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.

Photograph of members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church placing the Chester Church on its new foundation at 6th and State Street in Grinnell. The Chester church building was given to St. Paul's by the people of the Newburg-Chester congregations to serve as their new sanctuary. Members visible from left to right: Byron Worley, Jon Chenette, Milton Severe (with back to camera in blue shirt and with long hair), Don Howig, unidentified, Tim Chenette, unidentified, and Jeff Garland. Milton Severe's conversation with the pastor of St. Paul's, Richard Graves, led to obtaining the building as Milton's brother-in-law, Ken Wallace, was the then pastor of the Newburg-Chester churches. Ken Wallace had previously talked to Milton about the possibility of having to close the Chester church.

Nine photographs of the Sprague family of Grinnell, Iowa. Herman H. and Ella Farley Sprague had two daughters, Ina and Lena. Ina was a teacher and was principal of Davis School in Grinnell, Iowa, for 28 years. Lena was an assistant to the city clerk of Grinnell for 30 years. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.