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Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948

Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history,   pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)

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knowledge of human nature. In his practical dealings with men,
he had gathered a wealth of knowledge in many fields of human
He was an expert in word painting. He was a conversationalist
of no mean measure. He was also an artist in drawing and paint-
ing. He was a keen business man and a wise financier. He was a
man of even temper and temperate in all things. He was a man who
loved hard work and practiced strict economy in all things.
Mrs. Kleven has truly been a helpmate to him. She has created
the home atmosphere that had made them such a happy couple
all these years.
I said that you had to study him in order to learn to know
him. He was not cut after a common pattern. He was a self-made
man. He hated sham and unreality. He loved the things of the
inner man-the soul. He was unconventional, detested glamour
and show. He believed in the worth of the individual rather than
in the things he possessed. He had a philosophy of life that was
un(lerstood best by those who had themselves gone through the
university of hard knocks. Such congenial souls won his friend-
ship, tQothem he was a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Blessed be his memory.
Rev. Otto Mostrom.
Klevenville Postmistress, 52 Years on Job, Retires
After 52 years as a servant of Uncle Sam, Mrs. Inger Swen-
son now is a -lady of leisure." That is if vou overlook her duties
as a country storekeeper.
You see, Mrs. Swenson went on the retired list of the United
States postal department just a month ago Saturday after having
served as assistant postmaster for 25 years in this little crossroads
commun itv.
She quit because she had reached the retirement age of 70
years. Had it not been for that she probably still would be serv-
ing the post office patrons of this hamlet and of neighboring com-
mnunities of Pine Bluff and Riley.
Mrs. Swenson retired as postmistress here Dec. 31, 1941, and
for the first time in 52 vears the Klevenville post office is in a new
location. Mrs. Peter tRiphahn now is the acting postmistress and
the postoffice is temporarily located in her home just a few steps
south of Mrs. Swenson's store.
Now on a government pension, Mrs. Sw enson is occupying
herself with her general store in which the post office was located.
Just as her father, Iver Kleven, and her husband, George, she ran
her store in connection with the post office.

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