Historical Society honors its founder

February 21, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 11:05 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014

Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

Newcastle Historical Society members will share their memories of founder Milt Swanson at a special meeting Feb. 22.

The public is invited to express their remembrances of Swanson from 3-5 p.m. at the Newcastle Library. Refreshments will be served.

Swanson, who was born and raised in Newcastle, spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead.

He knew more about the city’s vast coal-mining history than anyone, because he actually lived it. He worked in the mines as his father and grandfather did before him.

Swanson, 95, died Jan. 20 due to complications from a fall.

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