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 of Cooper School building in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mr. Chas. Degan, McAlistersville, Juniata Co, Pa. and is postmarked December 29, 1908, in Grinnell, Iowa. The card is signed "Lovingly, Cousin Ada."

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Jon T. Faber Publisher
Color postcard view of the south face of Grinnell High School in Grinnell, Iowa from Central Park. Postcard published by Jno. T. Faber Publisher, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and addressed to Miss Lillian Bixby in Camden, Maine. Postmarked April 14, 1908, Grinnell, Iowa, and April 16, 1908, Camden, Maine. Signed by Mary Robison, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of Park Street, Grinnell, Iowa, looking south from the corner of 7th Avenue and Park Street. Postcard addressed to Mr. John Brokaw, Canton, Ill. and postmarked September 14, 1908, in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Portrait of the Renfrow children in 1908. From left to right: Rudolph, Helen, Evanel and Alice Renfrow.

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Samuel Langdorf & Co.
Postcard view of Stewart Library and the Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Cora Miller at the Hotel Davenport and postmarked September 5, 1908, Grinnell, Iowa; signed by Sadie Gurn. Card was published by S. Langsdorf & Co., New York and produced in Germany. Number S. 1611. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Jon T. Faber Publisher
Color postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Miss Edith Eldridge, Colfax, Iowa, and postmarked Grinnell, Iowa, August 11, 1908. Postcard published by Jno. T. Faber, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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Postcard view of men, women, and children posed in front of a tent while camping at Lewis Springs on August 20-23, 1909. Charles Austin Palmer is second from the left. His fiance, Nora Belle Brown is third from the left. Lewis Springs is possibly Cold Spring at Lewis, Iowa. Velox stamp box on postcard.

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Postcard view of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and Masonic Hall in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard is postmarked March 5, 1909, in Montezuma, Iowa, and is addressed to Mrs. Ellis Winters, Sherwood, Oregon. Card is signed by Edna Thorn.

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Postcard view of the Hauser Hotel in Montezuma, Iowa, which is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street. Card is postmarked October 4, 1909, in Montezuma, Iowa, is addressed to Mrs. R.M. Anderson, Newell, Iowa, and is signed by her sister, Jane.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the corner of 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mrs. S.E. Heacock, 1127 Hamlin St., Grinnell, and postmarked August 6, 1909 in Grinnell. The card is signed Wm. and Mary D. McDowell. Postcard published by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Illinois. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Color postcard view of Montezuma High School, Montezuma, Iowa. Card is postmarked September 25, 1909, Montezuma, Iowa, and is addressed to Miss Hazel Watson, Searsboro, Iowa. Postcard published by J.M. Hamilton Pub., Monmouth, Illinois.

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Image of a steam roller on Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. The downtown streets were first paved in 1909. The Congregational Church and Stewart Library are visible in the background. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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The Renfrow family children circa 1909 in Grinnell, Iowa. From left to right: Rudolph Belden Renfrow, Helen Frances Renfrow, Evanel Elizabeth Renfrow, Alice Lee Renfrow. Rudoph, Helen, Evanel and Alice were Edith Renfrow Smith's older siblings.

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Jon T. Faber Publisher
Color postcard view of Stewart Library in Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mrs. R. M. Burroughs, Gilman, Iowa, and postmarked Newburg, Iowa, November 23, 1909. Postcard published by Jno. T. Faber, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-1, Stewart Library.

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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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Photograph of the frame house at 904 High Street, built in 1894 for Charles R. Morse. When Morse tired of his house at 531 Park Street, he moved uptown and built this house. A walk-through description of the house is given in the Grinnell Herald-Register articles, Requiem and Eulogy, published on September 15, 1988. Morse died in this house in 1905. Later owners of the property have been Ms. Hammond (librarian at Grinnell College), Sharp Lannom II, and Jan and Jacque Anderson.

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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.