"Don't cry over spilt milk!"
I don't want to take away from the tribute to Lois, but if you read along and then pay close attention, you'll see that I'm actually giving a lot of credit to Lois and Ronnie, for
their love of community and school...just take the time to read and then you should understand what I'm referring to.
Lois Vennink - Manning FFA's very first "Sweeheart" of the newly formed "FFA Sweetheart Dance."
Lois & Ron have been very supportive of my Manning historical projects.
When I asked them about their school scrapbooks, they let me go through them and scan the
I've visited with them over the years about various aspects of Manning's history and one day I brought up the Manning FFA and how I was sad that the
FFA scrapbooks, pictures, trophies, and other history somehow disappeared.
WELL, did I get my eyes opened!...Lois & Ron told me that they tried to save those items. When the school board and authorities decided to end Ag courses and FFA, Ron
and Lois got wind that they were going to just throw away the old FFA historical items...a history that began in 1937 and my dad was one of the FFA Charter members, including many other
seniors, juniors, and a few sophomores, one being a good friend of my dad, Gerhardt Voge.
From 1937 through the 1950s the Manning FFA won various categories of
state championship trophies almost every year.
Each year, there was a historian who made a new scrapbook.
Then comes the era in the
early 1960s when supposedly interest in Ag courses and FFA waned so it was decided to end the Ag courses and FFA.
ALSO, when the historical
FFA and Ag stuff was thrown away...even over the objections of the Frahms, who
offered to take those things so they could be preserved.
Not until 1973, when the new high school opened, were the Ag courses and FFA brought back.
NOW I don't bring this up to judge or criticize the people who decided to throw the FFA history, but to bring it to everyone's attention how FAST & EASY our history
is lost...SADLY, this lack of concern about our historical stuff continued on through today. I could site more current examples of organizations
and goverment entities throwing our history but don't want to distract from the tribute to Lois any more...
Lois (Vennink) Frahm
April 13, 1937 - September 6, 2020
Below is just a sampling of the wonderful collection I scanned from the Frahm scrapbooks.
Nishnabotna No. 2 Country School
"Honor Lies in Honest Toil"
Nishnabotna No. 2 Country School
Middle: Wilber ?, Mildred Vennink, Lois Vennink (Kindergarten)
Front: Wayne Vennink, Dale Huebner, Wayne Steinkuehler,
Back: Wilbur ?, Mildred Vennink
Middle: Wayne Steinkuehler, Allen Vennink, Wayne Vennink
Front: Dale Huebner, AnnaBelle Vennink, Lois Vennink
Mildred ?, Lois Vennink
Manilla town school
Back: Lanny Rutherford, Dale Nielsen, Mark Ramsey,
Richard Agan, Lee Poleski, Robert Opperman, Rollin Huffaker, Robert Hollander, Dick Johnson
Middle: Hans Waterbury, Charles Finnegan, Howard Vrana, Pete Soe, Harold Vrana, Roth Farley, Robert Bandow, Paul Gengler
Front: Miss Virginia (Brown) Dethlefs, Jerrie Terwillerger, Lois Vennink,
Marilyn Berndt, Betty Ladehoff, Belva Sleister, Aloha Waterbury, Alice Hahn, Margaret Olberding, Rae Jean Steffen
Back: Robert Farley, Robert Bandow, Marilyn Berndt, Betty Ladehoff, Richard Israel, Pete Soe
Middle: Lee Polaski, Alan Lorenzen, Dale Nielsen, Rollin Huffaker, Mark Ramsey, Dick Cee, Aloha Waterbury, Belva Sleister, girl ?,
Lois Vennink, girl ?, Teacher Edith Cadwell
Front: Robert Opperman, Rae Jean Steffen, Jerri Terwilleger, Richard Agan, Margaret Olberding, Alice Hahn, Robert Hollander, Lanny Rutherford, boy ?
Iowa No. 7
LaVonne Genzen - sister to Virgil and aunt of Larry Genzen
1950 Mary Ann Rothfolk - teacher
Admission into high school
Iowa No. 7 Country School
Lois Vennink - Manning High School MHS 1955
Aunt Jemima Pancake Day Plans Completed
Carol Rowedder, Lois Vennink, Janice Ahrendsen, Lou Polking
Plans for Aunt Jemima pancake day in Manning next Wednesday were completed Monday night when the trade relations committee set up a schedule of events for the day.
Pancakes will be served free in the Loucks building next to The Monitor from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. The chamber is furnishing coffee and Manning Creamery the butter.
To lend atmosphere to the day, chamber members and merchants will "black face" for the occasion. Those not complying with the trend will be fined in "kangaroo court" unless
they procure a "poor white 'trash" permit.
Assistance in having the proper make-up applied may be had by reporting at the Loucks' building early that morning. Minstrel shows featuring home talent and
music departments of high school, will be presented at Firemen's hall. First show will be at 6:45 for children of school age and the second for adults at 8 p.m. A free-will
offering will be taken to help defray expenses.
Music for the minstrel shows will be provided by a jazz band, which will also appear at different times during the day on Main Street.
Dwane Mickelson and Kay McNamara, music instructors, are assisting the committee in getting the shows lined up.
A large minstrel chorus is practicing with instrumental and vocal performers and the customary end men are polishing their lines to ready for the occasion.
Through The Monitor pages today will be found several Aunt Jemima day specials.
Comet Dance royalty March 4, 1955
Lynn Clark, Phillip Zerwas, Burton Sander (King), Lois Vennink, (Queen),
Sandra Anderson, Louise Polking, Janis Groteluschen
Back: Lois Vennink,
Bonnie Brus, Carol Rowedder, Shirley Ruhde, Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Lohrmann
Front: Nick Dappen, Noreen Eich
I think this might be Louise Polking
Christmas party: Lois Vennink, Carol Rowedder, Louise Polking
Christmas special to the Spotlite
Lois & Ron - Junior/Senior Banquet 1954
Band & Vocal Concert
The Mumps!In Lois' scrapbook she wrote:
"My misery began March 29, the night after Jane, Ann, and I went skiing.
Ann (Littell) Grau, Jane Opperman
Jane & Ann stayed overnight."
Apparently Lois gave Ann the mumps but Jane survived.
"I went back to school April 9."
"Named my horn Lumpy after my sore jaws from practicing my solo - sure wished I hadn't. Went to contest April 10."
"Acquired new nickname FATHEAD"
Lois Vennink Christmas party circa 1954 down by Botna.
Notation on back of the picture "we broke one chair."
Standing: Jeanette Justice, Bonnie (Brus) Lorenzen
Kneeling: Jane Opperman, Lois Vennink, Carol Rowedder, Louise Polking
Jane Opperman's New Year's Eve party
Back: Jeanette Justice, Louise Polking, Karen Carstens, Deanna Donaghu
Front: Lois Vennink, Carol Rowedder, Bonnie Brus, Ann Littell
Junior Class play "Meet Corliss Archer" 1954Back: Jane Opperman, Mary Stangl,
Bonnie Brus, Carol Rowedder, Lois Vennink, Jeanette Justice, Louise Polking
Front: Bill Stein, Lynn Clark, Dale Vollstedt
1953 Prom waitresses
Jeanette Justice, Bonnie Brus, LaVonne "Bonnie" Lohmeier,
Freshman Algebra class 1952-52Back: Sally Juels, Mary Stangl, Bonnie Brus, Jeanette Justice
Second: Lois Vennink, Betty Foley, Ann Littell, Carol Rowedder, Verna Singsank, Margaret Schroeder, Sondra Spicer
Front: Louise Polking, Marlene Otto, Shirley Ruhde, Beverly Nielsen, Janis Groteluschen, Judith Vollmer, Susan Brandt
1953 Jr. Sr. Prom Sophomores waiters and waitresses
Back: Lois Vennink, Jeanette Justice,
Bonnie Lohmeier, Judy Vollmer, Bonnie Brus
Front: Lynn Clark, Phillip Zerwas, Donald Froyd, Ronald Frahm, Eustace "Junior" Lake
Lois' Pep Squad letter
Lois & AnnaBelle Vennink - Spencer Fair
FFA officersBack: Larry Witt, Vice-president;
Ronny Frahm, President; Norman Vandehaar, instructor; Darryl Jahn, Secretary
Front: Larry Thomssen, Historian; Robert Hagedorn, Sentinel; Roger Barten, Reporter; Dale Vollstedt, Treasurer
Lois Vennink MHS 1955
Lois Vennink & Louise Polking
1955 MHS graduates: Sandra Anderson, Bonnie Brus, Larry Christensen, Lynn Clark, Kenneth Dammann, Merlin Drees, Eunice Eich,
Phillip Enenbach, George Eschenbacher, Dennis Fischer, Betty Foley, Ronald Frahm,
Russell Frank, Donald Froyd, Joycelyn Genzen, Thomas Grau,
Janis Groteluschen (valedictorian), Peggy Grundmeier, Robert Hagedorn, Shirley Hansen, Marion Hargens, Janice Hodne, Ronald Irlbeck, Sally Juels,
Jeanette Justice, James Kasperbauer, Shannon Koon, Eustace Lake, Allan Lamaack, LaVonne Lohmeier, Alan Lorenzen, Edwin McConnell, Mary Alice
Mohr, Lauron Musfeldt, Beverly Nielsen (salutatorian), Jane Opperman, Marlene Otto, Kathleen Ploog, Louise Polking, Delores Puck, James Ramsey,
Daryle Rowedder, Carol Rowedder, Shirley Ruhde, Burton Sander, Margaret Schroeder, Verna Singsank, Mary Stangl, William Stein, Larry Thomssen,
Lois Vennink, Clifford Vinke, Judith Vollmer, Dale Vollstedt, Phillip Zerwas
1955 former students: Clark Addison, Lois Armentrout, Jerold Barten, Susan Brandt, Sally Christensen, Delores Davis,
Carol Fuller, Letty Fuss, LuEtta Gehlsen, Margaret Gensler, Duane Hansen, Patty Hansen, LaRue Hodne, Mary Kennedy, Marsha Kuhl,
Jackie Lee, Clifford Letty, Ann Littell, Janet Martens, Ronald Masters, Kathryn Nollen, David Olbertz, Mary Ann Peters, Norman Pieper,
Mark Ramsey, Gene Rostermundt, Gregory Schurer, Sondra Spicer, Janice Stein, Patricia Volquartsen, James Williams
Town school information
Alan Lorenzen Allan Lamaack
Betty Foley Beverly Nielsen
Burton Sander Carol Rowedder
Clifford Vinke Daryle Rowedder
Delores Puck Dennis Fischer
Donald Froyd Edwin Dick McConnell
Eunice Eich Eustace Roger Lake, Jr.
George Eschenbacher James Kasperbauer
James Ramsey Jane Opperman
Janice Hodne Janice Groteluschen
Jeanette Justice Joycelyn Genzen
Judith Vollmer Larry Christensen
Lauren Musfeldt Lavonne Lohmeier
Louise Polking Lynn Clark
Marlene Otto Mary Mohr
Mary Stangl Merlin Drees
Peggy Grundmeier Phillip Enenbach
Phillip Zerwas Ronald Frahm
Ronald Irlbeck Sally Juels
Sandra Anderson Shannon Koon
Shirley Hansen Shirley Ruhde
Thomas Grau Verna Singsank
Lois Frahm, age 83, of Manning, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2020, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.
Funeral service is at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church in Manning.
Interment will follow in Manning Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 PM on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Ohde Funeral Home in
Manning where an Eastern Star service will be held at 7 PM.
Ohde Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
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