Richard Dammann will from time to time dig out interesting items of Manning history for me...here are the most recent items he gave me to scan.
The business card is from Richard and the following material came from my database.
Doc had a very colorful life. He was a champion wrestler, trucker, "medicine man," and land owner.
I have quite a bit of information about Doc, but no pictures of him, his wife, siblings, or parents.
Carroll Daily Times Herald September 14, 1957
Legal troubles with medicine
In 1965, my dad purchased the Hagedorn farm in town (just north of the trestle), along with the 2 lots houses were built on just north of the Trestle and once part of the Hagedorn property...one was to Herbert Anson & Anna M. Hoover who had a son, Herbert Hoover in 1923, and Fern C. Addison in 1946, a veterinarian.
One time when I was visiting with Ivan Opperman he told me something about dad I hadn't heard before. He and dad were talking one day about this Hagedorn property and dad quipped "now I can walk to town on my own land without leaving my property." One of many little stories I heard about dad from people of his generation - now they are all gone...
Here are parts of the original abstracts that feature that property.
When the land was sold to the Hagedorn family.
Various transactions between the Hagedorn family.
I also have a vivid memory about Doc. When he sold it to dad, he was allowed to stay in the house that was on this farm for a while. It was just north of the Milwaukee
underpass off Railroad Street, and is now closed.
One day I drove on the yard and saw Doc up in the crotch of a tree and he was scraping out bark for some of his medicines.
When we tore down the house, after pulling off the plaster/lath on the second floor - all of the rafters were charred black from a fire. At one time the upper level caught on fire while he was cooking his medicine.
Now this part of the feature is not meant to make fun of Doc, or judge him, but to give some insight into what the world was like for that generation and before.
EVERY family has "interesting" aspects in their history!
I've been searching the Internet over the years for Laura & Oliver Jones.
Mom told me that they had moved to California after purchasing the farm from them...and mom/dad visited them one time.
Mom also didn't think they had any children, and the subject of where they originally came from or lived never came up.
Now after plugging in the middle initials and when Laura died, I finally found out where they are buried, but sadly no family members are listed, but at least I have this new information to work with.
Even more information recentally found by my 2 Manning history helpers
Laura G. Beekman
Born Harlan, Iowa
Marriage July 3, 1923 at Johnson, Iowa
Father Henry A. Beekman
Mother Anna V. Gradle
Spouse Oliver Marion Jones August 27, 1890 - August 24, 1987
Laura G. Jones to Amos and Dorothy Kusel (WD), lots 1 and 2
of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter and lot 1 of the northeast,
quarter of the northeast quarter, section 17, township 82 north, range 36 west
of the 5th P.M.; part of the south 100 feet of the northeast quarter of section
17, township 82 north, range 36 west of the 5th P.M.; and the southeast quarter
of section 8, township 82 north, range 36 west of the 5th P.M.
Carroll Daily Times Herald March 29, 1947
Miss Laura G. Beckman, of Des Moines, and Mr. Oliver M. Jones, of Cedar Rapids, were the principals of the quiet wedding at 11 o'clock at the parsonage of the Methodist Church, this morning at which Rev. Sylvester E. Ellis, officiated.
The young couple were unattended. Mr. Jones is a civil engineer for the State Highway Association with headquarters at Cedar Rapids, where he and his bride will make their new home.
Iowa City Press-Citizen Iowa City July 3, 1923
SERVICE FLAG AT HALL HAS SIXTEEN STARS
In honor of city employees who have joined the colors since the declaration of war against Germany, city council this morning voted to purchase a service flag, which will be hoisted above the municipal building.
According to the list filed the new flag will have sixteen service stars. The engineering department with ten former employees in the service leads all other departments.
The complete list is as follows:
Engineering department: Bert Sours, Martin Andrews, Harold Ozanne, George Holland, Frank Barton, Frank Caldwell, E.C. Kisky, Norman J. Blagburn, Oliver M. Jones. and F.M. Hunter.
Legal: Lieutenant Thomas Watters, and Lieutenant Paul Hewitt.
Public safety: John Smith, Charles McMahon, and Grant Spainhouse.
Accounts and finance: Harry Harsha.
Des Moines Tribune November 26, 1917
From Fredda & Harry Hinz - circa early 1920s.
What the original card looks like with damage before I digitally repaired it.
John & Augusta & Franklin lived at 211 Second Street.
John was a teller for First National - Sutherland family.
Harry Hinz was on the board and also an employee at First National
It is not known why this Christmas card ended up back at the Hinz home.
It is possible that when John's parents died that Franklin found this card and gave it back to the Hinz family.
I showed the card to Roger Hinz and he is sure the hand writing was by Fredda.
AUGUSTA CECELIA REETZ
Here is some military information about Franklin...
Manning Monitor article------ 1945
Frank Reetz Writes from Europe
The weather here reminds me of good old Iowa, it is snowing constantly and the countryside is beautiful. I wish I could describe the country at length but the censor says no. I will say that the sector we're in is the most beautiful I've seen in my travels across England and France. In a nearby city you can buy Coca Colas, ice cream, American cars, etc. It really reminds me of the States.
Please convey my thanks to the Legion for sponsoring the program of sending the paper to us, some day I hope to be a member of their fine organization. Sincerely, Frank Reetz
Promotion For Franklin Reetz
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Reetz received a letter from their son, Frank, stating that he had been promoted to T/5 technician 5th grade and that he was from now on orderly clerk and mail clerk.
His job is to take care of the duty roster, assigning men for K. P., guard, fatigue details, etc., keeping the sick book, punishment book, filing all correspondence, bulletins, orders, etc., of the battery; keeping and recording of changes in army regulations, making out the training schedules, general typing, etc., and handling all incoming and outgoing mail.
He says they have a swell set-up as their battery is billeted in Hotel Faube in Eichstadt, Germany.
FRANKLIN REETZ OUT OF SERVICE AFTER 28 MONTHS
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin & Augusta Reetz are visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Reetz. They came here from Mrs. Reetz home in Winfield, Kan. Mr. Reetz was recently discharged from service at Camp Chaffe, Ark., after 28 months of service.
Eighteen months overseas in the European area, Germany, France, England and
Franklin Reetz, 62, son of John & Augusta Reetz, formerly of Manning, passed away in Oklahoma City Tuesday, September 19, 1979.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 1502 Sheffield Rd, Oklahoma City, and one daughter, Linda.
Youths Enlist In Air Force
Lance Monson, son of Ralph Monson, and Gary Rowedder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rowedder, have enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at Omaha.
Carroll Daily Times Herald August 21, 1964
If anyone has any little items like what Dick Dammann gave to me to scan that are connected to Manning - please e-mail me - I'd like to scan them and see what other connections I may have in my database
to your Manning history...