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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Two views of Center School in Grinnell, Iowa. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Delegates from the Church of Christ in Grinnell, Iowa, pose in a Spaulding automobile on their way to a state convention in Ottumwa, Iowa. The automobile is a Spaulding "30." Back of photo has name: Mrs. Bell Barnes. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-4, Spaulding Company.

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View looking west southwest along Third Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. Clark Lumber Company (720 Broad Street) is visible south of the railroad tracks; the glove factory is to the right center and the water tower is visible in the background. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Class photos from Grinnell, Iowa, schools circa 1904 to 1917. Photos are of classes from Grinnell High School, Center School, Cooper School and South School. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 20, Grinnell Schools.

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C.U. Williams Photoette
Postcard view of the Colonial Theater, Grinnell, Iowa, which stood on the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Main Street. Published by C.U. Williams Photoette, Bloomington, Ill. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Two men and two women standing in front of the Bijou theater next to a sign advertising "The Flower of the Ranch" and "The Suitcase Mistery [sic]." "The Flower of the Ranch" was a silent, black & white movie released in April 1910. It was written and directed by Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, and starred Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Neva Don Carlos, and Fred Church. "The Suitcase Mystery" was a silent, black & white movie released in March 1910. It was directed by Charles M. Seay and written by Edward W. Townsend. The Bijou Theatre was one or two doors east of the Elks Building. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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The glove factory located at 733 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. In the background, the water tower is visible. Established in 1856, the glove factory was Grinnell's first industry which originally manufactured gauntlet gloves. The building now (2018) houses Grinnell College offices. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Main Street Slides, p.1, slide 2.

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The Grant Ramsey grocery store at 831 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa, about 1910-1913. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-3.

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Postcard view of the interior of the Grill Room in the Antlers Hotel in Grinnell, Iowa. The Antlers Hotel was located on the east side of Main Street just to the south of the B.P.O.E. (Elks) building on the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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A large crowd of people, many holding open umbrellas (even though it is not raining), watch an event at Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa. The view is looking towards the southwest and shows the west side of 800 block of Broad Street. Possibly a July 4 parade as several American flags are visible. The signature "J.C. Goodrich" is on the verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Photograph of members of the Grinnell, Iowa, Fire Department. Circa 1910 or 1920? Drake Community Library Archives. Oversize photos.

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Grinnell Fire Department. Top row, from left to right: Art Brande, John Manly, Stanley Little, Will Decany, Will Alley, Dean Carlson, Hugh Jacobs, John Cramer, Earl Neeley, Jim Rose, Geo. Clifton. Bottom row: Bud Struve (?), Lewis Rutis, Fay Matteson, Rudy Noel, Steve Smith, Russell Clindinin, Jasper Richardson, John Tharp, Marion Hulbert.Photo by Brooks. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Postcard view of a group of men, women, and children holding a sign which reads, "Grinnell." Tents are visible in the background. The postcard appears to be from the early 1900s but it was sent through the U.S. mail in 2006 to Lorna Caulkins from Jim and Eileen Sanders. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-6, People.

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Postcard view of Grinnell Grange Hall north of the International store which was on the south side of Sixth Avenue and just west of Penrose Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Azo stamp box on verso. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View of Grinnell High School, Grinnell, Iowa. Built in 1904, this building was north of Central Park on Fourth Avenue. It was added onto in 1921. This section of the high school was demolished in 1980 when the building was remodeled to become the community center. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection 20, Grinnell Schools.

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Wintertime postcard view of the Grinnell Methodist Episcopal Church at 5th Avenue and Park Street in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1910. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-2, Grinnell Buildings.

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Postcard view of Central Park in Grinnell, Iowa. The view is looking through the southern end of the park to the west side of the 800 block of Broad Street. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. Miscellaneous photographs. Collection #17-5, Views of Grinnell.

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Colorized postcard view of Grinnell Savings Bank on the south side of 4th Avenue between Main Street and Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Rayburn and Lyman, Lawyers occupy the top floor. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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Advertising postcard for Rinefort's Clothing and Furnishings in Grinnell, Iowa. View is of the store on the southwest corner of Broad Street and 4th Avenue in about 1910. Other businesses visible include Brock Bros. Dentists; E.M. Fitch, Lawyer; a store advertising pianos; Buchanan & Smith Real Estate; and H.A. Spooner, Dentist. Kruxo postcard. Drake Community Library (Grinnell, Iowa) Archives. McNally photographs. Collection #1, Series #1-1.

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View of the Hazelwood Cemetery bridge in Grinnell, Iowa, in the winter with the ground covered with snow.