New updates to the Lage/David collection:...
Here is another example of why I tell people DO NOT throw away your old pictures - especially the ones you don't think are worth keeping because you don't know who is in the picture.
Over 20 years I had been scanning on and off the Lage/David collection. I thought I had scanned most of the pictures in this collection until I started going through it one more time. Last night I ran across several old farming pictures, which I just love, and when I saw this corn shelling picture - I knew I had seen this exact same scene before. I figured I was remembering having scanned this picture previously in the Lage collection, UNTIL I could not find it in that folder.
So I searched my whole database and was surprised to find it in the Ewoldt collection.
Unfortunately there was no information or names from that collection BUT that original of the same photo Lages have was in almost perfect condition.
So another reason why I want to go through your old pictures/scrapbooks is I may find pictures you have that are not identified but are in another collection - OR you may have IDs that another collection may not or vice versa, AND your original photo may be in great condition and the one I scanned from someone else's collection may be in poor condition.

So again - I put out this plea to NOT throw away your old pictures or give them to a distant relative in another community or state, BUT first let me scan them...Is this too much to ask???,

From the Lage collection

Herman Lage sitting on the cob pile

From the Ewoldt collection that had no IDs or information.
Notice there is no fading on the left with very few scratches, marks, or spots like on the Lage picture.

Unfortunately, Ardith was not able to identify who is in this picture or what family - Lage or David.
I'm tending to think it is NOT from the Lage family. I don't see many faces that have the Lage facial traits BUT I could easily be wrong.
The only one who looks like a Lage (possibly Herman) is the young man standing behind the right-side fender of the first tractor.

But I'm so glad to find historically important pictures like this - society today so desperately needs to be reminded at how/why we have developed into the great nation we presently live in and the wonderful lifestyle we all have the opportunity to be a part of...


I always request to go through people's collections, because I'll find something unique that I have not seen before, and more than likely the owner won't notice or realize I want to scan. Here is another example - I'm not exactly sure but assume this is an official military print for Wesley Lage's identification card.
At any rate it is something I'll use with Wesley's write-up in the Manning Veterans' book because it is so unique.
It also tells us that Wes was at the Army Airbase in Maxton, North Carolina.


Wesley Lage


Wesley Lage and unknown Veteran
Possibly taken at the Manning or Aspinwall Milwaukee Depot area.
Ardith had most of their pictures identified but probably wouldn't have known this person.
He also may not be from this area.
If you know who he is, please e-mail me - his face sure seems familiar to me.


Wesley Lage - MHS 1938 (a classmate of my dad)
Taken in front of the north entrance of the old gym - now Rec Center


Franklin Mohr


This was the Pruter Mohr house at 214 Third Street - It looks like 1921 on the license
Third Street and residential streets were paved, starting in 1923 so the year on the plate would make sense.

2018 view


Are you old enough to remember this business?
For car enthusiasts, an idea sent me is that is a 1941 Ford to the right.

Pastor 1954 to 1963

Pastor at the brick church on 2nd Street and then at the current location of Zion.
George & Hulda Eschenbacher
Children who attended MHS: George, Jr., Becky, Melissa


Wayne Ranniger & Walt Lage - on the Lage farm


Herman Lage hauling manure

I hope everyone studies this picture - especially those in society today who are complaining just about everything under the sun.
Herman had to grow the grain/grass, harvest it, store it, and then feed it to the horses.
He had to water the horses, keep the tank thawed out during the winter, and filled during the heat of summer.
During the summer he had to deal with the flies and extra special odors and use a pitchfork to load the manure - sweat running down his face and body.
During the winter he froze his hands and toes hauling the manure out to the field. This isn't a manure spreader that mechanically unloaded the manure, so he had to unload it by hand.

Now be honest - don't you think you have a very easy life-style today?

I use the pitchfork rule - if you haven't ever used one - then it is probably best to not complain about how tough you have it.
I used a pitchfork and filled a manure spreader many times years ago, but I won't complain - it was nowhere near the hardships Herman lived through...


I just love these old "jail" props that were taken a lot years ago.
Here you see Walt Lage and Bill Meggers in jail.


Thelma (Doyel) and Wade Mohr
She laughed at Women's Lib & he was a D-Day survivor

When I hear "some" women complain about how they are treated - the lady above may or may not have agreed that women didn't always get a fair shake but having known her my whole life - she was a doer - she didn't need a movement to get equality, she got things done on her own!
She helped on her parents' farm including working with the horses, worked at a defense plant during WWII, loaded and drove trucks, ran the office of her husband's business, sold vegetables and flowers from her garden, was a church trustee, president of both military auxiliaries, served on the city council, and ran for mayor but was defeated.
At age 63 she went back to school at Des Moines Area Community College and earned her registered nursing degree and was a nurse for seven years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines.
She also tried to save the Firemen's Hall along with Ron Colling but sadly they failed.

She didn't have time to worry about being a feminist - she did it on her own...

Her husband worked hard all of his life, starting with his trucking business after his discharge. His nickname was Bud and his employer who he purchased the business from was also Bud.
He was one of the first men to land on Omaha Beach and saw it all - If you watched "Saving Private Ryan" the landing scene on the beach, the bullets hitting the men, the bloody foam - Bud saw it all. In 1973 he was recognized as Manning's Businessman of the year.

I'm happy to say that I knew both of these people and it was an honor to be able to sit down with Bud to get his military story and also scan his pictures.


Bud Mohr WWII


Henry Mohr WWI

Children of Gustav and Helena (Goettsch) Mohr

Back: John, Bertha
Front: Henrietta, Henry, Laura

Brief family connections:
Bertha Karsten - Harry
John Mohr - Don
Henrietta Stuedeman - moved away from Manning
Henry Mohr - Bud Mohr
Laura Lage - Walt


Gustav Mohr home - 100072 Higway 141 - the current location where LeRoy & Freda Dammann live in a newer house

George & Martha Doyel family

Back: John Leslie Doyel, George Thomas Doyel IV, Thelma Jane (Doyel) Mohr, Hazel Mae (Doyel) Meggers, Lula Mildred (Doyel) Crouch, Elmer Parker Doyel
Front: George Thomas Doyel III, Martha Jane (Parker) Doyel


Over the last 20 years I had worked with Ardith (David) Lage on Manning area history and scanned over 500 of the Lage/David pictures she had.
I'm now going through the Lage collection one more time and am so glad I'm doing this because I have run into some amazing old pictures that were randomly placed in various scrapbooks that I had not seen before...
One in particular is a WWI photo of Manning area ladies who dressed up to support the Manning soldiers heading off to war.
I have run into this picture in several other family collections but none of them had identifications and I wasn't 100% sure the ladies were connected to Manning.
Well, NOW I have the information to prove it - on the back of this picture from the Lage collection were all of the names. It also explained why the other families had the same picture.
One original of this same photo I had scanned years ago was from Ellen (Coleman) Hoffman and the other was from the Stammer collection. On the back was Margaret Struve - Ellen's mother and Minnie Westphalen is the connection to the Stammer family.
For 2 decades I have been searching for any names in this picture and now I have all of them...I wish Ardith was still living to tell her how important her sharing has been to preserving Manning's history...and thanks to Brian & Lance for letting me go through their family stuff one more time!!!

This is what people don't understand when I ask to scan their pictures. I'll probably be able to find information and connections to Manning history that they'll not realize they have.

So again, I send out my plea for Manning connected people to get their old pictures, documents, and history to me to scan.


Herman & Laura (Mohr) Lage


Harry Karsten & Bernice (Karsten) Schroeder

WWI group of Manning area ladies supporting the troops - 101 years ago

Margaret (Struve) Coleman, Minnie Schmidt, Ella Schroeder, Minnie (Westphalen Taylor) Jensen, Alma (Kuhl) Lee, Alma (Rohr) Pahde, Gertrude Becker, Minnie Potthast, Hulda (Jensen) Grundmeier, Laura (Mohr) Lage, Wilhelmine (Rohr) Kuhn, Catherine (Frickneicht) Brunnier, Elsie Nelson, Eva Stuhr, Edna? Berg

I have a positive ID for Alma (Kuhl) Lee - 5th from the left (standing), so it appears that the names above are listed starting with the back row and then wrapping around to the front row to finish out the names.

I need to do some more digital restoration - there were a lot of scratches on the original negative because all of the other copies I've run into had the same lines and also burned out spot on the bottom, but it isn't too bad as it is right now.

I'm hoping that the names were written from left to right. I'll be comparing other individual pictures I have of many of these ladies to see if I can determine for sure...

This is also an opportune time to remind all Manning connected Veterans and families of deceased Manning connected Veterans to get your military pictures and information to me to scan, for use in the Manning Veterans' history book.

If you have old Manning pictures and just don't want to bother digging them out and getting them to me to scan, then please reconsider...
Please e-mail me if you are willing to work with me on Manning history and sharing old pictures and documents.


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