Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 134

Mr. Swing was born in Bethel, Clermont county, Ohio, in 1821; moved west in 1840, and located in Mason county, southeast of Mason City, at a place called Swing’s Grove. He here engaged in farming until 1858. September 15, 1842, he married Miss Mary Sykes, daughter of Edward Sykes, who settled in Mason county in 1837. Miss Mary Sykes is referred to in another part o this work as the teacher of the first school in Mason county.

Mr. Swing, like all substantial citizens of our common country, has served a full share in township and school offices. For eight years he was engaged in a mercantile business, and has now two sons among the prominent businessmen of Mason City.

For some time Mr. Swing has been retired from active business, but, not willing to give him entire rest, the people of Mason City retain him on their Board of Aldermen, where his judgment and influence are felt and appreciated.

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