I ran into a box with several hundred 3x5 negatives. At first I was going to skip over these negatives, but after looking up to a light and using my magnifying glass, I
noticed images I had not seen in the prints I've been going through. So I spent several hours previewing each negative - picking out ones I thought were worth
the time to scan, and am I glad I decided to take the time to look and can't wait to start scanning.
I'll be scanning for a day or more, and I kept back several negatives right away that I could tell were military related.
This first one is absolutely amazing from WWI and I'll definitely use it in the Manning Veterans' book. Someone made these flag outfits and then they had these young folks, some who look like Koester children, display the Patriotism of the time.
The other picture I scanned right away was of a Veteran. Once I scanned it I could see that it is Willys Wunder. I have a number of other nice military pictures of him but none in full dress uniform like this one.
Since the post-WWII Manning Veterans aren't coming forward with their pictures and history like
I had hoped, I'm going to have extra room in the two-volume Manning Veterans' book so I'll be using a lot more pictures
from individuals who served during WWII, WWI and on back to the Civil War, and of course those Veterans who served after WWII and brought me their pictures and history to scan.
So sad that I have a better representation of even Manning's Civil War Veterans than the hundreds of post-WWII Veterans.
So again, I prove to myself why it is necessary to look at everything and not quickly skim over things in family collections and why I need to do the looking and scanning...otherwise I would have not found this amazing WWI picture.
Willys Wunder WWII
As I constantly write: 30 years ago I stopped working specifically on my own family history, because I found out that I will find more family history in non-family collections and here
is another surprise example for me.
It is hard to read and I hope that I'll find another picture where the sun is on the side of the wagon where the decal is, but I immediately saw a familiar family name on the wagon - see below.
Ben would be my great-uncle who had a farm store in Aspinwall during its early history.
Who do you think won this "tug-of-war?"
I'm betting on the calf - been there and done that...
I've told younger people how we use to thaw out the cattle tank in the winter, and unfortunately I never took a picture of the tank heater we used.
If I remember correctly, Tommy Wolfe made it for us according to designs my dad gave him.
I finally found this picture in the Voge/Lamp collection of a cattle tank with the chimney of the tank heater in view, but I don't know exactly how it was fed corn cobs and wood or the ashes were cleaned out.
Below the picture is a rough diagram of the tank heater we had. Every morning in the winter we had to stoke the fire and keep it going red hot until the ice melted and then we added more water from the hydrant as needed.
I ran into a packet of old 3x5 negatives. After taking a quick peek, I could tell the prints were not in the boxes I've been working on - at least what I have found so far.
So I decided to scan them. They are of the Gus & Mary (Carstensen) Koester family: Louis Matthias Koester 1900 - 1962, Ida Marie Wunder 1902 - 1992, Herman Koester 1906 - 1952, Hilda D. Meyer 1909 - 1993, Julius Fritz Gustav Koester 1911 - 1972, Henry Koester 1912 - 1989, Amanda Mathilda Lamp 1914 - 2007, Harry Walter Koester 1916 - 2003
I have no specific IDs, because I don't know if the pictures are of the older of the 8 or the younger of the 8...I only found up to 6 or less siblings at a time.
Gus & Mary - I haven't had time to digitally repair this picture.
I assume this was the Koester farm place since it was in the same packet of negatives
Oh the days of running around barefoot
probably heading to country school
The oldest 6 or youngest 6?
"Sugar & Spice" with a kitten & doll
It wasn't all work with horses - there were fun family rides too
Wagon on snow runners
Do you know what the netting on the horse is for???
A test to see if you have been reading my captions on horse pictures over the years.
Probably a Sunday afternoon gathering
While I prefer to work on the old pictures, mostly because I want to see if I can get them identified before I have no one living who is old enough to help, but it is fun to find pictures that aren't identified from my era, because I generally can identify them and not have to spend hours running around and showing them to people or spend even more hours, editing them and posting them on my web pages and hoping someone will see them and come forward with names.
It is also saddening when I find pictures of people my age who have passed away years ago - they never got much of a chance to live a complete life, although I'm sure the lives they had were fulfilling during the time they were alive.
Connie Grimm, with her mother, Ila
Julie Hagedorn - 4th grade
August 19, 1958 - January 30, 2005
I don't have a lot of Hugeback pictures or information but here are a few pix I found in my database.
Keith & Kent's grandparents
Joe & Anna (Muhlbauer) Hugeback (sitting)
Keith & Kents' dad
Joe "Junior" Hugeback - Post-WWII
Photo taken in May 1940 by Verdella Joens, teacher at White Bear School, Ewoldt No. 7
Back - older students: Joseph Hugeback, Clarence Lamp, Viola Puck, Alice Puck
Front: Lewis Puck, Darlene Lamp, Donald Puck, Norma Jean Byerink, Leon Hugeback
1981 Centennial costume contest
Lisa Hass, Dorothy Beck, Junior Hugeback, Jean (Arp) Hugeback
From the Tom Handlos collection
Standing: Norm & Elena Kuker, Delores & Lou Odendahl, Leon & Rose Hugeback
Frank Handlos seated
Again, this is why I prefer to get people's collections and work on them myself. I'll find all kinds of Manning history that they'll never realize they had...or I have been looking for.