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
SMALL BLAZE AT McCOWEIN [McCowien] HOME
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
FRANK DEVINE, 69, DIES OF STROKE
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
Rachel (Scherf) Levine