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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Photograph of 816-818 4th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa, on Nelson & Sons sample day. Goods are piled on the sidewalk. Signs in the windows advertise 5 cent loaves of Liza Jane bread, 5 cent packages of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, skeins of Ideal Nun's Pearl Luster and items to be given away free on Thursday, April 20. Salesmen and women sitting and standing in the doorways. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection # 17, Box # 1.

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View of the Rock Island Railroad train in Grinnell, Iowa. Looking east-southeast from Park Street or slightly to the west of Park Street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

grinnell:6060
Interior of the Spaulding Buggy Factory. Two of the workers are identified as Steve Smith and Tom Carter. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

grinnell:6059
Spaulding factory varnish room, downstairs, circa 1900. Names listed on back of photo (some are indecipherable): ?, ?, Mr. Harry J?, Boss Lewis B?, Lewis Bogart, Dan F?, George Slater, Fuzzy Carter, Tom Carter, Earle Clifton, Walter Noble, Mr. Bertch. "Mrs. Charles Lewis, Grinnell, Iowa" is also written on the back of the photograph. Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

grinnell:6166
Spaulding Manufacturing Co. plant in Grinnell, Iowa, looking west along the railroad tracks. Sign on side of building advertises "Spring wagons, buggies & carriages." Rock Island Line boxcars on tracks; steam locomotive in the distance. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

grinnell:6169
Postcard of the Spaulding Manufacturing Plant, in Grinnell, Iowa. Postcard has caption: Grinnell, IA -- 73--. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of Stewart Public Library, Grinnell, Iowa. 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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Iowa Library Commission; Iowa State Traveling Library; Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs
Pamphlet listing the topics of study club outlines prepared by the Iowa Traveling Library with the cooperation of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. Outlines were available for loan from the Library. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection #161.

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Tile factory south of Grinnell, Iowa on the Missouri and St. Louis Railroad line. Stacks of tile are visible in the foreground. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Postcard view of crowd gathered around a traveling circus wagon in Grinnell, Iowa, near the intersection of 4th Avenue and Broad Street. Norris Livery visible in background. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

grinnell:12249
Construction of the water tower in Grinnell, Iowa, 1894. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

grinnell:12274
Unknown
View of 1407 Sixth Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Verso of photo reads: "Under the elms -- March 15, 1901 -- 1407 Sixth Ave., Grinnell." Additional notes on verso read: "Hobart carload lumber from Chicago. 1882 first coat of paint night before cyclone. Chicken feathers driven into wood. House had to be scraped. Used as hospital for injured. Dead bodies taken to house." The Grinnell Cyclone was on June 17, 1882. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Unknown
Photograph of the Iowa College football team in 1901. A young girl is holding the football in the center of the photo. Inset picture in the upper right is possibly the coach. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-3, Grinnell College.

grinnell:12821
Booknau, Henry R., 1850-1917; Hamlin, George Homer, 1855-1945
Letter from H.R. Booknau to G. H. Hamlin dated May 9, 1901, in which Mr. Booknau asks Mr. Hamlin to try to acquire a farm for him north of Malcom, Iowa, for $55 per acre. The letter is on letterhead for H.R. Booknau, Dealer in Live Stock and Real Estate. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Pamphlet file. Grinnell (Iowa) -- Business & Manufacturing -- Real estate.

grinnell:12291
Child Art Rooms (Grinnell, Iowa)
View of twenty horses in the paddock at the Rock Island stockyard at 3rd Avenue and West Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in the early 1900s. The railroad is in the background. A sign which reads "Improved Montgomery Palace Stock Car" is visible. Photo by Child. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Unknown
View of the interior of the Bailey and Rinefort Hardware Store on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1902. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Julia Chapin Grinnell Maternal Association
The Julia Chapin Grinnell Maternal Association was established in 1902 with membership open to anyone interested in the training of children or in "preparation for motherhood." Meetings and lectures were sponsored with local school teachers and lists of children's names compiled so that the membership might pray for them in their birth months. The Ledger contains the constitution, list of members, and minutes from September 1902 - January 1910. A list of names with years in the back may be the list of children's names described above. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Collection #76.

grinnell:12290
Unknown
View of the front of Bailey and Rinefort Hardware store in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1902. The store was located at 914-916 Main Street. Dirt streets are lined with hitching posts, and several bicycles are parked in front of buildings. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

grinnell:12268
Unknown
Portrait of Bartholomew "Beth" Jenkins, an early pioneer of Poweshiek County, Iowa. Jenkins ran a lumber yard with Rodney Clark and was also, at various times, a farmer and a teacher. In 1903 he was elected Mayor of Grinnell. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

grinnell:6409
View of the Carnegie Library on the Grinnell College campus looking south along Park Street towards Goodnow Hall, probably shortly after Carnegie's construction in 1904. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-2.