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


Barney Devine Gives to Each Child

Two Hundred Acres

[Bancroft Register]

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


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.


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