We will try to have a Classmate's Biography each month!
*_BIOGRAPHY FOR ERNEST HOOVER_*
Ernest Hoover was born on 7 March 1925 at the farm home of his
This house was later to be the home of Donald and Lucille
Hoover. Ernest’s parents were Ernest L. and Mary (Mollie)
was delivered by Dr. Spurgeon (Dr. Comp was busy). Ernest had two
siblings, Clarence and Dorothea.
parents moved from his grandparents’ home in the fall of 1925
to the farm home, which is located one half mile south
of the Manitou
Cemetery. Ernest relates that his folks almost lost that farm when the
Manitou Bank went bankrupt in
either 1925 or 1926.
Ernest attended the first through the eighth grades at the Thacker
School (located two and
a half miles west and one quarter mile south of
Manitou). He then attended high school at Manitou, graduating with the
Class of 1943.
Ernest’s classmates in the Class of ’43 included Eltine Fant, Louise
Vogel (Superintendent Vogel’s daughter), Eli Barrett,
Donald Dean, Donald Martin, and Donald Wells.
graduation from high school, Ernest farmed with his father and
farmed for Pierceson Adams. Ernest used both a tractor
and horses when
he farmed for Pierceson.
Ernest received a deferment from military service while he was engaged
in farming, but was called to service toward the end of World War II.
Ernest joined the United States Army Air
Corp on 25 June 1945 and was
assigned to Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas, for his basic
training as well as
aircraft mechanic and aerial gunner training. He was
undergoing aerial gunner training when the atomic bombs were dropped
Japan. With the conclusion of hostilities between the United States and
Japan, Ernest was deployed to Indian Town
Gap, Pennsylvania, as a
financial clerk to assist with out processing of American service
members getting out of the
military. Ernest was relieved of duty on 12
November 1946 and returned home. Ernest has vivid memories of the steam
trip that moved him from Sheppard Field to Indian Town Gap, as the
trip took three days.
Upon his return home from
military service, Ernest resumed farming with
Ernest started dating Elsie Stoll in 1947 and they were
married on 15
October 1948. A photograph from their wedding is located on the Manitou
School website under “Photo
Albums, Classmates Album #2, Page 3.”
Ernest relates a story as to how he communicated with Elsie. Ernest
write a letter and rush the letter out to meet the rural mail
carrier, Ely Stowe, who would transport the letter to the
mailbox. Elsie would then write a letter to Ernest and give the letter
to Ely for delivery to Ernest. Of
course, this was done without benefit
of a stamp at either end, with Ely Stowe serving as their go-between. I
this was done without the knowledge and consent of Clarence Reffner,
the Manitou Postmaster.
Ernest, as a World
War II veteran, received military to civilian
transition training at the Manitou School in late 1946 into 1947. He
that one of the projects his training group completed was the
construction of the bus barn at the Manitou School. A couple
of his training group included Duane Cardwell, Jerome Brink, Hank
Jensen, and Earl Ellis. Members of the
training program who selected
farming as their occupation, performed “free” work for some of the
local farmers. One in particular that Ernest remembered was
Eddie Stellman. Eddie invited some of the trainees out to
his ranch east
of Manitou and the group worked all day vaccinating, dehorning, and
all the day’s work was completed, it seemed that
Eddie simply thanked the group and walked away.
marriage, Ernest and Elsie moved into the farm house of his
aunt, Lillie Todd, one half mile east of Manitou on the Baseline
Lillie Todd was a sister to Ernest’s mother and her husband, Ed, was a
half-brother to Will Neumeyer.
With the retirement of Ernest’s father
and mother in 1958, and their subsequent move into the Heerwald house in
Manitou, Ernest and Elsie moved to his father and mother’s farm home
near the Manitou Cemetery.
drove a school bus at Manitou for a short period sometime during
the mid-1950s, when Clyde Conway was the superintendent.
His bus route
covered the areas northwest and northeast of Manitou.
Ernest and Elsie are parents of five children
who all attended Manitou
Grade School: Ray (Class of 1965), Loyce (Class of 1967), Marlin (Class
of 1969), Steven
(Class of 1974), and Roger (Class of 1978).
Ernest and Elsie retired from active farming in 1990. Although retired,
they remain active with their church, their community, and the Manitou
*_BIOGRAPHY FOR ELSIE
Elsie was born on 14 June 1930 at the farm home of her parents, William
(Bill) and Marie Schreiner-Stoll
and was delivered by Dr. Comp. She had
three siblings, Emma (did not attend high school), Vernon (Class of
and Louella (Class of 1957).
Elsie attended first grade at Glendale School (seven miles east and one
of Manitou), then attended second through seventh grades at
Holton School (six and a half miles east and one mile south
With the closing of Holton School, Elsie attended the eighth grade and
high school at Manitou, graduating
with the Class of 1948.
Elsie’s classmates with the Class of 1948 included: Helen Ferris, Bobbie
Delores Schreiner, Charles Cope (did not graduate), Richard Day,
Clayton Hughes, and Thomas Tuck.
Biography of Hubert J. Lee, Jr.
Born: 17 March 1943 to Hubert Lee, Sr. and Lula (Hawkins) Lee, raised by grandmother Mrs. Lona Clementine Hawkins.
We moved to Manitou in 1953 from Snyder. I attended Snyder Elementary School between 1949 and 1953, then Manitou School
from 1954 until graduation in 1961.
I have fond memories of playing in the park at Manitou, as well as meeting with friends at Studer's cafe and playing pinball
and listening to the juke box. Dragging main in Frederick and Snyder was the thing to do on Saturday & Sunday (after church
of course). I loved playing basketball and baseball for the school and received best athlete award my senior year. I was fortunate
to deliver the salutatorian address at our high school graduation.
I remember the small town environment with everyone attending each ball game, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings
and plays. The school and church were always the center for families. Where else would a superintendent take in a 17 year-old
and ensure he finished high school. Mr. Brookman, and his wife Betty, did that for me after my grandmother became sick and
had to enter a nursing home. I left Manitou immediately after graduation and visited with family members until February 1962
when I joined the Navy.
I spent 24 years in the Navy (retiring in 1986) and retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman. I specialized in Pharmacy while
in the Navy and served in a number of locations around the world. Duty Stations included San Diego, California; Guam; the
U.S.S. Repose off the waters of the Republic of Vietnam; Washington D.C.; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Puerto Rico; and the U.S.S.
After retiring in 1986, I pursued the pharmacy career field. I served as General Manager for four Long-Term Pharmacies
until I retired for good in 2005.
I married Karen Gleason, from Watkins Glen, New York, and we’ve been together 30 years and have one son, Eric. We
live in Franklin, Indiana, and I served as president of the PTA for several years and coached my son’s baseball, football,
and basketball teams.
After retirement in 2005, I stay busy with working as a civilian on the battlefield at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. I also
am a competitive bowler, winning many tournaments and leagues over the years.
I am a Vietnam veteran and right now I’m fighting another battle with multiple myeloma caused by Agent Orange. I
want to say publicly that I am not angry with this as I got 40 years more than of my peers.
One of the highlights for me was attending the 2010 Manitou reunion and seeing classmates and schoolmates for the first
time in 50 years. Go EAGLES!!!!