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.

A collection of primarily newspaper clippings from throughout the United States concerning the Grinnell, Iowa, First National Bank Scandal of 1904 and the deaths of Charles H. Spencer, Henry C. Spencer. and Clarke H. Spencer.

Walter and Hattie Child Hammond's children taken by Child Studio in Grinnell, Iowa. Mae Hammond and her brothers: Bruce, Pat, Arthur, and Walt.

Portrait of Hattie Child Hammond and her daughter, Mae, taken on Mae's tenth birthday, May 5, 1906. Photo taken by Child Studio in Grinnell, Iowa.

Postcard of Miss Hazel McCoy, aged 14 years, Grinnell, Iowa. Kruxo stamp box on postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

Receipt from D.A. Laros & Sons of Grinnell, Iowa, for a buggy ordered by H.A. Ahrens in December 1905.

Mae Hammond Burns of Grinnell, Iowa, at age 10. Photo by Child Studios.

Charter for the Pythian Sisters Temple No. 198 in Grinnell, Iowa, giving the names of the founding sisters. On the original document you can see that "Pythian" is printed over the word "Rathbone" which was an earlier name for the Pythian Sisters. The names of the founding sisters are: Bessie D. Paine, Bessie M. Fraser, Lulu F. Scott, Madge Douglas, Luella Adams, Verbena Rollins, Blance Mason, Stella Mason, Nellie Wasco, Marie Kutish, Eunice Bryan, Anna Buchanan, Margaret Scott, Alma D. Wilson, Georgia Scott, Mary J. Jacobs, Lena K. Jacobs, Mary Stark, Lena Bodine, Anna Vogt, Sadie Evans, Della Tyson, Grace Alexander, Grace Fuller, Lily Satchell, Katie Payne, Ida Baughan.

Patron's account book from The Creamery (J.W. Fowler, prop.) in Grinnell, Iowa. The account book contains advertising from many businesses in Grinnell. The book was the property of Harry A. Brown, R.F.D. 4, Grinnell, Iowa. The figures in the book are probably not a record of milk, cream, and butter, but of something else.

Photograph of a 1907 Ford Model S car which belonged to Bill Lidtka who lived near Grinnell, Iowa. Photograph has identification "Uncle Bill Lidtka's car". The car is in front of a farm house.

Postcard view of three men posing in front of a piece of farm equipment, possibly a steam powered traction engine, or a steam tractor. CYKO stamp box.

Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa, football team in 1907.

Portrait of Helen, Rudolph and Alice Renfrow, the three oldest children of Lee Augustus Renfrow and Eva Pearl Craig Renfrow, taken in Red Wing, Minnesota, in 1907.

Edward Breniman and Severt Germo atop a load of hay on a horse drawn wagon on its way to the barn.

Diploma presented to Raymond Pilgrim by the County Superintendent of Schools, Poweshiek County, Iowa, on March 28, 1907. The diploma indicates that he has "completed the Common School Course of Study in a satisfactory manner [and] is considered well prepared to do good work in any High School or Academy." He attended School No.8 in Grinnell Township. The diploma is signed by Elizabeth McIlrath, teacher, and Estelle Coon, county superintendent.

Postcard view of the home of J.H. Platt, in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard is postmarked January 25, 1907, and is addressed to Miss Anna Allen, Iowa City, Iowa.

Postcard view of Sugar Creek near Iowa College (later called Grinnell College) in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard is postmarked September 10, 1907, in Grinnell, Iowa, and is addressed to Stella Sparks, Winterset, Iowa, and is signed by Ettie Sparks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Postcard view of the bridge over the railroad tracks west of Grinnell, Iowa. The bridge was located just south of 385th Avenue on 20th Street. This bridge burned at some point in time and was replaced by the current (April 2015) bridge. Postcard is addressed to Mrs. Rosa Sparks, Austin, Texas, and is postmarked February 4, 1908, in Grinnell, Iowa, and February 6, 1908, in Austin, Texas.

Postcard of Cooper School building in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mr. Chas. Degan, McAlistersville, Juniata Co, Pa. and is postmarked December 29, 1908, in Grinnell, Iowa. The card is signed "Lovingly, Cousin Ada."

Postcard view of Park Street, Grinnell, Iowa, looking south from the corner of 7th Avenue and Park Street. Postcard addressed to Mr. John Brokaw, Canton, Ill. and postmarked September 14, 1908, in Grinnell, Iowa.

Portrait of the Renfrow children in 1908. From left to right: Rudolph, Helen, Evanel and Alice Renfrow.