Edward Mansker

Edward Mansker (1875 - 1936)

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Edward "Ed" Mansker
Born in Jonesboro, Union, Illinois, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to before ) in Randolph, Illinoismap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2016
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Categories: Thebes, Illinois.


"Eddie" is listed in the 1880 Thebes, Alexander, Illinois census with his parents, Jacob and Margaret, and brother "Rupert" (Robert).[1]

Ed was nearly 27 when he married Hattie, who was 16, in Randolph County, Illinois on 3 Apr 1902.[2]

In the 1910[3], and 1920[4] censuses for Thebes, he is living with his wife, Hattie, and their children. In the 1930[5] census, Ed is living with daughter, Melva, and is listed as divorced. Ed, his parents, and his children lived on Sixth Street toward the north end. All of Ed's children born in Thebes, as well as many of his grand children, were born in that house, which he owned.,[6]

When young, and before getting married, Ed worked at the Thebes pottery factory. There he made a stoneware butter churn with the following message written before glazing it, "Hey girl (between the ages of 18 and 21) my name is Ed Mansker, Thebes, Illinois, I am looking for a wife. If you are not this age tell your neighbor girl." This stoneware butter churn turned up at an antique shop in Anna, Illinois several years before 2008.[7]

Ed also worked as a painter and postmaster. The Post Office that Ed worked at was located across the street from the Sweetwater Saloon at the base of the Thebes steps. In 2018, a large swingset was standing where the Sweetwater Saloon once stood. Family stories say that Ed had the first automobile in Thebes as he was the postman. In the evening, he would get as many young girls in the car as he could and take them for a ride.

Ed died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri[8] and was buried at Thebes Cemetery[9] near the Courthouse in the back, left corner with his mother.


  1. 1880; Census Place: Thebes, Alexander, Illinois; Roll: 175; Page: 126B; Enumeration District: 005
  2. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index; Vol E, page 151, lic #43, Randolph County
  3. 1910; Census Place: Thebes, Alexander, Illinois; Roll: T624_230; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 1374243
  4. 1920; Census Place: Thebes, Alexander, Illinois; Roll: T625_297; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 22
  5. 1930; Census Place: Thebes, Alexander, Illinois; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0022
  6. As told to David Thomson by Dan Mansker on a trip to Thebes, Illinois on 1 Jul 2018.
  7. Letter postmarked 2008 from Pat Miller in Anna, Illinois, which was sent to Ron Mansker.
  8. Missouri, Death Certificates, 1910-1962 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  9. Find A Grave - Edward Mansker

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Edward Mansker Image 1
Edward Mansker Image 1

Ed falling off a ladder in mid air.
Ed falling off a ladder in mid air.

Ed and Hattie Mansker and Family
Ed and Hattie Mansker and Family

Hattie Burger Image 6
Hattie Burger Image 6


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