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Martin Frederick Manger
11/26/1911 - 1/1/2000

(Ed. Note: Martin F. Manger is my wife's father)

Martin was born in Blooming Grove, PA, the son of Michael and Augusta (Martins) Manger. He went to Sunday School at the Baptist Church on Route 402 between Rt. 84 and Rt. 6 near Hawley. When he was young, they used to go to town from the farm on a horse and buggy. His first car was an Essex. He and his son Martin jr. built the cabin at Hawley (Lake Wallenpaupack) by themselves in the 1950's.

He worked at R.G.Dunn-Scranton (later Dunn/Bradstreet) 1929-30; PA state highway dept.(to 1934); then Bethlehem Steel (1934-retirement). He started at Bethlehem Steel and was soon promoted to foreman of the electrical department. His starting wage was $ 0.425 / hour. Fall of 1934 he started night school at Penn state. He tranferred to the high tension group the next year at Bethlehem Steel. He was drafted in 1939, but got a deferment due to his occupation in a key industry for the war. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and he was an electrical engineer at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 42 years before retiring in 1976.

On February 11th, 1937 he married Hazel Florence Tiel. It was a snowy day, driving was tough. The service was held at Methodist Episcopal Church in Monticello, NY by Revererand Brumlow. Afterwords they drove to Scranton, PA and had a nice fish dinner with sister Marie (Manger) Carpenter.

Martin was a strong Christian man who with his wife Hazel raised their own children as well as fostering children for Lutheran Services in his lifetime. He and his wife were active with the Lutheran Children's Bureau of Lehigh County and fostered 26 children through the agency. He was a former Salisbury Township auditor, Republican committeeman and overseer of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Credit Union. A 32nd degree Mason in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, he was a member of the Blue Lodge, Bethlehem. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Charlotte, FL.

He was a gentle man with a dry sense of humor. One of his favorite jokes was when he'd be walking the dog and someone he'd meet would ask.... "Do you live around here?" Martin would state with a smile that he was "living with a married woman".;-)

Here's some pictures to click on for an enlargement.

Birth Certificate
Birth Certificate
as a young child
as a young child
in 1920 with his puppies
1926 school picture

1926 school
1928 school award
Attendance award
1930 - horsing around !
1931 school picture
1936 Christmas card to Hazel before he was married
Christmas card to Hazel
1937 marriage certificate
Marriage certificate
1937 marriage newsclipping
Marriage News
1938 family outing
1940 with son Martin
1942 with Hazel and Martin jr
1945 payment on loan from his father in law
1945 loan payment
1948 letter of congratulations on Martha's birth
1948 congrats on Martha's birth
1971 election to Bethlehem Steel Credit Union
1971 Steel Credit Union election
1977 juror thank-you
1977 juror thanks
1981 picking oranges in his yard at Port Charlotte, FL
1981 voter registration
1981 voter registration

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