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Lars Sexton "Swede" Hartson (1911-1962)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Monday, April 16, 1962

Rites For Swede Hartson

    Funeral services were scheduled to be held today for Lars Hartson, well-known resident of Whitehorse, who died April 12 in Whitehorse General Hospital. Known generally as "Swede", Mr. Hartson was born in Sweden in 1910. He came to Canada about ten years later.

    Mr, Hartson moved to Yellowknife in 1985 where he joined the RCAF at the outbreak of World War Two. After the war he returned briefly to Yellowknife before coming to the Yukon, Here he was employed at various jobs, often as a cook. At one time he owned a taxi business in Whitehorse and, when he died, was employed by the department of public works.

    As he was a loyal member of the Legion, plans were made for a Last Post funeral from Christ Church Cathedral. Asked to serve as pallbearers were Art Hall, L. H. Scott, Bob Bates, Smokey Stout, Mr. McCrow and Alex Stromberg. He was a member also of the Eagles Lodge.

    Mr. Hartson lived across the river north of the hospital.