I'm working with someone from Nevada who has a collection of pictures of the Grube family who lived in Missouri, and also several Lyden Studio pictures, 1 that is identified as Riggs and the other 2 are of a wedding couple.

They are not sure where they purchased this collection but would be either in Nevada or in Long Beach.

These are some of the names on the photos that were identified:
Sister Esther M. Grube, William Grube, Poppi-Lewis-George Grube, Betty Jane Grube, Mrs Basil H. See, Mrs Willena Grube Anderson, Irene Tinsley of South Dakota, Mary Grube.
A family living in Seattle Washington, and Lavan D. Sanderford of San Francisco.

So if anyone can help with the Grube family connection please let me know...

This is the Manning Grube family of whom I descend from.
Detlef and his family immigrated from Schleswig/Holstein to Davenport, Iowa, in 1865, and eventually the children ended up in Manning.

Detlef Grube 1817 - 1865 married Anna Miller 1813 - 1878

Children of Detlef & Anna:
Christian born 3/18/1842
Claus J. born 2/24/1845 married Catherine Struve born 1/22/1850 - 9/20/1867
Henry married Ida Kusel who was a sister to William Kusel
Sophia born 9/9/1852 - 10/19/1935 married William Kusel - Dave Kusel's great-grandparents

Recently I noticed several Lyden Studio pictures listed on E-bay.
2 of them had no IDs but one did and the name intrigued me so I searched my database to see if I would come up with something...and to my amazement an obituary popped up.
BUT years ago I did not fully read it and thought this person had no Manning connections so I put that obituary on my "area" obit web page.

As I read it and then compared the names that were written on back of the picture on E-bay I was completely overwhelmed when I realized that this was the wife of the Civil War Veteran whose obituary I had. As I read further I realized this Veteran lived in the Manning area and was a member of the McPherson Post GAR here in Manning.

So I contacted the e-bayer from California who was selling these 3 pictures to see if they had any more Lyden/Manning pictures.
They told me there were no more and the rest of this collection was of a Grube family who lived in Missouri.

I jumped as soon as I saw the Grube name...my great-grandmother was a Grube, so I sent a message back to the seller to see if they knew any more about the origins of this collection - the only information they could tell me was that it was purchased either in Nevada or in Long Beach.

As I studied the obituary more I noticed that this Riggs family who once lived in Manning moved to Pike County, Missouri, in 1881 from Wisconsin and then to Manning in 1885.

So now I need to see if a lot of these connections are coincidence and I also need to figure out if the Manning Grubes are connected to the Grube family that lived in Missouri.

For now I'm going to just show the 3 Lyden pictures and then later will scan some of the pix that are identified and some of the family names that are part of this Grube collection...then hopefully someone will stumble on this information and help me make connections, if any.

After sharing information back and forth the seller offered to send me the whole Grube collection for free, other than the 3 pictures they had open for bid which I purchased.

From time to time I'll find e-bayers who respect history as much as I do and either offer me a special price on e-bay and send other Manning connected items they have for free.

As I explain to them, I'm NOT a collector and I intend to put everything I collect in a future Manning museum...so that way they realize I'm not going to resell their items to make money.

I send them the link to my main web page which shows them I'm legitimate and honest about my historical work...

If it weren't for the Riggs picture on e-bay I probably would not have discovered that Isaac Riggs was another Manning Civil War Veteran I did not have in my military database.
Please take the time to thoroughly read the obituary - it has an amazing account of his war record!

Minerva (Lieurance) Riggs - Lyden Studio

Isaac Riggs
September 2, 1898
Manning Monitor


A letter bearing such intelligence was received at this office on Wednesday. Having lived on a farm a few miles south of Manning for many years prior to the time of his removal to Atlantic in 1896, most every one in the country here abouts knew Mr. Riggs.

Isaac Riggs was born in the county of Montgomery, New York, December 27, 1822, being at this time of his death 76 years, 4 months and 20 days. In the year 1848 he removed to Iowa County, Wisconsin. Here he remained until the war of the Rebellion broke out in 1861, when he enlisted in Co. I., 2d Wisconsin Volunteers, and served his country faithfully until he was honorably discharged June 19, 1864.

At one time he was a member of McPherson Post, G.A.R., of this city.

On August 3, 1864, the deceased was joined in marriage to Minerva Lieurance, of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, who, with one son and five daughters, survive him. In 1881 the family moved to Pike County, Missouri, and after residing there four years they came to this section, settling on a farm seven miles southeast of Manning. Here, his children grew to manhood and womanhood.

Mr. Riggs was a Christian in all the word implies, and had the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He was an affectionate husband, a kind father and a good neighbor. So far as the writer knows, Mr. Riggs had no enemies and left a memory without reproach.

lsaac Riggs
Isaac Riggs was born in Montgomery County, New York, December 27, 1822, and died here at his home last Saturday, August 20, 1898, at noon. He was an early settler in Wisconsin, having come to that state in 1848. He was married to Minerva Lieurance, August 3, 1864. To them were born six children, one son, George L., now of Shelby County this state and five daughters, the eldest now Mrs. Shafenberg, of Hartington, Nebraska; Mrs. Sliester, of Crawford County this state, and Augusta, Anna, and Gertrude, all grown and living at home.

The family moved from Wisconsin to Missouri in 1877 and thence to Shelby County, Iowa, and in 1896 to Atlantic. He was a wagon maker for a few years after marriage and then was engaged in agricultural business.

He rendered efficient service in the war for three years and since then his health has been impaired and his last illness, epilepsy, grew out of sickness brought on in the war. The three daughters at home and the mother are consecrated Christian workers and we have reason to believe that during the last three years while he has been an invalid, tender hands have ministered to him and many kind words of love have been exchanged.

Elders, Hill of the Congregational Church and Stanley of the Baptist Church assisted Elder McIntire of the Church of Christ to conduct the funeral services from the house at 602 Spruce Street, Tuesday morning, August 22, 1898. Rev. Stanley in behalf of the G.A.R. gave the following brief address: "Another old veteran of the war for the Union has been mustered out and we are assembled as patriotic citizens and sympathizing friends to give his remains honorable burial. Isaac Riggs, so he has been written on the imperishable roll of honor preserved in the archives of a grateful nation was a member of the famous Second Regiment, itself a part of the celebrated '"Iron Brigade"' and served through its entire existence, being one of its few survivors.

One of the first regiments to respond to President Lincoln's first call, and the first to leave Wisconsin, is fought in the first battle of Bull Run, General W.T. Sherman, brigade commander, losing 164 men. A year later, August 28, 1862, it fought in the ranks of the Iron Brigade at Galesville, Virginia, where four brigades of Stonewall Jackson's men were held in check all day until after dark, checked for the first time in their history, the second Wisconsin losing 162 men. A few days later the Iron Brigade stormed Turner's Gap on the road to Antietam, the second regiment losing 80 men. Three days later the brigade fought in the hottest part of the battle of Antietam, the Second Regiment losing 91 out of 150 men engaged, General McClelland pronounced them "equal to the best troops in the world." They went through Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville to the carnage of Gettysburg where the Second led the charge on Archer's rebel brigade and lost one-third of its numbers from a single volley. Here their colonel, Lucius F. Fairchild, afterwards governor of Wisconsin and commander-in-chief of the G.A.R, lost his left arm. They lost 182 men. The Second followed Grant through all the battles of the Richmond Campaign until the crossing of the James River, their term of service having expired. The total enrollment was 1186, lost in action 1040 men killed and wounded, leaving 146 survivors.

This man was a hero among heroes. He fought under Sherman, Reynolds, Fairchild, and Grant. Glory enough for him and his. Honor the memory of the brave.

Those of us who live in Manning today should be VERY Proud of our Manning Civil War Veterans, and at the same time HUMBLE when we read Isaac's military story and the horrors of war that he and so many other Manning Veterans had to endure.

I'm so glad we will be able to document his true patriotism in the Manning Veterans book and I HOPE his story will inspire more Manning connected Veterans and/or the families of deceased Manning connected Veterans to contact me, and get those pictures and history to me to scan and use in the book.

Now Minerva's picture was taken by Lyden Studio and the other 2 pictures were also Lyden pictures, but there are no IDs.
Since these 3 pictures were clearly taken in Manning and were in the Grube collection from Missouri, I have to believe they are my Grube relation...and connected to the Manning Grube families. Now I have to figure out where the connection is.
As to the Riggs family and the wedding party - they may just be friends of the Grube family OR maybe they are related/connected somehow.

I swear I recognize the wedding couple but I've scanned so many tens of thousands of pictures that I'm probably just thinking of a picture that looks similar.

Lyden Studio

Here is my Grube family tree.

Printed in 1912

Claus J. Grube, a well known retired farmer now living in Manning, was born in the province of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on the 24th of February, 1845.

He is a son Detlef and Anna (Miller) Grube (Dave Kusel's great-great-grandparents), natives of the same province, the father having been born in 1817 and the mother in 1813. The father, who was a laborer, emigrated to the United States with his wife and family in 1865, locating in Davenport, Iowa, where he died the same year. The mother continued to make her home there until 1871 when she accompanied her son Christian to Carroll county, where she was residing at the time of her demise in 1878. The parents were both members of the Lutheran church.

Mr. and Mrs. Grube were the parents of the following children: Christian, who was born in the province of Schleswig-Holstein on the 18th of March, 1842, now a resident of Manning; Claus Henry, who is deceased; Mary, also deceased; and Sophia the wife of William Kusel, of Manning.

Claus J. Grube, who was a young man of twenty years when he set foot in the United States, acquired his education in the common schools of his native province. During the early years of his residence in Iowa he worked as a farm hand in the vicinity of Davenport, during which time he managed to save sufficient capital to enable him to set out for himself, so he rented a farm which he operated for several years. In 1874 he went to Crawford county, purchasing some land which he cultivated until his retirement in 1888, since which time he has made his home in Manning.

The 20th of September, 1867, was the wedding day of Mr. Grube and Miss Catherine Struve, a daughter of Hans and Margaret Dorothea (Kuehl) Struve. Mrs. Grube was born in Schleswig-Holstein on the 22nd of January, 1850, and there she was also reared and educated. Her parents passed their entire lives in that province, where the father followed the trade of wheelwright in connection with which he farmed, his entire attention being given to the latter activity during the later years of his life.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Grube hold membership in the Lutheran church, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Ever since granted the right of franchise by naturalization Mr. Grube has given his support to the men and measures of the democratic party, and has held various township offices. He and his wife are now enjoying in the evening of life the ease and comfort which is the well merited reward of their earlier toil and self-denial, by which means they acquired a competence which now provides them with all of the necessities and many of the luxuries of life. 

Detlef Grube 1817 - 1865
married Anna Miller 1813 - 1878

Children of Detlef & Anna:
Christian born 3/18/1842
Claus J. born 2/24/1845 married Catherine Struve born 1/22/1850 - 9/20/1867
Henry married Ida Kusel who was a sister to William Kusel
Sophia born 9/9/1852 - 10/19/1935 married William Kusel Dave Kusel's great-grandparents

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