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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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Hill, James Langdon, 1848-
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.

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Spire, Richard, 1853-1924
Journal kept by Richard Spire from 1894-1918 in which he recorded his observations on weather, crop yields and prices, land values, and a few comments on presidential elections and World War I. Richard Spire farmed in Sheridan Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, from 1872-1910. He and his wife, Isadora Hatfield, had eight children. He was engaged in several livestock buying partnerships and was a large feeder of cattle. In 1899 he was elected assessor. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection #56.

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Businesses on Commerical Street in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1894. From right to left: H.B. Lain Flour & Feed (816 Commercial), City Hall (821 Commercial) and the Mack Hotel(813 Broad). Fire wagons and horses and firemen are posed in front of City Hall which also housed the Fire Department. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Aerial view of Grinnell, Iowa, possibly taken in 1895 from the water standpipe at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street. In the foreground appears to be a lumber yard. Mid-photo the Rock Island railroad lines run east and west. Next you see the rear facades of the buildings on Commercial Street between Main Street and Broad Street. Central Park is visible to the far right and the Congregational Church (the Old Stone Church) is visible to the north of that. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Aerial view of Grinnell, Iowa, taken in October 1895 from the water standpipe at Second Avenue and Main Street. This view looks to the northwest. In the upper left the Spaulding carriage factory is visible. In the foreground are grain bins and an elevator. In the bottom right corner, the tracks in the road define Main Street. In the upper right, Grinnell House, and early hotel is visible and beyond that is Preston and Proctor opera house. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Portrait of Frederick Ahrens, possibly taken just before his accidental death at age 52 in 1895.

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Photo of the Grinnell Methodist Episcopal church under construction at the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1895. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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View of the library reading room in the Spaulding building before 1902. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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View of the library reading room in the Spaulding Building before 1902. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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Library room in the Spaulding Building before 1902, the beginnings of the Grinnell Free Library. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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Receipt from Morrison & Thomas to Luetta Decker, dated September 25, 1895, noting that account is paid in full.

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Receipt from Wood & Kibby to Mrs. L. M. Decker in the amount of $62.56 dated September 25, 1895.

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Receipt from Scott, Reed, & Scott, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, to Mrs. Luetta Decker dated January 3, 1895 for $129.23 paid against the account of M.F. Gray, deceased.

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Receipt from Grinnell Granite and Marble Works to Luetta Decker, dated March, 1896, in the amount of $12.00 for a marker in Kent Cemetery, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

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Description of how to mail a letter containing cash in 1896. The envelope is addressed to H.M. Rickard at I.A.C. (Iowa Agricultural College) in Ames, Iowa. This was written by a grandmother for her grandchildren. The description includes information about Martin Rickard and Anna Margaret Turner.

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Snider, William
Letter written on Mack Hotel stationery from Wm. Snider to Miss Mae Andrews in Des Moines, dated October 7, 1896. The Mack Hotel was located at 813 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa.

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The Lucas triplets were born in 1896 in Grinnell, Iowa, and were possibly the first set of triplets born in the state. Their mother was Martha Craig Lucas, the sister of Edith Renfrow Smith's mother, Eva Craig Renfrow. From left to right: Martha, Rebecca, Mary. Mary died at age 8, Rebecca at about 20, and Martha married Percy Smith in 1917, and died in Stockton, California, on December 1, 1970.

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The Palmer family homestead built on the Iowa prairie in 1857 near where Newburg, Iowa, is today. This picture was taken in 1897 with Edith Palmer standing in the yard.

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Minutes of the Grinnell Political Equality Club from March 15, 1897 - October 8, 1908. The Club was formed on March 15, 1897. Although its avowed purpose was the passage of the 19th Amendment, the club also met to hear and discuss topics of interest and to interview candidates about women's suffrage. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection #161.

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Co. K (possibly the Iowa 49th Volunteer Infantry) lines up on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in spring 1898. The view is looking west northwest from the corner of Commerical and Main. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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