Manning Veterans' history book project

In 2012 the Logeland Studio in Harlan closed their doors forever. An ad was placed in local area newspapers to alert anyone interested in their pictures to come to Harlan, and for a fee they could purchase the whole packet; including prints and/or negatives.

I made the trip to Harlan and worked out a deal with the owner to purchase the Manning portion of copyrighted photos.
On several sessions over a week I made the trip down to Harlan to go through the thousands of packets of pictures. Fortunately most of them were categorized in boxes by year and community, but I still skimmed through the dozens of large boxes for familiar names.

If I saw a name I recognized I grabbed the packet, so I may have a few packets of events/people from nearby communities but most are connected to Manning.

Most of the packets are from the 1970s through early 1990s and a few are from the late 1960s.

The main theme of the packets are senior pictures and wedding photo sessions, but there are also some sports related and other miscellaneous events that were photographed.

Sadly very few people from the surrounding area came to claim their old pictures. Only one other person from Manning claimed one of their packets.

So for the tens of thousands of photos/negatives that went unclaimed they were eventually thrown in a dumpster and are now gone forever.

As I sat thumbing trough the thousands of packets - one of the ideas I came up with for a fundraising project was - for a donation to the Manning Veterans' history book project a family member would get the wedding packet which includes all pictures and negatives from the photo session by Logeland Studio.

Most couples only chose a few of the prints they wanted from the time of their wedding day. There are generally 40 to 80 negatives in a packet, so in most cases there are many more pictures the couples didn't purchase at that time. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of the people you'll find in the pictures/negatives you did not get copies of during the original session.

I have scanned a random number of pictures/negatives from each wedding packet and can e-mail some thumbnail copies to couples or their children to look at.

If your name is listed below and even if no one in your family is interested in the pictures please e-mail me anyway. There is a lot of history in many of the pictures such as your parents and grandparents (most who are deceased), pastors, friends who are no longer living, interesting scenes in the church or fellowship hall, etc. I'd like to get names for many of these people to archive them in Manning's historical database.

I would encourage anyone not interested in their wedding photos to ask their children if they are interested, so they can have those images of their grandparents and great-grandparents.

These packets will only go to the couple or their children…Only for immediate family members.

If you are interested in your packet please e-mail me and we can work out the details.

If you are interested in your Logeland Studio wedding pictures please email David Kusel

Jennifer Zerwas & Robert Beck

Received donation to Veterans' project

12 prints

Negatives

October 12, 1974

James Mohr & Cherri Ramsey

58 prints

Negatives

August 12, 1977

Lenus Borkowski & Kristie Hacker

48 prints

Negatives

February 12, 1977

Roger Musfeldt & JoAnn Borkowski

62 prints

Negatives

December 27, 1975

Linda Brobery & Mark Kerkhoff

Received donation to Veterans' project

23 prints

Negatives

June 25, 1977

Cheryl Musfeldt & Richard Zinke

8 prints

Negatives - more than the prints

June 1972

John Detlefsen & Gwen Tank

Received donation to Veterans' project

No prints

Negatives

June 1972

Bruce Pfannkuch & Rita Madisen

44 prints

Negatives

November 20, 1976

Keith Fahn & Debby Rasmussen

Received donation to Veterans' project

51 prints

Negatives

July 29, 1978

Peggy Puck & Frank Osdoba

17 prints

Negatives

June 1972

Nancy Fogleman & Tom Walters

Received donation to Veterans' project

19 prints

Negatives

February 1976

Russell Ranniger & Cindy Wageman

Received donation to Veterans' project

10 prints

Negatives

May 25, 1974

Myrna Guth & Gary Erb

2 prints

Lots of Negatives

April 1966

Sue Grimm

57 prints

Negatives

July 22, 1978

Kim Haubrich & Rick Spack

61 prints

Negatives

April 16, 1977

Dale Reinke & Karen Tank

Received donation to Veterans' project

30 prints

Negatives

1976

JoAnn Dethlefs & Jim Karsten

26 prints

Negatives

June 23, 1979

Merlin Rohe & Teresa McKay

Received donation to Veterans' project

72 prints

Negatives

February 2, 1980

Tim Kienast & Joni Siepker

Received donation to Veterans' project

52 prints

Negatives

August 25, 1979

Dennis Rowedder & JoAnn Rohe

7 pictures

Negatives

June 1972

Donna Kuhl & Harm

2 prints

7 Negatives

June 1966

Connie Sibbel & Robert Snyder

Received donation to Veterans' project

17 prints

Negatives

April 1973

Pam Kusel & Alan Kusel

Received donation to Veterans' project

No prints

Negatives

August 1967

Donna Sonksen & Erik Simonsen

35 prints

Negatives

December 28, 1974

Carlys Kusel & Allen Stribe

Received donation to Veterans' project

36 prints

Negatives

September 30, 1978

Marlys Stoelk & Terry Anderson

65 prints

Negatives

June 11, 1977

Rick Lohrmann & Georgia Dethlefs

30 prints

Negatives

July 30, 1977

Eugene Stoelk & Karen Stoberl

39 prints

Negatives

August 16, 1975

Sue Long & Lynn Venteicher

Received donation to Veterans' project

61 prints

Negatives

April 21, 1979

Vicki Walters

1 print

26 negatives

June 1968

Keith Misselhorn & Shelly Boeck

67 prints

Negatives

May 6, 1978

Tom Wurr & Teresa Wanninger

Received donation to Veterans' project

67 prints

Negatives

August 20, 1977

Darla Schroeder

10 prints - same image of various angles

Negatives

April 26, 1980

Joleen Muhlbauer

Received donation to Veterans' project

18 prints of various poses

Negatives

March 4, 1980

Gloria Nissen

2 negatives - same style

July 1970

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Please remember - while I spent a lot of time saving these wedding pictures from the landfill, and I had to pay for the material and copyrights - all money donated from the sale of these packets will go to the Manning Veterans' history book project. The checks will be made out to Manning Veterans' history book committee (MVHBC).

I hope you will seriously consider making the donation to the Manning Veterans' history book project for your wedding packet.

Like with the previous Manning Quasqui and Manning School history book projects…A lot of extra funds have to be raised to complete the Veterans' book project.

NO one makes any money from these history book projects…100% volunteer and some of the volunteers spend a lot of their own money to assist with these projects.


I have scanned some of the negatives from the packets and they convert very well to digital images.
One thing nice about today's technology is you can adjust the contrast, brightness, color, and resolution of these negatives and actually improve upon the original image in many cases. The scratches and marks that are on the negatives can be digitally cleaned up using graphics software.
If you take the negatives to a professional they should be able to compensate for under/over-exposure and improve the color, and also clean up marks and scratches.

The original altar.
Hugo & Eunice (Grau) Ahrendsen donated the "eternal flame" (red hanging light).


Wedding cake of the past

ring bearer and flower girl



1975

Get me to the church on time

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