Some of you may have heard about Iowa ranked at the top...
Iowa - No. 1 Best States Ranking

Predictably, Western Iowa and all of the small towns that make Iowa tick were completely ignored in the story. The furthest they got west in the story was mentioning Des Moines. It appears the contributor lives in Iowa City, which explains why the rural people were ignored. Of course he had to put in his political bias in part of the story too...just can't talk about anything without throwing in political biased opinion...

The only person in the story who has a clue as to the importance of the rural part of Iowa was David Daack, a broadband consultant for Connected Nation who made this statement... "You could almost argue that maybe we should go (to the farms) first and work our way back into the cities."

About Iowa
Another link about Iowa history that you may have missed on the US News link above...

I'm not by any means even a general level Iowa historian - I basically concentrate on Manning area history but I could add a lot of local rural facts to the story that would further explain Iowa's (rural & agricultural based) Pioneer success in giving us the life style we enjoy today...the article didn't even mention that per-capita, Iowa has the highest German immigrant ancestry of the US states.
I have personal Manning biases, and can't prove this but I've always said that Manning was the "Hub of Western Iowa" from 1880 through the mid-1930s, because of the 3 different railroads that traversed what became the town of Manning (Greatwestern, Northwestern, Milwaukee).
Troop and military trains during WWI & WWII came through Manning and during WWII, because of the importance of the railroads (including here in Manning), our large trestle was guarded.

One of my personal favorite historical aspects about the Manning citizens, especially of German ancestry, is they volunteered at very high rates during WWI & WWII...even at higher rates than many other communities of non-German ancestry.
You need to consider the life-altering quandary the Manning citizens of German ancestry had during the world wars. Some of them would have been first generation immigrants from Germany during WWI and a large percentage would have been first born Americans of German ancestry, so when they went overseas to fight in Europe they conceivably were shooting at their own German relatives.
I can site one Manning resident who is living who had one uncle in Germany who served during WWI (Theodore Voge), and his other uncle (Gerhardt Lamp) who was a Manning resident of German ancestry who fought for the US. Obviously the nephew was not yet born but he is in a unique class in this example of German ancestry who is still alive. He was named after both of these uncles - Gerhardt Theodore Voge.

In the above article there was one statistic mentioned about Iowan's serving during the Civil War.
I have a few more impressive stats that I was told about by a Civil War reenactment group out of Harlan, who came to Manning during Children's Day 4 years ago...

How many of you are aware of Iowa's involvement in the US Civil War?
Civil War history for Iowa (per capita) compared to the rest of the Union states.
Iowa had the highest percentage of those who served in the war
Iowa had the highest percentage of casualties
Iowa has the most Civil War Medal of Honor winners (33)

One of the 33 members of the Medal of Honor lived in Manning - Henry C. Peters

While Manning did not exist during the Civil War (incorporated in 1882), here is a list of names I have developed over the years of Civil War Veterans who lived in Manning (2 did not live here but have direct Manning connections) and I know there are more names who lived here but have been lost to time.
Halsey D. Atherton, H.W. Bailey, J.G. Beal, Frank Blair, William J. Blair, Addison W. Blakeslee, Luman Putman Brigham, John Campbell, George W. Coe, Elisha Cole, Andrew J. Corbin, Nathaniel G. Dillingham, Cornelious Dunnick, P.A. Emery, C.M. Failing, James Foster, Horace M. Free, Julius Gardner, A.C. Gaylord, James Halford, James L. Hall, David Hamm, Merrill Hutchins, Charles "Carl" Knapp, Carl Koepke, Jacob Kuhn, Benjamin H. Lathrop, Francis Leonard, Uriah Lenhart, Gilbert Moore, Joseph Moore, Jacob L. Nickum, John Noble, Samuel B. Parrott, John Parker, J.Q. Pattison, Henry C. Peters, E.A. Pickett, Silas Priest, Joshua Rogers, Joseph Sawtell, Morgan Spencer, George Stocker, Harvey Stocker, Donald W. Sutherland, Thomas Tarpy, Martin V.B. Tate, Selden Whitcher, S.L. Wilson, Alexander Young.

This list of men is one of the very big driving forces for me to keep after living Manning connected Veterans to come forward and be included in the Manning Veterans' history book.
Did you know that Manning had a G.A.R. Post that once stood on the north end of Main Street at the Second Street intersection on the east side of Main where the old "Louck's Apartments stands today?

James Birdseye McPherson in whose honor the Manning post was named after...

All communities have talented artists and one of them in Manning is Thomas MacDonald-Williams who took one of my scanned pictures that was taken off the water tower during the early 1900s which showed the rear view of the McPherson Post building and drew this artist's rendition (shown above) of the front side of the building.

View of the rear of the McPherson post - marked by the white arrow.

If you have not yet read my 4-part feature about discrimination of Manning area citizens of German ancestry during WWI & WWII - PLEASE scroll down toward the bottom of this frame and click on "The Manning Exchange" and you'll find the links...

Jay Musfeldt who also loves Manning history will e-mail me from time to time about various topics and pictures I post on my web pages.
He recently commented about the photo taken from the water tower - shown above.

I sent him some more information about the picture...
Hi Jay,
I have quite a few scanned pictures taken from the water tower and while I'm so very grateful that different photographers took the time to climb and take pictures over the years, I just wish they would have taken close-up pictures of, for instance, the Great Western coaling shed you referenced.
The engine is really chugging away up that ramp...I wonder if the photographer planned to catch this event or it was just happenstance?
The only building on the west side of that block of Main Street that is still standing is the (now) Soll's Service business, and prior to that was the Frahm Garage and before our time, the Parkhouse Garage. Originally there was a 2-story wooden building that stood there which was a community hall of sorts and on the second story was where the first town school was located - which was before 1883 when the first official town school was built on the same location of the brick building we remember between First & Second Streets.
The small wooden building just north of the Soll building is where a cream station business was located and then Dr Dappen & Dr. Felker had their business for a while until they divided up their business.
At the north end of that block where the VFW is now, was the August Reinke blacksmith shop - Harold's dad.
The building 2 over to the south from the Reinke building was where Orlo Schelldorf and then Max Detlefsen had their businesses. This building was a church that was moved in and unfortunately I have never been able to find out what church and where from.
I know for sure it was a church building because Art Rix, Bud Johnson, and a few others told me about it, and Max Detlefsen told me that when they tore down the building they found pieces of colored window church glass and other clues in the walls that it was a church.
I have always suspected it was the old Christian Church that stood west of the Presbyterian Church on Second Street, but no way to prove it for sure. I have a number of pictures of the Christian Church and the tall spiral steeple was built onto the southwest corner of the main building so it would have been easy to remove. Interesting enough, the chimney on the Christian Church is in the same location as the chimney of what became the Schelldorf/Detlefsen building.
On the east side of Main Street in that block - the only buildings still standing are what was the German Savings Bank and the Zerwas Telephone building which are now part of Home Mutual.
Did you notice the Chinese Laundry? The clothes hanging in the back. It was just north of Ben D. Joens' home/business...
This was the Fong family. I have several pictures of the 2 Fong sons (Wing Poy & Ging Foy) who went to Manning Schools.
So while there has been a lot of change, there are still a lot of the same buildings on the rest of Main Street and of course those mentioned above.


Christian Church on the NW corner of Second & May Streets - referenced above.

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