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
MRS. BRONSON, OF
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
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.
Rachel (Scherf) Levine