I've said this a million times and unfortunately it changes nothing but IF I only would have had a computer and scanner when the Manning & Aspinwall Centennial books were published. Thousands of extra pictures were submitted but there just wasn't enough room in the books. Orval Fink & Art Rix, did make some negatives of extra pictures and items submitted for the Manning book, by taking pictures of them, so at least a few more of the thousands submitted and not used, were preserved but the quality of that process they used is nothing compared to the quality of a digital scan from an ORIGINAL photo or historical item.
Besides looking for all random Manning pictures and history, I've been looking for originals of pictures/documents used in the centennial books...but like I've been harping for decades,
most of them have been thrown away!
When you scan from a printed book or newspaper, you get the dot matrix pattern, so the original and NOT a copy made of an original is what I'm ALWAYS looking for.
Here is one example of an old scene used in the Aspinwall Centennial book - it is NOT the same postcard used for the book but it is the same image sold back in the early 1900s. The top image is obviously a scan from an original picture/postcard and the second image is the scan I made from the history book, to use with the online version of the Aspinwall book I posted in 2011.
I haven't had time to digitally touch up the marks and scratches of the top picture but I saved it in TIF format (for future repair) at 300 DPI and increased the size of the scan to 26 inches - in case someone wants to make a large blow-up of it someday.
Here you see the dot pattern of the original print format.
Blow it up and eventually all you see are a bunch of dots...
The above picture was taken around 1910. The man at the "steering rod" was a stranger who came to Aspinwall on a Sunday afternoon on business concerning the new railroad track that was to be laid (It was completed in 1915). He asked Peter and Reka Christensen and their sons Jacob and Hugo if they wanted an "auto ride." The Christensen's home is in the background. It was located east of Peter's blacksmith shop which he owned until about 1914, when they moved to Montana in 1915 or 1916.
I've featured Theodor from the Voge collection before but I think it is important to continue to emphasize the unique situation Manning and other small towns with predominantly German heritage had during WWI & WWII - and why we need to publish a Manning Veterans' history book.
Many Manning boys who went to fight in Europe/Germany during WWI or WWII, more than likely were fighting against relatives, some who were very closely related/connected.
This is one example for WWI. While Gerhardt Voge (age 96 here in Manning) was not born, his uncles, 2 from here in Manning (Herman & Gerhardt Lamp) went overseas to fight during WWI. Another uncle of Gerhardt Voge, Theodor Vöge, lived in/near Stakendorf, Germany. Of all things, Theodor did not die during a battle, but while on leave he was killed by a bomb someone set off in the pub where he was drinking beer with some of his buddies.
"Memorial to our fallen heroes." Stakendorf August 24, 1924
WWI shrine for the men who died serving Germany between 1914 and 1918.
I also just noticed another interesting name on the wall - Friedrich Dohrmann...If you read the history of the Manning Plaza you saw that A.C. Dohrmann Construction Company out of Sioux City was hired to build the plaza...I'm sure no direct family connection but shows how many Iowa names are of German ancestry
During the large immigration from Europe from the 1870s through the early 1900s, the Germans immigrants heard about the Iowa Prairie waiting to be developed and they fell in love with Iowa because of its similar natural traits to their native Germany.
So if you are a Manning connected Veteran or family of a deceased Manning connected Veteran - have you come forward?
Will you or the Veteran in your family be a part of the amazing Manning military history?
It's easy, just contact me and we'll go from there. I end up doing most of the work! I just need your pictures, documents, and information to scan and use in the book...
Modern-day returning combat Veterans also face these adjustments, which effect each person differently but when you consider the staggering numbers during WWII, it is amazing that the country as a whole was able to adjust.