An engine made a quick run to Bode and brought a doctor to assist Dr. Livingston to care for the injured
man who was at first unconscious, but was finally able to be removed to his home.
--Algona Upper Des Moines, 20 March 1918, page 9
John McCowien moved the building which has been used by the Farmers and Traders bank all winter to his
lots in the south part of town last Tuesday. He purchased the building out of the sale held last Saturday. It is
quite an improvement to get the building out of the main street.
--Bancroft Register, 28 March 1918
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Devine are the proud parents of a baby girl born last Wednesday. This makes a fine pair,
a boy and a girl.
--Algona Courier, Thursday, 25 April 1918, page 2
Will Devine was a passenger to Des Moines last week Tuesday, en route to Long Beach, Cal. He had been
visiting with his brother Frank, of this vicinity.
--Kossuth County Advance, 22 May 1918, page 6
Mrs. John McCowien has been seriously ill for the past two weeks and her many friends are somewhat
worried over her condition. It is sincerely hoped that she will soon recover from her illness.
--Bancroft Register, 20 June 1918
Mrs. James Devine and daughter Lorian of Whittemore shopped in Algona last week Tuesday and while
here purchased a beautiful Schumann piano from John Mesing.
--Algona Upper Des Moines, 24 July 1918, page 5
Mr. and Mrs. J. McCowien left Tuesday for a visit with relatives at Des Moines.
--Bancroft Register, 1 August 1918
Iowa People in California
Hold Annual Outing at
LONG BEACH PICNIC
John G. Smith Tells of Great Gathering
and Gives List of Kossuth
County People Attending.
Santa Monica, California, August 11th, 1918—
Upper Des Moines-Republican:Yesterday twenty-five thousand Iowa people gathered together at Bixby
Park, Long Beach at the annual summer picnic. The ninety-nine county headquarters were very busy
places. Each county headquarters was marked with the name of the county and one had no trouble in
finding his own county. The day was all that one could wish and everyone seemed at their best. . . .
Thousands of Iowa people were in the park when we arrived. We left the car a short distance from Kossuth
county headquarters and for the next hour or two it was one continual handshake. The Humboldt and
Kossuth headquarters were but a short distance apart . . . Soon after we arrived the baskets began to be
opened and the good things in the baskets did not look as though there was any shortage of food
in southern California. Flying machines were over the grounds most of the day. Some of them came very
close to the tree tops. I could not but think when I saw the splendid management of those flying machines
that they were here to stay. . . After the picnic dinner came the speech making and singing . . . The speakers
were all old Iowa men, some half dozen of them candidates for office at the coming election. They were not
allowed to make political speeches . . . They all spoke of our terrible war, and of the great part Iowa was
taking in the war. Truly we are proud of dear old Iowa and it makes us feel very sad when we read the list
of names of the Iowa boys who have fallen on the fields of France. No part of the world is doing more than
Iowa. She furnishes men and food to carry on this great war in the cause of humanity. What would the good
people of the world do without the great grain fields, the great corn fields, her thousands of hogs, cattle and
horses that go to feed the world, and best of all the brave Iowa men in the front at every great battle for the
right? Truly every southern California Iowa man, woman and child feels proud of that splendid state.
Rachel (Scherf) Levine