Museum the New Llano Colony

Clyde Swenson

Birth: He was born around 1907 in Minnesota.  

Family Information: Son of Carl and Emily Swenson.

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

He married Hope Shoemaker in April 1931, while living in the colony.  

Description: He was 5'6" tall and had a light complexion with hazel eyes and black hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living in Minnesota with his parents and siblings. At some point before his youngest brother was born in 1923, the family moved to Newllano.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was living in the colony proper at New Llano, LA. In November 1932, Clyde and Hope were among the "Newllano Expeditionary Force" which was the first group going to man the Gila unit. 

Job in Colony: In 1932 he was working diligently shingling the Van Nuland home. 

Other Info: In June 1933 colonists at Gila had their own entertainment -- ladies were furnished with chairs from Chet's room and men sat on the floor. Harold and Clyde appeared with five or six inch brim new straw hats, Mr. Wooley in high heel boots, Chet Page in a hat -- well, no disrespect to Chet or the hat, but there was every reason to believe that it was not a new hat. The performers were Mr. Wooley with his violin, Mahler with a flute, two guitars and a violin, and Chet singing.

Post-Colony History: In 1973 he and Hope were listed in the Arizona City Directory under Swenson's Radio and TV Service.  

Death: He died in 1978 in Arizona.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1910, 1920; "Llano Colonist": April 25, 1931, November 5, 1932, November 19, 1932, December 10, 1932, June 10, 1933; Draft Registration: WWII; Arizona City Directory: 1973; US SSDI  


At Gila, New Mexico - (Standing L to R) Harold Kemp (holding Carolyn Bradshaw), Bonnie (Mason) Kemp, Clyde and Hope (Shoemaker) Swenson, Chester and Helen (Hayes) Swenson and (Kneeling in front) Myrtle (Kemp) Bradshaw.

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