"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"
Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others.
Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill.
787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three
counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.
Swanlund, A. J. a prosperous farmer of the town of Washington, Vilas County, was born in Sweden Oct. 20, 1856, son of Swan and Christine (BENSON) MUNSON. The parents were natives of Sweden and both spent all their lives in that country. He was educated in his native land and learned the carepenter's trade there, which he followed after coming to the United States in 1882. He was first at Geneva, Ill., for two years and then went to Rockford, Ill., where he engaged in general contracting and building and became one of the best known contractors in that locality, remaining in business there for 35 years. He gave up his work in this connection in 1919 and at that time came to Vilas County, purchasing 80 acres of unimproved land in Section 10, town of Washington. He later sold 40 acres of this tract to his son-in-law, Alfred ANDERSON, and devoted his entire attention to carrying on the development and operation of the remaining 40 acres. This place he made into a fine piece of agricultural property, erecting a good set of buildings, and he is carrying on general diversified farming. His residence is a modern, excellently designed structure, and all his operations are carried on along the lines of scientific agriculture. He has also erected a small sawmill for custom sawing, and he cuts from 50,000 to 75,000 feet of lumber every year. Besides his other activities he deals quite extensively in draft horses, importing fine animals from Illinois and selling them locally. He has sold about 80 of these animals in his immediate vicinity. Among the improvements on his farm may be mentioned a fine double garage and a silo. Mr. SWANLUND is a member of the Rockford Swedish Mission Church, and was a delegate to the Convention of that organization held at Duluth, Minn., in July, 1923. In September, 1880, in Sweden, Mr. SWANLUND was united in marriage with Christine OLSON. Mr. and Mrs. SWANLUND have eight children: George, Fred, Mamie, Paul Raymond, Ethel, Nancy, Harold, and Myrtle. George is now farming in the town of Washington; he married Bertha HANSON, and he and his wife have five children, Carl, Paul, Elna, Ruth, and Arthur. Fred, also a farmer in the town of Washington, married Anna LINDER, and has four children, David, Paul, Leonard, and Mae. Mamie is the wife of Alfred ANDERSON of the town of Washington and has one child, Harold. Paul Raymond is living at home. Ethel is now Mrs. Martin JOHNSON of Rockford, Ill., and she and her husband have one child, Lowel. Nancy is Mrs. Floyd JOHNSON of Rockford, Ill, and Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON are the parents of two children, Donald and Marion. Harold is bookkeeper for Swards Bros, of Rockford, Ill. Myrtle is also living in Rockford and is the wife of Farrand SAYRE of that city; she and her husband are the parents of two children, James and Alice.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 715,
History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin;
Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others
1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co
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