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Personal History of Elizabeth Vass Manning (1890 - 1978)

Personal History of Elizabeth Vass Manning (1890 - 1978), written by herself in 1967.

Elizabeth Vass Manning

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1 Table of Contents
2 Personal History
2a Birth and Family
2b Childhood
2c Marriage
3 Obituary
4 Genealogy program generated data for Elizabeth Vass Manning
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Birth and Family

I was born on January 20, 1890, Laramie, Wyoming, in a small house on Flint Street between Fourth and Fifth Street.

My father was James Vass. He was born September 17, 1856, Pathead, New Cummock, Ayr, Scotland. His father was William Vass and his mother's name was Margaret Park.

My mother was Alison Jamieson, born July 20, 1862. Her father's name was William Jamieson, and her mother's name was Elizabeth Gordon.

There were eight. children, William, Andrew, James, Lizzie, Lizzie, George David. John, and Isabel Marie. Three died when very young. Of this large family my sister, Isabel Marie Vass Anderson and I are living. My mother died when my sister was only 1 years old and I was 13.

I was christened Lizzie Vass when six months old in my parent's home by Rev. G. W. Barr, a Presbyterian Minister.

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I always had good health but had measles very bad when a small child which left my eyes weak and have had to wear glasses since.

Our home was very small and I can remember how happy we were when my father installed electric lights. They were not fancy like today's lights - just a green wire which hung from the ceiling to which a bulb was attached. How much better and safer than the old kerosene lamps. I attended the Presbyterian Sunday School. We had picnics east of Laramie about two miles from town.

We had a few milk cows from which we sold milk. The cows were taken every morning with the town herd to pasture by the Laramie River. I delivered milk night and morning to customers - 20 quarts for a dollar.

I loved to sew and when my mother sewed. She always gave me scraps for making doll dresses. Through this I became an expert seamstress which helped me when I had my children - making many of their dresses, coats and hats.

I had several dolls. I recall one I called Maggie Denver because she came from Denver. She was very pretty having hair and closing her eyes. I also had a doll with a china head, hands and feet which were sewed onto a stuffed body. I had many paper dolls cut from magazines. We jumped rope. My father made me a swing with two telephone poles and a heavy rope. It. was the envy of the neighborhood. Kids came from all around to swing. We would play a game called kick-the-can. Whoever was it had to hide their eyes while someone kicked the can and would run and get the can, replacing the can and count to ten and then tried to find the hide and seekers. The first one caught was it. If anyone would sneak1 into base and kick the can over it had to be recovered and the same procedure repeated. Tag, fox and geese, drop the handkerchief, run sheep run and other games were all delightful to play.

One painful time, I recall, was when we were quarantined for diphtheria. My oldest brother nearly died and when my youngest brother took the disease we had to be vaccinated. I still remember how sore was my arm. I remember happy times when we had birthday cakes and homemade ice cream on various holidays, such as the 4th of July.

I attended the public school in Laramie and was so smart I skipped the second grade. I liked all of my teachers and after school my schoolmate and myself would play school taking the name of our favorite teacher. We would write grammar, math and spelling on the glass in. the front door. It was a very realistic affair. One time my friend and I tried to see how much water we could drink. I got so sick I had to be excused from school - heaving my cookies all the way home - didn't miss a tree. I always had fond recollections of school and would do anything not to miss school. My grades and report cards always were excellent. We used to get cards written in blue, red or black ink. Mine were always in blue so I was called a bluebird. My schooling never went beyond the eighth grade. One of my dear friends, now living in Cheyenne, was a schoolmate and her sister was one of my favorite. teachers - Leticia Wallis.

When I vas ten we moved to the ranch and schooling became quite different. The school was one large room and all grade from the first. thru the eighth were in that room with one teacher. I was in the fifth grade. The teacher had it job teaching all the pupils. I remember winning a harmonica in an art contest for the best drawing.

After my father built on to our house we would board and room the teacher. It was nice to have her live with us. One of the teachers drove to JeIm, Wyoming to take music 1essons. I had a piano from the time I was eight years old and as I went. with the teacher I enjoyed it very much. My piano lessons were about three years in all but I could play well enough for my own enjoyment and playing the organ for the little country church.

Our little church was built by the ranchers cutting the logs and building it. We were the only couple married in this little church. It was the center of our social life. Later the little church was moved to Laramie. We had a Lutheran minister named Oscar Wood and once in a while' other denominations would preach. We had Sunday School every Sunday. The church and schoolhouse were built very close to one another and all social functions were centered at the church or school except the dances which took place at ranches which had a large bunkhouse, granary, or barn suitable for dancing. we would take sandwiches, cake, sometimes ice cream and have a midnight supper. Sometimes we would have the pie socials and later in the evening the pies would be auctioned off and the we would eat with whoever bought our pie. The ranchers came from miles around; also many cowboys. We danced all night arriving home in time to do chores - feed the chickens, pigs, stock, milk cows, etc. The men usually had a keg of beer which they enjoyed very much. We danced the square dance, Virginia Reel, Coming thru the Rye, Schottische, Polka, Two Step, waltzes and whatever was popular at the time.

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I met my husband, Emmett McCord Manning, on a day in August when I was riding horseback to Laramie to attend the County Fair. It was by the seven mile lake. He was driving home. I knew who he was as I knew who owned the rig, which he vas driving. He was wearing a Boler hat, and to me used to cowboy hats, it looked very funny. I met him the next Sunday at church and we were married the 2nd of May, 1909. We lived on my father's ranch for a time, but he didn't like ranching so in the fall we moved to Cheyenne. Our first child was Ruth Alice born a year later the 17th of May, 1910; our next daughter. Helen Isabel, was born the 11th of November 1913; and our third child, Clara Elizabeth, was born June 25,1923. Ruth died when in her senior year of school. Having a bad heart she was quite limited in activities. I remember when Ruth and Helen had their tonsils out - how sick they were. Helen was a very happy child and had natural light curly hair. Ruth and Betty had brown straight. hair - straight as a string.

After moving back to Cheyenne social life was quite different -- much church work, White Cross for the missionaries, Red Cross for the war, and joining card clubs. My hobbies are ceramics - doing the casting, firing and glazing. It is most interesting and rewarding; also sewing and crocheting. I have been Trustee, Deaconess, Teacher, President of Women work, Chairman of the Church. Circles beside serving on many committees for the Baptist Church. Now that I am much older I don't do as many things.

I pray I can always be useful and when I meet my Master He might say, "Well done my good and faithful servant - enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."

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Mrs. Cord Manning Dies Here at 88

Mrs. Elizabeth Manning, 88, of 4216 E. 16th St., died Thursday at her home after an extended illness.

She was born in Laramie on Jan. 20, 1890, and had lived in Cheyenne since 1909.

She married Cord Manning on May 2, 1909.

Mrs. Manning was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, a charter member of Daughters of the Nile, 50-year member of the Oak Leaf Chapter, O.E.S. No. 6, Help One Another Club, Neighbors of Woodcraft, and AARP.

Survivors include two children, Mrs. Darwin (Helen) Engstrom of Cheyenne, Mrs. Warren (Betty) Doolittle of Cheyenne; one sister, Mrs. R. C. (Isabel) Anderson of Cheyenne; and three grandchildren, Don Engstrom of Orem, Utah, Linda Rehart of El Toro, Calif., and Pat Doolittle of Cheyenne ; and nine great grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Leroy Willard officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cord, and a daughter, Ruth.

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Genealogy program generated data for Elizabeth Vass Manning

Elizabeth Vass was born on 20 Jan 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She was christened on 9 Jun 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 6 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She was buried on 10 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.

Elizabeth married Emmett McCord Manning "Cord", son of James Manning and Ruth Anna Wymore "Annie", on 2 May 1909 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. Cord was born on 26 Jul 1886 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. He died on 30 Jun 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 2 Jul 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
Cord worked as Shoe Salesman at Wasserman's Shoes in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.

They had the following children.

  1 F Ruth Alice Manning was born on 17 May 1910 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She died on 15 Jan 1929 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She was buried in Jan 1929 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
  2 F Helen Isabel Manning was born on 11 Nov 1913 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She died on 23 Dec 1991 in Laguna Hills, Orange, California, United States. She was buried on 30 Dec 1991 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
      Helen married Darwin Engstrom, son of Joseph William Engstrom and Emeline Anderson, on 28 Dec 1934 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. Darwin was born on 29 Jul 1908 in Huntsville, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 23 Jul 1990 in El Toro, Orange, California, United States. He was buried on 28 Jul 1990 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
Darwin worked as Public Accountant, Firm: Engstrom and Engstrom in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
  3 F Clara Elizabeth "Betty" Manning is still living.
      Betty married Warren Edward Doolittle "Lefty" on 2 Dec 1948 in Yuma, Yuma, Arizona, United States. Lefty was born on 28 Jul 1920 in , , Nebraska, United States. He died on 18 Apr 2002 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 22 Apr 2002 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.