Maurice

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

MAURICE - first settled and platted in 1882, Sherman Township, Incorporated 1891. Railroads - Toledo and Northwestern 1882, Great Northern (Sioux City Northern) 1882 First post office August 25, 1882.

Cemetery

  • Sherman Township Cemetery in Section 15, two and a half mile east of town. First burial was in 1886. Records and very complete including birth dates Records are kept by Jim Vlieger, Maurice, and are very complete including birth dates. Burials before that were made in Orange City.
  • St. Maryís Cemetery Sec 17 in located a half mile south of town. First burial 1884. Records are at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Struble IA.
  • St Johnís Lutheran Cemetery Reading Township located four miles west and a half mile south of town. Records are kept by Roy Hawkins, Maurice.

Churches

  • First Reformed Church was organized 23 October 1884. They have a church histories of 50th, 75th, and 100 year anniversaries in the church library. Records are at the church office and at the Gr. Soc Co. Gen. Soc Sioux Center Library.
  • American Reformed Church from 1907 to 1945 when it was disbanded. Most members joined the existing Reformed Church. Records at the Dutch Heritage Room Northwestern College Orange City IA and at the Gr. So. Co. Gen. Soc. Sioux
    Center Library.
  • St. Maryís Catholic Church Organized Aug 1884 closed 1996. Church records are at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Struble, IA.
  • Methodist Church 1887 - 1907 Records unknown.
  • St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church is located in Reading Township. Organized in 1875. Records - contact Wendall Toenjes, Lemars IA. 
  • Histories of the church are in the Maurice Centennial Book 1991 which is in area libraries and the First Reformed Church Library.

Histories

  • The Maurice Centennial Book 1991 is an excellent resource for town, churches, cemeteries, and organizations. Also contains many family histories. The book is at the Reformed Church Library, the Gr. So. Co. Gen. Soc at the Sioux Center Library and many area libraries.

Newspapers

  • Maurice Times files are on microfilm at the Newspaper Library in the State Historical Building in Des Moines from 1916-1919. These are also in the Dutch Heritage Room at Northwestern College at Orange City, IA. 
  • The Maurice News was carried in the Sioux County Herald (now the Capital) and the Alton Democrat
  • News was also in the DeVolkvriend (in Dutch) Orange City , IA.

Other

  • Organizations: Town and Country Booster Club; Maurice Womenís Club; and Maurice Senior Citizens.
  • Historian - Imo Mulder
 
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