Memorial Day means different things to different people.
For me it reminds me of the continuing work I have to do before I can publish a Manning Veterans' history book.
I had hoped to have the book published by now, but due to various reasons I changed my priority to getting as many names of Manning connected Veterans as I can and even more importantly, getting pictures and information for the over 1000 Veterans I have in my database - getting the pictures and information before even more of this stuff gets thrown away...and before even more Veterans pass away.
I don't want a book that just lists hundreds of names with very little or nothing to go along with those names.

Because of this extended delay, I have discovered nearly 50 new Manning connected Veterans to as far back as the Spanish American War.
Sadly there are many Vietnam to present day Veterans missing from my database and for many of the younger generation names I do have, all I have is their name and maybe a little military information and possibly a picture.

So I have a lot more future Memorial Days to go through before I'll be ready to publish the book...NOT what many of the older Veterans want to hear who have already provided me with their pix and information but this is going to be a very special and unique history book about Manning and I want it to be as complete as I can make it.


I continue to get help from people out of state who have connections to Manning. On May 17, Donna, from Arizona visited Manning with her 94 year old aunt, Evelyn, who lives in Iowa.
Neither one ever lived in Manning but have lots of connections such as Bartels, Stoelk, Stuhr, Mahnke, Borkowski, with the main family name being Wulf.
What really got me excited is when I saw Donna has military pictures for 3 Wulf brothers. I had their names and just a little military information but Donna has some more information and also a number of obituaries I did not have.

Not until getting this extra information and obituaries did I know how many connections this Wulf family had in Manning, or even where to begin finding military pictures and information.

Unfortunately the 3 Wulf military pictures were copies of originals and 2 of those originals were badly cracked. I can digitally repair these 2 scans but I'm hoping that someone will come forward with originals that are not so badly damaged...so it won't take so much time to repair - plus I really don't like taking time to repair scans from copies, which never give as good an image as from an original photo.

This brings me back to what I'm always writing about - that people need to get their old Manning connected pictures to me so I can make high resolution scans before even more damage occurs, either through improper care of their pictures or the natural deterioration that will eventually turn those pictures into paper dust.

Here is some of that Wulf history from Arizona.
Hopefully more Wulf descendants/relatives will come forward with discharge papers, other pictures and documents for each of these Wulf Veterans.


Charles Wulf - scan from a copy.
As you can see, the original photo, whoever has/d it did not care for it properly.
Hopefully someone will have a different original of Charles that I could scan, or even if I could get the original this copy was made from, I would be able to get a sharper image and then my time to digitally repair it would be better spent.

This is what is written on Charles' tombstone in the Manning Cemetery.
I know PVT stands for private but not the rest of the military abbreviations. REPL probably means replacement...
Iowa PVT OCT AUTO REPL DRAFT

These military connected excerpts are from his obituary which gives me a little more information about his service.
Born on a farm near Manning in Audubon County May 13, 1896, he was the son of Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf, worked for his father on the farm and enlisted in the army during the first world war. He served one year and was discharged at Fort Des Moines.
He came to Remsen in 1919 and worked for various farmers about 8 years, then moved into town and variously was employed at light work, lastly for the Veterans of Foreign Wars at their Servicemen's club.


Charles Wulf grave marker information
This document provides me with some more military information about Charles.
His exact dates of enlistment and discharge.
Also some confusing information for his military branch/location. Army Detachment #2 Camp Pike (I assume Arkansas) and Camp Dodge with the same abbreviations used on his tombstone.


A civilian picture of Charles Wulf - again you can see the poorly cared for original.
I want to again emphasize that I'm NOT criticizing the people who have these pictures. I specifically comment about this very common damage with old pictures to emphasize that I'm not the one to worry about damaging your pix when I scan them, and that once I make high resolution scans of them I can digitally repair them.
Eventually these pictures will deteriorate to a point beyond scanning, so before it is too late - get your old Manning pictures and history to me so I can scan and preserve them.


Charles, Frank, Edward - Wulf brothers
In this scan you can see a number of splotches which are a form of deterioration.
Having run into some of the same pictures from the same collection over the years, I have seen how these splotches have gotten bigger and more of them in as short a time period as 10 years between scannings.
I have kept several examples for proof but won't take the time to show them now...you'll just have to trust me that what is happening to your old pictures is a fact which most people have not noticed.


Next is Frank Wulf...


Frank Wulf
This is a scan from a copy and fortunately the original it was copied from did not have major cracks or damage, BUT I still would like to find an original to scan that hopefully won't have any major cracks or scratches.

This is what is written on Franks' tombstone in the Manning Cemetery.
Iowa PVT 60th Infantry 5th Division

These military connected excerpts are from his obituary which give me a little more information about his service.
Private Frank Wulf, United States Army, was born June 2, 1894, in Audubon County, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Wulf. Later the family moved to Manning. Mr. Wulf received his early education in the public schools of Audubon County and in Manning.
He entered the army in 1917 and served in France a brief period before the Armistice was signed, with the 1st battalion, 60th infantry and 5th division.
On February 18, 1925, he was united in marriage to Miss Lena C. Lamp of Westside.
Military funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Ohde Funeral Home with the Rev. George E. Steele in charge. Members of Emil Ewoldt Post, American Legion, acted as pall bearers and accorded military honors.


Lena (Lamp) & Frank Wulf
You can see very small spots of deterioration on this picture and there are 2 very large scuffs across the chests of the people. A lot of the time most people won't even realize this damage has occurred until they see a scan of it.


Next is William Wulf...
I have a memory from decades ago that was told to me by either a WWI Veteran or from someone of that age or WWII era, who I believe told me that William suffered from Mustard Gas exposure during WWI.
The documented information I have is that William fought at Verdun where that gas was indeed used a lot by both sides.

As you'll see below, William did not die during WWI but several years later at an Army Medical Hospital in Colorado.
William was also given a special pot metal plaque by the Manning Legion Post along with 7 other WWI Manning Veterans who were either KIA or died while serving. This further backs up my thinking that he must have died from extenuating circumstances after WWI.
I do not have his discharge papers, and the other documentation I do have mentions nothing about him suffering from Mustard Gas during WWI.
So I hesitate in stating in the military write-up about William as being a victim of Mustard Gas...BUT when I searched for information on the Internet about the Fitzsimmons Hospital I found out that the facility was founded in 1918 by the United States Army during World War I arising from the need to treat the large number of casualties from chemical weapons in Europe.
So I will probably state in the military story I write about William that he was a casualty of chemical weapons used during WWI.

I hate it that I have to write up military stories about Manning Veterans, but even though I may make some errors about some of these Veterans, I think it is important to include as much information I can about these individuals who served our country, even if they were not able, or their family members did not feel it was necessary to properly document their military history - especially in such extreme cases that William must have suffered.


William Wulf
This is a scan from a copy of an original that also was badly cracked and damaged.

Pot metal plaque that was placed next to a newly planted tree in the Manning City Park to honor William's ultimate sacrifice during WWI.
I scanned this map that I found in the Manning Legion records. It was a map drawn by Peter F. Hansen, Adjutant, on April 27, 1923.
Peter was a cousin to my grandmother, Ida (Grau) Kusel.
This map shows where the trees were planted and the plaques located for each of the 8 Manning Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI: Fred Passick, Albert Dethlefs, Louie Rowedder, Emil Ewoldt, Arthur Stang, Bernhardt Stuhr, Julius Vinke, and William Wulf.

This is the form that a family member had filled out that was requested by the Manning Legion post so they could get a plaque ordered with the pertinent information.
It is so fortunate that these specific documents have survived all of these years. Sadly, I found many old documents, pictures, and records in the Legion attic that were destroyed by insects.
Note that no wounds were listed in this document - unfortunately no mention of gas exposure was listed but to get this plaque in William's honor it has to be that he later died from complications caused by exposure from chemical gas at Verdun. This document also provides me with the time-frame William served at Verdun...so little by little I can build a story about his service.

This document states that William served with Company K, 60th Infantry which backs up the other information I have.
I mention this to emphasize to people to bring me all of the military stuff they have about the Veteran in their family. I try to scan as much of the important information as possible so I can double check and cross-reference the information to make sure one of the documents isn't in error, and the information provided to me is accurate.


Document that shows William left the US from Hoboken, New Jersey
His sister was Emma Bartels
Leviathan - ship that took William to Europe
I assume this was a picture captured from the Internet and then was printed, which I now have scanned.


This Denison article shows that William was drafted in August of 1917.


William before service


William - Lyden Studio


Back: John, Henry
Front: Edward, Frank


Back: John, Louis
Front: William, Edward
Postcard sent to Clara Wulf in Manning

Before Donna brought me her family collection, I had no Wulf pictures of this generation and now I can honor this family and have quite a few pictures to show what they looked like...a very great addition to my Manning Historical Digital Preservation Database.

Here are pictures of several extended family members, some with close Manning connections and others only distant connections.


Gustav & Clara (Wulf) Paape September 20, 1917


Alma Wulf - Le Mars


Henry & Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf married February 5, 1876


Elizabeth (Boldt) Wulf - Lyden Studio


Arthur, John, Dorothy Wulf


Lyle Earl Stoelk confirmation Austin, Minnesota


Emma (Wulf) Bartels, Clara (Wulf) Paape
scan from copy


sisters: Rose Stuhr, Clara Paape


Pearl Stuhr


Emil & Rose (Wulf) Stuhr


Louis & Mary (Husmann) Wulf - Remsen, Iowa


Ed Wulf - Lyden Studio


Helen & Lydia Paape


Elmer Stuhr


Unknown


Probably Wulf siblings - Lyden Studio


Barn building - Louis Wulf died from complications after falling.


Threshing - probably in Iowa


Chris Bartels - front left


Evelyn Paape 1927


Milwaukee Trestle 1914 north side tracks not yet in place.


If you are a descendant/relative of the Wulf and/or extended family, please e-mail me.
I sure hope you don't just grab the pictures and information you want and then disappear.

I have more pictures and information on these families and the only way you get access to them is if you also share with me.
I generally won't show this many pictures and information of a family on my web pages.
If I showed all of my database, then most people would just come, grab what they want and then I'll never get anything from them.
You aren't going to find anyone else with the extensive database for the Manning area as I have...even though I know some people are grabbing my stuff and then posting it on those commercial websites that charge everyone to make money off their own family history.

This hurts not only my database but also your research if you don't contact me, and worse yet if you take from me and give to those commercial sites.

Thanks,
Dave Kusel


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