Hugo Frederick Swanstrom

Hugo Frederick Swanstrom[1]

Male 1886 - 1971  (84 years)

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  • Name Hugo Frederick Swanstrom  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Born 19 May 1886  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Address:
    Dunketorp u Åsebo 
    • age 23 in 1910, age 33 in 1920, age 43 in 1930
    Christened 13 Jun 1886  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 26 Mar 1891  United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival 27 Apr 1891  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 10
    Name Hugo Ferdinand Svanström 
    Residence 1900  Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1910  Burlingame, Osage, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence 1917  Marbleton, Sublette, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1920  Fremont, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Election District 13 
    Residence 1930  Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    311 Gail Street 
    Died 27 Jan 1971  Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 9, 13, 14
    Buried Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address:
    Odd Fellows Cemetery 
    Person ID I5  Swanstrom
    Last Modified 24 Oct 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  [2
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married Abt 1948 
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F3927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia May Cronk,   b. 24 Jan 1896, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1954, Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1954 
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married Abt 1960 
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F3932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Swanstroms,vEsther, Ellen Hildur, Hugo, Martin, Harry & Joseph
    Swanstroms,vEsther, Ellen Hildur, Hugo, Martin, Harry & Joseph

  • Notes 
    • His birth name was Hugo Ferdinand Svanström. He was a cabinet maker, farmer and mechanic. He came to America with his parents at the age of 4. He and his 3 year old brother Martin were very excited at first to see the ocean and to be going on a ship, but after a time at sea their interest waned and they became very bored, always wanting to know when they would get to "Amerika."

      When the family did get to America, Hugo was very anxious to start school here and learn the English language. The Svanströms, like almost all immigrants, knew and spoke only their native language. When that first day of school arrived Hugo was very excited to finally be going, but he came home that night very disappointed that he had not learned English. It was only a matter of months before he did learn the language, but by then the novelty had worn off.

      Hugo's parents were very devout and his father was the church organist in Chetek, Wisconsin. Hugo often recounted his memory of one particular Sunday when he sang a solo while his father played the organ. Throughout the entire performance Hugo was so nervous he was afraid his knees would give way and he would fall down in front of the congregation. That he made it through without this happening, he considered to have been a miracle.

      Hugo was nearly 18 when his father died. He became the principle support to his mother after his father's death. Hugo took over the farm work as far as he was able, while continuing to work as an apprentice cabinet maker. Thus he learned his trade and continued to care for his mother throughout the rest of her life.

      After Adolf's death, the Swanströms were having trouble making ends meet, so about 1906 they moved to Burlingame, Kansas where they had relatives. Here, as in Chetek, Hugo was both farmer and cabinet maker. The 1910 census shows him as a farmer.

      When private developers opened land to homesteading in 1913 to promote a new reclamation project in Wyoming, the Swanströms availed themselves of this opportunity and settled a farm on Muddy Creek near Marbleton, on the Cottonwood Canal (Green River Supply Canal Project). Here Hugo built up a truck farm (potatoes and chickens), while his mother and sister operated the Marbleton Hotel. On 23 March 1914 he recorded the H Lazy S brand, but did not renew in 1925.

      "Farmers in this section are now cutting their grain. Those in the field at present are Hugo Swanstrom, C. W. Carlson, A. B. Stout, F. D. Ball, W. E. Spencer and the River Forks folk. But we must take our hats off to Hugo Swanstrom as the real farmer. Mr. Swanstrom has eighty-eight acres of as fine oats as anyone ever saw in this country, and the yield is estimated at thirty bushels per acre and forty-five pounds per bushel. We repeat again, that the right kind of people can farm grain successfully here, and that our land should be valued according to what it is capable of producing. Mr. Swanstrom has raised thoroly matured grain every year since he located under the Cottonwood Canal and his yields have always been satisfactory. (Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyo., Thurs., Sep. 20, 1917).

      Hugo registered for the World War I draft: Hugo Ferdinand Swanstrom, age 32, naturalized citizen, self-employed rancher at Marbleton, Wyoming.

      Unfortunately, the Green River Supply Canal Project never resolved its organizational problems, and the Swanströms never proved their homestead claim.

      About 1920 Hugo, his mother, and his brother Harry, moved to Rock Springs. Hugo went in with a friend of his and bought an automobile dealership, which was quite prosperous until the night his friend ran off with the cash and tools. The 1930 census shows him as a laborer, working in a garage. He owned his house at 311 Gail Street, which he reported as valued at $4,500. His mother was living with him.

      He moved to California in the 1930s. He was listed on the 1934, 1942 and 1944 voter registration roll of Fresno as a Democrat. In 1934 he was a "garg." at 3632 McKenzie, and his mother was at the same address. In 1942 and 1944 he was a carpenter at 4604 Grant.

      Hugo is remembered by his nieces and nephews as being very proper.

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

      His birth name was Hugo Ferdinand Svanström. He was a cabinet maker, farmer and mechanic. He came to America with his parents at the age of 4. He and his 3 year old brother Martin were very excited at first to see the ocean and to be going on a ship, but after a time at sea their interest waned and they became very bored, always wanting to know when they would get to "Amerika."

      When the family did get to America, Hugo was very anxious to start school here and learn the English language. The Svanströms, like almost all immigrants, knew and spoke only their native language. When that first day of school arrived Hugo was very excited to finally be going, but he came home that night very disappointed that he had not learned English. It was only a matter of months before he did learn the language, but by then the novelty had worn off.

      Hugo's parents were very devout and his father was the church organist in Chetek, Wisconsin. Hugo often recounted his memory of one particular Sunday when he sang a solo while his father played the organ. Throughout the entire performance Hugo was so nervous he was afraid his knees would give way and he would fall down in front of the congregation. That he made it through without this happening, he considered to have been a miracle.

      Hugo was nearly 18 when his father died. He became the principle support to his mother after his father's death. Hugo took over the farm work as far as he was able, while continuing to work as an apprentice cabinet maker. Thus he learned his trade and continued to care for his mother throughout the rest of her life.

      After Adolf's death, the Swanströms were having trouble making ends meet, so about 1906 they moved to Burlingame, Kansas where they had relatives. Here, as in Chetek, Hugo was both farmer and cabinet maker. The 1910 census shows him as a farmer.

      When the federal government opened land to homesteading to promote a new reclamation project in Wyoming, the Swanströms availed themselves of this opportunity and settled a farm on Muddy Creek near Marbleton. Here Hugo built up a truck farm (potatoes and chickens), while his mother and sister operated the Marbleton Hotel. On 23 March 1914 he recorded the H Lazy S brand, but did not renew in 1925.

      "Farmers in this section are now cutting their grain. Those in the field at present are Hugo Swanstrom, C. W. Carlson, A. B. Stout, F. D. Ball, W. E. Spencer and the River Forks folk. But we must take our hats off to Hugo Swanstrom as the real farmer. Mr. Swanstrom has eighty-eight acres of as fine oats as anyone ever saw in this country, and the yield is estimated at thirty bushels per acre and forty-five pounds per bushel. We repeat again, that the right kind of people can farm grain successfully here, and that our land should be valued according to what it is capable of producing. Mr. Swanstrom has raised thoroly matured grain every year since he located under the Cottonwood Canal and his yields have always been satisfactory. (Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyo., Thurs., Sep. 20, 1917).

      Hugo registered for the World War I draft: Hugo Ferdinand Swanstrom, age 32, naturalized citizen, self-employed rancher at Marbleton, Wyoming.

      Unfortunately, the Green River Supply Canal Project never resolved its organizational problems, and the Swanströms never proved their homestead claim.

      About 1920 Hugo, his mother, and his brother Harry, moved to Rock Springs. Hugo went in with a friend of his and bought an automobile dealership, which was quite prosperous until the night his friend ran off with the cash and tools. The 1930 census shows him as a laborer, working in a garage. He owned his house at 311 Gail Street, which he reported as valued at $4,500. His mother was living with him.

      He moved to California in the 1930s. He was listed on the 1934, 1942 and 1944 voter registration roll of Fresno as a Democrat. In 1934 he was a "garg." at 3632 McKenzie, and his mother was at the same address. In 1942 and 1944 he was a carpenter at 4604 Grant.

      Hugo is remembered by his nieces and nephews as being very proper.

  • Sources 
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