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.

Americus Craig, aunt of Edith Renfrow.

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.

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

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.

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.

Business card for Funk Brothers, Montezuma, Iowa, dealers in boots and shoes. Verso of card is a color advertisement for C.M. Henderson & Co's boots and shoes, Chicago, and features a shepherdess petting a lamb with a black cat in the background.

The Jonathan Child family home at 534 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Among those on the porch are are Hattie Child Hammond, Martha Child and Jonathan Child.

Stereo card of the Old Stone church in Grinnell, Iowa, which was located on the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street. This image was taken before the bell tower was completed in 1898.

John Nathaniel Norris, a rural mail carrier in Poweshiek County, Iowa, poses next to a horse and buggy driven by his wife, Alsinda. Mr. Norris, who was blind, covered the route from Ewart to Montezuma. Alsinda drove the buggy and read the names and addresses on the mail to him. Mr. Norris is holding a mail bag.

Violet Lucas Mays was the mother of Viginia Mays and Edith Renfrow's aunt. Taken in the late 1890s.

Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Walter Ford Hammond, Grinnell, Iowa, business man. Husband of Hattie M. Child and father of seven children: Russell, Walter, Arthur, Aldace, Mae, Harold and Bruce. Photo by Child Studios in Grinnell.

Stereo card view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, covered in snow. The view is looking south from approximately 5th Avenue. The low building on the left is Norris Livery with the Old Stone Church visible behind it. Central Park is the open area beyond the church. On the right side of the street a sign advertises furniture. Much of the furniture store block was destroyed by a fire in 1891, right around the time the photo may have been taken.

Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell, 1821-1891
Dictated reminiscences of J.B. Grinnell

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.

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

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