Merced Express, January 23, 1915
DEATH OF MRS. SARAN S. SWAN
A 4 o'clock Tuesday morning of this week death relieved the suffering of
Mrs. Saran S. Swan, beloved wife of John S. Swan, at her home on
Twenty-first street. Mrs. Swan had been an invalid for about four years
and while her death was not unexpected the news of her passing was
received with sentiment of sincere regret by her large circle of loving
friends and acquaintances.
Mrs. Swan was a native of Denmark, Maine, and was born September 24,
1850, She was educated in the schools of her native town, and for several
years previous to her marriage in November, 1870, was a high school
teacher in Brownfield, Maine. In 1880 Mr. and Mrs. Swan came to
California, settling in Modesto, where they resided for a few years, and
then moved to the vicinity of Livingston, where Mr. Swan engaged in
farming on an extensive scale. They took up their residence in Merced
twelve years ago when Mr. Swan was elected Sheriff of this county. During
her residence here Mrs. Swan won the esteem and highest regard of
innumerable friends throughout the community.
Besides her husband she leaves a brother, Stillman R. Swan of Livingston,
a niece, Mrs. C. M. Maze of Modesto and Nephew, George A. Cressey of the same city.
Mrs. Swan was a past Worthy Matron of Mercedes Chapter No. 126, Order of
Eastern Star, of this city and was one of the most prominent members of
Funeral services were held at the Swan home at 11 o'clock Thursday
morning, Rev. F. H. Woodside officiating, and the remains were taken to
Fresno for cremation. The pallbearers were the following named members of
Merced Lodge No. 1240 B. P. O. E., of which Mr. Swan is a charter member:
N. C. Ray, J. B. Baker, E. W. Leeker, J. J. Griffin, H. S. Shaffer, C. W.
Contributed by Thomas Hilk