Swan Louis Carlson

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  • Name: Swan Louis Carlson
  • Location of Birth: Falkoping, Vestergotland, Sweden
  • Date of Birth: October 2, 1890
  • Date of Death: April 22, 1983 (92 years old)
  • Parents: Martin Carlson and Mary (Johansdotter) Carlson
  • High School and Class: Princeton, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 26, 1918 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: April 11, 1919 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    Swan fought in the World War I battles of St. Michael and Mense Argonne, France where he was wounded and earned the Purple Heart.

    Information in the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name: Swan L. Carlson
    Race: Caucasian (White)
    Marital Status: Single
    Birth Date: October 2, 1890
    Birth Place: Sweden
    Residence Date: 1917-1918
    Residence Place: Itasca County, Minnesota, USA
    Physical Build: Slender
    Height: Tall
    Hair Color: Brown:
    Eye Color: Blue

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:
    Name: Swan Louis Carlson
    Gender: Male
    Registration Age: 51
    Birth Date: October 2, 1890
    Birth Place: Falkoping, Sweden
    Residence Place: Warba, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: About 1941
    Military Draft Date: 1942
    Employer: Farm Bureau Service
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 165
    Complexion: Light Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Margaret Carlson

    Information in the United States, Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939:
    Name: Swan L. Carlson
    Departure Date: June 20, 1918
    Departure Place: New York, New York
    Residence Place: Long Siding, Minnesota
    Father: Martin A. Carlson
    Ship: Harrisburg
    Military Unit: Company L
    Rank: Private
    Notes: Company L, 357th Infanatry

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Swan's father immigrated to Brickton, Minnesota in 1893 and his mother and family followed in late 1895. Swan worked with his brothers in a brick making business until he purchased the Warba General Store in 1914.

    After the war he returned to the Warba Store and remained there until it was sold in 1947. After retirement, he moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and managed the Farm Bureau and was later a custodian at the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He married Margaret Cameron at Hibbing, Minnesota on November 20, 1920 and she died on February 27, 1952. In 1969, Swan married Ellen Aornes of Sebeka, Minnesota. They lived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota until 1976 when they moved to Sebeka. Mr. Carlson died at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, Minnesota.

    He was a member of the American Legion McVeigh-Dunn Post, Grand Rapids, Minnesota for 60 years and was a 60-year member of the World War I Barracks of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He was noted for his keen memory and often recounted accounts of his life, time spent in World War I, and his life as a merchant supplying logging camps.

    Swan is survived by his wife, Ellen Carlson; a son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Charolette Carlson; a daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and Homer Butts; a brother, Oscar; a sister-in-law, Belle Carlson; two grandsons, six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-B-31-1-9)

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