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A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
REV. HENRY V. MALONE is a native of Iowa, and for over thirty years has
been one of the able and zealous priests of the Catholic Church in this state.
Father Malone has been instrumental in building up several Iowa parishes, and
at the present time is one of the beloved priests at Creston.
He was born at Winterset, Iowa, November 22, 1862. His parents were Edward
and Catherine (Hoy) Malone, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of
New Orleans. His mother now resides at Valley Junction, Iowa. His father who
died in 1905, was an Iowa farmer, coming to this state about 1858. He owned
a farm in Polk County. Both parents were devout Catholics. His father was
a Democrat and served as a director of his home school district. Of their
ten children eight are living. The parents encouraged their oldest son, Henry,
to enter the priesthood, and his education from early boyhood was directed
with that in view.
After the local schools he went to Dubuque in 1880, and spent three years in
St. Joseph's College, and then was one of the first students to enroll in
St. Ambrose College at Davenport, where he remained one year. In 1885 he was
graduated from Creighton University at Omaha and completed his theological
training in St. Mary's Seminary at Baltimore. On December 19, 1891, he was
ordained a priest by the late Cardinal Gibbons. He returned to Iowa and was
appointed to his first charge, at Maloy, where he remained two and a half years.
For thirteen years he labored faithfully at Dallas Center, and at Granger,
where he built the church. In 1904 he became pastor at Woodbine, remaining
there eight years, and in February, 1918, came to the people of Creston as
pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church. Since coming here he has seen his
work prospered, resulting in the building of a parish house, the paying off of
the church debt, and he now has a congregation numbering five hundred.
Father Malone is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and has been chaplain of the
council and has worked on the degree team. Since 1923 he has, in addition to
his parochial duties, held the office of dean of the Creston Deanery.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
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