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1939-3-6 J. W. Swank's 90th birthday
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Swank have three daughters, Mrs. Ray Glea-years. son, Lebanon; Mrs. Victor Yates, Oakville and Mrs. Harry Wilkins, children and two great grandchil-Salcm..';. drne. vi-i j. W. Swank Honored By Friends On . 90th Anniversary Scores of friends visited J. W. Swank at his home at 604 Ellsworth street Friday afternoon and evening to congratulate him on his ninetieth birthday. The occasion found Mr. Swank in good health and able thorough- I ly lo enjoy the event. Air. bwank was born March 3V. ; 1849, in Noble county, Ohio, the I oldest member of the family of I ! Mr. and Mrs. Philip Swank, who came to Oregon via ox team when! , he was three years old, in 1852. I The family first settled at Ore-' gon City, and then in the fall of 1353 moved to Washington county where the pioneer couple took up a donation land claim. ' ; In 1858 tho Swanks came to Linn ;county, settling on a farm between Albany and Lebanon near Tall-man. There J. W. Swank remained until grown, whereupon he purchased a farm near Plainview. Settling that Inter he moved lo a location between Tangent and Lebanon, part of which property he still retains. r Mr. Swank sold part of his farm and moved to Albany about 25 years ago. He has been living at his present home since 1923 f" At "one: time Mr. Swank: was employed at the Farmers' Warehouse, which was a center of shipping activities here when the Willamette river was a major artery of freight transportation in the valley. The warehouse building is now occupied by M. Senders & Co. In the building, Mr. Swank recalled, wheat produced in this section would .: be stored until boats could ascend the Willamette during high water periods of the winters. , . Mr. Swank's father died in 1920 and his mother in 1921, each past the age of 93. Surviving are four sons, J. W., John H. Swank, who still lives on the old Swank homestead; Jess Swank, who has an adjoining place and J. H. (Bud) Swank, living between Tangent and Lebanon. Portland. There are nine grand- The grandchildren are Mrs. Karl Zaph. Portland, Franklin, James Robert and Polly Wilkins and Mrs. Eugene Cusick, Portland; Margaret Ann Yates, Alsea; Mrs. Freder .. a., v ., Ai. l,- cl ick Yarbrough, Corvallis and Mary Lou Yates, University of Oregon siuaeni, ano wancy ijou oieason, i Lebanon. The great grandchildren are Charles Harrison Cusick, Portland and Kathleen Elizabeth Zaph, Portland. I I j