The Baumel Portrait
Who knows why Warden John Baumel gathered his staff around him on a fine sunny day in the 1920s? What was the occasion? Although we don't know for sure, we do know this is a superb photograph.
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On the back of the photo, the following appears:
"Guard force at Iowa State Mens Reformatory, Anamosa, Iowa. Photo donated to Jones County Historical Society Museum, Edinburg, Iowa by Made Louise LaChapelle Nagel, Prairieburg, Iowa 1986. Daughter of Robert & Madge (Powers) LaChapelle, Anamosa, Iowa. bother were former employees at the Reformatory.
Left front row seated: Ray Powers - brother of Madge LaChapelle, Anamosa, Iowa.
Far right standing front row: Wiley Smith, husband of Grace Ristene Smith, Anamosa, Iowa.
Second row standing, 2nd from right (with mustache): Harrison Powers, father of Ray & Madge.