Walter Swier

Walter Swier

Male 1894 - 1974  (80 years)

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  • Name Walter Swier  [1, 2
    Born 1 May 1894  Middleburg, Sioux County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Milit-Beg 25 Apr 1917  [11
    • U.S. Marine Corps
    Milit-End 15 May 1919  [11
    Occupation Abt 1965  Cowiche, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Operated a fruit orchard for 45 years and served on the Cowiche Fruit Growers Board for 25 years. 
    Note 5 Jul 1974  [6
    At time of death, 20 grandchildren, 7-step grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren 
    Died 5 Jul 1974  Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 12, 13
    • in hospital
    Person ID I53  LaZeut
    Last Modified 23 May 2021 

    Father Dirk (Dick) Swier,   b. 6 Dec 1855, Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1942, Moxee, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Aaltje (Alice) Zwier,   b. 10 May 1858, Enkhuizen, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1941, Moxee District, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 May 1879  Bovenkarspel, Noord-Holland, Nederland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Laura Helen Schmidt,   b. 30 Jan 1900, Wells, Cherry County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1965, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1920  Kittitas County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 18
    Children 
    +1. Helen Marie Swier,   b. 15 Mar 1921, Cowiche, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 2004, Lakewood, Snohomish County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. David Edwin Gearhart/Swier,   b. 29 Dec 1921, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 2001, Selah, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Adopted]
     3. Walter Stanley Swier,   b. Est 1923, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1923, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +4. Carol Mae Swier,   b. 12 Dec 1925, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 2004, Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +5. N.R. Swier
    +6. E.A. Swier
    +7. D.P. Swier
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F58  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Fannie Jane Lyon,   b. 14 Sep 1902, Collins, Story County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 2001, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1967  Olympia, Thurston County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 19
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Operated a fruit orchard for 45 years and served on the Cowiche Fruit Growers Board for 25 years. - Abt 1965 - Cowiche, Yakima County, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Swier: Walter, Alice and Rena Swier ca. 1900
    Swier: Walter, Alice and Rena Swier ca. 1900
    Photo of Dirk and Aaltje Swier siblings taken about 1900. From left to right: Alice (1896-1987), Rena (1898-1946), and Walter (1894-1974). J.A. Wetherby Studio, Rock Valley, Iowa.
    Swier: Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family ca 1906
    Swier: Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family ca 1906
    Photo of Dirk (Dick) Swier (1855-1942) and Aaltje (Alice) Zwier family on the family farm in Moxee, Washington around 1906. From left to right: Dirk, daughters Alice and Effie, Aaltje holding son Ben, daughters Cora and Rena, and son Walter holding his brother Dick on the horse. (Tinted, low-resolution photocopy).
    Swier: Walter Swier with Sister Alice Studio Portrait ca. 1910
    Swier: Walter Swier with Sister Alice Studio Portrait ca. 1910
    Studio Portrait of Walter Swier (1894-1974) and sister Alice Swier (1896-1987) about 1910.
    Swier:  Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family and Friends Gathering, ca. 1911
    Swier: Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier Family and Friends Gathering, ca. 1911
    Photo in front of Dirk Swier (1885-1942) and Aaltje (Alice) Zwier (1858-1941) house in Moxee, Washington. From left to right, unknown woman, Dirk Swier, Aaltje Swier, Margaret Alice Jongeward (1905-1982), unknown man, Trijntje (Kate) Swier (1881-1969), Cornelia (Cora) Swier (1885-1976), Gerrit Zeutenhorst (1886-1967), Richard James (Dick) Swier (1902-1970) (ID not certain), Walter Swier (1894-1974) (ID not certain), Albert Arie Jongewaard, unknown man kneeling, unknown boy seated on car hood, unknown man standing at far right. Seated on the ground, unknown boy and unknown young man.
    Swier: Walter Swier in the Moxee Coronet Band 1912
    Swier: Walter Swier in the Moxee Coronet Band 1912
    Photo post card of the Moxee Coronet Band. Individuals identifed as from left to right: front row - James (Jim) Den Beste, 1890-1984; Walter Swier, 1894-1974; George De Gooyer, 1894-1918; Roy Van Wechel, 1892-1966; Bill Echelman (William Ekelman), 1888-1938; Art (Arthur) Gleysteen, 1890-1960; and Ike (Isaac) De Beste, 1890-1968; middle row - Bill (William) De Booyer, 1889-1962; Harry Den Beste 1890-1977; Henry De Gooyer, 1892-1966; and John Echelman (Ekelman), 1884-1946; back row - Ed (Edward) Mieras, 1898-1980; (?) French; Manine (Marene) Mieras, 1892-1966, Tom (Thomas) Jongejan, 1889-1966; Jake Meyer, 1888-1968; Arie Jongeward (Jongewaard) 1888-1954; Harry (?); and Bill (William) Meyer, 1893-1952.
    Swier: Moxee, Washington Youth Group ca. 1912
    Swier: Moxee, Washington Youth Group ca. 1912
    Photo post card of Moxee youth (church?) group with the following individuals identifed: from left to right, back row H. Schut, Ed Mieras, 1898-1980 (Edward first married Florida Sauve in 1919, then Anita De Gooyer Bicknell in 1968), Alice Swier, 1896-1987 (Alice married Clarence Bordeaux in 1921), Nellie Ludens, 1895-1973 (Nellie married Robert Kroodsma in 1918), Harold Van Wechel, 1897-1985 (Harold married Dirkie Dora Jongewaard in 1920), and Walter Swier, 1894-1974 (Walter married Laura Helen Schmidt in 1920 and after her death, Fannie Jane Lyon); middle row - Nellie De Goyer (more like Nellie's older sister Anita De Gooyer, 1897-1990, Nellie De Gooyer was 6 years younger that Anita), Gertie Jongewaard (most likely Dirkie Dora Jongewaard, 1897-1981, who married Harold Van Wechel), Katie Ver Strate, 1897-1924, Rena Swier, 1898-1946 (Rena married Richard Thompson in 1931), and Gertie Ludens 1898-1922, (Gertrude married Henry Boorsma in 1919); front row - Harry A. (unknown) and Gerrit Imiker (Gerrit Immeker, 1895-1961, married Helen _____, most likely in the 1930s).
    Swier: Walter Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1912
    Swier: Walter Swier, Studio Portrait ca. 1912
    Studio portrait of Walter Swier (1894-1974) taken around 1912, possibly at time of high school graduation. Harsch Studio, North Yakima.
    Swier: Younger children of Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier ca. 1912
    Swier: Younger children of Dirk Swier and Aaltje Zwier ca. 1912
    Photo of the younger children of Dirk Swier (1855-1942) and Aaltje Zwier (1858-1941). Back row, from left to right: Aafje (Effie), Walter, and Aaltje (Alice). Front row Richard James (Dick), Rena, and Gerrit Benjamin (Ben).
    Zwier: Aaljte Zwier and son Walter, ca. 1917
    Zwier: Aaljte Zwier and son Walter, ca. 1917
    Photo of Aaltje Zwier (1855-1942) and son Walter (1894-1974) in his World War I U.S. Marine uniform.
    Swier: Brothers Ben, Walter, and Dick Swier, ca. 1917
    Swier: Brothers Ben, Walter, and Dick Swier, ca. 1917
    Photo from left to right of brothers Gerrit Benjamin (Ben) Swier (1904-1991), Walter Swier (1894-1974), and Richard James (Dick) Swier (1902-1970) with mother Aaltje Zwier in background. Taken on family farm in Moxee perhaps when Walter entered the U.S. Marines in 1917.
    Swier: Alice, Rena, and Walter Swier, ca. 1917
    Swier: Alice, Rena, and Walter Swier, ca. 1917
    Photo of sisters Alice (1896-1987) and Rena Swier (1898-1946) with brother Walter Swier (1894-1974) at the Swier farm house in Moxee.
    Swier:  Walter Swier, U.S. Marines 1918
    Swier: Walter Swier, U.S. Marines 1918
    Photo of Walter Swier (1894-1974) taken while in the military in 1918.
    Swier: Walter Swier in Military Uniform, 1918
    Swier: Walter Swier in Military Uniform, 1918
    Photo of Walter Swier (1894-1974) taken while in the military. H. G. Morgan, American Central studio.
    Swier: Walter Swier and Laura Schmidt 1920 Wedding Photo
    Swier: Walter Swier and Laura Schmidt 1920 Wedding Photo
    Wedding photo of Walter Swier (1894-1974) and Laura Schmidt (1900-1965) (m. 16 Mar 1920).
    Swier: Walter and David Edwin Swier, ca. 1940
    Swier: Walter and David Edwin Swier, ca. 1940
    Photo of Walter Swier (1894-1974) and son David Edwin Swier (1921-2001) in front of family car at Cowiche, Washington.
    Swier: Dirk Swier Children 1960s
    Swier: Dirk Swier Children 1960s
    Swier siblings at a family gathering in 1960s. Front row: Effie, Cora, Kate and Alice. Back row: Dick, Walter, and Ben.

    Documents
    Swier: Walter Swier (1894-1971) Obituary
    Swier: Walter Swier (1894-1971) Obituary
    Obituary of Walter Swier (d. 5 Jul 1974).

  • Notes 
    • March 28 1988 Carol Babb Letter:

      Big Swier gatherings for 4th of July were held at Walter Swier's place in Cowiche in 1960's.

  • Sources 
    1. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), p. 23.

    2. [S135] Swier Family Line, Donald Jongeward, compiler; updated by Norma Thompson, (Yakima, Washington: self-published, 2003 revision), p. 25.

    3. [S3041] Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013, (Ancestry: Washington State Archives. Olympia, Washington), Marriage Applications.

      Walter Swier and Fannie Lyon Wheeler

    4. [S426] Washington State Digital Archives, (Washington Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Cheney, Washington), School District No. 90, 1913 Census, Yakima County Historical School Districts, Registers and Censuses, 1912-1914.

      Born: 1 May 1895 [sic]

    5. [S206] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.).

      Birth Date: 1 May 1894
      Birth Place: Sioux County, Iowa

    6. [S1661] Obituary: Swier, Walter, (Yakima Herald. Yakima, Washington, 7 July 1974, p. 2D).

    7. [S25] Social Security Death Index (SSDI), 1925-2014, (Ancestry: Social Security Administration).

      Born: 1 May 1894

    8. [S196] U.S. Census, 1920, (Ancestry: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.).

    9. [S135] Swier Family Line, Donald Jongeward, compiler; updated by Norma Thompson, (Yakima, Washington: self-published, 2003 revision), p. 25.

      born: May 11, 1894

    10. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), p. 23.

      born: 01/05/1984

    11. [S638] Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, (Ancestry: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.).

    12. [S184] Washington State Death Records Index, 1940-2014, (Ancestry: Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington).

    13. [S25] Social Security Death Index (SSDI), 1925-2014, (Ancestry: Social Security Administration).

    14. [S859] Bovenkarspel: Huwelijken 1811-1888, (FamilySearch: Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem), Akte No. 7 (1879).

    15. [S55] WieWasWie, (Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie et al., Nederland, 2013+).

      Burgerlijke Stand Huwelijk met Dirk Swier en Aaltje Zwier

      Bruidegom: Dirk Swier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Geboorteplaats: Bovenkarspel
      Leeftijd: 23

      Bruid: Aaltje Zwier
      Geboorteplaats: Enkhuizen
      Leeftijd: 20

      Vader van de bruidegom: Wouter Swier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Moeder van de bruidegom: Dieuwertje Kaper

      Vader van de bruid: Jacob Zwier
      Beroep: Landbouwer
      Moeder van de bruid: Trijntje Rol

      Gebeurtenis: Huwelijk
      Datum: 01-05-1879
      Gebeurtenisplaats: Bovenkarspel

      Documenttype: BS Huwelijk
      Erfgoedinstelling: Noord-Hollands Archief
      Plaats instelling: Haarlem
      Collectiegebied: Noord-Holland
      Aktenummer: 7
      Registratiedatum: 01-05-1879
      Akteplaats: Bovenkarspel
      AkteSoort: H

    16. [S39] The Swier Family History, Gertrude Swier Korver, compiler, (Thomasville, Pennsylvania: self-published, 1989), pp. 9, 21, 23.

    17. [S135] Swier Family Line, Donald Jongeward, compiler; updated by Norma Thompson, (Yakima, Washington: self-published, 2003 revision), p. 2.

      m. 1879

    18. [S426] Washington State Digital Archives, (Washington Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Cheney, Washington), Kittatas Marriage Records.

    19. [S3041] Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013, (Ancestry: Washington State Archives. Olympia, Washington), Marriage Certificates.


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