from "Sheridan's Daybreak II", 1985
Sheridan County Daybreakers Genealogy Society

David was born to Archie and Agnes Mann on 2-6-30 in the old Sheridan Mem. Hosp. Some local farmers and neighbors, Ralph Bain, Hugh, Frank and Leland Jones, Fredrick March, and Sylvester and Martin Gross, helped Archie shovel the deep drifts to get the car through so David could be born in the hospital. The farm is located 12 miles southwest of Plentywood. Archie died 8-31-58 and Agnes is 92, living at the Pioneer Manor. David has 2 sisters: Vernita Nelson of Plentywood and Scotsdale, AZ, and Helen of Ardmore, OK.

David's education started at Voight School. However, after about 6 weeks, they moved to town. The family owned the home that is presently known as "The Attic." He graduated from PHS in 1949, then to Bozeman to college, until coming home to take over the farm in 1950. He married Betty Bykonen on 10-20-56. She was a Bell Telephone operator from North Dakota. They lived on the ranch, where his parents homesteaded, called Crazy Horse Creek.

They were fortunate to adopt 2 beautiful children, the first, a boy named Shannon Joseph, born 7-19-63. They brought him home from Spokane, WA, by car when he was 2 months old. It was a nerve racking, but happy experience. Then 3 years later, a little girl, named Candace Mary, born 6-29-66. Shannon attends DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, AZ, graduating in June 1984. Candace is at home working for her dad. During his high school years, Shannon had a dance band, so the whole family was involved with this, and also in 4-H, which Candace had animal projects.

Betty was born 5-18-37 to Pete and Florence Bykonen of Powers Lake, NO. After Betty's graduation from high school, the family moved to Reserve, where Pete was a grain buyer. They later moved to Plentywood. Betty is the oldest of 4 children. Carolyn, manages the Plains Motel in Plentywood; Merle farms in Raymond; and Flora is an assistant manager of the Flying J Truck Stop in Culbertson.

They both are members of the Catholic Church, and very much involved with the Knights of Columbus, Pres. of Guild, past Pres. of 4-H council, church council, chairman for 3 years on Senior Citizen's Day, Master Sgt. in the Nat. Guard for 12 years, belong to Toastmasters, Sheridan Snow Travelers, Saddle Club, Tractor Club, and the Golf Club. For their recreation, they like snowmobiling, motorcycle and horseback riding with the club, going to rock concerts, gardening, and traveling when they get the chance.