The Swanson Family

In Alix, Alberta on January 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM

From “The Swanson Family – by Helga Ward”

Swan Swanson came from Trehoiningsjo, Sweden, to B.C. in 1911.  In 1912 he came to Ponoka and joined his brother Otto.  The two of them bought Oxen and broke a lot of prairie land.

In August, 1912, my mother, brother, Alex and I came from Sweden to join Dad.  We lived in tents that summer and we two kids had a marvellous time.  Alex and I borrowed some white cotton gloves and pretended we were high society, but it wasn’t long before they were black from the mud and roots.  We thought Dad and Mom would be mad but he said they only cost a nickel a pair.

One night Mother and I were left alone while Dad and Alex went to Ponoka for supplies.  It took two days to go and come back.  That night the coyotes started to howl, we were scared to death, even our dog hid under the bed….

In 1913 we moved to the Chain Lake district; we were very isolated and we never realized how lonesome Mother must have been, not seeing another woman for months and months.  Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Strandberg called one day when they were fishing on the lake, and what a visit we had.  Then we joined the Saron Lutheran Church and really felt like one of the community.  That winter my Dad and my uncle built a log house on the banks of Chain Lakes …. NW 32-41-24-W4.

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974


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