Gene Steffes comes through again with a great idea and a lot of "heart" with his efforts!!!
March 30, 2020

Troy Grabill (down below) of the Light Company graciously helped Gene put up the lights.

Gene does have a steel post pounder but of course couldn't find it when he needed it.

Even Frosty wears a mask!

Gene & Sherri Steffes have a pallet business in Manning.
He takes old ones and rebuilds them and also makes new ones
The business name is "Arrow Pallets, LLC"
It is located at the old Dultmeier building for those of you old enough to remember it.

Dultmeier brochure circa 1955

Heart Starburst!

It was 15 years ago when Gene came up with the idea to put up a tall pole to fly a large US flag.
Of course, you should have guessed it, I was there to take pictures.
Here they are and some background on the eagle, golden ball, and volunteers...

May 27, 2005

Bob "Beep" Ewoldt digging the hole using the city's light truck.

Gene painted a bowling ball gold to use as the perch for the Bald Eagle.

Eagle and golden ball came from Bud & Thelma's display they had on their lawn.

June 25, 2005

Wade "Bud" & Thelma (Doyel) Mohr 60th anniversary.
There is a ring on Bud's right hand (partially hidden under his engagement ring).
That ring came from a trade for cigarettes with the bar tender at a pub in France after the war ended.

Cropped image from above.
Paris, France on the ring

Picture I took of Bud's ring in 2003 - he told me he wore this ring every day of his life.

Bud was one of the first to land his craft during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944.

Bud was a motormac on the 537

Bud with his M-1 rifle and bayonet

Wade written on the picture - sometime after the D-Day invasion on the English Channel.

Just think of how many thousands of US boys never made it back home, alive...If Bud had not survived, I wouldn't be showing you any of these pictures and information...and these three grandsons shown below would not exist today.
Just a little perspective on how each of us can have a dramatic affect on the future...

Gene with 3 of his boys.
Gene married Sherri Mohr

Back: Doug Mohr, Sandy (Mohr) Good, Larry Mohr, Gloria (Mohr) Aron, Steve Mohr
Front: Scott Mohr, Thelma (Doyel) Mohr, Wade Mohr, Sherri (Mohr) Steffes

Troy Grabill spinning the pole.

Now I don't want to be disrespectful to one of our nation's amazing points in history but this reminds me of "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" during WWII. It took a lot of guys to pull the flag skyward and wrestle with that amount of cloth to keep it off the ground.

Remember the Dairy Sweet?

Gene Steffes, Bill Meyer, Don Zubrod, and the late Gerald Schreck

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