Grinnell Historical Museum

Photographs from the collection of the Grinnell Historical Museum.

A photograph of Herman H. Sprague (1857-1916). He is shown posing in an armchair wearing a suit. Herman Sprague was a member of the Methodist Church and a local labor union. He married Ella E. Farley in 1884, with whom he had 3 daughters. This photograph was presumably taken for their wedding as there is a matching pose for Mrs. Sprague.

An adult portrait of Lyman A. Longley (1861-1909). He is shown wearing a suit with his hair slicked back, sporting a mustache. Longley married Alice Howard in 1882 and had 2 children, a daughter, Ethel, and a son, Ralph. He worked as a railroad postal clerk, during which he was exposed to Bright's Disease which later caused his death.

A black and white photograph of Marshall Talbot, and artist, magazine writer, and lecturer. He was well known in Grinnell in the 1860s and 1870s. He is shown with long, white hair and beard, wearing a sweater over a collared shirt.

Black and white albumen print showing a group of nine girls. The museum has no information about this photograph except that it was filed in a folder titled "Schools."

A portrait of Stella Bartlett. Albumen image mounted in a cardboard frame. The back of the photograph contains the message "With love to Ethel, from Stella Bartlett." Ethel is probably Ethel Longley who would have been a relative. Other information written in pencil, including the name L.A. Longley (possibly the donor of the photo). Stella Bartlett is the daughter of Emery and Hannah Bartlett, Grinnell pioneers.

Black and white photographic portrait of a young Viola Williams (died age 4 of diptheria), with another child slightly visible to her right. This photo was taken shortly before Viola's death. Her father was Civil War veteran William Calvin Williams (1847-1928). Note on the reverse reads " Viola Maud, my oldest sister just past 4 years old next to me. I was oldest of all 4 of us girls." Attributed to Annie Williams Woomer Turner, grandmother of the donor of the photograph.

Portrait photograph of Alta Ingersoll Matteson, circa 1881. She wears a dark colored dress with two velvet bows on the bodice, a white ruffled collar and jewelry. Alta Ingersoll Matteson was born in 1827 and died and 1899, surpassing her husband, Thomas P. Matteson (married in 1842) who passed away in 1890.

Portrait photograph of Thomas P. Matteson (1821-1890) at about age 60. Matteson married Alta Ingersoll in 1842 and had two children, Frank L. and Nelle Matteson Fuller. He enlisted in the 36th Illinois Infantry as Fife Major during the Civil War. Additional information on the back of the photograph identifies his children, son Frank L. Matteson and daughter Nelle Matteson Fuller, and grandson Fay Matteson, husband of Mabel Davidson.

A black and white photograph of the wreckage from the Grinnell Cyclone of 1882, looking west. A soldier appears to be on duty and two men can be seen surveying the damage. The photograph appears to be one panel of a stereograph card that has been removed from the cardboard backing of the stereograph. It is titled "25 General View, looking west."

A photograph showing the damage due to the cyclone in 1882 in Grinnell. A man and woman are shown speaking to each other in the middle of the photograph. Information from the Grinnell Herald published on June 18, 1882 is printed on the back and describes the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone.

A black and white photograph of an overturned train on the Iowa Central railroad track after the Grinnell Cyclone on June 17, 1882. A man is standing on the track looking at the damage. The caption of the photograph states "Portion of train on Iowa Central, east of track." The photograph appears to be part of a stereograph that has been removed from its cardboard backing.

Photograph of Ella Farley Sprague (1858 - 1923). She is shown wearing a dark dress with the collar and sleeve ends made of lace. Her hair is pulled back, and she is posing on an armchair. Ella Sprague was a member of the Methodist Church in Grinnell and married Herman H. Sprague in 1884, with whom she had 3 daughters. This photograph was presumably taken for their wedding as there is a matching pose for Mr. Sprague.

A black and white photograph of Fay L. Matteson (1882-1957) when he was 2 1/2 years old. He is wearing a double breasted long coat with large buttons and a velvet collar. Fay Matteson was born in Grinnell, Iowa and attended local schools. He was employed at the Morrison and Ricker Manufacturing Company and was a member of the Grinnell Volunteer Fire Department and the Knights of Pythias Lodge. He moved to Long Beach, California in 1920 and stayed there until his death.

Sepia cabinet card photograph of a wagon drawn by two horses in downtown Grinnell, Iowa. Two unidentified men sit in the wagon and the road is not paved. The picture was taken looking north into 4th Avenue from Main Street. The building on the right is advertising Organs & Sewing Machines.

Photographic portrait of Margaret Amanda Pepoon (1869-1924) at 27 or 28 years of age, wearing a high-collared dress with a cross-shaped pin attached to the garment's dark lapels, likely an indicator of her profession as a nurse. Born in Iowa, Margaret moved to California in 1904.

Black and white photograph of the 6 young ladies, or the Webster Girls. They are wearing dark dresses and posing together. They are the nieces of Mr. Howard. The back of the photograph has the names from the right, Adella, Jennie, Cora on the first line, showing them as standing in the back. Webster on the second line, and from the right, Alice, Nellie, and Fannie on the last line, showing them sitting in the front. It is dated Feb 25, 1888. The photographer was G.E. Keene, 803 So. Front St., Mankato, Minnesota.

Black and white photograph showing a woman, dressed in a patterned dress, lying prone with her head and feet resting on chairs and her arms crossed on her stomach. A mirror, a hat, and several boxes sit atop a dresser in the background. There is an unidentified framed item on the wall.

Black and white photographic portrait of Annie Jones Williams (d. 1946), age 18. She is wearing a dark colored dress with an ornate collar and a jeweled choker.

A black and white portrait of Annie Williams Woomer in a dark dress with a lace collar. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a pin on her left shoulder. Note on back of photo reads "Me - on 4th Ave. Grinnell Iowa." Photo was found in a collection of photos titled Williams-Cook Collection.

McCormick family photo consisting of a father, mother, and child. The back of the photo has the following statement: "C.H. McCormick and family. Worked for us at Grinnell three years. A good boy." We do not know the donor of this photograph.