Poweshiek History Preservation Project

Seth Iliff
Seth Iliff at 16 years old, mounted on a horse, carrying the U.S. mail in Arkansas. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.
Southwest Corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street
Photograph of the southwest corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, showing William & Schrop Merchant and Tailor on the corner (Hatch Building) and the Preston Opera House immediately to the south. Note town pump in front of store, board walks and hitching posts. Photo by W.F. Stallings, Grinnell, Iowa. Written on verso: "Property of Mrs. Grant Ramsey, please return to Fred Ramsey, Grinnell, Iowa." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.
Spaulding Library Room
View of patrons in the library room of the Spaulding building, probably 1890s. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.
Violet Lucas Mays
Violet Lucas Mays was the mother of Viginia Mays and Edith Renfrow's aunt. Taken in the late 1890s.
West Side of Broad Street
Photograph of the west side of Broad Street, between 4th and below Commercial Street, taken sometime after the fire in June,1889, probably around 1890. The photo shows all the building that happened after the fire. Note that all second storey windows are built to be uniform, even though there were numerous architects involved in the rebuilding of the commercial district.
Women's Group
Unidentified, undated photograph from the Drake Community Library Archives oversize photos collection of a group of young women. Possibly 1890s based on clothing and hair styles. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.
900 Block of Broad Street
Photograph taken in 1891 of the post-fire ruins of the 900 block of Broad Street.
Broad Street Looking South from 5th Avenue
Stereo card view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, covered in snow. The view is looking south from approximately 5th Avenue. The low building on the left is Norris Livery with the Old Stone Church visible behind it. Central Park is the open area beyond the church. On the right side of the street a sign advertises furniture. Much of the furniture store block was destroyed by a fire in 1891, right around the time the photo may have been taken.
Letter from Alvin Robert, January 5, 1891
Letter from Alvin (?) Robert R. to his brother dated January 5, 1891. Tells about Christmas gifts, going to school, the weather, a wedding, riding the train, and encouraging his brother to write his parents more often.
Rickard, Alvin Robert
Letter to Henry Rickard from his Brother Alvin Rickard
Letter from Alvin Robert Rickard in Grinnell, Iowa, to his brother, Henry Rickard, in Iowa, Louisiana dated January 5, 1891. The envelope is postmarked January 6, 1891. In the letter Alvin discusses classes he is taking in school, the weather, gifts he received for Christmas, a wedding he attended, and a party he went to near Stanwood, Iowa.
Max, Jennie
Letter to Henry Rickard from Jennie Max
Letter from Jennie Max in Grinnell, Iowa, to Henry Rickard in Iowa, Louisiana, dated January 9, 1891. Envelope is postmarked January 10, 1891, in Chester Centre, Iowa.
Resolutions of the Officers and Directors of the First National Bank of Grinnell Iowa
These resolutions, dated April 2, 1891, were passed upon the death of J.B. Grinnell. In particular, they involve explicit recognition of Grinnell's contributions to the founding of the bank and the importance of his continued support until his death. The resolutions were recorded by the cashier of the bank at the time, C.H. Spencer.
Resolutions of G.A.R Post No. 64 on J.B. Grinnell's Death
These resolutions of the 64th post of the Grand Army of the Republic on the death of J.B. Grinnell commend Grinnell for his patriotism and outstanding service to his country. It is resolved that the post's sympathy and prayers be expressed to Mrs. Grinnell and her children.
Grinnell Reminiscences
Dictated reminiscences of J.B. Grinnell
L.F. Parker's Preview of J.B. Grinnell's Autobiography
This is an article dated December 14, 1891 by Leonard Fletcher Parker in which he previews the main subjects and themes of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell's "Reminiscences of Forty Years," his autobiography which has just been published.
Grinnell Waterworks
Grinnell city waterworks in 1893. Men are gathered around the water tower. Note on back of photograph says: "Whenever there was a fire, they would raise the water pressure. When there was enough pressure it would wet the flag at the top of the pipe." The name, H.H. (Herb) Armstrong, is also written on the back. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.
Legal Documents Relating to the Frederick Ahrens Farm
Legal documents relating to the purchase of a farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa, by Frederick Ahrens in September 1893.
Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Twins Lee and Laura Parmenter
Twins Laura K. and Lee L. Parmenter, daughter and son of Edward L. and Anna L. Parmenter. They were born in November 1888 and lived in Hickory Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.
Woman and Satan
A portion of a sermon preached by Rev. James L. Hill on Sunday morning, July 9, 1893, at the Melville Presbyterian Church in Côte St. Antoine, Montreal, Quebec. Published by the Christian Endeavor Society of the Melville Church as a temperance campaign tract for general distribution. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.
Rapson and Moyle
Street scene in Grinnell, Iowa, showing storefront of Rapson and Moyle Grocers and Bakers and their horse drawn delivery cart in front. Dirt streets and hitching posts in front of store. Customers and grocers standing outside of the store. Written on back of photography: "Sep 13, 1893. Red Trout & Torce." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.


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