Swan N. Sandstrom --- born 19 April
1845 --- died abt 12 Jan 1932
PIONEER RESIDENT PASSES AWAY, AGE 87
Swan N. Sandstrom, one of the aged pioneers of this community,
passed peacefully away at 12:15 O'clock Friday morning at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. George Johnson, following a period
of illness of about five weeks. Grandpa Sandstrom, as he was always
known, had enjoyed good health way up in his ripe old age. He
used to come to town often where he loved to meet and visit with
his many friends, his friends being both young and old. During
his period of illness, he was most tenderly cared for by his beloved
children and families at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Johnson.
Mr. Sandstrom was born in Perstorp Parish, Kristianstads län
in the Province of Skåne, Sweden, April 19, 1845. He was
the son of Nels and Elna (Swanson) Nelson. He immigrated to America
in 1869, coming directly to Crawford county, where he resided
the remainder of his days with the exception of three years spent
in Marshall county. Upon his return from Marshall county, he purchased
160 acres of land in Stockholm township on which place Mr. and
Mrs. George Johnson now reside and where he passed away. Mr. Sandstrom
was an ambitious and enterprising young man and in spite of being
unfamiliar with the language and customs he progressed rapidly.
He was the first man in the settlement to break the prairie with
horses. Mr. Sandstrom with other pioneers struggled through many
hardships, but with perseverance and energy made a success in
his walk of life.
Mr. Swan Sandstrom was united in marriage on 6 November 1872 to
Maria Olson, who passed away 8 Dec 1919. This union was blest
with eleven children, of which eight have preceded him in death.
Those living are E. N. Sandstrom, M. A. Sandstrom of Kiron and
Mrs. George Johnson residing on the Sandstrom homestead 1 and
1/2 miles east of Kiron.
Mr. Sandstrom was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church
in Sweden. Both Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Sandstrom were charter members
of the Bethel Lutheran church when it was organized in 1875. Mr.
Sandstrom had the distinction of being the last of these charter
members. He was a valued and faithful member of the congregation,
contributing liberally to its support and serving efficiently
in many offices in the church. He was a member of the first board
of trustees for a period of many years, and as a deacon served
a long period of time and at the time of his death being an honorary
deacon. He served for 20 years as a member of the board of trustees
of the Bethel Cemetery assn. Mr. Sandstrom was a highly esteemed
citizen. He always took an interest in the welfare of the community.
He was congenial, kind and helpful, a man of strict integrity
and upright character. As a father, he took great pride in his
children and their families and he always loved it whenever they
could all gather with him, and in response they have shown every
consideration for comforts in his old age. Mr. Sandstrom is well
considered among the pioneers and heroes in the unwritten history
of Kiron and the Bethel Lutheran church. Mr. Sandstrom served
for eight years in Kiron and Old Kiron as U. S. Postmaster.
The nearest who survive the departed are his children, his two
daughters-in-law and son-in-law, also seven grandchildren. One
brother-in-law, S. A. Crook, and other relatives and a host of
He had reached the age of 897 years, 8 months and 24 days.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 from the
Geo. Johnson home and at 2 from the Bethel Lutheran church. The
church could not hold the many who gathered to pay their last
respects to the departed brother. The services were conducted
by the pastor, Rev. A. Linder. Special singing was rendered by
Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Lindskoog, accompanied at the piano by Mrs.
C. R. Lundell. The altar was banked with profusion of beautiful
floral offerings, speaking silently of the high esteem of the
The pall bearers were: Ivar Sundell, Enoch Anderson, F. E. Lundell,
C. E. Dahl, Vetus Carlson and J. E. Baker, trustees of the church.
The church deacons: C. R. Lundell, Alfred Salmonson, Swan Johnson,
c. W. Nelson and P. G. Lundell Were honorary bearers. Interment
was made beside his wife in the Bethel Cemetery.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mrs.
Ellen and son, Sidney Meleen, of Grand Island, Nebr. Mrs. s. Sievers
and son Roy of Omaha, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johnson of Spencer
and Lorraine, Marvin and Eleanor Sandstrom of Ames.
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