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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.

Oakwood Cemetery

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I have added a list of residents of the Oakwood Cemetery here. As time goes on, I will add photos of the tombstones, but that will not be until the weather improves, (-4 right now as I type this). A big thank you goes out to Crystal Parsons, Public Works Administrator, Cemetery Department, City of Pleasant Hill. She did all of the hard work gathering and verifying everyone at the cemetery.

Will be adding some more documents in February/March, and as always, contact the Library at 515.266.7815 or at, if you have anything for us.


Thank you,

Brian Delk

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,


In The Beginning

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This project started with an introduction. Several years ago I saw John at Pleasant Hill Elementary School promoting the library. We did not know one another, and I felt it was high time to change that. I introduced myself and proceeded to pitch my thoughts on a website devoted to the history of Pleasant Hill. Little did I know that he was thinking along those same lines. And so it began.


The first task was to recreate the Pleasant Hill Silver Celebration Edition book that was first published in 1981, for the web. With that done, John and I moved onto forming a plan that would encompass the entire history of the area, previously known as Youngstown and later changed to Pleasant Hill. We are currently gathering photos, documents, newspaper clippings and pamphlets that are connected to the Pleasant Hill area. We would like to also include stories, either written or electronic, about the growth and development of Pleasant Hill.

As I mentioned this is a slow process. I am currently scanning and tagging photos and booklets. I will post here on the blog when there is an update. If anyone would like to share their photos or stories, please contact us at Until then, thank you.