Biography of A. C. Swanson
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A. C. SWANSON.
A. C. Swanson, proprietor of the Napa Sheet Metal Works, is a man whose career has been such as to entitle him to the respect and esteem of all who know him. He is a native of Sweden and was born on the 23d of January, 1882. His grandfather, uncles and several other relatives were citizens of the United States and a number of them fought in the Union army during the Civil war, enlisting from the state of Michigan. His father was a butcher, and Mr. Swanson worked at that vocation as a boy until he was sixteen years of age, when he came to the United States. He at once located with one of his uncles in Kent City, Michigan, where he attended school for a time. In 1899 he went to Chicago and learned the trade of a sheet metal worker, at which he became very proficient. He went to Seattle, Washington, in 1907, and in connection with his trade was employed in the construction of the L. B. Smith office building, which was forty two stories high and the highest structure on the Pacific coast. He also worked on the Washington theater and other large buildings.

Coming subsequently to San Francisco, Mr. Swanson worked for a while for Lang & Burgston, who sent him to the Mare Island navy yard during the World war to work on hospitals and cantonments, and later he was in the employ of the United States government at that place. From there he went to Sacramento, where he worked on the California highway commission building, and on September 15, 1922, he came to Napa. On his arrival here he formed a partnership with K. M. Clauson, under the name of the Napa Sheet Metal Works, but in November, 1924, he bought his partner's interest and has since been sole owner of the business. In addition to a general line of sheet metal work, such as is called for in house and building construction. Mr. Swanson sells and installs gas furnaces and the Caloric wood and coal furnace. He did the sheet metal and cornice work on the new gymnasium at the Napa union high school and on the buildings at the Coney Island summer resort in the Valley of the Moon, Sonoma county. He also installed the copper tile roof on the A. B. Spreckels mansion at Napa, a piece of work of which he is justifiably proud, this being one of the few copper roofs in the state of California.

Mr. Swanson was married to Miss Jennie Johnson, who also is a native of Sweden, and they are the parents of a son, Carl, aged sixteen years, who was born in Seattle and is now a student in the Napa high school. Mr. Swanson is a member of Vallejo Lodge No. 487, Free and Accepted Masons; Lodge No. 7, Sciots, and the Napa lodge of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He seems to have inherited all the characteristics of sterling forebears, for he has shown himself to be a man of courage, stability and enterprise, a man whom to know is to respect and admire. He is public spirited and is an ardent advocate of every measure calculated to advance the best interests of his community.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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