Family Stories

Obituary of Joseph Swanda

Joseph Swanda Dies Suddenly Mon. P.M

Joe Swanda, 70, well known farmer of south of town, suffered a fatal heart attack at his home at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Altho in failing health for the past two years, he had felt unusually well Monday and had walked to his mail box, but collapsed before he got back to the house and passed away before medical aid could be summoned. Mr. Swanda was an "89-er", and during the early days operated a grocery store on what is now one of the down-town business corners in Oklahoma City. Later he moved to Enid where he was in the elevator business. After leaving Enid he was in business in Yukon. At the opening of this country he secured the farm three miles south and one west of Carnegie. After proving up on his claim he returned with his family to Yukon where he lived until 1908 when he came back to the homestead which has since been home. Joseph Swanda was born in Ledzi, Czecho Slovakia December 9, 1864, and was 70 years, 11 months and 10 days of age at the time of his death. He came to America at the age of 16 and located in Nebraska. He was married to Miss Anna Seecan at Omaha, Neb. and to this union fourteen children were born, only three of whom are now living. Mrs. Swanda died March 1, 1926. Three years later he was married to Mrs. Barbara Steinhart, who survives him. Besides his widow, he is survived by his two sons, Willie and John J. Swanda of this place; his daughter, Mrs. Annie Kuykendall, Carnegie, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Marie Swetish, Oklahoma City. He is also survived by five brothers, Jas. Swanda, Yukon; John, Pete and Charlie Swanda, Oklahoma City, and Anton Swanda, Carnegie; a sister, Mrs. Anna Hubatka, Oklahoma City, besides fifteen grandchildren and other relatives and a host of friends in many parts of the state. Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon by Rev. G.C. Howard, pastor of the First Baptist church. Thursday the body will be taken to Yukon where services will be held at the Catholic church at 9 a.m. and interment will be made in the Yukon cemetery.

The Carnegie Herald (Carnegie, Oklahoma); 21 November 1934; located at FindAGrave, internet; submitted by Thomas Carlile, 2009.

Notes for Joseph Swanda; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2013; for Family Stories at