More pix from the Wilhelm/Kuhl/Jahn family collection.

Aspinwall Independent School
Back: Henry Clausen, Donald Guth, John Boyens, Donald Brady, George Schroeder, Florence Boyens, Alva Schacht, Verna Ehrichs, Esther Pfoltner, Bernice Meggers, Florence Pfoltner, Margaret Brady, Elsie Kuhl (teacher)
Front: Oliver Halford

Jahn family - scan from copy - looking for an original to scan

Back: Herman, Emma Meggers, Lena Kuhl, William, Amanda Peper, Henry
Front: Adele Mordhorst, Paul W., Hugo, Catherine, Louie


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

Pomp & Circumstance, diplomas, education, graduation, baccalaureate - all important aspects of our education system that our Pioneer ancestors insisted be a part of the students' learning process.
For country school it was the eighth grade graduation that was the big day. Notice the large diplomas in their hands...they were around 2 feet in size and most had amazing graphics and print. For some of these students, the fancy dress or suit and shoes they are wearing was the only one they had and was worn only on Sundays or special occasions.

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.

June 5, 1952 Dan & Lois (Wilhelm) Peters wedding in the old Lutheran Church

Back: Bobbie Johnson, Dean Stribe
Middle: Helen Egenes, Joanne Wilhelm, Lois Wilhelm, Dan Peters, Melvin Clothier, Cynthia Peters
Front: Kay Petersen
I cropped this first image out of a farm scene. This was not a happenstance that these two boys crawled into a box. The photographer definitely had a clever sense of humor with the label on the box.

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.

"Keep in a Cool Dry Place"

Herman Peper & Amos Jahn (cousins)


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.


"Baby in a Basket"


Original photo
I normally don't show baby pictures - let's face it - even most family members don't spend much time looking at baby pictures, but this is probably one of the most unique and fun baby pictures I've run into and also has the Lyden Studio label on it which adds to the historical aspects.
Lots of times the "bare butt" pictures are taken which were so common but this "baby in a basket" photo tops them all...I think.
While I know who this baby is, I'm not going to provide the name - not that the person would be embarrassed - I don't think it is important to tell who but to show how fascinating our history can be.
I also wanted to show another example of how the pictures are deteriorating and have been damaged and now is the time to digitally scan them so they can be preserved long after the hard copies fall to pieces or are thrown away.


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.


Ink that transferred from writing on the back of another picture.
It won't be worth the time to try to digitally repair this picture.

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