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Preserving Our History, Montezuma, Iowa, 1848-2018 has arrived and is now on sale. The finished product is a piece of Montezuma history that will be treasured forever. The profits from the book go to the Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society. The book price is $50 plus $7.25 for shipping. These books will take the guesswork out of what to get for your family and friends, whether it is for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, wedding, etc. It is a wealth of information for any member, former member, or ancestor of the Montezuma community. Montezuma was incorporated 1868, but this book includes the twenty years prior during settlement. This is a limited copyrighted edition.
Email us as to how many copies you need and we will let you know how much it will cost for mailing. Send your payment to PCHGS at P.O. Box 280, Montezuma, Iowa, 50171
Price is $50.00 each plus shipping cost for mailing which may very or stop by when we are opened Monday and Thursday 9 to 4 and Saturday 9 to 2.
On June 30, 2018 we celebrated 100 years of the Carnegie Library (the headquarters of the Historical Society) and 40 years for the Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society. Marcia Tarvin was chairman of the celebration, assisted by Sally Johnston. It provided an informative and entertaining peek into the library's history. It concluded with an Iowa trivia Contest and refreshments. People in lawn chairs filled the shaded areas in the southeast area of the library lawn for the program. Al Rabenold was the master of ceremonies, introducing eight program participants.
Singing a medley of patriotic songs, Sherm Deering started things off in the spirit of the day. Jim Eichhorn continued that theme as he recited "The Grand Old Flag." Voices from the past - of the town and of the library - highlighted the program, as each presenter impersonated the historical person they represented and shared insights about their life.
Rev. Dr. George Salnave portrayed Andrew Carnegie, whose philanthropy made many libraries possible across the country. Local attorney Mike Mahaffey portrayed another attorney, Charles (C.F.) Dickson, secretary of the library board when the facility was built. Roger Allen portrayed John M. Grimes, newspaper publisher and chairman of the library board of trustees. Dressed in his overalls and hard hat, Harold Wheeler appropriately recounted the Bowers lineage of builders, starting with contractor Wally Bowers whose company built the library. Gordon Alexander reviewed the long-time services of Carl Ewing, custodian. And Mary (Minner/VanBaalen) Cochran, a past librarian herself. portrayed the longest serving librarian, Geraldean Horn.
The Iowa trivia contested was conducted by Denny Lautner of Jefferson, Iowa. Getting 46 of 75 questions correct, State Representative Dave Maxwell won the cash first prize. Roger Allen won second place and Carol Dale placed third, with Brenda Allen close behind. Cake and tea were served by Lee and Bev King and Carroll and Pat Smith.
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