Harry William Swanstrom

Harry William Swanstrom[1, 2, 3]

Male 1903 - 1957  (53 years)

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  • Name Harry William Swanstrom  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    Born 1 Dec 1903  Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13
    • age 36 in 1940
    Residence 1905  Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Christened Dec 1907  Osage, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Address:
    Stotler Church 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1910  Burlingame, Osage, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1920  Fremont, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    Election District 13 
    Residence 1930  Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    602 B .Street 
    Residence 1931  Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence 1935  Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1940  Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1942  Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Died 8 Feb 1957  Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Address:
    Swanstrom Ranch 
    • of a heart attack
    Buried 13 Feb 1957  Eden, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Address:
    Eden Valley Cemetery 
    Person ID I381  Swanstrom
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2021 

    Father Adolph Ferdinand Swanstrom,   b. 6 Oct 1862, Ukna, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1904, Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Josephine Caroline Klasson,   b. 22 Mar 1865, Vimmerby, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1937, Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1886  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Vivian Luce,   b. 17 Nov 1901, Big Piney, Sublette, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1979, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1927  Rawlins, Carbon, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 21
    Address:
    Methodist Church 
    Children 
     1. Charles Edward Swanstrom,   b. 20 Dec 1932, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1932, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Harvey William Swanstrom,   b. 5 Oct 1934, Pinedale, Sublette, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1934, Pinedale, Sublette, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Living
     4. Living
     5. Harry Wallace Swanstrom,   b. 26 Sep 1939, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 2018, Natchitoches, Natchitoches, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Harry Swanstrom
    Harry Swanstrom
    Swanstroms,vEsther, Ellen Hildur, Hugo, Martin, Harry & Joseph
    Swanstroms,vEsther, Ellen Hildur, Hugo, Martin, Harry & Joseph
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Hildur, Ellen, Esther, and Harry Swanstrom
    Hildur, Ellen, Esther, and Harry Swanstrom

  • Notes 
    • He was a rancher, and a mechanic for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. His birth certificate says that his name was Henry William Swanstrom, although he does not appear to have ever used that name. He was always called Harry. He was baptized in 1907 at the Stotler Church in Burlingame, Kansas, a Swedish Church. His baptismal certificate, in the care of his daughter Jeanne Swanstrom, was printed and written in Swedish. The pastor's name on the certificate is Peter Persson. His godparents were Mr and Mrs E. E. Olson and Mr and Mrs Gust Olson. The Olsons were brothers, and step-brothers to the lay minister Peter Persson.

      Harry started school in Marbleton, Wyoming, and completed the 8th grade. He long remembered the truck farm his brother Hugo had at Marbleton. Chickens were one of the main crops and it was Harry's job to take care of them, cleaning the coops and plucking them. Throughout his adult life he would never eat chicken.

      Harry left home to join the circus when he was 14 (1917), when his family was living "on the Muddy Creek" near Big Piney. He must have returned, because he appears on the 1920 census in his brother Hugo's household, although he was not in school and had no occupation. The Swanstroms were living "near" the family of Harry's future wife, Vivian Luce. They appear on the same page of the census. The Luces lived on New Fork. They were enumerated on January 30. The Swanstroms lived at Marbleton. They were enumerated the next day, on January 31.

      Harry spent two years in the army (about 1925-1927) and was stationed in the Philippines. He returned home to Rock Springs after his discharge in 1927 and married Vivian Luce that fall. They appear on the 1930 census at 602 B Street in Rock Springs. He was working as a tractor driver for the State Highway Department; she was working as a nurse. They were renting rooms and reported their rent as $27.

      "The following Daniel people got their elk during the past special opening of the season: Alec Price, Elden Hibben, Ward Blackmon, Bernie Payne, L. W. Sargent, Bill Sargent, and Harry Swanstrom" (Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyo., Thurs. Jan. 4, 1934).

      Harry worked for a while in the Park City, Utah coal mines, then for Woodward Construction, then six years for the Highway Department, first in Rock Springs, then in Daniels. In 1934 he and his wife were living in a trailer next door to his wife's best friend Mabel Eberle, at Daniels, Wyoming.

      They later moved to Farson, where they had a farm (Sections 8 and 17, T25N, R105W, 6th P. M.). They appear on the 1940 census in Farson: Harry Swanstrom (36), born in Wisconsin; wife Vivian (37), born in Wyoming; daughter Betty Jo (5), born in Wyoming; daughter Jean (3), born in Wyoming; and son Wallace (7/12), born in Wyoming. Harry was listed as a Farmer with his Own Farm. He and his wife were living in the same house where they had lived in 1935.

      On 19 January 1946 Harry recorded the H Lazy S brand. Harry lived here until his death in 1957, except for one winter that the family lived in Tooele, Utah.

      Somewhere along the way, he learned to play the saxophone. He was raised Lutheran, but did not affiliate with any particular church as an adult. Harry had a single superstition: he would not work on Friday the 13th. He was a Republican.

      Warned by doctors that he had a heart condition, Harry continued to live life to the fullest. He died of a heart attack on the farm in Farson. He is remembered as a laughing, easy-going man, whom all the local children knew and loved.

      -- MERGED NOTE ------------

      He was a rancher, and a mechanic for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. His birth certificate says that his name was Henry William Swanstrom, although he does not appear to have ever used that name. He was always called Harry. He was baptized in 1907 at the Stotler Church in Burlingame, Kansas, a Swedish Church. His baptismal certificate, in the care of his daughter Jeanne Swanstrom, was printed and written in Swedish. The pastor's name on the certificate is Peter Persson. His godparents were Mr and Mrs E. E. Olson and Mr and Mrs Gust Olson. The Olsons were brothers, and step-brothers to the lay minister Peter Persson.

      Harry started school in Marbleton, Wyoming, and completed the 8th grade. He long remembered the truck farm his brother Hugo had at Marbleton. Chickens were one of the main crops and it was Harry's job to take care of them, cleaning the coops and plucking them. Throughout his adult life he would never eat chicken.

      Harry left home to join the circus when he was 14 (1917), when his family was living "on the Muddy Creek" near Big Piney. He must have returned, because he appears on the 1920 census in his brother Hugo's household, although he was not in school and had no occupation.

      He spent two years in the army (about 1925-1927) and was stationed in the Philippines. He returned home to Rock Springs after his discharge in 1927 and married Vivian Luce that fall. They appear on the 1930 census at 602 B Street in Rock Springs. He was working as a tractor driver for the State Highway Department; she was working as a nurse. They were renting rooms and reported their rent as $27.

      "The following Daniel people got their elk during the past special opening of the season: Alec Price, Elden Hibben, Ward Blackmon, Bernie Payne, L. W. Sargent, Bill Sargent, and Harry Swanstrom." (Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyo., Thurs. Jan. 4, 1934).

      Harry worked for a while in the Park City, Utah coal mines, then for Woodward Construction, then six years for the Highway Department, first in Rock Springs, then in Daniels. In 1934 he and his wife were living in a trailer next door to his wife's best friend Mabel Eberle, at Daniels, Wyoming.

      They later moved to Farson, where they had a farm (Sections 8 and 17, Tier 25 North, Range 105 West, 6th P. M.). They appear on the 1940 census in Farson: Harry Swanstrom (36), born in Wisconsin; wife Vivian (37), born in Wyoming; daughter Betty Jo (5), born in Wyoming; daughter Jean (3), born in Wyoming; and son Wallace (7/12), born in Wyoming. He was listed as a Farmer with his Own Farm. He and his wife were living in the same house where they had lived in 1935.

      On 19 Janauary 1946 Harry recorded the H Lazy S brand. Harry lived here until his death in 1957, except for one winter that the family lived in Tooele, Utah.

      Harry had a single superstition: he would not work on Friday the 13th.

      Somewhere along the way, he learned to play the saxophone. He was raised Lutheran, but did not affiliate with any particular church as an adult. He was a Republican.

      Warned by doctors that he had a heart condition, Harry continued to live life to the fullest. He died of a heart attack on the farm in Farson. He is remembered as a laughing, easy-going man, whom all the local children knew and loved.

  • Sources 
    1. [S557] Birth record, Henry Swanstrom, Wisconsin 1703.

    2. [S637] Death record, Harry William Swanstrom, Wyoming 1957-394.

    3. [S641] Vivian Swanstrom (1979).

    4. [S6] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0005; FHL microfilm: 2342359.

    5. [S3] 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Election District 13, Fremont, Wyoming; Roll: T625_2026; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 56.

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    7. [S8] 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Burlingame, Osage, Kansas; Roll: T624_451; Page: 25B; Enumeration District: 0094; FHL microfilm: 1374464.

    8. [S88] 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming; Roll: m-t0627-04576; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 19-30.

    9. [S78] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

    10. [S1522] U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current.

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    13. [S215] U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Wyoming, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 58.

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    19. [S833] Baptismal record.

    20. [S1] 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 1241777.

    21. [S341] Marriage record, Swanstrom-Luce, Carbon County, G:314.