Right now I'm trying to finish scanning the Kuhse/Petersen collection and just ran into this first picture taken 96 years ago. Besides all of the events mentioned above, Manning's Children's Day is coming on June 15, 2019.

Some people may wonder why I'm constantly featuring so many military related pictures and information on my web page most of the time, but what way too many people today apparently don't understand is how many Manning area citizens served our country.
So as I go through the various family collections I also find the family Veteran pictures and most families had more than one who was serving at any one point in time, and most families also had Veterans who served over many generations...the Kuhse/Petersen family is no exception.
These young Kuhse sisters had no idea that world war was coming in 18 years after the Children's Day they were heading to.


Maxine, LaVern, Bernice - Kuhse sisters heading to Children's Day 1923


Clarence Kuhse WWI


WWI possibly a Kuhse - could this be Edward?
This is a sad truth with all family collections where so many pictures are not identified.


Harold Kuhse WWII


Robert Kuhse WWII


Victor Kuhse WWII


Melvin Kuhse WWII


Wayne Kuhse WWII


Lester Kuhse WWII


Glenn Kuhse


Back: Donn Kelsey, Jim Farrell, Glenn Kuhse, Willis "Whitey" Lohmeier
Front: Alvin Kuhse, Charles "Tuffy" Schumann


Warren Bartels, Gene Strathman, Lee Himes - WWII
Gene's mother was Clara (Petersen)

You say you don't know the Kuhse/Petersen family - and wonder how they are connected to Manning.
Does this help? These boys were Manning Bulldogs!

Alvin Kuhse, Bill Strathman, Glenn Kuhse


Wilbur "Casey" Karsten, Bill Strathman, Frankie Wegner

Like a broken record - I keep preaching how important it is for me to go through your family collections because I'll find history hiding in plain sight that you won't even know you have...now please bear with me and follow along.
I continue to scan the Kuhse/Petersen collection. As I read the names that we are so fortunate that Deloris (Kuhse) Luetje took the time to write down before she passed away last year...I see the name Alfred Boss.
I knew right away this was another Veteran, so I checked and sure enough, he served during WWI. I have very little information about him and no pictures.
Then during my computer search I also noticed from my recent scanning of the Crawford County history book that a John Boss was a Civil War Veteran whose son, Andrew, lived in the Manning area.
Not until finding this picture of Alfred Boss in the Kuhse collection did I put all of this information together.
Since the Manning Veterans' book will be about Veteran families, I'll include John's story along with Alfred Boss in WWI. Even though it is not a military picture I now have a picture of Alfred Boss. Hopefully someone will be able to confirm for sure this is Alfred and who the other Boss is in the picture.

I need to talk to Deloris' daughter to get the last names confirmed but when I saw "Glenn R." written and looked at the picture, I could tell right away this is Glenn Rowedder.
Once I get the rest of the last names this will be another great historical picture in my database.


Harry or Henry, Glenn Rowedder, Lee, Alfred Boss, ? Boss, Dad, Willis, Mr. Dalgety

This is the brief information I have for Alfred
Alfred Andrew Boss
Born June 7, 1896
Alfred enlisted on September 4, 1918, and was discharged December 15, 1918.
Alfred first married Nola Delphine Long {daughter of Frank & Rosaline (Arney) Long} in April 1919. The couple later divorced.
Alfred then married Olive Matt.
He was an auctioneer and ran the Goody Garden at 409 Main Street in Manning.

Also in my database popped up this scan from the Alice (Lohmeier) Grau collection that backs up that Alfred was an auctioneer.


From the Grau collection.

I also found the obituary I have for Sophia Boss, who married Martin Petersen...which connected the Kuhse/Strathman/Petersen/Boss families.

Here is the information about Andrew Boss that I had recently scanned from the Crawford County book.

ANDREW A. BOSS.
For the past seven years the agricultural skill of Andrew A. Boss has been expended in the cultivation of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on section 36, Iowa Township, the general appearance of the property being a tribute to his well-directed efforts. Mr. Boss was born in Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa, on the 12th of January, 1865, and is a son of the late John and Agatha (Veonberell) Boss, natives of Germany.

The father (John) came from Lichtenstein to the United States in 1848, first locating in Dubuque, Iowa, where he remained for two years, and then removed to Guttenberg, where he met the lady whom he subsequently married.
They became the parents of four children including our subject, who is the third in order of birth: John, who is living near Casey, Iowa; Matthias, deceased; and Sophia, the wife of Martin Petersen, of Carroll County, Iowa. The father passed away in Guttenberg in 1893.
John was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined that organization in the fatherland, and he was also a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted as a private in Company D, Twenty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. On the 9th of April, 1864, while in discharge of his duties at Pleasant Hill, he was captured by the enemy and sent to Fort Tyler and Hampton, Texas, where he was retained for eight months and then exchanged, returning to his command on the 27th of December, 1864. He saw much active service during the war, participating in many of the notable battles, but was never wounded but once.

Mrs. Boss survived her husband two years, her demise occurring in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where she was buried, in 1895.
The common schools of Guttenberg provided Andrew A. Boss with an education, which was acquired before the age of fourteen years, at which time he left the paternal roof to begin his business career. For several years after leaving home he worked for various farmers in the neighborhood and then removed to Walnut, Iowa, where he continued to follow the same occupation for six years longer. At the expiration of that period he leased land, in the cultivation of which he engaged for four years, coming to Crawford County about 1893. During the first five years of his residence here he lived about a mile and a half north of his present homestead. He subsequently rented this property and removed to Carroll County, where he farmed for three years, and then went to Audubon County, remaining there for five years. Returning to Crawford County seven years ago, he purchased a quarter section of land in Iowa Township, upon which he continues to reside. He has made practically all of the improvements upon this property, and they are all substantial structures and well kept. General farming and stock-raising absorb his attention and he makes a specialty of breeding shorthorn cattle and other graded stock.

In 1895, Mr. Boss was united in marriage to Miss Helen Sanders, and they have become the parents of four children: Alfred, George, William, and Edna, all of whom are at home.
The religious views of the family coincide with those of the Lutheran denomination with which they affiliate. The fraternal relations of Mr. Boss are confined to membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, his identification being with Manilla Camp, while in politics he is a stanch democrat. He takes an active interest in local affairs and was at one time road supervisor, while for the past year he has served as president of the school board of Iowa Township, but he prefers to concentrate his energies upon the development of his private pursuits.

This really makes my day!!!
I now have a picture of Alfred Boss, and information about Civil War Veteran John Boss who I'll include with Alfred's military story.

I hope this Kuhse/Petersen/Boss/Strathman feature will encourage more people to get their collections to me, so I can find even more hidden Manning historical treasures.


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