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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.

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.

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.

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.

Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
These resolutions of the 64th post of the Grand Army of the Republic on the death of J.B. Grinnell commend Grinnell for his patriotism and outstanding service to his country. It is resolved that the post's sympathy and prayers be expressed to Mrs. Grinnell and her children.

Spencer, Charles H
These resolutions, dated April 2, 1891, were passed upon the death of J.B. Grinnell. In particular, they involve explicit recognition of Grinnell's contributions to the founding of the bank and the importance of his continued support until his death. The resolutions were recorded by the cashier of the bank at the time, C.H. Spencer.

George Hamlin home at 619 Sixth Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa in 1892. Niece Emma Beebe, about age 12 is shown with her bicycle in front of the house. This house was rebuilt after the cyclone of 1882, but the Hamlin family had lived on the northwest corner of 6th. Avenue and West Street since 1854.

Grinnell city waterworks in 1893. Men are gathered around the water tower. Note on back of photograph says: "Whenever there was a fire, they would raise the water pressure. When there was enough pressure it would wet the flag at the top of the pipe." The name, H.H. (Herb) Armstrong, is also written on the back. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

Legal documents relating to the purchase of a farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa, by Frederick Ahrens in September 1893.

Street scene in Grinnell, Iowa, showing storefront of Rapson and Moyle Grocers and Bakers and their horse drawn delivery cart in front. Dirt streets and hitching posts in front of store. Customers and grocers standing outside of the store. Written on back of photography: "Sep 13, 1893. Red Trout & Torce." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Twins Laura K. and Lee L. Parmenter, daughter and son of Edward L. and Anna L. Parmenter. They were born in November 1888 and lived in Hickory Grove Township, Jasper County, Iowa. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

Hill, James Langdon, 1848-
A portion of a sermon preached by Rev. James L. Hill on Sunday morning, July 9, 1893, at the Melville Presbyterian Church in Côte St. Antoine, Montreal, Quebec. Published by the Christian Endeavor Society of the Melville Church as a temperance campaign tract for general distribution. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

Spire, Richard, 1853-1924
Journal kept by Richard Spire from 1894-1918 in which he recorded his observations on weather, crop yields and prices, land values, and a few comments on presidential elections and World War I. Richard Spire farmed in Sheridan Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, from 1872-1910. He and his wife, Isadora Hatfield, had eight children. He was engaged in several livestock buying partnerships and was a large feeder of cattle. In 1899 he was elected assessor. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection #56.

Businesses on Commerical Street in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1894. From right to left: H.B. Lain Flour & Feed (816 Commercial), City Hall (820 Commercial) and the Mack Hotel (813 Broad). Fire wagons and horses and firemen are posed in front of City Hall which also housed the Fire Department. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

A portrait of a young Ralph L. Longley. Ralph was born in 1892, and this picture was taken on June 30th, 1894, when he was two years old. Ralph has short blonde hair with bangs and is wearing a long light-colored dress with a ruffled lace color. He is gazing at the camera and is standing on a fur rug. Directly behind him is a long, floral lace curtain, while further back is a table with several potted plants.

Aerial view of Grinnell, Iowa, possibly taken in 1895 from the water standpipe at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street. In the foreground appears to be a lumber yard. Mid-photo the Rock Island railroad lines run east and west. Next you see the rear facades of the buildings on Commercial Street between Main Street and Broad Street. Central Park is visible to the far right and the Congregational Church (the Old Stone Church) is visible to the north of that. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Aerial view of Grinnell, Iowa, taken in October 1895 from the water standpipe at Second Avenue and Main Street. This view looks to the northwest. In the upper left the Spaulding carriage factory is visible. In the foreground are grain bins and an elevator. In the bottom right corner, the tracks in the road define Main Street. In the upper right, Grinnell House, and early hotel is visible and beyond that is Preston and Proctor opera house. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Portrait of Frederick Ahrens, possibly taken just before his accidental death at age 52 in 1895.

Photo of the Grinnell Methodist Episcopal church under construction at the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1895. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

Bust portrait of Horatio Perry (c1800-1901) taken in his 99th year. Mr. Perry was the father of Amelia Hamlin (1827-1885) wife of Homer Hamlin, one of the founders of Grinnell, Iowa. Emma Beebe, the donor of the photograph, was his great granddaughter.

View of the library reading room in the Spaulding building before 1902. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.


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