus, Gary Beck, Kathleen Betts, Allen Dent, LaJune Dethlefsen, Donna Drees, Janet Emert, Judith Farrell, Elaine Ford, Barbara Garten, Kay Hass, Donavan Hilsabeck, Therese Hummer, Patricia Knueven, John Lippincott, Bill McCandless, Gary Petersen, Patsy Popp, Lana Ralph, Georgia Schroeder, Mary Jane Seals, Marie Signall, David Steckelberg, John Swander, Rita Vehrs, Wendall Weifenbach, Gary Wiese, Mary Zerwas

Larry Rohe - MHS 1965

JoAnn Rohe - MHS 1969

Allen Rohe - MHS 1971
January 8, 1953 - November 15, 1972

Linda Rohe - MHS 1972

MaryJane Rohe - MHS 1974

Robbie, Daryl, Ross, Rusty, Lisa (Phillips), Ryan
Daryl - MHS 1976

Janet Rohe - MHS 1979

Back: Duane, Martha (Halbur), JoAnn, Vernon, Larry
Front: Linda, Daryl, Janet, MaryJane, Allen

Scanned from the Harlan, Iowa, Logeland Studio (Manning negatives/prints) pictures I purchased in 2012.
I'm offering the original prints/negatives for a number of weddings for a donation to the Veterans' project.
Scroll way down to the bottom of this side frame to find the link and help raise money to publish the Manning Veterans' book.

From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
Vernon, son of Walter and Elizabeth (Sibbel) Rohe, was born November 26, 1920 on the family farm near Templeton. His brothers are Norbert, Glen, Gene and Wayne. On February 8, 1944, he married Martha Halbur, daughter of Ben and Margaret (Steffes) Halbur. Her siblings are Helen, Edwin, Agnes, Leander, Louis and Rita. The couple farmed northeast of Manning. They raised a family of eight children: Duane, born January 12, 1946; Larry, born August 25, 1947; JoAnn, born September 24, 1951; Allen, born January 8, 1953, and died November 15, 1972; Linda, born October 2, 1954; Mary Jane, born May 6, 1956; Daryl, born May 6, 1958; Janet, born September 1, 1961. Martha passed away on September 12, 1981.
Vernon married Viola (Stephenson) Sheeder daughter of Emmett and Helen (Greif) Stephensen on February 18, 1984. She was born on July 9, 1929 at home near Beaver, Iowa. Her siblings are Lorene, Jean, Ruth and Marvin. Viola had been previously been married to Gay Sheeder. Gay passed away on April 27, 1979. Their children are Randy, Rick and Terri. Vi has seven grandchildren: Kimberly, Kristina, Jodi, Sarah, David, Jeremy and Jennifer and eleven great-grandchildren.
Vernon's grandchildren are Jason, Darron and Brandon (Duane); Jeff, Linsey and Katlin (Larry); Brandon and Jennifer Gilmore (JoAnn); Kyle, Jackie and Melissa Sporrer (Linda); Nolan, Sara and Landon Stribe (Mary Jane); Ryan, Rusty, Robbie and Ross (Daryl) and Jacob and Matthew Goecke (Janet). There are four great-grandchildren.
Vernon and Vi now reside in Manning where they keep active dancing, hunting, fishing, sewing and painting. The couple's greatest joy is being with their families.
Vernon and Vi celebrated their 20th Anniversary, February 18, 2004.

In Memory of Merlene Thompson
April 10, 1935 - June 11, 2019

Merlene MHS 1953

Merlene J. "Tom" Thompson

VISITATION: Monday, June 17th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at West Hills Church, Omaha, Nebraska, followed by SERVICES AT 10 a.m. Interment: Monday, June 17th at 3pm, Manning, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to West Hills Church.

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

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

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

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

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

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

School information about Merlene

MHS 1953: Vera Ahrenholtz, Marlene Anthony, Glenn Branning, Phyllis Branning, Claus Bunz, Margene Drees, Allan Eich, Mary Lou Foley, Daryl Genzen, Loyce Gray, David Grundmeier, Dorothy Hammer, Marlene Hargens, Marlene Jahn, Wilbur Jahn, William Jensen, Ardella Joens, Donna Joens, Barbara Knaack, Dareld Kracht, Gene Kuhl, Gene Martens, Roland Meeves, David Muhlbauer, Robert Neubaum, Pete Petersen, Lewis Puck, Merlin Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, Richard Rix, Corrine Sander, Cleone Schroeder, Colleen Schwiesow, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Shirley Sextro, Glenn Singsank, Melvin Sinow, Donna Spies, Norbert Stoberl, Betty Stuhr, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Shirley Vinke, Roger Vollstedt, Shirley Watson, Myra Weinbrandt, James Wingrove, Phyllis Zerwas

Former members: Dean Aden, Janet Asmus, Carol Bliefert, Joseph Bringleson, Jr., Mary Bringleson, Janet Dau, James Davenport, Michael Farmer, Jack Fuller, Howard Gilman, Roger Hansen, Mary Ann Hass, Richard Henriksen, Mary Ann Holme, Donald Lerssen, Caroline Louisfield, Roger Mentzer, Ramon Meyers, Leo Miller, Charlotte Mishler, Patricia Pare, Janice Popp, JoAnn Ramsey, Betty Remmes, James Rostermundt, Darrel Sander, Lois Sander, Everett Slechta, Arlo Stein, Michael Sullivan, Nadine Walters, Jon Wiemann Virginia Thompson MHS 1938
Joyce Thompson MHS 1939
Alys Thompson MHS 1944

Ninth Grade Graduation
Back: Billy Jensen, Richard Rix, Melvin Sinow, Pete Petersen, Gene Martens, Glen Branning, Dareld Kracht, Louis Puck Middle: Marlene Jahn, Maxine Sextro, Ruth Sextro, Merlene Thompson, Allen Vennink, Phyllis Zerwas, Shirley Vinke, Norbert Stoberl, Roger Mentzer Front: Myra Weinbrandt, Barbara Knaack, Shirley Sextro, Patty Ramsey, Nadine Walters, Margene Drees, Shirley Watson, Mary Foley

Page 129 of the Manning Schools history book

Lonely and abandonded - now gone - just like most of the family histories of the area.

1 Victor Schwiesow, 2 Nancy Dales, 3 LeRoy Doyel, 4 Joyce Nulle, 5 Catherine Nulle, 6 Roselle Ehlers, 7 Roger Barten, 8 Loyce Gray, 9 Janet Asmus, 10 Merlene Thompson, 11 Orrin Dee Asmus, 12 Bob Wycoff, 13 Donald Gray, 14 Colleen Schwiesow, 15 Gene Dales, 16 Joy (Moore) Doyle, 17 Iona Gray, 18 Ruth Schwiesow

Carol Sander MHS 1954

Burton Sander MHS 1955

Herbert & Erna (Wunder) Sander

Kinderfest June 16, 2019
where past and present meet

From the very beginning of Manning's existence in 1881, the citizens realized that all work and no play would not make for a quality of life needed for a healthy community.
So in the fall of 1881, the very first event to celebrate the life of the community and entertain the kiddies was called the "Thanksgiving Hop."
Then each year thereafter an annual event was held specifically for the children and on February 9, 1882, the Manning Schuetzen Verein (incorporated under the State of Iowa laws on April 11, 1879) officially organized and later in the year held the first Kinderfest (children's festival) which has continued each year except 1 year during WWI and 2 years during WWII...While probably debatable and maybe not provable, Manning's Kinderfest can lay claim to the longest consecutively run community event in Iowa.
While there were much older community events around the state, they eventually died out.

Today, we have a few children and their families living here whose great-great-great-grandparents attended Kinderfest in their day.

Here are a few more sneak preview images - later on I'll add the full complement of pictures and some background information about them.

June 17 2:00 p.m. Rain

It is always amazing how we usually get a threat of rain during Children's Day...sometimes it will rain right before or at the end of the day, but there were very few Children's Days that rained out.

Ken "Zippy" Zubrod
ALS family challenge

1963 MHS graduates: Norma Jean Ahrendsen, Donna Lou Antone, Lyle Dean Bald, Ann Cheryl Blum, Patrick Lyn Callender, Kenard Lyn Carstens, William Parron Chandler III, Diane Caroline Dammann, Nancy Kay Dammann, Ann Detlefsen, Ralph E. Dobler, Larry Kenneth Ehlers, Rosemary Clara Ehrichs, Diane Mary Eischeid, Bruce Lyle Fischer, Larry George Fischer, Donna Faye Foley, Merlin Ivan Frahm, Marcia Faye Friedrichsen, Sue Marie Gaul, Frederick James Gruhn, Gary Max Gruhn, James W. Hansen, Joy E. Hansen, Richard Dwight Hill, Jane Marie Irlmeier, Curtis Dwayne Jansen, Duane H. Karsten, Patrick Louis Knueven, Eugene H. Mahnke, Kerry Orrin Martens, Donald Allen Mathisen, Sandra Marie McGrath, Jeanne L. Mundt, Julie L. Mundt, Charles Otto Nepple, Janet Louise Nulle (valedictorian), Patricia Kay Oakley, Wayne Carl Pfannkuch, David Allen Pfoltner, Gloria Jean Popp, Carolyn Marie Pratt, Vergene Lou Reinke, Wayne Raymond Ross, Diane Kay Rowedder, Stanley Jay Schrum, Kenneth E. Schrum, Annemarie Schwarz, David L. Souter, Kenneth Michael Spack, LaVern J. Spieker, Kenneth D. Spies, Betty Jean Swank, Gale Gilbert Vinke, Gene Kent Wycoff (salutatorian), Lois Jean Zerwas, Lyle E. Zinke, Kenneth E. Zubrod

1963 former students: Kathryn Asmus, Vicki Atkins, Carolyn Beese, Phillip Betts, David Bristol, Wanda Domayer, Michael Eich, Robert Fischer, Pamela Gauer, Shirley Gaul, Sigrid Grundmeier, Clara Hansen, Joyce Irlbeck, Kenneth Keat, Jr., Barbara Knight, Judith Laurinat, Pamela Loftus, Ronald Miller, Judith Schroeder, Roger Schroeder, Gale Segebart, Pamela Smith, Francis Steffes, Carolyn Ward, Pamela Weifenbach, Ardys White

Sophomore Homeroom B
Fourth: Butch Spieker, Lyle Zinke, Mike Spack, Gene Wycoff, David Souter, Roger Schroeder
Third: Julie Mundt, Carolyn Pratt, Darrell Weise, Diane Rowedder, Stan Schrum, Vergene Reinke, Sandra McGrath
Second: Kenny Schrum, Carolyn Ward, David Pfoltner, Janet Nulle, Lois Zerwas, Gale Segebart, Mrs. Letha Johnson - Sponsor
Front: Kenny Spies, Betty Swank, Jeanne Mundt, Wayne Ross, Gloria Popp, Gail Vinke, Patricia Oakley, Kenny Zubrod

Freshman & Sophomore members 1961 FFA
Third: Lyle Zinke, Jim Hansen, LeRoy Joens, Pat Knueven, Fred Gruhn, Mr. Luther Thompson, Sponsor
Second: Jerry Hockett, Duane Karsten, Raymond Hagedorn, Kenny Zubrod, Roger Schroeder, Ron Nissen
Front: Kenneth Spies, Russell Stribe, Paul Vogl, Calvin Stammer, Don Mathisen, Merlin Frahm, Duane Rohe

Louis and Louise Zubrod 50th
From the 1981 Manning Centennial book
Louis Zubrod was born April 28, 1902, to Cyria and Elizabeth Zubrod in Holstein, Nebraska. Louise was born June 10, 1905, to Peter and Elizabeth Bellinghausen in Roselle, Iowa.
The Zubrods were married January 4, 1926, in Roselle. They farmed near Halbur, Templeton and Manning and in 1969 they retired and moved to Manning.
They have six children: Don, Doris, Thelma, Carol, Merlyn, and Kenneth; 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Louise Zubrod 1975

Louis Zubrod was a constant jokester & prankster

Merlyn Zubrod, Carol (Zubrod) Rupiper, Don Zubrod - 2011

Louise Zubrod, Don Zubrod

Back: Barb, Brad, Susan
Front: Mike, Don, Joyce, Craig

Ken Zubrod and family in their own words

Since the Zubrod family has more Templeton connections, I don't have as many Zubrod pictures or for some of the other children of Louis & Louise, but I thought at least what I feature here will help Manning connected people know who Ken is.

Megan & Matt are the children of Ken Zubrod & Diane Loeffelholz who was originally from Halbur, Iowa. Diane's parents were Walter Loeffelholz & Helen Halbur...she had 5 sibings.
Walt & Helen also connect to the Leiting and Steffes families of the area.

Kenneth D Boell
February 3, 1943 - June 13, 2019

Kenneth Boell, age 76, of Manilla passed away Thursday morning at Amelia Home in Council Bluffs.
Visitation Ohde Funeral Home, Manning Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Manning, Iowa
Visitation will resume at 9:30 AM Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla, Iowa
Funeral Service Trinity Lutheran Church-Manilla Monday, June 17, 2019 10:30 AM Manilla
Interment with Military Honors Manning Cemetery Monday, June 17, 2019 Manning

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Flag Day
June 14, 2019

John Dentlinger served on the destroyer escort ship U.S.S. Roberts during WWII. As Quarter Master, one of John's duties was to fly the flag on the ship, and as they became worn he would replace them. This is one of the flags that flew on the ship and John kept as a remembrance.

13 Folds of the US FLAG
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country," in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for defense of our country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Melvin Nissen

July 15, 2002 Glen Kusel - WWII Veteran

Student Council project

Darrell Weems and Darrel Baker
May 12, 1965 dedication of new flag pole and granite Bulldog.

April 17, 1964

It is disconcerting that students no longer raise the flag at our school, but by a janitor or other employee.

Lester Lee Grau, son of Tom & Ann (Littell) Grau
Company A, First Battalion, 168th Infantry, Iowa Army National Guard in Adams County.
Tragically he died in a car accident November 5, 1988, heading back to his unit.

From Alta (Wiese) Hansen's school autograph booklet.

George Schroeder - later served stateside during WWII

From the Koester/Lamp collection

Paul Vollstedt's bible he carried during his military service overseas 1959-60.

George Mohr carrying the flag, with his grandson, Jim Mohr, riding alongside - Homecoming

Spring 1991 in gymnasium

Allen Muhlbauer MHS 1968 and Charles Moore MHS 1967
Patriotic program for The Persian Gulf War
Legion and VFW cooperative effort
Flag etiquette and folding the flag
Tom Ulrickson led group, with students and adults who sang patriotic songs.

Ewoldt No. 3 May 1955
Margaret (Gruhn) Ohde - teacher on the Schroeder pony
Some of the students in front: Tom Schroeder, Angie, Barry, Doug Kusel

Donated by Robert Dappen who served on the USS Leedstown during the battle of Iwo Jima.
This is the burial flag that was used on the Leedstown to bury 25 men at sea.

1976 flag flying on the Kusel grain elevator leg - this was during the US Bicentennial celebration year.

I hope this Flag Day feature will inspire and encourage more Manning connected Veterans to bring their military pictures and information to me to scan and use in the Manning Veterans' history book project.

Not part of Flag Day but amazing tribute to WWII
by a very talented artist and vocalist and PATRIOT

Pearl Ellen (Coleman) Hoffman
October 14, 1925 - April 26, 2019

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Pearl Ellen Hoffman, age 93, of Carol Stream, Illinois, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Belmont Village in Carol Stream.
She is survived by her son, Michael Hoffman of Exira; a sister, Shirley Coleman Dewiller of Washington.
Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019 9:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Friday, May 3, 2019 10:30 AM Ohde Funeral Home
Interment Friday, May 3, 2019 Manning Cemetery

Beverly Grace Schrum

Visitation Tuesday June 4, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Fairfield, Iowa
Funeral Service Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30 AM Behner Funeral Home & Crematory
Beverly Grace Schrum, age 89 of Fairfield, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at her home.
Visitation for family & friends will be 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at >Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Behner Funeral Home with Dave Goehring officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Heartland Humane Society. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Sheryl Chapuis, 11787 Route W30, Stockport, Iowa 52651.

Beverly "Bev" was born on February 4, 1930, to Jesse and Grace (Brombaugh) Elmore in Stockport, Iowa. She and her parents lived on a farm through the great depression and the beginning of WWII. In 1944 they moved to Fairfield, Iowa.

Bev married James "Bud" Schrum (formerly of Manning, Iowa) on April 2, 1961, in Barhydt Chapel in Fairfield, Iowa. She had been an executive assistant to the President of Parsons College and this was the college's chapel. They were married for 48 years before Bud passed away on March 31, 2010.

Bev taught business classes at the Cardinal School district for many years and Bud had taught at Fairfield High School for many years as well. Their love of education and students was well known. As Bud was a Veteran and a member of the American Legion Bev became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Bev is survived by nieces, nephews and students.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Bud, two sisters; Wilma Morrison and Donna Philips, and one brother; Kenneth Elmore.

Back: Student Manager Vincent Lyden, Howard Schumann, Norman Arp, Robert Lake, Orrin Welch, Clark Hershman, Wilbur Karsten
Front: Kenneth Jensen, Donald Neal, James "Bud" Schrum, Sam Wiese, Donald Mohr, Verne Koch

1944 MHS graduates: Betty Lou Bauer, Joyce Bingham, Hilda Buschman, Ellen Coleman, Audrey Cramer, Edna Mae Dammann, LeNora Dethlefsen, Betty Lou Ehrichs, Shirley Ehrichs, Allan Grage, Leora Grau, Clifford Hacker, Ruth Hammer, Helen Hansen, Kenneth Jensen, Lyle Joens, Harvey Kienast, Verna Kroeger, Clarence Lamp, Valdean Larsen, Vincent Lyden, Marie Meister, Dale Mohr, Donald Neal, Myna Nissen, Norma Nissen, Rita Nissen, Donna Pahde (salutatorian), Beverly Peters, Shirley Peters, Carl Petersen, Harold Petersen, Lila Ranniger, Burton Rutz, Gerald Schroeder, James Schrum, Ray Schrum, Eleanor Sutherland (valedictorian), Agatha Stangl, Alys Thompson, Lois Weinbrandt, Jeanette Weiskircher, Lucille Wegner, Sam Wiese

1944 former students: Glenn Anthony, Olivia Bueltel, Jerome Callender, Norman Ehlers, Robert Free, Patricia Fritz, Merlin Fuss, Lester Hargens, Ralph Hargens, Donald Joens, LeRoy Joens, Naomi Joens, Harold Juels, Arthur Kuhn, Evans Kuhn, Robert Lake, Elverda Lamp, Mary Lippold, Amos Lohmeier, Raymond Lohmeier, Shirley Moeller, Donald Nickum, Lawrence Nickum, Mae Ann Ostermeyer, S. John Rapp, Jr., Franklin Rice, Betty Jane Schieffer, Merlin Sievers, Bernard Soppe, Beverly Stevens, Berdene Stoelk, Harvey Thomsen, Kenneth Weinhart

Back: Coach C.W. Steneker, Alvin Kuhse, Charles "Tuffie" Schumann, Louis Muhlbauer, Paul Behrens, Harold Schmidt, Bill Sibbel, Leo Rostermundt, John Keane, Pat Miller, Student Manager Vincent Lyden
Middle: Kenny Pfannkuch, Robert Lake, James "Bud" Schrum, Don Mohr, Sam Wiese, Allen Grage, Don Neal, Don Nickum, Clark Hershman
Front: Norman Arp, Howard Schumann, Clifford Hacker, Gerald Schroeder, Kenneth Jensen, Verne Koch, Willie Hoffman, Orrin Welch, Ray Schrum

1943 First Team
Backfield: Don Mohr, Don Neal, Don Nickum, Kenny Jensen
Line: Clifford Hacker, Robert Lake, Gerald Schroeder, James "Bud" Schrum, Howard Schumann, Kenneth Pfannkuch, Sam Wiese

James Schrum top row

James D. Schrum
Serial Number 17116947; Enlisted Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, December 7, 1944; Private, Air Corps, Reserves

Manning Monitor articles ------ 1945

Schrum to take AAF Exams
Pvt. James Schrum, son of N. C. Schrum, Rt. 2 Manning, has reported to Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., to take the Army Air Forces Training Command examination to determine his qualifications as a pre-aviation cadet.

Appreciates Paper Dear Sirs:
This is to let you know that I am receiving the Monitor and enjoying it thoroughly. I look forward to it every Monday morning. I wish to thank the American Legion and you for sending it to me, along with countless others. I really appreciate a touch of home, even in the "wonderful" south.

I am now going to A. M. school here at Keesler Field. It is not very hard and is interesting work most of the time. Only 7 more weeks and I am through with the basic course. I hope summer isn't over by the time I get back to see all my friends. Looks like it may be though.

This is not a hard life by any means, only one hour of P. T. a day and six hours of school. There are a lot of places to go-here, there and nowhere.
This is to the people who I don't write to "Hello", or How are you all? Thank you again for sending the Monitor.
Jim Schrum.

James D. Schrum

James D. Schrum, 83 of 200 E. Kirkwood St. Fairfield, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the Ottumwa Regional Hospital in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Family visitation will Sunday, April 4, 2010, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., with Masonic rights at 5 p.m. at the Behner Funeral Home. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Behner Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Due to Easter weekend, the funeral home will be open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday.

James D. "Bud" Schrum was born June 3, 1926, in Murdock (Cass County), Nebraska to Nicholas Carston and Martha May (Longstreth) Schrum. He married Beverly Elmore on April 2, 1961, at Barhydt Chapel in Fairfield, Iowa.

James was raised in Manning, Iowa, and graduated from high school in 1944. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and then entered into the U.S. Army Air Force and was honorably discharged in October 1946. He continued his education at Parson's College in Fairfield where he graduated in 1951 and the University of Iowa where he received a Masters' Degree in European History in 1954. Later he attended the University of Nebraska. James taught at Shenandoah High School, Parson's College and then went on to teach and coach at Packwood. He then taught at Pleasant Plain and in 1962 he taught at Fairfield Community Schools where he continued until retirement. After retirement, his love of teaching continued and he taught at Indian Hills Community College and Buena Vista.

His hobbies included trains, gardening and woodworking, which began with building their home.

James served as chairman of the Jefferson County Service Committee for many years and for 11 years he also served on the SHIIP Program counseling Medicare recipients. He was a member of Elks Lodge #1192, American Legion 40-8 and VFW, Fairfield Clinton Masonic Lodge #15 and Fairfield Shrine Club, Davenport Consistory and KAABA Shrine and was a 32nd degree Mason.

James is survived by his wife, 1 sister, Sally Donnelly of Hills City, Kansas and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, 1 brother, Richard and 4 sisters, Lilah Kimes, Lois Knudsen, Verna "Honey" Gunnersons and Leona Larsen.

Memorials can be made to Heartland Humane Society or the donor's choice. Cards and memorials may be sent to 200 E. Kirkwood St. Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

In Memory of Raymond Christensen
February 3, 1934 - June 9, 2019

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Raymond Christensen, 85, formerly of Manning, died early morning, June 9, 2019 in Grimes.
Visitation Ohde Funeral Home, Manning Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Visitation will resume at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday at 9:30 AM
Funeral Service Zion Lutheran Church, Manning Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 AM
Interment Manning Cemetery Thursday, June 13, 2019

For the last couple of days I've been working on the Easter Bunny pictures. I've been taking "Bunny" pictures since I got my first digital camera in 1995 and started posting them on my webpage that I built myself in 1996.

As the digital technology kept improving I have been able to get much more detailed close-ups with much sharper images, and once in a while I capture one of those "memorable" shots of people. This picture just about made me fall off my chair...it is just a riot. Most kids this age either react in terror or just ignore that "white thing." But this boy is really "with it." He not only is aware of something unusual holding him, he was not afraid, but kept reaching out with curiosity...smiling along the way.

If you don't think this is just one of the most hilarious and cute pictures of how a little child reacts to something new then you need to rethink life!
Now I'm not talking about myself and patting myself on the back for "such a great picture I took," but it is such a great thing to realize that I am able to capture simple events like this that someday the young children will be able to look at from a time they won't be able to remember...this is what history and documenting our society should be all about.

I just couldn't wait to finish working on all of the Bunny pictures, so I'm posting this image now.

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Be sure to check out the Bunny pictures and specifically look for this boy once I get the feature linked. I took a series of pictures that show the various stages of his reaction...it is simply great.

June 9, 1969, a mystery that was never solved, or was it?
As I was working on this year's Easter Bunny pictures, Gladys Schmidt, my neighbor to the west sent me a late night e-mail (June 9) reminding me about the 1969 event.
50 years ago during the early morning hours of June 9, 1969, there was an explosion on the west edge of the trestle.
Over the years I have talked to different people about their memories of this event.
Below is the Monitor article from June 12 along with scans I made in 1999 when I ran across that article. I have never run across actual photos to scan but maybe someday I'll find some.

Early Morning Blast Rocks Town
Manning Monitor June 12, 1969

An explosion which ripped up railroad tracks near Manning Sunday, June 9, shortly before a passenger train crossed them still has the FBI and other law enforcement agencies puzzled.
FBI Agent John Anderson of the Omaha, Nebraska, office said the agency was investigating the explosion under the federal sabotage statutes, but could "make no comment".
Carroll County sheriff's officers, who are involved in a manhunt for a missing girl, turned the local investigation over to Manning Chief of Police Marvin Gaer. Gaer also said he could make no comment on the explosion.
A safety warning device set off when the rails were split by the explosion saved the train, engineer Dick Kelly, 53, of Perry said.
Kelly said the system gave him a half-mile advance warning and the train ground to a halt after both engine units passed over the broken rail. None of the 185 passengers or crew members were injured.
The FBI said earlier that the explosion was caused by a "fuse type detonation." Evidence indicated the roadbed had been dynamited about 700 feet from a bridge across the Nishnabotna River.
"If the explosion hadn't broken the rail, we could've come in there at 80 miles an hour", Kelly said.
The warning device is only set into action when the rail is broken clean.
According to reports, the train was running late, but had it been on time, the explosion could have gone off about the time the train passed over.
Two large windows were reported broken out at the Manning Agricultural Center Warehouse, explosion was felt by most of the town's citizens.
Investigation of the blast and derailment is being conducted by Leo Ross of the Sioux City FBI Office and Capt. Emerson of the Milwaukee Railroad Police as well as other FBI officers and train police.
The Iowa Highway Patrol and the Crawford County Sheriff's office have also assisted in the investigation.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bartels received two long distance telephone calls on Sunday relative to the train derailment here. Their son, Duane, called from Anchorage, Alaska, after hearing the news broadcast, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bartels of Denison, who are vacationing, called from Boise, Idaho.

From my understanding the saboteurs wanted the high-speed passenger train to derail on the north side of the tracks and down into the Nishnabotna, so they dynamited the tracks where the slight curve turned straight into the bridge...this is noted in the article above that the explosion was about 700 feet from the bridge.
You can see this curve in the 5th picture below.

Looking west

Just past the bridge

Nishnabotna Creek on the north side - where the train was intended to derail into.

Nishabotna Creek on the south side

Here you can see the curve in the tracks before they straighten out across the trestle.
In the distance you can see the RR cars on the sidetrack into the Soybean Plant - which wasn't there in 1969.

North side of the trestle/bridge on the east end

View of the Manning Ag Center to the south of the bridge.

It is amazing how the memories of citizens who were outside that early morning differ. Here are several short accounts...I'm leaving off the names to "protect the innocent" : -))
One person who lived just north of Manning heard creaking noises during the night. The wind was out of the south and he had his bedroom window open. He described the sound like a nut creaking on a rusty bolt when it is being loosened.
He also remembers seeing headlights on that part of the track that night.
The next morning after the explosion an FBI official stopped to ask what he saw and heard.

There were paper boys, brothers of two different families delivering that morning.
One set of brothers only recall a thud type noise but nothing really loud. His dad worked for the Milwaukee RR so they went along to the site and saw first hand the damage.
There was a big hole under in the track. The engines did not derail but once they crossed over the hole, the rails apparently broke which caused several box cars to derail and crack open.
One was filled with melons and fruit which were laying everywhere. Once the RR crew was finished helping the passengers unload, the crew started grabbing and stashing the crates of fruit out in the corn field. As soon as the FBI and state troopers arrived this stopped.

Another family, whose house was next to the tracks on the east end of the trestle, were outside sitting on their porch. They were visited by officers but couldn't provide them with any clues, other than they heard the explosion.

Another Manning citizen living in south Manning was still in bed and when they heard the explosion, they jumped right out of bed. Their windows rattled.

According to Orland Fara, the shockwave of the explosion cracked the brick wall that was part of the Manning Mill. That is why he later plastered that wall with stucco.

MJM which was closer to the explosion to the west had several windows shatter.

One family that lived about 5 miles northwest of Manning heard the explosion.

Of all things, we heard nothing at our farm house which is less than a mile from the trestle. I always figured the big hill that is between our house and the trestle, deflected the sound and shockwave over us.
An FBI agent came out that morning and asked us what we knew about the explosion and we said "what explosion."

So while some people didn't think the explosion was all that loud, others heard it miles away, jumped out of bed, with walls and windows cracked at some businesses.

As far as I know, there was never a follow-up locally as to what the FBI found out, if anything. I always heard that Marvin Gaer was later told by officials what the findings were but he would never tell anyone.

Since Marvin had access to dynamite that he used to blow up winter ice jams next to the bridges of the Northwestern tracks over the Nishnabotna and the city bridges, he had to step down temporarily during the investigation. Ken Spies then filled in for a short time as chief. I asked Ken once if he ever heard anything about the findings but he was never told anything officially.

So the mystery of "who dun it" will probably go on forever.

Years ago, one person suggested to me that the Freedom of Information Act be used to get the information out in the public.
Anyone interested in doing this???

I'm always emphasizing the importance of the volunteers of the Manning area and the donations citizens give so freely, year after year.

I also write about how this has been going on for decades, going back to the Pioneer Days of Manning.
Recently the Manning Little League committee promoted the sale of banners to raise money for the ball diamonds and the little league program.
Follow the link below to see the sponsors and their banners...be sure to thank the individuals and business owners for their support when you see them!

If you like history and want to learn about Manning's ball fields then be sure to click on the first link and take the time to read the information.
I'm sure most of you will be surprised at how/when the various sports fields began.

More banners added June 16

Click to see the feature story

D-Day June 6, 1944 - 75th Anniversary feature

Click to see the tribute to Wilmer Ranniger, Otto Porsch & Wade Mohr

Be sure to click on the link that shows film from June 5, 1944, of Eisenhower's visit with the troops with Wilmer Ranniger shown for several seconds.

While working on the D-Day feature I found out that Vila Ranniger passed away.
You will see some information about her in Wilmer's part of the D-Day feature.
I have her obituary on my Manning Memorial web page linked on the left and you can find it on the Ohde Funeral Home website.

Lost & found in the early 1990s
Returned home from California in 2019

Click to read about the amazing trek this book took

Hayes Township King Shoot celebration June 2, 2019
Activities continue, non-stop in the Manning area.
While the Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein (5 mile house) is not directly connected to Manning, a large number of the Verein members, volunteers, and participants since the verein's inception in 1883 are/were Manning area citizens.

When I attend this celebration or any event in Manning I always look for new signs, posters, displays, etc.
One of the first new signs I saw was this one just below which I thought was very interesting and very pertinent to the success or failure of our society today.
What I did not notice initially was the small print at the bottom of the sign, and it was not until the program began that I heard one of the speakers talk about that sign and that it was a quote from Wayne Schroeder.

Now another thing I noticed as the day went on is that there were a lot of young people who participated - more than I had seen for many years...a very good sign for the future of this event and the verein as a whole.
Hopefully more of them will step up and volunteer to keep this verein going.
As I continued to take pictures I got to thinking that most of these young adults would have no idea who Wayne Schroeder was (he died in 2005) - did they even catch his name when it was spoken during the program...

I started thinking how Wayne use to work with Kusel Brothers (Amos & Melvin Kusel) to haul grain for the farmers who we custom combined their oats, soybeans, and corn.
I remember Wayne up on the straight truck leveling the grain with his scoop shovel and letting whoever was operating the combine know when to stop filling the grain box.
Then off to one of the Manning elevators or other elevators in the Manning area...then back to get another load. He generally had 2 trucks and 2 drivers to keep up...one of them was a twin-screw axle which he used in the soft muddy fields.
Wayne & the Kusels worked together for many years during the harvest season.

Because of my extensive Manning historical database, I can show you who Wayne was and provide some of his family background and his activities at the Schuetzen Verein.

Wayne Schroeder quote from when he was president of the verein.

1988 Gordell Lamp (King) and Wayne Schroeder

1988 Lila (Mohr) wife of Wayne Schroeder

1988 Wayne Schroeder

Don "Tom Cat" Mohr, and Wayne Schroeder

Herb Schroeder family reunion 1959 at the Legion Hall

Partial obituary:
Wayne Edwin, son of Herbert and Leona (Grimm) Schroeder, was born May 31, 1928, at Manning. He grew up on a farm west of Manning and attended grade school at Aspinwall and Westside. He graduated from Manning High School in 1948 and began working at the Manning Creamery Company and also did corn shelling work.
On December 28, 1948, Wayne was united in marriage to Lila Mohr at the First Presbyterian Church manse in Manning. Three daughters were born to this union. Wayne and Lila made their home in Manning. The corn shelling work that Wayne did evolved into a trucking business in which he was active in for 55 years. In 1992, he semi-retired.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he had been baptized and confirmed. He was an 18-year member of the Manning Fire Department and at one point served as assistant chief and president. He was also a life-time member and former president of the Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein (Five Mile House).
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lila Schroeder of Manning; daughters: Linda and husband Gary Anderson, Susan and husband Larry Stangl, and Debra and husband Daniel Weis.
Two sisters: Marilyn Jons, and Cleone Podey

Leona (Grimm) Schroeder - Iowa No. 1 teacher

Cleone Schroeder MHS 1953

Marilyn Schroeder (MHS 1948) with husband Dale Jons

Wayne & Lila Schroeder family

Wayne Schroeder - Manning Fire Department

I remember another little story about Wayne when he was a fireman...during one of the 1980-81 Manning Centennial programs at the Legion Hall, I was videotaping it and it so happened that Wayne was seated in front of me. About half way through the program, people started complaining about headaches and the smell of fumes from the furnace. Apparently the chimney was not functioning properly so the gases were coming into the building. I distinctly remember Wayne making this statement "these people ought to be a fireman, then they'll know how bad smoke really is."

So as you can see, Wayne worked hard as a businessman, and also was a very active volunteer in Manning.
When he made that statement shown at the beginning of this feature story, he was speaking from a lot of experience.

Hopefully the younger members of the Schuetzen Verein will come forward and start volunteering and replacing the older members of the club who will eventually be stepping down in the future.

Wayne's statement fits all situations in Manning too...the clubs, youth sports teams, churches, various community events, and on and on need more young people to volunteer, so everyone can continue to enjoy the community they have known.

As I find time, I'll eventually make a King Shoot webpage feature story.

In Memory of Lowell Jahn
Born December 23, 1943

Lowell Jahn MHS 1961
Son of Louie P.H. and Alma (Wilhelm) Jahn
Siblings: Larry & Jeanette

Lowell Leon Jahn

Lowell Leon Jahn was born on December 23, 1943, in Carroll, Iowa, to Louie Paul Henry Jahn and Alma Ethel (Wilhelm) Jahn.

Lowell passed away on May 17, 2019, at the age of 75.

He was raised in Manning, Iowa, on the family farm. Lowell graduated from Manning High School in 1961 and then served his country, in the Navy, until 1965.

Lowell enjoyed an interesting life and lived many places including Omaha, Nebraska; Glendale, California; Hayes Center, Nebraska; Imperial, Nebraska; Pinedale, Wyoming; Exeter, California; and Riverton, Wyoming, where he retired in 2010.

Lowell had many different careers including the family farm, hanging billboards, hog farming, worked for Frito Lay, owning restaurants in both Imperial and Hayes Center, cooking at several restaurants and working in the oil fields in Wyoming, and finally owning a firewood business in Riverton.

Lowell enjoyed bowling, cooking, camping, fishing, hunting, woodworking, traveling and had a special passion for riding his Harley Davidson.

He was a proud sponsor of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion, RMEF of WY, and Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park.

Those left to celebrate and remember Lowell are his loving wife Linda Yvonne Jahn; son Rick (Jess) of Windsor, Colorado; daughter Tina of Lincoln; son Michael of Lincoln; daughter Traci of Hampstead, North Carolina; daughter Kristyn (Clint) of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter Sunni (Chad) of Wauneta; stepsons Christopher of Pinedale, Wyoming and Cory (Aubrie) of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and sibling Jeanette of Brighton, Colorado.

Lowell has 24.5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Larry and nephew Lendall.

1961 MHS graduates: Terry Adamson, Donna Ahrendsen, Carol Beck, Thomas Bennett, Kenneth Boell, Jackie Borkowski, Barbara Bruck, Marilyn Brus, Jerrold Callender, Anna Birgitta Carlsson, Lenny Carstens, Terry Doyel, Beth Eckholdt, Eleanor Ehlers (valedictorian), Johnny Ehrichs, Dorothy Fink, Warren Fischer, Dennis Frahm, Eileen Frahm, Dean Grimm, Frances Grimm (salutatorian), Linda Handlos, Roger Hansen, Lila Hargens, David Hass, Joan Heithoff, Lowell Jahn, Wayne "Butch" Jensen, Sandra Johnson, Patrick Kasperbauer, Patricia Knobbe, Karen Knueven, Dale Koester, Carol Kuhl, Alan Kusel, Valda Lamaack, Gordell Lamp, Patricia Mathisen, Gary McNutt, Steven Mock, Nancy Mohr, Sandra Mohr, Gary Mundt, Paul Mundt, Betsy Musfeldt, Fred Nulle, David Nelson, Mary Reinke, Gary Rowedder, Faith Sander, Paul Spieker, Lowell Stammer, David Swank, Marjorie Thielen, Jean Thomssen, Judy Thomssen, Richard Vaudt, Marilyn Vennink, Kenneth Venteicher, Allen Vinke, Anna Marie Wiese, Russell Witt, Joyce Sonksen Warnke

1961 former students: Judith Atkins, Leona Bosche, Gary Cooper, Dennis Domayer, Billy Donaghu, Jimmy Eich, Roger Eischeid, JoAnn Groppe, Kenny Hass, Judy Hemerson, Dale Hinz, Melvin Hoffman, Ronnie Hollander, Mary M. Johnson, Keith Justice, Patricia Killeen, Dickie McMahon, John Miller, Patricia Musfeldt, Kathleen Nelson, James O'Lear, Mary M. O'Lear, Pearl Peters, Alton Petersen, Irene Rowedder, Larry Ruhde, Earl Schiltz, James Schrock, Wilma Seals, Barbara Simcoke, Lawrence Spicer, LuVerne Steffes, Larry Stolz, Bob Synhorst, Larry Thetford, Ronnie Umland, Beverly Weinbrandt, Nancy Young

Senior Homeroom A
Fourth: Dave Hass, Jack Borkowski, Tom Bennett, Pat Knobbe, Roger Hansen, Sandi Johnson, Pat Kasperbauer, Lenny Carsten
Third: Kenny Boell, Carol Beck, Lila Hargens, Terry Doyel, Marilyn Brus, Denny Frahm, Mr. Johnson
Second: Warren Fischer, Frances Grimm, Wayne Jensen, Birgitta Carlsson, Terry Adamson, Barb Bruck, Dean Grimm, John Ehrichs
Front: Beth Eckholdt, Eileen Frahm, Lowell Jahn, Dorthy Fink, Donna Ahrendsen, Linda Handlos, Jerry Callender, Joan Heithoff, Eleanor Ehlers

1961 Junior & Senior members
Third: Allen Ehlers, Mahlon Lamp, Roger Kuhl, Ron Odendahl, Gerald Handlos
Second: Gordell Lamp, Pat Kasperbauer, Roger Hansen, Fred Nulle, Ken Doyel, Mr. Luther Thompson - Sponsor
Front: Ken Boell, Dale Koester, Ken Venteicher, Lowell Jahn, Russell Witt, Dean Grimm, Denny Frahm

Larry Jahn MHS 1954
December 12, 1935 - October 17, 1975

Jeanette Jahn MHS 1958

Louie P.H. Jahn

Louie & Alma Jahn farm
These aerial pictures came from my Great-uncle Frank Ehrichs' collection.
This next picture was identified as Lowell Jahn farm but has to be an error.
These pictures were taken in the late 1940s to possibly very early 1950s
This would make Lowell too young to farm.
So hopefully someone will be able to recognize this farm and some of the people who lived here.
Identified as Lowell Jahn farm

Hayes No. 9

Rick Kusel 1993 MFD
Rick is the son of Lowell Jahn and Karla Kusel

Josh & Rick Kusel - Josh, the oldest child of Rick

From the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book
Mr. and Mrs. Carsten Herman Jahn and their children, from left, Marie (Mrs. Carl Brus), Louie, Paul and Marena (Mrs. Clinton Rowe).
Carsten Herman Jahn, son of Paul William and Catherine Lemster Jahn, was born November 22, 1885, in Hayes Township, Crawford County.
Alfrieda Schroeder, daughter of Henry and Anna Schroeder, was born August 23, 1886, in Hayes Township. After their marriage, they lived on a farm three miles west and 3 1/2 north of Aspinwall, across the road from Carsten's parents.
C.H. Jahn attended school at Hayes District No. 9 school, as did each of his son's children. Alfrieda attended school at Hayes District No. 8 school, two miles to the east. Carsten was school director at No. 9 for many years, and the annual schoolhouse cleaning was a major job for him and his family just before school opened each fall. Carsten was in the insurance business for 60 years, and he was a member of the Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein at the Five Mile House all his adult life.
Carsten and Alfrieda retired from farming in 1947, when they moved to 510 Ann Street in Manning. Alfrieda passed away December 24, 1965, and Carsten continued to live in his home until his death March 3, 1979, at the age of 93 years.
They were the parents of four children, Louie, Marie, Marena and Paul. There are 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Louie and his wife, the former Alma Wilhelm, had two sons and a daughter. Larry was married to Marlene Anthony, and he died in 1975; Jeanette Kilgore; and Lowell, whose wife's name is Kay. Alma passed away in 1975. Louie and Alice Wilhelm Kuhl were married in 1976 and they live in Manning.
Marie married Carl Brus and they live one mile west and four miles north of Aspinwall. They have two daughters, Beverly, who is married to Kenneth Graves, and Bonnie, who is married to Alan Lorenzen.
Marena married Clinton Rowe and they live in California. They have a son, Dr. Ronald Lowe, and a daughter, Kay D., who is married to Glen Weaver.
Paul and his wife, the former Ruby Walde, have three children, Gloria, who was married to Donald Sharp; Dennis, whose wife's name is Diana; and Ronald.

Wilhelm siblings

Hugo, Alma, Alice

Louie & Alice (Wilhelm) Kuhl

Carsten Herman & Alfrieda (Schroeder) Jahn

Paul & Catherina Jahn family

Back: Carsten Herman, Emma Meggers, Lena Kuhl, William, Amanda Peper, Henry
Front: Adele Mordhorst, Paul W., Hugo, Catherina (Lemster), Louie

Paul & Catherina Jahn farm home

Paul & Catherina Jahn 50th

Johann & Catharina (Groth) Jahn
Parents of Paul William Jahn

Due to inclement weather, the Memorial Day services were held in the old gym (Rec Center).
A very nice turnout in spite of the threatening rain and windy conditions.
Here is a sneak preview with more coming sometime when I start catching up...

Memorial Day Sevices May 27, 2019

I've added more pictures and information to Lowell Jahn's tribute.
Larry Hansen was able to ID several more men in the threshing picture...so you'll have to scroll down a ways to see the new information.

Also, I still plan on posting the Easter Bunny & School Play pix, along with Graduation, but I've been completely overwhelmed with projects this spring and why there is such a long delay with posting past events...now I'll be capturing pictures at the Memorial Day event. Things just never end when trying to preserve Manning area history, so please be patient.

Right now I'm trying to finish scanning the Kuhse/Petersen collection and just ran into this first picture taken 96 years ago. Besides all of the events mentioned above, Manning's Children's Day is coming on June 15, 2019.

Some people may wonder why I'm constantly featuring so many military related pictures and information on my web page most of the time, but what way too many people today apparently don't understand is how many Manning area citizens served our country.
So as I go through the various family collections I also find the family Veteran pictures and most families had more than one who was serving at any one point in time, and most families also had Veterans who served over many generations...the Kuhse/Petersen family is no exception.
These young Kuhse sisters had no idea that world war was coming in 18 years after the Children's Day they were heading to.

Maxine, LaVern, Bernice - Kuhse sisters heading to Children's Day 1923

Clarence Kuhse WWI

WWI possibly a Kuhse - could this be Edward?
This is a sad truth with all family collections where so many pictures are not identified.

Harold Kuhse WWII

Robert Kuhse WWII

Victor Kuhse WWII

Melvin Kuhse WWII

Wayne Kuhse WWII

Lester Kuhse WWII

Glenn Kuhse

Back: Donn Kelsey, Jim Farrell, Glenn Kuhse, Willis "Whitey" Lohmeier
Front: Alvin Kuhse, Charles "Tuffy" Schumann

Warren Bartels, Gene Strathman, Lee Himes - WWII
Gene's mother was Clara (Petersen)

You say you don't know the Kuhse/Petersen family - and wonder how they are connected to Manning.
Does this help? These boys were Manning Bulldogs!

Alvin Kuhse, Bill Strathman, Glenn Kuhse

Wilbur "Casey" Karsten, Bill Strathman, Frankie Wegner

Like a broken record - I keep preaching how important it is for me to go through your family collections because I'll find history hiding in plain sight that you won't even know you have...now please bear with me and follow along.
I continue to scan the Kuhse/Petersen collection. As I read the names that we are so fortunate that Deloris (Kuhse) Luetje took the time to write down before she passed away last year...I see the name Alfred Boss.
I knew right away this was another Veteran, so I checked and sure enough, he served during WWI. I have very little information about him and no pictures.
Then during my computer search I also noticed from my recent scanning of the Crawford County history book that a John Boss was a Civil War Veteran whose son, Andrew, lived in the Manning area.
Not until finding this picture of Alfred Boss in the Kuhse collection did I put all of this information together.
Since the Manning Veterans' book will be about Veteran families, I'll include John's story along with Alfred Boss in WWI. Even though it is not a military picture I now have a picture of Alfred Boss. Hopefully someone will be able to confirm for sure this is Alfred and who the other Boss is in the picture.

I need to talk to Deloris' daughter to get the last names confirmed but when I saw "Glenn R." written and looked at the picture, I could tell right away this is Glenn Rowedder.
Once I get the rest of the last names this will be another great historical picture in my database.

Harry or Henry, Glenn Rowedder, Lee, Alfred Boss, ? Boss, Dad, Willis, Mr. Dalgety

This is the brief information I have for Alfred
Alfred Andrew Boss
Born June 7, 1896
Alfred enlisted on September 4, 1918, and was discharged December 15, 1918.
Alfred first married Nola Delphine Long {daughter of Frank & Rosaline (Arney) Long} in April 1919. The couple later divorced.
Alfred then married Olive Matt.
He was an auctioneer and ran the Goody Garden at 409 Main Street in Manning.

Also in my database popped up this scan from the Alice (Lohmeier) Grau collection that backs up that Alfred was an auctioneer.

From the Grau collection.

I also found the obituary I have for Sophia Boss, who married Martin Petersen...which connected the Kuhse/Strathman/Petersen/Boss families.

Here is the information about Andrew Boss that I had recently scanned from the Crawford County book.

For the past seven years the agricultural skill of Andrew A. Boss has been expended in the cultivation of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on section 36, Iowa Township, the general appearance of the property being a tribute to his well-directed efforts. Mr. Boss was born in Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa, on the 12th of January, 1865, and is a son of the late John and Agatha (Veonberell) Boss, natives of Germany.

The father (John) came from Lichtenstein to the United States in 1848, first locating in Dubuque, Iowa, where he remained for two years, and then removed to Guttenberg, where he met the lady whom he subsequently married.
They became the parents of four children including our subject, who is the third in order of birth: John, who is living near Casey, Iowa; Matthias, deceased; and Sophia, the wife of Martin Petersen, of Carroll County, Iowa. The father passed away in Guttenberg in 1893.
John was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined that organization in the fatherland, and he was also a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted as a private in Company D, Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. On the 9th of April, 1864, while in discharge of his duties at Pleasant Hill, he was captured by the enemy and sent to Fort Tyler and Hampton, Texas, where he was retained for eight months and then exchanged, returning to his command on the 27th of December, 1864. He saw much active service during the war, participating in many of the notable battles, but was never wounded but once.

Mrs. Boss survived her husband two years, her demise occurring in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where she was buried, in 1895.
The common schools of Guttenberg provided Andrew A. Boss with an education, which was acquired before the age of fourteen years, at which time he left the paternal roof to begin his business career. For several years after leaving home he worked for various farmers in the neighborhood and then removed to Walnut, Iowa, where he continued to follow the same occupation for six years longer. At the expiration of that period he leased land, in the cultivation of which he engaged for four years, coming to Crawford County about 1893. During the first five years of his residence here he lived about a mile and a half north of his present homestead. He subsequently rented this property and removed to Carroll County, where he farmed for three years, and then went to Audubon County, remaining there for five years. Returning to Crawford County seven years ago, he purchased a quarter section of land in Iowa Township, upon which he continues to reside. He has made practically all of the improvements upon this property, and they are all substantial structures and well kept. General farming and stock-raising absorb his attention and he makes a specialty of breeding shorthorn cattle and other graded stock.

In 1895, Mr. Boss was united in marriage to Miss Helen Sanders, and they have become the parents of four children: Alfred, George, William, and Edna, all of whom are at home.
The religious views of the family coincide with those of the Lutheran denomination with which they affiliate. The fraternal relations of Mr. Boss are confined to membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, his identification being with Manilla Camp, while in politics he is a stanch democrat. He takes an active interest in local affairs and was at one time road supervisor, while for the past year he has served as president of the school board of Iowa Township, but he prefers to concentrate his energies upon the development of his private pursuits.

This really makes my day!!!
I now have a picture of Alfred Boss, and information about Civil War Veteran John Boss who I'll include with Alfred's military story.

I hope this Kuhse/Petersen/Boss/Strathman feature will encourage more people to get their collections to me, so I can find even more hidden Manning historical treasures.

Memorial Day means different things to different people.
For me it reminds me of the continuing work I have to do before I can publish a Manning Veterans' history book.
I had hoped to have the book published by now, but due to various reasons I changed my priority to getting as many names of Manning connected Veterans as I can and even more importantly, getting pictures and information for the over 1000 Veterans I have in my database - getting the pictures and information before even more of this stuff gets thrown away...and before even more Veterans pass away.
I don't want a book that just lists hundreds of names with very little or nothing to go along with those names.

Because of this extended delay, I have discovered nearly 50 new Manning connected Veterans to as far back as the Spanish American War.
Sadly there are many Vietnam to present day Veterans missing from my database and for many of the younger generation names I do have, all I have is their name and maybe a little military information and possibly a picture.

So I have a lot more future Memorial Days to go through before I'll be ready to publish the book...NOT what many of the older Veterans want to hear who have already provided me with their pix and information but this is going to be a very special and unique history book about Manning and I want it to be as complete as I can make it.

I continue to get help from people out of state who have connections to Manning. On May 17, Donna, from Arizona visited Manning with her 94 year old aunt, Evelyn, who lives in Iowa.
Neither one ever lived in Manning but have lots of connections such as Bartels, Stoelk, Stuhr, Mahnke, Borkowski, with the main family name being Wulf.
What really got me excited is when I saw Donna has military pictures for 3 Wulf brothers. I had their names and just a little military information but Donna has some more information and also a number of obituaries I did not have.

Not until getting this extra information and obituaries did I know how many connections this Wulf family had in Manning, or even where to begin finding military pictures and information.

Unfortunately the 3 Wulf military pictures were copies of originals and 2 of those originals were badly cracked. I can digitally repair these 2 scans but I'm hoping that someone will come forward with originals that are not so badly damaged...so it won't take so much time to repair - plus I really don't like taking time to repair scans from copies, which never give as good an image as from an original photo.

This brings me back to what I'm always writing about - that people need to get their old Manning connected pictures to me so I can make high resolution scans before even more damage occurs, either through improper care of their pictures or the natural deterioration that will eventually turn those pictures into paper dust.

Here is some of that Wulf history from Arizona.
Hopefully more Wulf descendants/relatives will come forward with discharge papers, other pictures and documents for each of these Wulf Veterans.

Charles Wulf - scan from a copy.
As you can see, the original photo, whoever has/d it did not care for it properly.
Hopefully someone will have a different original of Charles that I could scan, or even if I could get the original this copy was made from, I would be able to get a sharper image and then my time to digitally repair it would be better spent.

This is what is written on Charles' tombstone in the Manning Cemetery.
I know PVT stands for private but not the rest of the military abbreviations. REPL probably means replacement...

These military connected excerpts are from his obituary which gives me a little more information about his service.
Born on a farm near Manning in Audubon County May 13, 1896, he was the son of Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf, worked for his father on the farm and enlisted in the army during the first world war. He served one year and was discharged at Fort Des Moines.
He came to Remsen in 1919 and worked for various farmers about 8 years, then moved into town and variously was employed at light work, lastly for the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their Servicemen's club.

Charles Wulf grave marker information
This document provides me with some more military information about Charles.
His exact dates of enlistment and discharge.
Also some confusing information for his military branch/location. Army Detachment #2 Camp Pike (I assume Arkansas) and Camp Dodge with the same abbreviations used on his tombstone.

A civilian picture of Charles Wulf - again you can see the poorly cared for original.
I want to again emphasize that I'm NOT criticizing the people who have these pictures. I specifically comment about this very common damage with old pictures to emphasize that I'm not the one to worry about damaging your pix when I scan them, and that once I make high resolution scans of them I can digitally repair them.
Eventually these pictures will deteriorate to a point beyond scanning, so before it is too late - get your old Manning pictures and history to me so I can scan and preserve them.

Charles, Frank, Edward - Wulf brothers
In this scan you can see a number of splotches which are a form of deterioration.
Having run into some of the same pictures from the same collection over the years, I have seen how these splotches have gotten bigger and more of them in as short a time period as 10 years between scannings.
I have kept several examples for proof but won't take the time to show them now...you'll just have to trust me that what is happening to your old pictures is a fact which most people have not noticed.

Next is Frank Wulf...

Frank Wulf
This is a scan from a copy and fortunately the original it was copied from did not have major cracks or damage, BUT I still would like to find an original to scan that hopefully won't have any major cracks or scratches.

This is what is written on Franks' tombstone in the Manning Cemetery.
Iowa PVT 60th Infantry 5th Division

These military connected excerpts are from his obituary which give me a little more information about his service.
Private Frank Wulf, United States Army, was born June 2, 1894, in Audubon County, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Wulf. Later the family moved to Manning. Mr. Wulf received his early education in the public schools of Audubon County and in Manning.
He entered the army in 1917 and served in France a brief period before the Armistice was signed, with the 1st battalion, 60th infantry and 5th division.
On February 18, 1925, he was united in marriage to Miss Lena C. Lamp of Westside.
Military funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Ohde Funeral Home with the Rev. George E. Steele in charge. Members of Emil Ewoldt Post, American Legion, acted as pall bearers and accorded military honors.

Lena (Lamp) & Frank Wulf
You can see very small spots of deterioration on this picture and there are 2 very large scuffs across the chests of the people. A lot of the time most people won't even realize this damage has occurred until they see a scan of it.

Next is William Wulf...
I have a memory from decades ago that was told to me by either a WWI Veteran or from someone of that age or WWII era, who I believe told me that William suffered from Mustard Gas exposure during WWI.
The documented information I have is that William fought at Verdun where that gas was indeed used a lot by both sides.

As you'll see below, William did not die during WWI but several years later at an Army Medical Hospital in Colorado.
William was also given a special pot metal plaque by the Manning Legion Post along with 7 other WWI Manning Veterans who were either KIA or died while serving. This further backs up my thinking that he must have died from extenuating circumstances after WWI.
I do not have his discharge papers, and the other documentation I do have mentions nothing about him suffering from Mustard Gas during WWI.
So I hesitate in stating in the military write-up about William as being a victim of Mustard Gas...BUT when I searched for information on the Internet about the Fitzsimmons Hospital I found out that the facility was founded in 1918 by the United States Army during World War I arising from the need to treat the large number of casualties from chemical weapons in Europe.
So I will probably state in the military story I write about William that he was a casualty of chemical weapons used during WWI.

I hate it that I have to write up military stories about Manning Veterans, but even though I may make some errors about some of these Veterans, I think it is important to include as much information I can about these individuals who served our country, even if they were not able, or their family members did not feel it was necessary to properly document their military history - especially in such extreme cases that William must have suffered.

William Wulf
This is a scan from a copy of an original that also was badly cracked and damaged.

Pot metal plaque that was placed next to a newly planted tree in the Manning City Park to honor William's ultimate sacrifice during WWI.
I scanned this map that I found in the Manning Legion records. It was a map drawn by Peter F. Hansen, Adjutant, on April 27, 1923.
Peter was a cousin to my grandmother, Ida (Grau) Kusel.
This map shows where the trees were planted and the plaques located for each of the 8 Manning Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI: Fred Passick, Albert Dethlefs, Louie Rowedder, Emil Ewoldt, Arthur Stang, Bernhardt Stuhr, Julius Vinke, and William Wulf.

This is the form that a family member had filled out that was requested by the Manning Legion post so they could get a plaque ordered with the pertinent information.
It is so fortunate that these specific documents have survived all of these years. Sadly, I found many old documents, pictures, and records in the Legion attic that were destroyed by insects.
Note that no wounds were listed in this document - unfortunately no mention of gas exposure was listed but to get this plaque in William's honor it has to be that he later died from complications caused by exposure from chemical gas at Verdun. This document also provides me with the time-frame William served at Verdun...so little by little I can build a story about his service.

This document states that William served with Company K, 60th Infantry which backs up the other information I have.
I mention this to emphasize to people to bring me all of the military stuff they have about the Veteran in their family. I try to scan as much of the important information as possible so I can double check and cross-reference the information to make sure one of the documents isn't in error, and the information provided to me is accurate.

Document that shows William left the US from Hoboken, New Jersey
His sister was Emma Bartels
Leviathan - ship that took William to Europe
I assume this was a picture captured from the Internet and then was printed, which I now have scanned.

This Denison article shows that William was drafted in August of 1917.

William before service

William - Lyden Studio

Back: John, Henry
Front: Edward, Frank

Back: John, Louis
Front: William, Edward
Postcard sent to Clara Wulf in Manning

Before Donna brought me her family collection, I had no Wulf pictures of this generation and now I can honor this family and have quite a few pictures to show what they looked like...a very great addition to my Manning Historical Digital Preservation Database.

Here are pictures of several extended family members, some with close Manning connections and others only distant connections.

Gustav & Clara (Wulf) Paape September 20, 1917

Alma Wulf - Le Mars

Henry & Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf married February 5, 1876

Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf - Lyden Studio

Arthur, John, Dorothy Wulf

Lyle Earl Stoelk confirmation Austin, Minnesota

Emma (Wulf) Bartels, Clara (Wulf) Paape
scan from copy

sisters: Rose Stuhr, Clara Paape

Pearl Stuhr

Emil & Rose (Wulf) Stuhr

Louis & Mary (Husmann) Wulf - Remsen, Iowa

Ed Wulf - Lyden Studio

Helen & Lydia Paape

Elmer Stuhr


Probably Wulf siblings - Lyden Studio

Barn building - Louis Wulf died from complications after falling.

Threshing - probably in Iowa

Chris Bartels - front left

Evelyn Paape 1927

Milwaukee Trestle 1914 north side tracks not yet in place.

If you are a descendant/relative of the Wulf and/or extended family, please e-mail me.
I sure hope you don't just grab the pictures and information you want and then disappear.

I have more pictures and information on these families and the only way you get access to them is if you also share with me.
I generally won't show this many pictures and information of a family on my web pages.
If I showed all of my database, then most people would just come, grab what they want and then I'll never get anything from them.
You aren't going to find anyone else with the extensive database for the Manning area as I have...even though I know some people are grabbing my stuff and then posting it on those commercial websites that charge everyone to make money off their own family history.

This hurts not only my database but also your research if you don't contact me, and worse yet if you take from me and give to those commercial sites.

Dave Kusel

During the very first year of Manning's existence in 1881, the citizens of Manning knew the importance of having a day of celebration for the community and especially for the kids.
The very first such celebration was called the "Thanksgiving Hop" in the fall of 1881. Then in 1883 a group of citizens, many of whom were fairly recent immigrants from Germany, officially began a day each year for the children and they called it Kinderfest.

This event continued every year until WWI when it was temporarily discontinued during that war. Then it continued until WWII when it was not held during 1 or 2 of those war years.
After that 2nd "war to end all wars," Kinderfest (later on called Children's Day) continued but was almost dropped for lack of interest, expenses of the carnival rides, and a lack of volunteers sometime in the early 1990s.
Once the word got out about the possible demise of this event, the community rallied around this very old and important celebration and it has successfully continued on to now, June 15, 2019.

All too often the children, participants, and spectators of this celebration overlook the time, expenses, and volunteers it takes to put on this event.
I would like to highlight one such person who has faithfully been in charge of the Kinderfest Roadrace for the past 11 years. He is Robert Cast, a Fourth Grade teacher for IKM-Manning and also head high school and middle school cross country coach and also head high school girls' track coach.

Now there are many other volunteers who make Kinderfest possible each year but for now I'm highlighting Robert.

June 16, 2018 Robert Cast starts the Kinderfest Roadrace

2008 Roadrace volunteers

Click for a 2019 printable registration form

Kent Rutz - next to the new weight machine on the balcony of the Rec Center.

It was in 1980, when Manning Rec Center director Kent Rutz started the first road race for Kinderfest. This continued for many years and then Robert Cast brought it back in 2008.
Here is a look back at some of the Kinderfest volunteers who have passed away and other scenes from various years.
Kinderfests of the past

June 17, 2000 Orland Fara June 25, 1931 - April 22, 2018

2001 Jack Lorenzen December 12, 1928 - February 8, 2004

2003 Ron Frahm (Shriner bunny), Edna Vollstedt October 27, 1906 - November 6, 2004

2004 Leonard Dammann, Delton Gruhn December 7, 1930 - June 11, 2015, LeRoy "Tater" Dammann February 22, 1922 - June 8, 2012

Helen Wiese, Julie Bachman with Olivia, Ruth Ohde January 4, 1941 - September 27, 2017, Alison River

2004 Ken Jensen May 23, 1926 - November 19, 2008, Ray Irlbeck, LeRoy Schultes, Robert Wegner August 16, 1928 - December 23, 2013

2007 Lyle Joens February 11, 1930 - May 25, 2010, Judy (Gehlsen) Joens, Brad Joens' 2 sons

I know most former Manning residents who grew up here in Manning have very fond memories of Children's Day...
I know many of you live a long way from Manning now but I would encourage you to gather up your kids/grandkids and bring them to the June 15, 2019 Manning Kinderfest.
Society today has become so impersonal - especially the kids and younger generations, and by participating in Kinderfest they will hopefully be able to appreciate the fun that so many generations had over the decades.

It would also be a good time for those of you who are older to come back to visit with friends and you probably will have a few relatives still living here.
As shown above in the pictures, we all will face the day of our passing so now is the time to make the effort to come back to your old "stomping grounds."

For a couple of decades, I've been posting tributes to Manning people who pass away.
By the way - long before funeral homes had web pages, and before they apparently saw what I was doing to where now most funeral homes show an online video tribute.

When I first started doing this, my database was limited but as the years and decades went by, I kept begging and pleading for people to let me scan their old pix and history before it was thrown away by the next generations to where I now have a very unique and large database for a community.
There are very few Manning connected people who I won't have at least one picture of the deceased person or more than likely pictures of their parents/grandparents to use in these tributes.
Many times, the pictures and information I have about a person came from a non-family member or distant relative, and my work over decades of finding and scanning all types of Manning history.

I could make even more detailed tributes IF only more Manning connected people would get their old scrapbooks and boxes of pictures/history to me to scan and add to my Manning Historical Preservation Digital Database.

Besides making historical tributes to honor people, I also enjoy doing this because having lived in Manning my whole life, I know most of the people connected to Manning who pass away, and many times I also knew their parents and sometimes grandparents.

For those of you who grew up in the Manning area then moved away and are descendants of multiple generations of your family who lived here, you probably also know a lot of these people/families I feature, but since you no longer live here, you are not able to attend the funerals of these Manning people, like if you lived here...you may not have even realized you were related to some of these individuals who passed away - not until reading my generational/detailed tributes that go way beyond an obituary - especially the obits of today.

It is to those of you who have moved away and probably have inherited those old generational and Manning pictures that I am hoping you will get that old history to me to scan.

If you are a frequent visitor to my web page you'll see these constant pleas and also statements that I know what will eventually happen to those old pix and history, if you or a sibling hasn't already thrown away some/all of them - your children/nephews/nieces will more than likely throw that old history when they inherit them from you.

Having worked on Manning history for over 40 years and worked one-on-one with many of YOUR parents/grandparents/great-grandparents who had those pictures here in Manning...after many of them passed away, I find out that sooner or later those old pix get thrown away. EVERY year, I find out about 5 to 10 different families who ended up throwing away those old "Manning" connected pix/history - MANY times EVEN after I begged a family member to let me scan them before they take them out of town or throw them.

In Memory of Dewey Schillling

Click to see the tribute
Dewey passed away May 21, 2019, at Norfolk Veterans home in Norfolk, Nebraska.

All School Reunion
The All High-School Reunion Committee had a couple false starts in determining the exact date but has finalized Memorial Day Weekend 2020.
The alumni reunion will be on Friday night (May 22nd) at the Hausbarn-Heritage Park.
Plans are in the making for another downtown event (Party on the Bricks?) on Saturday May 23rd.
Pass the word to all of your friends/alumni to make plans to be in Manning for the All-School Reunion next year!

Have you ever been to your own high school reunion in the past?
Time flies by and waits for no one.
Just like history...today becomes history tomorrow - will you be a participant or sit on the sidelines?

So if you haven't seen your classmates and/or your hometown since you graduated or for a very long time - 2020 is your chance to resolve this issue...
Dozens and dozens of Alumni have passed away since the last 2 all-school reunions - 2020 is your chance to meet schoolmates, relatives, and friends...maybe for the last time.
So make your plans now.
Many volunteers will be spending countless hours preparing for this event for YOU.
These area citizens are following in the footsteps of thousands of volunteers of Manning's past who have made this such a great community.

June 19, 2010

They were kids then, and now are Alumni.

Wayne Jahn (May 6, 1934 - September 13, 2010) with his grandson Zach IKM-Manning 2009.
Wayne graduated from the 8th grade at Hayes No. 7, then went to work with his dad on the farm.

Pam Kusel MHS 1965, Dave Kusel MHS 1975, Marge (Kuhn) Kusel MHS 1941, Karla Kusel MHS 1964
Marge Kusel (October 28, 1923 - March 8, 2017)

All-school reunion June 19, 2010

June 20, 2015 Party on the Bricks All-school reunion

Tim Rowedder MHS 1983 (May 5, 1965 - August 30, 2016)

Alumni of all ages

Just imagine the history
That's touched them in one hundred years
They've resonated with laughter
Likewise have been washed in tears

Students who became soldiers
As they marched off to fight wars
Most luckily came home again
To the farms, factories, and stores

The horses that pulled the plows
And wagons with people, and freight
From early tractors, cars, and trucks
The improvements have been great

Hardworking business people
Who have called Main Street home
Progressive in their thinking
Knowing they were not alone

Folks that came together
For religion and education
Participating in parades
In our heritage celebrations

Lots of changes in the future
Next hundred is just as long
But as for Manning's Main Street
It will be standing strong

Craig "Spitter" Moeller

Get your reservations in now - before the rooms are all booked up for the 2020 event.

There is going to be a delay in getting the pictures posted.
I have a number of projects on the farm that need to get done, but as soon as I get them finished, I'll get back to editing the pictures and sound for this school play...

The Princess Who Had No Name
March 31, 2019

At the auditorium in Manning.

OOPS! my sword broke...

More pix and I will attempt to add sound with some of the pictures will be coming soon...BUT this is going to take even more editing time so please be patient.

Manning Hillside Splash

Click for a printable flier

In January of 2018, I created this historical perspective linked below about recreation in Manning and also information and graphics for the current proposed project for the Rec Center.
It shows how projects don't get done overnight and also how very important volunteers and donations are to every project.

Update on the Hillside Splash project
On May 15, 2018, the city council approved $400,000 in matching funds for the proposed Hillside Splash project. JEO Consulting has been working on design ideas and a proposal to complete this project in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will begin in 2019-20 with construction beginning in 2020-21, or as soon as funds are raised.
A zero-depth pool with some play features are planned in phase 1, with the slide aspects in phase 2, and a spray pad for phase 3.

Click on the link below to see some very interesting history on how Manning achieves so many amazing things and is now working on another unique project.

Manning Hillside Splash

Oh the Fun of playing in the Sun (1968)

1909 cartoon about 2 boys nabbing their friends' clothes while "skinny dippin.'"

Click to find out about the project

History can be as complicated or simple as people make it.
What's wrong is when self-appointed "history police" take it upon themselves to be the ones who determine what history we should keep and what history they feel needs to be destroyed...they are the "book burners" of today.
They spout all kinds of sophomoric statements, which most of the time have no basis in fact or historical perspective - only what they believe their truth is, and anyone who disagrees with them is evil or represents what they claim is bad.

I saw this item on E-bay and purchased it. It caught my eye from the standpoint of several historical aspects so I felt it needed to be preserved in my Manning Historical Database.

More commentary about this item coming...

There are so many ways to preserve and present history...pictures, video, audio, written words, and sadly, in many cases - nothing is done so individuals and events just disappear completely over time.
In 2016, I sat down with Orland to get his military story and also his "Manning" story.
Below is a link to one of the audio sessions I had with Orland. I'm using this audio and other sessions to create a story about Orland's life...
One thing nice about capturing audio is you get to not only hear the voice of the person featured but you get to hear his laugh and inflections in the way he uses words.
The audio is about 1 hour long. I removed some of the dead space and less important parts of the conversation and hope that you will take the time to listen to Orland talk about some of the highlights about the Manning Ag Center history.

Orland Fara remembers...February 2016

An observation I made during Orland's funeral was the lack of attendance by business people and Manning citizens in general. I realize many of them paid their respects at the viewing the day before and the church is relatively small but having attended funerals for 50+ years and knowing Manning history...society has changed a lot - it was quite common when a businessman passed away years ago that the businesses on Main Street closed down during the funeral and most of the owners attended the funeral.
Here are just two examples.
Ulysses L. Patton
July 30, 1908
Was a Member of the City Council for Fifteen Years and on School Board for Nine Years.
Mr. Patton has been in the stock business in Manning for a number of years and was associated in the business with his son, Dwight, at the time of his death. As a token of the esteem in which Mr. Patton is held by the business men here every place of business in the city was closed from 10 to 12 o'clock, during the time of his funeral and all public work was suspended the entire day.

John Frahm, Prominent Business Man Died Tuesday
Entered Into Rest May 28, 1940 At Home Manning

The spacious funeral home and every, available place around the premises was occupied by friends during the services. Every business place in town was closed in his respect during the services.
The deceased leaves many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was one of the towns leading citizens; a man of pleasing personality; jovial; kind and honorable. He was a good friend to have and he had a host of friends. The Chamber of Commerce, Manning, 3-Mile House and 5-Mile House Schuetzen Verein, of which he was a member, and other organizations always found him a willing worker and liberal giver. The town and community will feel his departure in losing a faithful helper and progressive citizen. He was a faithful husband and a kind and loving father in his home and gave himself unselfishly for the comforts and good of his family.

Military honors

Another reason why more citizens should have attended the funeral was to honor and show respect to Orland for his military service...a Veteran of the Korean War.

Now these comments are solely my own and not intended to judge/criticize anyone but just as an observation of change over the years.

Orland Fara
June 25, 1931 - April 22, 2018

Visitation Wednesday April 25, 2018 , 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Manning
Visitation resumes at church at 9:30 AM.
Interment with Military Honors will follow the funeral at the Manning Cemetery

More information and pictures coming...

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.

What makes up a community?
Just ONE person
who is a son or daughter
who is a brother or sister
who has a school chum
who is related to someone in that town
whose friend has a friend in that town
whose friend is related to someone else in town
who may have moved away but still thinks of the place they grew up as home

We would like to hear from you, the "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow" who have relatives and chums in your hometown of Manning, Iowa.

In their own words
Attention "1983 Leaders of Tomorrow"

Who is the sister of the meteorologist linked below?
Click to see the answer in her own words

Who grew up on a farm south of Manning, has chased tornados, and is now a meteorologist for the National Weather Service?
Click to see the answer in his own words

I have been receiving questions from various "1983 kids" about what type of information we would like them to write about.
Please read through the meteorologist's story to get ideas for you own personal write-up.
Then send me an e-mail so we can work out your story.

Note: Your story does not have to be as thorough as found at the link above but at least send us a couple paragraphs to bring us up to date from 1983. Here is the DIRECT link to the 1983 web page.

Parents of the "1983" kids - please encourage your children to send in their updated information and any pix they may want to include.
Sometimes a little nudge by mom or dad will get the ball rolling!
Each 1983 "Leader of Tomorrow" has interesting family history.

Here are the names of the "1983 kids" who we are looking for an update from...
Aaron & Courtney Potthoff, Adam Croghan, Andrew & Amanda & Brandon Puck, Alex & Abbey Ranniger, Allison & Megan Keese, Angela & Heather & Michele Hass, Angie & Alan Irlbeck, Bradley Christensen, Bryan & Nathan Rohe, Chelsea Souter, Christin Ann Fara, Christopher Wegner, Cole & Ty Henderson, Dale & Vanessa & Derek Hargens, Daniel Wayne Tibben, Daniel & Janelle Stribe, Dawn & Derrick Rohe, Dawn & Michelle Willenborg, Elizabeth & Jamy Zinke, Ericka & Andrea Ehlers, Gary & Beth & Tim Ferneding, Heather & Jessica & Jimmy Switzer, Jackelyn McKeighan, Jamie Jo Irlbeck, Jeffrey & Joey & Jeremy Irlbeck, Jeffry & Kelli & Jason Lorenzen, Jeremia Rex Macumber, Jennifer & Jason & Renee Knueven, Jennifer & Jeremy Misselhorn, Jeremy Puck, Jessica Rasmussen, Jill Kienast, Joe Stein, Joseph & Mackenzie Hinners, Kasie & Andrea & Amy Lorenzen, Kenzie Kae Kerkhoff, Lauren & Shad Bauer, Marte Wanninger, Matthew & Mandi Weitl, Melissa & Angie Pfannkuch, Michael & Amy & Jeremy Kasperbauer, Michael & Michaela Hargens, Melissa & Michaela Vinke, Michael & Matthew Siepker, Michaela & Crystal Ehlers, Natasha Vonnahme, Ryan & Rachel Pfannkuch, Sabrina Lee, Sarah Kaszinski, Sheri & Trena Bell, Tara Zeman, Stephen & Ryan & Darren Andersen, Tonya Jo Wurr, Tiffany & Michelle Jahn, Tim & Matt Hugeback, Brian & Katie & Steph Beck, Troy & Robin Wanninger

If you send me some information about yourself, I may also be able to find some pictures of your parents, grandparents, family members that I have in my database (as shown above).
We can use them in your story along with your "1983" picture.

We'd like to hear from you !!!

What ever became of the
1983 "Leaders of Tomorrow"

Have some of your "Dreams" come true?

"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 manningveterans@davidkusel.com

The United States flag
is proudly displayed here and NO other flag is as IMPORTANT!

1 Manning citizen served in the War of 1812
48 served in the Civil War
1 served in the Indian War
3 served in the Spanish American War
300+ served during WWI
550+ 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

26 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.