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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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of Stewart Public Library, Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Miss Minnie Plagman, Marengo, Iowa, and postmarked August 5, 1909, in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard produced by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Color postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard is erroneously printed as "Stewarts" Library rather than Stewart Library. Postmarked May 17, 1909 and addressed to Miss Ethel Longley, Grinnell, Iowa. Card was made in Germany and imported by Brown & Harrington, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Some of the family of Frederick and Henrietta Ahrens taken at their home at Sixth Avenue and Penrose in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1910. Back row: Henry Ahrens, William Ahrens holding Alice Ahrens Edgington, Frank Ahrens, Fred Schmidt (?), Will Geiger. Middle row: Carolyn "Carrie" Schultz Ahrens holding Wesley, Henrietta Ahrens, Ella Zahrt Ahrens holding Sheldon, Annie Kuder holding an unidentified child, Mary Myers Ahrens holding Stanley, Dora Ahrens Geiger, Minnie Ahrens, Ella Ahrens McMillan, Mrs. Fred Schmidt(?). Front row: Inez Ahrens Sanders is one of the children in the front row. All other children are unidentified.

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View of the Baptist Church at the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. The Brand apartments are visible to the right.

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Color postcard view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, looking approximately northwest across Central Park towards Broad Street between Commercial and Fourth Avenue. Postcard is addressed to Miss Hazel McIntyre and postmarked April 29, 1910, in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Iowa Calendar Co. (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Postcard view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, looking south from Fourth Avenue. Kruxo postcard published by Iowa Calendar Co., Marshalltown. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of the Brown family inside their Hickory Grove home in Jasper County, Iowa. Middle row on the left are Izora and Emory Brown. Nora Belle Brown is in the back row on the right. Velox stamp box on verso.

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Postcard image of Charles Austin Palmer and Nora Belle Brown in a horse and carriage while courting in 1909 or 1910. They were married on September 21, 1910. Charles Austin and his brothers received a horse and carriage at graduation from eighth grade, but they were not allowed to continue their schooling. Azo stamp box on verso of postcard.

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Postcard view of City Hall in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard published by J.M. Hamilton, Monmouth, Illinois. 9867.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of the Colonial Theater, Grinnell, Iowa, which stood on the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Main Street. Published by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Ill. Verso is imprinted with advertising for the Rhoadarmer Music House which was located at 816 Main Street in Grinnell. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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View of the Congregational Church, known as "The Old Stone Church," in Grinnell, Iowa. The church stood on the northeast corner of Broad Street and 4th Avenue.

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View of D.A. Laros & Sons manufacturing facility on the northeast corner of Spring Street and Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. The view is looking towards the northwest. Laros & Sons manufactured buggies, surries and spring wagons. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photo of the D.A. Laros & Sons manufacturing facility on the northeast corner of Spring Street and Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Laros & Sons manufactured buggies, surries and spring wagons. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Eliza Jane Gilbal Craig in Grinnell, Iowa, circa 1910. Eliza Jane was Edith Renfrow Smith's maternal grandmother.

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Photograph of the Erastus Snow house at the northeast corner of the intersection of 6th Avenue and Penrose Street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of men fighting a house fire while spectators look on.The house is identified on the verso as 172 3rd Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa, but it is actually 633 Main Street on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and Main Street. This view is looking north and slightly west from the south side towards 2nd Avenue. Sometime in the 1970s the decorative corbels and the belt course were removed, the porches were altered, and the house was covered in aluminum siding. Kruxo postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Montezuma, Iowa.

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Postcard view of the First National Bank Building in Montezuma, Iowa.

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Grant "Connie" Wilson in his Grinnell, Iowa, firefighter's uniform, circa 1910-1920. Mr. Wilson was probably a volunteer firefighter. Census records show that he worked as a blacksmith/engineer from at least 1900, working at the electric plant in 1910, at a school house in 1920, and at the city water works in 1930.

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Portrait of Henrietta Hücke Ahrens about 1910.