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Swensondale settled
Swensondale settled

Swensondale settled

There is a sizable remnant left for observers to visibly see that the Swenson family settled in Stephens County in 1879. After beginning with sheep and then going to raising cattle, the senior Swenson embarked on building a stately, three-story mansion of substantial size, which still stands to this day. Go east of Breckenridge to the rest stop and take CR #102 south about two and a half miles on a gravel road. On the right side of the road, you will see the large Swenson mansion with a wide porch and green roof, but needing a paint job. Inside, it has wide hallways, large rooms and a grand staircase. It is not open to the public because it is currently occupied. The house was built in 1911-12, by the senior Swenson, Peter, for his wife Christina Torstenson Swenson and children, Selmar Torvald, Nellie Bergenia, Clara Josephine and Alma Bennett Cecilia. Also, Peter’s brother, Nelse, had joined them in Stephens County.

The Woodson News: QUIET

The Woodson News: QUIET

Quiet. I find it at my house at about 1:30 a.m. Everyone is in bed except for me, but I am usually winding down by then. The cars are nonexistent on the highway. The animals are asleep and the last feeding of the four bottle goats was at 11 p.m.

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