Rock Valley

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

ROCK VALLEY - (other Post Office names were Rock Mills and Rhodes Corner) Early settlers came in 1868, First Post Office 1871, Platted 1879, Railroad 1879, Incorporated 1889. Rock Township, Sioux County.


  • Valley View Cemetery Randy Porter Rock Valley IA is the record keeper.
    The records give plot ownership only. There are other earlier records as early
    as 1872, which have much information of value, at the library.
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery located one mile south of Rock Valley.
  • The Sioux-Settlers Township Cemetery is in Section 5 of Settlers Township. 
  • Another small cemetery lies southeast of this one in Section 8 of Sioux Township.


  • Records from before 1920 can be found at Vander Ploeg Funeral Home Sioux Center; from 1920-1961 J. A. Vander Ploeg of Sheldon; 
  • Porter Funeral home since 1961, has records.


  • St. Mary Catholic Church Organized in 1882, history book at Library.
  • The Reformed Church was organized 17 Nov. 1890.
  • The Christian Reformed Church was organized 14 Sept 1891.
  • Each church has a printed history available at the Library.


  • Rock Valley Public Library 1531 Main Rock Valley IA 51247 Has a collection of local history items including;1875 Atlas of Iowa by Andrews; 1923 Sioux County Atlas, Early Post office History for that area; Collection of clippings about Rock Valley; Souvenir write up of Rock Valley 1916; 75 year Rock Valley History 1955; 1976 Rock Valley rock Valley Records & Recollections.


  • Rock Valley Bee 1442 Main St Rock Valley IA 51247, newspapers start with 1892 but the early ones are crumbled and badly damaged by termites. The paper has been published since 1 Jan 1883. As of 1998 no micro film has been produced, the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society has started a photocopying project of the local news section of the older papers. Copies will be at the Bee office and at the GSCGS at the Sioux Center Public Library Mark Twain Room. An index of names is being made.


  • Souvenir History 1916; 
  • 75 Year History of Rock Valley 1955; 
  • Rock Valley History 1976. 
  • Available at the Rock Valley Library.


  • Societies - Rock Valley Historical Society 1507 Main St. Rock Valley, IA 51247 Pat Kosters


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