HARRY ALEX SWANSON

Harry Alex Swanson gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. May 13, 1910 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. 1965
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  • Father: Sven Axel “Axel” Swanson born about 1872 in Pennsylvania; married Gerda “Gertie” Olivia Lunden about 1900
  • Mother: Gerda “Gertie” Olivia (Lunden) Swanson born about 1882 in Sweden
  • Wife: Anna born in 1915;
  • Children:
    1. Lynn H. Swanson born January 3, 1940; according to the U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1: Lynn H. Swanson living at 2527 Western Ave., Waukegan, IL; living at (1978) 29657 N. Waukegan Rd, Lake Bluff, IL; living at (1992) 224 Annapolis Dr, Vernon Hills, IL.
  • Siblings:
    • Gladys Marie (Swanson) Westhouse born April 5, 1903 in Pennsylvania; married Edwin William Westhouse (1905-1968) on May 3, 1933 in Cook County, IL son of Herman M. Westhouse (1858-1939) and Augusta (Lachmich) Westhouse (1865-1914); Gladys died January 26, 1981; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, January 28, 1981, page 17:

“WESTHOUSE – Gladys Westhouse, Jan. 26, beloved wife of the late Edwin; fond sister of Earl and the late Harry Swanson.  Funeral Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. from Schmidt Funeral Home, 2056-58 Belmont Ave. to Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.”

    • Earl Raymond Swanson born September 7, 1905 in Warren County, PA; married Hazel L. Evans (1907-1994) on March 17, 1926 in Indiana, daughter of Cyrillis P. Evans and Edna Mae (Field) Evans (?-1978) and step-daughter of Alleyne W. Pease whom married Edna on December 25, 1921 in Cook County, IL; last residence in Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL; Earl died August 30, 1987 in Manatee County, FL

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for City of Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 7115 Hilldale Ave., the household members were: Axel Swanson, head, age 48, married, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Sweden, occupation: carpenter – building; Gertie Swanson, wife, age 41, married, born in Sweden, parents born in Sweden; Gladys Swanson, daughter, age 17, single, born in Pennsylvania; Earl Swanson, son, age 13, single, born in Pennsylvania; Harry Swanson, son, age 9, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 2019 Keystone Ave., the household members were: A. Swanson, head, age 58, married at age 24, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Sweden, occupation: carpenters – building construction; Gerda Swanson, wife, age 56, married at age 21, born in Sweden, parents born in Sweden, immigrated in 1897; Gladys Swanson, daughter, age 36 (sic 26), single, born in Pennsylvania; Earl Swanson, son, age 34 (sic 24), married at age 20, born in Pennsylvania, occupation: laborer – garage; Hazel Swanson, daughter law (sic), age 25, married, born in Pennsylvania; Harry Swanson, son, age 19, single, born in Illinois; Earl Swanson Jr., grandson, age 3 4/12, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 815 Bradley Place, the household members were: Harry Swanson, head, age 29, married, highest grade completed: H3, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: houseman – hotel; Anna Swanson, wife, age 24, married, highest grade completed: H3, born in Pennsylvania, lived in same place in 1935; Lynn H. Swanson, son, age 1 ½, single, born in Illinois.

According to the U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Harry Alex Swanson; Address: 2818 No. Leavitt St., Chicago, Illinois; Telephone: Sister’s phone Gladys Westhouse Avenue 2196; Age in Years: 30; Date of Birth: May 13, 1910; Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois; Country of Citizenship: U.S.A.; Name of Person Who will Always know your Address: Mrs. Gladys Marie Westhouse; Relationship of That Person: Sister; Address of That Person: 4557 No. Lowell Ave., Chicago, Illinois; Employer’s Name: Seneca Hotel; Place of Employment: 200 East Chestnut St., Chicago, Illinois; Race: White; Height: 5-10; Weight: 155; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Blonde; Complexion: Light; Date signed: October 16, 1940”

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