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Collins School Life

The history of Collins, Iowa

1882 - 1983


A lot happens in a little town over 101 years


Here are some 1,000 pages of stories, newspaper articles, events and photos from over a century of life in Collins, Iowa, a wonderful small farm town in central Iowa. 
These were lovingly gathered and compiled over a decade of work and dedication by Collins Alumni, family and friends...the people who lived this history and these stories.

We're thrilled to announce that the Iowa Historical Society has included official copies of
Collins School Life in their library and research center!

Collins School Cornerstone and Bell

Built in 1921 this building was razed in the mid 1990's



The faces and places of Collins, Iowa. 


Special thanks to family members and descendants of those shown for sharing their personal pictures and memories.

1909 Collins School House

Built in 1909, this picture was taken sometime between 1917 to 1919.

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1918 Baseball Team

Pictured:  Back Row Left to Right: Donald Titus (1919) 3B, Lowell Oswalt (1921) OF-P, Lee Cooper OF, Lowell Carver (1922) 2B.


Second Row: Harry Stier (SS), Vern Holland (1920) OF, Dwight Patterson 1B.


Front Row: Henry Duesbury (1920) P-C-OF, Tom King, C-OF.

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1920 Baseball Team

PicturedFront Row left to right: Leonard Clement, 2B, Lowell Carver (22) C, Lowell Oswalt (21) P-OF, Jerry King, OF.


Second Row: Floyd (Speck) Atwood (22) OF, Harold Gearhart (24) 1B, George Gingles (23) 3B-P, Harold (Curly) Carver (24) OF.


Back Row: Ronald Richardson (22) OF, Wayne Heintz (24) SS, Paul Shearer OF, Ralph Hattery (24) OF.

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1922 Horse-drawn School Bus

Pictured from Left to Right: Dave Ozmun (26), Iona (Crabb) Stratton (23), Catherine (Ozmun) McNamara (23), Ila (Crabb) (Atwood) Buck (22), Doris (Morrison) Duesbury (22), Leola (Toots) Stratton (22), Alma Stratton (29), Gertrude Smith (29) (behind Alma Stratton), Velda Smith (29), Lela Stratton (33), Ila Stratton (27) (behind Lela Stratton), Dela (Crabb) Remick (27), Esther (Ozman) Taylor (27), Forrest (Crabb) Halterman (27) Orville Smith, Tom Jones (Driver). Two young boys in front of bus driver are Kenneth Smith and Lester Smith. Behind them is Bill Vasey (32). Boys not wearing caps to the right of the bus driver are Jeff Morrison (back) and John Crabb (32). 

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1924 State Baseball Champions

Pictured from Left to Right: Coach (Supt.) Hollingsworth, Wayne Heintz (24) P, Lowell Halterman (27) 2B, Howard Stier 3B, Dave Ozmun (26) sub-P, Harold “Curley” Carver (24) C, Curt Marsh (25) SS, Harold Gearhart (24) 1B, Vern Halterman (26) LF, George Marsh (24) CF” Lowell “Buzz” Atwood (25) RF, Franklin Richardson (25) sub-OF, Harold Harper sub-OF. 

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1925 Basketball

Pictured from Left to Right: Coach Carter, Virgil Sheckles (28), Gerald Chambers (26), David Ozmun (26),  Everett Halterman (26), Harry Higgenbottom, Walter Keagle (28), Lowell Halterman (27), Linn Mills (27).

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1930 School Bus

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1937 Basketball

Pictured:  Back Row Left to Right: Vernon Shonk (39), Bill Robinson (38), Dick Holland (40), Keith Shearer (39, Bill Oswald (38)


Front Row: Wilford Neale (38), Lowell Carver (39), Jim Kimberley (40), Donald Deal (40),

Uncertain, Chase Westcott (41).

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This collection of events and articles was gathered and edited from original stories found at the Collins City Hall, Collins City Library and Nevada Town Library. Special thanks to everyone there for your help.

These have been divided into 9 Eras to make it easier to explore the 1,000 pages (nearly 500,000 words) gathered and edited from over 100 years. 

Part I Era

1882 – 1922

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Part IV Era

1935 – 1941

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Part VII Era

1952 – 1956

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Part II Era

1922 – 1929

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Part V Era

1941 – 1948

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Part VIII Era

1956 – 1970

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Part III Era

1929 – 1935

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Part VI Era

1948 – 1952

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Part IX Era

1970 – 1983

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Thanks for visiting.  We look forward to your comments, questions and suggestions.  And we always welcome new stories and materials.

Also, please let us know if we can help connect you with any alumni.

Thanks for contacting us!

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