Author: John Outcalt (1925)

JOHN SANDERSON SWAN

As a city trustee of Merced and former sheriff of Merced County, John
Sanderson Swan has been intimately associated with the public life of this
locality for many years. He was born in Waterford, Maine, September 30, 1849, a
son of Thomas and Eliza (Sanderson) Swan, of Welsh and Scotch ancestors,
respectively. Both parents are deceased.

John Sanderson Swan was educated in the public schools of his native state
and in the Bridgeton Academy; at nineteen years of age he began to earn his own
way in the world and for fifteen years was foreman for one company in New
England. As his parents were getting old and needed his assistance, he went back
to his home in Maine and remained with them until they both passed away. In 1881
he came to Merced County; the first year he was occupied with farm work, then he
rented land and followed grain farming for twenty years, having as many as 6000
acres under cultivation in one season. For many years he conducted a livery
stable business in Merced and was also engaged in buying and shipping of hogs
from Merced and vicinity. He was elected sheriff of Merced County on the
Democratic ticket and served for eight years with entire satisfaction to the
public.

Mr. Swan has been married twice. The first time he was united with Miss Sarah
Swan, the same name, but no relation; after her death he was subsequently
married to Miss Eldora Fuller, a native of Rhode Island. In 1920 Mr. Swan was
appointed to his present position of head janitor of the high school building, a
responsible position which he capably fills. Fraternally he is an Odd Fellow and
an Elk. As a good citizen he is now serving his second term as city trustee of
Merced. Politically he votes for the best men and measures.


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From:

HISTORY OF
MERCED COUNTY
CALIFORNIA
WITH A
Biographical Review
OF
The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been
Identified with Its Growth and Development
from the Early Days to the Present

HISTORY BY
JOHN OUTCALT

ILLUSTRATED COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME
HISTORIC RECORD COMPANY
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
1925

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