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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Wencel Swoboda, a well-known farmer of Henryville township, was born in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, May 15, 1860, son of Wencel and Annie (Bohaukowa) Swoboda. His father came to America in 1854, settling in Manitowoc county and moving to Henryville township, Renville county, this state, in 1869, where he homesteaded on section 32. Here he lived until his death, in 1890, at the age of eighty years. The mother died in 1901 at the age of eighty years. Wencel Swoboda remained at home, taking charge of the farm after his father's death. He is still living there and now owns 640 acres of well-improved land. three acres of which are set out in fruit. He raises Durham cattle and Poland-China hogs. Mr. Swoboda was married Oct. 26, 1889, to Emma Kodet, born Jan. 24, 1872, daughter of Joseph and Theresa Kodet. Her father came to America in 1869, going to Wisconsin, where he remained until 1874, when he moved to Henryville township. Mr. and Mrs. Swoboda have eight children: Katie, born Jan. 30, 1893; married to Thomas Dunsmore, a farmer of Flora township;; Emma, born Feb. 28, 1896; Anna, born March 28, 1898; Ella, born April 4, 1900; Mary, born Oct. 7, 1906; Jennie, born May 17, 1908; Wencel, Jr., born Dec. 11, 1912, and Joseph, born Sept. 20, 1915.
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