Stories from Swedeland

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AuthorHouse, Sep 14, 2006 - Humor - 344 pages

You and I are surrounded by stories.  Wherever you live makes no difference.  Things happen to you and to me and take on all aspects of living.  Some are humorous; others can be sobering.  Sometimes the event causes real thinking, and it is still not possible to understand the event.  When and if history is made we remember those things forever.


Without a doubt the purpose of the printing of SwedeLand columns is for your enjoyment.  The columns (stories) printed in this book tell of life and growing up on a farm in middle America, from the Depression days of the '30's to the retirement tales of the 21st Century.


The events I have written about actually occurred.  Sometimes I have written about things I do not understand.  Believe me, there are many things I do not understand. As you read you will soon learn that family and friends are a vital part of my life. I first started writing in 1986 and the stories you read here were published in the Stratford Courier, the weekly Stratford, IA newspaper.


The selections for the military section were difficult to choose.  When a person is 18 and older and exposed to the scenes of War, it leaves an impression never to be forgotten.  These military columns are about many of my friends I grew up with. 


As you read some of my stories and incidents of my life I hope they will cause you to revisit your past as you no doubt have had similar experiences as we travel this beautiful journey called Life. 

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About the author (2006)

Weldon Swedlund was born and grew up in rural Iowa.  All of his great-grandparents immigrated from Sweden (1850, 1881, 1882).  These ancestors had much influence on his life.  Following country school days and high school in Stratford, Iowa he spent 2 years in the military -- Philippine Islands and the Army of Occupation in Japan.  Then it was back to Iowa, farming, marriage and raising a family.  For 25 years he and his son Neil farmed together and bought and sold hogs at Central Iowa Stockyards in Webster City.  After the close of the Stockyards he worked for 14 years as a courier for CDS (Communication Data Service).  He and Audrienne, his wife of 61 years, are the parents of one daughter, Alaire Willits (Jim), and two sons, Neil (Linda) and Mark (Janice), seven grandchildren and  eight great-grands.  Helping with the farming, writing columns, and enjoying his family fill up today's schedule of this 81-year-old author.

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