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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Kersey, Laurence Tom
Postcard view of a man nailing a sign which says, "Closed for the summer" onto the door of a small hut made of sod(?). Printed on the bottom of the postcard is the text: "I am again ready to see you concerning a lecture course. When you are ready to see me, drop me a line. Laurence Tom Kersey, representing Slayton Lyceum Bureau, 907 Steinway Hall, Chicago." A sign above the door says, "Long. 100° West, Lat., 37° Nor." Verso of the postcard has a photo of a team of horses hitched to a covered wagon in the upper left corner. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Mae Hammond Burns of Grinnell, Iowa, at age 10. Photo by Child Studios.

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C. U. Williams Photoette
Colorized postcard view of Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, looking north from the intersection of 4th Avenue and Main Street. Mud streets, electric street light hangs over the intersection. Postcard produced by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Charter for the Pythian Sisters Temple No. 198 in Grinnell, Iowa, giving the names of the founding sisters. On the original document you can see that "Pythian" is printed over the word "Rathbone" which was an earlier name for the Pythian Sisters. The names of the founding sisters are: Bessie D. Paine, Bessie M. Fraser, Lulu F. Scott, Madge Douglas, Luella Adams, Verbena Rollins, Blance Mason, Stella Mason, Nellie Wasco, Marie Kutish, Eunice Bryan, Anna Buchanan, Margaret Scott, Alma D. Wilson, Georgia Scott, Mary J. Jacobs, Lena K. Jacobs, Mary Stark, Lena Bodine, Anna Vogt, Sadie Evans, Della Tyson, Grace Alexander, Grace Fuller, Lily Satchell, Katie Payne, Ida Baughan.

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Postcard view of Stewart Library and the First Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa, in the early 1900s. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Before 1917 as the Post Office has not yet been built to the north (left in the photo). Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Miniature photo of Center School, Grinnell, Iowa, pasted on a card with the words, "Old H.S. Building" and "Thanksgiving Day '06." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Patron's account book from The Creamery (J.W. Fowler, prop.) in Grinnell, Iowa. The account book contains advertising from many businesses in Grinnell. The book was the property of Harry A. Brown, R.F.D. 4, Grinnell, Iowa. The figures in the book are probably not a record of milk, cream, and butter, but of something else.

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Photograph of a 1907 Ford Model S car which belonged to Bill Lidtka who lived near Grinnell, Iowa. Photograph has identification "Uncle Bill Lidtka's car". The car is in front of a farm house.

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C.E. Wheelock & Co.
Color postcard view of the west side of Broad Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1907. The First Congregational Church is partially visible on the right edge of the view. Postcard was made in Germany and imported by Brown & Harrington, Grinnell. Postcard published by C.E. Wheelock & Co. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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C.E. Wheelock & Co.
Color postcard view of Stewart Library and the Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa, around 1907. Card produced by C.E. Wheelock & Co., Peoria, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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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.