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Harry William Swanström

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Birthplace: Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, United States
Death: Died in Farson, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States
Place of Burial: Farson, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Adolph Frederick Augustus Swanstrom and Josephine Caroline Swanstrom
Husband of Vivian Swanström
Father of Charles Edward Swanström; Harvey William Swanström; Jeanne Swanström; <private> MacNaughtan (Swanstrom) and <private> Swanstrom
Brother of Hugo Frederick Swanstrom; Martin John Swanstrom; Esther Frances Porter; Ellen Sophie Hinkle and Hildur Marie Luce

Occupation: Rancher
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Harry William Swanström

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.


Obituary


Rock Springs Daily Rocket, Feb 17, 1957 HARRY SWANSTROM


Funeral services for Harry Swanstrom, 53, of Farson were held Thursday at the Farson community hall followed by burial in the Farson cemetery. The Rev. Ivan Chester of the First Baptist church conducted the rites.


Friends who served as pallbearers were John Coppes, Lawrence Greenwood, James Meyer, Paul Payne, Richard Pulley and Ralph Stout.


Mr. Swanstrom, an Eden valley rancher, was found dead at his home near Farson Saturday, February 9. A heart attack was the cause of death.


Harry William Swanstrom was born Dec. 1, 1903, in Cheteka, Wis., and had lived in Eden valley for many years. He also was a mechanic for the Soil Conservation Service. His wife, Vivian Luce Swanstrom, is a member of the nursing staff at Sweetwater Memorial hospital.


In addition to his wife, survivors are one son and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jo Bigler of Heber City, Utah, Harry Wallace Swanstrom, and Mrs. Shirley Jean Howery, both of Farson; three grandchildren and two brothers and twin sisters, Hugo and Martin Swanstrom, both of Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Frank Luce of Stockton and Mrs. Albert Porter of Phoenix. His parents and one sister, Ellen Swanstrom Heinkel, preceded him in death.

Obituary

Rock Springs Daily Rocket, Feb 17, 1957 HARRY SWANSTROM

Funeral services for Harry Swanstrom, 53, of Farson were held Thursday at the Farson community hall followed by burial in the Farson cemetery. The Rev. Ivan Chester of the First Baptist church conducted the rites.

Friends who served as pallbearers were John Coppes, Lawrence Greenwood, James Meyer, Paul Payne, Richard Pulley and Ralph Stout.

Mr. Swanstrom, an Eden valley rancher, was found dead at his home near Farson Saturday, February 9. A heart attack was the cause of death.

Harry William Swanstrom was born Dec. 1, 1903, in Cheteka, Wis., and had lived in Eden valley for many years. He also was a mechanic for the Soil Conservation Service. His wife, Vivian Luce Swanstrom, is a member of the nursing staff at Sweetwater Memorial hospital.

In addition to his wife, survivors are one son and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jo Bigler of Heber City, Utah, Harry Wallace Swanstrom, and Mrs. Shirley Jean Howery, both of Farson; three grandchildren and two brothers and twin sisters, Hugo and Martin Swanstrom, both of Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Frank Luce of Stockton and Mrs. Albert Porter of Phoenix. His parents and one sister, Ellen Swanstrom Heinkel, preceded him in death.

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Harry William Swanström's Timeline

1903
December 1, 1903
Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, United States
1907
December 1907
Age 4
Osage City, Osage Co, Kansas
1927
August 2, 1927
Age 23
Rawlins, WY, USA
1932
December 20, 1932
Age 29
Rock Springs, WY, USA
1934
October 5, 1934
Age 30
Rock Springs, WY, USA
1957
February 8, 1957
Age 53
Farson, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States
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Farson, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States