Goldie, daughter of Claus Fred and Emma (Dockweiler) Stammer, was born November 19, 1906, in Iowa Township, Crawford County, Iowa. She received her education in rural and Manning schools, and attended Manning High School.
December 1, 1931, Goldie was united in marriage with John Edward Meeves. They farmed in the Manning area, moving to Manning in 1975. For the past 5 years Goldie has resided in nursing homes in Anita and Manilla. Goldie loved being a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. Making clothing for her grandchildren was a special joy for her.
Goldie held membership in the First Presbyterian Church, the Happy Hour Club, and was a charter member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
She passed away Monday, April 2, 1990 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison at the age of 83 years, 4 months, and 14 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, by a brother, Clarence Stammer, and by infant twin son and daughter.
Goldie is survived by her son, Roland Meeves and his wife, Laurene, of Manning; by her daughter, Myra Wittrock, of Manning; by 12 grandchildren; by 6 great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Goldie & Clarence Stammer
Emma (Dockweiler) & Claus Fred Stammer
Emma, Clarence, Claus Fred, Goldie
Photo by R.H. Claussen photography of Manning
Back: Emma Hass, Albert Stammer
Front: Emma (Dockweiler), Claus Fred Stammer
Emma Stammer, Goldie Meeves
Myra Wittrock holding Rick Wittrock
From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
September 26, 1958 Back: Clifford, Calvin
Front: Clarence, Iola
Clarence and Iola Stammer
Clarence was married to Iola Mae Taylor August 23, 1939. Iola, daughter of Rudolph and Minnie (Westphalen) Taylor, was born May 16, 1920, and was a graduate of Manning, Class of 1938. Iolaís grandparents, Henry and Caroline (Hageman) Westphalen, were also long-time Manning residents. Henry was born February 11, 1848, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and immigrated to the Davenport area in 1873 after serving three years in the Germany Army during the Franco-Prussian War. He purchased 240 acres of Carroll County land in 1877, four years before Manning was founded to the south. Caroline was born February 11, 1858, in Kaltenkirchen, Germany.
The Westphalens had six children, Herman, William, Amelia (Mrs. Hubert Lamp), Anna (Mrs. Hans Struve), Henry, and Wilhelmina "Minnie." Minnie, born October 16, 1899, was married to Rudolph Almond Taylor, a native of Union, Nebraska, August 3, 1919. They had one daughter, Iola. After her divorce from Rudolph, Minnie married William F. Jensen, a son of William Jurgen and Lillian (Brus) Jensen, who ran a movie, dance, and pool hall in Aspinwall. Iola had one half-brother, William Rae Jensen.
Clarence and Iola moved to the farm in the fall of 1939 and bought it from his parents in 1944. They added several buildings to the farm, including a poultry house for 2,000 caged layers. They raised Chester White hogs and purebred Shorthorn cattle in addition to the crops.
Clarence was an Iowa Township trustee, a Township ASC Committeeman, a Farm Bureau Director, a charter member of the Aspinwall Co-op Board, and a charter member of the Crawford County Fair Board, where he served 31 years. From 1963-1972 he was a Crawford County Supervisor. Iola was named Crawford County Homemaker of the Year in the late 50s, while serving as president of the County Extension Family Living Committee. She was a charter member of the Happy Hour Club, and was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion Auxiliaries. She worked at the Manning Monitor from 1969 until her death December 17, 1983. Clarence died October 1, 1987.
Clarence and Iola had two sons, Clifford Frederick, and Calvin Fletcher. Clifford, a 1959 graduate of Manning High School, went into highline construction and then spent four years in the Air Force, stationed at Chanute AFB in Chanute, Illinois, and K.I. Sawyer AFB in Gwinn, Michigan. There, he met and married Nancy Marilyn Dobson, a native of Ishpeming, Michigan. They returned to the farm north of the home place in 1971, and Clifford farmed part time while working at Farmland Foods in Carroll and Denison until his retirement in 2003. Cliff and Nancy now live in Marquette, Michigan. They have four children, Crystal Dawn (Mrs. Shawn Braley); Craig Frederick; Cory Fletcher; and Scott Dean.
Clarence and Iola, and sons Clifford and Calvin were the WOW "Farm Family of the Week" July 9, 1955.
Calvin attended rural schools through the seventh grade, and when the country schools closed, he transferred to Manning and graduated with the class of 1964. He helped his father on the farm and had several part-time farm-related jobs until entering the Army in July 1967. He was discharged in July 1969. A 180-acre farm north of the 160-acre home place was purchased in 1970, and Calvin helped farm both places until 2004. He now works as a part-time rural mail carrier, drives semi for Pollocks of Vail, does custom grain hauling, in addition to raising corn, soybeans, hay, and feeder cattle on the home place.
Calvin and Nancy Ann Stoberl were married September 20, 1975. She is the daughter of Reuben and Edith Lawson Stoberl. She began working for the Manning Monitor as a sophomore in high school, and graduated from the University of Iowa with honors in journalism in December 1972. She worked for the Sarasota, Florida, Journal for 1 1/2* years, then returned to Manning in 1974. She worked at the Manning Monitor until 1981 and ran a printing business until 1987. She served on the Manning History Book committees in 1981 and 1991 and edited the Aspinwall History Book in 1982. Nancy returned to college to get her teaching certification, and later her Masterís in Education, and has taught since 1987. She is currently at IKM.
The couple moved to the farm May 1, 1977. When M64 was paved by their farm in 1992, a row of walnut trees was taken down. Calvin had a gun cabinet made from the wood.
Their two sons are Clinton Forrest and Chad Franklin, the fifth generation of C.F. Stammers on the farm.
Clint, graduated from MHS in 1995, then worked and attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He graduated from the College of Engineering in 2003 with a degree in computer science. He is currently a civilian engineer for the Department of the Defense at the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu, California.
Chad, is a 1997 graduate of MHS. He started working for Manning Ag Center and Vet Associates while in high school and now works for the City of Manning and part time at Willenborg Repair.
Iola, Clifford, Calvin, Clarence