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Poweshiek History Preservation Project

PHPP is a digital archive of the Poweshiek County area that includes materials contributed by individuals and items from the Drake Community Library, Grinnell College and area historical museums. PHPP volunteers can help scan items contributed by individuals by appointment. Items can also be submitted in digital form by individuals. The project is also collecting oral histories which are conducted by volunteers.

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Dr. E.W. Clark of Grinnell, Iowa, plays the drums. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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L.H. Freeborn & Son (Des Moines, Iowa)
Portrait of Garrett C. Grinnell and Flavillia (Rilla) Anderson Grinnell taken by L. H. Freeborn & Son in Des Moines, Iowa, probably sometime in the late 1800s. They lived in Webster Township, Polk County, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #67, Grinnell/ Williams Family.

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Stamped one cent advertising postcard from the Grinnell Wire Company offering contracts for Grinnell Barb Wire. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Portrait from left to right of Harry, John, and Garrett Grinnell probably in the late 1800s. John was the father of Harry and Garrett. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #67 Grinnell/ Williams Family.

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View of Nelson Lafayette Brown in the pulpit at Hickory Grove United Brethren Church in Hickory Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa.

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Chubbuck, Thomas M., engraver
Engraving of Iowa College, known as Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa by Thomas Chubbuck. Buildings from left to right: Chicago Hall, Blair Hall, Alumni Hall.

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Johnson and Wadsworth Drug store in Grinnell, Iowa. Preston Grocers wagon visible on the far right side. Located on the west side of Broad Street between 4th Avenue and Commercial and taken before the fire of 1889. Johnson rebuilt in the same location after the fire. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of Little Mount Baptist Church which was located in Section 8 of Union Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

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Photograph of a horse-drawn hearse in front of Matt Merritt Livery in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Stereo card view of the north side of 4th Avenue between Main and Broad Streets in Grinnell, Iowa taken between 1879 and 1885.The first building on the left is the Eagle Block built in 1879. The Eagle Block and the building with the sign "Boots & Shoes" at the top are still standing (2017). The wooden buildings are no longer standing with the exception of the hardware store building which was moved, had its roofline changed and is now a home at 1316 4th Avenue. Visible business signs include ? & Norris, Attorney at Law; Dr. Kittoe, Dentist; H.C. Hyatt; Meat Market; and Hardware.

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Photograph of Grinnell College in the 1870s. On the left is West College, built in 1867, and on the right, Central College, built in 1872. Both buildings, which constituted the entire college at the time, were destroyed in the great cyclone of 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of an unidentified man, probably an early settler of Grinnell, Iowa. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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The Ross Avenue House was a wine and beer saloon owned by Fred Ahrens in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fred's wife, Henrietta Hücke Ahrens is seated with their seven children in front of the saloon. Fred is standing at the right side of the family group sporting a goatee. Customers and bystanders surround them. In 1893 Fred Ahrens bought a farm in Chester Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, and moved to Iowa with his family. In 1895, Fred Ahrens died in a farm accident.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of Susan Johanna Whitcomb, daughter of Abram and Mary Whitcomb, early settlers in the Grinnell area. She was an 1877 graduate of Grinnell College, an author and an educator. Portrait by Chas. L. Walker, photographer, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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The Congregational Church, also known as the Old Stone Church, built in Grinnell, Iowa, on the northeast corner of Broad Street and 4th Avenue in 1877(?) There is no steeple on the southwest tower of the church. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Photograph of a train at a station, possibly an early Grinnell, Iowa, depot building. The engineer, conductor, and stoker are posing near the engine. A note on the verso of the photo identifies it as "Rock Island depot." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the aftermath of the 1882 cyclone that destroyed much of the town of Grinnell. 7th Ave. runs through the center of the photo, Broad Street is on the left.

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Stereo card view of Spencer House in Grinnell, Iowa, probably taken in early fall 1882. The Spencers owned the half block on the east side of Main Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The house originally sat at 1116 Main Street with outbuildings and greenhouses to the north and a generous lawn to the south (visible on the right hand side of the picture.) The house was moved to the vicinity of the southeast corner of Pearl Street and 6th Avenue (the site of the public safety building in 2016). It was then moved a third time to 611 Sixth Avenue. For many years it was the Christian Science reading room and in 2016, it became a gift shop. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Photograph of the debris after the cyclone of June 17, 1882, in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Lovell, John S., 1844-
Photograph of destruction from the Great Grinnell Cyclone which occurred at Grinnell, Iowa, on the evening of June 17, 1882. Photographed by J. S. Lovell, Davenport, Iowa. Written in margin of photo, "Our barn after cyclone. C. H. Spencer on roof." Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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