Mr. Bronson was a native of Illinois, born near Morrison October 1, 1861. He was thus 62 years old at his

death.. He came to Kossuth county in 1887 and "swapped" a pony for a piece of land in Seneca, the land

being now part of his home estate, which consists of more than 800 acres.

Mr. Bronson was married to Mary A. Batterson, of Seneca township, in 1885, and they reared a family of

nine children, two others dying in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. Walter

Townsend, Long Beach, Calif; Marlon H., Chicago; Winnifred, Waterloo; Hugh E. Jr., Bancroft; Helen,

Terril; Mildred and Vera, Cedar Falls; Walter, Collegeville; and P. A. McGregor.

Funeral services were held at the home in Seneca Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev.

Arthur Bottom, pastor of the Methodist church at Burt. Burial was made in a cemetery near Bancroft. There

was a large turn-out of old friends and neighbors, showing the high esteem in which Mr. Bronson was held

by those who had known him intimately.

--Kossuth County Advance, Thursday, 29 March 1923, page 1


The John McCowien home was the scene of a small blaze early last Friday morning. Defective wiring

started the conflagration in the basement and the family was aroused about 3 a.m. by the smell of smoke.

The trouble was easily located and the fire put out before any great amount of damage was done. Mr. and

Mrs. McCowien are feeling very thankful that they were awakened when the conflagration first started. The

morning was one of those intensely cold ones that we have had so frequently of late and had the fire gained

much headway there would have been much hardship in fighting the fire.

--Bancroft Register, 31 January 1924

Mrs. John McCowien has been on the sick list the past few days, and under the care of a physician.

--Bancroft Register, 3 April 1924

Mr. and Mrs. John McCowien have been enjoying a visit the past week from two cousins of the former,

Mrs. Ida Mitchell of Chamberlain, S. Dak. and Mrs. Maggie Johnson of Fort Dodge.

--Bancroft Register, 29 January 1925

Frank McCowien drove up to Slayton, Minn., the latter part of last week and while there rented a farm

which he will take possession of March 1st.

--Bancroft Register, 30 July 1925

Frank McCowien and family, Jake Keller and family are at Des Moines this week taking in the State Fair.

--Bancroft Register, 27 August 1925

John McCowien is reported as still seriously ill and his condition is causing considerable worry to his

friends and relatives.

--Bancroft Register, 14 January 1926

John McCowan [McCowien], who has been quite seriously ill at his home in west Bancroft for several

weeks, is said to be very little improved at this time and it is feared that he will be unable to recover. His

many friends in this community are hoping for the best.

--Bancroft Register, 28 January 1926

Wm. McCowien, of Hutchinson, Kan., arrived in the city Friday to be at the bedside of his father, John

McCowien, who is lying seriously ill at the McCowien home in this city with very little hopes held out for

his recovery. His ailment is of rather long standing and a decided turn for the worse last week makes his

case a most serious one.

--Bancroft Register, 4 February 1926


Irvington, Mar. 20—Frank Devine, 69, died at his farm home near Livermore last week

Wednesday. He had suffered a stroke a few years before, and since had been confined to an invalid


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