George Swenson Farm Records (S4978)

  • 1915-82 

    Historical Sketch

    George O. Swenson was born in 1898 in Maxwell Township, Minnesota. His parents moved to a different farm in Boyd, Minnesota when he was four, and he grew up on this second farm, graduating from Dawson High School in 1917. He then worked on family farm property in South Dakota. Returning to Minnesota, he married Ruth Holmquist in 1920, whose family had a neighboring farm near Boyd. They made their home on the Swenson farm in Providence Township, raising three children, growing small grains, and building a heard of beef cattle. Adding other farm property, the Swenson’s incorporated their operations in 1965. George Swenson did in February 1982. 

    Collection Description

    Records of the Swenson farm operations include account books, receipts, tax records, miscellaneous information on beef cattle, numerous pamphlets and documents from farming organizations and co-ops, and several published books on various aspects of farming. All materials are in excellent condition and provide a detailed overview of the Swenson farm. 

    Inventory

    Box 1

    • Agriculture
      • Census. 1969
      • Co-Operative Miscellaneous Documents. 1939-78, undated
      • Extension. 1942, 1952
      • Stabilization of Agriculture (ASA) and Crop Records. 1965
       
    • American Society of Agriculture Engineers (ASAE) Reports. 1976, 1978
    • Annual Reports, Dawson Mills. 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975-79
    • Beef Bulletins
    • Blueprints
    • Cattle Feeding and Feedlot Information. 1960-71, undated
    • Central Livestock Association Market Letter. 1943, 1955-57, 1970, 1974, 1976
    • Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Loans. 1950, 1952-54
    • Correspondence. 1942-78, undated
    • Dawson Area Fact Survey. 1963
    • Fallout Protection Pamphlets. 1958, 1961-62, undated
    • Farm Plan. 1952-53
    • Farmers
      • Account Book. 1928-29, 1937
      • Bulletins. 1915, 1920, 1923, 1927, 1931, 1938, 1945-46, 1949|
       
    • Finance. 1943-62
    • Miscellaneous
      • Documents. 1934-82, undated
      • Reports. 1959, 1968, 1974-75
      • Volumes
       
    • Newsletters. 1956-57, 1978-79
    • Newspaper, Farm, Stock and Home. 1902
    • Photographs
    • Receipts
      • Farmers Co-Operative Elevator. 1943
      • Fertilizer, Feed and Seed. 1943-56
      • Livestock. 1942-76, undated
      • Loans. 1947-48, 1951-52
      • Miscellaneous. 1939-55, undated
      • Parts and Machinery. 1940-54
      • Veterinarian. 1953-54
       
    • Record Books. 1947 
       

    Box 2

    • Income Tax Records. 1951-54. Volumes 1-3
      • Home Farm I. 1955. Volume 4
      • West Farm II. 1955. Volume 5
      • East Farm III. 1955. Volume 6
      • North Farm IV. 1955. Volume 7
      • 1979. Volume 8
       
    • Books Regarding Agriculture
      • Boss, Andrew. Farm Management. 1914
      • Dawson, Charlie. Success with Hogs. 1919
      • Doane's Facts and Figures for Farmers. 1974
      • Do it Right the First Time. 1973
      • Farm Economy Supplement. 1928
      • Green, John B. Law for the American Farmer. 1910
      • Henry, W.A. and F. Morrison. Feeds and Feeding. 1915
      • King, James A. and W. Lynes. Tile Drainage. 1946
      • Midwest Farm Handbook. 1955
      • Profit Marketing. 1975
      • Pugsley, John A. Common Sense Economics. 1980
      • Wilson, A.D. and C.W. Warburton. Field Crops. 1912
      • Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. 1914 
         
       

    Box 3

    • Farm Ledgers from 1963-79. Most concern the George Swenson farm or the corporation records of the Swenson Farm.