Submitted by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society.

ALTON - (first called East Orange) Nassau township, Sioux County, Platted 1873, Incorporated 1881, First settled 1870, Railroad arrived 1872, built station 1870, built hotel 1873 and a saloon was erected same year and closed, the school used the building.



  • Nassau Township Cemetery located in Section 5 which is west of Alton. Greg Jansen caretaker and keeper of the records, a position which has been in the family for many years. First burials were in 1880's, but most early graves did not have headstones. The poor were buried in a back corner. Records are complete from 1900 for death and burial dates only. 
  • St. Mary Catholic Cemetery records at the rectory.


  • Alton is served by Funeral Homes from Orange City & Remsen


  • Reformed Church 810 3rd St., organized 26 May 1877. A 100 year anniversary pamphlet can be found in the Alton Library. There are no archives and some early minutes have been lost. A membership book does exist and the older book has been copied by the GSCGS and is in the Mark Twain Room of the Sioux Center Public library. 
  • St. Mary's Rectory 607 10th St Alton IA, was organized 1881. 
  • Presbyterian Church 311 12th Alton IA , organized August 1911 . 
  • Congregational Church established 1890 - 1911, after dissolved formed Presbyterian 
  • Christian Science Society Jan 1908 - Jan 1965.


  • Alton Public Library 909 3rd Ave. Box 379 Alton IA 51003 Ph: 712-756-4516 Library began April 22, 1923 in space back of the Jewelry store. Hours: Mon-Wed 10-5,Thurs 10-8:30pm, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Items of interest: an early plat map of Alton, Granville History, and old newspapers and microfilm of same. Have a micro film reader no printer.


  • Alton Democrat papers are located at the library, both the originals and microfilm from May 25,1893 (first year of issue) through 1976. The older Alton newspapers are an excellent source since it had correspondence columns from many of the surrounding area towns.


  • Alton IA 1883-1983 Centennial History


  • Alton Historical Museum.