Obituary: "The Elwood Bulletin" [Elwood, Gosper Co., NE], Oct 1931 [exact publication date unknown; he died 10 Oct 1931]:
S. M. TILSON ANSWERS DEATH SUMMONS SATURDAY
S. M. Tilson, 68, a well known resident of Gosper county for 35 years, passed away at his home in Lexington Saturday evening, following an illness of the past few years. About three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Tilson moved to Lexington, and since that time Swain has been a frequent visitor in Elwood, attending to his real estate holdings in this section.
Funeral services for Mr. Tilson were held Monday afternoon from the Methodist church in Lexington, being in charge of Rev. Hunter, and interment was made in the Elwood cemetery. A large number of former neighbors and friends from Elwood and vicinity were in attendance at the services.
Mr. Tilson has contributed much to Gosper county. Starting with the open prairie he planted trees and built good improvements on his farms. His faith in the country was unlimited. For many years he taught a Sunday school class in the Elwood Methodist church and was active in all departments of church work.
Mr. Tilson was born January 20, 1863, in Sweden and in 1870 came with his parents to America and settled near Galesburg, Ills. He was married to Miss Ella Smith of Galesburg October 15, 1884, and following the marriage came to Nebraska in a covered wagon and settled on a farm near Sutton. Living there for about ten years they came to Gosper county in 1894 to take up a homestead, and lived here since that time with the exception of the past 3 years when they moved to Lexington.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife; the five sons and their families, Elmer M. on Long Beach, Calif., Wallace R. of Elwood, John R. of Golden, Colo., Clifford V. of Elwood and Earl D., also of Elwood; one brother, J. O. Tilson of Elwood; three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Jacobs of Monmouth, Ills., Mrs. Hannah Sinton of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Matilda Jacobson of Los Angeles, Calif. A fourth sister, Mrs. Celia Brown, passed away in August, 1930. There are also fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Note: Swain Martin Tilson was born Sven Johnsson, 20 Jan 1863, Östad, Näsum Parish, Skåne Län, SWD. He was the son of Mattis Johnsson & Kjerstin Olsdotter who, after immigrating to America, became Martin & Christine Tilson.
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