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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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Grinnell High School football team from the early 1900s.

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Grinnell High School football team, unknown year, possibly the early 1900s.

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Postcard view of H.T. Harrington's dray and horses posed in front of the 900 block of the west side of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Businesses visible in the background are Simmon's Ideal Grocery and G. L. Miles Hardware. H.T. Harrington was a drayman whose business was located at 812 Commercial. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Home at Eighth Avenue and Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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House at 6th and Ann Streets, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of Joel Stewart wearing a hat and a fur coat. Stewart was a Grinnell farmer and politician who funded the building of the Stewart Library building in 1901. Photo taken by Child Art Studio in 1901. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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The Broyles family poses in front of their farm home near Barnes City in Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the early twentieth century. From left to right: Charles Broyles, Floyd Broyles, and Lucy Broyles holding Ross Broyles.

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View looking west from Park Street on 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, with carriages parked along the street. The high school is visible on the far right side of the photograph, and to the left of that is the First Congregational Church (the Old Stone Church). Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Miniature photograph of the M.E. Church at the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. On the verso is a photograph of Goodnow Hall on the Grinnell College campus. The photo of Goodnow shows the observatory dome which was removed in 1926. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard of the Methodist Episcopal Church on the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard produced by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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3 photographs of an oat harvesting machine. The machine took a bundle of oat straw about 8 inches around and put twine around it. Later, the farmer would come around with a wagon, pick up the bundles, and take them to be threshed. Don Pederson's grandfather, Theodore Mehlin built the machine.

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Postcard view of a group of men standing on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. The image on the postcard is reversed. The buildings pictured include 908 Main Street on the east side of Main Street, just north of the intersection of Main and 4th Avenue. There is a horse water trough on the left side of the picture, and a huge mud hole in the middle of the street with a duck (probably a decoy) in it. Velox stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard view of the north side of Main Street in Montezuma, Iowa, looking west towards the intersection of 4th Street and Main Street.

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Postcard of the manufacturing district in Grinnell, Iowa. The black column in the center of the image was a smoke stack at the Iowa Southern Utilities company that provided steam heat to the college and some of the downtown buildings. The building in the lower left corner of the picture was the One Minute Washing Machine Factory. The Elks Lodge is currently (2015) in that location on the southwest corner of Main Street and Third Avenue. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Flotow, Friedrich von, 1812-1883; Friedrich, W., ca. 1820-1879
Theater program. The Redpath Vawter Management presents, "Martha," an opera in five scenes, by the Aborn Opera Company. Libretto by St. George and Friedrich; music by Friedrich von Flotow. Grinnell, Iowa, High School Auditorium, Monday, Nov. 3. Cast: Ethel Harrison, Estelle Engler, Chester Bright, Frederic Taggart, Chas. D'Altoni, Margery Morrison, Chester Bright. Drake Community Library Archives. Early Theater Productions. Collection #100.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of Mary E. Wheelock, the first librarian of the Grinnell Free Library. Miss Wheelock was born in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1867, the daughter of Harrison T. and Cynthia M. Wheelock. Photograph by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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Innes, F.N. (Frederick Neil), 1854-1926
J.E. Bayer and H.F. Lanphere present Mr. Innes and his Band in combination with scenes from Grand Opera by Grand Opera Artists (not in costume); the whole under the direction of F. N. Innes. Performers: Helene Noldi, Frances Boyden, Edgardo Zerni, Wilhelm A. Xanten, Achille Alberti, S. P. Vernon, Bohumir Kryl, Henry Heidelberg. Drake Community Library Archives. Early Theater Productions. Collection #100.

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Photograph of 816-818 4th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa, on Nelson & Sons sample day. Goods are piled on the sidewalk. Signs in the windows advertise 5 cent loaves of Liza Jane bread, 5 cent packages of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, skeins of Ideal Nun's Pearl Luster and items to be given away free on Thursday, April 20. Salesmen and women sitting and standing in the doorways. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection # 17, Box # 1.

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Postcard view of the south side of 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, between Broad and Main Streets. Nelson & Sons is having a "sample day" and there are half a dozen horse-drawn delivery wagons parked in front of the business. Other businesses visible: Central Garage Company and Vienna Cafe and Restaurant. Postcard by Norton's Photo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Suhling Company
Color postcard view of the northwest corner of Broad Street and 6th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. The house on the far left is now (2014) Smith Funeral Home. Published by Suhling Company, Chicago, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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