Tama County IAGenWeb

Assorted photos of people and places in Tama County.
Please also see the Portraits scanned from the History of Tama County, 1883.

Various photos sent by Ken Graalum

C.H. Thompson, owner of a harness shop, with new car in California.
George Franklin Whipple, son of John, and railroad crew, c. 1910, near Garwin, IA
The single people at Garwin in the late 1890s
single people - list of names
John Franklin Whipple by his mail wagon at Garwin, IA


James Wesley Taylor and family

Drake Hokanson's Lincoln Highway collection

Marcus & Matilda (Clifford) Steward

The 8th Grade graduates from Tama County schools, 1939, in 8 high resolution images. Please help identify. If you know someone from Tama County who was born around 1925, you might recognize them.

Painting of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Vining, Otter Creek Township.

Haynes-Hume family pictures, from Shelley Cardiel

The Tama County Courthouse in Toledo was built in 1866.
Penny Postcards from Iowa, Tama County page

Charles Lee and Polly Ann (Thorpe) Davis Family

Submitted by Deberah Davis Martinez, great-great-granddaughter

Charles Lee and Polly Ann (Thorpe) Davis were early settlers of Crystal Township, Tama County, Iowa. It is my hope that descendants of these children can identify their ancestor from the photos and pass the information on to others. I have been researching this family since 1971 and would certainly be willing to share my findings.

Charles Lee Davis  b. 27 Aug 1813 Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut and died 3 Mar 1886 in Crystal Township, Tama County, Iowa. He was buried in Crystal Cemetery.

His wife, Polly Ann (Thorpe) Davis, was born near Rochester, New York on 8 Feb 1818. She died on 9 Nov 1900, in Crystal Township, Tama County, Iowa and is also buried in Crystal Cemetery.

We can't figure out who is who. Here are the names of the children:


Mary Elizabeth Davis, b. 26 July 1844 in Elba, Genesee, NY

Helen Prudence Davis b. 22 Aug 1846 in Constatine, St Joseph, MI

Eva Ann Davis b. 28 Oct 1858 in Crystal, Tama, IA

Hattie Alice Davis b. 28 Aug 1860 in Crystal, Tama, IA


John Russell Davis b. 3 Apr 1848 in Constatine, St Joseph, MI

Henry Martin Davis b. 13 Nov 1849 in Constatine, St Joseph, MI

Sheldon Fitch Davis b. 15 dec 1854 in Constatine, St Joseph, MI

Lewis Walter Davis b. 31 Jul 1856 in Crystal, Tama, IA

Frederick Elsworth Davis b. 29 Jun 1863 in Crystal, Tama, IA

Traer Photos

Submitted by Von Mings Stachon

Traer High School and Traer High School (burning) April 10, 1917

Traer Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church was finished in 1913 at a cost of $40,000.  Shortly after  the church was finished, a barn was also built to protect the horses and buggies while the parishioners attended church. The barn was torn down in 1967.

Traer Baseball Players-1912

The baseball team was sponsored by F.E.Shortess who was the jeweler in Traer. The player on the left is Fred Sherman Whannel and the player on the right was called "Laddie" (full name unknown). Fred Sherman Whannel is the father of Leroy Whannel and the grandfather of Jay Whannel (True Value Hardware owner, Traer).

Traer High School, Class of 1959

Sydney Beatty Family Portrait

Submitted by Sam Beatty

Front row: Sydney A. Beatty, Samuel Beatty, Willie's wife with baby Mayme, Henry and Sydney's wife Mary Melissa.

Back Row: Charlie, Bertha, Willie, Wesley and his wife.

Dysart Schools

Submitted by Sam Beatty

4th Grade
Teacher - Miss Holtz?

High School
Sophomores 1937

Richmond Family

Eugine Richmond

Infant Richmond

Katie Richmond

Kim would like to reunite these pictures with family members.

Contributed by Kim Kester

Jeffrey Merchantile

John W. Stewart in the Toledo Brick Yards 1904

Children of Charles T. Stewart and Mary Ann Sadler Stewart

Isaac Lewis West and Mary Ellen (Mellie) West family

Pearl West 1922

Contributed by Patty Delmott

Toledo, Iowa High Street looking west

Contributed by Carol Morrison

Montour High School

Montour High School Foot Ball Team

Contributed by Rebecca Young

Old Settlers Day 1898

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Contributed by Patty Delmott

Main Street Tama, Iowa

Contributed by Eleanor Houdyshell Stump

Toledo Schools

On the back it says Turners' Real Photograph, Marion, IA. We can try to date the postcard with this information taken from Penny Post Cards:

1. In 1907 Congress allowed the divided back and were produced between 1907 and 1915.
2. White borders were added to the outside of the picture to save on ink 1915-1930.
3. The price of a Penny Post Card was raised to 2 cents from 1917-1919 and again from 1925 to 1928.
4. Real Photo Post Cards were produced from 1900 to present. These cards are real black & white photos. On the back the publisher put the photo process in the stamp box. Kodac, AZO, EKC, Kruxo or Velox.

So I would guess that this Penny Post Card was made in 1915. I am still trying to find Turner Photography. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

George R & Mary Hixon

George R & Mary Hixon (elderly)

Contributed by Tom Hickson

James Neil Sr.

Sam Neil with horses for auction

Sam Neil with horses for auction 2

Rally Day at Amity Church 1910

Contributed by Maureen Rose Neil

Obadiah & Sarah (Evans) Smith

Contributed by Richard Daily
Mattie Roach-Autograph Book
Unknown Indian Photo

Can anyone identify this old photo? It was taken by Hudson's Gallery, in Tama. The man is wearing Indian jewelry, but he looks European (to me). What is the object in the holster at belt level?

If you can help, please contact RoseMary (Smith) Rene. Rosemary wrote:

It was in the possession of my grandmother Lela (Deland) Smith who was raised and lived in the Tama/Montour/Marshalltown area for all of her life 1879 - 1970 -- so I am assuming that this is someone she knew and was special to her. I remember seeing this pic from my earliest days and would love to find out who he was - there is also his family who may like to have the picture.

This page was last revised 8 Feb 2015 by William Haloupek.