In Memory of Margie Kienapfel
March 8, 1932 - September 17, 2018


Marjorie Kienapfel and Beverly Ann Ruhde - Kinderfest 1939


Margie died early Monday morning, September 17, 2018 at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home in Manning.
Graveside services for 86 year old Margie Kienapfel of Manning will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM at the Manning Cemetery in Manning.
Friends may call on Friday, September 21 from 10:30 - 11:15 at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

In Loving Memory Margie Kienapfel
Graveside Service Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM Manning Cemetery Manning, Iowa
Officiating Reverend Nancy Anderson Pastor, First Presbyterian Church Manning
Casket Bearers: Margie's Family and Friends
Honorary Casket Bearers: Margie's Great-nieces and Great-nephews
Ohde Funeral Home Manning, Iowa

Margie Kienapfel
Margie Elouise Kienapfel, daughter of Fred O. and Caroline (Ploen) Kienapfel, was born March 8, 1932, in Manning, Iowa. She grew up in Manning where she attended school, graduating from Manning High School in 1950. Margie then worked as an employee service representative for United Telephone for 31 years. Starting in 1982, she worked as a receptionist at Manning Regional Healthcare Center, retiring in 2007.

On Monday, September 17, 2018, Margie passed away at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home in Manning. She was 86 years of age.

Margie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Star Banner Camp 9734, Rural Neighbors of America, and the Manning American Legion Auxiliary.

Margie is survived by three nieces: Carole Evilsizer and husband Ron of Denison; Dr. Lana Vander Linden of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and Nancy Kienapfel of Ouray, Colorado; a nephew William Sharp and wife Connie of Polk City; and by many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Dorothy and husband Tom Sharp, a brother Harold J. Kienapfel and wife Eileen; and two nephews Donald Sharp and Dr. Bruce J. Kienapfel.


1939 World Herald
Children had their day of days in Manning last week, when the fifty-fifth annual Kinderfest was held. More than a thousand children took part in a parade.
Picture above shows Marjorie Kienapfel and Beverly Ann Ruhde (left to right) reaching the ground after a ride on the ferris-wheel. Margaret Lake, Kinderfest queen, received a gold wrist watch. William Muhlbauer is the new king.
Merchants blocked off the streets and turned the town over to the boys and girls, 1,300 of whom attended the festivities. The children marched four abreast in the parade; led by the high school band. Older chil­dren marched in another di­vision.
The queen received her crown ­because she could throw more baseballs into a keg at 10 paces than any of her rivals, and the new king is a better shot with a small rifle than his competi­tors. The queen, 14, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Lake. The king is also 14. By 7 in the evening, the boys and girls had stowed away 1500 bottles of pop, mountains of ice cream and popcorn. In the evening, the children danced at the opera house, with the first dance reserved or the royal pair. For the last 16 years, the Commercial club has been in charge.
Beverly Ann (Ruhde) Butler - daughter of Bertha Ruhde.


Marjorie Kienapfel, Eileen and Harold "Hip" Kienapfel July 13, 2002 in the Manning Library

Taken from the 1981 Manning Centennial history book
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrich Wilhelm Kienapfel came from Germany to Atlantic, Iowa, June 1882. He worked on the railroad for several years and then moved to a farm in Audubon County in 1892. They retired to Manning in 1913 and their home in Manning is still occupied by a granddaughter, Margie Kienapfel.
Mr. Kienapfel was born in Hagnau, Ost Prussen, Germany, in 1843. He was one of a family of three children. Mrs. Kienapfel (Justina Kolass) was born in the same province as her husband in 1855. Due to a fall, Mrs. Kienapfel spent the last ten years of her life in a wheel chair. The couple died within eleven days of one another in December, 1928.
Their only son, Fredrich Otto Kienapfel, was born in Germany, June 2, 1881, and spent his first birthday on board ship coming to America. He, along with his parents, lived on a farm in Audubon County and attended schools in Atlantic. On January 11, 1911, he was married to Caroline (Ploen) Kienapfel. They farmed for several years in Audubon County, then moved to a farm 4 1/2 miles southeast of Manning and moved to Manning in 1919. They were the parents of four children. A son, William, died in infancy. A daughter Dorothy and her husband, Tom Sharp, live on a farm 7 1/2 miles west of Manning. Their children are William and wife Connie (Benton) Sharp, daughter Mrs. Ron Evilsizer (Carole), and son Donald and wife Gloria (Jahn) Sharp. Donald spent four years in the Air Force, one year of which was spent in Thailand. The Sharps also have three grandchildren, Rhonda and Julie Evilsizer, and Christopher Sharp.
A son Harold J. (Hip) Kienapfel and wife Eileen (Peters) Kienapfel have a son, Bruce and wife Nancy (De Stigter), and a daughter, Mrs. Guy Vander Linden (Lana).
Harold Kienapfel served in the armed forces for five years. He entered in 1941 and served in north Italy and Germany. He was commissioned to rank of Captain. He received the honor of Small Business Advocate of the year in 1977 for the four states' region 7 of the Small Business Administration. He is the Executive Director of New Hope Village in Carroll at the present time. Harold's grandchildren are Linda and Kai Li Kienapfel.
A daughter, Margie Kienapfel, has been employed by the Manning Telephone Company for 30 years.

1950 MHS graduates: Sue Ann Clark, Gene Dales, Charles Fielweber, Ardella Frahm (valedictorian), Lyle Fuss, Vernon Godiksen, Irwin Grau, Marlyn Gruhn, LaVonne Hargens, Rosemary Hinz, Donald Horbach, Margie Kienapfel, Leland Kienast, Arthur Kruse, Orrin Kuhn, Dorothy Lake, Ethel Leinen, Richard Mincey (salutatorian), Rose Ann Muhlbauer, Phyllis Musfeldt, Merlin Nulle, Shirley Ohrt, Donald Pfannkuch, Marilyn Popp, John Pratt, Donald Puck, Lynn Rix, Marjorie Rowedder, Beverly Ruhde, Milo Sander, Sally Schrum, Norbert Sextro, Ardella Singsank, Donnarae Strathman, Dean Stribe, Robert Tank, Dean Vollstedt, Eugene Wagner, Jeanette Willenborg

1950 former students: Warden Allen, Florence Borkowski, Pat Cullen, DeRooy DeWilde, Arthur Erikson, Lloyd Hagedorn, Merlin Hass, Norma Hass, Barbara Held, Ray Hill, Merlin Joens, Leonard Jorgensen, Danny Korwes, Frank Kuchel, Kathleen Lee, Bonnie McCord, John McMahon, Duane Meggers, Tommy Mersman, Shirley Olbertz, Peggy Roggendorf, Kenneth Rohr, John Rollins, Dolores Schiek, Dolores Steele, Virginia Swank, Bill Taylor, Marlene Vinke, Jackie Vollmer, Floyd White, Ted Wiemann

1948
Back: Donald Puck, Don Pfannkuch, John Pratt, Floyd White, Don Horbach, Richard Mincey, Dean Vollstedt, Leland Kienast
Middle: Sue Ann Clark, Dorothy Lake, Jeanette Willenborg, Kathy McCann, Ethel Leinen, Rose Anne Muhlbauer, Marlyn Gruhn, Marge Stribe
Front: Marge Kienapfel, Phyllis Musfeldt, Donarae Strathman, Beverly Ruhde, Marilyn Popp, Shirley Ohrt, Ardella Singsank, Rosemary Hinz

May 22, 1947 Freshman graduation
Back: Beverly Ruhde, Lyle Fuss, Dorothy Lake, Merlin Nulle, Ardella Frahm, Gene Dales, Rosemary Hinz, Irwin Grau, Orrin Kuhn
Third: Bill Taylor, Shirley Ohrt, Dean Stribe, LaVonne Hargens, Merlin Hass, Norma Hass, Lynn Rix, Marilyn Popp, Robert Tank, Sally Schrum, Merlin Joens, Donald Puck, Florence Borkowski
Second: Dean Vollstedt, Pat Cullen, Don Horbach, Marlyn Gruhn, Arthur Kruse, Ardella Singsank, John Pratt, Jeanette Willenborg, Eugene Wagner, Marjorie Rowedder, Leland Kienast, Margie Kienapfel
Front: Floyd White, Sue Ann Clark, Duane Meggers, Donarae Strathman, Donald Pfannkuch, Rose Ann Muhlbauer, Norbert Sextro, Ethel Leinen, Richard Mincey, Phyllis Musfeldt, Vernon Godiksen

Click to read about School activities

1949-50 faculty: Vera Macumber, K; Marjorie Chalmers, first; Doris Huff, second; Helen Shemat, third; Rita Theobald, fourth; Theresa Theobald, fifth; Lee H. (Mrs. R.G.) Kalkbrenner, sixth; Rosemary Gleason, junior high; William G. Anderson, junior high principal; Christine Sanders, homemaking; Orville Harris, instrumental; Esther Stryzewski, vocal; Marie Perkins, H.S. principal; Myra Hamann, social science; Arlene Edgington, mathematics; George Triplett, science; C.W. "Bill" Steneker, coach and manual training; Joe R. McGrath, English; Dale Schnirring, agriculture; Elaine Ellis, typing; Mrs. Sybilla Darling, nurse; Kenneth B. Koch, superintendent; Henry Dethlefs, John Jones and Claussie Nielsen, custodians


Felt-like bulldog on the cover of each 1950 Yearbook
Literally had to be glued on the cover - the only Manning yearbook like this.


Harold Kienapfel WWII


Amos Kusel next to steering wheel, with Harold Kienapfel behind
On the August Kusel 1927 (open flywheel) D John Deere at the Kusel farm


Harold Kienapfel on Beauty, Amos Kusel on Fannie
On the August Kusel farm


Back: Melvin Ohde, Herbert Molter, Wesley Ohde
Front: Harold "Hip" Kienapfel, Oliver Ohde, Ray Ohde, Orville Johnson
Hip started playing the trumpet when he was 14.
He started playing for the Harmony boys around 1933.


Marge had a lot of excitement one night...read and look below.
I just remembered Marge talking about a fire in Manning. Fortunately I wrote down some of Fireman Bill Ohde's memories of the same event that Marge also experienced.
Fortunately I was also able to scan Lavern & Audrey Olsen's pictures of this fire.


You can see the telephone building on the left - same building as today.


I think this is Bill Ohde


Julius Hoffman on hose with Laverne Olsen behind


Jr. Schrum, Orlo Peters, Eleanor Schrum


Eddie Johnson facing the camera left and Mayburn Ramsey right facing camera


Jul Hoffman facing camera with Laverne Olsen behind Jul
View of the block from the southeast - pre-1915 brick street.


February 12, 1955
Lloyd Rix Feed & Produce Store along Third Street (city hall area for many years) fire.
Marge Kienapfel was working at the Manning Telephone Company (to the left) and she noticed Edna Halbur's phone switchboard light was permanently on. Gene Zerwas was also at the office and Marge mentioned the problem to him. As Gene was leaving the office he smelled smoke but did not see anything.
Shortly after this Max Detlefsen was knocking on the office door and told Marge that the Rix Store was on fire and a man was waving for help in the window. Marge immediately called the Fire Department.
Apparently the fire had shorted the phone in Edna's room and caused the switchboard light to stay on. Edna lived in the second story of the Rix Produce building but was not there at the start of the fire. The man waving for help in the window was Edna's uncle, Louie Hagedorn, who also lived on the upper floor.

When firemen Amos Misselhorn and William Ohde arrived at the scene they ran up the stairs to check the second story for anyone trapped by the fire. As they got to the top of the steps they were blown back down and outside when a barrel of fuel oil exploded in front of them. Fortunately Louie Hagedorn had already escaped and no one living on the second floor was hurt by the fire.

During this fire the water tower ran empty because of human error in keeping it full.

There was a fire wall between the phone company and Rix feed store that prevented the fire from spreading to the buildings on the west.

To the north of these buildings along Main Street was the Ben Joens home/business, so when the water tower ran dry, kids were asked throw snowballs on top of the roof of the house to help prevent it from catching fire.


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