Andrew Swanson 1849-1939
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/1/2012 at 01:45:45
Andrew Swanson was born in Smaaland, Sweden, September 4, 1849 and passed away Jan. 25, p.m. at the home of his son, Walter at Spirit Lake, Iowa. He had reached the age of 89 years, four months and 21 days. He was baptized as a child and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden.
At the age of 19 he emigrated to America coming first to De Kalb,Ill. There he was united in marriage to Sophia Mary Swanson. In 1884 they moved to Iowa settling first on a farm four miles south of Superior.
In 1888 they moved into Emmet county settling on a farm five miles southwest of Estherville, where they continued to live until after Mrs. Swanson’s death. Since then Mr. Swanson has made his home with his sons in this vicinity.
Three sons preceded him in death. The surviving children are the four sons, Edward Swanson, Walter Swanson, George Swanson and Albert Swanson. There are also 12 grand children and 10 great grandchildren. His brother, John, lives near Superior and a sister, Mrs. Christine Nelson at Sycamore, Ill.
The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 at the home of Edward Swanson in Estherville and at 2 o’clock at the Estherville Lutheran church where he and Mrs. Swanson had been members from the early days. Rev. L.A. Mathre officiated. Berna Hanen presided at the organ and Jennie and Josephine Handeland sang three songs.
The pallbearers were C.J. Lundgren, Oscar Carlson, Dave Ingval, H.H. Hansen, Geo. Frank and Henry Knutson. Interment was made in the family plot on the East Side cemetery beside his sons and his devout wife who fell asleep suddenly and quietly in the night of Oct. 27, 1922. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, February 2, 1939)
Andrew Swanson, 89, Died at Home of Son, Walter Swanson
Andrew Swanson, 89, one of Emmet and Dickinson counties’ best known farm citizens, passed away last Wednesday evening, January 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of his son, Walter Swanson, at the Swanson cabin camp just east of Spirit Lake. He had been in failing health for some time, but until recent weeks was very active for one of his years.
Mr. Swanson first came to this part of Iowa in 1884 and has farmed since then in both Emmet and Dickinson counties. He leaves four sons, Ed., Walter, George, Bert; one brother, John Swanson of Superior and a sister, Mrs. Christine Nelson, of Sycamore, Ill.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 from the Ed. Swanson residence in Estherville and at 2 from the Estherville church. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, February 2, 1939)
Emmet Obituaries maintained by LaVern Velau.
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