Matt Freilinger reached Algona Tuesday evening after a week’s visit in DeSmet, S.D., with his daughter
Mrs. White. He says it was cold and wet up there and farmers were just beginning to plant corn, but small
grain was looking well. Land sells at from $40 to $50 an acre. Mr. Freilinger stopped at Tracey, Minn. on
his way home and had a visit with J. L. Johnson. He reports J. L. doing a good business and well pleased
with his prospects there.
--Algona Courier, 24 May 1912, page 7
Barney Devine and a daughter arrived home from California last week. Mr. Devine has spent his winters in
California of late years.
--Algona Upper Des Moines, 19 June 1912, page 4
Barney Devine is back from California for his annual summer visit. He arrived last Saturday and is looking
and feeling well. Mrs. Devine did not return to California with him last fall, she not being very well at the
time and did not care to undertake the journey. Barney regrets that fishing in the Des Moines is not as good
as it used to be.
--Algona Courier, 21 June 1912, page 5
Abigail and Barnet Devine
MRS. BARNEY DEVINE DEAD
Wife of Well Known Irvington Pioneer
Passes Away In Algona Last Monday Afternoon
Mrs. Barney Devine died at 3:20 p.m. Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Miss Clara
Devine, in Algona. Mrs. Devine had been an invalid for the past twenty years, her trouble being
rheumatism. Her maiden name was Miss Abigail Batterson and she was born in Ohio, May 14,
1841. She came with her parents to Washington county, Iowa in 1851. In May, 1856, she was
married to Barnet Devine, who with nine children survive her. All of the children with the
Rachel (Scherf) Levine