Mr. and Mrs. Orland Fara came to Manning in 1966 when they purchased the Manning Mill from George Oppermann.

Mr. Fara was born and raised in Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa. He entered U.S. military service after graduating from high school and then attended Iowa State University. He graduated from Iowa State in Farm Operations in 1958.

Mrs. Fara, the former Ona Voss, was born and raised in Plymouth County; upon completion of high school, she entered nurses training at Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City.

The couple was married in the Lutheran church at LeMars, August 28, 1955, and lived in Ames until he completed his course at the University. Upon his graduation Mr. Fara was employed by the Farmers Coop Elevator at Boyden. After 11/2 years they moved to Cherokee where he was employed by France Grain and Feed. July 15, 1963, he accepted employment at Caldwell's, Inc., at Prairie City, from which location they moved to Manning.

They are the parents of three sons. Dean, a 1974 graduate of Manning High is married to Kimberly Doyle of Westside. They are now in Iowa City where she will receive her degree in Science in Education, after which they plan to come to the Manning vicinity in May.

Alan graduated from Manning High in 1976 and has completed his training in farm equipment repair at Iowa Western Tech in Sioux City. At present he and his brother Mike are working the Fara farms.

Mike graduated from Manning High in 1978 and is married to Kathy McCarville of Sedalia, Missouri. They are farming the Fara farm near Irwin.

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Joseph Feldmann and his brother Fred, of Keil, Germany, came to the United States when they were 18 and 19 years old. They settled in Chicago, Illinois, where they did carpenter work until 1890, when they came to Manning. Here they built the "Manning Bottling Works", which made and bottled many kinds of pop. They also built two homes, south of the bottling works, one still standing and occupied by the David Rauch family, the other, the former W.C. Schrum home, recently destroyed by fire.

In 1892, Joseph returned to Chicago, to accompany his fiancee to her home in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, where they were married. They moved into the first home the men had built, next to the "bottling factory".

The brothers also had a business on Main Street called the "Feldmann Place", which was a tavern. It closed when prohibition was enforced, leaving only one bar in town.

In 1910, Fred Feldmann left Manning for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dissolving the partnership. He made his home there.

The Manning Bottling Works continued until the death of Joseph Feldmann in February of 1931. The property was then sold to A.H. Hinz, who operated the "Hinz Lumber and Construction Yard", until 1961. When Hinz retired, he sold the yard to Charles Feilweber, who renamed the yard, "The Town and Country Lumber Yard".

The Joseph Feldmanns were the parents of four children: Minnie (Mrs. Grant Harding); Alex, who passed away in infancy; Antonia (Mrs. A.H. Hinz), now living at 916 Center Street; and Emil J., who passed way in Tucson, Arizona in February, 1966.

Mrs. Joseph Feldmann made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, the A.H. Hinzes, until her death in May of 1943.


Walter D. Felker was born in northeast Missouri and attended a rural school through grade seven. He graduated from Central High School in Ottumwa in 1945, and then served in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Treasure Island, California.

Felker attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport for three years. In 1949 he entered the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, and graduated with a D.V.M. degree i n 1953.

Dr. Felker came to Manning in October, 1953. In 1976, he constructed The Manning Veterinary Clinic on a two-acre plot at 400 West Street. Facilities presently include a pharmacy, laboratory, small animal surgery, and housing for pets with both inside and outside cages and runs.

Dr. and Mrs. Felker have four daughters, all graduates of Manning High School. Kathryn lives in Rogers, Minnesota, Anne (Mrs. Kevin Kimm) is in Charles City, Mary (Mrs. Larry Sibbing) is at Hamilton, Illinois, and Norine is a student at Iowa State University.


Orval and Vera Fink

Orval graduated from Manning High School and attended the Des Moines College of Pharmacy and Drake University earning a degree in both Pharmacy and Chemistry. His wife Vera graduated from St. Mary's High School in Emmetsburg. The family moved to Manning in April, 1946, with three children, Raymond, Jeanette and Dorothy and James was born in Manning.

The family purchased the Reinhold interest in the Lewis Reinhold Company in 1946 and was associated with Arthur Rix, also a major stockholder. In 1974, they purchased the Arthur Rix interest in the business and retired after selling the business to Thomas Crabb in 1977.

The family attended the Catholic Church with Vera active in the church organizations. The children graduated from Manning High School with Raymond entering the U.S. Air Force. He retired after 20 years service as a Lieutenant Colonel and is now with A.E.R. Corporation in Dallas, Texas.

Jeanette became a licensed practical nurse, living at Glidden. Dorothy graduated as a registered nurse and lives in Littleton, Colorado. James graduated from Industrial Technology and is with Central Telephone Co. of Chicago, Illinois.

Orval serves as President of Western Iowa Municipal Electrical Cooperative Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Manning Municipal Light Plant, Director of the Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, Chairman of the Manning Development Corporation, Director of the Manning General Hospital and the Manning Plaza, and Past Chairman of the Manning Low Rent Housing Authority.

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Dr. and Mrs. William H. Fink

Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Fink arrived in Manning August 1, 1923, with three children; Orval, Edith and Ethelyn. Dr. Fink was employed by the Lewis-Reinhold Company and later purchased an interest in the company. Dr. Fink was a graduate of the Holmes Optical College of Des Moines, and took advanced work at the Philadelphia College of Optometry. Their daughter Ethelyn passed away i n May, 1946.

In moving to Manning the family traveled all day on mud roads from southern Iowa. The family attended the Methodist Church and was active in the church organizations. The children all graduated from the Manning High School.

Dr. Fink was one of the first ten certified watch makers in the United States, played in international checker tournaments, built violins and obtained a private airplane license. Dr. and Mrs. Fink traveled to South America, Europe, and most of the United States.

Dr. Fink passed away August 20, 1960, and Beulah presently resides in her own home in Manning. Edith resides in Alexandra, Virginia and Orval remains in Manning.


Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Fischer moved to Manning from their farm in Lincoln Township, Audubon County, in 1910 and retired and lived 'in their home at 214 Sue Street until the time of their deaths.

Mr. Fischer was born in Lannsberg, Hanover, Germany in 1851 and came to Guttenberg, Iowa at the age of three and a half years. Mrs. Fischer, the former Mina Duwa, was born in Guttenberg in 1859. The couple was married in 1878 and moved to Walnut, Iowa. They resided there until 1888 when they moved to the farm south of Manning.

Nine children were born to this union. They were: Emma, who died in infancy; Lucy, who suffered accidental death in 1906; Mrs. Gus Ress (Anna), Henry; Mrs. John D. Dammann (Ida); August; Mrs. Will Dammann (Dora); Mrs. Harry Schade (Ella) and Herman.

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Henry and Ann Fischer

Henry C. Fischer was born near Walnut, Iowa, in 1882 and moved to a farm south of Manning with his parents in 1887. In 1908 he married Anna Jansen, daughter of Ferdinand Jansen. They lived on a farm south of Manning. To this union three children were born: George, Eddie, and Lucy. Lucy married Elmer Schelldorf and resided in Council Bluffs until the time of her passing.

George and Eddie were talented in music, both playing with the Royal Dragon orchestra in their early years. In 1930 Eddie became a member of the Pete Kuhl and his Seven Aces orchestra until 1936. He then played with various bands, such as Frenchy Graffolier, Little Joe Hart, Bud Whalen, Jimmy Barnett, Henry Halsted and others.

In 1935 George became employed at the Manning Motor Company and Eddie followed in 1937. They both continued with their music, Eddie playing with Leo Daeges, Morrie Powers, and had his own band until he retired from playing in 1969. George has played with Pete Kuhl, the United Polka Band and others.

George married Hilda Hansen and they had two boys, Larry of Waseca, Minnesota, and Douglas, who is now a part owner of Manning Motor Co. Eddie married Vera Kooker and they also had two boys, Dennis of Carroll and Bruce, who passed away in 1965.

Eddie and George became the sole owners of the Manning Motor Company on January 1, 1966.


This must have been around 1933 when I, Florence and Hildegard Knaack sneaked the family car, a Dodge and drove to town. I drove -was only 14 and of course had no license. We ran out of gas in town so coasted down Main Street to Shorty West's gas station which was where Loucks Apt. house is now. We had no money so had to buy one gallon of gas on credit. The gas was 18 cents per gallon.

---Eldora Hinz Hofvander


Malick and Leta Foley

Malick Foley, son of John and Mayme Bengfort Foley, was born at Valley Falls, Kansas. Malick's parents died when he was four years old. He then made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Louis Seyller of Templeton.

Malick married Leta McMahon, daughter of Ed and Agnes Powers McMahon of Manilla, July 16, 1934. They have five children and all attended Manning public school for 13 years.

Mary Lou, a registered nurse, is married to Daniel Raasch, a Building Systems Consultant for Simpson Structures, Inc. They live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mary Lou has five children: Mark, Mike, Matt, Melissa and Martin.

Betty graduated from Commercial Extension in Omaha and attended Creighton University. She worked 10 years for Union Pacific R.R. in Omaha and is now working in an office at Alameda, California. She married Charles Van Etten of Burlington who at the present time is in the service stationed in the Antarctica. They are parents of three children: John, Julie and Joe.

Donna graduated from M.W.M.S. University at Maryville, Missouri. She married Dr. Soren Sorensen of Avoca. They live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Donna is a teacher in Mae Morley School in

Lincoln. They are parents of two children: Kimberly and Ryan.

Pamela graduated from N.W.M.S.U. of Maryville, Missouri, and married Steve Palmer. They live on a farm near Winterset. Pam is a teacher in Winterset Elementary School.

Michael graduated from U.N.I. at Cedar Falls. He is a supervisor for A.C. Nielson Company, a marketing research service in Mason City.

Malick farmed from 1931 to 1975; he also has been working part time at Puck Implement since 1956. Leta worked several years at W.B. Parrot Company and also taught school in Eden Township during the last war.

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Mr. and Mrs. John Frahm

John Frahm was born in Clinton July 29, 1877, and came to Manning with his parents in 1880. They lived on a farm north of Manning until the death of his father. The family then moved to town where his mother purchased and managed a bakery and John worked for her. The bakery was in the building now housing Cliff's Place.

He was united in marriage with Minnie Reimer, daughter of August and Christina Reimer. There were four children; Hilda (Mrs. Bert Petersen), Dr. E.W. Frahm, both living in Manning; Florence (Mrs. Wallace Sickler), living in California and Raymond of Omaha, Nebraska.

John was a partner with Carl Voss in a bar in the building now known as Ral-Mar's. From there he purchased the building that is now the Corner Cafe. This is the place that housed the Horseshoe Bar. Mr. Frahm employed seven bartenders; Carl Voss, Wm. Buhmann, Henry Buhmann, Jack Junge, Geo. Dau, Henry Graves, and Wm. Ruhde. Carl Hagedorn was the floor walker and the janitors were Bob Mutumn and Henry Frahm.

Mr. Frahm left many memories and some heritages which will endure through Manning's history. He was a friend to all who knew him and was very active in the civic growth of this town, a willing worker and liberal giver to his friends, family, town and community.


Carl Frank Sr., born in October, 1835, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, was married to Wilhelmiah Ohlrich of that same community. In April of 1880 he and his eldest son Ernest came to the United States; while in Chicago he was robbed of all his money but managed to keep his train ticket to Omaha, Nebraska. From Omaha they walked to Avoca where they helped pick corn, Carl receiving $12.00 a month and his son Ernest got $8.00.

In 1882 the rest of the family -including Henry, who was then seven years old - came over. Two more sons were later born to make this a family of nine children. In 1884 they purchased a 320 acre farm west of Irwin for $20.00 per acre. One of the options of the seller was that the buyer had a lot of sons and Carl Frank had five boys.

In 1903 Henry Frank married Anna Arp, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Blakely Arp of Manning. They farmed south of Irwin and purchased their farm three miles east of Irwin in 1910. They had two daughters, Agnes in 1903 and Mabel in 1905. In 1933 they moved to Manning because of Mr. Frank's ill health and he passed away in 1943. Anna lived with her sister Mabel Arp until her death in 1956. Agnes Frank Kuchel passed way in 1972.

Bernard and Mabel Lengemann --- Golden Wedding

Mabel attended rural and Irwin High School and later taught rural school when teachers were their own janitors and received $39.00 a month. June 24, 1925, she married Bernard Lengemann, son of William and Sophia Jacobsen of Coon Rapids. They farmed in the Coon, Gray and southeast of Manning areas. Their daughter Betty was born in 1939. In 1948 they bought the Reimer farm northeast of Manning and lived there until their retirement to Manning in 1971. They celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1975 and will observe their 55th anniversary in 1980.

Betty Lengemann grew to womanhood on farms south and east of Manning, graduating from Manning High School in 1957. Betty worked in the Manning and Denison communities and married Louie Andresen Jr., son of Louie Sr. and Laura Stodamier Andresen of Charter Oak, on February 17, 1963. They farmed in the Charter Oak area until moving to the farm east of Manning in 1971.

They have three daughters, Lynna, born in 1964, Lesia, born in 1965 and Luann, born in 1970. All are active students in the Manning Community School. The girls are active in the Manning Cadets 4-H Club and Mrs. Andresen is one of the leaders of the club. The Andresens are members of the Zion Lutheran Church.

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frank, Earl and Bernice Gray

The Charles Frank family came to the Manning area in 1926, when they purchased a farm southwest of town. Charles Frank came from Germany to the United States with his family as a child and settled in the Irwin area. He married Myrtle Humphreys and farmed at Irwin until moving to Manning. They were the parents of two children, Earl and Bernice.

Earl married Matilda Borkowski and farmed near Manning until moving to Minnesota in the 1950's. They were the parents of five children, Gaillard, Charles, Loyce (Mrs. Bruce Mackey), Ronald and Kay (Mrs. Loyd Holmberg).

Bernice taught rural schools until her marriage in 1930 to Alvin Gray. They farmed near Botna until 1952, when they moved to Colorado and later to Arizona. They were the parents of three daughters, Colene, Adele and Connie (Mrs. Norman James of Arizona).

Colene married Virgil Rowedder and they farmed northwest of town until 1970, when they moved into Manning. They have two children, Mark and Becky.

Adele is the wife of Ray Christensen. They have four children, Paul, Del, Lauri, and Dana. They farm south of town.

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Friedrich Thomas Friedrichsen was born July 4, 1864 in Hattstedt, Schleswig, Germany, a son of Hans and Caroline (Hansen) Friedrichsen. They came to the United States while Fred was still a lad. They settled in Crawford County.

Anna Margaretha Augusta Thomssen was born July 21, 1875 in Heidi, Schleswig, Germany, the daughter of Claus and Antje Thomssen. The Thomssens came to their new homeland in 1889 and settled at Aspinwall.

Wedding bells rang for Fred and Augusta April 5, 1892, at the German Lutheran Church in Denison. The Rev. F. Lothringer, Lutheran pastor, officiated. Their wedding attendants were Bernard Broderson and Margareth Schroeder.

This newly married couple moved to Bloomfield, Nebraska, and lived there 11 years before returning to the Manning area. While living in Nebraska, they became the parents of seven children. One son Fred died at the age of one year.

Upon returning to Manning, they bought a farm three miles southeast of town and lived there until Agusta's death on November 18, 1952. Her death ended 61 years of marriage for this wonderful couple. Thirteen children had blessed their home during their married years.

Fred and two sons, Eddie and Henry, moved to South Manning and lived there until Fred's death at age 93. His death came on August 16, 1957.

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Mr. and Mrs. Friedrich Friedricksen

Fred will be remembered for his love of entertaining his friends with his accordian music and his gardening. Agusta's home-baked bread and jam is one reason the family came to visit so often.

Their 12 children helped them celebrate their golden anniversary in 1942 and their sixtieth in 1952. All twelve children survived their parents. They were: Emma (Mrs. Hans Beese); Laura (Mrs. Edward Lamp); Edward who died February 9, 1971; Bertha (Mrs. John Joens); Ella (Mrs. Fred Stewart); Ferdinand, whose wife is Malinda (Brandenburg), died December 22, 1969; Henry who died December 12, 1974; Selma (Mrs. William Hacker); Grant, whose wife is Inez (Grundmeier), died August 13, 1973; Effie (Mrs. Nelson Christensen); Harry, whose wife is Ruth (Marcus), died June 6, 1979; and Raymond, whose wife is Eunice (Ranninger).

At the time of this writing, Emma lives at Ames, Laura at Coon Rapids, Bertha at Council Bluffs, Ella at Audubon, Selma at Templeton, Effie at Gray, and Raymond at Denison.


Fred Jackson Fritz was born February 9, 1900, at Manning, the son of Jack and Anna Kortum Fritz. Jack was born in Pennsylvania in 1862 and Anna was born in Germany in 1871, and died at Manning in December, 1953. Jack passed away in 1901. Anna raised her four sons, Louis, Marty, Fred and Jay, a daughter, Abbie, and an adopted grandson, Gilbert.

Fred married Fannie Farley of Vail in 1920. Fred worked in the Hansen and Pahde and Henry Klesspies Grocery Stores until he became manager of the Council Oak Store, working there until 1938. To this marriage five daughters were born: Virginia (Mrs. Eddie Vermeule), Mabank, Texas; Rhea (Mrs. Jim Wulf), Vail; Mary (Mrs. Rick Grau), Long Beach, California; Pat (Mrs. Walter Welch), Anaheim, California; and Kaye (Mrs. Matt Henkenius), Rahway, New Jersey.

There are 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Fred died on January 24, 1953. Fannie died November 8, 1968.

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