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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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Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa, 1898. Dawson Brande is aiming his gun at a duck decoy in a water-filled pothole on Main street. A sign says, "No swimming here." Other men are standing on the street observing. A horse watering trough is visible. Also pictured is a horse drawn vehicle, perhaps a food truck? Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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First schoolhouse and the first scholars of the first term of Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. From left to right: Levi McDowell, James Stanley, John English, Mrs. John Baker, Mrs. Sam Stewart, and Mrs. John English. The school was built in 1851 and the first teacher was Mr. Jack McDowell. Photo by Dr. John Souter; taken about 1898. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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W.G. Walker (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
Portrait of Grant and Don Williams. A handwritten note on the back indicates the men are shown in their Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider uniforms. Portrait taken in Cheyenne, Wyoming by W.G. Walker Photographers. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #67 Grinnell/ Williams Family.

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Company K of the Iowa National Guard before mustering out in May 1898. Note on verso of photograph says, "Kangaroo court -- Administering justice upon Mitchell for "flashing a silver dollar." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Co. K of the Iowa National Guard from Grinnell, Iowa. Note on verso of photo says: "Taken at state fairgrounds while waiting to be mustered in U.S. Service. May 1898." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Poweshiek County (Iowa). Assessor's Office
The Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, assessor's book for 1899. Information listed for each family includes: name of head of household, number and sex of dogs owned, school district number, description and value of land owned, number, type and value of horses, mules, cattle, swine and sheep owned, number and value of vehicles owned, other personal property and post office address. The final "Recapitulation" sheets give totals and values for the entire township. The book was found in Madison #5 School (the White Cloud School). It has no cover and begins with a blank page. There are 26 double page spreads with data. There are no pages numbered 27 or 28 and page 29 is blank. There are two Recapitulation sheets at the end with data and one blank Recapitulation sheet.

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Class photo of Grinnell (Iowa) High School Class of 1899. Ruth Mae Davis Steele is the first person on the left in the second row.

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Photograph of the backyard of the Ross residence at 817 7th Avenue, taken in the early 1900s. This is a "carnivalesque", made of wooden slats held erect by guide wires on a concrete slab, where one would ride a bicycle around the inner perimeter. It was built by either R. (Richard?) C. Ross or his son. Visible in the back is a corner of the house at 1206 Broad Street. The L.C. Phelps house is in the right center background (address 1203/1205 Broad Street). The boy riding the bicycle may be young Ross as the structure was in his backyard. The Ross family ran a shoe store and owned the Grinnell Stone Company at 615-631 State Street which manufactured rockfaced blocks. They made the red-tinted block used for the house at 1114 Broad, 817 7th Avenue, and the house at 1310 Main Street. There are only two houses in Grinnell made of that material. The blocks never caught on for entire houses; the Ross family turned to foundational blocks.

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Postcard view of the west side of the 900 block of Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. A horse-drawn Co-operative Delivery wagon is being unloaded in front of Wesco and Roby Grocery which was located at 909 Main Street. Also visible is J.W. Harpster Furniture and Undertaking. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Store front of A. McIntosh & Co.,Grinnell, Iowa, advertising dry goods, carpets and cloaks, as well as Ferris Good Sense corset waists. Man and woman standing in doorway. Stairway going up on the left says "Dentist."

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Brown Photographers (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Studio portrait of Abi Frances Alden Palmer, wife of Anson Hayden Palmer. They married in 1877. Portrait by Brown, Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Photograph of the Frederick and Henrietta Ahrens family on the front steps of their home at Sixth Avenue and Penrose in Grinnell, Iowa. The photo was probably taken about 1900, a few years after Frederick Ahrens lost his life in a farm accident involving runaway horses. Bottom row: Lizzie Myers, William Ahrens, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Ahrens, Frank Ahrens. Top row: Edward Ahrens, Annie Kuder, Henrietta Hücke Ahrens, Dora Ahrens Geiger, Ella Ahrens McMillan, Henry Ahrens.

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Brooks Art Studio (Grinnell, Iowa)
Anna Catherine Craig and her son Will Goode. Anna was Edith Renfrow Smith's aunt on her mother's side. Portrait by Brooks Art Studio, Grinnell, Iowa.

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Brown Photographers (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Studio portrait of Anson Hayden Palmer, who founded Newburg, Iowa, on land purchased by his father, Horace Palmer. Portrait by Brown, Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Postcard view of Arbor Lake, Grinnell, Iowa, from the south shore looking to the north. Boathouse on the right. Published by L.L. Cook, Lake Mills, Wis. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Pearson Ullberg Company
Postcard view of sailboats on Arbor Lake, Grinnell, Iowa. Boathouse and two other buildings on east shore pictured. Published by Pearson Ullberg Company, Minneapolis, Minn. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard of Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa, looking north from Commercial Street. Merchant's National Bank on the corner with barber shop below. McIntosh Grocery to the south. Early automobiles and bicycles on the street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard of Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa, looking north from the corner of 3rd Street and Broad Street. Hotel, bank and Storm's are visible. Central Park is to the right. Early automobiles on the street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Looking southwest along Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, between 4th Avenue and Commercial Street. Businesses visible include: Yeager & Stoakes Jewelry, Brock Bros. Dentists, and Storm's. Automobiles and a bicycle parked along the street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Jacob Martin ("Jake") Norris, with paper in his hand, stands with a road building crew in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Numerous teams of horses and mules hitched to road building equipment are working on a steep hill.

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