Manley Community Newsletter
August 29, 2012
Who knew if you planned a
community event during a drought that it would rain? Pillage the Village was still a very successful day!!
Betty Meyer said that she felt like this was
the biggest turnout so far. The kid events were
a big hit and the food went over so well that
they sold out of much of it. I can personally
say the rib dinner was wonderful!!
Next week I will try to have a complete list
of winners during the competitions and hope to
have some photos as well. Pssst ...I was told
the chickens were not trained!
This is another piece of research I located. I was very intrigued by all the businesses that were once part of Manley.
In 1880, German immigrant August F. Wendt acquired land that
would become the location for the Village of Manley. Three years later, he
had a town site surveyed and established a post office. The formation of the
village, once referred to as “Summit” due to its topography, was
attributable to the arrival of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which built a
line from Atchison, Kansas to Omaha in 1881-82. Early businesses formed
in Manley included two general stores, a hardware store, drug store,
shoemaker, blacksmith shop and a creamery. The village population of 80
residents in 1890 increased to 249 by 1940.
Manley has produced notable writers including Glen Fleischmann,
who was an illustrator for Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping and
Collier's, and Sophus Keith Winther who wrote Take All to Nebraska.
Although governed by a village board since 1945, Manley was not
officially incorporated until 1954. Today, Manley's population stands at
191 and younger schoolchildren continue to attend its two-room
schoolhouse. The village offers the pleasures of small town life while
nearby Nebraska Highways 1 and 50 provide access to larger neighboring
towns and cities.
Nebraska Historic Building Survey
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