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  • Svenska Tribunen -- December 06, 1882
    The Emigrant Is Complaining

    An Editorial: There are some immigrants, who write home to their relatives, telling them about their hardships in America.

    Let us, therefore, try to find out the reason for these lamentations. It is a sad fact that many a farmer in the northern part of Sweden is a heavy drinker. To get money for this bad habit he sells part of his forest and other property time after time. Finally his thought go to America, because he had heard that many have made a fortune there, although he doesn't realize that progress is made through hard work. Then he decides to sell the rest of his property and to emigrate. But it takes some time before he gets his things together for the journey. He has to attend so many farewell feasts and so his money goes to the wind. Instead of saving up to buy farm equipment in the new country he is dreaming of plenty of gold. He 2is still drinking and drinking. Finalley he is on his way to America. How can such a man create a new home in a foreign land with happiness and peace? He is soon disappointed and writes home his lamentations which are reproduced in the newspapers.

    Here is another picture. Some young men emigrate. When they were at home with their parents, they were spoiled. They decide to make the trip to the United States and get their share of cash as their parents' heirs. At first they have a good time in the new country, and like the prodigal son, they waste what they inherited. Soon it is all gone and their hardships begin. They then write home their lamentations, asking for more money. Such letters are sometimes forwarded to editors, who write about these young men's sufferings with headlines in their papers like this:

    "Warning to Emigrants."

    Some years ago a man about fifty years of age emigrated to America. He was a 3heavy drinker.

    Before he went away his friends warned him not to go because of his age and his broken health, caused by wild living. But he and his family landed in New York. From there they went out west to a small city. Although he couldn't speak English he went frequently to taverns, drinking and drinking. During one of these visits he became intoxicated and started howling and singing and was kicked out of the saloon on to the street. Here he came in contact with the police and was arrested. He then wrote hom that America was a bad country.

    Two years later after this episode, we find our immigrant on the prairie,where he had taken some 160 acres. He had built himself a house of turf with one window. Here he sits, remembering how comparatively easy he had it at onetime in the old country, and still could have had it if he had been more careful with his property. He also realizes that he could have had it much better here in America had he saved his money instead of wasting it on liquor. He could have built a real house and bought farm equipment.

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    The tears roll down the gray beard. He starts thinking. At one time I had a nice house. I had forest-meadows, I had plenty, but I wasted it. "Oh, is it too late?" Is it? May we hope that it is not if he, through hard, honest labor, starts over again and stays sober forever.

    An Editorial: There are some immigrants, who write home to their relatives, telling them about their hardships in America. Let us, therefore, try to find out the reason for these ...

    Swedish
    III G, I B 3 b, I B 1, III H
  • Svenska Tribunen -- January 27, 1892
    Swedish Good-Templars to Publish Own Paper

    The Swedish Temperance Company of Chicago has been incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. Its capitalization is $2,000, and its purpose is to publish a newspaper for friends of Temperance among the Swedish people of Chicago and the Middle-West.

    The officers of the new undertaking are Oscar Odelius, C. A. Hindberg and C. E. Ronnholm.

    The Swedish Temperance Company of Chicago has been incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. Its capitalization is $2,000, and its purpose is to publish a newspaper for ...

    Swedish
    II B 2 d 1, I B 1
  • Svenska Tribunen -- August 31, 1892
    Swedish Good-Templars to Build Their Own Temple

    The Swedish I.O.G.T. lodges of Chicago, eight in number, have united in their aim to have a lodge building of their own. A building association has been organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. Its capitalization is $6,000, in shares of $12. each. The trustees or directors of the new association are Frank L. Malmstedt, chairman; Andrew Anderson, vice-chairman; Alex F. Malmquist, corresponding secretary; C.G.Hindberg, financial secretary; Gust Myhrman, treasurer. Other members of the Board are Barney Anderson, A. Akerlund, Adolf Swan and C.G. Morberg.

    The Swedish I.O.G.T. lodges of Chicago, eight in number, have united in their aim to have a lodge building of their own. A building association has been organized and incorporated ...

    Swedish
    I B 1
  • Svenska Tribunen -- September 28, 1892
    The Swedish Good-Templars

    The Illinois Grand Lodge of I.O.G.T. held its annual convention last week. As far as the Swedish lodges of Chicago were concerned, they were ably represented and succeeded in getting their request for the organization of a Swedish district lodge. Moreover, our countryman F. L. Malmstedt, of Chicago, was elected a delegate to the World Temperance Conference that is to take place here in Chicago in June,1893.

    The Illinois Grand Lodge of I.O.G.T. held its annual convention last week. As far as the Swedish lodges of Chicago were concerned, they were ably represented and succeeded in getting ...

    Swedish
    III B 4, I B 1, IV
  • Svenska Tribunen -- May 08, 1901
    The Swedish Organizations

    p.10......Svenska Glee Klubben (The Swedish Glee Club), 470 LaSalle Avenue.

    Svithiod Singing Society, 120 East Chicago Avenue.

    Fria Svenska Arbets Byran (The Free Swedish Employment Bureau), 78 Dearborn Street, rooms 15 and 17, telephone Central 2687, open every day except holidays from nine A.M. to four P.M. Employers in need of help should kindly apply here.

    For Bundet Gustaf II Adolf (The Gustavus Adolfus II Society) meets at Phoenix Hall, 324 East Division Street, the second and fourth Wednesday, each month.

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    Foreningen Baltic (The Baltic Society) meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at Masonic Hall, Grand Crossing.

    Independent Order of Vikings, Logen Vikingarne (Viking Lodge) Number One I.O.V. holds a general meeting at Odd Fellows Hall, 120 East Chicago Avenue, the first and third Thursday of each month.

    Foreningen Norden (The North Society) meets at Hopkins Hall, 528 63rd Street, the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

    Forsta Svenska Byggnads-Osch Lane Foreningen (First Swedish Building and Loan Association). Head Office and Meeting Room: 161 Washington Street, room 808. Monthly meetings: the third Monday of each month. Lake View office: 1836 North Clark Street. Open the first and third Thursday evenings. Roseland office: 111045 Michigan Avenue, Roseland. Open the last Wednesday evening of each month.

    3

    Foreningen Monitor (The Monitor Society) meets at Mahony Hall, corner of Sixty-third and Halsted Streets, the first and third Wednesday of each month.

    Vikingarnes Gymnastik-Och Fakt Klubb (The Viking Gymnastic and Fencing Club) holds its exercises each Tuedsay and Friday at its club-house, 913 Sheffield Avenue.

    Logen Brage (Brage Lodge) Number Three, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Phoenix Hall, 324 East Division Street, the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

    Logen Drake (Drake Lodge) Number Three, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Wells Hall, 1631 North Wells Street, the first and third Thursday of each month.

    Logen Agantyr (Agantyr Lodge) Number Four, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Wismes Hall, corner of Thirty-fifth and Wood Streets, the first and third Sunday of each month.

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    Logen Frej (Frej Lodge) Number Five, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Linnea Hall, corner of Buffalo Avenue and Eighty-eighth Street, the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    Logen Frithiof (Frithiof Lodge) Number Six, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Heim's Hall, corner of Lincoln and Graceland Avenues, the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    Logen Runan (Runan Lodge) Number Seven, I.O.V. holds its general meeting at Kerwin's Hall, Southwest corner of Garfield Boulevard and Wentworth Avehue, the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

    Logen Fridhem (Peaceful Home Lodge) Number 360, I.O.G.T. meets at 1748 Diversey Boulevard, each Saturday evening.

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    Logen Hoppets Har (Hope's Host Lodge) Number 441, I.O.G.T. meets at Oakley Hall, 1141 South Oakley Avenue, each Saturday evening.

    Logen Idoghet (Industry Lodge) I.O.G.T. meets at Little Phoenix Hall, 324 East Division Street, at seven-thirty P.M. each Sunday.

    Logen Jupiter (Jupiter Lodge) I.O.G.T. meets at Phoenix Hall, 324 East Division Street, at seven-thirty P.M. each Sunday.

    Logen Kronan (Crown Lodge) Number 832, I.O.G.T. meets each Sunday evening at seven-thirty, Linnea Hall, 8743 Buffalo Avenue, South Chicago.

    Logen Svenskarne I Illinois (Swedes of Illinois Lodge) Number 258, I.O.G.T. meets each Sunday at four P.M. Jaeger Hall, Clybourn Avenue and Larrabbee Street.

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    Logen Verdandi (Verdandi Lodge) Number One, I.O.G.T. meets at K. of P. Hall, third floor, Arcade Building, Pullman, each Sunday, four-thirty P.M.

    Norden Athletic Club meets at 958 Belmont Avenue, corner of Southport Avenue, every Tuesday and Friday evening.

    Odin Lodge, Number 103, K. of P. meets at the North Side Turner Hall, North Clark Street, every Tuesday evening.

    Skandinaviska Bagare Foreningen (Scandinavian Baker's Society) Number Sixty-two, I.B.C.U. meets at Hert's Hall, corner of Townsend and Locust Streets, the second and fourth Saturday of each month at seven-thirty P.M.

    Skandinaviska Foreningen Enighet (Scandinavian Unity Society) meets at Ahlgrim's Hall, Twenty-second and Robey Streets, the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

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    Svenska Amerikanska Gardet (Swedish American Guards) meets at Bromstedt's Hall, corner of Sixty-third and Halsted Streets, every Tuesday evening.

    Foreningen Ingeborg (Swedish Ladies' Society Ingeborg) meets at the South Side Turner Hall, Thirty-first Street, the first and third Wednesday of each month.

    Svenska National Forbundet (Swedish National Society) meets at Seventy-eight Dearborn Street, the first Tuesday of each month.

    Svenska Gymnastik-Och Atlet Klubben (The Swedish Athletic and Gymnastic Club) meets every Tuesday and Friday evening at Columbia Hall, 5326 State Street.

    Svenska Vanner's Sjuk-Forening (Swedish Friends' Sick Benefit Society) meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Swedish Methodist Church, corner of Thirty-third and Fifth Avenue, at eight P. M.

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    I.O.S. Storlogen (I.O.S. Grand Lodge Svithiod) meets jointly the second Wednesday in February, every year. The Grand Lodge's Secretary's Hall at Seventy-three Sedgwick Street is open every Wednesday evening seven to nine P.M.

    Svithiod Logen (Svithiod Lodge) Number One, I.O.S. meets at North Side Turner Hall, every Saturday evening.

    Manhem Logen (Manhem Lodge) Number Two, I.O.S. meets at Waswo Hall, 197 West Division Street, every Thursday evening.

    Verdandi Logen (Verdandi Lodge) Number Three, I.O.S. meets at Wells Hall, 1629 North Clark Street, corner of Fletcher Street, the first and third Saturday of each month.

    Mimer Logen (Mimer Lodge) Number Four, I.O.S. meets at Edgewood Hall, 1930 Milwaukee Avenue, the first and third Thursday of each month.

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    Frithiof Logen (Frithiof Lodge) Number Five, I.O.U. meets at Leddy's Hall, corner of Wentworth Avenue and Thirty-first Street, the first and third Tuesday of each month, eight P.M.

    Gylfe Logen (Gylfe Lodge) Number Six, I.O.S. meets at Linea Hall, 8743 Buffalo Avenue, the first and third Tuesday of each month.

    Bjorn Logen (Bear Lodge) Number Seven, I.O.S. meets at Wm. Moss Hall, East Chicago, Indiana, the first and third Saturday of each month.

    Ring Logen (Ring Lodge) Number Eight, I.O.S. meets at Phoenix Hall, 324 East Division Street, the first and third Wednesday of each month.

    Hilding Logen (Hilding Lodge) Number Nine, I.O.S. meets at the corner of One-hundred and eleventh Street and Michigan Avenue, every Wednesday evening, eight P.M.

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    Odin Logen (Odin Lodge) Number Ten, I.O.S. meets at Odd Fellows Hall, Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois, the second and fourth Friday, each month.

    Thor Logen (Thor Lodge) Number Eleven, I.O.S. meets at Walter's Hall, Chicago Heights, Illinois, the first and third Wednesday of each month.

    Balder Logen (Balder Lodge) Number Twelve, I.O.S. meets at Fifty-first and Armitage Avenue, Cragin, the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

    Logen Svea (Svea Lodge) Number Fourteen, I.O.S. meets the first and third Friday of each month, eight P.M. at Odd Fellows Hall, corner of One-hundred and nineteenth Street and Wallace, West Pullman.

    Stockholm Logen (Stockholm Lodge) Number Thirteen, I.O.S. meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at eight P.M. at Oakley Hall, 1144 South Oakley, Avenue.

    (I.O.V. - Independent Order of Svithiod.)

    p.10......Svenska Glee Klubben (The Swedish Glee Club), 470 LaSalle Avenue. Svithiod Singing Society, 120 East Chicago Avenue. Fria Svenska Arbets Byran (The Free Swedish Employment Bureau), 78 Dearborn Street, rooms ...

    Swedish
    III B 2, II B 1 a, II D 1, II D 2, II D 8, II B 3, I B 1
  • Svenska Tribunen -- May 15, 1901
    Temperance Society's May-Festival

    p.11.................Ledstjarnan (The Leading Star) Division 42, S. of F. celebrated its May-Festival at Phoenix Hall last Sunday evening. The visitors filled to capacity the large bright hall. An especially interesting program was given, consisting of music, song, recitations and talks.

    As speakers, the Newspaper Publisher, F.A. Lindstrand appeared, also Mr. Eklund. Music was given by Messrs. Westling, Dahlquits, Lindster and Levander. Miss Ellen Johnson was designated the May-Bride, by vote. It was in all respects a very successful temperance festival, which ended with "Kaffe och dopp" (Coffee and cake).

    The committee for arrangements was made up of Messrs. C. F. Johnson, P.A. Dahlquist, Chas. Anderson and Gust. Croonborg, together with the Misses Ellen Johnson, Hilma Swanson and Augusta Malm.

    p.11.................Ledstjarnan (The Leading Star) Division 42, S. of F. celebrated its May-Festival at Phoenix Hall last Sunday evening. The visitors filled to capacity the large bright hall. An especially interesting ...

    Swedish
    I B 1, II B 1 c 3
  • Svenska Tribunen -- May 15, 1901
    Liberty Lodge

    p.11...................Liberty Lodge, Number Three, I.O.G.T. last Sunday evening held a successful affair at Jaeger's Hall. The popular temperance lecturer, A. S. Sather, from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, gave a talk, which was illustrated with stereopticon slides. They depicted saloon-life, and certain aspects of the Boer War. Before and after the lecture there was singing and declamations.

    After the program coffee and ice-cream was served.

    p.11...................Liberty Lodge, Number Three, I.O.G.T. last Sunday evening held a successful affair at Jaeger's Hall. The popular temperance lecturer, A. S. Sather, from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, gave a talk, which ...

    Swedish
    II B 2 g, I B 1
  • Svenska Tribunen -- October 23, 1901
    Temperance Meeting

    The members of the Scandinavian Temperance Society met at Joger's Hall on Oct. 20. The meeting was well attended, which showed there is a strong interest in the temperance movement. Many ministers addressed the gathering. Mr. William H. Peterson spoke at length on intoxicating liquors from a doctor's viewpoint. George Landegsen's topic was "Temperance from the standpoint of Right & Morals." Both speakers were applauded.

    The meeting was followed by an animated discussion. Mr. Claes Ostergren, the chairman, spoke of the progress of the temperance movement.

    The members of the Scandinavian Temperance Society met at Joger's Hall on Oct. 20. The meeting was well attended, which showed there is a strong interest in the temperance movement. ...

    Swedish
    I B 1, II B 2 g
  • Svenska Tribunen -- November 27, 1901
    Temperance Meeting

    A great Mass-meeting in the interest of temperance will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, in Jogers Hall, Clybourn and Larrabee.

    The program includes a speech by A. J. Lofgren on the subject "The License Santan's Offering. The music will be furnished by the Epworth League String Orchestra.

    A great Mass-meeting in the interest of temperance will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, in Jogers Hall, Clybourn and Larrabee. The program includes a speech by A. J. Lofgren on ...

    Swedish
    I B 1
  • Svenska Tribunen -- January 22, 1902
    New Temperance Society

    The Illinois Scandinavian Temperance Association on January 12 elected the following officers for the first half of the year: chairman: Axel Ahlstedt; vice-chairman: Andrew E. Olson; secretary: T. E. Odell; treasurer: Louis Magnusson; sergeant-at-arms: Bernard Swenson. It is the intention of the Association to publish its activities in the near future.

    The Illinois Scandinavian Temperance Association on January 12 elected the following officers for the first half of the year: chairman: Axel Ahlstedt; vice-chairman: Andrew E. Olson; secretary: T. E. Odell; ...

    Swedish
    I B 1, III B 2