tried, Clark & Cohenour appearing for the defense. The complainant Best testified that Devine overtook
him on the road while he was driving from Devine's place to Algona and set upon him and beat him and
took his team from him while young Devine's story was that he went after Best and when he came up with
the team Best was nowhere in sight, and he took the horses home. Justice Clarke, after weighing the
evidence discharged the defendant. It seems that young Best worked for Barnet Devine during the summer,
and that he improved the opportunity afforded him to win the affections of Devine's daughter Nellie, a girl
only about fifteen years of age and that Mrs. D. was inclined to encourage the intimacy. A few weeks ago
Best and Mrs. and Miss Devine went down to the south part of the state by team and were gone ten days,
visiting Mrs. Devine's relatives. It was when they returned home to Barnet Devine's that the troubles
occurred. Miss Devine has now, it is stated, been placed by her father in the safe keeping of a convent and
will not be likely to go on any more excursions with Best, whom Mr. Devine evidently does not regard as
good in the superlative degree that his name would imply. The report was circulated that Best and the girl
were married, but it is denied and is probably unfounded.
--Algona Republican, 24 October 1894, page 4
Barney Devine left last week with his daughter Nellie,
for Dubuque. His daughter will enter the convent school.
--Algona Courier, 26 October 1894, page 5
Barney Devine has gone to California to spend the winter. His wife and two children accompanied him.
--Algona Courier, 9 November 1894, page 5
DIVIDES WITH HIS CHILDREN
Barney Devine Gives to Each Child
Two Hundred Acres
Matt Freilinger has again been visited by Dame Fortune. Before leaving for California his father-in-law,
Barney Devine, deeded to him 200 acres of land in sections 14 and 15, Seneca township. Matt was not
alone in his good fortune either, as Mr. Devine deeded to his children 1600 acres of Kossuth's fine soil at
same time. The old gentleman has begun to take life easy and wished to have as little on his mind
as possible so made the above generous disposal of some of his property. Mr. Devine and wife and
sons George and Frank left on Monday for California to spend the winter.
--Algona Courier, 16 November 1894, page 8
DIPHTHERIA NEAR LIVERMORE
The Livermore Gazette reports diphtheria in the B. W. Devine [Bernard William, born 1857]
family near that place, and says: "Diphtheria broke out very unexpectedly at the home of B. W.
Devine, several miles northeast of town, his four children being stricken with it, and in spite of the
efforts of the physicians, his son Frank, seven years of age, died last Saturday evening and was
buried Sunday morning. On the following Monday morning his baby boy Luke, 15 months of
age, died and was buried on the same day. The two remaining children, we are glad to report, are
recovering. There has been no diphtheria prevailing in that section, and the most plausible solution
is that Mr. Devine may have brought it from Chicago, where he has been recently. The public
school in that district, taught by Miss Mabel Kenna, has been closed in consequence, as the oldest
boy was attending there up to the time of his sickness and it is possible that others may be taken
down. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Devine."
--Algona Courier, 11 January 1895, page 4
Matt Freylinger was down from Bancroft Tuesday. He says that Barney Devine is now at Pomona, Cal., and
that his health is excellent. He expects to return in April.
--Algona Courier, 25 January 1895, page 5
Geo. Devine is home from California. Barney has bought a home in Pasadena.
Rachel (Scherf) Levine