More amazing pictures from our past - from the Ehlers collection.
Especially farm pictures of horse-drawn implements I have never scanned before.

Unsurpassed work ethic!

Jacob Lage 50 year mail carrier
Jake Lage retires
As I read the names of postmasters who Jake worked under, I noticed the Beal name. I thought it seemed familiar and sure enough, he was one of Manning's Civil War Veterans. All I had was J.G. Beal and nothing else, but now I know his first name and also that he was a Captain.

Every little tidbit I find adds to the Veterans' project - and why I keep asking Veterans and the families of deceased Veterans to share their military pictures and information with me. BUT if I have to I'll find what I can elsewhere.


Seeding a field in Texas
The Lage family lived near Plainview, Hale County, Texas, for a while until moving back to Manning.


Cutting ?? with a sickle bar mower in Texas.
With the help of Jay Musfeldt - we now think this is a field of Buckwheat.

I'm really stumped with this scene - it appears to be some type of hay/grass piled by hand.
Definitely drilled and not a broadcast seeding and might be connected to the mowing scene above.
I really wonder if all of the cut hay was raked and put into piles with a three-prong pitch fork???
I know they worked hard years ago but this is amazing if they piled it all by hand in this manner!

I'm fairly sure we are now back in the Manning area

I finally have a picture that shows what is providing power for the threshing machine...
In this case a Rumley Oil Pull


A binder cutting and making the oats bundles with a worker stacking them into shocks.


I'm fairly sure this is Glen, Hazel & Ruth Lage (oldest to youngest).

I often comment about finding pictures of my relatives in other people's collections and this is no exception. Here is a picture of one of my Grau connected family relatives...Florence is the daughter of Charles & Emma (Grau) Pfoltner.
Florence had four children: Roger, Darlene, Doris and Richard.


Back: Roger, Darlene
Front: Richard, Florence, Woodrow, Doris
Florence Pfoltner was born on September 4, 1914, at Templeton. She attended Manning High School. She married Woodrow "Woody" Flenker of Maquoketa, Iowa, on November 7, 1937, in the Lutheran Church in Manning.
At the time of their marriage Florence was employed at the Virginia Café and the groom was employed at the F.D. Ross Garage. Woodrow was born on November 9, 1912 at Manning, Iowa. Florence passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2000, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, at the age of 86. Woodrow passed away on March 22, 1993 at Dubuque. They lived at Maquoketa and were members of the First Lutheran Church and are buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.

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