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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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Stamped one cent postcard to Merchants National Bank, Grinnell, Iowa, from Wakefield State Bank, Wakefield, Nebraska, confirming receipt of a collection notice. Postmarked October 3, 1890, Wakefield, Nebraska. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard from Chemical National Bank, New York City, to Merchants National Bank, Grinnell, Iowa. Postmarked New York, July 24, 1890, and received Grinnell, Iowa, July 26, 1890. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Preston Opera House at 829-831 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, built 1877. Businesses on lower level are Preston & Preston Grocers and Bakers and Hammond and Janes Boots and Shoes. Written on verso: "Property of Mrs. Grant Ramsey, please return to Fred Ramsey, Grinnell, Iowa." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Photograph of the Preston Store located at the southwest corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street. The frame construction with wood awnings was built in 1889., Street Address: West side of Main Street, south of 4th Avenue

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John Nathaniel Norris, a rural mail carrier in Poweshiek County, Iowa, poses next to a horse and buggy driven by his wife, Alsinda. Mr. Norris, who was blind, covered the route from Ewart to Montezuma. Alsinda drove the buggy and read the names and addresses on the mail to him. Mr. Norris is holding a mail bag.

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View looking northeast at the corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. There is a parade of soldiers carrying flags and others. Horses and carriages as well as electrical lines are visible. A large clock labeled "H.P. Proctor" is in the foreground as is a sign for "S.W. Belden Clothing." The Old Stone Church is visible in the background as are Stewart Library and the high school (both partially obscured). Central Park is to the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Service at the Congregational Church, also known as the Old Stone Church, in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Seth Iliff at 16 years old, mounted on a horse, carrying the U.S. mail in Arkansas. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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W.F. Stallings (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the southwest corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, showing William & Schrop Merchant and Tailor on the corner (Hatch Building) and the Preston Opera House immediately to the south. Note town pump in front of store, board walks and hitching posts. Photo by W.F. Stallings, Grinnell, Iowa. Written on verso: "Property of Mrs. Grant Ramsey, please return to Fred Ramsey, Grinnell, Iowa." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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View of patrons in the library room of the Spaulding building, probably 1890s. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Unknown
Violet Lucas Mays was the mother of Viginia Mays and Edith Renfrow's aunt. Taken in the late 1890s.

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Photograph of the west side of Broad Street, between 4th and below Commercial Street, taken sometime after the fire in June,1889, probably around 1890. The photo shows all the building that happened after the fire. Note that all second storey windows are built to be uniform, even though there were numerous architects involved in the rebuilding of the commercial district.

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Unidentified, undated photograph from the Drake Community Library Archives oversize photos collection of a group of young women. Possibly 1890s based on clothing and hair styles. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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Photograph taken in 1891 of the post-fire ruins of the 900 block of Broad Street.

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Stereo card view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, covered in snow. The view is looking south from approximately 5th Avenue. The low building on the left is Norris Livery with the Old Stone Church visible behind it. Central Park is the open area beyond the church. On the right side of the street a sign advertises furniture. Much of the furniture store block was destroyed by a fire in 1891, right around the time the photo may have been taken.

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Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, 1821-1891
Dictated reminiscences of J.B. Grinnell

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Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
This is an article dated December 14, 1891 by Leonard Fletcher Parker in which he previews the main subjects and themes of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell's "Reminiscences of Forty Years," his autobiography which has just been published.

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Robert, Alvin
Letter from Alvin (?) Robert R. to his brother dated January 5, 1891. Tells about Christmas gifts, going to school, the weather, a wedding, riding the train, and encouraging his brother to write his parents more often.

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Max, Jennie
Letter from Jennie Max in Grinnell, Iowa, to Henry Rickard in Iowa, Louisiana, dated January 9, 1891. Envelope is postmarked January 10, 1891, in Chester Centre, Iowa.

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Rickard, Alvin Robert
Letter from Alvin Robert Rickard in Grinnell, Iowa, to his brother, Henry Rickard, in Iowa, Louisiana dated January 5, 1891. The envelope is postmarked January 6, 1891. In the letter Alvin discusses classes he is taking in school, the weather, gifts he received for Christmas, a wedding he attended, and a party he went to near Stanwood, Iowa.

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