Adolph Ferdinand Swanstrom

Adolph Ferdinand Swanstrom[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]

Male 1862 - 1904  (41 years)

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  • Name Adolph Ferdinand Swanstrom  [14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
    Born 6 Oct 1862  Ukna, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16, 18, 20, 23
    Address:
    Sundet 
    Christened 12 Oct 1862  Ukna, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration Nov 1881  Dalhem, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Vallemåla 
    Emigration Nov 1884  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Address:
    Toletorp u Tingetorp 
    Emigration 3 Jun 1888  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Address:
    Jernnägstation 
    Emigration 26 Mar 1891  North America Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Immigration Apr 1891  LaPorte, LaPorte, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival 10 Apr 1891  Hull, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Departure 10 Apr 1891  Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Arrival 27 Apr 1891  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Name Adolf Ferdinand Svanström 
    Name Adolph Augustus Swanstrom 
    Name Adolph Frederick Swanstrom 
    Residence 1900  Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Died 21 Feb 1904  Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 16, 27
    Buried Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Address:
    Lake View Cemetery 
    Person ID I451  Swanstrom
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2021 

    Father Karl Johan Svanström,   b. 1 Sep 1823, Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1905, Ukna, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Anna Sofia Jaensdotter,   b. 22 Jan 1826, Dalhem, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1910, Ukna, Kalmar, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1847  Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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  [15
    Children 
     1. Hugo Frederick Swanstrom,   b. 19 May 1886, Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1971, Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Martin John Swanstrom,   b. 19 Jul 1888, Gärdserum, Östergötland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1959, Hot Springs, Fall River, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Esther Frances Swanström,   b. 26 Dec 1892, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1965, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Ellen Sophie Swanstrom,   b. 19 Sep 1895, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1949, Fresno, Fresno, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Hildur Marie Swanstrom,   b. 11 Jun 1899, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1984, Stockton, San Joaquin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Harry William Swanstrom,   b. 1 Dec 1903, Chetek, Barron, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1957, Farson, Sweetwater, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • He was a farmer. His name is said to have been Adolf Ferdinand or Adolf Augustus. He was christened Adolf Ferdinand. In America he used the variation Adolph. The middle name Augustus appears on the birth certificate of his daughter Hildur (1899).

      Adolf is said by his descendants to have been drafted into the Swedish army about 1878 and to have served for a short time, about three months. I have not been able to find any record of his military service, but after 1812 all Swedish men between the ages of 20 and 25 had to serve in the armed forces 12 days a year, changing in 1858 to four weeks per two years. Adolf had to serve, even though he was a pacifist. His daughter Hildur said that he served as a Palace Guard, but there are no records of such service. Perhaps there is some confusion here: he does not seem to have been a "royal guardsman" but he was a "railway guardsman." Railway guardsmen were a part of the military.

      Adolf left Ukna 24 October 1881 and came to Dalhem on 22 November 1881, where he worked as a farmhand at Vallemåla. On 14 November 1884 he moved from Dalhem to Gärdserum, where he worked as a farmhand for his uncle Sven Ögrim at Toletorp under Tingtorp. In 1886 he married Ögrim's foster daughter, Josefina. They moved to Forssaström on 9/11 April 1888 where Adolf worked as a railway porter (stationskarl).

      Adolf and his family emigrated to America in 1891, because he was a very devout man, who objected to the draft. He did not want his sons to have to serve in the army. On 26 March 1891 he and his family left Gärdserum for North America. The emigrant register gives his name as "Stationskarl A. F. Svanstrom", his residence as Forstaström, and his destination as North America. The family would have traveled by train from Forstaström to New Carlisle, outside Göteborg. The Svanströms arrived at New Carlisle on 10 April 1891 and on the same day left Göteborg on the S.S. Romeo bound for England. The Romeo operated by the Wilson Line as a shuttle between Göteborg and Hull. The ship traveled across the Skagerrak strait, south through the North Sea and up the Humber River to the English port of Kingston-upon-Hull. There, the North Eastern Railway Company had a large waiting room near the Paragon Railway Station where travelers could "see the ticket agents, get washed, use the toilet and keep sheltered from the weather." Most travelers stayed only a short time before leaving on one of the long "emigrant trains" for a three or four hour ride to Liverpool where they could board a transatlantic steamer for North America.

      In Liverpool the Svanströms took passage on the S.S. City of Chester, traveling steerage class to New York City. There were 1,120 immigrants on board (1,049 of them travelling in steerage), mostly Swedes and Norwegians, but also many English, Scottish and Irish, a sprinkling of Dutch, Germans, Welsh, and a few Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders. The ship's passenger list shows Adolf F. Svanström, laborer, age 29; Carolina J. Classon, age 25; Hugo Ferdinand, age 4; and Johan Martin, age 2; and three pieces of baggage. Their destination is given simply as "U.S." They arrived in New York on April 27, after a journey of 17 days. They are said to have traveled with Adolf's cousin, but I have not been able to identify him or her, unless it was Anna Marie Wåtz, a cousin who came to America the same year.

      In America, the family settled in Indiana, at La Porte, where Josephine's grandfather lived. A year later they moved to Rockford, Illinois, where Adolph worked at a factory and the family attended the Mission Church. Adolph became a American citizen on 13 October 1896 in the county court at Rockford. There is no record that Josephine, Hugo or Martin were ever naturalized.

      Like many Swedish men of his time, Adolph worked in order to be able to buy a farm some day. The family acquired their farm and moved to Chetek, Wisconsin between June 1899 and June 1900. His obituary says that his health was already failing when the family moved to Chetek, and that he believed the northern climate would be more agreeable. Adolph supplemented his income by working as a lumberjack. He was also organist at the local church in Chetek.

      He and his family were enumerated on 1900 census at Chetek: Adolph F. Swanstrom (37), Caroline J. (32), Hugo F. (14), John M. (11), Esther E. (7), Ellen S. (4) and Hilder M. (1). The census says that he was a farmer and owned his farm. He was listed as a naturalized citizen, who came to America in 1891.

      In May 1903 Adolph's nephews John and Fred Anderson came from Sweden to America, and settled first in Chetek, near Adolf and his family. They lived with Adolph's family after they arrived. According to Sue Helgeland, Harlan and Lorene Anderson remember hearing that Adolph was very well liked in the family, which is why John and Fred chose to stay with him.

      Adolf died of pneumonia in 1904. His daughter Hildur later wrote, "In Chetek, Wisconsin just before my father died, he opened his blue eyes wide and said in Swedish, "Vems portar står öpna fur mig" which translates as "Whose portals stand open for me." Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church. His son Hugo, then 17, took over support of the family.

      Adolf's grave is hard to find. Cousin Sue Helgeland describes its location in the cemetery as follows. Enter from the south and take the path on the right. Go in about 100 yards, more or less, and it will be on your right, next to a tree and directly behind a large stone with LANGDON that's right next to the path. Sue cleaned the grave in 2012. She says, "It's a lovely resting place, surrounded by trees and the lake just across the street."

      Other Relatives

      At least one of Adolf's cousins also immigrated to America. About 1906-1908, Adolf's widow moved to Burlingame, Kansas, where Adolf's cousin lived. I have not been able to identify this cousin, but there are several possibilities.

      Adolf's uncle Petter Magnus Svanström came to America in 1880, and settled at Leonardsville, Kansas.

      Adolf's cousin Anna Maria Wåtz / Wootz immigrated also in 1891, at the invitation of their uncle Petter. She married Eric Edward Olson before 1903 and moved from Topeka to Burlingame. Eric Olson and his brother Gust Olson were godparents to Adolf's son Harry. Their step-brother Peter Persson was the lay minister who baptized Harry.

      Anders Erik August Lannerdal, born 10 October 1860 in Ukna, emigrated to Rio de Janeiro on 22 September 1890.

      A Frans Svanstrom traveled to America a few days before Adolf and his family. He is listed on the passenger list of the S.S. Aurania, a laborer, age 19, travelling with one piece of baggage, intended destination Illinois. The Aurania embarked from Liverpool, stopped in Queenstown, and arrived in New York City on 20 April 1891. This Frans is too young to have been Adolf's brother of that name. He might have been a cousin, but he was not the Frans Edvard who came in 1880.

      Swan O[skar?] Swanstrom, of Osage City might also have been a relative of this family. The county records show no births, marriages, or deaths for a Swanstrom between 1885 and 1909, no land sales to a Swanstrom between 1888 and 1909, and no directory listing in Osage City for a Swanstrom in 1913. However, Swan Swanstrom probably lived in one of the smaller towns in Osage County and was overlooked when I searched the directory. He owned a farm in Grant Township, two or three miles west of Osage City. He died 4 May 1918 at Osage City, leaving a widow Christina (born about 1841 and died 1 October 1922); daughters Ida Anderson (born about 1866), of Portland, Oregon, and Blanda Ashbaugh (born about 1874), of Osage City, Kansas; and a step-son Louis Centra (born about 1886), of Portland, Oregon. If Swan was a relative of Adolf he was probably a first cousin of Adolf's father.

      Arms of Swanström: Azure two bars wavy Argent between three swans Argent. Crest: out of a crest coronet or, a demi-swan Argent. Motto: Caveat Raptor. Notes: These arms are quite different from the spurious coat of arms distributed by an American company called Halbert's for the Swanstrom family: Gules a fess wavy Azure between a swan proper in chief and two twinflowers proper in base.

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