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.

Threshing crew on the Dunham farm, Elm Grove, in Chester township near Grinnell, Iowa. Seven men are visible, as well as wagon, horses, and threshing equipment. The photograph was taken by Egbert Dunham between 1912-1927 using an Eastman Kodak camera. Egbert Dunham married Harriet Grinnell. The farm was designated a century farm and was later home to Grinnell Heritage Farms.

Color postcard view of Union Station in Des Moines, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mrs. C. E. Carter, 1425 Fifth Ave, Grinnell, Iowa, and is postmarked January 26, 1920. C.T. Photochrom postcard A-6854.

Post card with yellow felt hand appliqued to the surface. Hand is imprinted with the words, "You Always Get the Glad Hand from Montezuma, Ia." Postcard is addressed to Vera Anderson in Grinnell, Ia., but there is no postmark.

Gladys Tarleton poses next to a decorated truck, probably for a Fourth of July parade, at Ben's Tire Shop in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1921 or 1922. Ben's Tire Shop, located at 717 Fourth Avenue, was run by Benjamin Pliny Tarleton in Grinnell beginning in the early 1920s.

Letter to Lillie Pilgrim of Grinnell, Iowa, from a friend, Laurabelle Fonte, dated October 4, 1921, asking Lillie to subscribe to Crowell magazines through her. Laurabelle also talks about canning tomatoes and entertaining a ladies club. Includes envelope.

Mae Hammond Burns and her son, Frank R. Burns, Jr. Frank, Jr., was born February 21, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Two scenes from "Passers-By", a Community Playmaker of Grinnell production performed on December 14th, 1921, at the Colonial Theater in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs.Collection #100, Early Theater Productions.

Letter from Henry Spaulding to his daughter Alice on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday, May 10, 1932.

Letter to Mr. Michael Brooks, Kellogg, Iowa, from his brother, postmarked March 11, 1922, Kearney Nebraska. The letter describes arrangements for Mr. Brooks' honeymoon trip to Kearney and gives information on train connections for the trip. The letter was found when remodeling a farm house near Rock Creek Lake.

Letter to Raymond Pilgrim of Grinnell, Iowa, from his brother, Croft of Whittier, California, dated August 29, 1922. Croft talks about not being able to come to Iowa because of having to pay his taxes, his job as a carpenter working for an oil company and having to commute thirty miles each way, and discusses whether he should sell the farm back home in Iowa. Helen appends a note about house hunting and the weather. Includes envelope.

Newburg High School seniors in the class of 1922. From 12 o'clock going counter clockwise: Carroll Lane, Clarinda Murphy, Harry Buck, Frances Murphy, Elizabeth Breeden. Photography by Tyler Studio, Newton, Iowa.

Newburg High School faculty and students in the spring of 1922. Front row, sitting on ground, left to right: Harold McCulloch, John Ahrens, Lloyd Palmer, Al Byerly (janitor), John Murphy. Second row, seated, left to right: Viola Littrell, Josephine Hendrickson, Elizabeth Ahrens (senior), Mary Ahrens (senior), Carroll Lane (senior), George H. Lane (senior), Clarinda Murphy (senior), Elizabeth Breeden (senior), Lora Stark, Alberta Smith, Virgil Adams. Third row, standing, left to right: ? Young, Morris Miller, Elmer Stark, Verle Muckler (senior), Frances Murphy (senior), Katherine Ahrens (senior), Anna Madill (senior) Harry Buck (senior), Lloyd Stoaks, Loren Walker, Lawrence Madill, Priscilla Burroughs. Back row, left to right: R.L. Tone (superintendent), Maud Neeley (Home economics), Dan Edgington (coach).

Newburg High School's first basketball team circa 1922. Front row, left to right: Carroll Lane, George Lane, Verle Muckler, Virgil Adams. Back row, left to right: Lloyd Stoaks, Dan Edgington (coach), Harry Buck.

Photograph of Philip and Dorothy Palmer taken at their home on the top floor above the general store in Newburg, Iowa.

Roy McNeal's 1922 membership card for La Soci?t? des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, an organization of veterans of the US armed forces.

Bruce Ford Hammond, youngest son of Walter and Hattie Child Hammond. Photo taken by Child Studio, Grinnell, Iowa.

Dorothy Tarleton sits inside of a Sieberling Cord tire outside of her father's tire shop, Ben's Tire Shop, in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1923 or 1924. Dorothy later married Philip Palmer.

Panoramic photo of the Grinnell High School (Iowa) student body taken on May 14, 1923.

Letter to Raymond Pilgrim and family from his brother, Croft L. Pilgrim, of Huntington Beach, California, dated April 1, 1923. Croft describes the health of the family who have been recovering from the flu, his job as a carpenter for Pacific Gasoline, plans for automobile trips and the number of miles on the tires of his car.

Letter to Raymond Pilgrim of Grinnell, Iowa, from his brother, Croft of Whittier, California, dated May 11, 1924. Croft comments on the birth of his nephew (Jack Pilgrim) and discusses problems with a farm sale, an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, and lulls in the building trade. Includes envelope.