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 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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Postcard view of the Union railroad depot in Grinnell, Iowa. The view is looking northwest showing the junction of the Rock Island Railroad (east-west) and the Missouri and St. Louis Railroad (north-south). Kruxo postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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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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Interior views of the first floor of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa, probably shortly after its construction in 1901. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Assumed to be a photograph of Mrs. Joel Stewart (Anna Marie Bush) taken in 1901 by Child Art Studio in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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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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Postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Probably produced between 1901 and 1907. Front of postcard embossed with name, L.C. Adams. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, 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.

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Pilgrim, Mary Ann Sulser, 1868-1932
Letter from Mary Sulser Pilgrim to her sister, Mrs. J.H. Parratt, congratulating her on her marriage. The letter is dated January 12, 1902, Grinnell, Iowa.

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Pilgrim, Perley Heston, 1862-1929
Western Union Telegram from P.H. Pilgrim to Mrs. John Barrett (correct name is Parratt) advising her of the death of her sister, Mary Sulser Pilgrim, on May 3, 1902.

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Blakely, Elizabeth Sulser, 1863-1940
Two postcards addressed to Mrs. J.H. Parratt (Minnie) in Fremont, Nebraska from her sister, Elizabeth Blakely, in Grinnell, Iowa, discussing the health of their brother-in-law, Bert Pilgrim. The first postcard is dated April 8, 1903, and the second is dated April 13, 1903. Bert Pilgrim was the widower of their sister, Mary Sulser Pilgrim who died May 3, 1902. Bert died on April 15, 1903.

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Newspaper clipping announcing the wedding of Henry W. Spaulding and Aimee Haight in Rockford, Illinois, in 1903.

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Winter postcard view of 1127 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. This was the home of Walter Hammond and Hattie Child Hammond. The house was built in 1900 from George F. Barber's design #128, published in The Cottage Souvenir #2, revised and enlarged, 1892. A fire destroyed the house on January 18, 2013. Azo stamp box on verso with four triangles pointing up.

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Berger Stemsrud and his bride, Olia Mable Christianson, on their wedding day, January 15, 1904. They were married in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

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Letter dated December 6, 1904, from the Spaulding Manufacturing Co. to the Grinnell (Iowa) school district billing the district for the use of rooms in the Spaulding block. The bill is marked, "Approved," with the signatures of W.T. Fuller, J.P. Lyman, and S.A. Cravath.

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Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa, shortly after construction, in 1904. This building was located on 4th Avenue across from Central Park. It was added on to in 1921. In the 1980s when the building was converted to the community center, the 1904 section of the building was torn down. Verso of photo is labeled, "The New High School Building. To Alice from Eddie." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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E.C. Kropp Company
Postcard view of the south facade of Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa. Built in 1904 this section of the building was demolished when the building was converted to a community center in the 1980s. Postcard published by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Grinnell, Julia Chapin, 1827-1907
Letter from Julia Chapin Grinnell to Professor Leonard Fletcher Parker dated April 6, 1904. A list of people who arrived in Grinnell in 1854, 1855, and 1856 is included.