Changes in our lives from one day to the next are most often subtle and unnoticed. Yet change occurs and we are molded over time from youth to adulthood. The period of years spanning the Great Depression of the 1930's through World War II during the first half of the decade of the 1940's is an era perhaps like no other. The subject of this book, a young farm boy, lived a simple day to day life, knowing little more than home and community. A changing world pulled him from the simple farm life of his father to enter the modern era in a world community. This era starting in the hard times of depression, would bring the telephone, electricity, automobiles, tractors, and improved roads along with the normal growth and changes in a family of seven. Swen's story carries him from a rural Northeastern Minnesota farm to the violence and pain of World War II in Europe. Though he will never forget his roots, the world and his life will never be the same. This book was inspired by a great-aunt who taught in country schools and my parents who talked of walking to attend such schools, and living through this period of time. The farm work was a personal experience during my younger years. Also, my daughter suggested these experiences should be recorded.