A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931
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.