Carl A. Swanson
Carl A. Swanson (May 1, 1879 - October 9, 1949) was the founder of the national food production company, Swanson.
In 1899, Carl Swanson became a partner with John Hjerpe in a commission business hauling eggs, milk and poultry they bought from local farmers and selling them to the grocery stores and hotels in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1905, Swanson formed a partnership with John Hjerpe and Frank Ellison called the Jerpe Commission Company which was eventually incorporated. By 1928, Carl Swanson was the sole proprietor. By 1938, the Swanson enterprise was one of the larger creameries in the United States and during World War II became a major supplier of poultry and egg products to the U.S. military. In 1945, the company’s name was officially changed to C.A. Swanson and Sons. After Carl Swanson died in 1949, his two sons, Gilbert C. and W. Clarke Swanson, took over the company.