From page 1 of the Thursday, February 6, 1930 issue of the St. Charles [Illinois] Chronicle:“OBITUARY
Mrs. Peter Swanson
Mrs. Peter Swanson passed away at her home on Fourth St. south at 10 p.m. Thursday, January 30. Her death was the result of a paralytic stroke which she suffered on the previous Monday.
Mrs. Swanson was born in Sweden on April 19, 1855. Her maiden name was Lina Freiderk (sic) Tolf. When only seventeen years of age she made the trip to America alone to join an older brother Gus here in St. Charles. A few years later her parents also came to St. Charles.
On April 13, 1879 she became the bride of Peter Swanson. Seven children were born, six of whom are still living.
A joyous celebration took place at the Swanson home last April when the fiftieth mile stone of their married life was reached.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Swanson were members of the Geneva M. E. Church having joined even before their marriage, and Mrs. Swanson, up to the time of her illness was one of the most active and ardent church workers.
The many beautiful floral tributes which were received by the family bore mute testimony to the deep affection felt for Mrs. Swanson by her friends and neighbors. She is survived by her husband, and six children, Mrs. Albert Anderson of Aurora, Ernest of Woodstock, Fred of Garden Prairie and Roy, Helen and Harold of St. Charles.
Funeral services were held at her late home on Sunday February 2. Rev. Theo. Peterson of the Geneva M. E. Church officiated. Burial took place in the West Batavia cemetery.”
For cousins trying to place Carolina in our family tree:
- my maternal grandmother was Harriette Kathlyn Tolf (1909-1954); one of three children born to
- Julia Christine Thompson (1888-1964) and Harry Wilhelm Tolf (1884-1964); one of three children born to
- Augusta Sophia Landstrom (1858-1936) and Peter August Tolf (1858-1929); one of eight children
- including Carolina Fredrika Tolf born to
- Helena Christina Aman (1822-1901) and Carl Tolf (1824-1890); one of seven children born to
- Maja Lisa Lidstrom (1797-1856) and Carl Jonas Tolf (1795-1833).
Interested in collaborating on Tolf family history? I can be reached at where2look4ancestors [at] gmail [dot] com.
My 2015 goal for Carolina is to reconnect with her descendants.
My 2015 organizational goal for Carolina is to bring all of her documentation from out-of-date to up-to-date on Ancestry, Dropbox, Family Tree Maker, Find A Grave, and in her paper files.
Guess I’d better get busy!