Harold Swanson ’49 Inducted 1980


Harold   Swanson

Harold "Swen" Swanson '49 lettered in football in 1942, 1946, 1947 and 1940. He was named All-State three years in a row (1946-48) and was co-captain of the '47 team. He was selected as a member of a college All-Star team in 1948 and played in the Little Olympic Bowl in Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif. The U.S. team played against teams from Hawaii, Canada, and in that game he had the distinction of playing with Hugh McElhenny an All-Pro athlete who played for San Francisco and the Minnesota Vikings before being inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
Swen served in World War II from 1943-46. Following graduation he started work with Percy Vittum Livestock Commission Co. in South St. Paul. He became president of the company in 1979.
He is a member of Ozman Shrine and Jesters in St. Paul, is past president of Southview Country Club, and was Winter Carnival Southwind in 1973.
He and his wife Carol (Somermeyer) '49 have three sons and a daughter Two of their sons (Mark `73 and Brad '80) are Gustie grads who both live in South St. Paul.