Manchester Planned Centennial

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

Some time ago, Gale Koebbe, village president, appointed a committee to sound out the thinking of a representative group of residents to see just what type of celebration the community wanted.

It was not surprising that a group of some 70 people were in agreement not to hire outside help. Manchester would go it alone: "If we can put on an annual Chicken Broil second to none—we can do this, too."

It wasn't that the committee wouldn't appreciate the professional help—but the group felt it did not want to commit the community to have to pay several thousands of dollars for this help. The cost, the committee reported, would vary with the size and length of the celebration.

Incorporation papers were drawn up and the centennial program for the summer was on the way.