The Devines experienced exciting times in their pioneer homes at the time of the Spirit Lake

massacre and their wives were sent to Hardin county for safety until the danger was over.

John Devine remained on his farm till about 24 years ago, since when he has lived in Livermore or

vicinity in the midst of his relatives and friends. His faithful wife passed away Aug. 7, 1899. He

discontinued active labor when he left the farm and has been in fair health until last March, since

when there has been a gradual failing.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Devine, as follows: John H. in Colorado: Mrs. Margaret

Dunphy, deceased; Mrs. Mary Noonan, deceased; James M., in Livermore; Ann, died in infancy;

Barnett W., in Livermore; Frank, in Livermore; Mrs. Rose Kajewski, in Cylinder. All the surviving

children were present at the funeral except John H., who is sick.

Deceased is survived by 38 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Among those outside of

Livermore who attended the funeral were his brother Barnett, Michael Noonan of Blue Earth,

Peter Reilly of Fort Dodge, John Dunphy of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Devine of Humboldt,

Stephen Dunn of Mooreland, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Skilling and Mr. and Mrs. Hal Skilling of

Algona, Lewis Johnson of Irvington and George Hohenberger of Algona.

The funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Livermore last Monday

morning, Father Maynard of Fort Dodge celebrating solemn requiem mass, and was very largely

attended, and the remains of the aged pioneer who had been beloved and respected by all for his

kindliness, his upright life and his fair dealing with his fellow men, were laid by the side of his

wife in the Catholic cemetery south of town.

--Livermore Gazette, 2 November 1911

--Humboldt Independent, 9 November 1911, page 1

The Livermore Gazette reports that Barney Devine has gone back to California, but that Mrs. Devine

remains here, not being well enough to travel.

--Algona Courier, 17 November 1911, page 7

Local Happenings

The love league: Frank Devine and Mary M. Peffer . . .

--Algona Courier, 2 February 1912, page 4


On Wednesday of last week Mrs. Sam Squires of Riverdale was stricken with paralysis, and on

Monday of this week she died, about 3 o'clock. Her death came one year and five days after that of

her husband. She was a native of Morgan county, Indiana and was 67 years of age. Her maiden

name was Emiline Whetstine. While in her young girlhood her family moved to Washington

county, Iowa, and there she was married to Sam Squires. Soon after their marriage they moved to

Kossuth county, and lived here until the end. She bore many hardships and bore them cheerfully

and did everything she could for her children and all who had a natural claim upon her. There were

nine children in the family, five of whom are living, two sons and three daughters. They all live in

this county except one daughter, Mrs. Mitchell of Lyman county, S.D., who by the way, is reported

to be in very poor health. The funeral was held yesterday and the remains laid to rest in the

Livermore cemetery. Rev. Taylor of this town preached the funeral sermon.

--Algona Courier, Friday, 9 February 1912, page 4

The Livermore Gazette reports Matt Freilinger back from New Mexico. He went down there a few years

ago, when the Estancia Valley was the attractive point for a few months. It was then that C.H. Turner and A.

E. Kennedy, Jonathan Winkel and others went down. Matt is about the last one of them to trek back, and

won't know that he has come to stay. The valley did not prove to be all a garden, and we don't think that

Matt made a fortune there. It is too high or for some reason it cannot be successfully irrigated. It is hard to

beat Kossuth county when all equations are considered.

--Algona Courier, 12 April 1912, page 5


Rachel (Scherf) Levine

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