If there had been a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union on the United States in the 1950s, as many at that time had feared, there would most definitely been survivors in the basement of the Maniece building at Estherville High School.
Maniece has had Christensen Construction crews working hard to demolish the building since school let out this spring. With inch-thick rebar every few inches, the building did not go without a fight. The foot-thick floors were so strong, in fact, that huge excavators could safely drive over them during demolition.
By the end of this week, Maniece demolition was two-thirds completed, according to Steve Christensen of Christensen Construction. The remaining basement level is yet to be excavated to make room for the remainder of the new middle school.
Christensen said decking has been installed on the second floor of the middle school and concrete floors are being poured.
The finishing touches are being done on Demoney, including plans for replacement of an existing roof that has leaked for some time before construction began.
Cabinets and flooring are also in at Demoney.
Jodie Greig of the Parent Action Team said 50 bricks have been collected from the Maniece building. A brass plaque with an etching of Maniece will be affixed to the bricks which will be sold for $25 each to help raise money for playground equipment at Demoney. The etched plaques will be similar to those on bricks from the Lincoln building which were sold earlier, also to raise money for playground equipment at Demoney.
The bricks, which will be available after Labor Day, can be reserved now. Call the Demoney Elementary office at 362-2181 to purchase your memory of Maniece.