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December 20, 1923


Mrs. Nels Swanson Died At  Her Home Last Week Wednesday

Mrs. Nels Swanson, one of Tampico’s highly respected residents passed away Wednesday noon, Dec. 12, at  her home on North Main Street after an illness of about three weeks during which she was cheerful and uncomplaining although in great pain much of the time.

Matilda Ellison, daughter of John and Matilda Ellison, was born in Brober, Sweden, December 25, 1857. Matilda came to this country over thirty-four years ago, and made her home in Sterling, Illinois.

On the eighth day of February, 1891, at Sterling, Matilda Ellison was united in marriage to Nels Swanson. Two children were born to this union, Mabel E and Arthur Swanson.

This couple lived in the vicinity of Tampico for over twenty-three years and in Tampico for the past nine years.

In early life Mrs. Swanson was confirmed in the Swedish Lutheran Church, and in September 1996 (sic) she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Tampico. To her, Christianity was real, and her Christian character attests her Christian faith. It could be said that  she was faithful to her Church, but is should be said that she was faithful to her Christ. In her last days Jesus was especially precious to her. Always devoted to her home and family, she was truly a faithful wife and a loving mother.

She loved to do for others, and many times for the sake of others, she was cheerful and seemingly happy and strong, when in reality her body ******************** made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, were always the objects of her affection, devotion and sacrificial love; up to the last these children, and their care were uppermost in her thoughts.

On Thanksgiving Day she became suddenly ill, and from then to the last she steadily weakened. At noon time, December 12, 1923 the weariness of a brave struggle, and the ravages of disease, were more than she could bear. Willing hands and tender care could not stay the angel’s touch upon her swiftly falling life; she was “tired out,” and needed rest; a sweet smile came to her face and quietly and peacefully she fell asleep in Jesus. Had Mrs. Swanson lived to Christmas Day she would have been 66 years of age.

Those left to mourn a great loss, but who can rejoice I her great gain, are – Her husband, Nels Swanson of Tampico; a son and daughter, Arthur N. Swanson and Mabel E. Harms of Flint, Michigan; five grand-children. Clarence Leroy, Lyle Vernon and Edna Harms, and Edith and Melvin Swanson; also one brother, John Johnson of Sweden; and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, December 14, 1923, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Woodrow. Several beautiful and appropriate hymns were sung by Mr. Homer Turner and Mrs. R. E. McKenzie with Mrs. R. F. Woods accompanist.

Those who acted as pall-bearers were – Messrs Albert Ferris, Edward Winchell, Frank Peterson, E W. Meredith, William Love, Enoch Anderson.

Interment was in the Tampico Cemetery.

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 about Mathilda Swanson
Name:     Mathilda Swanson
[Mathilda Ellison]
Birth Date:     25 Dec 1858
Birth Place:     Border, Sweden
Death Date:     12 Dec 1923
Death Place:     Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Burial Date:     14 Dec 1923
Burial Place:     Tampico, IL
Death Age:     65
Occupation:     Housewife
Race:     White
Marital Status:     M
Gender:     Female
Street Address:     Tempico
Residence:     Tampico
Father Name:     John Ellison
Father Birth Place:     Border, Sweden
Mother Name:     Mathilda Ellison
Mother Birth Place:     Border, Sweden
Spouse Name:     Nels Swanson
Comments:     Mrs.
FHL Film Number:     1452340
June 5, 1900 - William McClain, b. ***, 1850, Scotland/Scotland/Scotland, wd, grain buyer
Living with Arthur Henrekin, b. Aug., 1896, IL, Bessie M., b. June 1880, IL

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data:



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