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Death Notice
Joyce (Thompson) Lathrop, 96 of San Mateo California, was born April 5, 1922, and passed away April 20, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, and sister, Alys (Thompson) McMunn. She is survived by her son Larry (Grace) and grandson Chad Lathrop; sister Virginia (Thompson) Darth, brother Merlene (Carol) Thompson. Many other relatives and friends.
Internment at a later date.

9th grade graduation
Back: Gerald Struve, Alvin Musfeldt, Eunice Wiese, Elaine Schroeder, May Delle Ranniger, Doris Wailes, Marian Frahm, Ledger Free, Marilyn Anderson, Kenneth Esser, Marie Kleespies, Arlene Friedrichsen, Louise Schrum, Ben Myatt, Justice Hockett, Vernon Joens, Glen Jensen, Dewey Pfoltner
Third: Jerome Aga (Jr High Principal), Merlin Welch, Merlin Beese, Russell Lathrop, George Opperman, Harold Reinke, Eugene Mersman, Roy Schroeder, Melvin Musfeldt, Elroy Ranniger, Raymond Joens, Malcom Van Dyke, Ken Mohr, Russell Wiley, Orland Joens, Duane Bartels, Ed Lynn (teacher)
Second: Rhea Fritz, Darlene Stoelk, Nellie Farrell, Louise Ossenkop, Ruth Kuhn, Phyllis Stribe, Joyce Thompson, Doris Reinhold, Helen Musfeldt, Dorothy Sutherland, Luella Schade, Dorothy Petersen, Jeanette Stangl, Helen Mentzer, Eunice Eckholdt, Jane McEnany
Front: Raymond Kasperbauer, Virgil Bueltel, Wayne Kuhse, Fred Beese, Robert Musfeldt, Merlin Musfeldt, Farryle Waters, Roy Schoening


1939 MHS graduates: Marilynn Anderson, Duane Bartels, Virgil Bueltel, Don Connor, Leona Fairchild, Nellie Farrell, Marian Frahm, Rhea Fritz, Justus Hockett, Glen Jensen, Orland Joens, Vernon Joens, Raymond Kasperbauer, Marie Kleespies, Ruth Kuhn, Wayne Kuhse, Russell Lathrop, Helen Mentzer, Kenneth Mohr, Leslie Mordhorst, Alvin Musfeldt, Helen Musfeldt, Merlin Musfeldt (valedictorian), Robert Musfeldt, Ben Myatt, George Opperman, Dorothy Petersen, Dewey Pfoltner, Doris Ramsey, May Delle Ranniger, Doris Reinholdt, Luella Schade, Wayne Schelldorf, Elaine Schroeder, Louise Schrum, Phyllis Stribe (salutatorian), Gerald Struve, Dorothy Sutherland, Joyce Thompson, Doris Wailes, Merlin Welch, Eunice Wiese, Russell Wiley

1939 former students: Loraine Barten, Wayne Bauer, Merlin Beese, Betty Blair, Evelyn Bohnsack, Luella Brandenburg, Charles Doyel, Eunice Eckholdt, Luella Farrell, Maxine Fister, Ledger Free, Florence Freese, Arlene Friedrichsen, Helen Hagedorn, Lester Hagedorn, Virgil Hagedorn, Margaret Hermann, Eveline Hudson, Raymond Joens, Wayne Jones, Eunice Klyver, Billy Lippold, Marjorie Martin, Jayne McEnany, Elizabeth Mentzer, Eugene Mersman, Donald Mitchell, Dorothy Mitchell, Jacquelyn Mobeck, Melvin Musfeldt, Louise Ossenkop, Elroy Ranniger, Cletta Reinart, Leo Reinart, Harold Reinke, Carl Rostermundt, Carol Saffell, Roy Schoening, Roy Schroeder, Charles Servoss, Edith Soll, Jeanette Stangl, Darlene Stoelk, Imogene Stoelk, Malcolm Van Dyke, Farryle Waters, Phyllis Witt, Orville Wolfe, Virgil Wolfe, Harriet Zimmerman


Jefferson No. 1

1 Victor Schwiesow, 2 Nancy Dales, 3 LeRoy Doyel, 4 Joyce Nulle, 5 Catherine Nulle, 6 Roselle Ehlers, 7 Roger Barten, 8 Loyce Gray, 9 Janet Asmus, 10 Merlene Thompson, 11 Orrin Dee Asmus, 12 Bob Wycoff, 13 Donald Gray, 14 Colleen Schwiesow, 15 Gene Dales, 16 Joy (Moore) Doyle, 17 Iona Gray, 18 Ruth Schwiesow
Russell C. Lathrop

Manning Monitor
April 17, 1941
Russell Lathrop In Selective Service
Russell Lathrop, son of Mrs. Henry Brandhorst, will leave Manning Thursday for Carroll, where he will board a train minute to Ft. Des Moines. He will take his final examinations for selective service. Russell will be the only draftee to leave Manning during the month of April.
Russell is a graduate of Manning High School with the class of 1939 and since that time has been employed at the W. B. Parrott Produce at Manning and at Perry. Russell will bring the total of draftees from Manning up to six with several in line for service the first of May.


Manning Monitor articles------ 1943

Russell Lathrop Writes About Life in Algeria

Algeria, Africa, Jan. 8, 1943 Dear Friends:
I wish to extend my appreciation to the Monitor and Legion for the home paper. Here in Algeria no English paper can be bought, they are in either French or Arabian. Algeria is very beautiful and upon our arrival it reminded us of Florida. All of the buildings are white which makes the city of Algiers very beautiful with the sun shining upon them, as well as the moonlight, of which we had plenty when, we landed. The boys in the States are lucky to go home on furloughs. My next and second one since I have been in the army this April 17 beginning two years will be when the war is over.

Lester Hagedorn and Harold Reinart are two from Manning who have been with me since we left the States. Ray Asmus stayed at Ireland.

"Our mail was very slow in getting here at first, but has been coming much better lately. A month old letter or paper still looks good to us. I got a Des Moines Register yesterday telling of the Yanks taking over Algeria. Letters are like dreams and I wish to thank all of my friends who have written and hope they continue to do so. May this letter find all of you in Manning in the best of health and happiness.

Russell C. Lathrop, Co. C, 109 Medical Bn., U. S. Army, A.P.O. 34


Russell Lathrop Writes
Relatives have received news from Russell Lathrop who writes from Algeria, North Africa.
He writes briefly about the warm climate and his views on the natives, mostly Arabian and French. Russell states that he probably won't be able to write again for some time and wishes his friends here.
Merry Christmas.


Treated Well By Irish
Russell Lathrop writes from Ireland that the Irish people treat them fine.
He says that the boys miss magazines and home-town papers and always glad when some one gets a batch of razor blades.
They don't get them over here.


Paul Jentsch has received a photograph letter from his grandson, Russell Lathrop.
The letter cannot be long, the squares on which the letters are reproduced are very small.
He says he often sees Lester Hagedorn and Roy Asmus.


Russell Lathrop Reported Missing On Africa Front
Mrs. Henry Brandhorst has received notice from Washington that her son, Private First Class Russell Lathrop has been reported missing in action on the African front since February 17.
Russell left here for the army in April 1941 and left this country for Ireland in February 1942. He was transferred to Scotland and then took part in the first African invasion. He was stationed with the medical detachment.


Russel Lathrop Prisoner of War In Germany
Mrs. Pearl Brandhorst has received word that her son, Russell Lathrop, is a prisoner of war of the German government.
Russell, who is an ambulance driver with the medical division, was the first boy from Manning reported missing in action in Africa, February 17th. He was a member of the first contingent to land there.
The message was from the government and stated that a letter of information would follow.


Receive Letters From Boys In German Prisons
Mrs. Henry Brandhorst, who was recently notified that her son Russell Lathrop was a prioner of war, received a personal letter from Russ this week, stating that he was in a prison camp in Germany.
He gave his permanent address for the duration and a list of things he would like to have sent. He will be allowed to receive a package every 60 days, weighing not more than 11 pounds.
He can receive letters and cards from anyone at anytime and can himself write 2 letters and 4 cards a month.

He says the prison camp in Germany is O.K., and informs his mother to get in touch with the Red Cross to get information regarding articles which can be sent, etc.
The letter was dated March 19th about a month after he was taken prisoner in the area around Tunisia.


Russell Lathrop Writes From German Prison Camp
Russell Lathrop, now in a German prison camp, following capture in the African war theatre, writes to his folks, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandhorst. The letter dated April 24, reads in part .

"Dear Folks. Writing from German to Manning is really traveling for a letter, as well as traveling a lot myself lately. Italy and Germany are two more countries added to my list of countries. I will be 24 next week and am feeling fine and in the best of health. I really have a suntan. My time from now on is like the fellows get at the Produce in January. I suppose the Produce is in full swing again.

"I hope you have seen the Red Cross and can send a box to me. The Red Cross is grand to us here. I have seen a man from almost every country now. Two letter forms and four cards a month we are allowed to write. Hoping to hear from you in the near future take care of yourself mother, and don't worry about me.
Time is a great thing and I will have plenty of it for a while hoping all is well and fine.
Don't worry.
Russ


Hear From Russell Lathrop
We are very happy to receive a card from Russell Lathrop, dated May 12, 1943, from a prison camp in Germany, which states as follows:

Am a prisoner of war, but feeling fine.
I am working in a modern German hospital, miss the Monitor very much. Have seen very many and beautiful countries. A fellow from Carroll is now my closest friend. Manning boys are not with me any more.
Say hello and good luck to all in Manning.
As ever, Russ.


Manning Monitor articles------ 1944

Russell Lathrop Gets Package
Mrs. Frank Hinz is in receipt of a card from Russell Lathrop who is a prisoner in Germany. The card, dated January 1, 1944 states that they had a white Christmas there and that he is working in an American and English hospital and that everything is going along as well as can be expected.
He also thanks Mrs. Hinz for the Christmas remembrance.


Manning Monitor articles------ 1945

Lathrop, Prisoner of War, Writes from Germany
Dec. 7, 1944. Dear Mother:
Just got three more letters from you last night, Oct. 11 and Nov. 7th, Not so bad time is it. Gee it will soon be 4 years in the army and the four years now surely do seem like a long time, mother.

I am the "American Man of Confidence" here in the hospital, It's a very responsible job, writing to the American Government for all Americans who came in here as patients; the job of dealing with Geneva in Switzerland for Red Cross parcels and any personal matters concerning the men here.
I am doing the job an officer does who is in a stalag, along with medical work. It passes the time away very nicely. It really means a lot to me. Maybe you have read in a P. O. W. paper about this sort of man, I hope you have.
All letters from everyone are very much welcomed. The weather is getting quite cold here now.
Must close but will write again soon. Don't worry. Russ.


VE-Day Brings Good News To Local Families
V-E Day brought good news to two of Manning's families.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandhorst received a letter from her son Russell Lathrop, who has been a prisoner of the Germans for more than two years, telling them that he had been freed.

He states that he has, been in a hospital in France and was leaving, it May 4th, to return to the United States and could hardly wait until he could get home.
Russell began his fifth year in the service this month. He had not been overseas long when he was captured by the Germans in Africa.
He was in the medical division in the United States army and worked in a German hospital while he was a prisoner.


RUSSEL LATHROP FREED
Mrs. Henry Brandhorst received a wire Tuesday from the government stating that her son, Russell Lathrop, prisoner of war in Germany, has been freed and was preparing to return to the United States. Pfc Lathrop's training and military experience is quite similar to that of Sgt. Owen's. He went into training with the national guard from Audubon to Camp Claiborne and has been in the army 4 years in April.

Russell was in the medical corps and participated in the African campaign and was taken prisoner at Faid pass.
He has been a prisoner for 28 months and was stationed at Stalag 5-B in the southern part of Germany where he worked in the Rottenmuenster hospital.

This Thursday morning Mrs. Brandhorst received the following telegram: Boston, Mass., "Arrived safely, expect to see you soon. Don't attempt to contact or write me. Russell."


Russell Lathrop Taken by Germans in February 1943
Freed by French and Given Good Feed April 25
Pvt. Russell Lathrop, son of Mrs. Henry Brandhorst, who has been a prisoner of war of the Germans since February, 1943, arrived in Manning last weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Brandhorst and Russell's sister, Mrs. Kennard Chaney and daughter, Carol Sue, of Omaha met him in Omaha.

Russell was captured with 3000 in a medical unit of the United States Army at Faid Pass by the Germans. First the group was marched to Tunis where they were kept for about three weeks and then were flown to Sicily where they remained for only a week before they were taken by train to a camp in Italy for another three weeks.
The group was then sent to Germany to Stalag 7-A Mooseburg, where the group was split into units of about 500.
Russell's group was sent to Stalag 5-13 where he worked in the hospital there for nine months.

Two of his buddies were with him this entire time.
The camp was only 30 miles from the Swiss border, adds so many American prisoners were escaping that the group was sent to the Black Forest to a hospital at Rottenmunster, a very beautiful place and a fine large hospital.

The Black Forest region was the playground of the wealthy, in former days. Lathrop was alone in this hospital for one year and five months. One of his buddies had been permitted to return to the states due to his health and the other had been sent to a prison camp.

There were no American doctors in the hospital, only three Americans in the entire personnel. The greater share of the doctors were English; there were others from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Lathrop told many interesting stories about the work in the hospital. He stated that the best way to get information was from the news releases because these stories are true. He was very fortunate to be in a hospital and to be doing work that was necessary.
He says it kept his mind and hands busy and he did not have a great deal of time to worry.
The area in which he was held captive was freed by the Free French April 25, and they were able to leave April 30. The entire group was treated to a good feed. He said that he believed nothing could be much worse than to be really hungry.
Lathrop spent nine months in the hospital at Villigen and a year and five months at Rottenmunster.

He is home on a 60 day furlough and then will report to a rest camp at Hot Springs for 90 days, after which he will report for reassignment or perhaps a discharge from service. Russell was very fortunate in being assigned to the ship for his return to the United States on which Amos Misselhorn, B 1/c, of Manning, was a member of the crew.

Russell states that because he belonged to the medical corps he comes under terms of special protection according to the Geneva convention.
That is the reason that he has received better treatment at the hands of the Germans than many other prisoners.


POW Ends Stay in Manning Home
Pfc. Russell C, Lathrop, who has spent a 60-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandhorst after being released from a German prison camp, will report for further duty at Hot Springs, Ark.
He leaves Friday morning and will be accompanied as far as Omaha by his fiancee, Miss Joyce Thompsen, who plans to return home that evening.

Russell C. Lathrop

Russell C. Lathrop, World War II veteran and P.O.W. in Germany for nearly three years, passed away April 23, 2007, at the age of 88 years.
He was born on a farm near Botna, Iowa, to the parents Earl Lathrop and Pearl (Jentsch) Lathrop. After the loss of his father when he was one year old, he was raised in Manning, Iowa, by his mother Pearl and step-father Henry Brandhorst.
Russ was a graduate of the 1939 Manning High School.
He Married Joyce Thompson in 1945 and they have one son, Larry, of Volcana, California, and one grandson Chad Lathrop of Berkeley, California.
Although he lived in California 61 years and resided in San Mateo, California 57 years, his fondest memories were growing up in Manning.
Russ retired early from the San Mateo-Foster City School district because of poor health and during this time he enjoyed good food, helping others, salmon and trout fishing, exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains, riding his Honda 90, and driving around in his 1984 Ford truck to visit his many friends. He was a "people person," and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Chaney, of Audubon, Iowa.
Interment will be at a later date in the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

This first photo was taken in the small gym that was located in the high school before the large gym was added on to the east in 1937-38.
If you attended this high school you should remember a "sunken" room on the first floor on the south side...it was the science room in the early 1970s.
You had to walk down steps from the hallway to get down into the room.
There originally was a small stage on the east end of this gym but was closed in during the early 1970s when the "crack" opened up on the large west wall and the adjacent rooms had to be abandoned.


Back: Francis Zerwas, Gerald Struve, Lyle Hoffmann, Wallace Kruse, Ledger Free, Coach Joe Rogers
Front: Wayne Schrum, Wayne Schelldorf, Harold Nickum, Russell Lathrop, Lyle Arp, Richard Ohm


Merlene Thompson MHS 1953


Thompson & Lathrop in school


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