Reinbeck Courier archives return home

G-R students who assisted with moving the Reinbeck Courier archives include (l-r) Naomi Clark, Jace Aneweer, Rowan Schellhorn, Luke Sienknecht, Aiden Hunemuller, Kadyn Schick, Ryan Koeste, and Nathan Smiley. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Reinbeck Courier annuals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
G-R students perused some of the annuals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Times-Republican Managing Editor Robert Maharry, General Manager Rhonda James and Marketing Representative Kelly Nash spent a recent Monday morning loading newspaper annuals into the back of the straight truck for a special delivery to their final destination. Many of the archives had traveled from one newspaper office to another over the years. The final leg of their journey from the now vacant halls of the Tama Newspaper office to the secure office(s) within Reinbeck City Hall is a tale worth telling. Thanks to the support of the Reinbeck Iowa History Project, the coordinated efforts of Kate Schildroth, a group of helpful G-R High Schools students ready and willing to lend a hand unloading, and the painstaking dedication of Ray Ranneeldt these newspaper archives have returned home. The earliest volumes date back to the early 1800s leaving some of these delicate pieces of history in need of attention. After unloading the newspaper archives and shelving the students were treated to breakfast pizzas and juice from the Marshalltown Newspaper group and enjoyed perusing the volumes finding familiar names. For these students, 1998 was a long time ago. The work is not done as help is still needed in preserving these archives for future generations. If anyone is interested in helping fund the project of preserving these annuals please reach out to the Reinbeck History Project on Facebook.