"Sentimental Journey" Harry James & Doris Day 1945

Another one of my loyal followers brought this person's obituary to my attention.
So often anymore, the family of an out-of-town former Manning resident who passed away, doesn't send the obituary back to the hometown, so unless I find those obituaries through Internet searches or someone brings them to my attention, I'll never get those obits to add to my Manning database.

I have been featuring tributes on my web pages to Manning connected individuals when they pass away or when I find out about their death.
I don't remember exactly when I started doing this but it wasn't too many years after I set up my first web page in 1996.
Each subsequent year I would gather more pictures and information to scan into my database, so every year I would be able to feature more pictures and information about an individual who passed away.

I was doing this long before funeral homes had web pages and now the funeral homes are following my lead and also posting pictures on their websites, but what I do is very different than what the funeral homes do. I post pictures of extended family members, school pictures, pictures of events the deceased member participated in...and I also find school information and other community information about that individual.
For the most part this information and pictures wouldn't be appropriate for an obituary type write-up and tribute on a funeral home website.

But having posted hundreds of tributes and over many years, I think most family members and their friends appreciate what I do.
On a rare occasion, a family member thinks I should change things and do it their way, but I don't have time to accommodate requests.

I have to keep moving forward with my preservation projects and also show examples of what I have in feature articles, like the tributes, to try to encourage more people to come forward with their pictures and history so I can scan those items.

To show how my tributes have a special place in the preservation of the Manning area history...what if I would just list the name of a deceased person as a death notice only???

If I would leave out the maiden name for a female - leave out the parents and siblings names...just do things the quick and easy way.
This is quite often the case when I read official obituaries.
So I will try to figure out what their maiden name is, their parents' and siblings' names, and other pertinent information and add it to the obituary.
Quite often, family members won't know this information and why they leave it out...for instance when their loved one graduated, or what country school they may have attended.

Since my database is so extensive, many times I can "fill in those blanks." It may not be the wishes of the family and I may post pictures that some people may not like shown, but for the most part, what I have has already been in the public domain.

Plus, having worked on saving as many family collections as I can over the last 40 years, I know that other family members and descendants will appreciate that I have preserved all of this "stuff."

I just received an e-mail from a person who told me she had never seen the picture I have of her dad that I have featured on my web page.
It is situations like this that make me realize the good I'm doing, and the large personal expenses and endless hours are definitely well worth it and overshadow the hassles and complaints I get every now and then.

I could just take the easiest route and simply do this simple notification...no more information, no pictures, no connections other than it is of someone who lived in Manning.

In Memory of LaRue Travlos

Now let's see how many of you are curious who LaRue is and will read the information below.

If you have appreciation for history, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the few pictures I have for this family and if you take the time to read about her school history, you'll probably find out that some of your relatives went to school with her and knew her quite well.

While I did not know LaRue personally, I knew Audrey (Cramer) Olsen and her husband, LaVerne, very well. Audrey was always a big help to me with her family and Manning history and why I have this very unique and historically important picture below.
Unfortunately the original print was on the type of paper that gives a grainy digital image when blown up but I'm so glad she had this picture. It will be used in the Manning Veterans' history book!!!

LaRue Dietz, Audrey Cramer
Marie Perkins, school principal, approached senior Audrey (Cramer) Olsen and junior LaRue Dietz about modeling these dresses which were taken to different communities to promote the sale of war bonds and savings stamps during WWII.

The fan was made out of war savings stamps and the dress was made out of war bonds.

The uniform modeled by LaRue was a WAVES uniform - I think.
"Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service"

This event was held on the stage of the old gym (present day rec center).

WAC = Women's Army Corps

Albert Dietz is in this picture. He graduated in 1911. These are the 10th, 11th, 12th grade students and a few teachers 1910-1911 school year.
If anyone can ID their grandparent - great-aunt - great-uncle, please let me know.
e-mail Dave Kusel mhs@davidkusel.com

girl with #1 over her head is my great-aunt Clara Grau MHS 1912
#2 Wanda Lyden, #3 is Beatrice Lyden
1911 MHS graduates: Edgar Bobar, Nettie Campbell (salutatorian), Albert Dietz (valedictorian), Florence Forbes, Martha Gruhn, Ida Motter, Ella Ohde, Gustav Ohde, Eulalia Rogers, Ray Wiseman

Back: Betty Grelck, ??, ??, Pat Lawbaugh
Middle: Viola Rostermundt, ??, ?hidden?, Norma Dietz, ??, Lorraine Kuhl, Rozora Kuhn
Front: Mary Jane Fritz, Lila Dalgety, ??, Anetha Graves, Joyce Hunter, Donavieve Anderson, ??

Emil & Mabel (Dietz) Opperman

Mabel (Dietz) Opperman, Clara (Petersen) Strathman, Katie (Dalgety) Petersen, Vernon Petersen, Laverne Kuhse

LaRue D. Travlos

Memorial Service 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2016 First United Methodist Church Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Visitation with Family Present 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Miller Funeral Home Sioux Falls

LaRue Travlos, 89, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, September 18th at Sanford Centennial Hospice in Sioux Falls.

LaRue Dietz was born January 25, 1927, in Black Foot, Idaho. As a child, she moved with her family to Manning, Iowa, where she grew up, graduating from Manning High School in 1945. Following high school, she attended Grinnell College. She later transferred to the University of Iowa from which she graduated with a degree in nursing.

She worked for several years as a registered nurse, only taking a break in her career to raise her family. She worked as a director of nurses for a nursing home in Waterloo, Iowa, and later worked as a health care facilities inspector for the state of South Dakota.

On May 1, 1982, she was united in marriage with Speros Travlos in Sioux Falls. The couple lived in Sioux Falls where she and Speros owned and operated "The Chopping Block" store on Phillips Avenue. They ran the store for several years until selling the property in 2002.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Speros; her children, Debra (Jim) Metcalf, Joanie (Bob) Sansone, Steven Acker, John (Jane Ann) Travlos, Greg (Kim) Travlos, Diane (Jim) Connelly and Kandis (Dennis) Graham; 11 grandchildren; and one sister, Neva Thompson. LaRue was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Norma Feldick.

Memorial services will begin 11:00 am Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.

The family requests that memorials be directed to First United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls, or to the American Cancer Society in Sioux Falls.

Note: LaRue was the daughter of Albert and Emma (Paysen) Dietz
Granddaughter of George and Agnes (Arp) Dietz

1945 MHS graduates: Ida Armstrong, Robert Barsby, Elmer Buschman, Clariss Christian, Donna Vee Dalgety, LaRue Dietz, Earl Fischer, Clarence Fox, Marilyn Grage, Jeanette Gruhn, Clark Hershman, Burton Hoffmann (salutatorian), Ellen Jensen, Jean Jensen, Lester Joens, Dorothy Kasperbauer, Verne Koch (valedictorian), Irma Kuhl, Bob McGrath, Don Mohr, Marjorie Mohr, Glen Mordhorst, Delores Nickum, Gladys Polzin, Donna Sander, Harold Schmidt, Russell Schroeder, Howard Schumann, Arden Smith, Leonard Stoberl, Jean Stuhr, Norma Suhr, Patricia Surridge, Lois Weems, Donald Weiskircher, Orrin Welch, Jack West, Donald Wiese

1945 former students: Bob Addison, Lyle Anthony, Gordon Boss, Viola Brandenburg, Wayne Davis, Delmas Hacker, Norma Hagedorn, Otto Harder, Harvey Hemminger, Elmer Hicks, Ronald Hobek, Ruth Kennedy, Helen Kleespies, Louise Kleespies, Grace Klyver, Bernice Lohmeier, Arlene Mastin, Donna McConnell, Waldo Puck, Vergene Ruhde, Donald Scanlan, Margie Schrum, Katherina Soppe, Robert Spangler, John Stangl, Kenten Williamson, Lucretia Wolfe

LaRue Dietz in school

George Dietz

George H. Dietz was born at Walcott, Scott county, Iowa, June 5, 1864, and died here Saturday, January 15, 1927, age 62 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Mr. Dietz married Miss Agnes Arp at Walcott December 23, 1888. Four children were born to this union, three boys and one girl. One boy died in infancy and one at the age of four years.

The young couple came to Carroll County in the spring of 1889, settling on the farm of 240 acres in Section six, Warren (now Ewoldt) Township, which was their home for 31 years. Seven years ago they moved to Manning and built the pleasant home on First Street where Mr. Dietz died.

Mr. Dietz is survived by his wife, his son Albert of Blackfoot, Idaho, his daughter, Mrs. Emil J. Opperman of Manning, two granddaughters and two grandsons, three brothers, Conrad T. Dietz of Manning; Louis Dietz and Edward Dietz of Davenport; two sisters, Miss Minnie Dietz of Walcott and Mrs. Henry Goettsch of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the Presbyterian church, Rev. E.E. Zimmerman, the former pastor will officiate. Interment will be in the Manning Cemetery.

Mr. Dietz was, during all his life on the farm, one of the outstanding farmers in this community. The environment of his birthplace, where he lived until his marriage, was undoubtedly conducive to the establishment of his habits of industry and frugality which were the main characteristics of his whole business career.

A newspaper article a few years ago stated that Walcott was the richest small town in the state of Iowa. That there were no residents in the town who were not well-to-do and many of them were no way in the big figures.

Mr. Dietz realized early in life as a farmer and businessman that the so called "unearned increment" referred to by F.M. Hubbel of Des Moines, the richest man in Iowa, on his 88th birthday, was the logical and certain way to accumulate a competency. So far as possible he invested his surplus in land that would by its income and increase in value add to the sum total of his estate without physical effort on his part.

Mr. Dietz purchased the home place previously referred to from Robert Macklin, who some of the oldest residents remember.

Mr. Macklin erected the buildings near the north end of the farm, a long distance from the highway, because the creek there would furnish water and the land unfit for cultivation would afford fine pasture. Mr. Dietz intended for many years to build near the road along the south line but never did.

Mr. Dietz was not an initiator but had original ideas to which he adhered with great tenacity.

His reversal of the usual method of making improvements was characteristic of his line of thought. He first built a hog house, saying it would build the barn and the barn would build the house, so lived in the old house until this plan accomplished just what he predicted it would. This hog house and barn did not cease to function when the old house was replaced by the new but kept right on working with the result that Mr. Dietz died possessed of another 240 acres in Ewoldt Township, two farms of 240 acres each in Washington Township, 91 acres just across the line in Crawford County from the home farm and 160 acres a little farther west in Crawford County.

Mr. Dietz came to Carroll County 38 years ago at the age of 24 with $1500 and a fitting helpmate. His habits of industry and frugality might well be adopted by many young people of today.

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