Elsie, Ella, Annie Gosch
Dorine & Russell Kroeger - Lyden Studio
Russell & Myra (Faber) Kroeger February 7, 1950
Otto Kroeger - another WWI Veteran I did not have in my database
Gustav & Alvine (Martens) Kroeger
Ella and Otto Kroeger's wedding
Back: Emil Gosch, Otto Kroeger
Front: Mamie Gosch, Ella Kroeger
Otto Kroeger died in Lake View
Ella Dorothy Gosch died in Manning, buried in Westside
Married in Arcadia July 14, 1921
Otto, son of Gustav H. Kroeger and Alvine D. Martins
Rose Brandt 1897-1967 - second wife of Otto
Ella, daughter of Hans Gosch and Wilhelmina Ohrt
Children of Otto & Ella
Dorine Wilhelmina Kroeger married Charles Taronowicz
Russell Kroeger married Myra Faber
Minnie Biehl, Hans Ohrt, Katie Fonken
Hans Ohrt married Lena Johannsen
Minnie (Ohrt) Gosch-Biehl & Henry Biehl
Merle Stoelk & Grover Bartels (Manning auctioneers)
104 Center Street - Minnie was known as "Grandma" Biehl to everyone at that time.
Children of Hans Gosch & Wilhelmina Ohrt
Standing: Otto, Ella
Seated: Emil, Jack
Hans buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Douglas, Nebraska
Wilhelmina buried in Hayes Township Cemetery, Crawford County
There were 3 other children who died in infancy
Ella (Ohrt) Gosch far right
John Ohrt married Margretha Jifsing
Unknown family and home
From the Kroeger collection
Ohrt family - unknown farm location
Back: Henry Ohrt, Hans Ohrt
Front: ??, Katherine (Frahm) Ohrt, John T. Ohrt, Catherine (Ohrt) Fonken, Albert Fonken, Dora Ohrt
This is what the original photo looks like - faded and deteriorating.
Badly damaged certificate folded in the pouch shown way down below.
Agnetha Wilhelmine Ohrt confirmation
Image captured from the Internet
My scan of Hans Gosch with Percheron draft horses pulling his beer wagon
He was discovered by his wife who was wondering what had become of him, since he had not been at home all night.
Gosch formerly drove beer wagons for various brewers.
He has been out of work some time and grew despondent after making repeated efforts to get another beer wagon to drive.
He believed that he had a special aptitude for that particular sort of job, and would accept no other kind of work.
Gosch was 45 years of age and had lived in Omaha eight years.
For over a week, Gosch had been a victim of morose moods. He would return home late nearly every evening from up town and fall asleep in his chair. Often he would not go to bed. He has been so gloomy that he would speak scarcely a word to his wife or his children.
Late Tuesday night he returned to his residence at 1920 Van Camp Street, and after sitting gloomily in his chair for a long time he finally left the house. When asked where he was going he did not answer.
After several hours had elapsed his wife lighted a lamp and went in quest of him. After her investigations at the barn she saw a figure stretched upright in a dark corner of the buggy shed. An instant later she realized who it was and began screaming. The lamp dropped from her hand and went out. Frantic with fear, she continued screaming until she roused the neighborhood.
When it was found that the man's life was extinct the neighbors notified the police. The body was cut down by Sergeant Sigwart and taken in charge by the coroner. The toe of one of the man's shoes barely touched the ground, and his face was already discolored. His eyes were staring and his tongue protruding.
The noose of the clothes line about his neck had cut deep into his flesh. He had strung the line over a roof beam and secured it. Then he had leaped off a beer keg.
Gosch was the father of four children, the eldest of whom is 12 years old. He has driven a beer wagon for several years, having been employed by the Storz Company, the Schlitz, and the Krug Company.
The inquest will be held Thursday.
Claus and George Gosch, brothers of Hans Gosch, state that although Hans was out of work he had enough money to care for himself and could have cared for by the members of his family, even if he had remained out of work indefinitely. They think therefore, that it was not despondency that caused him to take his life, but some temporary mental derangement.
Born: December 29, 1864
Died: August 3, 1904
Cemetery: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska
Wife: Wilhelmina Ohrt
Children: John, Otto, Emil, Ella Kroeger
Mother: Maria Christina Schlichting born in Germany around 1840 - died unknown
BOY, am I glad she did!!!
There are a lot of Manning names and connections and like usual, some very unique historical stuff to scan.
Here is the first sampling.
I can scan 100 unidentified pictures and not find anyone who can help with names, BUT this was NOT the case with this country school picture.
When I scanned the picture, I immediately recognized a face in the back row...This boy had to be a Rowedder and sure enough after confirming him with a nephew, he is Lyle "Cookie" Rowedder.
Now this gave me a time-line to work with so I checked my country school database and sure enough there was someone in this age group still living here in Manning.
She is Virgene (Kruse) Kroeger.
So I printed a copy and took it to show her in the Manning Plaza.
She smiled and said "Oh My" and started to name off one student after another.
I was actually shocked since I generally won't find anyone who can ID these unidentified pictures, or someone who will come forward to help when they see it on my web pages.
It is times like this that really make all of my time and work very rewarding.
Now just think if I didn't have any names for this picture - it is basically what Julie, featured above, is going through. She wants to know her family but runs into brick walls.
Virgene has a couple of guesses and didn't know several more, so if anyone can help - please let me know.
Here is that picture.
Mildred Kaspersen was Virgene Kruse's teacher
Page 62 in the Manning Schools history book
Often there are bits and pieces of Manning history in a family scrapbook that don't have any direct connection to the family.
Case in point...the document below was in the Kroeger scrapbook that has a unique homemade cover.
Western Town Lot Company sale of Lot 1, Block 15 from V.B. & Susie Mayberry to George P. Schelldorf
The other Schelldorf & Mayberry pictures below are from various other family collections.
There were lots of Schelldorfs in Manning at one time and hopefully some of those descendants/relatives will contact me and bring their old Manning connected pictures to me to scan and add to my database where they will be preserved.
Mayberry was not a common name and I had never seen the V.B. Mayberry name before.
MRS. LUCY BARSBY
Mrs. Lucy A. Barsby, 97, one of Manning's oldest residents, died Thursday afternoon, August 31, 1967, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll.
Rites will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ohde Funeral Home here, with burial in the Manning Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Ahrends, minister of the Manilla Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Mrs. Barsby was born May 21, 1870, at Atlantic and as a young girl moved to Manning with her parents, Alex and Amanda (Brady) Mayberry.
She was a milliner. On January 4, 1900, she married Frank Barsby and they farmed near Manning until moving into town in 1923. Mr. Barsby died in 1948.
Mrs. Barsby continued living in her home until being taken to the hospital four and one-half weeks ago.
She is survived by one son, Earl Barsby, Manning; two grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Two brothers, Scott and Charles Mayberry, preceded her in death in addition to her husband.
For decades I was aware of Scotty Mayberry - the famous "pancake" man.
I have his obituary but no family history was included, although I assume he is connected to V.B. Mayberry.
So again, if any Mayberry descendants/relatives see this story I hope they'll contact me and work with me on their Manning family history.
Later became the Manning Ag Center
This next item from the Kroeger collection is amazing!!! and something I had never seen before.
It was made of sewn cloth and had 2 pockets. In the pockets were a passport, citizenship document, and confirmation certificate.
The citizenship document caught my eye when I saw E.M. Funk.
Having worked on Manning's history for over 40 years, I recognized the Funk name right away. The father and son owned the Manning Monitor for several years and later, the father became Clerk of Court in Carroll.
Back in 2003 a relative of the Funk family sent me paperback book authored by the son who wrote about his family business history. They didn't want this book to end up getting discarded in the future, so they sent it to me for preservation.
Working on all of this history is why I keep asking people to bring me their old history and pictures so I can scan those things. More than likely I'll be able to connect names and information that those people had no clue about...just like I immediately knew the Funk Manning connections in this document.
There are 32 pages in this passport but I'll only show a couple of them.
Here is the citizenship certificate for Hinrich. This is where E.M. Funk is listed as Clerk of Court.
Below this certificate is information and some images of the Funks.
Funk booklet from Utah
Emanuel M. Funk
Erwin C. Funk
Moving to Manning at year or so later, I recall that I attended school down-town in an old store building while the school house was being built. Our principal, Benjamin I. Salinger, became a lawyer and years later became Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. A classmate of those days was George Cosson, who became Attorney General of Iowa. Another Manning boy, born about that time, was Henry Brunnier, who in 1952 was elected president of Rotary International. Not bad for a little country town of about 1,200 people.
Thanks to my mother, I learned to read very early and reading was one of my chief interests. We children all started with the Youth's Companion, a wonderful publication for young people, and in a few years I was delving into the classics -- especially ancient history. When I reached high school, I seldom found a teacher who had read so widely as I had, and I suspect that fact was one reason why I found them so uninteresting. Until I was 14 years old I was no taller than, the rest of my school mates but then I began to shoot up and when I was in my 15th year I was six feet tall in my stocking feet. And how I hated it that the instructors were forever singling me out as "the biggest boy in school" evidently figuring that because of my size I ought to be the best behaved.
Entering the Manning High School when I was only 11 years old, in the fall of 1888, I would have graduated at 15, but when we moved to Carroll, Iowa, in the spring of 1889 I
was much disgusted at having to wait until the fall term to enter the high school there.
Sisters, Grace & Minnie Funk graduated from Manning in 1895.
I might add that in 1894 and 1895, while I was editor of the Manning Monitor, I took my vacations by attending the county Teachers Institute, and have two first-class teachers'
licenses to show for it. Not that I ever expected or desired to teach again, but it was a sort of post-graduate course and I found this review most helpful.
Ever since then, I have had a sort of fellow feeling for country school teachers, and I felt that I knew at least some of their problem first-hand.
While I have spent my life in journalism, it came as a big surprise to me when I found myself literally pitch-forked into a newspaper job at the beginning of 1894, just after my 17th birthday -- the youngest editor in western Iowa. Father had traded for the Monitor and I went down to work as a compositor, but in a month or two found myself its editor. I had always expected to be a lawyer but I have never had cause to regret entering the newspaper field. During those years on the Monitor I became a correspondent for a number of city newspapers -- Des Moines, Omaha, Marshalltown, etc. Covering a murder story that went to the Marshalltown Times-Republican I received a personal letter from the editor complimenting me highly. Right then and there I decided maybe I could someday become a-reporter on a city paper and I really began to dig in to make good. Before I got very far we had sold the Monitor and moved to Arkansas where.
A year later, my father, E. M. Funk, who had been postmaster at Manning, was elected Clerk of the Courts of Carroll County and we moved to Carroll, the county seat, a town then of around 2,500. The owners of the SENTINEL, publishing both a weekly and a small daily, were close friends of father and after a year or so I became one of the carriers for the daily. Recalling my own experience as a carrier in the mud, snow, and zero weather, I have always had much sympathy for the boy who manages to forget some reader living far out on the edge of his route.
Late in December 1893, Father came home one day with the news that he had traded some land for the Manning MONITOR and I
was to take over the office January 1, 1894. He had a partner, Frank Salmon, the former county superintendent who had secured me the
teaching job, but did not know how it would work. He suggested that I go to Manning (18 miles away), try working in the office and keep an eye on
things in general. So, two or three days before my 17th birthday, I embarked on a newspaper career that was to last the rest of my life.
I had never set a line of type in my life but I buckled down in earnest and within a month the regular typesetter lost her job and I had learned to set my local items from my notes instead of having the written copy. Salmon lasted only a month or two, being more interested in outside activities than in the newspaper and perforce I became editor as well as local reporter. Father and the family moved to Manning that spring and he took over as business manager in addition to his work as a lawyer, insurance agent and town attorney.
The MONITOR was a 6-page 6-column paper, typical of most of the country weeklies of that era. Four pages were "ready-print" which came by express early each week from the Kellogg Co. of Sioux City. After the first year we changed to the Western Newspaper Union at Omaha, as there was less chance for delay in shipment and we thought the news content better. We had little delay but when it happened there was nothing to do but wait for the next Milwaukee train. Sometimes it meant working all night to make up for lost time but it was all in the week's work. Over the years no paper of mine ever missed an issue on the day of publication save for an intentional delay to cover late election news or some special local happening on press day.
With a competent foreman in the office, I did little of the commercial printing -- "job work", as we called it. But I was quickly initiated into helping print the paper on the old Washington hand-press. Practically all of the small papers of this country were printed on some type of this famous old press. Some were called Franklin presses and there was a variety of makes and styles but the general idea was the same with all of them.
When movable type was first invented, the impression or squeeze was obtained through the use of a central screw but it was followed by the toggle-lever press which was much faster -- which does not mean it was very fast. For the life of me I cannot say how many we could print in an hour but if you were doing the press work you could not enthuse over a growing circulation save that it meant one could look forward to a rotary press in the office. One writer says that a speed of 250 an hour was very good. I'll say that it was!
After the forms were made ready on the make-up stone, which I have seen made of old marble table tops and even tombstones, locked
with wooden quoins and tightened with the aid of the millet and shooting stick, they were locked on the iron bed of the Washington. It required
two persons to operate the press -- one to ink the forms and the other to place the paper on the cloth fly, flip it down on the form, run the bed
under the die and take a long hard pull on the lever that brought down the die and made the printing impression.
As a rule the inking job fell to the lot of the devil or apprentice. The heavy ink roller was equipped with two handles and was long enough to cover a form with one swipe. The only presses of this kind that I have ever seen held two forms, so we had to make two runs to get four pages. The ink slab was usually also stone and much of the knack of securing a satisfactory print depended upon the skill of the inker in using just the proper amount of ink and. in seeing that it was spread evenly. In the summer the ink was apt to be too thin; in the winter too heavy and stiff. Too much ink and the paper stuck to the type too little the paper was too pale and hard to read. In the winter we often had to place a lamp under the ink stone to help it spread. One had to ease that long lever back gently, for if it were allowed to spring back it could jump out of the socket and hit the wall with a smash. I never saw that happen but many printers did. That was a good time for the inker to drop to the floor.
When the bundle of ready-print arrived, the first step was to wet down the papers by sprinkling every 20 or 30 sheets with water, another little job that required experience and judgment. The pile was then placed under a weight until needed. It not only gave the paper more stiffness and weight and made the sheets easier to handle but the slight dampness made the sheets take ink better. But too wet was worse than too dry, for then the sheets stuck together. Looking back to those years it is easy to say that the country printers of 75 and 100 years ago were poor craftsmen but when one knows the many handicaps under which they labored, you must admire them for their ability to get out any sort of a paper.
A lot of very sloppy small-town papers were being printed in Iowa when I broke into the game but with care and know-how there were others that would be a credit to the best cylinder presses of today. I have the files of the MONITOR during the years in Manning and they compare very favorably as to press work with the output of much larger offices of their day -- or even of today, for that matter.
When I went to Manning the prevailing wage for compositors was $1 a day and that was my pay for the first few months, but one could get room and board for $3 a week.
One of my competitors in Manning used what was known as a Mann cylinder press. The bed of the press was a solid iron frame and a big cylinder rolled over the forms from one end to the other, Printing a paper both coming and going. Papers had to be removed by hand and the forms inked by hand, so the printing was not continuous. As the cogs became worn there was much danger of slurring, I had no experience in running this press but it was no faster than our Washington hand press and the product not good. Never again did I see a press of that style but heard that there were several of them in use in Iowa.
Some months before we sold the MONITOR in the spring of 1896 and moved to Springdale, Arkansas, we installed a Prouty cylinder press. I do not know that I can adequately describe it. The bed and frame were heavy and the small cylinder rolled over the type forms. The out-standing feature to me was that it did not have to be inked by hand and that it delivered the printed papers without manual assistance.
A couple of years ago I visited the office of the MONITOR at Manning, Iowa, my old home town and locale of my first newspaper. I think we sold the paper for around $1,500. Today you could not buy the plant for less than $40,000 -- maybe more. That price comes to mind because a man who specializes in the sale of newspaper plants told the Arkansas Press Association a year or two ago that a paper not worth $40,000 was hardly worth bothering about. Manning is still a town of less than 2,000 but quite modern. The subscription price is $4 a year. Times certainly change.
Emanuel Funk, father of Erwin Funk, was born July 20, 1851, and came to Iowa with the family in 1854. In his early youth he engaged in farming, taught school, and when he married Addie L. Walters. in 1876 he was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1879 he moved to Audubon in western Iowa, where he was in the mercantile business. In 1883 he moved a few miles north to Manning, a new town on the newly-opened Chicago-Milwaukee railroad. He was in the clothing business several years until appointed postmaster by President Cleveland in 1885. Before the expiration of his term he was elected Clerk of the courts of Carroll county on the Democratic ticket and the family moved to Carroll, the county seat, in 1889. While Clerk of the Courts he was admitted to the bar. When his term expired he began the practice of law. Around the first of 1894 he became owner of the Manning Monitor and started his son Erwin on a newspaper career.
Mr. Funk and family moved back to Manning in the spring of 1894 where he served as city attorney, practiced law, and was business manager of the Monitor. In the spring of 1896, because of ill health, he decided to go south, expecting to locate in southwest Missouri. While visiting friends at Springdale on an exploratory trip he fell in love with northwest Arkansas and upon his return sold the Iowa paper and moved to Springdale, Arkansas. In May 1896, Funk & Son started publication, of the Springdale Democrat. Deciding that Springdale was not large enough to support two weekly papers, Funk & Son bought the Rogers Democrat in November 1896. Erwin Funk took over the Rogers paper. The Springdale paper was sold to Joel Pollard of Fayetteville: The Funk family moved to Rogers, Where E.M. Funk died in January 1927, aged 75.
Just think if Erwin Funk's descendants had not contacted me and given me this amazing booklet, we would probably never know about all of these interesting connections.