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.

Pages of manuscript containing information about J.B. Grinnell, the college and the town

Pages from a manuscript that contains biographical information about J.B. Grinnell.

Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad
Map of Grinnell, Iowa, railroad bounded on the south by Washington Ave., on the north by 2nd Ave., on the west by Park Street, and on the east by State Street. "Copied from M&StL AFE 19-1867." Scale: 1" = 100'

Two images of 917 10th Avenue, in Grinnell, Iowa, which, from 1986 until 2003 housed the Iowa Peace Institute.

A collection of J.B. Grinnell's portraits

Bennett, L.C.
An invitation to a noon luncheon held at the Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 29, 1927 with a photo of Hon. J. B. Grinnell

Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
Professor of History at what was then Iowa College, Leonard Fletcher Parker was the first to record the life history of J.B. Grinnell and of the town of Grinnell as well. These documents are pages taken from his notebooks and are his personal notes on J.B. Grinnell.

Miller, Lester
Photograph of a drawing of Herrick Chapel by Lester Miller

Mears, Mary Grinnell
Letter from Mary Mears to her "darling friend" recounting the story of how an elm tree in the yard of her childhood home came to be known as "Beecher."

Photograph of the mock convention "Demonstration" during the Republican nominating session

Parker, Leonard F. (Leonard Fletcher), 1825-
This leaflet contains biographical information about J.B. Grinnell.

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 then 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 possibilty of having to close the Chester church.

Howell, E.B. Howell
This undated address was given by a student in J.B. Grinnell's S.S. class at the conclusion of the course. In it, the student thanks J.B. for his quality teaching, invaluable advice, and continual support throughout the course. At the time, the class also presented Grinnell with the "book of books," a Bible.

Note of descendants of Roswell Lombard.

Note documenting Sarah J.'s three sons.

This small card is a season ticket to The World's Industrial Exhibition of 1853. The ticket is in the name of "Rev. J.B. Grinnell and Wife."

Phillips, Wendell; Stoddard, Leavitt
Two letters in the same envelope addressed to mrs David Mears. One is from Wendell Phillips to John where J.B. Grinnell is mentioned as the writer's personal friend and the college is also brought up. The second one is a note by Leavitt Stoddard to mrs. David Mears saying he had enclosed the aforementioned letter for her to read which he thinks she would be interested in.