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Lucinda Swallom

Pioneer Palo Woman Dies at 90 Leaving 166 Descendants

Special to the Gazette-Republican newspaper

Palo, April 2 When funeral services were held here yesterday for Mrs. Lucinda Swallom, age 90 widow of Marion Swallom, among her mourners were 156 direct descendants; nine children, 52 grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren and two great–great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Swallom had another distinction. She came to Iowa in 1854 from Ohio walking all the way barefooted driving a cow alongside a covered wagon caravan.

Born in Mount Gillet Ohio, Nov. 20 1839, she was married on Feb 25, 1857, to Marion Swallom and to this union were born twelve children. Two died in infancy and a son, George, died in 1903, at the age of 32.

Surviving are two sons, John of Shellsburg, and Charles of Palo; seven daughters, Mrs. Minda Vankirk of South Dakota, Mrs Mary McVay, Mrs. Luvina DeSeve, Mrs. Phoebe Rehder, Mrs. Arena Livermore, Mrs. Etta Hepker, and Mrs. Eva Packingham of Palo; a sister, Susan Brown of Moundville, Mo; a brother Hezekiah Hopper of Kansas City, Kan; the fifty –two grandchildren; the ninety-three great-grandchildren, and the two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Swallom joined the Presbyterian church about 50 years ago and had lived in Palo for the last forty-six years. Funeral services were held in the Palo Methodist Episcopal church with the Rev. L. J. Faris officiating.

Submitted on 16-May-2009
by Marilyn Kolsrud, Doris Haefner, Colette Phelps and Sheryl Mason Reynolds

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Vinton Times;
Marion Martin Swallom Old Settler of Linn County Died Friday

Marion Martin Swallom was born in Ohio

September 3, 1835, and died in Palo, Iowa, Friday March 12 1915, at the age of 79 years and 6 months. He had been ailing for about a year, but the cause of death was due to old age. Deceased had resided in the house in which he died the past twenty-seven years. He came to Iowa when a young man and had been a resident of Linn county ever since. He was married to Miss Lucinda Hopper in 1857, who still survives him. Twelve children were born to this union of which nine are living and were all at the funeral. The children are: John T. Swallom of Shellsburg, Minda Vandike of Springfield, South Dakota, Phoebe Rehder, Chas. Swallom, Rena Livermore, Lavina Stross and Etta Hepker, all of Palo, and Eva Packinham of S. Dak.

Fifty-three grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren also survive him. The funeral, which was very largely attended considering the weather, was from the Methodist church in Palo at 2:30 Sunday afternoon in charge of the G.A.R. The pall bearers were all old soldiers, some of them serving the same company with deceased. The burial was in the east cemetery at Palo.

Submitted on 16-May-2009
by Marilyn Kolsrud, Doris Haefner, Colette Phelps and Sheryl Mason Reynolds

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Vinton Times;
William T. Swallom

William T. Swallom ,96 of 400 18th St Ne died Friday at St Luke’s Hospital after a short illiness. A resident of Cedar Rapids for 24 years, he formerly lived in Palo.

Born Sept 22,1884 at Shellsburg he was married to Gertrude Agnes Livermore on March 25 1911, at Palo. She died in 1971. Mr. Swallom was a carpenter for more than 60 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs Lester Hall of Central City and Mrs Fred Morris, Gladys Swallom and Louise Swallom, all of Cedar Rapids; one son, Ralph of Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Kniffen of Cedar Rapids and Mrs Viola Ferguson of Sioux Falls, S.D. eight grandchildren 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Services; 3 p.m. Monday at Turner Chapel East by the Rev. Allen S. Van Cleve of Central Park Presbyterian Church. Burial Palo Cemetery.

Submitted on 16-May-2009
by Marilyn Kolsrud, Doris Haefner, Colette Phelps and Sheryl Mason Reynolds

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