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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  • Chicago Times -- August 05, 1872
    A New Swedish Lutheran Structure

    Yesterday morning the corner-stone of the new edifice of the Swedish Lutheran Immanuel's Church, on Sedgwick Street, was laid with appropriate religious services. Rev. Dr. Hasselguist, president of the Augustana College and Seminary, Paxton, delivered a discourse in Swedish, after which the corner-stone was laid by Rev. E. Carlson, the pastor.

    Rev. Prof. Reck, from the same institution delivered a discourse in English, closing with an appeal for aid to rebuild this house of God. The Pastor then read an interesting historical sketch of the organization, during the reading of which a subscription and collection were taken.

    The congregation which was organized eighteen years ago with a few Swedish immigrants, had grown to be one of the largest Protestant congregation in the city. It consisted before the fire, of 1270 communicant members. Of 340 families embraced in this communion, 320 families were made homeless and reduced to poverty.

    Yesterday morning the corner-stone of the new edifice of the Swedish Lutheran Immanuel's Church, on Sedgwick Street, was laid with appropriate religious services. Rev. Dr. Hasselguist, president of the Augustana ...

    Swedish
    III C
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 30, 1877
    [Scandinavians Honor Thomas Payne]

    The Scandinavian Free Thinkers' Club celebrated last night in the Aurora Turner Hall, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Payne, the famous American Free Thinker. The proscenium and the gallery of the hall were richly adorned with American, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish flags. There were also pictures representing the burning at stake of Servatius and of Payne explaining to a farmer "the age of reason, while a priest is taking away his corn and sheep for tithes. Dr. Pacts made a speech in Danish language and after him Capt. John Johnson said a few words. A concert and a dance closed the celebration.

    The Scandinavian Free Thinkers' Club celebrated last night in the Aurora Turner Hall, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Payne, the famous American Free Thinker. The proscenium and ...

    Swedish
    III C, II B 1 c 3
  • Chicago Tribune -- June 21, 1879
    Swedish Lutherans

    The twentieth Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Augustian Synod convened in this city at the Emanuel Church yesterday. The synodical meeting opened with an excellent discourse from the President, the Rev. E. Noreliers, who took for his theme "True gains for the Kingdom of God." The sermon was followed by the reading of the President's report.

    This document gave a comprehensive history of the Synod, and evinced a deep interest in the welfare of the Church. The document was referred to a committee of five, with instructions to make a report thereon...........

    The twentieth Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Augustian Synod convened in this city at the Emanuel Church yesterday. The synodical meeting opened with an excellent discourse from the President, the Rev. E. ...

    Swedish
    III C, III B 4
  • Chicago Tribune -- June 23, 1879
    Swedish Lutherans

    The Swedish Lutheran Synod continued its work yesterday at the church , corner of Sedgwick and Hobbie Streets. The edifice was crowed throughout the day and evening. In the morning the Rev. P. M. Sanquist, of Kansas, preached an elaborate sermon appropriate to the Synodical Communion, which followed. In the afternoon the building was inadequate to accommodate the throng in attendance, the feature being the ordination of nine graduates from the Theological Seminary at Rock Island.

    The exercises were opened with singing and prayer, after which the Rev. Dr. Hasselquist preached, taking his text from I. Samuel, iii, 19. This was followed by the reading of selections from the Scriptures, and this by going through the ordination services of the church, which are beautiful and impressive. The following are those ordained: C. A. Swenson, etc, etc.................

    In the evening the exercises were specially for the benefit of the Sunday school, consisting of music and bried addresses.

    The Swedish Lutheran Synod continued its work yesterday at the church , corner of Sedgwick and Hobbie Streets. The edifice was crowed throughout the day and evening. In the morning ...

    Swedish
    III C, I A 2 a
  • Chicago Tribune -- June 24, 1879
    [Augustana Synod Considers Text Book]

    The Swedish Lutheran Augustana Synod continued its sessions yesterday, devoting most of the time to the consideration of a suitable text book for the religious instruction of the youth in the Swedish congregations.

    The Swedish Lutheran Augustana Synod continued its sessions yesterday, devoting most of the time to the consideration of a suitable text book for the religious instruction of the youth in ...

    Swedish
    III C
  • Svenska Tribunen -- October 06, 1880
    The Swedish Methodist Church

    The Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, corner Oak and Market streets, whose erection was begun after the Great Fire in 1871, but delayed because of bad times, had been recently finished. This Summer it underwent thorough decoration, both inside and outside. The expenses connected with this work, $5,000, have been raised through donations. The congregation has placed an order with P. Colseth in Moline, for a large organ at a cost of $400, to be delivered about Christmas time. The women of the church have donated $400 for rugs.

    The pastor of the church, the Rev. D. S. Sorlin, has been working hard but successfully to get the church ready for services. The dedication night will be October 24, when one of the bishops, probably, will preach. The value of the property is $22,000.

    Watchmaker J. W. Ohlson, Division street, has presented a large clock valued

    The Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, corner Oak and Market streets, whose erection was begun after the Great Fire in 1871, but delayed because of bad times, had been recently finished. ...

    Swedish
    III C
  • Svenska Tribunen -- October 27, 1880
    Church Dedication

    The Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church on the North Side, corner Oak and Market Streets, was solemnly dedicated last Sunday for public services.

    The church was packed to the doors at all three services, morning, afternoon, and evening. The church seats about 1,500.

    The Rev. N. O. Westergren was the preacher at the morning service. His sermon was both tolerant and broadminded.

    The old respected Doctor Lucas Hitchcock preached in English at the afternoon service. He said that the Christian church has to fight against her three worst enemies, free thinking, heresy, and persecution - a fight from which she has emerged victorious. "Christ is the eternal foundation of the church, therefore," he said, "the church will exist as long as the world exists."

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    Doctor Hitchcock saw the dawn of the Swedish-American Methodist Church in Knox Co., Illinois thirty years ago and his soul was made joyful at the success the church has had ever since.

    He told his audience that statistics show that the Christian church, as a whole, goes steadfastly forward. The church's membership in Chicago is increasing in much greater proportion than the increase in population.

    The evening preacher was the young pastor Herman Lindskog from Rockford, Ill. His text was: "We raise the banner in the name of the Lord." Pastor Lindskog is a good preacher and spoke of the cross of Christ as the banner of the church. Every nation has its flag under which the defenders of the land gather in the time of danger to fight for liberty. The cross of Christ is the banner for the whole of humanity and safe is the man who fights the struggle of life under this banner. It is the only one which will lead to full victory, peace, and happiness.

    Subscriptions were taken at the end of every service to be applied to the debt [gap] 3people to open their pocketbooks (especially difficult at church dedications) the debt of this church, which in the morning was $3,825 was blotted out entirely.

    The Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church on the North Side, corner Oak and Market Streets, was solemnly dedicated last Sunday for public services. The church was packed to the doors at ...

    Swedish
    III C
  • Svenska Tribunen -- February 02, 1881
    Progress Among the Swedish Americans.

    EDITORIAL: It is only about 36 years since Swedes began to think of emigration from Sweden to America. Up to that time the great Swedish populace had only heard tell of this country as, "far, far away on the other side of the world," or "at the end of the world," where nobody, except bold adventurers, dared to go, and where all were savages and criminals.

    There were only three Swedes in Chicago in 1843 and they were, no doubt, the only ones in the whole of Illinois and the Northwest. Through one of them, Gustaf Flack, Erick Janson and his followers got information about America.

    After their arrival in 1845-50 the way was opened, and has been ever since, for hundreds of thousands of countrymen, who, with their descendants now form the many "settlements" in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

    It is wellknown that the majority of these Swedish immigrants have come from the 2less fortunate classes of our old country; that they met with many difficulties at home. Their trials and experiments in this land are not secrets either. It is also well known that they have not desired to "push" themselves forward as other immigrants have done.

    Their progress on account of these circumstances has been comparatively slow, but that they have been confident, is shown by the general prosperity among them. The carefulness with which they work for their spiritual welfare and the interest they show in all questions in regard to their new country are evidences of progress. Illinois is the State which was first peopled by Swedes, most of them are settled.

    The Swedish population of Chicago has grown from 3 persons in 1843 to about 25,000 and in the State to 75,000.

    The first immigrants who arrived were in the depths of poverty, ignorant of everything concerning the history of this land, its qualifications and position 3among the nations. But the Swedes in Illinois of today are counted as the most educated Americanized immigrants.

    The Swedes bought 80 acres of land in 1846 and now they own some 400,000 acres. Some of them are owners of 1,000 acres each and farms of 400 to 500 acres are quite common.

    The first Swedish church service was conducted 35 years ago in a tent, but the Swedes of this state now worshiping God in 100 different temples, some of them built in the same style and size as in the old country. Chicago alone has 9 Swedish church denominations with just as many churches. There are two great Swedish high schools in this state, many smaller schools, dozens of factories, hundreds of smaller machine shops and thousands of skilful workers.

    Books, newspapers and other literature has become widely used and in circulation. This business was started 30 years ago, when "Homeland Songs" were re-printed and continued with the distribution of Luthers' Catechism. We have now in Chicago 4a bookstore, valued at $25,000.00 of this many prominent works have been distributed.

    The newspapers have expanded tremendously. Beginning with a little sheet not larger than one of our Sunday school papers, the press has,year by year, grown to such an extent that we now have a dozen large weekly Swedish papers, some of them more widely distributed than any such periodicals in Sweden. At least 40,000 copies of Swedish newspapers are printed and distributed in Chicago every week besides the many monthly and bi-weekly papers.

    The Swedes in this State have won many valuable political victories through this press. There are some 15,000 Swedes in Illinois, who have the right to vote and, thanks to them, the Republicans won out.

    The Swedes have clearly shown that they are not behind any other nationality in the United States, but it seems that they have not lived up to a certain social standard. The Swedes in America is very willing to affiliate with other church 5denomination and to give generously to the upkeep of the church. He is also politically interested but seems to prefer isolated life. We mean, in other words, that there is not any real sociability among us yet. If the Swedes were more sociable, the Swedish homes would become brighter in the New World, the life happier and the people as a whole be more able to participate in the great work of cultivation, and development of America.

    EDITORIAL: It is only about 36 years since Swedes began to think of emigration from Sweden to America. Up to that time the great Swedish populace had only heard tell ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Tribunen -- December 14, 1881
    Church Fair

    St. Ausgarius Swedish Episcopal Church will have a great fair for the benefit of the church at Turner Hall, Thursday 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17, of December, 1881.

    The Independent Order of Svithiod will open the fair. The Hon. Mayor Harrison, Judge Rogers, and W. H. Crocker will speak. Songs will be presented by the Nordmandenes Singing Society and the Freja Singing Society.

    St. Ausgarius Swedish Episcopal Church will have a great fair for the benefit of the church at Turner Hall, Thursday 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17, of December, 1881. The ...

    Swedish
    III C, II B 1 c 3
  • Svenska Tribunen -- August 29, 1883
    Dedication of Chapel

    The Swedish Methodist Chapel at Englewood was dedicated last Sunday. The Swedish service was conducted by Rev. H. W. Eklund and the English by Rev. Dr. Witting. Other speakers included Rev. A.T. Westergreen and C.G.Nelson.

    The offering amounted to $450.00, which will be applied on the furniture bill. The church is still in debt to some extent, but it is the hope of the members of the church to pay those debts as soon as possible.

    The Swedish Methodist Chapel at Englewood was dedicated last Sunday. The Swedish service was conducted by Rev. H. W. Eklund and the English by Rev. Dr. Witting. Other speakers included ...

    Swedish
    III C