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Echoes of the Past
Old photos of our county and it's people

Photo by Tim Reilly
Electric trolley on 1st Ave. in Cedar Rapids Probably in the area of 5th or 6th Street S.E.

Picture of Carl Oliphant
and unidentified friend.
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Picture of Don Opperman
and Junior Oldridge
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Picture of Caleb Cress
and Charlie Griffith
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Picture of Elmer Myna
and Kietha Ward - 1925
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Picture of Vera Hooglaud
and Ken Tharp & Hazel Heins
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These pictures where in a box given to a daughter
of Velma Lucille "Lucy" Stick Walton Simeons 1930 - 1984
adopted daughter of Vernal G. and Nelle Mae Ossman Stick.
If anyone knows these persons could you please contact me.

Submitted by Barb

Photo of Emma Jane Osborne & William Brice Harrison married in Linn County, Iowa on Dec. 1, 1842.   Submitted by Kathie Harrison

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The first is Bob Evans, Buddy Grassfield and Kenneth Warbasse taken in 1931 - three young fisherman.
The second is a picture taken 51 years later of the same three boys all grown up, taken May 1984.
Bob and Kenneth lived near Paris, IA. Buddy Grasssfield lived in FL but was visiting his cousin, Bob Evans.
Submitted by Evelyn Evans

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James William Houlette (sometimes William James) was born25 Dec 1825 in Mercer Co, PA.By 1856 he lived in Linn Co, IA. He married 11 March 1859 to to Anna Maria Grassfield. They were parents of three children, one died in infancy, Pearl Edward born 1878 and Carl Allen born 1881. Anna died 15 July 1885 leaving James to raise their 2 sons. James entered the Civil War and served his time. He was a member of the GAR in Marion, IA. In 1905, James married again to Rosa Lee Stanley. James died 1 May 1915 at his home in Marion. He is buried in Blodgett Cemetery, Jackson Twp, Linn Co, Iowa with his wife Anna and their infant child.
Submitted by Evelyn Evans

Myrtle Came & Friends
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Unidentified Young Woman

Myrtle Came with
unidentified friends

She is on the upper part of the picture.

Myrtle Althea Came & unknown friends

Myrtle Came with friend.

The girl on the right is my husband's grandmother Myrtle Althea Came, born in Prairiesburg, Iowa, Sept. 4, 1872, married in 1895 and left Linn County. She looks to me to be in her late teens or early 20's; so I am guessing the picture was taken 1888-1894. I have no idea who the other girls are, but if anyone can identify a relative and wants a copy, I can scan the picture.

Photos submitted by: Judy Anderson, Dunnellon, Florida,

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Williams' Family from Palo
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Grant Williams' Children

This photo was taken about 1911 near Palo, Iowa. The baby was my grandmother, Leola Marguerite Williams (Nash) who passed away 12/23/2003 at the age of 92 years, 9 months & 22 days.  Her siblings pictured from youngest to oldest were:  Lucille, Velma, James, Nettie & Claude Williams.




Submitted by:
Terry Carlson

Grant Williams & Family

This photo shows my Great-grandfather, Grant Williams (center) with sons: Orrel Strawhecker & Calvin Williams (left), brother Al Williams & brother-in-law Emanuel Strawhecker (right).  Orrel was adopted by Grant's sister, Lucinda, and her husband, Emanuel. after his first wife died. Photo probably taken near Palo or Shellsburg, Iowa

Pfautz Family Photos

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Jacob Samuel Pfautz
Jacob was one of the early settlers in Lisbon along with the Kurtzs, Ebys and Hersheys and was something of a gentleman farmer. He was born in 1824 in Lititz Pennsylvania and was a German Dunker/Brethren like his neighbors.

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J.M. Pfautz Clan

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Pfautz Kids

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John M. Pfautz
Jacob's son, John, had the big beautiful home on School Street with the rock wall near the school that shows up in many of the Lisbon/Linn County books - that was unfortunately burned to clear land for the school. 

Submitted by: Forrest Lindsey,

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Gus Straight

"Something I found at an estate sale here in Tulsa OK!  The attachment is a news clipping from the 'Cedar Rapids Gazette' 18 June, 1948 showing a Mr. Gus Straight, from Shellsburg, age 87, dairyman etc. I know Shellsburg is in Benton Co, and I have submitted it to them. But apparently this family had connections in Linn Co. too."

Submitted by Mary Neff

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Mrs. Fred H. Niemeier

named "Unsung Heronine of Cedar Rapids" by the Conopus club.

"Louise's maiden name was Jensen. She was made an honorary member of the Sac and Fox Indian tribes."

Submitted by Barb Chandler

Obituary of
Ivan V. Mertz
6/14/1914- 9/24/2002
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He was my half-brother. It isn't exactly accurate because the information came from his long time girlfriend not a family member, but it is close. He actually had 7 half-brothers and 4 half sisters. His father didn't die until 1946."


Contributed by: Beth Rasmussen 

Babe Ruth Presents Ball to Louis Tufts 

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Submitted by: Christine Tufts-King

Josef Jilek

Born January 22, 1883 in Stritez Nr.3 (Policka region, Czech Republic).  His father: Josef Vaclav Jilek was born October 29, 1845 in Stritez Nr.3.  His mother:  Anna nee Kucerova was born September 14, 1860 in Borova Nr.64 (Policka region, Czech Republic).

He came to USA in 1908 (see manifest rows 11 - 14) with his family: Wife Julie nee Cechova and two children Josef and Julie Joseph died November 16, 1918 (see article below).

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Linn County Record of Deaths, Book 1, page 199
Jilek, Joseph, white male, age 35, occupation - laborer
Date of Death:  November 16, 1918 
Place of Death:  St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA
Married [no wife's name given]
[No birth date given] Born in Bohemia
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia influenza   Burial: November 18, 1918 at Bohemian National Cemetery (now Czech National)
Undertaker:  F. W. Barta     Attending Physician:  J. C. Houser

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Submitted by Tom Stodola:  (

John Ellison, who was my GGGfather, married a Rachel Curtis July 3rd 1851. They had a son, Charles Ellison, my GGfather who married Melissa Elma Boone on 9/09/1881.  She died during child birth of my grandmother, Nollie Candaisy Ellison. Charles sent for Melissa's sister, Jane Boone, to help take care of the baby Nollie, and  married Jane 12/31/1882 in Maetelle Iowa Linn Co.  Together they had 4 more children Daniel, Leona, Rachel, and Chester. I met all of them when I was very young. John Ellison owned land in Linn co. sec 25 & 23 twp 83 range 5.  John Ellison died 17 Aug 1899. Chas died 12 Dec 1900. They are buried in Mt Vernon cemetery.

Submitted by: Bill Green

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Plummer-Burgess Family
Photos and Information are now posted on a separate page

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David Wild Family

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More Photos and Information are posted on separate web pages submitted by Tammy Wild  ( Web address no longer valid

Everett and Mary Jensen Chandler

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This is a picture of my paternal grandparents, Everett and Mary Jensen Chandler at their home on Memorial Dr. Everett owned Chandler and Son Fruit Brokerage. Contributed by Barb Chandler.

Wieneke - Schallan
The Wieneke-Schallan Reunion
June 27, 1937 at Dyersville Park
Amelia Wieneke

Linn County Places...

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Train in Marion, IA
March 22, 1909
submitter unknown

Old Depot -
Marion, IA
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C.M. & St. P. Depot
Marion, Iowa
(from post card)

A Fire in Marion, IA
 Oct. 12, 1914
submitter unknown

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in this spot!

Contact the county coordinator for more information.

Park in Marion, IA
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Photo taken in Cedar Rapids on 1st Avenue at corner of 32nd St. about 1930's
Submitted by: Terry Carlson

Log Home location probably in Linn or Benton County taken about 1930's
Submitted by: Terry Carlson 2/29/2004

Marion Mobile Home Park #1
7th Ave.  Photo taken late 1950-1960.  Children unknown.
Submitted by: Terry Carlson

Third Street & Cedar Rapids Savings Bank (from post card)

Union Station, Cedar Rapids, IA. (from card postmarked 1907)

Third Street from First Ave, Cedar Rapids (from post card)

Log outbuildings on Don Spencer farm in SE qtr. Sec. 32-82-5 Linn Co. Iowa

800 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids. In the early 1920's this building was known as the Wymer Funeral Temple. My maternal grandfather, Joseph Henry Wymer, owned the business. Contributed by Barb Chandler.

Central City, IA Depot
During their "Hey" Days.   From a post card

Central City New Bridge
Over the Wapsipincon River
Center city, IA  after completion of Highway 13 in 1929.
From a post card

Submitted by: Evelyn Evans


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