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The Iowa Southwestern Railroad was laid across Warren township in the southwesterly discretion in 1880.  When the following year the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Co. built it's line to Omaha through the southern part of Carroll county it was perceived that the intersection of the two roads was a favorable sight for a new town.  The land that was laid out as a town was selected by O. H. Manning, then a Carroll agent for the officials of the St. Paul Railroad Company.  The latter named the place in honor of Mr. Manning.  About 160 acres on the south half of section 16, Warren township was laid out into lots, the first of which was sold July 28, 1881 to J. L. Weatherill of Carroll.

Manning's school building is a frame structure in the northeast part of town and gas built in 1883 at the cost of $7,000.  It is two stories in height and contains six rooms.  Four teachers were employed at first and now six are found necessary.

There are three organization represented the M. E., Presbyterian and the Catholic.  All are in prosperous condition.

Manning has several societies all of which are in good prosperous condition.  Some of the more important are Manual Lodge No 450, AF & AM; Manning Lodge No 122 I.O.O.F.; McPherson Post No 33, GAR; Manning Lodge No 262 A.O.U.W.; and the Manning Union Fair and Driving Park Association.

The growth of the town has been steady and kept pace with the development of the surrounding country the population now being about 1,600.


James L. Martin

James L. Martin was born in Mt. Pleasant,  Henry county, Iowa, May 25th 1866.  He attended the public schools in his native town until he arrived at the age of twelve when he entered Howe's Academy, a noted institution of south-eastern Iowa and finished the prescribed course in three years, graduating in 1882, being especially proficient in English and the Latin language.  He taught school three years and then entered the Iowa Western University until the summer of 1892.  In the fall of 1892 he abandoned the profession of teaching and entered the law department of the State University of Iowa and took a course of law graduating with honors in June 1894 and receiving  the degree of L. L. B. bachelor of laws and was admitted to practice in the state and federal courts.  In August of the same year he opened a law office in Carroll and is considered one of the most progressive members of the Carroll county bar.  In politics he is a republican and an ardent admirer of President McKinley having gone in St. Louis to see him nominated.


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