Recently 2 sisters from eastern Iowa, who are descendants of the Whitcher family, brought me a wonderful collection of old Manning connected pictures to scan.
At least two Whitcher family members served in the military, one in the Civil War and the other during WWII, so this is another one of hundreds of Manning families who we owe so much to, for their family member's service and for all of the Pioneers in their family who built up this part of the Midwest Breadbasket.

Here are the Whitcher pictures I scanned and I hope that other descendants/relatives of this family will come forward and hopefully have pictures of the two Whitcher Veterans, Selden & Ruel...

Florence Whitcher married Alpha Oliver Babcock - Babcock is a Manning name, so is Alpha connected to the Manning family?

I'm finding conflicting information and/or incomplete facts and need help, so if you find errors here or can help with Whitcher family history please let me know.
One situation is that Fergus Whitcher married James Spaulding but Fergus was also married to a Mr. Klein.

Etna Whitcher was written on a couple of the pictures but I'm thinking this has to be Emma Whitcher.
Emma was married to Edward Baldridge but the picture of "Etna" had her married to Harry I need to determine if there was an Etna Whitcher and confirm she married Harry Klindt.
Klindt is also another Manning name.

I'll probably have more questions so if you are helping, please check back over the next several weeks to see if I have them listed here.

I'm also always looking for Manning obituaries which help connect the various family members when I work on Manning's history...
I have several Whitcher obits on my memorial web page so check them out if you are interested.

Chauncey Eliza (Read) Whitcher
Children: Selden, Charles

Selden & Alice (Moon) Whitcher
Children: John, William, Reuben, Emma, Flora, Grace, Florence, Mae

William & Effie (Mitchell) Whitcher

William & Grace Whitcher

William Whitcher

Grace Whitcher

Grace & Emma ("Etna"?) Whitcher - before digital repair

After repair
I've only had time to repair this picture and the charcoal image of Grace...

Grace Whitcher funeral flowers April 9, 1909 - a Manning Lyden Studio photo

Flora Whitcher

Flora Whitcher

John Whitcher, son of Selden Whitcher

At the age of 13, Selden entered the army as a drummer boy, serving the northern forces in the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
He later enlisted with the Army of the Potomac, and his regiment was sent west after the Civil War.

Alice (Pugh) & Reuben Whitcher - Saladad, California, December 1966

Reuben H. Whitcher
Reuben H. "Mike" Whitcher, 90, a Gonzales farmer for many years, died Friday at Skyline Convalescent Hospital following a lengthy illness.
A native of Botna, Iowa, he had lived in the Fairview area of Gonzales since 1915. He had retired from farming and made his home on River Road. He was a member and past commander of the American Legion Post 81, and during WWII he served with the U.S. Armed Forces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 1967.
He is survived by a niece, Hazel Larson, of Sun Valley.
Funeral is pending and will be announced by the Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

Thomas & Grace (Whitcher) Haack
Children: Leona, Earl, Beulah, Irene

Leona, Earl, Beulah - Lyden Studio

Earl Haack

Irene Haack

This is the other picture I worked on that shows what the original photo looked like before repairing it...

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