Swen Dahlberg

HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS and history of ROCK ISLAND COUNTY Vol. 2 ILLUSTRATED Published Munsell Publishing Co. Chicago 1914. (His picture is in book also)

DAHLBERG, Swen -- no other nation has produced more honest, reliable and industrious people in proportion to the population, than Sweden, and these sturdy men and women are cordially welcomed whenever they see fit to come to the United States, for here their worth is appreciated. One of the men who has lived up to this reputation is Swen Dahlberg of No. 2341 Fifth avenue, Moline, a millwright who followed his trade and that of saw-milling for thirty-five years, finally retiring on account of failing health. During the Civil war he served his country as a soldier and now is one of the veterans of Rock Island County.

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Swen Dahlberg was born at Christenstadt, Sweden, July 9, 1844, a son of Peter and Ingar (Nordling) Dahlberg. Peter Dahlberg, a blacksmith by occupation was born at Christianstadt, Sweden, August 5, 1805 and died in Sweden at the age of fifty seven years on May 18, 1862. His wife was born at Andarum, Sweden December 17, 1815 and came to this country in 1866 settling at Red Wing, Minn., where her sons had prepared a home, living there until the time of her death June 24, 1893. The family consisted of two sons; John C. Pfeiffer, a half brother to Mr. Dahlberg who lives at Red Wing, Minn., and Swen and three daughters: Ellen, now Mrs Andrew Anderson of Borestad, Sweden; Anna, Mrs Andrew Parsons, desceased; and Christine, Mrs. Carl Youngquist of Red Wing, Minn.

Swen Dahlberg grew up in Sweden, attending a military school and learning the trade of cabinetmaking. Coming from a family where all the male members on both sides had given full military service to either Germany or Sweden, his great grandfather haveing been a general in the German Army; it was natural that he should enlist in the Civil War. Coming to the United States he arrived at St. Paul, Minn September 5, 1864 and enlisted, as soon as he left the boat in Co. D. Third Minnesota Volunteer Infantry as a private, remaining in the service until the close of the war, being honorably discharged in September 1865. His brother was also a soldier in the Civil War serving for four years and three months in the same company as he. When the first state militia was organized at Moline, Mr. Dahlberg was made a sergeant, afterwards becoming first lieutenant of his company, and did most of the drilling of the company during the seven years he was a member of it.

Mr. Dahlberg has been twice married, first at Rock Island, October 27, 1870, to Mary Ann Squres of Tonawanda, N.Y. who died March 5, 1881. There were four children of this marriage: Oscar L., born October 20, 1871, who following in his father's footsteps enlisted during the Spanish American war, April 20, 1898, in Co. F. Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was honorably discharged at the close of the war; Ellen born June 22, 1873, who died in infancy; Benjamin J. born September 28, 1875 who died in infancy; John C. born September 11, 1877, who is now living in louisiana is superintendent of a sawmill near New Orleans. On May 14, 1882, Mr. Dahlberg was married (second) to Mary G. Nelson at Red Wing, Minn. Mrs. Dahlberg is the daughter of Johannes and Greta (Simmons) Nelson, and was born May 21, 1848, in Linkoping, Sweden, coming to the United States with her parents and brothers in 1851, and settling at Moline, Ill., thence removing to Wed Wing, Minn in 1854. Her father was born in Sweden on May 26, 1798 and died at Red Wing, December 14, 1883. Her mother also was born in Sweden January 2, 1806 and died at Red Wing, March 10, 1866. She had two brothers, Charles Nelson, deceased, and Peter I. Johnson, now of Red Wing, Minn. Mr. Johnson was also a soldier during the Civil War, serving three years in Company D, Tenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. By this second marriage Mr. Dahlberg had the following children: Melkert Nelson, a carpenter born July 11, 1883; Mary Grace, born January 26, 1885, now Mrs Earl H,. Eiteman of Fort Worth, Texas; Benjamin Clarence, a woodworker, born August 18, 1886; and Alice Lillian, an optometrist, born June 28, 1888. With the exception of Mrs Eiteman these children are living at home.

A strong republican, mr. Dahlberg served as one of the superivisors of Moline township for four years. He is an Odd Fellow, a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of Graham Post G.A.R. of Moline. Although he was brought up a Lutrheran, Mr. Dahlberg is not affiliated wtih any church. He owns his own homestead at No. 2341 Fifth Avenue, Moline, where he now resides. A good citizen as he was a loyal soldier, he has always done his full duty in every walk of life. In fact, he is a man upon whom full dependence can be placed under all conditions.


Contributed by Marilyn Zimmer