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A Glimpse at Educator Gwen Lindahl Sweet’s Photo Collection

Today we’re sharing photos collected by Gwendolyn “Gwen” Lindahl Sweet, an educator with a decades-long career helping students in Douglas County, MN.

Gwen held a decades-long career teaching in many of Douglas County’s schools, as well as other schools outside of the county. She created a scrapbook filled with photographs of the children she taught, the schools where she worked, and scenes from her life. She also collected poems and news clippings about education and the impact of teachers.
Picture 1: The brick Nelson School (Dist. 103) building, photographed in May 1967.
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Picture 2: The brick Nelson School (Dist. 103) building, circa 1940.
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Picture 3: A photo of Mrs. Gwen Sweet taken in 1954, perhaps before a class performance or play.
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Picture 4: Nelson skating rink by the creamery. Helen Forsgren is in the foreground, circa 1940.
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Picture 5: Philip and Tom Johnson watching “Mar” and Kay Johnson bathing a dog, circa 1950.
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Picture 6: Nelson school picnic, Eunice (Nelson?) and Muriel Sweet are in the foreground, circa 1940-1942.
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Picture 7: Gwen and Harlan Sweet’s children starting school in 1951. Harold Sweet (left) is starting first grade, Jayne Sweet (right) is starting second grade.
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Picture 8: Students gathered on the front steps of the Nelson School, circa 1940. Names listed are Merle Higley, Donald Ogren, Rodney Bethany, Eugene Floding, Ralph Forsgren, Darwin Anderson, Eunice Nelson, Myrna Johnson, Thelma Russet, Priscilla Reed, Betty Nelson.
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Picture 9: Christmas program at Dist. 92 Belle River, circa 1953-1955
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Picture 10: Photo of Nelson Schoolbus. The driver was Oscar Wahlstrom. Circa 1940.
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Gwen Sweet’s notes in the back of her scrapbook give this timeline of her professional educational career:
  • 1935 – 1937 : Dist. 44 – Chippewa County, Milan, MN.
  • 1938 : Dist. 70 – Lac Qui Parle County, Madison.
  • 1938 – 1939 : Student at St. Cloud State College.
  • 1939 – 1940 : Dist. 103, Nelson, MN. Intermediate grades.
  • 1940 – 1942 : Dist. 103, Nelson, MN. Grades 6, 7, 8 and Principalship.
  • 1943 : Married.
  • 1953 – 1955: Dist. 92, Belle River, Douglas County, MN.
  • 1955 – 1957 : Dist. 55 (211), Miltona, MN. Grades 5, 6, 7, 8.
  • 1957 – 1967 : Dist. 55 (211), Miltona, MN. Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 – Principal in 1966-67.
  • 1967 – 1974 : Dist. 206, Alexandria, MN. Tutoring children with learning disabilities.