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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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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Edith Renfrow as a toddler in Grinnell, Iowa, at age 2 years, about 1915.

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Postcard view of an early automobile decorated for a parade in Grinnell, Iowa. The automobile is decorated with ruffles, butterflies and a large umbrella. Women and children are passengers in the car. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Mabel and Berger Stemsrud pose near a tractor with their two daughters, Mildred (b. 1909) and Clara (b. 1905), in the 1910s. An unidentified man is on the tractor.

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Street scene in Montezuma, Iowa, possibly Armistice Day or a July 4th parade. Probably taken from the intersection of East Liberty and South 3rd Streets, looking east northeast.

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Postcard view of Mears Cottage, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard from Mrs. E. B. Wiley, 1015 Broad St., Grinnell, to Miss Iona B. Fisher, Redding, Iowa. Postcard is dated June 26, 1915, and postmarked June 25, 1915. Postcard published by Iowa Calendar Co., Marshalltown. Kruxo postcard.

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Postcard view of an early automobile decorated as a parade float for Merchants' National Bank in Grinnell, Iowa. A flag bunting covers the hood of the car. Several men and women with umbrellas sit in the car. Azo stamp box on verso. Photograph by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Color postcard view looking north on Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa, from the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Park Street. The Monroe Hotel is visible on the right and Central Park is on the left. Grinnell High School is visible in the distance. Postcard published by C.T. Photochrom, R-57042. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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School attendance records and grades for pupils at Washington #4 school in Poweshiek County, Iowa, for the years 1915 through 1920. The attendance book is a preprinted book titled The Welch System of Close Supervision, by W.M. Welch and published by W.M. Welch Mfg. Co., Chicago, in 1915. The first 6 pages of the book are examples of how it is to be used. Other information contained in the book includes textbooks used, class schedule, condition of the school and grounds, teacher's salary, and a list of visitors. Alice Slaven was the teacher from November 1915 through March 1917 and from April 1918 through June 1918. Rilla Cooper was teacher from September 1917 through February 1918. Margaret Leonard was teacher from November 1918 through March 1919. Agnes Stoner was teacher from May 1920 through June 1920, and Anna Lou Leonard was teacher from September through October 1920.

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Postcard view of a parade float, "The Rexall Line to Health," sponsored by R.E. Bates Drug Store, Grinnell, Iowa. The float is a decorated street car. Azo stamp box on verso. Photograph by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Postcard view of a parade in Grinnell, Iowa. The parade is progressing south on Broad Street between 5th and 4th Avenues. Stewart Library is in the background. The photograph was taken before the post office was built in 1916. A Rexall drug store float is visible. Early automobiles and horse and carriages are parked along the route. Azo stamp box on verso. Photograph by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Clarence Swetnam George, seated, and his sons, Russell George standing at left, Ray George standing at right, and Donald George standing in front. Picture was taken in 1915, the year the Georges moved to Grinnell, Iowa. Daughter Frances was not in the photo.

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Color postcard view of Fourth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, looking west from approximately Fourth Avenue and Park Street. Grinnell High School is visible on the right. Glimpses of the Old Stone Church (Congregational) and Merchants' National Bank are visible through the trees. The postcard is addressed to Miss Jane Risser, L. St. West, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is signed Rue Hinch. The postcard is postmarked September 21, 1916, in Grinnell. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Minutes of the Madison Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, school board from July 1, 1916, through March 17, 1952. Meetings were held at the White Cloud School. The board paid bills, issued bonds, set salaries, contracted for construction and maintenance of school buildings. Names of school board members present at each meeting are listed.

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Postcard of Mrs. Shoffner and Eulalia Gillespie of Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard is inscribed, "To Ella Anderson, from Eulalia, July 4, 1916." Eulalia Gillespie lived in Rock Creek Township, Jasper County, Iowa. Noko stamp box on postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Roy McNeal's World War I luggage tag reads: Troop Space 23; Bunk No. 22; Mess, 2nd sitting; Abandon Ship station, Raft 63.

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Postcard view of a car decorated for a parade advertising the Grinnell Savings Bank. The side of the car is decorated to read: $600,000 / Grinnell Savings Bank / Let our bank be your bank. An American flag is draped over the hood. Photo by Child. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Photograph of Ed Lidtka holding a baby and standing in front of the Lidtka farm house, south of Grinnell, Iowa. The house was built by Ed Lidtka in 1913. The baby is probably Aline Lidtka, born in December of 1916. Photograph was probably taken in 1917.

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Postcard view of a large crowd gathered in Grinnell, Iowa, along Broad Street between Fourth Avenue and Third Avenue waiting for a parade. The view is looking south along Broad Street. Men have climbed telephone poles and trees to get a better view. Horses and carriages and early automobiles are parked in Central Park. Photo by Child. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Postcard of the White Star Filling Station which was located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Opened on January 1, 1917. John Hall and Walter Hastings, proprietors. C.W. Shaw, assistant manager, planned and cared for the flower garden pictured. The White Star featured "Straight Run Gasoline." Willard Oil company can be seen in the background. Photo by Child Art Rooms.