Several of the individuals feature here are also Veterans.
I have no military information for Paul Vollmer and only a few military pictures from various sources.
I did not know that James Smith was a Veteran until working on the Smith picture and then reading his mother's obituary that stated he was at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona at the time of her death.
Of course Buddy Asmus was a Veteran and I'm looking for military information for him.
The Brady brothers, Don & George, also served and I have very little military information/pix for them.
Amos Rutz was a Veteran and I'm always looking for more information and pix about his service.
Francis Brennan is another Veteran - I'm trying to figure out if/how he is related to the Brady or Asmus family, or just a good friend.
So if you have pictures and information about any of these Veterans, please contact me. I want to include them in the Manning Veterans' history book.
All the way from "down under" in New Zealand.
Last year Jon Asmus sent me his dad, Merlin "Buddy" Asmus' pictures from New Zealand so I could scan them.
Jon found my web page years ago and then e-mailed me and we have been sharing pictures and information since.
Fortunately my mother is from the WWII generation and she has been able to ID quite a few of the pictures and having worked on hundreds of family histories over the decades I have also been able to ID a number of pictures and especially the locations in the Manning area...BUT we need help.
I'll be posting a lot of these pictures and hopefully people will come forward and help with IDs and information.
Children's Day 1940s - the old Schuetzen Verein hall - AKA the Firemen's Hall.
I have a vivid memory at how neat it was to be above the top of the roof of this hall when I was a kid riding the Ferris wheel - ESPECIALLY at night!
Effie Stackhouse, Gladys Bauman, Marie Perkins
These were mom's teachers.
Verna (Asmus) Brady, Merlin "Buddy" Asmus, Marie (Asmus) Brady
I wish I would have been working on Manning history when I first knew of these ladies.
When I was a kid, mom would have to stop in the Golden Rule store to see the latest hats and shoes that Verna & Marie would have on display. Of course, as a boy, it was not exactly the type of store I wanted to be in.
Have you figured out where these 2 pictures were taken?
Merlin Asmus, ??, Amos Rutz, Don Brady, Verna Brady, George Brady
Down by the Manning Hotel on the north end at 105 Main Street
Here are more connections - to me...
I can connect the Manning history that few, if any, can do.
Here is another example from the Asmus collection where I immediately took extreme interest.
Most people will see a clown in a parade, but the first thing I noticed is the building in back.
More specifically the ivy growing on the wall. I had NEVER noticed a picture of this building with ivy.
Late 1940s parade - you can see the whole Honor board - the Manning Fire Station at this time
Robert Horbach pointing to his dad, Joseph Horbach's, name.
So I again throw out this plea to every Manning connected person who has old family and Manning pictures to get them to me to scan.
You WILL have pictures of people/events that are probably not directly connected to your family history, and more than likely not know some of the people/events/locations, but I will have a much better chance to recognize what you have.
Hopefully someone who comes forward will have a complete view of the WWII Honor Board that I can make a high resolution scan of and be able to read all of the names.
"Doubting Thomases" with probably shrug their shoulders and convince themselves they have nothing of interest for me or no historical pictures, but then they probably would never think I would get pictures from New Zealand that came from and were taken in Manning, Iowa.
Here is another Asmus connection and I hope someone from this family will contact me to help out with family and Veteran history and also identifying some of the Asmus pictures.
Back: ??, Herman Musfeldt, Don Brady, George Brady
Front: Paul Vollmer, Kathleen (Nixon) Asmus
This is one of many pictures I hope someone will come forward to help with IDs
Judy in back with Barbara
History Repeats: now lessons weren't learned so they replaced the birch with American Elms - what happened in the 1960s and early 1970s? the "Dutch Elm" disease was introduced into the US from Europe which wiped out the American Elms in Manning and around the country. After this devastating event, people figured out that it would be best to plant a wide variety of tree species.
This picture was taken in South Manning next to the apartments where Verna & Donald Brady lived - note this is what was written on the back of the picture and the scene
fits perfectly based on the background and streets
Possibly this is the Orren/Ray Pratt home that had an apartment upstairs at 921 Main Street.
I often write about how so much history/pictures are overlooked and thrown away. Here is a perfect example. For some reason, MINI pictures were popular years ago.
They are very small and could easily be lost if you dropped one of them.
They are also a pain to scan. I have to increase the size around 800% to be able to get a good size image to see and use...here is one example.
Most people won't bother to scan pictures like this but I have scanned hundreds of them over the years.
Now we come to a picture that I had no idea if it was taken in Manning or where.
It was familiar but I don't have time to run around town trying to find it - especially if it has been torn down.
Thanks to Mary Muhlbauer who recognized it as the home of her grandmother from roughly 1950 to 1992.
Amos & Steve Rutz
Bruce Jon Rutz 8 months
Steve Rutz in his first bib overalls 19 months
This baby goes with the picture below
Back: Judy Vollmer, James Smith, Tom Musfeldt
Front: Barbara Vollmer, Evans Sam Musfeldt
May 7, 1947 on the Herman & Lydia (Asmus) Musfeldt farm