Svenson, John Agathon

Regimental Number: 2504399
Rank: Sapper
Branch: Canadian Railway Troops

John was born on April 10, 1887 in Halmstad, Sweden. At the age of 15, he went to sea as a ship’s broker. After a few years thus employed, John decided to immigrate to the United States. In 1918, he came up to make his home in Canada. John enlisted in the Canadian Army in June of 1918 and served in England. In 1919, he filed on the eastern half of 2-79-13-W6 and SE 4-79-12-W6. In 1938, John sold his farm and moved to Bessborough, BC. He married Hilda Blakis in 1957 and they moved to Dawson Creek. Hilda died in 1959. John moved to Rotary Harbor, where he lived for a few years, then on to Vancouver in 1971. There he married Ethel Tomas. After five years, they moved back to Dawson Creek. John died in Pouce Coupe in December of 1987.

Sources: Homesteaders Heritage p. 125