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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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Postcard of Rock Creek Lake located in Jasper County near Grinnell, Iowa. Title on verso of postcard: "Tranquil Lakeside." Published by Johnson Printing, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisconsin. s10006.

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Photograph of Sammy (Eldon) Petersen driving a tractor. The tractor has a cabin strapped on to help keep the driver warm. Dated September 1970

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Ramsey, Norman A., 1923-2012
Line drawing of the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa, on "CustomArt" postcard published by Norman Ramsey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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ColourPicture Publishers, Inc.
Color postcard view of Astir-Switzer's Motel on Highway 6 East, in Grinnell, Iowa. Managed by Lowell and Margaret Corkery. Postcard published by ColourPicture Publishers, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Three views of the demolition of Parker School on August 19, 1971, in Grinnell, Iowa. Parker School was built on the southeast corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue and named for Professor L.F. Parker, the school district's first superintendent and author of the two-volume History of Poweshiek County, Iowa. An Oberlin graduate, he taught, by himself, all classes from primary through high school during the first year. Parker School replaced the Northwest School , which had been built at the same location in 1882 and was destroyed by fire. As the years progressed the facility became outdated and failed to meet recommended standards. Parker's site area was only 1.2 acres and with an enrollment of 149 students in 1961-62 fell far short of the optimum site area of 6.5 acres. When constructed, it was on the outskirts of town, but the growth of residential areas caused its location to become outmoded and the fact that it was situated on U.S. Highway 6 created safety questions. In 1970 the School Board decided to demolish the building at the end of the school year. The building and land were sold at public auction for $24,000 (Grinnell Herald Register, August 19, 1971) and the building was razed on August 19.

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Three views of the demolition of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1971.

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Sableman, Mark
From left to right: Bob Meyer, Barbara Rabyne, and Molly McGuice in front of the Morris family covered wagon at Morris Park, north of Stockport, IA.

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Two images of the Razelle Club May 1971 meeting in Grinnell, Iowa. The group photograph identifies the women as following: "First row: Birdie, Zella, Blanche P., Ruth, Florence T. Second row: Lola, Bonnie, Iva, Icle." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection # 117, Razelle Club.

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Photo of the 20th reunion of the Grinnell High School class of 1952 held in the Elks Hall in Grinnell, Iowa in 1972. Those identified are front row, left to right: Gordon Felper, Tom Parmley, John Taylor, Larry Lang, Roger Tharp, Larry German, Dean Moyer, Bill Gilbreath, and Neil Johnson. Two faculty members are sitting in the second row, one of whom is Esther Norris. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Mother and child (Lynn and Sean Cavanagh) in Merrill Park, Grinnell, Iowa, with Grinnell College President's house in the background. March 1972.

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Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce (Grinnell, Iowa)
Abandoned cars in Grinnell, Iowa, 1973. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Chamber of Commerce Slides, p.9, slide 10.

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Photographs after the blizzard of April 9, 1973, in Iowa. The ground was very muddy under 15 inches of snow. Very wet snow clung to the sides and roofs of buildings.

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Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce (Grinnell, Iowa)
The Donaldson Company parking lot in 1973. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Chamber of Commerce Slides, p.9, slide 11.

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View of faculty and students having a conversation outside of Alumni Recitation Hall on the Grinnell College campus in Grinnell, Iowa. Faculty facing the camera are Ira Strauber on the left and Wayne Moyer on the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce (Grinnell, Iowa)
The Grinnell Country Club in 1973. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Chamber of Commerce Slides, p.9, slide 13.

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Newspaper article honoring Father Mike Tan Creti of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Photo accompanying article pictures Don Schild, Floyd Beaver, Father Tan Creti, Jane Tan Creti, John DeRooi, Bill Deminoff, Don Howig, Bob Santee and Chris Nielsen.

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Schultz, John
Photo of a student riding a bicycle on campus

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Oelke, W. C. (William C.), 1906-1988
Photo of the Child Art Rooms in Grinnell, Iowa, taken in 1974 by William Oelke before it was demolished to make room for the expansion of the bank. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Schultz, John
Photo of Clifford E. Reid, assistant professor of economics with Ann Ainsworth

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Schultz, John
Photo of the College Bookstore with Edith M. Rice '75

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