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 -- 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 -- 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
  • Skandinaven -- August 14, 1872
    [Build Large Assembly Hall]

    A big assembly hall has been built by the Chicago Norwegians at the Methodist camp-meeting grounds of Chicago. A meeting is to be held there from August 15th to August 22nd.

    A big assembly hall has been built by the Chicago Norwegians at the Methodist camp-meeting grounds of Chicago. A meeting is to be held there from August 15th to August ...

    Norwegian
    III C, II A 2
  • 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 -- December 11, 1872
    Scandinavian National Bank Bankrupt

    Yesterday the Times stated that the Scandinavian National Bank was bankrupt. Fred S. Winslow, president, closed the bank today. Naturally, the Scandinavians are rather worried because they are among the largest depositors. Nobody knows the outcome yet. We can report, however, news from the Chicago Evening Journal. As a rule the Journal always has been dependable. Following is the report:

    The bankruptcy is due to president Fred S. Winslow's mismanagement. It has been reported that he lost heavily in European speculations; a receiver took possession of the bank at once. We all anticipate that the bank will be able to pay back the people's savings accounts. Two weeks ago the assets were estimated at $536,516. Again a case of a banker using bank money for speculation. A committee of nine men, at 911 Milwaukee Avenue, are trying to have Mr. Scavil of Prairie Lake take possession of Winslow's bank and take care of the creditors' interests.

    Yesterday the Times stated that the Scandinavian National Bank was bankrupt. Fred S. Winslow, president, closed the bank today. Naturally, the Scandinavians are rather worried because they are among the ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2, II E 2
  • Skandinaven -- December 11, 1872
    [New Hotels Prosper]

    The new Norwegian hotels, with European plan of accommodation, and up-to-date equipment, are prospering.

    The new Norwegian hotels, with European plan of accommodation, and up-to-date equipment, are prospering.

    Norwegian
    II A 2
  • Skandinaven -- February 11, 1879
    [Financial Appointment]

    Colonel August Jacobsen, former superior court clerk, well known among Scandinavians as the owner of the Wenslow subdivision, has been appointed administrator of the estate of the Bank of Chicago, by Judge Moore, after the previous administrator resigned from his post a few days ago.

    It is reported that Mr. Jacobsen did not apply for the job, and it is uncertain that he will accept it, particularly since a $50,000 bond is required.

    Mr. Jacobsen has lately been much in the public eye as a lecturer on financial matters, and as such has been acclaimed by the American press.

    Colonel August Jacobsen, former superior court clerk, well known among Scandinavians as the owner of the Wenslow subdivision, has been appointed administrator of the estate of the Bank of Chicago, ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2
  • Skandinaven -- March 11, 1879
    [A Scandinavian Hotel for Scandinavians]

    The number of Scandinavian travelers passing through Chicago from the cities and country districts of the Northwest as well as from the East and from Europe, is steadily increasing, and the majority of them stop at the Scandinavian hotel, Dannevirke, which, under the management of its able proprietor, Mr. C. Hansen, compares favorably with most of Chicago's great hostelries. For about one third of the ordinary price, one may enjoy in it as good accommodations as are offered at the most expensive establishments, and as to the food, most Scandinavians will undoubtedly prefer it to that served at any other restaurant in Chicago. Cleanliness, comfortable rooms, wholesome, appetizing food, including Scandinavian dishes, courteous attendants and moderate prices, are attractions highly valued by travelers, and Scandinavians particularly will enjoy stopping at the Dannevirke during their stay in Chicago.

    The number of Scandinavian travelers passing through Chicago from the cities and country districts of the Northwest as well as from the East and from Europe, is steadily increasing, and ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2
  • 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, II A 2, IV
  • Skandinaven -- January 01, 1887
    Elgin Watch Company

    The Elgin Watch Company, owned and operated by Rolvestad (H. Rolvestad and A. Rolvestad) Brothers, is now considered a growing industry.

    This is another example of Norwegian success.

    Many large enterprises started by Scandinavians in the last few years have been very successful.

    [Translator's note: The Rolvestad Brothers were Chicagoans and continued to reside in Chicago.]

    The Elgin Watch Company, owned and operated by Rolvestad (H. Rolvestad and A. Rolvestad) Brothers, is now considered a growing industry. This is another example of Norwegian success. Many large ...

    Norwegian
    II A 2, IV