Home Town Memories of Grinnell, Iowa
I attended my 55th high school reunion in July of 2012 and was inspired to write "Home Town Memories of Grinnell, Iowa." This work is not intended to be an all inclusive, comprehensive, scholarly history with a preoccupation for exact dates, etc. It is simply a personal history, my recollections of the old home town during a limited period in the town's history the 40's, 50's and 60's. I have written in my own way using a flow of words that came to me as I wrote. In a town of 8,000 9,000, as Grinnell was in those days - you eventually get to know and have some contact along the way with most people. My intent was to communicate in simple, straight forward terms and was not concerned about presenting it as "a triumph in English language grammar."
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Introduction 2 Some Information on Grinnells History
Growing up in Grinnell
Elementary Secondary School and Teachers 8 More Education 9 High school class and 55th Class Reunion 10 Neighbors
Friends and the Game Time Gang 12 Downtown Grinnell
Car Dealers and Gas Stations
AA in Grinnell
Grinnell Country Club
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1332 Main Street 5th Avenue Ahrens Altenberg athlete barber baseball basket basketball coach basketball team became Bill brother called Chod Chuck Clapp class of 57 classmates college basketball Cornell College corner Country Club couple dance Darby Gym Dave Adkins Dick east Eldon football free throw friends Gary Gibson golf golfer graduated Grinnell College Grinnell High School Grinnell’s Grinnellians guard inch Iowa City Jack Jack Mathews Jerry Hagen Jim G John Pfitsch jump ball jump shot junior Lannom Larry later learning lived located Marion Marshalltown Midwest Conference Moines mother moved NCAA Park Pfitsch Phog Allen Pioneer played Poweshiek County recall remember restaurant reunion Ritter Ron Altenberg Sangster scored Searsboro senior shooter Skyliner Band Smash Mouth Spanish starter student Sunday Texas there’s Tiger Tournament town University of Iowa walk