Free Des Moines City Directories (including Polk County) are available at Internet Archive. 

City directories contain an alphabetized list of residents with their addresses, spouse’s name, professions, and often a reverse lookup by address. They often contain historical information about a locale and they’ll usually contain a separate business directory.

Internet Archive currently has Des Moines City Directories available for free searches including:

1860s

1870s

1880s

1890s

1900s

1910s

1920s

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