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.

Receipt from Morrison & Thomas to Luetta Decker, dated September 25, 1895, noting that account is paid in full.

Receipt from Wood & Kibby to Mrs. L. M. Decker in the amount of $62.56 dated September 25, 1895.

Receipt from Scott, Reed, & Scott, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, to Mrs. Luetta Decker dated January 3, 1895 for $129.23 paid against the account of M.F. Gray, deceased.

Receipt from Grinnell Granite and Marble Works to Luetta Decker, dated March, 1896, in the amount of $12.00 for a marker in Kent Cemetery, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

Description of how to mail a letter containing cash in 1896. The envelope is addressed to H.M. Rickard at I.A.C. (Iowa Agricultural College) in Ames, Iowa. This was written by a grandmother for her grandchildren. The description includes information about Martin Rickard and Anna Margaret Turner.

Snider, William
Letter written on Mack Hotel stationery from Wm. Snider to Miss Mae Andrews in Des Moines, dated October 7, 1896. The Mack Hotel was located at 813 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa.

The Lucas triplets were born in 1896 in Grinnell, Iowa, and were possibly the first set of triplets born in the state. Their mother was Theodora Craig Lucas, the sister of Edith Renfrow Smith's mother, Eva Craig Renfrow. From left to right: Martha, Rebecca, Mary. Mary died at age 8, Rebecca at about 20, and Martha married Percy Smith in 1917, and died in Stockton, California, on December 1, 1970.

The Palmer family homestead built on the Iowa prairie in 1857 near where Newburg, Iowa, is today. This picture was taken in 1897 with Edith Palmer standing in the yard.

534 Main Street, the home of Jonathan and Martha Child taken in 1898 in Grinnell, Iowa. Jonathan Child is holding the horse's rein; Martha Child is seated on the porch; Chloe Child is standing on the porch; and Frank Child is standing on the sidewalk behind the carriage.

Poweshiek County (Iowa). Assessor's Office
The Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, assessor's book for 1899. Information listed for each family includes: name of head of household, number and sex of dogs owned, school district number, description and value of land owned, number, type and value of horses, mules, cattle, swine and sheep owned, number and value of vehicles owned, other personal property and post office address. The final "Recapitulation" sheets give totals and values for the entire township. The book was found in Madison #5 School (the White Cloud School). It has no cover and begins with a blank page. There are 26 double page spreads with data. There are no pages numbered 27 or 28 and page 29 is blank. There are two Recapitulation sheets at the end with data and one blank Recapitulation sheet.

Class photo of Grinnell (Iowa) High School Class of 1899. Ruth Mae Davis Steele is the first person on the left in the second row.

Brown Photographers (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Studio portrait of Abi Frances Alden Palmer, wife of Anson Hayden Palmer. They married in 1877. Portrait by Brown, Marshalltown, Iowa.

Photograph of the Frederick and Henrietta Ahrens family on the front steps of their home at Sixth Avenue and Penrose in Grinnell, Iowa. The photo was probably taken about 1900, a few years after Frederick Ahrens lost his life in a farm accident involving runaway horses. Bottom row: Lizzie Myers, William Ahrens, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Ahrens, Frank Ahrens. Top row: Edward Ahrens, Annie Kuder, Henrietta Hücke Ahrens, Dora Ahrens Geiger, Ella Ahrens McMillan, Henry Ahrens.

Brooks Art Studio (Grinnell, Iowa)
Anna Catherine Craig and her son Will Goode. Anna was Edith Renfrow Smith's aunt on her mother's side. Portrait by Brooks Art Studio, Grinnell, Iowa.

Brown Photographers (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Studio portrait of Anson Hayden Palmer, who founded Newburg, Iowa, on land purchased by his father, Horace Palmer. Portrait by Brown, Marshalltown, Iowa.

Jacob Martin ("Jake") Norris, with paper in his hand, stands with a road building crew in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Numerous teams of horses and mules hitched to road building equipment are working on a steep hill.

Photograph of the Chester Church in its original location in Chester Township, Iowa. Originally a Congregational Church, it was given in 1996 to the congregation of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa. St. Paul's paid for the structure's relocation to its present site on State Street and 6th Ave. This photograph dates from the early part of the 20th century.

Civil War veterans in Grinnell, Iowa.

Come Back Cafe in Grinnell, Iowa. It was located on Commercial Street in what is currently (2014) the parking lot to the south of Grinnell State Bank. The window advertises "Regular Dinner" for 25 cents and "Hot Cakes" for 15 cents. Coca-Cola sign under window.

Exterior view of the First Baptist Church (Grinnell, Iowa) at 4th Avenue and Park Street looking northeast with a group of women and children in Sunday dress. Note the wooden sidewalk; streets had not yet been paved. Notable steeple. Picture was taken some time before 1906 when the Brand Apartments were built.