First we lost the Pioneers of Manning and surrounding area.
Then their children and grandchildren passed away.
The next generations had a chance to ask their parents and grandparents to identify those old pictures handed down to them that were not identified but they waited until it was too late.
The comment I've heard for 40 years is "no one wrote on the backs of the pictures" and I basically kept quiet but would have liked to ask them - "why didn't you talk to your parents and grandparents to get those names - now it's too late."

There are still a few individuals in their 90s still living in some families who are old enough to help a little with some of those unidentified pictures but in reality you should have done this 30 or more years ago when more older relatives were still alive and even many of the previous generation...but it's too late now.

Over the last 40 years I have begged and pleaded family members to let me go through their old stuff but unfortunately it went on deaf ears for many families.
I would ask them to let me go through their old pictures and history before throwing - even if there were unidentified pictures.
For many years I had quite a few 80 to 100 year olds (keep in mind I'm talking about the 1980s through early 1990s) who I could go to and show those old pictures to and get help with IDs.
Even though they weren't necessarily family members they could help me with some identifications...but what did lots of families who inherited their parents/grandparents old pictures do - they threw them away.

Now today, some of these people find it interesting because it is something new, to get their DNA tested...they can connect to distant cousins, or where their ancestors came from...but they lost the real family history - those pictures, documents, old family information that would give them a real view and more importantly an understanding of who they are and where they came from.
Technology is great but once you throw away that old history that can connect you to your family's past there is no way to get it back.

Change is constant and inevitable in a community.
Manning once had many multigenerational families that spanned from before the town was here to present.
But today, very few of those Pioneer families are left. Descendants still exist but live elsewhere.
New blood has moved in which is good to keep the community alive, but sadly once the Pioneer families are gone so has most of the history of the community.
Fortunately a number of history books have been published that help to preserve snippets of the Manning "family" history but the vast majority of the who/what/when/where/why is gone.

I often hear people say that we can't keep everything and then I tell them to put two fingers together and then slide a piece of paper in between - that is what's left of our history.
Others will scoff at me when I tell them that their old pictures and history will be thrown away someday or deteriorate to a point it is useless...I've seen it happen for 40 years and it hasn't slowed down.
Just the other day I tracked down a box of pictures I worked on 15 years ago and wanted to do some rescanning. They were stored in a cardboard box and should have been placed in a plastic container with insecticide, because now the pictures are damaged by paper chewing insects.

I know there is still a lot of old history/pictures out there that is connected to Manning so I continue to beg and plead anyone/everyone and especially with those people who probably never lived here or even visited but kept the old Manning history they inherited from family members who did live here.

Even though I have scanned a lot of old pioneer family history, every now and then someone from one of those families will bring me more history I have not yet scanned from their collection.

Here are a few of those scans. I initially left off the names to challenge people on their Manning history - now here are the names.
Then think about how you know them and how they were a part of this community over many generations...for without each of these Pioneer families locating in the Manning area over 100 years ago, the town would not be here today.


Henry Hansen


Alta (Wiese) Hansen


Elaine (Schroeder) Hansen


Alvan & Elaine Hansen


Elaine & Alvan


Back: Roger; Front: Joy, James


Back: James, Joy, Roger; Front: Vernon


Roger - 4-H


Mary Hansen - wife of Roger
Granddaughter of Dr. Elmer Morton who practiced medicine in Manning from 1944 to 1952.


Confirmation 1957: Jay & Betsy Musfeldt neighborhood friends of Roger Hansen
On the Musfeldt (later the Ed Sextro farm 12708 280th Street


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