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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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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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Lovell, John S., 1844-
Photograph of destruction from the Great Grinnell Cyclone which occurred at Grinnell, Iowa, on the evening of June 17, 1882. Several men and women are standing among the ruins. Photographed by J. S. Lovell, Davenport, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Postcard view of damaged trees and buildings after, most likely, the Grinnell Cyclone in 1882. Photo is by Child Art Studios. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View of home destroyed by cyclone in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1882. Initials "J.W.C." on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Gross, D. H.
Stereo card view of the residence of Andrew Rheinford which was destroyed in the Grinnell tornado on June 17, 1882. The caption says, "looking west, 4 wounded." Photo by D.H. Gross, Des Moines, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Ricker, A. J.
Drawing by A.J. Ricker of the track of the cyclone, looking west, which struck Grinnell, Iowa, on June 17, 1882. Insets show the residence of Professor J.W. Chamberlin, Iowa College, a train on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad, and other ruined buildings. These drawings also appeared on p. 425 of the July 8, 1882, Harper's Weekly. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Nine photographs of the devastation wreaked by the cyclone of June 17, 1882, in Grinnell, Iowa. Photographs are by Child Photographer, Grinnell. Each photo has the name "Evelyn Spencer Bray" written on the verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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Eva Pearl Craig at age 9 in Grinnell, Iowa. Eva was the mother of Edith Renfrow Smith.

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View of Goodnow Hall on the Grinnell College campus, in Grinnell, Iowa. Most likely taken shortly after construction of the building in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the Wilford Williams family. Mr. Williams was an early pioneer of the area moving as a young boy in 1855 to a farm north of Lynnville, Iowa. Front row, left to right: Wilford Williams, Harry, Anna Graham Williams. Back row: Lillie, Charlie, and Eddie. Photo taken by Child Art Rooms in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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The John Nathaniel Norris family of Brooklyn, Iowa, circa 1888. Pictured are Samuel Corwin Norris, Elver Bernette Norris, Alsinda Mae Keysor Norris holding Flora Celia Norris, Jacob (Jake) Martin Norris, Silby Sophronia Norris, John Nathaniel Norris, Elzy Fayette Norris, Grace Deatte Norris, and Martha Lavina Norris. John Norris was a rural mail carrier in Poweshiek County, Iowa, who was blinded during the Civil War.

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Photograph of damage to the business district caused by the fire of 1889. The scene is looking NE across the railroad to the Congregational Church. Central Park is on the right. The fire started in a grain elevator next to the railroad. The wind blew NE and then East. At the center of the photo, brick buildings are still standing. Some buildings on Main and 4th also remained. Lost to the fire were the post office, the implement store on Commercial Street (a replica was built at Living History Farms), the fire department, and other businesses As a result of the fire, the City Council then set up a fire zone and forbade the use of wooden awnings. The width of Commercial Street, which varied, was also made uniform.

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Photograph of the destruction of the downtown district following the fire in June, 1889 which destroyed everything from Broad Street to Main Street and from the railroad tracks to 4th Ave. The city council allowed businesses to build shacks around the perimeter of Central Park. The area was dubbed "Oklahoma" and the shacks were there from June until December of 1889. This photograph was taken looking Southeast across the rubble to Broad Street and Central Park and shows the temporary huts built by merchants in the park. Included are the post office, bank, and other businesses.

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Fire-damaged buildings. Probably the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Photograph taken after the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889, looking northeast from the railroad tracks on Main Street. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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