I've been working with the Fischer brothers on their collections over the last year and just now finished going through Doug's collection.
He has been bringing me various pictures and history to scan over the years, and a few years ago I asked him to bring the old Fischer pictures again that he has so I can rescan them with my professional scanners/software to make high resolution images of them.
Doug surprised me with some items of history that I did not know he had, or even existed.

I also want to mention that below I've added commentary under parts of the feature, and that these are MY opinions and I'm NOT speaking for the Fischer brothers nor have they expressed any opinions to me...they are solely my comments.

Water color that Thomas MacDonald-Williams made for Doug Fischer in 1980.
Doug volunteered to help Tom & Sharon with some of the renovation at the Corner Cafe in 1980, and told Tom he did not like to sit around, even during his leisure time when he went skiing, so Tom used his amazing talents and imagination to draw this water color.

Original poster 50 x 28 inches that was hung up in the window of Manning Motor sometime in the 1950s.
I've done lots of split scans with my large format scanner but this poster took 10 scans and then merge, but well-worth the time to make separate images, merge, edit adjust, and then save as a high resolution TIF file.

10 different scans - 5 on one half of the poster and then 5 on the other half.

As I've been writing about for 10 years now, how I'm working on a Manning Veterans' history book (2 volumes), and I'm asking Manning Veterans and family members of deceased Veterans to bring me their military pictures and information to scan and add to the database for use in the book - below are a perfect examples of why I have decided to hold off on publishing the book.

There is so much Manning history about the military aspects of the community that I continue to find in one collection after another.
Items that I've never seen before, knew of their existence, or I had never found to scan, and need to be included in the Veterans' book.

WWI & especially WWII was an "all hands on deck" war where everyone: men, women, boys, girls, had to help with the war effort.

George Fischer didn't serve but as this amazing historical card shows that some men and women had to stay behind to grow the crops and raise the farm animals, fix the town and farm equipment, build the weapons of war, and all of the other necessities to keep a country going, or those Americans who were fighting overseas would have been defeated.

The War Manpower Commission was a World War II agency of the United States Government charged with planning to balance the labor needs of agriculture, industry, and the armed forces.
The Commission was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Executive Order 9139 of April 18, 1942.

I've scanned lots of WWII ration stamps but have never seen a V - Fuel Oil Ration coupon used by businesses who sell and deliver fuel oil.
Just in case you don't know what the "V" stands for it means "Victory" which was also a hand gesture of the index and middle fingers only held up. LONG before the peacenicks of the 1960s adopted that gesture as a sign of "Peace."

George Fischer's gas mileage ration stamp booklet.

The amount of gasoline you received during World War II depended on whether your job was essential to the war effort.
Drivers received a windshield sticker and ration coupons for gasoline. An "A" sticker allowed the driver 3 or 4 gallons a week.
This book of stamps or coupons help the driver keep track of rationed fuel.

George Fischer driver's license - note the "first & second offense" tabs

Henry & Anna Fischer with baby George in their 1906 Model S Ford

Henry Fischer
The tank on the side was for acetylene gas for the headlights.

The tank held acetylene which you could make at home with a machine & chemicals.
Driving at night, you had to light both headlights with a match.
Before the bottled acetylene was available, cars (like 1890s-1900) had a calcium carbide generator (a container that you put industrial grade calcium carbide in and a water drip system above it to produce acetylene) and a hose went to the gas headlights. Before the modern oxygen/acetylene bottles you could only get bottled oxygen. The black smiths used acetylene generators (a large container that you put industrial calcium carbide in and water was dripped into the container and you would get around 10 psi acetylene to use with your torch).
I remember seeing one down at Tom Wolfe at his shop.

Doug Fischer March 18, 2021

Henry & Anna (Jansen) Fischer

Hilda (Hansen) Fischer's side of the family

Peter Hansen, Margaret (Sierks) Hansen, Dora (Hansen) Drehmann, Lucy (Hansen) Andresen

102 East Street. Jim Mork lived in that house for a while.
Grandpa died from a prostate operation in 1935. My dad & mom moved in with grandma until she died in 1944, and by that time, George had the house on 60 April Street remodeled to what they wanted it to be and moved in. I cannot remember who the house was sold to in 1944.

Doug Fischer March 18, 2021

As I continue to learn more about our history and as I reflect on what is going on today in our country - I realize more and more how important learning and understanding our local and regional history is, and also gaining a very BLUNT truth...a perspective of how easy we have it today as far as physical demands just to survive from day to day as our forebearers lived through, how good we have it today with all of the freedoms we (at this point still) have, and how we live in the greatest nation on earth...a people who fought and died for, to gain all of our Freedoms we have now, to end slavery as a world-wide accepted practice, to fight off Nazism, Socialism, Communism, Imperialism, Marxism, and so much more!!!

The constant complainers and miss-guided politicians apparently have absolutely no clue as to how we got to where we are today, and the millions upon millions of individual Pioneers who gave us such a blessed lifestyle to live in.

I'm sure there are some of you who are on the other side of the political aisle and don't care about my thoughts and opinions, and even those who might agree with me to some extent and don't want to be bothered with my views and that is OK, but as long as I continue to hear politicians and wacko anti-American activists tear down this country, I'll continue to use various aspects of our history on my web pages to show how GREAT our country has been and still is...BUT it won't last long if these nuts take over complete control of all levels of our federal government.
Then compound this attack on our country by the invasion of illegals who are nothing more than criminals who are KNOWINGLY breaking our sovereign laws...and don't fall for the "child" sympathy factor...these kids have cell phones and access the Internet - they know exactly what is going on and are not the backward people we are being led to believe.
Observe the videos of the gangs of people moving towards our country...there are "fat" people...they have modern and good clothing, many have cell phones - these are not destitute people on the last leg of survival.
I don't see hand-me-down clothes that has been patched and sewn up like I remember as a kid.
I have yet to see one person who is the "skeleton" image of a concentration camp victim, or the distended stomach like you see in a poor African country where they have a horrible dietary lifestyle.
Then the fact that the parents of these illegal kids pay the cartels to take them to the border - realizing that their kids may and probably will be sexually assaulted - so don't preach to me about being insensitive - I'm not sending kids into harm's way, but those parents who want to use their kids as "anchor babies" so they can also get into the US illegally.
We don't owe anyone or any country ANYTHING...if anything they OWE us!

I just don't understand why there aren't an endless number of people speaking out publically about the good of the country - there should be a huge roar of positivity but it is mostly crickets...
If all people want to do is spend every day to find every little fault that exists or existed in an imperfect world, then we are dooming our existence.

These complainers want to put everyone into little groups and if you are in a group who disagrees with them then you are part of a "hate" group.

These people who claim to be morally superior are nothing more than blithering idiots and again, know NOTHING about our history...that there were/are hundreds of millions of Americans who went about their daily lives, long before these present-day morons were born, and simply worked hard, raised their families, helped to build up their churches, schools, and communities and didn't stick their noses into someone else's life/business in another town or another state.
Again, these hard-working people basically had to spend their time working to survive.

Here is another ONE of those "millions" who came before us who made the US into the exceptional country it is today.

Joe Nagl

There were a number of Nagl families in the Manning area but I have not been able to find Joe's family history.
Don't confuse Nagel with Nagl which is, as far as I know, a completely different family.
I finally discovered in my database that Joe's wife was Elizabeth Hansman).
These are the Nagl names in my database of country and town school kids: Edna, Ruth, and Germaine.

Another one of my Manning helpers (Tim Hansen) found Joe and his wife's obituary for me.
We now know the business was a tavern and at least know more about his family...hopefully a descendant will see this thread and contact me to get pictures and more information about this Nagl family.


Joseph Nagl, 77, of 1425 Harriet Avenue, Carroll, died Monday evening, December 12, 1966, of a heart ailment at St. Anthony Hospital, where he had been a patient for three days.

Requiem mass will be read at 9:30 Thursday morning in St. Lawrence Church by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Henry B. Karhoff. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Willey. Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 7 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at 8 and 8:45 p.m. Tuesday; Wednesday at 3 p.m. by the Legion of Mary, also at 8 p.m. and at 8:45 p.m. by Court Sacred Heart No. 454, Catholic Daughters of the Americas of Templeton.

Mr. Nagl, son of Michael and Crescentia Nagl, was born at Willey January 24, 1889. He lived at home until his marriage to Elizabeth Hansman on May 18, 1915. The wedding took place in St. Mary's Church, Willey, with the late Rev. John B. Baeumler officiating. The couple moved to a farm northwest of Templeton. In 1939, they moved to Manning, where Mr. Nagl went into business; and in 1952, they moved to the present home in Carroll. He was a member of St. Lawrence Church.

Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. L.F. (Germaine) Dominise and Edna Nagl, Carroll; Delores Nagl, Oakland, California; and Mrs. Ray (Ruth) Thieleke of Urbandale; also six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Nagl, and a sister, Mrs. Henry Hoffman, both of Dedham. Four brothers and one sister receded him in death.


Mrs. Elizabeth F. Nagl, 78, of 1425 Harriet Avenue, Carroll, died Friday, January 24, 1975, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, where she was a patient for eight weeks.

Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Lawrence Church by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Henry B. Karhoff. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Willey.

Friends may call at the Sharp Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited Monday at 3 p.m. by the Legion of Mary, at 4 p.m. by the CDA Past Grand Regents of Templeton, and at 8 p.m. by St. Lawrence parishioners.

Mrs. Nagl, daughter of John and Anna (Greteman) Hansman, was born July 29, 1896, at Willey and spent her early years in that vicinity. On May 18, 1915, she married Joseph M. Nagl at St. Mary's Church in Willey. They spent a year in Carroll and in 1916 moved to a farm near Templeton. In 1940, they moved to Manning, where Mr. Nagl owned and operated a tavern until 1946. Following his retirement in 1952 they moved from Manning to the above address in Carroll. Mr. Nagl died December 12, 1966.

Mrs. Nagl is survived by two daughters, Mrs. L.F. (Germaine) Dominise of Carroll and Mrs. Ruth Thieleke of Des Moines; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Matt of Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs. John (Bess) Baglin of Santa Rosa, California; and a brother, Louis Hansman of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were two daughters, Edna and Delores; a granddaughter, Marijane Dominise; three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Nagl was a member of St. Lawrence Church and Ladies Guild; Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Past Grand Regents of Templeton; and the Legion of Mary.

Today what do we see happen to many of our old buildings and historic structures???
A huge excavator comes in and crunches the building into oblivion and then they haul it to the landfill, or the structure is burned to the ground.
"Why they are old useless buildings I hear constantly..."
Then I think about the buildings in Europe/Germany that are a thousand or more years old...our buildings are still in their diapers.

Recycling became a "fad" word in the 1970s and 80s, but if the people even then would have known their history better, they would have realized they were only following in the footsteps of their Pioneer ancestors who wasted nothing and tried to find a use for everything...CASE in point down below.

If a new building was needed where an old one stood, they "simply" moved it to a new location.
If they didn't move it they tore it down to salvage the lumber and most everything else in that structure...sometimes used the old lumber to build the new replacement structure.

I'm old enough to be a part of that recycling era...in the 1960s, dad would tear down old houses and we saved pretty much everything - we even straightened the nails we pulled for reuse! We also tore down/salvaged old farm buildings and salvaged a lot of the flooring and other lumber from the old grade school...so I have a deep appreciation and understanding of what recycling really means.

1923 moving Lincoln No. 3 original school house
Moving the old Lincoln No. 3 school house to make room for a new school house.
The front tractor was Herman Fischer on his Samson tractor, the second was August Fischer driving his Titan, and the third tractor is a Rumley Oil Pull with Henry Fischer standing and George Fischer sitting.

This school house (original Lincoln No. 3 school building) was moved to the farm presently owned by Tim & Joni (Siepker) Kienast who lives in section 5 of Lincoln Township. This building was replaced by a newer country school which was built on the same site - Lincoln No. 3.

While pulling the school house down the road, they got it stuck in the road "V" cut and had to dig out the sides of the road embankment so the schoolhouse could get through.
When they arrived at the Dammann farm, the school house was to be positioned at the top of a hill. Large hay ropes were hooked to the front of the Oil Pull tractor which was still hooked to the school house. The ropes ran through a series of pulleys which were attached to another set of pulleys tied to a group of trees at the top of the hill and the 2 smaller tractors pulled on the ropes going "downhill" to assist the larger tractor going up the hill.

This is what the 2x3 inch original photo looks like before I digitally restored the scan.

At the very start of moving the school.
Rumley Oil Pull hooked to the school house - Henry Fischer on ground - George Fischer driving

Another common scene in the countryside years ago.

George & Eddie Fischer pouring water for the threshing crew 1921

Another thing I know about the people of our past is even though they worked hard most of the time - they also "played" hard.
When there was no TV, or Internet, and even when they got radio, most people had to entertain themselves and their local community.
There were families of musicians and they spent countless hours practicing and then performing in front of neighbors and community members with some of the local bands who performed around the state and Midwest.
Now the people who were entertained didn't just sit around and drink beer...they danced and boy could most of them really dance well and for hours on end.
Today we mostly watch as couch potatoes, either on a big screen TV or on a small screen with something from the Internet...and much of the time by ourselves or only a few people around us.

If you were fortunate to live long enough or at a specific point in time you were blessed to participate in community anniversary celebrations.

1956 Diamond Jubilee celebration

During the 1981 Manning Centennial, many of the old-time entertainment was brought back with many of the entertainers who played with those bands of the past...now much older but still as talented as ever.

June 18, 1981 Pete Kuhl band on the stage of the old gym.
Eddie Fischer, George Fischer, Ralph Grundmeier - Bonita (Kuhl) Hagedorn on piano

Besides musical talents Manning has been blessed with a lot of skilled actors and actresses, from Tent Chautauqua, to skits and plays performed on stages over the decades.
One of the 1981 plays was "Dearie Do you Remember" and skits such as "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs."

Finale of Dearie Do you Remember
Doug Fischer, Sara Bunz, Claus Bunz, and I believe George Opperman in front.

7 Dwarfs video recreated in German 1987

I've posted this and other videos before that we made long before there was Internet and Youtube. Even if you don't know anyone in the video or aren't into Youtube stuff, this video should give you a smile and chuckle to see and hear a little piece of Manning's history. If you don't find it funny and interesting then I think you need to reflect on life just a little bit more.

In case you don't know some/all of the actors in the video it starts out with Ruth (Brady) Hiatt - grandmother of Nikki (Foutch) Sorensen. Next comes Aloha (Waterbury) Enenbach - sister to Cliff Waterbury. Dwarfs: Larry Genzen - son of Virgil & Florence (Hinz) Genzen, Paul "Herbie" Hiatt - son of Ronnie & Ruth Hiatt, Ray "Sammy" Irlbeck - father of Paul, Charles "Chuck" Hughes - brother of Mike, Joe Sonksen - husband of Edna (Karsten), Ralph Grundmeier - son of Hugo and Anna (Mergele) Grundmeier, Doug Fischer - our feature story family member.
Now I did not try to list every family member or generation above but wanted to give a "flavor" of who some of the relatives are to the dwarfs.

I also videotaped the 1981 Manning Centennial and need to digitize all of those tapes someday too. I need to get it done before the video tapes deteriorate - no one knows how long they will last - basically it is magnetic signal on rust.
One thing I dread is that at the beginning of the video technology, the tapes cost $30 or more, so I used the SLP setting which is the worst quality setting on the recorder...which now I'm kicking myself for but after spending nearly $3000 on a VCR, camera and accessories I didn't have a lot of extra money sitting around to buy an endless supply of tapes.

Anyway, here are some scans I made of pictures that Doug Fischer had in his collection.
I've scanned pictures from other people's collections before but these came from Doug and were taken in front of Manning Motor Company on Main Street...

Rix Amoco across Main Street from Manning Motor Company

Staging area for parade - Merlyn Irlbeck farm to the east

Jackie Handlos - I think Pork Queen

Budweiser Clydesdales

Merlyn Irlbeck - Fire chief's car

Barber Gerald Schulte - family

Brother's of the Brush jail

Pete Kuhl band
Larry Fischer piano, George Fischer, Ralph Grundmeier banjo, Eddie Fischer, Gary Schroeder accordion

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