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.

The Grinnell A&W located at 229 6th Avenue West in 1968 after it was remodeled and added telephone ordering to replace car hops.

Ruth Ann Clayton-Davis worked at Gibson's in Grinnell in the late 1960s to early 1970s during the summers and college breaks. She is wearing a Ridiculous Days' sales apron for Gibson's. The photo was taken on 5th Avenue looking east with a sign for McNeal's Television and Radio and the Catholic church visible in the background.

Local Grinnell, Iowa, band, "The Mojos," circa 1968 or 1969. From left to right: Chuck Lannom, Jim Ryan, Carlos Mendoza, Ray Burlingame, Scott Hanson, and Steve Devine.

View of snow piled high in the middle of Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in February 1969. The view is looking west from Broad Street to Main Street.

Dr. Stan Greenwald gazing at an infant.

Photograph of Father Mike Tan Creti, Vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa.

Gene Bartachek and sons in front of the trencher and dozer of Bartachek Tiling and Earthmoving. From left to right: John (age 17), Lavern (age 14) and Gene (age 38).

Grinnell High School class reunion, Class of 1933. Front to back, Row 1: George Norris, LeRoy Brubaker, Homer McDonough, Donovan Evans, Stanley Wilson, Robert Neeley. Row 2: Doris Lincoln Petaja, Alice Mayo Eames, Edward Bohstedt, Mildred Olson Sampson, Mary G. Jones, Anna Mae Schooley White, Darlene Poots Dunn, Mary Jane Douglas Eastridge, Helen Stuart Brubaker, Ruth Wilson Clark. Row 3: Aline Lidka Peterson, Francis Connelly Barns, Faith Knowles Barnes, Alice Figland Barkema, Lois Brown Whitcomb, Thelma Clark Newman, Madeline Lacina Harris, Ruth Clindinn Gould, Thelma McMeekin Gooch, Ila Adkins Mintle, Katherine King Burke, Louise Jackson. Row 4: Orville Hafkey, Loren Vieth, Ralph Spooner, Walter Puls, Raymond Breiting, Glenn Harris, Edward Hannon, Raymond Eastridge, Richard Sanders.

Hallie Ryan, left, and Helen Lamb were farm women who worked in the field.

Four views of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa, taken in 1970. The hotel was located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Park Street and Third Avenue.

Harry Ryan loads seed into his 4-row John Deere corn planter in the late 1960s or early 1970s at his farm in Chester Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa.

Postcard of Rock Creek Lake, Rock Creek State Park, between Kellogg and Grinnell, Iowa. Color by Mike Roberts, Berkeley, Calif. Published by Es-N-Len Photos, Aurora, Ill. C14924.

Postcard of Rock Creek Lake located in Jasper County near Grinnell, Iowa. Title on verso of postcard: "Tranquil Lakeside." Published by Johnson Printing, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisconsin. s10006.

Postcard of Rock Creek Lake, Grinnell, Iowa, with scene of fisherman in motor boat. Verso of card contains verse: "I never lost a little fish, yes. It always was the biggest fish I caught -- that got away." Color photo by A. Devaney, Inc. Published by Natural Color Card Scenic Art, Berkeley, California. C9775G.

Photograph of Sammy (Eldon) Petersen driving a tractor. The tractor has a cabin strapped on to help keep the driver warm. Dated September 1970

Helen Lamb, left, and Hallie Ryan prepare to sow oats in Chester Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the early 1970s.

Harry Ryan on his Allis-Chalmers tractor at spring planting time in the late 1960s or early 1970s in Chester Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. The field is plowed and a farmstead is visible in the background.

Line drawing of the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa, on "CustomArt" postcard published by Norman Ramsey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mary and Tom Parmley (on the far left) visit with customers at their restaurant, the Longhorn in Grinnell, Iowa.

Color postcard view of Astir-Switzer's Motel on Highway 6 East, in Grinnell, Iowa. Managed by Lowell and Margaret Corkery. Postcard published by ColourPicture Publishers, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.