More pix from the Jahn collection.

Louie & Alma Jahn farm


Hugo Wilhelm farm


Hinrich E. Kuhl farm

Having lived on a farm all of my life, I have a special interest in finding and scanning old Manning area farm scenes, most of which are now gone and only a distant memory.
So to those of you who have inherited your parents/grandparents pictures that are connected to the Manning area - please don't throw those old farm pictures, OR any of the other old pix you have, then get them to me to scan and add to the database.

These next three pictures are very important historical events to preserve...they show a time where everything was hard work.
People who think they work hard today, know nothing about what that phrase really means.
While our pioneer ancestors worked very hard, it does not mean that what we do today in our jobs and lives is not important, but today we are many generations removed from those Pioneer days and so is the appreciation and understanding of what it took to get us to the easy life styles we have now.


Threshing crew
Whenever I see a steel-wheeled tractor I remember how my dad, Amos, recalled that many farmers said the horse would never be replaced by the tractor and then steel wheels would never be replaced by rubber wheels...
Today our technology changes things very fast but think of how many blacksmiths and harness shops were put out of business, almost over night, when tractors replaced horses. I realize that this change took a generation over many years but for those businesses who did/could not adapt - they had to close their doors.

Lee Schumann & Hugo Wilhelm

Lee Schumann's threshing outfit
Just think, one person today can do what it took all of these farmers back then to harvest the oats.


Hugo Wilhelm feeding his cattle


Leslie & Marvin Mordhorst with Lois Wilhelm - Cupid the horse


For those of you who lived in Manning during the 1980s through 1990 and had cable TV, will probably remember "Channel 2" where local events that I videotaped were broadcast.
We even had LIVE programming!!!
Over that time period I was able to organize a group of volunteers from 6th graders to senior citizens, numbering well over 100 individuals.
We made video skits - long before the Internet and Youtube.
One of the live events was every Sunday morning, a different pastor from the 5 different Manning congregations provided the sermon and services.
When the old Lutheran (at that time to present Baptist Church) Church roof burned off, Pastor Jensen discovered a cubby hole he had never notice before, and found an old tapestry depicting Jesus walking on water and saving Peter.
I told Pastor that I remembered as a young kid that it hung on the wall on the right front side of the nave.
Pastor thought it would be a good backdrop for the Pastors during the Sunday morning Channel 2 services.
In 1991, I retired from Channel Two and after forming a group to continue on with Channel Two programming I specifically stressed to this group that this old tapestry needed to be preserved if Channel Two programming ever ended...WELL, like so many stories I tell where I once had old Manning/historical items in my hands but did not simply keep back myself, are now gone forever.

For years I have been looking for a picture that showed where this tapestry once hung and I finally found one and it is exactly where I remembered it as a young kid.
This isn't the best view but you can see Jesus reaching out to pull Peter out of the water.
It came from the Jahn collection of one of the weddings.


You can see the tapestry on the right side of this snapshot.
Now it could be possible that someone decided to take this tapestry to keep for themselves when Channel Two ended. If they did, I sure hope they would return this wonderful piece of Manning history...no questions asked.

This is the best image I've run across of the altar in the old Lutheran Church on Second Street.
For specific reasons it was removed and from my understanding it was hauled to the old Dammann dump west of Manning.
I have no idea if an attempt was made to preserve it at the location of the new Lutheran Church but no matter the circumstances, this beautiful and historical piece of church/Manning history is now gone.
I'm not showing this in judgment of anyone but to explain that in a matter of a few minutes, we can lose our history.


I continue to scan the Jahn collection from Lois (Wilhelm) Peters.
I've fallen very far behind and am now starting to catch up with a number of family collections.

On September 15, 2018, the Hayes Township Schuetzen Verein northwest of Manning in Crawford County will celebrate their 135th Anniversary.
Here are some pictures from the "heyday" of this Verein.


1938 parade down the road to the Carsten Herman Jahn home for the King Shoot celebration

Marvin & Marcus Kuhl and Louie Jahn serving the beer

The Jahn farm yard

King Herman and his wife Frieda - Herman was King in 1923, 1938, and 1942.
Some of the kids in the group: Bonnie Brus, Lowell Jahn, Lois & JoAnn Wilhelm, Jeanette Jahn

The Five Mile House is one of very few active Schuetzen Vereins that still exist.

On April 11, 1879, the Manning Schuetzen Verein was incorporated under the state laws of Iowa.
In 1884 the Manning Schuetzen Verein built a large wooden hall which burned down in 1925 and then was replaced with a large brick building many of you may remember as the Firemen's Hall.
There was also a "Three Mile House" Schuetzen Verein north of Manning - 3 miles north on West Street. One mile north of the old Alfalfa DeHy plant.


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