Carl Oscar Swanson

4 February 1859–6 January 1953 (Age 93)

The Life of Carl Oscar

When Carl Oscar Swanson was born on 4 February 1859, his father, Frank Oscar Swanson, was 28 and his mother, Sophia Nelson, was 27. He married Clara Louisa Engvall on 29 August 1883, in Dayton, Webster, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Lost Grove Township, Webster, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Gowrie, Webster, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 January 1953, in Harcourt, Webster, Iowa, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Harcourt, Webster, Iowa, United States.

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Carl Oscar Swanson
Clara Louisa Engvall
Marriage: 29 August 1883
Anton Fabian Swanson
Nettie Levina Sofia Swanson
Hanna Josefina Sofia Swanson
Minnie or Hima Amanda Wilhelmina Swanson
Euphemia A. S. Swanson

Spouse and Children


    Clara Louisa Engvall


29 August 1883
Dayton, Webster, Iowa, United States



    Nettie Levina Sofia Swanson



    Minnie or Hima Amanda Wilhelmina Swanson


    Euphemia A. S. Swanson


Parents and Siblings

    Frank Oscar Swanson


    Sophia Nelson




World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 8

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 25

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized spelling of Swedish Svensson or Danish and Norwegian Svensen ( see Svendsen ).2 Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Swan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Charles Oscar Swanson, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Charles O Swanson in household of Frank O Swanson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Charles O Swanson, "United States Census, 1930"

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