James A. Campbell was born May 29, 1857, in Jasper County, Iowa. At the age of 24, he purchased 80 acres of land for $10 an acre in Lincoln Township, Audubon County. He broke sod and put up a lean-to, 14 feet by 20 feet. In time, with 240 acres, he was one of the largest land owners in the township. He was married February 9, 1882, to Mary Crawford. In 1908 they built the big house that is still being used. They had two children: Mae, born November 2, 1884, and Floyd, born December 27, 1888. James believed in mixed farming and was an extensive breeder of thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle.

Floyd had a garage in Manilla, but later began farming with his father. He continued the shorthorn business, and built another house on the farm in 1914. He was married to Lida Sheets of Omaha in 1916. Floyd was a progressive farmer, being one of the first to have a tractor and to practice contour farming. They had five children, Frank of Wenatchee, Washington, Howard of Omaha, George of Gray, and Mary of Manilla; Dorothy died as an infant.

George farmed with his dad until WW II. He was married to Grace Lawson of Gray, November 2, 1942. After returning from service, he farmed 1/2 mile west of his father. Later he bought the 120 acres and 67 acres in Gray, where he lives at the present time. They have eight children: Harry (October 14, 1948), Allen (December 8, 1950), Warren (May 20, 1952), Suzanne (May 2, 1954), Rosemary (October 21, 1956), Lida (November 28, 1958), Shirley (October 20, 1960), and Beverly (January 27, 1964).

At the present time, George still farms part of the home place while his son Harry lives in the big house and farms the original 80 acres. Harry was married to Diane Thompson of Audubon July 6, 1969. They have three children: Matthew (October 29, 1970), Michelle (March 2, 1973), and Ethan (November 18, 1975).


Eugene Joseph Case was born at Wiota May 4, 1926, and grew up at Portsmouth. His parents, Victor B. Case, of Scottish descent, and Cecelia Green Case, of Irish descent, were farmers. He has three brothers, Richard, Thomas and Francis.

Ramona M. Case was born at Earling February 23, 1930. Her parents, Lawrence M. Kimmen, of Luxemborg descent, and Hilda Schumacher Kimmen, of German descent, were farmers. She has five brothers, Kenneth, Raymond, Michael, AIvin, and Lawrence, Jr., and two sisters, Phyllis and Bonita.

Eugene and Ramona were married at Defiance February 28, 1949. They farmed in the Logan and Westphalia area, and Eugene also drove a truck until moving to Manning in December, 1953. He then went to work at the Manning Creamery Co., first inside the plant and then as a route salesman. He is now a sales representative for R.C. Booth Enterprises of Harlan. Ramona worked at L.R. Nelson from 1964 until 1978.

Eugene and Ramona are parents of three children, Linda, Robert and Jeanine.

Linda was born at Logan March 8, 1950, and graduated from Manning High School in 1968. She attended the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, the School of Mines and Technology at Rapid City, S.D., and the University of Arizona at Tucson, where she earned her bachelor's degree in history and her Masters in business administration. Linda and Al Kuestermeyer, Yankton, S.D., were married at Vermillion, S.D. December 29, 1970. They are now living at Lakewood, Colorado, where Linda is a manager at Empire Savings, Building and Loan Association and AI is a consultant engineer for the firm of Dames and Moore.

Robert, born August 1, 1951, at Westphalia, graduated from Manning High in 1969. He attended the University of South Dakota three years. In August, 1972, he started work at General Electric in Carroll, where he is now a production order clerk. He married Kathy Subbert, Scranton, August 9, 1974, and they have a daughter Khristina, 4.

Jeanine, born September 26, 1954, graduated from Manning High in 1973. She worked at General Electric in Carroll until her marriage to Daniel Hinners, Manning, December 1, 1973. They are living at Botna, where Dan is a farm operator and Jeanine is a district supervisor for Avon, Inc. They have two children, Jamey, 5, and Nicole, 1.



Walking to high school in the early 1920's, passing by the Park Hotel each Morning. The clothes line would be filled with white sheets, pillow cases, towels and dish towels; we girls certainly admired them.

---Alice Grau

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Back: William, Clifford, Clinton; front: Mai Kit Mae, Dr. Wm. P. Chandler

William P. Chandler, Jr., D.O., had spent seven years in Persia, Iowa, and 1 1/2 years in Jefferson before moving to Manning in 1949. While in Persia, he had used the Manning General Hospital extensively, and was asked to become an associate of Dr. R.B. Anderson after Dr. Carl Waterbury moved to Des Moines.

He already had a fine practice, and thought this move over very carefully. He finally decided that the hospital offered him greater advantages as a physician, and that the Manning Schools would be an excellent place to educate his children. William was then four, Clinton 13 months, and Clifford, at 14, was in Missouri Military Academy.

Doc and Mae later adopted a daughter, Mai Kit, who was educated at Manning. "We will be always grateful for the love and consideration the school furnished us in her behalf," he wrote in 1979.

The Chandlers left Manning in 1976, after he conducted a general practice here for 27 years and delivered three generations of babies. He currently has an office in Denver, Colorado. Mae and Doc make their home with William, their second son, and his family; he helps care for the medical needs of his 6 1/2 year old grandson. They also live just a few doors from their oldest son and his family.

"We wish to thank the Manning people and the community for the many wonderful years of joy we experienced with them. I send greetings; good wishes, and congratulations at this time and point of history of the community," he wrote. "I take great interest and pride in all your efforts and progress. Manning is a fine place to call home."

Their address is 6511 W. 73rd Ave., Arvada, Colorado 80003.


As the Milwaukee Railroad began to build its line through southern Carroll County, in 1881, word spread that laborers were needed. Nathanial and Edwin Clark, who settled in the Botna-Irwin area in 1870 and 1871, wrote to their brother Joseph Lane Clark. Joseph, 18, rode a horse from Tama County to what is now Manning and took a job as butcher.

Their parents were Amy Holmes, a widow with two sons (Charles W. and John M.) and Lawrence Clark, a widower with two children (Sara Ann and George W.). The parents were married May 2, 1852, in Rising Sun, Indiana, and moved to Tama County in 1855. In 1870, George W. Clark and Charles Holmes migrated to the Botna-Irwin area, followed by their step brothers.

Saving the money he earned as a butcher, Joseph bought 40 acres in Shelby County at $5 an acre, later adding more land. He often related the story of how he arrived in the area to his son, Milo, who continues to live in Shelby County west of Botna. Although retired, Milo still raises Angus cattle in partnership with his son Richard (Dick) and gransons.

Milo and his wife Helen have three children, all graduates of Manning High School. Richard lives next to the home place and farms the land; he also operates a Grade A dairy. Sue Ann Duvall lives in Fort Dodge, and Lynn is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force in Clovis, New Mexico.


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Back: Iris and Florence; middle: Arthur, Frances, Antonia; front: Mr. and Mrs. August Claussen

Mr. and Mrs. August Claussen came from Schleswig Holstein, Germany in the 1880's. Mrs. Claussen, then Catherina Schlueter, met her future husband in Germany. They lived in neighboring villages. Upon coming to America the Schlueters and Mr. Claussen eventually located in Fremont, Nebraska. Catherina and August were married October 11, 1889 in Fremont. They moved to Carroll County in 1902 and farmed near Manning for a number of years. When their son, Arthur, enlisted in the Army, they left the farm and moved to South Manning.

Mr. and Mrs. August Claussen celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1914, while they lived on the farm. For this occasion, refreshments were brought to the Manning Opera House in large cases on a hayrack. More than 300 guests enjoyed the Claussen's hospitality.

October 11, 1939, Mr. and Mrs. Claussen were honored on their golden wedding. According to the Manning Monitor, this was one of the biggest celebrations ever held in Manning. A program and dance held at the Legion Hall was attended by numerous relatives and friends. During the afternoon reception, they were delighted by the appearance and music of the Manning High School Band.

Mr. and Mrs. Claussen were privileged to enjoy their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Mr. Claussen entered into rest in 1952 and Mrs. Claussen in 1957. They were the parents of six children. Lillian, Antonia, Arthur and Frances are now deceased. Florence and Iris reside in California.


Claus and Clara Claussen

Claus J. Claussen was born in Dellstedt, Germany, May 28, 1879. When he was a small boy of five, he immigrated to this country with his father, coming to Manning.

Claus was educated in the Manning Schools and then was employed by the Doud Milling Company for a few years. Later he became an employee of the Henry Hoffmann Store. When that business became Rober and Hoffmann, he continued working there, and when Mr. Hoffmann retired, Mr. Claussen became a partner in the newly-formed Rober and Wehrmann Company. He remained with this firm until its dissolution after a tragic fire in February, 1939.

May 8, 1908, Claus was married to Clara Ewoldt, and they became parents of four children, all of whom graduated from Manning High.

Ila, residing in Manning, graduated from Drake University, Des Moines and married Arthur Rix. She taught school for a number of years. They have two daughters, Diane Weitz of Council Bluffs and Karen Nelson of Arvada, Colorado, and four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Carter Weitz, and Kristin and Marc Nelson.

Alvera, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Frances Shimer School, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and A.I.B. business college of Des Moines. She married Gail Miller and has two children, Janis and David, and seven grandchildren.

Glen, who graduated from Drake University, married June McMillan and has one son Bradley. Glen is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Army of Engineers and now resides in San Marcos, California.

Gene is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, married to Marmee Miller, and has two children, Christina O'Leary of Massachusetts and James, Kansas City, Mo. Gene was in the Maritime Service during World War II, and during most of his time there was the editor of the monthly service magazine. He has been part owner and manager of radio station KXIC in Iowa City for a number of years.

Claus Claussen passed away in January, 1959.

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Back: Rudolph, Ella, Claus, Bertha, William; front: H. C. Claussen, Harry, Herman, Magdaline, Herbert, and Mrs. Magdeline Buhman Claussen

Hans C. Claussen was born November 5, 1851, in Heide, Holstein, Germany. He grew to manhood in Doerpling and was inducted into the German army in 1881. After his honorable discharge, he engaged in farming.

He married Magdalena Buhmann December 31, 1875, in Dellstedt. Magdalena was born April 12, 1854, in Suderholm, Holstein.

Early in 1884, Mr. Claussen went to America and took his son Claus with him. He settled near Westside, where he found employment. In August his wife and three daughters joined him. In 1885, the family moved to Manning.

Mr. Claussen's first job was with the C. and N. Railroad. In 1888 he started a dray business which he conducted for 20 years. His beautiful dapple gray horses were the pride of the town. He was a deputy sheriff for 14 years and constable for six years. He was a member and secretary for Schuetzen Verein, Liederkranz, I .O.O. F. and Krieger Verein. I n later years he sold calendars and novelty items.

The Claussens were parents of nine children: W. Margaretha (Mrs. Herman Hoffmann); Bettie (Mrs. Gus Holmberg); Claus (associated with Rober Wehrman Co.); Ella (Mrs. Del Lane); Rudolph (pharmacist); William (with Rudolph in Claussen's Drug Store); Herman (a trucker); Harry (in the restaurant business), and Herbert, the only surviving member, who now resides in Vista, California.

The Claussens had the distinction of having four sons serve overseas in World War I. They were William, Herman, Harry and Herbert.

Mrs. Claussen died April 18, 1921 and Mr. Claussen continued living in the house he had built on Elm Street. He died October 22, 1941.


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Allen and Mildred Curtis moved to Manning from the Bayard/Jamaica area about 1910. They had three children and an additional three were born in Manning. All the children, Dean, Arthur, Rebecca, Max, Paul, and Merle, attended the Manning schools. Al Curtis was a barber and also established a dray business.

Dean Curtis became a railroad employee. After a long career with the railroads, he retired as president of the Norfolk & Danville Railroad and is now living in Virginia near his daughter and four grandsons.

Arthur chose to settle in Manning; he accepted employment with the Dultmeier firm in sales, and was married to Olive Jentsch. Both are now deceased.

Sacramento, California is the home of Rebecca Curtis Conyers, as well as her three sons and their families.

Max Curtis, now retired from the building trades, is residing in San Diego, California. He is the father of two children.

Paul joined the U.S. Navy soon after high school, and after four years, he pursued a civil service career with the Federal Government. Now retired, he and his wife, Velma, live in the San Diego area.

Merle Curtis left Manning to accept employment in Washington, D.C., but soon was in the military service serving during WW II and the Korean action. Later, he had along association with General Dynamics, and retired as a corporate vice-president. He is the father of three children and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife, Wilma.