Sixth Generation


128. William H. MANNING was born on 20 Dec 1879 in Richmond, Washington co., Iowa, near the town of Richmond, to J. Henry and Anna Maria "Mary" (SEEMAN) MANNING.  He moved with his family to a farm in Sioux Valley twp. of Union co., South Dakota.  He married Nell "Nellie" Louise KAPFER, on 14 Jan 1903 in Akron, Plymouth co., Iowa.  Nellie was born 17 Jun 1879, near Garland, Union co., South Dakota, the daughter of Armigosh and Amelia KAPFER.   She graduated from Elk Point High School (Union co.) on 3 Jun 1899, and from Wayne State Teacher's College in Wayne, Nebraska, after which she taught several terms of school around Garland, before her marriage. 


William retired from farming on 26 Feb 1948, and moving to Akron, Plymouth co., Iowa, where he worked for a seed corn business.  He retired in 1968.  He played the violin for dances, and served his community by being on the West Union school board for 27 years, and on the Sioux Valley township board for nine years, among other activities.  He was president of the Farmer's Grain Company (a co-operative) for 18 years, and spent 30 years selling seed corn for Pioneer Hi-Bred. 


He lost his wife on 18 Apr 1963 in Sioux City, Woodbury co., Iowa.  She was buried on 22 Apr 1963 in St. Joseph's Cemetery,Akron.

He followed her in death on 11 Nov. 1969 in Akron, and was also buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery near Akron.




Headstone of William and Nellie Manning

St. Joseph Cemetery, Akron, Iowa

(photo courtesy of Gary and Karen Seeman)

Census Information for William Manning:  

1880 in English River twp., Washington co., Iowa.

1900 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota.

1910 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota.

1920 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota.

1930 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota.


William H. MANNING and Nell "Nellie" Louise KAPFER had the following children:


Howard Manning

Clayton Manning



Howard Andrew MANNING was born on 3 Feb 1910 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota. He served in the Air Force from 8 Oct 1942 until 30 Nov 1945, after which he worked for the John Deere Implement Company in Waterloo, Black Hawk co., Iowa.  He married Ula Huckert on 24 Jun 1946.  He died on 17 Feb 1959 in Olmsted co., Minnesota.



Clayton MANNING was born on 17 Jul 1914 in Sioux Valley twp., Union co., South Dakota. He worked as an Administrative Assistant for Research and Development for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., later working for Riggs National Bank in Washington, D.C.  He died on 3 Aug 1997 in Arlington, Arlington co., Virginia. 


Nov. 20, 1969

Akron Register-Tribune

Akron, Iowa





William Manning, age 89, died Tuesday, November 11, at the Akron hospital after a brief illness.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November, 15, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Rev. John Schissel officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of the Schroeder funeral home. Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


William Manning was born December 20, 1879, at Richmond, Iowa. He married Nell Kapfer in January 1903 at Akron. They farmed near Akron until 1948, when they moved to Akron and he served as city assessor for several years, and he also sold seed corn. Mrs. Manning died in 1963 at Aikron.Survivors are a son Clayton of Washington, D. C., and two grandchildren.



April 25, 1963

Akron Register-Tribune




Last Rites Are Held Monday Morning For Mrs. Wm. Manning.


Mrs. William Manning, a lifetime and revered resident of Akron vicinity, passed away last Thursday morning, April 18, in a Sioux City hospital, after a brief illness, aged 83 years, 10 months and one day.


Nellie Kapfer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Kapfer, was born June 17, 1879, near Garland in Union county, S. D. After graduating from Elk Point High School in June, 1898, she later attended State Teachers' College at Wayne, Nebr., and, returning to Union county, taught school for a number of years. She was united in marriage with William Manning on January 14, 1903, in Akron. They resided on a farm in Union county until coming to Akron in 1903. Here they observed their 60th wedding anniversary on January 14th of this year.


Mrs. Manning was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church and the Catholic Women's League. She was very active in all church functions and was made an honorary member of the Catholic Women's League. Her friendly nature, a loyal friend and neighbor, her memory will long be cherished.


Surviving, are the widower, William; a son, Clayton, of Washington, D. C., two grandchildren, and a brother, William Kapfer of Akron.


Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m. Monday in St. Patrick's Catholic church, Rev. J. G. Schissel officiating. The pallbearers were Ray Robison, James Klauer, Elmer Kapfer, George Curry, Pat Curry and Tony Weidenfeller. Burial was in the parish cemetery.