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Picture of: Four generations of Mannings
Numbers next to older names are Indices from Manning Genealogy.
m. Selma Dahl Walrath, Mar. 11, 1939, Painted Post, NY
(b. Sep. 12, 1915, Jasper, NY; d. Jan. 24, 1983, Arlington, VA.)
m. Ruth Bernice (Wood) Ansbaugh, 1984, Florida
(b. Royal Oak, MI; d. Nov. 19, 2005, Summerfield, FL)
Eugene Carr Manning was the only son of Eugene Manning. Called "brother" in grammar school, he became known later (for obvious reasons) as "young Gene". He was still known by that nickname well into his 80's by those who knew him in those days. Young Gene graduated from Georgia Tech, possibly the first in our line to obtain a college degree. His chosen field, Electrical Engineering, provided him with jobs in three departments of the U. S. Government: the Rural Electrification Administration (R. E. A.), the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Office of the Chief, Army Corps of Engineers.
Gene served in the Army Signal Corps and Army Air Force (7th Fighter Wing, Aircraft Warning and Control Squadron) during World War II, working with radar and telephone communication systems in the Hawaiian Islands. He resigned his commission as Captain in the early 1950's.
Gene was raised in the house on Norwood Street. On March 11, 1939, he married Selma Dahl Walrath, a former resident of Painted Post then living on a farm near Gang Mills, NY, who had been born in Jasper, NY, on September 12, 1915. He was 24, and she was 23. They were high school sweethearts, and graduated together from Painted Post High School in 1931. Selma's parents, Willard and Jennie Walrath, had been residents of the Painted Post, NY area for most of their lives. They were married in the Painted Post Methodist Church by the Reverend Benjamin Franklin Hayes, Selma's grandfather.
They lived briefly after their the marriage in Atlanta, GA. In August 1939, Gene went to work for the R. E. A. in Washington, DC, and in September 1939, they moved to Arlington, Virginia. In April 1941, as World War II loomed, Gene (who held a reserve commission as a result of R.O.T.C. participation in college) was called into military service, and sent first to Louisiana. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was sent to Hawaii. During the war, Selma and the kids returned to New York State, to Corning, NY, near Painted Post and both their families. When the war ended, Gene and Selma again located in Arlington, VA, as Gene resumed his job with the R. E. A.
In 1954, the R. E. A. announced plans which would require Gene to travel extensively, and he was persuaded to return to New York State and join his father in the Manning Construction business. The family moved to Corning, and young Gene took on an active role in the family business. His father died in 1957, and by 1960 fortunes of the business began to decline, principally due to the lingering effects of a business recession and intense competition from other firms trying to get a foothold in the field. In May 1962 it was liquidated, and Gene went back to work for the Government, moving yet again to Arlington, Virginia.
Gene and Selma had four children, all boys. The first, Lee Joseph, was born May 19, 1940, at Washington, DC. The second, Wayne Robert, was born September 29, 1941, at Oakdale, Louisiana. The third, Craig Elliot, was born on July 17, 1948, at Arlington, Virginia. The fourth, Perry Eugene (Selma finally got her wish to name one for Gene) was born on March 6, 1959, at Corning, NY.
Selma died on January 24, 1983 in Arlington, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 67 years old.
Gene remarried in 1984, to Ruth Bernice (Wood) Ansbaugh. They settled first in Anderson, SC, a spot which Gene computed was mathematically central to the homes of his four children. They later moved to Ocala, Florida, where they lived until Gene's death at the age of 84, on June 30, 1999. Ruth passed away on November 19, 2005 in Summerfield, Florida.