Wash., eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four brothers, Geo. of Long Beach, Cal.,

Frank of Algona, William of Livermore and Charley, who has made his home with Mrs.

McCowien; three sisters, Mrs. Delia Carl of Chicago, Mrs. Clara Devine of Long Beach and

Nellie Goetzman of Chino, Cal. Her husband and one son, Frank, preceded her in death three years


-- Date of death: 9 May 1938 Newspaper obituary from Bancroft Library



Funeral services were held at Bancroft Monday, Dr. F. Earl Burgess, Algona, officiating, for Mrs. Mary

Bronson, who lived most of her life on a farm near Bancroft. Burial was made at Bancroft beside the grave

of her husband, Hugh, who died in 1923. Mrs. Bronson died Saturday at Hazel Crest, Ill., of heart disease.

Mrs. Bronson was born January 12, 1868, at Washington, Ia., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abija Batterson

brought her to Kossuth county when she was nine. She was married in Seneca township to Hugh Bronson,

where they lived on a farm near Bancroft. After Mr. Bronson’s death, Mrs. Bronson went to Chicago to live

with her children.

A sister, Mrs. M. E. Blanchard, Lone Rock, and nine children survive: Perry, Marian, Winnifred, Billie,

Hugh, Jr., all of Chicago; Walter, Grand Junction, Colo.; Mrs. Helen Whalen, Bellflower, Calif.; Mrs. Ethel

Thompson, Los Angeles, and Mrs. E. J. Simpson, Hazel Crest, suburb of Chicago.

Hugh Bronson, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bronson, and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Simpson came for the funeral.

Edward Bronson, cousin of the late Hugh Bronson, Sr., was once associated with Warren J. Laird in the

funeral home here which W. S. McCullough now conducts.

--Kossuth County Advance, Thursday, 23 May 1939, page 5




Born in County in 1871;

Farmed Here up to 1918;

Later Years Had Lived

in California

Funeral services for George W. Devine, in latter years of Long Beach, California, but a native of

Kossuth county, were held from the McCullough funeral chapel on Monday afternoon at 1:30 and

interment was in Irvington cemetery. Mr. Devine passed away in Long Beach the first of the week

and the remains reached Algona Saturday. Two of his sons, Ralph E. and Theodore C., of Long

Beach, accompanied the body here.

Born Near St Joe

George W. Devine was born near St. Joe on May 20, 1871, son of Barney and Abigail Devine,

pioneers of the county. He grew to young manhood there and married Lulu Pointer and they

farmed for themselves in that vicinity. Three sons survive, Clifford, Ralph and Theo., all of Long

Beach. The family moved to Livermore and lived there for a number of years and while there his

wife passed away. He then moved to Algona and lived here several years. About 24 years ago he

moved to California where he lived until his death. During his residence there he came to Kossuth

county and spent the summers here.

He is also survived by three sisters, Clara Devine, Long Beach, Mrs. Nellie Goetzman, Pomona,

Calif., and Mrs. Delia Carrel, Maywood, Ill., and three brothers Frank and Charles of Algona and

William of Livermore.

Rev. Harry M. Burns had charge of the services Monday afternoon. Pall bearers were Edw.

Capesius, John Lenertz, Geo. Lenertz, H. E. Rist, M. E. Worster and Mike Loss, Sr.


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