When someone calls me and says they have some old Manning stuff - I come a runnin.'
The other day Charlie Croghan called and said he had some old Monitor papers and also an old Manning yearbook.
So I headed into Manning to grab those things...as we visited, Charlie asked if I had any interest in old magazines. I said unless there is a direct Manning connection, I just don't have time to scan and preserve non-Manning history - just too much Manning history to find and try to get people to bring it to me and then scan it.
All of a sudden, Charlie remembered that there was a studio name on the Look Magazine he had.
I immediately jumped and asked - "is it Lyden Studio?"
He didn't remember so he went into his house and brought it out so we could look at it. As soon as he started reading the label and said Bonito, I knew right away it had to be the Lyden Studio.
Then he showed me that Lyden Studio was hand-written on the cover.
I asked him if he remembers what yard or estate sale he bought this from but he didn't remember.

Jeanne (Lyden) Farley called me and confirmed that this is her uncle Bonito's hand writing on the Look magazine below.

These are the types of things I'm always looking for - I have absolutely no interest in old magazines and other non-Manning stuff, but when there is a direct connection to Manning's past like this - I sure want to get it to scan and add to my ever growing and most unique database for a community anywhere.


Lyden Studio - Bonito Lyden - owner/photographer 307 Main Street


The yearbook Charlie had, has more Manning history too...it belonged to Dr. John Hornberger who purchased yearbooks every year to have in his clinic for patients to look at.
John was the last of the local medical doctors who made house-calls.

I have a very unique memory of Doc.
In September 1970, my dad was in bed and I was mowing the lawn.
Mom yells out the window that dad is in bad shape.
He had been suffering from Diabetes for many years.
When Doc arrived at the farm, he tried to revive dad by chest compressions and also did the pounding of the heart; something as a young teenager that I'd never seen before in a real-life situation.
I remember Doc saying afterword that if dad had been revived he probably would have had some broken ribs and would have been in pain from the attempted revival.
John and his wife Joan had 2 sons, John, Jr. & Richard - the family came to Manning in 1950.
For years Doc ran the sidelines at home football games to assist with any injuries for either team. I also remember him smoking his cigarettes on the sideline - something you definitely don't see anymore.
Doc told me about how Nick Schrum was retrieved from under the hay in the barn that collapsed on him while he was milking his cows during the worst wind storm in Manning's history in August 1956 with 120 MPH straightline sustained winds. I had heard many stories but never a first-hand account about Nick being taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Doc Hornberger passed away in 2006 at the age of 82.


As I always do - I'll put out another plea to anyone who has old Manning pictures, history, and stuff with Manning business or people's names on, etc. to get those things to me to scan and add to my database.


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