Over the past 140 years of rail service in the Manning area, there have been some really sensational and devastating train derailments and head-on collisions.
Recently I was checking the Internet for Manning area items for sale and happened to check Templeton and there I saw a listing for 1966 train wreck near Templeton...I immediately remembered that event. I know I was there to check it out and I thought I took some pictures myself, but I can't find the slides right now...I may be thinking of the train wreck in the mid-1960s that occurred over by Aspinwall but I know I took pictures of one for sure and maybe both.

The Templeton collection consisted of several strips of negatives, so after receiving them I put them in my special scanner and digitized them.

2 of the strips were of passengers in front of "Sacred Heart School in Templeton"

One of my historical helpers suggested that the people in front of the school are probably the passengers that were on the train.

A second historical helper searched online and found a thorough article in the Carroll Daily Times Herald which confirms the use of the school in Templeton.

Carroll Daily Times article


Del Borer - free-lance photographer for the Des Moines Tribune and Register papers.


Sacred Heart School in Templeton

E-mail me if you recognize anyone.


You can judge the size of the engine by comparing to the man in front of it.

I'm fairly sure this derailment occurred by the Halbur Road.
There is a crossing on the east/west gravel road near the other crossing on the north/south Halbur Road.
At that time, there was an under-pass for the Halbur Road that went under the RR tracks.


Inside the mail car. For some reason this Union Pacific worker looks familiar...not sure why.


Inside the kitchen/refrigeration car where meals were prepared for the passengers.


Look at how close the spectators are.
Today you wouldn't get within a mile of a train wreck - how things have changed.
Remember that some passenger service would roar through the area at speeds up to 100 MPH.


RR clean-up and inspectors.


I think this is looking west - southwest.


Note the section crew work shed with chimney on the right.

For those of you who are too young to remember, the Milwaukee (now Burlington Northern) was a double track through this area.


One thing I'm always looking for are Manning connections. Once I scanned this particular negative and looked at it full size on my 30" computer screen, I knew right away who it was from Manning.


Doug Fischer

The warning lights were destroyed along the Halbur Road.

I asked the seller of these negatives if he could provide some background on this collection - here is his response.
I acquired an extensive collection of press photos from an antique dealer in Des Moines who bought them from the salvage company who had been hired to clean out the Des Moines Register and Tribune building in 2014. The building was emptied and sold, has been renovated, and is now apartments, lofts, retail, etc. I was told employees of the paper were instructed to take no more than one box of belongings to the new building/press/headquarters. Everything was being purchased new, they downsized dramatically. A lot was left to be thrown away.
The negatives are outtakes. Typically an image used in the paper will have a punch mark next to it, or a corner cropped.

The historical society was able to go through and take what they wanted. They took older images up til around World War II, is my understanding.
Cowles library at Drake University got their collection of bound volumes of the newspaper dating back to the mid 1800s.
There were 600 some shelves w/ these large books on them. The historical society in Sioux City got Ding Darling items. printer plates, proof prints, etc.
My dad is a former colleague of its curator, and we got to go see that collection and behind the scenes in a historical building.
It was like a huge warehouse of artifacts said they have to sort, document, with no room to display. a lot of it just sits. Also newspaper employees were able to go through and take whatever they wanted prior to the salvage company coming in. It was well after they had been working in the building that I was given a tour.
The archives, the building's penthouse (top floor) had smaller rooms around its perimeter, some of them were full, front to back, floor to ceiling.
Papers, business stuff. Everything was kept hard copy for so long (prior to computers) and they kept EVERYTHING. I saw files of requests for time off from employees from the 1900s.. as an example. Pardon, am dictating to my phone and did not edit this much.
Thank you for your efforts to in preserving history.


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