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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 29, 1872
    [The Alderman of the Eleventh Ward]

    Mr. T. T. Verdier, the newly elected alderman of the 11th Ward is a long-time Chicagoan. He is a Swede, and has a bake-shop, perhaps the biggest in Chicago, in his house, 196 W. Lake Street. He is not what one usually calls a politician, but a man who genuinely cares about the interest of his ward. As a big tax payer, he will no doubt see to it that when the question comes to improvements in the 11th Ward, the City Council will mete out justice to the tax payers of that ward.

    Mr. Verdier speaks, aside from Swedish, also German and English fluently. His countrymen in Chicago, who number perhaps 25,000, have in Mr. Verdier at present their only representative in the Aldermanic Council.

    We sincerely congratulate the 11th Ward.

    Mr. T. T. Verdier, the newly elected alderman of the 11th Ward is a long-time Chicagoan. He is a Swede, and has a bake-shop, perhaps the biggest in Chicago, in ...

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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 ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- July 29, 1874
    [Scandinavians Hold Picnic]

    The Scandinavians, who one must admit, know how to organize amusements, had a picnic the day before yesterday at Washington Heights. More than 8000 people were there. Mr. C. G. Lange, as first speaker, pointed out how the Scandinavians secured their rights in social and political matters through their concord. Other speakers were: Consul Charles Sundell, Johnson, and Nic. Hansen. Mr. Washington Hesing also said a few words and praised especially the harmony prevailing amongst the Scandinavians. The celebration was a success from every point of view.

    The Scandinavians, who one must admit, know how to organize amusements, had a picnic the day before yesterday at Washington Heights. More than 8000 people were there. Mr. C. G. ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 03, 1874
    Great Scandinavian Mass Meeting

    Those Scandinavians who belong to the opposition held a mass meeting yesterday.

    The assembly was called to order by Fritz Frantzen. The following persons were elected:

    President: A. B.Johnson, Vice Presidents: Geo. J. Hoffman, Capt. Ed. G. Lange, John Wickers; Secretary: John M. Arrvedson.

    We appointed on the committee of resolutions: Jacob Nielsen, Wm. Peterson, Capt. Bergquist.

    After General Lies had finished his speech, the committee on resolutions gave out the following report:

    As the present corrupt condition of our national politics requires the undivided attention of each good citizen, and as the Republican Party no longer defends 2the principles upon which it was founded, but has opened its doors to corruption, like other parties too long in power, and as the leaders of this party are unable to govern and have proven themselves unworthy of the confidence of the people, and since, to our way of thinking, a complete change of our national policy is imperative, as we are convinced, that the Scandinavian press does not express the views of the majority of the Scandinavian people: Be it resolved that the American citizens of Scandinavian descent approve completely the platform accepted by the opposition party on September 26:

    And be it further resolved that we oblige ourselves to work for the success of the opposition party at the next elections.

    After some further discussions the meeting was adjourned.

    Those Scandinavians who belong to the opposition held a mass meeting yesterday. The assembly was called to order by Fritz Frantzen. The following persons were elected: President: A. B.Johnson, Vice ...

    Swedish
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 24, 1874
    The Scandinavians and the Opposition Party

    The Scandinavian press has supported the Republican Party until a short time before the meeting of the Republican Convention. The Scandinavians had hoped until the last moment that the leaders of party for law and order would be sensible and put such candidates on their ticket, as would be able to gain the confidence of the voters of Scandinavian nationality. But how they were mistaken. The chosen candidates were men of such doubtful reputation that the Scandinavian press which had so far adhered staunchly to the Republican Party, could do so no longer.

    Svenska Amerikanaren thinks that the Republicans should have chosen honest and able candidates for the vacant posts, in order to put an end to the corruption in the party. But instead of doing that they have nominated political adventurers.

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    The Skandinaven, the greatest Scandinavian newspaper in the West, considers it an honor to break with the present corrupt administration, to be independent Republican - further considers it its duty to notify its readers that the Republicans will be defeated on October 13th.

    The Scandinavian press has supported the Republican Party until a short time before the meeting of the Republican Convention. The Scandinavians had hoped until the last moment that the leaders ...

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  • Chicago Times -- January 30, 1875
    Thomas Paine's Birthday Anniversary Was Celebrated by the Scandinavians Yesterday.

    The Skandinaviske Frioenker Forening, or the Scandinavian Free Thinking Society, of this city, held its eighth annual celebration commemorating the 138th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Paine, last evening, at Orpheus Hall, on the corner of West Lake and Peoria Streets. The society was established nine years ago and consists at present of about one hundred members, the majority of whom are Swedes and Norwegians. They hold their regular sessions at No. 113 Milwaukee Avenue, where they meet twice a month and advocate the principles of their leader.

    About nine o'clock the hall was filled with a large representation of the Scandinavian race of both sexes, a number of the latter (women) having been attracted by the festivities which the latter part of the program offered.

    Upon the platform of the stage stood a rough representation of the Goddess of Liberty, and upon the pedestal which supported it were inscribed the words, "Friheds 2Gudinde Dit Nawn Er Godt Spred Sandheds Wisdoms Lys Fra Bol Til Bol."Goddess of Liberty, thy name is good. Spread the light of truth and wisdom from pole to pole." Over the center of the stage hung suspended a portrait of Paine, surrounded by a sketch designed to represent the American eagle, carrying in his beak the usual streamers, which bore the motto, "Frem itiden Komer Sandhedens Lys," or "In the future the light of truth will come." From the balconies on either side, the banners of the different nations represented alongside of the American flag were unfurled and the whole apartment was arranged with reference to the occasion. After an overture by the Exposition band, which furnished the music for the evening, Dr. G. Paoli, the president of the society, made an eloquent address in the Scandinavian tongue, eulogizing the founder of their principles of belief, and expressing himself as opposed to the religious doctrines propagated in this country. The president was succeeded by Gen. I.N.Stiles, whom he introduced to the audience as one of the strongest and most sincere free-thinkers in the city.

    Gen. Stiles began by stating that liberty might well point to Thomas Paine, for he was her noble son; genius might point to him also, for he was her brother. Few men 3were abused as much as he had been because he did not agree with the majority. The thinkers, the men who moved the world, always started from among the minority, and labored among the many. Paine had been calumniated because he had dared to think for himself, and had set priests at defiance. The world was his country, he said, and to do good was his religion. The speaker challenged any one to find a sentence uttered by Paine which had ever savored of immorality. He had thought for himself, and had then doubted that God could be such as Moses had described him. Nothing so delighted him (God) as a sacrifice, and what pleased Him above all things was the blood of women and children. Paine had defied the priests of the so-called Christian religion to demonstrate to him that God was a being of such atrocious cruelty. When men come to think for themselves, they no longer desired the services of a priest. The priest insisted that fixed belief should be indoctrinated in the minds of children when they were too young to use their reason. In that they were mistaken. In addition to his doctrines of free thought, Paine had advocated the principles of liberty, and aided Jefferson and Adams in establishing a republic in this country. No man had done so much to impress the American people with the importance of independent thought and action. The nineteenth century had produced her Darwin, 4her Tyndall, and her Huxley, and the time was not far distant when the people could embrace the doctrines of liberty and truth.

    Marc Trans was the next speaker. He began by giving a sketch of the life of Thomas Paine. He considered him the real founder of the republic, because the idea of liberty and free thought originated with him. Paine was not only a speaker and a writer, but an actor as well, for he had served as a soldier in defense of his country. It is Tom Paine the people should thank for the free institutions of this country, nothwithstanding the fact that the press and the pulpit had united to caluminate him; that he was not held in greater estimation did not speak well for the character of the American people.

    At the conclusion of the addresses, which were received with enthusiastic applause, the hall was cleared, and dancing succeeded, a part of the program which continued until an early hour in the morning.

    The Skandinaviske Frioenker Forening, or the Scandinavian Free Thinking Society, of this city, held its eighth annual celebration commemorating the 138th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Paine, last evening, ...

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  • Chicago Tribune -- October 28, 1876
    South Side Scandinavians

    The Scandinavian Republicans of the South Side held a meeting in Meissner's Hall, last evening. There were four companies of Minute-Men, numbering about three-hundred fifty, present, and in addition two-hundred Swedes not in uniform. Mr. Andrew Sundberg presided, and campaign songs in Swedish were sung by a quartette, and speeches were made by Charles E. Sundell, D. F. Peterson, P. L. Hawkinson, the Hon. William Aldrich, John H. Clough, and others. The enthusiasm was great, and another company of Minute-Men was organized.

    The Scandinavian Republicans of the South Side held a meeting in Meissner's Hall, last evening. There were four companies of Minute-Men, numbering about three-hundred fifty, present, and in addition two-hundred ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Svenska Tribunen -- January 16, 1878
    Swedish Theater.

    A presentation of "Rika Morbror" (Wealthy Uncle) will be given by a Swedish Theatrical company at the North Side Turner Hall Sunday, January 27th, together with another farce, "En Svartsjuk Tok"(A Jealous Fool). Mr. P.W.Nilson is the director, and he has promised that there will be both good stage decorations and costumes. We do hope our readers will not miss the opportunity to enjoy a happy evening, as the tickets for admission are very reasonable, and such good entertainment is very seldom offered to our countrymen in Chicago.

    A presentation of "Rika Morbror" (Wealthy Uncle) will be given by a Swedish Theatrical company at the North Side Turner Hall Sunday, January 27th, together with another farce, "En Svartsjuk ...

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  • Svenska Tribunen -- March 20, 1878
    The Swedish Nationality in America.

    Editor J.A.Enander gave a lecture last Wednesday in the Immanuel Church. His topic was: "The Swedish Nationality in America." Mr. Enander's lecture was very interesting. He predicted that the Swedish nationality in the United States was going to have a great influence upon the future life and progress of America. "The main thing for us Swedes," he said, "is not only to preserve and defend the manly Nordic character we have inherited from our forefathers, but also to adopt all the good we will find among our American brethren."

    Forty million inhabitants in this country are attentively observing us, watching us and the work we are doing for the good of this canny nation. Our duties are great and we have a responsibility both as citizens and as church members.

    Editor J.A.Enander gave a lecture last Wednesday in the Immanuel Church. His topic was: "The Swedish Nationality in America." Mr. Enander's lecture was very interesting. He predicted that the Swedish ...

    Swedish
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