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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George Full "Jud" Gilbert and Edgar Elliott pose in their buggy in front of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa, circa 1900-1910. Jud Gilbert is the driver and Edgard Elliott is the passenger. The horses' names are Maud and Dandy.

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Grinnell High School football team from the early 1900s.

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Grinnell High School football team, unknown year, possibly the early 1900s.

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View of the Rock Island railroad station in Grinnell, Iowa. Probably taken in the early 1900s.

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The Broyles family poses in front of their farm home near Barnes City in Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the early twentieth century. From left to right: Charles Broyles, Floyd Broyles, and Lucy Broyles holding Ross Broyles.

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3 photographs of an oat harvesting machine. The machine took a bundle of oat straw about 8 inches around and put twine around it. Later, the farmer would come around with a wagon, pick up the bundles, and take them to be threshed. Don Pederson's grandfather, Theodore Mehlin built the machine.

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Portrait of Mae and Pat Hammond, children of Walter and Hattie Child Hammond, taken by Child Studio in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Postcard view of the north side of Main Street in Montezuma, Iowa, looking west towards the intersection of 4th Street and Main Street.

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Newburg Congregational Church in Newburg, Iowa. The church, which was built in 1896, was first organized in 1880. "By Geo. W. Palmer" is written on the photo.

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The Ole Christianson farmstead located in Section 35, Grant Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the early 1900s.

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Portrait of three young men from Grinnell, Iowa.

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Raleigh Dean Wilson and Nancy K. Kesselring were married on January 10, 1900, in Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. This is possibly their wedding portrait. The first year of their marriage they lived with Nancy's parents (Isaac and Margaret Kesselring) on their farm in Jackson Township. Sometime between the birth of their son, Isaac, in 1901 and the birth of their second son, Raleigh, in 1905, they left Iowa and moved to Nebraska. Portrait by Fink Bros., Montezuma, Ia.

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View of a rural school, possibly in Poweshiek County, Iowa. School children are posing in the windows. A bell tower with a U.S. flag is flying. The flag looks to be a 45 star flag based on the configuration of the stars.

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Berger and Mabel Stemsrud with family and friends on a farm near Kellogg in the early 1900s.

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The Craig sisters in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1900. From left to right: Anna Katherine Craig, Theodora Craig, and Eva Pearl Craig. Eva was Edith Renfrow Smith's mother.

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Kester, John W., 1868-1953
Wedding portrait of Eva Pearl Craig Renfrow. Eva married Lee Augustus Renfrow on July 31, 1901, in Grinnell, Iowa. Eva and Lee Renfrow were the parents of Edith Renfrow Smith. Portrait by John W. Kester, Grinnell photographer.

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View of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa, probably shortly after construction in 1901. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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View of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa, probably shortly after construction in 1901. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Photograph of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa, probably shortly after it was built in 1901. Norris Livery Stable is visible to the left. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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The George and Eliza Craig family of Grinnell, Iowa, about 1902 with their children and some of their grandchildren. Top row, from left to right: Violet Lucas, Annie Craig, Eva Pearl Craig, Theodora Craig Lucas, Bruce Lucas. Front row, from left to right: Aaron Lucas, George Craig, Martha Lucas (one of the triplets), Eliza Jane Craig holding unidentified child in her lap, Will Goode, Henry Lucas. Annie, Theodora and Eva were the daughters of George and Eliza. Will Goode was Annie's son. Violet, Bruce, Aaron, Martha, and Henry were Theodora's children.