Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, July 23, 1931, Page 4
OBITUARY - WILLIAM T. SWETT
William T. SWETT, son of Cyrus [Vinson] and Rebecca (MORRIS) SWETT, was born Dec. 5, 1852, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa,
and passed away at the University Hospital in Iowa City, July 14, 1931, aged 78 years, 7 months and 9 days. Mr. SWETT
was one of the oldest pioneers of Iowa, being the first white child born in Fort Des Moines. He remained there until
two years of age, when he removed with his parents to Taylor County. At the age of 23 he was united in marriage to
Mary Ellen RAPER, who died Dec. 14, 1899. To this union was born 9 children: Will, of Sepulveda, Calif.; Len, who
preceded him in death; Cora SEVERNS, Encampment, Wyo.; May LANTZ, of Stockton, Ia.; Ora of Creston, Ia.; Silas
Charles, of Tabor, Ia.; Ina BRITTAIN, of Tabor, Ia.; and Harry, of Omaha, Nebr. In the year 1901 he was again united
in marriage to Nancy Jane TACKETT. To their union two children were born, one boy, who died in infancy, and Mrs.
Goldia LINK of Blockton, Ia. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two brothers, three sisters, nine children, 11
grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. SWETT was a faithful husband,
loving father, good neighbor and most excellent citizen.
The funeral services were held in the Athelstan, Iowa,
Baptist Church, July 16, conducted by Challie E. GRAHAM, assisted by Rev. David H. DYE, and the remains laid to rest
in the Athelstan cemetery.
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