I am always looking for old Manning connected family pictures and information.
Featuring some of your pictures & information on my web pages is one of the best ways to promote the research of your family history.
Two Buhmann/Vinke descendants provided the first set of pictures on this particular web page.

The second part of this web page features Buhmann photos from the Hoffmann family of Manning. Dean Hoffmann 4th or 5th generation in Manning has kept these and hundreds of other old Manning and family photos. He has been very gracious to allow me to scan his pictures and share some of them with you on my web pages.
Many of the Buhmann pictures were taken in Germany and these Buhmanns probably did not immigrate to the U.S. or Manning but are related to the Manning Buhmanns.

If you would like to share some of your old family history or would like to get in contact with one of the descendants who shared these pictures please e-mail David Kusel.

From the 1981 Manning Centennial history book


Henry Buhmann was born in Delstedt, Holstein, Germany, on April 29, 1864. He came to America, directly to Manning, in 1887. His sister, Magdalene (Mrs. Hans Claussen), and family preceded him from Germany; a brother William came a little later.

In 1902 Henry married Laura Vinke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vinke. They had three children: DeEtta, Leora and Helen.

Henry worked on various farms for a few years and then acquired the Corner Saloon on Main Street. He operated that until there was a change in the Iowa law limiting the number of bars according to population. There were about 10 in Manning at that time. He then became associated with John Frahm and Carl Voss making one large bar, known as the Banquet Bar and known by many as the "Horse Shoe Bar", the largest west of the Mississippi. The bar operated until about 1917 when prohibition began.

Henry then acquired the Manning Grill and Coffee Shop on South Main Street. In 1920, he bought the Virginia Cafe on North Main Street and operated that for several years, until failing health forced him to retire. He passed away in 1931.

His two surviving daughters are Leora (Mrs. John Tansor) of Sun City, Arizona and Helen (Mrs. Walter Scholles) of South San Francisco, California.