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 -- November 29, 1871
    [Aid Fire Sufferers]

    A Norwegian Welfare Committee was elected by a Norwegian mass meeting held in "Our Saviour's Church" and reported to the American headquarters to aid the suffering of the city fire.

    People, occupying our churches, schoolhouses, and private homes, has been visited daily by our committee and were given food and clothing; until the time the city was divided into separate districts and people could go to the nearest relief office for help. Our committee however, continued its work and helped those who were not taken care of in the proper way.

    A Norwegian Welfare Committee was elected by a Norwegian mass meeting held in "Our Saviour's Church" and reported to the American headquarters to aid the suffering of the city fire. ...

    Norwegian
    II D 10
  • Skandinaven -- December 20, 1871
    Pastor C.J.P.Peterson's Answer to the Sufferers of the Big Fire

    Shortly after the fire, when we were obliged to shelter the sufferers in our church and school rooms, one of the American officials complimented the Norwegians. He said that the Norwegian was always very grateful for whatever he received in clothing or food and that he never criticized the different articles of clothing or food and never demanded anything from the government. Let us be proud of this remark and let us live up to it.

    I must give the superintendent for the second district all the praise I can for being so honest in his work of distribution of relief. It is too bad that Mr. M. F. Rockwell was moved to headquarters by request of the Germans; they were dissatisfied with his way of handling his office, stating that the Germans were discriminated against and were treated shabbily.

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    One thing we demanded was a Norwegian speaking investigator as the Americans could not always be understood by and of the newcomers and for this we owe thanks again to Mr. Rockwell.

    I would like to repeat: pray, that we Scandinavians shall do all in our power to maintain our reputation and that we shall always show gratitude for that which we received.

    Shortly after the fire, when we were obliged to shelter the sufferers in our church and school rooms, one of the American officials complimented the Norwegians. He said that the ...

    Norwegian
    II D 10, I C
  • Skandinaven -- December 20, 1871
    Scandinavian Bank

    Fred S. Winslow, president, wishes to inform all his countrymen that through his bank they can safely send and receive drafts to three Scandinavian countries as his bank is doing business only with reliable Scandinavian banks. He will also buy and sell all kinds of old gold and old silver. He will also handle your S.S. tickets through any of the reliable ocean steamer lines, if you want to send for relatives or friends.

    Fred S. Winslow, president, wishes to inform all his countrymen that through his bank they can safely send and receive drafts to three Scandinavian countries as his bank is doing ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2, III H
  • Skandinaven -- January 03, 1872
    [Scandinavians in Chicago]

    The last census showed 14000 Scandinavians to be in Chicago, of whom 6,373 were Norwegians, 6,154 Swedes and 1,243 Danes. If we figure children and grandchildren it would make a total of 30,000. No wonder that there are so many Scandinavian lodges.

    The Norwegian Turner Lodge established August 14, 1867, 115 members; Nora-Lodge, I.R.H.K., founded May 17, 1863; Norwegian Dramatic Club, founded March 12, 1868, 10-15 members; Norwegian Men's Singing Society, founded October 30, 1870, sixteen active and twenty passive members. The Norwegian Band, founded July 1, 1870, ten uniform members and the Norwegian National Guard, founded September 30, 1870. Exercises and Uniforms as U.S.A. Army-Norwegian Progressive Club, the purpose is churchly and social functions.

    The last census showed 14000 Scandinavians to be in Chicago, of whom 6,373 were Norwegians, 6,154 Swedes and 1,243 Danes. If we figure children and grandchildren it would make a ...

    Norwegian
    III B 2, III A
  • 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 -- March 20, 1872
    [Protest Naming of Pastors]

    With all due respect for Norwegian pastors and in behalf of my countrymen, I object emphatically against having any pastor appointed as director for any library. Poor Mayor Medill, if you do appoint ministers for such jobs, I am afraid the church will excommunicate you. Don't send the minister in the fight for the free library.

    With all due respect for Norwegian pastors and in behalf of my countrymen, I object emphatically against having any pastor appointed as director for any library. Poor Mayor Medill, if ...

    Norwegian
    II B 2 a, III C
  • Skandinaven -- March 27, 1872
    Why Lie about the U.S.A

    The Norwegian Morgenblad's correspondent in Chicago never seems to tire of speaking ill about this country, which he by his own free will has adopted as his own. This country received him with open arms and gave him the same privileges as any native has. It is rather hard for us Norwegians to see how a wonderful country has been feeding a snake. America does not need to be praised; we are satisfied to let facts speak for themselves, but to speak a lot of lies is a shameful act for any American citizen to do. What motive can this man have for spreading such lies about the U.S.A. to the Norwegian people at home. Someone must have paid him for scattering all this dirt and for painting America and its way of doing things in a laughable manner. Could any man, coming to this country to take advantage of all the benefits that it offers be so small as to lie, even if he suffers misfortune in his political career?

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    We refuse to have our mother Country believe such trash as this correspondent is trying to give them. He attacks our state governments, our school, and politics in general. We feel cheap, especially when we think how enthusiastically Saren Jaabok, Bjornstjerne Bjornson, and Bergen Pasten speak about the U.S.A. For the sake of truth and for the sake of the U.S.A. we write these few lines to Norway and we stamp the correspondent a liar.

    The Norwegian Morgenblad's correspondent in Chicago never seems to tire of speaking ill about this country, which he by his own free will has adopted as his own. This country ...

    Norwegian
    III H
  • Skandinaven -- April 18, 1872
    Jewish Mission Meet

    The Norwegian Lutheran Jewish Mission's Ladies Society will have its quarterly meeting in Zian's Church at Patomac and Artesian Avenues on Sunday afternoon, the 21st of April at 3 P.M. The Pastors, H. A. Hanson, Geo. T. Rygh, J. J. Skarpness, and O. K. Espeseth will deliver the speeches.

    The Norwegian Lutheran Jewish Mission's Ladies Society will have its quarterly meeting in Zian's Church at Patomac and Artesian Avenues on Sunday afternoon, the 21st of April at 3 P.M. ...

    Norwegian
    III C, I C
  • Skandinaven -- April 19, 1872
    Mrs. Waalers' Mission

    A couple of weeks ago I was at Mathiesen's Merchants Hotel to solicit ads for the Old Peoples Home program; I was introduced to a lady from Norway who unknown to me was a philanthropist who was traveling all over the U.S.A. for the purpose of contacting Norwegian girls and boys. She told them about their mother country and bringing them a message from Norway. She is going to give free lectures in all sections of Chicago. She asks all Norwegians to come and have a chat with her. She will take names and addresses of their families and call upon them on her return to Norway.

    She is the wife of Major Hjalmar Waalers of the Norwegian Army, and a daughter of Bishop Christian Dick in Norway.

    A couple of weeks ago I was at Mathiesen's Merchants Hotel to solicit ads for the Old Peoples Home program; I was introduced to a lady from Norway who unknown ...

    Norwegian
    III H
  • Skandinaven -- May 15, 1872
    [New Bank to Open Today]

    The Scandinavian National Bank will open its door today, as F.S. Winslow has promised. Mr. Winslow's reputation as banker is well known. The bank will start with a capitol of $250,000.00 and an authorized capitol of $500,000.00

    The Scandinavian National Bank will open its door today, as F.S. Winslow has promised. Mr. Winslow's reputation as banker is well known. The bank will start with a capitol of ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2