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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The musical group, The Mojos, taken at Grinnell High School cafeteria, Grinnell, Iowa, circa 1966-1967. Group members from left to right, starting in the back: Chuck Lannom on guitar, Ray Burlingame on drums, Steve Devine on guitar. Front, left to right: James Ryan, vocalist; Scott Hanson on guitar.

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Aerial photo of downtown Grinnell taken by Dave Heise from a helicopter in July 1967 during Ridiculous Days. This view looks to the southeast. The intersection at the bottom of the image, just to the right of center, is the intersection of 6th Avenue and West Street.

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Aerial photograph looking north from the intersection of 4th Avenue, State Street and the railroad tracks in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967. Grinnell Motor Company is visible in the center of the photo with Brand Apartments just to the left.

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Aerial photograph of downtown Grinnell, Iowa, looking southeast from the intersection of 6th Avenue and West Streets in 1967. Lake Nyanza is visible in the upper right corner of the photo.

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Aerial photograph of downtown Grinnell, Iowa, looking north along Broad Street from Central Park in 1967. Many Grinnell landmarks are visible: Merchants National Bank, Cunningham Drug, Stewart Library, the post office, Saint Mary's Catholic Church, the Colonial Theatre, Spaulding House.

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Aerial photograph of downtown Grinnell, Iowa, looking north along Main Street from approximately 3rd Avenue in 1967.

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Color aerial photograph of the Grinnell College campus looking east along 8th Avenue in 1967. The science building is at the bottom center of the photo. To the right of that is the Men's Gymnasium (called Women's Gymnasium after 1942). The east campus dormitories and Saint John's Lutheran Church are visible near the center of the photo.

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Aerial photo of downtown Grinnell taken by Dave Heise from a helicopter in July 1967 during Ridiculous Days. This view looks north on Main Street from Commercial Street to 6th Avenue.

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Aerial photograph looking west along the railroad tracks from approximately High Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967. The railroad depot is visible in the center of the picture and just to the right of the depot the Monroe Hotel is visible. The Spaulding smokestack is visible in the background to the left.

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Aerial photograph of northwest Grinnell looking north along Prairie and Reed Streets. Bailey Park Elementary School is visible at the bottom center of the photo. The newly completed General Telephone company building is slightly above the center of the photo. Sunset Avenue is to the far left and 11th Avenue is the northmost east-west street visible.

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Aerial photograph of northwest Grinnell, Iowa, looking north along Reed Street from approximately 6th Avenue in 1967. Bailey Park Elementary School is visible at the left center of the photo. The newly completed General Telephone company building is visible in the upper left.

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Aerial photograph of southwest Grinnell, Iowa, looking southwest in 1967. Davis School on Hamilton Avenue between Broad and Main Streets (with curved driveway) is on the left edge of the lower half of the photo. The trailer park along Washington Avenue is visible in the center of the photo.

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Counter checks from a variety of Poweshiek County (Iowa) banks. Counter checks were kept at the cash register of a business. Customers could write in their bank account number and use the checks as they would a personal check. These checks have MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) codes on them which the Federal Reserve began requiring in 1967.

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View of the steel framework for the General Telephone company building at 11 11th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in the early stages of construction in 1967.

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Concrete window forms being placed during the construction of the General Telephone building at 11 11th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967.

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View of General Telephone building construction at 11 11th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, with the walls in place in 1967.

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Construction continues on the General Telephone company building at 11 11th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967.

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Harry Ryan harvesting oats in Chester Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the late 1960s.

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Helicopter from which Dave Heise took aerial photos of Grinnell in 1967.

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Three views of the completed General Telephone company building at 11 11th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967: daytime, dusk and nighttime.