Civil War Veterans on the Courthouse Lawn

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Postcard photo of three Grand Army of the Republic members from Brooklyn, Iowa, relaxing on the grounds of the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa, possibly at some sort of celebration. Left to right: Joe Karr, who drove the veterans to Montezuma; Hiram Frease, standing and holding the flag; Frank Dayton and Capt. George Phillips, both seated. Joe Karr was a dry goods merchant in Brooklyn, Iowa. The benches in front of the Karr store were favored places for Civil War veterans to sit and talk. Joe Karr, born in 1865, was not a Civil War veteran himself, although he may have been a GAR member through a relative.