Lenox Time Table
Thursday, June 28, 1951
OBITUARY ~ DR. CHARLES L. SWAN
Charles J. Swan was born to Movus and Phiannah Kepner Swan, Jan. 27, 1875 at
Byron Ill., and passed from this life June 19th, 1951, at his home in
Clearfield, Iowa, aged 76 year, four months and 22 days.
Dr. Swan moved to Bridgewater, S. Dak., with his parents when he was five
years old. He graduated from the Bridgewater schools and then attended state
normal at Madison, S. Dak. and state normal at Wheaton, Ill. He was a teacher
for seven years in South Dakota. He entered the State University of Iowa and
graduated from the College of Dentistry in 1903. He practiced in Grinnell and
Belle Plaine one year each and two years in Diagonal before coming to
Clearfield in 1907.
Besides his faithful and beloved wife, he leaves to mourn his departure Mary
[?] of New Market, [?] Zeller of Des Moines, Lois [?] of Indianola, Charles of
Peoria, Ill. and Susan [?] of San Clemente, Calif. and [?] Swan of Red Oak,
also 11 grandchildren.
Dr. Swan was raised in the Presbyterian church as a boy and became a member of
the Methodist church at Clearfield in 1914 and was a regular attendant as long
as his health permitted.
Dr. Swan was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and received
his 50 year certificate on May 19, 1949. He took an active interest in
Community work. He was on the town council, being one of the main promoters of
Highway 25 and had a great desire to see it concreted. He was president of the
community club at one time and promoted
the Red Cross and other worthwhile activities. He served on the school board
for 24 years and acted as president for many years.
He has been greatly missed in community activities since illness
caused his retirement, a little over a year ago and all have been brought to
realize how much he contributed to the community. We join with the family in
paying respect to his memory.
Funeral services were held at the Clearfield Methodist church
June 21st, 1951 at 2 p. m.. Clergyman Rev. C. E. McPherson assisted
by Rev. C. McCallom of Gravity. Burial was made in the Clearfield cemetery
with Masonic rites by Don Foreman of Gravity.
Besides immediate relatives attending the funeral of Dr. C. J. Swan from a
distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gentry, Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Frey and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lathrum of Winterset; Mrs. Richard
Howard and Miss Orma Howard, St. Charles; Mrs. Donald Stewart of Bevington;
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Groff, Rev. and Mrs. F. C. McCallon, Mrs. Merle Seets, Mrs.
Hudson, Mrs. Lily Deane and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Muir of Creston Mrs. Paul Eason
of Benton; Mrs. Arlo Johnson, Mrs. G. A. Beymer, Mrs. B. W. Knight, Mrs. Lewis
Home, Mrs. Raymond Johnston, Mrs. Ames Cross, Mr. and Mrs. Howard French, Miss
Eva Stahl and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Home of Mt. Ayr; Dr. and Mrs. C. D. Wyckoff
of College Springs; Dr. Robert Wyckoff of Red Oak; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Zeller
and Dorothy; Mrs. Harvey Neal, Miss Joan Neil, Miss Alice Leslie and Miss Ann
French of Des Moines; Mrs. Ralph Pratt, Mrs. John Scalf and Mr. and Mrs. Mark
Anderson of New Market; Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Buchanan, Dr. D. L. Bare, Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Buchanan and Mrs. Hester Henderson of Lenox; Mr. and Mrs. R. S.
Clough of Panora; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Raines of Coon Rapids; Mrs. Emerson
Thorsrud of Des Moines; Mrs. Carl Stanley and Byron Stanley of Corning; Mr.
and Mrs. Alan Thompson, Miss Rose Wackernagle and Mrs. Harry Aitken of
Bedford; Mrs. Fred Kakesh of Diagonal; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin
Anderson and Nancy of Sharpsburg; Miss Pat Reed of Iowa City; Don Foreman of
Iowa City; Don Foreman of Gravity and Mrs. Maggie Cowell of Van Nuys, Calif.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011
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