Blowney, Walter E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 22, No. 7 (April 1918)
Successful Wisconsin engineers, pp. -299
SUCCESSFUL WISCONSIN ENGINEERS_ MAGNUS SWENSON, (Met. E. 80 M S. 83 -M. F. '98), now Chairman of the State Council of Defense and Federal 1Food A -7... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I should serve as an inspiration to all present and future engi- neers. If the details of his varied experiences could he written they would read more like a romance than a chapter from real life. Unfortunately the space allotted will permit of only a brief outline. In 1868 he left his native land, Norway, in a sailing ves- sel, bound for America.. The voyage was long and tempest- ous. It lasted twelve weeks. during which time, twenty-two of the sixty passengers died of starvation and exhaustion. The ship finally landed at the island of Anticosta, at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river. From there the ship was towed to Quebec where the passengers were landed. No friends were there to welcome him; even the skics were dark and foreboding; and a thunder storm was raging such as Magnus had never seen nor heard in Norway. Hie now found himself a stranger in a foreign land, unable to speak a word of its language. His assets were a few personat belongings in a little -wooden chest, barely enough money to take him to his destination, and a never failing optimism and courage. lie was bound for Wisconsin and in spite of the hardships of the ocean voyage he again took passage on a boat, up the St. Lawrence River and thin the Great Lakes to Detroit. It was a freighter and at night fle curled up en the (deOk and sIJe)L uIae a 1ILLIC soldier. From Detroit he weut to Chicago by rail and then on t~o Wisconsin.
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