S. M. Anderson & Family

Bottom row,  left to right: Lydia, Charles, Louisa   Middle Row: John S., Mother Elizabeth, Father Swain, Malinda    Back row:   Josephine, Mary, Magnus, Ella , Elizabeth.

This information was taken from the ‘History of Kane County’, a publication that is widely distributed.

“Another pioneer who contributed a great deal to the settlement of Glendale was Sven (Swain) Magnus Anderson, who left the Muddy River in March 1871 with his bride, Elizabeth Emma, to move to their new home. He built a log house as soon as it was considered safe to do so, in which they lived for several years. It consisted of two good-sized rooms with a loft or attic about one room. It consisted of two rooms and two porches, with a temporary kitchen opening onto one of the porches. They used to call that house the “dough house.” Adaline Hopkins worked for the family and her boyfriend said that every time he came to see her, she was mixing dough: hence the name “dough house” stuck and as much was always known.”

“Swain was a very ambitious leader. He had mail contracts between Kanab and Panguitch, and many winters were severe. He would pull a hand sled and often carry a mail bag over his shoulder. He also was a surveyor along with tending his ranch on Asay Creek, on Cedar mountain. Hence Swains Creek got its name. The family raised small grain and milked ten to thirty cows. They made butter which sold for about 20 cents a lb. In the summer ofttimes, eggs sold for 5 cents a dozen. Cheese sold for 12 to 15 cents a pound. The large family has produced a great posterity and a rich heritage of hard work, entrepreneurs and strong willed people. Swain made the first cultivator, grain drill and leveler in the area. He burned and donated all the tar that was used in building the St. George Temple.


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