Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ALBERT E. SWAN, who is now engaged
in general farming and poultry raising, just north of Riverview, in Douglas
county, has heretofore been engaged in the pottery business. He was
born in Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada on September 5, 1863, the son of William
E. and Teresa (Stacy) Swan, natives of England. The parents now live
in South Dakota, where the father is engaged in prospecting for oil.
Our subject completed a high school course in Janesville, Wisconsin, then
studied in the commercial college, for some time. After this, he
moved to South Dakota, settling in Day county, where he contracted for
boring wells. He was in that county for eighteen years. It
was in 1901, that he moved to Douglas county and bought eighty acres, where
he now lives and upon which he has put very valuable improvements.
He has put the land under cultivation and made it very productive.
In addition to this, Mr. Swan is raising poultry and has some very fine
Plymouth Rocks and other breeds. His market is Seattle.
Mr. Swan is a man of considerable ability
and in addition to his farming and poultry raising for commercial benefits,
he is conducting an experiment station to ascertain which are the best
varieties of grasses and grains for this section of the country and also
what kinds of poultry are adapted to the climate. He has become skilled
in this line and is known as one of the leading men of the section.
Mr. Swan has two brothers and three sisters, William W., Harry L., Mrs.
Bessie Raynes, Mrs. Charlotte Hogg and Mrs. Nellie Bingham.
The marriage of our subject and Mrs. Susan
J. Mills occurred at Andover, South Dakota, February 5, 1889. Mrs.
Swan is the daughter of William and Sarah (Spring) Mills, natives of Canada
and Michigan, respectively and now living in Wenatchee, where the father
conducts a mercantile establishment. Mrs. Swan was born near Grant
Park, Illinois on February 7, 1867, and has two brothers and two sisters,
Arthur J., William H., Mrs. Carrie L. Stewart and Mrs. Lizzie Collins.
In South Dakota on June 10, 1897, one child
was born to Mr. and Mrs. Swan, Vera Terreasa. Mr. Swan is a member
of the A. O. U. W and he and his wife are adherents of the Methodist church.