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Grinnell Chapter NSDAR
Grinnell, Iowa

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Real Daughters Historic Markers

Historic markers boulder markerwere placed in the city of Grinnell as early as 1914. One marked Grinnell's first building, a multipurpose building made of trees felled for that purpose. This marker was dedicated by DAR on December 12, 1914, and is located on the west side of Broad Street, 1/2 block south of Highway 6. The marker reads: "This stone marks the site of the 'Long Home' the first house built in Grinnell. Erected by the Grinnell Chapter of the D.A.R."

Another marker was placed on the Grinnell Memorial Stone, located on the east side of the city park in 1916, facing the Grinnell family home. The marker designates Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and family, as the founders of the town of Grinnell in 1854. It reads as follows: "This stone is placed opposite the site of the homestead of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell who founded this city in 1854. This tablet is affectionately dedicated to the memory of himself and family by the Grinnell Chapter of the D.A.R. in the year of our Lord 1916." Two principles were established in settling Grinnell: land was to be set aside for a college campus and no liquor was ever to be served. Reverend Grinnell was an ordained Congregational minister, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, who aided John Brown, a U.S. Congressman from Iowa's 4th Congressional District. He was the man to whom Horace Greeley said, "Go West, young man, go west."


In 1937, "The Pioneer Family" statue was made by Robert Neely and donated to the city of Grinnell by Grinnell Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The statue is 12 feet tall, made of cement, and consists of a father, mother, and child. It is located in the Grinnell City Offices. It was rededicated by the Grinnell Chapter NSDAR and now has a plaque on the wall listing the statue's name, the artist's name, and the Grinnell Chapter DAR.


This marker, placed in 1982 by the Grinnell Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birthday of George Washington.

This marker was placed on the property of the Mayflower Home located at 616 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. It is a bronze tablet on a native boulder. It reads as follows: "We the People" -- Bicentennial of the Constitution of the U.S.A. September 17, 1987 Grinnell Chapter DAR.


A headstone and marker were placed on the grave of one of our charter members, Miss Stella Ricker.

Job Welling graveThe Grinnell Chapter NSDAR learned of the grave of a Mormon child in a small cemetery west of Grinnell.

The Mormon Handcart Trail marker reads:
This stone marks the Grave of Job Whelling, Jr.
October 20, 1854         June 17, 1856
The son of Job & Frances E. Welling. He died approximately 10 miles east of here, and was buried Wednesday, June 18. From the camp journal of the First Company of Handcarts crossing the plains from Iowa City to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1856.
Edmund Ellsworth, Captain
Andrew Calloway, Secretary
First Company Handcarts to Zion.

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Last Updated 21 April 2020
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