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  • Svenska Tribunen -- April 09, 1891
    A Swedish Old People's Home.

    On November 5, 1890, the Bethany Home (Betania-Hemmet) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. The chief purpose of the organization is to maintain a permanent home for aged people of both sexes, but the by-laws also provide for the lending of aid of more or less temporary nature to orphaned children and destitute adults. Although the Home is under the supervision of the Swedish Methodist-Episcopal Church, not only members of this sect may be admitted, but also others, who are worthy of help of this kind.

    At the present time, a ten-room house at 652 Sheridan Road, Evanston, is being used as temporary quarters for the Home, but plans are afoot for the purchase of ground and the erection of a building suitable for the purpose. Our generous countryman, J.R. Lindgren, the banker, has pledged a donation of $10,000. toward the plan, provided that the Swedish M.E. churches raise a similar amount. This sum has already been pledged by the various congregations and $8,000. paid into the fund, to which Lindgren promptly has added his $8,000., making the total available cash $16,000.

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    The Superintendent of the Home is Mrs. Anna Malmstrom. Its activity began on March 1, and already two persons above the age of seventy are being cared for. Several applications are under consideration.

    On November 5, 1890, the Bethany Home (Betania-Hemmet) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. The chief purpose of the organization is to maintain a permanent home ...

    Swedish
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- July 23, 1891
    Swedish Old Peoples Home

    The Swedish Old Peoples Home Society purchased real estate property in Ravenswood on Webster Avenue, between Paulina Street and Ashland Avenue, for the purpose of erecting a new home for their old people.

    The construction of this building is to begin this fall. The cost of it is estimated at $50,000. At present the society leases a building in South Evanston.

    The Swedish Old Peoples Home Society purchased real estate property in Ravenswood on Webster Avenue, between Paulina Street and Ashland Avenue, for the purpose of erecting a new home for ...

    Swedish
    II D 5, II F
  • Chicago Tribune -- December 12, 1892
    To Shelter the Aged Swedish M.E. Church Lays the Corner-Stone of a Refuge

    It is to be known as the Bethany Home and will accomodate fifty-six persons. A hospital and a home for children to be added.

    The corner-stone of Bethany Home of the Swedish M.E. Church was laid yesterday afternoon. The home is located next to the corner of Paulina and Webster Avenue in Ravenswood. On the corner stands the Swedish Church under the auspices of which the exercises of yesterday afternoon were held. The church was filled to overflowing when the Rev. C.G.Nelson, the pastor opened the exercises by reading a hymn, which was sung by the congregation. After the singing, Rev. Nelson read from the Scripture the story of the Good Samaritan. Following this was a prayer by K.H. Elmstrom for the successful completion of the home.

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    Dr. William Henshen delivered an address. He spoke of the nobility of the work and thanked the founder of the home, John R. Lindgren of Evanston, for his gift of $10,000.00 for the work. Dr. Henshen explained that the home is to be non-sectarian. After Dr. Henshen's address, Miss Edith Mountain rendered the soprano solo "Calvary" and Dr. F.M. Bristol made a short talk. After Dr. Bristol's address, the congregation adjourned to the foundation of the home, where the corner-stone was laid by the Rev. Alfred Anderson. The ceremonies were concluded with a prayer by Prof. Albert Ericson.

    The new Bethany Home will, when completed, have accomodation for fifty-six aged people. The structure will cost $25,000.00. The intention is to ultimately add to its wings to be used as an orphan assylum and hospital, respectively.

    It is to be known as the Bethany Home and will accomodate fifty-six persons. A hospital and a home for children to be added. The corner-stone of Bethany Home of ...

    Swedish
    II D 5
  • Chicago Tribune -- June 04, 1893
    Swedish Methodists Open Bethany Home

    The Bethany Home of the Swedish M. E. Church will be dedicated today in Ravenswood. The building is situated on North Paulina Street, South of Webster Avenue.

    The home is in the hands of the Bethany Home Assn., under the auspices of the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church. The object of the institution is not only to provide a permanent home for aged people, but also to give temporary shelter to any sick and needy persons who come to them for aid, and those who are discharged from hospitals before they are strong enough to work; and for overworked persons needing rest. Another object of the society is to provide an asylum for orphan or destitute children, for whom Christian homes will be found where they may be adopted.

    The institution was started in March,1890, in Evanston and in February, 1891, 2the practical work began. The President is A. P. Shogren; the Vice-President, C. F. Johnson; the Secretary, K. H. Elmstrom; and the Treasurer, John R. Lindgren. Mrs. Augusta Johnson is the matron.

    The Bethany Home of the Swedish M. E. Church will be dedicated today in Ravenswood. The building is situated on North Paulina Street, South of Webster Avenue. The home is ...

    Swedish
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- June 05, 1893
    The Swedish Old People's Home

    The new home for old people, this time for those of the Swedish population, was dedicated yesterday. It is located in Ravenswood, a very nice suburb, and was built by the Swedish Methodists. Bethany Home is its name.

    Rev. Alfred Anderson, the pastor of the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago district, officiated at the dedication ceremonies under the open sky, although the weather was very unfavorable.

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    The bishop spoke on the topic, "Charity for the Aged," and after a very impressive sermon, he proceeded with the dedicatory ceremonies. Dr. C. E. Mandeville and others, also addressed the audience.

    The festivities continued in a neighboring church. Rev. H. G. Jackson, and Professor A. Erickson of Evanston were chief speakers. The occasion was enhanced by performances by church choirs.

    Bethany Home is a three-story building with a basement, and is located on Paulina Street, just north of Lawrence Avenue in Ravenswood. The site was purchased for $13,000, and about $20,000 was spent for the erection of the building. The interior lay-outs and furnishings are arranged in accordance with the requirements of comfort and sanitation. The rooms for the aged are attractively furnished.

    The new home for old people, this time for those of the Swedish population, was dedicated yesterday. It is located in Ravenswood, a very nice suburb, and was built by ...

    Swedish
    II D 5, III C
  • Svenska Tribunen -- June 28, 1899
    Swedish Midsummerfeast

    We have again celebrated Midsummer here and we have once more gone back in our thoughts to old Sweden, with its clear blue skies, under which young and old danced around the Maypole. We Chicago Swedes have faithfully preserved the customs of our forefathers, even if Midsummer sun is shining over us thousands of miles from the land of the Midsummer sun.

    The Swedish Central Society had invited our countrymen to Columbus Park last Sunday to celebrate Midsummer in the old Swedish fashion, and at the same time to think of our aged people, for whom it is the intention of the Society to erect a Home. About 10,000 people responded to the invitation and enjoyed the outing very much. The program consisted of plays, races,and a historical pageant and dancing, of course. Several Swedish singing societies sang Swedish folksongs. Doctor J.A.Enarder delivered the festival address....

    We have again celebrated Midsummer here and we have once more gone back in our thoughts to old Sweden, with its clear blue skies, under which young and old danced ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Tribunen -- April 17, 1901
    Swedish Methodist Old Peoples Home

    p.11.....At a meeting, last Thursday, a gift of $2,671.22 was given by the financial committee to Bethany Home, the Swedish Methodist Old Peoples Home. Pastor John Bendix, the financial agent of the home gave the donators the most heartfelt thanks for their generous gift.

    In the yearly report of the Old Peoples Home, we see that twenty-one old people are cared for there. Of these, sixteen are women and five are men, and with a single exception, all are Chicagoans. The youngest is sixty-one years of age, and the oldest, eighty six, seven are between sixty and seventy years of age, ten are between seventy and eighty years of age, four, over eighty.

    The income of the home last year reached $5,966.22, counting the amount on hand from the year before, and the expenses $4,330.50, leaving $1,635.73 on hand at the end of last year.

    p.11.....At a meeting, last Thursday, a gift of $2,671.22 was given by the financial committee to Bethany Home, the Swedish Methodist Old Peoples Home. Pastor John Bendix, the financial agent ...

    Swedish
    II D 5
  • Svenska Tribunen -- May 22, 1901
    Benefit Picnic

    p.11......................The South Side's Swedish Societies, Iduna, Nordstjanan, Minitor, John Ericson (Lodge No. 361,) Baltic, and Frithiof (Lodge No. 5,) I.O.S. will hold a big benefit picnic at Gardner's Park, Sunday June Ninth. The proceeds will go to the Swedish Old People's Home. The aim is to give a genuine Swedish"lofmarknad" (woodland fair) at this summer festival. Admission is twenty-five cents.

    p.11......................The South Side's Swedish Societies, Iduna, Nordstjanan, Minitor, John Ericson (Lodge No. 361,) Baltic, and Frithiof (Lodge No. 5,) I.O.S. will hold a big benefit picnic at Gardner's Park, Sunday ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Tribunen -- August 07, 1901
    Gifts for the Swedish Old People's Home

    Last Sunday afternoon a few hundred of our countrymen went to Park Ridge to visit the Swedish Old People's Home.

    This institution has a beautiful setting, with green woods and terraced lawns. Its rooms are furnished to suit their size and shape. The Ladies' Guild of the Swedish Central Union donated the tract where the Home was built. The rest was furnished by the Svithiod Lodge No. 1, the Swedish-American Women's Club, the Ingeborg, and the Vega.

    The gifts were presented by Hjalmar Heden, from Svithiod Lodge No 1., Attorney G. Bernhard Anderson, from Ingeborg; and Othelia Myhrman, from the Women's Club. The gifts were received by Hans Anderson, chairman and director of the Home.

    Although the Home will not be open until October, Johan Peter Hult, 82, 2is already living in it. His countenance shines with joy in anticipation of the opening. Harry Hanson, owner of a plant nursery in Rosehill, has beautified the lawns of the Home for the occasion. May much good come from this noble undertaking.

    Last Sunday afternoon a few hundred of our countrymen went to Park Ridge to visit the Swedish Old People's Home. This institution has a beautiful setting, with green woods and ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Tribunen -- August 28, 1901
    Swedish Old People's Home

    The Swedish Old People's Home, located in Park Ridge, is intended to serve old people who have no means and are residents of Chicago.

    A call has gone out to our many countrymen asking for their most liberal support towards this worthy institution. It is to be hoped that the response will justify the hope of the many Swedish lodges and clubs that have made this house possible so far.

    The Swedish Old People's Home, located in Park Ridge, is intended to serve old people who have no means and are residents of Chicago. A call has gone out to ...

    Swedish
    II D 5