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Personal History of Emmett McCord "Cord" Manning (1886 - 1966)

A genealogical program generated webpage, an interview with his daughter about her memories of Cord Manning and a Short History of Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1890 -1978) and Cord Manning (1886 - 1966). It was written for a book of families in Cheyenne, Wyoming by their daughter, Betty Doolittle, and granddaughter, Linda Engstrom Rehart.


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2 Genealogy Generated data for Emmett McCord Manning (1886 - 1966)
3 An interview with Helen Isabel Manning Engstrom, his daughter
4 Short History of Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1890 -1978) and Cord Manning (1886 - 1966)
5 Obituary for Emmett McCord Manning
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Genealogy Generated data for Emmett McCord Manning (1886 - 1966)

Emmett McCord Manning "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.

Cord married Elizabeth Vass, daughter of James Vass and Alison Jamieson, on 2 May 1909 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. Elizabeth 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.

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.

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An interview with Helen Isabel Manning Engstrom, his daughter, by Linda Louise Engstrom Rehart, his granddaughter on 20 August 1975.

This interview was conducted by Linda Rehart asking the questions. Helen Engstrom responded with her answers from her memory of Cord Manning who was Helen's father. The interviews were recorded on a cassette tape and then later was transcribed and edited by Linda Rehart. That document was entered into the computer by Donald Engstrom in June 2007.

Question: What is your most vivid memory of Gampie [family name for Cord Manning]?

Answer: In what way?

Question: When you think about your Dad, what's the first thing that pops into you mind?

Answer: Well, my father was a very kind-hearted, generous man. He was known, if he cared for someone he went all the way out. In fact they would say he would five the shirt off his back for some that he liked. Is that what you mean?

Question: Yeah, what kinds of things did he used to do with you kids?

Answer: Oh he used to play with us most anything that we wanted to do. I remember one time some friends came over to visit us and Charlie had just gotten a new motorcycle with a side car and we were out looking at it and Dad got on there and I got in the side car and he said, "Shall we go for a ride?", and I said, "Sure!" and he thought he knew what he was doing, but he didn't know how to drive very well and when he got started he couldn't stop or turn the corner and we ran into a neighbor's tree.

Question: Did you go on picnics or outings or anything like that?

Answer: We didn't have too many picnics or outings. We used to go to Pearson's ranch every summer. [Note: Mr. and Mrs. Pearson were the best man and maid of honor at Cord and Elizabeth's wedding.]

Question: Where is it?

Answer: It's out of Laramie about 15-20 miles out of Laramie and we had great times out there. Dad liked to go out there and visit and we would have kind of little rodeos and he would get out and he liked to try and ride one of the calves and one time he got thrown and had his knee hurt and when he got home he was laid up from work for a week or so from falling. And when we go there we had picnics and all the kids around there, they kind of looked to Dad for to take charge of our races and he always had a pocketful of nickels or pennies and would give the winner a nickel or penny, whatever it was, for the race.

Question: Who were the Pearson's?

Answer: Pearson's were great friends of Mom and Dad. In fact, they stood up with them when they were married.

Question: What was your Dad's occupation?

Answer: He was a shoe clerk, worked for Wasserman's Shoe Store in Cheyenne for over fifty years.

Question: What kind of hobbies did he enjoy?

Answer: Oh he liked to play golf and his main one was he liked cards; I guess that's where I get my love for playing cards, too, because he said he'd rather play cards than eat. In fact, it was kind of strange though, during the blizzard of '49, when we were snowed in at Isabel and Hap's - We had gone out there for New Year's dinner and we had this blizzard and we didn't get out. We were there for 3 days and Hap's mother and father were there also and Dad and Mr. Anderson and myself and someone else, why, they wanted to play cribbage or some sort of game and I think that was one time Dad got more than his fill of it (laugh) because Grandpa Anderson was always wanting to go and Dad couldn't quite keep up with him.

Question: Did he and Gammie when he was younger go out to preference balls?

Answer: Oh yeah, but in those days they didn't have those dances. I recall when they would go out even out to the ranch they would have barn dances and they'd all go to some house - and they - well there were several places that they had them in particular and they had their barns fixed up and they all took their family and a sort of pot luck dinner, take something in, and then you have dinner and the folks were out dancing and we'd once in a while try to sneak out and watch them do a little dancing. And then at Cheyenne when the Gruden's and Drysdale's came over from Scotland, why I remember that in our living room and dining room that they had moved the furniture back and rolled back the rug and they would do a lo of Scottish dances and Grandpa or somebody, I think Grandpa, went back to Scotland and visit one time and he brought back a kilt and Dad would dress up in it and act real goofy, and kind of do the highland fling, but then they would do other dances. And then there were other groups that would come in, friends, and they would have dances there and they belonged to bridge clubs where they would go out and have dinner and then afterwards go to different homes and play bridge.. Then they would, later on, they did go to a few dances, but not too many. Dad didn't like to dance too well, I don't think.

Question: What were some of the other things he liked to do?

Answer: Oh - yeah, he loved to watch the ball games and was always sorry he didn't get to see a World Series game because that was always something he really wanted to see. And now one time when he was sick, my aunt - he always listened to the Denver Bears - and this one particular night he was listening to them and all of a sudden it came over the radio for Cord Manning to hurry for a speedy recovery. And he did. He was feeling much better.

Question: What organizations did he belong to?

Answer: Oh, Masons and consistory and Shrine club - Shriner's.

Question: Was he very active in these organizations?

Answer: He was very active in Shrine Club. In fact, he was on of its presidents and he was the starter of getting the Hillbilly Band to come to Cheyenne. I believe they came for about 8 or 9 years and usually they wouldn't come back to a place more than once or twice but they came back and Dad would work real hard on getting the tickets sold because all of the money went to the cripple children's hospital. And he was also responsible for bringing the first Shrine Circus to Cheyenne and which they sponsored every year. It's been quite a success. I don't know what happened, where he was the Past president of the Shrine Club - but my mother nor I, neither of us know - but he got hurt some way and he wouldn't attend the meetings, but he loved his fez and all the meanings of it.

Question: Did he receive any awards?

Answer: In fact, he was made an honorary member of the hillbilly band.

Question: Was he active in the church also?

Answer: He was active in the Baptist Church and oh when he was younger, he used to be a deacon and an usher and a treasurer. And when he was younger he was active with different boys groups, and he sort of helped sponsor a basketball team that they had at the church. They played basketball and some of the boys that he had would write to him or visit him after they left whenever they would return to Cheyenne. They had a soft spot for Dad.

Question: Was there anything he ever said he would like to do with his life particularly that you remember that maybe he never had a chance like going to the World Series game of anything like that?

Answer: He never said much, He loved his home and his family. And whenever he would get together with somebody, why that was the first thing he would do is be talking about his family and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. As you know when my aunt and he would get together, she would never have a chance on her grandchildren because it was always Dad had a story better.

Question: Did he do much reading?

Answer: Not too much.

Question: Do you remember, did he ever tell you stories or much about his early life?

Answer: No, except that he had to work hard and his step-father was very mean to him and he and Clara both left as soon as they could and went out to earn their own way on account of it. And at one time he went back to New York and worked there and he didn't stay too long but he was loyal to any person or thing he really believed in. One time some man offered to set Dad up in a shoe store of his own, but he wouldn't do it because he didn't think it would be fair to Mr. Wasserman.

Question: A lot of people liked to buy shoes from him?

Answer: A lot of people would go and sit and wait until he could wait on them. In fact, when they left town, they would still write to him for shoes. I might add that he was the only one that fit my shoes. Since he hasn't sold shoes, I haven't really had a pair of shoes that fit me.

Question: Most of the places he traveled were just to visit relatives like - well, he went to New York when he was younger - but otherwise it was mostly family?

Answer: We just went to Arizona and Denver and Laramie. He'd didn't care much really for traveling. In fact, he didn't go to Canada. Well, maybe he couldn't be off work that long, as long as were gone when we went to Canada. So he probably would have liked Canada, but couldn't get away.

Question: Do you remember anything about his food habits?

Answer: He had his distinct likes for food and if he didn't like something he wouldn't eat it and sometimes he'd smell it before he'd eat it because he wasn't sure he was going to like it. He liked pot roast. His favorite was chocolate pie and although they used to have pie socials and lot of times they were out by the ranch. At the ranch, Dad always wanted to buy Bertha's [Pearson] chocolate pie. She made good pies.

[Note by grandson, Don Engstrom: As a young boy we had many family dinners together. Two things that he did that was different were 1) he liked sliced tomatoes for a salad and he always sprinkled them liberally with sugar; 2) after a pot roast dinner he liked to put a piece of bread on his plate and then cover it with beef gravy.]

Question: Do you remember any specific activity he did with you and your sisters when you were children?

Answer: One winter he froze the back yard and built an ice pond for us kids to skate and our corner was sort of a meeting place of all the kids in the neighborhood and sometimes Dad would get out and play with us or he would try and fix things for us to play.

Question: Was this down on O'Neil?

Answer: 21st and O'Neil. This house didn't have a basement so he and some friends dug this basement out and fixed it up for a storage room and play room.

Question: About how old were you when you moved to your home on 2nd Avenue?

Answer: I was a junior in high school.

Question: Was this after Ruth died?

Answer: Right, Ruth died on O'Neil. I think it must have been maybe I was (I'm trying to think) Ruth died in '29 and I was a sophomore that year.

Question: Why did they move?

Answer: Oh they opened up this new area, and if was in Moore Haven Heights and Dad bought the land up there and Tom Richie who was a contractor, he bought the land next to us and he built our house. In fact we were sort of out in the country at that time and when we moved out there and I'd have a date or anybody wanted to know where we lived, I'd say, "Go out on Central Avenue until you come to the last house on the left hand side of the street in the middle of the prairie."

Question: You didn't have your own plans for it, you just built it?

Answer: Well, Mom drew the plans and Tom built it.

Question: So Gammie made the floor plans of the house she wanted to have?

Answer: Right;

Question: Were you the first ones to rent the apartment after you got married?

Answer: Uh, uh. And Daddy built it, built the kitchen.

Question: Your husband, my Daddy?

Answer: (Laugh) Yeah, your Father, he put in the kitchen there.

Question: Oh, I didn't know that.

Answer: He built the cupboards and the shelves.

Question: Do you remember any holiday activities with your Father?

Answer: On the 4th of July we used to be able to shoot our own fireworks. And Ruth and George and my self we all received an allowance and we would pool our resources and buy our fireworks and we'd get the snakes and the ones you shoot and sparklers, and the pinwheels and the roman candles and the skyrockets and Dad would fix up a pinwheel on the tree and a place for our sky rockets and he would shoot those off for us and we had quite a little display.


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Short History of Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1890 -1978) and Cord Manning (1886 - 1966). It was written for a book of families in Cheyenne, Wyoming by their daughter, Betty Doolittle, and granddaughter, Linda Engstrom Rehart.

Cord Manning and Lizzie (Elizabeth) Vass met back in the "horse and buggy days" when Cord's bowler hat caught Lizzie's eye. She thought it looked very funny as it wasn't the typical western style hat worn on the ranch. She was formally introduced to him the next Sunday at church. On May 2, 1909, they were married in Harmony Church near Laramie, Wyoming. Lizzie's family had homesteaded in that vicinity in the 1880's after coming to this country from Scotland. Cord's family had moved there shorly before they met.

After their marriage, Cord and Lizzie lived on her father's ranch for a short time. However, Cord did not like ranching, so in the fall they moved to Cheyenne. They lived at 2020 O'Neil where their three daughters, Ruth Alice, Helen Isabel, and Clara Elizabeth (Betty) were born.

Cord first worked for Bons' Men's Store. He was then employed at Waserman's Shoe Store for forty-eight years before he retired. As a salesman, he not only established a faithful clientele from several generations of many local families, but he also handled an extensive mail order business to customers who had formerly lived in Cheyenne.

As a child Ruth contracted rheumatic fever and was left with a bad heart. This limited her activities somewhat, although she still liked to be a very involved. In January, 1929, she passed away, just five months short of graduating from high school.

In June of 1929 the family moved to their new home, 106 West 2nd Avenue in Moorhaven, a new development north of town. At the time, they were the last house out on Central Avenue on the west side. Lizzie had designed the home and took great pride in keeping it clean, attractive and comfortable, both inside and out.

Early transportation was an old Chandler automobile which was a good, dependable car, but if driven over thirty miles per hour on the highway, it required the services of an auto mechanic. This was later changed for a Chevrolet.

The Mannings joined the First Baptist Church when first coming to Cheyenne, and later became charter members of the Calvary Baptist Church. They were very active in church work, serving on many committees. Lizzie also taught Sunday School for many years.

The Mannings loved dancing in their younger years and also loved to play cards. Cord instigated the monthly cribbage night dinner meetings at the Masonic Temple.

Lizzie was an excellent homemaker, being especially talented in cooking and sewing. Since her mother died when she was thirteen and she was the oldest girl, she assumed these responsibilities early in life. One of her specialties was jam-filled jellyrolls. She was a marvelous seamstress and could sew just about anything. She also taught her daughters and granddaughter to sew. She was vary talented artistically also. As a young girl attending school in a one-room school house, she won a harmonica as first prize for her art work. Over the years she pursued art as a hobby; many of the framed oil paintings of outdoor scenes gracing the walls of their home were done by her. In later years she invested in a kiln and her ceramics are now treasured keepsakes in her homes of family and friends. Lizzie was also very involved in Easter Star and Daughters of the Nile.

Besides cards, Cord loved golf and was an avid baseball fan. One year his golf group was able to brag about playing each month, even in the dead of winter. During baseball season he could be found on the front porch listening to the radio. He never missed a Denver Bears game and also loved the Brooklyn Dodgers. In his younger years, he spent many evenings in a nearby vacant lot with the kids. Curt Gowdy, Bill and Bob Co? Were just a few that showed up.

Cord was a very active Mason and belonged to the AF&AM Lodge No. 40. Wyoming consistory No. 1, and was Past President of the Cheyenne Shrine Club. He was actively involved in bringing the El Jebel Shrine Hillbilly band to Cheyenne for many years and was made an honorary member of the band.

Lizzie had a piano from the time she was eight years old. Her piano lessons were about three years in all but she could play well enough for her own enjoyment and played the organ for the little country church in Laramie. She also saw that her daughters received piano lessons.

Helen married Darwin Engstrom in the family home in 1934. Betty married Warren E. Doolittle in 1948.

Lizzie and Cord were able to celebrate 57 years of married life before he died on June 30, 1966. Lizzie continued to live at the family home until her death on April 6, 1978.


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Obituary for Emmett McCord Manning

Cord Manning Dies at 79

Cord Manning. of 106 W. 2nd Ave., died today at Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was 79.

Manning had lived in Cheyenne for 57 years. For 48 years, he was associated with the Wasserman Shoe store.

He was born July 26, 1886, at Oskaloosa, Iowa. Manning and the former Elizabeth Vass were married May 2, 1909, at Laramie. They observed their 57th wedding anniversary this year.

Manning was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, AF and Am Lodge No. 40 and Wyoming Consistory No. 1. He was a past president of the Cheyenne Shrine Club.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Darwin Engstrom and Mrs. Warren Doolittle, both of Cheyenne; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clara James of Yuma, Ariz. and Mrs. Helen Rankin of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. R. C. Anderson of Cheyenne.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church, with interment at Lakeview. The Rev. Walter Scherbaum will officiate.

Friends who prefer may contribute to the Memorial Fund of the Calvary Baptist Church.

The Schrader Funeral Home