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The continued popularity of the shirtdress gives this young woman a modern air, as does her direct and confident gaze.<br />
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Manilla was a Lincoln High graduate and worked as a theater usher. In 1921 she married a young AME pastor. They served in Duluth, Council Bluffs and Cedar Rapids, where she passed. She had a tremendous ministry of correspondence with our service men and obviously loved the Lord very much. She was born in an Iowa coal mining town and raised in the uniquely integrated coal mining town of Buxton, Iowa. Her dad, Alfred, died in 1905 and her mom a few years later. By 1917 she had arrived in Lincoln and was her school's participant in the state spelling bee. She was quite a lady!!