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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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Studio portrait of Reverend Homer Hamlin, one of the men who founded the city of Grinnell, Iowa, in 1854.

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Abstract of title to the East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 8, Township 80, Range 16, and all of Block 2 in Bailey's Addition to Grinnell, Iowa. Part of the James Fordyce Bailey homestead which became Bailey's Addition to the Town of Grinnell. Includes the names of Josiah B. Grinnell, Hugh Downey, John Bailey, James F. Bailey, Lorenzo Bailey (and many other Baileys), Mary Stickle, and William Dunn among others. Abstract covers 1854-1906.

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Stonecypher's Portraits (Omaha, Nebraska)
Aaron Gilbal was the brother of Eliza Jane Gilbal Craig. Eliza Jane was Edith Renfrow Smith's maternal grandmother. He served with the 45th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Gilbal is spelled Gillbal in some records. Portrait by Stonecypher's Portraits, Omaha, Nebraska.

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The first train arrives in Grinnell, Iowa, in June 1863 on the Mississippi and Missouri railroad line. The Mississippi and Missouri line later became the Rock Island Railroad. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Studio portrait of Anor Scott, Grinnell's first store-keeper and merchant.

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Church service at the old Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa, between 1860 and 1877. Exterior view of the church with many people gathered and horses and buggies on the perimeter. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Child Art Studios (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of some of the early settlers of Grinnell, Iowa. They are identified as follows: Front row: Ed Wright (1856), Caerlis Fisher (56), R.M. Kellogg (55), Levi Grinnell (56). Back row: Henderson Herrick (1857), W.M. Sargent (1854), Ezra Grinnell (1856). The photo was taken in the 1870s by Child Studio in Grinnell. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Ox-team pulling a cart of lumber on Broad Street in Grinnell in the 1870s. Photograph was taken in front of Child Art Studios. One man is sitting on the cart, one man is standing in the road, and another is sitting on a horse. Some of the oxen are longhorns. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Ox-team pulling a cart of lumber on Broad Street in Grinnell in the 1870s. Photograph was taken in front of Child Art Studios. One man is sitting on the cart, one man is standing in the road, and another is sitting on a horse. Some of the oxen are longhorns. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the Josiah Bushnell Grinnell home at 814 Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. The arrow indicates the room where the abolitionist John Brown stayed. Verso of photo indicates "Property of Child Art Rooms." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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West College, the second building of Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa. It was built in 1867-1868 and destroyed by the tornado and subsequent fire in 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Receipt from Amos Krise to M.F. Gray for cemetery plot in Poweshiek cemetery in the amount of $4.00 dated July 7, 1871. M.F. Gray is probably Mahon Force Gray (1842-1895) who is buried in Kent Cemetery, Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

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View of Grinnell College in the 1870s. On the left is West College, built in 1867, and on the right, Central College, built in 1872. Both buildings, which constituted the entire college at the time, were destroyed in the great cyclone of 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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View of two early Grinnell College buildings. West College is to the left; Central College is to the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Photograph of West College building on the Grinnell College campus with students posing in front. Central College building is visible to the right. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
Two images of Betsie Azuba Taylor Sanders (Mrs. Joseph Howard Sanders) of Grinnell, Iowa.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
William Steele Sanders as an infant in 1873. Photo by Child Studios, Grinnell.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
Willie Steele Sanders at two years of age, January 30th, 1875. Photo by Chas. L. Walker, photographer, Grinnell, Iowa.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
William Steele Sanders at approximately age 4. Photo by Chas. L. Walker, Grinnell, Iowa.

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Grinnell Herald Staff c. 1879-1881. Individuals are named on the back of the photograph: Front Row seated Man?, Mrs. Sue Day (1847-1888), Bonnie Bonsall (Mrs. G. H. Hamlin, 1856-1936), S. A. Cravath - Editor, Miss Hostetter (Alice 1849-1912, probably Mary Alice). Back row left to right 1.?, 2. Will Day printer, 3. ?. Note on the photo - One of above men might be Harry D (unreadable) or Albert Shaw. Both worked in the Herald at same time as my aunt Mrs. Geo. Hamlin. Signed Emma Beebe. Albert Shaw was part owner of the Herald with S. A. Cravath from 1879-1883. Elizabeth "Bonnie" Bonsall Hamlin was a niece of S. A. Cravath.

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