Ireton

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

IRETON - Reading Township Sioux County, Platted in 1882, Post Office 1882, Incorporated 1890, Railroad 1882. Town named for the famous English Revolutionary General Henry Ireton, chosen by the Close Bros. There were two rural post offices; Osh Gosh NE of Ireton 1872, & 1877Corn Valley 4 mi. west on Hwy 10.

Cemetery

  • Pleasant Hill Cemetery City Clerk has the records and are kept at the town hall. Records began in 1890. Very few omissions have been found. From 1890-1920 there are very detailed records, the information includes birth, place of birth, parents and their birthplace and cause of death. At the location of this cemetery used to stand Methodist church years ago.
  • St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery Helen (Mrs. James) Jasper is record keeper
    Highland Cemetery rural Ireton.
  • Union Hill Cemetery Washington Township, old cemetery of settlers.

Mortician

  • Ireton is served by the area Morticians.

Churches

  • The Christian Reformed Church was organized 7 March 1908. The church has complete records. There is a 50th anniversary booklet.
  • Reformed Church was organized in 1912.
  • St. Johnís Lutheran Church 3 miles east and Ĺ south of Ireton. contact: Helen (Mrs. James) Jasper
  • St. Pauls Lutheran Chruch 602 Main Ireton IA
  • Methodist Church 502 5th Ireton IA
  • Defunct area Churches: 
    • Rock River Lutheran Church rural Ireton, 
    • Mt. Joy Church of God was across the road. 
    • United Presbyterian Church organized in 1883 and disbanded in 1920. 
    • Center Capel Methodist Church was located 5 miles north of Ireton Center Township disbanded about 1908.

Newspapers

  • The first newspaper published was the Ireton Clipper in 1884. Only scattered copies remain. Mrs. Russ (Edna ) Marshall had most of them, as well as the following newspapers: the Ireton Ledger whose files were burned and the Ireton Record
  • Later for a period there was no newspaper but an Ireton page was printed in the Rock Valley Bee. 
  • In 1953 the Ireton Booster, which began as a product of a high school journalism class, was published. These 27 years of files are complete. 
  • The Newspaper Library at the State Historical Building in Des Moines has incomplete files of the Ireton Ledger from 21 January 1915 to 11 Nov 1915 and from 6 January 1927 to 29 December 1927 on microfilm. 
  • In the 1940s the newspaper was the Ireton Echo. There are a few issue records in the Hawarden Library.

Library

  • no town library, served by Hawarden and other area libraries.

History

  • A Rodeo Booklet
  • Jubilee Book
  • Ireton Centennial Book 1982

Other

  • Historical Society - Had been organized. They had plans to have all newspaper files in their library. The museum is located in former City Hall building, Ĺ block east of the Post Office. President is Shirley Ten Napel. 
  • Local Historian - Ardis Eilts
 
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