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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.

Photograph of the mock convention "Demonstration" during the Republican nominating session

Three portraits of Myrtle Marguerite Cass. Myrtle Cass was born in 1896 on a farm near Malcom, Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell High School and was a member of the Grinnell College Class of 1929. She received her M.A. in Latin from Columbia University, New York City, and her Ph.D. in languages in 1933, also from Columbia. She returned to Grinnell in 1937 to care for her mother and sister at the family home. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
This leaflet contains biographical information about J.B. Grinnell.

Photograph of members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church placing the Chester Church on its new foundation at 6th and State Street in Grinnell. The Chester church building was given to St. Paul's by the people of the Newburg-Chester congregations to serve as their new sanctuary. Members visible from left to right: Byron Worley, Jon Chenette, Milton Severe (with back to camera in blue shirt and with long hair), Don Howig, unidentified, Tim Chenette, unidentified, and Jeff Garland. Milton Severe's conversation with then pastor Richard Graves led to obtaining the building as Milton's brother-in-law was the then pastor of the Newburg-Chester churches and he had previously talked about the possibilty of having to close the Chester church.

Howell, E.B. Howell
This undated address was given by a student in J.B. Grinnell's S.S. class at the conclusion of the course. In it, the student thanks J.B. for his quality teaching, invaluable advice, and continual support throughout the course. At the time, the class also presented Grinnell with the "book of books," a Bible.

Note of descendants of Roswell Lombard.

Schaeffer, Mabel
Ruth Suckow and Ferner Nuhn with cat. Photograph by Mabel Schaeffer. Possibly taken between 1926 and 1929.

Note documenting Sarah J.'s three sons.

This small card is a season ticket to The World's Industrial Exhibition of 1853. The ticket is in the name of "Rev. J.B. Grinnell and Wife."

Nine photographs of the Sprague family of Grinnell, Iowa. Herman H. and Ella Farley Sprague had two daughters, Ina and Lena. Ina was a teacher and was principal of Davis School in Grinnell, Iowa, for 28 years. Lena was an assistant to the city clerk of Grinnell for 30 years. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

Phillips, Wendell; Stoddard, Leavitt
Two letters in the same envelope addressed to mrs David Mears. One is from Wendell Phillips to John where J.B. Grinnell is mentioned as the writer's personal friend and the college is also brought up. The second one is a note by Leavitt Stoddard to mrs. David Mears saying he had enclosed the aforementioned letter for her to read which he thinks she would be interested in.


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