Drake Community Library Archives

Digitized copies of materials from the Drake Community Library archives. Includes photographs and documents related to the history of the Grinnell community, businesses and organizations.

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Charles L. Walker (Grinnell, Iowa)
Portrait of Susan Johanna Whitcomb, daughter of Abram and Mary Whitcomb, early settlers in the Grinnell area. She was an 1877 graduate of Grinnell College, an author and an educator. Portrait by Chas. L. Walker, photographer, Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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The Congregational Church, also known as the Old Stone Church, built in Grinnell, Iowa, on the northeast corner of Broad Street and 4th Avenue in 1877(?) There is no steeple on the southwest tower of the church. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Photograph of a train at a station, possibly an early Grinnell, Iowa, depot building. The engineer, conductor, and stoker are posing near the engine. A note on the verso of the photo identifies it as "Rock Island depot." Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Lovell, John S., 1844-
Photograph of destruction from the Great Grinnell Cyclone which occurred at Grinnell, Iowa, on the evening of June 17, 1882. Several men and women are standing among the ruins. Photographed by J. S. Lovell, Davenport, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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Lovell, John S., 1844-
Photograph of destruction from the Great Grinnell Cyclone which occurred at Grinnell, Iowa, on the evening of June 17, 1882. Photographed by J. S. Lovell, Davenport, Iowa. Written in margin of photo, "Our barn after cyclone. C. H. Spencer on roof." Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Postcard view of damaged trees and buildings after, most likely, the Grinnell Cyclone in 1882. Photo is by Child Art Studios. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View of home destroyed by cyclone in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1882. Initials "J.W.C." on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Gross, D. H.
Stereo card view of the residence of Andrew Rheinford which was destroyed in the Grinnell tornado on June 17, 1882. The caption says, "looking west, 4 wounded." Photo by D.H. Gross, Des Moines, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Ricker, A. J.
Drawing by A.J. Ricker of the track of the cyclone, looking west, which struck Grinnell, Iowa, on June 17, 1882. Insets show the residence of Professor J.W. Chamberlin, Iowa College, a train on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad, and other ruined buildings. These drawings also appeared on p. 425 of the July 8, 1882, Harper's Weekly. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Nine photographs of the devastation wreaked by the cyclone of June 17, 1882, in Grinnell, Iowa. Photographs are by Child Photographer, Grinnell. Each photo has the name "Evelyn Spencer Bray" written on the verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 18, Views of the Grinnell Cyclone.

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View of Goodnow Hall on the Grinnell College campus, in Grinnell, Iowa. Most likely taken shortly after construction of the building in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
Photograph of the Wilford Williams family. Mr. Williams was an early pioneer of the area moving as a young boy in 1855 to a farm north of Lynnville, Iowa. Front row, left to right: Wilford Williams, Harry, Anna Graham Williams. Back row: Lillie, Charlie, and Eddie. Photo taken by Child Art Rooms in 1885. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Fire-damaged buildings. Probably the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Photograph taken after the Great Grinnell (Iowa) Fire of 1889, looking northeast from the railroad tracks on Main Street. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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Interior of the Monroe Hotel, Grinnell, Iowa in 1889 or 1899. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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View of damage after the Grinnell Fire of June 12, 1889, looking northeast from the intersection of Main Street and the Rock Island railroad tracks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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View of the Congregational church with rubble in the foreground after the Great Grinnell Fire in 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Temporary stores in Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa, after the 1889 fire. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Main Street Slides, p.1, slide 7.

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Photograph of the temporary stores built on the east side of the 800 block of Broad Street (in Central Park) after the big fire of 1889 in Grinnell, Iowa. Building labeled Post Office is in the center. June 1889. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.

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Photograph of the temporary stores built on the east side of the 800 block of Broad Street (in Central Park) after the big fire of 1889 in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.