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

HAWARDEN - Logan & Buncombe townships, Sioux County, Platted 1882, Incorporated 1887 (Calliope, first settlement in Sioux county 1860, annexed with Hawarden 1893) Founded in 1860 as Calliope by Hubbell, Frame, Bell and Stone; 1882 settlement of Hawarden and 1893 they combined into one incorporation. Railroad arrived on Oct 4 1878 in Calliope and 1882 in Hawarden; First Post Office Calliope Feb 3, 1862 and discontinued on Jan 31, 1911; Hawarden Post Office est. Dec 31 1882;


  • Grace Hill Cemetery is the city cemetery which is made up of 3-4 early cemeteries. The bodies were reburied at Grace Hill. Recorder is located at the city clerks office. Records are kept from before 1890, complete and thorough from 1900 on, including birthplace, age, cause of death, informant, and etc.
    Copies of cemetery list through 1986 at the Library.
  • St Mary's Catholic Cemetery formerly called Calvary and an old Family Plot.


  • Mr. Barnard, an undertaker from 1929-1967 had some records 1944-1967.
  • Porter Dow Funeral Home 712 10th Hawarden Ia 51023 has them from 1965 on. Ph: 712-552-2712


  • Trinity Lutheran Church organized July 17 1900 Contact church office Ph: 712-552-2743
  • American Lutheran Church organized Dec 7, 1961 1417 12th Ave Hawarden IA 51023 Ph: 552-2168
  • First Baptist Church organized Aug 9, 1885 Ph: 552-1730
  • Reformed Church 1700 Central Hawarden IA 51023 was organized 16 August 1957 Ph: 552-2665
  • St Marys Catholic Church 1125 Ave. L. Hawarden IA 51023 org. 1885 first mass 1887. Ph: 552-1501
  • United Methodist Church 803 13th St. Hawarden IA 51023 org. Dec 21 1890 Ph: 552-1807
  • Associated Church UCC Presbyterian Merger of UCC & Presby in 1921. Ph: 552-1420
  • Christian Reformed Church 1515 16th St. Hawarden IA 51023 was org. 5 May 1917 Ph: 552-1602. Anniversary booklet published 1967.
  • A history of these churches is in the Hawarden Centennial Book.


  • Hawarden Public Library 803 10th St. Hawarden IA 51023 Ph: 712-552-2244
    Fax 552-1720
    Hours - Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm Fri - Sat 10-5pm. Web address hpl.library.net
    Librarian - Valerie Haverhals is the librarian.
    Items of interest - Early maps of area, Calliope information, Early Atlases / 1875, and histories. Howard Olson Collection (NW IA & SE SD History) Hawarden Historical Slides, Map Collection; History of Hawarden 1987
    Micro film reader and printer - 1878 - present Hawarden Independent newspaper


  •  A History of Hawarden published in 1987 at the Library and area libraries.


  • Hawarden Independent from 1878 to present. 
  • Hawarden Chronicle on micro film from 1900's to 1930. at the Library.


  • Societies - Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society
  • Historian - Local historian - Margaret Leafstedt




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