Back: Louie Schroeder, George Buck, H.E. Kuhl, Gus Meggers, Herman Martens
Front: Minna Meggers, Catherine (Lemster) Jahn, Paulina Hass, Lena (Jahn) Kuhl, Laura Jahn, Mary Schroeder
Louie P.H. Jahn, Lena Kuhl, Elsie Kuhl, Herbert Kuhl, Hinrich E. Kuhl
Paul William & Catharine (Lemster) Jahn home
I believe this would be the original Crawford County Courthouse - Denison
Crawford County Eighth Grade country school graduation
Elsie Kuhl #1 below
The vast majority of these students walked to school - snow or shine, hot or cold.
For the Manning town school - Ninth grade graduation was celebrated. For many years the grades were divided into Kindergarten through Ninth and high school was Tenth through Twelfth.
The same type of celebration occurred for the Ninth grade graduation with a formal class photo taken...ironically, the country school students who continued their education after eighth grade also had the privilege to graduate from ninth grade in town school.
I'm not sure exactly when the ninth grade graduation ended - it would have been when high school changed to Ninth through Twelfth.
While Baccalaureate was considered a more religious ceremony, it was celebrated up until the early 1970s. Of course, today it would probably not be allowed in public schools.
When I hear people blaming this and that for the deterioration of society and our schools, I'll bet most of them have never even heard of the events and activities that once were celebrated years ago.
Fortunately, the citizens of the IKM-Manning school system continue on with their extra support of the schools and students - just like the Pioneers of our past.
The other picture shows so much history and how rugged the Pioneers had to be to survive, and yet they had a good sense of humor, as with the boys in a box.
Gus & Minna (Jahn) Meggers farm - Johnnie & Malinda on grinder
I often hear from people that they don't have old pictures because no one took pictures in their family years ago. While I realize some families were very poor, most of the time I'll find pictures even in those families...the TRUTH is that the reason why most people don't have old family pictures is because someone threw them away or they ended up in the hands of a family member who moved away or inherited them, and in many cases wouldn't share with other family members or out of spite, threw them away because of family spats.
Lyden Studio opened in Manning in the late 1800s and continued on through the 1960s. I have run into numerous pictures where Lyden drove out to the country to take pictures in hog & cattle yards, and other farm scenes.
So don't assume your family didn't have pictures taken - contact a distant cousin or relative and ask them what they have...you might be surprised that they have some/many of those pictures you thought NEVER existed.
I always tell people to NEVER write on the back or front of a picture - don't even have a magic marker or pen around the pictures...or you'll write on plain paper and the ink will accidentally go through and ruin the picture underneath or transfer while wet from another picture. If you write on the back with a pencil or pen, it can also physically indent on the photo or soak through to the front side.
Another thing when working on IDs with someone is to keep them from pointing with a pencil, pen, finger, or whatever on the pictures, because they will end up scuffing, scratching, and marking the surface.
The best and only way to ID your pictures is to make high resolution scans of them and then save a corresponding text file with the names.
Make rows if possible and ALWAYS ID the people from Left to Right as they appear while looking at the photo.