E. C. Manning.
SOME FACTS: COLONEL E. C. MANNING
Grandparents: French Huguenots who fled to Montreal, father born on voyage to Canada.
Father: Migrated to America. E. C. Manning born in Vermont in 1833.
Manning completed common school and academy education in Vermont.
1859: Manning came to Marysville, Kansas, as a printer.
1860: Manning returned to Jackson County, Ohio, and married Delphine Pope.
Three children: Benjamin, Martha, and Ernest Frederick.
1861: Served as postmaster at Marysville.
Enlisted as a private in Co. H., Second Kansas Infantry.
Commissioned Sergeant. Later made First Lieutenant.
Served in the Army of the Frontier until 1863, when he resigned and
returned to Marysville, where he helped to organize and was made Colonel
of a militia regiment for frontier protection.
1863: Elected State Senator, served one term.
Moved to Manhattan, Kansas, and published a newspaper for two years.
1868: Appointed Secretary of the Kansas Senate.
1869: Moved to vicinity of what became Winfield.
First residence: log cabin near north end of what is now Manning Street.
Town company organized in his cabin.
1870: Built a balloon framed structure at corner of Manning and Eighth Street.
[Site later occupied by Long lumberyard.]
1870: Fall. First representative from Cowley County.
1872: Admitted to the bar.
1873: Reelected as representative.
1873: February 20. Wife, Delphine, died. Buried Highland Cemetery.
1874: January 1. Married Margaret J. Foster in Winfield.
1880: Manning went to New Mexico for two years; then to Washington, D. C.
1881: May 19. Divorced Margaret.
November 5. Married Linnie Hall.
1885: Son, Benjamin, died in Washington, D. C. Buried in Winfield at Highland.
Manning managed a creosote plant in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Manning secured railroad franchises at various points throughout the south.
1896: Col. and Mrs. Manning returned to Winfield.
1910: Manning chosen as chairman of municipal commission of Winfield.
1915: October 16. Mrs. Manning died. Buried in private mausoleum, Highland.
December 11. Col. Manning died. Entombed, private mausoleum, Highland.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
We clip the following from the Topeka Commonwealth of last Thursday. “Hon. E. C. Manning, formerly of Cowley County, arrived in the city yesterday from Denver, and will leave today for Boston. He is accompanied by his wife, daughter, and son, and they expect to be absent all summer. Mr. Manning’s health is very much improved.”
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
D. A. Millington wrote a letter about his fifteen day trip east and he wrote the following: “We found at Washington, Col. E. C. Manning and his family, and we believe our readers will feel very much less interest in the art and architecture of the capital than in the man who more than any other, made Winfield; the man to whom Winfield and Cowley County owes more than to any other for what we have and what we enjoy in the line of public advantages, secured by energy, foresight, skill, and knowledge. We never saw Col. Manning looking so well, healthy and happy. He is heavier than he used to be, clearer complexioned, handsomer, and exhibits more than his old time brightness and wit. If he is not a prohibitionist, he is a teetotaler, and has been ever since he went to Washington. He is living in his own home, 701 East Capitol Street, a roomy, cozy house with all the modern conveniences and improve-ments; well and tastefully furnished, where he is enjoying life with his wife and with his three children, Ben, May, and Fred, who are happy, contented and studious, attending school, doing well, and becoming gentlemanly and ladylike. Mrs. Manning impressed us as a real lady, intelligent, fair, kind, and sensible. That she has a wonderful influence for good over the family group whom she has gathered together under her care, was sufficiently apparent. They all respect and love her, and her quiet request is law. Out of the turbulent spirits, schooled in the rougher parts of the West, she has made a pleasant and gentle family, and surrounded them with taste and culture. To Mr. and Mrs. Manning we are indebted for many kind attentions during our stay in Washington. He likes life in Washington and says he ‘would rather be a lamp post in Washington than a governor in Colorado.’ ”
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886. KANSAS STATE NEWS. Colonel E. C. Manning, of Winfield, has brought suit at Washington, D. C., against the Union Transfer Company, for $10,000 damages for the killing of his son, E. B. Manning, who was run over by one of the company’s hansom cabs on March 4, 1885, during the jam occasioned by the inauguration, and died two days afterward of the injuries received.