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Grange News
Do You Remember: Carl F. Svenson

By Betty Jane Gardiner

  JULY 7, 2011 --

“Life is uncertain, eat dessert first” is an old adage and was printed across the bib of the apron Carl Svenson wore when he worked at a Grange function.  He believed that motto!  He loved to eat, was a pretty good cook and a terrific host.

Carl was a popular State Deputy.  When one of his Granges knew he was going to be at their hall for a meal (or refreshments) they always had a large shrimp cocktail to put before him.  Wonder how many others receive that kind of treatment.

Christmas was a favorite time and every room in his big home contained holiday TREES!  There was a party to put them up, decorate, and some weeks later take them down.  Kids who visited were given the job of counting trees- and that kept them busy.

Corny jokes were his trademark.  Most of them were terrible – real groaners!

Before he worked at the Farmington Savings Bank, Carl was with the Collins Company and was knowledgeable about the tools made there.  He had a large collection and was always happy to display them and speak about them.

When the company closed, a museum was developed.  He was president and gave many hours of service- including conducting tours.  To this day Cawasa Grange makes the museum an important part of their community service.

Carl was a devoted Granger and served in many offices (including Master) of his Subordinate and Pomona.  He was State Treasurer from 1971-1996.

One year Lin Erickson and Maggie Schofield (of Cawasa Grange) gave him a cat for his birthday.  “Pete” took over the house.  When Carl was called from us, the cat needed a home and came to live with us.  Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of Carl as I watch the antics of the little old cat who thinks he’s a kitten- and should have been called “Mr. Mischief.”

Do remember Carl.

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