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.

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.

Christian Breniman sitting in his backyard in Brooklyn, Iowa.

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.

Interior view of the First Baptist Church (Grinnell, Iowa) located at 4th Avenue and Park Street. View faces altar and organ pipes, includes empty pews and electrical chandelier.

Photograph of students outside of a schoolhouse. Back of photo is labeled: "School number 6, First school, Newburg, Ia. R.S.P." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 20, Grinnell Schools.

Four actors from an early production of "She Stoops to Conquer," performed in Grinnell, Iowa by a traveling theater troupe, probably sometime in the early 1900s. The backs of the photos identify three of the actors as Bobbie Bridge as Miss Hardcastle, D.D. Griffith as Tony Lumpkin, and John Smith as George. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #100, Early Theater Productions.

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.

Grinnell High School football team from the early 1900s.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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