As James Devine and family were returning home last Sunday evening on the grade west of town, their
lights suddenly went out. They met several cars and one came up from behind, and Mr. D. drove to the side
and stopped and it passed. They then started on but did not realize in the dark that they were nearing the
edge of the grade, and their car turned over. Mr. D's. knee was hurt and the little two-year-old boy's ankle
was sprained, Mrs. D's. shoulder and face were scratched and bruised, and her mother, Mrs. Holdren, who
was with them, had her right side badly bruised. They feel that they are indeed very fortunate that they were
not more seriously injured.
--Algona Courier, 26 October 1916, page 12
BARNEY DEVINE ESTATE SOLD
Relatives Bid in Land. Total Purchase
Price Being $120,310.21
(Algona Upper Des Moines-Rep.)
A partition sale of the Barney Devine lands was held last Saturday. The total number of acres sold was
1311.72, and the total amount of the purchase price was $120,310.21. Nearly all of the land was bid in by
relatives of the deceased, Barney Devine.
George Devine purchased the south-east quarter of section 13 in Riverdale at $131 an acre, and the
southeast quarter of section 24 for $127 an acre. Clara Devine purchased 191.95 acres at $88 an acre, part
of which was in lots in sections 13 and 14, at $88 an acre, also lot 3 of section 14, about 40 acres, at $39 an
acre. Charles Wernert bought lot 1 of section 14, 17 acres, lots 4 and 5 of section 23, a total of 109.02 acres,
for which he paid $40 an acre. He also got lots 1, 2 and 3 of section 23 and lots 1 and 2 of section 26, a
total of 97.16 acres, at $29 an acre. Ellen McCowien bought section 24, 154.3 acres at $79 an acre. Nellie
Goetzman secured the East one-half of the southwest quarter of 19 in Sherman township at $122.50 an
acre. Henry Geishecker bought a quarter section in section 19, Sherman township, at $132 an acre and
Mary Wernert bought the southeast quarter of section 26 in Riverdale at $65 an acre. Much of the land lays
along the river and is divided into lots and is rough and bottom land.
--The Emmetsburg Democrat, 29 November 1916, page 8
THE DEVINE LAND SALE.
1311.72 Acres Sold, All to the Heirs Except
One Piece—Sells Cheap.
The Barney Devine land sale was held at the court house door last Saturday by auction. A large number of
farmers and others attended, but the bidding was left mainly to the heirs. It was a cash sale, and that fact
tended to hold down prices, and the further fact that some persons did not like to bid against the heirs
worked to the same effect. Some lots went cheap because they lay adjoining the river and were subject to
overflow or were rough.
George Devine bought the S. E. of 13 and the S. E. of 24 in Riverdale township, the first for $131 and the
second for $127 an acre.
Clara Devine bought the E. ½ of the S. W. of 13 and N. W. of S.W. of 13, and lot 2 in 13 and 2 in 14,
aggregating 191.96, for $88 an acre, and also lot 3 in 14 being 40.17 acres, at $39 an acre.
Charles Wernert bought lot 1 in 14 and lots 4 and 5 in 23, consisting of 109.02, at $40 an acre. Also lot 1 in
23 and lot 3 in 24 and lots 1 and 2 in 26 -97.16, acres, at $29 an acre.
Ellen McCowien bought the E1/2 of the S, W. of 24 and the N. W. of the S. W. of 24, and lots 1 and 2 in
24,--164.3 acres, at $79 an acre.
Mary Wernert bought the S.E. of 26 at $65 an acre.
Nellie Goetzman bought the E ½ of 19 at $122.50 an acre.
Henry Geishecker bought the N. W 19, Sherman township, at $132 an acre.
--Algona Courier, 23 November 1916, page
Rachel (Scherf) Levine