Albin Swenson: Birth: Abt. 1885.
Note: Last Rites Held for B.T. Swenson Pioneer and Community Builder Served His Territory with Credit; Active in Matters of the Church And State; Passed Away At Age of Seventy-nine The last rites for another pioneer of our community were held last Saturday afternoon when the remains of Mr. B.T. Swenson were laid to rest. Funeral services were first held at the home at one o'clock and later from the Braham Lutheran Church at two o'clock. Rev. Aug. P. Lawrence assisted by Rev. C.S. Renius, a former Braham pastor, officiated. Interment was made in the family lot at the Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Bror Theodor Swenson was born at Lånamåla, Kalmar län, Sweden, on Feb. 23, 1847. He came to America in 1870, locating first at Stillwater, Minnesota. In the spring of 1876 he came to the Town of Nessel, Chisago County and it was there he first made his home with his brother Charley. On November 27th, 1882 he was united in marriage with Ingrid Johnson of Lindstrom, Minnesota, the ceremony was performed at Hudson, Wisconsin. They settled immediately on their homestead in Nessel Township and became one of the early pioneer families of the community. And there they have built up in the course of time a fine and very happy home. Mr. Swenson was active in the affairs of the community. He was one of the organizers of the Nessel Mutual Fire Insurance Company and beceame its first president. He served in that capacity from 1888 to 1904 and as vice-president from 1912 to 1925. He also served as Country Commissioner for his district for 8 years and on the town board for sixteen years. He was one of the organizers of the Braham Cooperative Creamery Association and served as its first president from 1912 to 1918. Mr. Swenson did not permit these interests alone to absorb all his time nor to usurp the first place in his heart. He was above all active in the work of the church. He became a charter member of the Rush Lake congregation and served that church faithfully for a number of years as trustee and deacon respectively. In 1902 the family transferred their membership to the Rice Lake Lutheran Congregation. Mr. Swenson was here immediately elected as trustee of that church. Two years later he was elected deacon. Resigning then as trustee he served his church as a deacon for nine years. He also served the church in other capacities and was faithful to the trust wherever he was placed. Of late years, Mr. Swenson has been in failing health; especially so the past two years. The last four weeks he was confined to his bed. He passed away at his home very peacefully a week ago Sunday evening at half past five o'clock. His life had been characterized by an atmosphere of peace and so were also his last moments. He died confessing his unwavering trust in the Savior who had been his constant companion in life. He had at his death attained the age of 79 years, 3 months and 27 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Ingrid Swenson, one son, Albin, and four daughters: Ida, Zelma, Teckla and Mrs. A.L. Hinden; the latter of Spring Vale, and the other four children being all home. He is also mourned by one grandchild, Iris Hilden; by many other relatives and a host of friends. Messers. Fred Johnson, Herman Hallstrom, Elis Carlson, A.J. Wistrom, John Dahl and H.O. Bong acted as pallbearers. Services were largely attended and many came froma far as follows: from St. Paul: Mrs. N. Swanson, Mrs. Lewis Swanson, Miss Hanna Nord, Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson and Mr. Woodrow Johnson; from Minneapolis: Mr. R.R. and B.B. Borman, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Dahl, Rev. and Mrs. C.S. Renius; from Abercrombie: Mr. and Mrs. M.M. Borman and daughter Viola; from Lindstrom: Mr. Gust Fernlund, Mrs. Amanda Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Swen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnson; from Center City Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johnson and daughter Ruth, from Randolph: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Nelson and sons, Charles, Frederic and George; from Rush City: Mrs. J.F. Anderson, Miss Jennie Westlund, Mrs. A. Rundskog; from Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs. Claus Johnson and Miss Amelia Soderman; from Wyanette: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hilden and son, Rodger, and Mr. L.C. Larson. CARD OF APPRECIATION We wish to most sincerely express our thanks to friends and relatives for their kindness and sympathy extended to us during our late bereavement. Especially do we wish to thank Rev. Lawrence and Rev. Renius for their comforting messages at the services, those who sang, the pallbearers and all others who assisted and contributed to the many beautiful flowers. Mrs. Ingrid Swenson Mrs. A. L. Hilden Ida, Zelma, Teckla and Albin
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