Obituaries - Elmer SWANSON
Elmer Swanson [my note: died February 08, 1952]
Elmer Swanson, age 77, passed away at the Phelps hospital where he has been a patient for ten days Friday, February 8. He had been in ill health for the past three years.
Funeral services were held at two-o'clock Sunday afternoon February 10, at the Colchester Christian Church with Rev. Ernest Louderman officiating. Herbert Hulson sang two solos, "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" and "In the Garden." Casket bearers were Damon and Cecil Fentem, Paul Everett, Robert and Kenneth Swanson. Burial was in Mt. Auburn cemetery.
Mr. Swanson was born in Sweden on April 21, 1874, a son of Andrew and Mary Sands Swanson and came to America with the family at the age of two years.
He has always lived in Colchester where he worked as a coal miner for over 50 years. On Sept. 19, 1900, he was married to Maggie M. Fentem who survives with the following children: Virgil of Ottawa, Orville, Elmer and Mrs. Lucille Nelson of Colchester, Elma Quaife of Birmingham and Hilda Meyers of Sciota.
He leaves six brothers and sisters, Albert and Oscar Swanson, Mrs. Anna Fentem and Mrs. Flora Carmack of Colchester, Clyde and Cliff Swanson of East Peoria, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. One sister is deceased. He was a member of the Colchester Christian Church for many years. The Jones mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Contributed by Kathy Lathrop