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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Three views of the demolition of Parker School on August 19, 1971, in Grinnell, Iowa. Parker School was built on the southeast corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue and named for Professor L.F. Parker, the school district's first superintendent and author of the two-volume History of Poweshiek County, Iowa. An Oberlin graduate, he taught, by himself, all classes from primary through high school during the first year. Parker School replaced the Northwest School , which had been built at the same location in 1882 and was destroyed by fire. As the years progressed the facility became outdated and failed to meet recommended standards. Parker's site area was only 1.2 acres and with an enrollment of 149 students in 1961-62 fell far short of the optimum site area of 6.5 acres. When constructed, it was on the outskirts of town, but the growth of residential areas caused its location to become outmoded and the fact that it was situated on U.S. Highway 6 created safety questions. In 1970 the School Board decided to demolish the building at the end of the school year. The building and land were sold at public auction for $24,000 (Grinnell Herald Register, August 19, 1971) and the building was razed on August 19.

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Three views of the demolition of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1971.

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Two images of the Razelle Club May 1971 meeting in Grinnell, Iowa. The group photograph identifies the women as following: "First row: Birdie, Zella, Blanche P., Ruth, Florence T. Second row: Lola, Bonnie, Iva, Icle." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection # 117, Razelle Club.

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The Grinnell (Iowa) High School Band at the Virginia Beach Music Festival in 1972. Mr. A. William Emry was the band director.

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The Grinnell (Iowa) High School Band during a visit to Congress on the 1972 band trip.

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Mother and child (Lynn and Sean Cavanagh) in Merrill Park, Grinnell, Iowa, with Grinnell College President's house in the background. March 1972.

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Photographs after the blizzard of April 9, 1973, in Iowa. The ground was very muddy under 15 inches of snow. Very wet snow clung to the sides and roofs of buildings.

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Newspaper article honoring Father Mike Tan Creti of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Photo accompanying article pictures Don Schild, Floyd Beaver, Father Tan Creti, Jane Tan Creti, John DeRooi, Bill Deminoff, Don Howig, Bob Santee and Chris Nielsen.

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Photo of the Child Art Rooms in Grinnell, Iowa, taken in 1974 by William Oelke before it was demolished to make room for the expansion of the bank. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Photographs of scrapbook pages describing the sale of a farm in 1975. The farm belonged to Eldon "Sammy" and Aline Petersen who farmed near Grinnell, Iowa.

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View of 815 Seventh Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1976. This house was the home of Benjamin and Gladys Schoonover Tarleton.

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View of 817 Seventh Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1976. 817 is the red tinted concrete block and stucco home. The yellow house is 815 Seventh Avenue. Ben and Gladys Tarleton lived at 815 Seventh Avenue. Their daughter, Dorothy who married Philip Palmer, moved to 817 Seventh Avenue from a home on East Street in about 1950 so that they could be near the Tarletons. In 1953, Philip and Dorothy Palmer and their children moved to Colorado.

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Brief history of the Ewart United Presbyterian Church at the time of its centennial celebration in 1976.

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Postcard sketch of First Friends Church in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard is addressed to Rev. Lawrence Athey in Newton, Iowa, and is postmarked March 31, 1976, in Des Moines, Iowa, and April 1, 1976, in Winterset, Iowa. On the verso, "Future First Friends, Grinnell, Iowa" is printed on the card, but "Future" has been scratched out by the correspondent. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Photograph of front loaders clearing the road after the blizzard of 1977 in Grinnell, Iowa. Location is identified as near Bob Overturf's.

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Photograph of a road with piles of snow on either side following the blizzard of 1977 in Grinnell, Iowa. Back of photo says: This road opened Dec. 10/77, west of Bob Overturf's and east of Frank Fontinel farm.

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Photograph of a car on a road between piles of snow near Grinnell, Iowa, after the blizzard of 1977. The location is identified as "road north of Tom Harris."

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Two images of the Razelle Club meeting on September 15th, 1977, in Grinnell, Iowa, at Florence Plum's house. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection # 117, Razelle Club.

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Two images of the destruction caused by the September 16th, 1978 tornado in Grinnell, Iowa at Motel Grinnell Best Western, located at the intersection of Highway 146 and Interstate 80. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 32. Tornado, September 16, 1978.

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Four images of the destruction caused by the tornado of September 16th, 1978 in Grinnell, Iowa at Hanner's Skelly Service Station and Diner which was located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 146. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 32. Tornado, September 16, 1978.