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  • Svenska Nyheter -- April 28, 1903
    Swedish National Association Provides Legal Aid for Swede

    The Swedish National Association has decided to try to secure a new trial for our compatriot, John Nordgren, who was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment for the alleged murder of his wife sometime ago. It appears that Nordgren's case was not handled according to legal rules, the reason being the lack of ability of the counsel for the defendant.

    The Swedish National Association now has taken over the case, and has decided to provide the accused with able legal counsel. For this purpose, the Society has engaged one of Chicago's ablest criminal lawyers, Attorney W. S. Elliott, who will defend Nordgren. A court case of this nature requires large amounts of money. The committee appointed to handle the finances in this connection feels assured that the Swedes of Chicago will gladly extend a helping hand to defend a compatriot in need, and in this assurance we appeal for contributions. Subscription books have been made up, and a great festival has been arranged 2for at the North Side Turner Hall, on May 10.

    The Swedish Theatrical Society, under the direction of Mr. Christ Brusell, will present the humorous farce, "He Is not Jealous." Svithiad's sextette will sing, also Miss Anna Nelson, and Meek's Orchestra will furnish the music. Attorney W. S. Elliott will speak on the case of John Nordgren. After the program, there will be dancing. Tickets at fifty cents may be had at the office of the Swedish National Association and at the entrance of the hall.

    The Committee.

    The Swedish National Association has decided to try to secure a new trial for our compatriot, John Nordgren, who was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment for the alleged murder of ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Nyheter -- May 12, 1903
    Charity Social by Swedish National Association

    The charity social which was held last Sunday at North Side Turner Hall under the auspices of the Swedish National Association was attended by a large crowd. The income from the social is to go to the fund for the legal defense of John Nordgren. The program was opened by Mr. Sigurd Meck's Orchestra, which also played for the dance at the closing of the social.

    The first speaker of the evening was Mr. Axel Ahlstedt, who spoke for fifteen minutes on the topic, "Justice and Truth." The speech was thoughtful and clear. Mr. Nordgren's attorney, Mr. W. S. Elliott, junior, gave an extended speech, describing in detail the occurrences in Mr. Nordgren's 2family life. He spoke with a warmth that even the dance-loving group of young people became interested..... Mr. Elliott had been introduced-by Mr. C. J. Erickson in a speech given in English.

    The Chicago Sextette gave four numbers.....Mrs. Ellen Graf executed a modern polka, in her well-known smiling and pleasant manner; our charming baritone, Mr. Brusell, presented "Ljungsby Horn." Mr. Carl Liljegren ably presented Wilhelm von Braun's "My Double," and our ever appreciated singing director, Ernest Lindblom, afterwards sang Figaro's aria from the "Barber of Seville."

    The second part of the program consisted of the one-act play "He is not 3Jealous." The doctor in the play, "August Walter," was impersonated by the director of the Swedish Theatrical Society, Mr. Christ Brusell.... "Amanda" (his wife) was played by Mrs. Ellen Graf. Mr. Carl Liljegren played the role of "Proprietor Borgstrom," and Mr. Fred Bolling played as the trusted servant, "Herman."

    Even if we were to try, we would not be able to point to any one of the players as one who excelled all other actors in the play. All of the actors, so to speak, lived their roles, and the actor or actress who understands his or her role, and presents it as faithfully as circumstances permit, will always win the applause of the public. And thus was the 4occasion Sunday evening.

    Those who appeared on the program gave their services free of charge, so that one may expect the amount gained through this charity-social to be large.

    The charity social which was held last Sunday at North Side Turner Hall under the auspices of the Swedish National Association was attended by a large crowd. The income from ...

    Swedish
    II D 7, II B 1 c 2, II B 1 c 1, II B 1 a
  • Svenska Nyheter -- September 22, 1903
    [Benefit Performance for Legal Assistance]

    A program of music and drama for the purpose of collecting the necessary funds to defray the expenses connected with the trial of John Nordgren, will be given on Saturday, September 26, at Spelz Hall, 1630 North Clark Street.

    The musical portion of the program will consist of seven numbers, and will be followed by the presentation of a play by Utters entitled "Ett Friorafventyr" (The Tale of a Proposal), a comedy in two acts. After the performance there will be dancing.

    A program of music and drama for the purpose of collecting the necessary funds to defray the expenses connected with the trial of John Nordgren, will be given on Saturday, ...

    Swedish
    II D 7, II B 1 c 1, II B 1 a
  • Svenska Nyheter -- October 20, 1903
    [Swede Refused Review of His Case]

    On Saturday last, our compatriot, John Nordgren, accused and sentenced for the murder of his wife, was refused a new trial by Judge Chetlain, for reasons known only to the judge. The Swedish National Association, which has taken up the cudgels in behalf of Nordgren, has,however, taken steps, through its attorney,to appeal the case to the Supreme Court, in order to obtain a new trial for Nordgren.

    On Saturday last, our compatriot, John Nordgren, accused and sentenced for the murder of his wife, was refused a new trial by Judge Chetlain, for reasons known only to the ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Nyheter -- December 22, 1903
    [Report Of] Swedish National Association.

    The Swedish National Association, strong and powerful by virtue of the combined support of the Swedes in Chicago, is responsible to the Swedish-speaking population in Chicago for the activities of the Association, and for this reason begs to present to its friends and supporters a few leaves [from the book] of its history and activities during the past year.

    Through the free employment bureau maintained by the Association, 3,367 Swedes have gained employment--2,305 men and 1,062 women. In many cases, the applicants were unfamiliar with the language of our country, and for these especially, the need for employment was imperative. The minimum cost of gaining employment through some agency rendering the service for a fee could not be less than two dollars per applicant, or $6,734 for the entire number. The value of the activity of the Association along these lines is therefore easily recognized.

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    The Association extends a helping hand to many destitute Swedes. During the past year, aid has been rendered in 208 cases to the total amount of $910.65. Widows and abandoned wives with many children have always been given the preference when aid was to be granted. The destitute in Norrland, Sweden were aided with $354, and an elderly unemployed man was provided for at the Home of Mercy in Bowmansville.

    In hundreds of other ways the Association has aided needy Swedes,both men and women. Ailing people have been sent to Colorade, to California, to Oregon, and to the southern States, there to regain their health and strength. Some have been sent home to Sweden to recuperate. Swedes lacking employment have been sent, without cost to them,to Minnesota, Nebraska, and other States, where the Assoication had secured work for them.

    To the extent possible with the means at its command, the Association has given clothes, lodging, and food to Swedes who were in need.

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    The Swedish National Association has always done its best to assist unfortunate compatriots. As is well known, the Association has made efforts to obtain a new trial for John Nordgren, who has been found guilty of murdering his wife. Strong doubts were felt as to the guilt of John Nordgren, but Judge Chetlain refused to grant a new trial. The Association has appealed his decision. The expenses in connection with the appeal will amount to about two thousand dollars.

    The activities of the Association are being supported exclusively by the funds accruing from the two great annual festivals arranged by the Association: the midsummer festival, held annually in one of the attractive parks in the neighborhood of the city and usually attended by some ten to twenty thousand people; and the midwinter festival, held annually in the Auditorum, the largest and most expensive theater in the city. Through their attendance at these festivals, our Swedish-Americans become supporters of the worthy activities carried on by the Association.

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    On the tenth and eleventh of February, the famous play by Jules Verne, "Around the World in Eighty Days", will be presented by the Association as the midwinter festival play. We welcome all Swedish-Americans to this festival, and in the name of the sick and the poor among our compatriots in the city, we express in advance our gratitude to all those who will attend.

    The Swedish National Association, strong and powerful by virtue of the combined support of the Swedes in Chicago, is responsible to the Swedish-speaking population in Chicago for the activities of ...

    Swedish
    II D 1, II D 7, II D 8, II D 10
  • Svenska Nyheter -- June 14, 1904
    The National League (Editorial)

    Ten years ago the Swedish National League was organized in Chicago, and there are many reasons why we consider it both a pleasure and a duty to point out some of the important and beneficial activities in which the League has been engaged during this last decade.

    It grew from the committee which early in 1894 was appointed for the purpose of bringing to justice the two police officers who on Christmas eve, 1893, shot and killed a Swede by the name of Swan Nelson. Already before this purpose was accomplished, the members of the committee organized the Swedish National League, which took over the committee's work and completed it to the full satisfaction of the Swedish-American public. The trial cost the so-called Swan Nelson Committee and the National League close to eight thousand dollars, and this sum was obtained partly from the proceeds of entertainments of various kinds, 2partly through voluntary donations by poor but determined Swedish-Americans.

    When the trial was over, Chicago's Swedes were justly proud of a job well done, and the American press gave them credit for having accomplished what had never been done before--bringing about the conviction of two Irish police officers charged with murder, but acquitted at the first trial. At the second trial they were found guilty and sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary. The newspapers were jubilant, and from then on the League's future was assured.

    During the ten years of its existence, the League has taken a hand in two other somewhat similar cases. One was the trial of Anton Nelson, charged with having caused the death of a young man. Aided by its attorneys, G. Bernhard Anderson and O. C. Peterson, the League succeeded in obtaining his acquittal. The other is the so-called Nordgren case. John Nordgren has been found guilty of murdering his wife and sentenced to fourteen years in prison. But the League has come to his aid, and 3is trying to obtain a new trial, since there is reason to believe that he is innocent of this crime, and that his conviction was due to the incompetence of his lawyer.

    Already early in its existence, the leaders of this organization, which then as now consisted of representatives from Swedish societies in Chicago, realized the desirability, even necessity, of a free employment service through which Swedish men and women might obtain jobs. Again it was up to the League, which tackled the problem with energy and enthusiasm. The undertaking involved a considerable risk, since it was necessary to rent a centrally located office and hire a manager, which requires cash. The League's bank account, like that of all benevolent societies, was low. However, those of the members who had a little money came to its aid; the employment service was established, and within a short time it prospered. It has been a blessing to thousands of our countrymen and women.

    Swedish immigrants arrived here without knowing the language and unfamiliar 4with American working methods. Times were what we consider bad, and jobs scarce. Here and there "slave traders" (we call them so because this type of employment agencies, remaining outside of the jurisdiction of the state, accept the customer's money on the promise of furnishing a job without delivering) had pitched their tents, conniving with the large employers, particularly the railroad companies, concerning with the large employers, particularly the railroad companies, concerning the amount and price of the "merchandise" they were to deliver. A worker who could produce a couple of dollars would gladly lay them down, hoping that they would buy a job, but as a rule they bought only disappointment.

    The Swedish Free Employment Agency fought bitterly against these racketeers, and with considerable success. Gradually the employers came to realize that this agency could and did give them better service than any other; requests for Swedish workers increased rapidly from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, railroads, etc., and today it enjoys an enviable reputation for efficiency and fair dealing. During last April and May it placed 5857 persons--568 men and 289 women.

    During all these years Mrs. Othelia Myhrman has been the manager of the agency. She has been reappointed repeatedly to the position by the board of directors, and to her should go the lion's share of the credit for its success.

    It is true, particularly in a city like Chicago, with two million inhabitants, that "the poor are always with us," and a considerable number of the city's 130,000 Swedes belong to this category, depending to a large extent on the kindness and help of others. Sickness, suffering, and discouragement are frequent guests in their homes. The helping hand of the Swedish National League also reaches this section of our people. One cannot count how many sighs have been transformed into smiles, how many hungry mouths fed, or how many unhappy hearts comforted by the League's permanent relief committee during the past ten years. Some twenty-eight thousand dollars has been distributed among needy Swedish families, and in addition to that, assistance of various kinds, worth 6many times as much, has been rendered. We will only mention the many sick and poor people for whom reduced rates have been obtained on railways and ocean liners, and the many incurables who have been placed in homes and sanitariums. Only one who has been following the League's activities through the years can fully appreciate the value of its work.

    The uninitiated may ask where the money for all these charitable activities comes from, inasmuch as no reimbursement is asked for or accepted from those who have received aid in any form. Likely as not, the questioner himself has made his contribution. Everyone who attends affairs arranged by the League is helping in its work. If you attend one of its concerts in the Auditorium, or if you go on one of its picnics during the summer, then you are helping to make it what it is--the greatest Swedish organization in Chicago.

    Ten years ago the Swedish National League was organized in Chicago, and there are many reasons why we consider it both a pleasure and a duty to point out some ...

    Swedish
    II D 7, II D 10, II D 8, II D 3, II E 2, IV
  • Svenska Nyheter -- November 01, 1904
    Announcement [Regarding New Trial for John Nordgren]

    Most Chicago Swedes have heard about the miserable position in which our countryman, John A. Nordgren, has been during the last two years. Having been convicted of murdering his wife, and refused a new trial before a higher court, he was about to be sent to Joliet to begin serving his thirty-year sentence, when the Swedish National League, convinced of his innocence, came to his aid. Thanks to the generosity of some kindhearted persons, the League was enabled to engage competent counsel and bring the case before the Illinois Supreme Court. Word has just been received that he has been granted a new trial.

    We wish to express our hearty thanks to those countrymen who have thus far helped us. At the same time, we must again appeal to our public for additional funds to defray the expenses of this final trial, which will take place within a few days. Donations will be gratefully received by the Swedish National League, 80 Dearborn Street.

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    F. A. Lindstrand,

    Othelia Myhrman,

    K. E. Ostergren,

    Carl J. Paulson,

    Olaus Larson,

    Mrs. F. Johnson

    Most Chicago Swedes have heard about the miserable position in which our countryman, John A. Nordgren, has been during the last two years. Having been convicted of murdering his wife, ...

    Swedish
    II D 7, III B 2, II E 2
  • Svenska Kuriren -- February 05, 1914
    The Swedish-American League of Hyde Park

    "The Swedish-American League of Hyde Park" is the name of a new organization, founded last week at 5487 Lake Avenue, and with a membership of fifty. Officers are: chairman: Theodore Rolfe; secretary: John E. Anderson; treasurer: Oscar Lavin. The society is partly political, and partly social, and will be glad to assist countrymen when they intend to take out papers for citizenship. The society will also support any countrymen who are candidates for political offices.

    "The Swedish-American League of Hyde Park" is the name of a new organization, founded last week at 5487 Lake Avenue, and with a membership of fifty. Officers are: chairman: Theodore ...

    Swedish
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  • Svenska Kuriren -- February 13, 1919
    Inheritances in Sweden (Advertisement)

    Inheritances in Sweden can be safely collected through Svenska Lag Byran (The Swedish Law Bureau). A. R. Grosstephan, Administrator. (Formerly Secretary to the Swedish Consul).

    Inheritances in Sweden can be safely collected through Svenska Lag Byran (The Swedish Law Bureau). A. R. Grosstephan, Administrator. (Formerly Secretary to the Swedish Consul).

    Swedish
    II D 7, III H