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Swan N. Sandstrom --- born 19 April 1845 --- died abt 12 Jan 1932

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 friends.
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 departed brother.
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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