Skandinaven -- February 16, 1892Norwegians in Chicago (Editorial)
It is not known when the first Norwegian arrived in Chicago, but we do know that there were a number of Norwegians here in 1850.
Pastor Paul Anderson organized the first Norwegian Lutheran Church here, about 1850. There are only a few of the original settlers left, among whom is Mrs. Iver Larsen, whose son Victor Lawson, is the owner of the Daily News.
John Anderson, the publisher of Scandinaven, came here about 1848; at that time Jens Olsen, Mrs. Andrew Nielsen, and Dr. Paoli were already settled here.
John Anderson began to publish Scandinaven in 1865. Norden and Amerika 2were started in the seventies.
The Norwegian settlers lived around Huron, May, Erie, Indiana and Superior streets. Milwaukee Avenue was their main street.
The first bank in Chicago was started by a Norwegian, The Chicago State Bank; the president, H. A. Haugan, came to Chicago in 1859 and in 1879 he and Mr. Lindgren started the bank.
Paul O. Stensland started the Milwaukee Avenue State Bank; he came to Chicago in 1871.
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