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In Memory of Marian (Ohrt) Petersen


John & Katherine Ohrt April 21, 1935

Taken from the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial book
John was born April 21, 1865, in Feddringer, Germany. He came to the United States in 1882 and married Katherine Frahm October 10, 1895. They farmed northwest of Manning until 1922 when they retired to Manning. John died December 4, 1938, and his wife Katie died December 6, 1959.

John and Katie had five children: George (died in infancy), Hulda, Lillian, Julius and Mildred.

Hulda married William Ruhde. Their children were Harold, who married June Jensen; Arlene, who married Victor Spack; Dorothy, who married Rockley Wiese; Marge, who married Chuck Loftus and Virgene, who married Louis Hausman.

Lillian married Clarence Kuhse. Their children are Bob, who married Louise Kuhl, and Wayne, who married Sophia Muhlbauer.

Julius married Nellie Mohr. Their children are Marian, who married Marvin Petersen and Shirley, who married Virgil Reid.

Mildred married Vernon Plummer. They had one son Larry.

Many of these families lived in the Manning area for several years and some are still there today. John Ohrt spoke fluent German and expected his entire family to do the same. His wife Katie enjoyed playing pinochle and she raised beautiful gloxinias. John Ohrt's mother and father were Johann Timm and Magretha Ohrt. John had the following siblings: Hans, who married Lena Johannsen, Henry, who married Emelia Hagge, Dora, who was single, Catherine W., who married Albert Fonken, Minnie, who married twice: Hans Gosch and Henry Biehl, and Emma, who died as an infant.

John and Katie Ohrt are the grandparents of Shirley Reid of Manning and Marian Petersen of Irwin. Shirley married Virgil Reid on September 9, 1962, in Manning. Virgil worked for the Manning Schools for 24 years and Shirley works for Ranniger Law Firm. They have two children, Brian and Barry who graduated from Manning High School. Brian married Lisa Jacobs on May 28, 1993. They have three children: Maddison, Kennedy, and Reagan. Brian works for the U.S. Post Office in Carroll, Iowa, and Lisa is an RN at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll. Barry married Lori Eickman on October 6, 1990, and they have one son, Jesse. They own and operate Denison Aviation in Denison, Iowa.