Attention: Anyone who is a Manning/Aspinwall connected Veteran!

We are now working on the final phase of a Manning Veterans' history book project.
It will feature over 1000 area Veterans starting with the War of 1812, through the Civil War, on to WWI & WWII, then the Korea and Vietnam eras, and finally to the younger generations of today.

We are working toward a 2 volume (1088) total pages book.
As of October 2013 there has been no deadline set but time is of the essence and we need pictures and information for these Manning connected Veterans.
There are probably missing names in the list to the left - so please let me know of any Veteran missing here.

Please e-mail Dave Kusel ASAP at if you can provide pictures and information, or know who can be contacted for this information.

Dave Kusel

Honoring the Veterans of Manning, Iowa
Please click on the Name links to the left to see information about each Veteran.

Grand Army of the Republic marker in the Manning Cemetery.
Time Was
by Ira Call

Pen name of Harry Hass who wrote this column in the Manning Monitor for around 1 year.

I recall the Memorial Day parades led by the 2 last Civil War Vets, John Dunnick and Mosher. Those two had a running argument as to who would live the longest.
I believe that Dunnick lived the longest. Anyway the stories they told about the Civil War was something else.
They enjoyed riding in the convertible and being accompanied by the young ladies.

Next in line came Doctor Esser, M.D. He had been wounded in the Indian Wars.
Then came the Spanish American War Vets, followed by the men of WWI.

It seemed everybody turned out for a parade those days.

McPherson Post No. 33

Artistic view of the front of the old GAR hall.

View of the back of the hall at the north end of Main Street (note arrow)

Named after James Birdseye McPherson

Post ribbon

McPHERSON POST, NO. 33, G.A.R., was mustered in, March 17, 1881, by Major, A. Cully at Center School House, Jefferson Township, Audubon County.
The Charter officers and members of this Post are Commander, S.E. Whitcher; Senior Vice Commander, Henry Farrell; Junior Vice Commander, H.C. Williams; O.D., B.H. Lathrop; Quarter Master, J.L. Hall; Chaplain, Francis Leonard; Members -- M. Hanchett, W.J. Blair. B.J. Jenkins, C.J. Hawkins, Harvey Stocker, Joseph Moore and J.I. Halford.
The Post was transferred to Manning in December of this year. In September, 1882, Cook Hall was completed and was leased by the Post, and the dedicatorial services took place October 6, following. The G.A.R. and W.R.C. Hall was purchased in December 1884, by those two lodges, and since then, has been remodeled and fitted up, making a comfortable and attractive home for these worthy institutions. The present membership of this Post is 14.
The object of the Order is fraternity and benevolence toward the soldiers, and orphans and widows of soldiers of the Civil War, and it is earnestly desired by the Post that all persons eligible join the Order and have their names enrolled on the Roll of Honor -- to honor through life and be honored in death among that innumerable band of our Grand Army of the Dead.
The present officers of the Post are: Com., J.G. Beal; S.V., C.F. Leonard; J.V.C. Ad'j't., J.L. Hall; Q.M., A.W. Blakeslee; Q.M.S., D.W. Sutherland; O.D., W.H. McVey.