Sheriff Ernest Swanson

Mr. Swanson is a native of Saline County and belongs to one of the Swedish families that came with the original Swedish colonization movement to Saline County in 1870. Sheriff Swanson was born February 15, 1871, in the City of Salina. His parents were Andrew Peter and Emma Christina (Lindgren) Swanson.

Sheriff Swanson acquired his early education in the Salina public schools. Much of his early experience was as a farmer, and he continued agricultural pursuits in Saline County until 1900. In that year he returned to Salina and became associated with his brother Emil in the cigar manufacturing business. He was at that five years, and in 1905 took a position as receiving clerk in a wholesale grocery establishment at Salina. He was there three years and then for five years was a salesman. In 1909 he was appointed under-sheriff of Saline County, and filled that office three years. Following that came another year in which he sold goods, and in 1913 he was again appointed under-sheriff. He thus had about six years of practical experience in the sheriff's office before his election as Sheriff in 1915.