Swan John Turnquis (b. 31 December 1865, d. 13 December 1956)
Swan John Turnquis was born 31 December 1865 in Alingsos, Sweeden, and died 13 December 1956 in Gothenburg, Ne 69130. He married Beda Anderson on 27 November 1888 in Gothenburg, Ne 69130.
Notes for Swan John Turnquis: Swan Turnquist was born in Skara, Skaraborg Lan, Sweden on September 28, 1860 the son of Johann Swenson who lived later in Kuanum, Sweden.They had three daughters, Silma, Anna, and Agda who never married and didn't come to America. Their sons, Swan, Peter, Carl, Alfred and two daughters Clara and Amanda came to America at different times on a Cattle boat. Swan came to American in 1883 and settled at Stanton, Iowa for awhile. He then moved to Tarkio, Missouri and worked with about 30 of his friends on a large ranch called the Rankin Ranch. David Rankin was considered the richest American farmer in those days and was the founder of Tarkio College. Swan's brothers Pete and Carl settled around Omaha, Alfred journeyed to California, Clara settled in Chicago and Amanda settled in Gothenburg and married Hans Jorgenson. The family name was originally Swanson but like many immigrants thought there were too many with this name so changed Swanson to Turnquist. Beda Anderson was born December 31st 1865 in Alingsos, Sweden. She arrived in Tarkio from Sweden in 1885. There she worked for her sister Sophia Carlson. The members of Beda's family who came to American were her father, three brothers, Claus who settled at Hershey, Nebr.then later went to California, Anton who settled in Denver, Colorado, anc Carl who moved around and never married; two sisters, Sophia who settled in Wausa, Nerbr. and Hulda who also settled at Wausa. in 1886 Swan came west to Gothenburg, Nebr. and took up a homestead 16 miles north of town. In March of 1986 whis homestead will have been in the Turnquist family for 100 years. Beda came to Gothenburg in 1888 and she and Swan were married at the Baptist Parsonage in Gothengurg on November 27th 1888. The family homestead was located on Odencrantz table. The family first lived in a sod house. Mr. Odencrantz was the first settler in this area and when he moved to New York, Swan bought his frame house and moved it to it's present location. The children all attended New Hope School which also held Sundayschool classes. The adults had church service at different homes in the neighborhood. Traveling preachers came and gave the services. If one didn't come the members themselves would have their own church service. During the summer months there were tent meetings and people would come from far and near for the service and the fellowship. A big barn was built by John Loostorm about 1901. It would still be stand if a tornado had not destroyed it along with many other buildings on June 18th 1975. For a time Swan worked on the railroad near broken bow. He used his own mules on the job. It was during the winter and he slept in a tent on the snow. Swan and Beda moved into Gothenburg in 1917. They built a new home at 310 W. 16th Street in 1920. The house was considered one of the finest homes in Gothenburg at the time. Behind the house Swan had a big garden and then across the alley to the north they had a barn and potato patch. They had milk cows and chickens selling eggs and milk to other familys.
Godfrey stayed on the farm and took over the farming. Lillie and Frank Anderson lived at the farm too until Godfrey and Edith were married in 1921. Then Lillie and Frank moved to another place about six miles south.
At the time of Beda and Swan's 50th anniversary on November 27th 1938 they had five children living and fourteen grandchildren all of whom were present for the event. Both are burried at New Hope Cemetery. Their children's education: Godfrey had eight years of school at New Hope, one year of business college at Broken Bow. Charlotte had eight years of school at New Hope and one summer at Kearney Normal. Lillie had eight years at New Hope, two years at Kearney Normal, and then taught school at Bergstrom School in Wild Horse Valley for one year, and two years at New Hope School. Lydia had eight years at New Hope. Attended Kearney Normal and she too taught at Bergstrom School. Esther had eight years at New Hope and four in Gothenburg. Attended Kearney normal then taught at Hazel Dell School which was called the Oberg School. John had eight years at New Hope and four at Gothenburg. Graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1927. He was associated with the lawfirm of Akolt, Campbell, Turnquist, Shepard and Dick of Denver Colorado. He specialized in labor relations and corporate financing. He was a counseler for Mountain Bell for many years. He retired in 1963. Grampa Swan had a special board for spankings. Lillie didn't think she had it used on her too many times. Lillie remembers carrying dinner to her father when he worked in the west field across the canyon. Edith remembers staying with Lydia one night after dark. They had to check the stockwater at the windmill over on the west field. There was only one horse in the barn, so they put two saddles on top of each other and went to the pasture to catch the other horse. They had quite a hard time catching the horse in the dark. Lenore remembers her grandfather hitching the mules up and going to the Platte River to get water some 18 miles away. The mules wouldn't drink at the river, but drank alot when my grandfather got the water home. After Swan and Beda had moved to town Swan would go up to the farm every Saturday to pick up cobs and get feed for his cows and chickens in town. One Saturday the road to town was being worked on and there was a detour. On a steep hill they couldn't make it to the top because of the extra weight of the feed sacks. So they unloaded the feed sacks and put some of them behind the model T to keep the Ford from slipping backwards. When the Ford finally made it to the top of the hill, they had to walk back and carry the feed sacks up to the car and reload. Swan drank his coffee from a saucer. He used alot of cream and would put a couple of sugar cubes in his mouth, fill his saucer from the cup and sip the hot coffee through his moustache. The boys helped by working in the fields. Charlotte and Lillie did the milking and separating. Lydia had the job of going after the cows. Milk and cream were kept cool by putting it in jars and lowering them into the stockwater tank. As long as the wind blew the water was cool and the milk would stay fresh for several days. The storm cave was another food storage place, the cave was deep and cool. During the summer the children had fun riding the mules. Another form of amusement was swimming in the water holes. One time Fred and Hulda Jorgenson and Esther took their clothes off and went swimming at one hole, and then journeyed to another hole and left their clothes behind. Fred's father, Hans, went looking for the children found the clothes and feared they had drowned. He was much relived when he saw them return for their clothes. Charlotte, Lillie, Lydia and John took piano lessons. Lillie liked to play the organ at the school house. She was very upset when lighting hit the school bell and started a fire that burned the school to the ground. Revivals came through the area frequently. Everyone went to these. One time the Turnquist children were pretending to be "holy rollers" down in the canyons. Esther got carried away in her antics and fell and broke her arm. Lillie was the first to become a teacher, then Lydia and Esther. Esther used to tell of boarding in the different homes of her students. Room and Board was part of their pay about $50 a month.
More About Swan John Turnquis: Burial: 17 December 1956, New Hope Cemetary, Custer County, Ne.
More About Swan John Turnquis and Beda Anderson: Marriage: 27 November 1888, Gothenburg, Ne 69130.
Children of Swan John Turnquis and Beda Anderson are:
+Lillie MarieTurnquist, b. 14 January 1894, Sevill, Custer County, Ne, d. 02 December 1985, Gothenburg, Ne 69130.
+Godfrey Elam, b. 26 December 1889, Gothenburg, Ne 69130, d. 18 April 1956, Gothenburg, Ne 69130.
Charlotte Anna, b. 28 June 1892, Custer County, Ne, d. 1926, Wild Horse Valley, NE.
Lydia, b. 08 May 1895, Gothenburg, Ne 6913011, d. 27 May 1969, Nortrh Plate, Ne11.
Robert, b. 11 March 1897, Gothenburg, Ne 69130, d. 17 March 1897.
Esther Lois, b. 11 November 1899, Gothenburg, Ne 6913011, d. 29 September 1978, Lincoln, Landcaster County, Ne11.
John Roosevelt, b. 19 July 1903, Custer County, Ne11, d. 27 May 1969, Wheatridge, Colorado11.