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Eugene "Gene" E. Swenson

Birth: He was born around 1923 in Louisiana while the family lived in the colony.  

Family Information: Son of Carl and Emily Swenson.

Brother of Clyde, Chester, James, Earl, Roy and Florence Swenson.  

Description: His WWII Draft card described him as being 5'8" tall, weight 140 pounds, with a light complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair.  

Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In January 1933 Eugene and Marjory Lewis used Caroline Bradshaw's little wagon to take a load of greens and vegetables to the Kid Kolony.  

Other Info: In 1932, he became a Nature Guardian of Louisiana when he agreed to protect the birds, flowers, trees and other natural resources of the state against wanton destruction.

 

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he and his father were living in Texas, lodging with the Ole Synoground family.  

Death: He died in 2001 at Oxnard, California.  

Sources: Photo Archives "Llano Colonist": January 2, 1932, January 28, 1933; US Census: 1930, 1940; US Draft Card: WWII; US SSDI  

Photo: Standing Back -- Lenny Tabb, Gene Swenson; Kneeling -- Unknown, Billy Busick; Front Sitting -- Charlotte Hewitt, Lucille Roe  

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