Brian Lage with a mink

Back: Walter Lage, Gale Moore, Louis Puck, George Erps
Front: Jasper “Jap” Ward, Floyd “Mac” McCammond Gerhardt “Gabby” Lamp, Don Massen
Winners in the beard contest were 1st. Gabby Lamp, 2nd Jasper Ward, 3rd Gale Moore
The picture was taken on the North balcony in the old Fireman’s hall

Brian & Lance Lage

Herman Lage - Lance & Brian's grandfather

Lance, Ardith holding Brian January 10, 1957

1999 Brian getting his hair cut on a volleyball challenge

Back: Jo Ellen, Lance, Brian, Kathy
Front: Faye, Ardith, Walt, Ashley, Eric

The Lage ancestors originated in Holstein, Germany. Walt's great-grandparents, Christopher and Margaretha (Ewoldt) Lage, and their two sons, Henry and Hans, left Germany in 1855. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat and the trip took seven weeks. They located in Clinton County, Iowa, where they lived in a sod house.

In 1873, the two brothers moved west to Crawford County, Iowa, where they purchased land and married. Hans marred Marie Myers and they were the parents of four children. Henry bought an additional 90 acres and married Eline Paulsen. They were the parents of three sons: John, Alfred, and Herman. They were all married. The youngest son Herman married Laura Mohr in 1919. Two sons were born to this union: Wesley, born in April 1921 and passed away in March 2000; Walter, born in July 1926, married Ardith David in February 1950. Ardith is the daughter of Clarence and Beata (Schade) David; both deceased. Ardith has one brother Lyle who married Colleen Cerka, and a sister Carlene who married John Deist.

Walter and Ardith have two sons: Lance, born in 1952, married Jo Ellen Carlson and lives in Atlantic. Both are teachers. They have one daughter, Faye Ellen born 1984. She attends Northwest Missouri State University; Brian married Kathy Conroy, and they live in Manning. They are parents of Ashley Marie and Eric Charles. Walter was born on the farm that his father Herman purchased in Iowa Township, Crawford County. Walt lived on this farm for almost 77 years and retired from farming. Walt was also a rural mail carrier for twenty years. After 53 years of marriage, Walter and Ardith moved to Manning and purchased a home at 1105 Elm Street.

Both have been active in the church and community. For 25 years, Ardith has looked after older family members in nursing homes. She also enjoys music and has been singing in choirs for over 40 years. Walt and Ardith enjoy attending many sports games and music events and are members of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.