The Sioux Center Public Library has worked in cooperation with other Sioux County libraries to digitize thousands of historical Sioux County newspapers dating back to 1872, which are now available online at http://siouxcounty.advantage-preservation.com
Assorted Newspaper Articles [see link for new additions]
Newspaper Early Microfilm Indexes: The microfilm of the Hawarden Independent has two newspapers from East Orange (which later was Alton) and Rock Mills (which later was Rock Valley) in the fore part. Those first two segements contain some birth, marriage and deaths that are recorded no other place, because those two towns didn't have surviving newspapers until much later. The court house records for birth and deaths didn't start until about 1880, and then very few were recorded. Fortunately, much of the birth, marriage and death information was printed in the local news columns of the early newspapers. Check out the following newspaper index links for these early records. Thanks to Wilma VandeBurg, of Sioux County, for her diligence in putting these indexes together and making them available for genealogy research on this website.
East Orange, 1878-1879
Rock Mills/Rock Valley, 1879-1882
READ ALL ABOUT IT--Sioux County Newspapers in 1897
~Transcribed for posting by volunteer, Wilma VandeBerg.
January 30, 1897, Alton Democrat page 5
ONLY SEVENTEEN PAPERS
That’s the Number in Sioux County and Its Most Too Many.
Three new papers for Sioux county during January is not a bad record.
And this leads us to remark that Sioux county has more newspapers than
The time will come in this county, however, when the people will
So long, however, as the people split up into small factions and
THE DEMOCRAT has been greatly favored by the people of this county and
This has been appreciated by the subscribers as is evidenced by their
That all the papers are sending out publications equal or better than
Here's to all of them !