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)
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  • 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
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  • 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.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • 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-31-19)

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