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April 21, 2010

Hospers Hall?  Hospers, Iowa?  Who is Hospers?

Henry Hospers was one of the founders of Orange City and the Northwestern Classical Academy.  During the early days of Orange City, Hospers was involved in just about every business and service — he was the editor of the Dutch-language newspaper De Volksvriend, a real estate agent, a bank founder, a general store proprietor, a county supervisor, a trustee at the Academy, a state representative, and a state senator.  He also returned to the Netherlands, recruiting families to settle around Orange City.

He was committed to settling this area, and the influences he made here are still notable over a century later.

At Ramaker, we recently digitized a collection of Hospers photographs and documents, and they are now available online.  Visit the online collection, and learn a little about the man and his town, including how Hospers would cool off during the hot Iowa summer by sitting under his grape arbor and why Hospers and his contemporaries chose to settle in Sioux County in the first place.

Northwestern Classical Academy Digital Collection

March 2, 2010

The library has recently created a digital collection of materials from Northwestern’s earliest days.  This picture here is the girls’ basketball team from 1912.  Perhaps the current Red Raiders team should consider reinstating the large floppy bows on the front of their uniforms.

The new collection includes the charter subscription list, photographs of founders Henry Hospers and Reverend Seine Bolks, dozens of photographs of campus activities and buildings, and all the surviving Classics, then a student publication, from 1892 – 1906.

Visit the new collection to see how things have changed at Northwestern in the last 125 years.

Local Newspaper Archives Is Now Online

February 26, 2008

Sioux County Capital, 1936If you are researching local history, the process just became easier. Many Sioux County newspapers have recently been digitized for online access. The Newspaper Archives of Sioux County is available to learn more about the region’s past, including your own family’s history in Siouxland.

Area newspapers, dating back to 1872, are searchable by keyword, by date and by newspaper. The database includes over 180,000 newspaper pages from Sioux County, and pages are still being added to the database. Papers available include:

  • Alton Democrat
  • Alton Review
  • Boyden Reporter
  • Hawarden Independent
  • Hospers Tribune
  • Hull Index
  • Independent
  • Ireton Clipper
  • Ireton Weekly Ledger
  • Maurice Times
  • People’s Friend
  • Reporter
  • Rock Valley Bee
  • Sioux Center News
  • Sioux Center Nieuswbland
  • Sioux County Capital
  • Sioux County Herald
  • Sioux County Index Reporter
  • Sioux County Index

The project was made possible by a grant from the Sioux County Community Foundation and by the efforts of the Sioux County Library Association. Visit the Newspaper Archives to see this great resource.