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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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View of the United Church of Christ Congregational on the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. This picture was taken before the addition was built. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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View of the Iowa Department of Transportation building which was located on the east side of West Street in Grinnell, Iowa and was south of the intersection of West and Marvin Avenue. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Photograph of local businessmen in Grinnell, Iowa, taking a ride on the fire engine. The photo is taken in front of the Grinnell Herald Register building and the I.T.C. building on Fourth Avenue. The text of an attached news clipping reads: Amateur firemen take a ride. As part of National Fire Safety Week observance, businessmen were taken for rides on Grinnell's fire trucks on Thursday. In this "crew", left to right, are L.S. Sieberth, secretary-treasurer of the local firemen's association, Keith Gregory, Jim McNally and Chris McNally, in the seat, Herb Waltersdorf, John Queen, Francis Walling, M.F. Zimmerman, Bill Ritter, the Rev. Wm. Overhulser, Herb Greve, G.L. Duke, and Frank Lynch.

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Color postcard view of 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, looking east from the intersection of 4th Avenue and Main Street. Businesses visible include: Arnold's Shoes, Strand's Shoes, Mathews Rexall Drugs, Grinnell Insurance Agency, Grinnell State Bank, and Danish Maid Bakery, among others.

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Auction bid card from M & M Auction, Inc. of Barnes City and Montezuma, Iowa. On one side is a photo of the auctioneers, William "Bill" Mason and Paul D. Mason with their pickup truck. On the other side is the auction bidders number with lines to list their purchases.

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Photo of Mendes France and Ave Adkins.

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Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce (Grinnell, Iowa)
The Methodist Episcopal Church at Park Street and 5th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Chamber of Commerce Slides, p.8, slide 2.

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Matchbook covers advertising the Monte Cafe in Montezuma, Iowa. Produced by the Diamond Match Co.

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Postcard view of the Post Office in Grinnell, Iowa. Ektachrome by Helen O'Brien. Published by Hurley's Supply Co., Savery Block, Des Moines, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Valdez, Phil
Color postcard view of Poweshiek County Bank, Grinnell, Iowa. "Designed by Louis Henri Sullivan, famous as a progressive architect, and one of the few men admired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The bank is known as the "Jewel Box" of his bank designs."--postcard verso. Photo by Phil Valdez. Published by Cee-R-View Card Company, Aurora, Illinois. "V-526." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard of the Grinnell, Iowa, railroad depot at State Street and Third Avenue. Sign on depot reads: "Grinnell -- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway." Late 1950s and early 1960s model cars in parking lot.

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View of college students marching along the street in Grinnell, Iowa, in support of the new liquor store. Attached newspaper clipping reads: Officially arriving in Grinnell Friday was spring silly season, which is usually most evident on the college campus. Such was the case here Friday afternoon when a group of about 100 Grinnell College students marched from the campus to the new liquor store with flags waving, car horn honking and drums beating a steady rhythm. The signs read "Eat, Drink And Be Merry For Tomorrow It May Close!!" and "Prohibition Repealed in Grinnell."

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Three images of a class from School House No. 2 in Poweshiek County, Iowa, lined up outside the school house and swinging on a swing set in August of 1960. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #24, Rural Schools (including snowstorm).

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Washington #5 schoolhouse located in Washington Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #24, Rural Schools.

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Washington #6 schoolhouse located in Washington Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #24, Rural Schools.

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Photograph of cars parked in the middle of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1961. A news clipping attached to the photo reads, "Broad Street parking to end. Grinnell City Council voted Monday night to end center street parking on a 2-block stretch of Broad Street between Fifth Avenue and Commercial. The center of the 2-block stretch of Broad Street has been used for parking for about 12 years." A handwritten date of April 14, 1961, has been added. George and Rolf Hardware Store and the New Home Bakery are visible in the background.

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Probably a view of the demolition of Blair Hall on the Grinnell College campus in 1961. Blair Hall was located approximately where the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts stands in 2015. The view is looking to the west southwest. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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A view of Grinnell High School, built in 1961 in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #20, Grinnell Schools.

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News article from the Shelhamer Memorial Mission News (Washington, D.C.) about Eva Renfrow. The article is from June/July 1961.

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The Renfrow children in 1961, from left to right: Rudy, Helen, Alice, Edith, Paul, and Evanel.

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