History of the Swedes in IL 1908
Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
GUSTAF A. SWANBURG, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran church in Woodhull, was born April 23, 1857, at Nâsby, Smáland, where his parents, Carl GUSTAF and Anna Maria SWANBURG, lived on a farm. The son emigrated from Sweden in 1870 and foloowed various occupations up to 1882, when he began his studies at Augustana College at Rock Island. After seven years he graduated with the college class of ’89 . In the fall he entered Augustanna Theological Seminary, completed the divinity course in two years’ time and was ordained to the ministry in the Augustana Synod at the synodical meeting in Chisago Lake, Minn., June 21, 1891. Having accepted a call to the churches in Lucas and Belinda, Iowa, he assumed his pastoral duties there the following month. His next field of activity was Chariton, Iowa, whence he removed to Woodhull in the year 1900.