ONLY during WWI & part of WWII was Kinderfest (Children's Day) cancelled.
Now in 2020, history is repeating when the Kinderfest committee members have decided to cancel Kinderfest for this year.
There is too much uncertainty right now because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, making it difficult to work on plans for activities and bringing in inflatable entertainment.
So they plan on having an extra-special Kinderfest in 2021.

In 1881, the Thanksgiving Hop was the very first social event for the Manning citizens and their children.
Then in February 1882, Der Manning Schuetzen Verein was officially organized.
A community celebration continued in 1882 and 1883 and then in 1884, the Verein officially took over the annual celebration in Manning and named it Kinderfest.
Because the 1918 Spanish Influenza didn't begin until later in the fall of that year, they were able to have Kinderfest that year...then by the summer of 1919, the influenza had ended so Kinderfest was held that year.

Success beyond the wildest dreams for the Main Street Manning - Mother's Day (drive-through) May 10, 2020.
The caravan seemed to go on forever - probably a mile long at one point in time.

City crew set out the flags on May 8

88 vehicles came through the event

Car 54 Where Are You?

Leave it to Gene Steffes to add his talent and dedication to supporting Manning!
Sprigs from a Flowering Crab Apple tree and Lilac bush decorated the pallet

10:28 am - looking south on Main Street

11:34 am - cars backed up on 141 to the east

Circled through the old hospital parking lot

Then headed north on Main Street

Mr. Turkey Vulture could smell the good food, so he decided to get in line too

Each car was given a card with their number and how many meals

Many volunteers assisted - Luann (Andresen) Langel delivering meals

Jeff Wanninger delivering meals to Gladys Schmidt - her daughter, Bonnie, driving.

More pix coming

Main Street Manning to Host "Drive - Thru Mother's Day" On Sunday, May 10
Manning Monitor

Main Street Manning will be hosting a "Drive-Thru Mother's Day" event on Sunday, May 10, 2020, on the community's historical brick Main Street to give a fun and unique "spin" on the holiday.

According to Jean Voege, Executive Director of Main Street Manning, "Over the past seven weeks, each of us has witnessed first-hand the negative impact the pandemic has had on area restaurants, retail businesses, school events, holidays and just about anything else you can imagine. The economic impact on small businesses and our community in general has been quite significant as businesses have been forced to close or significantly change their business practices to meet infection control and social distancing requirements. As an organization, Main Street Manning decided to host an event to help make a positive difference in our community."

Jean continued, "As the Main Street Manning (MSM) volunteers began planning this event, they wanted to host an event that would promote the businesses in the MSM district by featuring available products and services and they wanted an event that would provide a nice meal for Mother's Day. Another goal was to promote community engagement and generosity while maintaining social distancing. Participants can drive up Main Street, stay in their cars, pick up a nice meal and a gift bag for Mom."

"As our planning progressed, we decided to partner with the Manning Food Bank and the C3 organization to collect non-perishable items for the food bank. While a donation to the foodbank is not required to participate in Drive Thru Mother's Day, we are hopeful many will take advantage of this convenient way to donate to our local foodbank."

"We ask that as you drive up Main Street, be on the lookout for volunteers who will be taking orders and guiding you to where you need to go. We want to maintain safety and social distancing. We will have marked "stops" along the way to guide everyone as they make their way down Main Street. Volunteers will be available to collect donations for the food bank, take your food order, collect the free-will offering for the meal, bring orders to your car, and distribute the gift bags."

The meal, prepared by Deb's Corner Café and Cliff's Place, will feature roast beef with scalloped potatoes and green beans along with coleslaw, lemon pudding salad, a dinner roll and Dutch apple pie. Deb's and Cliff's will prepare 250 meals with serving beginning at 11:30 am. The event will run until 1:00 pm - or until 250 meals have been served. The meals will be distributed from Deb's Corner Café.

Delivery service will be available within the Manning city limits for those who wish to shelter in place because of the pandemic. Calls for meal delivery will be taken at 712-655-2423 starting at 11:30 am on Sunday, May 10. A free-will offering will be requested upon delivery.

Volunteers have prepared 100 gift bags filled with gift and promotional items as well as discount coupons etc. from participating businesses in the MSM business district. There will be a limit of one gift bag per car. The goal is to provide a gift bag to honor and celebrate Mom. The gift bags will be distributed outside the Manning Public Library.

Jean said, "We decided to do the event as a free-will offering as it helps to keep the flow of traffic moving and the volunteers collecting money won't have to make change during these times of heighten awareness for infection control. While we suggest a donation of $15 per meal, we trust that those who participate in Drive Thru Mother's Day will be as generous as their personal circumstances allow knowing that the proceeds will go to reimburse the expenses incurred as the community comes together to support our local businesses."

Main Street Manning will also be selling the garden flags featuring the 4 skyline icons of the community (water tower, Trinity Church, the train trestle and the Hausbarn). The garden flags measure 12"x18" and sell for $20. The flags will be available north of the Manning Public Library.

Main Street Manning looks forward to seeing you on Sunday, May 10 for "Drive Thru Mother's Day"! For more information, call Main Street Manning at (712) 655-6246 or send an email to

I only have one item scanned in my database that states specifically it is connected to Mother's Day.
The other pictures are mother and child images - many not hopefully someone will recognize a grandmother, great-aunt etc.

This first item is very unique and historically important. During WWII, Gib Peters was a guard for the Military Police at a prison camp in France.
Gib got to know one of the prisoners very well and then that prisoner drew this Mother's Day card for Gib's mother, Clara (Lohmeier) Peters - wife of John Peters.
Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of Clara or John.

12x10 inch actual size Mother's Day card from Gib Peters to his mother, Clara

Gilbert Peters

Gilbert, Bernadette, JoAnn, Janice, Brian 1969

Helen Voss with her daughter, Joann

Laura (Mohr) Lage with her son, Wesley

If you can help with IDs, please e-mail me.
If we do NOT get some of these pix identified now, they'll stay unknown forever.

Mother with her children - from the Judy Enenbach collection

Mother with her child - from the Loucks collection

Esther (Jensen) Popp with Marilyn on left, Ann (Frahm) Popp with Robert
The old Manning Schuetzen Verein hall in back (Firemen's Hall)
Note the Iowa 46 highway sign at this time - before it was reassigned to Highway 141.

Ida (Ress) Jochimsen with Winona

Lulu (Roberts) Simpson-Heller with Belle
Belle graduated from MHS in 1926

Amanda (Schroeder) Clausen - aunt to Ron, Ron Schilling
Front: Emma (Schroeder) Schilling

Mother & child? - from the Virgene (Kruse) Kroeger collection

Mother & child - from the Ray Ross collection

Elizabeth (Meyer) Ross with Ray1958

Mother & child - from the Selma Ross collection

Ernest Dee Sutherland with his mother Allie (Bishop) Sutherland

Ernest Dee Sutherland MHS 1906

Tom Doyel with his mother Barb (Robertson) Doyel

Mother & child - from the Darlys Vollstedt collection

Mother & child - from the Darlys Vollstedt collection

Mother & child - from the Bernice (Karsten) Schroeder collection

I think this is Bernice (Karsten) Schroeder with her son Tom or maybe Dave

Lida (Sheets) Campbell with Howard

Don Zubrod with his mother Louise (Bellinghausen) Zubrod September 1952 Elpaso, Texas

Martha Jahn with her daughter Ila - or vice versa - from the Hagedorn/Garmire collection

Jo (Leonard's half-sister), Maguerite (Lytel) Williams with her son Leonard Williams
Leonard graduated from MHS in 1927 and was a good friend of Art Rix.
Leonard is related to Dave Kusel through our Grube ancestors.

Harold Rutz with his mother Rosa (Wenzel) Rutz
Harold graduated from MHS in 1934

Dorothy Sutherland (Mrs. Lyle "Red" Arp) with her mother Gertrude (Timmerman) Sutherland

Western Union to Regilda (Hoffmann) Fraser that her mother Magdalena (Claussen) Hoffmann died

1910 Hoffmann family: Herman 38, Margaretha 34, Renald 11, Regilda 8

Regilda (Hoffmann) Fraser WWII WAC

Carl & Regilda Fraser

Regilda Hoffmann MHS 1920

Regilda Hoffmann

Regilda Fraser's 1948 Studebaker - 1981 Manning Centennial parade


From Irwin Grau to his mother, Magda (Holm) Grau February 24, 1956

San Francisco

Irwin Grau - MHS 1950
First cousin, once removed to Dave Kusel

Emil, Sr. and Magda Grau

Mother & child - from the Steen collection

Ardith (David) Lage with her mother Beata (Schade) David

Mother & children - from the Claussen or Hoffmann collection

Lyden Studio photo: Mother & child - from the Iola (Taylor) Stammer collection

Mother & children - from the Iola (Taylor) Stammer collection

Mother & children - from the Derner collection

Birgitta Carlson - AFS 1961 - with her mother and grandmother
Host family: William & Bernice (Dethlefs) Ohde

Clyde Kenyon with his mother - from the Dales collection
Clyde - MHS 1922

Mother & children - from the Ploen & Moeller collection
Lyden Studio

Marjorie (Moore) Frank with her son Russell

Harold Hassler with his mother Glenna

Harold Reinke with his mother Minnie (Stumpe) Reinke July 1943

Barb Doyel, Irene Reischl, Deloris Odendahl, Martha Rohe, Thelma Rowedder, Imelda Kerkhoff
Mothers having some "refreshments" at Grimm & Vinke after the 1971 Senior Football banquet

Only One Mother

Hundreds Of Stars In The Pretty Sky
Hundreds Of Shells On The Shore Together
Hundreds Of Birds That Go Singing
Hundreds Of Lambs In The Sunny Weather

Hundreds Of Dewdrops To Greet The Dawn
Hundreds Of Bees In The Purple Cloves
Hundreds Of Butterflies On The Lawn
But Only One Mother The World Wide Over

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