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.

Newspaper reprint of photograph from forty years ago of five boys who left Montezuma for service in World War I and posed for a photograph on a steam locomotive. Left to right: Ralph Morris, Donald Blakeley, Cliff Benton, Roy McNeal and Charles Zorn. Donald Blakeley was killed in action the the American Legion post in Montezuma was named for him.

Color postcard view looking north northeast from approximately the intersection of Broad Street and 6th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard addressed to Mr. Lynard Peeper, Dillsboro, Indiana, and postmarked April 29, 1918. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Wedding portrait of Franks Burns and Mae Hammond taken on their wedding day, June 1, 1918, at 1127 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa.

Grinnell Savings Bank(Iowa) passbook belonging to Raymond Estel Pilgrim showing deposits made in 1918 and 1919.

Two newspaper clippings concerning Mae Hammond and Frank R. Burns. The first is the announcement of their wedding which occurred on June 1, 1918, at the home of the bride's mother, 1127 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa. The second is an announcement concerning their 50th wedding anniversary celebration held at the Des Moines Club in Des Moines, Iowa.

Letter from Charles Noble, professor of English at Grinnell College and a minister, to Frank R. Burns, confirming that Professor Noble will perform a marriage ceremony for Frank and Mae Hammond on June 1, 1918, at the Hammond home in Grinnell, Iowa.

Mae Hammond Burns, of Grinnell, Iowa, at approximately age 23. Photo by Child Studios.

Marriage certificate of Frank R. Burns and Mae Hammond dated June 1, 1918, and signed by Charles Noble, Minister of the Gospel, at Grinnell, Iowa.

Raymond Lawrence George, high school graduation photo. George graduated from Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa, in 1918.

Monthly examination report for April 1918 filed by Alice Slaven, teacher at Washington #4 school in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Scores were reported for students Ralph Russell, Louise Keenan, and William Keenan. This report was laid in the "Record of Attendance" book for the school for the years 1915-1920.

Color postcard view of the First National Bank in Brooklyn, Iowa. The building was located on the northeast corner of Jackson and Front Streets. Postcard addressed to Edward Breniman, Brooklyn, and postmarked July 26, 1919. C.T. Photochrom postcard number R-38883 published by Curt Teich & Co., Chicago, Illinois.

Man, identified as D.A. Brooks, standing next to a car which is possibly a 1919 Buick H-45 touring car. Iowa license plate on car is probably from 1919.

The Stemsrud family (Berger at the wheel and Mabel in the back) and friends with the Stemsrud's Hupmobile, sometime before 1919, taken near Grinnell, Iowa.

Honorable discharge papers from the United States Army for Ben P. Tarleton dated July 21, 1919.

An aerial view of stock pens and farm outbuildings, possibly in the Newburg, Iowa area. A railroad track runs along the right side of the picture.

Anson Hayden Palmer and Uncle Harry show off their peach tree probably in Newburg, Iowa. A note on the back of the photo says to "notice the props,' but the peach tree eventually broke over the props.

View of Arbor Lake in Grinnell, Iowa, in the winter with ice skaters. The boat house is visible to the left and a warming house is on the right. Photo by Cornelia Clarke.

Brooklyn High School (Brooklyn, Iowa) football team, circa 1919-1923. One of the men in the picture is Andrew E. Coon (1904-1926) who died in an automobile accident.

Brooklyn High School (Brooklyn, Iowa) students in the early 1920s. One of the young women in the front row is believed to be Florence (Peg) Coon Masteller (1908-2002).

The Charles Broyles farm near Barnes City, Iowa, in winter, probably in the 1920s. Cattle are in a fenced yard in the foreground, a huge woodpile is stacked near several outbuildings and the farmhouse is visible in the rear right.