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Gertrude Sofia Swanson

Gertrude Sofia Swanson

Female 1881 - 1987  (105 years)

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  • Name Gertrude Sofia Swanson 
    Born 30 Sep 1881  Wausau, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Mar 1987  Virginia, St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1998 letter from daughter Ruby to cousin John Lilyquist:

      Theodore worked at the Leithhead Drug Co - later called the Northern Drug Co. He had been ill with pneumonia. The doctor advised him to get some outside part time work to help restore his strength. He got a job as a part time time keeper at the Hull Rust Mahoning mine. He became ill with a cold the day Ruby was born and never recovered from it. Died from tuberculosis Dec 15, 1911.

      Shortly after Ruby's birth the family moved to Cotton, MN. Gertrude concerned about her baby decided to go to her parents home in Duluth. She was penniless and had to find some way to support herself and care for her child. She had a lot of gumption - loaned some money from her brother and rented a house in the west end of Duluth. Theodore remained at Cotton with his parents. (I have some letters he wrote to my mother at that time.) She took in roomers and boarders and things seemed to be going well. Lawrence B. Allan was a boarder. He often helped her with the furnace and did chores for her. (I suppose I was toddling about and perhaps calling him daddy.)

      Things suddenly changed when two of the roomers decided to go back to Sweden. Gertrude was once more desperate. It was then that Larry asked Gertrude to marry him. With the situation as it was it must have seemed like an answer to prayer. They were married Sept 28, 1912 (I think - not sure about the date). ... I was not adopted by Larry Allan. He wanted me to be raised as his daughter. I suppose he and my mother thought that, I being a baby, it didn't matter about adoption.

      Gertrude's father died in 1939. She and her son Wesley lived with her mother because she wasn't able to live alone from 1939 to 1950 when her mother died. ... Gertrude moved to Virginia, MN in 1951. Worked at a lunch and bakery shop known as the O&T Coffee Shop for 18 years. Gertrude lost her sight and was a patient at the Virginia Arrowhead Health Care Center for almost thirteen years. She died March 12, 1986 having attained the age of 105 yrs & 6 months.
    Person ID P2312810030  Conrad Shire Tree
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2015 

    Father Samuel Swanson,   b. 06 Oct 1856, Vestergutland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Augusta Frederica,   b. 07 Jan 1859, Vestergutland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1879  Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F765  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Theodore Lilyquist,   b. 05 Oct 1883, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1911, Minnnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1909  St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Theodore Lilyquist Marriage
    Theodore Lilyquist Marriage
    Duluth News-Tribune
    Children 
     1. Ruby Florence Lilyquist,   b. 17 Oct 1910, Hibbing, St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 2003, Virginia, St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lawrence B Allan,   b. Apr 1863, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1936, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1912 
    Children 
     1. Roy Malcolm Allan,   b. 11 Jun 1913, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1962, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +2. Earl Russell Allan,   b. 11 Jul 1915, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1988, Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Wesley Fred Allan,   b. 7 Jun 1921, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1965, Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Family ID F766  Group Sheet

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    Gertrude Swanson Lilyquist
    Gertrude Swanson Lilyquist