Shady Grove

Shady Grove my little miss
 Shady Grove my darling
 Shady Grove my little miss
 I’m going back to Harlan

 Every time I walk this road
 It’s always dark and cloudy
 Every time I see that girl
 I always tell her howdy

 If you see my little miss
 If you see my darling
 If you see my little miss
 Tell her I’m going to Harlan

Saskatchewan Homesteading

The North-West Territories became the province of Saskatchewan on September 1, 1905. Its political leaders at the time proclaimed its destiny was to become Canada’s most powerful province. Saskatchewan embarked on an ambitious province-building program based on its Anglo-Canadian culture and wheat production for the export market. Population quintupled from 91,000 in 1901 to 492,000 to 1911, thanks to heavy immigration of farmers from the Ukraine, U.S., and other countries.

In 1870, Canada acquired the Hudson’s Bay Company’s territories and formed the North-West Territories to administer the vast territory between British Columbia and Manitoba. The national policy set by the federal government, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Hudson’s Bay Company and associated land companies encouraged immigration. The Dominion Lands Act of 1872 permitted settlers to acquire one quarter of a square mile of land to homestead and offered an additional quarter upon establishing a homestead.

A settler could apply for a pre-emption. They had an option to purchase the quarter section next to theirs as a pre-emption, by paying the market price of the time which was about $2.00 acre. Even numbered sections were reserved for homesteads and pre-emptions, while odd-numbered sections were sold. A homesteader was granted a “quarter-section” for a $10 filing fee and he had to perform homesteader duties over the ensuing three years to be earn a Dominion Land Patent or “Title” to the land. For more information, and tutorial about Townships, ranges and meridians and about homesteads.

The Canadian Northern Railway was established, in 1899, and all railway companies owned by Mackenzie and Mann (primarily in Manitoba) were consolidated into the new entity. CNoR’s first step toward competing directly with CPR came at the start of the 20th century with the decision to build a line linking the Prairie Provinces with Lake Superior at the harbour in Port Arthur-Fort William (modern Thunder Bay, Ontario), which would permit the shipping of western grain to European markets as well as the transport of eastern Canadian goods to the West.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie and Mann expanded their prairie branch line operations to feed the connection to Port Arthur. From a series of disconnected railways and charters, the network became 1,200 miles of profitable and continuous track that covered most of the prairies by 1902

April 1904 saw the collapse of the rail bridge due to spring melt and ice on the South Saskatchewan River. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway system survey proposed Hanley as its northern terminal between Regina and Prince Albert. Saskatoon’s Board of Trade sent delegates from Saskatoon to Ottawa to discuss the river crossing and proposed city bridges. Their mission resulted in the selection of Saskatoon as the divisional centre for both the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; both of these built bridges near the town by 1907.

In 1905, CNoR reached Edmonton.

In 1923 the Canadian Northern merged into the Canadian National Railway.

Grant Swanson

Minnesota Death Records
Swanson, Grant
Certificate Number: 1966-MN-007961
Death: March 27, 1966
County of Death: Ramsey County, Minnesota
Mother’s Maiden Name: MOEN
Date of Birth: Sep 27 1907
Place of Birth: OUT OF STATE

Saskatchewan Genealogy Index
Registration Number: 6822
Last Name: SWANSON
First Name: RICHARD
Sex: M
Birth Date: Sep 22 1907
Place of Birth: SWANSON [Saskatchewan]

Grant Swanson

Married to Vange. Possibly the Evangeline Agnes Swanson in Minnesota Death Records:

Swanson, Evangeline Agnes
Certificate Number: 1999-MN-027286
Death: September 20, 1999
County of Death: Hennepin County, Minnesota
Mother’s Maiden Name: ROUSSEAU
Date of Birth: 10/07/1909
Place of Birth: MINNESOTA

Grant worked as a printer.

Grant and Vange had two daughters: Jean (married Roger ?) and Julie (committed suicide as a teen-ager although there are no records for “Julie Swanson” in the Minnesota People Records Search — death records cover 1904 to 2001).

Theolene Swanson and her sons. Grant far left.

Selmer Swanson

Minnesota Death Records:

Swanson, Selmer
Certificate Number: 1985-MN-006836
Death: March 18, 1985
County of Death: Hennepin County, Minnesota
Mother’s Maiden Name: MOEN
Date of Birth: Oct 5 1899
Place of Birth: MINNESOTA

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Homestead Records
No dates are given in the finding aid.
Swanson, Selmer : NE 19-22-12-W3
Swanson, Selmer : NW 5-34-02-W2
(Swanson, Clarence, also has an adjacent homestead record : NE 5-34-02-W2)

Selmer Swanson
Theolene Swanson and her sons.
Selmer and Roy during the Second World War. Selmer also served in the First World War.

Selmer was a high-school gym teacher. He and Goldie had two sons. He once asked me if I thought it was a good idea that I was chewing gum.

Addison Telford Swanson

Known as Telford

Minnesota death certificate:

Swanson, Addison Telford
Certificate Number: 1989-MN-006202
Death: March 3, 1989
County of Death: Hennepin County, Minnesota
Details: Mother’s Maiden Name: MOEN,
Date of Birth: Oct 27 1902
Place of Birth: OUT OF STATE

A search of the Saskatchewan Homestead Records for Addison or Telford Swanson comes up empty, although his older brother Selmer and his younger brother Clarence did have homestead claims.

Worked as a buyer for a large department store. Was a Freemason and Shriner.

Addison Telford Swanson 1902–1989
Theolene and her sons. Telford back right.
Telford and his mother Theolene Moen.

St. Ambrose Cemetery

Location of the St. Ambrose Cemetery near Swanson, Saskatchwan

This information comes from the St. Ambrose Cemetery web page on the Saskatoon Gen Web. It was compiled in August 1999 by Randi Bender.

Located on St. Ambrose Cemetery Road, off of Highway 45 between Swanson and Ardath in the rural municipality of Montrose, Saskatchewan. The cemetery was founded in 1902 and has served the communities of Ardath, Swanson and possibly Conquest, Saskatchewan.

In his introduction, Mr. Bender states “Although I transcribed as I saw, be aware that due to time, damage and many, many mosquitoes, there were times when the markers were difficult to read. ”

“Many of the surnames found in this cemetery are still found in the area today. One of the notables in this cemetery is Abraham Swanson who homesteaded in this area in 1905 and founded the town of Swanson.”

Mr. Bender has transcribed information from about 160 grave sites dated between 1908 and 1997.

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The earliest burials are of those who died in 1908:
Heroes, baby of A.L.
Knudson, Baby Anna, age 13 days
Nisbet, John Clifford, b. 1907

Died in 1909
Parsons, Frank, age 11 years

Died in 1910
Parsons, Ambrose b. Feb 10, 1843 d. Mar 15, 1910 husband
Parsons, Elanor b. Oct 16, 1835 d. May 25, 1910

Died in 1911
Bowen, David, age 86 years

Died in 1912
Girvan, Mabel (nee Clark) b. Sept 19, 1879 d. July 10, 1912
Swanson, Abraham d. May 10, 1912 age 30 yrs, 6 mo
Tilk, Frederick d. Mar 22, 1912 age 59 yrs

I haven’t kept details of burials since 1912, except to note that the Bodie family of five died in the 1919 influenza.

Unidentified Photos

Ida and Isabel

Photo of “Aunt Ida and Aunt Isabel”, and a photo of “Isabel and mother.” So Isabel and Ida were sisters of either Theolene or Abraham.

The postcard from Turtle River of June 1910 was addressed to A. D. Swanson in Swanson, Saskatchewan, and said “Dear Brother, 
How are you we are O.K. living here in Turtle [signed] Ida.”

Aunt Ida on left. Aunt Isabel on Right. Kregel Photo Parlors | Twin Cities.

Kregel Photo Parlors was active between 1910 and 1917.

Isabel and Mother. Clossett Print.

Hand-coloured portrait

Embossed: “Rembrandt Minneapolis”

Perhaps Clarence Swanson.

Portrait taken in Moorehead, Minnesota

Photograph by G. E Flaten, Moorhead, Minn. On back: “Isbell Svenson”

My brother Jeff Swanson of Gull Lake, Minnesota, says that our cousin Tom (son of Telford) has some evidence that Abraham D. Swanson spent time in Fargo before embarking for Canada, where he founded the town of Swanson, Saskatchewan. Perhaps Fargo was a staging point for homesteading in Saskatchewan. Fargo is just across the Red River from Moorhead. Might this be a picture of Abraham?

Postcard to A.D.S., Swanson, Sask, 1909

Postcard to Swanson, Saskatchewan

To: Postmaster |Swanson P.O. | Sask | Canada
am shipping you car of potatoes for seed thats the kind we have here.
Will write soon
Postmarked Minneapolis, June 19, 1909.

Dominion Land Survey

W3 = West of 3rd Meridian
The 2nd Meridian is 102° west, forming the northern part of the Manitoba–Saskatchewan boundary
The 3rd Meridian at 106° west, near Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan. Township 31 – Range 8 — West of the Third. Abraham David Swanson homesteaded on the north-west corner of section 30 sometime before 1907.

Saskatchewan. Township 31 – Range 8 — West of the Third. Abraham David Swanson homesteaded on the north-west corner of section 30 sometime before 1907.

Each township had 36 sections and had an area of 6 miles by 6 miles. Each section of land was one mile by one mile in size. One section of land has 4 quarter sections . Each quarter section was denoted as north west, north east, south west or south east.