Lorenz Brothers Gas Station, 1932

Located 2 1/2 miles west of Dickens,Iowa

Contributed by: Judy Lorenz Frerichs

Lorenz Brothers, about 1894

Sons of Joseph & Reka Lorenz, rural Spencer,IA

Contributed by: Judy Lorenz Frerichs

John & Lillian Lorenz & sons, 1916

John and Lillian Lorenz and their sons, Theodore, George and Lee, taken at the fair in Spencer in 1916.

Contributed by: Judy Lorenz Frerichs

Main Street, Peterson, Iowa

Probably circa 1915-1920

Contributed by: Mary Perrill

Main Street, Peterson, Iowa
Armistice Day, 1919

Contributed by: Ellen Marie Hargus Roshto, granddaughter of Herman Henry and Elsie Story Broocks Waite.

Main Street, Peterson, Iowa
Armistice Day, 1919

Contributed by: Ellen Marie Hargus Roshto, granddaughter of Herman Henry and Elsie Story Broocks Waite.

Spencer, Iowa
Fire Photos, 1931

For more information on the Spencer fire see Clay County Newspaper Article page.

Contributed by: Susan Grummon

James Morris Family Photo

Back row: Sylvan, Claude, James Jr., William
Front row: Margaret, James, Vera Morris Norman

James and his family farmed for 40 years in Summit Township, Clay County, Iowa.

Contributed by: Sharon Morris Leimenstoll

World War I Soldiers
Dickens, Iowa

This photo was taken around 1918 in front of the Congregational Church in Dickens. The church is no longer there. Five of the men's names are known: Raymond Ingram, Harold Toland, Homer Hart, Bernard Wishmeyer, and Dr. JH Bruce. Can anyone identify any of the other men or provide more information about the photo?

Contributed by: Jane Culver Ingram

Galbraith Family Reunion

Galbraith Family Reunion

Photo of a family reunion held by Norma Scott Galbraith in the 1940s.

Contributed by: Judy Brinkman

Ruth Young McAlister
Spencer, Iowa, 1959

Ruth Young McAlister is the woman in the photo. Ruth visited Spencer in 1959 and wrote on the back of the photo, "me and my boy cousins in Spencer, Iowa."

Ruth was born in July 1894 in Valentine, Nebraska. Ruth's brother, Earl LeRoy was born in Spencer on December 8, 1895. Parents of Ruth and Earl are Calvin Hubbard Young and Myrtle Bell Johnson.

The photo was contributed by Jackie Lawyer, granddaughter of Ruth Young McAlister. Can anyone identify the men in the photo?

Contributed by: Jackie Lawyer

Ane (Anne) Marie Jensen

Ane Jensen, Spencer, Iowa

The above photo is from Rood Photographers, Spencer, Clay County, probably from around 1900. The woman is Ane (Anne) Marie Jensen, born abt. 1860 in Harte parish, Vejle county, Denmark.

Can anyone identify who, where and when Ane married?

Contributed by: Harry Christensen, Denmark

Unidentifed Subjects
Rood Photographer, Spencer, Iowa

Can anyone help identify the young ladies in the above photo below? The photograph was taken by Rood Photographer in Spencer. It may have been taken around 1890-1895. One of the ladies may be Myrtle Ethel Williams and the other two are perhaps her sisters, Maud and Birdie.

Contributed by: Jane Bremner, great-granddaughter of Myrtle Ethel Williams.

Unidentified Subjects
Spencer, Iowa

Below are a group of ten photos submitted by Dave Miller. These photos were found in a photo album belonging to his great aunt, Rosa Wheeler. In 1887 Rosa came from Peoria, Illinois to Spencer. It is not known why she came to Spencer or for how long she stayed. One possibility is that she came to Spencer to attend the Spencer Preparatory Institute which began in 1866 with six students and had 150 students by 1888. The photos are of people from Spencer at the time. Dave would like help in identifying the people in the photos as well as locating anyone who had family that attended the Spencer Preparatory Institute or would know where the records for the Institute may be now.

Contact: Dave Miller.

These pictures are from the book "Rural Church LIfe in the Middle" by Benson Y. Landis
comparing Church Life in Clay County Iowa and Jennings County, Indiana, 1922.