The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

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  • Skandinaven -- March 18, 1872
    Jens Olsen (Kaasa)

    Nominated as candidate for the office of City Collector, Jens Olsen, needs no recommendation from us. It is far more necessary and important to urge his countrymen to work for his election. We are not now going to decry the regrettable fact that the Scandinanians as a whole take such a halfhearted, passive attitude in the political life of the city. But we do consider it proper at this time to remind them of their political duty as citizens on election day; and also to remind them that if they neglect to cast their vote for him, Jens Olsen's excellent chances for election may be ruined.

    They should not rest assured that the candidate's fine qualities are in themselves sufficient to lead him to victory. The Norwegian Republicans who are so numerous in Chicago ought to make themselves more felt in the city politics. To be content with one representative (H. L. Hertz) in the city convention is almost ridiculous. Such modesty is entirely out of place in politics.

    Nominated as candidate for the office of City Collector, Jens Olsen, needs no recommendation from us. It is far more necessary and important to urge his countrymen to work for ...

    Norwegian
    I F 1, IV, I F 5
  • Skandinaven -- May 29, 1872
    [Langeland Resigns]

    K. Langeland, chief editor of the Skandinaven, has sent in his resignation. He hopes that during his six years as chief editor he has done some good and satisfied them somewhat through his different articles. He would like to continue his work, but circumstances alter everything; hence the resignation. Mr. Langeland wishes to thank all the readers for their kindness and consideration during his six years of work at Skandinaven. He also wishes to thank his co-workers for their loyalty and good work. First and foremost he sends a kind farewell to all readers of Skandinaven.

    K. Langeland, chief editor of the Skandinaven, has sent in his resignation. He hopes that during his six years as chief editor he has done some good and satisfied them ...

    Norwegian
    IV, II B 2 d 1
  • Skandinaven -- October 09, 1872
    [Death of Iver Lawson]

    Iver Lawson, the richest Norwegian in Chicago, died last Thursday at the early age of 51. He was born in Norway and came to America in 1844. His brothers Boarky and Knud preceded him to America, his brother Steffen came with Iver. All four lived in Chicago, but three of them are dead. Iver Lawson was engaged in real estate business, where he made a fortune. He was city marshal, alderman and senator. He lost $50,000 in the big Chicago fire, but he died rich. Surviving him are his wife and three children. The son is 20 years old and has received a very careful education. Many people didn't like Iver. Why? Because they envied him.

    Iver Lawson, the richest Norwegian in Chicago, died last Thursday at the early age of 51. He was born in Norway and came to America in 1844. His brothers Boarky ...

    Norwegian
    IV, II A 2
  • Skandinaven -- May 28, 1878
    To Skandinaven's Readers

    I hereby beg to inform you that I am resigning as part owner and publisher of Skandinaven and at the same time I am taking the opportunity to thank the readers, for all their consideration shown the paper during my time.

    About five years has passed since I started to work among the Scandinavians in the N.W. and I am glad to say that these five years have not been wasted. I will always think back with joy on these years.

    My former partner, Mr. John Anderson, will now be Skandinavens sole owner. The readers know him well. Thirteen years ago Anderson was one of the owners. Mr. Anderson has done a great deal for the progress of Norwegian and American papers. He made the Skandinaven a worthy representative for the Norwegians intelligence in America. Regarding Skandinavens future it looks bright; the paper is built on a solid foundation. The Skandinaven to day is far superior to any other Scandinavian paper in the U.S.A.

    I hereby beg to inform you that I am resigning as part owner and publisher of Skandinaven and at the same time I am taking the opportunity to thank the ...

    Norwegian
    II B 2 d 1, IV
  • Skandinaven -- March 18, 1879
    [Olsen to Run for Collector]

    Mr. Jens Olsen (Kaasa) has been nominated as candidate for the office of city collector by the West Side Town Convention. We will not dwell here on the many good qualities of this candidate. His accomplishments are well known, and his honesty and ability have won for him the esteem of all his fellow citizens.

    Mr. Jens Olsen (Kaasa) has been nominated as candidate for the office of city collector by the West Side Town Convention. We will not dwell here on the many good ...

    Norwegian
    I F 5, IV
  • Skandinaven -- April 01, 1879
    Bennet Medical College

    A large audience gathered last Thursday in Hershey Hall to observe the schools's yearly convocation.

    Among those who received the medical diploma was our countryman Mr. N. H. Paaren, who has distinguished himself by extraordinary ability.

    Mr. Paaren has made his home in America for a number of years, and won the highest regard of his fellow citizens.

    A large audience gathered last Thursday in Hershey Hall to observe the schools's yearly convocation. Among those who received the medical diploma was our countryman Mr. N. H. Paaren, who ...

    Norwegian
    I A 1 a, IV
  • Skandinaven -- April 22, 1879
    The Leif Ericson Fund (Editorial)

    To our forefathers belong undeniably the honor of being the first white men ever to tread upon American soil. We have authoritative historical data evidencing their early arrival on this continent, while reports of still earlier discoveries of this hemisphere are vague and uncertain and shrouded in mythological fog.

    In a couple of decades it will be nine hundred years since this great discovery took place, and it is now proposed to erect a monument in memory of this historical event, near the coast where Leif Erikson and his men landed after having sailed their tiny goat across the ocean. On this same continent, which Leif discovered, thousands of his nationals, men and women, have later found their homes, and this monument will for the coming generations, bear proud witness of the race which counts America's first discoverer among its 2sons.

    But if this undertaking, so honorable for the Scandinavians, is to attain the national significance which it merits, the funds necessary for its completion should be contributed by our own people. The amount of each individual contribution is not so important but the participation should be general, so that it can truly be said that Scandinavians in America erected this monument. If, for instance, every man and woman of our nationality were to donate 25 cents, on the average, a sufficiently large sum would be collected to really show the world that we, as a people, honor our ancestors.

    But if a national subscription is to be undertaken, the invitation should be issued by our most prominent men. Supposing Ole Bull and Professor R. B. Anderson took the lead? The honor and fame which the violin virtuoso has won in the old as well as in the new world, has been reflected back on the nation, and among our countrymen on this side of the ocean, none has done more to 3spread the knowledge of our people's history than Professor Anderson. Both of these men feel warmly for the mother country and our precious memories, and we hope that for the sake of promoting our national honor and dignity, they will go to the front and organize a national subscription for the Leif fund.

    To our forefathers belong undeniably the honor of being the first white men ever to tread upon American soil. We have authoritative historical data evidencing their early arrival on this ...

    Norwegian
    II C, IV, I J
  • Skandinaven -- May 27, 1879
    Scandinavian Contributions (Editorial)

    The Scandinavians have contributed much to Chicago culturally and politically. Since the founding of the city, [our people]have held a great number of political offices, both city and county.

    There are seven newspapers in the Scandinavian community, and twelve churches. In business we are well represented, many owning quite large enterprises. In banking we have also been represented, but due to the panic, some of these banks have closed their doors.

    Carl Dreier, the Dane, is connected with the International Bank, and is one of the main stockholders.

    The Scandinavians have contributed much to Chicago culturally and politically. Since the founding of the city, [our people]have held a great number of political offices, both city and county. There ...

    Norwegian
    I C, IV, I F 4
  • Skandinaven -- May 04, 1880
    Oldest Settler Dies

    Sivert Amundsen, who died a few days ago, was the oldest Norwegian settler in Chicago. He came to Chicago in 1844. At that time, Chicago was but a small village, containing just a few buildings mostly located north of the river.

    Amundsen started as a shipbuilder and followed this trade for nearly thirty years. He built up one of the largest industries of its kind west of New York.

    Sivert Amundsen, who died a few days ago, was the oldest Norwegian settler in Chicago. He came to Chicago in 1844. At that time, Chicago was but a small village, ...

    Norwegian
    III F, IV, II A 2
  • Skandinaven -- September 11, 1882
    [Scandinavians of Fifteenth Ward Organize Political Club]

    In the Fifteenth Ward we have four hundred Scandinavians, most of them Republicans. A meeting was called here to discuss the matter of candidates for the coming elections. It is hoped to elect more Scandinavians to office.

    A committee was set up consisting of the following: Charles Sundel, C. Stromberg, A. G. Lundberg, and Dr. Paoli. John Anderson, publisher, proposed that the organization be called "The Scandinavian Republican Club of the Fifteenth Ward." This is the first all-Scandinavian political organization ever to be formed here. It is hoped that some good men will be nominated at the coming election.

    In the Fifteenth Ward we have four hundred Scandinavians, most of them Republicans. A meeting was called here to discuss the matter of candidates for the coming elections. It is ...

    Norwegian
    I F 2, IV, I F 3