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 the west side of Broad Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Grinnell, Iowa. Talbott's Drug Store on the corner of 4th and Broad. Kruxo postcard addressed to Ross V. Coutts, no address, stamp or postmark. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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View of the west side of Broad Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in Grinnell, Iowa. Talbott's Drug Store on the corner of 4th and Broad. Building blocks are labeled from left to right (south to north) as: Grinnell Block, Gifford and Manly Block, Child Block (909), Stewart Block (911-913), Morse Block (915), Coutts Building, and Miles Bros./Parker. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of a farm house and barn with an evergreen bush that has been sculpted to have a chicken at the top. Postcard is postmarked October 7, 1911, in Montezuma, Iowa, and is addressed to Mrs. Hettie Hege, Columbus, Indiana. The card is signed by Mrs. Clevenger.

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Postcard view looking east on Main Street in Montezuma, Iowa, from the intersection of North 3rd Street and Main. A parade,possibly 4th of July, is in progress with many automobiles and flags. Card is postmarked February 21, 1911, in Montezuma, and is addressed to Miss Helen Shivers, Cadiz, Ohio.

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Palmer family reunion photograph, probably taken in Grinnell, Iowa. Anson Hayden Palmer is the man with the beard with Abi Palmer to right of him. Nora Belle Palmer is the woman on the right with a baby in her lap (baby's image is very blurred). Charles Austin Palmer is possibly the man just behind her and to the right, kneeling with a small child.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of Stewart Public Library, Grinnell, Iowa. Card is addressed to Mrs. Pearl Bedford, What Cheer, Iowa, and postmarked May 16, 1911, 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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Postcard view of Alumni Hall, looking north. Alumni Hall (Music Building) was constructed in 1882 and razed in 1958 to make room for construction of Burling Library. No. 36. Postcard is addressed to Geo. Willits, Forest City, Ia., and postmarked September 10, 1912 in Grinnell, Iowa. Kruxo postcard.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of the Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard published by C.U. Williams Photoette in Bloomington, Illinois. Postcard is addressed to a Bortell in Grinnell, Iowa, and was written in Coon Rapids on May 31st and is signed, "Hat." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Wedding portrait of Peter Perry Doud and Hazel Clarissa Howard who were married in Grinnell, Iowa on June 13, 1912. Peter and Hazel were both born in Grinnell in 1894 and lived in Poweshiek County their entire lives. Peter died in 1958 and Hazel died in 1977.

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Photograph of South School students in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1912. South School was replaced by Davis Elementary School in 1918. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard view of the north side of Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, looking east from the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street. Horse and carriage in the street, prominent electrical poles and lines, Congregational Church steeple in background. Postmarked September 29, 1913, in Grinnell, Iowa. Addressed to Mrs. Ida Williams, Windsor, Vermont.

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The Grant "Connie" Wilson family posing on the front porch of their home in Grinnell, Iowa, circa 1913. Back row, from left to right: Cecil George Jay Wilson (1899-1948), Lucy May Wilson (1891-?), "Pop" Henry William Wilson (1894-1946), and Marie Leona Wilson (1896-1963). Back row: Grant "Connie" Wilson (1867-1932) holding Russell Lynch, unknown (identified as "Little Dad"), Sarah Doud Wilson (1866-1939), and Pauline Wilson (1903-1976). Grant and Sarah were the parents of Cecil (who went by "Jay"), Lucy, Henry, Marie, Pauline, and Paul (not pictured). The baby Russell Lynch, was Lucy's son and Grant and Sarah's grandson. The Wilsons lived at 408 2nd Avenue in 1910 and at 318 Broad Street in 1920.

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Colored postcard view of Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa. Postcard is addressed to Mrs. Oral Sparks, Clio, Iowa, and postmarked 1913.

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Photograph of the Lidtka barn, barnyard, pump, and chickens on the Lidtka farm south of Grinnell, Iowa.

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The Lidtka farm, owned by Mary and Ed Lidtka, was located on the west side of Highway 146, south of Grinnell, Iowa, just north of the current site of Walmart. The house was built in 1913 by Ed Lidtka who was a carpenter. The property is currently (2013) owned by Brent Renaud. This photograph shows the house on the left, the shed in the middle, and the barn on the right

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Carter, Esther Mae Rowe, 1894-1979
Two letters in an enveloped addressed to Raymond Pilgrim in Lindsay, California, and postmarked February 2, 1913 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. One letter is written by Mildred to Raymond. Mildred encloses a letter that was written to her by Esther Rowe for Raymond to read. Mildred's letter, which is written on I.S.T.C. (Iowa State Teachers College) stationery, describes a fire in a women's rooming house.

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Portrait of Henry William Wilson who was born in Montezuma, Iowa, in 1894. By 1905 he lived in Grinnell, Iowa. He married Mary Lou Booton in Newton, Iowa, on November 14, 1914. By 1925, they had moved to Hancock County, Iowa. Henry was a baker by trade. He died in 1946 in California. This portrait was taken in 1914.

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Portrait of Mary Lou Booton who was born in Birmingham, Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1898. By 1910 she had moved to Newton, Iowa, where she married Henry William Wilson on November 14, 1914. She died in California in 1976. This portrait was taken in 1914.

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A crowd gathers to view the installation of the stained glass windows at Merchant's National Bank in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1914. The bank was designed by Louis Sullivan.

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Postcard view of three men dressed in suits and hats against a wall in Grinnell, Iowa (?). Poster for the 1914 film September Morn in shop window at left. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.