Person:Alice Swenson (1)

Alice Swenson
b.1 Feb 1881 Cresco, IA
d.17 Oct 1966 Hampton, VA
m. 15 Sep 1878
  1. Florence Swenson - Abt 1980
  2. Marcus Oscar Swenson1879 - 1960
  3. Alice Swenson1881 - 1966
  4. Ruth Swenson1884 - 1976
  5. Lenore Swenson1889 - 1973
m. Abt Jun 1909
  1. June Carlisle Reed1911 - 1999
  2. Henry Fredrick Reed1912 - 1998
  3. Richard Carl Reed1918 - 2001
Facts and Events
Name[1] Alice Swenson
Gender Female
Birth[2] 1 Feb 1881 Cresco, IA
Marriage Abt Jun 1909 to Carl Webster Reed
Death[3] 17 Oct 1966 Hampton, VA
Burial[4] Oak Lawn Cem., Cresco, IA


Alice Swenson was educated in the Cresco public schools and graduated from what is now Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls. She taught school in the rural schools near Cresco and also in Duluth, Minnesota.

In June 1909 Alice married Carl Webster Reed, a Cresco attorney. Her teaching then gave way to a number of community and civic activities. She was a member of the Cresco school board. She was president of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. She was on the board of regents of Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa. During World War II she was named as one of the Iowa members of the National Defense Committee. Later she was in charge of the Federation of Woman's Clubs Exhibit building at the state fair in Des Moines. They had three children, June Carlisle, Henry Fredric and Richard Carl. Alice was born Feb. 1, 1881 and died October 17, 1966.

The three children were graduated from the University of Iowa. Henry and Richard are members of the Iowa Bar. Henry joined his father in the practice of law in 1936 and was elected county attorney in 1940. With the coming of World War II, all three entered military service. Henry was a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Army. June was in the Women's Army Corps. Richard was a Lt.Comdr and electronics officer in the Navy. All served overseas.

Carl and Alice moved to Des Moines by 1942. Her sisters and brother had all left Cresco much earlier. Thus World War II ended the association of the Reed family and this branch of the Swenson family with Cresco. Carl and Alice Swenson Reed are buried in Oaklawn cemetery. The children are alive and well but have never returned to Cresco on a permanent basis.

by Richard C. Reed Howard County History, 1989

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