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 Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa.

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Postcard of Mrs. Hunter at the printing press of the Grinnell Herald. Azo stamp box. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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View of parade in Grinnell on Broad Street in front of Norris Livery. Stage coach in parade; wagons, horse and carriages parked along the road and spectators on the lawn of Stewart Library. Photo taken between 1902 and 1917. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Postcard view of a parade in Grinnell, Iowa, with horse-drawn floats, moving from east to west on 4th Avenue between Broad and Main Streets, about 1910. Azo stamp block on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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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.

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

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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.

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Postcard portrait of Rev. George H. White. Rev. White was a missionary in Marash, Turkey, from 1857-1864. He was appointed pastor of the Chester Congregational Church in Poweshiek County, Iowa, in 1872, where he served until 1886, whereupon he moved to Grinnell, Iowa, and resided there for the remainder of his life. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Cottage Studio (Brooklyn, Iowa)
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.

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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.

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North side of Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, looking towards the east. View is from the alley, mid-block, to the corner of 4th and Broad Street. Congregational church visible in the background. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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

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L.L. Cook Company
Postcard view of South School in Grinnell, Iowa. South School was built in 1877 and demolished in 1917. Postcard published by L.L. Cook, Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Postcard view of the Spaulding Manufacturing Company entry in a parade in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1910. Half a dozen horse-drawn Spaulding buggies are lined up ready for the parade. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.