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Picture of: Four generations of Mannings
Numbers next to older names are Indices from Manning Genealogy.
m. Ethel May Carr, Apr. 30, 1910, Elmira, NY.
(b. Oct. 30, 1888, Elmira, NY(?); d. May 3, 1961, Painted Post, NY.)
Eugene Manning was born on October 20, 1885, at Thurston, NY. He spent his early childhood there, and he learned glass cutting as a trade in his youth. The city of Corning, New York has long been famous as a seat of the glass making industry. His daughter Elsie recalls:
"My father made a cut glass vase for my mother. She often said that, if her home ever caught fire, she would grab that vase and run outside."
On April 30, 1910, he married Ethel May Carr, whose family was from Elmira, NY. Her ancestors had lived in Tioga County, NY, near Binghamton and in Orange County, NY, near the New Jersey border. She was born October 30, 1888, and was 21 years old at the time of their marriage. By then Eugene Manning was engaged in the construction business, and he and his fellow workers built the house at 227 Norwood Street, in Painted Post, New York, into which he moved his bride, and where they would spend the rest of their lives.
The business thrived, and by the time of his death in 1957, Manning Construction was one of the largest such businesses in the Corning-Painted Post area. In the area are many homes, several churches and even schools, all built by Manning Construction. A subdivision outside Painted Post, near Gang Mills, NY, called Morningside Heights, has a street named Manning Drive, in his honor. He was well known and respected throughout his community.
He died at the age of 72, on November 4, 1957, following a pair of heart attacks. In 1961 his wife Ethel fell in her kitchen, breaking her hip. She was confined to bed, and died in the Norwood Street house a few months later, on May 3, 1961. She and Eugene are both buried in Fairview Cemetery, outside Painted Post. When Lee was in his teens, and working for Manning Construction as a laborer, he helped to build a cinder block pump house at Fairview Cemetery. Today it supplies the water to keep their resting place green.
Eugene and Ethel had two children. The first, Elsie Jane, was born at Elmira, New York, on December 6, 1910. The second, Eugene Carr, was born on September 3, 1914, in the house at Norwood Street (on the dining room table, according to his mother).