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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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.

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View of the west side of the 900 block of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, probably in the 1890s. Businesses visible include: Granger Store on the right, W.A. Little General Notions on the left with the Child Art Rooms above. Horses and buggies parked along the dirt streets. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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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.

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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.

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Stamped one cent postcard to Merchants National Bank, Grinnell, Iowa, from Wakefield State Bank, Wakefield, Nebraska, confirming receipt of a collection notice. Postmarked October 3, 1890, Wakefield, Nebraska. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Preston Opera House at 829-831 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, built 1877. Businesses on lower level are Preston & Preston Grocers and Bakers and Hammond and Janes Boots and Shoes. Written on verso: "Property of Mrs. Grant Ramsey, please return to Fred Ramsey, Grinnell, Iowa." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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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.

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W.F. Stallings (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the southwest corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, showing William & Schrop Merchant and Tailor on the corner (Hatch Building) and the Preston Opera House immediately to the south. Note town pump in front of store, board walks and hitching posts. Photo by W.F. Stallings, Grinnell, Iowa. Written on verso: "Property of Mrs. Grant Ramsey, please return to Fred Ramsey, Grinnell, Iowa." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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View of patrons in the library room of the Spaulding building, probably 1890s. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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

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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.

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Photograph taken in 1891 of the post-fire ruins of the 900 block of Broad Street.

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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.

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

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Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
This is an article dated December 14, 1891 by Leonard Fletcher Parker in which he previews the main subjects and themes of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell's "Reminiscences of Forty Years," his autobiography which has just been published.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.