I slowly keep receiving more military and other information from various individuals for old Manning family names.
I had William Graves listed as a WWI Veteran on my Veteran page, but nothing more than what is on his headstone in the Manning Cemetery.
The Graves family is also connected to the Everhardt family.

I'm also working on the Bingham family with one of the descendants.
It was a large family during Manning's early history, also with several Veterans.
Louise Bingham married Ben Torgerson. Ben is a WWI Veteran who I had no information about him...just his name but the Bingham descendant had a nice article about Louise and Ben, so I at least have a little information about Ben and his connections to Manning.

Here is the Graves article which states he received the Distinguished Service Cross while serving in France.
Hopefully a relative has this medal and more military information and pictures for William.

William Graves Meets Death, Companion Injured, When Car Strikes Stump
Served in World War - Given D.S.C. for Bravery - Member of Masonic Lodge

William M. Graves, a barber of Arcadia, 33 years old, veteran of World War I who received the "D.S.C." for distinguished service on the battlefields of France, was instantly killed Friday, December 1, 1922, when his automobile skidded and struck a stump on the road between Arcadia and Manning. Hans Klopp, who was in the car with Mr. Graves, was badly cut and bruised. He was taken to the St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, but was able to return to Arcadia Tuesday.

Mr. Graves and Mr. Klopp left Arcadia to drive to Manning, intending to stop at the home of Mr. Graves' sister, Mrs. John F. Peters, enroute. When about a mile north of the Peters' home the car skidded into a rut, the driver lost control of the machine and it swerved to one side and crashed into a stump. It is believed that Mr. Graves was instantly killed. His companion was badly hurt, and the car was wrecked.

Former Manning Resident
Mr. Graves was born in Omaha July 4, 1889, and when a small boy moved with his parents to Manning where he lived with his parents until about 16 years of age. He mastered the barber trade after which he worked with brother, George Graves, in a barber shop in Manning.

In 1912, he came to Denison where his brother, George, was in business. He worked there several months and then went to Odebolt.

While in Odebolt in 1917, he enlisted in the army and left with the Sac County boys. Six of the Fourteen months overseas he served under General Pershing and returned to the States on the ship Leviathan, the same vessel that brought General Pershing home.

While in France he received the "D.S.C."

After receiving his discharge November 7, 1919, he returned to Denison for a month and then to Odebolt where he worked for E.E. Ellis for a short time. While in Odebolt he joined the Masonic Order and in March 1920, came to Arcadia and in partnership with his brother, George, conducted a barber shop and pool hall.

He was popular with young and old and his loss is felt by all.

Hold Funeral Monday
The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the home of his sister, Mrs. John F. Peters, Monday and at the Methodist Church in Manning. The Masons were in charge of the services, assisted by the American Legion of Manning. Interment was made in the Manning Cemetery. He was laid to rest beside his father, and brother, Edward.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful, showing the esteem of his many friends.

Deepest sympathy is extended to those left to mourn.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Graves, of Greeley, Colorado; and four sisters, Mrs. Herman Pribbernow, of Omaha; Miss Emma Graves, of Manning; Mrs. Louis Keppler, of Greeley, Colorado; and Mrs. John F. Peters, of Manning; and two brothers, Henry A. Graves, of Greeley, Colorado; and George G. Graves, of Arcadia.

While there aren't many details about Ben's military service, it is better than what I had which was nothing until the Bingham descendant sent this article to me recently.


When Ben Torgerson and Miss Louise Bingham departed last week to spend New Years at the home of his mother in Slater, Iowa, little did their friends realize that when they returned it would be as Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Torgerson. It was truly a secret, for their most intimate friends were not aware of the seriousness of their wedding day. Spending New Year's Day at Slater, they went to Des Moines the following day, secured a license and then entered into a contract to Love, Honor, and Obey their life.

The quiet and simple wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. C.E. Chapler, Pastor of the First M.E. Church of Des Moines, at 3 P.M. Friday, January 2nd, 1920, at the home of Rev. Chapler. They were attended by Miss Ida Torgerson of Slater, Iowa, sister of the groom and Mr. Milo Johnson of Perry, an old friend and classmate of Mr. Torgerson.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Bingham, living in South Manning. She is one of our popular young ladies who is held in high esteem by all who know her. Her pleasing personality has made her an endless number of friends. For some time past she has been acting as bookkeeper for Jones and Heller.

The groom is a son of Mrs. A. Torgerson of Slater. Iowa. He is a jeweler and first came to Manning on November 17th, 1916, and became an employee of SchelIdorf Bros. On April 4th, 1918, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country until February 1st, 1919, when he received his honorable discharge.

On February 25th, 1919, he entered into partnership with W.D. Schelldorf which for years was known as Schelldorf Bros. and now known as Schelldorf and Torgerson.

He is an industrious and very capable young business man, well-liked and bound to succeed in his business enterprise.

Mr. & Mrs. Torgerson will be home after March 1st.

The Monitor joins their many friends in extending heartiest congratulations wishing them a most happy and prosperous journey as they travel the pathway of life together.

Keith Bingham

Keith M. Bingham, 59, head of a local irrigation systems and equipment firm who lived at 810 Brotherton Road, died Wednesday June 4, 1975, at a La Jolla Hospital.

Born February 12, 1916, in Manning, Iowa, he lived here since 1947 and in the state since 1943.

He was president of Webb Pump & Supply. 1330 Mission Road.

He was a past master of Consuelo Lodge No. 325, F & AM; Scottish Rite; and a member of the Past Masters Club of Al Bahr Shrine.

He also was a member of the Boaz Hi Twelve Club and the North County Christian Center in San Marcos. He coached Little League baseball eight years.

Surviving are his wife, Inez; two sons, Stephen and Craig of Bonsall; three daughters, Gayle Rittgers of Valley Center, Cynthia Kitchens, and Barbara Bingham of Escondido; two sisters, Lois Rumsey of Escondido and Irene Rowedder of San Marcos; a brother, Jay of Iowa, and three grandchildren.

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday at the North County Christian Center, Consuelo Lodge No. 325 and Rev. Vernon G. Gortner, officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido, California. Alhiser-Wilson Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Notes: Inez Lorraine (Young) Bingham (8/31/1920 - 6/12/2010)
Son of Samuel and Alta (Shepard) Bingham
Siblings: Lois, Jay, Irene

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