Last year, John Moeller, e-mailed me to tell me about a patent that his great-grandfather Ploen was awarded for a planter attachment.
John scanned the items himself, but I asked him to let me scan them with my professional scanners and software - I thought I could get better images, plus I wanted to make high resolution scans.
So he got them to his brother, Craig "Spitter," so I could scan them. It was so exciting to see that a professional picture was taken of the attachment and how detailed the document is. For being almost 110 years old it was in great shape. Unfortunately it had been folded when it was stored in the past but has since been left unfolded.
I spent a number of hours digitally cleaning up each page and they turned out quite well.
Gerhardt Voge told me that the Ploen family submitted a lot of items for patents. I don't know if or how many other items were awarded but I'll ask John to dig around some more.
Dorthea (Wiese) Ploen in Kiel, Germany
Notice Brandt is the photographer's name
This picture came from the Voge/Lamp collection
Henry Voge, Jochim Ploen, Jochim Lamp
I'm sure there are other old and historically interesting and important documents and pictures like this that people connected to Manning have in their possession - now they need to get their stuff to me to scan and preserve in the Manning Historical Database.
One thing leads to another.
I've been working on the Ploen/Moeller family and while tracing Jochim Ploen's past, I found out from the Moeller brothers, that Jochim lived at 318 First Street. My dad, my brothers, and I tore down this old Bill Ploen house (circa 1964) along with an old garage behind the house - the lot next to it to the east was already vacant...dad had purchased both of these lots.
Anyway this first picture shows the current view where the Nulle family lives at 318 First Street.
Then the next image shows the house being moved into its present location, which was moved from its original May Street location - now the Catholic Rectory and west church parking lot.
I realize most people won't have any interest in this topic but since it is my web page, I can use it as I wish and I love to put together pieces of the Manning history puzzle.
1976 view of 318 First Street.
In 1977, quite a few of my friends were buying or building the one story or ranch type home, which did not compare to my dream house. A realtor showed me about 5 homes.
The opportunity for me to get the house of my dreams came true when Chuck Rauch, who owned and operated a Heating and Refrigeration Shop, put the house up for sale. He had moved the house over two blocks from the site where our Catholic Church Rectory now stands. He moved it over to First Street and built an entirely new basement under it. He and his crew completely renovated it with all new walls, a new heating system to replace the old steam heat radiators with a modern new gas furnace, central air conditioning, new light fixtures, added two more bathrooms and new siding on the house, among other things.
He bought the house and prepared it for his family's future home. While all this work was being done, his wife and children decided they wanted a home out in the country where they could have horses. The children ranged in ages from 2 to 10 years. They owned some land, about 40 acres, a mile south of Manning, where they then built a large home. His business in Manning was thriving in the mid-70s. He had 8 fulltime employees and a few part-time. His business expanded. They had to make more room, so they built a huge building west of town and then later sold his business. Mr. Rauch then got a job in Florida with a former Manning native, Junior Lake.
I bought this completely renovated house and lot for $45,500.00 cash, but I had to do all of the interior decorating.
This included wall papering and second coats of paint in the hallways, all new carpeting and vinyl flooring for the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room and basement recreation room and all new window curtains, drapes and shades. It all added up to quite an expense, but after 60 some years, I had my dream home.
Shortly after World War I ended in 1918, my father, who was a carpenter, helped with the building of 5 new homes in my hometown of Willey. Every one of the houses was a two story house with open stairway and full basement. So, that type of house was what I was looking for. Although, as the years passed by, I gave up all hope of ever getting that type of house until Mr. Rauch sold this home/property.
I bought the house in late July, 1977. It was ready for me to move in by October 15, 1977.
The new owner of the farm had full rights to the farm house after August 1st, which meant I had to get all of my furniture out of that house before August 1.
Fred and Marian Fitzsimmons and their neighbor and Vernon Irlmeier and possibly Joe Muhlbauer, moved my household furniture from the farm to the basement of my newly purchased home on the Sunday before August 1st. The reason the moving had to be done on a Sunday was because Rauch and his men still had a lot of work to complete on this house to fulfill our contract. He and his crew were working here on weekdays. We did not want to get in their way.
Patty, Wally, and children, Todd and Ann, were living in Cedar Rapids at the time. We, however, had good bus service from Cedar Rapids to Manning, which enabled Patty and her 3-year-old daughter, Ann, to come to Manning for several days at a time to help me with the interior decorating.
There were all new walls. Mr. Rauch told me later that he had hired a professional to put in the new walls so it would be a perfect job.
Besides selecting the wallpaper, Patty also helped me select the carpeting for six rooms and second floor hallway and the vinyl flooring for five rooms. She also measured and ordered the curtains for all of my windows. This was no easy task, because there are 32 windows in this house.
Another big job for her was to remove the green paint from the first floor bathroom woodwork. It had several coats of it which she sanded and applied a finish to match all the other rooms.
It was a boring time for 3-year-old Ann, but we hired a high school girl, Valerie Enenbach, as a sitter for Ann every day from 3:30 to evening. Valerie took Ann to the park to play, which Ann always looked forward to.
I was still living in the Asmus Apartment while Rauch and his crew were working here with the siding and installing a new second floor bathroom, and Patty and I were doing our work here.
After they completed their work here, Mr. Rauch agreed to move my electric kitchen range, complete bed and chest of drawers from the Asmus apartment to my new home.
Even though the Asmus apartment was completely furnished, I did not feel at ease with a gas range. I also wanted my own bed that I was accustomed to sleeping in and the chest of drawers for special storage while living in the apartment.
As of October 15, 1977, I am a resident on 318 First Street, Manning, Iowa, in my dream home that I visualized myself as the owner of since I was a young child for over 60 years before it became a reality.
My niece, Margaret Kasperbauer, moved all of my personal things such as clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc., in her car from the apartment on Ann St. to my new home on First St.
Patty was here to help Margaret with loading and unloading the car. Margaret also was our driver to Carroll a few times when we went there to pick out vinyl and carpeting and furniture that were not available at Muellers in Manning.
A few days following my move here, a group of 10 ladies from our church came to my home to give me a house warming party. After giving them a complete tour of the entire house, several ladies took over in the kitchen and served the sandwiches, bars, cookies and coffee which they had brought along to my home.
Six months later, by April 15, 1978, I had given a tour of my home to 135 people. The intense curiosity of people wanting to see for themselves was because the house was moved for several blocks. Also, visitors like the previous owner, Tina Meyers, when the house was located at 208 May Street, wanted to see the remodeling and new redecorating of the house.
My first dinner guests in this house were Fred and Marian Fitzsimmons and their family. Fred's father also came along.
Wally and Patty Sheets and Todd and Ann, also Lonnie and children, Keslie and Travis, and Steve and Linda Johanson and their son, Chris came for our first Thanksgiving dinner together in my new home.
Mike and Isabel and family, Jim and Marge and daughters, and Jerry and Jan and children joined us here for Christmas.
Larry and Carmen and family from Guam and Pat and Kathy and family, who were stationed in Korea, did not see my home until a year or two later.
We still carry on the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner and afternoon at Grandma's house. We also had the annual Christmas dinner and afternoon at Grandma's home until about four years ago.
There were two reasons for eliminating the Christmas festivities at my home. The uncertainty of the unpredictable, snowy winter weather while expecting guests was hard on my blood pressure. The second reason was that my oldest children had grandchildren of their own by this time and it was only fitting for them to start the tradition of having their grandchildren spend Christmas at their own Grandpa and Grandma's home.
Let's take a trip around the block...what else has changed that you may or may not remember or are aware of...
2019 view from the south across Third.
Early 1900 view from the south across Third.
As far as I know the first Catholic Church in Manning.
2019 view from the south across Third.
Next picture - nearly same view from south.
July 23, 1916 dedication of the large brick Catholic Church.
1947 Claus Bunz with the brick church in the background.
1969 - Now I know some people will take it as a criticism...
But we've torn down way too many wonderful old buildings in Manning.
Altar on the west end
Choir on the east end
I'm sure 3rd girl from left in front is a Foley. Back row 2nd from left is Alice (Wagner) Stangl
Need help with IDs
2019 view from southeast
New addition 1970 - view from south off Third Street
View from southeast
View from the northeast along Sue Street
Original Catholic Rectory
2019 view from northeast along Sue Street
1955 construction of the new parish
Dedicated June 6, 1956