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Building a School

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I have added a group of photos dated between 1941-1946, chronicling before the Pleasant Hill School before and after the 1943 fire. You can find the series of photos on the Omeka website that I put together, Building a School.

Also, now that spring is around the corner, I am planning to take back up the Cemetery Project and start adding photos to the names on the list of residents at the Oakwood Cemetery. This is going to take a while, but will be well worth the wait.

Again, if you have anything to share about Pleasant Hill, Iowa, please contact the Library at 515.266.7815.

More Photos Added…

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I have uploaded some more photos to the site. These photos were donated to use by Phil Hildebrand and Martha Miller and family. It was also pointed out to me that the site is rather confusing to navigate. To fix this, I made the links open to new pages on your web browser. I think why this site may be confusing is because I am actually using two web sites. One to handle this blog page and act as a gateway to the site that houses the scanned documents. I chose to it this way so more information or meta-data can be shared about the photos.

Coming up sometime this fall will be a list of residents at the Oakwood Cemetery. My eventual goal is to have a virtual tour of the cemetery, but that will be quite an undertaking. Until then, Take Care. Brian

Small update

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I have added an advertisement from a 1984 Lee Town News newspaper. In big bold letters citizens of Pleasant Hill were encouraged to call their Councilmen and tell them to vote No! for the proposed gravel pit. I do not remember how that particular vote went, but eventually a gravel pit went in across from the proposed site. Another gravel pit was built a mile away on Hwy 163; it is now a central part of the Copper Creek neighborhood.

I have also uploaded a  picture  of the old city hall and fire station. I will be working on some photos from the Silver Anniversary celebration soon. If there is anything that you have that can be posted let us know. You can call the Pleasant Hill Library at 515.266.7815.

Thanks for stopping by,


Update, Links working,

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After a few false starts, the site is now coming together. As previously mentioned, the 25th Anniversary Publication: Energy Source Book was made into an HTML document; that can now be found here. The rest of site is now complete with all of the links working correctly. I made the executive decision to house the scanned photos and documents off site and on a server hosted at They have the resources, among other things, for displaying photos and documents with search tags built into their site. Since I am not a programmer, this made perfect since.

As of right now, I have only upload two pdf files that are associated with the Mutual Protective Association and two photos that showed some of the school children of Youngstown. They can be found here. More will be coming shortly, including a 1969 phone book and some parade photos. As always, your comments are always welcomed. Brian