who are living are: Mrs. Mary Sweeney of Dubuque, Joseph of Norton, Kansas; Mrs. M. J. Walsh

of Livingston, Montana, Ignatius, Caroline, Catherine and Christine of Algona.

Funeral services were held this morning (Thursday) at 9:30 in the Sacred Heart church at

Livermore. Interment was made at Livermore.

--Algona Upper Des Moines, 8 March 1934, page 7


Buried Tuesday Old Time Resident of Bancroft

Died Early Sunday Morning; Ill Two Weeks

John McCowien, one of the old time residents of Bancroft, passed away at his home in west

Bancroft early Sunday morning. Mr. McCowien had been seriously ill for the past two weeks but

prior to that time had been up and about his regular duties as usual and none of his many friends

were aware of the fact that he was suffering from an ailment that was liable at any time to cause

him trouble from which he could not recover. For the past week, relatives and friends, had been

aware of the seriousness of his illness as the family physician, Dr. J. A. Devine, had informed

them that there was very little hope that could be held out for his ultimate recovery.

John R. McCowien was born in Washington county, Iowa, December 5, 1859 and departed this

life, November 25, 1934, at the age of 74. He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Devine, August

20, 1880, at Algona, Iowa. Ten years ago he with his wife was baptized in the Methodist church at

Clayton, Minnesota. He has lived ever since his marriage in Kossuth county and for the past

twenty years has been a resident of Bancroft.

An adopted son, Mont, died a soldier in Camp Morrison, Virginia, during the late war. He leaves

to mourn his death, his beloved wife and four children, William of Kansas; Mrs. Fred Odell; Frank

and Mrs. Sam Squires of Bancroft; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren and one sister,

Mrs. Chas. Brabender, Woodstock, Minnesota, and his many friends. Funeral services were held at

the Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. C. E. Bryden officiating.

--unidentified, undated newsclipping


Of Livermore Interred

Friday Morning Last

LIVERMORE—Funeral services were held here this Friday morning at 9:30 from Sacred Heart

Church for Mrs. Mary Wernert, age 76, with Rev. Costello officiating, with burial at Mt. Calvary

cemetery. Acting pallbearers were Ernest Boyd, Frank Baumgardner, Frank V. Devine, Leo

Devine, George Thul and Peter Zelmet. Donovan funeral home was in charge.

Mrs. Wernert was born in Eldora, Iowa, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Barnet Devine.

She was married to Charles Wernert in December, 1879, at St. Joe, Iowa, and lived in that vicinity

until 1918 when they moved to Livermore where their residence has been maintained since.

Four children were born, three of whom survive, namely, Mrs. Nicholas Blasen of White Lake, S.

D., Mrs. George Lenertz of Livermore, and Mrs. J. C. Hanson of Aberdeen, S. D. Mr. Wernert

preceded his wife in death two years ago. There are thirteen grandchildren and one great


--Humboldt Republican, Friday, 31 January 1936, page 5



LIVERMORE, (AP)—Mrs. Barnet Devine, 78 year old Humboldt county pioneer, died at her

home north of here. Her husband and four sons survive.

--Mason City Globe Gazette, Friday, 23 April 1937, page 19


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