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Harry Swander, Jaqua

Harry E. Swander, born July 5, 1863 in Ohio to Harrison and Alice (Farley) Sander.

Harry E. Swander married Viola C. Eggleston August 14, 1884 in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa.

In 1885 Clarinda, Harry E. is a baker, 22, Viola C. 19 - she was born in Cedar County, Iowa.

Harry cash-claimed 160 acres in 21 and 28, 4S 42W in 1891.

Harry E. Swander also had a record of a timber claim in 8S 49W, fifty miles west, but this wasn't completed.

A large grocery and bakery business in Rapid City -one of the largest of its kind in the state -is incontrovertible proof of the
ability and energy of its owner, Harry E. Swander. He was born in Tiffin, Ohio, on the 8th of July, 1863, and is a son of Harrison and
Alice (Farley) Swander, natives of the Buckeye state and of Missouri respectively. The father, who was a merchant and farmer by occupation,
removed to Iowa in 1859 and was there married. He subsequently returned to Ohio with his wife and there she resided during the Civil war. He
bore arms during the entire conflict, serving in all for four years and eight months, or through three enlistments, as a member of Missouri
volunteer cavalry. In 1868 he returned to Iowa with his family and first located in Decatur county, but subsequently removed to Taylor
county and is now living retired at Gravity, that county. His wife passed away when the subject of this review was but five years old. She
was the mother of two children, the other being Edward H., a resident of Missouri.

Harry E. Swander attended district school for a short time and made the best of his rather limited opportunities for securing an
education. When but twelve years of age he left home and began work upon a farm. In 1879 he became an apprentice to the baker's trade at
Bedford, Iowa, but after serving in that capacity for one and a half years he worked in various places as a journeyman baker. In 1883 he
began business on his own account at Clarinda, Iowa, in partnership with another ambitious man who, like himself, possessed little capital
but a great deal of determination and business ability. They began their enterprise with less than one hundred dollars to invest, Mr.
Swander's share being thirty-seven dollars. The venture, however, proved a success and the bakery was sold a year later at a good profit.
Mr. Swander then went to the Black Hills but remained for only a short time, after which he returned to Bedford, Iowa. A year later he went to
southwestern Nebraska but the hard times of 1887 proved disastrous to him and he lost all that he had accumulated. In 1888 he removed to
Alliance, Nebraska, where he found employment as a lineman, and  worked into the Black Hills while connected with the Burlington Railway
line. He returned to Alliance, however, and opened a restaurant there which he conducted for a year. In 1890 Mr. Swander arrived in Rapid
City and established a fancy grocery, confectionery and bakery business upon a small scale but so well did he understand his trade and so
efficiently were his business interests managed that the enterprise grew rapidly. In 1900 he sold out and turned his attention to the stock
business but after two years he abandoned that line or endeavor, as he lost heavily owing to the fact that large numbers of his stock had been
killed by severe winter storms. In 1902 he again engaged in the grocery and bakery business and has since continued therein, as it has proved
an unqualified success. His trade is constantly increasing in volume and importance and his establishment is one of the best and largest of
its kind in South Dakota. He is interested in other enterprises, being one of the company which is operating the New Harney Hotel of Rapid
City, a stockholder in the Dakota Power Company and in the Dakota Plaster Company. He has also invested to some extent in mining

Mr. Swander was married in 1884 and had four children by his first wife, as follows: Edward H., a traveling salesman; Geraldine;
Charles; and Harry A., who lost his life by drowning when seven years old. Mr. Swander was married January 30, 1915, to Mrs. Clara I. Patton,
the widow of John D. Patton. Mrs. Swander is well and favorably known by the traveling public as the owner of the Patton Hotel.

Fraternally Mr. Swander is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Elks and the Masons and in all of those organizations is highly
esteemed and popular. He has at various times met with discouragement and financial reverses but his determination has never wavered and his
faith in the value of industry, coupled with sound judgment, has been justified, as he is now one of the leading business men in his line in
the Black Hills. In striving for and gaining material success he has never forgotten that to deal justly and live uprightly is to most truly succeed and the respect which all who know him entertain for him is proof of his integrity.


1955 A Rapid City baking company established here 61 years ago has been purchased by Ide Mel;: linking Company of Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls. Sale of the entire stock of the Swander Baking Company of Rapid City, Deadwood' and Huron was announced today in a joint statement by company officials. Henry Welz, chairman of the board, said, "There is no contemplated change to be made in the operation," diaries A. Swander will continue as manager of the Rapid City plant, Metz said, adding bakery engineers are working out details for installation of new and larger equipment for expansion of the plant. Metz officials, however, had "no comment" on future construction of a Metz plant in Rapid City. Ground was broken for the bakery last month. The eastern firm has built three large baking plants since 1918 in Sioux City, Sioux Falls and Watertown. Distribution is made in South Dakota and parts of North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa under the brand name of "Old Home" bread. The Melz organizations includes more than 600 employees with distributions centers located at Pierre Aberdeen, Huron, Mitchell, Yankton and Prcsho.  The Swander firm was established here in 1891 by Harry E Swander with the first bakery at (il3 Main Street. In 1907 operations were moved to 517 Seventh Street and in 1929 the company moved to its present location at 601 Twelfth Street. In 1922 Swanders opened a branch at Deadwood and another at Huron in 1924. "The acquisition of the Rapid City and Huron plants has been natural and very desirable addition to our organization," Metz -said, "as it will enable further expansions and improved service to many areas."


July 1, 1898  Deadwood, S.D. " While swimming in the Rapid river near Rapid City, Harry Swanders, son of H.E. Swanders, was drowned."


Viola Cordelia was born to John and Mary Eggleston, in the 1870 census they are in Floyd county Iowa and by 1880 they are in Clarinda IA and she has a sister Nellie.
She married Harry Swander at Clarinda Iowa August 14, 1888, they homesteaded near Heagly Nebraska and later Harry operated a grocery store there.
In December of 1889 the family moved to Rapid City arriving on the 4th day of the month by stage coach. Viola opened an convectionary store which she operated for three years. In 1892 Harry opened Swanders Bakery which he operated for many years.
In 1900 Viola and Edward are living together in Rapid City, Harry is no where to be found in the census.
Viola had been active in many civic circles of community life in Rapid City during her long residence. She was president of the local chapter of Women's Christian Temperance Union for 30 years. She  was a member of Coterie and Fortnightly clubs, the order of Eastern Star and of Areme, composed of past officers of Eastern Star.
She is survived by a daughter: Geraldine, Mrs J W Erny of Tucson AZ, a son Charles Swander of Rapid City and six grandchildren and four great grand children. She was divorced from Harry Swander and he remarried in 1915. In the 1920 census Viola has her daughter Geraldine and her son Charles at home with her, by the 1930 census Viola is 64 and her 88 year old mother is living with her in Rapid City.
Harry Swander died in 1935 at the age of 66, they also lost a son Harry V Swander in June of 1898 at the age of 7 yrs. A son Edward died in 1944 at the age of 55. 

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