Manchester, Iowa Is In My Roots

Manchester, Iowa is on highway 20 halfway between Waterloo and Dubuque. It’s a lovely town in the county of Delaware and has very special meaning to me. Population: 5,053 (2016). Please read on…!        .

On June 27, 2018 Todd Piro a correspondent from Fox and Friends stopped in to Jude’s Cafe on Main Street in Manchester, Iowa! He visited with some of the men eating breakfast and drinking coffee! It was broadcast on Fox and Friends!

Jerry and I were watching Fox and Friends, as we do every morning! Imagine our surprise when this segment came on. Oh, are you wondering why it was actually exciting to us?

My dad, Glen Williamson, grew up in Manchester, Iowa! Dad was the youngest of seven children and was born on the family farm near Masonville, Iowa. When dad was nine years old, his dad, my grandfather, Andrew Williamson, retired at age 59 from farming. Andrew and Rose bought a lot, at 152 Gay Street in Manchester, where Andrew, built a house for them! They moved in on February 4, 1920. Dad was 10 and the only child still living at home. He built a large enough house for the rest of the children to know they could always come home and especially for holidays.                                                                                                Scan_Pic0006

That’s Grandma and Grandpa Williamson on the steps of the front porch,  in their old age. Grandpa died in 1942. Grandma died in 1948. The last time I was in Manchester the house was still there on Gay Street. Their car, a 1916 Saxon is parked in the driveway! He bought it new and never bought another car!

Dad had gone to the one room school house, through half of fourth grade, that all of his brothers and sisters had attended. But now he was enrolled in Manchester Elementary School. He was in fourth grade. He did well in school and was the only child in the family to attend and graduate from high school! Scan_Pic0011

This is a picture of Manchester High that Dad attended and graduated from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the end of Dad’s Manchester days except to return to visit. But later Dad’s sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and Earnie retired from farming and moved to Manchester. We visited them several times. They lived very close to Main Street in a lovely home.

Bessie & Earnie                                    Aunt Bessie lived to be 102 years old! When she was 100 years a party was held for her at the Good Neighbor Nursing Home in Manchester where she then lived. What a wonderful party it was! Relatives and friends came from California, Iowa, Michigan, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, Arkansas, Minnesota and Saskatchewan, Canada all to honor my Aunt Bessie! This is a snapshot of Aunt Bessie and me at her birthday party. There were lots of pictures taken.  Bessie & me         DocFile (2)  She received this birthday letter from Willard Scott on the Today Show at NBC News.  Aunt Bessie lived for just over another two years.                                                                                      Uncle Earnie and Aunt Bessie are both buried in Manchester Cemetery along with their son, my cousin, Fred. Bessie & Earnie graveFred Sommer grave                                                                                             So you can see Manchester, Iowa means a lot to me and that’s why I got so excited when Fox and Friends featured Manchester, Iowa on their show! If you’re ever in Iowa it’s a great little town!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wedding – Ty and Re Buck

Here is the wedding of my handsome grandson, Tyler, and his lovely bride, Rebecca. This makes Rebecca my new granddaughter-in-law! I have two granddaughter’s in-law now! I’m so glad I got to be there for the wedding! Ty & RE  It was beautiful!

Getting ready for the wedding is perfection! Jessica, mother of the groom!  Jessica dressed for a wedding      A special hair-do!    Jessica's Hair Rob and Jessica. Rob & Jessica  Haleigh and Elmise, sisters of the groom! Haleigh & Elmise   Armon and me! Armon is a brother of the groom and I’m a grandma of the groom!  Grandma & Armon

Sometimes the waiting is so hard! Waiting  But it’s worth it in the end!  Parker, a brother of the groom, sitting patiently, waiting…Parker waiting

The church was beautiful. The long aisle was also beautiful!  Wedding Ty & Rebecca  Tree twigs, gathered by Rob, Jessica, and Armon, and spray painted white, in tall vases, lined the aisle, covered with a white runner and flower petals strewn all along the way!  As a surprise to Ty and everyone else, instead of Rebecca walking down the aisle to the traditional wedding march, the theme from Lord of The Rings, was played! It’s their favorite and was requested by Rebecca!

Ty & RE  She’s been given to Ty, by her father, and the ceremony begins! Ty & Re We did it!  Oh, look! They did it! Ty and Re are married!   Here they come into the reception! 100_5876 100_5878  100_5880 Tyler and Rebecca, first dance, as a married couple!  100_5882 Father, daughter dance.  100_5883  Mother, son dance. 100_5872  Enjoying the reception: Christy, Megan and Cameron.  100_5873  Armon and Parker, brothers of the groom, but technically, not brothers of each other! Hmmm, interesting! Best friends!

The wedding cake! Perfect for the TyReBuck theme! 100_5871   Buck TyRe    Away they go, being showered wth flower petals, on the way! Ty & Re being flowered I love you, Ty and Re Buck!