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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3 photographs of an oat harvesting machine. The machine took a bundle of oat straw about 8 inches around and put twine around it. Later, the farmer would come around with a wagon, pick up the bundles, and take them to be threshed. Don Pederson's grandfather, Theodore Mehlin built the machine.

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Portrait of Mae and Pat Hammond, children of Walter and Hattie Child Hammond, taken by Child Studio in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Postcard view of a group of men standing on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. The image on the postcard is reversed. The buildings pictured include 908 Main Street on the east side of Main Street, just north of the intersection of Main and 4th Avenue. There is a horse water trough on the left side of the picture, and a huge mud hole in the middle of the street with a duck (probably a decoy) in it. Velox stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard view of the north side of Main Street in Montezuma, Iowa, looking west towards the intersection of 4th Street and Main Street.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of Mary E. Wheelock, the first librarian of the Grinnell Free Library. Miss Wheelock was born in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1867, the daughter of Harrison T. and Cynthia M. Wheelock. Photograph by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Stewart Library.

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Innes, F.N. (Frederick Neil), 1854-1926
J.E. Bayer and H.F. Lanphere present Mr. Innes and his Band in combination with scenes from Grand Opera by Grand Opera Artists (not in costume); the whole under the direction of F. N. Innes. Performers: Helene Noldi, Frances Boyden, Edgardo Zerni, Wilhelm A. Xanten, Achille Alberti, S. P. Vernon, Bohumir Kryl, Henry Heidelberg. Drake Community Library Archives. Early Theater Productions. Collection #100.

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Postcard view of the south side of 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, between Broad and Main Streets. Nelson & Sons is having a "sample day" and there are half a dozen horse-drawn delivery wagons parked in front of the business. Other businesses visible: Central Garage Company and Vienna Cafe and Restaurant. Postcard by Norton's Photo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Newburg Congregational Church in Newburg, Iowa. The church, which was built in 1896, was first organized in 1880. "By Geo. W. Palmer" is written on the photo.

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Suhling Company
Color postcard view of the northwest corner of Broad Street and 6th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. The house on the far left is now (2014) Smith Funeral Home. Published by Suhling Company, Chicago, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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The Ole Christianson farmstead located in Section 35, Grant Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, in the early 1900s.

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Portrait of three young men from Grinnell, Iowa.

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Raleigh Dean Wilson and Nancy K. Kesselring were married on January 10, 1900, in Jackson Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa. This is possibly their wedding portrait. The first year of their marriage they lived with Nancy's parents (Isaac and Margaret Kesselring) on their farm in Jackson Township. Sometime between the birth of their son, Isaac, in 1901 and the birth of their second son, Raleigh, in 1905, they left Iowa and moved to Nebraska. Portrait by Fink Bros., Montezuma, Ia.

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View of a rural school, possibly in Poweshiek County, Iowa. School children are posing in the windows. A bell tower with a U.S. flag is flying. The flag looks to be a 45 star flag based on the configuration of the stars.

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Berger and Mabel Stemsrud with family and friends on a farm near Kellogg in the early 1900s.

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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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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.