Community Contributions

Photographs and documents related to the history of Poweshiek County contributed by individuals. Contributions from throughout the county are welcome and include the communities of Barnes City, Brooklyn, Deep River, Ewart, Grinnell, Guernsey, Hartwick, Malcom, Montezuma, Searsboro and Victor.

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Photograph of a train at a station, possibly an early Grinnell, Iowa, depot building. The engineer, conductor, and stoker are posing near the engine. A note on the verso of the photo identifies it as "Rock Island depot." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
Willie Steele Sanders at 7 years of age, January 30th, 1880. Photo by Walker, Grinnell, Iowa.

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Stereo card view of Spencer House in Grinnell, Iowa, probably taken in early fall 1882. The Spencers owned the half block on the east side of Main Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The house originally sat at 1116 Main Street with outbuildings and greenhouses to the north and a generous lawn to the south (visible on the right hand side of the picture.) The house was moved to the vicinity of the southeast corner of Pearl Street and 6th Avenue (the site of the public safety building in 2016). It was then moved a third time to 611 Sixth Avenue. For many years it was the Christian Science reading room and in 2016, it became a gift shop. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Photograph of the debris after the cyclone of June 17, 1882, in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Postcard view of damaged trees and buildings after, most likely, the Grinnell Cyclone in 1882. Photo is by Child Art Studios. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View of home destroyed by cyclone in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1882. Initials "J.W.C." on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Eva Pearl Craig at age 9 in Grinnell, Iowa. Eva was the mother of Edith Renfrow Smith.

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View of Goodnow Hall on the Grinnell College campus, in Grinnell, Iowa. Most likely taken shortly after construction of the building in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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The John Nathaniel Norris family of Brooklyn, Iowa, circa 1888. Pictured are Samuel Corwin Norris, Elver Bernette Norris, Alsinda Mae Keysor Norris holding Flora Celia Norris, Jacob (Jake) Martin Norris, Silby Sophronia Norris, John Nathaniel Norris, Elzy Fayette Norris, Grace Deatte Norris, and Martha Lavina Norris. John Norris was a rural mail carrier in Poweshiek County, Iowa, who was blinded during the Civil War.

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Photograph of damage to the business district caused by the fire of 1889. The scene is looking NE across the railroad to the Congregational Church. Central Park is on the right. The fire started in a grain elevator next to the railroad. The wind blew NE and then East. At the center of the photo, brick buildings are still standing. Some buildings on Main and 4th also remained. Lost to the fire were the post office, the implement store on Commercial Street (a replica was built at Living History Farms), the fire department, and other businesses As a result of the fire, the City Council then set up a fire zone and forbade the use of wooden awnings. The width of Commercial Street, which varied, was also made uniform.

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View of damage after the Grinnell Fire of June 12, 1889, looking northeast from the intersection of Main Street and the Rock Island railroad tracks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the Robert D. Steele family, taken by Geist Photography in Montezuma, Iowa. Pictured are Robert D. Steele holding daughter, Elsie, and Laura Wilson Steele holding daughter, Blanche.

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View of the Congregational church with rubble in the foreground after the Great Grinnell Fire in 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the temporary stores built on the east side of the 800 block of Broad Street (in Central Park) after the big fire of 1889 in Grinnell, Iowa. Building labeled Post Office is in the center. June 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Americus Craig, aunt of Edith Renfrow.

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Photo of the Brooklyn (Iowa) High School class of 1890. Front row, left to right: Harry Price, Estelle Coon, Arthur Cain. Back row: Jennie (Orr) Norris, Callie (Crawford) Murrison, Sadie (Calderwood) Dayton, Carrie (Wood) Baker, Kate (Scott) Lang, Thursia Manatt, Florence (Snyder) Talbott. Not pictured: Bert Manatt, Mabel (Johnson) Pierson.

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Studio portrait of Carrie Holmes Grinnell, daughter of Josiah Busnell Grinnell and Julia Chapin Grinnell. She later married Richard D. Jones.

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The Child family in Grinnell, Iowa. Back row, left to right: Mrs. Frank Child, Mrs. Charles Walker, Frank Child, Aldace Child, Mae Child, Clinton Child. Second row, left to right: Mrs. A.L. Child, Mrs. Chloe Waring, Mr. Waring, Mrs. A.W. (Alice) Child, Mrs. W.F. Hammond. Third row, left to right: Mr. W.F. Hammond, Mrs. Jonathan Child, Mr. Jonathan Child, Mr. Charles Walker. Children in front row: Helen Walker, Maud Child, Mae Hammond, Aldace Hammond, Arthur Hammond, Walter Hammond.

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The Child and Hammond families from Grinnell, Iowa. Back row, left to right: Mr. Waring, Walter Hammond, Arthur Child, Aldace Child, unidentified, unidentified. Middle row, left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Hattie Hammond, Mrs. A. L. Child, Martha Child, Jonathan Child. Children in front row and those being held are not identified.

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View of the east side of the 800 block of Main Street looking north in Grinnell, Iowa around 1900 or before. Visible businesses include: Palace Livery; Bates & Stoaks Druggists; a barber shop; L. Glemley, dentist; Shahans Grocery; Drs. Parish & [illegible]. Mud streets and hitching posts visible. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.