~ More than 100 years of history burns ~

This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the Manning Family from Burress, NE. The Manning’s own a local Grain Company and in 1888 built a wooden grain elevator in order to load the rail cars that would pass by. Due to safety issues, the Mannings decided it was time for the elevator to come down. They contacted the local volunteer fire departments and had a controlled burn. I had the pleasure of meeting most of the Manning Family and many locals. It was one of those wonderful assignments where you meet the kindest folks. The images are from the burn and of Tom Manning, son of Early Manning who founded Manning Grain, and father of Kent Manning, the current owner. Below are comments posted on the Journal Star from friends and members of the Manning Family. It’s an amazing thing to get feedback from the people whose stories you tell.

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Jennifer Harris wrote on July 1, 2007 8:42 am:
” Kai, Thank you for the great 12-photo slide show of the burning of the old Burress grain elevator. You have really captured my family, the emotions, and the history beautifully! Thanks also for your compassion while you were in Burress. You are a truly great journalist and photographer. ”

Why? wrote on July 1, 2007 10:24 am:
” Why was this historical landmark burned down? It would be good to include that in the story. I just hope there was a good reason for it. ”

Brooke Manning wrote on July 1, 2007 1:51 pm:
” I really didn’t want them to take it down, but the reason for it being burned was for saftey and the survival for Manning Grain Co. Instead of the grain elevator being there we are building a grain bin, because we needed more room to store the grain that comes in. And again, thank you so much Kai for coming out to Burress and taking all of the wonderful pictures and taking time to put the artical in the paper. We all really appreciated it. ”

Maria Manning wrote on July 1, 2007 1:55 pm:
” The reason for the burning of the Old Elevator was because of safety issues. Our family was afraid that some one would get hurt because the building was not structurally sound. ”

Robyn Manning wrote on July 2, 2007 8:43 am:
” Kai, For those of us who couldn’t be there to see the elevator go- thanks so much for the wonderful article and the amazing photos! ”

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~ by kainazamaria on July 3, 2007.

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