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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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.

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

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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.

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Image of Merchants National Bank on the northwest corner of Commerical Avenue and Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1907. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa. The J.B. Grinnell house is just visible on the left of the photo. This was the original location of the house before it was moved to Broad Street south of the railroad tracks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa. Kruxo postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Jon T. Faber Publisher
Color postcard view of the south face of Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa from Central Park. Postcard published by Jno. T. Faber Publisher, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and addressed to Miss Lillian Bixby in Camden, Maine. Postmarked April 14, 1908, Grinnell, Iowa, and April 16, 1908, Camden, Maine. Signed by Mary Robison, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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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.

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

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Samuel Langdorf & Co.
Postcard view of Stewart Library and the Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Cora Miller at the Hotel Davenport and postmarked September 5, 1908, Grinnell, Iowa; signed by Sadie Gurn. Card was published by S. Langsdorf & Co., New York and produced in Germany. Number S. 1611. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Jon T. Faber Publisher
Color postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Miss Edith Eldridge, Colfax, Iowa, and postmarked Grinnell, Iowa, August 11, 1908. Postcard published by Jno. T. Faber, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Postcard view of men, women, and children posed in front of a tent while camping at Lewis Springs on August 20-23, 1909. Charles Austin Palmer is second from the left. His fiance, Nora Belle Brown is third from the left. Lewis Springs is possibly Cold Spring at Lewis, Iowa. Velox stamp box on postcard.

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Postcard view of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and Masonic Hall in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard is postmarked March 5, 1909, in Montezuma, Iowa, and is addressed to Mrs. Ellis Winters, Sherwood, Oregon. Card is signed by Edna Thorn.

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Postcard view of the Hauser Hotel in Montezuma, Iowa, which is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street. Card is postmarked October 4, 1909, in Montezuma, Iowa, is addressed to Mrs. R.M. Anderson, Newell, Iowa, and is signed by her sister, Jane.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mrs. S.E. Heacock, 1127 Hamlin St., Grinnell, and postmarked August 6, 1909 in Grinnell. The card is signed Wm. and Mary D. McDowell. Postcard published by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Color postcard view of Montezuma High School, Montezuma, Iowa. Card is postmarked September 25, 1909, Montezuma, Iowa, and is addressed to Miss Hazel Watson, Searsboro, Iowa. Postcard published by J.M. Hamilton Pub., Monmouth, Illinois.