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 view of the kitchen at the Monroe Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa. Lee Augustus Renfrow, a cook at the hotel, is at the right behind the shelves. Lee was Edith Renfrow Smith's father.

Photograph of Ed Lidtka posing with two horses in front of the barn on the Lidtka farm. Photograph was taken in the late 1910s. Written on the back of the photograph is "Dad and the horses. South of Grinnell".

Mae Hammond Burns, approximately age 15. Photo by Child Studios in Grinnell, Iowa.

Postcard view of Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa.

Mrs. Will Bailey dressed in a coat, hat and gloves. Photograph by Child Art Studios, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

Portrait of Mumpford Holland who was born a slave in Kentucky and came to Grinnell in 1871 to work as a hotel porter. He died on July 28, 1916. Mumpford gave his house in Grinnell at 511 Second Avenue to Eva Pearl Renfrow in payment for her taking care of him in his old age.

Postcard view of the northeast corner of Main and First Streets in Montezuma, Iowa.

Newburg Congregational Church in Newburg, Iowa, after a snowstorm, possibly taken in the 1910s or 1920s. The church was built by Anson Hayden Palmer.

Newspaper clippings about the wedding and wedding reception of Charles Austin Palmer and Nora Belle Brown on September 21 and 22, 1910, near Newburg, Iowa.

Postcard view Nora Belle Brown in a rowboat on Arbor Lake in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1909 or 1910. She and Charles Austin Palmer were courting. Velox stamp box on postcard.

Color postcard view of Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa, looking north from the intersection of Broad Street and Sixth Avenue. Postcard is addressed to: Miss Lottie Kernkamp, c/o Sterling Gro., St. Paul, Minn. C.T. Photochrom postcard number R-57050 by Curt Teich Company. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Postcard view of Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa, from the center of the park looking northwest towards the intersection of Broad Street and 4th Avenue. Kruxo postcard published by Iowa Calendar Co., Marshalltown, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

Color postcard view of the Poweshiek County Court House in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard published by J.M. Hamilton Pub., Monmouth, Ill. 12233a. The PCK series.

Postcard view of the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa.

Receipt dated March 16, 1910, from the Grinnell Garage Company, Grinnell, Iowa, to Mr. George Brown for a Ford Touring car costing $950. Brown is possibly George Brown (1837-1934) who is buried in Westfield Cemetery in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The proprietors of Grinnell Garage Company were E.H. Spaulding and A.C. Dickerson.

Postcard of rural school children in the Brooklyn, Iowa area. Andrew E. Coon and his sister, Florence (Peg) Coon Masteller, are believed to be in the picture. Postcard by The Cottage Studio, Brooklyn, Iowa.

Colored postcard scene of horse and wagon in field with corn shocks and man loading large pumpkins into the wagon. The text, "Scene near Montezuma, IA" is stamped onto the card. "No. 5866" on left hand side of card. Card is addressed to Mrs. Tom Goodlow, Montezuma, Iowa, and postmarked September, 1910.

Postcard view of businesses on 2nd Street in Montezuma, Iowa.

Colored, embossed postcard. "Souvenir from" is printed on the postcard; "Montezuma, Iowa" is stamped on the card.

Portrait of Charles Austin Palmer and Nora Belle Brown on their wedding day, September 21, 1910. Portrait by Child Studio.