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MARCUS LEE HANSEN 




LIBRARY OF THE 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 
AT URBANA-CHAMPAICN 



325.2485 



v.2 

cop. 2 




HISTORY 



OF THE 



Swedes of Illinois 



PART II 



Biographical SKetches 

WITH PORTRAITS 



CHICAGO 

Edited by 

ERNST W. OLSON and MARTIN J. ENGBERG 



CHICAGO 
The Engberg=HoImberg Publishing Company 

1908 



Copyright 1908 
by The Engber.c -Holm berg Publishing Company 




INTRODUCTION 



IN order to bring the foregoing History of the Swedes of Illinois 
down to date it has been supplemented by a collection of bio- 
graphical sketches of representative Swedish- Americans "in the 
living present." In the preceding pages we have endeavored to record 
the achievements of the Swedish people of the state in the past. In 
the following is preserved a record of those Swedish-Americans who 
are now keeping up the march of progress, constantly adding new 
material to our annals. These biographies are of men and women 
prominent or fairly representative in church and state, in art, science 
and literature, in educational and benevolent work, in the learned 
professions, in commerce and industry, in agriculture and the trades, 
in short, people of every creditable walk in life. 

More than a quarter century has elapsed since the first consistent 
attempt was made to collect and preserve in book form the past 
records of the Illinois Swedes. That volume is now rare and, though 
obsolete as to the biographical part, is a valuable source of information 
in personal history. The aim of the present work is still greater 
completeness in this respect, and much that may seem inessential and 
trivial in these sketches today will be appreciated in years to come. 

Not every man has a taste for history nor every Swedish-American 
a care whether the records of his nationality are preserved. In rare 
instances persons worthy of a mention in the following pages may have 
been inadvertently omitted, but in the majority of cases omissions are 
owing to a lack of interest on the part of the individuals themselves. 
To those who have responded favorably to the request for personal 
data and other information incorporated in this work the editors and 
publishers are deeply indebted for the successful performance of their 
task. 



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JOHN RICHARD LINDGREN 
was born in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 
20, 1855. His father was Charles 




JOHN RICHARD LINDGREX 

Magnus Lindgren, the well-known 
sea captain and shipowner-, who 
for many years was a prominent 
figure in the Swedish colony of 
Chicago. Captain Lindgren died 
in Evanston Sept i, 1879. His 
mother, nee Johanna Anderson, 
passed away in that city March 
23, 1887. 

John Richard Lindgren, their 
only son, was educated in the gram- 
mar and high schools of Chicago, 
and entered business life as an 
insurance and vessel agent. In 
company with Helge A. Haugan, 
by descent a Norwegian, he found- 
ed the private banking firm of 



Haugan & Lindgren, December 8, 
1879. The bank, which was lo- 
cated at 59 La Salle St., cor. Ran- 
dolph, during the first few years 
transacted business almost exclu- 
sively with Scandinavian custom- 
ers. The bank's business was con- 
ducted conservatively and grew 
from year to year. In 1883 its 
savings department had deposits 
amounting to $89,000. In 1890 
the same department had deposits 
of more than $1,000,000. The firm 
in 1891 incorporated its business 
as the State Bank of Chicago. By 
1897 the resources of the bank 
were upwards of $2,500,000. Four 
years later they were more than 
$7,000,000. At the present time 
the capital and surplus and undi- 
vided profits amount to $2,068,512 
and the deposits are upwards of 
$18,000,000. 

The State Bank of Chicago now 
has its offices in the Chamber of 
Commerce Building, occupying the 
entire first floor. Its customers 
are of all nationalities represented 
in the metropolis. Mr. Haugan 
is president and Mr. Lindgren is 
cashier of the institution. 

In 1892 Mr. Lindgren was ap- 
pointed Vice Consul of Sweden 
and Norway at Chicago, and still 
serves as Vice Consul of Sweden. 
By King Oscar II he has been dec- 
orated with the Order of Vasa. 
His residence is in Evanston, 



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where he has been city trustee and 
city treasurer. The Northwestern 
University has long had the bene- 
fit of his services as trustee. Mr. 
Lindgren is of pronounced musical 
tastes. He has been president of 
the Evanston Musical Club and the 
Apollo Musical Club of Chicago, 
and is a trustee of the Theodore 
Thomas Orchestra. Mr. Lindgren 
is a member of the council of the 
Swedish-American Historical So- 
ciety. He belongs to the Union 
League Club and is a member of 
the Swedish Methodist Church. 
He was one of the founders of the 
Swedish Meth. Old People's Home, 
endowing it with a considerable 
sum of money. Mr. Lindgren was 
married June 25, 1898, to Ethel 
May Roe of Chicago who was 
born May 6, 1870. A daughter, 
Ethel, was born Jan. i, 1905. The 
family residence is at 1224 Sheri- 
dan Road. Mr. Lindgren is a 
modest and unassuming man, fully 
worthy of the confidence reposed 
in him. 



When smiling, Mr. Ackerburg's 
face bears a striking resemblance 
to that of President Roosevelt. 



HENRY E. ACKERBURG 
was born in Goteborg, Sweden, 
March 26, 1859. A few years later 
he came to America with his par- 
ents and located in Chicago. 
After attending public school, he 
drifted into the cigar business, 
first as errand boy, later as sales- 
man. At the age of twenty-one 
he started in business for himself, 
which he has carried on success- 
fully until he has built up a fine 
wholesale and retail cigar and to- 
bacco trade. His place of business 
is at 1 86 Madison Street. 




HENRY E. ACKERBURG 

During the political campaign of 
1900 Mr. Ackerburg was called 
upon by the Marquette Club to 
impersonate Roosevelt in the grand 
Republican Sound Money parade. 

Mr. Ackerburg in 1888 married 
Miss Mary Van de Ven, who was 
born in Holland. They have 
three children, two boys and one 
girl. 

Mr. Ackerburg is a thirty-sec- 
ond degree Mason, a Knight Temp- 
lar, and a member of the Royal 
League and the Royal Arcanum. 



PEHR S. PETERSON, 
the most widely known Swedish 
horticulturist and nurseryman in 
America, was born near Kristian- 
stad, Sweden, June 15, 1830. 
Until thirteen years of age he re- 
mained at home, attending the 
schools of his native town. He early 



Chicago 



manifested a love of nature and 
his youth was given to acquiring 
a practical knowledge of horticul- 




PEHR S. PETERSON 

ture. After five years in the gar- 
dens of his native land, such as 
Ofveds Kloster, Maltesholm, he 
spent three years on the continent, 
in leading horticultural institutions 
at Hamburg, Erfurt and Ghent, 
studying at the latter place under 
the renowned horticulturist Van 
Houtte. 

Coming to Toronto in 1851, he 
saw that the greatest chances for 
success lay in the United States 
and soon went to Rochester, then, 
as now, the center of the nursery 
interests of the country. There 
he obtained employment with Frost 
& Co., beginning at $8 a month 
and board. Within three years 
he had not only acquired the Eng- 
lish language but was working for 
Ellwanger & Barry at the large 
salary, for those days, of $100 a 
month. Thinking to obtain riches 



faster by digging for gold than 
delving in nursery rows, in 1854 
he went to California via Panama, 
but aside from budding a lot of 
fruit trees which still grow in 
Vancouver, the venture was pro- 
ductive of little save experience. 

In 1856 Mr. Peterson established 
the present business, the Peterson 
Nursery, on a small piece of rented 
land some miles outside of the city 
limits. In the next year a ten- 
acre tract of woodland was pur- 
chased. The property has since 
been added to until it amounts to 
496 acres, now the largest piece of 
acre property in Chicago, for in 
1889 the entire holding was an- 
nexed to the city. It lies seven 
miles northwest of the City Hall 
and on it is one of the finest col- 
lections of ornamental stock in A- 
merica. Here, in the course of 
years, Mr. Peterson found the gold 
he failed to find in California. 

His attainments in horticulture 
found appreciation at home and 
abroad and have been recognized 
by many scientific societies. He 
was the second in over half a 
century to be elected an honorary 
member of the Horticultural So- 
ciety of Stockholm, and the King 
of Sweden showed him signal 
honor in decorating him with the 
Order of Vasa. In 1865 Mr. 
Peterson was married to Mary A. 
Gage, of Boston. Their only child 
is Wm. A., who has been manager 
of the nursery since 1895. Since 
retiring from active business Mr. 
Peterson spent most of his time 
abroad. He died January 19, 1903, 
when the entire business was 



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handed down to Mr. Wm. A. Peter- 
son, who conducts it on the lines 
laid down by his father. 

The nursery office is at Lincoln 
and Peterson Avenues, and the 
city office at 108 La Salle st. 



ARON EDSTROM, 

associate editor of Hemlandet, was 
born in Edstorp, Or parish, Dals- 




ARON EDSTROM 

land, Sweden, January 6, 1847. 
His early developed taste for books 
impelled him, aside from his reg- 
ular studies, to read with avidity 
all the books he could borrow or 
find in the parish library. He 
studied English, German, algebra, 
and geometry without the help of 
a teacher. Before entering the 
confirmation class he surprised the 
grammar school teacher by exhib- 
iting a knowledge equal to, and 
in some subjects exceeding, that of 
his master. At the age of sixteen 
he obtained emploj'ment in a saw- 
mill and within two years was 



master of his trade. In 1869 he 
was seized with the emigation fever 
and in company with his brother 
and other friends came over to 
this country. The party settled 
in the vicinity of Marine, Minn., 
joining friends previously located 
there. For three years he led a 
hard and laborious existence in 
lumber camps, saw-mills, on rail- 
roads, etc. Intending at this time 
to become a farmer in one of the 
rapidly developing communities of 
the Northwest, he took a home- 
stead in Polk county, Wis. In 
August, 1872, he unfortunately 
lost his left hand in a saw-mill. 
This accident at once changed his 
plans for the future. His old 
desire for learning was revived. 
In December of the same year he 
entered St. Ansgar's Academy in 
Carver, now Gustavus Adolphus 
College, at St. Peter, Minn. In 
1875 he entered the Freshman 
class at Augustana College, Rock 
Island, 111., from whence he grad- 
uated with the class of '79. The 
following year he was chosen as- 
sistant editor of Skaffaren, now 
Minnesota Stats Tidning, published 
at St. Paul, afterwards acting as 
its editor in chief for one year, 
1882-1883. In May of the latter 
year he accepted a position as asso- 
ciate editor of Hemlandet, of whose 
staff he has since been a member 
with the exception of eight months 
in 1890, when he edited Nordens 
Medborgare, a paper published in 
Manistee, Mich. 

In 1882, Mr. Edstrom was mar- 
ried to Anna C. Greek, of Trade 
Lake, Wis., daughter of Lars and 



Chicago 



Christina M. Greek. She died in 
1898, leaving seven children, Ed- 
ward, Esther, Thekla, Signe, Dag- 
mar, Hilmer and Gustaf. The 
eldest daughter, Esther, is married 
to Dan J. McConnell. 

In politics Mr. Edstrom is a 
rock-ribbed Republican. Since his 
arrival in this country he has been a 
member of the Augustana synod, 
and has served as deacon of his 
church for twelve years. In the 
course of his twenty-seven years' 
service as a member of the press 
Mr. Edstrom, while devoting him- 
self chiefly to routine work, has 
written occasional literary sketches 
which have appeared in various 
periodicals. Among these are, 
"Sketches from Swedish- American 
Pioneer Life," which have appeared, 
partly in Hemlandet and partly in 
the annual, "Prarie-blomman." 



out to his partner in 1899. Sub- 
sequently for ten months he held 
the position of foreman in a tailor- 



NELS J. OLSON 
was born in Egby, Oland, Sweden, 
June 1 8, 1844, being the son of 
Olof Abrahamson, a sailor. He 
lost his mother in 1849 and his 
father three years later. He dis- 
continued school at twelve to learn 
the tailor's trade. At seventeen 
he opened his own shop at Egby 
and continued in the business 
there until 1872, when he came 
to America and, after working 
a few weeks in a brick yard at 
Haverstraw, N. Y., to Chicago. 
Having been employed by tailor- 
ing firms for about ten years he 
opened his own shop as merchant 
tailor 1883, in partnership with 
C. J. Olson. After conducting the 
business for sixteen years he sold 




NELS J. OLSON 

ing house in Boston. After hold- 
ing a foremanship in Chicago for 
another year, he retired from 
business. 

Mr. Olson is a member of the 
Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church since 1873 and has always 
been an active church worker. 
He is at present treasurer of the 
church and has served as deacon 
ten years and trustee seven years. 
He was a member of the church 
choir for twelve years, of the male 
chorus Lyran four years, and taught 
in the Sunday school for a long 
period. 

April n, 1874, he was married 
to Nellie Johnson, born Feb. 19, 
1845, at Mjellby, Blekinge. The 
family numbers ten children, seven 
of whom are dead, those living 
are: Minnie Elizabeth, born May 
4, 1878, married to Albert C. 



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Wahlgren; Esther Bethulia, born 
Feb. 19, 1880; and Carl Fridolph 
Nathanael, born Jan. 31, 1887. 

The family residence is at 1451 
King Place. 

J. ALBERT ACKERBURG 

was born in Goteborg, Sweden, 
Dec. 10, 1863, and came to Chi- 
cago immediately after the civil 




J. ALBERT ACKERBURG 

war. He attended public school 
and also the Swedish parochial 
school at the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church. In 1877 he en- 
tered the employ of Enander & 
Bohman, then publishers of the 
weekly Hemlandet, intending to 
learn the printers' trade. In 1879 
he engaged in the boot and shoe 
business. For several years he has 
held the position of buyer and 
manager of shoe departments in 
in various large concerns. At pres- 
ent he represents Rothschild and 
Company in this capacity, having 
been in their employ for sev- 



eral years. Part of his many du- 
ties consists in going to the Bos- 
ton and New York markets about 
six times a year to supply his 
department, which is rated as one 
of the most popular in Chicago. 

Mr. Ackerburg resides at 947 
Hood ave., Edgewater. He is mar- 
ried, has a son and daughter. He 
and his family are members of 
the Presbyterian Church. His 
political beliefs are those of the 
Republican party. 



CHARLES J. STONE 

was born in Nya Kopparberget, 
Orebro, Sweden, Sept. n, 1851. 
He learned the tailor's trade under 
the direction of C. J. Hallin, in 
Orebro, and at the age of 18 years 
left his native country to seek his 
fortune in other lands. He went 
first to London, but finding oppor- 




CHARLES J. STONE 

tunities there too limited, he soon 
soon left for America locating in 
Chicago. Here he secured a po- 



Chicago 



sition as coat maker with the firm 
of Edw. Ely & Co. In the mean- 
time he learned the art of cutting, 
and in the spring of 1873 obtained 
a place as cutter with the firm of 
Roche & Co., where he remained 
for two years. Thereafter he 
served for two years with Wilde, 
Bluett & Co. During the years 
1878-1880 he was foreman and de- 
signer for the wholesale firm of 
L. C. Wachsmuth & Co., and the 
following year for Willoughby, Hill 
& Co. From 1880-1885 he was 
the manager of the London Tailors, 
and in 1885-1890 was cutter for 
John O' Council, and for the next 
two years manager and cutter for 
Stieglitz & Co. 

In 1879 Mr. Stone started an 
evening school for cutters, which 
he expanded into a day school in 
1888, which he entered into part- 
nership with John and Harry Mil- 
ner for this purpose. Four years 
later he bought out the interests 
of his partners, and has since 
managed the school alone. Its 
graduates are now to be found all 
over the world, its fame having 
reached to the Orient as well as 
Europe. 

Mr. Stone has been deeply in- 
terested in every movement for 
the elevation and improvement of 
his profession. In 1893 he started 
a monthly known as The Practical 
Cutter and Tailor," which has ac- 
quired a wide trade circulation. 
He has also published a number 
of standard textbooks on design- 
ing, cutting, and manufacture of 
all sorts of clothing for men, wom- 
en and children. These books 



have been translated into many 
languages, including the Japanese. 
As a lecturer on the art of cutting 
and tailoring, he has been particu- 
larly successful. 

Mr. Stone is an honorary mem- 
ber of more than a score of tailors' 
and cutters' associations. Mr. 
Stone has been married twice, the 
first time with Miss Tillie Fer- 
guson, with whom he had four 
sons, Charles J. Stone, Jr., Ed- 
ward M., George H. and Stanley 
S. Stone, who now are interested 
in the cutting school with their 
father. 



ANDREW PETER FORS, 

Pastor of the Bethel Swedish Luth- 
eran Church, was born Dec. 18, 
1860, at Forsby, Vestra Tollstad 
parish, Ostergotland, Sweden. His 




ANDREW PETER FORS 

parents are Andreas Pettersson, now 
a retired farmer, and Hilda Maria, 
nee Nilsson, both still living in Swe- 
den. He came to this country in 



Cook County 



the spring of 1880. After a years' 
residence and study at Mankato, 
Minn., he entered Gustavus Adol- 
phus College at St. Peter, Minn. 
After a period of study at this in- 
stitution he went in 1884 to Augus- 
tana College, at Rock Island, 111. 
During the years 1885-1887, he as- 
sisted Dr. T. N. Hasselquist in 
his church at Rock Island. Hav- 
ing graduated from Augustana 
College in 1887, he was chosen 
principal of the Augustana Academy 
at Salt Lake City, Utah, retaining 
that position until 1888, when he 
entered Augustana Theological 
Seminary. Graduating from the 
seminary he was ordained to the 
ministry June 16, 1889, at Moline, 
111 . His first charge was at Wahoo, 
Neb., where he was also professor 
at Luther Academy during 1889- 
1890 and editor of Wahoo- Bladet. 
During 1891 he was pastor of the 
Emanuel Church at Rockford, 111. 

From 1892 to 1899 Mr. Fors 
was in charge of the Swedish Ev. 
Lutheran church at Geneseo, 111. 
He earned the degree of A. M. 
at Augustana College in 1894. 
Since 1899 the Rev. Mr. Fors has 
been pastor of the Bethel Swedish 
Ev. Lutheran Church in Chicago 
and during his pastorate a new 
church and parsonage have been 
erected at the cost of $50,000. 
He pursued post-graduate studies 
at the University of Chicago from 
1899 to 1902. The thesis for final 
promotion to the degree of Ph. D. 
was presented in April, 1904, the 
subject being, "The Ethical World- 
Conception of the Norse People." 

Dr. Fors has written articles 



for the "Lutheran Cyclopedia," 
the American Journal of Theology, 
Augustana and Augustana Journal. 
He is the editor of Bethel- Bladet, 
a monthly paper for the members 
of Bethel Church. In 1894 he 
published "Rational Grounds of 
Christian Truth" and in 1904 his 
Doctor's thesis. He has written 
an extensive review of La Sau- 
saye's "Teutonic Mythology." 

Dr. Fors has served as chair- 
man of the Southern Chicago Dis- 
trict of the Illinois Conference of 
the Augustana Synod and of the 
Swedish Lutheran Ministerial As- 
sociation of Chicago. He was for 
six years a member of the Augus- 
tana Church Extension Society 
and was its secretary from 1893 
to 1899. He was a member of the 
Board of Directors of Augustana 
College from 1896 until 1900 and 
was elected secretary of the Board. 
Dr. Fors was a member of the 
Board of Directors of Augustana 
Hospital for the term 1902 to 1905. 
In 1904, he became interested in 
a movement resulting in founding 
a similar institution, the Engle- 
wood Hospital, organized on the 
south side. He is chairman of 
the board of directors and presi- 
dent of the Swedish-American 
Hospital Association that owns 
and controls the institution. Dr. 
Fors was also one of the prime 
movers in establishing the Oak 
Hill Cemetery in 1902, and is 
member of the Chicago Cemetery 
Association , which owns that 
property. 

In 1889, Aug. 24, Dr. Fors was 
married to Miss Ada Emilia To- 



Chicago 



line of Moline, 111., born Dec. 13, 
1860, daughter of Ulrik and Eva 
Toline, both of whom are deceased. 
Of three children born to Dr. and 
Mrs. Fors only one survives, a 
son, Adolph Fredrick, now a stu- 
dent of electrical engineering at 
the Armour Institute. The par- 
sonage is at 6206 Peoria st. 



GUSTAF ERNEST GORDON, 

pastor of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, was born in Karlskrona, 




GUSTAF ERNEST GORDON 

Sweden, April 27, 1857. 
parents were Gustaf Carlson and 
Marie Charlotta, nee Malmberg; 
the father died in 1893. In his 
early boyhood, his parents decided 
that he should enter the clerical 
profession, and accordingly at the 
age of nine he entered the colle- 
giate schoo) of his native town, first 
having received his preparation 
in a private school. While at 
this institution he also took sup- 
plementary studies in Prof. A. 



Halk's evening school. After 
spending some years in the class- 
ical branches, his own desires did 
not accord with the plan mapped 
out by his parents, and thus it 
happens that we subsequently find 
him in the service of a large mer- 
chant, bent upon a business career. 
Soon after, he left Sweden, going 
to Germany in order to perfect 
himself in the language and learn 
the business conditions and meth- 
ods of the country. Although ex- 
ceptionally successful in the busi- 
ness sphere, it would seem that 
his mission lay in a different direc- 
tion. After having had charge of 
a large wholesale and importing 
establishment for three years, he 
decided, and now on more mature 
thought, to enter the ministry. He 
joined the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in 1877. After having 
served the churches in Loftaham- 
mar-Wraka, Nykoping, Emma- 
boda, Vexio and Stockholm as 
pastor, he came to this country in 
July, 1893. BY the Northwestern 
Swedish Conference he was sta- 
tioned at McKeesport, Pa., where 
he remained two years. His next 
charge was at Galva, 111. After 
staying three years he was sent 
to Jamestown, where he labored 
for four years, and then was ap- 
pointed to his present pastorate, 
the Elim M. E. Church, Lake 
View, Chicago, in the fall of 1902. 
Feb. 12, 1 88 1, Mr. Gordon was 
united in marriage to Sigrid Ce- 
cilia Carleson, daughter of L,ars 
Carleson and his wife, L,ovisa Al- 
bertina Grell. They have been 
blessed with six children, five of 



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whom are living. One son, Na- 
thaniel I. Gordon, is general sec- 
retary of the Young Men's Christ- 
ian Association, and is now fitting 
himself for the medical profession; 
the other, Seth E. Gordon, is a 
singer, now completing a vocal 
course at the Chicago Musical 
College. The other children living 
are Ruth Sigrid, Angeli Naomi, 
and Sigrid Elizabeth. 



CARL ROBERT HVITFEEDT 

was born Oct. 5, 1873, in Gote- 
borg, Sweden. At the age of six 




CARL ROBERT HVITFELDT 

he moved with his parents to 
Carlshamn, where he took the 
course of instruction offered at 
the collegiate school. He came to 
this country in 1888, landing on 
July 1 8, with Chicago as his 
final destination. After a couple 
of weeks he started in to learn 
wood engraving in the establish- 
ment of J. Manz and Co. Three 
years later he was employed as 



engraver by G. H. Benedict & Co., 
where he later advanced to foreman 
of the wood engraving department. 
In January, 1906, Mr. Hvitfeldt 
and Mr. Joseph Herman organized 
the Calumet Engraving Co. Mr. 
Hvitfeldt now has his own office 
at 334 Dearborn St., where he 
makes a specialty of wood en- 
graving. 



CARE GUSTAF HERMAN 
UNDSKOG, 

pastor of the St. Ansgarius Swedish 
Episcopal Church, was born in the 
historic city of Strangnas, May 
24, 1853. His preliminary educa- 
tion he received in the Katarina 
elementary school, and thereafter 
he attended the Stockholm Gym- 
nasium, his parents having removed 
to the capital the same year the 
son was born. There the father 




C. G. HERMAN LINDSKOG 

took a position as teacher in the 
city's institute for waifs, retiring 



Chicago 



with a pension after forty years 
service . 

When but seventeen years old 
young Lindskog began preaching. 
He early became associated with 
the Methodists and was especially 
prominent in church work in Up- 
sala and Jonkoping. Mr. Lind- 
skog was ordained as a pastor in 
1 875 . Four years later he departed 
with his family for America where 
he located in Rockford, 111., labor- 
ing there for eight years. In the 
spring of 1887 he accepted a call 
from the St. Ansgarius Swedish 
Episcopal Church of Chicago and 
the following year was installed 
as rector of that congregation. It 
may be stated that the St. Ans- 
garius Church, next to the "Old 
Swedes' Church," in Wilmington, 
Delaware, and the "Gloria Dei" 
Church in Philadelphia, is the 
oldest Swedish church in America. 
This church has sometimes been 
called "The Jenny Lind Church" 
because of the fact that the fa- 
mous Swedish singer, when on 
her American tour, donated a 
considerable sum of money toward 
its support. In 1875, the year of 
his ordination to the ministry, the 
Rev. Mr. Lindskog was united in 
marriage to Adolphine Sheldon, 
of Karlskrona. They have three 
children living. The daughter, 
Karin Lindskog, is the organist 
of the church and is a talented 
violiniste. 

Rector Lindskog dwells happily 
at 97 Sedgwick St., where, to- 
gether with his ever faithful wife 
and genial children, he always 
meets his friends and parishioners 



with a hospitality which is char- 
acteristic of the cultured gentle- 
man. 

On May 24, 1907, the twentieth 
anniversary of Rev. Lindskog' s 
assumption of his charge, the Sit. 
Ansgarius Church had a general 
celebration in his honor. 



JOHN AMANDUS CARLSON 

was born in Svennevad parish, 
Nerike, Sweden, Feb. 14, 1861. 




JOHN AMANDUS CARLSON 

Having joined the Baptist church 
in 1880, he went to London in 
1883, where he organized a Swed- 
ish Baptist mission. After return- 
ing to Sweden in 1886, he emi- 
grated to America in 1889 and 
settled in New York. He remained 
there until 1892, when he came to 
Chicago and entered the Swedish 
Baptist Theological Seminary at 
Morgan Park, graduating in 1895. 
While a student, he had charge 
of the Swedish Baptist Church at 
Sycamore, 111. In the spring of 



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1895, Mr. Carlson accepted a call 
to the Swedish Baptist Church of 
Austin, which he has faithfully 
and successfully served ever since. 
Mr. Carlson has been called to 
various positions of trust, such as 
member of the Board of Trustees 
of the Swedish Baptist General 
Conference and of the Board of 
Directors of the Swedish Baptist 
Mutual Benefit Society. 



AUGUST WILHELM WELAN- 
DER 

was born at Nasby, Skane, Sweden, 
July 20, 1868. At an early age 




AUGUST WILHELM WELANDER 

he moved with his parents to 
Fjelkestad parish, where he was 
educated in the common school. 
When but six years old he lost 
his father. From early childhood 
he had decided to become a tailor 
and his mother taught him the 
rudiments of the trade. His jour- 
neyman course was taken at 
Kristianstad. 



In 1887 he emigrated and lo- 
cated at Northfield, Minn., but 
the next year he went to Chicago, 
working with different tailoring 
concerns until 1891, when he es- 
tablished a merchant tailoring 
business. In 1893 he moved to 
Red Wing, Minn., and subsequent- 
ly traveled through Sweden, Den- 
mark, England and Canada teach- 
ing a new method of garment 
cutting. In the spring of 1897 
he founded a cutting school in St. 
Paul and in 1898 established the 
"Western Tailor", a trade paper, 
now published as the "Western 
Tailor and Fashion Journal' ' , twice 
a year. The next year Mr. We- 
lander moved to Minneapolis, 
where he established a cutting and 
tailoring school for boy apprentices 
and his present Merchant Tailors' 
Pattern Service. In 1901 he pub- 
lished the "Merchant Tailor's Cy- 
clopedia of Garment Cutting." 
The next year he removed his 
business to Chicago and since 1903 
he has made headquarters in New 
York. The Chicago office is at 
108 Washington St., and the New 
York establishment at 10 East 
14 St. Mr. Welander married in 
1890 and has two children. 



ALEXANDER F. CARLSON 
was born in Smaland, Sweden, 
July 17, 1850. He removed to 
the city of Halmstad, in Halland, 
in 1867, and from there emigrated 
to America in 1872, settling in 
Wilcox Pa. Having traveled in 
a number of different states until 
1875, he then settled in Kalamazoo, 
Mich. There he lived until 1882, 



Chicago 



when he went to Chicago. He 
made a trip to Sweden in 1883-4. 
In 1890 he engaged in the retail 
furniture business, his firm being 
known as Carlson & Gardlund. 
Later the name was changed to 
A. F. Carlson & Son. The store 
is at 1129-1131 Belmont ave. 

Mr. Carlson was married in 1893 
to Hanna Keiding. In religion he 
is a Lutheran; in politics, a Re- 
publican. 



LAWRENCE NELSON 

was born in Skepparslof, Skane, 
Sweden, on April 25, 1862. In 




LAWRENCE NELSON 

company with his parents he emi- 
grated to America in 1869 an d 
soon was in Chicago. After attend- 
ing public school and business col- 
lege, he worked for three years 
in the jewelry business. Mr. Nel- 
son then obtained a position with 
Peterson & Bay, bankers. When 
they organized the Western State 
Bank, Mr. Nelson was chosen 



cashier. This office was held by 
him until the bank reorganized 
as the Western Trust and Savings 
Bank. Mr. Nelson is now vice- 
president of this well-known La 
Salle st. institution. The bank 
has a capital stock of $1,000,000, 
and deposits of over $7,000 ooo. 



JOHN SAMUEL AHLGREN 

was born in Sweden July 19, 1865. 
He came to this country at the 
age of six, his parents emigrating 
from Sweden in 1871 and settling 
in Chicago. Here he attended 
grammar school. After working 
for several years in the retail gro- 
cery business, he entered the em- 
ploy of Sprague, Warner & Co., 
wholesale grocers, as city salesman. 
He has been with this firm for 
the past sixteen years. 

Mr. Ahlgren is a member of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 




JOHN SAMUEL AHLGREN 

Church. He is a charter member 
of Monitor Council of Royal Ar- 



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canum, and also belongs to King 
Oscar Lodge No. 855, of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity. Mr. Ahlgren re- 
sides at 123 76th place, Windsor 
Park. 



Two sons have been born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Allen. 



CHARLES THEODORE 

was born in Winback, Tanum 
parish, Bohus Ian, Sweden, Feb. 




CHARLES THEODORE ALLEN 

I 3> l8 75- His father held for over 
fifty years the position of under- 
bailiff to the crown. In 1890 he 
emigrated and engaged in the gro- 
cery business at Pullman, 111. Now 
he is manager of the Roseland 
branch of Schlitz Brewing Co., 
with offices at 11439 Perry ave. 

Mr. Allen holds membership in 
the Fellowship Club, Royal League, 
No. 39, also the Royal "Arch 
Chapter, and the Masonic Order. 
He was married Oct. 30, 1901, to 
Lillian Peterson, daughter of Vic- 
tor Peterson, member and deacon 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
fo Pullman since its organization. 



ANDERS FREDR. PIHLGARD 

was born in Warberg, Halland, 
Sweden, Oct. 6, 1852. He at- 




ANDERS FREDRIK PIHLGARD 

tended college at Karlskrona, and 
later was an assistant in a phar- 
macy at Gefle. In 1875 he grad- 
uated from the Royal Pharmaceu- 
tical Institute at Stockholm, sub- 
sequently being engaged as phar- 
macist in Osthammar, Eslof, Fal- 
koping and Goteborg. 

Since his coming to this country 
in 1881, Mr. Pihlgard has been 
engaged in the drug business in 
Chicago. 

In 1 88 1, Mr. Pihlgard married 
Miss Hilma Wikman, with whom 
he has t had five children, three 
surviving. 



ALFRED SELLSTROM 
was born in Sweden, Aug. 



10, 



1862. His childhood and youth 



Chicago 



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were spent in his native land, 
where he received his early edu- 




ALFRED SELLSTROM 

cation and training. At the age 
of eighteen he emigrated, arriving 
in Chicago in March, 1 88 1, where 
he has since resided. 

Mr. Sellstrom is a tailor by 
trade and is the sole owner of 
the merchant tailoring firm of 
Sellstrom & Kilby. The place 
of business is at 45 North Clark st. 

Mr. Sellstrom is a member of 
the Oak Street Swedish Mission 
Church and is one of its trustees. 



P. FOGELBERG 

was born July 3, 1859, in Kjells- 
torp, in the province of Skane. 
At the age of sixteen he was ap- 
prenticed to a brass molder and 
finisher. For twelve years he was 
engaged in this trade. He emi- 
grated to the United States in 
June, 1887, and settled in Chicago 
the same year. From 1889 until 
1901 he was employed in the 



Amos Pattern and Model Works. 
In July, 1901, he and Wm. Boett- 
cher went into business under the 
firm name of P. Fogelberg & Co. 
At their works, 123 South Clinton 
st., are made metal patterns and 
models. A specialty is made of 
brass and white metal patterns. 




P. FOGELBERG 

Mr. Fogelberg was married in 
1882, to Hanna Folin, with whom 
he has had six children, of whom 
three boys and two girls are now 
living. 

OSCAR OLDBERG 

was born in Alfta parish, Helsing- 
land, Sweden, Jan. 22, 1846. His 
father was the Rev. Anders 
Oldberg, author of "Hemskolan," 
and other educational books, and 
the Rev. Gustaf Unonius, who 
officiated for many years as pastor 
of St. Ansgarius Church in Chicago 
prior to 1860, was his uncle. Hav- 
ing received his early education 
at the Gefle Gymnasium he en- 



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tered the pharmacy of the cele- 
brated mining town of Falun in 




OSCAR OLDBERG 

1 86 1, his employer and preceptor 
being the well-known Fredrik W. 
Helleday, a pupil of the great 
Berzelius. Mr. Oldberg enjoyed 
the advantage of individual in- 
struction from his employer in 
both theory and practice of phar- 
mac} r and chemistry for four years, 
being licensed as regular pharma- 
cist in 1865, just before emigrating 
to the United States. Here he 
has been actively identified with 
pharmaceutical education and liter- 
ature for nearly forty years as a 
teacher, editor and author. 

In 1869 he was appointed a 
member of the faculty of the School 
of Pharmacy of Georgetown Col- 
lege, District of Columbia, and 
later became Dean and Professor 
of Pharmacy at the National Col- 
lege of Pharmacy in Washington, 
D. C. When he severed his con- 
nection with that institution in 



1 88 1, the degree of Doctor of 
Pharmacy was conferred upon him, 
honoris causa. 

In 1874 he became connected 
with the Marine Hospital Service 
of the United States. He was 
chief clerk and acting medical 
purveyor of that service until 1881, 
when he resigned. In 1880 he 
was elected a member of the Com- 
mittee of Revision and Publication 
of the Pharmacopoeia of the 
United States. On the expiration 
of his term in 1890, he was re- 
elected for another decade, and 
again re-elected in 1900 to serve 
until 1910. 

Dr. Oldberg was appointed to 
his present position as Dean of 
the School of Pharmacy of North- 
western University in 1886 when 
the school was established. He has 
written several well known text- 
books on chemistry, pharmacy, 
metrology and related subjects. 



CHARLES E. JOHNSON, 

doctor of dental surgery, was born 
in Stockholm, Pepin county, Wis., 
March 7, 1875. His parents hailed 
from the province of Vestergbtland, 
Sweden. They were married in 
Chicago and lived there until the 
great fire, in which they lost every- 
thing they had. Shortly after- 
wards they moved to Wisconsin 
and were among the first Swedes 
to settle in that locality. Charles, 
their only son, attended the. pub- 
lic schools and the Lake City High 
School, and afterwards spent two 
years at Augustana College, pur- 
suing the classical course of studies. 



Chicago 



In 1898 he went to Duluth, Minn., 
where he formed the acquaintance 




CHARLES E. JOHNSON 

of Dr. H. C. Spengler. A warm 
friendship sprung up between them, 
and the doctor offered him a po- 
sition in his office until the time 
he resumed his studies. In the 
fall of 1899 Mr. Johnson entered 
the Northwestern University School 
of Dental Surgery in Chicago, 
from which institution he gradua- 
ted with high standing in 1902. 
He had already passed a satis- 
factory examination before the 
State Board of Dental Examiners 
of Illinois, and has since that time 
practiced dentistry on the north 
side. 

Dr. Johnson was married in 
Minneapolis, Minn., December 23, 
1901, to Miss Emma M. Olson, 
an accomplished and talented wom- 
an, who for several years pre- 
vious to her marriage was asso- 
ciate editor of Svenska Amerikan- 
ska Postcn in that city. She is 



the daughter of Jonas Olson and 
his wife Maria, nee Person. 

Dr. Johnson's church and so- 
cial affiliations are as follows: mem- 
ber of the Immanuel Swedish Luth- 
eran Church, the Swedish Glee 
Club, the Dental Odontographic 
Society of Chicago, the Scandi- 
navian Dental Association of 
Chicago. In 1906 he was presi- 
dent of the latter society. 

He enlisted with the National 
Guards of Minnesota at Duluth 
in 1896, continuing in the service 
for two years. 



ERIC FORSELL 

was born at Nora, Sweden, June 
2, 1859. His father was superin- 




ERIC FORSELL 

tendent of the Striberg mines, 
where the son grew into manhood. 
1883 he emigrated to America and 
came to Hudson, Wisconsin, where 
he worked for the Chicago, Min- 
nesota & Omaha Railroad Co., 
and later in Kelley's stoneyard 



Cook County 



in St. Paul, Minn. Thereupon 
he went to Canada, in the latter 
part of May, 1883, and worked 
on the Canadian Pacific Railroad 
until April, 1884, when he secured 
employment with the Vert Island 
Stone Quarry Company, at Neppigon 
Bay, Lake Superior, where he 
remained until the fall of 1889. 
While here, he had occasion, on 
a cold wintry night in 1885, to 
save the lives of a number of soldiers 
who on their way to fight the 
Reil Rebellion in Northwest Ter- 
ritory were on the point of freez- 
ing to death on Lake Superior. 

In 1889 Mr. Forsell made a 
visit to Sweden. Returning the 
following year he secured employ- 
ment with the Chicago Blue Print 
Company, where he is now fore- 
man. He is also president and 
director of the Wright & Lawrence 
Mining Co., of Phoenix, Arizona, 
owning copper mines at Riverside 
Mountain in California. 

Mr. Forsell has taken great in- 
terest in fraternal organizations. 
He belongs to the order of Odd 
Fellows, in which he has held im- 
portant offices. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Independent Order of 
Vikings, in which he has been 
honored with the office of Grand 
Chief, and furthermore is a mem- 
ber of the Royal Arcanum and 
the King Oscar Lodge, A. F. and 
A. M. He is married since Aug. 
6, 1898. 

SWANTE WM. OHLSSON 
was born June 3, 1845, at Klar- 
rod, Skane, Sweden. His father, 
Olof Nilsson, was "namndeman", 



one of the twelve assistants in a 
Swedish law court. 

Mr. Ohlsson attended public 
school from his fifth year until he 




SWANTE WM. OHLSSOX 

was confirmed. Afterwards he 
spent a year in high school and 
then remained in the home of his 
parents until twenty-two years of 
age. At this period he was given 
charge of his father's estate, Skogs- 
holm. Shortly afterwards, big los- 
ses incurred by securing notes for 
friends, forced a sale of the estate. 
Mr. Ohlsson next tried all sorts 
of occupations, but none suiting 
him he concluded to try his 
fortune in America. 

In the fall of 1884 he came 
over and, meeting nothing but 
discouragement, he had already 
decided to return to Sweden, when 
some friends persuaded him to 
stay. He then settled in Gales- 
burg, 111., and worked at the 
painter's trade. Until 1891 he 
continued to follow this line of 



Chicago 



work in Galesburg and Chicago. 
The great boom in real estate, 
prior to the World's Fair, opened 
his eyes to great possibilities, and 
with his practical experience from 
Sweden to guide him he began 
to deal in city property, and has 
since continued in the business 
of real estate broker. 

He has held many positions of 
trust, as administrator and trustee. 
Mr. Ohlsson is a member of the 
Swedish Methodist Church. In 
1869 he was married to Miss Betty 
Akeson. Their residence is at 
5723 South May St. 



MARTIN R. ONEUUS 

was born July 16, 1867, in Hoor, 
Sweden. He came to this country 




MARTIN R. ONELIUS 

in 1887, since which time he has 
been engaged as watchmaker. 
His place of business is at 4749 
Evans ave. Mr. Onelius is a 
member of the Swedish Watch- 
makers' Society. 



CARL JEAN MAURITZ 

SCHYCKER 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
March 6, 1855. He studied dent- 




CARL JEAN MAURITZ SCHYCKER 

istry in his native country, and 
thereafter came to America in 
1 88 1, settling in Philadelphia and 
studying for some time at the Phil- 
adelphia Dental College, grad- 
uating in 1882. That same year 
he came to Chicago, where he 
was one of the first of his national- 
ity to practice the dental profes- 
sion. He has his office at 
2459 Wentworth avenue, and re- 
sides at 4625 Evans ave., where 
he owns a fine residence. In 1886 
he was married to Miss Marit Nor- 
man, with whom he has one son, 
Richard, born in 1887. 



JOHN THEODORE LINDHOLM 

was born in Nor parish, province 
of Vermland, Sweden, March 28, 
1858. He came to Chicago in 
April, 1880, and carries on a 



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merchant tailoring business at 216 
Oak St. He is a member of the 




JOHN THEODORE LINDHOLM. 

Royal Arcanum. Mr. Lindholm 
was married Nov. 18, 1882, to 
Mathilda Christina Peterson, who 
was born April 16, 1856, in Mar- 
back parish, Smaland. She came 
to America in June, 1870. Mr. 
and Mrs. Lindholm belong to the 
Swedish Ev. Luth. Mission Church. 



CHARLES CARLSON 

was born on a farm in Heda par- 
ish, Ostergotland, Sweden, Feb. 
29, 1848. He emigrated to America 
at the age of twenty-one, and has 
since lived in Chicago and vicinity, 
except a year and a half spent on 
a farm. He worked as a carpen- 
ter at Riverside until after the 
great fire, when he moved into the 
city and secured employment as 
shipping clerk at the branch es 
tablishment of Pitt's Agricultural 
Works. In the meantime he start- 
ed in the business of teaming, 



which grew rapidly, compelling 
him to resign his clerkship, in 
order to devote his whole time to it. 
The business has continued to grow. 
He is now exclusively engaged in 
heavy teaming, such as moving 
machinery, etc. His office is at 
36 South Canal st. 

Mr. Carlson was married in 
1873 to Miss Augusta Anderson, 
with whom he has five children, 
one boy and four girls. The son, 
Edwin Howard, is engaged in the 
teaming business with his father. 




One daughter is married to Hjal- 
mar Westerdahl, bookkeeper with 
the Aetna Powder Co. 

Mr. Carlson and his family be- 
long to the Second Swedish M. E. 
Church, North May Street. Mr. 
Carlson has been collector, trustee, 
and cashier for the congregation. 
In politics he is a Republican. 
He is quite extensively interested 
in real estate, being the owner of 
a number of houses and lots, be- 



Chicago 



sides lands in Alabama. He re- 
sides at 757 Washington Blvd. 



AXEL O. PILO 

was born in Norra Rorum, Skane, 
Sweden, April 20, 1859. His 




AXEL o. PILO 

mother died when he was six 
years of age. The father was a 
stone mason by trade. At the age 
of fourteen young Pilo left home 
and ever since has made his own 
way. He learned the shoemakers' 
trade, serving as an apprentice for 
three years. He later worked in 
Helsingborg and in Copenhagen, 
Denmark, until the spring of 1881, 
when he emigrated to the United 
States. Arriving in Chicago in 
April of the same year, he secured 
employment at his trade, but soon 
began to look around for a more 
healthful occupation. In May, 
1882, he was engaged by the well- 
known surveying firm of Greely, 
Carlson & Co., now Greely, How- 



ard & Co., which position he is 
still holding. 

He is a charter member of Three 
Links Lodge, No. 812, I. O. O. F. 
of Garden City Encampment, and 
of Three Links Rebekah Lodge, 
No. 434. He is an enthusiastic 
Odd Fellow. Mr. Pilo is married 
to Annie O. Pilo. 



PETER EDWARD URELIUS 

was born in Sweden, April 23, 
1866. He emigrated to the Uni- 
ted States in April, 1885, and 
settled in Rockford. After living 
in that city for nine years, plying 
the trade of shoemaker, Mr. Ure- 
lius moved to Chicago in 1894. 
Here he entered the employ of 
the shoe manufacturing firm of 
Selz, Schwab and Co., in the 
capacity of foreman in that estab- 




PETER EDWAKU URELIUS 

lishment. This position he has 
held up to the present time. 

Mr. Urelius belongs to the Elim 
M. E. church in Lake View. 



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With his wife, Hulda Eugenia, 
he has a son, Roland E. G. Ure- 
lius. 



JOHN HENNING ENGWALL 

was born in Chicago in the 'yos, 
and has lived in this state all his 




JOHN HENNING ENGWALL 

life. His early years were devoted 
to study, and he graduated from 
both the grammar school and high 
school. Later he accepted a posi- 
tion as bookkeeper with the Na- 
tional Publishing Company, steadily 
advancing with the concern until 
in 1899 ne was elected its presi- 
dent, a position he has since cred- 
itably filled. The National Pub- 
lishing Company is the oldest 
subscription publishing house in the 
United States, having been estab- 
lished in 1857. Besides its Eng- 
lish publications, it has published 
many Swedish books, such as "Be- 
romda Scener," "Jord, Haf och 
Hinimel," "Kristi och Apostlar- 



nes Lif," "Jubel Album," Kri- 
get med Spanien," etc. 

Mr. Engwall during his spare 
time took up the study of law, 
and in September, 1897, entered 
the Law Department of Lake For- 
est University, graduating with the 
degree of Bachelor of Laws. After 
passing the examination before the 
State Board of Law Examiners, 
he was admitted to practice in all 
courts. His office is in the Lake- 
side Building. 

Mr. Engwall visited his mother 
country (Sweden) in 1894, spend- 
ing more than eight months in 
the principal towns and cities. 

He has been received in the 
highest ranks of Free Masonry, 
and is a Noble of the Mystic 
Shrine. 



GUSTAF SEAQUIST 

was born in Skon parish, Medel- 
pad, Sweden, Nov. 15, 1874. At 




GUSTAF SEAQUIST 

1 2 years of age he secured employ- 



Chicago 



ment as bookkeeper at the Tunadal 
steam [saw-mill, where he served 
for [about two years, filling the 
position to the satisfaction of his 
employer. 

In the spring of 1890 he emi- 
grated and joined his father, who 
had a tailor shop in Chicago. He 
here learned the tailoring trade 
and was associated with his father 
for a number of years. 

In 1898 the younger Seaquist 
opened a tailoring establishment 
of his own, which is still pros- 
pering under his management. 

In 1899 Mr. Seaquist was mar- 
ried to Miss Ida Nilson, with 
whom he has three children, two 
sons and one daughter. 



CHARLES H. BOMAN, 

secretary of the Scandia Life In- 
Company, was born in 



surance 




CHARLES H. BOMAX 

Hogsby, Sweden, in 1848. He 
emigrated to America at the age 
of twenty-one, locating in Gales- 



burg, 111. He removed in 1871 to 
Moline, where he soon engaged in 
the stove and hardware business. 
In that occupation he continued 
until 1 882 , when he became a can- 
didate for tax collector on the Re- 
publican ticket and was elected 
with a large majority. After hav- 
ing served his term as collector, 
he conducted a crockery store for 
a number of years. Being elected 
a member of the Board of Edu- 
cation in 1891, that body chose 
him secretary and general overseer 
of all the school property in the 
Moline district. This office he held 
for eleven years, resigning to ac- 
cept the secretaryship of the Scan- 
dia Life Insurance Co. of Chicago, 
the largest Swedish-American in- 
surance company. 

Mr. Boman and his family be- 
long to tne Messiah English Luth- 
eran Church in Lake View. He 
was elected trustee of the church 
in 1904 and became chairman of 
the Board of Trustees in the fol- 
lowing year. 

May 10, 1878, Mr. Boman was 
wedded to Miss Margaret Hage- 
man, adopted daughter of the late 
Dr. A. R. Cervin of Rock Island. 
They have a family of four boys 
and two girls: Ella Caroline, Carl 
Rudolph, Anton Leroy, Anna Aga- 
tha, Berndt and Herbert. 



FRED NORLIN 

was born in Vagnharad parish, in 
the province of Sodermanland, 
Sweden, March 4, 1865. His father 
was an officer of Hussars and ad- 
jutant to King Charles XV. The 
family removed to Upland, where 



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the son was educated at the uni- 
versity of Upsala, acquiring, in 
addition to the regular courses, a 




FRED NORLIN 

thorough knowledge of the English 
language and of drawing. In 1881 
he came to America, proceeding 
at once to Chicago. Here he en- 
tered the employ of the Pullman 
Co., securing a situation in the 
woodwork department. By de- 
grees he worked himself up, 
until he was at the head of the 
molding machine department, in 
which position he remained until 
the spring of 1886. He then went 
to Minnesota on a vacation trip, 
and, having done some surveying 
for drainage on his father's estate 
in Sweden, he was induced to 
accept a position with the county 
surveyor of Martin County, Minn., 
who was then platting an addition 
to the little town of Sherburne. 
That \vork finished, Mr. Norlin 
returned to Chicago and entered 
the employ of the Greeley- Carlson 



Company. He remained with that 
firm for eight years, during which 
time, by private study and hard 
work, he prepared himself for the 
profession of surveying, and in the 
spring of 1894 opened an office 
for the general practice of survey- 
ing, to which he has since succes- 
ftilly devoted himself. He is con- 
sidered an expert in his line, and 
has clients among the most prom- 
inent attorneys and real estate men 
in Chicago. He recently planned 
and surveyed the town of Indiana 
Harbor, Ind., one of the largest 
manufacturing centers in the vicin- 
ity of Chicago, and did the sur- 
veying for a new railroad in Indi- 
ana. 

Mr. Norlin is a member of the 
Western Society of Civil Engi- 
neers, the Illinois Society of Civil 
Engineers and Surveyors, and 
treasurer of the Chicago Club of 
Surveyors and likewise treasurer 
of the Scandinavian Club of Civil 
Engineers. He is also a member 
of the Swedish Glee Club and the 
Svithiod Singing Club. 

In 1889 Mr. Norlin was married 
to Miss Dorothea Knost, from 
Westphalia, Germany. They have 
three children one girl and two 
boys. 

P. A. UNDBERG 
was born June 5, 1863, in Bonders- 
byn, Neder Kalix, Sweden. His 
father held a position with a large 
lumber firm, as a buyer of timber 
and superintending its transporta- 
tion on some of the tributaries to 
the Kalix River. Ljndberg was 
brought up on the farm and re- 



Chicago 



ceived his education at the village 
school. In 1882 he emigrated to 
the United States, and the follow- 




P. A. LINDBERG. 

ing six years lived alternately at 
Clinton, Iowa, and in Whiteside 
County, 111., working in lumber 
yards and on the farm. While at 
Clinton, he acquired a business 
education, and in 1888 moved to 
Chicago, where he was employed 
as an office clerk for some time. 
He traveled nearly four years for 
a Chicago picture house, and in 
July, 1895, engaged in the pub- 
lishing business. Mr. L,indberg is 
the author of a Swedish-American 
story, entitled "Adam," depicting 
life and superstitions in his native 
country and an immigrant's trials 
and experiences in the New World. 

Mr. Lindberg is a member of 
the X. S. B. A. and of the Inde- 
pendent Religious Society. 

The firm of P. A. Lindberg & 
Co., Publishers, has its place of 
business at 52 Dearborn st. 



NELS B. JOHNSON 

was born on the Husaby estate, 
in the province of Blekinge, Swe- 
den, June 3, 1861. Some time later 
his parents removed to Mjellby, 
where most of the years of his 
youth were spent. The family 
being in poor circumstances, he 
had to apply himself early to hard 
labor, and enjoyed no schooling 
after his twelfth year. At the 
age of twenty years he emigrated 
to America, securing work on a 
farm near Sycamore,. I)e Kalb Co., 
Illinois, where he spent two years. 
The third year he spent in the 
West, working on the railroads. 
In 1 884 he went to Chicago. After 
having been sick in Alexian Bro- 




NELS B JOHNSON 

thers Hospital for three months 
he became penniless. He secured 
employment piling lumber and 
shoveling coal along the docks at 
Chicago ave. Then after having 
a place as porter in a wholesale 
clothing house he was advanced 



Cook County 



to be shipping clerk, which posi- 
tion was retained for five years. 
He established a milk depot in 
1889 and later a grocery store, 
finally acquiring four stores, which 
he conducted with considerable 
success for over ten years. He is 
at present a building contractor 
and operates extensively in build- 
ings, purchasing properties and 
erecting buildings on them. His 
latest venture is a $75,000 apart- 
ment building on Sheridan Road. 
Mr. Johnson is married to Miss 
Nellie Munson, daughter of Nels 
Munson and his wife, Hanna Nel- 
son, the date of their wedding be- 
ing Feb. 25, 1887. Their child- 
ren are Arthur, born March 25, 
1888, Richard, born Dec. 9, 1889, 
Florence, born March 20, 1893. 
The family is connected with the 
Swedish Mission Church. 



CHARLES PALM 
was born in the province of Vest- 




manland, Sweden, June 28, 1859, 
and arrived in America in 1880. 
Having graduated from the Swed- 
ish Baptist Theological Seminary, 
he became a pastor in Evanston, 
111., and served there with marked 
success for over seven years, a large 
number of members being added 
to the church. He thereupon ac- 
cepted a call to San Francisco, 
where he remained four years and 
a half, and was equally successful 
there. A lot was secured and a 
spacious church erected with but 
little debt, and the membership of 
the congregation increased rapidly. 
The Sunday school work was es- 
pecially successful. New mission 
stations were established, and finally 
the California Conference was or- 
ganized with the results of Rev. 
Mr. Palm's labors as a nucleus. 
Mr. Palm has been serving as a 
Sunday school missionary, having 
charge of the Sunday school work 
in Illinois and Indiana. He is a 
member and vice-president of the 
board of trustees of the Swedish 
Baptist General Conference; a 
member of the board of the 
"Fridhem" Old People's Home; 
also president of "Fridhem" Chil- 
dren's Home Society. He has 
lectured on history, Egyptology, 
Christian citizenship, and the his- 
torical development of hymnology. 
Mr. Palm is married to Anna 
Wassell, a daughter of Rev. C. 
Wassell. 



CHARLES PALM 



JOHN LJNDERHOLM 
was born in Sandsjo parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, July 22, 1841. He 
came to this country at the age 



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of ten years, the family settling 
at Andover, 111. During the suc- 
ceeding years he attended the pub- 




JOHN LINDERHOLM 

lie school in winter and worked 
on the farm in summer. He was 
married to Christine Hedberg in 
1 86 1. In the early sixties he 
went west with a gold mining ex- 
pedition, prospecting through Ida- 
ho and other western states, but 
after the Civil War broke out he 
returned home, having had many 
narrow escapes from falling into 
the hands of the Indians, who at 
that time were on the war path. 
In 1869 he removed with his fam- 
ily to Webster co., Iowa, becom- 
ing one of the pioneers in that 
part of the state, and engaged ex- 
tensively in farming and stock 
raising. Later he also engaged in 
a general retail mercantile busi- 
ness in Dayton, Iowa, where he 
remained for several years, later 
removing to Gowrie, Iowa, where 
he conducted a similar business 



for some years. In 1876 he moved 
to Essex, Iowa, where he con- 
ducted a general merchandise bus- 
iness and engaged extensively in 
the stock and grain business, own- 
ing several grain elevators in the 
state. He also extended his bus- 
iness to different points in Nebras- 
ka, conducting general stores and 
banks in Ogalalla, Grant, Genoa 
and Central City, Weeping Water 
and Omaha, in the latter place also 
engaging extensively in the ice 
business, wholesale and retail. In 
1886 he removed with his family 
to Omaha, in order to facilitate a 
closer attention to his busines in- 
terests. Five years later he moved 
to Chicago, and in 1892 engaged 
in the general commission business 
on the Board of Trade, where he 
is well and favorably known, hav- 
ing been connected with some very 
extensive operations on the Board. 
In the fall of 1893 Mr. Linder- 
holm took a trip to Texas and 
made a thorough investigation of 
the condition and resources of the 
Lone Star State, and in the spring 
of 1894 purchased a tract of land, 
embracing in all 60,000 acres, 
which he proceeded to colonize, 
especially interesting a large num- 
ber of northern people from Iowa, 
Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Neb- 
raska and Missouri in the venture. 
The lands he acquired are located 
in the counties of Colorado and 
Wharton in the southern portion 
of the state, commonly called the 
Gulf Coast country. He platted 
and developed the town of Ches- 
terville, now a flourishing village, 
inhabited by northern people and 



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one of the centers of the rice rais- 
ing regions of southern Texas. 
His work in the development of 
the fertile prairies of Texas has 
brought him into prominence as 
one of the most enterprising busi- 
ness men of the southern section. 
When in Chicago, Mr. Linder- 
holm resides at 108 Hammond st. 
He divides his time between his 
home and Chesterville, Texas. He 
has a family of one son, Oscar E. 
Linderholm, an attorney of Chi- 
cago, and four daughters, two of 
whom also reside in this city. 



G. BERNHARD ANDERSON, 

the eldest son of Svante Ander- 
son and his wife Johanna, nee 




G. BERNHARU ANDERSON 

Monsson, was born April 19, 1867, 
in Sweden. In the following year 
his parents emigrated and came 
to Chicago where the family has 
since resided. He attended the 
public schools and, after leav- 
ing school, worked for several 



years. At the age of fifteen he 
entered the preparatory department 
of Augustana College, graduating 
from the collegiate department 
with the class of 1888. The two 
following years he spent in Salt 
Lake City, Utah, teaching in an 
academy. In 1890 he entered the 
senior class at Harvard University 
and graduated with the class of 
1891. The degree of Master of Arts 
was conferred upon him in 1892 
by Harvard University. He then 
went to Europe and spent one 
year studying the Scandinavian 
languages and literatures in the 
University of Upsala, the oldest 
and most noted institution of learn- 
ing in Sweden. After spending 
some months in Germany and 
France, he returned to Chicago 
and began the study of law. He 
was admitted to the bar in 1895 
and has now a large and lucrative 
practice. Mr. Anderson takes an 
interest in public and political mat- 
ters, but does not permit these to 
interfere with his professional 
work. He is a fluent speaker in 
both Swedish and English and has 
appeared as orator on many public 
occasions. He has been president 
of the Swedish Glee Club of Chi- 
cago and of the Alumni Associa- 
tion of Augustana College and is 
a member of the Harvard Club of 
Chicago and of the Chicago 
Bar Association. Since 1903 Mr. 
Anderson has been instructor of 
the Chicago Law School. .He is 
the senior member of the law 
firm of Anderson & Anderson, with 
offices at 509, 100 Washington St. 
Mr. Anderson is married to Miss 



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Alma C. Patterson, daughter of 
Anders Gustaf and Christine Pet- 
terson. 



GUSTAVE ADOLPH MATHIAS 
LILJENCRANTZ, 

of the U. S. Engineer Office, was 




GUSTAYE ADOLPH MATHIAS 
LILJEXCRANTZ 

born in the province of Upland, 
Sweden, April n, 1842. His par- 
ents were Baron Johan Carl Liljen- 
crantz, Custom House Inspector, 
and Henriette von Schoultz. 
They are both dead, Baron Liljen- 
crantz having passed away at Dal- 
aro, in 1862. The son attended 
first the New Collegiate School, and 
thereafter the Royal Technological 
Institute, both in Stockholm, where 
he was graduated as a civil en- 
gineer in June, 1866. Later he 
became gentleman of the chambers 
at the Swedish Court. 

Liljencrantz was assistant en- 
gineer at the construction of the 



Dalsland Canal 1866 to 1869. In 
the last named year he emigrated, 
locating in Milwaukee. There he 
took a position as draughtsman in 
the U. S. Engineer Office until 

1870, when he entered the employ 
of .the C. M.&St. P. Ry. in the same 
capacity. Coming to Chicago in 

1871, he was draughtsman at the 
government engineering office until 
the following year, when he ad- 
vanced to Assistant Engineer, the 
position he has occupied to the 
present time. He is a member of 
the Western Society of Engineers 
in Chicago, of the Technological 
Society of Stockholm, and an 
honorary member of the Scandi- 
navian Technical Society of 
Chicago. In the former he has 
served as trustee and first vice 
president, etc. He has held im- 
portant offices in the Masonic order, 
and is a member of the Masonic 
Veteran Association of Illinois. 
In religion he is a Lutheran. 

Mr. Liljencrantz was married 
April 27, 1875 to Miss Adaline 
Charlotte Hall of N. Pownal, 
Vermont, a lady of old colonial 
stock. They have one daughter, 
Ottilie A. Liljencrantz, well known 
for her successful historical ro- 
mances, "The Thrall of Leif the 
Lucky," "The Ward of King 
Canute" and "Randvar the Song- 
smith." 

ERICK EDGREN 

was born August 17, 1859, at 
Storfors, Kroppa parish, Vermland, 
Sweden. His education was ob- 
tained in the public schools in his 
native land. In the fall of 1881 



Cook County 



he emigrated to the United States. 
By December he was in Chicago. 
For a time he worked in a foun- 




ERICK EDGREN 

dry, then conducted a grocery 
store on the North Side for four 
years. During more than fifteen 
years he has been a salesman 
with Steele-Wedeles Co., whole- 
sale grocers, still continuing in 
the employ of that house. 

Mr. Edgren was married in 
Sweden, Nov. i, 1881. Mr. and 
Mrs. Edgren have four sons and 
four daughters and reside at 1080 
Kimball Ave. They belong to 
the Humboldt Park Swedish M. 
E. church in which Mr. Edgren 
has been trustee, steward, Sunday 
school teacher and president of 
the Epworth league. Mr. Edgren 
is a stanch Republican. 



OLOF PEARSON 



he learned the watchmaker's trade. 
In 1886 he emigrated to the United 
States. For ten years he worked 
for various firms, and then estab- 
lished himself in business as a 
watchmaker and optician at 11340 
Michigan ave., Roseland, in 1898. 
Mr. Pearson has been high grand 
master of the Independent Order 
of Svithiod, and president of the 
Swedish Watchmakers' Society. 
He belongs to several other socie- 
ties and fraternities, including the 
N. A. U., the N. U. and the K. 
of P. He is a member and direc- 




OLOF PEARSON 

tor of the South End Merchants' 
Association . 

Mr. Pearson is married to Hilda 
L,. Johnson, from Ostergotland, 
and has with her a daughter, 
Emma Maria Charlotta. 



OTHELIA MYHRMAN 



was born May 13, 1869, in Malmo, was born July 9, 1859, at Fin- 
Sweden. After completing his spong, Sweden, her father, Peter 
early education in the public school Mork, being a foreman in the 



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great cannon foundry of that name. 
She emigrated to America in 1875 
and, coming to Chicago as a young 




OTHELIA MYHRMAN 

girl, studied the servant girl quest- 
ion from the ground up, by being 
herself employed as a domestic for 
several years. 

Mrs. Myhrman early took an 
interest in the temperance move- 
ment and has lectured with enthu- 
siasm on the subject in the city 
of Chicago and in numerous minor 
cities in the Northwest. She re- 
presented the Illinois Grand Tem- 
perance Lodge at Edinburgh, Scot- 
and, in 1881, at Zurich, Switzer- 
land, in 1897, and at Boston, Mass., 
in 1895. 

Mrs. Myhrman is one of the 
founders of the Swedish National 
Association, which was organized 
in 1894 by Swedish- Americans of 
Chicago, primarily for the purpose 
of procuring the conviction of the 
murderers of a fellow countryman. 
Subsequently the association has 



been maintained as a charitable 
organization. In the first year of 
its existence the association, which 
is composed of a large number of 
Swedish societies, founded the 
Swedish Free Employment Bureau 
and engaged Mrs. Myhrman as a 
manager, a position for which she 
is well adapted and where her 
executive ability has ever proved 
a valuable asset to the association. 

Mrs. Myhrman takes the lead 
in any endeavor which may en- 
gage her interest. She is especially 
active in charities and in work for 
woman's advancement. She has 
served as president of the Swedish- 
American Woman's Club of Chi- 
cago, and when in 1905 the Sophia 
Aid Society, a charity organiza- 
tion, was founded, the chairman- 
ship naturally went to Mrs. Myhr- 
man as the principal promoter of 
the society. Some years back, 
when the woman's aid and benefit 
society Ingeborg was instituted, 
she was also among its organizers. 

Mrs. Myhrman' s genius for 
management has been frequently 
exemplified at the large midsum- 
mer and midwinter festivals regu- 
larly arranged by the Swedish 
National Association. 



JOHN ALBERT LINDSTEDT 
was born in Chicago July 29, 1869. 
He was three years old when his 
parents removed to Indiana, where 
he was reared and obtained a 
country school education. In 1889 
he returned to Chicago and was 
soon apprenticed to a plumber, 
working at this occupation for 
eight years. During this period 



Cook County 



he attended evening classes at the 
Columbia Business College for two 
years. In 1900 he set up his own 
business at 1697 North Clark St., 
contracting for everything in the 
line of plumbing and gas-fitting. 
Mr. Lindstedt has served as 
president of the Chicago Plumbers' 
Association, and is a member of 
the I. O. O. F., Adelphi No. 8. 



shop. The firm is pro m i n e n t 
among like institutions for the 




JOHN ALBERT LINDSTEDT 

He is married to Miss Laura 
Swanson of Chicago, and their 
home is in Lake View. 



JOHN G. GUSTAFSON 

was born in the year 1846, in Karl- 
stad, Sweden, and has been a res- 
ident of the United States since 
1868. In 1892 the Butler Street 
Foundry and Iron Co. was organ- 
ized with Mr. Gustafson as vice- 
president and secretary of the 
firm. The works are at 3422 
3432 Butler st., Chicago, and con- 
sist of a large and complete iron 
foundry, pattern shop and fitting 




JOHN G. GUSTAFSON 

manufacture of structural iron 
and steel work for buildings, cast- 
ings for boiler fronts, machinery 
and general iron work. 

Mr. Gustafson is a member of 
Svithiod Lodge No. i, I. O. S. 



THEODORE JOHNSON 

was born in Iowa Dec. 28, 1872, 
and lived with his parents on a 
farm near Stanton, Iowa, until he 
was seventeen years of age. He 
attended the public schools and 
the Mamrelund Normal School 
during the winter months and 
worked hard on a farm during 
the summer months. He then took 
a course of studies at the Western 
Normal College at Shenandoah, 
Iowa. In 1890 he secured em- 
ployment as a stenographer and 
clerk in the law office of Bradley 
& De Lamatre, of Omaha, Neb., 
where he remained until the fol- 



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lowing summer, when he went to 
Chicago. Immediately he secured 
employment with the law firm of 




THEODORE JOHNSON 

Cratty Brothers, with whom he 
remained four years as stenographer 
and and assistant manager of their 
collection department. At the same 
time Mr. Johnson attended the 
evening sessions of the Chicago 
College of I,aw, from which he 
graduated with honors in 1895, 
when he was admitted to the bar. 
He then became chief clerk for 
the firm of Eschenburg & Whit- 
field, a law firm in Chicago, mak- 
ing a specialty of the real estate 
and probate law practice, with 
whom he continued until January 
ist, 1899, when he opened a law 
office of his own. He was suc- 
cessful from the start. In 1901, 
he entered into partnership with 
Harry G. Colson, a successful trial 
lawyer, under the firm name of 
Colson & Johnson. The firm has 
built up a large and lucrative prac- 



tice, representing many of the lar- 
gest mercantile houses and real 
estate firms in Chicago, in addi- 
tion to an extensive clientage among 
American, Swedish and German 
people. Mr. Johnson is a Mason 
and an Odd Fellow. He was 
married to Miss Anna Sandell of 
Omaha in 1898 and resides at 
2 337 Wayne ave., Edgewater. 



PETER S. RONBERG 

was born Sept. 7, 1865, in Gra- 
num, Blekinge, Sweden. From 
thence he emigrated to this coun- 
try in 1887, coming to Chicago, 
where he made his home perma- 
nently. Shortly after his arrival 
he secured emplojmient as a car- 




PETER S. RONBERG 

penter with the contracting firm 
of Clark & Findlay, remaining 
with them for several years. In 
the year 1895 he started in busi- 
ness as a contractor and builder. 
Mr. Ronberg has been very ac- 
tive in religious work. The office 



Cook County 



of president of the Swedish Mission Zion Ev. Luth. Church and to 
Church of Englewood was held the Enighet Society. 
by him for a number of years. 
In 1890 he was married to Miss 



ESPERANCE F. ALMGREN 



Mathilda Soderberg, with whom was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
he has seven children, four girls After graduating from the Poly- 
and three boys. 



JOHN JOHNSON 

was born in Hallaryd parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, Sept. 16, 1868. His 




JOHN JOHNSON 

early education was obtained in 
the common schools of the old 
country. A victim of the emi- 
gration fever, he left his native 
land in 1888, landing Aug. 8 and 
proceeding to Chicago. In 1892 
he was engaged as a bellows maker 
by the Cable Piano and Organ 
Co., and is now organ inspector 
for this well-known firm. 

Mr. Johnson, with his family, 
visited his native home in 1900. 
After a sojourn of three months 
in Sweden, he returned to Chi- 
cago. Mr. Johnson belongs to the 




ESPERANCE F. ALMGREN 

technic Institute, he became a 
pupil of W. A. Barklund, engraver 
to the Royal Postal Department of 
Sweden. With five years' expe- 
rience he left his native land to 
seek his fortune in America. He 
came to Chicago in 1881 and for 
several years worked as engraver 
with S. D. Childs. In 1884 he 
\vent to Paris for further develop- 
ment in the engraver's art. Re- 
turning in 1885 to Chicago, he 
accepted a position with C. H. 
Hanson, the engraver and die- 
maker. In the twenty-two years that 
Mr. Almgren has continued in the 
same position, he has won the 
confidence of his employer and 
acquired complete master}- of his 
art. 



Chicago 



ADOLPH A. CARLSON 

was born in Sigislaryd, Madesjo 
parish, Smaland, Sweden, Jan. 28, 




ADOLPH A. CARLSON 

1858, and arrived in America in 
April, 1882, from that time resid- 
ing in Chicago. On arriving here, 
he first went to work in a stone 
quarry, and thereafter on the rail- 
road. In the fall of 1883 he en- 
tered the employ of C. J. Land- 
qnist, a wood tank manufacturer. 
During ten years he worked in 
this line for different firms. In 
September, 1893, when the firm 
with which he was then employed 
retired from business owing to 
the hard times, Mr. Carlson em- 
barked in the business, forming a 
co-partnership with John A. John- 
son and Andrew Johnson, under 
the firm name of Johnson, Carlson 
& Co. They continued as partners 
until April, 1895, when Andrew 
Johnson retired, and the firm name 
was changed to Johnson & Carl- 
son. They have uniformly been 



successful, and now occupy their 
own factory at 139-155 Eastman 
st. cor. of Judson st. 

Mr. Carlson was in 1884 married 
to Miss Augusta Carlson. They 
have seven children, three boys 
and four girls. 

In religion, Mr. Carlson has al- 
ways been a Lutheran and is now 
a member of the Saron Swedish 
Lutheran Church. 



ALFRED ANDERSON 

was born in the city of Jonkoping, 
Sweden, March 3, 1851, and emi- 




ALFRED ANDERSON 

grated to America in 1866. For 
the next three years he worked 
on a farm and in 1870, when the 
M. E. theological school opened 
in Galesburg, he became one of 
its first students. He was ordained 
a minister of the Methodist Church 
in the fall of 1871, by Bishop 
Ames. Thereafter he served as 
pastor in Iowa two years; then in 
Galesburg, 111., three years; in 



Cook County 



Jamestown, N. Y., three years; 
in Andover, 111., two years; in 
the First Sw. M. E. Church of Chi- 
cago, five years, and in Evanston 
one year. For nine years he held 
the office of presiding elder, and 
was thereafter selected pastor of 
the EHm Church of Chicago, a 
post which he held four )-ears. 
He was subsequently manager of 
the Swedish M. E. Book Concern, 
Chicago, until 1906. He is at 
present Presiding Elder of Chi- 
cago District. 

The Rev. Mr. Anderson was the 
first financial agent of the Bethany 
Home, and has been president of 
the board of trustees of the Metho- 
dist Theological Seminary in Ev- 
anston for many years. 

In the year 1874 Mr. Anderson 
was married to Miss Augusta Bor- 
jeson, who was born in Goteborg. 



ciety; from 1903-1905 he was pres- 
ident of Western Oregon Orchard 



PETER C. PEARSON 
was born in Gefle, Sweden, March 
14, 1863, and emigrated with his 
parents to this country in 1868. 
After two years in Andover, 111., 
the famity removed to Lindsborg, 
Kans., w r here his father is still 
living. Mr. Pearson was educated 
at Bethany College, Lindsborg. 
In 1890 he became editor of Fram- 
at, a weekly newspaper, which 
was then removed from Lindsborg 
to Chicago, and has been pub- 
lished under the name of Foster- 
landet since the fall of 1891, Mr. 
Pearson being connected with it 
in an editorial capacity up to 1902. 
During 1902-1905, Mr. Pearson 
was president of North Star Ben- 
efit Association, an insurance so- 




p. c. PEARSON- 
CO., and is now secretary of Tel- 
ma Gold Mining Co. For a num- 
ber of years he has been adver- 
tising solicitor for Fosterlandet and 
Svenska Tribunen. 

Mr. Pearson is [a member of 
American Academy of Political and 
Social Science. 

Having lost his first wife and 
a child, Mr. Pearson on Nov. 25, 
1900, was united in marriage to 
Marie W. Wennerstrom, of Tope- 
ka, Kans., born March 28, 1878. 
They have two daughters, Lillian, 
born 1902, and Margaret, born 

1905- 

Mr. and Mrs. Pearson belong to 
Concordia Swedish Luth. Church, 
at Cuvler. 



GUSTAF L. JOHNSON 

was born May 10, 1863, in Kungs- 
lena, Skaraborg Ian, Sweden. In 
1882 he came over from the old 



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country, with Chicago as his ob 
jective point. He attended the 
Metropolitan Business College in 




GUSTAF L. JOHNSON 

order to acquire a theoretical train - 
ing for his subsequent business 
career. Mr. Johnson is now presi- 
dent and general manager of Eliz 
abeth Street Foundry. The works 
are at 5833-5843 Elizabeth St., and 
employ 100 men. Mr. Johnson 
was married nineteen years ago to 
Mathilda Wiberg from Virestad, 
Smaland. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, 
with their two daughters, reside 
at 5704 Green st. 



CHARLES O. ELLSTROM 

was born in Lonneberga, in the 
province of Smaland, Sweden, Feb- 
ruary 5, 1865. He emigrated to 
America at the age of seventeen, 
arriving here in the year 1882. He 
first went to Leaven worth, Kans., 
where he stopped for only six 
months. From there young Ell- 
strom moved to Kansas City, where 



he secured employment with the 
Fort Scott & Gulf R. R. Co. In 
the fall of 1886 he gave up his 
position and left Kansas City to 
take a place with the Chicago, 
Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry., in Chi- 
cago. He remained in the employ 
of this company for fifteen years. 
At the present time he is the 
secretary of the Scandia Mining 
Syndicate of Nome, Alaska, with 
main offices at 1237 Stock Exchange 




CHARLES O. ELLSTROM 

Building. In 1895 Mr. Ellstrom was 
married to Miss Emma Karlborg. 



CLAES VICTOR PETERSON 

was born in Elmhultsbro, Smaland, 
Sweden, March 6, 1862. His father, 
J. A. Peterson, is a prominent land- 
owner and lumber manufacturer in 
that part of Sweden. After fin- 
ishing school the son was employed 
at the sawmill and on the farm at 
Elmhultsbro. He emigrated in 
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in Svea, Iowa, attended school and 
worked on his uncle's farm till the 




CLAES VICTOR PETERSON" 

next year when he went to Ohio, 
where another uncle of his was 
living near Columbus. Here he 
was employed in various lines of 
work until the preparations for 
the World's Fair attracted him 
to Chicago. For several years 
he worked as agent for various 
businesshouses and in 1896 became 
salesman for the Kimball Company, 
and continues with that house to 
the present time. Mr. Peterson, 
who is unmarried, spent his vaca- 
tions in 1904 and 1906 in his old 
home in Sweden and other parts 
of country. He is a member of 
the Masonic order. 



GUSTAF WILHELM JOHNSON 

was born Feb. 20, 1863, in Ryda- 
holm parish, Smaland, Sweden. 
Coming to the United States in 
1 88 1, he first settled in Lemont. 



In 1883 he removed to Rockford 
and in 1885 to Chicago where he 
has since remained. Mr. Johnson 
learned the trade of garment cut- 
ter at C. J. Stone's Cutting School. 
He was cutter with various tailor- 
ing houses until 1895 when he 
engaged in business for himself at 
145 North State st., and has en- 
joyed prosperity in the business. 
Mr. Johnson was married June 20, 
1898, to Miss Carolina Johnson, of 
Spring Garden, Goodhueco., Minn. 
Mr. Johnson is active in frater- 
nal circles, holding membership in 




GUSTAF WILHELM JOHNSON 

several societies. He resides in 
his own house, 871 Osgood st. 

Mr. Johnson belongs to the 
Lutheran Church and is a good 
and true Republican. 



WILLIAM K. SANDBERG 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
August 17, 1873. He attended the 
public schools, and thereafter 
studied at the Technological School 



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45 



at Sundsvall. Securing a position 
with a jeweler in his native city, 
he worked for him until April, 




WILLIAM K. SANDBERG 

1891, when he left for America. 
Arriving in Chicago, he received 
employment in the watch depart- 
ment of Montgomery, Ward & Co., 
remaining there five years. He 
was afterwards employed as fore- 
man for the watch department of 
A. C. Backen's wholesale jewelry 
business, for two years. 

After that Mr. Sandberg started 
in business for himself as watch- 
maker and jeweler. He now man- 
ufactures watches and jewelry to 
the trade and has an extensive 
mail order business. 

Mr. Sandberg was married in 
1888, to Miss Anna Johnson from 
Soderkoping , Sweden . 



ERIC SANDELL, 

president of the Swedish Baptist 
General Conference of America, 
was born at Helsingtuna, near 



Hudiksvall, Sweden, Jan. 26, 
1856, and came to America in June 
1880. He graduated from the 
Baptist Union Theological Semin- 
ary at Morgan Park, 111., in 1884, 
and was pastor of the Second 
Swedish Baptist Church of Chicago 
from 1884 to 1887. Thereafter he 
was professor in the Central Bible 
Seminary at Stromsburg, Neb., 
1887-1888, and professor in the 
Swedish Department of the Baptist 
Union Theological Seminary from 
1888 to 1892. The latter year he 
became assistant professor in the 
Swedish Theological Seminary, a 
department of the University of 
Chicago Divinity School, from 
which position he resigned in 1895 
to accept the pastorate of the Elim 




ERIC SANDELL 

Swedish Baptist Church in Minne- 
apolis. Serving there until 1899, 
he became pastor of the Fourth 
Swedish Baptist Church of Chicago, 
which position he held until 1905. 
That the Rev. Mr. Sandell is 



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highly esteemed even outside of 
his own church denomination is 
shown by the fact that in 1902 he 
received the honorary degree of 
Doctor of Divinity from a Luth- 
eran institution, Bethany College, 
at Lindsborg, Kansas. 



CHARLES G. PETTERSON, 

the business manager of Missions- 
IVdimen, was born in Marback 




CHARLES G. PETTERSON 

parish, Smaland, Sweden, August 
8, 1851. Up to the age of eight- 
een he remained under the par- 
ental roof. Thereupon he joined 
a company of emigrants from his 
native parish and vicinity and set 
out for America, in 1869, coming 
direct to Chicago, where he has 
since resided. In the great fire 
of 1871 his home shared the gen- 
eral fate, being gutted by the 
flames. Up to the year 1882 Mr. 
Petterson was engaged in various 
occupations. That year a print- 
ing society was formed to publish 



the Missions- Wannen, a religious 
weekly, representing the Swedish 
Mission churches. Mr. Petterson 
became the manager of the busi- 
ness and still continues in that 
capacity. He is the type of a 
true, conservative Swedish business 
man, who believes in running a 
business on a firm, honest conserv- 
ative basis. Under his manage- 
ment the paper has prospered and 
is one of the best financed Swedish 
newspapers in America. His capa- 
city as a man of affairs has been 
recognized in many ways. As a 
member of various committees he 
has had much to do with the ad- 
minstration of the Mission Cove- 
nant. For a long term of years, 
and up to the present time, he 
has served as a member of the 
executive committee of the Cove- 
nant, and is one of the most in- 
fluential men on that board. The 
business of the Mission Church 
on the north side he has managed, 
as its treasurer, for many years. 
For the past twenty-eight years 
he has been united in marriage to 
Josephina Johnson who is also a 
native of Marback parish. There 
are three children in the family, 
a son and two daughters. 



JOEL MOSSBERG, 

a baritone of prominence in Chi- 
cago, was born in Kumla, Nerike, 
Sweden, Jan. 30, 1870. He emi- 
grated to America twenty years 
later, having worked over four 
years as decorator in Visby, Got- 
land. Coming to Chicago in 1892 
he worked at h'is trade for a time. 
He had early evinced musical tal- 



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ent as flutist, violinist and direct- 
or of a singers' club in Visby, 
and now devoted his spare time 




JOEL MOSSBERG 

to musical studies, first with W. 
.W. Hinshaw and subsequently 
with John R. Ortengren of the 
Chicago Musical College. His fine 
voice and masterful handling soon 
won for him a scholarship in the 
operatic department of the college. 

He has been baritone soloist of 
the North Shore Jewish Synagogue 
for the last five years, and is also 
soloist of the Sixth Presbyterian 
Church. For many years he was 
one of the mainstays of the Swedish 
Glee Club male chorus. 

Mr. Mossberg is now devoting 
himself to teaching, directing 
choruses and to church and con- 
cert work. Among the choruses 
directed by him are, the Orpheus, 
Iduna and Harmoni Swedish male 
choruses and the Jenny L,ind Ladies 
Chorus. 

He was married Dec. 10, 1906, 
to Mrs. Olga Meine. 



FRANK ALBERT JOHNSON 
was born Sept. 4, 1870, in Chicago. 
He attended grammar schools and 
business college, afterwards hold- 
ing successively responsible posi- 
tions in the offices of the Wabash 
R. R. Co., Pullman Palace Car Co., 
and Alston Mfg. Co. For six 
years Mr. Johnson was in the 
custom tailoring business with his 
father. Mr. Johnson belongs to 
the Elim Swedish M. E. church 
in which he is serving as class 
leader and has held other offices. 
He is now secretary of the Swedish 
Methodist Aid Association of Chi- 
cago, an insurance society doing 
business exclusively with church 
people of the different denomina- 
tions. He has filled this position 
creditably for the past seven years. 




FRANK ALBERT JOHNSON 

Mr. Johnson is director and sec- 
retary of the Swedish M. E. Book 
Concern of Chicago. He was mar- 
ried in 1892 to Miss Hilda A. 
Anderson and has two children, 
a son and a daughter. 



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Cook County 



While a native of this country machine shop is at 39-45 W. Ran- 



and a steadfast American citizen, 
Mr. Johnson takes great pride in 
his descent and esteems the Swed- 
ish blood and language a most 
valuable heritage. 



dolph st. The firm has been highly 
successful and its business is 
constantly on the increase. 



JOSEPH MAGNUS HEDEN- 



OSCAR RAPP wag born in St CJara parish) 

was born Oct. 15, 1863, in Odes- Stockholm, Sweden, July 22, 1864. 
hog, Ostergotland, Sweden. He He first attended the Beskow 
came to this country June 2, 1879, Academy and later the St. Clara 

collegiate school. Then he de- 
voted himself to agriculture for 
some time, and took a course at 
Lidsta Agricultural College. Be- 
ing smitten with the so-called 
"America craze." he emigrated 
in the spring of 1883, in company 
with the present Rev. Joseph 
Danielson and his brother. They 
settled at St. Mary's, Kansas, 
whence Mr. Hedenvall in 1885 
proceeded westward to California. 




OSCAR RAPP 

and settled in Chicago. At the 
age of sixteen years, he obtained 
employment at the Vaughn & 
Bushnell Mfg. Co., where he learned 
his trade as die sinker and machin- 
ist. After twelve years with the 
same firm, he left in order to 
better himself. For about four 
years he worked in different ma- 
chine shops of Chicago. In 1896, 
he formed a partnership with Axel 
Blomfeldt, establishing the firm 
of Blomfeldt and Rapp, for the 
purpose of manufacturing special 
machinery, dies and tools. The 




JOSEPH MAGNUS HEDENVALL 

After a short stay here, he con- 
tinued the journey to Alaska and 
the Bering Sea, where he took 



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up the occupation of otter and 
seal fishing. In 1886 he returned 
to Sweden, but the following year 
again set out for America, now 
locating in Brooklyn. After hav- 
ing made another visit to Sweden, 
he came to Chicago in the spring 
of 1891. Here he has been em- 
ployed by several of the leading 
clothing houses, amongst others 
as manager of the clothing de- 
partment in the well-known de- 
partment store of Sidney Mandl 
on East Division Street. 



HUGO J. LIEDBERG 

was born in the city of Vexio, 
Sweden, in the year 18/2. 



He 




HUGO J. LIEDBERG 

came to this country with his 
parents when he was six years old. 
Hugo Liedberg attended the pub- 
lic schools in Chicago. Subse- 
quently he took a course of stud- 
ies at the Art Institute of Chicago 
in order to prepare himself for his 
chosen work. He also studied at 
a technical school in Pennsylva- 



nia. After having worked as a 
draughtsman for ten years, he 
opened his own offices in 1896. He 
is now at 173 Randolph St., where 
he continues as an active and pro- 
gressive architect. 



ERIC A. DAVIDSON 

was born at Nya Kopparberget, 
Orebro Ian, Sweden, Oct. 23, 1858. 




ERIC A. DAVIDSON 

When nine years old he emigrated 
with the family to America. They 
settled at Trade Lake, Wis., where 
his father pre-empted a homestead 
and Eric worked on a farm. In 
1879 Mr. Davidson entered the 
Swedish M. E. Theological Sem- 
inary from which he graduated 
in 1882. He continued his stud- 
ies at Northwestern University, 
obtaining the degree of A. B. in 
1888. Mr. Davidson was called to 
the pastorate of a church in Bos- 
ton. His stay of two years en- 
abled him to pursue studies at 
Boston University. In 1891 he 
became pastor of the church in 



Cook County 



Kingsburg, Cal. The next year 
he was appointed presiding elder 
of the Swedish Methodist district 
of California. Three years later 
he became instructor in English 
at the Swedish M. E. Seminary 
in Evanston, 111., and pastor of 
the church in Waukegan. During 
that year he entered Bennett Med- 
ical College, Chicago, from which 
he graduated in 1898. He is also 
a graduate of Rush Medical Col- 
lege, the medical department of 
the University of Chicago. 

Since then Dr. Davidson 
devoted all his time to his 
fessional practice. 

In religion Dr. Davidson 
retains his connection with the 
Methodist Church. In politics he 
is an independent. 



has 
pro- 
still 



G. ARVID HAGSTROM 

was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, 
Sept. 8, 1867, and came to Amer- 
ica in 1868 with his parents, who 
located in Red Wing, Minn. He 
thence moved to Minneapolis, 
where he received his early edu- 
cation in the public schools and at 
a business college. At fifteen years 
of age he joined the First Swed- 
ish Baptist Church of that city, 
and was known as an active and 
earnest worker. In 1889 he entered 
the Theological Seminary at Mor- 
gan Park, 111. Graduating in 1892, 
he became pastor of the English 
Baptist Church of Newark, 111. 
The following year he accepted a 
position as Swedish Baptist Sunday 
School Missionary for the State of 
Illinois, which position he filled 
in a very creditable manner for 



three years, laying the foundation 
for an excellent system of Sunday 
School work. In 1896 he accepted 
a call to the First Swedish Baptist 
Church of Chicago, where he faith- 
fully and zealously labored for ten 




G. ARVID HAGSTROM 

years. He has served as vice pres- 
ident of the Board of Trustees of 
the General Conference of Swedish 
Baptists of America, president for 
several years of the Swedish Bap- 
tist Young People's Union, vice- 
president of the Swedish Bap- 
tist Sunday School Society of Illi- 
nois, treasurer of the Swedish Bap- 
tist Conference of Illinois, editor 
of Forsamlingen och Hemmet, a 
religious monthly, and one of the 
editors of the hymn books, "Valda 
Sanger" and "Triumf-Sanger." 
He was for a time associate editor 
of the Swedish Baptist young peo- 
ple's paper and of Hemmets Van. 
Mr. Hagstrom, in 1892, married 
Miss Caroline W. Anderson, from 
\Vaconia, Minn., born Jan. 21, 
1865, who has proved herself to 



Chicago 



be an accomplished, tactful and 
lovable woman and an ideal min- 
ister's wife. There is a daughter, 
Marion Abigail Edith, born Oct. 

3i. 1903- 

Mr. Hagstrom takes an active 
part in promoting every interest 
of his denomination. He is pres- 
ident of the Swedish Baptist Home 
for the Aged, known as Fridhem, 
at Morgan Park; president of the 
Scandinavian- American Jewish 
Mission, also one of the founders 
of the Bethany Beach Assembly 
Summer School for Christian 
Workers, at Sawyer, Mich. 

Rev. Mr. Hagstrom resigned his 
charge of the First Swedish Bap- 
tist Church in Chicago in October 
1906, to become missionary and 
corresponding secretary o f the 
Swedish Baptist General Confer- 
ence of America, and took up his 
new work Jan. i, 1907. 



ica, and arrived in Chicago Apr. 
26, 1892. Here he secured a place 



OSCAR CALEB NYLUND, 

Doctor of Dental Surgery, was 
born in Askersund, Sweden, March 
23, 1874. His father, being a 
railroad man, was often transfer- 
red from place to place, and the 
son spent his youth in Ervalla, 
Vesteras, Lindesberg, Nora, and 
Bofors. He studied first at Nora, 
and later attended the Manual 
Training School of Karlskoga. 
Next he secured a position on the 
Nora and Karlskoga railroad, at 
Otterbacken, but as he had little 
liking for that kind of work, he 
soon left it, and accepted a posi- 
tion with an implement firm in 
Stockholm, in the spring of 1890. 
Two years later he left for Amer- 




OSCAR CALEB NYLUND 

with Marshall Field and Co., 
where he remained three years, in 
the meantime attending evening 
school at the Chicago Athenaeum. 
Eater he was employed by the 
banking firm of Edward H. 
Ericson & Co. He afterwards 
studied dentistry, graduating at 
the Northwestern University Den- 
tal School April 6, 1899, having 
since practiced his profession in 
Chicago. His office is located in 
the Bush Temple of Music, at 
Clark St., and Chicago Ave. 

Dr. Nylund is a member of the 
Illinois State Dental Society, the 
Chicago Odontographic Society 
and the Scandinavian-American 
Dental Society of Chicago. He 
holds membership in the following 
fraternal orders and clubs: the St. 
Cecilia Chapter, R. A. M., Lincoln 
Park Lodge No. 611, A. F. & A. M. 
Monitor Council No. 1414, Royal 



UNIVERSITY OF 
II I IIMUIS I IRRARY 



Arcanum, and the Swedish Glee 
Club. In the Monitor Council he 
has been collector for ten years 
and in the Glee Club he has served 
as secretary, vice president and 
member of the board of trustees. 
Dr. Nylund was married Dec. 
5 : , 1900, to Miss Anna Hvitfeldt, 
of Chicago, born Aug. 23, 1879. 
Their children are, Ruth Maria 
Elizabeth, born Sept. 20, 1901, 
and Berenice, born Oct. 28, 1905. 



CHARLES J. DAHLGREN 

was born in Smaland, Sweden, 
March 15, 1858. He emigrated to 




CHARLES J. DAHLGREN 

America in 1872 and settled in 
Chicago, where he engaged in the 
grocery business for seven years, 
subsequently changing to that of 
undertaker. He has continued in 
that line of business for over fifteen 
years at 5820 Wentworth ave. Mr. 
Dahlgren was county commissioner 
n 1898-1901 and has served as 



trustee of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church in Englewood for several 
years. Nov. 22, 1879 he was married 
to Amelia Carlson. There are five 
children in the family, Oscar W,, 
Albert J., Anna and Walter. 



PETER JOHN PLANTIN 

was born in Norra Stro, Skane, 
Sweden, July 7, 1854, the son of 




PETER J. PLANTIN 

John Person and his wife Johanna 
Plantin. Both parents have died 
in recent years at the old home- 
stead. He attended grammar 
school in his youth, and later was 
apprenticed to a carpenter contrac- 
tor, remaining five years in his 
employ. In the fall of 1881, short- 
ly after coming to America, he 
obtained work in Chicago as car- 
penter and worked for others until 
1891, when he engaged in bus- 
iness for himself as building 
contractor. His residence is at 
1696 Buckingham place. 

Mr. Plantin was married Apr. 



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53 



5, 1884, to Miss Matilda Nelson. 
Their children with year of birth 
are Ethel, E. 1885, Minnie J. W. 
1887, Mildred, E. 1889, and Frida 
M., 1892. 

Mr. Plantin is a member of the 
I. O. S. being at present treasur- 
er of the Svithiod Lodge, also of 
the King Oscar Lodge, A. F. and 
A. M., Oriental Consistory and 
Medina Temple, Mystic Shrine. 



C. PHILIP EKBLOM 

was born Feb. 6, 1859, in Soder- 
telje, Sweden. He emigrated to 




C. PHILIP EKBLOM 

America in 1880. For thirteen 
years he worked at his trade of 
harnessmaking, in Woburn, Mass., 
Keene, N. H., and in Hartford, 
Conn. In the spring of 1893 he 
accepted an offer of L. Kiper & 
Sons to go to Chicago and take 
charge of one of the departments 
in their saddlery manufactory, 
which is now claimed to be the 
largest of its kind in this country. 



This position has ever since been 
filled by Mr. Ekblom. He is 
prominent in the Masonic fraternity 
and has served as Master of 
King Oscar Lodge. Mr. Ekblom 
is also a well-known member of 
the Maccabees. 



NELS J. JOHNSON 

was born at Huarod, Skane, 
Sweden, November i, 1870, and 




XELS. J. JOHNSON 

emigrated to America in 1891. 
He performed common labor dur- 
ing the first two years after his 
arrival. When he had obtained a 
sufficient knowledge of English he 
took a six months' course in the 
Metropolitan Business College, then 
served the city in the capacity of a 
police operator for two years. In 
the meantime he acquired a taste 
for studying law and consequently 
entered the Kent College of Law, 
from which he graduated after 
two years. He was admitted to 
the bar in June, 1897. He im- 



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Cook County 



mediately opened a law office at 
1144-1148 Unity Building, where 
he is still located. 

Mr. Johnson joined the South 
Park Lodge Masons in Chicago in 
1896, was one of the charter mem- 
bers of King Oscar Lodge, of which 
he has been secretary from its in- 
stitution, and is a 32d degree Ma- 
son and Shriner. He is also a 
member of the I. O. O. F. 



EMIL J. HOLT 

was born May 18, 1862, in Holt- 
Ijunga Parish, Vestergotland, 
Sweden. He went with his par- 
ents to Halmstad when a small 
child. After attending private 
schools there about four years, he 
continued his studies in the Latin 
school, for five years. He early 
showed a talent for drawing, some 
of his work winning honorable 




KMIL J. HOLT 



mention and a prize. In 1879 he 
emigrated to America, and, after 
about one year's stay in Chicago, 



he went to New Orleans, where he 
studied art and designing for three 
years. Then after attending the 
art school at Washington Universi- 
ty in St. Louis, Mr. Holt, in 1889, 
settled in Chicago as a portrait and 
landscape painter. Since studj-ing 
at the Art Academy, he has opened 
an art store and studio in Lake 
View. 



FRANK H. HENDRICKSON 
was born in Chicago, January 2, 
1872. He was one year old when 




FRANK H. HENDRICKSON 

his parents moved to Webster co., 
Iowa. His father bought a farm 
in the vicinity of Ft. Dodge where 
young Hendrickson spent his child- 
hood. He attended the common 
schools and then took a course at 
Luther Academy, but did not grad- 
uate. In June, 1897, he moved to 
North Dakota where he filed on a 
homestead. After farming until 
Aug. 1901, he sold his farm and 
moved to Chicago. He is a grad- 
uate of the Chicago School of 



Chicago 



55 



Psychology, and the Edison School 
of Electro-therapy. He is at 
present engaged in the realty 
business, with office at Chappell, 

Neb. 



ALBERT RUNDBLAD 

was born Sept. 17, 1865, in Sunds- 
vall, Sweden. He completed the 




ALBERT RUNDBLAD 

courses offered at the local man- 
ual training school and the Vester- 
norrland collegiate school. Emig- 
rating to the United States in 1886, 
he worked as a woodcarver for 
four years and then became a 
real estate broker in Chicago. 
His office is at 88 Washington st. 
He is a director in several mining 
corporations and takes an active 
part in the business and social life 
of the city. He is a member of 
Knights of Pythias, King Oscar 
Lodge of Free Masons and of the 
Mystic Shrine. He was married 
in 1902 to Miss Ella Wallin. 



JOHAN FREDRIK JOHNSON 

was born March 20, 1859, in Lund, 
Knatte parish, Elfsborg Ian, Swed- 




JOHAN FREDRIK JOHNSON 

en. After a course of instruction 
in the Goteborg Commercial In- 
stitute, he was employed by C. J. 
Kronker & Co., one of the fash- 
ionable tailoring firms of Goteborg. 
At the age of seventeen years he 
went to London, England. Thence 
he made a trip to India and China. 
Going in 1880 to Chicago, he be- 
gan to work at his trade and is 
at the present time a vest man- 
ufacturer at 157 Gault Court. Mr. 
Johnson was married in 1887 to 
May Elizabeth Smith of Chicago. 
They have been blessed with four 
sons and one daughter. Mr. and 
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are mem- 
bers of the English M. E. Church 
and reside at 1274 Wilton ave. 
Mr. Johnson is in the ranks of the 
Columbian Knights. 



Cook County 



NEWMAN BROTHERS. 

Gustave R. Newman was born 
Dec. 14, 1851, at Stensnas, in 




GUSTAVE R. NEWMAN 

Ukna parish, Smaland, Sweden. 
Here also were born his brothers, 
Charles W. Newman, on August 
15, 1853, and John A. Newman. 
The three brothers emigrated to- 
gether in 1865. After gaining 
fifteen years' commercial experience 
they formed a partnership on May 
i, 1880, and started the manufac- 
ture of parlor and chapel organs 
at 63 West Washington st. Their 
business increased so that the 
factory gradually came to occupy 
63, 65 and 67 Washington st. In 
Aug. 1887, a fire occured in the 
factory and they then moved into 
a larger factory at 38-40 S. Canal 
st. A second fire in Apr. 1889, 
again compelled them to move. 
Their factory was temporarily es- 
tablished at Wells st. and Institute 
Place (then Pearson st.) They 
later moved to the new factorv 



built for them at 5-17 Dix st 
and W. Chicago ave. The bus- 
iness was in 1892 incorporated as 
Newman Brothers Co. The firm 
lost, at this juncture, one of its 
members, John A. Newman, who 
died Sept. 30, 1894. By 1895 the 
demand for their organs had so 
increased as to make Newman 
Brothers Co. among the foremost 
organ manufacturers in the coun- 
try. Perceiving that they had a 
market for a high-grade piano 
they equipped themselves during 
this year for a new venture. From 
several scales they selected one 
drawn by E. Becker, an old and 
experienced craftsman who had 
thirty-five years practice in build- 
ing pianos. Guided by his skill 
and under the personal supervision 




CHARLES W. NEWMAN 

of Gtistave R. Newman, the firm 
has built a high-grade piano which 
is ever increasing its reputation. 
The demand for this piano has 
compelled the erection, in 1900, 



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57 



of a six story building, 50x100 
ft., adjacent to the older five-story 
factory. The majority of men 
employed by Newman Brothers 
Co. are Swedes. Newman Brothers 
Co.'s factory is one of the largest 
enterprises conducted by Swedes 
in the United States. Gustave R. 
Newman is now president and 
Charles W. Newman is secretary 
and treasurer. They reside at 
523 and 527 Orchard St. 



ANDERS L. LOFSTROM 

was born in the city of Malmo, 
in Skane, Sweden, October 30, 




ANDERS L. LOFSTROM 

1864. His childhood days were 
spent on the shores of the sea and 
there was early kindled in his 
mind a desire to become a sailor. 
At the age of ten he went to sea, 
as cabin-boy. For several years 
he worked on shipboard on vessels 
plying between the ports of he 
North Sea and the Baltic, and 
thereafter took hire on a large 



sailing vessel in which he for the 
first time crossed the ocean. He 
thereafter sailed for many years 
to various parts of the world, mak- 
ing several visits to America. Here 
it was that he was first placed 
in command of a vessel, after pass- 
ing a satisfactory shipmaster's ex- 
amination before the Navigation 
Board at Salem, Massachusetts. In 
1880 he came to Chicago and for 
a few years was in command of 
several vessels plying on the Great 
Lakes. 

In 1896 Captain Lb'fstrom was 
married to Miss Matilda Maria 
Larson, of Ulricehamn, Sweden. 
The year before he had quit the 
life of a seaman and settled down 
in Chicago as a tobacconist, on 
Oak St., in the center of a pop- 
ulous Swedish district. To this 
business he has since added a sta- 
tionery and book store, and a 
printing shop. 

In 1906 Captain Lofstrom moved 
his business to 1719 N. Clark st., 
where he conducts a well equipped 
store. 

Though his early education was 
limited, poetry and prose sketches 
which have appeared in his Dal- 
kullan Kalender show that he 
possesses a talent of no mean 
order. 

Captain Lofstrom is one of the 
organizers and charter members 
of King Oscar Lodge of Masons, 
and also belongs to the Odd Fel- 
lows, the Independent Order of 
Vikings, the Svithiod and Orpheus 
Singing Clubs, and several other 
organizations. 



Cook County 



ALFRED HAKANSON, 

Physician and Surgeon, was born 
May 12, 1866, at Geneseo, 111. 
His parents, John and Hanna 




ALFRED HAKANSON 

Hakanson, were natives of Kris- 
tianstad, Sweden, and immigrated 
1859 to this country, locating in 
Moline, being among the earliest 
Swedish settlers in that vicinity. 
They had five children of whom 
Alfred was the youngest. 

After some years the family 
moved out to Nebraska, where the 
doctor received his public school 
education, which he finished at the 
high school at Oakland. There- 
upon he entered Luther Academy 
at Wahoo, same state, graduating 
in 1886. From there he went to 
Augustana College, Rock Island, 
pursuing studies for some time, 
and then began a medical course 
at the Omaha Medical College of 
the University of Nebraska, from 
which institution he graduated in 
1890. 



During his medical studies he had 
the advantage of having as pre- 
ceptor Dr. D. G. Bryant, Profes- 
sor of diseases of the Eye and Ear 
at the medical department of Creigh- 
ton University, Omaha, and J. B. 
Ralph, City Physician of Omaha. 
After graduating in medicine he 
first located in Rockford, 111., but 
removed the following year, 1891, 
to Chicago, where since he has 
very successfully pursued his chos- 
en profession. During his resi- 
dence in South Chicago he was 
for two years county physician for 
that territory. He was also a 
member of the medical staff of 
South Chicago Hospital for two 
years, 1899 and 1900. In 1895 Dr. 
Hakanson took a special post-grad- 
uate course at the New York Post 
Graduate Hospital, and at the prin- 
cipal hospitals of Philadelphia and 
Baltimore. During the year 1901 
he made an extensive trip through 
Europe, visiting the principal cities 
of Great Britain, Germany, Den- 
mark and Sweden. While staying 
in London pursuing opthalmic 
studies, he received an appointment 
as clinical assistant to Dr. A. 
Stanford Morton, Opthalmic Sur- 
geon to the Royal London Opthal- 
mic Hospital in London, and 
served in this capacity during 
six months. 

Dr. Hakanson is now making 
a specialty of eye, ear, nose and 
throat diseases, and has his office 
in the Reliance Building, 100 
State Street, Chicago. 

Dr. Hakanson is a member of 
the American Medical Association, 
the Illinois State Medical Society 



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59 



and the Chicago Medical Society, 
and has attended several of the 
American Med. Assocation's an- 
nual conventions as a delegate. He 
is attending physician at Chicago 
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospi- 
tal, Chief Laryngologist and Rhinol- 
ogist of the Augustana Hospital, 
also senior attending surgeon to 
the department of the eye, ear, 
nose and throat at Washington Park 
Hospital. The doctor is a mem- 
ber of several beneficial and fra- 
ternal associations. 

Dr. Hakanson was married in 
1892 to Miss Bertha W. Lindberg, 
whose parents were among the 
first Swedish settlers in Chicago, 
having emigrated from Lund, 
Sweden, in 1864. A daughter, 
Ethel Evelyn, was born Septem- 
ber 13, 1905. They reside at 
6010 So. Park ave., near Wash- 
ington Park. 



SAMUEL ANDERSON 

was born in Landa parish, in the 
province of Halland, Sweden, Aug. 
14, 1840, and came to this country 
in the spring of 1870, locating in 
Chicago, which has since been his 
home. For some time after his 
arrival, he worked at the carpen- 
ter's trade, afterwards engaging in 
the manufacture of what has been 
called "the poor man's butter," 
otherwise known in the market 
as oleomargarine, or butterine, 
which proved a phenomenal suc- 
cess as a business venture. Mr. 
Anderson never carried on the 
business in his own name, how- 
ever, but acted as superintendent 
for the firm of Braun & Fitts, 



which position he held for 32 
years. During the period of the 




SAMUEL ANDERSON 

greatest demand for their product 
this firm manufactured as much as 
2,000,000 Ibs. a month. It should 
be stated that they always sold 
their product under its real name 
and never tried to pass it off as 
genuine butter, with which, how- 
ever, it soon came in competition 
both in taste and nutritive quali- 
ties. 

During the last few years he 
has superintended the butterine 
plant of George P. Braun, former 
business partner in the firm of 
Braun & Fitts. 

Immediately after arriving at 
Chicago, Mr. Anderson joined the 
Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church, of which he has ever since 
been an active, zealous and highly 
respected member. For more than 
thirty years he has been a mem- 
ber of the church council, and in 
1872 he was a member of the 



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building committee which had in 
charge the erection of the present 
church on Sedgwick st. He has also 
taken great interest in missions, 
educational and charitable work. 
He is at present member of the 
Board of Directors of Augustana 
College, the principal Swedish- 
American institution of learning, 
and is likewise one of the direc- 
tors of Augustana Hospital in 
Chicago. 

Mr. Anderson has been married 
twice. His first wife, Maria 
Gustafva Anderson, died in 1878. 
Of five children born to them all 
died young. Oct. 15, 1879, he 
married Miss Ida L,ouisa Anderson 
from Sodra L,junga, Smaland. 
This marriage has been blessed 
with seven children of whom five 
are still living. Selma Malinda 
Emanuela, the eldest daughter, is 
the wife of Anton Emil Peter- 
son; another daughter, Anna Ma- 
ria, married Edward L,inn, 
and the third daughter, Mabel 
Wilhelmina, is Mrs. J. L,. Oak- 
leaf of Moline, 111. The sons are, 
Hjalmar Emanuel and Arthur 
Emil Nathanael. 

The inventor and manufacturer 
of "the poor man's butter" has 
ever endeavored to alleviate the 
sufferings of the poor, in innum- 
erable ways, by an extensive phil- 
anthropy, and has also given mu- 
nificent sums to churches, charitable 
and educational institutions. To 
Mr. Anderson's credit it should be 
added, that in all this he has 
never sought recognition or praise, 
acting solely on the promptings of 
a large and benevolent heart. 



The residence of Mr. Anderson 
and family is at 694 North Park 
ave. 



ERIK WINGREN, 

editor of Nya Wecko-Posten, was 
born in Mardsjo, Stugun parish, 




ERIK WINGREN 

Jamtland, Sweden, Dec. 17, 1843. 
At the age of sixteen years he 
was converted and a few years 
afterward baptized in the Baptist 
faith by A. Hjalm, pastor at Ra- 
gunda. Being the first in the 
neighborhood to break with the 
state church and cleave to a com- 
paratively unknown faith, against 
which there existed much prejudice, 
his act attracted much attention. 
He was long the only Baptist in 
the district. Having received pri- 
vate instruction, he attended an 
academy in Sundsvall. He was 
the first student of the Bethel 
Seminary in Stockholm when it 
opened. After the completion of 
his studies he became pastor of a 



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congregation in Stmdsvall which 
he had served at times while a 
student. He also conducted a 
school for female teachers for a 
short time. 

In the summer of 1869 Mr. 
Wingren removed to Kristianstad 
and served the congregation there 
over a year, at the same time 
preaching in various parts of the 
district. 

Meanwhile he especially endeav- 
ored to awaken and strengthen 
the missionary instinct in these 
congregations and met with en- 
couragement, encountering, how- 
ever, many difficulties on account 
of peculiar ideas and views which 
had crept into the congregation 
from lack of education. This caused 
him to seek a new field. Malmo 
appeared to be a more promising 
one. He moved there and began 
his work in the fall of 1870. A 
congregation was formed, whose 
pastor he became. He remained 
there ten years and saw the con- 
gregation grow from five to one 
hundred and fifty members. Dur- 
ing this period he took up mis- 
sionary work in Lund, Trelleborg 
and several other places with en- 
couraging results. A congregation 
was formed in Trelleborg with 
thirty members. Another was later 
formed in Lund. During these 
years he had, in part, the charge 
of the missionary work in Skane 
and the western part of Smaland. 
He also visited Halland in the 
same interests. In order to ob- 
tain co-workers he conducted a 
summer school for the education 
of preachers and female school 



teachers. The last two years he 
published a monthly tract called 
Hemmissiondren . 

In response to a joint call issued 
by the Second Swedish Baptist 
Church in Chicago and the Ameri- 
can Baptist Home Mission Society, 
the Rev. Mr. Wingren came to 
Chicago in March, 1880 and as- 
sumed pastoral charge of that 
church, also editing a newspaper 
founded by Dr. Edgren as the 
organ of the Swedish Baptist Church 
in America. Besides, he assisted 
Dr. Edgren as instructor in the 
theological seminary at Morgan 
Park. With three so important 
branches of activity he soon found 
it impossible to do them all jus- 
tice. In the two years that Mr. 
Wingren had charge, the member- 
ship of the church increased from 
33 to 150 and the Sunday school 
and Young People's Society be- 
came important factors in its de- 
velopment. Mr. Wingren founded 
two missions, one of which became 
a congregation. 

In the summer of 1882 the Rev. 
Mr. Wingren, after a renewed call, 
accepted the pastorate of the First 
Swedish Baptist Church in Chicago. 
He remained in this charge until 
the autumn of 1884. During this 
time the congregation increased 
from 335 to 410 members, although 
a daughter congregation had been 
formed from it. 

The newspaper, Nya Wecko- 
Posten, had now developed so as 
to require Mr. Wingren' s whole 
attention. It was changed from a 
semi-monthly to a weekly and has 
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to time being now a j-column, 
8-page paper. The public has 
valued Mr. Wingren's work on 
this paper and has given him con- 
stant encouragement, so that it 
has now a greater circulation than 
any other Swedish Baptist news- 
paper. 

Pastor Wingren was married 
Nov. 14, 1870, to Miss Bianca 
Henrietta Christina Ohman, who 
has always taken a warm interest 
in his activities. Their union has 
been blessed with ten children, 
eight of whom are living. 



was born in Espenas, in the Karl- 
skoga mining district of Vermland, 




EKICK GUSTAF PETTERSON 

Sweden, Oct. 28, 1846. Having 
finished school, he left the shelter 
of the parental roof at the age of 
1 8 years, and set out to learn a 
trade. During the summer months 
he worked as a carpenter, and in 
the winter he found employment 



at blacksmithing. In the summer 
of 1868 he emigrated to America 
and settled in Moline, 111. Thence 
he went to Sagetown, and later 
secured employement at the great 
inland arsenal, maintained by the 
U. S. Government at Rock Island. 
From there he went to Chicago 
in 1 85 1 . Here he worked as car- 
penter for three years, and then 
engaged in business as building 
contractor. This was no easy mat- 
ter in such times of depression as the 
years following the great panic of 
1873, but with matchless energy and 
an iron will he overcame all ob- 
stacles, and by integrity, skill and 
care achieved success. 

While supervising work in day- 
time, Mr. Petterson spent his 
evenings studying architecture. He 
has superintended the erection of 
a number of important buildings, 
and has drawn the plans for a 
number of Swedish churches and 
parsonages in Illinois. From 1887 
to 1891 Mr. Petterson was a mem- 
ber of the School Board of South 
Chicago (Englewood) district. He 
has also been an active member of 
the Bethlehem Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Englewood since its 
organization in 1875. For fifteen 
years he served as treasurer, and 
for twenty-three years as trustee. 
He has also been vice president 
of the board of directors of the 
Augustana Hospital, and a mem- 
ber of the board of directors of 
the Swedish Lutheran Orphans 
Home in Joliet since its foundation. 
The buildings for this home have 
been erected under Mr. Petterson 's 
direction. 



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Mr. Patterson is now chairman 
and superintendent of the Swedish 
Home Building and Loan Associa- 
tion. He has served as chairman 
of the building committee of Au- 
gustana Hospital and as superin- 
tendent of building operations. As 
a member of the first board of 
the Salem Home for the Aged at 
Joliet, he superintended the erection 
of its building in 1906. 

In 1877, Mr. Petterson married 
Miss Carolina W. Johnson, and 
their union has been blessed with 
three daughters. The home is at 
5762 Wentworth ave. 



JOHN E. NORLING 

was born Jan. 13, 1859, at Bishop 
Hill, 111. His parents were Anders 




JOHN E. NORLIXG. 

and Elizabeth Norling, from Stalbo 
in Xora parish, Sweden. They 
emigrated from Sweden in October 
1854, crossing the Atlantic in a 
sailing vessel, requiring thirteen 
weeks for the voyage. 



Reaching New York they pro- 
ceeded directly to Bishop Hill, 
joining the Swedish colony founded 
there by Erik Jansson, and re- 
maining until it was dissolved in 
1863, when they removed to a 
farm in the vicinity. 

John E. Norling had more 
taste for business than agriculture. 
Equipped with a high school 
education, he became a drug clerk, 
and at the age of twenty he was 
manager of L. P. Ek's drug store 
in Galva, 111. Later, he and his 
brothers, P. O. and A. D. Norling 
bought this store, and opened drug 
stores at Nekoma and Bishop Hill. 

In the fall of 1881, Mr. Norling 
engaged in the land and coloniza- 
tion business, operating \vest of the 
Missouri. Together with his bro- 
ther A. D. Norling he also es- 
tablished in Nebraska a ranch of 
several thousand acres stocked with 
cattle, horses and swine. 

In 1889 the stores were disposed 
of and Mr. Norling devoted himself 
to industrial enterprises. He was 
one of the organizers of the Mulford 
Steam Heating Company at Strea- 
tor, 111., being chosen secretary 
and treasurer. After two years he 
left this position to engage in the 
real estate and land business in 
Chicago. He was one of the pro- 
moters of the settlements of Las 
Animas, Colo., and El Campo, Tex- 
as. His diversified interests soon 
embraced gold mining, and he has 
been prominently connected with 
the Magnolia and the Wood Mount- 
ain mining enterprises. When 
in August, 1900, Svenska Trib- 
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printed in Chicago, was offered for 
sale, Mr. Norling, together with 
his brother, P. O. Norling, and 
S. E. Carlsson, bought the paper 
and soon after acquired Foster- 
landet, a religious weekly, and a 
year later became sole owner of 
both papers. 

As early as 1892 Mr. Norling' s 
attention was called to the possi- 
bilities of an automatic telephone 
by its inventor, F. A. Lundquist. 

The practicability of the inven- 
tion having been proven by the 
installation of several exchanges, 
the Globe Automatic Telephone 
Co. was organized in 1901, with 
Mr. Norling as president, for the 
purpose of manufacturing instru- 
ments on a large scale. Simul- 
taneously Mr. Norling was heavily 
interested also in the Monarch 
Telephone Manufacturing Co., and 
was president of the concern. In 
1905 he sold his newspapers, and 
ill health more recently has com- 
pelled him to dispose of part of 
his other business interests. 

Dec. 30, 1890, Mr. Norling was 
married to Christine Krickson, born 
March 9, 1859, in Nora parish, 
Vestmanland, Sweden. They have 
two daughters L,illian May, 
born May i, 1894, and Ruth Eliz- 
abeth, born June n, 1897. 

Mr. Norling is a Mason, and a 
member of the Marquette Club, the 
New Illinois Athletic Association, 
the Swedish Glee Club, and the 
Svithiod Singing Club. The fam- 
ily residence is at 801 Burling St., 
L,ake View. 



ROBERT HJALMAR PALM 
was born Aug. 13, 1866, in Dom- 
narfvet, province of Dalarne, Swe- 




ROBERT HJALMAR PALM 

den. His father, William Palm, 
was a sawyer. Robert attended 
the public school until he was 
fourteen years old and had been 
confirmed in the state church. For 
two years he worked in the saw 
mills. At the age of seventeen 
years he secured employment in 
the machine shop of the iron mills 
at Domnarfvet remaining for about 
two years. In 1 886 he went to Amer- 
ica and came on to Chicago, where 
he soon secured work in a machine 
shop. Realizing the need of theo- 
retical training, he began taking 
evening courses in the tree gram- 
mar school for several years, after 
which he studied mechanical draw- 
ing in the evening North Di- 
vision High School. Subsequently 
he studied business at the Metro- 
politan Business College, architec- 
tural training at the Art Institute 



Chicago 



and graphical statics at the Athe- 
naeum. A final course was taken 
at Columbia Business College in 
the construction of gearings and 
in mechanical drawing. In the 
meantime Mr. Palm had worked 
for twelve years in the pattern 
shop of S. H. Sinclair Co. In 
1898 he started his own business 
on the north side. For five years 
he has had his machine shop at 
43-45 So. Canal st., where he 
makes a specialty of laundry ma- 
chinery, the plant being known as 
the Chicago Rival Machine Co. 
Twelve different styles of machines 
for hand and steam power are de- 
signed and constructed by him. 
Mr. Palm belongs to the I. O. V. 
Aug. 31, 1905, he was married 
to Miss Clara Florence Lord, born 
at Chaffe, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1858. 



Europe to give a course of dem- 
onstrations in American dentistry 
to the dental profession in the 



JOHN N. SANDBLOM 

was born July 6, 1871, in Falko- 
ping,Vestergotland, Sweden. At the 
age of seven years he was brought 
to Stockholm, the family locating 
there. His early education was 
obtained in private schools and in 
the high school. He left Sweden 
in 1893 bound for Chicago, and 
began the study of dentistry at 
the Northwestern Dental School 
in 1897. After three years of hard 
work he was graduated with the 
highest honors, and was then made 
demonstrator at the school in token 
of his high scholarship. After 
serving a year in this capacity his 
private practice had grown to such 
proportions that he resigned the 
position. 

In 1905 Dr. Sandblom went to 




JOHN N. SANDBLOM 

Scandinavian countries. Begin- 
ning in Christiania, his course 
proved so popular that a second 
one had to be given, and the 
proposed courses in Stockholm and 
Copenhagen were abandoned. In 
July of that year Dr. Sandblom 
read a paper before the Scandi- 
navian Dental Congress held in 
the Danish capital. 

Dr. Sandblom' s visit to Christi- 
ania resulted in his being called 
as dean of the Dental School of 
the New Institute of Technology 
in that city, a government insti- 
tution connected with the Christi- 
ania University. Dr. Sandblom 
returned to Chicago to await the 
result of the pending negotiations 
between Sweden and Norway anent 
the dissolution of the Union, be- 
fore definitely accepting the ap- 
pointment, and departed for his 



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new post late in the year. He 
still maintains his dental office in 
the Masonic Temple. 

Dr. Sandblom is an accomplished 
skater, having won many trophies, 
medals and cups in Europe and 
America for skill and speed. In 
1896 he won the championship for 
this country and defended it twice. 
He belongs to the Delta Sigma 
Delta Fraternity and served while 
in Chicago as president of the 
Scandinavian Dental Society. Dr. 
Sandblom was married in 1900 to 
Ellen F. Chinlund. 



JOHN NELSON 

was born at Ousby, Skane, Swe- 
den, June 20, 1851. His youth 




JOHN NELSON 

and early manhood were spent in 
the old country, where he learned 
the trade of stone cutting. For 
nine years he was employed by 
the government in the construc- 
tion of railroad bridges and station 
houses. In 1881 he emigrated to 



America and made his home in 
in Chicago. Thence he went out 
west, and found employment at 
his trade in California. In 1883 
he returned to Chicago. From 
1897 he has been engaged in the 
business of cut stone contractor 
until 1904, when he sold out to 
the firm of Anderson & L/undgren. 

For many years he has been an 
active worker in the independent 
Mission Church in Englewood, 
having served fourteen years in 
the church council. 

Mr. Nelson is married since 
1887 to Miss Johanna Matilda 
Johnson from Skofde, Sweden. 



JULIUS SODERSTAM 



was born i 
Sweden, on 



. Jemshog, Blekinge, 
February 25, 1859. 




JULIUS SODERSTAM 

His father was a gentleman farm- 
er, who sent his son to high school 
and then to the renowned Alnarp 
Royal Agricultural Institute. 
Young Soderstam graduated in 1881 



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as agricultural engineer. He was 
a civil engineer's instrument man at 
the survey for the State Trunk R. R. 
in Northern Sweden. Subsequent- 
ly he took a course at Skepps- 
holmen Theoretical School of Agri- 
culture. Now he became superin- 
tendent on a large estate and there 
remained until 1884, when he vis- 
ited Germany, England and Scot- 
land to further his knowledge of 
scientific agriculture. Mr. Soder- 
stam went from Scotland to Chi- 
cago, where he found it so con- 
genial that he concluded to settle 
there. He worked first at sur- 
veying and later at railroad and 
canal building. He was one of 
the first engineers engaged with 
the construction of the Drainage 
Canal, and is still working in the 
construction office of this water- 
way. Mr. Soderstam was married 
in 1888 to Miss Sophie Jansson, 
with whom he has had three child- 
ren, of whom two daughters, 
Elsie and Vivian, are still living. 
Mr. Soderstam has taken an act- 
ive interest in Republican politics. 



June 23, 1897, ne was admitted 
to the bar by the Supreme Court 



NILS OLSON 

was born Sept. 28, 1870, in Rock 
Island, 111., where he attended the 
public schools for thirteen years 
and graduated with highest honors 
from the city high school in 1888. 
He came to Chicago in 1891 and 
soon after was employed by the 
Dime Savings Bank as note teller, 
continuing there until 1897. I 11 
June of that year he graduated 
from the Chicago College of Law 
and took the post-graduate course 
under Ex- Judge Moran. 




NILS OLSON 

of Illinois and has been engaged 
in the practice of law from that 
time on. Mr. Olson is a resident 
of Englewood. His office is at 
161 E. Randolph st. 

Oct. 10, 1901, Mr. Olson was 
married to Miss Matilda Backman, 
daughter of W. W. and Mary 
Backman of Chicago. Mr. and 
Mrs. Olson are members of the 
Englewood Baptist Church, and 
Mr. Olson belongs to the Fraternity 
Club and the Royal League. In 
1905 he was elected Secretary of 
the Scandia Loan and Investment 
Association of Chicago. 



CARL JOHN BJORK, 

minister of the Swedish Mission 
Church, was born in Monsteras 
parish, Smaland, April 24, 1864. 
He emigrated to the United States 
in 1887 and settled in New Britain, 
Conn. After completing his theo- 



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logical studies at North Park Col- 
lege, Chicago, he was ordained as 




CARL JOHN B.]ORK 

a minister in the Swedish Ev. Mis- 
sion Covenant of America. He 
has had charges at Irving Park 
and Maplewood, Chicago, and at 
Nunda, 111. Recently he accepted 
a call to Salemsburg, Kansas, where 
he is pastor of the Swedish Mis- 
sion Church. 

The Rev. Mr. Bjork was mar- 
ried to Julia Carlson, Feb 2, 1889. 
They have two daughters, Gert- 
rude and Helen. 



MONS S. NORD 
was born April 28, 1860, at Fjel- 
kestad, Skane, Sweden, where his 
father was a farmer. After fin- 
ishing the course in the high school 
at Onnestad, he entered the Swed- 
ish postal service, retaining his 
position until Jan. i, 1888, when 
he left the service intending to 
leave the country. The following 
spring he emigrated. Coming to 
the United States, he settled first 



at Osage City, Kansas, and then 
at Topeka, where he made his 
first venture in business as pro- 
prietor of a barber shop. Oct. 
8, 1891, Mr. Nord was united in 
marriage to Miss Hanna Nelson 
from Holmby, Skane, Sweden. In 
1897 Mr. Nord removed to Chicago. 
He is a member of the First Swed- 
ish Baptist Church of this city. 
In 1898-99 he served as secre- 




MONS s. NORU 

tary of the executive committee 
of the Swedish Baptist Sunday 
School Union of Illinois. He was 
collector of the jubilee fund designed 
to perpetuate the memory of the 
founding of the Swedish Baptist 
Church in this country. 

He has further shown much 
interest in political, temperance 
and philanthropic matters. Mr. 
Nord was for years special repre- 
sentative for the New York Life 
Insurance Co. and has in later 
years been dealing in land, stocks 
and bonds. 



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ERIC SCHERSTROM 

was born in Bergsjo, Helsingland, 
Sweden, on the 25th of June, 
1874. He emigrated from Sweden 




ERIC SCHERSTROM 

at the age of nineteen, and arrived 
in America in June, 1893. He 
first resided in Minnesota, staying 
for some time in Isanti county, 
and from there moved to Minne- 
apolis. After having lived in Min- 
neapolis for a period, he went to 
Lake Nebogemain, Wis., and from 
this place he came to Chicago to 
take up studies at the Swedish 
Baptist Theological Seminary of 
the University of Chicago. On 
May 14, 1902, Mr. Scherstrom was 
graduated from the seminary and 
then assumed pastoral charge of 
the Swedish Baptist Tabernacle 
Church of South Chicago. Recent- 
ly Mr. Scherstrom removed to 
Portland, Ore. having been called 
to the Swedish Baptist Church in 
that city. 



JOHN HENRY LINDAHL 

was born in Skatlof parish , in the 
province of Smaland, Sweden, Jan. 
27, 1859. At the age of eleven 
years he emigrated to America, 
the place of his destination being 
Sycamore, 111. When fourteen years 
old he commenced to work for the 
Marsh Harvester Co., where he 
learned the machinist's trade. In 
1 88 1 he came to Chicago where 
he worked in the same trade, for 
several companies. In the fall of 
1897 he started in business for 
himself on a small scale. This 
has grown at a rapid pace, and 




JOHN HENRY LINDAHL 

he now occupies his own building 
at 276-8 W. Lake st., where he 
makes a specialty of pulleys and 
sheaves. 

Aug. 13, 1881, Mr. Lindahl was 
married to Miss Betsey Nelson, 
of Sycamore, 111., and to them have 
been born eight children, of whom 
six are still living. 



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JOHN P. EDSTRAND 

was born in the year 1865, at 
Kjellstorp, in the parish of LOUS- 




JOHN P. EDSTRAND 

hult, Skane, Sweden. When a 
mere boy, thirteen years of age, 
he went to work in a general 
store in his native place. Here 
he continued until the year of 
1886, when the desire to improve 
his fortunes took possession of him 
and impelled him to emigrate. 

Coming directly to Chicago, and 
having a strong desire to engage 
in a mechanical business of some 
kind, he at once found such an 
opportunity and started to learn 
the trade of electroplating. Be- 
ginning as a metal polisher, he 
went through all the various de- 
partments, mastering the trade in 
a short time. 

In 1895 Mr. Edstrand, together 
with Mr. Olof Olson, founded a 
new firm under the name of Ed- 
strand & Olson, to carry on the 
business of electroplating. The 



start was a small one, but by their 
able management, the facility with 
which they dispatched work and 
the exceptional quality of their 
nickelplating, the business had a 
remarkably rapid growth. To-day 
it equals, if it does not exceed in 
magnitude, any similar business 
in Chicago. 

Mr. Edstrand is thoroughly en- 
grossed with his business, which 
fact has assured his success. 



PETER O. HOLMQUIST 

was born in Hofva parish, in the 
province of Vestergotland, Swe- 
den, Dec. 24, 1864. He spent 
his early days in the place of his 
birth, where he received the ordi- 
nary public school training. When 




PETER O. HOLMQUIST 

he became of age, he emigrated 
to America, locating in Chicago 
in 1886. The following year he 
began the manufacture of ladders 
and other specialties of wood. 
Later, curtain stretchers were among 



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the products turned out, and the 
sale of these has been highly 
gratifying. The firm of Holm- 
quist & Co. now employs some 
seventy-five workmen. 

Mr. Holmquist with his family, 
composed of his wife, Josephine, 
nee Soderberg, and two sons, reside 
at 1389 N. Washtenaw ave. 



GUSTAV SUNDBERG 

was born at Sorfors, Atttnar par- 
ish, Vesternorrland, Sweden, Sept. 




GUSTAV SUNDBERG 

23, 1869. Having attended the 
parish school up to the age of 
fifteen, he secured employment 
in the Sorfors Iron Works, serv- 
ing in the office three years, be- 
fore starting in the foundry. In 
1890 he left Sorfors to go to the 
United States. He settled in Chi- 
cago and secured a position with 
Joseph Charboneau. Later he was 
emplo3'ed by his brother, J. A. 
Sundberg, with whom, in 1899, 
he went into partnership under the 



firm name of J. A. Sundberg & 
Co. Gustav Sundberg was made 
superintendent of the concern, 
which manufactures iron and steel 
forgings. 

Mr. Sundberg has, by his skill 
and application to business, met 
with success in his line. That his 
abilities are coming to be recog- 
nized is shown by the fact that 
during the winter semesters of 
1901-1902 and 1906-1907 he was 
engaged as instructor in the arts 
of his trade at the Lewis Insti- 
tute, in Chicago. 



SWAN SWANLUND 

came to Chicago in May, 1867, 
from Sweden, where he was born 
July 12, 1846, at Solvesborg. 




Swan SWANLUND 

The first few years in America 
he worked at cabinet-making. After 
the great fire he w r orked in va- 
rious musical instrument factories 
and later was engaged in Estey & 
Camp's store. He has, for a num- 



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ber of years, been employed as 
a piano salesman by the Chicker- 
ing-Chase Brothers Co. 

Mr. Swanlund was married Sept. 
30, 1870, to Miss Augusta Carlson, 
from Ostergotland, Sweden, and 
has a family of one son and three 
daughters. He has taken great 
interest in church affairs since 
1875, and is now a member of 
the Swedish Mission Church of 
L,ake View. The family residence 
is at 1152 Newport ave. 



STEPHAN CREUTZ 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
May 22, 1856. He came from 




STEPHAX CREUTZ 

one of the oldest families of the 
Swedish nobility, his father being 
Baron Stephan Creutz, Captain 
of the Grenadier Corps, Royal 
L,ife Guards, and Knight of the 
Order of the Sword. (R. S. O.) 
The mother's name was Hillevi 
Fredrika, nee Norlin. 



The son attended the Arboga 
Academy, Arboga Technical School 
and Ultuna Agricultural Institute. 
As a field for his energy he de- 
cided that the United States was 
the most promising, and came 
over June 23, 1879. From July, 
1879, until the spring of 1880 he 
labored as a farm hand in New 
Jersey and Rhode Island. Early 
in 1880 he became foreman on a 
farm at Cowisett Station, near East 
Greenwich, R. I. After holding 
this position for about three 
years he left for Chicago in the 
fall of 1883. For four months he 
was a carpenter and for three years 
a street car conductor. In 1889 
he passed the civil service exam- 
ination for an appointment in the 
light house service. On May i, 
1889, he received an appointment 
as assistant light-house keeper. 
The following August, he was 
appointed inspector at the U. S. 
Engineer Office at Chicago. He 
has been engaged from that time to 
this as U. S. Inspector of River 
and Harbor Improvements. At 
present he is inspector of the Cal- 
umet River improvements. 

At different times, when work 
has been slack in the Engineer 
Office, Mr. Creutz has filled posi- 
tions with private firms, principally 
the Illinois Steel Co. and the 
Illinois Central Railway Co., 
superintending construction work. 
He was also for five or six months 
assistant inspector of road con- 
struction for the Columbian Ex- 
position. 

Mr. Creutz belongs to the Scan- 
dinavian Technical Societv of Chi- 



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cago and the Windsor Park Lodge 
of the Masonic Order. 

September n, 1882, Mr. Creutz 
was married to Selma Fredrika 
Lee, in East Greenwich, R. I. 
Their children are Stephan, a stu- 
dent at the Armour Institute of 
Technology, and Hillevi Fredrika, 
a student at South Chicago High 
School. The family residence is 
at 7737 Bond ave. Mr. and Mrs. 
Creutz belong to the Swedish 
Lutheran Church in South Chicago. 



OSCAR CHARLES PETERSON 

was born Dec. 15, 1857, ni the 
province of Smaland, Sweden. He 




OSCAR CHARLES PETERSON 

accompanied his parents to Amer- 
ica in 1868. They settled on a 
farm in Iowa. He was eager for 
knowledge and mapped out a 
course of studies for himself. At 
the age of 24 years he graduated 
from the Iowa State College at 
Ames, with the highest standing 
in several subjects, and a year 



later the degree M. Ph. was con- 
ferred upon him. During the 
following year he matriculated at 
the Iowa College of Law at Des 
Moines, and was graduated from 
this institution in 1884 as attor- 
ney at law. He practiced law at 
Des Moines, Iowa, until 1895, 
when he removed to Chicago, 
where he has an extensive prac- 
tice. He was for several terms 
president of the Swedish National 
Association. 

Mr. Peterson is a good public 
speaker and has been frequently 
heard on the lecture platform. 
He speaks Swedish and English 
with equal facility. 

He is married to Miss Florence 
E. Felts, a lady of American birth. 
Two daughters are the issue of 
this union. 



ANDREW W. FREDRICKSON, 

President of North Park College, 
was born in Chicago, Feb. 13. 
1871. His parents emigrated from 
Mjellby, Sweden, and located in 
Chicago in 1868. Their home 
having been destroyed by the fire 
of Oct. 9, 1871, they moved to 
Saline co., Kansas, locating on 
an Soacre government homestead. 
Here the subject of this sketch 
grew up and learned to work 
hard, spending the winters in 
school and the summers in the 
field. At the age of seventeen, 
he was engaged to teach school in 
his home district. Here he taught 
for five consecutive winters, and 
spent a part of each summer at 
the Salina Normal University. 



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In 1893 he entered Bethany 
College, Lindsborg, Kansas, from 
which he graduated in 1896, with 




ANDREW W. FREDRlCKvSOX 

the Bachelor's degree. In 1900 
the degree of Master of Arts was 
conferred upon him by his Alma 
Mater, and an instructor's certifi- 
cate to teach in the Normal In- 
stitute was given him by the Board 
of Education of the State of 
Kansas. 

After his graduation he accepted 
a call to become the principal of 
the academic department of North 
Park College, Chicago, and entered 
upon his work with the zeal and 
enthusiasm of one who had found 
his life's work. His efforts in 
behalf of this institution have not 
been limited to the class room, 
but have reached out into wide 
circles, he having traveled and 
lectured in the interests of the 
college. 

Born a Mission Friend, Prof. 
Fredrickson has taken an active 



interest in the Swedish Evangeli- 
cal Mission Covenant and is a 
member of the church at North 
Park, Chicago. 

Prof. Fredrickson is a public 
speaker, and devotes a considerable 
part of his time to the pulpit and 
to the platform. 

When in 1905 Prof. David Ny- 
vall resigned the presidency of 
North Park College, Prof. Fred- 
rickson assumed the office as ac- 
ting president, serving as such 
until regularly elected to the pres- 
idency in 1906 by the Mission 
Covenant, at its annual meeting 
in Minneapolis. 

Prof. Fredrickson resides with 
his family in the president's resi- 
dence on the college campus, cor- 
ner of Foster and Spaulding aves. 



OSCAR A. ROSS 
was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
Feb. 9, 1846. After acquiring a 
common school education he, at 
the age of 18 years, emigrated to 
America, locating at Ottawa, Can- 
ada. While there he changed his 
parental name Salzenstein for his 
present one. In 1868 he came to 
Chicago and established a labor 
agency, in which he has been 
engaged, with some interruptions, 
ever since. For two years he trav- 
eled for the Cunard Line and vis- 
ited practically every western town 
and city east of Denver, Colo. In 
1883 he made a trip to Stockholm 
and other Swedish cities, besides 
Paris, Berlin, Bremen, Liverpool, 
Queenstown, and London. 

Mr. Ross was for 25 or 30 years 
a member of the Svea Society, and 



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for some years belonged to the 
Swedish Club. At present he 




OSCAR A. ROSS 

prides himself of not being a 
member of anything but his fam- 
ily. He has a wife and three 
children, a son and two daughters. 
The latter are married and live 
respectively in Los Angeles, Cal., 
and Kansas City, Mo. 



CHARLES J. STROMBERG 

was born in Karlshamn, Sweden, 
Feb. 12, 1838, and accompanied 
his parents to America in 1854, at 
the age of sixteen years. After a 
short stay in Westchester, Pa., 
and Lisletown, Mo., he went to 
Chicago in August, 1856. Here 
he was emploj^ed for seven years 
by the firm of W. B. Keen & Co., 
quitting his position in 1864 to join 
the Union army. Returning home 
the following year, he secured em- 
ployment with the stationery firm 
of J. M. W. Jones & Co., and re- 
mained as clerk, manager, and 



member of the firm, successively, 
until 1888, when he left to form 
the present firm of Stromberg, 
Allen & Co., which has grown to 
be one of the largest printers in 
Chicago. 

Mr. Stromberg was married in 
1863, his wife's maiden name be- 
ing Augusta J. Anderson. They 
have had one son, Charles J. Strom- 




CHARLES J. STROMBERG 

berg, Jr. , who is engaged with the 
firm. 

Mr. Stromberg' s home was in 
Lake View, where he also served 
as trustee of the Lake View High 
School. His winter home since 
1898 was at Fairhope, Ala. He 
died there March 12, 1904, after 
a lingering illness. The remains 
were buried at Graceland Ceme- 
tery, Chicago. 



ANTON FREDRICK LIND- 
QUIST 

was born Sept. 20, 1858, in Stock- 
holm, Sweden. Having secured a 



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common school education he be- 
came a locomotive fireman on the 




AXTOX FREDRICK LINDQUIST 

Dannemora and Harg railway line. 
Later he was employed as machin- 
ist with the Harg Iron Works, 
a position retained until he left 
for America in 1880. Having lo- 
cated at Chicago, he at once took 
up the study of architecture and 
engineering in the office of Hugh 
Copeland. Mr. Lindquist later 
struck out for himself, estab- 
lishing an architect's office of his 
own. He affiliates with the Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church and belongs 
to the Architects' Business Asso- 
ciation. Mr. Lindquist was mar- 
ried in 1885 to Emily M. Ander- 
son from Odeshog, Ostergotland. 
They have three sons and three 
daughters. 



AXEL G. ENGWALL, 

engineer in the Chicago fire de- 
partment, was born on the island 
of Visingso, in Lake Vettern, Swe- 



den, Sept. 24, 1865. At the age of 
five years he was sent to the public 
school. After completing the course, 
he studied at the collegiate school 
in Jonkoping for two years. After 
another two years spent at home, 
he left for America March 14, 
1879. After drifting around in 
this country and working in va- 
rious parts for two years, he final- 
ly went to Chicago in the fall of 
1 88 1. Here he took up the study 
of engineering, taking a three 
years' course in that subject. A 
few years later he was appointed 
assistant engineer in Engine Co. 




AXEL G. ENOW ALL 

66. In 1892 he was promoted to 
First Engineer in Engine Co. 74, 
where he remained three years. 
He was then transferred to Engine 
Co. 12, where he is still stationed. 
Mr. Engwall is the inventor of 
the Combination Water Tower, at 
which he worked for about eight 
months, and on which he finally 
received his letters patent, Feb. 
22, 1902. 



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In 1887 Miss Josephine Lind- 
quist, from Grenna, Sweden, be- 
came the wife of Mr. Engwall. 
They have two boys, both living. 



OLOF H. AHLGREN 

was born in Mellby parish, Skane, 
Sweden, Jan. 31, 1851. Hisfather, 




OLOF II. AHLGREN 

Olof P. Ahlgren, a farmer, was 
also parish school master and legal 
counsellor of the village. In this 
country he engaged in carpentry. 
He died in Chicago March 5, 1906. 

After obtaining a common school 
education the son emigrated in 
1871. Chicago was his destination 
and there he worked for several 
years in the packing business. 
In 1875 Mr. Ahlgren became a 
grocer and tea merchant, contin- 
uing for about ten years. For the 
last twenty-one years he has been 
the proprietor of Hotel Stockholm, 
52-56 E. Chicago ave. 

Mr. Ahlgren belongs to the 
Knights of Pythias. He has been 



twice married. His first wife was 
Miss Mathilda S. Gronvall of Eng- 
elholm, Sweden, who became his 
wife March 4, 1877, and died in 
Chicago March 25, 1880. Jan. 
29, 1885, Mr. Ahlgren was wedded 
to Miss Hilda M. Bond, daughter 
of And. R. and Sophia P. Bond. 
He has had one child, a daughter, 
who died in infancy. 



ERIK PETER STRANDBERG 

was born March 10, 1860, in Stroms- 
nas, Stugun parish, Jamtland, 
Sweden. His mother Anna Nils- 
dotter was of Finnish descent. His 
father was Erick Martenson, a 
wealthy peasant who, however, by 
the time his son had grown to 




ERIK PETER STRANDBERG 

manhood, had lost his property 
through evil fortune. 

At the age of eighteen Strand- 
berg went to Sundsvall, where he 
learned the joiner's trade. After 
two years he returned to Stugun 
where he and a partner made fur- 



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niture for the parish. In 1882 he 
left for America and became a 
foreman in a lumber yard at Oak 
Park, Minn. During 1884-1885 
he was in St. Cloud, removing 
thence to Joliet, 111., where he 
became a building contractor. The 
following year Mr. Strandberg was 
attracted to the great metropolis 
of the West, where he worked for 
several contractors. At Christmas 
he visited his old home, where 
he was married to Ingrid Isakson, 
his heart's choice. With her he 
returned to Chicago in the spring 
of 1887. Mrs. Strandberg died 
within the year. After two years 
Mr. Strandberg was remarried, his 
second wife being Hilma Ander- 
son. They have had six children, 
of whom two boys and a girl still 
live. 

Mr. Strandberg' s building oper- 
ations are conducted on a very 
large scale. A few of the build- 
ings he has erected are the Chicago 
Orphans' Asylum; Reed Memorial 
Library and Chapel; Smith Hall 
at Lake Forest University; a 
number of railway stations, and 
splendid residences for Messrs. 
Born and Kurzberger, Simon Man- 
del, Fred T. Haskell, Noble B. 
Judah, Wm. Dickinson, and Mrs. 
Wm. Hoyt. Mr. Strandberg' s 
business was incorporated in 1902 
under the name and style of E. 
P. Strandberg Co., he being pres- 
ident and treasurer. He has the 
controlling interest of Anderson 
and Lundgren Cut Stone Co. and 
is a director of the concern. Mr. 
Strandberg has been vice president 
of Scandia Life Insurance Co., 



director of the Swedish Baptist 
Mutual Aid Association and presi- 
dent of the Chicago Cemetery Asso- 
ciation which owns the new Swed- 
ish Oak Hill Cemetery. 

The family residence is at 3330 
Indiana Avenue. 



CHARLES WARREN NELSON, 

florist, was born at Stro, Skane, 
Sweden, Feb. 26, 1871, his parents 




CHARLES WARREN NELSON 

being Nils Nilson and Karin Ohl- 
son. His father died in the old 
country Dec. 19, 1905. 

Coming to the United States 
in 1887, he settled in Chicago, 
where his first years where spent 
in learning the different branches 
of the floral business and also, at 
the same time, pursuing the busi- 
ness college course offered by the 
Young Men's Christian Association. 
In 1894 Mr. Nelson engaged in 
the floral business at 1217 Mil- 
waukee avenue, where he has 
built up a large trade. 



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Mr. Nelson is a director of the 
Wicker Park Safe Deposit and 
Trust Company. He holds mem- 
bership in the following fraternities, 
lodges and clubs: Cleveland Lodge 
No. 211, A. F. and A. M.; Wick- 
er Park Lodge No. 281, and 
Victory Encampment, I. O. O. F.; 
Orion Council No. n. Royal 
League; Austin Council No. 50, 
North American Union; Svithiod 
Lodge No. i, I. O. S., and the 
Svithiod Singing Club. 



ANDREW SANDEGREN 

was born in Halmstad, Halland, 
Sweden, June 25, 1867. His 




ANDREW SAXDKGREN 

father was a school teacher who 
remained in active service until 
he died at the age of 83 years. 
Andrew attended the Carolinian 
Cathedral School at Lund. After 
leaving this institution he took 
private lessons in technology. In 
1885 he became assistant in the 
citv architect's office in Halmstad. 



At times he was assistant to Chief 
Engineer Carl Stendahl of the 
Halmstad Nassjo Railway and to 
Captain Tengman, surveyor for the 
Central Halland Railway. In 1887 
he received a commission to make 
a complete map of the Central Hal- 
land Railway for the government. 
After the completion of this work 
he went to the United States in 
the spring of 1888. He had several 
years' experience in some of the 
most prominent architects' offices 
in New York, Boston and Chicago. 
In 1893, the World's Fair year, he 
opened his own office in Chicago. 
He is now at 1731 First National 
Bank Building. Mr. Sandegren 
makes a specialty of high grade 
work and has erected churches, 
hospitals, hotels and many of the 
handsomest apartment buildings in 
Chicago. He is a member of the 
Chicago Architectural Club, Chi- 
cago Architects' Business Associa- 
tion, the New Illinois Athletic Club, 
the Swedish Glee Club, the Svith- 
iod Singing Club and the Scan- 
dinavian Engineers' Society. Mr. 
Sandegren resides at Lexington 
Hotel, 2135 Michigan ave., Chi- 
icago. 

AUGUST H. SKOGLUND 

was born in the city of Orebro, 
Sweden, March 3, 1871. After 
having finished his common school 
education, he left for America in 
the summer of 1889. Coming 
to Chicago he began working in 
the building trades and after a few 
years established himself as a 
building contractor. Now he is at 
the head of A. H. Skoglund & 



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Co., cut stone contractors in Ar- 
gyle. 

Mr. Skoglund is a member 
of the Swedish Methodist de- 
nomination and was one of the 
organizers of the Humboldt Park 




AUGUST H. SKOGLUND 

M. E. Church, which he has served 
as trustee for a period of ten years. 
Mr. Skoglund has been married 
eleven years and has five children. 
He resides at 2917 North Paulina 

St. 



CARL ANDERSON 

was born in Warberg, Sweden, 
Aug. 8, 1851. He came to this 
country in 1869 and was engaged 
for some time in railroad work. 
He learned his trade, that of ma- 
chinist, in Chicago and has con- 
tinued in this line of work for 
thirty-four years. Mr. Ander- 
son is president of the Carl An- 
derson Co., which conducts a gen- 
eral machine shop at 19 Huron st., 
Chicago. The firm manufactures 



and repairs all kinds of machiner}-. 
It is the sole manufacturer of the 
"Gus" gas and gasoline engines. 
Mr. Anderson married Miss An- 
na Dahlgren of Gotland, Sweden, 
Oct. i, 1872. They had five child- 
ren born to them, three sons and 
one daughter living. Two of the 
sons are in their father's employ 
and one is a clerk in the First 
National Bank of Chicago. Mr. 
Anderson's residence is a two storv 




CARL ANDERSON 

brick building, situated at Hamil- 
ton and Wilson aves. 



ALEXANDER ANDERSON 

was born in Asheda, Smaland, 
Sweden, Dec. n, 1863, and came 
to America in 1881. He has since 
resided almost continuously in 
Chicago. Soon after his arrival to 
the city he secured employment in 
a shoe factory. From this posi- 
tion he has steadily risen until 
he is now foreman for Selz, 
Schwab & Co., shoe manufacturers. 



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having charge of the bottoming 
and finishing room with about 250 
employes under his supervision. 




ALEXANDER ANDERSON 

Previously he held a position as 
foreman with the Schwab Bros. 
Shoe Mfg. Co. 

Mr. Anderson has long been 
prominent in political and frater- 
nal organizations. He has been a 
delegate to several political con- 
ventions, president of the Third 
Ward Democratic Club, and held 
several offices in the Swedish 
Democratic National Association. 
He is also a member of the orders 
of Odd Fellows, Foresters, Vik- 
ings, and Columbian Knights. 



WILHELM C. BLOOMQUIST. 

Rev. Wilhelm Claudius Bloom- 
quist, minister of the Swedish 
Methodist Episcopal church, was 
born in Ethelhem, on the island 
of Gotland, Sweden, Nov. 2, 1865. 
His father was a contractor and 
builder who moved from Smaland 



to Gotland and built the Visby 
High School. In the family were 
eight boys and three girls. To 
better his condition the father 
emigrated with his family to the 
United States and arrived Sept. 
29, 1880, settling in Jamestown, 
N. Y. For a number of years 
Mr. Bloomquist was employed as 
a clerk in Jamestown. He was 
Sunday school superintendent and 
president of the Young People's 
Society of the Swedish M. E. 
Church. Later he became a com- 




WILHELM C. BLOOMQUIST 

mercial traveler. In 1893 he entered 
the Theological Seminary of North- 
western University, was graduated 
with honors in 1896 and was or- 
dained as clergyman of the Swed- 
ish Methodist Episcopal Church. 
The Rev. Mr. Bloomquist has served 
a congregation in Jefferson Park 
two years and the congregation 
in Highland Park one year, was 
pastor of the church in Wauke- 
gan, 111., for two years and of the 



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Fourth Swedish M. E. Church 
eight years. In 1896 the Rev. 
Mr. Bloomquist was married to 
Miss Judith M. Anderson, a daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Alfred Anderson 
of Chicago. 



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AXEL E. OLSSON 

was born April 17, 1857, in Blek- 
inge, Sweden. In 1870 he went 
to Stockholm where he was ap- 




AXEL E. OLSSOX 

prenticed to a woodcarver. In the 
meantime he attended the manual 
training school for several seasons 
and then the Academy of Liberal 
Arts, where he was awarded sev- 
eral prizes. After working as carver 
and modeler, he finally opened his 
own shop. Although succeeding 
fairly well, he decided to go abroad. 
In 1 88 1 he settled in Boston, doing 
considerable decorative art work 
in the East, among which may 
be mentioned the interior plastic 
decorations for The Breakers, 
Cornelius Vanderbilt's villa at New- 



port. One of these was a large 
relief, entitled the "Triumph of 
Bacchus." 

Two of Mr. Olsson's reliefs, 
"Spring" and "Autumn," \vere 
exhibited and sold in Boston. The 
year 1885 he spent in New York 
and in 1889 he traveled in Europe. 
Mr. Olsson returned to Boston 
where he won prizes for sev- 
eral competitive designs. He 
labored for months on models for 
the Machinery Hall, the Live Stock 
Building entrance and the Obelisk 
at the Columbian Exposition. The 
year 1892 he spent on the expo- 
sition grounds, executing these 
models full size. Among other 
sculptural decorations in Chicago 
done by Mr. Olsson are, the plas- 
tic representation of a football 
scrimmage, in the Chicago Ath- 
letic Association clubhouse and the 
bronze fountain in the Public 
Library. 

Mr. Olsson modeled the silver 
cover of an address to King Oscar 
of Sweden, from Swedish- Ameri- 
cans in Chicago, on the occasion 
of the 25th anniversary of his ac- 
cession to the throne, and also 
carved the cover of an address 
to the Queen from Swedish-Amer- 
ican women. A number of pub- 
lic and private buildings in all 
parts of the country have been 
decorated with sculpture and reliefs 
designed by him. Among the 
places where Mr. Olsson's work 
may be seen are: U. S. post office 
building, Del Puento, Colo.; Nor- 
mal School, De Kalb, 111., Court 
house, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Edison 
Electrical Building, Chicago; State 



Chicago 



Historical Society Library, Madi- 
son, Wis.; Carnegie Library, Mun- 
cie, Ind. Of late years Mr. Ols- 
son has also paid some attention 
to art furniture designing, poster 
work and cartooning. 



public school, he was apprenticed 
to a country tailor at the age of 



ERNEST OSCAR WATTMAN 
was born in Upsala, Sweden, 
March 2, 1847. I n J une 




ERNEST OSCAR WATTMAN 

he came to Chicago, and worked 
here at different trades until 1894, 
when he established a grill work 
and general wood working shop. 
Mr. Wattman is a member of 
Society Vega, treasurer of the 
First Swedish Lodge I. O. O. F., 
and is a trustee and member of 
the Board of Directors of the 
Swedish Old People's Home at 
Park Ridge, 111. 



JOHN LORENTZ 

was born in the parish of Mjolby, 
province of Ostergotland, Sweden, 
April 4, 1845. Having finished 




JOHN LORENTZ 

fourteen. At eighteen he left home 
for the city of Linkoping, where 
he learned the trade [thoroughly 
and became a journeyman tailor. 
Thereafter he emigrated to Amer- 
ica, in 1868, and came to Chica- 
go, where he worked at his trade. 
In 1870 he left Chicago and went 
to New York City, where he was 
connected with some of the best 
tailoring establishments. Return- 
ing to Chicago in 1871, he mar- 
ried Miss Sophia Carolina Ander- 
son, of Ty Hinge, Kalmar Ian, 
Sweden, the issue being seven 
children, of whom three girls and 
three boys are still living. 

In his earlier days Mr. Lorentz 
was identified with the Tailors' 
Union of Chicago, which he has 
served as financial secretary and 
as president. 

In 1879 he left Chicago and 
accepted a position as cutter at 



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Mazomanie, Dane co., Wis., where 
he remained for eight years, re- 
turning to Chicago in the spring 
of 1887, where he worked as cutter 
for another ten years. In 1897 
he started in business for himself, 
locating at 175 Dearborn st. He 
has had good success, having, 
while working as a cutter, made 
the acquaintance of a number of 
Chicago's best business men. 

Mr. lyorentz was instrumental 
in organizing the Cutters' Society 
of Chicago and was elected first 
vice-president and later on presi- 
dent of the society, resigning that 
office in 1890. He is also identi- 
fied with the I. O. O. F., in which 
order he has held prominent po- 
sitions, including the office of 
secretary and treasurer of the Odd 
Fellows Board of Relief of Chi- 
cago. 

ALFRED JANSSON 
was born in the province of Verm- 
land, Sweden, in 1863. He first 
studied arts and crafts in the tech- 
nological institutes of Stockholm 
and Christiania. Later on, he at- 
tended the art academies of Stock- 
holm and Paris, remaining two 
years in the latter place. 

In 1889, Mr. Jansson left Paris, 
and the same year came over to 
America, making Chicago his place 
of residence from that time. After 
the usual struggle for recognition 
common to artists, he has finally 
become known as a painter of good 
landscapes, choosing his subjects 
from the surroundings of Chicago 
and painting them with a gentle 
and true hand. 



His pictures have been seen 
annually at exhibitions in Chicago, 
Philadelphia, St. Louis, Denver, 




ALFRED JANSSON 

and other places. His picture, 
"Winter Approaching," in the 
Chicago local exhibition, 1902, 
was bought by the Klio Associa- 
tion. 

Mr. Jansson is a member of the 
Arts Club of Chicago, the Palette 
and Chisel Club, and the Industrial 
Art League. 



CHARLES E. HALLSTROM, 

who was born in Jonkoping, Swe- 
den, Jan. 22, 1864, came to Chi- 
cago as a boy of four, in 1868. 
He became a professional base-ball 
player in 1882, and was well 
known in sporting circles all over 
the country as the Swedish Won- 
der. Two years later he started 
in the tailoring business with his 
brother, in which trade he is still 
engaged. 



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A few years ago, he was nom- 
inated on the Republican ticket 
for West town collector, and ran 



Central Conference from that time 
on. At present he is pastor of 




CHARLES E. HALLSTROM 

12,000 votes ahead of his ticket. 
In 1899, Mr. Hallstrom was elected 
to the city council of Chicago, 
from the Fifteenth Ward. He is 
a director of a large oil company 
in Indiana. 

Mr. Hallstrom was married in 
1888 to Miss Margaret Burns, and 
one son has been born to the 
couple. 

ERIC PHILJP SWAN 
was born in Chariton, Iowa, Feb. 
27, 1874. He is a son of O. J. 
Swan, who is a Methodist minister. 
Mr. Swan graduated in 1896 from 
the Swedish M. E. Theological 
Seminary of Evanston, 111., and 
in 1892 from the Garrett Biblical 
Institute of the same city. He is 
a minister of the gospel in the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, labor- 
ing in the Western Swedish Con- 
ference until 1900, and in the 




ERIC PHILIP SWAN 

the Bethany Swedish M. E. Church 
of Chicago. 

JOHN SUNDQUIST 

was born Nov. 20, 1866, at L,oka, 
Vestmanland, Sweden. The first 
twenty years of his life were spent 
in the land of his nativity, but in 
November, 1886, he emigrated 
and came to Stambough, Mich., 
where he stayed until August the 
following year, when he removed 
to Chicago. There he commenced 
to work at the tailor's trade, and 
established himself in business. 

In 1891 Mr. Sundquist married 
Miss Christina Hakanson, from 
Rada parish, Vermland, Sweden. 
They have had three children, one 
of whom survives. 

In 1901 Mr. Sundquist sold out 
his business and in company with 
his family made a visit to the 
old country. In the fall of the 



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same year he returned to Chicago, been born to them. Mr. and 
however, and opened a tailoring Mrs. Peterson belong to the Swed- 
establishment at 796 Southport 




JOHN SUNDQUIST 

ave., where he employed from 25 
to 30 persons. More recently he 
located at Waveland ave. and N. 
Halsted St., which is his present 
business address. 



AXEL PETERSON 

was born in the city of Orebro, 
Sweden, March, 12, 1869. A public 
school education was obtained in 
his native city. He emigrated in 
1888 and came at once to Chicago. 
During the day he worked at his 
trade, that of carpenter, and in the 
evening attended the Manual 
Training Evening School. Since 
1891 he has been in business as 
carpenter and builder, and is a 
member of the Carpenters' and 
Builders' Association. Mr. Peter- 
son was married in 1894, to Hulda 
Gustafson. Three children have 




AXEL PETERSON 



ish Mission Church in Lake View 
and reside at 1617 Addison st. 



CHARLES A. STRANDEL 

was born in the Swedish province 
of Vermland, Dec. 31, 1866. At 
the age of twenty he emigrated 
to America, arriving in March, 
1887. For about a year he resided 
in Grand Rapids, Mich., and from 
there came to Chicago. 

Mr. Strandel is one of the well 
known architects of Chicago and, 
during the last few years, has 
erected a number of the finest 
apartment buildings in the city, 
also a number of private residences 
and business blocks. 

He is a member of Svithiod 
Lodge No. i, I. O. S., and of 
Svithiod Singing Club of Chicago. 
The concert hall, which has been 
added to its clubhouse, was erect- 
ed by him and is one of many 



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examples of Mr. Strandel's skill 
as an architect. He is an active 




CHARLES A. STRANDEL 

and well known member of the 
Chicago Architects' Association. 



CARL FERDINAND KLAUS 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
May 23, 1866. He was reared in 
his native city, attending common 
school until ten years of age and 
subsequently for five years pursuing 
higher studies in the so-called 
"German School." At fifteen he 
was apprenticed to a merchant but 
finding the occupation uncongenial 
after two years he went to sea. 
After a year of seafaring life he 
came to America, settling in New 
York state. He studied at Elmira 
Academy, graduating in 1887. 
Thereupon he entered the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons of 
Columbia College, New York 
City, from which institution he 
received the degree of M. D. in 
1890. For some time he acted as 



interne at St Mary's Hospital in 
Brooklyn, N. Y., and thereafter 
served as assistant physician at 
the County Hospital of Milwaukee, 
Wis. In 1891 he came to Chicago, 
where he has since resided. 

Dr. Klaus was married to Miss 
Agda Roberg of Stockholm, Aug. 




CARL FERDINAND KLAUS 

7, 1901. They have a son, Rolf 
Ferdinand, born July 21, 1902. 



CHARLES G. SETTERGREN 

was born in Ammeberg, Nerike, 
Sweden, Jan. 8, 1860. He came 
to America in 1869 with his par- 
ents, who first went to Minne- 
apolis. Three years later, in 1872, 
young Settergren removed to Chi- 
cago. After graduating trom the 
Chicago public schools in 1877, 
he entered the employ of the large 
wholesale grocery house of Reid, 
Murdoch & Co., occupying vari- 
ous positions. For the last 17 
years he has been a traveling sales- 
man for this house, and at the 



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present time holds a position in ska Nyheter as its advertising man- 
the very front rank among the ager, a position he still retains 




CHARLES G. SETTERGREN 

salesmen of this immense concern. 
Mr. Settergren can boast of an 
unbroken record of twenty-nine 
years of faithful service with the 
same establishment. 



NELS GUNNAR EDWARD 
BOBERG 

was born in the city of Karlskrona, 
Sweden, Sept. 15, 1878. After 
completing the course in the public 
schools, he studied at the Karls- 
krona collegiate school. Thereafter 
he emigrated in the spring of 1892, 
destined for Chicago, where he 
has since lived. 

Mr. Boberg has been connected 
in various capacities with the 
Swedish newspapers of Chicago. 
From errand boy on Svenska Ku- 
tiren, he advanced by successive 
steps to bookkeeper, clerk and ad- 
vertising man on Hemlandet. From 
that paper he went over to Sven- 




NELS GUNNAR EDWARD BOBERG 

after the consolidation of Svenska 
Tribunen with that paper. 

Mr. Boberg is a member of the 
order of Odd Fellows. 



GUSTAVUS ANDERSON 

was born Nov. 3, 1847, in Lang- 
sjogle, Bello parish, Smaland, Swe- 
den. At the age of twelve years, 
he became an apprentice in the 
bindery of F. Beck, of Stockholm, 
official bookbinder to the Royal 
Court of Sweden. In 1867, his 
apprenticeship completed, he re- 
ceived from the Trades' Associa- 
tion of Stockholm a silver medal 
for skill and competence in his 
craft. The following year he left 
for America, and came to Chicago. 
Mr. Anderson early affiliated. with 
the old Swedish M. E. Church in 
Illinois st. and promoted the gen- 
eral interests of the church in Chi- 
cago. He was concerned with the 



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welfare of his countrymen and Mr. Anderson is a bachelor, and 
assisted many to secure situations, lives with his widowed sister at 
He worked in some of the largest 3140 North Lincoln street, Sum- 

merdale. 




GfSTAVUS ANDERSON 

binderies in this city and New 
York perfecting himself in his 
trade. In 1880 he started a bind- 
ery of his own, which he operated 
until 1883, when he sold it and 
went out west for a few months. 
Returning to Chicago, he engaged 
in the real estate business, and has 
dealt successfully in realty ever 
since. His business office is in 
the Stock Exchange Building. 

Mr. Anderson is largely inter- 
ested in the Chicago Brazilian 
Diamond Co. which owns gold and 
diamond fields in Diamantina, 
Brazil. 

He was a director of the Linne 
Monument Association and one of 
its most energetic members. 

He early allied himself with the 
Republican party, and for the last 
1 7 years has been an active worker 
in the 26th ward Republican club. 



ERIC GUSTAF STROM 

was born Feb. 10, 1847, at O'f- 
verums Bruk, Smaland, Sweden. 
After his elementary studies were 
finished, he attended the Vester- 
vik high school for five years. 
He emigrated from Sweden in 
1869 and came at once to Chicago, 
where he obtained employment as 
machinist. Since 1877 ne has been 
employed by Greenlee Bros. & 




ERIC GUSTAF STROM 

Co., manufacturers of special wood- 
working machines. 

Mr. Strom was married in 1874, 
to Miss M. C. Nylander, w y ith 
whom he has three daughters. 
The family lives at 10130 Butler st. 
Mr. Strom belongs to the United 
Workmen . 



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JOHN GOSTA BERGQUIST 

was born in Vermland, Sweden, 
on the 1 8th day of May, 1869, 




JOHN GOSTA BERGQUIST 

came to the United States in 1888 
and has since lived in Chicago. 
He has a good education obtained 
at various schools, but is not a 
graduate of any institution. Mr. 
Bergquist is superintendent of the 
cement department of the Illinois 
Steel Co. He is a member of the 
Union Club, Western Society of En- 
gineers, and Scandinavian Tech- 
nical Society. 



CARL F. ANDERSON 

was born in Smaland, Sweden, Jan. 
17, 1866. When he was 3 years old 
his parents moved to the city of 
Halmstad, where he acquired a 
fair education and learned the ma- 
chinist's trade. At the age of 
twenty he emigrated to the United 
States. He was without friends or 
money but soon secured work with 
a railroad company in whose em- 



ploy he advanced to the position 
of locomotive engineer. This, 
however, was not the goal of his 
ambition. Seeing a greater oppor- 
tunity in his former occupation, 
he secured employment with the 
Dexter Folder Co., of New York, 
as machinist. Here he advanced 
to foreman and finally superintend- 
ent and a member of the firm. 
The Dexter Folder Co. manufac- 
tures paper folders and paper feed- 
ers. This position determined Mr. 
Anderson's future field. In 1896 
he started a machine shop in Chi- 
cago and is now sole owner of C. 
F. Anderson & Co's Machine 
Works, at 394-398 S. Clark st. 
He has invented several machines 




CARL F. ANDERSON 

for printers' and bookbinders' use 
which are manufactured at this 
plant. Among them are the well 
known Anderson bundling presses 
for bundling and smashing folded 
sheets, collated books, pamphlets, 
etc., and the Anderson high-speed 



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folding machine which is capable 
of folding 6,000 sheets an hour, 
nearly double the capacity of any 
other folding machine on the 
market. 

Mr. Anderson was married in 
1890 to Miss Carrie Erickson, of 
Madrid, Iowa, with whom he has 
three children. 



JOHN H. HOLMGREN 

was born in Mariestad, Sweden, 
in i8s8. He learned the shoe- 




JOHN H. HOLMGREN 

maker's trade in his native coun- 
try and became master shoemaker. 
He left Sweden in 1881, coming 
to Chicago. Ten years later he 
started a boot and shoe store at 
1738 N. Clark st., which he has 
been operating successfully ever 
since. 

Mr. Holmgren in 1885 married 
Miss Minnie Svensson. They have 
had ten children, of whom six 
have died, two boys and two girls 
still surviving. 



Mr. Holmgren is a member of 
the Three Links Lodge of the or- 
der of the Odd Fellows, the Royal 
League, and the Select Knights 
of America. 



ALFRED HUGHMARK 
was born in Frandefors parish, 
Dalsland, in Aug. 1867. He was 




ALFRED HUGHMARK 

orphaned at the age of two. For 
a year no permanent home could be 
found for the young boy until an 
old childless couple took pity on 
the waif and cared for him. At 
the age of ten he put a few ar- 
ticles of clothing and some school 
books in a pillow case and with 
this and 25 ore in money left the 
foster-parents to battle for existence. 
Passage was obtained on a steamer 
from Vanersborg to Goteborg, 
where employment was secured as 
errand boy in several places before 
an opportunity was offered for 
something more promising. All 
this time a small, dark, un- 
furnished room was rented back 



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of a grocery in exchange for ser- 
vices at night and material for 
one meal a day cooked over an 
oil lamp stove. Later he was ap- 
prenticed in the bookbinding trade 
where he was given the opportun- 
ity to attend night-school. Three 
nights a week were devoted to 
night-school and three to private 
language courses. Sundays he 
taught a club of six apprentices 
English, grammar and arithmetic, 
thus earning enough to pay for his 
own tuition. At the age of eighteen 
he became a journeyman, and, de- 
termined to better equip himself 
by an extended tour to foreign 
countries, he visited in turn Ber- 
gen, Helsingfors, Copenhagen, 
Hamburg and London, obtaining 
work with more or less difficulty 
in each place. From London he 
shipped for three years as a sailor 
and, although the full term was 
not served out, enough hardship 
was experienced to last him for a 
long time. He came to the Unit- 
ed States through Mexico with 
the following assets: a pair of 
oilskins, an English shilling and 
abundance of courage. He went 
from the South to the West, thence 
to the East. In 1896 he was 
given a branch plant to manage 
in Frankfort, Ky., for the Lords- 
mile Courier- Journal, then made 
foreman of the bindery in Louis- 
ville, at their home plant. After 
a year he was engaged by the 
Weed-Parsons Co. in Albany, N. 
Y. Since 1899 he has been with 
the Henry O. Shepard Co., at 
first as foreman of the binding 
department and now as superin- 



tendent of the printing and bind- 
ing departments. Mr. Hughmark 
contributes articles to the Ameri- 
can Paper Journal, Southern Maga- 
zine and the Inland Printer, and 
is editor of the American section 
of "Deutsches Ingenieurs Gesell- 
schafts Lexicon." He has been in 
the Illinois Corps of Engineers, I. 
N. G., and in the U. S. Revenue 
Service and is a member of the Ham- 
ilton Club, St. Bernard Command- 
ery, Knights Templars (32 degree) 
Scottish Rite Masons, Medinah 
Temple, Mystic Shrine, and Royal 
League. Mr. Hughmark was mar- 
ried Oct. 30, 1897, to Miss Helen M. 
Albaugh, born June 14, 1870, a 
daughter of Capt. Geo. C. and Ella 
McKay Albaugh of Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

ALBERT SCHONBECK 
was born Feb. 27, 1857. His par- 
ents were John M. and Johanna 




ALBERT SCHONBECK 

B. Schonbeck. He early became 
interested in the real estate busi- 



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ness. It was in 1873, when he 
was only 16 years of age that he 
first came in contact with the vo- 
cation that was to become his life 
work. Since then he has steadily 
continued in that line with vary- 
ing experiences and a great measure 
of success. The knowledge and 
experience thus acquired later came 
to be of great value to him when 
he was chosen member, and then 
president, of the Board of Local 
Improvements of the city of Chi- 
cago. 

Mr. Schonbeck is married since 
Aug. 27, 1877, to Miss Mollie 
Thieleman Fitz-Patrick, who is a 
grandchild of Col. Christian Thiele- 
man of the 1 6th Illinois Cavalry. 
They have two children, Lloyd 
and Florence Olivia. 



ANDREW LANDGREN 
was born Jan. 7, 1864, in Landa, 
Sweden. After having been edu- 




ANUREW LANDGREN 

cated in his native district he left 
the old country at the age of six- 



teen, coming to the United States 
in 1880. Chicago was his desti- 
nation and here he was variously 
occupied up to 1886 when he se- 
cured employment in the Bratm 
and Fitts butterine factory. For 
the last thirteen years he has been 
assistant superintendent in the fac- 
tory. He is now secretary of the 
Geo. P. Braun Co. 

Mr. Landgren has been a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church and later was elected to a 
similar office in the Messiah Eng- 
lish Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Landgren was married on 
Jan. 24, 1884, to Clara A. Larson 
of Chicago. They are blessed with 
three sons and three daughters. 



CHARLES AXELL 

was born in Kyrkefalla parish, 
Kakind, Vestergotland, Sweden, 




CHARLES AXELL 



Nov. 27, 1850. He emigrated to 
this country in 1870. Since that 



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time he has followed the painter's 
trade. Mr. Axell contracts for 
work in Chicago and its northern 
suburbs. His shop is in Chicago. 
He resides in Winnetka, Illinois. 
Mrs. Axell, nee Mathilda Jonson, 
was born in Bexheda parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. 
Axell have had eight children, of 
whom four sons are still living. 
They are Charles O., John Erik, 
Alexander H. and Harry B. Axell. 



ALBERT OLIVER 

was born June 10, 1875, near 
Goteborg. His parents moved to 




ALBERT OLIVER 

the metropolis when he was five 
years old and he received his early 
education in the public schools. 
After having studied drawing in 
the Chalmers Technical School, he 
emigrated in 1890. He first settled 
in Rockford and later in Chicago. 
The young man completed a gen- 
eral course in the evening high 
schools and also took a special 



course in drawing with the Inter- 
national Correspondence Schools of 
Scranton, Pa. Mr. Oliver learned 
the cabinetmaker's trade and be- 
came foreman in Aug. Jahn's es- 
tablishment. In 1901 he went in 
business with Ernst Lindstrom. 
They make store and office fixtures 
and special cabinet work. Their 
shops are at 192-200 N. Union st. 
Mr. Oliver is a Lutheran and is 
a member of the Odd Fellows and 
the I. 0. T. 



NILS REIHMER 

was born in Efverod, Skane, Swe- 
den, Nov. 23, 1 86 1. He emigra- 
ted to America at the age of nine- 
teen years, and afterwards traveled 
extensively as a journeyman tai- 
lor, visiting the principal cities of 
the United States. About twenty 
years ago he began work as cutter 
and has been engaged in that line 




NILS REIHMER 



by leading 
Chicago. 



merchant tailors of 



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Mr. Reihmer was married in 
1891 to Miss Matilda Johnson, 
with whom he has two sons. 

The family lives at 1184 W. 
North ave. 



Miss Axeline Ackerman, and their 
union has been blessed with one 
daughter. 



GUSTAF RUDELIUS 

was born in Lund, Skane, Sweden, 
in 1 86 1. He early learned the 




GUSTAF RUDELIUS 

trade of cutler and grinder under 
the guidance of his father, who is 
a manufacturer of cutlery and 
surgical instruments in Lund. In 
1 88 1 young Rudelius went to 
America and settled in Chicago, 
where he worked as grinder for 
about three years. In 1883 he 
established himself in the retail 
cutlery and grinding business at 
172-174 South Clark st. Meeting 
with business success, he has ac- 
cumulated considerable property, 
and owns a cozy residence at 935 
Perry ave., Lake View, where he 
lives. 

Mr. Rudelius in 1887 married 



SAMUEL OLOF OLIN 
was born in Chicago Aug. 24, 1867. 
He was educated in the public 
schools, and after graduating from 
the Franklin School in 1883, he 
entered the employ of Peterson 
& Bay, bankers. In 1895, when 
the banking business of Peterson & 
Bay was incorporated as the West- 
ern State Bank, he became assist- 
ant cashier. Mr. Olin held this 
position until Feb. 15, 1901, when 
he severed his connection with the 
bank and engaged in the real es- 
tate and mortgage loan business. 
On Sept. 15, 1905, Mr. Charles 
H. Brattstrom became associated 
with him in the real estate and 
loan business under the firm name 
of Brattstrom & Olin, which is the 
present name af the firm. 




SAMUEL OLOF OLIN 

Mr. Olin was united in marriage 
Jan. 28, 1891, to May I. Irwin, 



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of Chicago. To them were born 
Irene Balfour in 1892, Irwin 
Elaine in 1895, and Gertrude May 
in 1902. 

The family resides at 1473 N. 
Francisco ave., and attends the 
Episcopal Church of the Advent. 
Mr. Olin is treasurer of the church. 

Mr. Olin is the son of Sven O. 
Olin, who is one of Chicago's old- 
est Swedish settlers, having come 
here in 1857. Mr. Olin, senior, 
was a tailor, and for many years 
took an active part in public affairs 
in the Swedish colony on the north 
side. He retired from business 
several years ago. His wife, Anne 
S., nee Jacobsen, died Feb. 23, 
1906. 

CHARLES T. A. ANDERSON 

was born near Kalmar, Sweden, 
Jan. 4, 1872. His father, Carl 




CHARLES T. A. ANDERSON 

Olof Anderson, who was a tailor 
by trade, embarked for America, 
with his wife and five children, 



in 1875, and settled in Chicago, 
where he died April 30, 1877. 
His mother, Matilda Sophia, nee 
Svenson, is still living. Like the 
other children, Charles was early 
obliged to earn his own bread, 
but his education was not neg- 
lected. He attended the public 
schools, and also the Swedish 
parochial school. He attended the 
the Y. M. C. A. evening school 
and the Soper School of Oratory 
and Elocution. In 1884 he en- 
tered the employ of Marshall 
Field & Co. In 1889 he was en- 
gaged by Dunlap Smith & Co., 
real estate, and in 1898 branched 
out for himself in the same busi- 
ness, in which he has been success- 
fully engaged ever since. His 
office is at 167 Dearborn st. 

Mr. Anderson has always been 
very active in religious, social and 
political movements. For eight 
years he has been deacon and 
financial secretary of the Holy 
Trinity English Lutheran Church. 
He is treasurer of the Home Mis- 
sion Board of the Lutheran Chi- 
cago Synod, and has been a dele- 
gate to the annual conventions of 
the General Council of the Luth- 
eran Church and of the Luther 
League of America and of Illinois, 
in which he has held important 
offices and is at present president 
of the Luther League of Illinois. 
He is also one of the trustees of 
the Chicago Synod. 

Mr. Anderson is a member of 
the Columbian Knights, and the 
Fraternal Tribunes, in which or- 
ganizations he has been honored 
with responsible offices. He is now 



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chairman of the finance committee 
of the Grand Lodge of the Order 
of Columbian Knights and Past 
President of Pinzon Lodge No. i 
of that order, and secretary of 
the Fraternal Tribunes No. 18. 

Some years ago he organized the 
Northwestern Improvement Club 
of the 27th and 28th wards, and 
served as its secretary for three 
years. He is now secretary of 
the Republican club of the 2ist 
precinct, 26th ward. 

In 1897 Mr. Anderson married 
Miss Clara Kaehler, daughter of 
the Rev. F. C. Kaehler, formerly 
pastor of the Wicker Park Luth- 
eran Church, and their union 
has been blessed with one daugh- 
ter and two sons. 



ADOLF F. ANDERSON 

was born in Skaraborg Ian, Swe- 
den, Nov. 5, 1867. He was reared 




of twenty, he emigrated to this 
country and settled in Chicago 
where he has resided continuously. 
Mr. Anderson is a manufacturer 
of builders' iron material, at 5844 
Loomis st. His home is at 5946 
Carpenter st. 

He belongs to the Baptist Church 
and is a trustee and Sunday school 
superintendent. 



ANTON WILHELM 
JOHANSON, 

jeweler and watchmaker, was born 
at Tumba, in Grodinge parish, 




ADOLF F. ANDERSON 

in his native place whose schools 
he attended. In 1887, at the age 



ANTON WILHELM JOHANSON 

near Stockholm, March 5, 1861. 
After having attended the public 
school he learned the watchmak- 
er's trade from F. W. Tornberg, 
in Stockholm. During this period 
he also studied at the Sloyd School 
in the Swedish capital. On be- 
coming a journeyman in his trade 
he emigrated to America in May, 
1882, and worked for several 



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months at his trade in Jersey 
City. Reaving for Chicago, he 
obtained a place with C. D. Pea- 
cock, where he remained for one 
and a half years. His reputation 
as a fine mechanic being well 
established by this time, he was 
offered a position as foreman in 
a watch factory at Baraboo, 
Wis. This position he retained 
until 1886, when he returned to 
Chicago, where he was for five years 
head watchmaker for C. H. 
Knights and Co. We next find 
him affiliated with the wholesale 
firm of M. S. Fleishman and Co. 
In 1895 Mr. Johanson opened a 
retail jewelry store at 270 Wells 
st. where he has, by intelligence 
and fair dealing, built up a splen- 
did business. 

Mr. Johanson is a member of 
the American Horological Society 
and has been its vice president. 
He was in 1892 appointed a judge 
of awards, being the only Swedish- 
American called to this position. 
The presidency of the Swedish 
Watchmaker's Society of Chicago 
has twice been conferred on Mr. 
Johanson. He belongs to Lodge 
No. i, I.O. S., Knights of the Mac- 
cabees, and has been president of 
the Linne Club, a Swedish social or- 
ganization. Mr. Johanson in 1889 
was married to Miss Ebba Wedin, 
from Motala, Sweden. 



Eva Toll, died in 1884. Having 
attended the Skara collegiate 
school, he took a course in medi- 



JOHN AUGUST CARLSTEIN, 
physician and surgeon, was born 
in Vestergotland, Sweden, Dec. 26, 
1842. His father was Anders 
Carlstein, a landed proprietor, who 
died in 1862. His mother, nee 




JOHN AUGUST CAKLSTEIN 

cine and another in military sci- 
ence. Mr. Carlstein enlisted in 
the Danish war of 1864, as a non- 
commissioned officer, and earned 
honorable promotion, but left for 
America shortly after, enlisting 
at once in the Union army. Under 
General Phil. Sheridan he fought 
through the Shenandoah campaign. 
Wounded in the leg, he was hon- 
orably discharged from the service 
Sept. 4, 1865, and pensioned by 
the government. In a casual meet- 
ing with Gen. Sheridan, while he 
was stationed in Chicago in 1878, 
the general said to him: "I know 
your voice. Your name is John- 
nie. You delivered dispatches to 
me in the battle of Five Forks." 
This was the beginning of a per- 
sonal acquaintance and associations 
which lasted as long as the fam- 
ous cavalry general remained in 
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years Mr. Carlstein traveled ex- 
tensively in the South and the 
middle West. In 1882 he gradu- 
ated from the Chicago Homeopathic 
Medical College. From then until 
1889 he served as surgeon for the 
Pine Lake Iron Co. and also govern- 
ment surgeon at Port Charlevoix, 
Mich. Dr. Carlstein then removed 
to Chicago, engaging in the gen- 
eral practice [of medicine. When 
the German-American Medical 
College of Chicago was organized 
in 1893, Dr. Carlstein was elected 
professor of surgery and president 
of the college. This position he 
retained for four years. Smitten 
with the Alaska fever, he resigned 
in 1897 and left for Alaska as surg- 
eon of the Yukon Valley Prospect- 
ing and Mining Co. He traveled 
overland by way of Edmonton 
through the Northwest Territory 
an adventurous trip of about 
3,000 miles. Dr. Carlstein returned 
to Chicago in Sept., 1900, and 
resumed his medical practice here. 
His office and residence is at 1248 
E. RavenswoodPark, Ravenswood. 

Dr. Carlstein was married in 
Chicago Dec. 9, 1871, to Olivia 
Bergstrom. She is a daughter of 
J. Bergstrom of Sundsvall, Sweden, 
and was born Sept. 2, 1850. 

Dr. Carlstein is a member of the 
Masonic order, National Union, 
Geo. H. Thomas Post, G. A. R., 
the Chicago Medical Society and 
the American Medical Society. 
He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional Church. 



NELS NELSON 

was born in Villands Vanga, Ska- 
ne, Sweden, Aug. 8, 1862, and 
came to America in the fall of 




NELS NELSON 

1882. He secured a position as 
watchmaker with S. A. Dale, 86 
N. Clark st., Chicago, and was 
later connected with the firm of 
Dale Bros., until March, 1894, 
when he started in business for 
himself, and is now located at 137 
Oak st. A branch store has been 
established at 532 Wilson ave., 
Ravenswood. 

Mr. Nelson takes considerable 
interest in fraternal organizations. 
He is a member of King Oscar 
Lodge, 855, A. F. and A. M., 
also of the First Swedish Lodge, 
479, I. O. O. F., and No. i of the 
Independent Order of Svithiod. 
He is also a member of the Swed- 
ish Watchmakers' Society of Chi- 
cago, which he helped to organize 
in 1892. 

Mr. Nelson in 1884 married Miss 



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Amanda C. Peterson, and they 
have one daughter, Alice, born 
Sept. 20, 1885. 



N. HJALMAR HUIvTlN 

was born Sept. 4, 1869, in Onsa- 
la, Halland, Sweden, the son of 
Peter Anton Hultin, a sailor, and 




N. HJALMAR HULTIN 

Anna Carolina Anderson. He 
emigrated with his parents in 1872 
to the United States and received 
a common school education in 
Chicago. In this city he was 
engaged in the clothing trade 
as cutter for a number of years 
and then went into partnership 
with G. Segersten in the under- 
taking business, conducting it for 
eight years. Having dissolved 
the partnership, he engaged in the 
undertaking and livery business 
at 1663 N. Clark st. where his 
establishment is still located. Mr. 
Hultin served as supervisor of 
L,ake View for two terms, 1897-98, 
having been elected on the Repub- 



Cook County 

lican ticket. June 28, 1899, he 
was united in marriage to Ella, 
daughter of Enoch and Mina 
Nelson. 

JOHN EMANUEL SPANN 
was born in Vingaker, Soderman- 
land, Sweden, March 26, 1869. 
He emigrated to America in 1888, 
locating in Kansas City. In 1893 
he moved to Chicago where he 
engaged in the tailoring business 
as a member of the firm of Mac- 
Donald & Spann. He subsequently 
established the firm of John E. 
Spann. Mr. Spann, has devoted 
much of his time to music and 
has been leader of the choir in 
First Swedish Baptist Church for 
many years. He is the director 
of the Swedish Baptist Jubilee 




JOHN EMAXUEL SPAXX 

Chorus and has on many occasions 
been the leader of large, mixed 
choruses. 

Mr. Spann was married to Miss 
Sigrid R. Anderson in 1900. They 
have a daughter, Laura Evelyn. 



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JOHN LUNDSTROM 

was born April n, 1860, in Ryss- 
mo, Oland, Kalmar Ian, Sweden. 
He served in the Swedish navy 







JOHN LUNDSTROM 

from the time he was sixteen till 
he reached maturity. He landed 
in the United States May 2, 1882, 
and located in Chicago, where he 
now carries on the merchant tail- 
oring business, with shop at 24-30 
Hein place. 

Mr. Lundstrom is a member of 
the Royal Arcanum. 

In 1884 he was united in mar- 
riage to Mary Johanna Peterson, 
who was born Feb. 28, 1865, in 
Boda, Oggestorp parish, Smaland, 
Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. Lund- 
strom have one son and two 
daughters. They live in their own 
home at 1309 N. Mozart st. and 
are members of the Immanuel 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 



JOHN NELSON 

was born Nov. u, 1864, in Hall- 
arj'd, province of Smaland, Swe- 
den. He attended the "Fridhem" 
public high school in his native 
city in 1885-1886. Subsequently 
for two years he was a bookkeep- 
er. He then was superintendent 
of a saw-mill until 1890 when he 
left Sweden. He came to Chicago 
where he has since resided except 
for a few months spent in Rock- 
ford, 111. Mr. Nelson engaged in 
the metal plating business and in 
company with J. Roper he organ- 
ized, in 1899, the Lake City Plat- 
ing Works, located at 249 Wells 
st. Mr. Nelson belongs to Lodge 




No. 



JOHN NELSON 

i., Independent Order of Vi- 



kings, in which he was recording 
secretary for three terms. 



CHARLES E. TUNELIUS 
was born in the city of Eskilstuna, 
Sweden, March n, 1845. In 1851 
he moved with his parents to the 



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province of Smaland, and in 1856 
to that of Ostergotland. He 
learned the rudiments of the ma- 




CHARLES E. TUNELIUS 

chinist and steam engineering 
trades from his father, while the 
latter was chief engineer of the 
Atvidaberg Copper Works. At 
the age of fifteen he left the pa- 
rental roof to make his own liv- 
ing. He began by tending a steam 
engine, used to run ore crush- 
ing machinery. In the summer 
he traveled about the country run- 
ning threshing machines. This 
continued for three years, except 
one summer, when he was sent to 
erect some mining machinery in 
Sodermanland. 

At the age of eighteen he ob- 
tained employment at Forsbacka 
Iron Works, in Gestrikland. Then 
he went to the Sandviken Steel 
Works and to Hofors and Kungs- 
garden in the same province. He 
was there employed in various ca- 
pacities, such as general machin- 



ist, roll turner and in erecting 
and running steamboat engines at 
L,jusne. In 1867 his father went to 
Chicago, where he was rejoined by 
the remainder of the family the 
year after. 

With the exception of a year 
and a half spent in Canton, Ohio, 
Mr. Tunelius has since lived in 
Chicago. He was first employed 
as machinist in various shops. 
From 1877 until 1892 he was 
master mechanic with the National 
Malleable Casting Co. In 1892 
he, in company with Mr. C. M. 
Hanson, started a machine shop 
in Chicago, which has since been 
in successful operation. He is 
also interested in other enterprises, 
such as the Chicago Machinery 
Manufacturing Co. and the Union 
Bank of Chicago. Mr. Tunelius' 
specialty is designing and building 
special and experimental machin- 
ery of every description. He has, 
during his busy career, invented 
several machines and appliances, 
some of which have been patented. 
Among these is the Tunelius au- 
tomatic bottle washing machine, 
of which hundreds are in opera- 
tion in breweries and bottling de- 
partments in the United States, 
Canada and several European and 
South American countries. 

On Oct. 23, 1871, he married 
Miss E. M. Peterson, who is still 
his loving helpmate. Mr. and Mrs. 
Tunelius are the happj r parents of 
two sons and a daughter, all grown. 

Mr. Tunelius is a charter member 
of the Swedish Society Nordstjer- 
nan, an old member of the Royal 
Arcanum, also a member of the 



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Scandinavian Technical Society, 
and the Swedish Glee Club. He 
is a 32d degree Freemason. 



JOHN WILHELM HJERT- 
STROM, 

the pastor of the Second Swedish 
Baptist Church of Chicago, was 




JOHN WILHELM HJERTSTROM 

born in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 
6, 1854. After graduating from 
the Bethel Seminary at Stockholm 
in 1 88 1, he became pastor of a 
church at Westervik. Later he 
had charges in Nykoping and in 
Falun. In 1891 he emigrated to 
Worcester, Mass., and held the 
pastorate there for six years. 
Thereupon he accepted a call to 
the Fourth Swedish Church of 
Chicago, which he served for two 
years and a half. He then moved 
to Jamestown, N. Y., and took 
charge of the Swedish Baptist 
Church in that place until 1901, 
when he returned to Chicago, 
having been called to the Second 



Swedish Baptist Church of that 
city, with which he is still con- 
nected. 

Mr. Hjertstrom has been mar- 
ried since 1882, his wife's maiden 
name being Cecilia Olivia Sjostedt. 
They have nine children, Therese, 
Theodore, Amy, Ernest, Lizzie, 
Martin, Carrie, Lawrence and Roy. 



F. OSCAR WEYDELL 

was born in the city of Kalmar, 
Sweden, Nov. 5, 1863. When he 
was four years old, his parents 
moved to Ottenby, in the south- 
ern part of Oland, where his father 
was superintendent of a large farm. 
After graduating from the public 
school, the fourteen-year-old boy 
became interested in mechanical 
operations. He was especially en- 
couraged by one of his father's 
friends, a young veterinary surgeon, 




F. OSCAR WEYDELL 

in whose laboratory and work- 
shop he received a knowledge of 
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of inestimable value. The oppor- 
tunities for mechanical develop- 
ment, were, however, very limited 
in Ottenby, and since agricultural 
pursuits did not appeal to him, 
it became necessary to make plans 
for leaving the homestead. When 
he was sixteen years old he was 
seized with a desire to go to 
America. His father, who had 
intended to send him to a sloyd 
or technical school, reluctantly 
yielded, and in April, 1880, young 
Weydell started on his journey. 
A month later he came to Chicago 
and was employed as apprentice 
in a jattern shop. In the mean- 
time he went to evening school 
and studied mechanical drawing. 
In his trade he made rapid prog- 
ress, and within five years he was 
appointed foreman in one of the 
largest pattern shops in Chicago. 
This position was retained until 
1897, when he established his own 
pattern shop at Clinton and Adams 
sts. He is conducting a success- 
ful business in foundry patterns, 
models, and in designing machin- 
ery. 

At the age of 21 years Mr. Wey- 
dell was married to Anna John- 
son of Chicago. The family res- 
idence is in Woodlawn, a pretty 
suburb of Chicago. 

Mr. Weydell is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity and several 
other clubs and societies. 



the education offered by the com- 
mon school in his native place. 



CHARLES G. HERST 

was born in the city of Ljnkop- 
ing, province of Ostergotland, Swe- 
den, Oct. 22, 1863. He received 




CHARLES G. HERST 

He came to Chicago March 22, 
1879, as a tailor. In 1886 he be- 
gan his own business as manu- 
facturing tailor at 144 Vedder st., 
and has since enjoyed a constantly 
growing trade. He belongs to the 
King Oscar Masonic Lodge, Odd 
Fellows Lodge No. 479, and to 
the Svea Society. He is an 
adherent of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church. In 1887 Mr. Herst was 
married to Olivia Newman, of 
Chicago. To them have been born 
two children, Theodore and Arthur. 



CLEMENS EHNBORN 

was born April i, 1870, in the 
city of Kristianstad, Sweden. In 
1882 his parents emigrated with 
their family to America. At the 
age of fifteen, young Ehnborn 
began to learn the general wood- 
worker's trade. In 1897 he, to- 
gether with John Skow, established 



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the concern of C. Ehnborn & Co., 
now styled Ehnborn Wood Turn- 
ing and Manufacturing Co. Their 




CLEMENS EHNBORN 

plant is situated at 1921 N. Jef- 
erson st... where wood turning, 
bandsawing and cabinet work is 
done. A specialty is made of 
automatic lathe work, such as 
rope and spiral turning. 

Mr. Ehnborn is a student of 
social and economic problems and 
has embraced the doctrines of so- 
cialism. He is a member of the 
order of Odd Fellows. 



WILLIAM A. BLOMGREN 

was born in Chicago June 23, 1858. 
After finishing the public schools, 
he took a course at Bryant & 
Stratton's Business College. Short- 
ly after the Chicago fire he entered 
the employ of the Western Union 
Telegraph Co. He was a member 
of the Second Regiment, Illinois 
National Guards, from 1874 to 
1876. Thereafter he joined the 



reorganized company ot the Ells- 
worth Zouaves, and often traveled 
with this company, taking part in 
their prize and exhibition drills. 
The name of this company was 
afterwards changed to the Lackey 
Zouaves of Chicago, in honor of 
Captain Lackey. Mr. Blomgren 
remained with the company until 
1880. In 1887 he entered the serv- 
ice of the Lake Shore and Michi- 
gan Southern Railroad Co., as a 
fireman, in which occupation he 
remained for a number of years, 
serving part of the time as engin- 
eer. During this period he lived 
chiefly in Elkhart, Ind., and To- 
ledo, Ohio. In 1891 he returned 




WILLIAM A. BLOMGREN 

to Chicago and engaged in the 
photo-engraving business, forming 
a partnership with M. Lindblom 
for this purpose. Their place of 
business was then at the corner 
of Harrison and Dearborn sts. At 
present, Mr. Blomgren is at 726 
Winona ave., engaged in the prep- 



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aration of stereopticon slides for 
illustrated lectures, and has among 
his customers some of the leading 
lecturers of the country. 

Mr. Blomgren has held the office 
of Orator of Liberty Council of 
the Royal League. He is also a 
member of the Royal Arcanum. 



JOHN A. JOHNSON 

was born Jan. 26, 1857, a t Bru- 
nabo, Karl Gustaf parish, Vester- 




JOHN A. JOHNSON 

gotland, Sweden. In May, 1881, 
he emigrated to America and lived 
for some time in Braddock, Pa. 
L,ater he came to Chicago, where 
he has since resided. Mr. John- 
son here secured employment with 
a manufacturer of wooden tanks, 
and continued in this trade with 
various firms until October, 1893. 
In company with Adolph A. Carl- 
son and Andrew Johnson, he em- 
barked in the manufacture of 
tanks under the firm name of 
Johnson, Carlson & Co. A year 



later Andrew Johnson retired from 
business. The remaining associates 
continued under the name of John- 
son & Carlson. By a thorough 
knowledge of their specialty they 
have attained success in their bus- 
iness. The firm makes cisterns, 
vats, and troughs of every descrip- 
tion. They occupy their own 
factory at 139-155 Eastman st. 



CARL S. N. HALLBERG, 

an authority on pharmaceutical 
science in the United States, was 
born Oct. 13, 1856, in Helsing- 
borg Sweden, on the Sound, di- 
rectly opposite the Danish city of 
Helsingor, with its ancient fort, 
in which was laid the scene of the 
story of Hamlet. Accompanying 
his older sister to school one day 
to defend her against "some bad 
boys," he liked the experience so 
well as to begin school when four 




CARL S. X. HALLBERG 

years of age. Continuing in a 
private school until nine years old, 



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he was admitted to the Gymnasie, 
where he continued his studies un- 
til removing with his parents to 
America in the spring of 1869. 
Settling at Altoona, Pa., his fa- 
ther was employed in the locomo- 
tive works of the Pennsylvania 
Railroad. On his mother's side 
the family had long been reputed 
for skill in setting broken limbs, 
one member of each generation 
handing down the art to a mem- 
ber of each succeeding generation. 
In the old mansion a great silver 
urn occupied the post of honor on 
festive occasions, a tribute from 
King Carl XIV Johan, for serv- 
ices performed. The grandfather 
was the prototype of "the concen- 
trated inhabitant," comprising 
within himself all the important 
offices in the village, fifteen miles 
from the city, including village 
schoolmaster, watchmaker, gun- 
smith, and healer, preparing all 
his own remedies, the chief of 
which were salves of every pos- 
sible hue and composition. 

It was during his boyhood days 
in Sweden, while visiting in the 
village during the summer vaca- 
tion, that young Hallberg was 
fully initiated into the healing art 
by assisting his grandfather at the 
operation of blood-letting, it being 
his duty to stand beside the victim 
and catch the stream of "claret" 
in a tinned bowl, as it issued from 
the [lancet's wound. The young 
men and lassies paid regular annual 
visits to "the master," to be re- 
lieved from the effete blood that 
had accumulated during the win- 
ter months, the only medical treat- 



ment they indulged in. The old 
gentleman used the ointments 
mostly on his own wounds, re- 
ceived in the war with Napoleon. 

During the vacations, young 
Hallberg would also assist in his 
father's factory. 

These experiences, as well as 
the fact that his father was a tech- 
nical chemist, determined him to 
engage in pharmacy, and he was 
apprenticed to Dr. S. M. Sellers, 
of Altoona, early in February, 
1870. After four years' service, 
and his family having returned to 
Sweden, he decided to attend a 
college of pharmacy. A traveling 
salesman was finally discovered, 
who knew there was a college of 
pharmacy in Philadelphia, had 
actually seen the building, and 
who furnished the address. Ar- 
riving in Philadelphia early in 
October, in 1874, Hallberg obtained 
a situation with the wholesale 
drug house of M. K. Smith & Co., 
and soon after with E. B. Gar- 
rigues & Co., where, under the 
direction of Edwin M. Boring, a 
most thorough training and valu- 
able experience was afforded. 

Mr. Hallberg left Philadelphia 
for Chicago in the spring of 1877, 
having remained in the city after 
graduating in March, 1876, from 
the Philadelphia College of Phar- 
macy. 

After two years of practice as 
clerk with C. F. Hartwig, of Chi- 
cago, he engaged in manufactur- 
ing pharmacy, associated with C. 
G. Wheeler. Retiring in 1885, 
he became associated with G. P. 
Engelhard in a postal system of in- 



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struction in pharmacy, of which 
institution he is the director. 

During 1888 and 1889, Mr. Hall- 
berg was associated with C. L,. 
Feldkamp, in the practice of phar- 
macy in Chicago, the firm engag- 
ing in manufacturing pharmaceut- 
icals, for which it was awarded 
the gold medal by the American 
Pharmaceutical Association in 1888. 

First contributing to pharma- 
ceutical journals in 1878, he be- 
came the editor of The Druggist, 
afterward The Western Druggist, 
in 1882, relinquishing editorial 
duties in 1890 to accept the posi- 
tion of professor of pharmacy in 
the Chicago College of Pharmacy, 
which he still retains. Active in 
pharmaceutical association work, 
he joined the American Pharma- 
ceutical Association in 1879, the 
Illinois Pharmaceutical Association 
in 1 88 1, serving as secretary in 
1890-91, and he has been elected 
honorary member of a number of 
western State pharmaceutical asso- 
ciations. 

A member of the committee on 
"National Formulary" since its 
formation in 1886, Mr. Hallberg 
contributed considerably to the first 
edition. A delegate to the meet- 
ing of the Pharmacopoeial Con- 
vention, held in Washington in 
1 890, he was elected a member of 
the Committee on Revision, and 
worked on the sub-Committee on 
Pharmaceutical Preparations. 

Mr. Hallberg has contributed a 
number of papers to the American 
Pharmaceutical Association, and 
has been secretary and chairman 
in 1892 of the Section of Scientific 



Papers. During the past few years 
he has been most active in the 
Section on Education and Legis- 
lation. 

Prof. Hallberg is secretary of 
the Section of Materia Medica, 
Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the 
American Medical Association. 

June 27, 1903, the honorary de- 
gree of M. D. was conferred upon 
Prof. Hallberg in recognition of 
his invaluable services to medicine 
and pharmacy. 

Prof. Hallberg was married in 
1893 to Therese Bergstrom, form- 
erly a resident of Stockholm, a 
son being born in 1897. 



EDWARD J. THELIN 

was born in Chicago, June 24, 
1873. His father, Louis E. The- 




EDWARLJ J. THELIX 

lin, a mechanic, was among the 
first of the Swedish Baptists to 
come to Chicago. His mother's 
maiden name was Mathilda Tho- 
ren. The elder Thelin passed 



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away in Chicago Dec. 24, 1902. 
The son, Edward, attended the 
public schools, and subsequently 
graduated from the Midland Uni- 
versity and the Chicago Law 
School. 

Fifteen years ago he was made 
assistant cashier at Mandel Bros., 
and in recent years has attained 
to the position of chief cashier. 

Mr. Thelin is a member of the 
Ashland, Sheridan, Illinois and 
Waupausch Clubs, and of the Phi 
Alpha Delta fraternity . He has 
for several years been an active 
member of the Y. M. C. A. of 
Chicago. 



WILLIAM F. ANDERSON 

was born at Grand ave. and Eliza- 
beth st., Chicago, May 6, 1859. He 




his business so well, that in 1886 
he was able to start in business 
for himself under the name of 
"The Anderson Tea Store." 

In 1900 the business was incor- 
porated as "The Anderson Tea 
Co." Since then it has expanded 
so as to comprise thirteen stores 
on the west side and three on the 
north side. The office and ware- 
house is located at 1020 West 
Madison st. 

Mr. Anderson belongs to the 
Royal League, Tribe of Ben Hur, 
Modern Woodmen and the Fort 
Dearborn Club. He is a member of 
the Union Park Congregational 
Church. His home is at 209 
Warren ave. 

Mr. Andersons family includes 
Mrs. Anderson and two daugh- 
ters. 



JOHN AXEL AXBERG 
was born Jan. 25, 1862, in En- 
aker parish, province of Vestman- 



WILI-IAM F. ANDERSON 

attended school until 1875, when 
he secured employment in a tea 
store. In 1883 he became man- 
ager of King's Tea Store on Grand JOHN AXEL AXBERG 
avenue. Mr. Anderson learned land, Sweden. During his younger 




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years he worked at the bench 
with his father, Anders G. John- 
son, who was a shoemaker. His 
mother died in 1905 at the age 
of seventy-six. After working as 
journeyman in some of the largest 
shops in Sweden, the son started 
in business for himself, at the age 
of twenty-one. He thought there 
were greater opportunities to be 
found in America and in 1888 
emigrated to this country, settling 
in Chicago. After a struggle of 
two years he was the proud pos- 
sessor of a finely appointed shoe 
store. Later on, another store 
was established. He subsequently 
disposed of the first, and so owned 
one of the finest shoe stores on 
the south side, at 1217 E. 75th 
st. His last place of business was 
at 6956 Jackson Park ave. 

Mr. Axberg belongs to the 
Court of Hercules, Independent 
Order of Foresters, the Baltic 
Lodge and the Odd Fellows. He 
was married Feb. 21, 1885 to 
Kmma C. Hanson, born Sept. 17, 
1862 in Wiksnas, Dalarne. Five 
children have been born to 
viz., Elsa, Catherine, 
Edith Axelia, born Dec. i, 
John Edwin, born April 9, 
Elfvera J. C., born June 22, 1898, 
and Milton G. A. born Feb. 13, 
1906. Mr. Axberg has been 
treasurer of the Swedish Republican 
Club in the 34th ward. 



den, April 16, 1848. At the age 
of twelve he went to Germany, 
where he began to learn survey- 



them, 
now dead, 
1887, 
1892, 



GUSTAF H. CARLSON, 

perhaps the most prominent sur- 
veyor in America of Swedish de- 
scent, was born in Malmo, Swe- 




GUSTAF H. CARLSON 

ing. Having returned to Sweden 
in 1869, he departed the following 
year for America where he settled 
in Kansas, remaining there until 
1873, when he went to Chicago. 
From 1874 to 1877 ^ e was en ~ 
gaged in Hyde Park, surveying 
the village and compiling an 
official atlas. The thoroughness 
and exactness of this work brought 
him at once into such prominence 
that the following year the Demo- 
cratic nomination was tendered 
him unsolicited. Later Mr. Carl- 
son compiled atlases of the city 
of Chicago, the city of Lake View, 
and the town of Lake. He had 
previously formed a partnership 
with Samuel S. Greeley, for 
the publication of these atlases, 
under the firm name of Greeley, 
Carlson & Company., which in 
1887 was made a corporation, 



Chicago 



under the firm name of the Greeley- 
Carlson Company. For ten years 
more Mr. Carlson continued as 
manager of the company, and all 
the work, including the planning 
of town sites, subdivisions and 
cemeteries, was done under his 
personal supervision. These at- 
lases are regarded as authorities, 
and are used by the various de- 
partments of the city government 
of Chicago, and in the offices of 
attorneys and real estate men. 
The towns of Hegewisch, Pull- 
man, Normal Park, Auburn Park, 
Chicago Heights and Edgewater 
are among those laid out by Mr. 
Carlson. He is frequently con- 
sulted as an eminent authority in 
cases of disputed boundaries in 
the city of Chicago, or where a 
high degree of accuracy is re- 
quired, as in the location of the 
Leiter Building, the Auditorium, 
and other down-town buildings. 

In 1898 Mr. Carlson sold his 
interest in the Greeley-Carlson Co., 
and opened an office of his own 
at 115 Dearborn St., where he is 
still located. 

Nov. 8, 1878, Mr. Carlson was 
married to Miss Julie Vodoz, from 
Vevey, Switzerland, and they have 
two children, one son and one 
daughter. 

In religion Mr. Carlson is a 
Christian Scientist. In politics he 
is a Democrat of the old school, 
having, however, voted for McKin- 
ley in 1896. 



He attended the city's public 
schools and later graduated from 
the Evergreen City Business Coll- 




CARL A. JOHNSON, 
a native of Illinois, was born 
in Bloomington, Sept. 3, 1875. 



CARL A. JOHNSON 

ege. For several years he was 
employed in the offices of the 
Chicago and Alton R. R. Co., in 
the car service department. He 
next was engaged for several years 
with various electric appliance 
firms in Chicago. In 1893 he was 
employed at the World's Fair. 
During the lull in business which 
followed, he entered the Illinois 
Wesleyan University at Blooming- 
ton, where he completed a three 
years' course. During the sum- 
mer months he was employed in 
the New York Dental Parlors. 

In the fall of 1896 he matricu- 
lated in the Dental College of the 
University of Michigan at Ann 
Arbor and graduated with honors 
in June, 1899, receiving the de- 
gree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. 

He at once embarked into prac- 
tical dentistry at 59th and Mor- 



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gan St., Chicago, where he soon 
built up a lucrative practice. 

In June, 1901, Dr. Johnson went 
to Europe, where he spent four 
months in study and travel. He 
also made a visit to his ancestral 
land, Sweden. 

Dr. Johnson now has his offices 
at 59th and Halsted sts. 



ANDERS G. LUND 

was born on the 2oth of July, 1857, 
in Vermland province, Sweden. 
He obtained a technical education 
from a private tutor and in the 
Tekniska skolan of Stockholm. 




ANDERS G. LUNU 

He came to Chicago in April, 1882. 
Since 1892 he has conducted his 
own architect's office at 602 W. 63d 
St., Chicago. He has been success- 
ful in his profession and owns an 
apartment building at 6327-6329 
Parnell ave. He recently re- 
moved to Palos Park, some twenty 
miles southwest of Chicago, where 
he has a comfortable home. He 



was married Sept. 16, 1890, to Ida 
Charlotte L,undgren from Helsing- 
borg, Sweden, and is the father of 
three children two girls and one 
boy. 



CARL JOHAN NELSON, 

Methodist clergyman, was born in 
Nattraby parish, Blekinge, Swe- 




CARL JOHAN NELSON 

den, July 24, 1866, and came to 
America in 1881. He was educat- 
ed at the Swedish M. E. Theo- 
logical Seminary at Evanston, and 
after finishing his studies there, 
he became a minister of the Gos- 
pel in the Swedish M. E. Church. 
He has been pastor of the Swed- 
ish Methodist Church at Pullman, 
Chicago, since September, 1900. 
Before coming to Chicago he re- 
sided in Worcester, Mass., and 
Racine, Wis. 

Mr. 'Nelson was married Sept. 
3, 1891, to Miss Susie A. Johnson 
of Evanston, and has three child- 
ren. 



Chicago 



AUGUST CHRISTENSON, 

who is perhaps the only Swedish 
wholesale clothing dealer in the 
United States, was born in Ousby, 




AUGUST CHRISTEXSON 

Skane, Sweden, April 5, 1864. 
He attended school in L,und for 
four years. At the age of fifteen 
years he came to America, having 
made the long journey alone. 
Settling in Chicago, he learned 
the cigarmaker's trade, but left 
that and tried the occupation of 
selling books. Being successful, 
he continued in that line for three 
years. Then he went to Denver 
and established a book store, but 
the climate did not agree with 
him so he returned to Chicago 
and engaged in the manufacture 
of clothing, having formed a part- 
nership with J. B. Whitney and 
M. S. Bullock, under the firm 
name of Whitney, Christenson & 



employing ten salesmen and over 
150 people in their factory. 

Mr. Christenson, who was mar- 
ried in 1893, has an only son. 



CHARLES ENGDAHL 

was born Oct. 23, 1874, in the 
city of Oskarshamn, Sweden. Af- 
ter completing the grades of the 
grammar school at home he at- 
tended the Oskarshamn elementary, 
or collegiate school, for four years. 
In 1893 h e came to the United 
States and lived the first year in 
Geneva, 111. Mr. Engdahl then 
removed to Chicago, and became 
a bookbinder. In Oct., 1898, he 
formed together with Ernst Holm- 
gren the firm of Holmgren and 
Engdahl, their bindery being at 
305 Orleans st. After two years 
they moved to 254-256 Orleans 




CHARLES EXGDAHL 

st. In 1907 the growth of their 
business compelled them to move 



Bullock. They are doing business to their present extensive quarters 
throughout the western states, at 14-28 Michigan st. At the 



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same time the firm was incor- 
porated as the Holmgren, Engdahl 
and Johnson Co., Mr. Engdahl being 
chosen secretary and treasurer. 

Mr. Engdahl is a steward in 
the First Swedish M. E. Church 
and was president of the Epworth 
League Society of this church for 
a number of years. He is a di- 
rector of the Swedish Methodist 
Aid Association of Chicago. 



JOHN P. SANDBERG 

one of the leading Swedish-Amer- 
ican manufacturers of Chicago, 




JOHN P. SANDBERG 

was born in Ysane, Blekinge, 
Sweden, Nov. 15, 1842, and emi- 
grated to America in 1867. Com- 
ing directly to Chicago, he worked 
in different lines until he joined 
his brother in business, becoming 
a member of the firm, Sandberg 
& Co., which is engaged in the 
manufacture of engravers' woods. 
He was married in 1878, to Miss 
Nellie Johnson, with whom he 



has three children, one son and 
two daughters. In local politics 
Mr. Sandberg is independent, but 
in national matters he is a strong 
adherent of the Grand Old Party. 



LUDWIG WAHLQUIST 

was born Nov. 19, 1865, in Son- 
drum, Halland, Sweden. He ob- 




LUDWIG WAHLQUIST 

tained his education in the Swed- 
ish public schools and later he 
worked as a miller until he went 
to the United States in 1888. His 
destination was Chicago, where he 
did miscellaneous work for several 
years. In 1893 Mr. Wahlquist ob- 
tained a situation in a grill factory 
where he continued for a year. 
In company with E. Larson he 
subsequently established the Grand 
Union Grill Works. The business, 
at first small, has increased stead- 
ily and reached respectable dimen- 
sions. 



Mr. Wahlquist is married to 
Alma Christina Johnson, who 



Chicago 



was born in Asige, Halland. They 
belong to the Gethsemane Swedish 
Lutheran Church. Mr. Wahlquist 
is a member of the Independent 
Order of Svithiod. 



ANDREW M. LUNDEEN 

was born December 13, 1862, in 
Leksand, Dalarne, Sweden. His 




ANDREW M. LUNDEEN 

parents, E. P. and Anna Lundeen, 
are both natives of the parish of 
Leksand. The family left the old 
homestead and arrived in this 
country Sept. 15, 1871, settling in 
Lockport, 111., where they still live. 
Andrew is the second oldest of 
seven children, three of whom are 
still living. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of Lockport and later 
was employed by the Chicago and 
Alton R. R. Co. Since 1889, Mr. 
Lundeen has been operating in 
Chicago in real estate and lands. 
At present he is engaged in the 
sale of farm lands in Alberta, 
Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Can- 



ada, and in the western states, 
doing a general farm land busi- 
ness. His office is at the Union 
Stock Yards. 

Mr. Lundeen is a Republican 
and belongs to the Lutheran 
Church. 



CHARLES F. SWANSON 

was born in Gallaryd, Smaland, 
Sweden, July 12, 1864. After 
attending the public school in his 
native village he emigrated in 1881 
to the United States. For the last 
sixteen years Mr. Swanson has 
conducted a grocery and a meat 
market, located at 352-354 E. Di- 
vision st. 

Mr. Swanson is married to Annie 
Peterson from Motala, Sweden. 
They have two children, Charles 




CHARLES F. SWANSON 

Raymond and Laura Amelia. The 
members of the family belong to 
Moody 's Church. 



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CHARLES W. LUNDBLAD 

was born in the island of Got- 
land, Sweden, July 27, 1844. He 
was brought to this country as a 




CHARLES W. LUNDBLAD 

child by his parents who came over 
in 1848, being among the very ear- 
liest Swedish settlers. The f amity 
first settled in Quincy, 111., living 
there for two years. His father 
succumbing to the cholera, his 
mother with the two sons, removed 
to Chicago in 1850. Here Charles 
obtained a common school educa- 
tion, attending the Franklin 
School. 

For more than forty years he has 
been employed by the Chicago and 
Northwestern R. R., the greater 
part of the time in the capacity of 
locomotive engineer. In 1893 Mr. 
Lundblad lowered the time record 
on the Chicago-Milwaukee run from 
two and a quarter hours to two 
hours. Mr. Lundblad is a mem- 
ber of the Brotherhood of Loco- 
motive Engineers. 



ERNEST w. LINDEEN 

was born July 5, 1861, in Jems- 
hog parish, Blekinge, Sweden. His 
parents were Swan P. and Johanna 
Lindeen. Mr. Lindeen, Sr., was a 
tailor, who in 1868 emigrated with 
his family to America and died in 
Chicago in 1882. Ernest obtained 
his early education in the Chicago 
public schools. He subsequently 
worked in meat markets, learning 
the ins and outs of the business, 
and in 1877 opened his own store. 
By Mayor Swift Mr. Lindeen was 
appointed meat inspector in the 
city of Chicago and served for 
two and a half years. He is now 
a member of the firm of Leengran & 
Lindeen, who conduct meat mar- 
kets at 195 Sedgwick st. and 152 
Townsend st. 




ERNEST W. LINDEEN 

In 1886 Mr. Lindeen was mar- 
ried to Hannah C. Nelson, in Chi- 
cago. Mrs. Lindeen was born 
June 13, 1860, at Hogsby, Sma- 
land, Sweden, her parents being 



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John and Gustava Nelson. Three 
children have been born to Mr. 
and Mrs. Lindeen, namely, Arthur 
W., born July 8, 1888, died Oct. 
7, 1903; Raymond E., born March 
6, 1890; Evelyn M., born Jan. 27, 
1892. Mr. and Mrs. Lindeen be- 
long to the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church. They have both 
taught classes in the Sunday school 
for many years. 



JOHN BRUNNER 

was born near Warberg, Sweden. 
He graduated from the civil en- 




JOHN BRUNNER 

gineering course of the Royal In- 
stitute of Technology at Stockholm 
in 1887. In Sweden he served 
in the engineering corps of the 
state railway construction depart- 
ment 1887-88, and came to Amer- 
ica in the latter year. Here he 
was engaged as assistant engineer 
in the bridge department of 
the Boston and Maine Railway 
3-90; chief engineer of the Mt. 



Veruon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, 
Ohio, 1890-95; assistant chief en- 
gineer of the structural depart- 
ment of the Carnegie Steel Co., 
Pittsburg, Pa., 1 895-96; city bridge 
engineer in Pittsburg, Pa., 1896- 
99; city engineer of Pittsburg, Pa., 
1899-1902. He has held the posi- 
tion of assistant general superin- 
tendent of the North Works of the 
Illinois Steel Co. since 1902. 

Mr. Brunner is a member of the 
following societies and clubs: the 
American Society of Civil Engin- 
eers, New York; the American 
Society for Testing Materials, 
Philadelphia; the International As- 
sociation for Testing Materials; 
the American Railway Engineer- 
ing and Maintenance of Way As- 
sociation, Chicago; the Western 
Society of Engineers, Chicago; the 
Scandinavian Technical Society, 
Chicago; the Union League Club, 
Chicago; the Chicago Engineers' 
Club, Chicago; the Evanston Club, 
Evanston. He is also a Free Ma- 
son and Knight Templar. 

In 1892 he married Miss Cora 
A. I. 'Mitchell of Mt. Vernon, 
Ohio, who is American born of 
English-Scotch descent. They 
have no children. They live at 
Evanston, 111. 



WALDEMAR WERNER 

WICHE 

was born May 20, 1875, in Stock- 
holm, where his father, Fredrick 
Wiche, was a merchant. His 
mother, who died in 1887, was 
Fredrique Ebert. The son was 
educated at the academic school 
of Ladugardslandet and the col- 



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legiate school of Ostermalm, in 
his native city. \ In the three suc- 
cessive years spent at the latter 




WALDEMAR WERNER WICHE 

institution he took the highest 
standing, also capturing several 
prizes for scholarship. 

In 1889 Mr. Wiche with his 
son left for the United States, 
locating in Chicago. Here the 
latter immediately secured employ- 
ment in the printing trade, work- 
ing for Magnus A. Hess, as ap- 
prentice, for the Schubel Printing 
Co. and the Regan Printing Co., 
until 1896, for Donahue and Hen- 
neberry, as a job printer, and for 
Baker- Vawter Co., as job compos- 
itor, a year at each place.* In 1898 
he started a printing shop at 392 
E. North ave., under the firm name 
of Behrend & Wiche. Two years 
later the partnership was dissolved 
and Mr. Wiche became sole owner 
of the business, which he continues 
at the same address. 

Mr. Wiche is a member of the 



Unity Council No. 73, Royal 
League, also of Lessing Lodge 
No. 174, Order of Mutual Pro- 
tection. He was confirmed at the 
Trinity Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Lake View. 



KMANUEL SCHMIDT 

was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, 
April 28, 1868. He was educated 
at the Hudiksvall Gymnasium, 
where he studied from 1879 to 1886. 
He came to America in the latter 
year and in 1888 entered Colgate 
Academy, from which he graduated 
in 1890. He then entered Colgate 
University, where he graduated 
with honors in 1894, receiving the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts. He 




EMANUEL SCHMIDT 

next took a divinity course at the 
Hamilton Theological Seminary. 
In 1896 he entered the University 
of Chicago, where he took the 
degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 
in 1898, and that of Doctor of 
Philosophy in 1902. 



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As a student Schmidt took high 
rank. At the Colgate Universit) 7 
he was awarded the second Dodge 
Entrance Prize, the Sophomore 
Latin Prize, the Junior Greek 
Prize and the Osborn Mathematics 
Prize. At the University of Chi- 
cago he held the fellowship in 
Semitic languages for two years. 
His scholarly attainments are 
further exemplified in the following 
published works: "The Temple of 
Solomon in the Light of Other 
Oriental Temples" (his doctor's 
thesis); "Svenska Baptister pa 
lyoo-talet", and "Guds och man- 
niskans andel i varldens evangel- 
isering." 

Dr. Schmidt belongs to the Greek 
fraternities, Alpha Phi, Beta Theta 
Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa. 

Dr. Schmidt was for a time 
editor of Hemmets Van, a literary 
monthly. In 1905 he accepted the 
presidency of Adelphia College, a 
Baptist institution just founded 
in Seattle, Wash., which office he 
still holds. 



partment of the Baltimore and 
Ohio railway. In 1882 he became 
a compositor and started in the 



JOHN WILLIAM BELMONT 

was born Dec. 14, 1863, in Jon- 
koping, Sweden. His parents are 
Fredrick Gustav and Hedvig Bel- 
mont. The family emigrated in 
1867, coming to Chicago and 
locating on the north side, Lake 
View being their home since 1882. 
John attended the public schools, 
also a Swedish and a German school, 
ending by taking a course at the 
Chicago Athenaeum. He then 
obtained a situation with the 
Western Union Telegraph Co. and 
later worked in the freight de- 




JOHN WILLIAM BELMONT 

printing business as a member of 
the firm of Belmont, Waddell & 
Co., at Clark and Monroe sts. In 
the latter part of that year he sold 
his interest and began work in the 
Chicago Times office. Subsequent- 
ly he worked for some time in 
the Union Type Foundry. In 
1885 he accepted a situation with 
the abstract firm of Haddock, 
Vallette and Rickcords, remaining 
with them for several years. "In 
1893 he was appointed bailiff by 
Sheriff Gilbert and two years later 
Sheriff Pease appointed him grand 
jury clerk. This post was filled 
by Mr. Belmont for three years 
whereupon he was appointed dep- 
uty circuit court clerk. He retained 
this position until November, 
1902, when he was elected county 
commissioner. On Jan. n, 1905, 
he was appointed Cook County 



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Agent. He was a delegate to the 
memorable state convention at 
Springfield in 1904 which was 
in session for two weeks. 

Mr. Belmont was married May 
17, 1899, to Miss Katherine Aiken 
of Chicago. She is the daughter 
of William and Margaret Roden 
Aiken, and was born April 20, 
1873. Mr. and Mrs. Belmont have 
a daughter, Ruth Wilhelmina, 
born March 9, 1900. The family 
resides at Sn Clifton ave. Mr. 
Belmont is a member of the Knights 
of Pythias. 



NELS M. LORENTZ 

was born April 29, 1859, in Gull- 
arp, Ousby parish, Skane, Swe- 




NELS M. LORENTZ 

den. He enjoyed no schooling in 
childhood. On Aug. 9, 1875, he 
set out for Segeberg, Schleswig- 
Holstein, Germany, and became a 
journeyman in the art of carving 
ornaments from marble and ala- 
baster. After three and one-half 



years he moved with his employer 
to Copenhagen. There he worked 
two and one-half years more with 
the same employer and then en- 
gaged in the business for himself. 
The raw alabaster was difficult 
to obtain. He therefore made 
trips to Hamburg, Germany, and 
to the island of Gotland, Swe- 
den, looking up new sources of 
supply of alabaster and marble. 
He fashioned clock cases, jewel 
cases, vases, and many other kinds 
of ornamental goods and bric-a- 
brac. After six months the busi- 
ness had increased so as to require 
several workmen. But Mr. L,or- 
entz, not being a Danish citizen, 
was restricted by the Danish labor 
laws from employing workmen. 
If he became a Danish citizen he 
would have to join the army. 
He therefore sold his business in 
1882 and went to Chicago. He 
soon after obtained work in a 
lumber yard. His knowledge of 
German and Swedish was of great 
advantage and helped him to se- 
cure his next situation, one in a 
jelly and preserve manufactory. 
His next step was to work in a 
manufacturing tailor's shop where 
he remained four years and four 
months. For a period he worked 
for Butler Bros., on Adams St. 
On June 19, 1888, he purchased 
an interest in a general merchan- 
dise store at 67 E. Chicago Ave., 
the firm being styled Johnson and 
L,orentz. Two years thereafter he 
bought his partner's interest and 
conducted the store until the spring 
of 1907. 

In June, 1907, Mr. Lorentz, 



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together with Mr. Davis, purchased 
the manufacturing tailor's business 
in which they both had formerly 
been employed. This enterprise 
was carried on at 18 Wendell st. 
under the name of Davis & Lorentz 
until 1907, when Mr. Lorentz re- 
tired from business. 

Mr. Lorentz was married in 
Nov., 1895, to Hulda Olson, born 
April 28, 1875, in Karlstad, Verm- 
land, Sweden. They have a son 
ten years old and a daughter 
seven years old. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lorentz reside at 2468 Wayne ave., 
Edgewater. 



was born at Granby, Kumla par- 
ish, Orebro Ian, Sweden, May 3, 




ERIK ANDERSON 

1864. When he was four years 
old his mother died, and his 
father moved to another province, 
leaving his son to be brought up 
by his uncle on the Vesta estate, 
where he remained until 1882 



when, at the age of eighteen years, 
he emigrated to America. Loca- 
ting in Chicago, he learned the 
tailor's trade, and after seven 
years started in his own business. 
He has specialized in the manu- 
facture of custom trousers, doing 
an extensive business in that line 
at 137 Gault court. 

Mr. Anderson is a member of 
the Swedish M. E. Church, and 
has served as trustee of his con- 
gregation for over twelve years. 
He has also been Sunday school 
superintendent for a number of 
years. 

In 1889 Mr. Anderson married 
Miss Matilda Svenson. The couple 
have had three children, two of 
whom, Esther Elvira and Paul 
Leonard, are still living. 



FRED MALCOLM JOHNSON 

pastor of the Swedish Ev. Luth. 
Mission Church at Orleans and 
Whiting sts., was born July 27, 
1857, at Nyebro, Eksjo, Smaland. 
His parents were John G. John- 
son and Martha C. Stark. 

His early training was obtained 
in the public school in Eksjo. He 
came to this country July i, 1875, 
and lived at North Warren, 
Chandlers Valley, Sheffield and 
Tidioute, Pa., until 1877, when he 
became a divinity student at Ans- 
garius College, Knoxville, 111., 
continuing his studies for the 
ministry until 1879. Mr. Johnson 
was ordained Oct. 7, 1884, at 
Jamestown, N.Y., and was installed 
as pastor of the Tabernacle Swed- 
ish Mission Church in Chicago 
the 1 5th of the same month. He 



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held this pastorate'until April 15, 
1887, when he left to assume 
charge of the Swedish Mission 




FRED MALCOLM JOHNSON 

Church in Rockford, 111. Here 
he labored for over ten years. On 
Dec. 17, 1897, ne became pastor 
of Bethany Mission Church, Gar- 
field boulevard and Fifth ave., 
Chicago. This charge he resigned 
Oct. 17, 1902. Rev. Johnson was 
received as pastor of the Swedish 
Ev. lyUth. Mission Church on Or- 
leans and Whiting sts. January i, 
1904. This is the mother church 
of the Mission Friends in Chicago 
and the United States and is pop- 
ularly called the North church, 
being located on the north side. 
It had 525 members in 1905 and 
the building and its property is 
valued at $30,000. The parson- 
age, worth $5,000, is at 10 Whiting 

St. 

Rev. Johnson has traveled as 
itinerant preacher and evangelist 
not only in this country but in 



Sweden, where he labored in 1882 
and in the summer of 1886. 
He is the author of a devotional 
work on the 23d Psalm of David 
and has written numerous articles 
for Swedish religious papers. 

On Jan. 10, 1887, Rev. Mr. 
Johnson was married to Emelia 
Maria Nelson of Chicago. She is 
a daughter of Per Adolf and Gus- 
tava Nelson and was born May 
1 6, 1858. They have four child- 
ren: Hildur Paulina, born June 
8, 1888; Emelia Natalia, born June 
1 6, 1890; Fred Malcolm, born May 
25, 1892, and Martha Elvira, born 
Sept. 24, 1895. Mr. Johnson, Sr. , 
died in Rockford, April 15, 1897. 
Mrs. Johnson, Sr., died in Chicago 
Oct. 18, 1905. Rev. Johnson's two 
brothers, A. W. and G. K. Stark, 
are ministers in the Augustana 
Synod. 

ERNEST BIHL, 

was born in Vermland, Sweden, 
near the city of Karlstad, at a place 
named Gunnerud, March i, 1860. 
By unavoidable circumstances and 
the financial reverses of his father, 
he was compelled to earn his own 
living at a very early age. After 
completing his course in the com- 
mon school he entered as an 
apprentice in the Karlstad Mechan- 
ical Works, where he worked un- 
til emigrating in the spring of 1879. 
He came to this country without 
a single acquaintance or relative, 
and stopped in northern Michigan, 
where he worked for a few months 
in the lumber camps. Realizing 
what a disadvantage it was to be 
unfamiliar with the English tongue, 



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he quit his work and went to 
school to acquire the language. 
After a year's stay in Michigan, 




ERXEST BIHL 

he went to Chicago, securing em- 
ployment in the South Chicago 
Steel Works, where he continued 
until 1883. With the few savings 
of those years of hard labor, he 
went to western Nebraska, then a 
wilderness, bought land, and start- 
ed in as a farmer and stockman, 
meeting with a fair success. He 
lived in Nebraska until 1890, the 
latter part of that year acting as 
land agent for the Union Pacific 
Railroad Companj-. Thereupon 
he returned to Chicago, continuing 
his agency for the railroad company 
and at the same time engaging in 
a general real estate business in 
this city. He still makes this his 
business, and has his office in the 
pretty suburb of West Pullman. 
In 1898 he was elected township 
tax collector for the town of 
Calumet and was reelected in 



1899. In the spring of 1902 he 
was elected to represent the 33d 
ward in the Chicago city council. 
He was in 1 904 and again in 1 906 
reelected to the same office. Mr. 
Bihl is married and has five child- 
ren. 

ANDREW G. JOHNSON 
was born in 1849, at Orebro, Swe- 
den. He came to this country and 
to Chicago in 1871. Having a 
taste for business, he entered the 
Bryant and Stratton Business Coll- 
ege. His course completed, he 
embarked in the coal business, 
meeting with a degree of success 
that years ago enabled him to re- 
tire from active business. 

Mr. Johnson's interests seem re- 
stricted to his own home and 




ANDREW G. JOHNSON 

immediate surroundings, he having 
affiliated with no church, no frater- 
nal societies nor other organiza- 
tions. He was united in marriage 
to Miss Carrie Arend on March 
25, 1891. 



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WILLIAM A. PETERSON 

was born in Smaland, Sweden, 
Feb. 23, 1867. The following year 
the family emigrated to the United 




WILLIAM AUGUST PETERSON 

States and settled first at Swede 
Bend, shortly afterward locating 
in Lost Grove township, Webster 
co., la. After one year's study 
at the Ames High School, young 
Peterson entered Iowa State Coll- 
ege at Ames, graduating in 1887 
with the degree of B.S. He also 
attended Augustana and Bethany 
colleges, for brief periods. For five 
years Mr. Peterson was principal 
of schools in various towns. 

In 1894 he entered the medical 
department of Iowa State Univer- 
sity. After two years of study 
he matriculated at the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons, of the 
University of Illinois, where the 
degree of M. D. was conferred 
upon him in 1897. Since then Dr. 
Peterson has practiced his profes- 
sion with offices at 3ist street and 



Wentworth ave., and in the Reli- 
ance Building, 100 State st. He 
specializes in diseases of the eye, 
ear, nose and throat. Dr. Peterson 
is Medical Director of the Scandia 
Life Insurance Co. and a member 
of the medical staff of the Engle- 
wood Hospital and of the People's 
Hospital. He is a member of the 
American Medical Association, the 
Illinois State Medical Society and 
the Cook County Medical Society. 
He is on the rolls of the Iduna 
Lodge, I. O. G. T., I. O. O. F., 
Modern Woodmen, I. O. V. and 
the Wasa Society. Dr. Peterson 
was married June 20, 1899, and is 
the father of two children. He is 
a member of Salem Swedish Luth- 
eran Church. 



JOHN A. NYE 

was born at Rosa, Skede parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, Sept. 27, 1855. 




JOHN A. NYE 

He came to the United States 
with his parents in 1867. The 
party landed on July 16, 1867, 



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and pushed on to their destination, 
the pioneer Swedish settlement 
at Andover, Illinois. His father 
is John Nye, a retired farmer at 
Cambridge, 111., and his mother is 
Eva Danielson Nye. Mr. Nye 
lived for a time in Sherman 
county, Kansas, where he served 
as county treasurer. He is now 
general agent of the Union Pacific 
R. R. land department, with office 
in the Marquette Building. Mr. 
Nye has been with the Union Pa- 
cific R. R. for twenty- one years. 
He has been president of the 
largest Republican precinct club in 
Chicago and belongs to the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. 

Mr. Nye is married to Orpah 
Morley, daughter of William and 
Emelia Morley. Their children 
are John W., Edith E. and Har- 
old O. Nye. The family are 
members of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church. 

HERMAN G. NORDBERG, 

president of the Swedish Singers' 
Union of Chicago, was born in 
Ystad, Sweden, Jan. 31, 1866. 
His father, Wilhelm Nordberg, a 
restaurateur, died at Ystad in 1883. 
His mother, Maria Christina Sven- 
son, is still living. 

Herman attended the public 
school, high school and business 
college. After leaving school he 
was a blacksmith for five years. 
In 1886 he left Sweden for this 
country, settling in Grand Rapids, 
Mich., where he secured work in 
a furniture factory. After two 
years he went to Brooklyn, N. Y., 
and shortlv afterwards to Kansas 



City, Mo. Since Sept., 1889, Mr. 
Nordberg has been a resident of 
Chicago with the exception of 




HERMAN G. NORDBERG 

six months spent in Rockford. 

Mr. Nordberg worked for six 
years in furniture factories and 
was for three years foreman in 
H. Z. Mallen's furniture factory 
in Chicago. Mr. Nordberg then 
obtained a position in dry goods 
department of Marshall Field & 
Go's wholesale house and remained 
there four }^ears. During the sub- 
sequent ten years he has been 
bookkeeper for Nilsson Brothers, 
plumbers, 1463 Belmont ave. 

Mr. Nordberg is a member of 
the Swedish Glee Club; King Oscar 
Masonic Lodge; First Swedish 
Lodge, I. O. O. F.; Monitor Coun- 
cil, Royal Arcanum, being secre- 
tary for three 3^ears. Since the 
organization of the American Un- 
ion of Swedish Singers in Nov., 
1892, he has been a prominent 
member of that bodv. As a dele- 



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gate of the Lyran male chorus he 
has attended all the conventions 
and singing festivals of the West- 
ern division and of the united 
choruses of America. Mr. Nord- 
berg was chosen festival secretary 
at the Jamestown convention in 
1901 and served until the Chicago 
festival in 1905. He was elected 
secretary of the Chicago contin- 
gent of the choruses in 1901 and re- 
tained the office for six years. 
In January, 1907, Mr. Nordberg 
was elected president of the Swed- 
ish Singers' Union of Chicago, 
which was in 1906 incorporated 
as a distinct body. 

Mr. Nordberg is married to 
Esther V. Holmquist, born Oct. 
22, 1871. The date of marriage 
was Nov. 18, 1903. A son, Her- 
man Gerald, was born in 1905. 



CARL A. EVALD, 

pastor of the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church, was born at 
Helleby, Nerikes Kil, Orebro Ian, 
Sweden, May 25, 1849. His par- 
ents were Anders Andersson and 
Christina Sjoqvist, farmer folk, 
who later removed to Wretaberg, 
in Grodinge parish, near Stock- 
holm, where his mother died in 
1878 and his father in 1887. After 
attending parochial school, the son 
was placed under a private tutor 
and when ten years old entered 
the Carolinian collegiate school in 
Orebro. During the seven and 
one-half years spent there, he 
served as tutor in well-to-do fam- 
ilies and also pursued private stud- 
ies with the view of fitting him- 
self for the ministry. During the 



last years at the institution he en- 
joyed the Thysselius scholarship. 
At the early age of nineteen years 
Mr. Evald began to preach, and 
in 1871 accompanied Per A. Ahl- 
berg, the well known evangelist, 
on an extensive missionary tour 
through Smaland. During this trip 
his thought of entering the min- 
istry ripened into a fixed purpose. 
In the fall of 1871 young Evald 
emigrated to America, immediately 
entering the Augustana Theolog- 




CARL A. EVALD 

ical Seminary at Paxton, 111. Com- 
pleting his course the following 
year, he was ordained a Lutheran 
pastor at the annual meeting of 
the Augustana Synod at Gales- 
burg, Sept. 29, 1872. At this 
time the institution had no col- 
legiate courses, devoting itself ex- 
clusively to the education of min- 
isters. Many years later, however, 
Mr. Evald completed the collegiate 
course at the same institution. 
His first call was to the Aug- 



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ustana Church in Minneapolis, 
Minn., serving that congregation 
until 1875, when he accepted a 
call from the Immanuel Church of 
Chicago, whose pastor he has been 
been from April 4 of that year up 
to the present time. It is a pecu- 
liar fact that the Immanuel Church 
has, from the time of its organiza- 
tion in 1853, had but two pastors, 
viz., the venerable Dr. Erland 
Carlsson and his son-in-law, the 
present pastor. 

The Rev. Mr. Evald has been 
secretary of the Minnesota Con- 
ference; secretary, vice-president 
and president of the Illinois Con- 
ference; member and secretary of 
the board of directors of August- 
ana Hospital in Chicago for the 
last twenty years, serving contin- 
uously on its executive committee 
and almost without interruption 
as its secretary; member of the 
board of directors of the Chicago 
Lutheran Seminary since many 
years back; member of the board 
of managers of the Chicago Bible 
Society for a long term of years; 
at various times president of his 
mission district and of the Swedish 
Lutheran Pastoral Association of 
Chicago; also vice-president and 
member of the executive commit- 
tee of the Lutheran Ministers' 
Association of Chicago, and vice- 
president of the Chicago Lutheran 
Jewish Mission. 

Dr. Evald the title of Doctor 
of Divinity was conferred upon 
him years ago has contributed 
largely to a number of church 
publications, besides having edited 
several publications. For a num- 



ber of years editor of Ndd och 
Sanning, he continued as associate 
editor when that publication was 
merged with Fosterlandet; he also 
edited Barnviznnen, a religious 
paper for children, is a contrib- 
utor to Tidskrift for Teologi och 
Kyrkliga Frdgor, Augustana, Ung- 
doms- Vdnnen and Korsbaneret ', be- 
sides editing his local church pa- 
per, Forsamlings- Vdnnen. 

Dr. Evald has the distinction 
of being the foremost pulpit orator 
in the Augustana Synod. His 
sermons, carefully prepared and 
finely delivered, are models of re- 
ligious eloquence. He is also an 
able lecturer in two languages, 
having often appeared on the lec- 
ture platform in Chicago and else- 
where. 

Dr. Evald has been twice mar- 
ried, Oct. 4, 1876, to Miss Annie 
Fredrique Carlsson, a daughter of 
Dr. Erland Carlson and his wife, 
Eva Charlotta Andersson, born in 
Chicago April n, 1856. She died 
Nov. 27, 1880, in Stockholm; 
May 24, 1883, he was united in 
marriage to her sister, Emmy 
Christine Carlsson, born in Gene- 
va, 111., Sept. 18, 1857. In the 
second marriage there are two 
daughters, Annie Fidelia Christ- 
ine, born March 13, 1884, and 
Frances Lillian Charlotta, born 
Dec. 2, 1885. The eldest daughter 
is the wife of Conrad Emanuel 
Hoffsten, pastor of the Harlem 
Swedish Lutheran Church in New 
York City. 

Dr. and Mrs. Evald reside at 218 
Sedgwick st., in the parsonage of 
the Immanuel Church. 



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FRANK A. ROSE, 
a leading Swedish merchant tailor, 
was born Sept. 19, 1864, at Tranas, 
Sweden. He emigrated to this 




FRANK A. ROSE 

country in 1880, arriving May 15. 
He lived for a time in New York 
and later in Galesburg, 111. From 
the latter place he removed to Chi- 
cago. 

Here he conducts a merchant tai- 
loring business on a large scale, his 
establishment being in the Railway 
Exchange Building, corner of 
Jackson and Michigan boulevards. 

The home of the Rose family 
is a handsome residence at 2857 
Kenmore ave., Edgewater. 

Mr. Rose is a member of the 
Marquette Club, the New Illinois 
Athletic Club, the Edgewater 
Country Chicago Association of 
Commerce, and is a 32d degree 
Mason . 



grated to America in May, 1891, 
and located in Chicago. Having 
pursued the building trade for 
about two years, he abandoned 
that occupation and engaged in the 
real estate, fire insurance and loan 
business, with office at 159 L,a 
Salle st. He is a director of Svea 
Building and L,oan Association. 

He is the originator of and is 
a director of Washington Park 
Hospital and vice-president of 
the National Mercantile Co. The 
Republican party has in him a 
strong adherent and active worker. 

On March 3, 1900, Mr. Swan- 
son was married to Hilda S. Peter- 
son, born in Elmeboda, Smaland, 




FRANK A. SWANSON 

was born Feb. 7, 1866, in Almunds- 
ryd, Smaland, Sweden. He emi- 



FRANK A. SWANSON 

Sweden. They have a daughter, 
Esther Hildegard, born April 25, 
1903. The family resides at 7100 
Drexel avenue, and belongs to the 
Gustaf Adolf Swedish Lutheran 
Church of whose council Mr. Swan- 
son is a member. 



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FRITZ SCHOULTZ, 

proprietor of the largest house in 
Chicago for the manufacture of 
theatrical costumes, was born of 




FRITZ SCHOULTZ 

Swedish- German parentage in Co- 
penhagen Dec. 2, 1856. At the 
age of twenty he came to the 
United States. After obtaining his 
schooling in Stockholm, where he 
was raised, Mr. Schoultz worked 
at the typographer' s trade in various 
Swedish printing offices in this 
country, including those of Eng- 
berg and Holmberg, Scandia, 
in Moline, 111., and Svenska Hdr- 
olden, published in Salina, Kansas, 
about 1880. He was for a num- 
ber of years traveling agent for 
Swedish newspapers, such as Fol- 
kets Rost, of Omaha, and Svenska 
Tribunen and Svenska Amerikana- 
ren of Chicago. 

After marriage he engaged in 
the business of costumer, his wife 
being the proprietress of a small 
shop, furnishing amateur stage 



and masquerade costumes. By 
combined effort Mr. and Mrs. 
Schoultz rapidly increased the 
business, which is now one of the 
leading establishments of its kind, 
capable of furnishing the costumes 
for the most elaborate productions 
put on the stage. Mr. Schoultz 
has invested part of the earnings 
of the atelier in a palatial apart- 
ment house on Sheridan Road, in 
a fine residence district. 

Mr. and Mrs. Schoultz both 
had training for the stage. Mrs. 
Schoultz, whose maiden name was 
Emilia Veth, was born in Mil- 
waukee of German parents. She 
was for several years, a member 
of the German Stock Company of 
actors in Chicago. Mr. Schoultz, 
while living in Stockholm, ob- 
tained dramatic training under 
Anders Selinder, the well-known 
ballet-master and theatrical man- 
ager. 

Two daughters, Emma and Isa- 
bella, were born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Schoultz. 

Mr. Schoultz is a member of 
the Germania Club, the Royal 
Arcanum, the Swedish Glee Club 
and the Svithiod Singing Club. 



HANS E. HAGGLUND 

was born in Ambjornarp parish, 
Elfsborg Ian, Sweden, Sept. i, 
1863. His parents, Solomon and 
Anna C. Petterson, worked a farm 
in Ambjornarp. The son attend- 
ed public school at home and 
college at Ostersund. Later he was 
employed in the hardware business 
for several years in that city. 



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Since 1893 Mr. Hagglund has 
been a resident of Chicago, his 
first employment being that of a 




HANS E. HAGGLUND 

blacksmith. Next he worked on 
a farm. In 1895 Mr. Hagglund 
established himself in the grocery 
business at 169 Elm st., where he 
has a brisk trade. He is also im- 
porter of all kinds of the well- 
known Eskilstuna cutlery. Mr. 
Hagglund is a member of the 
Merchants' Association. 



NELS NELSON, 

manufacturer of white vests for the 
wholesale trade, is operating a 
plant at 55 Evanston ave., em- 
ploying up to 1 80 workers and 
turning out more than 200,000 
garments a year. Mr. Nelson 
hails from the Swedish province 
of Blekinge, where he was born 
Oct. 9, 1844, at Pukavik in Ysane 
parish. His father was a retired 
innkeeper, named Nels Mattson, 
and his mother's name was Ingrid 



Ericson. The family immigrated 
to this country in 1863 and both 
parents died in Chicago in 1876. 
Having attended common school 
and also a so-called Rector's school, 
young Nelson went to sea at the 
age of fifteen. Later he entered 
the naval academy at Karlshamn, 
passing the examination for cap- 
tain's mate at nineteen. Again go- 
ing to sea, he advanced to able 
seaman, serving on board ship 
until twenty-two years of age, 
when he signed papers as captain's 
mate on the ship Norge, Captain 
Hoist, of Laurvik. After sailing 
for two years, during which time 
he rounded North Cape, and vis- 
ited the ports of the Mediterranean, 
the Black Sea, the West Indies 




NELS NELSON 

and Central America, he landed in 
New York in 1868 with a view to 
become an American resident. For 
about two years subsequently he 
sailed as vessel master on the Great 
Lakes, whereupon he embarked in 



Chicago 



the business of manufacturing tai- 
lor in the city of Chicago in 1869. 

Mr. Nelson was married in 
November, 1879, to Emma Lyberg, 
born in Karlshamn, Sweden, Nov. 
5, 1844. I" ^e family are three 
living children out of a total num- 
ber of nine. These are Hilda 
Bernhardina, born in 1876, and 
married in 1905, to Robert Mc- 
Farren; Victor Emanuel, born in 
1874, and married in 1898, to 
Dorothy Wood, and Alice Eliz- 
abeth, born 1887. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson reside at 
2 1 12 Central St., Evanston. They 
are members of the local Swedish 
M. E. church, where Mr. Nelson 
has served for many years in var- 
ious capacities, as trustee, deacon 
and superintendent of the Sunday 
school. 



Frederic, is in partnership with 
his father. Mr. Anderson is a 
strong adherent of the Lutheran 



CHARLES A. ANDERSON 

was born in Agunnaryd parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, March 27, 1854. 
He learned the tailor' s^trade in 
his native country. In 1879 he 
emigrated and came to Chicago, 
where he has since resided contin- 
ually with the exception of two 
years spent in Springfield, 111. In 
1886 he established a merchant 
tailoring business which he has 
made a success. He has two stores: 
one at 887 North Clark St., cor- 
ner of Center St., another at 1806 
North Clark st. The business is 
conducted under the firm name of 
Charles Anderson & Son. In 1883 
Mr. Anderson was married to Miss 
Anna Peterson. They are the par- 
ents 6f five children, of whom 
three sons are living. One son, 




CHARLES A. ANDERSON 

faith and has been a trustee for 
many years of the Trinity Swedish 
Lutheran Church at Barry and 
Seminary avenues. The family 
reside in their own home at 2682 
Evanston ave. 



AUGUST G. ALMCRANTZ 

was born in Sddra Fogelas, Skara- 
borg Ian, Sweden, Aug. 21, 1864. 
His parents were Anders Gustaf 
and Fredrika Almcrantz. August 
attended school for several years. 
In 1891 he emigrated and came 
to Chicago. After a few years' 
experience he engaged in the manu- 
facture of guitars, mandolins and 
other musical instruments, at 6015 
S. Halsted st. He makes a variety 
of high grade instruments, among 
them the "Orchestra Harp," his 
own invention. Other inventions 
of his are a detachable neck and 



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a detachable bridge for guitars, 
allowing the entire sounding-board 




AUGUST GERHARD ALMCRANTZ 

to vibrate, making the instrument 
more resonant. 

Mr. Almcrantz is married to 
Cecilia Amalia, born Nov. 20, 1864, 
in Vestra Stenby parish, Ostergot- 
land. Her parents were Carl Fred- 
rick and Caroline Amalia Stendahl. 

Mr. and Mrs. Almcrantz have 
two children, Georgia Dorothea, 
born April 7, 1896, and Oscar 
Gerhard, born July 27, 1897. 



AXEL E. SWENSON 

was born at Hjertum, Bohuslan, 
Sweden, Sept. 6, 1865. For some 
years he attended private school 
in Goteborg. In 1882 he emigrat- 
ed, settling in Chicago and em- 
barking in business as building 
contractor and from that naturally 
drifted into the real estate bus- 
iness. He is also a member of 
the firm Swenson and Dahlquist, 
shoe dealers at 511 63rd st. 



Nov. 20, 1893, Mr - Swenson was 
married to Miss Christina Stewart, 
born Nov. 17, 1872, in the Ork- 
ney .Islands, her father being 
Alexander Nicholson, a Scotch- 
man. 

Their children are Caroline 
Elizabeth, Earl Alexander and 
Margaret. 

Mr. and Mrs. Swenson are mem- 




AXEL E. SWENSON 



bers of the North Shore Congrega- 
tional Church. 



ALFRED E. HOLMES 

was born March 25, 1866, in Skof- 
de, Sweden. His father having 
died, the family emigrated in 1877 
with Chicago as their destination. 
The next year they moved to De 
Kalb, 111., and settled on a farm. 
The boy, Alfred, remained there 
until he was confirmed, when he 
decided to make his own career. 
He went to Chicago, where he 
served an apprenticeship as ma- 
chinist and engineer with the 



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American Steam Engine Co., also 
taking studies in evening classes. 
In 1886, at the age of twenty, 




ALFRED E. HOLMES 

Mr. Holmes became chief engineer 
for the clothing house of Willough- 
by, Hill & Co. After two years he 
was appointed assistant engineer in 
the Chicago Fire Department. In 
February, 1888, Mr. Holmes re- 
signed in order to become chief 
engineer of the Sliufeldt Distilling 
Co., retaining this post until the 
works were closed by the trust a 
year later. He then accepted a 
position as chief engineer and su- 
perintendent of machinery and 
buildings for the Alexander H. 
Revell Co., and has been employed 
in this capacity for the past sixteen 
years. He has also acted as con- 
sulting engineer for some of the 
large office buildings in Chicago. 
During the year 1904-1905 Mr. 
Holmes was secretary of the Swed- 
ish-American Republican League 
of Illinois, and 1904-06 secretary 



of the Chicago Society No. i of 
the National Association of Sta- 
tionary Engineers. He is Past 
Worshipful Master of King Oscar 
Lodge A. F. and A. M., member 
of Medinah Temple, of the Mystic 
Shrine, and in 1906 was elected a 
life member of the Oriental Con- 
sistory, 32d degree, S. P. R. S. 

Mr. Holmes was married Feb. 
i, 1890, to Minnie G. Nelson of 
Chicago, who was born Nov. 22, 
1865. They have two children, 
Florence G. and Walter H. They 
live at 1072 E. Carmen ave. and 
belong to the Ebenezer Swedish 
Lutheran Church. 



JOHAN A. HESSELBOM, 

watchmaker and jeweler, was born 
April 7, 1864, in Animskog parish, 




JOHAN ALFRED HESSELBOM 

Dalsland, Sweden. His parents 
were Erik Magnus and Johanna 
Christina Hesselbom. After study- 
ing three years in the Amal high 
school he began, in 1879, to learn 



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the watchmaker's trade at Karl- 
stad. In September, 1885, he ob- 
tained a diploma as master watch- 
maker, and at the same time 
received the highest award, a sil- 
ver medal, from the Upsala 
Trades Society for constructing 
a complete clock. After having 
worked as foreman with a jewelry 
firm in Stockholm he emigrated 
in 1886 to America, with Chicago 
as his objective point. Here he 
at once found employment with 
one of the large jewelry houses. 
He has worked at the Peacock, 
the Spaulding and Giles Bros, es- 
tablishments. In 1892 he became 
foreman at the latter house. Mr. 
Hesselbom bought the jewelry 
store at 103 Garfield boulevard in 
1895 and has since carried on a 
successful business there. He is 
watch inspector for the Pennsyl- 
vania and the L. S. & M. S. rail- 
way companies. Mr. Hesselbom 
still has in his possession the clock 
which secured for him the silver 
medal mentioned. Another clock 
built by him is a three-wheel elec- 
tric clock showing hours, minutes 
and seconds. It may be placed 
any distance from the regulator 
clock. Another fine instrument 
of Mr. Hesselbom' s invention is 
a guage which measures to the 
hundredth part of a millimeter 
and which will show plainly the 
difference in thickness of the mid- 
dle and the end of a hair. 

Mr. Hesselbom was married Jan. 
i, 1887, to Emma C. Hagelin, 
who was born April 7, 1862, in 
Sillingebyn, Vermland, Sweden. A 
son, Albert John, was born July 



7, 1887, and a daughter, Emmy 
Alice Christina, on Feb. 14, 1896. 
Albert is his father's assistant. 
The mother died Jan. 29, 1901. 
Mr. Hesselbom was re-married in 
July, 1903, being united to Miss 
Elizabeth Larson. 

The family belongs to the Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Hesselbom is a member of 
King Oscar Lodge of the Masonic 
order, John Ericsson Lodge of Odd 
Fellows, the North American Un- 
ion and the Royal League. 



JOHN WILLIAM OLSON 

was born Feb. 10, 1867, in Visby, 
Sweden. At the age of two years, 




JOHN WILLIAM OLSON 

he was brought by his parents to 
America. His early education was 
acquired in the public schools of 
Porter, Ind., and Chicago. Sub- 
sequently he pursued studies in 
vocal music under private teach- 
ers, and in other subjects at a 
school of technology. Mr. Olson 



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is a cut stone contractor and has 
been in business some ten years, 
succeeding his father, who was 
engaged in the business for about 
eighteen years. The business was 
begun on a small scale with a few 
men, but has since attained pro- 
portions indicative of prosperit}'. 
The stone yards are at 3345 La 
Salle st. 

Mr. Olson, who possesses a fine 
voice, was for many years a prom- 
inent member of the male chorus 
of the Swedish Glee Club. He 
has held the office of president in 
Armour Council, National Union, 
for four years. 

Mr. Olson belongs to the Beth- 
lehem Swedish Lutheran Church 
in Englewood. 

Jan. 4, 1901, he was married to 
Miss Mabel Bennett of New York. 
They have one child, Kathryn 
Maxine. 



and trustee of the Swedish M. E. 
Church, and a member and an 
officer of several fraternal lodges, 



JOHN BERG 

was born April 27, 1842, on a 
farm near the city of Kristianstad, 
Sweden. After obtaining an ele- 
mentary education in the public 
school, he learned the carpenter's 
and cabinetmaker's trade. Having 
taken a course in a business col- 
lege, he emigrated to the United 
States. Since 1869 he has resided 
in Chicago, being engaged in man- 
ufacturing. He is the senior mem- 
ber of the firm of John Berg & 
Bro. The firm manufactures step, 
extension and common ladders, 
and house furnishing woodenware. 
The factory is situated at \Vent- 
worth ave., 5oth st. and Fifth ave. 
Mr. Berg has been a member 




JOHN BERG 

also a member of the Englewood 
Men's Club. Mr. Berg is president 
of the Parkside Loan and Savings 
Association . 



RAGNA LINNE 

was born in Christiania, Norway, 
of Swedish-Norwegian parentage. 
On her father's side she is a de- 
scendant of Carl von Linne, the 
renowned Swedish botanist. Even 
at a tender age she manifested an 
exquisite vocal talent. At the early 
age of twelve years she served as 
vocalist in the Catholic cathedral 
of her native city. Later on she 
won fame by her singing in all 
the principal cities of Europe. 

Coming to the United States in 
1885, she located in New York. 
Pursuing her career as a singer, 
she appeared in concert in various 
parts of the country, and as church 



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soloist. Her greatest triumphs, 
however, she won as a member of 
the Metropolitan English Grand 




RAGNA LINNE 

Opera Company and the Castle 
Square Opera Company. After 
her removal to Chicago, Mine. 
Linne has been very active in 
the musical circles of the city, as 
teacher, concert singer and soloist 
on numerous public occasions. 
She has been engaged as soprano 
soloist at the Second Presbyterian 
Church, the Sinai Temple, and 
tlie South Congregational Church, 
all in Chicago. Mme. Linne is 
also much sought after as a singer 
at Swedish festivals. 

For a number of years back 
she has been a member of the fac- 
ulty of the American Conservato- 
ry of Music. On her tours of the 
states as a member of various 
concert and opera companies, Mine. 
Linne has sung in the principal 
cities of every state in the Union. 



JOHN MELANGTON 

was born Feb. 8, 1872, in Brun- 
skog parish, Vermland province, 
Sweden. He attended the com- 
mon school until his twelfth year, 
when he went to work as a tai- 
lor's helper. He came to Chicago 
in September, 1892. For a while 
he attended North Park College, 
but soon returned to his trade, 
meanwhile taking lessons in grad- 
ing and designing in a school 
for tailors. By 1897 he had at- 
tained such skill as to warrant 
him in accepting a position as 
designer with the Edward Ely 
Co., tailors. Since 1902 Mr. Me- 
langton has been a member of 
this firm, the oldest of its kind in 




JOHN MELAXGTON 

Chicago, and well-known through- 
out the country. 

Mr. Melangton was married in 
1897 to Miss Christina Rollen 
from his native place. He belongs 
to the Swedish Mission Church and 
is a deacon in the congregation of 



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137 



which he is a member. He has 
been president of the Young 
People's Society and of the church 
choir. 



CARL OSCAR LUNDIN 

was born Oct. n, 1847, in Stock- 
holm, Sweden. In 1868 he emi- 




CARL OSCAR LUNDIN 

grated to America and made 
Chicago his home. 

Mr. Lundin is the son of a 
harbor master, Johan Lundin. 
He learned his trade as painter 
in his native city; in this country 
he worked for the Illinois Central 
R. R. Co. for many years. A 
desire for independence led him 
to begin business for himself in 
1883 and at present he deals in 
stationery, books and music. 

At twenty-eight years of age 
Mr. Lundin was married to Ida 
Maria Anderson, who was born in 
Stockholm, 1855, who came to 
Chicago with her parents in 1868. 



Four children were born to them 
but all are now dead. 

Mr. Lundin is an Odd Fellow 
and a Forester, and has held the 
office of financial secretary and 
treasurer in the Balder Lodge. 



EDWARD JOHNSON 

was born in Sweden, June 30, 
1864, at Persgarde, near Karls- 
hamn. From 1885 on he has been 
a resident of Chicago, where he 
engaged in the baker's trade. 
For many years he was employed 
by the National Biscuit Co., hav- 
ing charge of various departments. 
When the bakers' strike began in 
1903, he opened a bakery at 3607 
N. Clark St. His business here 
has been steadily increasing in 
volume. 

Mr. Johnson received a good 
education in the old country, at- 
tending the collegiate school at 




EDWARD JOHNSON 

Kristineberg. He is a capable and 
interested worker in Bethany Swed- 



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ish M. E. Church, he has been 
president of the Epworth League > 
secretary of the Mission Soci" 
ety and superintendent of the 
Sunday School home department. 
He has also developed some activity 
in politics, serving five years as 
secretary of his precinct Repub- 
lican Club in the 26th ward and 
clerking for a time in the county 
treasurer's office during Sam B. 
Raymond's incumbency. 

Mr. Johnson and Miss Nellie 
Christina Nelson were married 
April 24, 1901. Of three sons 
born to them, two, Edward Stan- 
ley and Garfield, survive. Mrs. 
Johnson is the daughter of Charles 
J. and Hannah Nelson of Chicago. 



AXEL JONAS WALTER 
AF JOCHNICK 

was born Oct. 25, 1859, in Karl- 
berg Castle, Sweden. He was a 




AXEL JONAS WALTER AF JOCHNICK 

member of a noble family of Ger- 
man origin, the ancestors having 



immigrated to Sweden about 150 
years ago. 

At fifteen years of age he en- 
listed as a volunteer in the Svea 
Artillery. Two years later he 
graduated and at eighteen became 
a sub-officer, the youngest in the 
Swedish army. Resigning in 1880, 
he went to London to become in- 
structor in the Kellberg Gymnast- 
ical Institute. After two years 
he went to Berlin and there estab- 
lished a similar institute, patron- 
ized, among others, by Prince 
Bismarck. 

The New World, with its greater 
possibilities, next attracted the 
young and energetic man. Going 
to Chile, he served for a few years 
as instructor in gymnastics and 
fencing in the government military 
school, with a salary of $10,000 a 
year. From Chile he went to 
Uruguay and, after staying there 
for a short interval, located in 
Buenos Ayres. For five years he 
was instructor in gymnastics, an- 
atomy and massage in that city, 
gaining great popularity among 
the native aristocracy as well as 
in the little Swedish colony there. 
Jochnick is said to have been con- 
versant with no less than thirteen 
languages, besides having a fine 
knowledge of the sciences and of 
music. When war suddenly broke 
out in 1890, Jochnick enlisted and 
fought with heroism under his 
adopted country's flag. The cause 
being lost and the arm} 7 .van- 
quished, he fled to Brazil with his 
wife, Selma Jochnick, to whom 
he was married in the Argentine 
Republic. For a time he was in 



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the employ of the Brazilian gov- 
ernment. 

The Columbian Exposition at- 
tracted the couple to Chicago in 
1893. Here they established an 
institute of gymnastics and mass- 
age, Mrs. Jochnick having also 
taken a thorough course in these 
sciences in Sweden. 

When the Spanish-American 
War broke out, Jochnick was one 
of the first to offer his services to 
the government. He, together with 
other Swedish ex-officers, worked 
zealously to form a regiment of 
Swedish-Americans in Chicago. 
This was done, and Jochnick was 
appointed major, but before the 
regiment was ordered out for active 
service, the war closed. 

In the early part of 1903 Mr. 
Jochnick's robust health was un- 
dermined by consumption and on 
March 27 of that year death put 
an end to his honorable and highly 
varied career. 

Mrs. Jochnick continues the 
massage and gymnastical estab- 
lishment instituted by her husband 
at 937 Edgewater place. 



he came to Chicago, locating here 
permanently. 

Mr. Larson is the inventor of 
a method for the extension or 



MARTIN LARSON, 

orthopedic shoe manufacturer, was 
born April 8, 1867, at Lofvestad, 
Sweden, where his father, Lars 
Akeson, was a farmer. His mother, 
Elgena Nelson, died in 1874 and 
his father twenty years later. He 
came to this country in 1887, 
equipped with what education he 
had acquired in the common school. 
After stopping from May to No- 
vember of that year in St. Paul, 




MARTIN LARSON 

correction of short or deformed 
nether limbs which conceals the 
defects by matching the limbs 
successfully with their perfect 
mates, an improvement on the 
old method of bulky cork soles, 
metal extensions, etc. His ortho- 
pedic shoe business also includes 
the making of custom shoes to 
fit slighter pedal inequalities com- 
mon to many persons other than 
cripples. The shop is at 54 
Fifth ave. 

Mr. Larson was married March 
3, 1898, to Ellen Lind, daughter 
of Sune J. Lind. They have two 
sons, Karl Oscar, born Jan. 15, 
1904, and Ernest Hjalmar, born 
Nov. 29, 1906. 

In 1901 Mr. Larson was elected 
deacon of the St. Paul Lutheran 
Church, of which he is a respected 
member. 



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ERNST HUGO BEHMER, 

actor and organizer of the Swed- 
ish Theatrical Company of Chi- 
cago, was born in the parish of 




ERNST HUGO BEHMER 

Grodinge, in Sodermanland, Swe- 
den, June 30, 1872, the son of 
Erik Behmer, a merchant, and his 
wife Eniilie Julia, nee Hane, both 
deceased. His parents taking up 
their residence in Stockholm in 
1875, he was reared and educated 
there, attending the Ostermalm 
Elementary School and the North 
Latin School in Stockholm and 
being graduated from the latter 
in 1889. Two years later he emi- 
grated, coming directly to Chicago. 
In November, 1893, he secured 
employment as shipping clerk with 
the house of Selz, Schwab and 
Co., boot and shoe manufacturers, 
remaining with them for eight 
years. Since then he has been 
with the American Radiator Co. 
and is now purchasing agent of 
that house. Sept. 19, 1896, he 



was married to Miss Fredrique 
Wilhelmine Undstrom . Their chil- 
dren are, Lisa Hildegard, born 
Nov. 24, 1897, and Erik Hugo, 
born Oct. 23, 1900. Mr. and 
Mrs. Behmer made a trip to Swe- 
den in 1897, visiting the Stock- 
holm Exposition. 

Being possessed of dramatic tal- 
ent, Mr. Behmer began to appeal 
as a public entertainer and in 1893 
became actively attached to the 
local Swedish- American stage. In 
1899, he and Mr. Chr. Brusell 
entered into partnership and or- 
ganized the Swedish Theatrical 
Company. During subsequent years 
a large number of Swedish plays 
have been given in Chicago thea- 
tres and halls, principally the 
North Side Turner Hall, the Stude- 
baker Theatre the Grand Opera 
House and the Garrick Theatre. 
Besides playing the old popular 
Swedish dramas, this company has 
given many plays new to Swedish 
audiences in this city, including, 
"Per Olsson och hans karing," by 
Gustaf af Geijerstam; "Smalands- 
knekten," by August Bondeson; 
"Sven och liten Anna," by Her- 
man Martinson; "Oregrund-Ost- 
hammar;" "Ljungby Horn" and 
others. Mr. Behmer has partly 
rewritten ' 'Anna Stinas illusioner, ' ' 
adapting it to local conditions and 
naming it "Anna Stinai Chicago." 
He has also written a number of 
topical, humorous and sentimental 
songs with which the plays, have 
been interpolated. Several of these 
have appeared in the Swedish local 
press. Omitting minor parts, the 
following are some of the chief 



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characters enacted by Mr. Behmer: 
Anders in ' ' Vermlandingarne , ' ' 
Lasse, in "Nerkingarne;" Jeppe, 
in "Jeppe pa berget;" Botvid 
the Friar, in ' 'Brollopet pa Ulfasa;" 
Petterson, in "Anderson, Fetter- 
son och Lundstrom;" Squire Dahl, 
in "Jernbararen;" Ringdahl, in 
"Oregrund-Osthammar;" Brother 
Jonathan, in "Bror Jonathan, eller 
Oxhandlaren fran Smaland;" Olof, 
in "Ljungby horn;" Olle, in 
"Per Olsson och hans karing;" 
Father Hieronymus, in "Regina 
von Emmeritz;" Professor Klint, 
in "Svarfar;" Petruchio, in "Tam- 
ing of the Shrew;" Brander, in 
"Farbror Knut fran Norrkoping" 
and Lieutenant Ferdinand von 
Henning, in "Master Smith;" the 
title part in "Charles XII.," and 
Torwald Helmer in Ibsen's "A 
Doll's House." 

In 1904 Mr. Behmer separated 
from Brusell and organized the 
Swedish Dramatic Co., of which he 
is director and stage manager. 



ical Seminary in Philadelphia 
from 1900 to 1902. The next 
year he completed his theological 



OSCAR NELS OLSON, 

Lutheran minister, was born Jan. 
28, 1876, in Qvidinge parish, 
Skane, Sweden. His father, Ola 
Anderson, who was a farmer, died 
in 1885. His mother, Johanna 
Nilsson, died in 1887. The son 
emigrated to America in May, 
1890. From 1893 until 1896 he 
attended Upsala College, in New 
Jersey. He was a student for the 
next two years at Augustana 
College, graduating with the de- 
gree of A. B. After spending a 
year at Yale University, he pur- 
sued studies at Mt. Airy Theolog- 




OSCAR NELS OLSON 

studies at Augustana Theological 
Seminary at Rock Island, receiv- 
ing the degree of B. D. Mr. 
Olson was ordained minister of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church 
June 14, 1903, in Paxton, 111. He 
is now in pastoral charge of St. 
Paul Church, in Moreland, and of 
Lebanon Lutheran Church in Ber- 
wyn. 

June 6, 1906, the Rev. Mr. 
Olson was married to Miss Ida 
Wilhelmina Peterson of Fort Dodge, 
Iowa, born Dec. 8, 1878, daugh- 
ter of C. O. and Mathilda Peterson. 



OSCAR DELL OLSON, 

attorney and counselor at law, is 
a younger brother of Edwin A. 
Olson, the well-known attorney, 
and associated with him in the 
practice of the profession. 

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Cambridge, 111., June 17, 1875, 
his father, Charles Olson, living 
there as a retired farmer. Having 




OSCAR DELL OLSON 

finished the high school in Cam- 
bridge, he pursued scientific studies 
at Valparaiso, Ind., and subse- 
quently entered the Chicago Law 
School, completing the course lead- 
ing to the degree of LL- B. in 
1897, and that of LL. M. the 
following year. He was admitted 
to the bar by the Supreme Court 
on examination in 1898, at Spring- 
field, having since devoted himself 
to legal practice. In the fall of 
1906 he was' appointed assistant 
state's attorney. 

He takes an active interest in 
politics and 'is an enthusiastic 
fraternity man, as witness the fact 
that he was elected secretary of 
the Swedish-American Republican 
League of Illinois for the year of 
1902-03, and that he is a life 
member of the 32d degree Masons, 
past master of the Boulevard 



Lodge No. 882, A. F. and A. M., 
and now president of the Illinois 
Odd Fellows League, consisting of 
delegates from all the Odd Fellows 
lodges in the state. 

Mr. Olson was married Feb. 
3, 1906, to Miss Hildred Trozelle 
of Windom, Minn., born May 
10, 1885. 



ADOLF F. BERGBOM, 

member of the manufacturing firm 
of Bergbom and Roberg, hails 
from the parish of Dref, Smaland, 
where he was born at the Box- 
holm Iron Mill Nov. 10, 1847. 
His schooling began at the age of 
six, in the home of his grandfather, 
with his aunt as teacher and her 
spinningwheel as his only school- 




ADOLF F. BERGBOM 

mate. He remained under her 
tutorship for a year. For four 
months each year thereafter for 
six years he had tuition in the pa- 
rish school. At thirteen he became 
his father's helper in the Asafor s 



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mill, Stengardshult parish. At 
sixteen he went to work under a five 
year contract as gunsmith's appren- 
tice in the Husqvarna Arms Fac- 
tory. As soon as the contract 
expired he emigrated, leaving from 
the city of Jonkoping March 24, 
1869, and landing in Boston one 
month later. Coming on to Chi- 
cago, he first got work in a stove 
factory as model finisher and after- 
ward worked in machine shops. 
Bergbom was appointed foreman in 
the tool and milling department 
of a sewing machine factory in 
the spring of 1880 and held that 
position for six years, leaving in 
1886 to open a machine shop 
in partnership with C. F. Roberg. 
This firm has continued in bus- 
iness ever since, with shops for- 
merly at 26-28-30 Michigan st., 
now at 30 West Randolph st. 

In 1874 Mr. Bergbom was united 
in marriage with Miss Hilda John- 
son, born in Virserum, Smaland. 
Six sons and three daughters have 
been born to them, four of whom, 
three boys and one girl, have been 
claimed by death. 

Politically Mr. Bergbom is a 
Republican and has voted the party 
ticket with few exceptions. Since 
his coining to America he has 
affiliated with the Mission church 
and is a member of the Maple- 
wood congregation. He has served 
as organist and choir leader for 
over twenty-five years and as 
trustee and treasurer for more 
than fourteen years. 



VICTOR G. ROCINE 

was born Sept. 6, 1856. His 
father was of French origin and 
adopted the name of Lundquist. 




VICTOR G. ROCINE 

His mother came from Norway. 
Twenty-six years ago he emigra- 
ted from Sweden to the United 
States. 

He has fitted himself for his 
profession in six schools from all 
of which he has graduated. The 
last six years he has lived in Ill- 
inois. Dr. Rocine is president of 
the Human Science School at 130 
Dearborn st., where he publishes 
' 'Human Culture, a monthly journal 
devoted to character reading, 
human science and self develop- 
ment." He devotes much time to 
lecturing, organizing societies for 
the study of his specialty. He is 
the author of two professional 
works; "Mind Training" and "Diet 
Guide". 

Dr. Rocine is married and has 
a son. 



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OSCAR F. ENGWALL 

was born on the island of Visingso, 
Sweden, July 20, 1850. His an- 
cestors for several generations back 




OSCAR F. ENGWALL 

were foresters or held other posi- 
tions in the service of the Crown. 
They especially distinguished them- 
selves in furthering the cultivation 
of the magnificent old oak forests. 
His parents had expected their son 
to follow the traditional occupa- 
tion and possibly rise to the posi- 
tion of royal master-forester. He 
studied for some years with this 
purpose in view but a severe ill- 
ness compelled him to abandon the 
course, later engaging in the 
watchmaker' s trade. After having 
fully mastered his trade he left 
Sweden in the year 18/3 with 
America as his destination. For 
more than thirty years he has been 
employed by C. D. Peacock, the 
leading jeweler of the West. In 
Chicago the Swedish watchmakers, 



like the Swedish tailors, are con- 
sidered the most skillful in the 
trade. C. D. Peacock therefore 
employs 22 of them in the watch 
department with Mr. Engwall at 
the head. 

This befitting recogniton of his 
skill Mr. Engwall has gained by 
keeping abreast of the times in all 
the details of his trade. People 
who have met in a business way 
consider him one of the most skill- 
ful watchmakers in this country. 
The fact that the United States 
Patent Office has recently issued 
letters of patent for an automatic 
watch regulator invented by him 
bears ample proof of his extraor- 
dinary ingenuity. A leading watch 
manufacturing company of the 
West is negotiating for the pur- 
chase of this invention. Experts 
say it will revolutionize the watch 
industry. Mr. Engwall is also the 
holder of another patent issued 
several years ago for an ingenious 
opera glass handle which is now 
in general use in England, France 
Germany and Austria. 

Mr. Engwall was married in 
1875 to Miss Margaret Carlson, 
from Ostergotland, Sweden. They 
are the parents of seven children, 
of whom three daughters are living. 
Mr. Engwall is trustee of Garfield 
Park M. E. Church and resides 
at 936 Walnut st. 



ELVIRA M. WENNERSKOLD 

was born in Chicago Sept. 22, 
1874. Her parents, Charles A. 
and Augusta M. Wennerskold, were 
born in Ostergotland, Sweden, 
where her father was a school- 



Chicago 



master before he emigrated in 1870. 
He pursued further studies in 
Galesburg and at Princeton, 111. 




ELVIRA M. WENNERSKOLD 

and then traveled as an evangelist 
founding several Swedish Mission 
congregations. He retired from 
the ministry in 1876 on account 
of ill health, and died in 1900. 
Her mother, Augusta M., has a 
millinery and dressmakingestablish- 
inent in Englewood. 

Miss Wennerskold gave early 
evidence of musical talent. At the 
age of nine she took piano lessons 
from Miss Bancroft. After grad- 
uating from the Parkman School, 
she studied at the Chicago Piano 
College under Charles Watt. She 
subsequently finished her piano 
studies at the Chicago National 
College of Music under the tuition 
of W. Waugh L,auder, at the same 
time studying theory, harmony and 
composition with the general direc- 
tor of the college. She received, 
in 1897, a gld medal for the best 



scholarship and was engaged by 
the college as a piano instructor. 
Since leaving this position Miss 
Wennerskold has continued her 
studies in harmony under the 
direction of Louis Campbell-Tipton 
of the Chicago Musical College. 

Her studio is at 5509 Fifth ave., 
where she gives class and private 
instruction in harmony and piano. 



FRANK A. LUNDQUIST 

was born June 24, 1868, in Galva, 
Illinois. His parents were early 
settlers in that region, having emi- 
grated from Sweden in their youth. 
When he was two years old the 
family removed to Lindsborg, 
Kansas, where his father, N. P. 
Lundquist, still lives. 




FRANK A. LUNDQUIST 

Frank was one of the first 
students at Bethany College in 
Lindsborg. He graduated from 
the commercial department in 1891. 
After spending a year in California 
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for the Bell Telephone Co. There 
he became impressed with the idea 
that an automatic telephone would 
be a commercial possibility. The 
next year he returned to Lindsborg 
and communicated his ideas to his 
old friends, John Erickson and 
Charles J. Krickson. They togeth- 
er worked out several automatic 
telephone instruments which were 
patented. These patents are now 
owned by the Strowger Automatic 
Telephone Exchange and by them 
are leased and distributed to va- 
rious manufacturing companies. 
Their telephones were first installed 
at La Porte, Ind., and later in 
other places. 

In the spring of 1897 Mr. Lund- 
quist perfected another automatic 
telephone system, the first ex- 
change of which was installed in 
Stirling, Kansas. The National 
Automatic Telephone Co. was 
formed and several hundred ex- 
changes in all parts of the United 
States operate under this new sys- 
tem. The company was reorgan- 
ized in 1902, as the Globe Auto- 
matic Telephone Company of Chi- 
cago. Mr. Lundquist was manager 
and electrical engineer. He has 
now resigned the managership and 
devotes all his efforts to the tech- 
nical side of the business. He 
he has applied for and secured 
about thirty patents upon this 
new system. Many of the patents 
have proved to be fundamental and 
to cover the system known as the 
"trunking s}-stem," which is used 
in the construction of all large au- 
tomatic exchangesnowin operation. 

One of the novel inventions 



recently brought out by him is a 
method by which the number 
called for will be indicated on the 
face of the instrument, a visual 
proof that the desired telephone 
connection has been made. 

Mr. Lundquist in 1898 married 
Anna M. Anderson of Galva, 111. 
They belong to the Lutheran 
Church. 



CARL A. STILLE 
was born in Svenarum parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, and came to 




CARL A. STILLE 

this country in 1869. He settled 
in Geneseo, 111., where he lived 
for three years. He then removed 
to Chicago, where he has since 
resided. 

Mr. Stille is the proprietor of a 
carriage factory, located at 81 
Twelfth st., where he employs 
a large number of men. 

Mr. Stille was married in 1885, 
to Miss Agnes Wiclman, with 
whom he has two children, a boy 
and a girl. 



Chicago 



J. WILLIAM JOHNSON 

was born April 6, 1866, in Fors- 
hem, Skaraborg Ian, Sweden. Af- 
ter attending the common school 



to the Swedish Baptist Church 
in Knglewood. 




J. WILLIAM JOHNSON 

he worked on the farm until he 
went to the United States, where 
he landed in April 1887. Mr. 
Johnson has lived in various places 
in this country, including Farmer's 
Valley, Pa., Joliet, 111., Bloom- 
ington, 111., Kansas City, Mo. and 
Chicago. He has had a variety 
of occupations, such as tanner, 
stone quarryman, coalminer, black- 
smith, cowboy and mason. For 
eight months Mr. Johnson was a 
cowboy in Kansas. The work was 
hard, but thrilling and full of 
interest. 

The mason's trade was learned 
in Chicago, and is the foundation 
of Mr. Johnson's present vocation, 
that of mason contractor. Mr. 
Johnson has been married for seven 
years to Maria Lundstedt. 

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson belong 



OLOF FERDINAND NELSON, 

member of the Osgood Company, 
photo-engravers and electrotypers, 
and superintendent of their plant, 
is the son of Olof Nilsson, a cab- 
inetmaker of the city of Halm- 
stad, Sweden. He was born there 
April 22, 1867, and obtained his 
education partly in his native town, 
partly in the public schools of Chi- 
cago, having come to this city in 
1882, with his parents. 

He worked as an electrotyper 
until he was master of the craft. 
In 1890 he was offered the posi- 
tion of foreman in the Osgood 
plant, advancing next to that of 




OLOP FERDINAND NELSON 

superintendent. He became a 
member of the firm some seven 
years ago. 

The so-called Nickeltype pro- 
cess, making electrotypes more 
durable than by the old process, 



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and superior in quality, is the 
invention of Mr. Nelson. It is 
used extensively in the United 
States and in Europe, bringing 
the inventor a comfortable sum in 
royalties annually. 

When in 1883 the Svithiod male 
chorus was organized, Nelson was 
one of the first to join and has 
ever since taken an active part in 
the musical life of the Swedes of 
Chicago. In 1892 the chorus was 
incorporated under the name of 
Svithiod Singing Club, a social 
organization admitting other mem- 
bers than singers. In the club 
Mr. Nelson has been entrusted 
with all the different offices, 
respectively, and is at the present 
time a member of the board of 
trustees, which has the manage- 
ment of the club property valued 
at $20, coo. He was president of 
the American Union of Swedish 
Singers from 1901 to 1905 and 
was the first president of the 
Swedish Singers' Union of Chicago, 
in 1906. He acted as treasurer of 
the picked chorus of the American 
Union, which made a tour of 
Sweden in 1897. 

Mr. Nelson is a member of the 
Independent Order of Svithiod, 
has held the offices of chairman 
and secretary in Manhem Lodge 
No. 2, and is a thirty-second de- 
gree Mason. 

On Feb. 3, 1894, he was united 
in marriage to Miss Christine Ras- 
mussen, who was born in Den- 
mark Nov. 8, 1871. With their 
one child, Ethel Christine, born 
Dec. 5, 1894, they live at 936 



Winona ave. Mr. Nelson's bus 
iness address is 66 Sherman st. 



GUSTAF EDWARD SCHUCH, 

minister of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church, was born April 5, 1871, 




GUSTAF EDWARD SCHUCH 

in Jonkoping, Sweden. Before 
emigrating to America he had 
studied at the college and technical 
school of his native town. Since his 
arrival in this country he has re- 
sided in Boston, Rock Island, Ne- 
gaunee and Chicago. 

He was graduated in 1897 from 
Augustana College, and in 1904 
from Augustana Theological Sem- 
inary, receiving at the same time 
his A. M. degree. June 5, 1904, 
he was ordained pastor in the 
Swedish Lutheran Augustana Syn- 
od and then took pastoral charge 
of the congregation at Austin, 
Chicago. In 1905 Rev. Schuch 
assumed the pastorate of the Zion 
Church in Chicago. 



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In 1900 he was wedded to Miss 
Amanda Evelina Sundberg, a 
daughter of a well-known family 
in Negaunee, Mich. 

The father of Mr. Schuch was 
born in Frankfurt am Main, Ger- 
many. 

The mother of Rev. Schuch was 
from Halland, Sweden. 

Rev. Schuch has made profound 
studies on the subject of mediaeval 
history and has an extensive lib- 
rary pertaining to this subject. 



CHARLES G. PETERSON 

was born March 26, 1846, in 
Hvetlanda, Smaland, Sweden. He 




CHARLES GUSTAF PETERSON 

comes from a long lived family. 
His paternal grandfather, John 
Boldt, served as cavalryman in the 
war of 1814 and died in 1856. 
His grandmother, Catharina Boldt, 
died aged 93 j-ears. His mother's 



father, Olaus Krook, served in the 
war of 1818, was retired on a 
pension, and died at an advanced 
age in 1857. His wife passed 
away about 1847. Their daughter 
Anna Carrie, was born in 1820, 
married Nils Peterson and died in 
1853. Charles' father, Nils Peter- 
son, was born in 1818, became an 
overseer on the government farm 
in Oland, and died in 1901. 

Charles G. Peterson, after at- 
tending school, drove a stage 
coach while still in his 'teens and 
was otherwise employed up to 
1869, when he emigrated, coming 
to Chicago via Montreal. 

In turn he became a black- 
smith's helper, carpenter and 
butcher. He joined the Chicago 
fire department in 1883 and re- 
mained a member until retired on 
a pension in 1902. 

Mr. Peterson was married Feb. 
14, 1870 to Helena Carlson of Chi- 
cago, born Nov. 7, 1843. Her 
father, Peter Carlson was born in 
1818 and died in 1902. Her 
mother, Ingridi Widen, was born 
in 1822 and died in 1883. Her 
maternal grandfather, Peter Widen, 
was a soldier in the Finnish war 
of 1809 against Russia, helped to 
dig the Gota Canal and died aged 
85 years. His wife, Marta, died 
at the age of 90 years. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have 
been born, Erick Edward, 1871. 
Apton Hjalmar, 1872, John Albert 
Leopold, 1875, Carl Frederick 
Arthur, 1877, Gustaf Emanuel, 
1879, Louis Nathaniel, 1881, 
George Wendell, 1884, and a 
daughter. Erick is married to Ma- 



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thilda Peterson, and Apton to 
Carolina Rooks. 

Mr. Peterson joined the Swedish 
Lutheran Bethlehem Church in 
1877. For three years he was a 
deacon, and is now a trustee of 
the church. The family home is 
at 825 West 6 1 St. 



KNUT SUNDSTEN 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
in 1866. After completing his 




and has an office in the Chicago 
Opera House Block. 

He is married and resides at 
937 Edge water place. Several 
fraternal societies claim him as a 
member. 



ANDREW REESE, 

minister of the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church, was born July 
12, 1860, in Ransater parish, 
Sweden, where his father, Andreas 
Riis was a farmer. Equipped 
with a Swedish common school 
education, he came to the United 
States in May, 1880. Having 
lived in Montclair, N. J., five 
years and in Brooklyn, N. Y., 
three years, Mr. Reese took up 
studies at the Swedish Theologi- 
cal Seminary at Evanston, 111. 
He was ordained as deacon of the 
M. E. church Sept. 13, 1891, and 
as elder Sept. 8, 1895. Since 



KNUT SUNDSTEN 

studies at a school in Orebro, he 
was employed for a year as clerk 
in Hamburg, Germany. He af- 
terwards went to London, where 
he worked for two years in the 
capacity of salesman in the colo- 
nial trade. In 1889 he came to 
Chicago, where he became inter- 
ested in the real estate business. 
At first he acted as agent, and 
then, having met with consider- 
able success, he started in busi- 
ness for himself. Mr. Sundsten 
is still engaged in this business preacher in May wood, 111., one 




AXDRE\Y REKSE 

his ordination he has served 



as 



Chicago 



year; in South Chicago, 111., four 
years; in Donovan, 111., six years, 
and is at present pastor of the 
Humboldt Park Swedish M. E. 
Church, having been stationed 
there in September, 1902. 

The Rev. Mr. Reese was mar- 
ried on Oct. 26, 1892, to Signe 
Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Will- 
iam Henschen. Their union is 
blessed with seven children, born 
as follows: Agnes Elizabeth, 1893; 
Oliver William, 1894; Alice Leila, 
1896; Helen Margaret, 1897; Anna 
Wilhelmina, 1901; Frances Louise, 
1903; and Kenneth Andrew, 1905. 



CHARLES A. HOFVANDER 

was born at Ellinge, near Lund, 
Sweden, Dec. 25, 1853. Having 




CHARLES A. HOFVANDER 

obtained an elementary education 
in the public schools, he learned 
the shoemaker's trade in Lund. 
Mr. Hofvander has been a resident 
of the United States and the city 
of Chicago for twenty-five years, 



having come over in 1882. After 
ten years in this country he started 
in the shoe business at 137 Oak 
St., where he is still located. 

Mr. Hofvander is a member of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church and has served as secretary 
of the Bethesda Society of that 
church. 



AXEL E. THOMPSON 

was born March 22, 1875, in Chi- 
cago. After gaining his early edu- 




AXEL E. THOMPSON 

cation in the city public schools 
he attended the Metropolitan Bus- 
iness College. At the age of four- 
teen he entered the employ of the 
New York Life Insurance Co. as 
office boy. By persistent attention 
to his duties he gained promotion 
from time to time. Having been 
cashier of the branch office in St. 
Louis for a short time, he returned 
to Chicago as general agent of the 
company, with offices in suite 
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In a contest covering a period of 
a year, in which 500 men partici- 
pated, Mr. Thompson won the 
presidency of the New York Life 
Chicago Hundred Thousand Dol- 
lar Club, which is the largest or- 
ganization of its kind in the life 
insurance business. 

Mr. Thompson is sergant-at- 
arms of the Swedish-American 
Republican League of Illinois, 
president of the Swedish- American 
Republican Club of the 3ist ward, 
and is president of the Swedish- 
American Central Republican Club 
of Cook county. He is Past Grand 
of John Ericsson Lodge No. 361, 
I. O. O. F., and belongs to Boule- 
vard Lodge No. 882, A. F. and 
A. M., Oriental Consistory (32d 
degree) and Medinah Temple A. 
A. O. N. M. S., Masonic orders. 

Mr. Thompson was married Feb. 
23, 1895, to Marie Elizabeth Go- 
dey. They have two children, 
Myra Elizabeth, born July 12, 
1899, and Douglas Eugene, born 
April 26, 1902, their first child 
having died in infancy. 



John R. Ortengren, harmony with 
Dr. Louis Falk, Italian with Sig. 
Alfieri and composition with Felix 



LYDIA HELEN HALLBERG 

was born in Chicago, Aug. 12, 
1880. Her father, Anton A. Hall- 
berg, a native of Gamleby, Swe- 
den, came to Chicago in 1872. 

Miss Hallberg began taking 
piano studies at the age of eleven. 
Being gifted with a sweet soprano 
voice, she commenced at the age of 
seventeen to take vocal lessons 
from Dr. H. S. Perkins. She 
then attended the Chicago Musical 
College and studied the voice with 




LYDIA HELEN HALLBERG 

Borowski. Miss Hallberg was 
graduated in 1905. She has chosen 
the career of vocal teacher and 
has amply demonstrated her abil- 
ity. Her studio is at 5509 Fifth 
ave. 

Miss Hallberg is soloist at the 
Bethany Swedish Mission Church, 
having filled that position for a 
number of years. 



GUSTAF A. AKERLIND, 

mechanical engineer, is a native 
of the province of Sodermanland, 
Sweden, where he was born March 
21, 1856, in a parish named Gas- 
inge. His father, Daniel Akerlind, 
who was a master mechanic, soon 
after removed to Varby, in Bot- 
kyrka parish, renowned for its 
ancient church, built as early as 
1128. The family after a time 
made their home at Tumba, where 



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the paper mill of the Bank of 
Sweden (riksbank) is located. 

In 1879, his elementary school- 
ing completed, young Akerlind 




GUSTAF ALFRED AKERLIND 

entered the Institute of Technol- 
ogy in Stockholm. At the end of 
the first term there he won several 
prizes and also captured one of the 
scholarships. Having completed 
a three years' course at the insti- 
tute and worked with various man- 
ufacturing firms during vacations 
so as to gain practical experience, 
he secured a situation as assistant 
superintendent of the Mechanical 
Works at Visby, Gotland, then 
owned by Graham Brothers. 

The young engineer at the age 
of twenty-nine came to the United 
States, resolved to risk success or 
failure in the unlimited field of- 
fered by the enormous industries 
of this prosperous country. At the 
time of his coining, in 1887, the 
outlook for men in his line, in- 
experienced in American methods, 



was not the best. After a short 
stay in New York City, he went 
to Philadelphia, where he obtained 
his first position of relative per- 
manence with the Ashton Hand 
machine works of Toughkenamon. 
Not long afterward he was offered 
a position as draughtsman in the 
Riehls Brothers Testing Machine 
Works, where he continued for 
nine months. He held a similar 
position with the Pennsylvania 
Railroad engineering department 
in Altoona, Pa., from 1889 to 
1891. This was known as a splen- 
did school for the training of 
young mechanical engineers for 
railway work, and, having spent 
two years there, he easily obtained 
a more lucrative position in the 
shops of the New York, Lake Erie 
and Western Railroad, at Susque- 
hanna, Pa. Early in 1892 Mr. 
Akerlind entered the service of 
the "Big Four" Railway and in 
December of the same year took 
a position with the Brooks Loco- 
motive Works at Dunkirk, N. Y. 
In January, 1896, Mr. Akerlind 
gave up that position to become 
chief of the draughting depart- 
ment of the Rock Island railway 
system, his residence in Illinois 
dating from that time. Before 
coming west, Mr. Akerlind had 
won a notable triumph in 1894, 
in a competition arranged by the 
Locomotive Engineering, a leading 
railway journal, for the best plans 
for a railway locomotive affording 
the greatest safety and comfort 
for the crew. The competition 
was open to the world and three 
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went to Mr. Akerlind who, besides, 
received honorable mention for 
having submitted the most original 
plans. Later he secured patents 
on several of the safety devices 
suggested in his plans. 

His connection with the Rock 
Island Railroad has been fruitful 
of a number of practical improve- 
ments in its rolling stock. It was 
his brain that evolved the tender 
steps and handholds with which 
Engine No. 1,101 was first 
equipped, all the passenger and 
freight engines being subsequently 
equipped with these attachments. 
A car transom, which is used on 
all freight cars built by that road 
since 1897, * s another of his 
patents. 

In 1902 Mr. Akerlind left his 
position with the Rock Island 
company for a more profitable one 
with the Chicago Malleable Iron 
Works. Being one of the men, 
whose talents and skill the strong- 
est companies in the country are 
bidding for, he had not long been 
engaged there when the National 
Coal Dump Car Company made him 
so flattering an offer, that he felt it 
a duty to himself to accept. He is 
still with this company, with offices 
at 1717 Railway Exchange Build- 
ing, Michigan ave. and Jackson 
boulevard, having held the posi- 
tion of mechanical engineer with 
that concern since May, 1903. 

Mr. Akerlind is a member of sev- 
eral associations, including the 
Scandinavian Technical Society of 
Chicago, of which he is now one 
of the directors. A brother of the 
engineer is C. L. Akerlind, of 



Rock Island, foreman of the press- 
room of the Augustana Book Con- 
cern. Their father died in 1901. 



JOHN N. ALQUIST 

was born Oct. 13, 1865, in Ardre 
parish, Gotland, Sweden. He came 




JOHN N. ALQUIST 

to America Dec. 14, 1889, and 
went to Connecticut, where he re- 
mained ten months. Chicago soon 
attracted him and in the fall of 
1890 he made this city his home. 
Having joined the Swedish Free 
Mission Church, he took a course 
of instruction in 1892-93, at D. 
I/. Moody' s Bible Institute. 

In the summer of 1893 he left 
for the mission field of Africa, 
having been engaged by the Scan- 
dinavian Alliance Mission. After 
reaching Lamoa, British East Af- 
rica, he worked under the direc- 
tion of Missionary Emil Heden- 
strom among the Galla and Pokomo 
tribes. Soon Mr. Ahlquist's health 
failed him, however, and in 1895 



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he was compelled to give up mis- 
sionary work. Returning to Chi- 
cago, he was engaged for several 
years as a book and news agent. 
In 1896 he married Brita Lena 
Johnson, nee Bengtson, born in 
As parish, Halland. 

Desirous of establishing a busi- 
ness of his own, Mr. Alquist in 
1902 settled on the south side and 
opened a book and stationery store, 
also dealing in toys, confections 
and notions, at 1136 W. 59th st. 

He and his family are members 
of the Swedish Mission Church in 
Englewood . 



AXEL B. C. CARLSTEDT, 

founder and principal of the South 
Side College of Music, was born 




AXEL B. C. CARLSTEDT 

in the Swedish city of Helsing- 
borg, July 26, 1849. His ances- 
tors, both on the father's and 
mother's side, had been organists, 
musical directors, teachers and 
composers for many generations 



back. The position of organist 
of the churches in Sodra Villie 
and Orsjo had been held by mem- 
bers of the Carlstedt family for 
130 years. Mr. Carlstedt studied 
music under several teachers in 
Sweden up to 1872. That year 
he came to this country and en- 
tered the New England Conserva- 
tory of Music in Boston. The 
following year he was graduated 
with the degree of Doctor of Music. 
Subsequently he was engaged in 
the teaching and execution of 
music in the state of Massachu- 
setts until 1876, when he came 
to Chicago, becoming one of the 
very first of the musical profession 
to establish himself as teacher in 
this city. After several years he 
was called as teacher of piano at 
the St. Joseph Semi nary, in Kanka- 
kee, 111. From there he removed 
toDecaturin 1882 and there found- 
ed the Decatur Conservatory of 
Music. Tiring of life in a small 
city, he left after three years, 
returning to Chicago in 1886. 
Here he continued his profession 
for a number of years, and in the 
latter '903 established the South 
Side College of Music, which is 
now in its tenth year. The insti- 
tution is located at 600 Engle- 
wood ave. 

Dr. Carlstedt was married in 
1876 to Miss Annie Bird of 
Boston, a niece of General Terry. 
To them seven children have been 
born, four of whom, two daugh- 
ters and two sons, are living. 

Dr. Carlstedt is the eldest of a 
family of thirteen children. The 
fact that his first initials are the 



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first three letters of the alphabet 
is not an accident. Thereby 
hangs a tale that is sufficiently 
interesting to go on record. All 
the children were named alphabet- 
ically, and being given three names 
apiece, the alphabet was exhausted, 
whereupon the father resorted to 
numbers twelve and thirteen. The 
list of names probably the oddest 
in existence is here given: 

Axel Bernhard Conrad; Dago- 
bert Edvard Fritiof ; Gustaf Harald 
Julius; Knut Leonard Matildius; 
Nellie Olivia Pauline; Quelie Ro- 
salie Sophie; Teresa Urania Vil- 
helmina; Xesia Yrsa Zephania; 
Aberta Agir Ostgota; Detolfta 
Johanna Marie; Bror Tretton Me- 
thodius. The death of two chil- 
dren in infancy, who are not 
included in the list, explains why 
the daughter named Twelve and 
the one named Thirteen are the 
tenth and the eleventh in the list. 
All the nine surviving children 
are following the musical profes- 
sion, six in Chicago and three in 
New York. 



HUGO ADALVARD 

OIvDENBORG 

was born at Hammar, Nerike, 
Sweden, July 26, 1868, his par- 
ents being C. C. Oldenburg, a 
clergyman, and Johanna Maria, 
nee Hertzman. Beginning his ed- 
ucation in the public school of 
Hammar, he entered the col- 
legiate school of Askersund in 
1887. Subsequently he studied 
at the collegiate school of Orebro, 
graduating in 1888. The follow- 
ing year he began the study of 



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medical gymnastics under Director 
Liedbeck of Stockholm. Mr. Ol- 
denborg was assistant to Director 




HUGO ADALVARD OLDENBORG 

Cleve, of the Medevi health re- 
sort, during the season of 1890-' 91. 
During the summer of 1892 he con- 
ducted a medical gymnastic insti- 
tute of his own at Oregrund. For 
three years, 1890-1893, he was a 
student at the Royal Gymnastic 
Central Institute of Stockholm, 
graduating as Director of Gym- 
nastics. In July, 1893, Mr. Ol- 
denborg left Sweden and located 
in Chicago, where he has since 
practiced his profession. 

In the summers of 1897 and 
1899 Mr. Oldenborg studied gyne- 
cological massage under Dr. Stapfer 
in Paris, France. For the last 
six years he has taught kinesi- 
therapy massage and medical 
gymnastics --at Rush Medical 
College, first as assistant, now as 
associate in the department of 



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Therapeutics, having charge of 
the instruction in kinesi. 

Mr. Oldenborg's marriage to 
Miss Maria Ohlson of Kristian- 
stad, Sweden, took place June 
24, 1899. 

JOHN ERICKSON 

AND 

CHARLES J. ERICKSON 

John Erickson was born in Filip- 
stad, Sweden, Jan. 25, 1866. The 




JOHN ERICKSON 

parents emigrated in 186910 Amer- 
ica and were among the first set- 
tlers in the Swedish colony at 
L,indsborg, Kansas. 

Charles J. Erickson was born 
in Lindsborg, Kans., July 23, 1870. 
Until 1893 the two brothers re- 
mained under the parental roof. 
The boys both had a genius for 
invention. Together they contrived 
and perfected the first automatic 
organ and piano player, now used 
under various names all over 
America and Europe. 



The brothers have been insep- 
arable in all their undertakings. 
In 1893 they went to Chicago in 
order to perfect and introduce to 
the commercial world their auto- 
matic telephone switchboard. Cap- 
ital was interested, and after a 
few years the electrical world was 
startled with the news that the 
automatic telephone switchboard 
was a success. One million dol- 
lars had been spent in perfecting 
the system, but the result has 
more than justified this immense 
expenditure. The Automatic Tele- 
phone Co., at Van Buren and 
Morgan sts., with a factory em- 
ploying over 1,000 men, is unable 
to make instruments rapidly enough 
to supply the demand. The system 
is being installed in towns and cities 
both in Europe and the United 
States, Chicago being cimong the 




CHARLES J. ERICKSON 

number. The system does away 
with telephone operators, a simple 



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device enabling the subscriber to 
make his own connections. 

Fourteen years of painstaking ef- 
fort passed before the Erickson 
Brothers brought their ingenious 
invention to its present state of 
perfection. 

The brothers are close observ- 
ers of physical phenomena and are 
well-informed on practical scien- 
tific topics. They are admirable 
examples of pluck and singleness 
of purpose. 

John Erickson was married in 
1900 to Miss Mary Josephine L/ind- 
skog, from Karlstad, Sweden. 
They have a son, John Arthur. 

Charles J. Erickson was married 
in 1898 to Miss Maria Elizabeth 
Schonbeck from Stockholm. They 
have a daughter, Hazel Elizabeth, 
and a son, Roy Charles. 



VICTOR E. JOHNSON 
was born in Kroppa parish, near 




Emigrating in 1884, he came to 
Chicago. After working here for 
various firms, he engaged in bus- 
iness with his brother, Charles H. 
Johnston. In 1900 he, togeth- 
er with Wm. Johnson, started 
the Superior Iron Works at 141- 
143 Ontario st. The firm manu- 
factures all kinds of iron work 
for building purposes and brass 
castings, also doing jobbing and 
machine forging. 

Mr. Johnson is a member of the 
A. F. & A. M. 

In January, 1900, Mr. Johnson 
was married to Miss Emilia Eric- 
son from Fogelvik parish, Verm- 
land, with whom he has one son. 



VICTOR E. JOHNSON 

Filipstad, Sweden, Jan. 31, 1875. 



OTTO CARE JUEL CARLSON 
was born June 9, 1875, in Ostra 
Torp, Sweden. After having 
attended the public school in his 
native village, he came over to 
this country and settled in Chicago 
in July, 1890. Having worked half 
a year in a bakery, he obtained 
employment with Wendell & Co. 
where he learned the lapidary 
trade. After a couple of years 
he began to work at jewelry and 
diamond setting continuing until 
1898, when he left for Hallandale, 
Florida. While there he acted as 
organist of the Bethlehem Church. 
After a year spent in Florida, Mr. 
Carlson returned to Chicago and 
resumed work for his old employ- 
ers. He is now engaged as dia- 
mond setter with the jewelry house 
of Spaulding and Co. 

Mr. Carlson has pronounced 
musical talents. He has studied 
piano for some years and has been 



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for the last few years under the 
skillful guidance of the well-known 
Swedish vocal teacher of the Chi- 




OTTO CARL JUEL CARLSON 

cago Musical College, John R. 
Ortengren. Mr. Carlson has a 
clear and pleasing tenor voice. 
He was for eight years a member 
of L/yran Singing Society and also 
belonged to the Swedish Glee Club. 
He was one of the chorus of fifty- 
five Swedish -American singers who 
visited the Stockholm exposition 
in 1897. Mr. Carlson is a member 
of the Trinity Swedish Lutheran 
Church and is the leader of its 
church choir, and also of the Arpi 
male choir. 

Mr. Carlson was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Josephina Ostrom 
June 5, 1907. 



JOHN N. JOHNSON 

was born on a farm near Skofde, 
Sweden, Feb. 2, 1865. He attended 
school until about the time of his 
father's death, in 1878, when he 



had to take charge of the farm 
work as best he could as a lad of 
thirteen. The mother had died 
two years previously. There were 
three sisters and three brothers of 
whom John was the oldest. 

He came to America and settled 
in Paxton, 111., in 1884, beginning 
work on a farm. Later on he 
learned broommaking and in 1887 
left for Chicago. Here he secured 
employment in a broom corn com- 
mission house where he was em- 
ployed until 1897. That year he 
engaged in a similar business, with 
one Morse as partner. At the 
present time he is associated with 
H. E. Smallbone and J. L,. Flan- 
nery in the manufacture of shutt- 
les and other parts for sewing 




JOHN N. JOHNSON 

machines, he being vice president 
of the Johnson Shuttle Company. 
The business is located at 606 
Wilson ave., Ravenswood. 

Mr. Johnson was married Aug. 
24, 1893, to Emma \V. Johnson. 



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Of their five children but two, 
Reuben and Myrtle, survive. 

He is connected with the Mis- 
sion Church in Ravenswood and 
is an active church worker, having 
served as trustee, deacon, financial 
secretary, treasurer and Sunday 
school teacher. 



ARTHUR C. LENBERG 

was born in Vestergotland, Swe- 
den. His father is a school teacher 




ARTHUR C. LENBERG 

in the parish of Varnhem. Emi- 
grating in 1888, he located in Chi- 
cago, securing work as a grocery 
clerk. For some time he lived in 
Kansas City, engaged in the same 
occupation. Mr. Lenberg is at 
present devoting his time to the 
piano business. Having been man- 
ager of Story and Clark Piano 
Company's branch store at 1804 
N. Clark st. for a time, he em- 
barked in the business independ- 
ently, going in as a member of 
the firm of the Johnson-Lenberg 



Co., which is now in the piano 
business at 1510 Belmont ave. 

Mr. Lenberg is a Lutheran. 

In 1893 he was married to Miss 
Anna Bargquist of Chicago. They 
have a son, George C., and a 
daughter, Ruth L,. Lenberg. 



ANDERS J. LOFGREN, 

Methodist clergyman, was born in 
Vestra Eneby parish, in the pro- 




AXDERS J. LOFGREN 

vince of Ostergotland, Sweden, on 
Oct. 2, 1857. He received his 
education in the collegiate school 
at Lunnevad and in the Normal 
School in Linkoping. In 1886 he 
emigrated to America and two 
years later, at the annual conven- 
tion of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Chicago, was ordained 
to the ministry by Bishop G. 
Andrews. During the next twelve 
years he served as pastor and as 
presiding elder in Kansas and 
Nebraska, until in the fall of 1899 
when he was appointed, by Bish- 



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op J. N. Fitzgerald, pastor of the 
First Swedish Methodist Church 
of Chicago. He became presiding 
elder of the Chicago District of 
the Central Swedish Conference. 
In 1906 he removed to Brooklyn, 
and assumed charge of the Im- 
manuel Swedish M. E. Church. 



FREDRIK G. and 

CLARA E. HEDBERG 

were born, respectively, at Norr- 

telje, Uppland, May 25, 1846, and 

Boxholm, Sweden, Feb. 18, 1850. 




CLARA E. HEDBERG 

Mr. Hedberg is the son of Mag- 
nus Leonard Hedberg, a tanner of 
Norrtelje, and his wife is the 
daughter of Carl Ekdahl, a black- 
smith at Boxholm. Both were in 
charge of Bethany Home, a Meth- 
odist institution for old folks, for 
about ten years, Mr. Hedberg as 
manager and his wife, matron. 

They retired from their charge 
June i, 1907. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hedberg are mem- 



bers of the Bethany M. E. Church 
in Ravenswood. Their children 
are Fredrik G. and Henry E. 
Hedberg. 

CARL G. SWENSON 

was born in Smaland, Sweden. In 
1884 he emigrated to this coun- 




CARL G. SWENSON 

try and first settled in Shelton, 
Neb., where he attended high 
school for about a year to learn 
the English language. He then 
began the study of medicine in 
the office of a physician in a small 
Nebraska town. In 1887 he was 
licensed as a pharmacist. Soon 
afterward Mr. Swenson took a 
medical course at Rush Medical 
College in Chicago, from which 
he was graduated in 1891, receiv- 
ing the degree of M. D. He then 
went to Omaha, Neb., and there 
built up a lucrative practice. 

Desiring, however, a larger field 
for his work and wishing to study 
the methods of the great surgeons, 



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he came to Chicago in 1894, where 
he was attached to the Augustana 
Hospital for almost two years. He 
afterwards opened an office in 318 
E. Division st. Although he now 
has a large practice, he has always 
taken a keen interest in hospital 
work. He later became attached 
to the Passavant Hospital attract- 
ed to that institution by the skill- 
ful surgeon, the late Dr. Fenger. 
Dr. Swenson's care and skill soon 
won for him a place on the surg- 
ical staff of the hospital, and he 
is now one of the attending surg- 
eons. 

A marital union of three years' 
duration was dissolved in 1905 by 
the death of his wife, whose maid- 
en name was Christine Johnston. 

Dr. Swenson now resides at 754 
Fullerton ave., corner of Clark st. 



teacher in the Martin Luther 
College, an institution then just 
opening in Chicago. He pursued 



CARL RICHARD CHINDBLOM 
was born Dec. 21, 1870, in Chicago, 
where his parents have lived since 
then. They are Mr. Carl P. Chind- 
blom, tailor by trade, and Mrs. 
Christina C. Chindblom, neeEngel, 
who came to this city from Asbo, 
Ostergotland, Sweden. The son 
studied in the public schools of 
the city and also attended a 
private school for the study of the 
Swedish language. In September, 
1884, he was enrolled as a student 
in the academic department of 
Augustana College, at Rock Is- 
land, 111., graduating from this in- 
stitution with the degree of A. B., 
in May, 1890. He then continued 
his studies and engaged in various 
employments until the fall of 1893, 
when he accepted a position as 




CARL RICHARD CHINDBLOM 

the work of an educator until the 
fall of 1896, when he severed his 
connection with the college. Dur- 
ing this period he received the 
honorary degree of A. M. from 
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan- 
sas. In January, 1897, he enrolled 
as a student in the Kent College 
of Law in Chicago and graduated 
therefrom with the degree of LL. B. , 
in June, 1898. The law requiring 
three full years of study for ad- 
mission to the bar, he continued 
his preparation for the legal pro- 
fession until the spring of 1900, 
when, upon examination before 
the State Board, he was admitted 
to practice. Since that time he 
has followed the profession of. the 
law in the city of Chicago, and 
has offices at the present time in 
suite 807-811, 1 60 Washington st. 
For several years he has been 



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secretary and attorney for the 
First Swedish Building and Loan 
Association. 

Mr. Chindblom is widely known 
as a public speaker and has filled 
many appointments to make ad- 
dresses on festival and other occa- 
sions not only in Chicago, but at 
other places in Illinois and in other 
states. He is a Republican in 
politics and has done much 
campaign work in his home city 
and state and elsewhere. In the 
fall of 1894 his services were en- 
gaged by the Republican State 
Committee of Michigan and in the 
campaigns of 1896, 1898 and 1900 
he did service as political speaker 
for both the Illinois State and the 
National Republican Committees, 
speaking in both the English and 
the Swedish languages. Mr. Chind- 
blom was in 1903 elected president 
of the Swedish -American Repub- 
lican League of Illinois. He is 
a member of the Gethsemane 
Swedish Lutheran Church and of 
several fraternal and social organ- 
izations. 

He has served on the board of 
directors of Augustana College and 
Theological Seminary, also on that 
of the North Star Benefit Asso- 
ciation, with head office at Moline, 
111. He was one of the committee 
which re-organized the present 
Scandia Life Insurance Company. 
Early in 1906 Mr. Chindblom was 
appointed attorney for the State 
Board of Health, by Governor 
Deneen, and in the fall of the 
same year was elected county com- 
missioner on the Republican ticket. 

Mr. Chindblom was married 



April 27, 1907, to Miss Christine 
M. Nilsson, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Hjalmar Nilsson of Minne- 
apolis. Mrs. Chindblom is an 
accomplished pianist. They reside 
at 614 Foster ave. 



AKSEL G. S. JOSEPHSON, 

cataloguer of the John Crerar Li- 
brary, was born in Upsala, Oct. 
2, 1860. His father was J. A. 




AKSEL GUSTAV SALOMON JOSEPHSON 

Josephson, musical director at the 
University of Upsala and one of 
the famous song composers of 
Sweden. 

Mr. Josephson in 1885 estab- 
lished himself as a bookseller in 
the university town. After twelve 
years spent in the book trade, 
during which time he stocked up 
with a vast quantity of biblio- 
graphical knowledge, Mr. Joseph- 
son came to the United States and 
enrolled at the New York State 
Library School at Albany. His 
course completed, he obtained a 



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position in 1894, as assistant in 
the Lenox Library, now a part 
of the New York Library. On 
March i, 1896, he assumed his 
present position of cataloguer of 
the John Crerar Library in Chicago. 

On April 27, 1899, Mr. Joseph- 
son was married to Lucia Eng- 
berg, daughter of the late Jonas 
Engberg of Chicago. 

Mr. Josephson is a member of 
many clubs and societies, chief 
among which are Svenska Litter- 
atur - Sallskapet of Upsala, the 
American Library Association, 
the Bibliographical Society of 
America and a member of its 
council, the City Club of Chicago, 
the Gutenberg Gesellschaft of 
Mainz and of the Swedish- Ameri- 
can Historical Society. Of this 
last named society, which came 
into existence in 1905, Mr. Joseph- 
son was one of the organizers and 
was elected its first treasurer and 
made chairman of its library 
committee. He is now secretary 
of the society. 

The following contributions to 
bibliographical lore have been 
made by Mr. Josephson, to wit: 
Catalogue of Swedish and Finnish 
Dissertations at Universities and 
Schools, published at Upsala, 
1892-97. List of Bibliographies 
of Bibliographies (1901); Biblio- 
graphy of Union Lists of Serials 
(1906). In a pamphlet issued 
by him in 1905, entitled, Plan for 
the Establishment of the Biblio- 
graphical Institute, Mr. Josephson 
interestingly develops his ideas as 
to the organization, scope and 
uses of such an institution. 



JOHN L. SWENSON 

was born in Skarstad parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, Jan. i, 1850. When 
he was two years old, the family 




JOHN L. SWENSON 

removed to the city of Jonkoping. 
In its public schools he received 
his early education. His schooling 
was interrupted, however, when 
at the age of thirteen he ob- 
tained employment in the print- 
ing shop of Jbnkbpings Tidning, 
and remained there until he emi- 
grated in 1865, when he came to 
Chicago and worked in the Hem- 
landet printing office. He subse- 
quently was employed by J. M. W. 
Jones Co., and by Stromberg, 
Allen & Co. 

Almost immediately after his 
arrival in Chicago, Mr. Swenson be- 
came a member of the Svea Sing- 
ing Society, which chose him in- 
structor and director three years 
later. In 1870 Mr. Swenson organ- 
ized the Scandinavian National 
Quartet, with which he made an ex- 



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tensive concert tour in Illinois, 
Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

When Christina Nilsson first 
visited America and Chicago, Mr. 
Swenson was chosen to direct the 
united Scandinavian choruses who 
sang at the reception given the 
prima donna in Germania Hall, 
Chicago. He also wielded the ba- 
ton at the benefit concert given 
by her in behalf of the St. Ansgar- 
ius Church. 

About this time Mr. Swenson 
was offered the directorship of the 
Freja Singing Society, then one 
of the foremost musical organiza- 
tions of the city, and remained 
its director for a period of nearly 
ten years. Since that time he has 
directed the following singing so- 
cieties: the Typographical Man- 
nerchor, the Scandinavian Quartet 
Club, the Swedish Singing Society, 
reorganized as the Swedish Glee 
Club, the Svithiod Singing Club, 
and the L,yran Singing Society of 
Rockford, 111., besides several quar- 
tets and other smaller organiza- 
tions. Mr. Swenson was musica* 
director of the Svithiod Singing 
Club for about fifteen years, re- 
tiring in 1906. 

At a competitive singing festi- 
val, held at the Auditorium, Chi- 
cago, Jan. n, 1896, in which 
male choruses of seven different 
nationalities took part, the Svith- 
iod singers carried off the cham- 
pionship banner, w r hile Mr. Swen- 
son received a gold medal with 
this inscription: "John L,. Swen- 
son, Trophoeum Cantatorum, Com- 
petitio Musicalis. Chicago, Jan. 
n, 1896." 



At the present time, and for 
years past, Mr. Swenson is the 
director of the Bjorgvin Norwe- 
gian male chorus, and has raised 
it to a high standard of song. At 
its twenty-fifth anniversary con- 
cert, given at Garrick Theatre in 
May, 1907, Mr. Swenson was pre- 
sented with a gold laurel wreath 
medal, set with diamonds, as a 
token of their appreciation of his 
long services during the past fif- 
teen years. 

Aside from the duties implied 
in the foregoing, Mr. Swenson has 
always been engaged more or less 
in church musical work. Thus 
he has been attached to the Olivet 
Presbyterian, the Centennial Bap- 
tist, the Norwegian Methodist 
Episcopal, the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran and the Lincoln Park 
Congregational churches for vari- 
ous periods from the '6os to the 
present time. 

In order to familiarize himself 
thoroughly with the higher class 
of choral work, Mr. Swenson has 
been a member of the Chicago 
Oratorio Society, under the leader- 
ship of Hans Balatka, the Apollo 
Club, under William Tomlins, and 
other singing organizations of the 
highest class. In the last named 
club he has been an officer. In 
voice culture and training he has 
been a pupil of Mme. Redington, 
Mme. Barnett of the Cecilian Acad- 
emy, and Dr. Parker, and has 
studied harmony with Henry 
Schoenfeld. 

Mr. Swenson was married to 
Miss Sophie Anderson Sept. 24, 



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1885, and they have three child- 
ren, Grace, Henry and Ruth. 

They have always lived at their 
own home, 1712 Deming pi. 

In view of his long, successful 
and manysided career as musical 
director, Mr. Swenson may well 
be given credit for having done 
the most of any man so far in 
fostering among the Scandinavian 
population of Illinois love for their 
national songs and training their 
singers to artistic rendition of the 
same. 



VICTOR J. TENGWALD, 

pastor of the Elim Swedish Luth- 
eran Church in Pullman, Chicago, 




VICTOR JOHAN TENGWALD 

was born March 6, 1860, in Ting- 
stade, Gotland. In his early child- 
hood his parents removed to 
Halmstad, Sweden, where he re- 
ceived his education in the grammar 
school and college of that city. 
After devoting some time to private 
tutoring he emigrated to America 



in 1879. He remained in the 
eastern states about two years, 
being employed as bookkeeper and 
teacher. In 1881 he became prin- 
cipal of the graded parochial school 
of the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church, Chicago, which position 
he held until 1887. The following 
year he was employed by the 
Engberg-Holmberg Pub. Co. as 
editor and completed the "Laro- 
och lasebok for svensk-amerikan- 
ska forsamlingsskolor," a Swedish 
reader still used in parochial 
schools. In the fall of that year 
he entered the Augustana Theo- 
logical Seminary at Rock Island, 
where he graduated, and was or- 
dained to the ministry in 1890. 
Since then he has had pastoral 
charges in Buffalo, N. Y., 1890- 
1894; in Jamestown, N. Y., 1894- 
1895; i* 1 Grand Rapids, Mich., 
1895-1900, and since that time 
in Chicago. 

Rev. Tengwald served in 1895 
as secretary of the New York 
Conference. He was unanimously 
elected secretary of the Illinois 
Conference of the Augustana Syn- 
od in 1905, an office to which he 
was reelected in 1906 and 1907. 
He has also been entrusted with 
the chairmanship in various church 
organizations. 

In 1884 Rev. Mr. Tengwald was 
married to Dorothea Hogstrom, 
who died in April, 1905. Mrs. 
Tengwald was widely known for 
her active church and school work, 
as also for her literary ability. 

Rev. Tengwald is the editor of 
a monthly church paper, Bekan- 
naren. From time to time various 



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articles on religious subjects from 
his pen have appeared in different 
publications. 

In 1907 he was united in mar- 
riage with Emma Sundquist of 
Chicago, who is eminently gifted 
for church work. 



AXEL JOHANSON, 

importer of Swedish merchandise, 
was born in Alem parish, Smaland, 




AXEL JOHANSON 

Sweden, Dec. 24, 1867. In 1888 
he emigrated to America, landing 
April 24 in Boston, where he 
worked until the following year, 
when he took a prospecting trip 
westward, and finally arrived in 
Chicago, in May, 1889. He has 
since made this city his home. 

In 1896 he started the firm 
known as the Swedish Produce Co. 
with location on S. Water St., 
and began to import all kinds of 
Swedish merchandise. Of this firm 
he was the proprietor until he 
sold out his interest in June, 1896, 



and with his family took a trip 
to Sweden. During his stay there 
he made connections with some of 
the large manufacturers, and 
he now represents some of the 
largest firms of Sweden, whose 
manufactures he is introducing 
into this country. Mr. Johanson 
is at the present time one of the 
largest importers of Swedish mer- 
chandise products in the United 
States. His office is in the Ma- 
sonic Temple. 

In 1889 Mr. Johanson was mar- 
ried to Miss Hilma Nelson, with 
whom he has three children, one 
boy and two girls. 

In politics he takes no part be- 
yond doing his duty as a citizen 
and a Republican at the elections. 



JOHN K. NORSTROM 

was born on a farm near L,inds- 
borg, Kansas, Jan. 13, 1869. He 




JOHN K. NORSTROM 

is said to be the first white child 
born in McPherson county. His 



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parents are C. F. Norstrom and 
Anna Swenson Norstrom. The 
father is now treasurer of the 
Swedish American Insurance Co. 
of L,indsborg. 

John is the second son in a 
family of twelve children, eight of 
whom are living. He worked on 
the farm as a boy at the same time 
attending the public school in 
Lindsborg, subsequently completing 
a course in the commercial de- 
partment of Bethany College. 

Removing to Chicago in January 
1896, he found employment with 
the Strowger Automatic Telephone 
Co. and rose to the position of 
sub-foreman in the electrical de- 
partment. He was then engaged 
by the National Automatic Tele- 
phone Co. to install automatic 
exchanges and act as salesman. 
The firm next put him in charge 
of the electrical department and 
later made him superintendent. 
In this capacity he made several 
improvements in the telephone 
system. In Dec., 1900, the Globe 
Automatic Telephone Co. was or- 
ganized with Mr. Norstrom as 
vice president, director and elec- 
trical engineer. He continued 
making improvements in the ap- 
paratus, protecting them by patents. 

Having made a close study of 
the demerits of the then existing 
automatic telephones, he saw room 
for still further improvement and, 
resigning his position, he became 
the president of the Automatic 
Telephone Co. with works at 103- 
109 E. Randolph St., in Feb., 1903. 
Mr. Norstrom's genius has evolved 
a complete central energy auto- 



matic telephone exchange system. 
It is patented and the apparatus 
is now manufactured by the firm. 
Mr. Norstrom was married in 
December, 1892, to L,ydia E. Lund- 
quist, daughter of a pioneer farm- 
er, N. P. L,undquist and his wife, 
Carolina. They have a daughter, 
Frances. The family belongs to the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 



FRANK I/)NN 

was born Nov. 3, 1843, ni Lan- 
naskede parish, Smaland, Sweden. 




FRANK LONN 

His educational advantages were 
limited to the common schools. 
In 1868, when twenty-five years 
of age, he left for the United 
States. 

Mr. L,onn has held the position 
of superintendent of the postal 
station at Hegewisch, Chicago, 
for several years. He has always 
been a Republican and has taken 
an active part in politics. 

Mr. Lonn is a Lutheran, and 



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is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. 



GUSTAF LINDELL 

was born in Sweden Nov. 9, 1864. 
His parents were Lars and Maria 




GUSTAF LINDELL 

Larson, who lived in Sunne parish, 
Vermland. The son attended the 
high school founded by Anders 
Fryxell, the famous Swedish his- 
torian, and as a boy he once took 
a prize of five crowns, given by 
Professor Fryxell, an occasion he 
cherishes as the proudest moment 
in his life. Gustaf helped his 
father on the farm until 1885, 
when he went to Stockholm and 
learned the trade of carpenter and 
joiner. In 1887 he emigrated to 
America, landing on our shores 
May 5. Proceeding at once to 
Chicago, he there secured employ- 
ment in his trade. After three 
years he got his first contract for 
the erection of a building. Before 
it was completed, he had secured 



two more contracts. Since then 
he has erected many private resi- 
dences and a number of public 
buildings and club houses, among 
the latter the Saddle and Cycle 
Club house in Edgewater and the 
Exmore Golf Club house in High- 
land Park. 

Mr. Lindell has been recording 
secretary of the Iduna Society and 
is a member of the Carpenters' 
and Builders' Association. 

In 1897 Mr - Lindell was mar- 
ried to Miss Emma Maria Olson. 
They have a daughter living, their 
first child, a son, having died at 
a tender age. 



AARON W. ANDERSON 

was born at Rydaholm, Smaland, 
Sweden, July 3, 1877. He emi- 




AAROX W. ANDERSON 

grated to America in 1893, locat- 
ing in Chicago. He started in 
the grocery business when but a 
young man, and has now a pros- 
perous grocery and meat market 



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at 2875 N. Robey St., Ravens- 
wood. 

He married Miss Signe Ander- 
son, born in Chicago May 15, 1879, 
and their union has been blessed 
with two children, Parkman Rus- 
sell and Morris Aaron. 



WILHELM EKENBORG 
was born April 2, 1850, in the 



2, 1050, in 
city of Ronneby, Sweden. 



He 




WILHELM EKENBORG 

learned the carriage maker's trade 
from his father. Emigrating in 
1870 to America, he first settled 
in California. After two years he 
moved to Chicago. He started in 
business for himself as carriage- 
maker in 1882, at 1401-3 North 
Clark st., where he is still located. 
In 1875 Mr. Ekenborg was mar- 
ried to Miss Mathilda Wennerholm. 
They have had four sons, of whom 
three are still living. They are 
engaged in business with their 
father. The family belongs to the 
St. Ansgarius Swedish Episcopal 



Church. Ekenborg is a member 
of the First Swedish Lodge, I. O. 
O. F., and of the Verdandi Lodge 
of the Svithiod order. 



ANDREW THELANDER 

was born July 26, 1847, in Bre- 
daryd parish, Smaland, Sweden. 
He emigrated to America in 1869. 
For the first two years he traveled 
through various parts of the coun- 
try and afterwards made his home 
in Chicago. 

He joined the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church in 1870. For 
many years he has been a mem- 
ber of its Board of Trustees, and 
in latter years was treasurer of the 
board. 

In 1874 he entered the employ 
of the firm Braun & Fitts, butter- 
ine manufacturers, and was for 
many years salesman and collector 
for this firm. 




ANDREW TH BLANDER 

When in 1904 the firm split and 
Mr. Braun established his own 



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factory at 75-77 W. Monroe St., 
under the name of Geo. P. Braun 
Co., Mr. Thelander followed and 
continues in his employ to the 
present time. 

In 1872 Mr. Thelander was mar- 
ried to Maria L. Erickson from Ul- 
lened parish, province of Vester- 
gotland, Sweden. Nine children 
have been born to the couple, of 
whom one son and four daughters 
are still living. The son, Theo. 
A. Thelander, is a jeweler at 
1739 North Clark st., L,ake View. 



JOHANNES ANDERSON 

was born in Edsvara parish, Ves- 
tergotland. Sweden. At an early 




JOHANNES ANDERSON 

age he went to Stockholm and be- 
gan as an apprentice in the wood- 
carving trade. For a number of 
years he attended the Technolog- 
ical School of Stockholm. In 1883 
he went to Hamburg, Germany, 
and during the following three 
years visited the cities of Cologne, 



Mainz, Stuttgart, Strassburg, and 
other places in Germany and 
Switzerland. In 1885 he went from 
Zurich to Paris, remaining there 
until 1889, when he returned to 
Sweden. Coming to this country 
in 1892, he located in Erie, Pa., 
and later in Rock ford, 111. He 
came to Chicago in 1894 and se- 
cured a position with Joseph Dux, 
the well-known architectural sculp- 
tor, under whom he has worked 
ever since as molder and designer. 
Mr. Anderson's work adorns many 
of Chicagos finest club houses, 
depots, commercial houses and 
residences. 



LOUIS A. LEVIN 

was born in Oknaby, Gellersta pa- 
rish, Orebro Ian, Sweden, Dec. 12, 
1842. He arrived in America June 
7, 1868. Proceeding to Chicago 




LOUIS A. LEVIN 



he took up his permanent residence 
here, and after some years engaged 
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trade, which he has followed un- 
interruptedly for twenty - eight 
years. 

Mr. Levin has never married. 



JOHN E. ERICSON, 

civil engineer, was born in Upland, 
Sweden, Oct. 21, 1858, his father, 




JOHN ERNST ERICSON 

Anders Ericson, owning an estate, 
known as Lockstaholm. His father 
died in 1894, but his mother still sur- 
vives. He received a common school 
and collegiate education at Norr- 
telje and Upsala, graduating from 
the Royal Polytechnic Institute, 
Stockholm, in 1880. Soon after 
he was appointed assistant engi- 
neer of the Vasa Bridge, Stock- 
holm, which position he retained 
for one year, until emigrating to 
America in June, 1881. Arriving 
here, he was made resident en- 
gineer of the Toledo, Cincinnati 
and St. Louis Railroad, and the 
following year accepted a position 
as bridge designer with Hopkins 



& Co. of St. Louis. From the 
fall of 1882 to the spring of 1884 
he was assistant engineer for the 
U. S. government on the Illinois 
and Mississippi canal investigation . 
In the last named year he was em- 
ployed by the city of Chicago as 
draughtsman, which position he 
filled with such ability that he 
was in 1886 promoted to become 
assistant engineer. In 1893 ne was 
again promoted to the position of 
principal assistant city engineer, 
followed four years later, July 6, 
1897, by his advance to the posi- 
tion of city engineer. In 1903 he 
was made a member of the Board 
of Public Improvements. This 
josition, although an important 
one, became irksome to Mr. Eric- 
son because of its comparative in- 
activity. He therefore applied for 
his old post of city engineer and 
was reappointed to this office un- 
der the civil service rules. 

During Mr. Ericson' s employ- 
ment by the city of Chicago he 
has superintended the construction 
of many important public works 
in the city and elsewhere. He 
was in local charge of the Lake 
View, North Shore and Sixty- 
eighth street tunnels. He was also 
assistant chief engineer for the 
location and design of the new 
water works at Seattle, Wash. 
During his service as assistant city 
engineer Mr. Ericson was in charge 
of all tunnel and crib construction 
and made the plans and specifica- 
tions for twelve miles of new tun- 
nels, together with two new pump- 
ing stations, each station to have 
four twenty-million gallon triple 



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expansion pumping engines. Mr. 
Ericson has also overhauled all 
the engines of the various pump- 
ing stations, entailing a vast 
amount of detail work. All the 
extensive improvements to the 
water works system of Chicago 
have called for engineering and 
executive ability of the highest 
order, and Mr. Ericson has amply 
met the expectations of the citi- 
zens as well as of the adminis- 
tration. About 70 per cent, of the 
Chicago water works system has 
been designed and constructed un- 
der Mr. Ericson's supervision. 

As an engineer Mr. Ericson 
stands in the foremost rank. In 
all the public positions which he 
has held he has given eminent 
satisfaction and many of his works 
stand as monuments to his en- 
gineering skill. 

He is a member of the West- 
ern Society of Engineers, Chicago 
Academy of Sciences, American 
Society of Civil Engineers, Amer- 
ican Water Works Association, 
also of the Chicago Athletic Asso- 
ciation and the Swedish Glee Club, 
being president of the latter for 
some years, and several Masonic 
lodges. He has traveled ex- 
tensively through Sweden, Nor- 
way, Germany, Holland, England, 
Scotland, the United States and the 
Hawaiian Islands. 

Mr. Ericson was married July 
u, 1888, to Miss Inez Lydia 
Malmgren of Chicago, who died 
in 1893. Three years after, on 
June 30, 1896, he wedded her 
sister, Esther Elizabeth Malmgren. 
They were daughters of the late 



Anders Fredrik and Lydia Eliza- 
beth Malmgren of Chicago. Mr. 
Ericson has a daughter, Mildred 
Inez, born May 10, 1889, of his 
first wife. 

In the exercise of his duties as 
city engineer of Chicago, Mr. Eric- 
son has prepared a number of 
special reports printed in pamphlet 
form, bearing on such topics as 
the water supply, street railways 
and the lowering of the tunnels 
under the Chicago River. He is 
also the author of several papers 
on technical subjects, read before 
various engineering societies. 

In 1906 Mr. Ericson was granted 
a year's vacation with full pay, 
retaining meanwhile the position 
of consulting engineer. 

In April, 1907, he again assumed 
full charge as city engineer at the 
request of the municipal govern- 
ment. 



JOHN GOTTFRID CARLSON 
was born at Bone, Vestergot- 
land, Sweden, Nov. 29, 1835. 
With a public school education 
acquired in his native place he 
emigrated to America in 1852 in 
company with his parents, his 
father dying three years after their 
arrival in Chicago. 

As a young man he learned the 
tailor's trade which he followed for 
some time. Subsequently he joined 
the city fire department from which 
he was retired on a pension at the 
age limit after forty years' ser- 
vice, including thirty-one years as 
captain of his brigade. He is one 
of the charter members of the 
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and has served in the capacity of 
deacon for many years back. 
March 8, 1873, Mr. Carlson was 




JOHN GOTTFRID CARLSON 

married to Miss Matilda Johnson 
of Chicago, born Apr. 17, 1844. 
Of three children a son and a 
daughter are living. They are, 
Albert G., born Dec. 14, 1873, 
married to Miss Kathryn Mack, 
and Hildur J., born July n, 1875, 
who is now Mrs. Eugene W. Dahl. 



MATTHIAS WAHLSTROM 

was called to the position of su- 
perintendent of Augustana Hospi- 
tal, from that of president of 
Gustavus Adolpus College at St. 
Peter, Minn, where, in the main, 
his life work has been performed. 
.He was born in the province of 
Blekinge, Sweden, Nov. 28. 1851. 
His parents came to the United 
States in 1854, first locating in 
Chicago, and then living for short 
periods at Geneva, Montgomery, 
and Aurora, 111., until 1861, when 



they settled in West Union, Car- 
ver county, Minn. The son at- 
tended St. Ansgar's Academy 
1869-71, and in the latter year 
entered Augustana College, at 
Paxton, 111., which institution 
was removed to Rock Island be- 
fore he graduated, in 1877. Mr. 
Wahlstrom taught in St. Ansgar's 
Academy in 1874-75, and acted 
as parochial school teacher during 
summer vacations while a student. 
Having completed the college 
course, he continued his studies 
in the theological seminary at 
Augustana for two years, grad- 
uating in 1 879 and being ordained 
minister by the Augustana Synod 
at its meeting in Chicago in 
June of the same year. 




MATTHIAS WAHLSTROM 

July 6, following, he was mar- 
ried to Miss Selma C. Ekstrom 
of Lindsborg, Kas., and then left 
for the mission field, laboring 
among the Indians of the West 
and Southwest in 1879 and 1880, 



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meanwhile traveling extensively 
in Colorado, New Mexico and 
Indian Territory. 

In the fall of 1880, Mr. Wahl- 
strom accepted a call to teach at 
Gustavus Adolphus College, at 
St. Peter, Minn. The following 
year he was elected president of 
the institution. For twenty-three 
years he remained at the head of 
the institution and saw it grow 
from a small academy with a single 
department to a full college, with 
five departments in all, annually 
enrolling from 300 to 400 stu- 
dents and graduating 50 to 70 
every year. 

Augustana College in 1886 con- 
ferred on Prof. Wahlstrom the 
degree of A. M., and in 1894 
that of Ph. D. In November, 
1901, by order of King Oscar II 
of Sweden, he was created a 
knight of the Order of the North 
Star by the Rt. Rev. Bishop K. 
H. G. von Scheele of Gotland, 
Sweden, then on a visit to the 
United States. Dr. Wahlstrom is 
a life member of the American 
Bible Society. 

For several years he served as 
pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
churches at Le Sueur and St. 
Peter, Minn. In 1904 Dr. Wahl- 
strom resigned the presidency of 
Gustavus Adolphus College and 
about the same time he was elec- 
ted by the Illinois Conference to 
the position of superintendent and 
chaplain of Augustana Hospital, 
and assumed his duties in Septem- 
ber of the same year. 

Dr. Wahlstrom is a forceful 
public speaker, and the quarter 



century he has devoted to school 
work has given him front rank 
among Swedish-American edu- 
cators. 

His married life has been blessed 
with three sons and four daugh- 
ters, here named in the order of 
their birth: Hilding Timotheus, 
Edna Frideborg, deceased, An- 
nette Frideborg, Ruth Eleonor, 
Edna Constance, Einar Anselm 
and Maurice Geijer. 



FERDINAND 
ENGELBRECTSON 

was born in Goteborg, Sweden, 
April 27, 1862. In November, 




FERDINAND ENGELBRECTSON 

1888, he passed a successful exam- 
ination in surgery before the Royal 
Medical Department in Stockholm. 
Discontented with the opportu- 
nities open to him in Sweden, he 
left Goteborg for London in Octo- 
ber, 1890. From this place he 
went to Alexandria, Egypt, and 
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went to New York, arriving in 
January, 1891, and remained until 
August, 1893, when he removed 
to Chicago, where he has been 
permanently located as practicing 
masseur ever since that time. 

In April, 1901, he married Miss 
Agnes Bergendorff from Falkop- 
ing, Sweden. The same year he 
was appointed clinical demonstra- 
tor in massage and medical gym- 
nastics at the Northwestern Uni- 
versity Medical School. Mr. Eng- 
elbrectson graduated as Doctor of 
Medicine from Dearborn Medical 
College in Chicago June 27, 1907. 



EMANUEL OSTERHOLM 

was born Feb. 27, 1869, in Ostra 
Emtervik, Vermland, Sweden. 




EMANUEL OSTERHOLM 

His parents were Magnus Oster- 
holm, a carpenter and farmer, 
and Anna Maria, nee Anderson. 
After leaving the public school, he 
worked as a farm hand until 1887, 
when he emigrated to America, 



destined for Chicago. Here he 
went to work as a painter, stick- 
ing to that trade until 1894, when 
he opened a paint and wall paper 
store in partnership with Robert 
Anderson, under the firm name of 
Anderson and Osterholm. Con- 
tracting for painting and decorat- 
ing is the principal item in their 
business. They began by employ- 
ing five men and now employ 
about fifty. Their business has 
increased very extensively. 

Outgrowing the quarters in 
which the firm opened up, they 
erected a three story store and 
flat building in 1898, at 1202 W. 
59th st. This is their main place 
of business, but they also conduct 
a branch store at 3200 N. Clark 
street. 

Mr. Osterholm was choirmaster 
of the Swedish Mission Church of 
Englewood for several years. He 
is now a member of the Swedish 
Mission Church in Lake View. 
His brother is Albin N. Oster- 
holm of Superior, Wis., who has 
poetical ability, as shown in a 
volume of verse, published several 
years ago. 

Mr. Osterholm was on June 
20, 1900, married to Hannah 
Mathilda Swenson, of Chicago, 
born Jan. 14, 1875. They have 
a son, Philip Emanuel, born 
April i, 1901. 

AXEL LUDVIG NYSTROM, 

a clergyman in the Mission Church, 
was born in Kristiania, Norway, 
July 8, 1872, his parents having 
come from the Swedish province 
of Vermland. The family emi- 



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grated and located on a farm in 
Grass Lake, Kanabec co., Minn, 
in 1876. At thirteen he went to 




AXEL LUDYIG NYSTROM 

West Superior, Wis. and worked 
there as salesman in a clothing 
store. In 1892, he entered the 
Ev. Mission Covenant Theo- 
logical Seminary and completed 
his studies for the ministry at 
North Park College in the spring 
of 1895. He afterward took a 
special course at Knox College 
and also studied for some time at 
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kans. 
In 1895 he was given his first 
pastoral charge, that of the Swed- 
ish Mission Church at West Bur- 
lington, Iowa. In December, 1900, 
he accepted a call from the Swed- 
ish Congregational Church in 
Cleveland, Ohio. In 1901, the 
Rev. Mr. Nystrom came to Chi- 
cago and assumed the pastorate 
of the Swedish Mission Church in 
Englewood, and is still retaining 
that charge. He is married to 



Miss Mollin Miller of Burlington, 
Iowa, and resides at 5849 Car- 
penter St. 

KARL H. ELMSTROM, 

minister in the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church, was born Aug. 
20, 1850, in the city of Karls- 
krona, Sweden. While attending 
the collegiate school there, he 
came under the influence of Meth- 
odism through Rev. Sorlin, and 
after his graduation felt prompted 
to devote himself to the ministry 
in that church. The opposition 
of his parents, however, forced 
him to abandon this plan. Instead 
he entered Fjellstedt Theological 




KARL H. ELMSTROM] 

Seminary in Upsala with the 
intention of becoming a Luth- 
eran pastor. During his three years' 
stay here he had the permission 
of Archbishop Sundberg to preach 
in four different churches of 
the archbishopric. At the end of 
this period he again, in 1872, came 



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in close touch with the Method- 
ists in Stockholm, and after having 
had conversations with several of 
the older ministers, whose ac- 
quaintance he had formed in Karls- 
krona, he resolved to join the 
Methodist Church. He was or- 
dained in 1875 as deacon and in 
1877 as elder. In Sweden he la- 
bored in the ministry for about ten 
years, having charge, successively, 
of the Methodist congregations in 
Orebro, Halsberg, Goteborg, Up- 
sala, Jonkoping and Stockholm. 

In 1882 the Rev. Mr. Elmstrom 
emigrated to America, where his 
first charge was at Beaver, 111. 
Next his charges were on the west 
side in Chicago for three years, in 
Minneapolis for three years and 
again on the west side in Chicago 
for three years, on the north side 
for three years, and finally for 
two years in Jamestown, N. Y. 
From Oct. i, 1898, until 1903 he 
was editor of Satidebudet, resign- 
ing to assume the pastorate of the 
First Swedish M. E. Church of 
Chicago. 

The Rev. Mr. Elmstrom married 
Miss Jennie Froberg of Stockholm, 
Sweden, in 1873. Of their four 
children, two daughters survive. 



tar, visiting many parts of the 
world. 

In 1877, having concluded to 
become a landlubber, he embarked 



GUSTAF C. BROBERG, 
general steamship agent, was born 
in the city of Nykopiiig, Sweden, 
Oct. 20, 1858. As a boy, he was 
sent to a relative in Stockholm to 
study. He was restless, however, 
and soon hired out as a member 
of the crew of a sailing vessel, 
bound for England. For several 
years he led the life of a young 




GUSTAF CASPER BROBERG 

for New York City, going from 
there to Buffalo and later to Chi- 
cago. Mr. Broberg here became 
a sub-agent for a railroad, and in 
that capacity secured much of the 
immigration business for his road. 
After gaining experience he estab- 
lished a steamship and railroad 
ticket agency, making a specialty 
of the passenger traffic to and 
from Sweden, Norway, Denmark 
and Finland. His office is in his 
own building, 67 E. Kinzie st. 

In 1890 Mr. Broberg started 
publishing Humoristen, a comic 
weekly, the successive editors of 
which were Ville Akerberg, Oliver 
Linder, Ernst Lindblom and Gustaf 
Wicklund. In 1890 the paper was 
changed to a weekly general news- 
paper, entitled Svenska Nyheter. It 
grew from a smaller size to a 7-col- 



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umn, 12 page paper, and then to 16 
pages. In July, 1906, Svenska Ny- 
heter and Svenska Tribunen, a sim- 
ilar newspaper, were consolidated 
and are now published under the 
hyphenated name of Svenska Trib- 
unes- Nyheter. Early in 1907 Mr. 
Broberg sold his interest in the 
newspaper, and now devotes him- 
self to his ticket agency. 

Mr. Broberg was married in 1884 
to Miss Bertha Gloor, with whom 
he has a daughter, thirteen years 
old. The family residence is at 
1152 Sheridan -road. 

Mr. Broberg is a member of the 
Swedish Glee Club, Svithiod Lodge 
No. i, King Oscar Lodge A. F. & 
A. M., Lincoln Park Chapter of 
St. Bernard Commandery and of 
Medinah Temple. At the World's 
Fair in Chicago Mr. Broberg was 
corresponding secretary of the 
Scandinavian Auxiliary Committee 



got work in a sawmill. He was 
variously employed in shingle and 
lumber mills, and at log cutting 



JOHN MARTENSON, 
publisher of the weekly religious 
newspaper, Chicago- Bladet, is the 
son of Abraham Martenson, a la- 
borer of Jonkoping, Sweden, and 
his wife, Charlotta Falk, He was 
born in that city March 25, 1850. 
After attending common school 
for two or three years the boy 
worked for an upholsterer un- 
til ten years of age when he got 
a job as errand boy in a printing 
shop in his home town, and worked 
at the type case there and in 
Stockholm for the next six years, 
or until he emigrated in 1867. 
He went as far west as his money 
would take him, stopping at 
Grand Rapids, Mich., where he 




JOHN MARTEXSON 

and log driving until 1869, when, 
after a trip down the Mississippi 
on a lumber raft, he passed through 
Chicago and decided to take up 
his old trade in that city. He 
worked as compositor on the Swed- 
ish newspaper Hemlandet up to 
1874, when he took the position 
of foreman in the printing office 
of Svenska Ameiikanaren, another 
Swedish newspaper, continuing 
there until the latter part of 1876. 
In February, the following year, 
Mr. Martenson started Chicago- 
Bladet and has been its publisher 
up to the present time. 

Mr. Martenson comes from a 
pious family, which for two gen- 
erations had been identified with 
the revivalists known as Readers. 
His father was one of the first of 
these in Jonkoping. Mr. Marten- 
son's maternal grandfather, Abram 



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Falk, was a farmer-poet, who 
wrote many religious songs, in- 
cluding the well-known hymn 
beginning, "Oppet star Jesu for- 
barmande hjarta." Mr. Marten- 
son's activity as editor and pub- 
lisher has received its character 
from the early influences of his 
home. His paper, while indepen- 
dent, is generally accepted as the 
organ of the Free Mission Church. 
He is also the publisher of Colum- 
ba, a fortnightly paper for juve- 
nile readers. 

Mr. Martenson is a member of 
the Oak Street Swedish Mission 
Church, of which he has served 
as trustee and treasurer for about 
twenty-five years. He ranks as 
one of the leaders of that group 
of believers denominated as Free 
Mission Friends and was in fact 
one of the fathers of this move- 
ment. 

Mr. Martenson was married 
Sept. 27, 1871, to Sarah Ander- 
son, a daughter of Anders and 
Christina Jonsson, born in Ryda- 
holm, Sweden, June 2, 1854. Of 
four children born to them two 
died in early years. The surviv- 
ors, John Victor and Alma Emilia, 
are both married. 

The Martenson family resides 
at 1540 Aldine ave., and the office 
of Chicago- Bladet is at 205 Oak st. 



& Co. , manufacturers of cut leather. 
In 1902, Mr. Isberg bought out 
his employers' interests. As far 



FRANK W. ISBERG 

is a native of Chicago. Born in 
this city April 8, 1871, he was ed- 
ucated in its public schools. After 
reaching mature years, he became 
superintendent for H. C. Tillinghast 




FRANK W. ISBERG 

as he knows, he is the only Swede 
by birth or descent in the West 
engaged in this line of business. 
The firm is styled F. W. Isberg 
& Co., and its place of business 
is at 193 Lake st. 

Mr. Isberg is a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 



CARL F. BRUSEN 

was born July 22, 1871, in Hal- 
lingeberg parish, Smaland, Swe- 
den. He learned the tailor's trade 
from his father at home. Coming 
to America and locating in Chi- 
cago, he worked for various tailor- 
ing establishments and learned also 
the art of cutting. Thus equipped, 
he started in business for himself 
as a merchant tailor in 1897, at 
1643 N. Clark st., his present 
location. 



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Mr. Brusen was married in 1900 
to Miss Constance Johanson. He 
is a member of several Swedish 




CARL FREDRIK BRUSEN 

societies and has served as presi- 
dent of the Orpheus Singing Club. 



CLAES FLODIN, 

manufacturer, was born in Jon- 
koping, Sweden, July 6, 1848. 
His parents were Carl Flodin, su- 
perintendent of the Barnangen 
Manufacturing Company's works 
at Stockholm, and Lovisa Svenson 
Flodin. The son attended public 
and private school. In 1872 he 
left home for America, arriving 
July 2. He proceeded to Chicago, 
where he worked at the metal 
trades. For upwards of twenty- 
five years he has been junior 
member of the firm of Goetz & 
Flodin, 133 W. Chicago ave., 
manufacturers of copper and sheet 
iron tanks. 

Mr. Flodin was for eighteen 
years president of the First Swed- 



ish Building and Loan Associa- 
tion. He belongs to the Swedish 
Kv. Lutheran Mission Church in 
Lake View and has been a trustee 
of the North Side Mission Church. 
Mr. Flodin is married to Emma 
O. Larson, daughter of A. Larson, 
a coppersmith, and Anna Larson 
from Satersfors, Habo parish, Ves- 
tergotland, Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. 
Flodin's children are eight in num- 
ber, Hilma C., Benjamin A., Ru- 
dolph A., Agnes O., Ida E., Ha- 




CLAES FLODIN 



raid L-, Arnold and Elmer E. 
Flodin . 



CHARLES E. SPAAK 

was born Oct. 21, 1865, in Elfs- 
borgs Ian, Sweden. His father, 
Pehr Henric Spaak, was well- 
known in the province. The early 
instruction given Charles Spaak 
was private, but at twelve years 
of age he entered the Jonkoping 
collegiate school. From there he 
went to Orebro and studied at the 



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Technical Institute at that place, chief engineer with the same com- 



Upon his graduation in 1885 he 
immediately left for the United 




CHARLES ERIK SPAAK 

States. Here he became engaged 
as draughtsman in 1885-1886 at the 
headquarters of the U. S. Govern- 
ment Engineering Corps in Chicago. 
From 1886-87 ne assisted in the 
preliminary work for the Chicago 
drainage canal and from 1887-88 
he was assistant engineer during 
the laying of the cable system in 
St. Louis, Mo. In 1888-89 he 
held a position as inspector and 
draughtsman for the U. S. Govern- 
ment Engineering Corps. After 
working for one year in this ca- 
pacity he accepted the position of 
assistant city engineer in Seattle, 
Wash. , from which he soon resigned 
to become assistant engineer for 
the Great Northern Railway. April 
i, 1892, he returned to Chicago as 
assistant engineer with the Indiana 
Natural Gas and Oil Co. This posi- 
tion he held until in 1898 he became 



pany, his present position. 

Mr. Spaak was married to Miss 
Anna Gerda Hessler July 5, 1894. 
Their two sons are Carl Per Harald, 
born Aug. 15, 1897, and Gilbert 
Henric, born April u, 1899. 



CHARLES RUDOLPH NELSON 

was born in Ulricehamn, Sweden, 
January 26, 1859. His father was 
John Nelson, a cabinet maker. 
His mother's maiden name was 
Matilda Hedlund. 

The family emigrated to this 
countrj 7 in 1865 and proceeded to 
Chicago. In common with so 
many others they were burned out 
in the fire of 1871. Charles at- 
tended the public school until 




CHARLES RUDOLPH NELSON 

1875 when he started to learn, the 
printer's trade which he continued 
until 1883. After a few more 
years of experience in business he 
became in 1888, head of the sales 
department of the Ames and Frost 



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Co. For ten years he remained 
with the house, afterward assum- 
ing management of the Tengwall 
File and Ledger Co., in Ravens- 
wood. In 1903 Mr. Nelson was 
attracted to St. Louis where he 
was, until 1906, vice president 
and general superintendent of Lie- 
ber & Trussell Co. Mr. Nelson is 
now president of the Nelson Cor- 
poration, 231 Monroe St., where 
loose-leaf devices are manufactured. 
He has invented no less than 26 
loose-leaf devices, a paper punch 
ing machine and a rattan splitting 
machine. Some of these devices 
are used by the U. S. government. 
His business has taken him to 
nearly all the larger cities of the 
United States and Canada. 

Mr. Nelson is one of the early 
settlers of Ravenswood, having 
moved there when there were 
truck farms all around his home. 
From that time he has been 
identified with its rapid improve- 
ment and advance. He is presi- 
dent of the Republican precinct 
club and belongs to Royal League, 
Royal Arcanum, Knights of Pyth- 
ias, Odd Fellows, National Union, 
Ravenswood Blue Lodge, A. F. 
and A. M. Columbia Chapter, St. 
Bernard Commandery, Medinah 
Shrine, Prince of Chaldeans, and 
to the Chicago Athletic Club. 

Mr. Nelson was married July 
22, 1882, to Viola May Newell, 
born in Chicago, May 27, 1861, 
her parents being Samuel B. and 
Margaret Newell. To Mr. and 
Mrs. Nelson have been born, Clar- 
ence Richard, in 1883; Lulu Irene, 
in 1884; Ethel May in 1886; 



Marshall Burr, in 1887; Wilbur 
Alvord, in 1892; Ruth Eleanor, 
in 1901, and Florence Helen in 
1904. The family resides at 2881 
N. Paulina St., and belongs to 
Ravenswood M. E. Church. Mr. 
Nelson has been a member of the 
official board of the church and 
the chorister of the Sunday school 
for many years. 



HENRY S. HENSCHEN 

was born July 29, 1873, in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., attended public schools 




HENRY SAMUEL HENSCHEN 

in Evanston, 111., and Jamestown, 
N. Y., and removed in 1885 to 
Sweden with his parents. After 
attending school two years in 
Stockholm and two years in Up- 
sala, he returned to the United 
States in 1889. 

The same year he entered the 
employ of Haugan and Lindgren, 
bankers, Chicago, and has ever 
since been connected with the 
institution, now known as State 



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Bank of Chicago. In 1898 he 
was made manager of the Bond 
and Foreign Exchange Depart- 
ment and in 1901 promoted to 
Assistant Cashier. 

From 1893 to 1896 he attended 
evening classes in the Chicago 
College of Law, was admitted to 
the Illinois bar in 1895 and in 
1898 received the degree of 
Bachelor of Laws. 

He has at times filled the po- 
sition of Acting Vice Consul for 
Sweden in Chicago. 

Mr. Henschen was married in 
5, to Miss Edith M. C. Mount- 



try in July and settling at Gales- 
burg. There young Nelson attend- 
ed the public schools, worked for 



ain and has one son. His home 
is at 728 Pine Grove ave. 

Mr. Henschen is a member of 
the Union League Club and the 
Bankers' Club and of Grace 
M. E. Church. 



NELS NELSON 

is an insurance man, well known 
to Swedish- Americans in general 
from his connection with the Scan- 
dinavian Mutual Aid Association 
of Galesburg, 111., as its secretary 
for a period of nineteen years. 

He was born in Weinge parish, 
Halland, Sweden, July 13, 1840, 
the son of Nils Bengtson, a farmer 
and carpenter, and his wife, Jo- 
hanna Johansson. His parents 
with four children emigrated to 
America in 1854, but owing to in- 
sufficient means, Nels was left be- 
hind with friends. The family 
arrived in Chicago duiing the 
cholera epidemic of 1854, and the 
father and one son died from that 
disease soon after. In 1856 Nels 
left Sweden, coming to this coun- 




NELS NELSON 

farmers in that locality, and for 
the Chicago, Burlington and Quin- 
cy R. R. Company, also serving 
a short apprenticeship with a cab- 
inetmaker, until 1861. That year 
he volunteered for service in the 
Union army, served four and a 
half years and in March, 1865, 
was promoted for meritorious serv- 
ice to the rank of first lieutenant. 
Mr. Nelson was a member of 
Company C, 43d Illinois Volun- 
teers, which company was made 
up of Swedes. He began service 
as a sergeant of the company. 

At the close of the war Mr. 
Nelson went into business in Gales- 
burg. In 1 8/1 he was elected city 
treasurer and served in that capac- 
ity for five years, being re-elected 
each year up to 1875 inclusive. 
He now devoted himself to his 
private business until 1883, when 



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he was elected secretary of the 
Scandinavian Mutual Aid Associ- 
ation, a life insurance company 
on the assessment plan, a position 
held by him until 1902. When 
the business of the Association was 
by a vote of the necessary major- 
ity of its members transferred to 
the Scandia Mutual Life Insur- 
ance Company of Chicago, also 
an assessment organization, on the 
2Qth day of August, 1902, Mr. 
Nelson severed his connection with 
the association and remained in 
Galesburg. 

The following spring he was 
again elected treasurer of the city 
for a term of two years. At the 
expiration of the term in April, 
1905, the Scandia Mutual Life 
was reorganized on the legal re- 
serve basis and placed on a per- 
fectly sound footing. Then, upon 
the invitation of the management 
of the company, now the Scandia 
Life Insurance Company, Mr. Nel- 
son went to Chicago to assist in 
the management of its affairs at 
the head office, where he is now 
engaged. 

In 1868 Mr. Nelson was married 
to Miss Sarah Nelson of Gales- 
burg, daughter of Nils Palsson. 
She died Dec. 7, 1898. The issue 
of their union was two children, 
Arthur Ulrich, born July 29, 1869, 
and Edmund Linnea, who died in 
infancy. Arthur Nelson is married 
to Miss Anna E. Westerberg of 
Galesburg, and resides there. 

Mr. Nelson is a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church at 
Galesburg, and served for fourteen 
consecutive years on the board of 



trustees and was its treasurer. He 
is a member of the Grand Army 
of the Republic. 

While living in Galesburg, Mr. 
Nelson served the city in many 
other capacities besides that of 
city treasurer. He was a member 
of the Board of Supervisors for 15 
years, of the Board of Education 
for 4 years and of the Public Lib- 
rary Board for 7 years. 



CARL VALLENTIN 

was born at Fredriksberg, in the 
province of Smaland, Sweden, 




CARL VALLENTIN 

May 10, 1858. He came to this 
country with his parents in 1870 
and settled in Moline, 111. For a 
few years he followed his father's 
trade as a blacksmith and worked 
for the Moline Plow Co. 

His education was obtained 
at Augustana College. When 
twenty years of age he began to 
teach school and continued in this 
occupation for three years. 



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When the insurance society 
known as the Scandinavian Mutu- 
al Aid Association of Galesburg 
was organized, he accepted a po- 
sition as. their general agent and 
traveled extensively for a number 
of years. 

In 1886 he started a book and 
music store in Minneapolis, Minn. 
While in this business he pub- 
lished a journal, called Hemmet, 
and a Swedish cookbook. 

In 1890 Mr. Vallentin came to 
Chicago and opened a real estate 
office, with Mr. Charles Berg as 
a partner. 

When the Svea Building and 
I^oan Association of Chicago was 
organized, he was one of the pro- 
moters and officiated as vice-pres- 
ident and treasurer until the spring 
of 1896. 

In June of that year he went 
to Europe, making a tour of Swe- 
den, Denmark, Germany, France 
and England. 

In 1897 ne became a member 
of the firm known as the Svea 
Land Colony, which for the last 
decade has been engaged in colo- 
nizing and developing Silverhill, 
Alabama. Mr. Vallentin more 
recently interested himself in a 
gold mining enterprise, known as 
the Telma Gold Mining Co., 
and is identified with other finan- 
cial enterprises. 

Mr. Vallentin is a member of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church in 
Englewood, where he has resided 
for some twelve years. 



CHARLES J. DAHLQUIST 

was born June 13, 1862, in Kin- 
neved parish, Vestergotland, Swe- 




CHARLES J. DAHLQUIST 

den. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native land. 
Oct. 12, 1 88 1, he came to America 
and took up his abode in Chicago. 
Mr. Dahlquist is a shoe dealer, 
having started in business with a 
Mr. Swanson in 1895, in Engle- 
wood. The firm is now Burkdahl 
& Dahlquist, located at 511 W. 
63d st. 

His wife is Maria Dahlquist, 
nee Borg, and their children are: 
Ellen, Carl, Martin and Juliet. 

Mr. Dahlquist is a member of 
the Salem Swedish Lutheran con- 
gregation in Chicago, where he has 
been a Sunday school teacher for 
many years. 



CHARLES E. SCHLYTERN, 

president of the Union Bank of 
Chicago, was born in Svartla, 



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Ofver L,ulea parish, Sweden, Jan. 
17, 1853, the son of C. O. Schly- 
tern, a large manufacturer, and 




CHARLES E. SCHLYTERN 

his wife Anna, nee Sjoding. 
During the years 1862-1871, he 
attended the collegiate schools at 
L,ulea and Umea. Shortly after 
graduating, in 1871, he went to 
the United States, spending the 
next two years in Iowa, Nebraska, 
Illinois, working as wood-cutter, 
a farm hand and railroad laborer 
and doing whatever work was 
offered. Subsequently he located 
in Chicago. Until 1879 he was 
employed in various offices in the 
city; after that time he was for 
ten years chief clerk in the John- 
son Chair Go's, factory, and sub- 
sequently for twelve years, 1889- 
1901, cashier of the Milwaukee 
ave. State Bank. 

In August, 1901, he engaged in 
the real estate and mortgage loan 
business at 825 Milwaukee ave., 
in partnership with John A. Prebis. 



When, in 1905, the Union Bank 
of Chicago was organized by a 
number of Swedes and Norwegians 
of Chicago, Mr. Schlytern was 
elected president of the bank. 
This institution which is a state 
bank, was capitalized at $200,000, 
with a reserve fund of $25,000, 
and began business May i, 1905. 
At the end of the month the de- 
posits were $108,565.63. In two 
years, May i, 1907, they had 
increased to $648,458. 

Mr. Schlytern was married in 
1889, to Edith G. Isbell, of 
American parentage. They have 
one child, a son. Mr. Schlytern 
is a Republican in politics. 



SVEN P. SWANSON 

was born in Hinneryd, Smaland, 
Sweden, March 3, 1853. He emi- 




SVEN P. SWANSON 



grated to America in 1872, locat- 
ing first in Chicago, then in Min- 
neapolis, and later on in Chicago 
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and at present connected with 
Barret R. Hall. 

Mr. Swenson is a member of 
the Illinois Encampment No. 2, 
First Swedish Lodge of I. O. O. 
F., K. P. and King Oscar Lodge 
of Free Masons. 

He was married to Sophie 
Lundquist Jan. 14, 1884, and has 
a son, Earl Grover. 



P. AXEL BLOMFELDT 

was born at Ekno estate, Bjork- 
skog parish, Vestmanland, Sweden, 




P. AXEL BLOMFELDT 

April 10, 1858. Having finished 
in the common school, he entered 
at fifteen years of age as an ap- 
prentice in the works of the K6- 
ping Manufacturing Company. 
Four years later he left and was 
employed in a similar plant at 
Ljusne for three years. A desire 
to seek his fortune in the New 
World had been steadily growing 
with him, and at twenty- three 
he bade farewell to his fatherland. 



He arrived in Chicago May 2, 
1 88 1. Immediately after his arrival 
he secured employment at his trade 
as a mechanic, and for fifteen 
years occupied his time in con- 
stantly improving his mechanical 
skill and acquiring American 
methods. 

In 1896 Mr. Blomfeldt formed 
a partnership with another skilled 
Swedish- American mechanic, Mr. 
O. Rapp, for the purpose of man- 
ufacturing dies, tools and other 
machinery specialties, and they be- 
gan business under the firm name 
of Blomfeldt & Rapp, at 34 Mar- 
ket st. Besides having a large 
trade in the United States, the 
firm has made considerable ship- 
ments to Canada, Central and South 
America, Japan, and even to Eng- 
land and Germany. Their shop is 
now at 39 W. Randolph st. 

Aside from his reputation as a 
business man, Mr. Blomfeldt is 
well known for his public spirit, 
his liberality and his interest in 
patriotic and social organizations. 
The fraternal order of Svithiod 
owes its present standing and 
prosperous condition largely to 
Mr. Blomfeldt' s enthusiastic leader- 
ship and skillful management. Be- 
ing one of the first members of 
Svithiod Lodge No. i, he pro- 
moted the branching-out process 
and joined Verdandi Lodge No. 3 
at its organization in 1890. When 
in July, 1893, all the Svithiod 
lodges were organized into a grand 
lodge, Mr. Blomfeldt was almost 
unanimously chosen its first Grand 
Master. A few years later the 
treasurership of the order was en- 



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trusted to him, and during his 
services in this capacity more than 
$200,000 have passed through his 
hands,- all of which has been 
handled and accounted for in the 
most business-like manner. 

He is a member of the Svithiod 
Singing Club. 

Mr. Blomfeldt and Miss Emily 
Samuelson were, married Sept. 21, 
1895, an d their union has been 
blessed with one child. The Blom- 
feldt residence is at 3990^Perry St., 
Rogers Park. 

FRANK ROSENGREN 

was born Dec. 17, 1846, 'in Stock- 
holm, Sweden. Having studied 





FRANK ROSENGREN 

in the naval school in Stockholm, 
he emigrated to America in 1866, 
stopping in Chicago, where he has 
resided ever since. 

Mr. Rosengreu was connected 
with the Gormully & Jeffery Manu- 
facturing Co. for over twenty -two 
years. He is at present associated 



with George T. and F. W. Ro- 
sengren and Chas. W. Nelson in 
the manufacturing business, under 
the name of the Enterprise Tool 
and Metal Works, incorporated, 
at 141 S. Clinton st. 

Mr. Rosengren was married in 
1870, and has five children, mostly 
married. He is one of the oldest 
Swedish Odd Fellows in Chicago, 
having joined the order in 1868. 



FRANK G. GUSTAFSON 

was born in Skofde parish, prov- 
ince of Vestergotland, Sweden, 




FRANK G. GUSTAFSON 

on Nov. 8, 1863. His father was 
Gustaf Anderson, who by industry 
and thrift had risen from hired hand 
through the intermediate stage of 
foreman to owner of a farm. His 
son Frank who was one of a fami- 
ly of eight children, spent his 
early years on the farm, attending 
school at intervals. At the age 
of seventeen years he went to 
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mason's trade. For a time he 
attended Tekniska Skolan and 
Byggnadsyrkesskolan in order to 
learn the theoretical side of mason 
construction and general architect- 
ure. He continued there, work- 
ing as a mason until 1887 when 
he came over to Chicago, obtain- 
ing employment at his trade. As 
soon as he had the language 
sufficiently at his command he 
attended an evening technical 
school, further improving his theo- 
retical knowledge of building con- 
struction. After a few years' ex- 
perience he became a builder and 
contractor. As such he has erected 
a number of the most modern 
structures in the city, aiding ma- 
terially in the upbuilding of resi- 
dential Chicago. 

Mr. Gustafson has a tenor voice 
which in the upper register is 
sweet, clear, and powerful withal. 
This has made him a much sought 
for member of male choruses in 
Stockholm and in Chicago. For 
a number of years he has been 
an active member of the Swedish 
Glee Club, and has acted as 
director and vice-president of the 
club. In 1897 h e took part in 
the concert-tour to Sweden, made 
by the American Union of Swed- 
ish Singers. He belongs to the 
Builders' and Masons' Association. 
In 1893 Mr. Gustafson was mar- 
ried to Miss Maria Svenson. They 
reside at 735 5ist St., Chicago. 



Johan Larson, and Johanna Jo- 
hansdotter who both lived on the 
farm until their respective deaths, 




CHARLES G. CHINLUND 

was born Sept. 4, 1849, in Kin- 
nared, Hossna parish, Elfsborgs 
Ian. His parents were Anders 



CHARLES GUSTAF CHINLUND 

the former passing away in 1888. 
Gustaf , as he was then called, at- 
tended the public school until he 
was confirmed in 1864. In 1871 
he emigrated to America, landing 
at Boston, and came direct to 
Chicago. He arrived Oct. 18, 
one week after the Chicago fire. 
Employment was secured at once 
in clearing away the ruins. For 
a! year he was engaged in the 
building trade. In 1874 he was 
engaged by Engberg and Holm- 
berg as a salesman of Swedish 
publications. He has since re- 
mained with this firm except 
during 1889-1891 when he \vas a 
stockholder in the Concordia Pub- 
lishing Co., and manager for the 
Framat Pub. Co. 

Mr. Chinlund was a member 
of the Immanuel Church from 1874 
until 1885. He served six years 



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as collector and from 1883 to 1885 
as deacon. In 1884 Mr. Chinlund 
secured a home in Baxter St., now 
Osgood st. This resulted in his 
joining the Trinity Church, where 
he was a deacon for nine years 
and Sunday school superintendent 
for seven years. Mr. Chinlund 
has been a member of the Messiah 
English Lutheran Church since 
its organization in 1896, and has 
been a deacon during this period. 
In 1871 Mr. Chinlund was mar- 
ried to Wilhelmina C. O. Nelson, 
born April 24, 1851, in Bone par- 
ish, Elfsborgs Ian, Sweden. They 
have five sons and five daughters, 
viz.: Emil Gottfrid, born 1872 
(now pastor in Lincoln, Neb., and 
married to Alma Swenson of 
Chicago); Ellen Theresia, born 
1876 (married to Dr. John N. 
Sandblom, dean of the dental de- 
partment, New Technical Institute 
of Christiania) ; Carl Theodore, 
born 1878, (employed with Gage 
Bros., millinery); Victor Imman- 
uel, born 1880 (married to Elsa 
Bergman of Chicago); Anna 
Wilhelmina, born 1883 (graduate 
of Columbia School of Music, 
teacher of piano); Edith Josefina, 
born 1884; Joseph Ferdinand, born 
1886; Ruth Eveline, born 1888; 
Edwin Fridolf, born 1890; Mildred 
Augusta, born 1892. 



gan studying law, and graduated 
from Chicago College of Law 
after taking a three years' course, 



WILLIAM R. ANDERSON 

was born in Chicago Nov. i, 
1875, and attended public schools 
and high school until 1890. For 
several years he devoted himself 
to business. He soon, however, be- 




WILLIAM R. ANDERSON 

receiving the degree of LL. B. 
Shortly thereafter he took the 
state examination for admission 
to the bar and received his license 
to practice in 1899. 

Since that time he has been 
associated with his brother, G. 
Bernhard Anderson, in the prac- 
tice of law, the firm being known 
as Anderson and Anderson, with 
offices at 100 Washington st. 



ANDREW SWANSON 

was born in the city of Malmo, 
Sweden, April 30, 1853. After 
attending the public school, he 
learned the mason's trade. In 
1880 he emigrated to this country, 
with Chicago as his destination. 
He was superintendent for several 
large contracting firms for a num. 



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her of years. By 1891 he had 
saved a sufficient capital to start 
operations on his own account. 




ANDREW SWANSON 

Among the large buildings he has 
erected may be mentioned the 
Augustana Hospital, partially built 
in 1892-93 at a cost of $85,000, 
and completed in 1905 by means 
of an annex costing about $100,- 
ooo and doubling the capacity of 
the institution. 

In 1878 he was married to Ma- 
tilda Nelson from Ronneby, Swe- 
den. Their only child, Elizabeth, 
in June, 1906, married Dr. Aaron 
M. Olson. 

Mr. Swanson is a member of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church, and also of the Masons' 
and Builders' Association of Chi- 
cago. 



LARS E. FREDRIKSON 

was born June 24, 1877, in Lockne 
parish, Jemtland, Sweden. At 
thirteen years of age he became 



apprenticed to a painter and de- 
corator, a trade for which he 
showed so much aptitude that the 
parish authorities granted him a 
stipend to visit the Exhibition of 
Stockholm in 1897. I n I 9 I ne 
came to America and Chicago. 
During his first year in this coun- 
try he painted an altar piece for 
the Swedish Lutheran church in 
Port Wing, Wis., the painting 
being a copy of an old master- 
piece, representing Christ and the 
Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. 
Mr. Fredrikson has also done the 
interior decoration in the church 




LARS EMANUEL FREDRIKSON 

in Brainerd, Minn., where he now 
resides. 

Among his original paintings are 
a number of well-executed land- 
scapes. Mr. Fredrikson 's work 
so far gives promise of still greater 
results in the future. He is a 
member of the Lutheran Church. 



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NEANDER N. CRONHOLM, 

counselor at law, is the descend- 
ant of an old prominent family 




NEANDER N. CRONHOLM 

in Sweden, and was born in Nov. 
19, 1843. His ancestors held large 
possessions in Finland, L,ivonia 
and other trans-Baltic provinces 
during the period of Sweden's 
greatness, but his grandfather, 
George Cronholm, who was one 
of the truly loyal Swedes in 
the wars with Russia in the latter 
part of the eighteenth and the 
beginning of the nineteenth cent- 
uries, lost everything on account 
of his fidelity to his fatherland 
when Sweden lost Finland and 
other trans-Baltic possessions. 
Having sacrified all his property 
for his country, notwithstanding 
that Russia held out to him the 
most glittering inducements to 
become a Russian subject, he 
proved that his love and his loy- 
alty to his fatherland were dearer 
to him than the most dazzling 



imperial favors. His estates were 
confiscated, plundered or destroyed. 
Everything was swept away save 
his loyalty, courage and honor. 

The subject of this sketch was 
the eldest son of his father's 
family. He was carefully educa- 
ted, particularly in military tactics 
and civil engineering, advanced 
rapidly, and the future looked 
bright and hopeful. When the 
great Civil War broke out between 
the North and the South, he 
desired to become identified with 
it; but owing to the responsible 
position occupied by him at that 
time, he was unable to secure 
leave of absence, and hence did 
not come to America until the 
spring of 1867. 

Upon his arrival in America, 
he traveled all over the country 
and was much impressed with its 
greatness and with the many op- 
portunities offered to win an ex- 
alted position in business and 
social life. He determined to 
remain, and accordingly renounced 
allegiance to Sweden, and in 1869 
entered Pennsylvania College at 
Gettysburg, from which institution 
he graduated with distinction, 
obtaining the degree of Master of 
Arts in 1873. He then entered 
the law and postgraduate depart- 
ments of Yale University, and 
in July, 1875, received the degree 
of Doctor of Philosophy. He was 
a classmate of the late President 
Harper of the University of Chica- 
go. He also studied law in the Uni- 
versity of New York, and received 
therefrom the degree of L,!,. B. 
In 1875 and 1876 he traveled 



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extensively, visiting Russia, Ger- 
many, Austria, France and part 
of Asia and Africa. He remained 
for some time at Florence and 
Rome. 

Mr. Cronholm began his prac- 
tice at the New York bar, being 
with the firm of Brewster, Miller, 
Peet and Opdyke, but in January, 
1878, removed to Chicago, where 
he has since practiced his profes- 
sion with success. On several 
occasions he has presided at the 
great Swedish anniversaries. He 
is of liberal opinions, a lover and 
and patron of learning arid ath- 
letics, and has encouraged the in- 
troduction of Swedish gymnastics 
in America. He is a stanch Re- 
publican . 

In 1875, when he visited his 
native country, he was the recipi- 
ent of special favors from the 
king and from prominent person- 
ages there. While there he was 
elected a member of the Northern 
Jurist Association at Stockholm. 
He is an honorary member of 
several historical and antiquarian 
societies, and for several years 
was engaged on an historical work 
on Sweden. The result of his 
literary labors and historical re- 
searches was published in 1902, 
namely, "Cronholm's History of 
Sweden," in two large 8vo vol- 
umes, which historians and critics 
consider a standard work on Swe- 
den. Cronholm's History of Swe- 
den has found a ready sale among 
the English speaking people all 
over the world. Mr. Cronholm 
is now engaged on two other 
historical works. 



In 1878 he was united in mar- 
riage to Culiaelma P. Frazee, of 
New York City, the descendant 
of an old colonial family. She 
bore him one son, Neander W. P., 
July 24, 1883, who died in 
infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Cronholm 
reside at 3039 Groveland ave. 



LARS GUSTAF HALLBERG, 

architect, was born at Venersnas, 
Vestergotland, Sweden, Sept. 4, 




LARS GUSTAF HALLBERG 

1844. After attending common 
school, he enjoyed private in- 
struction fitting him for entry at 
the Chalmers Institute at Goteborg. 
After completing the course in 
civil engineering, he was gradua- 
ted in 1866, at the age of twenty 
two. He next entered the Aca- 
demy of Fine Arts at Stockholm, 
studying architecture and germane 
subjects. Returning to Goteborg, 
he was at once employed by Wes- 
terberg, a prominent architect, 
for some three years. During 



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that time he planned and super- 
intended the construction of a 
number of costly buildings at 
Fimmersta, the country estate of 
Dickson, a merchant prince of 
Goteborg. 

When, in 1869, the city of 
Gefle was almost totally destroyed 
by fire, Mr. Hallberg went there 
and took an important part in the 
rebuilding of the city. At this 
time the city of Goteborg was 
preparing for the holding of a 
large agricultural and industrial 
exposition. The building con- 
tracts were given to Architect 
Westerberg who, needing assist- 
ance for the task, engaged Mr. 
Hallberg at the latter' s own 
figures. 

This run of prosperity awak- 
ened in Mr. Hallberg a desire of 
seeing the world and in 1801 he 
went to England. While there 
the news of the great Chicago 
fire was flooded over the world. 
As soon as it became known that 
the Chicagoans were determined 
to rebuild their city at once, on 
a greater scale, Mr. Hallberg saw 
his opportunity and came on to 
Chicago in December, directly 
from England. From that day 
to this Mr. Hallberg has resided 
in this city and to his architect- 
ural genius and taste modern 
Chicago owes much. An enumer- 
ation of some of the many struct- 
ures that have been erected under 
his hand and eye would give only 
an inadequate idea of the extent 
of his activity. Mr. Hallberg' s 
office is at 84 L,a Salle st. 

Mr. Hallberg was united in 



marriage to Florence Estey in 
1 88 1. Four children, two daugh- 
ters and two sons, have been 
born to them. The family resi- 
dence, a home of elegance and 
refinement, is at Ridge ave. and 
Greenwood Boulevard in Evanston. 
Mr. Hallberg has traveled exten- 
sively for pleasure and study. 
The splendid success of the archi- 
tect has not affected the natural 
modesty of the man. He is a 
fellow of the American Institute 
of Architects and past president 
of the Illinois Chapter and a 
member of various clubs and as- 
sociations. 



PETER SJOHOIvM 

was born July 10, 1859, in Gud- 
dastad, Ostra Sallerup, Skane, 




PETER SJOHOLM 

Sweden, where his father owned 
a farm. Here young Sjoholm at- 
tended public school and, after 
having finished his schooling, as- 
sisted his father in tilling the soil 



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until 1 88 1, he yielded to a desire 
to emigrate across the Atlantic. 
Upon his arrival in America he 
first settled in Sac county, Iowa, 
were he worked as a farm laborer. 
Then he rented a farm in Chero 
kee co., which he cultivated until 
the spring of 1885, when he went 
to Chicago and accepted a position 
in the produce commission market. 
In 1895 ne opened up a business 
of his own as a dealer in poultry 
and game, and is so engaged at 
the present time. His present lo- 
cation is at 190 S. Water st. 

June 25, 1898, Mr. Sjoholm 
was married to Miss Caroline B. 
Peterson, daughter of Andrew B. 
and Elva Peterson, af Maynard, 
Minnesota, and they have one 
daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, born 
in 1897. Mr. Sjoholm is a mem- 
ber of the Masonic order and of 
the First Swedish Baptist Church. 
For various periods he has served 
the latter as financial secretary, 
treasurer and trustee. Mr. Sjoholm 
has served as a director of the 
Swedish Baptist Sick Benefit 
Society. 



retail dress goods department, 
which position he still holds. Mr. 
Barquist is a member of the Im- 



CHARLES H. BARQUIST 

was born in Smaland, Sweden, 
March 10, 1866. At the age 
of four years he came to this 
country with his parents, who 
settled in Chicago. He attended 
the public schools of this city af- 
ter which he accepted a position 
as a dry goods salesman with 
O. H. Carson. In 1888 he en- 
tered the employ of Marshall 
Field and Co., as salesman in the 




CHARLES HERMAN BARQUIST 

manuel Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Chicago. 

He has taken an active interest 
in politics for a number of years, 
being a stanch Republican. Mr. 
Barquist has held the positions of 
secretary, vice president and of 
president of the Swedish Repub- 
lican Club of the 25th Ward, 
where he resides and he is a factor 
in Republican politics in that 
ward, being precinct captain. 

His home is at 1622 Grace st. 



JOHN E. ANDERSON 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
Sept. ii, 1860. When eight years 
of age he emigrated to America 
with his parents, Sven Johan An- 
derson and his wife Johanna, nee 
Lenholm, the family locating in 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

In 1872 the family moved to 



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Kansas, settling on a farm near 
Salina. Here his early days were 
spent in farming and herding 




JOHN EMIL ANDERSON 

cattle, and subsequently teaching 
school four years. 

After graduating in a business 
college at Kansas City, Mo., he 
entered the law office of the pros- 
ecuting attorney, where he studied 
law and was admitted to the bar 
Feb. 17, 1885. While studying 
law he contributed many articles 
to the different newspapers in the 
West; was correspondent of the 
Kansas City Star, and also repre- 
sented the Associated Press. He 
also held several clerical positions 
in the Kansas legislature and has 
served as deputy U. S. marshal. 

In 1891 he removed to Chicago, 
where he has since lived, engaged 
in the practice of law. His office 
is at 9206 Commercial ave., South 
Chicago. 

He has been an active member 



of the Swedish Republican club of 
the Eighth ward, and also of the 
Linnea, Knights of Pythias, North 
American Union, Royal Arcanum, 
Red Men and other societies and 
orders. 

In 1888 he was married to Miss 
Hilda Ek, a native of Vermland, 
Sweden, daughter of Bengt and 
Charlotta Ek. Her father was de- 
scended from a line of illustrious 
warriors in the Napoleonic wars. 
There are two daughters, in the 
family, Edith Evangeline, born 
July 29, 1890, in Salina, Kans., 
and Mabel L,ouise, born Feb. 17, 
1897, in Chicago. 

Mr. Anderson's mother died in 
1905, at Salina, Kans., where his 
father is still living. 



JOHN HIGHFIEU) 

was born March 21, 1872, at 
Animskog, Dalsland, Sweden. His 




JOHN HIGHFIELD 

parents are Fred and Sara M. 
Hogfeldt. He emigrated to Amer- 



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ica as a youth of seventeen. His 
first place of abode was at Iron 
Mountain, Mich., but after a brief 
stay there he moved to Chicago. 
Here he engaged in the custom 
vest manufacturing business in 
1891, still continuing in that line. 
His shop is at 189 Fifth ave. 

Mr. Highfield is a member of 
the Swedish Ev. Mission Church 
on Orleans St., and has acted as 
trustee. He has been a member 
of the church choir there for 
more than seventeen years, and for 
several years has acted as its 
president. He is also a member 
of the Asaph Singing Society. 

Mr. Highfield was married Sept. 
27, 1898, to Selma Constance 
Charlotte Gustafson, born Nov. 
4, 1873, at Goteborg. They have 
a daughter, Inez Virginia Henri- 
ette, born Dec. 31, 1901. 



of 1896, he took charge of the 
Swedish Lutheran missions in Glou- 
cester and Rockport, Mass., fora 



CARL J. APPELL 

was born on a farm near Galva, 
111., of Swedish parentage, his 
father and mother having both 
been born in Sweden but having 
come to this country in their 
childhood. At fourteen years of 
age, he entered Augustana Col- 
lege, from which he graduated 
in 1894, receiving the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of 
Science simultaneously. The next 
year he spent partly at teaching 
public school and partly on the 
farm. In July, 1895, ne entered 
the University of Chicago, spe- 
cializing in the subjects of politi- 
cal science and political economy, 
but also studying French, Spanish, 
and Italian literature. In the fall 




CARL J. APPELL 

period of one year, and then entered 
the Chicago Law School in the fall 
of 1897. At the same time, he con- 
tinued his studies at the Univer- 
sity of Chicago, carrying a full 
course there. The following year 
he devoted to the study of law 
exclusively, and completed all the 
second and third year courses in 
the Kent College of Law, gradu- 
ating therefrom in the spring of 
1899. He thereafter took what 
was formerly known as the post- 
graduate law course at Lake For- 
est University, at the conclusion 
of which, in the spring of 1900, 
he wrote a thesis which took the 
first prize. Simultaneously he 
resumed his studies in political 
science and political economy at 
the University of Chicago, com- 
pleting all the required courses 
for the degree of Doctor of Phi- 



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losophy, also pursuing linguistic 
studies. He has studied twelve 
languages in all. His studies 
completed, Mr. Appell removed 
to Peoria, where he opened a 
law office and practiced for three 
years, a part of the time in part- 
nership with A. V. D. Rousseau, 
under the firm name of Appell 
& Rousseau. 

Immediately after coming to 
Peoria, he helped to organize 
the Swedish-American Republican 
Club of that city, which he served 
as secretary for three years. In 
the fall of 1903 he returned 
to Chicago and opened a law 
office in the Unity Building, 79 
Dearborn st. 

Mr. Appell was a member of 
Troop G, First Regiment Cavalry, 
I. N. G., 1901-1903 and was one 
of the sharpshooters for which 
this regiment is noted, he having 
received the gold medal offered 
by the State of Illinois for pro- 
ficiency in sharpshooting. By 
transfer he is now a member 
of Troop A, in Chicago, of the 
same regiment. Mr. Appell is 
also a member of the American 
Academy of Political and Social 
Science of Philadelphia. He is a 
member of the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church. 



Mater. He then became house 
physician and surgeon at the Pres- 
byterian Hospital in Chicago, re- 



OSCAR T. ROBERG, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
in Chicago in 1876. After taking 
a course in medicine at Rush 
Medical College, he was graduated 
in 1899. For a year he was in- 
structor in chemistry at his Alma 




OSCAR THEODORE ROBERG 

maining there from 1900 to 1902. 
Subsequently Dr. Roberg was ap- 
pointed surgeon-in-chief at the 
Swedish Covenant Hospital in 
Chicago. He was appointed in- 
structor in surgery at Rush Medi- 
cal College in 1906, and has an 
extensive practice on the north 
side. 

Dr. Roberg is a member of the 
Swedish Mission Church. 



CHARLES A. WESTERHOLM 

was born in Ostra Ed parish, 
Kalmar Ian, Sweden, July i, 
1 86 1. His father, Jacob Renhold 
Westerholm, is still living. His 
mother, Brigitta Lovisa, passed 
away May 27, 1877. The boy 
had but four months' schooling as 
he had to help his father on the 
farm. For a time he worked at 
cabiiietmaking and then was a 



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sailor for three years. He came 
to Chicago May 12, 1880, and 
worked for his uncle nine years. 




CHARLES AUGUST WESTERHOLM 

In 1889 Mr. Westerholm formed 
a partnership with Nels Anderson 
and has since then been a soda 
water manufacturer and a general 
bottler with office at 383 Aus- 
tin ave. 

Mr. Westerholm is a Lutheran 
and is a member of I. O. S. No. 
i, K. of P., and the following Ma- 
sonic bodies, viz.: Thos. J. Turner 
Lodge No. 409; Washington Chap- 
ter No. 43; Columbia Commandery 
No. 63; Oriental Consistory, Scot- 
tish Rites, and the Mystic Shrine. 
Mr. Westerholm was married 
April 8, 1887, to Sophia Stol- 
zenbach of Thornton, 111., born 
Aug. 27, 1868. Their children 
are John Henry Edward, born 
Feb. i, 1888 and Ethel, born 
July 19, 1891. 



ADOLPH RYDIN 

was born Dec. 12, 1870, on the 
Leonardsberg estate near Norr- 
koping, Sweden. He emigrated 
to America at the age of eighteen. 
For a short time he stopped in 
Youngstown, Ohio. The follow- 
ing April he left for Chicago, 
where he has since resided. 
Working for a few years as a 
common laborer, he attended the 
evening schools hoping to im- 
prove his condition. During 1895 
and 1896 he was saleman for J. 
L,. Prescott and Co. Since then 
Mr. Rydin has been the Chicago 
representative of the Minnesota 
Scandinavian Relief Association of 
Red Wing. He has had marked 




ADOLPH RYDIN 

success in convincing his country- 
men of the merits of the oldest life 
insurance company among the 
Scandinavian people of America. 
Mr. Rydin was married in 1898, 
to Hilma Anderson. They have 
two sons. 



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ANDRKW EDWARD NORMAN 

was born March 13, 1860, in Kol- 
backen, Vermland, Sweden. His 




ANDREW EDWARD NORMAN 

father, Jonas Norman, was a 
forester. At the age of sixteen 
young Norman was apprenticed in 
the patternmaker's trade at the 
Finnshyttan Mechanical Works. 
He emigrated to America in 1880 
and worked for six months as 
a joiner in Brooklyn. Thereupon 
he went to Ishpeming, Mich., 
where he became foreman in a 
joiner's shop. He took the first 
prize in carving for three years 
in succession at the Marquette 
county fair. A silver goblet was 
also won by him as champion 
skater of "Northern Michigan. In 
1887 he removed to Chicago where 
he is now a contractor and archi- 
tect with office at 3575 N. Clark st. 
In his spare time Mr. Norman 
has executed some artistic wood 
carvings one of which represents 
Columbus landing in America. A 



truly wonderful piece of mechani- 
cal work by him is a miniature 
reproduction of the battle of Ma- 
nila Bay, operated by electricity, 
showing fifteen inch battleships 
firing real explosive shells, vessels 
sinking automatically and powder 
magazines blowing up. This pro- 
duct of Mr. Norman's ingenuity 
has been exhibited publicly in 
Chicago and elsewhere. 

Mr. Norman was, in 1882, when 
in Ishpeming, married to Miss 
Ulrika Olson from Dalsland, Swe- 
den. 



FREDERICK T. CROONBORG 

was born May 9, 1867, in the 
city of Mariestad, Sweden. After 




FREDERICK T. CROONBORG 

attending the public schools he 
was apprenticed to a tailor and 
at the age of sixteen became a 
journeyman tailor, working in 
Stockholm, Christiania, Copen- 
hagen and elsewhere. Finally he 
concluded to emigrate to America 



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and came to Chicago in 1887. 
He soon found employment as 
coat maker, and after a couple of 
years became a cutter. In Jan- 
uary, 1893, h was awarded a gold 
medal and the first prize from 
the U. S. Cutters and Tailors 
for his skill in garment cutting. 
At the World's Fair in 1893, ne 
was again awarded by the same 
association. Mr. Croonborg for 
five years conducted a merchant 
tailoring business, but receiving a 
large number of applications for 
instruction in tailoring, he finally 
gave up his business and founded 
a tailoring school, known as 
Croon borg's Sartorial Academy, 
now located at 185 Dearborn st. 

Mr. Croonborg was married 
June 2, 1897, to Miss Hildur 
Marie Gryzelius from Mariestad. 
They have one son. 



the Augustana Theological Sem- 
inary at Rock Island in 1899 an( i 
was graduated in 1902, having 



GOTTFRED NELSON 
was born July 8, 1875, on a farm 
near Knoxville, 111. In 1878 his 
parents moved out to Kansas, set- 
tling on a farm in McPherson co., 
where the elder Nelson became a 
prosperous farmer. 

At the age of four and a half 
years, Gottfred lost his mother by 
death. After due preparation he 
entered Bethany College, at Linds- 
borg, Kans., pursuing his studies 
in the winter months and working 
on his father's farm during vaca- 
tions. 

In the spring of 1898 he was 
graduated from Bethany College 
whereupon he was stationed as 
preacher in Jamestown, N. Y., 
and Kansas City, Mo. He entered 




GOTTFRED NELSON 

spent one year at the English 
Lutheran Theological Seminary at 
Chicago. On June 15, 1902, Mr. 
Nelson received ministerial ordina- 
tion at Ishpeming, Mich., holding 
a call from the Bethesda Evan- 
gelical Lutheran Church, Chicago. 
Later he resigned this pastorate 
to accept a call from the Trinity 
Swedish Lutheran Church in Lake 
View, Chicago, a large and impor- 
tant field, in which he is laboring 
since Oct. i, 1903. The congre- 
gation has more than doubled its 
membership during Rev. Nelson's 
pastorate, it now numbering about 
800 communicants and about 1,200 
in total. 

Rev. Nelson was united in wed- 
lock July 6, 1904, to Miss Anna 
Almquist of Butte, Mont. They 
have a daughter, Marjorie, born 
Dec. 21, 1905. 



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C. BERNHARD HEDSTROM 

was born Aug. 20, 1881, in Ratt- 
vik, Dalarne, Sweden. Coming 




C. BERNHARD HEDSTROM 

to Chicago at the age of twelve, 
with some schooling from the old 
country, he attended grammar 
school for a time in this city. 
Then he began work as errand 
boy and having been with several 
firms he struck his future voca- 
tion in 1896 with the shoe firm 
of N. B. Holden. After two 
years he accepted a position in 
the shoe stock room of The Fair. 
When he was but nineteen years 
of age, Mr. Hedstrom was pro- 
moted to the position of assistant 
manager of the shoe department. 
After five years' service with The 
Fair, Mr. Hedstrom became travel- 
ing salesman for Fargo -Keith and 
Co. In 1904 he became Chicago 
salesman for Florsheim and Co., 
shoe manufacturers. Mr. Hed- 



trade in Chicago and throughout 
Illinois. 

He belongs to the Gideons, the 
the Illinois Commercial Travelers' 
Association and the Y. M. C. A. 
Mr. Hedstrom belongs to the 
Oak Street Swedish Free Mission 
Church in which he has been as- 
sistant secretary, and leader of the 
mixed choir, besides being active 
in the Sunday school and the 
Young People's Society. He is 
now leader of the Hope Male 
Chorus and director of song in the 
Lake View Free Mission Church. 

On Nov. 8, 1905, Mr. Hed- 
strom was united in marriage to 
Sabina Holm, born Dec. 2, 1882, 
in Chicago. Her parents are 
Christian M. and Anna C. Holm. 



A. ALFRED HOLMES 

was born in Marbeck parish, 
Smaland, Sweden. At the age 




A. ALFRED HOLMES 

of seven years he came with his 



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in Chicago where he was educated 
in the public and the Swedish 
parochial schools. His talent for 
music was early manifested, and 
at the age of twelve he commenced 
his musical studies which were 
pursued for seventeen years under 
the following teachers: Alfred 
Alander, J. F. Ring, C. H. 
Wood, A. E. Fox and Calvin B. 
Cady. 

Mr. Holmes has been promi- 
nently before the public for many 
years as organist, chorister and 
orchestral director. In 1890 he 
accepted a call as teacher of 
music at the Augustana Con- 
servatory in Rock Island. In 1892 
he resigned this position, but con- 
tinued a private class at Rock Is- 
land and Moline until 1896, count- 
ing among his pupils members of 
the most prominent families of those 
cities. During all this time, how- 
ever, his home was in Chicago. In 
1 896 he had charge of the music at 
the Dixon Chautauqua. For two 
years he was a member of the 
committee on convocation of 
church musicians of the General 
Council of the Lutheran church 
of America, and for three years 
director of the Luther League 
chorus. In 1881 he became the 
organist of the Swedish Lutheran 
Gethsemane Church, which posi- 
tion he held for twenty four years, 
until 1905, meanwhile refusing 
many flattering offers. The last 
ten years he was also leader of 
the church choir. He was a 
member of the Board of Trustees 
of the church for a number of 
years. Mr. Holmes is an enthu- 



siastic Sunday school worker, and 
served as superintendent for sev- 
eral years up to 1905, when he 
became organist of the Immanuel 
Church, also transferring his 
Sunday school activity to that 
church. In 1902 he was elected 
a member of the Cook Co. Sunday 
School Association May Festival 
Committee. In 1906 he accepted 
the position as teacher in the Men- 
delssohn Conservatory of Music. 
Mr. Holmes lives at 2345 W. 
Dakin ave., and has his studio in 
Steinway Hall, 



FRANK C. LINDH 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
and received his educational train- 




FRANK C. LINDH 

ing in that city. Having reached 
the age of manhood, he emigrated 
to America and settled in Chicago 
in 1893. He chose the trade of 
machinist, in which he now holds 
the position of foreman in the. 



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machine department of a manu- 
facturing establishment. 

Mr. Lindh was married Feb. 
20, 1902. His wife, formerly Miss 
Alida Peterson, is a native Chi- 
cagoan. 



PEHR E. GUSTAFSON 

was born April 6, 1849, in Onsta 
parish, Nerike, Sweden. When but 




PEHR E. GUSTAFSON 

six j^ears old he was left a poor 
orphan, with no one to provide 
for him, and on one occasion had 
to go without food for over four 
days. At the tender age of seven 
he began herding cattle for Rector 
Gumelius of Orebro parish. Then 
for three years he worked at street 
repairing in the city. At the age 
of fourteen he became an appren- 
tice in the Rosenfors cutlery and 
tool factory in Eskilstuna for a 
term of eight years, earning his 
board and thirty crowns a year. 
At maturity he obtained work 
with a similar firm in Torshalla. 



Going to Finland he worked and 
attended evening school there, but 
soon returned to Sweden, and in 
1 88 1 resolved to try his luck in 
the New World. 

After working some time in 
Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Toledo 
and St. Louis, he went to Chica- 
go. Mr. Gustafson here engaged 
in the manufacture of saws, ma- 
chine knives, etc., his factory being 
located at 214-216 S. Clinton st. 
He is an adherent of the Luther- 
an Church, and is an active mem- 
ber of Progressive Council No. 
940, Royal Arcanum. 



CHARLES J. LINDEN 

was born Dec. 14, 1859, in Sol- 
berga, Smaland, Sweden. March 
24, 1882, he arrived in this coun- 
try, bound for Chicago. He is a 
carpenter and building contractor 




CHARLES J. LINDEN 

and resides in Morton Park, one 
of the west side suburbs. 

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Fellows, Royal Arcanum and the 
Royal League. He was treasurer 
of the town of Cicero for two 
terms. 

In 1896 Mr. Linden was mar- 
ried to Mathilda Kolander, with 
whom he has three daughters and 
one son. 



JOHN H. HENRICKSON 

was born in Filipstad, Vermland, 
Sweden, Nov. 12, 1849. Having 




JOHN H. HENRICKSON 

learned the tailors' trade under 
the direction of his father, who 
was a master tailor in Filipstad, 
he started an establishment of his 
own as soon as he became of age. 
Seized with a desire to try his 
fortunes in the land across the 
Atlantic, he emigrated in 1873, 
going first to Escanaba, Mich. 
After nine months he went to Min- 
neapolis. In 1877 he left that 
city for Chicago, which has since 
been his home. Here Mr. Hen- 
rickson secured a position with the 



firm of G. W. Matthews & Son, 
and for more than a quarter of a 
century he has been connected 
with this house. His skill and 
care soon won him the confidence 
of his employers and popularity 
among the customers. In a very 
short time he became manager of 
the manufacturing department. 
Since 1901 he is a member of the 
firm. 

In March, 1879, Mr. Henrickson 
was united in marriage to Miss 
Carolina Olson from Jonkoping, 
Sweden. They have no children 
of their own, but have adopted a 
daughter, now married. 

Mr. Henrickson is an old time 
Lutheran, and in politics a stanch 
Rupublican. He owns his resi- 
dence at 1217 Wilton ave., Lake 
View. 



ARVID N. SORLIN, 

minister of the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church, was born in the 
parish of Dal, near Hernosand, 
Sweden, March 31, 1861. His 
father, D. S. Sorlin, who was also 
a minister of the gospel, died in 
Boston, Mass., in 188$'. ' . "' 

Having enjoyed instruction in 
the common school of his native 
place, Arvid accompanied his par- 
ents to this country in 1874. Here 
lie' continued his schooling in New 
York and Chicago, and then de- 
termined to study for the ministry. 
After completing the prescribed 
courses at the Swedish M. E. The- 
ological Seminary at Evanston, 
111., he graduated from that in- 
stitution in 1896. 

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Mr. Sorlin had performed pastoral 
work, having begun as a local 
preacher in 1891 and received his 




ARYID N1CKOLAUS SORLIN 

first appointment as pastor the 
same year. In 1892 he was or- 
dained deacon and in 1897, elder. 
Rev. Mr. Sorlin has served the 
Swedish M. E. churches in Linds- 
borg, Kans., Englewood, Ravens- 
wood and Moreland in Chicago, 
and Rockford, 111. At the present 
time he is stationed at the Union 
Avenue Swedish M. E. Church of 
Chicago. 

Through his activity and ability 
as a clergyman Rev. Mr. Sorlin 
has attained a position of prom- 
inence in his denomination. In 
1899 he was appointed Presiding 
Elder of the Galesburg District 
of the Central Swedish Conference, 
serving out the full term of six 
years. Having been elected on 
the board of trustees of the Theo- 
logical Seminary at Evanston in 
1900, he is still a member of that 



body and is at present its secre- 
tary. He has represented the 
Swedish portion of the Methodist 
Episcopal church at the General 
Conference, and held other posi- 
tions of trust and honor. 

His marriage took place March 
15, 1882. Mrs. Sorlin, whose 
maiden name was Hannah Wil- 
helmina Erickson, was born March 
ii, 1865, and is the daughter of 
John W. and Maria Erickson of 
Oakland, Neb. A son, Oswald 
D. M., was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Sorlin in 1883. and a daughter, 
Margaret N., in 1893. 



EDWIN A. OLSON 

was born of Swedish parents at 
Cambridge, 111., Feb. 16, 1868. 




EDWIN A. OLSON 

He attended the Cambridge High 
School and Elliott's Business Col- 
lege in Burlington, Iowa. For 
some time thereafter he worked on 
his father's farm. Coming to Chi- 
cago in 1890 he commenced the 



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study of law. Since 1892, when 
he was admitted to the bar, he 
has practiced law in this city, and 
by energy and legal acumen has 
made success in his profession and 
acquired good standing at the 
Chicago bar. 

Mr. Olson is a Republican and 
has for the last fifteen years taken 
an active interest in politics in 
every campaign, national, state 
and local. He was secretary for 
four years and president one year 
of the Swedish-American Repub- 
lican League of Illinois and helped 
to make that institution the larg- 
est and strongest political organ- 
ization of the kind in America. 

He has been attorney for the 
Scandia Life Insurance Company 
for several years and has taken a 
vigorous part in the reorganiza- 
tion of that company from the 
assessment to the old line basis. 
He is now at the head of the 
agency department of the company. 

Mr. Olson is an Odd Fellow, a 
32d degree Mason and a member 
of Medinah Temple, A. A. O. N. 
M. S. 



Lothgren is also in the real estate, 
renting and insurance business 



CARL A. LOTHGREN 

was born June 4, 1869, in Kil 
parish, near Orebro, Sweden. In 
June, 1885, at the age of sixteen, 
he came over to this country. 
His first stop was in Rutland 
co., Vermont, but after two years 
he moved to Chicago. For the 
next four years he was working 
as a stone cutter. In 1892 he set 
up as a builder. Since that time 
he has built, owned and sold about 
a hundred or more houses. Mr. 




CARL A. LOTHGREN 



and 59th 
Baptist 



with office at Halsted 
streets. 

The Second Swedish 
Church chose him as a trustee for 
several years. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Royal League. Mr. 
Lothgren was married Nov. 8, 
1890, to Maria S. Engstrand who 
was born in Vermland. They 
have three sons. 



CARL G. LINDHOLM 

was born in Grenna, Sweden, Aug. 
22, 1855. Having finished his 
schooling, he learned the shoe- 
maker's trade, and in time became 
a master shoemaker. In 1880 he 
emigrated to Chicago. Having 
formed a partnership with Wm. 
Youngquist, he engaged in the 
retail shoe business. He sold his 
interest to Mr. Youngquist in 
1898 and removed to Lake View, 
where he opened a large retail 



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shoe store at 1702 N. Clark St., 
and has been doing a thriving 
business ever since. 




CARL GUSTAF LINDHOLM 

Mr. Lindholm is an active mem- 
ber of the Mission Church in his 
home locality, and has held several 
offices, such as trustee and deacon 
and treasurer of the Sunday school. 
In politics he is an unswerving 
Republican. 

In 1882 Mr. Lindholm married 
Miss Helen Swanstrom, the fruit 
of this union being five children 
two boys and three girls. 



ANDERS O. R. BERGENGREN 

was born in Stoby, Skane, Swe- 
den, Sept. 8, 1872. He is a descend- 
ant of a family of the old Swedish 
nobility. Mr. Bergengren gradu- 
ated in 1888 from the collegiate 
school in the city of Kristianstad 
and then took a position with the 
"Svanen" drugstore in that city. 
He graduated from the Royal In- 



stitute of Pharmacy at Stockholm 
in 1892. In the same year he 
emigrated to the United States, 
and, after studying at Chicago 
schools of pharmacy, was made a 
registered pharmacist by the Illinois 
State Board of Pharmacy in 1893. 
Since 1896 he has been in the 
drug business ' at 854 Seminary 
ave., in Lake View. 

In 1896 Mr. Bergengren was 
married to Hilda Natalia Euphro- 




ANDERS OSCAR REINHOLD 
BERGENGREN 

syne Morin. He is a member of 
the Independent Order of Vikings. 



LARS N. S. KLAESSON 

was born Oct. 15, 1869, in Got- 
land, Sweden. His parents were 
Olof Klaesson, a farmer, and 
Maria Klaesson. The boy's educa- 
tion was limited to the public 
school. He emigrated in 1887 
and located in Kansas, and there 
grew to maturity. In 1895, 
at the age of twenty-six, he went 



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to Chicago. Mr. Klaesson is a 
traveling salesman for Carson, Pi- 
rie, Scott & Co., having charge 
of territory in Kansas. 




LARS NICKLAS SEVERIN KLAESSON 

Mr. Klaesson was married May 
15, 1901, to Anna Christina John- 
son, a daughter of John and Chris- 
tina Johnson of Chicago, born Oct. 
3, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Klaesson 
have two daughters, Kathryn Bert- 
ram, born Oct. i, 1902, and Nan- 
na Jeannette, born Dec. 2, 1906. 
The family home is at 851 Sunny- 
side ave. 

Mr. and Mrs. Klaesson belong 
to the Lutheran Church. 



JOHN A. KOHLER, 

secretary of the Parkside 
and Savings Company, was born 
in the vicinity of Norrkoping, 
Sweden, Jan. 15, 1844, an d was 
educated at the Technological 



School of that city. He came to 
America in the spring of 1865. 
Being a mechanical engineer and 
machinist by profession, he had 
no trouble in keeping up with 
the march of the procession in 
this land of mechanical advance- 
ment. He settled first in Phila- 
delphia, went later to New York, 
and in 1869 came to Chicago. 
From the first he took great in- 
terest in politics. He has been 
president of the Scandinavian Club 
of the Town of Lake and record- 
ing secretary of the Swedish- 
American Central Republican Club 
of Chicago. He was one of the 




JOHN A. KOHLER 

directors of the L/inne Monument 
Association and took a lively in- 
terest in raising funds for the 
erection of a statue of the great 
botanist. In 1887, Mr. Kohler 
helped to organize the L/innean 
Society, and was the first presi- 
dent of that organization, which 



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is now one of the best Swedish- 
American sick-benefit societies in 
Chicago. 

For the past eleven years, Mr. 
Kohler has been secretary of the 
Parkside Loan and Savings Com- 
pany, a corporation which has 
been in successful operation since 
1885. He is also conducting a 
real estate and insurance office at 
5205 Wentworth ave. During his 
stay in Chicago he has been con- 
nected with several of the leading 
manufacturing establishments as 
mechanical engineer and machin- 
ist, which has been his principal 
business and means of livelihood. 
Realizing the value of the legal 
training to the business man, he 
took a course at the Chicago 
College of Law, graduating in 
1899. 

Mr. Kohler is married and has 
one son, Dr. E. A. Kohler. 



Church. He has served as trustee 

and secretary of his congregation. 

In 1891 he was married to Miss 



CHARLES EVERT CARSON 

was born Feb. 24, 1864, in Fb'glo, 
Aland, Finland. At eighteen he 
emigrated from Finland to Amer- 
ica. Here he made Chicago his 
home and is still a resident of 
this city. He attended the pub- 
lic schools in his native land and 
the Metropolitan Business College 
in Chicago. Engaging in the 
building trade, he has built up a 
comfortable business for himself 
as building contractor. 

The great interest taken by Mr. 
Carson in church work has made 
him an invaluable member in the 
Swedish Methodist Episcopal 




CHARLES EVERT CARSON 

Anna Hallgren from Ydre, Oster- 
gotland, Sweden. 



WAHLFRID WILLIAMSON 

was born in Trelleborg, Sweden, 
April 1 8, 1850. Shortly after, his 
parents removed to Helsingborg, 
where he received a public school 
education and learned the printing 
trade, serving his apprenticeship 
in the printing office of Oresunds- 
Posten. Having learned his trade, 
he left that shop and worked for 
a time in the University Press in 
Lund, afterward returning to 
his old place in Helsingborg. 

In April, 1869, at the age of 
nineteen, he left the fatherland, 
with Chicago as his destination. 
After his arrival here, he tried to 
obtain work at his trade; but as 
the only two Swedish newspaper 
offices in Chicago at that time 



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had no need of his services, he 
was forced to seek other employ- 
ment. In Missouri he found work 




WAHLFRID WILLIAMSON 

on the Southern Pacific Railway, 
just being built, and remained un- 
til the following winter, when he 
was offered a place on the Swedish 
newspaper Hemlandet. In the 
spring of 1871 he became foreman 
in the printing office of Nya Verl- 
den, afterwards Svenska Tribunen, 
and worked on that paper up to 
the time of the great Chicago fire, 
also for a time after the paper 
was re-established. 

In 1875 Mr. Williamson started 
a printing office of his own at 1-3 
N. Clark St., where he remained 
until the building together with 
his printing office on Feb. 18, 
1903, was totally destroyed by 
fire. For many years Mr. William- 
son was the only Swedish job 
printer in Chicago, and made him- 
self known as a reliable and skill- 
ful printer. A considerable num- 



ber of good books in Swedish as 
well as Norwegian, among which 
may be mentioned "Sverige och 
Svenskarne," by W. W. Thomas, 
and "Unionsperioden og Norges 
Gjenreisning," by Hagebert Mil- 
ler, have been published from his 
office; several have been published 
in his own name. For some time 
he published a periodical, Vid 
Aftonbrasan ("At the Evening 
Fireside"). After his printing 
plant was destroyed by fire, he 
took a vacation from business, but 
in August, 1905, he again took 
up his old business, and is now 
located in his own building, 654 
Winona ave., where he continues 
to do general book and job print- 
ing work. In 1907 he published 
a book entitled "Det femte Evan- 
geliet, eller de fyra Evangelierna 
sammanvafda till en fullstandig 
berattelse om var Fralsare Jesu 
Kristi lif, ordnad i tidsfoljd." 

In 1879, Mr. Williamson paid 
a visit to his parents and relatives 
in the old country. His father, 
C. G. Wilhelmsson, was Sergeant 
Major of the regimental band of 
the Skane Hussars. 

Mr. Williamson was married in 
1871 to Miss Carin Pehrson of 
Vestanskog, Skane, but he had 
hardly established a home, when 
it was swept away by the great 
Chicago fire. 

In 1882 he became a member of 
the First Swedish Methodist 
Church, and has held many im- 
portant offices in that congrega- 
tion. From 1882 to 1899, or sev- 
enteen years, he was secretary of 
the Swedish Methodists' Aid As- 



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sociation, a life insurance society. 
In 1892 he moved from the north 
side to Summerdale, where he owns 
a comfortable and pleasant home, 
and is a member of the Swedish 
Bethany M. E. Church. 



OSCAR F. MALMBERG 

was born in Motala, Sweden, 
Oct. 30, 1862. Coming to this 




OSCAR F. MALMBERG 

country in 1882, his first employ- 
ment here was that of a grocery 
clerk. He afterwards formed a 
partnership with A. P. Nelson in 
the retail grocery business at 68 
Chicago ave. In January, 1888, 
he became a member of the Chi- 
cago Fire Department, and was 
promoted to the position of lieu- 
tenant on the fire-boat "Yosem- 
ite" July 2, 1891. 

Capt. Malmberg has on many 
occasions distinguished himself for 
bravery and was honorably men- 
tioned by the department for res- 
cuing a man from drowning at 



the Yosemite headquarters Aug. 5, 
1892, and on the following night, 
with the assistance of the crew, 
rescuing two men from drowning. 
At the fire at 236-238 Monroe St., 
Feb. 14, 1894, Chief Swenie or- 
dered him, together with his com- 
pany, to effect the rescue of Win. 
Fleming of company 40, who was 
caught by falling floors at the 
head of the stairs leading to the 
third floor. Just after they had 
succeeded in releasing Fleming's 
arm from underneath a heavy 
beam, an explosion occurred, 
throwing them to the bottom of 
the stairs on the first floor. Lieut. 
Malmberg and his crew did signal 
service during the lumber yard 
fire of Aug. i, 1894, in prevent- 
ing the whirlwind of flames from 
leaping the river to the south, 
thereby saving from certain de- 
struction the Santa Fe elevator, 
which escaped with but slight 
damage. The wind developed into 
a cyclone of such power, that a 
wagon, loaded with lumber, was 
thrown into the air and struck the 
side of the "Yosemite," doing 
considerable damage. First Assist- 
ant Fire Marshal W. H. Musham 
was thrown into the river, but 
rescued by the crew. Lieut. Malm- 
berg was blown from the stand- 
pipe on the deck, but recovered 
shortly afterward. 

The following report, published 
in The Daily News, Sept. 13, 1894, 
gives a graphic description of his 
narrow escape from death and the 
part he played in rescuing his 
companions. 

"When it was discovered that 



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fire had broken out in the lumber 
yards in South Chicago, the Yo- 
semite was ordered to go to the 
fire. The boat left at 8:13 and 
when about three miles out in the 
lake it was found that the boat 
had sprung a leak and was filling 
with water which soon put out 
the fires. Finding that all efforts 
to keep the boat bailed out were 
unavailing, the crew looked for 
something to use for a signal. 
Nothing which could be seen at 
any distance was at hand. Then 
a desperate plan was resorted to. 
Lieutenant Malmberg took off his 
coat and dipped it into a barrel of 
kerosene, then fastened it to the 
end of a pole and set fire to it. 
The other members of the crew 
followed his example and soon the 
deck was illuminated by the im- 
provised distress signals. The 
burning fluid trickled down the 
handles of the torches and burned 
hands and arms. The pain was 
excruciating, but the signals were 
vigorously waved. It was mid- 
night before the live saving crew 
reached them. With succor at 
hand the men made a last des- 
perate and unsuccessful attempt 
to save their craft. No sooner had 
the imperiled men been transferred 
to the life boat before the Yosem- 
ite sank." 

The boat was later raised and 
placed in service again. 

Lieutenant Malmberg was pro- 
moted to the position of captain 
under the civil service examina- 
tion July 2, 1896, and assigned 
the command of engine company 
21, State and Taylor sts., and in 



April, 1897, was transferred to 
engine company 83, mi South 
Place. Since Oct. 18, 1905, Capt. 
Malmberg has been in command 
of engine company 90, 57 E. Divi- 
sion st. 

Captain Malmberg was married 
April 30, 1890, to Jennie Aker- 
lind, and the couple have two 
children, Edgar and Irene. 



ERLAND LARSON 

was born Jan. i, 1863, in Edsberg 
parish, Nerike, Sweden. He came 




ERLAND LARSON 

to the United States in 1886, 
bound for Minnesota. After a few 
months he went to Wisconsin, 
where he worked in a lumber 
camp. He next left for Oregon, 
where he remained three years. 
In 1893 Mr. Larson came to Chi- 
cago, working at first as a black- 
smith. After a year he, in com- 
pany with Mr. L. Wahlquist, or- 
ganized the Grand Union Grill 
Works. The business began on a 



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small scale, but has so expanded 
that in 1907 the firm erected a 
large building at 1664-68 W. Lake 
st. It is the largest factory of its 
kind in the city, and a large as- 
sortment of grills, consoles and 
turned columns is manufactured. 

Mr. Larson was married in 1897 
to Anna Theresia Anderson from 
Nora, Westmanland, with whom 
he has three daughters, Hildur, 
Ella and Violet. 

Mr. and Mrs. Larson belong to 
the Humboldt Park Swedish Meth- 
odist Church. 



FRANK AUGUST LINDHOLM 

was born in Grenna, Sweden, 
Sept. 21, 1868. He received an 




FRANK AUGUST LINDHOLM 

ordinary common school education 
in the public schools of his native 
land, and spent part of his youth 
in the cities of Jonkoping and 
Falkoping. On his eighteenth 
birthday he landed in this coun- 
try. Being a tailor by trade, he 



specialized in the manufacture of 
vests and pants for the trade, a bus- 
iness he is now engaged in, giving 
employment to about 125 workers. 
The firm is the Lindhohn, John- 
son Co., at 215 Madison st. Mr. 
Lindholm has taken interest in 
organizations promoting the in- 
terests of his trade and has been 
financial secretary of the Tailor's 
Business Association. He has also 
served one term as president, be- 
sides filling other offices in the 
organization. 

Mr. Lindholm is a member of 
the Swedish Mission Church at 
Orleans and Whiting streets, in 
which he at present is a trustee. 
For several years he has been a 
member of the church choir, and 
taught classes in the Sunday 
school, for which he is now the 
treasurer. 

In 1892 Mr. Lindholm made a 
visit to his native land. The 
following year, having returned 
to Chicago, he was married to 
Miss Anna T. Sahlberg, Nov. 
16, 1893. 

GUSTAVE NELSON 

was born Nov. 2, 1867, in Dais- 
land, Sweden. His father, Mag- 
nus Nilsson, emigrated with his 
family in 1869 and settled in Des 
Moines co., Iowa. He was one 
of the pioneers who organized 
the Swedish Lutheran church in 
Kingston, Iowa. 

Gustave remained on the farm 
until 1892, when he went to Texas. 
After a short stay he went to 
Chicago, where he worked for 
two years. In 1894 he entered 



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Augustana College, continuing his 
studies there for two years. He 
then entered the law department 




GUSTAVE NELSON 

of the University of Michigan 
and was graduated in 1899. Mr. 
Nelson has an office at 145 La 
Salle st., where he is engaged in 
general law practice. 

Mr. Nelson is a member of the 
Royal League. 



CARL O. YOUNG 

was born in Goteborg, Sweden, 
Oct. 10, 1865. When he was four 
years old, his parents came to 
America and settled in Kansas 
City, Mo. There he attended 
public school and the Swedish 
parochial school until twelve years 
of age, when he moved with his 
parents to Lindsborg, Kans. Here 
he worked on the farm in sum- 
mer and attended school in win- 
ter until the fall of 1881, when 
he entered the academic depart- 
ment of Bethany College. Having 



finished the preparatory course, 
he was, in 1885, matriculated at 
Augustana College, in Rock Island, 
111., where he graduated in 1889. 
In the fall of that year he entered 
the medical department of Har- 
vard University, where he com- 
pleted the required four year years' 
course, graduating in 1893. Dur- 
ing this period he had charge of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church at 
Quincy, Mass., which at that time 
erected a fine edifice, the only 
granite church building in the 
Augustana Synod. 

In 1 894-' 96 Mr. Young pursued 
further medical studies at the 
University of Berlin. Returning 
to America in 1896, he opened an 
office in Chicago, where later he 




CAKL O. YOUNG 



of the medical de- 
Augustana Hos- 



became chief 
partment at 
pital. 

In the summer of 1901 Dr. 
Young again made a trip to Ger- 
many, where he pursued further 



Chicago 



medical studies in Hamburg for 
six months. 

In August, 1904, Dr. Young 
incorporated the Washington Park 
Hospital, which was opened in 
rented quarters, Labor Day of that 
year. In February, 1906, a new 
building, with a capacity for sev- 
enty-five patients, was opened. 

Dr. Young is chief of the hos- 
pital staff. He is a member of 
the Chicago, the Illinois and the 
American medical associations, and 
of the Harvard Alumni Associa- 
tion. 

May 31, 1898, Dr. Young was 
married to Miss Sophia Swanstrom 
of Lindsborg, Kans. They have 
two children, Viola and Stanley. 



was 
Jan. 



K. ALBERT WEYDELL 

born in Kalmar, Sweden, 
20, 1869. His childhood 




K. ALBERT WEYDELL 

and early youth were spent in 
his native city. At the age of 
sixteen he went to sea and spent 



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a few years before the mast. 
During this time he visited all 
quarters of the globe and saw 
many strange lands. He stayed 
in Brazil and Chili for two years, 
and had occasion to familiarize 
himself with tropical and sub- 
tropical conditions. Finally he 
decided to take some rest from 
his extensive seafaring and came 
to Chicago to visit some relatives. 
They prevailed upon him to stay 
and he then began to study phar- 
macy at the University of Illinois 
School of Pharmacy. Immediately 
after his graduation he started in 
business at 6501 Cottage Grove 
ave., where he enjoys a good 
trade. 

ALFRED L. MORRIS 

was born at Chandlers Valley, 
Warren co., Pa., Oct. 2, 1865, 




ALFRED LAWRENCE MORRIS 

and grew up on the farm of his 
father, A. P. Morris, an old settler 
of that vicinity. Having attended 
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and the high school at Sugar 
Grove, Pa., he left home and came 
to Chicago in 1888. Here he en- 
gaged in the grocery business, 
conducting a retail store up to 
1896, when he went out of busi- 
ness and went to work as a whole- 
sale salesman with Durand, Kaspar 
& Co. From 1897 to 1901 he 
held a position as deputy clerk in 
the Criminal Court Clerk's office. 
In 1902 he was made general 
agent of the Scandia Life Insur- 
ance Co., and remains in its serv- 
ice to date. 

Oct. 9, 1888, Mr. Morris was 
married to Miss Linda Jerner of 
Chicago, a daughter of Mr. John 
F. Jerner, born Sept. 10, 1868. 
Their children, with dates of birth, 
are: Irene Evelyn, Aug. 23, 1890; 
Edgar Lawrence, Aug. 23, 1892; 
Florence Marie, June 5, 1902. 

Mr. Morris, with his family, 
belongs to the Salem Swedish 
Lutheran Church, where his 
brother-in-law, Dr. L. G. Abraham- 
son, has served as pastor for a 
long term of years. Mr. Morris 
is a member of King Oscar Lodge, 
A. F. and A. M., and the I. O. 
O, F. 



he established a second store, at 
1249 Belmont ave. 
In 1901 Mr. Larson was mar- 



JOHN LARSON 

was born in Raflunda, Skane, 
Sweden, Jan. 6, 1874. In 1888, at 
the age of fourteen years, he emi- 
grated to America, locating in 
Chicago, where he worked in the 
grocery trade for some nine years. 
He then opened a fish and delikat- 
essen store at 1685 N. Clark st. 
The business grew, and in 1901 




JOHN LARSON 

ried to Miss Ida Anderson and 

the couple have established a 

pleasant home at 1479 Belmont 
ave. 



WILLIAM P. CARLSON, 

manufacturing tailor, was born in 
Falkoping, Skaraborgs Ian, Swe- 
den, March 7, 1863. At the age 
of twelve he emigrated to Amer- 
ica, where he landed July 12, 1875. 
He has since resided in Chicago. 
He attended the public schools in 
this city, and afterwards learned 
the tailoring trade. Mr. Carlson 
is a member of the firm of manu- 
facturing tailors, Strom, Carlson 
& Dreutz, at 472 Hermitage ave. 
In 1889 Mr. Carlson was mar- 
ried to Miss Margaret Goodsnover, 
who is of Belgian descent. They 
have three children, Ethel, Helen 



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and William, and reside at 164 

Larrabee st., owning the property. 

Mr. Carlson is a member of the 




WILLIAM P. CARLSON 

Lutheran Church. He also be- 
longs to the First Swedish L/odge 
I. O. O. F. 



AXEL CHYTRAUS, 

Judge of the Superior Court of 
Cook county, was born 1859 in 
Vermland, Sweden. At the age 
of ten he came with his father to 
America. They settled in Chica- 
go, where his father was employed 
as a bookkeeper until his death 
in 1887. Axel attended the public 
schools and the Chicago Athenae- 
um. At thirteen years of age he 
was employed as errand boy in 
the law office of Howe & Russell. 
Interesting himself in the business 
of the law office during succeed- 
ing years, he acquired a well- 
grounded legal knowledge before 
reaching maturity. In 1881, after 
nine years spent in the law office 



and in study, he was admitted to 
the bar. Four years later the firm 
of Blanke & Chytraus was formed. 
In 1892 Mr. Charles S. Deneen, 
then a young man, was taken into 
the firm, and it became Blanke, 
Chytraus & Deneen. When in 
1893 Mr. Blanke was elected a 
judge of the Superior Court, the 
firm was continued as Chytraus 
& Deneen. Mr. Deneen was, sub- 
sequently, in 1896, elected State's 
Attorney, and he is now Gover- 
nor of Illinois. Mr. Chytraus 
was elected a judge of the Supe- 
rior Court of Cook county in 1898, 
at which time the firm of Chytraus 
& Deneen was dissolved, and he 
was re-elected in 1904. 




AXEL CHYTRAUS 

Augustana College in 1901 con- 
ferred upon him the degree of 
LL. D. 

Judge Chytraus was married in 
1892, to Miss Laura Haugan, 
daughter of Helge A. Haugan, 



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the well-known banker. Mrs. Chy- 
traus died in 1907. 

Judge Chytraus is a member of 
the Swedish Glee Club. He has 
the interests of the Swedish na- 
tionality in America at heart; his 
high standing among the judiciary 
reflects credit upon his country- 
men generally, and in the coun- 
cils of the Republican party in 
Chicago and the state at large 
his influence is recognized and 
his word carries weight. 



ALFRED J. YOUNGDAHL, 

the popular west side jeweler and 
optician, was born in Malmo, 




ALFRED J. YOUNGDAHL 

Sweden, Dec. 12, 1859, and came 
to America in 1883. For about 
a year he was connected with 
Benedict Bros., of New York. 
Leaving that city he went to 
Chicago, and for some time he 
was employed by N. Matson and 
Co. In 1889 Mr. Youngdahl 
formed a partnership with John 



R. Lilja and after about twelve 
years became sole owner. His 
place of business is at 565-567 W. 
Madison st. Mr. Youngdahl was 
married in 1895, to Miss Helen 
Mabel Kaye, of Lake Geneva, 
Wis., with whom he has one son 
and one daughter. 



CARL G. LONNERBLAD 

was born April 24, 1867, in the 
Swedish city of Falkoping, in Ves- 




CARL GUSTAF LONNERBLAD 

tergotland. His parents were Nils 
Jonas Lonnerblad, a parson, and 
his wife Hedvig Carolina, nee 
Mannerfelt. The son was given 
a thorough education, studying 
for six years at Skara, then con- 
tinuing at a higher educational 
institution in Venersborg. At the 
age of twenty he joined the Royal 
Skaraborg Regiment and in 1888 
completed his course at the Karls- 
borg military school. Later he 
abandoned the military career and 
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States. Coming to Chicago he 
became first assistant to the late 
Dr. Ahlstrand in his massage es- 
tablishment. Mr. Lonnerblad af- 
terward was engaged as masseur 
at the sanitarium at Palmyra, 
Wis., in Lake Geneva, 111., and 
Louisville, Ky. Returning to Chi- 
cago he opened his own establish- 
ment and has been in business as 
masseur and medical gymnast for 
the jast ten years. 

As a singer Mr. Lonnerblad soon 
attracted attention in Swedish mu- 
sical circles in Chicago. His voice, 
a low tenor of rare quality, has 
been frequently heard in solos, 
duets and quartets at concerts and 
other public entertainments. In 
rendering the famous "Glunt- 
songs" of Wennerberg he is es- 
pecially proficient. Since the fall 
of 1890 Mr. Lonnerblad has been 
active in the Swedish Glee Club, 
in which he has taken front rank 
both as a singer and as a social 
member. He served as secretary 
of the club in 1904-6 and was 
chosen vice-president in 1907. Up- 
on the demise of Robert Lindblom, 
the president, early in the year, 
Mr. Lonnerblad became acting 
president of the club. 

Mr. Lonnerblad in 1892 was 
among the organizers of the Am- 
erican Union of Swedish Singers, 
served as its secretary in 1901-3 
and has for the past four years 
been first vice-president of the 
organization. 

Combining as he does the music- 
al with the dramatic talent, Mr. 
Lonnerblad is frequently called 
upon to assist in the production 



of Swedish plays. Without any 
claim to professionalism, his act- 
ing is free and natural, backed by 
clear intuition and intelligent in- 
terpretation. 

Since coming to the United 
States, Mr. Lonnerblad has made 
several visits to Sweden, including 
the 1897 tour of the picked chorus 
of the A. U. S. S., of which he 
was a member. 



ELLEN LINDSTROM 

was born at Fjelkestad, Skane, 
Sweden, Jan. 21, 1860. Her father, 




ELLEN LINDSTROM 

Swen Lindstrom, was the last mas- 
ter blacksmith in Sweden to receive 
a diploma from the old Black- 
smiths' Guild. In his shop, which 
was her favorite resort when a 
child, were laid the foundations 
of that deep interest in the prog- 
ress of the working people, which 
has characterized her later in life. 
She studied at girls' seminaries in 
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she was an ambitious student is 
shown from the fact that she was 
the youngest student ever sent out 
from her Alma Mater. The next 
ten years of her life were spent 
in teaching, until her health broke 
down. For several years she was 
apparently a hopeless invalid, and 
when health gradually returned, 
the school-room being forbidden 
her, she turned to a new field of 
activity. Her interest in social 
reform had been deepened, while 
still she was a teacher, by a meet- 
ing with Herr Bebel, the famous 
German socialist. 

On leaving the school-room, she 
decided to cast her lot with the 
toilers. Coming to this country 
in 1890, Chicago was chosen as the 
field of her new activity. Within 
three days after reaching the city 
she was seated in a tailor shop, 
and was long identified with the 
tailoring trade of Chicago. She 
was for several years the business 
agent of a large local union, com- 
posed almost entirely of women. 
So far as is known, Miss L,ind- 
strom was the first woman who 
ever bore the much abused title 
of "walking delegate." At the 
absorption of her union, the Special 
Order Clothing Makers, by the 
United Garment Workers, Miss 
L,indstrom was made a member of 
the General Executive Board of 
the latter organization, a body of 
53,000 workers. 

One of her chief desires is for 
the abolition of child-labor, to 
which her own trade offers so 
tempting a field. Through her 
instrumentality the women's local 



union already mentioned became 
one of the first labor unions in 
Chicago to take active steps in 
opposition to this great evil. 

For years, both in Sweden and 
in America, Miss Ljndstrom has 
been a frequent contributor to 
Swedish periodicals. In August, 
1906, she left Chicago to take a 
position as associate editor of 
Kvinnan och ff emmet, a woman's 
journal, published at Cedar Rap- 
ids, Iowa. 

In religion Miss L,indstrom is a 
IvUtheran. 



NELSON A. ANDERSON 

was born May 7, 1855, in the 
parish of lyindberg, Halland, Swe- 




NELSON A. ANDERSON 

den. His father was the villiage 
blacksmith and taught his trade 
to his son. When the boy was 
thirteen, his father died. The 
lad now learned the carpenter's 
trade. He came to this country 
in 1874, and settled in St. Joseph, 



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Mich., where he obtained em- 
ployment in the railroad shops 
and learned the molder's and 
machinist's trades. In 1886 he 
went to Kansas. The next year 
he came to Chicago and worked 
in various machine shops. He 
became a stockholder in the Carl 
Anderson Co., and was engaged 
there from 1889 until January, 
1900. In April, 1902, he formed 
a partnership with K. L. Jones 
under the firm name Anderson 
and Jones, at 66 W. Lake st. 

The business was later incorpo- 
rated as The Anderson Machine 
Co., of which Mr. Anderson is 
president. In 1907 the firm moved 
to 56 N. Jefferson st. 

In 1878 Mr. Anderson married 
Hanna Danielson of Smaland, 
Sweden. The couple have been 
blessed with three children. 



ness of the city by the lake. At 
one time he owned and conducted 
a hotel and restaurant on the 



ANDREW TALLBERG 

was born in L/jusdal parish, Hel- 
sin gland, Sweden, Sept. 19, 1843. 
His early education was obtained 
in the parish school. In 1870 he 
emigrated to America and settled 
in Chicago, where he has since 
lived. 

Mr. Tallberg is a well-known 
business man and has devoted his 
time and energy to several lines 
of investment. For many years 
he was engaged in the real estate 
business and has built several flat 
buildings in Hyde Park. He has 
shown his faith in Chicago and 
its growth by investing largely in 
vacant and improved property and 
has thus contributed to the great- 




ANDREW TALLBERG 

south side, which not only in- 
creased his acquaintance among 
the Swedish as well as the Amer- 
ican people, but proved a paying 
venture. In recent years he has 
given much of his time to mining 
and other investments. His office 
is at 112 S. Clark st., suite 410. 
Mr. Tallberg for a number of 
years has been an active member 
of the Swedish Free Mission 
Church. 



GUSTAF T. CEDERLOF 

was born Oct. 18, 1848, in Tims- 
bro, Karlskoga parish, Orebro Ian, 
Sweden. He received instruction 
in the public school and in the 
first four classes in the collegiate 
school in Kristinehanm. In 1866 
he obtained employment in the 
Wallgren tannery in Orebro, in 
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He returned home in 1869 and I Will Lodge, Knights of Honor, 
assumed management of the farm 
and the tannery owned by his 




GUSTAF T. CEDERL6F 

father. Mr. Cederlof continued in 
this vocation until 1884, when he 
went to Chicago. Until 1893 he 
was employed with the Lambeau 
Leather Co. Since then he has 
conducted a restaurant, and later 
a bakery in Austin. 

Mr. Cederlof was married in 
1891 to Ida Maria Tornberg from 
Kristianstad, province of Skane. 
They have a daughter, Ruth. 



CHARLES B. CARLEMAN 

was born in Stockholm, Sweden, 
Aug. 6, 1860. He came to Amer- 
ica in April, 1866, with his father, 
Dr. Mauritz B. Carleman, now 
deceased. 

Mr. Carleman is the proprietor 
of the Phoenix Pharmacy, located 
at 63 E. Chicago ave. 

Mr. Carleman is a member of 




CHARLES B. CARLEMAX 

and Lincoln Park Lodge, A. F. 
and A. M. 



EDWARD T. CARLSON 

is a native of Tanum, in Bohus 
Ian, Sweden, where he was born 
July i, 1863. His schooling he 
received in his native place. At 
the age of twenty-three he left 
the old country for America. Ar- 
riving in Chicago in May, 1886, 
he at once obtained employment 
in a paint shop, working there for 
three years. Subsequently he 
opened a paint shop of his own 
on Milwaukee ave., remaining in 
business there until about ten 
years ago, when, recognizing a 
more profitable outlook in Irving 
Park, he removed to that suburb 
and there established the Irving 
Park Paint Store, at 2684-86 N. 
4Oth ave., where he is still located, 
dealing in paints and wall paper. 
In 1893 Mr. Carlson visited his 



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old parents in Sweden, and find- 
ing them enfeebled by age and 
the old homestead badly encum- 




EDWARD THEODORE CARLSON 

bered, he purchased the farm and 
turned it over to his eldest sister 
and her husband, they in return 
therefor being required to take the 
best care of the aged couple, thus 
relieving them of worry and in- 
suring them a comfortable home 
for the remainder of their days. 

While in Sweden on this errand 
of filial charity, Mr. Carlson 
formed the acquaintance of Miss 
Emilia Tobiasson, to whom he was 
married in 1894. The couple have 
now a family of six children, four 
boys and two girls. 



SVEN OLOF LEJONSTEIN, 

inventor and electrical engineer, 
is the son of Carl Magnus L/ejon- 
stein, a farmer at Urshult, Sma- 
land, Sweden, and his wife, 
Cecilia Bjork, both deceased. He 



was born on his father's farm, 
June 20, 1860, and was reared 
and educated in the home parish 
up to 1876, when he went to 
Germany intent on learning the 
mechanic's trade. He was em- 
ployed at the L,inden Works at 
Hanover for three years and sub- 
sequently in the Kockum Works 
at Malmo a short time before 
going to Stockholm in 1880. 
During the seven years next 
following he led a seafaring life, 
gradually working his way up 
and spending enough time on 
land to pass the necessary ex- 
aminations for preferment. He 
began his career as marine en- 
gineer on a passenger steamer 
plying between Stockholm and 




SVEN OLOF LEJONSTEIN 



L,ater we find him in 
the service of the British mer- 
chant marine, as assistant engineer 
of the Persian Gulf liner "Ex- 
press" and the East India liner 
"Lord Warwick." For two years, 



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1887 to 1889, Mr. Lejonstein left 
the sea to become mechanical 
engineer in the milling and bak- 
ing plant of Schumacher, the 
court baker, at Stockholm. Then 
he returned to his former occu- 
pation on shipboard, making an 
extensive trip with the British 
mail steamer "Catania," from 
London to Melbourne and Sydney 
via Suez, then doubling the Cape, 
en route to New Zealand, and 
from there back via Rio Janeiro, 
arriving in London New Year's 
eve, 1890. He now took a posi- 
tion with the Max Nordenfeldt 
Gun Factory, remaining for fifteen 
months. During his stay in Eng- 
land he was married to Miss 
Anna Carlson, Jan 31, 1891, the 
ceremony being performed at the 
Swedish consulate by Pastor Pal- 
mer of the Swedish church in 
London. Mrs. Lejonstein, daugh- 
ter of Carl Danielson, a farmer 
at Urshult, was born Aug. 22, 
1867. They have a son, Carl 
Olof, born July 31, 1894. Their 
first child, a son of the same 
name, died in infancy. 

Coming to the United States in 
April, 1891, Mr. Lejonstein went 
to the Navy Yard at Washington, 
armed with recommendations from 
England. In the absence of the 
official to whom they were ad- 
dressed, he turned for employ- 
ment to the Baldwin Locomotive 
Works in Philadelphia, where he 
worked for a short time until he 
was employed as engineer for 
the Keene - Sutterlee Company 
in the same city. He remained 



for more than a year, mean- 
while completing the course in 
electrical engineering at the Scran- 
ton Correspondence Schools. 

In the fall of 1892, Mr. Lejon- 
stein came to Chicago. After 
being employed for some time as 
engineer for Reid, Murdoch and 
Company, he took charge of the 
heat, light and power plant of 
Paul O. Stensland and Co., re- 
maining as chief electrical en- 
gineer for eleven years. 

Mr. Lejonstein exhibits with 
pardonable pride the grand gold 
medal of the Paris Academy of 
Inventors and accompanying di- 
ploma of honorary membership, 
awarded him Nov. 12, 1892, for 
a life-saving device of his inven- 
tion. Other ingenious inven- 
tions are a rapid-firing cannon, 
and a safety brake for eleva- 
tors. Mr. Lejonstein now has 
a patent pending on a stopper 
for faucets and valves, permitting 
their removal and repair without 
first turning off the water or 
other liquid or gas. Thus a water 
faucet in a large apartment house 
may be repaired without incon- 
veniencing all the tenants by cut- 
ting off the entire water supply 
for the building. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lejonstein are 
Lutherans and have been mem- 
bers of the Swedish church when 
in London and the Gethsemane 
Swedish church as residents of 
Chicago. 



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OTTILIE A. LILJENCRANTZ 

is an author, who has sprung 
into prominence in a remark- 




OTTILIE ADELINE LILJENCRANTZ 

ably short time. She was born 
in Chicago Jan. 19, 1876. Her 
father is G. A. M. Liljen- 
crantz, who for over thirty-five 
years has been United States assist- 
ant engineer in Chicago. Through 
him, her ancestry is traced back 
to' .Laurentius Petri, the disciple 
of Martin Luther, who, with his 
brother, Olaus Petri, introduced 
the Lutheran religion into Sweden. 
Laurentius Petri was created the 
first Lutheran archbishop in Up- 
sala during the reign of Gustaf I. 
Vasa. In 1541 he introduced the 
first Swedish translation of the 
Bible, of which he had translated 
the greater part of the Old Testa- 
ment. Some of his hymns are 
still preserved in the Swedish 
Psalmbook. Another paternal an- 
cestor was Johan Vesterman, the 
son of a clergyman of Gene, who 



in 1768 was created a baron, and 
later a count, in recognition of 
his brilliant career as councillor 
of state and minister of finance 
under Gustaf III. He then as- 
sumed the name of Liljencrantz. 

On her mother's side, Miss Lil- 
jencrantz has a New England an- 
cestry which goes back through 
revolutionary times to the old 
puritan days of 1640, when her 
forefathers came over from Eng- 
land. 

Andersen's fairy tales, stories of 
the romantic adventures of Gustaf 
Vasa, of the glory of Gustaf II. 
Adolf, of the heroism of Carl XII. 
and reminiscences of her father's 
boyhood were the first bedtime 
stories of the little girl. When 
seven she wrote her first love 
story. From twelve to twenty 
she had a passion for writing plays 
for amateur theatricals. At the 
age of sixteen she wrote a play 
founded on the legend of "the 
King's Ring," as described in the 
famous "Surgeon's Stories," of 
Topelius. 

Miss Liljencrantz was educated 
at Dearborn Seminary, graduating 
in 1893. She had thoughts of en- 
tering upon a university course, 
but her health not being equal to 
the continuous grind, she occupied 
herself with home reading and 
home study. With the exception 
of fairly thorough courses in Ger- 
man and French, her education 
has been in English, but she has 
had the benefit of her father's 
translations in the case of Swedish 
and Norwegian history. 

The first book written by Miss 



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Liljencrantz was a juvenile enti- 
tled "The Scrape that Jack Built," 
published in 1896. The circum 
stance that undoubtedly decided 
her future field was the purchase 
of Du Chaillu's "Viking Age," 
which intensely fascinated her. 
"Frithiof's Saga" and Andersen's 
"Norse Mythology' ' further aroused 
her to the possibilities of a field 
at once inestimably rich and com 
paratively untilled. These studies 
resulted in "The Thrall of Leif, 
the Lucky," published in 1902 by 
A. C. McClurg & Co. as their 
leading "book of the year." This 
glowing tale is centered in the 
career of Leif Ericson, the Norse 
Viking, who in the year 1000 
sailed from Greenland and, land- 
ing in the present state of Rhode 
Island, was the discoverer of the 
American continent. 

In 1903 Miss Liljencrantz 
brought forth another book, which 
like its predecessor has seen sev- 
eral editions. This historical ro- 
mance is founded on the conquest 
of England by the Danish king, 
Canute, and is entitled "The 
Ward of King Canute." 

Another book written by Miss 
Liljencrantz is "The Vinland 
Champions," a juvenile, depicting 
the adventures of a young Norse- 
man and his comrades on an ex- 
pedition to Vinland in 1009. 

"Randvar, the Songsmith; A 
Romance of Norumbega," is the 
title of her latest work, which 
was published by the Harpers. It 
is a tale of the time of the Norse- 
men in America, and is based on 
the legends woven about the old 



tower at Newport. The son of the 
viking mentioned in Longfellow's 
"The Skeleton in Armor," is the 
hero of the novel, which is regarded 
as Miss Liljencrantz's best work. 
These romances exhibit profound 
study of northern antiquities aside 
from a vivid imagination and fin- 
ished literary power on the part 
of the gifted author. 

Besides the writing of these 
books Miss Liljencrantz has never 
done anything to bring herself 
before the public or into the news- 
papers. As an only child her girl- 
hood has been passed quietly in 
her native city, in close compan- 
ionship with her father. The 
home is at 24 Groveland Park. 



CARL I. J. IREN^US, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
Dec. 15, 1872, in Krakstad, an old 




CARL I. J. IRENAEUS 

estate in the parish of Hogstad, 
Ostergotland, Sweden, which has 
belonged to his ancestors for many 



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generations. His father, Per Johan 
Jonsson, was born 1830 and died 
at his home in Sweden in 1904. 
His mother is Clara Charlotta Ire- 
naeus, born 1841, and wife in the 
second marriage of his father. 
There were nine brothers and 
three sisters in the family. 

Dr. Irenseus obtained his early 
education first at home and later 
at the Kristinehamn Practical 
School. In 1891 he passed the 
examination for entrance to the 
Polytechnical College in Norrkop- 
ing, and graduated from the chem- 
ical branch of this college in 1895, 
receiving the highest award of the 
institution, the "Carl Johan Nelin 
prize." May 10 of the following 
year he left home, bound for Chi- 
cago, with the intention of en gag- 
in chemico-technical work in this 
country. At first he obtained em- 
ployment with the electrical firm 
of Gus. Monrath & Co. and later 
with the Western Electric Co. 
He also worked for some time in 
a bicycle shop. In 1897 he be- 
came assistant to Dr. Charles W. 
Purdy, the prominent physician 
and physiological chemist, whose 
valuable text- books and writings 
are well - known to the medical 
profession in this country as well 
as abroad. Dr. Purdy soon recog- 
nized the ability of his new assist- 
ant, and before long placed him 
in charge of his laboratory. Here 
Irenseus began to make his inves- 
tigations, resulting in a series of 
new methods: i:oThe construction 
of the Purdy Electric Centrifuge; 
2:0 A method for the quantitative 
determination of sugar in diabetes, 



known as "Purdy's sugar test;" 
3:0 The Purdy method for quali- 
tative and quantitative determina- 
tion of albumen in Bright' s dis- 
ease; 4:0 The Purdy centrifugal 
method for quantitative estimation 
of chlorides, phosphates and 
sulphates in the urine. All these 
methods which furnish valuable 
data in the diagnosis and treat- 
ment of disease were published 
during the five years that Irenaeus 
was in cooperation with Purdy. 
Credit is given Irenaeus in some 
of these publications, but privately 
Dr. Purdy gave him full credit, 
and promised that Irenaeus should 
become his successor, and that his 
laboratory and practice should be 
given him. Upon Purdy's sudden 
death, and in the absence of any 
written statement to this effect, 
this plan miscarried. 

After Purdy's death, Irenaeus, 
who had not yet completed his 
medical course, took up studies at 
the University of Chicago for the 
degree of Ph. D., but after nearly 
two years of study reentered the 
medical career, and obtained the 
degree of B. S. in 1903, and grad- 
uated in medicine in 1905. 

Dr. Irenaeus has had much 
special training in different branches 
of medicine. He was for four 
years director of the clinical labor- 
atory of Dr. Wm. E. Quine, assist- 
ant bacteriologist to the city Health 
Department, assistant to Dr. Turck, 
the well-known specialist on dis- 
eases of the stomach, and is now 
pathologist at the Michael Reese 
Hospital, and professor in chem- 



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it .1! .iii.l miciosi .|.i. diagnosis in 
:i medical college 

Dl helliens ha-, lll.i.li- .1 jOUniC) 
In tlu- different countries of I'.n 
rope I" -,lndv his piofession. kc 
ceiilly lu- has invented ;ui iush u 
iiii-nl I.H .1' i- i nun". I In- .minimi of 
l"i iti^ mallei in I lie Mood. 

JOHN k. OkTKNr.kKN 
is a dominant figure in the musical 
life of Chicago, particularly so 




JOIIX K-|;i\IIOI.I> OKTKMIKKN 

among the Swedish . \nici leans. 
His great service l> his national 
ity consists in having laiscd to 
the highest pitch tlu- inti-ivst of 
his i-onntiynu-n in tlu- SOIIL-- ol 
tin i.iiln-i land. His inlltu-iuv has 
rMrndrd 1'ioin Chieay^o to rv.T\ 
point in tlu- United States \\1u-u 
patuolir i-hoial sin^ini; is lu-ini; 
piarlired h\' them. It was under 
his li-adeishi|> that the Swedi-.h 
I'.K-i' (.Mill) o! i. r lnr.iiM) attained the 
aeiiu- of fame, and under his eUv 
li il\ HI-, li.iton the Amei iean Union 



of Swedish Singers won tlu-ii 

Ltetl Innmphs. 

John keinhold ()rteiiL;ien was 
horn in the Swi-disli provitiei- of 
C.esliikland Oct. ,s, IS62. His 
father was .1 i .ijilain of the ( ',es 
1 1 ill Helsinki 1 regiment of tin- 
Swedish Army. A BfOl IH-I , Albion 
Orten^tcn, is a leading aetor of 
the kox'.-il Di.-imatie Tliealie at 

Stockholm, 

Ila\'in^ finished his stndii-s at 
the higher elementary school in 
('.i ill, yonnj; Orten^ren be^an the 
stndv of music with l-'rit/. Arlherg, 
a fnnious operatic singer of the 
capital. In 1883-85 he studied 
with Prof. Julius diinther at the 
Royal Ae.ulenn of Music, earning 
the Abrahamson scholarship. In the 
mi intime he completed the course 
in the school of acting in connec- 
tion with the Royal Theatre and 
in iSSs X(> he was a member of 
its dramatic company. In 1886 
Mr. Orten^ren went to Paris, 
studying for a yeai with Prof. 
Romaine Hnssine. ketnrnin^ to 
Sweden, he was attached to the 
Royal Opera until iSXi), as oj>er- 
atic singer. 

That year Mr. Ortcnuren left 
Stockholm for Chicago, and for 
the past sixteen years he has been 
connected with the Chicago Mu- 
sical College, ranking among the 
foremost in a corps of half a hun- 
died Icacheis. 

His sweet, sympathetic baritone 
voice at once made Mr. Ortengren 
a favorite concert singer and 
chinch soloist in Chicago. In the 
lattei eapacitv he has been con 
nected with the Unitv and Union 



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Park Churches and is at present 
baritone soloist of the First Con- 
gregational Chinch in Oak Park. 

Mr. ( Mtengrcn's cllicu in -\ ;is a 
director having become knm\n. 
many choral organi/ations com 
peted for the privilege of his sot- 
vices. Much of his time ha^ L>i 
Near- been taken up in training 
and directing choruses, both Amer- 
ican and Swedish. Besides the 
aforesaid Swedish Glee Club may 
be mentioned the Mendelssohn 
Club of Rock ford, the Sveas S6- 
ner of the same city, the Wen- 
nerberg and Swedish Festival Cho- 
ruses, the Swedish Si tigers' Union 
of Chicago, and, since 1906, the 
Svithiod Singing Club. 

At the great Scandinavian sing- 
ing festival held in Minneapolis 
in 1891 Mr. Ortengren directed 
the grand chorus of united sing- 
ing clubs. When the American 
Union of Swedish Singers was or- 
ganized the following year he was 
chosen director- in-chief and subse- 
quently acted in that capacity at 
the "Swedish Day" concert at the 
Columbian Exposition and at the 
singers' conventions in New York, 
Rockford, Minneapolis, Chicago 
and Moline. 

When in 1897 a picked chorus 
from the singers' union made a 
tour through Sweden, Mr. Orten- 
gren led the triumphant troupe and 

\vas .1. voided a private audience 

before King Oscar, who spoke in 
terms of unmeasured praise of the 
American Singert and their leader. 
It may be added that Mr. Or- 
tengren frequently has lent his 
dramatic talent in the production 



of Swedish plays in Chicago and 

othei cities. On such occasions 
he has invariably enacted leading 
puts, and by his energetic and 
convincing acting inspired less 

e \pcin need follow aclois \\itll CO11- 
fidenee and COUTige, He has a No 
ailed as stage- manager at vaiions 

performances, 

With his exceptional talents Mr. 
Ortengren combines a modest \ 
that has much to do with his jx)p- 
ularity with those under histi.iin 
ing. As a vocal leaeliei he takes 
first rank. He possesses extra 
ordinary ability in bringing out 
voice* aiid imparting to the' pupil 
that ailistic enthusiasm without 
which study becomes a mere 
drudgery. Main are the soloists 
who owe their sueeess to the ex- 
cellent training enjoyed under 
him. 

Mr. Ortengren is married and 
lives at Park Ridge. His wife, 
whose maiden name was Minimi 
IJndstrom, herself a prominent 
pianisie, eame from the city of 
Hudiksvall, Sweden. Two child- 
ren were born to them, a daugh- 
ter, Svea, who died several years 
ago in the prime of youth, and a 
son, Helmer, still living. 

ALFRED KDWIN WESTMAN 

was born in Hammarlunda parish 
near Lund, Sweden, July 20, 
1855. He was educated in the 
common school, and in the 
people's high school, and also 
graduated from a business col- 
lege. Not satisfied with this he 
entered the Agricultural college 
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three years' course, and gradua- 
ting with honors in 1876. 

In Reslof, a cousin of his 
owned a large estate, and Mr. 




ALFRED EDWIN WESTMAN 

Westman was now offered a po- 
sition as book-keeper with him, 
which he accepted. His next 
promotion was to a similar position 
at Sagbyholm, a large estate of 
4,000 acres of land in the richest 
part of Skane. Although this 
position was both responsible and 
remunerative, Mr. Westman found 
it too confining for his energies 
and consequently gave it up to 
test his fortune in the United 
States. Coming over in 1880, he 
was employed for three years on 
a large stock farm, at Wataga, 
near Galesburg, 111. Thereafter 
he located in Chicago as a general 
broker. In 1887 he abandoned 
the brokerage business and started 
in the livery business at Chicago 
and Dearborn aves., Chicago. Af- 
ter five years he sold out and en- 



gaged in the real estate and loan 
business. After another five years 
he decided to return to his native 
country with his family. Over 
there he bought a fine estate. But 
after having lived in the United 
States, Mr. Westman did not find 
conditions in the old country to 
his liking, so he soon sold his 
estate and returned the following 
year to Galesburg. Next we find 
him back in Chicago, once more 
in the real estate and loan busi- 
ness, with office in the First Na- 
tional Bank Building. He is still 
engaged in that line of business 
and has a branch office at 3606 
N. Clark st. By strictly attending 
to business and fair dealing he 
has won a large clientele of cus- 
tomers. 

In 1883 Mr. Westman was mar- 
ried to Miss Kate B. Bennett, a 
daughter of Mr. B. P. Bennett, a 
venerable Swedish gentleman of 
Galesburg. This union has been 
blessed with five children, namely, 
Kate Elizabeth, born 1888, Olga 
Josephine, 1890, Alfred Edwin, 
1891, Martha Rowena, 1894, and 
Julia Harriet, 1900. With his 
family he occupies his own elegant 
residence at 958 Farragut ave., 
Edgewater. 

The family attends the Ebene- 
zer Swedish Lutheran Church. 



WILLIAM B. WINGREN 

was born in Malmo, Sweden, 
April n, 1877, and emigrated 
with his parents to the United 
States when he was but three 
years old. The family located in 



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Chicago, where he attended the 
public schools and was graduated 
in the spring of 1893. In 1894 




WILLIAM B. WINGREN 

he attended the Metropolitan 
Business College for a short time 
and thereafter the Chicago Athe- 
naeum. In 1895 he was em- 
ployed as a clerk in the office 
of the Nya Wecko-Posten, which 
is published by his father, the 
Rev. Mr. Eric Wingren. In 
1897 he became assistant manager 
of the paper and in 1900 assumed 
the general management. 



JOSUA LJNDAHL,, 

one of America's eminent men of 
science, belongs to the state of 
Illinois by dint of eighteen years 
spent in important work here, 
first as professor of natural sci- 
ence at Augustana College and 
subsequently as state geologist 
and curator of the museum of nat- 
ural history at Springfield. 

Johan Harald Josua L,indahl 



was born in Kongsbacka, Sweden, 
Jan. i, 1844, the son of Johan L/in- 
dahl, a clergyman of the L/utheran 
state church, and Susanna Ma- 
thilda Bjorklander, his wife. Upon 
the death of his father in 1854, 
the ten year old son was sent to 
relatives in Karlshamn. Here he 
completed the courses at the local 
collegiate school, passing the 
examination for graduation in 
May, 1863, at the University of 
I/und, where higher studies were 
pursued. Partly supporting himself 
by private tutorship in the von 
Essen family throughout his stay 
at the university, he received 
further assistance by being once 
awarded the Thorn ander stipend, 




JOSUA LINDAHL 

voted once a year by the student 
body to the most worthy of their 
number. 

He finished his post-graduate 
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1872, and, having presented his 
thesis, received the degree of 
Ph. D. in June, 1874. The fol- 
lowing year Dr. Lindahl was 
appointed decent in zoology at the 
university, and retained this posi- 
tion until he became a professor 
at Augustana College. During the 
years 1864-1866 Dr. Lindahl 
served as substitute or extra teach- 
er at the colleges of Landskrona, 
Lund and Goteborg. 

In 1875 Dr. Lindahl was ap- 
pointed secretary of the Swedish 
commission to the International 
Geographical Congress and Ex- 
position held in Paris that year. 
Upon his return to Stockholm in 
the fall he was made secretary 
of the commission to take charge 
of the Swedish section about to 
be arranged for the Centennial 
Exposition at Philadelphia in 
1876, his duties taking him to 
the exposition city in November of 
the same year. In that capacity he 
served until the Swedish exhibits 
were shipped home. When, after 
the close of the exposition, there 
was formed in Philadelphia a so- 
called Permanent International Ex- 
hibition, Dr. Lindahl was made 
superintendent of the Scandina- 
vian department. The plan soon 
failed for lack of funds, and Dr. 
Lindahl' s department was, in 
fact, the only one that was ever 
completed. He remained in Phila- 
delphia until December, 1878. 

At the time of the World's 
Fair in Chicago Dr. Lindahl, as 
Curator of the state museum at 
Springfield, was charged with the 
arrangement of a geological ex- 



hibit in the Illinois state building, 
a task which occupied the greater 
part of his time from the spring 
of 1891 until July, 1893. I n 
August of the last named year 
he was appointed on the interna- 
tional committee of awards, to 
fill a vacancy in the Swedish 
delegation in that body. 

Dr. Lindahl has participated 
in a number of scientific expedi- 
tions in the capacity of zoologist. 
His training for scientific work 
had begun early. As a student 
in Karlshamn Dr. Lindahl had 
assisted Prof. Gosselman in com- 
piling the flora of the province 
of Blekinge, meanwhile collecting 
a large herbarium and making a 
good beginning for a collection of 
Swedish land and fresh water 
shells, which later was added to 
the Augustana College Museum. 
At the University of Lund he was 
in close touch with Prof. Otto To- 
rell, at that time Sweden's fore- 
most scientific explorer of the 
Arctic regions, whose influence 
had much to do with deter- 
mining Dr. Lindahl' s line of 
stud}-. When in 1869 J. Gwynn- 
Jeffreys, the British conchologist, 
visited Lund to examine Torell's 
collections from the Arctics, Dr. 
Lindahl was serving as amanuen- 
sis in the museum and as such 
lent assistance to the visiting 
scientist. This acquaintance ren- 
dered him an invitation the fol- 
lowing spring to take charge of 
Mr. Gwynn-Jeffreys' own pleasure 
yacht, the Osprey, on a scientfic 
cruise off the west coast of Ire- 
land, where zoological dredgings 



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were made in Dingle Bay. This 
trip was made in May and June, 
1870. The following three months 
Dr. Lindahl spent participating 
in an expedition with H. M. S. 
Porcupine, under the auspices of 
the Royal Society of London, for 
the purpose of deep sea explora- 
tions, partly in the Atlantic, un- 
der the direction of Gwynn-Jeffreys, 
partly in the Mediterranean, in 
charge of Dr. W. B. Carpenter. 
Returning to England, Dr. Lin- 
dahl spent several months of study 
in the British Museum and the 
Museum of Comparative Anatomy 
in London before going back to 
Sweden in December. 

The following year, 1871, Dr. 
Lindahl was the zoologist of an 
expedition sent out by the Swed- 
ish Academy of Science to make 
explorations in Greenland and 
more especially to bring back 
certain huge blocks of meteoric 
iron, discovered the previous year 
by Nordenskjold. The party went 
in two ships, Ingegerd and Gladan, 
and spent the months of May to 
September in the far North. 
During the two successive sum- 
mers he accompanied dredging 
expeditions along the coasts of 
Sweden, the purpose being to 
establish the prevalence and dis- 
tribution of invertebrates serving 
as food for fish. 

From 1872 to 1875 Dr. Lindahl 
was assistant in the Royal Swed- 
ish Museum at Stockholm, work- 
ing under the direction of Prof. 
Sven Loven, one of the fore- 
most Swedish scientists of recent 
times. 



After subsequent service at the 
exposition in Philadelphia, Dr. 
Lindahl in 1878 accepted a call to 
the chair of natural science at 
AugustanaCollege, a position which 
did not exist prior to his arrival. 
Here he taught until the spring 
of 1888, in the meantime work- 
ing with great energy to make 
scientific collections as a necessary 
aid to instruction in his branches. 
He made trips in various direc- 
tions in quest of material, the 
most extensive and fruitful one 
being a summer trip to California 
and the Farallone Islands in 
1886. While at Augustana he 
practically created at that institu- 
tion a museum of natural history, 
superior in extent and arrange- 
ment to most similar museums in 
the West. During his first years 
at Augustana he also taught 
mathematics, a subject in which 
he had taken the highest mark at 
his college graduation. He was 
the first professor at the college 
who was not a minister. 

When Dr. Lindahl left Augus- 
tana in 1888 to take the more 
lucrative position of curator of 
the museum at Springfield, in 
connection with the office of state 
geologist, he found that institu- 
tion in a chaotic condition, but 
rich in material, epecially geolog- 
ical specimens. After five years 
in charge, he left the museum 
scientifically arranged and greatly 
enriched as a result of his labors. 

Being a scientist to the bone, 
Dr. Lindahl devoted all his ener- 
gies to the museum and to geo- 
logical work, never recognizing 



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the office as a "political" one, 
until his resignation was demand- 
ed by Governor Altgeld. His 
term of service at Springfield was 
from May, 1888, to July, 1893. 

The next two years Dr. L,in- 
dahl lived in Chicago, devoting 
most of his time to teaching. In 
1895 he was called to the position 
of director of the Cincinnati So- 
ciety of Natural History and 
entered upon his duties in Decem- 
ber. In this position, which he 
retained until September, 1906, Dr. 
Lindahl edited the Journal of the 
Cincinnati Society of Natural His- 
tory, a scientific periodical pub- 
lished by the society. 

While Dr. Lindahl's pen is a 
capable one, it is not prolific. 
His principal contributions are 
the following: In French Ex- 
peditions Suedoises aux regions 
arctiques, a paper included in 
Notices sur la Suede a 1' occasion 
du Congres International des sci- 
ences geographique de 1875, a 
Paris; in English Geographical 
Survey of Illinois, Vol. VIII; 
Description of a Skull of Mega- 
lonyx Leidey, published in the 
Transactions of the American 
Philosophical Society; Report on 
the Geological Department of the 
Illinois State Exhibits at the 
World's Columbian Exposition in 
Chicago, 1893; Description of a 
Devonian Ichthyodorulite, Hetera- 
canthus Uddeni, n. sp. from Buf- 
falo, la.; and Orthography of the 
names of the Naiades; both of 
these papers were published in the 
Journal of the Cincinnati Society o/ 
Natural History; in Swedish Om 



Pennatulidslagtet Umbellula Cuv- 
ier, being his thesis for the degree 
of Ph. D., which was embodied 
in the Transactions of the Swed- 
ish Academy of Sciences. Other 
articles by him have appeared in 
various Swedish, English, French 
and German publications from 
time to time. In addition to the 
above Dr. Lindahl must be given 
credit for purely literary ability 
of a high order, as exemplified in 
several popular sketches that have 
appeared in the Swedish- American 
literary annual, Prarieblomrnan, 
and in Swedish general news- 
papers. 

Dr. Lindahl is a member of 
a number of learned societies of 
both continents, including the 
American Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Science, the Ameri- 
can Society of Vertebrate Paleon- 
tologists, the American Society of 
Invertebrate Paleontologists, the 
Museums Association of America, 
the National Geographic Society, 
Svenska Sallskapet for Antropolo- 
gi och Geografi, [the ; Swedish- 
American Historical Societ)*, and 
the Ohio State Academy of Sci- 
ence, of which he has been presi- 
dent. On different occasions he 
has received marks of distinction 
at the hands of high authorities: 
thus, at the close of the Interna- 
tional Geographical Exposition at 
Paris in 1875 the Minister of 
Public Instruction appointed him 
Officier d' Academic, and in De- 
cember, 1877, King Oscar II 
decorated him with the Royal 
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his services to Sweden at the 
Centennial Exposition. 

In 1893 Dr. Lindahl's friend and 
old-time comrade at the university, 
Dr. P. Hakansson, who discovered 
the medicinal properties of acetic 
ether, and subsequently invented 
Salubrin, requested him to take 
charge of the manufacture of 
that article in the United States. 
As a result Dr. Lindahl estab- 
lished a Salubrin Laboratory at 
Cincinnati, of which he himself is 
the manager. This caused him 
to give up his position as director 
of the Cincinnati Museum, and he 
is now preparing to move his 
headquarters to Chicago. 

In 1877 Dr. Lindahl, then in 
Philadelphia, made a trip to Swe- 
den aud brought back as his 
bride Miss Sophie Pahlman, a 
daughter of Major Carl Adolph 
and Mrs. Sophie Pahlman, born 
July 5, 1848. The marriage took 
place Mar. 18, 1877. Of four chil- 
dren born to them, the oldest, 
Sven Carl, died at an early age. 
A daughter, Eva Hedvig Sophia, 
born May 15, 1880, is the wife of 
Dag Agnar Engstrom, superin- 
tendent of the factory of the 
Separator Company of Stockholm. 
The other children are Seth Harald, 
born Mar. 12, 1882, superintendent 
of the Salubrin Laboratory, and 
Signe Elizabeth Ida Sophia, born 
April 6, 1884. 

Outline biographies of Dr. Josua 
Lindahl are to be found in the 
National Cyclopedia of American 
Biography and in American Men 
of Science, published by the 
Carnegie Institute. 



OTTO G. RYDEN, 

lawyer and member of the Chica- 
go bar, was born Sept. 6, 1874, 




OTTO GUSTAF RYDEN 

at Ryssby, Sweden, where he re- 
ceived his early training in the 
public schools, until he came to 
Seneca, 111., in the early spring of 
1889. Remaining there until the 
following September, he went to 
Evanston, where he has since re- 
sided. Mr. Ryden's father, Carl 
Gustafson Ryden, was a farmer 
and master mechanic. He died 
at Seneca, 111., Jan. 3, 1903. The 
maiden name of Mr. Ryden's 
mother was Britta Lena Olson, 
who now resides with one of her 
daughters in Iowa. 

Following the mechanical trend 
of his father, Mr. Ryden, while 
yet a mere boy, decided to learn 
a trade. With that purpose in 
view he soon became an appren- 
tice, at the age of sixteen, with 
a mason contractor in Evanston. 
After a few years he became a 



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building superintendent, but real- 
izing that there were better oppor- 
tunities for trained men, Mr. Ry- 
den decided to take advantage of 
the educational opportunities of- 
fered in Evanston. He therefore 
entered the Evanston township 
high school in the fall of 1895. 

While a student at the high 
school and later at the univer- 
sity, Mr. Ryden found time to 
represent his school on some of 
its athletic teams, besides earning 
enough money by outside employ- 
ment to defray his necessary school 
expenses. He was graduated from 
the Evanston high school in June, 
1899, and in the fall of that year 
entered the Northwestern Univer- 
sity, from which he was graduated 
with the degree of Bachelor of 
Philosophy in 1903. Having de- 
cided before this time to enter the 
legal profession, Mr. Ryden en- 
tered the Northwestern University 
Law School in the fall of 1902 
and graduated with the degrees of 
Master of Arts and Bachelor of 
Laws in June, 1905. He was then 
engaged by one of the oldest and 
most prominent law firms in Chi- 
cago, Hoyne, O'Connor & Hoyne, 
and, as a member of their office 
force, began his career as a lawyer. 

While a student in the univer- 
sity, Mr Ryden wrote two theses: 
the first in 1903, on "Some Phases 
of Life Insurance," and the second 
in 1905, on "Dedication of Land 
for Public Uses in Illinois." 

In politics, Mr. Ryden is a Re- 
publican. He was town clerk of 
Evanston for four consecutive 
terms, beginning 1899. He is a 



member of the Methodist Church, 
and of the following fraternal or- 
ganizations: the Free Masons, the 
Modern Woodmen of America; the 
National Union, and the Alpha 
Kappa Phi Law Fraternity. 

Mr. Ryden is married to one of 
his former class mates. Her maid- 
en name was Gertrude Louise 
Gibbs. She received her early 
training in the public schools of 
her native city, Chicago. She 
then attended Rockford College 
and was graduated with the de- 
gree of Bachelor of Science from 
the Northwestern University in 

1905. Mr. and Mrs. Ryden have 
twin daughters, Alice Gertrude 
and Ruth Louise, born Nov. 9, 

1906. They reside at 1910 Asbury 
ave., Evanston. 

Mr. Ryden's business address is 
1031-1037 Stock Exchange Bldg. 



EMMY EVALD 

was born Sept. 18, 1857, in Ge- 
neva, 111. Her father was Dr. 
Erland Carlsson, the Lutheran 
pioneer, who was the pastor of 
Immanuel Swedish Ev. Lutheran 
Church in Chicago from 1853 
until 1875. After receiving her 
early education at various schools 
in this country she went to Swe- 
den and pursued her studies four 
years in Miss Fryxell's Woman's 
Academy, in Kalmar. On May 
24, 1883, she was united in 
marriage to the Rev. C. A. Eyald. 
Few minister's wives are so 
well qualified as w r as Mrs. Evald 
for the many-sided duties devolv- 
ing upon the pastor's helpmate, 



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especially in a large metropolitan 
congregation. She is an ideal 
housewife intimately acquainted 




EMMY EVALD 

with all the details of a well- 
managed household, but her rare 
talent and energy have been de- 
voted to more far-reaching en- 
deavors. For twenty-four years 
Mrs. Evald has conducted a Sun- 
day school class whose mem- 
bership is far in excess of 300, 
with an average attendance of 
200. Mrs. Evald, besides, for 
many years has been super- 
intendent of the Sunday school's 
infant department. She is sec- 
retary of the Old Ladies' Sew- 
ing Society, president of Be- 
thania, the women's insurance 
society, and vice-president of the 
Immanuel Woman's Home Asso- 
ciation, executive of the Mission 
Society, president of the Young 
Ladies' Sewing Society and a 
member of the committee which 



directs the labors of the deaconess 
of Immanuel Church. 

Through Mrs. Evald' s energetic 
efforts the Woman's Mission So- 
ciety of the Augustana Synod was 
organized in 1892. The first 
Swedish-American woman's club, 
aiming at the elevation of women 
intellectually and morally, was 
brought about by her initiative. 
She was a member of the Chicago 
Woman's club for two years. 

At the World's Parliament of 
Religions, an auxiliary of the 
World's Columbian Exposition in 
Chicago, 1893, Mrs. Evald was 
president of the Lutheran Woman's 
Congress. There were present 
representative women from Swe- 
den, Norway, Denmark, Germany, 
Iceland and India, besides from 
six great Lutheran church or- 
ganizations in this country. One 
of the results of this congress 
was the formation of the Lutheran 
Woman's International League, 
of which she was made president. 
In 1895 Mrs. Evald made an 
appeal for woman's suffrage before 
the State Legislature in Spring- 
field, 111., and on Sept. 18, 1897, 
spoke at the celebration of King 
Oscar's Jubilee, in the Auditorium, 
in Chicago. She was a represent- 
ative of the Swedish women in 
this country, and in this capacity 
addressed the National Woman's 
Congress in Washington in 1898. 
The Swedish Woman's National 
Union, of which the Fredrika 
Brenier Association is a part, 
appointed Mrs. Evald to represent 
Sweden at the International Con- 
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in 1902. Before this assembly 
she delivered an address in the 
House of Representatives. On 
many other notable occasions she 
has spoken publicly on various 
topics. 

Mrs. Evald has two daughters, 
Anna Fidelia Christine, married 
to the Rev. C. Emanuel Hoffsten 
of New York City, and Frances 
Lillian Charlotta. 



ERNEST HARALD MATHIAS 
YOUNGGREN 

was born in Notteback parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, Sept. 10, 1846. 




BRNEST H. M. YOUNGGREN 

He received his education in his 
native land, which he left in 
1870, settling in Chicago, where 
he has since resided. Having 
learned the printer's trade in the 
old country, he immediately se- 
cured employment with the weekly 
Hemlandet. In 1877 he became 
foreman of the composing room. 
After twenty years' service he 



bought a linotype machine and 
contracted for the composition, 
thus modernizing the methods of 
the newspaper's typography. 

Mr. Younggren was one of the 
organizers of the Scandia Building 
and Loan Association, and was 
director and treasurer for a num- 
ber of years. 

He was married in 1873, to 
Helena Sophia Holm from Mons- 
teras, Sweden, and resided at 
1127 Roscoe St., Lake View. 

In January, 1904, Mr. Young- 
gren retired from business. Shortly 
afterward, Feb. 8, he died and 
was cremated at Graceland cre- 
matory. 



MARTIN E. NELSON, 

one of the most prominent con- 
tractors on the south side in 
Chicago, was born in Smaland, 
Sweden, June 12, 1868. His 
father being a contractor, the son 
naturally took to that vocation. 
In 1868, however, he emigrated 
to America and settled down to 
work on a farm in Henry county, 
Illinois. This did not suit him, 
though, and he soon left for the 
western part of the country, 
where he resumed his old trade 
as contractor and builder. Being 
fond of travel, Mr. Nelson visited 
almost every state in the Union, 
but finally settled in Chicago, in 
the suburb of West Pullman, 
where he has a fine home. Be- 
sides being a contractor, in 1904 
he was connected with the Calu- 
met Lumber and Manufacturing 
Company in the capacity of su- 



Chicago 



perintendent. One year later he 
resigned this position and organ- 
ized the Nelson-Secord Construc- 




MARTIN E. NELSON 

tion Company of which he is 
president and treasurer. The 
company is doing an extensive 
business all over Chicago, as well 
as in other cities. Mr. Nelson 
also has had considerable experi- 
ence in ship-building, having been 
employed for a number of years 
in the cabin department of F. W. 
Wheeler and Co., of West Bay 
City, Michigan. 

Mr. Nelson was married in 
1891 to Miss Christina Carsten- 
sen, and has four children, two 
boys and two girls. He is a 
member of several societies, such 
as the Odd Fellows, Knights of 
Pythias, and is a Past Master of 
Fides Lodge No. 842, Free Masons. 



GUSTAF JOHNSON 

was born in Saby, Visnum parish, 
province of Vermland, Sweden, 



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May 21, 1845. He came to the 
United States in 1868, landing on 
June i, with Chicago as his des- 
tination. Mr. Johnson witnessed 
the great Chicago fire of 1871. 
In the spring of 1874 he removed 
to Morris, Grundy co., 111., where 
he engaged in the school and 
church furniture business. In 1880 
Mr. Johnson lived for a short 
time in Cambridge and Geneseo, 
Henry co., 111. During the same 
year he returned to Chicago. Since 
1882 he has been in the laundry 
machine and hardware business at 
68 E. Chicago ave. 

He joined the Star Lodge, No. 
75, of the Odd Fellows order 




GUSTAF JOHNSON 

in 1875, and has been a member 
of Frithiof Lodge No. 5, I. O. S., 
since 1891. In 1893 he was a 
delegate to the Grand Lodge of 
the Svithiod Order and has attend- 
ed all subsequent Grand Lodge 
meetings in the same capacity. 
For four years he was Grand 
Treasurer. Mr. Johnson has be- 
longed to the Svithiod Singing 
Club for twelve years and was for 
four years its treasurer. He has 



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been president of the Three Links 
Club. In 1891 he was vice-presi- 
dent of the Swedish Central As- 
sociation. 

Mr. Johnson was married in 
1868. He has one son and three 
daughters, all of whom are married 
and live in Chicago. 



A. G. ERNEST LINDSTROM 

was born in the city of Kalmar, 
Sweden, Oct. 14, 1856. He attend- 



JOHN E. TYDEN 

was born March 3, 1867, in Sma- 
land, Sweden. He attended the 




JOHN E. TYDEN 

Swedish public schools, and came 
to America in April, 1866. Here 
he became engaged in the meat 
and grocery trade, and now has 
a meat market and sausage fac- 
tory at 8822 Buffalo ave. 

Mr. Tyden is a member of many 
societies, such as the Linnea, Gyl- 
fe Lodge No. 6 I. O. S.; Alient 
No. 201 K. of P., Engelbrecht 
Lodge, and Windsor Park Lodge 
No. 836, A. F. and A. M. 




A. G. ERNEST LINDSTROM 

ed the public school and Kalmar 
high school. After completing 
his school studies he served for 
two years as designer in the cab- 
inet works of his father, H. Lind- 
strom. After the death of the lat- 
ter, the business was for four years 
conducted by the son. Mr. Lind- 
strom then went to New York, 
arriving in October, 1881. After 
a year's stay he removed to Chi- 
cago. For six years he was fore- 
man with the Schick Co., manu- 
facturers of cabinet work. After 
that time he engaged in business 
for himself on a small scale and 
made a specialty of high grade 
cabinet work. The output is now 
largely increased, and the firm 
name is Lindstrom & Oliver. The 
factory is at 192-200 N. Union st. 
Mr. Lindstrom is a Lutheran. 
He is married to Maria Thranell 



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from Vestmanland, Sweden. The 
couple have two children, Ernst 
and Anna. 



Templars and of the Oriental Con- 
sistory of the Valley of Chicago. 



ENGELBRECHT NELSON 

was born in Sweden Aug. 18, 
1866. He emigrated to America 




ENGELBRECHT NELSON 



in 1889, after completing a high 
school course. He located in Chi- 
cago and was for some time em- 
ployed as a chemist in the labor- 
atory of the Illinois Steel Co., in 
South Chicago. Later he became 
chief chemist at the North Works 
of the same corporation. Mr. Nel- 
son afterward attended the medical 
college of the University of Illi- 
nois, and is now a practicing phy- 
sician in South Chicago. 

Dr. Nelson is a member of sev- 
eral medical societies of Chicago 
and Illinois, and is one of the 
rising Swedish-American physi- 
cians of the city. As a fraternity 
man he is affiliated with the Cal- 
umet Commandery of the Knight 



CHARLES BOSTROM 

was born in Boda, Vermland, Swe- 
den, Dec. 2'/, 1872. His father, 
Johannes Jonson, was a farmer in 
good circumstances, and the son 
received a good education. He 
early took a liking to the indus- 
trial arts, and at the age of seven- 
teen commenced to work at the 
carpenter's trade, which he pursued 
until 1892, when the desire to test 
the opportunities of the West 
brought him to America. He 
settled in Ishpeming, Mich., and 
found that his expectations had 
been greater than the realization. 
He secured employment for a few 
weeks as a hod-carrier, but when 
his training as a carpenter was 
made known, he secured employ- 
ment in that line, at times, how- 




CHARLES BOSTROM 

ever, working as a mason, until 
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there entered into partnership with 
Mr. Nordvall as a contractor, con- 
tinuing his connection with him 
until 1896, when he, together with 
Magnus Olson, formed the con- 
tracting firm of Bostrom & Olson, 
1988 N. Clark st., which is doing 
a prosperous business, building 
from fifty to seventy-five houses a 
year, besides dealing extensively 
in realty. 

In 1901 Mr. Bostrom was mar- 
ried to Miss Emma Carlson from 
the city of Orebro, Sweden, and 
their union has been blessed with 
one daughter. 

He is a member of the Swedish 
National Association, and of the 
Oconto Pleasure Club, of which lat- 
ter he has served as vice-president 
and director. 



for one year, and also pursued 
post-graduate studies for two years 
at the University of Nebraska. 



CARL H. J. CHRISTKNSON, 

minister of the Augustana Synod 
of the Lutheran church, was 
born Feb. 6, 1867, in the parish 
of Askome, Halland, Sweden, the 
son of Nels Christenson, a la- 
borer. In the year 1880, he 
came to this country, settling in 
Portland, Conn. Entering Augus- 
tana College in the '8os, he 
graduated with the college class 
of '92, and subsequently became 
a divinity student at the same 
institution, graduating from the 
Theological Seminary in 1896. 
The same year he was ordained 
minister and took charge of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church at 
Lincoln, Neb. While there Rev. 
Mr. Christenson' was a member 
of the board of directors of 
Luther Academy, at Wahoo, Neb., 




CARL HENNING JULIUS CHRISTENSON 

In 1900 he assumed charge of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church at 
Geneva, 111, serving there until 
1905, when he was called to the 
Saron Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Chicago, his present charge. 

While serving the Geneva 
church Mr. Christenson was a 
member of the Board of Educa- 
tion for three years and was an 
active promoter of the Geneva 
Conservatory of Music, serving as 
president and treasurer, respect- 
ively. In that period his church 
erected a splendid edifice at a 
cost of $15,000. 

Mr. Christenson has served as 
president of the Luther League 
of Illinois for two years and of 
the Fox River Valley District of 
that organization for a like period. 
He is now a member of the 
board of directors of the Salem 



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Home for the Aged, founded at 
Joliet, 111., by the Illinois Con- 
ference of the Augustana Synod. 
The Rev. Mr. Christenson on 
May 27, 1897, was united in 
marriage to Miss Ada Davida 
Johnson, daughter of S. A. John- 
son, of Rockford. There are 
three children, Maud Genevieve, 
born 1898, Carl Irving, born 1900, 
and Vera Marie, born 1902. 



LOUIS CARSON 

was born in Grenna, Smaland, 
Sweden, Aug. 8, 1865, and came 




LOUIS CARSON 

to America in 1885. He lived 
one year in St. Charles, 111., and 
then moved to Chicago. There 
he has been working at the trade 
of stair builder and interior fin- 
isher since the year 1890. His 
shop is at 51 Institute place. 
Mr. Carson is a member of the 
Elim Swedish Methodist Church 
of Lake View. 

In 1893 Mr. Carson married 



Miss Amanda Carlson, and their 
union has been blessed with two 
children, Raymond and Alice. 
They reside at Irving Park Boule- 
vard and Janssen ave. 



JOHN M. BERGUNG 

was born in By parish, Dalarne, 
Sweden, Oct. 15, 1866. He re- 




JOHN M. BERGLING 

ceived his education in Sundsvall 
until 1880, when he, together with 
his father, John E. Bergling, a 
tailor by trade, came to this coun- 
try. He early showed signs of 
artistic talent. It was especially 
recognized by the superintendent 
of Blauer's Watch Case Co., who 
entered him in the engraving de- 
partment of the firm. Mr. Berg- 
ling's progress was unusually ra- 
pid. At the end of two years he 
took 'part^in a competition of 
watch case engravers and won 
with the highest honors. For 
swiftness and good workmanship 
he was counted among the fore- 



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most in the country. He was 
subsequently given charge of the 
department. 

In 1888 Mr. Bergling went to 
California and was in succession 
put at the head of several en- 
graving departments among which 
was that of the San Jose Watch 
Co. While in California, he 
served two years with the San 
Francisco Hussars. The World's 
Fair attracted him back to Chi- 
cago and in the fall of 1892 he 
secured a position with the large 
jewelry house of C. D. Peacock. 
The following year he was given 
charge of the engraving depart- 
ment, which position he holds at 
the present time. 

Mr. Bergling was married Nov. 
4, 1899. With his wife, who was 
Miss Fanny A. Eklund, of Stock- 
holm, Sweden, he has two daugh- 
ters. 



Chicago, located at 208 E. Ohio 

St., where he is still in business. 

Mr. Melander is a member of the 



SILAS P. MELANDER, 

photographer, was born in Jon- 
koping, Sweden, March 14, 1853. 
His parents emigrated to this 
country the following year and 
settled in Chicago being among 
the earliest Swedish inhabitants 
of the city. In 1866, after ob- 
taining his elementary schooling, 
the son became a photographer's 
assistant, and two years later 
established himself as a photogra- 
pher at 131 Lake st. Here he 
was burned out in the great fire 
of 1871, and re-established him- 
self the next year at 88 N. Clark 
st. In 1879 Mr. Melander built 
the finest photograph studio in 




SILAS P. MELANDER 

Trinity English Lutheran Church, 
and of fraternal organizations he 
has chosen the I. O. O. F. At 
this date Mr. Melander is counted 
with the very few survivors of the 
Swedish colony in Chicago in the 
early fifties. 



VICTOR A. BOVIK 

was born in the city of Lysekil, 
Sweden, Aug. 26, 1867. He emi- 
grated to America, landing on 
March 21, 1885. Proceeding to 
Joliet, 111., he made his home 
there until 1888. From there he 
removed to Chicago, establishing 
himself as a merchant tailor. His 
present location is at 546 W. 
63rd st. He belongs to the 
Svithiod Society and is a member 
of the Lutheran Church. Mr. 
Bovik was married April 2, 1892, 



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to Euphrosyne Holmgren."! They 
have two sons, Conrad and Oliver. 




VICTOR A. BOVIK 



OTHO M. NORDENSTAM, 

restaurant manager, now with the 
Morrison Hotel and Restaurant 
Co., formerly with the Kuntz- 
Remmler Co., is a native of L,in- 
derod, Sweden, where he was 
born April n, 1872, the son of 
Martin Ohlson and his wife, Kjer- 
sti Fajerson. He graduated from 
the high school in L,inderod, with 
the highest honors, then went 
to work in a store and afterward 
on the railroad. Subsequently he 
learned the cabinetmaker's trade 
at Hoor and received his journey- 
man's diploma in L/und. 

Coming to this country in 
April, 1893, he went to Minne- 
sota, working and attending school 
in St. Paul and Montrose. A 
year later he came to Illinois. In 
this state he worked on a farm 
for two years and then went out 



to Nebraska, returning to Illinois 
after one year and a half and 
locating permanently in Chicago. 
While in Nebraska, Mr. Norden- 
stam took a course in the Y. M. 
C. A. business college in Omaha. 

Obtaining a situation with the 
Kuntz - Remmler Company, Mr. 
Nordenstam during the eight 
years in their employ advanced 
to the position of manager of 
their restaurant at 305 Wabash 
ave. and secretary of the company, 
which position he held until Jan- 
uary, 1906, when he resigned to 
take a position with the Morrison 
Hotel and Restaurant Company. 

The following bodies claim Mr. 
Nordenstam as a member, namely: 




OTHO MARTIN NORDENSTAM 

St. Cecilia Lodge No. 865, Chi- 
cago Council No. 4, Corinthian 
Chapter No. 69, Columbia Com- 
mandery No. 63, all of the Ma- 
sonic order; also the Royal Arca- 
num, Hyde Park Council No. 582. 
Mr. Nordenstam' s marriage to 



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Miss Anna McQuoid took place 
Dec. 31, 1902. Mrs. Nordenstam 
is a daughter of Daniel and Su- 
sannah McQuoid of Carthage, 111 , 
where she was born May 4, 1868. 
The couple reside at 6125 Drexel 
boulevard. 



MARTHA SETTERGREN- 



was born in Hjo, Sweden, Dec. 16, 
1867. Her father was a color 




MARTHA SETTERGREN-HALL 



sergeant in the Swedish army. 
She received a common school 
education in Sweden, and later 
took a course in a business col- 
lege. In 1885 she emigrated to 
America, where she secured a po- 
sition in Chicago as Swedish cor- 
respondent for P. Fahrney & Sons 
Co. This place she held until 
her marriage, July 12, 1890, to 
Mr. G. Robert Hall, proprietor of 
a tea and coffee concern, of which 
she is now the manager. The 



place of business is at 1764 N. 
Clark st. 

Mrs. Hall has taken an active 
interest in women's organizations, 
and has been secretary of the 
Swedish- American Woman's Club 
of Chicago ever since its organi- 
zation. 



ADOLF PETTERSON- 

BERNHARDT 

was born in 1866, at Malmo, 
Sweden. Having attended the 
collegiate school at L,und up to 
1 88 1, he went to Stockholm and 
there got a situation as clerk in 
the pharmacy known as "Ele- 
fanten." After passing the pre- 
liminary examinations in pharmacy 
in 1885, Mr. Petterson-Bernhardt 
served successively in Alfta, Malmo, 




ADOLF PETTERSON BERNHARDT 

Askersund and Norrkoping. In 
1889 he was admitted to the 
Pharmaceutical Institute in Stock- 
holm and two years later received 
his degree in pharmacy. He was 
again engaged as a prescription 



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clerk, in the "Elefanten" phar- 
macy, in Stockholm until 1892, 
when he emigrated to America. 

In this country he gained ex- 
perience in American business 
methods in Rockford, Batavia and 
Chicago and in 1894 opened a 
drug store on Belmont ave., Chi- 
cago. 

In 1898 Mr. Petterson-Bern- 
hardt began the study of medi- 
cine at Rush Medical College and 
National Medical University. Af- 
ter three years' study he received 
the degree of M. D. 

Dr. Petterson-Bernhardt suc- 
cessfully passed the examination 
of the State Board of Health im- 
mediately after his graduation in 
1901, admitting him to general 
medical practice in this state. 
His office and place of business 
is at 1336 Belmont ave. 



berland, Md., and were the only 
Swedes in the locality. There 
young Johnson worked in the fac- 



THEODOR S. JOHNSTON, 

pastor of the Ebenezer Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Chicago, is 
the son of Andrew Johnson, a 
factory worker, who came over 
from Dalsland, Sweden, in 1869, 
and settled in Flintstone, Md. 
There the son was born March 
12, 1871. Having subsequently 
lived for a time in Portland, Conn., 
the family returned to Sweden, 
where Mr. Johnson started a tan- 
nery at Orbol, in the parish of 
Ryr. The family emigrated for 
the second time in 1886, after the 
son had obtained his early school- 
ing and been confirmed in Sweden. 
The Johnsons now settled at Paw 
Paw, W. Va., not far from Cum- 




THEODOR S. JOHNSTON 

tories and also attended the public 
schools. The family in 1889 moved 
to Pennfield, Pa., and later to 
Dubois, Pa. Finally, in 1891, the 
family settled in Titusville, Pa., 
where the old folks still have 
their home. 

In 1894 Theodor entered the 
second class at Augustana College, 
graduating with college class of 
1900. Completing the divinity 
courses at the same institution in 
three years, he was ordained to 
the ministry at Paxton, 111., June 
14, 1903, having been called to 
the Ebenezer Church, which he 
still serves. At this juncture he 
added a "t" to his name for 
practical reasons. Rev. Johnston 
took charge of a congregation of 
56 communicant members, owning 
no appreciable church property. 
After four years of labor in his 



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field, the church numbered up- 
wards of 500 communicant mem- 
bers and its property, comprising 
a fine parsonage and a partly com- 
pleted church edifice, had a value 
of about $26,000. 

The Reverend Mr. Johnston was 
married July 25, 1905, to Miss 
Victoria Johnson, daughter of 
Swan and Inga Christina Johnson 
of Millers, Ind. Mrs. Johnston is 
a graduate of the normal depart- 
ment of Valparaiso College and 
taught public school for a short 
period. 



NILS F. OLSON 

came to Chicago from Killeberg, 
Skane, Sweden, in 1868, a penni- 




NILS F. OLSON 

less boy of fifteen years, alone 
and with no one to assist him. 
He went to work in a bookbind- 
ery as errand boy, learned the 
trade, attended school during 
evenings and studied the higher 
branches under private tutors. 



In 1877, at the age of twenty- 
four years, he started in business 
for himself, in partnership with 
Peter Johnson, and for ten years 
successfully conducted a large 
and prosperous bookbinding busi- 
ness. While thus engaged, he 
bought and sold real estate and 
was one of the first Swedes to 
plat and lay out a large subdi- 
vision in Chicago. 

In 1887 he sold his interest in 
the business and for three years 
devoted his time to real estate 
and traveling, visiting Europe 
twice during these three years. 
The last time he spent a whole 
year on an extended tour of every 
country in Europe. 

A life of idleness was not to 
his liking and, returning to Chi- 
cago in 1890, he took up the 
study of law in the Northwest- 
ern College of L,aw and in the 
Kent College of Law, from which 
he graduated with honor in the 
spring of 1893, and has since 
given his time and energy to the 
legal profession with an ambition 
that has characterized his every 
undertaking. He was a skillful 
mechanic, an alert businessman, 
especially in the handling of Chi- 
cago realty, and in the legal 
profession, his success has been 
on a par with his efforts in other 
directions. The experience gained 
by him during his somewhat 
varied career is a valuable help 
to him in the practice of law. 
His office is at 160 Washington 
street. 

Mr. Olson, in 1889, married 
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of Swedish birth, who has dis- 
tinguished herself both as an 
educator and as an artist. She 
was the first Swedish woman in 
Chicago to gain the position of 
principal in the Chicago schools 
and for six years had charge of 
one of the largest schools in this 
city. As an artist she ranks 
well to the front and her pictures 
have been often seen at art 
exhibitions, invariably receiving 
honorable mention. She was also 
the first Swedish lady to be elec- 
ted a member of the Chicago 
Woman's Club. 



CHARLES G. CARLSON 

has lived in Chicago since 1891. 
With Peter O. and Eric Holm- 




CHARLES G. CARLSON 

quist he established the firm of 
Holmquist & Co., manufacturers 
of ladders and household wooden- 
ware. In 1897 he entered upon 
the manufacture of curtain stretch- 
ers, and organized the Chicago 



Curtain Stretcher Co., of which 
firm he is the president and sec- 
retary. At that time, curtain 
stretchers were a new thing, and 
to introduce the article to the 
trade cost considerable effort, but 
the company has succeeded well 
and has largely increased its out- 
put during the short time it has 
been doing business. It now sends 
goods to all parts of the United 
States, as well as abroad, and the 
factory is running full capacity all 
the year round at 100-108 North 
Lincoln street. 

Mr. Carlson was born in Finne- 
rodja, Skaraborgs Ian, Sweden, 
Dec. 13, 1871, and was married 
in Chicago May 15, 1895, to Miss 
Maria L. Johanson, also from Fin- 
nerodja. They have two children, 
a boy of eleven and a girl of nine 
years of age. They live at 502 
Cornelia st. 



SOPHIA C. YOUNG 

was born at Lindsborg, Kansas, 
March 13, 1875. She is a daugh- 
ter of John Swanstrom and his 
wife Christina, nee Hakanson, 
who were early settlers in that 
locality. Her public school courses 
completed, she attended Bethany 
College at Lindsborg, studying lit- 
erature and elocution. She came 
to Chicago in 1895 to enter the 
Columbia School of Oratory (now 
Columbia College of Expression), 
and was graduated from that 
school in 1897. While completing 
her course she taught privately, 
also filling engagements for public 
readings. For one year, 1897-98, 
she was a teacher of the art of 



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expression and of physical culture 
at Augustana College, leaving her 
positoin just prior to her marriage, 




SOPHIA C. YOUNG 



May 31, 1898, to Dr. Carl O. 
Young of Chicago. 

Mrs. Young is active in social 
and club circles, holding member- 
ship in a number of organizations, 
such as the Swedish-American 
Woman's Club, the Woodlawn 
Woman's Club, the South Side 
Woman's Club and Drottning So- 
phias Forening of Stockholm, a 
benevolent society organized by 
the Queen of Sweden. Mrs. Young 
was the prime mover in the or- 
ganization of the Sophia Aid So- 
ciety of the Washington Park 
Hospital, a woman's association 
for benevolent purposes. She is 
president of the Martha Washing- 
ton Aid Society of the Washing- 
ton Park Hospital. In 1900 she 
was one of the organizers of 
the Bethany Association of Chi- 
cago, and in 1906 was elected 



second vice-president of the Swed- 
ish National Association of Chi- 
cago. 

After her marriage Mrs. Young 
did not entirely discontinue her 
public readings, but limited her- 
self to participation in entertain- 
ments for purely charitable pur- 
poses. 

Mrs. Young has two children, 
Viola and Stanley. 



ALEX J. JOHNSON, 

editor and publisher of Svenska 
Kuriren, was born near Stock- 
holm, in 1850. He obtained a 
school and college education in 
that city and in 1868 was ad- 
mitted to Upsala University, 




ALEX J. JOHNSON 

where he studied law for two 
years. Upon his deciding on a 
business career, he spent six years 
in Germany and France and 
traveled extensively in South 
Africa, Madagascar and the French 



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colonies for a mercantile house 
in Marseilles. 

Mr. Johnson came to this coun- 
try and to Chicago in 1882. For 
a short time he was employed by 
the dry goods house of C. W. 
and E. Pardridge and then for 
five years he held a position with 
the crockery firm of Burley and 
Tyrrell. He then acquired con- 
trol of Svenska Ktiriren, a Swed- 
ish weekly newspaper, of which 
he has ever since been the editor 
and publisher. Having had a 
taste for newspaper work from 
his youth and being equipped 
with a practical education, Mr. 
Johnson made a success of the 
enterprise from the start. 

He has taken a keen interest 
in politics, but beyond being a 
member of the Republican State 
Central Committee, he has never 
held a political office. From 
his home county, DuPage, he has 
been sent as a delegate to state 
conventions on several occasions. 
The subject of American politics 
probably no Swedish newspaper 
man has mastered so well as he. 

In 1880, Mr. Johnson was mar- 
ried to Marie Antoinette Solberg, 
from Oscarshamn, Sweden. Two 
daughters and two sons have been 
born to them. The eldest daugh- 
ter, Hilma, was married in 1901, 
to Julius Dahlstrom, general agent 
of the St. Joseph & Grand Island 
Railroad Company in Denver, Col- 
orado. The Johnson family have 
a comfortable home at Glen El- 
lyn, 111. 



JOHN E. YOUNGBERG 

was born in Ostad, Halland, 
Sweden. The name usually is 
spelled L,jungberg, being derived 
from the name of the parish of 
Ljungby. The family moved to 
the United States when he was 
four years old and located at 




JOHN E. YOUNGBERG 

Keokuk, Iowa, later at Daven- 
port, Rock Island, and finally at 
Moline, 111., where he attended 
public school. 

At the age of fourteen he was 
sent to Kansas on a ranch in 
Riley co., but finding cattle dull 
companions, he, after a few years, 
began the trade of furniture mak- 
ing at Atchison, Kansas. Later 
he spent four years at Topeka, 
Kansas, with the Atchinson, To- 
peka and Santa Fe R. R. In 
1887 a local architect discovered 
latent artistic talent in the young 
man and his career as an architect 
thus began. The Topeka field 
was too limited for the student, 



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and Kansas City, Mo., was the 
next station in his dream of the art 
loving East and the Paris school 
of Architecture. He remained in 
the branch office of Burnham and 
Root of Kansas City until 1889, 
when he attracted the attention 
of the celebrated architect John 
W. Root, who employed him on 
important construction work on 
many of the high office buildings 
in Chicago until the World's Co- 
lumbian Exposition, where Mr. 
Youngberg had charge of the 
construction of many of the build- 
ings. In recognition of this he 
was presented with a memorial 
certificate of his services to the 
Exposition by the directors. 

After the Exposition Mr. Young- 
berg spent several years in exten- 
sive travel and study in Europe. 
The winters of 1893 an( l J ^94 were 
spent in the study of architect- 
ure and decorations in the atelier 
of Godefroy and Freynet and he 
passed the examinations for archi- 
tecture, modeling and drawing 
in I/Ecole des Beaux Arts in 
Paris. While in Athens, Greece, 
in 1894, he made measured draw- 
ings of the Academy of Sci- 
ences and later in Paris made 
a water color rendering of it 
which was accepted and exhibited 
in the Salon des Champs Elysees 
in 1895. 

Mr. Youngberg has practiced 
in Chicago since 1896, during 
which time he has constructed 
residences, business buildings and 
factories, and in 1901 he designed 
the Colonial Club House, 4445 



Grand Boulevard, of which club 
he is a member. 



PETER GUSTAF ALMBERG 

was born on the i8th of Feb., 
1858, at Bengtstorp, near Elmhult, 




PETER GUSTAF ALMBERG 

Sweden. He studied at the high 
school at Hvilan, and also at- 
tended military schools. His fa- 
ther, O. P. Almberg, was a lumber 
merchant, who died in Elmhult 
May i, 1900. In Sweden, the 
son learned the engineer's and the 
machinist's trade. 

In June, 1883, he came to this 
country, landing at Quebec, and 
went first to Fargo, N. D., and 
worked as engineer for two years 
for the Pillsbury and Hulbert 
Elevator Company. Coming to 
Chicago in December, 1885, he 
worked here for two years as en- 
gineer and machinist. Since 1888, 
Mr. Almberg is a book and job 
printer at 62 E. Chicago ave., do- 
ing business under the firm name 



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P. G. Almberg and Co., est. 
1888. He is an adherent of the 
Lutheran Church and belongs to 
the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, Royal Arcanum, Inde- 
pendent Order of Svithiod, Vik- 
ings, Foresters, Maccabees and 
several other societies. He has 
been president, vice-president, 
secretary and trustee in several 
of these societies. 

Nov. 24, 1887, Mr. Almberg 
was united in marriage with Miss 
Anna M. Larson, of Moorhead, 
Minn., born June 22, 1867. They 
have six children, Hilda, Olga, 
Hans Edward, Anna, Clara, and 
Axel William. 



LAWRENCE HESSELROTH, 

the well-known druggist, now de- 
ceased, was one of the Swedish- 
American pioneers of Chicago. 
He was born in Brasater parson- 
age, in Dalsland, Sweden, Nov. 
25, 1844. His father, who was a 
clergyman, died when Lawrence 
was but three years old, and only 
three years afterwards his mother 
died, leaving the young boy 
practically alone in the world. 
His brother-in-law, who was a 
clergj^man, took an interest in 
young Hesselroth, however, and 
provided him with an education. 
Thus Mr. Hesselroth learned the 
rudiments of pharmacy from C. 
W. Weinberg, a druggist in Amal, 
and later on was in the employ 
of J. A. Wallin, in Falkb'ping, 
until 1864, when he passed the 
pharmaceutical examination. In 
the spring of the same year he 
emigrated and came direct to 



Chicago. He had not been in 
the city long before a singular 
opportunity presented itself. An 
American whose patriotism was 
rather lukewarm offered young 
Hesselroth $300 if he would enlist 
in the U. S. navy in his place. 
Mr. Hesselroth accepted the pro- 
position and soon he was aboard 
the U. S. Cruiser Kenwood, No. 
14, of the Mississippi Squadron, 




LAWRENCE HESSELROTH 

serving not only as the "Doctor's 
Steward," but also as the ship's 
apothecary. Mr. Hesselroth re- 
mained on the Kenwood until the 
spring of 1865, when he returned to 
Chicago. He afterwards worked 
in Rockford, 111., St. Paul and 
Red Wing, Minn. Returning to 
Chicago, however, in 1869, he 
was employed with a Norwegian 
druggist, named Foss, on Chicago 
ave. In December, 1871, two 
months after the Chicago fire, 
he formed a partnership with Carl 
Weinberg and opened a drug 



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store at 53 E. Chicago ave., this 
being the first Swedish drug store 
established in the U. S. In 1878, 
he sold his interest and started 
another drug store, at 107 E. 
Chicago ave., where he conducted 
a thrifty business for a long term 
of years, making the corner a 
landmark in the Swedish colony 
on the north side. There are 
few Swedes in Chicago, or the 
United States, who have not 
heard the name Hesselroth, or 
who do not know of his well-known 
"Crown" series of Swedish family 
remedies. 

Mr. Hesselroth was a 32nd 
degree Mason, and a charter 
member of King Oscar Lodge 
and a member of other fraterni- 
ties. He served as president of 
the Swedish Glee Club, of which 
organization he was elected honor- 
ary member. 

He was married to Miss Sofia 
Mathilda Blom in 1872, and died 
Feb. 29, 1904. 



From that time he has been 
passionately fond of sketching 
and painting, though it took many 
years before he was enabled to 



CHARLES E. HALLBERG, 

marine painter, was born of very 
poor parents, in Goteborg, Swe- 
den, Jan. 15, 1855. Not long 
after, his father died, leaving the 
family almost penniless. Charles 
had to take a hand early in the 
support of himself, his mother 
and sister, leaving little time 
over for attending public school. 
At twelve years of age he saw 
a couple of water color paintings 
in the home of a playmate. 
These attracted him so that he 
begged for the loan of the bits of 
color that he might copy them. 




CHARLES EDWARD HALLBERG 

devote serious attention to that 
work. 

At the age of seventeen, Mr. 
Hallberg went to sea, on board a 
British brig, and for ten years he 
served before the mast under 
various flags. In 1883 he landed 
in this country and for the next 
seven years sailed on the Great 
Lakes. During these seventeen 
years he imbibed that love for 
the water which is evidenced by 
every creation of his brush. He 
always carried with him on ship 
board palette and supplies, and 
spent his spare moments in mak- 
ing rude sketches of the sea as 
he saw it in storm and calm. 

In 1890 Mr. Hallberg settled 
down in Chicago and was em- 
ployed as janitor in an apartment 
house in LaSalle ave. About 



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this time there was held a bazaar 
for the benefit of Augustana 
Hospital in Chicago, and Mr. 
Hallberg, after some hesitation, 
decided to donate one of his pictures 
to the cause. The canvas was 
unsigned and the gift anonymous, 
but it attracted attention and was 
sold for fifteen dollars. To the 
self-taught janitor-artist this was 
real encouragement. He began 
to consider how he might acquire 
an artistic education, but with a 
wife and children to support on 
meager wages the thing looked 
impossible. 

After a year or two we find 
Mr. Hallberg as janitor of the 
Austin State Bank and an adjoining 
apartment building. There he 
continued to give his spare time to 
the palette and brush. A little four 
by five room in the basement of 
the bank building, sparingly lit 
up by a transom window, served 
as a studio, and here Janitor 
Hallberg painted marines when 
he was not stoking the furnaces 
or sweeping floors. Here also it 
was that the janitor-artist- was 
"discovered," as told in another 
part of this volume. 

From that time on Mr. Hall- 
berg's name has been brought 
frequently before the public and 
his work has met with much en- 
couragement and appreciation in 
artistic circles. His greatest tri- 
umph, however, was to have his 
"Summer Day on Lake Michi- 
gan' ' accepted by the national 
art jury of the St. Louis Expo- 
sition. Of the numerous Chicago 
artists only nineteen were there 



represented, and among these Lin- 
din and Hallberg were the only 
Swedish-Americans whose works 
were hung in the general art hall. 

Some years ago Mr. Hallberg 
visited Sweden and was cordially 
received in his native city of 
Goteborg, where seveial of his 
paintings were exhibited and the 
modest artist met with apprecia- 
tion on the part of the artists 
and the press. 

Omitting what has been said of 
Mr. Hallberg elsewhere in this 
work, we may add that he has 
donated his painting, "After the 
Storm," to Augustana College and 
a biblical marine, entitled "Christ 
Walking on the Water," to Augus- 
tana Hospital. 

Jan. 21, 1885, Mr. Hallberg 
was married to Amanda Josefina 
Olson of Goteborg. They have 
three children, Ellen Herniina, 
born 1887, Sylvia Helena, born 
1890, and Austin Benjamin, born 
1892. The family attend the 
Swedish Lutheran church. Mr. 
Hallberg is a member of the 
Swedish-American Art Association 
of Chicago, the Chicago Society 
of Artists, and others. 



FRED R. FRANSON 

hails from the Swedish manufact- 
uring town of Motala, in Oster- 
gotland. In 1879, on the fourth 
of July, he arrived on American 
soil, having since been a resident 
of Chicago for more than twenty- 
five years. For the past fifteen 
years Mr. Franson has taken great 
interest in the Swedish singingclubs 
and fraternal organizations of the 



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city. He has ever been a prom- 
inent member of the Svithiod 
Singing Club, having held the 




FRED R. FRANSON 

presidency of that organization 
for some ten years. He is the 
possessor of a splendid baritone 
voice, which has often been heard 
in solo parts at concerts and en- 
tertainments. He was one of the 
hardest workers for the success 
of the Swedish Day at the 
World's Fair in Chicago, and 
likewise a leading promoter of 
the concert tour through Sweden 
made in 1897 by a picked chorus 
from the American Union of 
Swedish Singers. Of the latter 
organization he is also an influ- 
ential member. 

Mr. Franson has been connected 
with the Illinois Central railway 
as skilled mechanic for nearly a 
score of years. For a short time 
he held the Scandinavian general 
agency for the Equitable Life 
Assurance Society. 



EIX)F JOHNSON 

was born July 24, 1852, in Qvinhult, 
Traheryd parish, Sweden. His 
father was a farmer and what 
time Elof did not spend at school 
he put in assisting in the tilling 
of the soil and doing the chores. 
At the age of eighteen he traveled 
about peddling notions. In the 
spring of 1871 he emigrated to 
the United States. Reaching Chi- 
cago, he worked a year in a 
factory. Subsequently he went 
into the teaming business, con- 
tinuing until 1876. Since that 
time Mr. Johnson has owned and 
conducted a grocery business, en- 
joying a thriving trade at 314 
Austin ave. and at 141 W. 
Huron st. He was married in 




1882 



ELOF JOHNSON 

to Miss Sigrid Mathilda 



Peterson, also a native of Traheryd 
parish. She died in 1890 leaving 
three sons, Elof Allen Ragnar, 
Axel Sigwald Reuben and Harald 
John Francis. 



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WALDEMAR G. THORSELL 

was born in Torshalla, Sweden, 
Feb. 24, 1870, the son of Gustaf 




WALUEMAR GUSTAP THORSELL 

and Albertina Larson. In his youth 
he enjoyed a common school and 
high school education in his native 
town. He worked in factories in 
various parts of Sweden before 
coming to the United States in 
1895. Locating in Chicago he 
was for a time employed as a fur- 
niture worker and upholsterer, in- 
cluding two years with the Nation- 
al Parlor Furniture Co. 

Abandoning that trade, he be- 
gan work as a grinder, and soon 
he became the owner of a grind- 
er's shop at 146 S. Clark St., in 
which, by steady application, he 
has worked up all the custom that 
can well be handled in the present 
quarters. A few large houses, 
such as Marshall Field & Co., 
are giving his shop the bulk of 
all the work it can turn out. It 
was in 1900 that Mr. Thorsell es- 



tablished his own business, and 
in May, 1904, he took a business 
partner, the firm being now known 
as Thorsell & DeVry. 

June 1 8, 1898, Mr. Thorsell was 
married to Miss Blenda Maria 
Sundstrom, born at Haparanda, 
Sweden, Feb. 12, 1871. She came 
over in 1893, as an attache of the 
Swedish section at the World's 
Columbian Exposition. They have 
a daughter, Blenda Lillian, born 
April 1 8, 1899. 

In 1906 the family moved out 
to the suburb of Palos Park, where 
Mr. Thorsell built a cottage, Ek- 
hamra, on a pretty piece of acre- 
age property in the woods. 

The parents of Mr. Thorsell 
are still living in Torshalla, where 
his father has held the office of 
stadsfiskal for more than thirty 
years. 

GUSTAF BRAMBERG, 

the secretary-treasurer of the An- 
derson Tea Company, was born 
in 1867, in Stockholm, Sweden, 
where he, after having finished 
his schooling, served as clerk in 
two of the large retail stores in 
that city until 1887, when he 
came to America. After having 
tried his fortune in different oc- 
cupations, such as mining, paint- 
ing and clerking in a hotel, in 
various parts of the country, he 
finally concentrated his energies 
on the tea business, serving first 
as manager for another house and 
afterwards establishing his own 
store. This he conducted until 
the year 1900, when he joined in- 
terests with W. F. Anderson and 



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incorporated the Anderson Tea 
Company, which is now one of 
the largest and best known retail 




GUSTAF BRAMBERG 

houses in its line in Chicago, with 
sixteen branch stores in different 
parts of the city. 



C. F. KORSSELL, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
at Korsberga parish, Smaland, 
Sweden, April 8, 1863. Coining 
with the family to the United 
States at the age of nine years, 
he has since lived in this city. 
After attending the j ublic schools 
he pursued studies at the Chicago 
Athenaeum and Rush Medical Col- 
lege, graduating from the latter 
institution in 1886. Mr. Korssell 
was a practicing physician and 
surgeon until 1900, when he was 
appointed professor of medicine in 
the Chicago College of Physicians 
and Surgeons, and in 1902 he was 
appointed adjunct professor of op- 
erative surgery in the Medical 



School of the University of Illi- 
nois. Dr. Korssell is chief med- 
ical examiner for Chicago of the 
Washington Life Insurance Co., 
the Bankers' Life and Trust Co., 
the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance 
Co., and also for a number of 
Swedish fraternal societies. Dr. 
Korssell at different periods has 
been connected as attending phys- 
ician and surgeon with the Cook 
Count}- Hospital, the St. Joseph's 




C. F. KORSSELL 



Hospital, the Swedish Home of 
Mercy and the Chicago Hospital. 



FREDRIK HOGFELDT 

was born March 19, 1844, in Tis- 
selskog, Dalsland, Sweden. After 
attending public school he began, 
at the age of thirteen, to learn 
the tailor's trade. At the age of 
twenty he went into business on 
his own account, continuing in 
this capacity until 1891, when he 
left Sweden, landing in America 
in September of that year and 



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coming directly to Chicago. For 
two years he was employed with 
Carver & McCoy, then opened a 




FREDRIK HOGFELDT 

merchant tailoring shop of. his 
own. He continues in the same 
business at 169 Oak st. 

In 1870 Mr. Hogfeldt was mar- 
ried to Sara Maria Jonasson from 
Rud, Animskog parish, in Dais- 
land. They have four sons and 
two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. 
Hogfeldt belong to the Swedish 
Mission Church, which Mr. Hog- 
feldt for a term of years has 
served in the capacity of deacon. 



EDWARD H. OLSON 

was born in Visby, Sweden, April 
21, 1854, an d at the age of four- 
teen became a clerk in a store in 
his native town. Two years later 
lie went to sea on a sailing ves- 
sel. He was on salt water for 
nearly fifteen years, and a few 
years later attended the navigation 
school at Visby, and at intervals 



gained certificates successively as 
second mate, first mate and cap- 
tain. He sailed as chief officer 
in vessels for five years, making 
voyages to all parts of the world. 
In 1882 he was acting quarter- 
master of the British steamship 
Nothing Hill, from Liverpool, 
which carried troops from Port 
Natal, South Africa, to Alexan- 
dria, Egypt, at the time the 
British bombarded Alexandria. 
Later he became chief mate of 
the Swedish ship Elleholm, which 
sailed from Liverpool, bound for 
the West Indies, with a cargo of 
merchandise. Encountering severe 
storms in the Atlantic, the vessel 
sprang aleak and sank, all of the 
crew of eighteen men escaping in 




EDWARD H. OLSON 

boats, and were afterwards picked 
up by an English sailing vessel. 
In 1883-1884 he was chief mate of 
the Norwegian mission ship, Eli- 
eser, which sailed from London 
to Madagascar, Mauritius, Bonne- 



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curius, South America, Jamaica, 
West Indies, Shields, England, 
and from there to Stavanger, Nor- 
way, his vessel lying in Tamatave, 
Madagascar, when the French 
men-of-war bombarded the town. 
He also served on an Irish vessel, 
named Scotsman of Londonderry. 
He met with numerous other ad- 
ventures, the narration of which 
would fill a good sized volume. 

During a storm at night he fell 
from the top of a mast, receiving 
an injury to his back which 
caused him to abandon the sea. 

In 1885 Mr. Olson came to 
Chicago to visit his brothers, and 
being favorably impressed, decided 
to make his home here. He 
worked as a painter in the town 
of Pullman five years, and clerked 
in Roseland for different firms. 
In 1895 h e was employed in the 
city water office and in the spring 
of 1896 was elected supervisor of 
the Town of Hyde Park, holding 
the office for two terms. 

He now conducts a gentleman's 
furnishing store at 11206 Michigan 
ave., under the firm name af E. 
H. Olson and Co., with his bro- 
ther-in-law as partner in the 
business. 

In 1904 Mr. Olson was elected 
County Commissioner on the Re- 
publican ticket. 

He was married in 1886 to 
Jennie Sommanson from Tingsryd, 
Sweden . 

Mr. Olson is a member of the 
Ancient Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, Knights of Pythias, North 
American Union, and charter mem- 
ber of Palace Council No. 39, 



Royal League. He has served as 
treasurer in the South End Mer- 
chants' Association for a number 
of years and is a member of the 
Elim Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Pullman. 



ERNEST A. KOHLER, 

doctor of dental surgery, was born 
in Chicago Sept. 13, 1870, of 




ERNEST A. KOHLER 

Swedish parents. His father, At- 
torney John A. Kohler, settled in 
Chicago in 1868. Ernest secured 
his elementary education in the 
Chicago public schools, from which 
he graduated in 1887. He then 
began the study of dentistry in 
the office of Dr. Kester. After a 
year and a half, he tried other 
occupations, acting as machinist, 
drug clerk and grocery salesman. 
Subsequently he turned back to 
dentistry, and after completing a 
course was graduated in the spring 
of 1890 from the American College 
of Dental Surgery with the degree 



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of D. D. S. He at once opened 
an office and has since successfully 
practiced his profession in Chicago. 
His office is at 1206 Garfield boul. 
Dr. Kohler keeps abreast with his 
profession. 

Sept. 26, 1894, he was married 
to Miss Elizabeth Hamilton, born 
in Canada Jan. 18, 1872. 



sons, of the Mystic Shrine and of 
the Iroquois Club. 



ANDERS E. ANDERSON 

was born at Tranas, Skane, Swe- 
den, Jan. u, 1865. His father 




ANDERS E. ANDERSON 

was a prominent building con- 
tractor. After having attended 
the grammar and high school, Mr. 
Anderson emigrated in 1889, com- 
ming directly to Chicago. In 1890 
he started in the real estate, loan 
and investment business, in which 
he has prospered. His office is 
in the Unity Building and he re- 
sides at the Lexington Hotel, 
Michigan ave. and 22d st. 

Mr. Anderson is a member of 
King Oscar Lodge of Free Ma- 



CARL O. YOUNGQVIST 

was born Aug. 21, 1872, in Olme- 
stad, Smaland, a son of Johannes 




CARL O. YOUNGQVIST 

Gustafson, a stone mason. He 
attended the public school until 
he was twelve years old, when 
he had to begin earning his own 
living. Mr. Youngqvist left Swe- 
den and went to Lafayette, In- 
diana, in March, 1893. Soon af- 
ter he came to Chicago where he 
learned the custom tailor's trade. 
After working two years for C. 
Backstrom he went into partner- 
ship with him in 1900 under the 
firm name of Backstrom and 
Youngqvist. The shop is at 40 
Wendell st. Mr. Youngqvist was 
married in 1898, to Miss Emma 
Christina Wiklund, with whom 
he has two children. Mr. and 
Mrs. Youngqvist are members of 
the Swedish Mission Church. 



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CARL O. BERGQUIST 

was born in the town of Mon- 
steras, Smaland, Sweden, June 9, 




CAKL OLOF BERGQUIST 

1846. His parents were Johan 
P. Bergquist, a merchant, and 
Anna G. Bergquist. 

At the age of sixteen he be- 
came a clerk in the post office at 
Mb'nsteras. He was twice ap- 
pointed acting postmaster, and 
was made a postal clerk without 
the usual requisite of a college 
education. 

In 1870 Mr. Bergquist emigrated 
to the United States. At first he 
worked in Riverside, which was 
then being laid out. Later he 
found employment in a. furniture 
store on Randolph st. In January, 
1871, he formed a partnership 
with Charles P. Holmberg, in 
the insurance business. Mr. Berg- 
quist was a member of the Swed- 
ish military company, formed just 
after the great Chicago fire to aid 
in guarding the city. When Mr. 



Holmberg with others, purchased 
the book and publishing business 
in Chicago, owned by the Au- 
gustana Synod, Mr. Bergquist 
bought his interest in the insur- 
ance office. He has since acted 
as loan and mortgage broker as 
well as life and fire insurance agent. 
For many years he has had the 
agency for leading companies. 

Mr. Bergquist is vice-president 
of the Engberg- Holmberg Pub- 
lishing Co., and also of Skandia 
Loan and Investment Association. 

With his wife, Wendla A. Berg- 
quist, he has two daughters, 
Signe W. and Nanna G., and 
two sons, Carl B. and Hjalmar 
E. Bergquist. The sons are now 
associated with their father in the 
insurance business, the present 
style of the firm being, Carl O. 
Bergquist and Sons, their office 
being located at 213 E. Chicago 
ave. Carl B. Bergquist is also 
a mining broker, with headquart- 
ers at Encampment, Wyoming. 



NILS BERGMAN, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
April n, 1862, in the city of Ve- 
nersborg, Sweden. There he grad- 
uated with the degree of A. B. 
from the Venersborg Elementary 
School, and during the following 
three years studied art subjects 
in Stockholm and literary and 
medical subjects in Goteborg. He 
arrived in Chicago in the spring of 
1886, resuming medical studies in 
various hospitals and at the Chi- 
cago Homeopathic Medical College, 
which he entered in 1889. The 
following years up to his gradua- 



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tion in 1892 he spent as interne 
in hospitals in Chicago. 

In 1893 he went abroad to the 
European medical centers to com- 




NILS BERGMAN 

plete his medical education. Dur- 
ing that year he studied in Lon- 
don, Berlin, Vienna and elsewhere. 

During his European sojourn 
he was married in Florence, Italy, 
to Miss Tekla E. Bjorkman, 
daughter of C. A. and Helena 
Bjorkman. They now have two 
children, Norna and Eric, two 
having died at a tender age. 

After returning to the States, 
Dr. Bergman moved to Dwight, 
111., and settled down to practice. 
In November, 1900, he removed 
to Joliet, and in the summer of 
1904 he returned to Chicago, 
where he is now practicing, with 
office at 319 Winthrop ave. 

Dr. Bergman belongs to the 
church of the New Jerusalem, 
north side parish. He is a mem- 
ber of the American Institute of 



Homeopathy, the Illinois Homeop- 
athic Medical Association, and 
other professional organizations. 
He is a member of Ashlar Lodge 
No. 308, A. F. and A. M. Dr. 
Bergman was assistant house phy- 
sician at the Lincoln Park Sani- 
tarium and Hospital 1889-93 and 
is now connected with the Hering 
Homeopathic Medical College as 
professor and lecturer in theory 
of practice, the appointment dat- 
ing from 1904. 



C. A. TIDEN 

was born in Solleftea, Anger- 
manland, Sweden, on June 15, 
1850. At the age of seventeen 
years he began to learn the watch- 
maker's trade with Alfred Gron- 




C. A. TIDEN 

lund in Sundsvall. After his ap- 
prenticeship was over he went to 
Goteborg and was employed four 
years by C. L. Malmsjo. From 
there he returned to Northern 
Sweden and then went to Stock- 



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holm where he was in the service 
of J. W. Gronback. In 1879 he 
made a tour of Denmark and 
Germany and continued his jour- 
ney until he landed in New York 
in the latter part of May, 1879. 
After a few months he came to 
Chicago where he has since been 
located with the exception of 
three years spent in Milwaukee, 
Wis. Mr. Tiden was seven years 
in the employ of J. S. Townsend, 
1554 Wabash ave. He subse- 
quently served ten years with the 
C. D. Peacock jewelry house. 
In 1900 he obtained a position as 
watchmaker with Spaulding & Co., 
corner Jackson and State streets, 
which position he still retains. 



CARL M. ALLSTROM 

was born Oct. 18, 1833, in Fel- 
lingsbro parish, Nerike, Sweden. 




In 1870 he came to America. 
In the city of Chicago he has 
has served as clerk in the Chicago 
Post-office and in the Newberry 
Library. 

After making researches for nine 
years he completed a genealogy of 
all the royal houses of Europe 
from the earliest down to the 
present time. The title of the 
book is "Dictionary of Royal 
lyineage," and it was published 
in 1904, in two volumes, a second 
edition coming out in 1907. 

In 1873 Mr. Allstrom was wed- 
ded to Miss Olivia Mathilda Sund- 
holm, born in 1854 at Ofverum, 
Sweden. They have five children, 
of whom one daughter, Delia, was 
married in 1903, to Rev. Wilmot 
Colsom Stone of Newport News, 
Va.; a son, Oliver, who married 
Sarah Davis from Wales, England, 
in 1904, is a poet, having had a 
book of poems published under 
the title, "Chords from a Strange 
Lyre." Their other children are 
James, Anna and Alice. 



CARL MAGNUS ALLSTROM 

He attended school at Orebro and 
Upsala. 



GUSTAF BERGSTROM 

was born in Ronneby, Blekinge, 
Sweden, Sept. 18, 1863. Emigrat- 
ing from Sweden he came directly 
to Chicago, arriving here in the 
latter part of April, 1886. 

He entered the custom vest 
manufacturing trade and learned it 
thoroughly. Then, in 1895, Mr. 
Bergstrom embarked in business 
for himself as a custom vest maker 
and has since continued in that 
line with success. 



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His large establishment, with 




GUSTAF BERGSTROM 

its hundred busy workers, is lo- 
cated at 157 Gault court. 



JOHN G. PRINCELL 

is one of the eminent figures in 
the so-called Free Church move- 
ment, whose adherents are gener- 
ally known as Mission Friends. 
Moreover, he is the virtual foun- 
der of that branch of the Mission 
Church known as the Swedish 
Evangelical Free Mission, in con- 
tradistinction to the other groups 
of Mission churches, known as 
the Mission Covenant and the 
Swedish Congregationalists. The 
part Princell has played as a 
churchman having been dealt with 
under its proper head in the his- 
torical part of the present work, 
this sketch is confined to the per- 
sonal features of his eventful 
career. 

John Gustaf Princell was born 
in Tolg parish, Smaland, Sweden, 



Sept. 18, 1845. In July, 1856, 
he came with his parents to this 
country. After a stay of a year 
and three months in Chicago, the 
family removed to Princeton, 111., 
where they lived for eight years. 
In the fall of 1862, Princell, 
then a youth of seventeen, went 
to Chicago to enter the theolog- 
ical seminary maintained by the 
Augustana Synod. This step was 
taken in connection with his spir- 
itual regeneration, which took 
place the same year. He preached 
his first sermon on the last Sun- 
day of the year in the Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Princeton. 
Shortly after his arrival in Chi- 




1OHN GUSTAF PRINCELL 

cago he undertook to teach a class 
of boys in the Sunday school of 
the Immanuel Church. With his 
pupils, who were almost his own 
age, he succeeded remarkably well, 
and as a result he was frequently 
asked to preach or to read from 
the pulpit sermons by Luther, 



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Rambach and others. Upon the 
removal of the school to Paxton, 
Princell continued his studies there 
up to the spring of 1867, when he 
obtained a situation in the busi- 
ness office of Hemlandet and the 
Lutheran Publication Society in 
Chicago. At New Year's, 1869, 
he became associate editor of the 
paper. He soon abandoned this 
work owing to weak eyes, and 
in the fall of that year he took 
up studies at the old Chicago 
University, continuing until the 
following summer, meanwhile sup- 
plying the pulpit of the Salem 
Church. From the fall of 1870 
to the spring of 1872 he pursued 
studies at the German-American 
Lutheran theological seminary in 
Philadelphia. After graduating 
from the latter institution, he was 
ordained by the Pennsylvania Mi- 
nisterium in May, 1872, and ac- 
cepted a call from the Swedish 
Lutheran Church in Campello, 
Mass. Besides his duties in that 
field, he carried on mission work 
in Boston, preaching there every 
Sunday evening. In January, 1873, 
he assumed charge of the Gustaf 
Adolf Church in New York City, 
where he labored until the spring 
of 1879. Both of these fields he 
had visited frequently while a 
student at Philadelphia. 

At the annual meeting of the 
Augustana Synod in 1878, Rev. 
Princell was suspended from the 
ministry for teachings at var- 
iance with the Lutheran doctrine 
of vicarious atonement. As early 
as the later '6os he had come into 
jntimate contact with the Mission 



Friends in Chicago and in 1877 
had wholly endorsed the doctrine 
of atonement, as taught by Wal- 
denstrom, which had created a 
schism and defection in the Luth- 
eran State Church of Sweden. 
Later he also accepted the prin- 
ciple to admit to membership in 
in the church or participation in 
the communion only such persons 
as confessed actual conversion. 

The suspension was for one 
year, or until the next synodical 
meeting. Princell, however, con- 
tinued in charge of his church, 
maintaining that as no notice or 
warning had been given the action 
was illegal, and, furthermore, that 
as his church was not an integral 
part of the synod, it had no weight. 
The congregation was content to 
have him remain as its pastor. At 
the New Year's meeting of the 
church, a resolution embodying 
Princell' s idea of reform in the 
matter of members and communi- 
cants was submitted and carried. 
But at an adjourned meeting held 
a month later the same resolution 
was reconsidered and voted down 
by about 70 votes to 35. Rev. 
Princell was invited to retain his 
position under the old order of 
things, but this he would not do, 
so he resigned. When he left the 
church three months later, 42 of its 
members determined to withdraw, 
and 27 of these, with the pastor, 
organized the Bethesda Church in 
Brooklyn on March 5. This action 
marked the actual withdrawal of 
Rev. Princell from the Swedish 
Lutheran Augustana Synod, al- 
though he did not preach his fare- 



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well sermon until two months 
later. 

He labored in Brooklyn and 
New York that spring, also visit- 
ing Campello, where the pulpit 
had been vacated and a defection 
was going on. Shortly afterward 
Princell was called to -the regular 
Lutheran pastorate in Campello 
and removed there just before 
making a summer visit to Sweden. 
On the first Sunday after his re- 
turn in October he was forbidden 
the pulpit and immediately re- 
paired to a hall, where the free 
brethren met. Thus, in an irreg- 
ular manner the call was with" 
drawn. Princell continued to 
preach alternate weeks to the sep- 
arated groups in Campello-Boston 
and New York-Brooklyn until the 
summer of 1880. 

In the meantime two calls had 
been extended to him one from 
the Tabernacle Mission Church in 
Minneapolis, the other from Ans- 
garius College of Knoxville, 111., 
then under the control of an in- 
dependent association. The latter 
he accepted, continuing at the 
head of this school until 1884, 
when, owing to the dissolution of 
the Ansgarius Synod, the institu- 
tion ceased to exist. Thereupon 
he was editor of Chicago- Bladet 
for five years. In the fall of 1889 
he began publishing a religious 
monthly entitled Frihet och Frid, 
dividing his time between that 
publication and the vocation of a 
traveling evangelist. In 1892 the 
magazine was discontinued, Prin- 
cell pursuing mission work exclu- 
sively until 1894. Then, for two 



years, he was pastor of the Free 
Mission Church in Minneapolis, 
but was compelled to abandon pas- 
toral work owing to defective 
hearing. 

When a Bible Institute was 
opened in 1897, under the aus- 
pices of the Free Mission, at Oak 
St. Mission Hall in Chicago, Prin- 
cell was engaged as the principal 
lecturer, and is still continuing in 
this work. 

Rev. Princell is a scholarly gen- 
tleman, who spends a large part 
of his time in his own well-stocked 
library. Besides his voluminous 
contributions to the columns of 
Chicago- Bladet, he has written a 
History of the Jews (688 pp.) and 
translated into English several of 
P. Waldenstrom's writings, viz., 
"Jesu blod," "Forsoningens bety- 
delse" and "Herren ar from." It 
should be added that Mrs. Prin- 
cell, who is a woman of literary 
talent, has proved an efficient help- 
meet to her husband in his re- 
ligious and educational work as 
well as his literary pursuits. 

Rev. Princell is a forceful public 
speaker and is generally accorded 
a place among the foremost Swed- 
ish-American pulpit orators and 
Bible exponents. 



O. NELSON VERENIUS 
was born in Sweden, June 25, 
1876. He came to America in 
October, 1899, and lived in Oak- 
land, Cal., from 1899 until 1901. 
In September of that year he be- 
gan studying at North Park Col- 
lege, and is a graduate of its 
divinity school. Having been 



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ordained to the ministry he as- 
sumed the pastorate of the Swed- 
ish Mission Church of the East 
Side Station, South Chicago. 




O. NELSON VERENIUS 

In 1906, he withdrew from his 
church and in June, 1907, was 
ordained as minister in the Au- 
gustana Synod. Rev. Mr. Veren- 
ius is pastor of the First Swedish 
Lutheran Church at Racine, Wis. 

Oct. 12, 1904, he was married 
to Miss Marie Sorlie from Sioux 
City, Iowa. She graduated from 
the music department of North 
Park College. 

ALFRED A. NORTON 

was born on his father's farm in 
the province of Vermland, Swe- 
den, and came to the United 
States in the year 1886. He at- 
tended the Central High School 
in Minneapolis, Minn., and sub- 
sequently entered the Univer- 
sity of Minnesota, graduating with 
the degree of Bachelor of Science 
in 1897 an d with that of Bache- 



lor of Laws two years later from 
the law department of the same 
institution. In 1902, Mr. Norton 
opened an office in Chicago and 
has been engaged in the practice 
of law here since that time. His 
present office is at 1518 Ashland 
Block. 

Mr. Norton is well-known in 
Swedish fraternal circles, being a 
member of the King Oscar lodge, 
A. F. and A. M., the John Ericsson 
lodge, I. O. O. F., and of the 
Nore lodge of the Independent 
Order of Svithiod. 

He is affiliated with the People's 
Liberal Church of Englewood. 
For several years past, Mr. Nor- 
ton has taken an active interest 




ALFRED A. NORTON 

in the work toward the support 
of the Swedish Old People's Home 
at Park Ridge, and he is now 
vice-president of the Swedish So- 
cieties' Central Association, the 
organization by which that insti- 
tution is maintained. 



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JOSEPHINE PRINCEU, 

was born in Ranea, Norrbotten, 
Sweden, Oct. 12, 1844. She is 




JOSEPHINE PRINCELL 

the daughter of C. A. L,ind, who 
was an officer in the Swedish ar- 
my, and his wife, Johanna L,arson, 
both deceased. She attended a 
private school for girls in Stock- 
holm, and later completed the 
course of studies at the Royal 
Seminary for the training of 
teachers for higher schools for girls. 
Having graduated in 1864, she 
taught for nine years in a public 
school in Stockholm. 

In 1873 she came to the United 
States for the purpose of studying 
the American public school system. 
She visited Boston, New York 
and Philadelphia, subsequently re- 
porting her observations to the 
board of public schools of Stock- 
holm, her report appearing in one 
of the principal newspapers of 
Sweden . 



She remained in the United 
States on a two years' leave of 
absence, and then resigned her 
teacher's position in Stockholm to 
settle in Boston. There she mar- 
ried Rev. J. G. Princell and af- 
terward followed her husband to 
New York City, where h had 
pastoral charge of the Gustaf 
Adolf Swedish Lutheran Church. 

When, in 1880, Rev. Princell 
accepted the presidency of Ans- 
garius College at Knoxville, 111., 
Mrs. Princell resumed her former 
vocation and taught both English 
and Swedish branches. Four years 
later Rev. Princell accepted the 
position of editor of Chicago-Bla- 
det, owned and published by John 
Martenson of Chicago, and his 
wife then became a regular con- 
tributor to that paper. Among 
her contributions were a ' ' History 
of the Martyrs," which was pub- 
lished serially in weekly install- 
ments for more than fourteen 
years, also notes on the Sunday 
school lessons, which are still con- 
tinued. 

Mrs. Princell is a member of 
the Women's Christian Temper- 
ance Union since 1890, having re- 
ceived her impetus to that work 
during her residence in Evanston, 
where she formed the personal 
acquaintance of Miss Frances Wil- 
lard. For many years Mrs. Prin- 
cell was actively engaged as lect- 
urer and organizer for the union 
among her countrymen in the 
Northwestern states. 

After the removal of Mr. and 
Mrs. Princell from Minnesota, 
where they resided for nine years 



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or up to eight years ago, she re- 
signed her position as lecturer and 
organizer, but continues as assist- 
ant national superintendent of 
work among the Scandinavians. 

For the past two years Mrs. 
Princell has been a contributor to 
Kvinnan och Hemmet, a woman's 
home magazine, published in Ce- 
dar Rapids, Iowa. For a number 
of years past she has edited and 
published a Christmas annual in 
book form, entitled Skogsblommor, 
which is now circulated in about 
3,000 copies per year. 

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs 
Princell took place Sept. 18, 1876. 
Of five sons born to them, four 
are living. The eldest, Gustave 
Adolph, born 1877, died in 1900 
from a disease contracted during 
military service in the Philippines, 
where he was a corporal of the 
1 3th Minnesota Volunteers. The 
children now living are Joseph 
Carl, born 1880, married to Ellen 
Fredeen of Minneapolis; John 
Magnus, born 1882, married to 
Ethel Currie of Merriam Park, 
Minn.; Paul Peter, born 1885, and 
Bennie Herman, born 1887. 



CLARENCE S. ONGMAN 

was born May 31, 1873, in St. 
Paul, Minn., where he obtained a 
public school education. Later he 
moved to Philadelphia, where he 
continued his studies at Temple 
College. Mr. Ongman went to 
Sweden in 1890, where he studied 
under a private tutor and after- 
wards took a course at the Tech- 
nical School of Orebro. He re- 



turned to America in 1893 and 
during the World's Fair was a 
correspondent for a number of 
leading Swedish newspapers. Up- 
on the advice of Mr. John L. Stod- 




CLARENCE SHELDON ONGMAN 

dard and Col. Russell H. Conwell 
he began to prepare for the lecture 
platform in 1896 and has since 
become a lecturer of some prom- 
inence. 

In 1897 Mr. Ongman went to 
Cuba under the auspices of the 
Ladies' Cuban Aid Society of 
Philadelphia, his purpose being to 
study the political as well as the 
social conditions of the island. 
Upon his return to America Mr. 
Ongman gave a series of interest- 
ing lectures anent his impressions 
of Cuba, which were very well 
received. He illustrated his lect- 
ures with stereopticon views.. 

The titles of some of his lectures 
follow: "Sweden, the Land of the 
Midnight Sun," "Washington, our 
National Capital," "The Siege of 



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Pekin," and "The Lutherans in 
America." 

Of late Mr. Ongraan has aban- 
doned the lecture platform and is 
at work in the engineering depart- 
ment of the city of Chicago. 



WILLIAM WESTERLUND 

was born in Orion, 111., Nov. 14, 
1863. His father, Peter Wester- 




WILLIAM WESTERLUND 

lund, came to Henry county as a 
boy of thirteen, in 1850. William 
attended the Orion high school 
and later the Davenport Business 
College, Davenport, Iowa. After 
returning to Orion he became city 
clerk and a justice of the peace. 
In 1882 he founded the Bank of 
Orion and was its cashier for ten 
years, or until it was merged with 
the State Bank of Orion. 

In 1896 Mr. Westerlund moved 
to Chicago to take advantage of 
the greater business opportunities 
offered in the metropolis of the 
West. For several years he was 



identified with colonization work 
in Texas and Alabama. In 1904 
he began handling lands in the 
Pacific Northwest and in Nebras- 
ka, and was special land and im- 
migration agent for the Northwest 
for the Union Pacific and South- 
ern Pacific Railroads. Shortly af- 
ter he, with his brother, John A. 
Westerlund, organized the West- 
ern Oregon Orchard Company, a 
co-operative fruit-raising associa- 
tion, which is developing hund- 
reds of acres of orchard land near 
Medford, Ore., and he is now 
treasurer of the company. 

Mr. Westerlund is married to 
Miss Minnie Samuelson, daughter 
of Carl Magnus Samuelson, who 
settled in Henry county, 111., in 
the '503. Mrs. Westerlund, like 
her sister, Mrs. Hannah Butler, 
is a gifted singer, who for a num- 
ber of years has been a soloist in 
various churches. The date of 
their marriage was May 28, 1891. 
Their children are Marjorie, Lillian 
and Florence. 

The family attends the August- 
ana Swedish Lutheran Church in 
Hyde Park, where Mr. Wester- 
lund is a trustee. 



PEHR W. NILSSON 
was born Jan. 23, 1853, in Esphult, 
Skane, Sweden. He came with 
his parents to America, landing 
June 8, 1866. After taking a 
course of studies at the law school 
of Lake Forest University, he be- 
gan the practice of law. Mr. Nils- 
son was deputy Circuit Court clerk 
for four years and was assistant 
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cago for five years, having been 
appointed during Mayor Harri- 
son's administration. 




PEHR W. NILSSON 

Mr. Nilsson has never belonged 
to the Republican party, but 
claims credit for prompting the 
recognition of his fellow country- 
men by that party. In the early 
eighties Mr. Nilsson, with a hand- 
ful of Swedish Democrats, made 
a stir which caused the Republi- 
can press to inquire whether the 
Swedes were deserting the Repub- 
lican party and turning Demo- 
crats. 

Mr. Nilsson has been secretary 
and president of the Swedish Old 
Settlers' Association of Chicago. 
He belongs to the Protected Home 
Circle and the Foresters. 



FREDERICK LUNDIN 

was born May 18, 1868, in Vestra 
Tollstad parish, Ostergotland, 
Sweden. He came with his par- 
ents to Chicago in 1878, and in 



this country enjoyed a general 
education in the public schools. 

Mr. Lundin's successful career 
in business as a manufacturer, 
and in politics as state senator, 
was preceded in his early years 
by the hardships and struggles 
common to most immigrants who 
come to this land of promise 
empty of hand and pocket. Be- 
ginning literally at the bottom, 
he was at first a newsboy and 
bootblack, then was employed in 
a clothing house in Chicago. 
Here he was soon advanced to be 
salesman. 

He and his brother, in 1889, 
began the manufacture of a 
beverage much in favor and ex- 




FREDERICK LUNDIN 

tensively used in Sweden. Suc- 
cess crowned their efforts and 
soon the business reached such 
proportions that it was found 
necessary to invest more capital, 
and accordingly the firm of L,un- 
din and Co. was incorporated in 



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January, 1894. With a working 
capital of $100,000 it was possible 
to do business on a large scale. 
The Juniperade put out by the 
firm has been extensively adver- 
tised and is at present sold to 
almost every part of the civilized 
world. Lundin and Company's 
office and laboratory are at 2443- 
2447 W. Kinzie St., where, be- 
sides Juniperade, several other 
preparations and family remedies 
are compounded. 

In 1894, Mr. L,undin was chosen 
state senator of Illinois with a 
large majority over his Democratic 
opponent. He has always been a 
stanch adherent of the Republican 
party. 

OSCAR K. WKSTERBERG 

was born July 13, 1875, in 
Rosenberg, Vermland, where his 




OSCAR E. WESTERBERG 

father, Carl P. Westerberg, is a 
farmer. He attended public school 
in Sweden and came to America 



in 1892. On coming to Chicago, 
Mr. Oscar Westerberg successfully 
engaged in the coal business. At 
present he and his partner, F. 
Nelson, deal in coal and do fur- 
niture moving. They transact 
business under the firm name of 
Nelson and Westerberg, at 3569 
N. Clark st. 

Mr. Westerberg belongs to the 
Swedish Methodist Church and is 
a member of the Epworth 
League . 



FRED H. CARLSON 

was born May 9, 1867, in the 
Swedish city of Jonkoping. His 




FRED H. CARLSON 

father, Johan Carlson, now de- 
ceased, was a glove manufacturer, 
from whom the son learned the 
trade. He later emigrated to 
America, in June, 1883, landing 
at Boston, from whence he came 
on to Chicago directly. After 
working in several factories he 
engaged in the glove manufactur- 



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ing business with C. Skoglof. 
The firm makes fine kid gloves 
for the trade and is said to own 
the largest ladies' and gents' kid 
glove factory between New York 
and San Francisco, employing over 
fifty workmen. The business office 
is at 271 E. Madison st. 

Mr. Carlson resides at 1083 
Winona St., Argyle, with his 
family, consisting of wife and 
three children, Julia Carolina He- 
lena, born March n, 1894, Hil- 
ding Fred, born June 14, 1900, 
and Theodor Wilhelm, born May 
10, 1905. Mrs. Carlson was Ca- 
roline Olsen, born Nov. 23, 1870, 
daughter of Johan Olsen. The 
marriage took place May 6, 1893. 
Mr. and Mrs. Carlson are Luther- 
ans. 



of Music, where he has been en- 
gaged as instructor after his 
graduation. Mr. Nelson also has 



CARL OSCAR NELSON 

was born in Chicago Sept. 2, 
1886. His father is Police Officer 
Olof Nelson of the Attrill street 
station and his mother is Mary, 
nee Olson. 

Carl learned to play a toy 
violin given him when he was six 
years old. Before he was thirteen 
he had made two violins with 
his own hands, using a pocket 
knife for a tool. His first music 
teacher was S. A. Hunt, who 
added him to his Juvenile Or- 
chestra. A year later he became 
the leader of the orchestra, which 
is still under his directorship. 
At that time he became a pupil 
of the late Signer Pasquale Ca- 
pone, at the Chicago Conservatory 




CARL OSCAR NELSON 

conducted a violin school on the 
west side. 

Mr. Nelson began his career as 
a concert performer when a mere 
boy, attracting considerable at- 
tention on account of his precoc- 
ity, evincing a musical talent 
above the ordinary for his years. 
He has been often heard at con- 
certs and public entertainments 
in Chicago and elsewhere in the 
West. 

Mr. Nelson has also tried his 
talent at composing, two of his 
musical compositions being en- 
titled, "The Beautiful Rose," and 
' ' Heaven ' s Golden Crown ." 



FRANK A. BERGMAN 

was born in Arvika, Vermland, 
Sweden, Oct. 10, 1845. His father, 
who was a master shoemaker in 
the little city above named, moved 



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to America in 1852, and three 
years later sent for his family. 
They went first to Detroit, then 




FRANK A. BERGMAN 

to Chicago, and finally located in 
Red Wing, Minn., then a frontier 
village. At the outbreak of the 
Civil War, the elder Bergman en- 
listed and went to fight for the 
Union cause. In the meantime 
new calls for volunteers were is- 
sued, and Frank Bergman, then 
only sixteen years old, enlisted in 
a company formed at Fort Snelling. 
This company did not then get an 
opportunity to fight the rebels, 
however, but was employed in a 
campaign against the Indians, who 
had just made an uprising in the 
Northwest, and the actual hard- 
ships and privations incident to 
military life were perhaps no less 
here. He continued doing mili- 
tary service until November, 1865, 
when his father, who in the mean- 
time had returned home from the 
war, and disapproved of his son's 



enlistment, secured his discharge 
on the ground that he was a mi- 
nor. Later the young soldier or- 
ganized a company of state troops, 
of which he was chosen a lieu- 
tenant. 

In 1865 Mr. Bergman came to 
Chicago and began to work as a 
tinner, and four years later started 
a business of his own in that line, 
under the firm name of F. A. 
Bergman & Co. In 1876 he en- 
tered into partnership with E. T. 
Mason. The business was con- 
siderably enlarged, and the name 
of the firm changed to E. T. Ma- 
son & Co. They continued a 
steadily growing business, until 
1900, when the tin can depart- 
ment was sold to the American 
Can Company, otherwise known 
as the "Tin Can Trust." 

In 1869 Mr. Bergman was mar- 
ried to Miss Elizabeth F. Mason, 
sister of his business partner. They 
have had ten children, of whom 
three sons and two daughters are 
still living. The three sons are 
in business with their father at 
193 W. 2ist st. in the manufac- 
ture of ice cream freezers, self- 
heating sad irons and sheet metal 
specialties. One of the daughters, 
Marie Louise Bergman, who has 
a beautiful soprano voice, has stud- 
ied in London with prominent 
English teachers for two years 
and later in Paris under Sbrilja 
and other noted instructors. 

Mr. Bergman, formerly a Luth- 
eran, is now a member of the 
Ethical Culture Society of Chica- 
go, of which organization he has 
served as a trustee. He has also 



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been treasurer of Home Lodge, 
No. 416, I. O. O. F., and held 
other responsible positions in the 
order. 



mac ave. which is still being suc- 
cessfully operated by him. 

Mr. Berg is a member of 



AMANDUS N. ANDERSON 

AND 

BENGT S. ANDERSON 

Mr. Amandus N. Anderson was 
born in Brusarp, Nottja parish, 
Kronoberg Ian, Sweden. He con- 
ducts a coal and expressing busi- 
ness at 1421-1425 Belmont ave., 
together with his brother, Bengt 
S. Anderson. Mr. Anderson is 
married to Mamie E. Newman. 
They have two daughters, Hazel 
Lillian and Bernice Ellen. 

Mr. Bengt Salomon Anderson, 
also born in Brusarp, emigrated 
to the United States in 1888, two 
years later than his brother, and 
located in Chicago, later forming 
the firm of Anderson Brothers. 
He is married to Miss Hannah 
C. E. Anderson. 



ANDREW GUSTAF BERG 

was born in Ostergotland, Swe- 
den, Feb. 19, 1859, and came to 
this country in June, 1879. He 
located at Perth Amboy, N. J., 
then at Worcester, Mass., and 
finally came to Chicago. Like 
most newly arrived foreigners, he 
had little or no money and at 
first had to work very hard for 
low wages as helper in a rolling 
mill. Thereafter he had a flour 
and feed store for seven years, 
and later started a grocery store 
and meat market at 718 Winne- 




ANDREW GUSTAF BERG 

the Swedish Methodist Episcopal 
Church and a trustee of his con- 
gregation. He has also served as 
steward of the church, as Sunday 
school superintendent and class 
leader, and has held the offices 
of secretary, third vice-president, 
and president of the Epworth 
League. He was chosen delegate 
to the International Conference 
of the Epworth League at Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn., in 1897. 



EPHRAIM J. SWANSON 

was born July 4, 1874, in Stock- 
holm. His father, Pehr Swanson, 
a shoedealer, removed to Upsala, 
where the boy attended school and 
then took a five years' course in 
the high school. He later studied 
the art of decorating under Ed- 
ward Bergh in Stockholm. In 
1891 he came to Chicago to- 



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gether with the family. Here he 
worked for John A. Thorstenson, 
interior decorator, for nine years, 




EPHKAIM JOHANNES SWANSON 

and thoroughly learned the paint- 
ing trade as practiced in America. 
In 1900 the E. J. Swanson Co. 
was formed, with Mr. Swanson 
as president. He has a well 
equipped paint store and shop at 
1883 N. Clark st. Mr. Swanson 
has had many contracts for work 
in various public schools and 
churches. 

Mr. Swanson was married Dec. 
17, 1898, to Miss Helga Goran- 
son, daughter of Carl Goranson 
of Motala, Sweden. A son, Har- 
ry, was born in 1900. 



CARL GUSTAF WAUJN 

was born in Askeryd parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, Feb. 17, 1863. 
He came to Moline, 111., in No- 
vember, 1 88 1. Realizing that a 
business education would prove 
invaluable to him, he took a 



course at the International Busi- 
ness College of Davenport, Iowa, 
in 1885. Subsequently he worked 
in various capacities for John 
Deere and Co., of Moline. Mr. 
Wallin went to Chicago in 1893, 
and engaged in the real estate 
business. He was one of the 
founders of the Swedish Home 
Building Association of Chicago 
and since 1897 has been its sec- 
retary. He still continues in the 
real estate business with office at 
1 01 Washington st. 

Mr. Wallin is a member of the 
Zion Swedish Lutheran church 




CARL GUSTAF WALLIN 

and is one of its trustees. He is an 
independent Republican in politics. 



GUSTAF AARON YOUNG, 

president of the Swedish Ev. Free 
Mission of America, was born in 
the province of Vestergotland, 
Sweden, May 27, 1865. He spent 
his early days working on his 
father's farm, until 1886, when 



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he emigrated. After a short stay 
in Connecticut he left for the 
western States. In August of 




GUSTAF AARON YOUNG 

that year he preached his first 
sermon, and since then he has 
proclaimed the Gospel in many 
of the states of the Union, having 
had charge of churches and mis- 
sions in Kiron, Iowa; Salt Lake 
City, Utah; East Chain Lakes, 
Minn.; Kansas City, Missouri, 
and Boone, Iowa. For six years 
Rev. Young was pastor of the 
Oak St. Swedish Mission Church, 
Chicago. In February, 1907, he be- 
came pastor of the Englewood 
Swedish Free Church. 

Mr. Young has had no college 
education, but is a gifted and 
powerful public speaker, is natur- 
ally studious, a lover of books 
and an untiring worker. 

Besides the duties of his own 
church, Mr. Young takes an 
active part in other branches of 
the mission work, both at home 



and abroad. He has for several 
years served as chairman of the 
Swedish Ev. Free Mission of Amer- 
ica and is a member of the Board 
of Directors of the Scandinavian 
Alliance Mission, the Canton Mis- 
sion, the Swedish Bible Institute 
of Chicago, and has held other of- 
fices of a similar nature. Rev. 
Young is the author of "Hjalpreda 
for Bibelskolan," a Biblical cate- 
chism . 

In 1889 he was married to 
Miss Ida C. Isaacson, an Iowa 
school-teacher, who has been of 
immense help to him in his 
church work. They have seven 
children, viz., Eldon, Edna, Mil- 
dred, Blanche, Russell, Wilbur 
and Rutherford. 



ANDREW G. WILLIN 

was born in Kil parish, Vermland, 
Sweden, Jan. i, 1867. Having 




ANDREW G. \VILLIX 

been educated in the Swedish 
common school, he came to Chi- 



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cago in 1887, from his native 
place. Since 1892 he has been in 
business for himself as merchant 
tailor. His shop is at 1250 East 
Ravenswood Park, and he resides 
in Ravenswood. Mr. Willin is a 
member of the Apostolic Church 
on LaSalle ave. 



GUSTAV V. VALENTINE 

was born Nov. 22, 1863, in As- 
keryd, Smaland, Sweden. He 




GUSTAV V. VALENTINE 

emigrated to this country in 1870 
with his parents, who set- 
tled in Moline, 111. After work- 
ing a few years in the John 
Deere plow works, he went in 
1886 to Minneapolis and associated 
himself with his brother, Carl 
Vallentin, as a book and music 
dealer. In 1891 he removed to 
Chicago and was engaged in the 
real estate business for several 
years. He then purchased from 
C. A. Devereaux the patent for 
a ladies' dress cutting system 



and after having obtained experi- 
ence, invented an original system 
which was patented in 1902. 
The system which is called 
Valentine's New Self -Calculating 
Ladies' Tailoring and Dress Cut- 
ting System, is gaining favor with 
professional and amateur dress- 
makers. 

Mr. Valentine conducts two 
schools of cutting, designing and 
ladies' tailoring, one at 857 N. Clark 
st. and another at 86 State 
st. A number of schools in 
various parts of the country are 
using the Valentine system. 

In 1886 and again in 1893, Mr. 
Valentine visited the mother coun- 
try and other parts of Europe. 

He is one of the men who or- 
ganized the Svea Building and 
Loan Association, and has served 
as a director and appraiser of the 
association. 



J. ERNEST REHNSTROM, 

doctor of dental surgery, was 
born Feb. 15, 1874, in New Swe- 
den, Iowa, where his father, the 
Rev. John E. Rehnstrom, was 
pastor of the local Swedish 
Lutheran Church. Dr. Rehn- 
strom 's early boyhood was spent 
at Red Oak, Iowa. In 1885 he 
removed with his parents to 
Alta, Iowa, where he attended 
high school. In 1888-89 he 
studied at Gustavus Adolphus 
College, St. Peter, Minn. In the 
meantime his home was established 
at Sioux City, Iowa. Dr. Rehn- 
strom graduated from the com- 
mercial department at Augustana 



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College in 1893. After a few 
years spent at Sioux City, he 
took a course at the Northwestern 




JOSEPH ERNEST REHNSTROM 

Dental School and received his 
degree in 1900. Since then he 
has practiced his profession with 
office at 445 N. Clark st. Dr. 
Rehnstrom is on the staff of Au- 
gustana Hospital as chief of the 
department of Dental Surgery. 

He is a member of the Illinois 
State Dental Society, the Chicago 
Odontographic Society, and the 
Scandinavian - American Dental 
Society. 

He belongs to the Immanuel 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 

Dr. Rehnstrom was married on 
June 26, 1907, to Julia Augusta 
Eckholm. 



JOHN A. PETERSON 
was born Feb. 18, 1848, in Gara- 



1870 he emigrated to the United 
States, arriving May 30. For a 
period of ten years he was occu- 
pied in farming, near Galva, 111., 
and Red Wing, Minn. Mr. Peter- 
son thereupon became a salesman 
in the wholesale house of Marshall 
Field & Co., Chicago. This posi- 
tion was retained from 1880 until 
1895. He then engaged in the 
business of selling Chicago real 
estate and farm lands in Minne- 
sota, Dakota, Wisconsin and in 
the Southern states. His office 
is at 163 Randolph st. 

Being active in politics, Mr. Pe- 
terson has been a delegate to state 
and county conventions. He re- 
sides at 1641 W. Ravenswood Pk., 
Chicago. 

Mr. Peterson affiliates with the 
Methodists and has served as 




JOHN A. PETERSON 

trustee and secretary of that board 



hof, Byarum parish, Sweden. He in his local church 
obtained a common school educa- 
tion in his native country. In 



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KARL F. OHLSON, 
for several years pastor of the 
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran 
Mission Church on the north side, 
was born May 3, 1858, in Mister- 
hult parish, Smaland, Sweden. 
He was three years old when 
his father met his death by acci- 




KARL F. OHLSON 

dent, leaving the wife and mother 
in destitution, with seven children 
to care for, ranging in age from 
1 8 years to six months. The sub- 
ject of the present sketch began 
his schooling at five. After a brief 
attendance in public school he en- 
joyed free instruction for several 
years as a companion to a little 
girl, for whom a private tutoress 
was engaged. With the promise 
of support from a number of char- 
itably disposed persons, the boy 
was later sent to a state institu- 
tion in Linkoping. 

After his conversion at the age 
of eighteen, Ohlson had an ear- 
nest desire to become a mission- 
ary to the heathen in Africa, and 



on the advice of a pastor entered 
the mission school conducted by 
the Mission Covenant of Sweden. 
At the completion of his course, 
his health was so broken down, 
that his plan to enter the foreign 
mission field had to be abandoned. 
Those who had agreed to provide 
his support while a student seem 
to have relied upon one another, 
and as a result the poor young 
man was left without sufficient 
food and clothing for months at 
a time. 

Leaving the institution he began 
preaching in the little city of Sala, 
then took up similar work in 
Hedemora, where he also obtained 
a position as instructor in a girls' 
seminary. While here Ohlson ob- 
tained from the rector of Hede- 
mora permission to preach in ev- 
ery schoolhouse in the parish. 
Finally tiring of the strife stirred 
up over the subjects of baptism, 
communion and atonement, in 
which Ohlson took the Walden- 
stromian view, he gladly accepted 
a call to assume charge of the 
Swedish Congregational Church in 
Worcester, Mass. He came over 
in October, 1888, and labored in 
various Eastern fields, viz., Wor- 
cester, Campello and Brooklyn, up 
to May, 1900. Then he came to 
Chicago in response to a call from 
the North Side Mission Church. 
This, the mother church of the Mis- 
sion Friends in America, he served 
until October, 1903, when he re- 
turned East to become pastor of 
the Bethesda Church in New York, 
the oldest Mission church in that 
part of the United States. 



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Rev. Ohlson having alternated 
between Congregational and Cov- 
enant churches, it is proper to 
state that he is a liberalist in de- 
nominational matters, a non-parti- 
san as regards the various groups 
of Mission Friends, and stands for 
the non-denominational form of 
evangelism. 



ERNST HOLMGREN 

was born May 29, 1872, in Kropp 
parish, Skane, Sweden, where he 




ERNST HOLMGREN 

was reared. After having finished 
his schooling in the university town 
of L,und, he learned his trade, that 
of a bookbinder. He emigrated 
to America at the age of nineteen 
and settled in Chicago. In Octo- 
ber, 1898, he formed a copartner- 
ship with Charles Engdahl in 
a bookbindery, located at 305 
Orleans st. Two years later 
they moved their bindery to 
254-256 Orleans st. By 1907 the 
expansion of their business forced 



them to find more commodious 
quarters, and they moved to their 
present location at 14-28 Michigan 
st. Simultaneously the business 
was incorporated as the Holmgren, 
Engdahl & Johnson Co., with Mr. 
Holmgren as president. 

The firm executes edition bind- 
ing, and does stamping and em- 
bossing for the trade. 

Feb. 22, 1896, Mr. Holmgren 
was married to Charlotta Swan- 
son. They reside at 5933 Iowa 
st., Austin, and are members of 
the local Swedish Ev. Mission 
Church. 



CARL K. WESTMAN 

was born Sept. 9, 1868, in Skara- 
borgs Ian, Sweden. In his native 
land he passed through six classes 
at the elementary school in Skara 
and spent two years at the Carls- 
borg military academy. He left 
for America in 1890 and took up 
his residence in Chicago. Here 
his studies were continued at the 
Hahneman and Bennett medical 
colleges, graduating from the lat- 
ter with the degree of M. D. in 
1898. In 1903, after two years 
more of study in Sweden, Dr. 
Westman passed examination in 
the Royal Gymnastic Central In- 
stitute in Stockholm, receiving his 
diploma as director of medical 
gymnastics. 

Returning to Chicago, Dr. West- 
man engaged in the practice of 
medical gymnastics and massage. 
In 1905 he opened a med- 
ical gymnasium and free clinic at 
the Plaza Hotel, where students 
are given instruction in massage 



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and medical gymnastics. The year 
previous Dr. Westman became in- 
structor in his branches at the 




CARL K. WESTMAN 

medical school of the University 
of Illinois, a position he still 
holds. He is a member of the 
editorial staff of the Journal of 
Physical Therapy, and belongs to 
the Chicago Medical Society, the 
Illinois Medical Society and the 
American Medical Association. 



was born in Sweden, Jan. 4, 
1 86 1. He was educated in the 
public schools of his home dis- 
trict and in 1880 came over to 
the United States. Mr. Peterson 
is president and treasurer of the 
firm of Leonard Peterson and Co., 
51-55 Institute place. This firm 
started business in 1891 making 
laboratory wood work, such as 
holders, clamps, stands, etc. The 
goods are used in chemical and 
physical laboratories of schools and 



colleges, and in physicians' offices 
throughout the United States. 
It is the only manufactory of its 
kind in the West. 

Mr. Peterson belongs to the 
Ethical Society, the Svea Society 
and the Odd Fellows. 




LEONARD PETERSON- 



GEORGE E. Q. JOHNSON, 

attorney at law, was born July 
n, 1874, at Harcourt, Webster 
county, Iowa. His father was a 
farmer and was one of the 
pioneers of the state. The sub- 
ject of this sketch lived on the 
farm until he was nineteen years 
of age, in the meantime attend- 
ing the public school. In 1894 he 
entered a normal school at Fort 
Dodge, Iowa, and graduated 
therefrom in 1897. During his 
stay there he won the gold and 
silver medals successively in ora- 
torical contests. In 1897 he came 
to Chicago and entered the Chi- 
cago College of Law, graduating 



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in 1900 and being admitted to 
the bar the same year. During 
his course at college he was 




GEORGE E. Q. JOHNSON 

president of the Junior Class. 
Mr. Johnson has a growing prac- 
tice; his office is at 120 Randolph 
st. Since February, 1905, he has 
been associated with another young 
attorney in the law firm of John- 
son and Molthrop. A Republican 
in politics, he has taken active 
part in the 1900 and subsequent 
campaigns . Mr . Joh nson was league 
orator for the Swedish-American 
Republican League of Illinois at 
the convention held in Blooming- 
ton, Illinois, in March, 1902. 

Having been elected first vice- 
president in 1906 of the Swedish 
National Association, he became 
acting president of the association 
when Mr. F. A. Ljndstrand re- 
signed the presidency shortly 
afterward. In 1907 he was elected 
president. He also holds the 
presidency in the board of direct- 



ors of the Washington Park Hos- 
pital and is a regent of the 
Monitor Council of the Royal 
Arcanum. 

Sept. 8, 1906, Mr. Johnson was 
united in marriage to Miss Eliza- 
beth M. Swanstrom, a graduate 
of the Columbia College of Ex- 
pression in Chicago. Their home 
is at 1 1 121 Michigan ave. 



OLENIUS OLSON 

was born Nov. 21, 1859, in Ost- 
vallskog, Vermland, Sweden, where 
he obtained his early schooling. 
At the age of twenty-one he 
emigrated to America, making his 
home in Chicago. Here he fitted 
himself for practical life by at- 




OLENIUS OLSON 

tending night school and later the 
Metropolitan Business College. 
For the last ten years he has 
been the proprietor of a flourish- 
ing tailoring establishment at 28 
Jackson Boulevard. Mr. Olson 
has spent much time in travel 



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in this country as well as in 
Europe. He is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity. 



FRIDOLF RISBERG, 

one of the foremost pastors and 
educators in the group of Mission 




FRIDOLF RISBERG 

churches in this country, is the 
son of Jonas Risberg, who was a 
practicing physician at Nysatra, 
in Vesterbotten, Sweden, until 
his death in 1886, and his wife, 
Catarina Wilhelmina, nee Hamren. 
The son was born at Nysatra, 
Nov. 4, 1848. His education was 
obtained at the elementary school 
and gymnasium in L,ulea from 
1858 to 1868 and at the Upsala 
University from 1868 to 1874. 
The last named year he passed 
the examination for the holy 
ministry and was subsequently 
ordained by Archbishop Sundberg 
as minister of the Lutheran state 
church. After having served as 



pastor for eight years, he resigned 
his office and withdrew from the 
state church to join the free 
church known as the Mission 
Covenant of Sweden. For the 
next three years Mr. Risberg 
labored in behalf of that move- 
ment in Jemtland and Angerman- 
land, the same provinces where 
he had been stationed as a mini- 
ster of the established church. 

At the time of the organization 
of the Mission Covenant of Amer- 
ica, the need of an institute for 
the training of pastors and mis- 
sionaries made itself felt, and 
when the Chicago Theological 
Seminary offered to accomodate 
the Covenant by maintaining a 
Swedish department for which it 
might select its own teacher, 
Risberg was called and accepted 
that post. He came over from 
Sweden in 1885 and assumed his 
new duties when the school year 
opened in the fall. From that 
time to this Prof. Risberg has 
served his church in the important 
capacity of educator of its mini- 
sters, a large number of whom 
have during the past twenty-one 
years enjoyed the benefit of his 
instruction. 

Prof. Risberg has been active 
in pastoral and missionary work 
in the intervals between the 
school years. As a traveling mis- 
sionary he has covered a great 
deal of ground, both in the old 
world and the new. While a 
pastor in Northern Sweden he 
made numerous missionary jour- 
neys to Norway and Finland and 
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he has made one similar trip to 
Canada and traveled in the States 
from ocean to ocean, visiting 
twenty-eight states to preach the 
Gospel. 

His missionary zeal also extends 
to heathen lands. For the past 
fifteen years he has been a mem- 
ber of the board of the Scandi- 
navian Alliance Mission of Chi- 
cago, which at present maintains 
one hundred missionaries in China, 
Japan, India, Africa and South 
America. During the same period 
he has acted as treasurer of the 
Mission funds, aggregating $30,000 
per year. 

Prof. Risberg is a facile writer 
on religious topics, and his pen, 
like his other faculties, has been 
dedicated to the cause of his 
church. He is the author of a 
devotional book entitled, "Dag- 
ligt Manna," published in 1893, 
and has written a large number 
of religious articles for the church 
press, a collection of which were 
published in Chicago, in 1906, 
under the common title of "Bibel- 
Bilder." He was also associate 
editor of "Sionsharpan," published 
in 1890, a hymnal widely used in 
the Mission churches throughout 
the country. 

Prof. Risberg is affiliated with 
the Swedish Congregational Church 
and is president of the local 
Bethlehem congregation, of which 
he is the founder. 

For many years he has been 
financially and otherwise interested 
in Missions- Vannen, the news- 
paper organ of the Covenant, 



and served as a member of its 
board of control. 



OLOF OLSON 

AND 

LARS OLSON, 

of the firm of Olson Brothers, 
carpentry contractors, have in a 




OLOF OLSON 

short time established a flourish- 
ing business, despite the intense 
competition prevailing here. 

Olof Olson, the elder brother, 
was born in the village of Sater, 
Sunne parish, Vermland, Sweden, 
May 29, 1867, and was reared in 
the place of his birth, attending 
high school at Sunne. In 1886 
he emigrated, coming directly to 
Chicago. 

He is married to Ida Anderson 
from Ostergotland and they have 
one son. 

Mr. Olson is a Mason of the 
Kenwood Lodge No. 800, and be- 
longs also to the Iduna Society 



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the National Union and the Carp- 
enters' and Builders' Association. 
I/ars Olson, the younger brother, 
was born in the same place Jan. 




LARS OLSON 

6, 1870, and attended the same 
school. He came to America and 
to Chicago in 1891. Like his 
brother he went to work as a 
carpenter, and in 1899, after both 
brothers had mastered the trade, 
they established themselves as 
contractors on their own account. 
After a couple of successful deals 
they were enabled to do business 
on a large scale. In the last few 
years they have put up a number 
of buildings, including the Ma- 
sonic Building at Grand Crossing, 
the Swedish Episcopal Church at 
Garfield boul. and Morgan St., 
and dozens of apartment build- 
ing in size from six to twenty- 
four apartments. They have at 
times had as many as 12 to 15 



buildings in course of construction 
at one and the same time. The 
Olson brothers are young men of 
exceptional capabilities and rank 
well to the front among the nu- 
merous builders' firms of the city. 
Their office is at 6501 S. Peoria 
street . 



CLAES A. YOUNGQUIST 

was born at L,jungarum, Smaland, 
Jan. n, 1859. In Sweden he 
obtained his education in the 
common school and the public 
high school in Jonkoping. He 
left for America and landed in 
June, 1875, with Chicago as his 
destination. A course of studies 
was taken in a business school, 
after which he was engaged in 
commercial life. 

For some years Mr. Youngquist 
was connected with the dry goods 




CLAES AUGUST YOUNGQUIST 

firm of John M. L,undell and Co. 
He is now conducting a life and 
fire insurance agency, and at 



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present serves as treasurer of 
the Swedish Evangelical Mission 
Covenant of America. Mr. Young- 
quist is treasurer and Sunday 
school superintendent of the Swed- 
ish Mission Church at North 
Park, which is in the outskirts of 
Chicago. 

JOHAN A. H. ROSENDAHL, 

minister of the Swedish Baptist 
Church, was born April 3, 1871, 




JOHAN AUGUST HJALMAR ROSENDAHL 

in Bredvik parish, Vestergotland, 
Sweden. He graduated from the 
public school at the age of twelve. 
For six years subsequently he 
worked as florist and gardener in 
Skonnarbo, Ostergotland, and at 
Rosta, Nerike. He secured em- 
ployment in the Skyllbergs Bruk 
rolling mill in Nerike and worked 
there until 1891. Enlisting in 
the Swedish army, he served two 
years in the Royal Gota Artillery 
regiment and was mustered out 
as first corporal. After coming 



to this country in December, 
1893, he secured work in a shoe 
factory in Nashua, N. H. In 
1895 ne moved to Concord, N. 
H., where he obtained employ- 
ment with the Boston and Maine 
R. R. In 1897 he entered the 
Swedish Baptist Theological Sem- 
inary and graduated from this 
institution May 15, 1901. He 
was ordained Aug. 10 following, 
and was pastor of the Third 
Swedish Baptist Church of Chi- 
cago until 1903. He then was 
appointed missionary for Kansas, 
with headquarters at Clay Centre, 
Kansas. 

The Rev. Mr. Rosendahl was 
married to Christina Swedmark 
on April 19, 1902. 



EDWIN SANDBLOM 

was born at Tidaholm, in the 
province of Vestergotland, Swe- 
den, Nov. 10, 1854. He was an 
ironworker by trade in the old 
country. Coming to Chicago in 
1887, he was variously employed 
up to 1894, when he engaged in 
the manufacture of printers' sup- 
plies, in which line he has been 
amply successful, acquiring an 
excellent trade and a most credit- 
able reputation because of the 
superiority of his work. E. Sand- 
blom and Co. manufacture at 149 
S. Jefferson st. wrought iron and 
steel chases of all styles and 
sizes for printers' use. The goods 
are sold to dealers in printers' 
supplies, and the trade of the 
house reaches all parts of the 
United States and Canada. 



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In 1884 Mr. Sandblom was 
married to Miss Josephine Carlson, 
with whom he has had two sons 
and three daughters. 



EMIL A. W. JOHNSON 

was born Oct. 30, 1863, in Chi- 
cago. His mother, Emma C. 




EMIL A. W. JOHNSON 

Johnson, emigrated from Sweden 
in 1852. His father, John A. 
Johnson, who came to this coun- 
try in 1854, was a Union soldier 
in the Civil War. 

Emil received his education at 
the Franklin School in Chicago 
and Gustavus Adolphus College, 
St. Peter, Minn. For 19 years 
he was employed as an accountant 
by Marshall Field & Co. After 
having taken a full course at Chi- 
cago College of Law he was, in 
1899, appointed a Justice of the 
Peace for the town of Lake View 
by Gov. Tanner. Mr. Johnson 
was reappointed by Governors 
Yates and Deneen and retained 



his office until it was displaced by 
the Municipal Court. At present 
he is a deputy clerk of this same 
Municipal Court. 

In 1898 he served as president 
of the Swedish-American Repub- 
lican Club of the 26th ward. He 
belongs to the following fraternal 
orders: A. F. and A. M., R. A. 
M., Knights of Pythias, Royal 
League and Columbian Knights. 

June 14, 1888, Mr. Johnson was 
married to Bena S. Christopher. 
They have two sons and a daugh- 
ter. The family lives at 229 Pot- 
wyn place, Ravenswood. 



CARL A. CARLSON 

was born in Ostra Torp parish, 
Skane, Sweden, Jan. 21, 1877. 
After attending the public school, 
he worked at home with his 
father, Christoffer Carlson, who 
was a farmer and merchant. 




CARL A. CARLSON 



In May 1892, Mr. Carlson came 
to the United States. We soon 



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find him in Chicago, working at 
the tailor's trade. In 1894, after 
but two years experience, Mr. 
Carlson started in business as 
manufacturing tailor. His busi- 
ness has acquired such dimensions 
that he now employs more than 
fifty workers. Mr. Carlson lives 
at 740 Bryn Mawr ave. and is a 
member of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church. 

RICHARD TENNERSTEDT 
was born Feb. 7, 1861, in Inga- 
torp, Sweden. He emigrated to 




RICHARD TENNERSTEDT 

America in 1868, attended the 
public schools for several years 
and then engaged in business as 
manufacturing tailor. He is pres- 
ident of the Tennerstedt Manu- 
facturing Co., vest manufacturers 
at 804-806 N. Winchester ave. 

Mr. Tennerstedt is a member 
of the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church and of the Svithiod Sing- 
ing Club and resides at 2337 N. 
Paulina st. 



He is not an active politician 
and takes little interest in parti- 
san struggles, but is regarded a 
wide-awake citizen. 



LQUIS OLSON 

was born in Skane, Sweden, Nov. 
i, 1876 His parents are Knut 




LOUIS OLSON 

M. Olson and his wife, Kama 
Nelson, who came to this country 
in 1888. The son Louis attended 
the Harrison school in Chicago, 
where the family located, after- 
wards going to work for various 
firms. For one year he worked 
as machinist for the McCormick 
Harvester Co., then fo r nine years 
as salesman. 

In 1900 he started in the livery 
and undertaking business with his 
father, as junior partner of the 
firm known as K. M. Olson & 
Son. As funeral directors and 
embalmers they are maintaining 



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two places of business, at 3025 
Wentworth ave. and at 1128 S. 
Oakley ave. Mr. Olson, Jr., is in 
charge of the Wentworth ave. 
office. 

Mr. Olson is a member of the 
Salem Swedish Lutheran Church. 
He is a very active club and fra- 
ternity man, holding membership 
in a large number of organiza- 
tions, including the following: 
Lakeside Lodge, A. F. and A. M.; 
Linne Lodge, I. O. O. F.; Rising 
Sun Lodge, K. of P.; Frithiof 
Lodge, I. O. S.; Empire Tent, 
Maccabees; Columbia Chapter, O. 
E. S.; Angantyr Lodge, I. O. V.; 
Wenlworth Camp, M. W. A.; Ar- 
mour Council, N. U.; Society 
Balder, Society Nordstjernan, So- 
ciety Iduna, Chicago Svenska Vasa- 
Forening, Foreningen Enighet, 
the Webster Improvement Club, 
the Webster Debating Club, the 
Chicago South Side Liverymen's 
Association and the Chicago Un- 
dertakers' Association. 

Jan. 22, 1905, Mr. Olson was 
married to Miss Helen Johnson 
of Chicago. 

JOHN PETERSON 

was born in Asheda parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, Dec. 4, 1860, and 
is a Chicagoan since 1880. 

Here he began work in the 
mason's trade, and during the 
last twenty years he has done an 
extensive contracting business in 
the city of Chicago, and has 
erected a number of large build- 
ings in that city, as well as in 
other cities. His office is at 153 
La Salle st. 



Mr. Peterson was married in 
1884, to Miss Christina Maria 
Carlson, and they reside at 2835 




JOHN PETERSON 

Southport ave., Rogers Park. 
Mrs. Peterson is a member of the 
Ebenezer Swedish Lutheran Church 
in Summerdale. Mr. Peterson 
belongs to the order of Svithiod, 
the Odd Fellows, and the Royal 
Arcanum. 

Politically Mr. Peterson is an 
independent Republican. 



HERMAN CARLSON 

was born Dec. 7, 1862, in Rums- 
kulla parish, Ostergotland, Swe- 
den. In 1887 he came over and 
located in Chicago. Two years 
later he started in the business 
of manufacturing vests for mer- 
chant tailors. His establishment 
at present employs about 50 men 
and is located at 188 Lake st. 

Mr. Carlson belongs to the 
Salem Church, in Cuyler. He is 



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an active member of Independent 
Order of Vikings and was suc- 
cessively vice-grand chief, trea- 
surer and grand chief. 




HERMAN CARLSON 

Mr. Carlson was married in 
1896 to Amanda Tennerstedt, a 
native Chicagoan, now deceased* 
He had with her a daughter, 
Florence Victoria. Mr. Carlson 
was remarried in 1903, to Miss 
Gerda Stein, born in Alsheda par- 
ish, Smaland, Sweden. The family 
lives at 528 Larchmont ave. 



ADOLF HULT, 

minister of the Lutheran Church, 
was born Dec. 24, 1869, at Mo- 
line, 111. His father was Olof 
Hult, a blacksmith, one of the 
early members of the Swedish 
colony at that place. The son 
was graduated from Augustana 
College with the class of '92 and 
then entered Augustana Theologi- 
cal Seminary. Upon the comple- 
tion of his course the degree of 



Bachelor of Divinity was con- 
ferred upon him and he was or- 
dained June n, 1899, at the 
synodical meeting at St. Paul, 
Minn. Rev. Hult immediately 
assumed the pastorate of the 
Messiah English Lutheran 
Church in Lake View, which he 
had for a year served while a 
student. During his incumbency 
the membership of the church in- 
creased from 226 to over 450, 
making it the third largest 
English Lutheran congregation in 
Chicago. Mr. Hult pursued post- 
graduate studies in Hebrew and 
Assyriology at the University of 
Chicago and was for one year in- 
structor in Hebrew at the Chicago 
Lutheran Theological Seminary. 




ADOLF HULT 

He is a profound student of prac- 
tical theology and of the Old 
Testament and has contributed 
numerous articles to the Lutheran 
press. Rev. Hult was in 1905 
chief editor of Vaktaren, a relig- 



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ious paper, published in Chicago 
in 1904 and 1905, and is now 
associate editor of The Young 
Lutheran's Companion, a semi- 
monthly, published at Rock Island. 

In May, 1907, Rev. Hult left 
the pastorate of Messiah Church, 
pursuant to a call from the Ira- 
nian uel Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Omaha, Nebraska. 

June 28, 1899, he was married 
to Miss Edna Blomgren, daugh- 
ter of Oscar N. and Emma Blom- 
gren, early Swedish settlers in 
Chicago. In the union there are 
three children, Miriam Edna, 
born April 4, 1900, Adolf Nathan- 
ael, born Jan. 16, 1904, and 
Evangeline Christina, born April 
6, 1907. 



AXEL RUDOLPH ENGBERG, 
son of John J., was born in Chi- 
cago Oct. 19, 1869. After finish- 




ing that he had an exceptionally 
fine voice, he began the study of 
music. In January, 1899, he mar- 
ried Mrs. Annie Nellis Carter. 
Going to Europe the same year, 
he traveled extensively. He stud- 
ied with some of the best masters, 
both in Paris and in London. 
Returning to America, he had 
the advantages of the best teach- 
ers in New York and Chicago. 
In 1904 he went again, for study, 
in Europe. 

Returning in November, 1906, 
he has made Chicago his home. 
His professional name is Rudolph 
Engberg. 

MATTIS C. RANSEEN, 

pastor of the Gethsemane Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Chicago for 




AXEL RUDOLPH ENGBERG 

ing school, he was in the floral 
business for several years. Find- 



MATTIS C. RANSEEN 

the past twenty-eight years, is a 
prominent figure in the Augus- 
tana Synod and in the Lutheran 
Church of America. 

He was born in Ljungryda, 



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Jemshog, Blekinge, April 6, 
1845. His parents, both of whom 
died in Sweden, were Carl M. Ran- 
seen, a farmer, and his wife, Ka- 
rin Jonsson. The son entered the 
academic school at Jemshog with- 
out any preliminary schooling, and 
after completing the course in two 
years, aided by a thorough home 
training, he obtained a position as 
teacher in the parish school. After 
two years of public teaching and 
one of private tutorship he left 
for the United States in 1867, 
coming first to Rockford, 111., and 
then going to Centralia, Wis.. 
where he was employed in a saw- 
mill. After a few months of man- 
ual labor, he entered the Augus- 
tana Theological Seminary at Pax- 
ton in the fall of the same year. 
In four years he completed the 
course of study then afforded by 
the Augustana Synod at its meet- 
ing in Chisago Lake, Minn., in 
1871, holding a call to become 
pastor of the church at Dayton, 
la. After two years of service 
in that field Rev. Ranseen accepted 
a call from the mission board of 
the Iowa Conference to take up 
work at Keokuk, la. Here he 
labored for half a year, meanwhile 
organizing two congregations, one 
at Keokuk, and another at Sugar 
Creek. Late in the year 1873 he 
became pastor at Elgin, 111., and 
labored simultaneously in the mis- 
sion field until 1875, when a call 
to Ottumwa, la., was accepted. 
Rev. Ranseen served the Swedish 
Lutheran congregation at that 
place for four years, or until 1879, 
when he removed to Chicago on 



a call from the Gethsemane Church. 
He assumed this charge in May 
of that year and for more than a 
quarter of a century has filled 
that same pulpit. 

In consideration of a long and 
distinguished service as a church- 
man, the board of directors of 
Augustana College and Theological 
Seminary has conferred upon Rev. 
Ranseen the honorarj- degree of 
D. D. 

Dr. Ranseen has filled a number 
of offices of trust and responsibil- 
ity in the Lutheran Church. For 
two years he was president of the 
Iowa Conference, and he has been 
elected to the same position in the 
Illinois Conference repeated times. 
He was one of the men who or- 
ganized the Augustana Hospital 
of Chicago in 1882 and has served 
on its board of directors from that 
time to this, with the exception 
of a single term of three years, 
and has been president of the 
board nearly the whole of that 
time. He has been elected on the 
board of regents of Augustana 
College time and again, and has 
often been chosen chairman of 
that board. For almost a decade 
he was vice-president of the Au- 
gustana Synod, and for a term of 
four years, 1898-1902, he served 
as president of the General Coun- 
cil, a larger body of Lutherans, 
of which the Augustana Synod is 
a component part. 

Next to his own congregation, 
the Augustana Hospital probably 
owes the greatest debt of gratitude 
to Dr. Ranseen for untiring serv- 



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ices and personal sacrifice of time 
and labor in its interest. 

Dr. Ranseen is without doubt 
one of the most widely known 
clergymen in the city of Chicago. 
Most of the public men of the 
community in the last twenty-five 
years he has counted as personal 
acquaintances, and his intimacy 
with local affairs has caused him 
to participate in civic movements 
from time to time, especially in 
the work carried on for a number 
of years by the Civic Federation. 

Oct. 3, 1872, the marriage of 
Rev. Mr. Ranseen and Miss Anna 
Sophia Anderson took place at 
Elgin. Mrs. Ranseen was born 
in Sweden Oct. 30, 1851. They 
have reared a family of ten chil- 
dren, five sons and five daughters, 
viz.: Arnold Emanuel, born 1874; 
Gertrude Laurentia, '76; Anna 
Cora, '77; Carl Matthias, '79; Er- 
nest Ephraim, '80; Ruth Aurora, 
'82; Esther Theodora, '84; Blenda 
Naemi, '86; Mauritz Nathanael, 
'87; Clarence Peter, '92. The son 
Arnold is married to Miss Agnes 
Wahl, the daughter Cora to Dr. 
Henry George Johnson of Linds- 
borg, Kans., and the daughter 
Ruth to Mr. August Lundquist of 
Chicago. 

FRED ANDERSON 

was born Dec. 21, 1860, in Vis- 
nums parish, Vermland, Sweden. 
He arrived in this country at 
twenty, having obtained a com- 
mon school education in his native 
country. He now attended a 
night school in Chicago in pre- 
paring to enter business life. A 



position as shipping clerk with 
Belford, Clarke, and Co. was soon 
secured. With this firm he re- 
mained for seven years. In 1887 
he engaged in insurance as solicit- 
or for the Metropolitan Insurance 
Co. and advanced to the position 




FRED ANDERSON 

of assistant superintendent. The 
possibilities iu the land business 
next attracted him, and he built 
a hotel at the Svea Land Colony, 
located at Silverhill, Alabama, in 
which he was financially interes- 
ted. Mr. Anderson later visited 
California in the interest of the 
Swedish land colony near Red- 
lands. He then became interested 
in irrigation and went to Texas 
and experimented with rice cul- 
ture, demonstrating that it is 
suitable for the farmer of limited 
capital, who can sink a well, 
pump his necessary supply of 
water with a steam or gasoline 
engine and take care of 160 
acres, employing help only at 
harvest time. Subsequently Mr. 



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Anderson went to Idaho and ex- 
perimented with irrigation by 
means of ditches, or canals. Af- 
ter a few years spent in coloniza- 
tion work, Mr. Anderson again 
settled down in Chicago and is 
now conducting a real estate, 
loan, fire insurance, renting and 
collecting business in partnership 
with Herman W. Hanson at 
1889 N. Clark st. 



NILS WILHKLM ANTHONY 

was born in the city of Kristian- 
stad, Sweden, Nov. 22, 1872. Hav- 




NILS WILHELM ANTHONY 

ing finished his schooling in his 
home city he began work as an 
apprentice in a printing shop. He 
worked at the case there and in 
other cities in Sweden until 1889, 
when he emigrated, coming direct 
to Chicago. 

In this country Mr. Anthony 
has followed his old trade, work- 
ing as a compositor in various 
job printing offices. For a number 



of years he has held the position of 
foreman in the well-known job of- 
fice of S. Th. Almberg. Mr. An- 
thony stands high in the printing 
trade and has frequently received 
honorable mention in leading typo- 
graphical journals for expertness 
as a job compositor. He is secre- 
tary of the Swedish Typographical 
Union No. 247, I. T. U. 

He possesses a baritone voice of 
fine timbre and is recognized in 
musical circles as a concert and 
church soloist of ability. He is 
often heard at musical entertain- 
ments and was for several years 
soloist of the American Meth- 
odist Church of Kenosha, Wis. For 
many years past he has belonged to 
the Lyran and the Svithiod Sing- 
ing clubs and is now a member of 
the Swedish Glee Club and the 
Orion Sextette. 

Dec. 25, 1900, Mr. Anthony was 
joined in marriage to Miss Jennie 
Akerson of Ong, Neb. The fruit 
of their union is a son, Stellan Wil- 
helm Olcott, born Nov. 28, 1901. 



JOHN SIGURD MKCK 
is the son of Mauritz H. Meek, a 
watchmaker in Stockholm. He 
was born Sept. 6, 1876, in that 
city. At the age of five he was 
brought to the United States by 
his parents, who emigrated in 1881, 
locating in Chicago. 

Young Meek at an early age 
took up the study of music, pos- 
sessing natural talent along that 
line. He was a pupil, successively, 
of Barbara Grau, Prof. Hyllested 
and the Chicago Musical College. 
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mony, counterpoint and composi- 
tion under Adolf Weidig and or- 
chestration under Adolf Rosenbec- 




JOHN SIGURD MECK 

ker. Thus equipped, Mr. Meek 
for the past four years has held the 
position of arranger for the Chica- 
go office of the music publishing 
house of J. H. Remick & Co., a 
firm maintaining branches also in 
Detroit, New York and London. 

Mr. Meek is a member of the 
Svithiod Singing Club and is ever 
ready to assist, as piano accompan- 
ist or orchestral conductor, at the 
musical entertainments given at 
frequent intervals by the club. His 
name is also on the roster of the 
Lincoln Park Club, the Swedish 
GleeClub and the St. Cecilia Lodge 
of Free Masonry, in which Mr. 
Meek has attained the 32d degree, 
as well as being a Noble of the Mys- 
tic Shrine. 

A number of compositions have 
come from his pen, among others 
being: "Barcarolle in F;" "A South- 



ern Fantasy;" "Beauty-Sleep," a 
Serenade; "On the Mediterrane- 
an," a waltz; "My Heart is a 
Kingdom" and "A Cigarette Bal- 
lad," songs, and a number of 
marches, waltzes, etc. 



ANDREW HANSON, 
contractor and builder, was born in 
Tyde parish, Skane, Sweden, April 
18, 1855. After learning the carp- 
enter's trade he emigrated to 
America in 1878, reaching Chicago 
the same year. He was first em- 
ployed by Bohman & Larson, or- 
gan manufacturers. The Carsley 
& East Manufacturing Co. then 
employed him for six years. Mr. 
Hanson started in business for 
himself in 1894] as a carpenter and 
builder, and has since made a 
specialty of erecting private resi- 
dences in the northern suburbs. 

Mr. Hanson was married in 
1889 to Miss Mary Nelson. Their 
children are: Alice, born 1890; 
Mabel, 1891; Ellen, 1894; Jen- 
nings, 1896, and George, 1899. 

Mr. Hanson is a member of the 
I. O. S. 



P. WILLIAM THORELIUS, 
doctor of dental surgery, was 
born April 15, 1866, in Sodra 
Finnskoga parish, Vermland, Swe- 
den, where his father, Fredrik 
Thorelius, was a curate. Three 
years later, the family removed to 
Grava parish, where Thorelius 
Sr. was rector until his death in 
1904. The son attended school 
in Karlstad from 1876 until 1883, 
and went to Chicago in 1886. En- 
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Dental Surgery in 1889, he was 
graduated from that institution 
March 24, 1891. Dr. Thorelius 




PETER WILLIAM THOKELIUS 

opened an office a few months 
later at in E. Chicago ave. His 
dental office is now at 237 North 
Clark st., cor. Chicago ave. 

Dec. i, 1905, he bought the old 
Hesselroth Pharmacy at 107 E. 
Chicago ave. and incorporated the 
business as the Hesselroth-Thore- 
lius Drug Co., with Hilmer Hes- 
selroth as president and Dr. Tho- 
relius as secretary. The latter is 
a nephew of Hilmer Hesselroth 
and of the late Lawrence Hessel- 
roth, his brother. 

On Sept. 12, 1891, Dr. Thore- 
lius was united in marriage to Ida 
Anderson of Elkhart, Ind. Their 
children with dates of birth are: 
Hilmer Fredrik Lawrence, Aug. 
4, 1892; Carl Gustaf Paulus, Oct. 
22, 1894; Alice Marie, Oct. 2, 
1896; Ida Wilhelmina, Aug. 22, 
1898; John William, Nov. 30, 



1900; Bernice Elizabeth, June 10, 
1903; Florence Helena, May 14, 

1905- 

Dr. Thorelius is a member of 
the Illinois State Dental Society, 
the Odontographic Dental Society 
and is vice-president of the Scan- 
dinavian Dental Society of Chica- 
go. The family are members of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church. 



NILS HENNINGS 
was born April i, 1855, at Skofde, 
Vestergotland, Sweden. For a 
number of years he was engaged 
in the lumber business in Stock- 
holm. In 1893 he went to the 
World's Columbian Exposition in 




NILS HENNINGS 

Chicago as representative of sev- 
eral manufacturers in Sweden. 
Subsequently he was cashier for 
the St. Louis & Belleville R: R. 
Co. until 1901. Mr. Hennings 
then started the Swedish Business 
Men's Club, on Washington st. 
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belonged to the club and took 
their noonday meals there. The 
food was prepared in genuine 
Swedish fashion. 

In 1905 this club disbanded, 
and Mr. Hennings shortly after 
removed to St. Paul to become 
manager of a Swedish club in 
that city. 

Mr. Hennings, who was married 
to Miss Bertha Petersen in 1881, 
is the father of three sons. His 
wife died in 1901. 



BIRGER F. LUNDBERG 

was born in Kalmar, Sweden, July 
7, 1872. At the age of sixteen 




BIRGER F. LUNDBERG 

he set out to make his own way 
in the world. Coming to this coun- 
try, he ultimately landed in Min- 
nesota, where he was engaged in 
various employments in city and 
country. Securing a position in 
A. E. Johnson & Co.'s ticket and 
land office in St. Paul he, by his 
his ability and energy, soon at- 



tracted the attention of his supe- 
riors, and his promotion was rapid. 
For a while he was employed in 
the office of the same company at 
Spokane, Wash., but after a short 
time he was recalled to St. Paul 
to take charge of the ticket depart- 
ment there. In 1894 he went to 
Chicago, and having held positions 
with the White Star Line and the 
Dominion Line, became the Chi- 
cago manager for A. Mortensen 
& Co., general agents of the Scan- 
dinavian-American Line. When 
in 1905 A. E. Johnson & Co. be- 
came the successors to this firm, 
Mr. Lundberg was recognized as 
an invaluable man to the office 
and was retained as manager. 



GUSTAV THUNANDER 

was born Nov. 30, 1869, in Jon- 
koping, Sweden. After finishing 




GUSTAV THUNANDER 

the course offered in the public 
schools, he studied at the Tech- 
nical school in Jonkoping. Emi- 



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grating to the United States in 
1891, he remained for some time 
in New Orleans. Coming from 
there to Chicago, he worked for 
different decorating firms. In 1898 
he started in business, with Chas. 
Nyden, as interior decorator. The 
firm employs 30 to 40 men, and 
is well-known to the building 
trade. Their shop is at 76-84 E. 
43d st. 

Mr. Thunander belongs to the 
Royal League. 



CHARLES JOHN WILSON, 

professor of Latin and Natural 
Science at North Park College, 




CHARLES JOHN WILSON 

was born Dec. 4, 1870, at New 
Boston, 111. His parents, John 
Johnson, a farmer, and Jean 
Johnson lived in the same place 
until their death in 1880. 

After attending the public school 
in Andover, the son passed a year 
in the Academy at Augustana 
College and was graduated in 1894 



from Bethany College with the de- 
gree A. B. During his last two 
years at this institution he acted 
as assistant in English. The sum- 
mer term in 1896 was occupied in 
the study of chemistry and physi- 
ology in Stetson University, De 
Land, Florida. In the fall he be- 
gan his present career as professor 
of Latin and Natural Science at 
North Park College. He has since 
pursued post-graduate studies in 
Latin at the University of Chicago. 

Professor Wilson is a member 
of the Swedish Ev. Mission Church 
of North Park and is superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school. He is 
president of the Bethany Alumni 
Association in Chicago. 

Prof. Wilson was on June 7, 
1899, married to Jennie C. Mo- 
dine of Chicago, born on Sept. 
15, 1872. Mrs. Wilson's parents 
are John A. and Amanda Modine. 

The Wilsons have a son, Stan- 
ley Raymond, born June 22, 1900 
and a daughter, Bernice Marjorie, 
born June 7, 1904. 



L. W. A. BJORKMAN 
was born in Lindesberg, Vestman- 
land, Sweden, March 28, 1853. 
He emigrated to the United States 
in 1879 and ten years later entered 
the ministry. Mr. Bjorkman was 
ordained by an ecclesiastical coun- 
cil in Hartford, Conn., Dec. 26, 
1890. 

For nine years he was pastor 
of the Swedish Zion Congrega- 
tional Church in Hartford, Conn. 
Oct. i, 1898, Rev. Bjorkman be- 
came pastor of the Swedish Evan- 
gelical Mission Church in Ravens- 



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wood, Chicago, where he remained 
until 1907. 




L. W. A. BJORKMAN 

He is now stationed at Burling- 
ton and West Burlington, la. 



MAGNUS OLSON 

was born Jan. 18, 1843, in Urasa 
parish, Smaland, Sweden. He 
learned the stone cutting trade, 
but forsook it when he emigrated 
to America in 1867. The winter 
was spent in a logging camp, and 
then he went to Minneapolis, 
where he lived for four years. 
It was just after the great Chi- 
cago fire of 1871 that Mr. Olson 
was attracted to Chicago and took 
part in the rebuilding operations. 
After a few years he established 
a gentlemen's furnishing store, 
which was continued until a part- 
ner sold it while Mr. Olson was 
on a European trip in 1886. On 
his return he engaged in the shirt- 
manufacturing and the laundry 
business on N. Clark St., later 



moving his establishment to 576 
Wells st., where it is still con- 
ducted by his partner, Henry P. 
Runkel. 

Magnus Olson was one of the 
organizers of Freja, the first large 
Swedish singing society in Chicago. 
This later became the Swedish 
Singing Society and in 1889 united 
with the Swedish Club, a social 
organization, and was incorporated 
as the Swedish Glee Club. Mr. 
Olson became president of the 
club and was a second tenor in 
its splendid chorus. He became 
the first president of the American 
Union of Swedish Singers in 1 892 
and contributed much to the suc- 
cess of the festival at the Colum- 




MAGNUS OLSON 

bian Exposition in 1893 as well 
as the Swedish tournee in 1897. 

It was on the terrace of the 
new Royal Opera House in Stock- 
holm that a public address was 
accorded Magnus Olson, recogniz- 
ing his noble qualities and the part 



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he had taken in the organization 
of the Swedish male choruses of 
America. 

Mr. Olson retired from active 
singing in the Swedish Glee Club 
in 1900 and was elected an hon- 
orary member. He died Oct. 4, 
1905, and was buried in Graceland. 



OU)F JOHNSON, 

pastor of the Second Swedish 
Methodist Episcopal Church of 




OLOF JOHNSON 

Chicago, is the son of John Nel- 
son, a contractor, and his wife, 
Maria Johnson, who are both 
living and celebrated their golden 
wedding in 1905. Their son Olof 
was born Oct. n, 1861, at Hal- 
laryd, in the province of Blek- 
inge, near the city of Karlshamn, 
Sweden. The son obtained his 
preliminary education in the school 
of his home parish. Having emi- 
grated in 1 86 1 to Chicago, he 
was variously employed until he 
entered the Swedish Methodist 



Theological Seminary at Evanston, 
graduating from that institution 
in 1889. Entering the ministry, 
he has had the following pastoral 
charges in succession: Englewood, 
two years; Des Moines, la.; Vic- 
toria, 111., at the head of the 
pioneer Swedish church of the 
denomination, four years; Gales- 
burg, five years; Geneva, four 
years; and lastly the Second 
Swedish M. E. Church of Chi- 
cago, his present charge. 

The pastor is deeply interested 
in the temperance cause, having 
often spoken on the subject before 
different organizations and so- 
cieties. 

In 1888 he made a trip back 
to the old country, visiting his 
parents in the old homestead and 
traveling extensively throughout 
the country, visiting historic spots 
and other poinls of interest. 

The Rev. Mr. Johnson has been 
twice married, first to Miss Selma 
Hultman, Feb. 3, 1892, at Des 
Moines, Iowa; having lost her by 
death in 1902, at Geneva, he was 
married Oct. 4, 1904, to Miss Ina 
Sandborg, a daughter of Edward 
and Mary Sandborg of Galesburg, 
111., born Jan. 15, 1867. There 
are two children, the issue of the 
first marriage, viz. Frances lyinnea, 
born in Victoria, 111., Feb., 16, 
1893, and Lawrence Emanuel, 
born in Galesburg, March 26, 
1896. 

The present home of the pastor 
and his family is at 214 N. 
May street. 



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WILLIAM K. JOHNSON 

was born June 5, 1861, in S61- 
vesborg, Blekinge, Sweden. His 




WILLIAM K. JOHNSON 

parents were Jons and Pernilla 
Morten son. William went to 
school in his native place until 
1872 when he, together with his 
mother, brother and sister em- 
barked intent on rejoining the 
father and three brothers w r ho 
had emigrated in 1869 and gone 
to Chicago. The father, a car- 
penter, assumed the name John- 
son, for there were few y Johnsons 
in Chicago in those days. Wil- 
liam attended Swedish and Ger- 
man parochial schools and the pub- 
lic schools until he was fifteen when 
he started in the book binding 
trade. After a few years .Mr. 
Johnson had mastered the art of 
cover stamping so well that from 
1880 to 1894 he was in charge 
of the stamping department at 
Donahue and Henneberry. For 
the next ten years he was fore- 



man of the same branch at 
Rand McNally and Company. 

In 1904 Mr. Johnson became 
a stamper to the trade with quar- 
ters on Custom House place. June 

1, 1907, he became vice-president 
of the Holmgren, Engdahl and 
Johnson Co. The firm is located 
at 14-28 Michigan st. and does 
general bookbinding, stamping 
and embossing for the trade. 

Mr. Johnson was married Aug. 

2, 1884, to Anna Carolina, daugh- 
ter of Peter and Barbara Doerr 
of Kensington. A daughter, Helen 
Gladys was born in 1899. The 
family is enrolled in the Lutheran 
Church. Mr. Johnson is a mem- 
ber of Press Council of the Na- 
tional Union. 



NILS ERIC NILSON 

was born in Neder-Kalix parish, 
Norrbotten, Sweden, Oct. 28, 




NILS ERIC NILSON 



1864. He emigrated to America 
in 1879, and worked at different 



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kinds of labor, such as farming, 
contracting and foundry work. 
In December, 1898, he became a 
fish dealer at 1254 Belmont ave. 
and the store was known as the 
Belmont Avenue Fish and Oyster 
Market. He now has a hotel at 
Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Mr. Nilson is married since 
1885, his wife's maiden name be- 
ing Anna Carolina Sundberg. 



L. G. ABRAHAMSON, 
pastor of the Salem Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Chicago, is 




LAURENTIUS G. ABRAHAMSON 

one of the eminent Swedish 
churchmen of the United States. 
In every phase of activity in the 
Augustana Synod he has been a 
factor during the past quarter 
century, demonstrating executive 
ability of a high order. 

Dr. I,. G. Abrahamson, was 
born at Medaker, not far from 
the city of Arboga, Sweden, Mar. 
2, 1856. He was reared 011 a 



farm owned by his father, Anders 
G. Abrahamson. Being a man of 
literary tastes, he provided his 
household with an assortment of 
good books which early inspired 
the son with a desire for study. 
In the late fall of 1868, the family 
emigrated to the United States, 
locating in Jamestown, N. Y., 
where the elder Abrahamson 
passed away in 1890. 

At fifteen the son commenced 
to earn his own living. In 1872 
he entered Augustana College and 
Theological Seminar}- and attended 
that institution at Paxton and 
Rock Island until 1880, when he 
was ordained minister of the Au- 
gustana Synod, at once assuming 
charge of the congregation at 
Altona, 111. Having labored there 
for six years, he accepted a call 
from the Salem Church in Chi- 
cago of which he has been j astor 
up to the present time. 

Dr. Abrahamson early displayed 
exceptional power both in the 
pulpit and in the field of practi- 
cal church work, and his energy 
was soon enlisted in the service 
of the church in a more general 
way. He has served the synod 
and the Illinois conference, gen- 
erally for long periods, in many 
executive capacities, among others, 
as member of the executive com- 
mittee of the conference, the mis- 
sion board of the synod, the sy- 
nodical council, the board of direc- 
tors of Augustana College, and 
Theological Seminar}-, the foreign 
mission board of the General Council 
of American Lutherans, as presi- 
dent and treasurer of the confer- 



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ence for various terms and as 
treasurer of the synodical mission 
board. He has been a member 
of the board of directors of the 
Augustana Hospital for twenty 
one consecutive years. The church 
has few more zealous friends and 
promoters of missionary work 
than he, as shown by him partly 
in active work in the mission field 
in Utah, and later for eleven years 
in conducting the department of 
missions in Angustana, the officia 
paper of the synod. 

Feeling the insufficiency of the 
courses afforded by Augustana in 
the '705, Dr. Abrahamson several 
years ago pursued a full course 
as a non-resident student, earning 
from his alma mater the college 
diploma and the degree of A. B. 
Much of the time not taken up by 
ministerial duties he has spent in 
his library, constantly augmenting 
his fund of booklore. 

The honorary degree of A. M. 
was conferred on him by Bethany 
College and that of D. D. by 
Augustana College and Theologi- 
cal Seminary. By King Oscar 
II. of Sweden, Dr. Abrahamson 
has been created a Knight of the 
Order of the North Star, desig- 
nated by the title of R. N. O. 

His taste for travel Dr. Abra- 
hamson has indulged to a great 
extent. He has visited all parts 
of our own country, made three 
tours of Sweden and an extended 
tour of Europe, preferably visiting 
the scenes connected with the life 
of Luther and the story of the 
Reformation, and other points of 
historic interest. 



At secular as well as religious 
festivals Dr. Abrahamson often 
appears as a speaker. As a writer 
he is known principally through 
his contributions to the church 
press, but articles from his pen 
have appeared also in Prarie- 
blomman, a Swedish literary an- 
nual, and other publications. In 
collaboration with the late Dr. 
Carl Swensson he edited and pub- 
lished "Jubel-Album," a large 
illustrated volume recounting the 
history and progress of the Au- 
gustana Synod. 

On Aug. 24, 1 88 1, Dr. Abra- 
hamson was married to Miss Flor- 
inda M. Morris, a daughter of 
Anders P. and Johanna Morris 
of Chandler's Valley, Pa., where 
she was born Aug. 6, 1863. They 
have a family of four daughters, 
Florinda Olivia, born Feb. 16, 
1885; Ebba Valeria, June 15, 
1889; Agnes Winnefried, Nov. 
n, 1891; and Mildred Genevieve, 
Sept. 19, 1899. Two sons died 
in infancy. Mrs. Abrahamson is 
an estimable and accomplished 
lady who shares her husband's 
taste for travel and heartily joins 
him in making their home one of 
the most hospitable in the city. 
The parsonage is at 2823 Prince- 
ton avenue. 



PETER MAGNUS ALFVIN, 

pastor of the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church since the fall 
of 1889, is a native of Alfvesta, 
Smaland, Sweden, having been 
born there June 16, 1863. He 
emigrated in 1882, settling at 
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Swedish M. E. church in that 
city the same year. After work- 
ing as salesman in a grocery in 




PETER MAGNUS ALFVIN 

St. Paul, for some time, he began 
to study for the ministry at the 
Methodist theological seminary at 
Evanston, being graduated in 
1889 and ordained deacon by 
Bishop S. M. Merrill of Rockford 
Sept. i, the same year. Sept. 
17, 1893, he was ordained elder 
by Bishop William X. Hinde, in 
Galesburg, 111. After his ordina- 
tion in 1889 Rev. Alfvin has 
served the following congregations: 
Arlington Hill, St. Paul, Minn., 

4 years; Duluth, Minn., i year; 
Humboldt Park, Chicago, 5 years; 
South Chicago, 3 years, Rockford, 

5 years. Rev. Mr. Alfvin is since 
1907 stationed at the Madison Av. 
Swedish M. E. Church in Hyde 
Park. 



JAKOB BONGGREN 

has held an editorial position with 
the Swedish weekly bvenska Amer- 
ikanaren for twenty-five years, 
and during that time has estab- 
lished his reputation as a poet, 
critic and scholar. 

Olof Jakob Bonggren was born 
at Bergane, Habol parish, in the 
Swedish province of Dal, Oct. 7, 
1852. His father was an old 
soldier in modest circumstances. 
At ten, having shown more than 
ordinary aptitude for study, he 
was sent to the elementary school 
at Venersborg, friends providing 
the funds. After graduation he 
taught privately until 1875, when 




JAKOB BONGGREN 

he secured a position as clerk in 
the post office at Mora, Dalarne. 
Mr. Bonggren exhibited literary 
talent at a very early age. As a 
boy of seven he wrote some verses 
on Luther his first poetic effort 
and in 1865 followed poems on 
Peder Sunnanvader and other 



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revolutionists of old. Three years 
later he translated Goethe's 
"Mignon" into Swedish and in 
1871 he became a contributor to 
a Venersborg paper. In 1878 he 
published anonymously a transla- 
tion of Ingersoll's lecture on "Hell 
and Ghosts;" in 1879, under the 
pseudonym of Volontaire, a book 
entitled "Bibeln mot Bibeln," 
"Lasarelif," by Spectator, and in 
1882 a collection of verse, entitled 
"Forstlingar." 

Resigning his position in Mora, 
in June, 1882, Mr. Bonggren left 
Sweden, destined for Chicago to 
take a position as associate editor 
of Svenska Amerikanaren. He has 
remained with this paper up to 
the present time, virtually as 
editor in chief the greater part of 
the time, and on the 9th of last 
July the twenty-fifth anniversary 
of his connection with the paper 
was celebrated, the publisher and 
the entire force joining in a dinner 
given in his honor. 

In this country Mr. Bonggren, 
who has for years been a devoted 
student of the occult has published 
a small pamphlet on the subject 
entitled, "Det hemlighetsfullas 
verld," besides having written a 
series of articles on occultism for 
his paper. He has devoted much 
of his time to literary- lesearch 
and possesses an exceptional fund 
of information covering a great 
variety of subjects. An enormous 
amount of literary material on 
every conceivable topic is the re- 
sult of his activity as a collector 
and to him no portion or phase 



of the world's literature is un- 
familiar. 

In 1902 a second collection of 
Bonggren' s verse was published in 
Rock Island, entitled "Sanger och 
Sagor." The author admits that 
the volume marks a departure 
from the realistic school of liter- 
ature in Sweden of which his 
former collection was one of the first 
fruits, and owns to a changa of 
mind and heart from the skepti- 
cism and radicalism of that school, 
caused by ' 'greater experience and a 
deeper conception of life and a 
larger measure of faith, hope and 
charity." 

His changed convictions in late 
years have not only affected his 
Muse but also altered his former 
habits of life. 

Contributions in verse and prose 
by Bonggren have appeared in a 
number of publications, including 
Kurre, Kurre-Kalenderw&d, Linnea, 
also Prarieblonnnan, Svea, Vinter- 
sol and other annuals, published 
in this country and in Sweden. 

Mr. Bonggren bears the title of 
Doctor of Letters, conferred as an 
honorary distinction by Bethany 
College. 

Mr. Bonggren has been twice 
married. The three children of 
his first marriage are grown. Af- 
ter giving birth to a daughter, 
his second wife died in 1906. 



PETER SCHONING 
was born Feb. 5, 1869, and hails 
from Ofvanaker, in Helsingland, 
whence he emigrated in 1893, and 
came to Bloomington. His father, 
Pehr Schoning, was a soldier in 



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the Swedish army for 33 years 
and is still living in Ofvanaker. 
In Bloomington the son established 




PETER SCHON1NG 

himself as a building contractor. 
He was a member of the local 
Swedish Mission Church and a 
deacon of the church. He has 
recently moved to Chicago and 
lives in Pullman. 

He is united in marriage to 
Anna Charlotta Classon from 
Ukna parish, Smaland, with whom 
he has one child, Edith Elizabeth. 
There are two children from his 
wife's former marriage, Hjalmar 
and Florence Nordin. 



FRANS A. LINDSTRAND, 

editor and publisher of Svenska 
Amerikanaren, a Swedish weekly 
newspaper, was born at Armby, 
in the parish of Stora Aby, Os- 
tergotland, Sweden, March 24, 
1847. His parents were Gustaf 
Jonsson and his wife, Eva Gustaf - 
son. Both died at the old home- 



stead in Sweden, the mother in 
1885, at the age of 75, the father 
in 1896, as the oldest man in the 
parish, aged 88 years. The son 
was born and reared in extreme 
poverty. Shortly after his con- 
firmation he went to the city of 
Vadstena, determined to learn a 
trade. There he became appren- 
ticed to a jeweler and watchmaker 
and four years later received his 
trade diploma as journeyman 
watchmaker. While learning the 
trade, he employed his spare time 
in studying arithmetic, penman- 
ship and other elementary subjects 
under private tutorship, in order 
to supply the deficiencies in his 
early education, which was limited 




FRANS ALBIN LINDSTRAND 

to spelling, reading and catecheti- 
cal instruction. After the manner 
of journeymen, he now changed 
his name, substituting that of 
Lindstrand for Jonsson. For the 
next five or six years he worked 
at his trade in the cities of Motala, 



Chicago 



Stockholm, Karlstad and Goteborg, 
also in Copenhagen just prior to 
his emigration to America in the 
spring of 1871. While in Gote- 
borg Mr. Lindstrand was on the 
point of leaving the workbench 
to attend some institution of 
learning with a view to entering 
some learned profession, but he 
was dissuaded by his employer. 

Coming to Chicago, Mr. Lind- 
strand continued in the jewelry 
business for seventeen years, a 
large part of that time as proprie- 
tor of a jewelry store on Twenty- 
second street. 

In the year 1888 he became 
part owner of Svenska Anterikan- 
aren and soon after acquired the 
controlling interest in that paper, 
which under his management has 
attained a measure of success en- 
joyed by only a few Swedish- 
American journals. To this he 
has greatly contributed by writing 
every week editorials, sketches, 
essays, fables, etc., first under the 
pen name Onkel Ola, also under 
the pseudonyms Albin, Albinus, 
Observator, nd, etc. About ten 
years ago he published a small 
comic paper, changed later into an 
illustrated literary weekly, entitled 
Iduna. Since several years back, 
the weekly Svenska I'drlden, a 
companion newspaper to Svenska 
Amerikanarcn, is published from 
the same office, the two correspond- 
ing to a semi- weekly newspaper. 
The office is at 35 S. Clark st. 

Mr. Lindstrand has traveled 
extensively, visiting the most in- 
teresting points in the United 
States, Cuba and the Antilles, the 



various countries of Europe, Asia 
Minor and North Africa, Egypt 
and Palestine in particular. For 
his papers he has written a large 
number of letters of travel, and 
the principal results of his ob- 
servations are embodied in a book 
of travel published in 1898, en- 
titled "I Oster- och Vasterland." 
He is also author of a book, 
"Pennteckningar af Onkel Ola." 

Mr. Lindstrand is a public 
spirited citizen and a man who 
has ever had the welfare of his 
fellow countrymen close at heart. 
He was the virtual organizer of 
the original Svithiod Society, a 
forerunner of the Independent 
order of Svithiod, and the found- 
ing of the Swedish National As- 
sociation was due chiefly to his 
efforts. For ten years or over he 
was president of the latter associa- 
tion and he has been and is still 
the main backer of that organiza- 
tion in its charitable endeavors. 
He is a popular fraternity man, 
being affiliated with the Masons, 
the Knights Templar, the Mystic 
Shriners, as also with the Svithiod 
Singing Club. He is also director 
in the Union State Bank from the 
time that bank was organized. 

In politics Mr. Lindstrand is an 
Independent and his newspapers 
are swerved by the same policy. 
By appointment of Mayor Harri- 
son he served as a member of the 
Library Board of Chicago for three 
years, 1903-05. Aside from that 
he has held no public office. 

On May 4, 1881, Mr. Lindstrand 
was united in marriage to Selma 
Wennerberg of Goteborg, born 



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Aug. 29, 1863. A daughter, Hil- 
dur C., was born to them March 
12, 1882. The L/indstrand family 
home is a handsome and comfort- 
able residence, located at 6200 
Woodlawn ave., in Hyde Park. 



WALTER C. FOSTER 

was born in Chicago Oct. 5, 1867. 
His father, a native of Sweden, 




WALTER CARL FOSTER 

was a prominent member of the 
Methodist Church on May st. At 
the time of the great fire in 1871 
he was living on the north side. 
As a child of four he was carried 
across the Chicago River by his 
grandmother an instant before the 
bridge fell. In early childhood 
he attended the Carpenter School 
and later, the Metropolitan Busi- 
ness College. Subsequently he 
learned the art of garment cutting 
and became the head-cutter of one 
of Chicago's first tailoring firms, 
that of Edward Ely. This position 
was retained for ten years, after 



which he became associated with 
Haidy Bros., merchant tailors. 
The present title of the firm is 
Hardy Bros., Foster & Co., located 
at room 404, Atwood Bldg. Mr. 
Foster's home is at Ravenswood, 
where he has lived for about 
fifteen years. He is a member of 
the Methodist Church at Ravens- 
wood. 

Mr. Foster is a member of the 
National Union. He has served 
as president of the 29th precinct 
club of the 26th ward. 



AUGUSTA J. OBERG, 
born May 17, 1874, is the daugh- 
ter of John Fredrik Oberg and 
Mathilda Larson Oberg of Stock- 
holm. For the past twenty-seven 
years Mr. Oberg has held the po- 
sition of superintendent of the 
Reymersholm woolen mills and in 
1900 received n uier'al for lc ng 
and f.iithful >er\i\e. Tl.e chiuli- 




AUGUSTA JOSEPHINE OBERG 

ter was born in Nykoping, from 
which city the family removed to 



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the capital in 1880. Having at- 
tended common and private schools, 
Miss Oberg came to the United 
States in 1892. After a brief stay 
in Cambridge, 111., she came to 
Chicago and in 1894 entered the 
training school for nurses at Au- 
gustana Hospital, Chicago. She 
completed the course in two years 
and upon her graduation in July, 
1896, she took a position as su- 
perintendent of Dr. Goodsmith's 
private sanatarium in this city. 

Shortly after the outbreak of 
the Spanish-American war Miss 
Oberg was sent to Cuba by the 
National Emergency Association 
of Women Physicians, Surgeons 
and Nurses. She was stationed 
at Matanzas, where she served on 
board the American hospital ships 
that brought in a great number 
of patients, chiefly yellow fever 
victims, into that port. She was 
in the emergency service up to 
March, 1899. 

Relieved from service in Cuba, 
Miss Oberg made a visit to her 
old home and spent one year in 
Stockholm. She returned to Swe- 
den with a view to take up the 
practice of the professional nurse, 
but finding the field closed to all 
except graduates of Swedish train- 
ing schools, she came back to the 
United States in September, 1900, 
since which time she has been 
engaged in private nursing in 
Chicago and vicinity. 



1862. His early education was 
obtained in the public schools, 
supplemented by private instruc- 




OLIVER A. UNDER, 
associate editor of Svenska Ameri- 
kanaren, was born at Gylle, near 
Trelleborg, Sweden, March 29, 



OLIVER A. LINDER 

tion. At the age of fifteen he 
began to contribute to the local 
newspapers, and the following year 
became the regular local corres- 
pondent to Allehanda in Trelle- 
borg. In the early part of the 
year 1880 he came to the United 
States. While variously employed 
as a farm hand, a sawmill worker, 
etc., he kept up his newspaper 
contributions, which in 1883 led 
to a situation on Svenska Ameri- 
kanaren. In 1884 and 1886 he 
made trips back to Sweden and in 
the intervals worked in the office 
of a steamship company, before 
returning to journalism in 1888, 
as editor of Svenska Kiiriren. With 
that paper lie remained only a few 
months, and next edited success- 
ively Roman-Bladet of Minneapo- 
lis, in 1889, Humoristen of Chi- 
cago, in 1890, and Michigan-Tri- 



Cook County 



bunen of Iron wood, and Nya Verl- 
den of Story City, Iowa, in 1891. 
In the spring of the following 
year he again became a member 
of the staff of Svenska Amerikan- 
aren, a position since held perma- 
nently by him. 

Mr. Under is a practical jour- 
nalist, whose arduous routine of 
news writing has never been per- 
mitted to choke his veins of poet- 
ry and humor, although materially 
limiting their flow. As a humor- 
ist he reminds one of Bill Nye, 
whose style he admits having used 
as a model. In 1890 and '91 he 
published a couple of small collec- 
tions of humor in prose and verse, 
entitled "Glada Grin." His more 
recent poetical productions, how- 
ever, have been mostly in a seri- 
ous strain. His originality and 
vigorous diction give him a place 
among our best writers. Mr. L,in- 
der has contributed poems to vari- 
ous publications in book form, 
including Praneblomman , but most 
of his verse is still scattered about 
in newspapers. 

During the years devoted to 
journalism he has made extensive 
literary collections, which are care- 
fully systematized so as to form 
an excellent working library. Of 
late he has also given some time 
to historical research relative to 
early Swedish colonization in 
America. The first result of this 
line of investigation is a mono- 
graph on John Morton, one of 
the signers of the Declaration of 
Independence. 

In 1891 Mr. Linder was married 
to Miss Therese Sennstrom. Thev 



have an only child, a son, named 
Sven Cyril. 

Mrs. Linder, born in Grissle- 




THERESK LINDER 

hamn, Sweden, Jan. 24, 1866, also 
has a literary bent. She early 
began writing little sketches, mak- 
ing her first appearance in Prak- 
tiken, a paper published in Kris- 
tinehamn, where she attended a 
girls' seminary. From that time 
on she has written a considerable 
number of sketches and short sto- 
ries for various newspapers and 
periodicals. During a recent year's 
sojourn in Sweden she sent a ser- 
ies of letters of travel to Svenska 
Amerikanaren, showing her to be 
a close observer and a clever and 
wittv narrator. 



HENNING JOHNSON, 
veterinary surgeon, has been a 
Chicago resident since 1881. That 
year he came to this country from 
Jonkoping, Sweden, where he was 
born June 16, 1868, the son of 
Sven Johanson, a dyer by trade. 






Chicago 

Both parents are deceased. As a 
boy of thirteen Mr. Johnson began 
attending school in Chicago, short- 




HENNING JOHNSON 

ly after his arrival, finishing gram- 
mar school in 1884. Thereupon 
he entered the Chicago College of 
Pharmacy, graduating in 1886. 
After completing the courses in 
the Chicago Veterinary College, 
he graduated from that institution 
in 1892. Entering the employ of 
Lawrence Hesselroth, he worked 
under him as a pharmacist for 
eight years. 

Dr. Johnson in 1895 was ap- 
pointed City Veterinary Surgeon 
by Mayor Swift, and served in 
that capacity for two years. Sub- 
sequently he received the appoint- 
ment as veterinary surgeon of the 
Lincoln Park Zoo, an office filled 
by him up to the present time. 
As far as known, Dr. Johnson 
was the first Swedish veterinary 
surgeon graduated from an Amer- 
ican veterinary college. 



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Dr. Johnson lives with his fam- 
ily at 526 Fullerton ave. His 
wife, Edith Lillian Chaiser, is 
the daughter of Andrew and Lot- 
tie Chaiser, both deceased. There 
are two children in his family, 
Henning Irving and Edith Linnea. 
The marriage of Dr. and Mrs. 
Johnson took place Oct. 21, 1894. 

Dr. Johnson is a member of the 
Independent Order of Svithiod and 
of the Foresters. 



EDWIN BOVIK 

was born June 6, 1870, in Lyse- 
kil, Bohuslan, Sweden. In 1888 
he emigrated to the United States 
coming directly to Chicago. Af- 
ter spending a few years learn- 




EDWIN BOVIK 

ing the trade, he established him- 
self as a merchant tailor, a 
business in which he is still en- 
gaged at 311 \V. Garfield blvd. 
Since his coming to this country 
he has always been a Republican 






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in politics. He is a member of 
Independent Order of Svithiod. 
Mr. Bovik was married in 
1895 to Miss Maria Holmgren. 
They have two sons, Le Roy E. 
and Verner A. Bovik. 



WILLIAM LARSON 

was born in Guldrupe parish, on 
the Island of Gotland, Sweden, 




WILLIAM LARSON 

Nov. 30, 1867, and was raised on 
a farm owned by his father, Lars 
Assarsson. His early education 
and training he obtained in the 
common school and a sloyd school. 
Having learned the dyer's trade, 
he worked at that for six years, 
after leaving the farm. In. 1890, 
as a young man of twenty- three, 
he left home and came to the 
United States, locating in Chicago 
from the first. For five years he 
was employed in the Pullman Car 
Go's shops, putting his knowledge 
of handicraft to good use. 

Leaving on account of what he 



Cook Counts- 
considered too arbitrary restric- 
tions on the workmen, he obtained 
a situation with a Swedish weekly 
newspaper, Srejiska Amerikanaren, 
in the month of August, 1895. 
In this office he is still a member 
of the force, having steadily ad- 
vanced from "handy man" about 
the place to his present position 
of advertising manager of said 
paper, together with another 
weekly, Svenska Varlden, published 
from the same office. 

Mr. Larson is as clever with 
the pen as with the pencil. He 
has written very readable verse 
and there are many creditable 
prose sketches from his hand 
scattered through the files of 
Svenska Amerikanaren and an oc- 
casional story or snatch of verse 
in other publications, including 
Prarieblomman, a Swedish- Ameri- 
can literary annual. An inborn 
talent for drawing and sketching, 
is responsible for a number of 
portraits and other illustrations, 
which have appeared in the public 
prints. 

Mr. Larson was married Dec. 
22, 1894. Mrs. Larson was Miss 
Jenny Gust af son, born in Stora 
Aby, Ostergotland, Sweden. Of 
four children born to them, two 
sons are living, Birger Eskil and 
Carl Gustaf, born, respectively, 
1895 and 1900. 



EDWARD RAYMOND 

was born in Chicago, Feb; 18, 
1870. His father was Adolf Fa- 
gerlund, but the son retains only 
the baptismal names. He passed 
through the public schools and 



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soon after was engaged as mason 
and builder. When he entered 
business in 1890 his enterprise 




EDWARD RAYMOND 

soon yielded handsome returns. 
Besides contracting for work he 
has erected a number of build- 
ings of his own. 

In 1897, Mr. Raymond was 
married to Miss Helga H. Sheall. 
They have two sons, and reside 
a t 3957 Ridge boul. 

Mr. Raymond is a Knight of 
Pythias and a Mason. 



GOSTA WESTMAN 

was born April i, 1882, in Hel- 
singborg, Sweden. His parents 
are C. A, L,. Westman, former 
director of telegraph at Malmo, 
and Mathilda, nee Ramberg. 

The son enjoyed a thorough ed- 
ucation, fitting him for the liter- 
ary career which he entered upon 
at an exceptionally early age. He 
was only seventeen years old when, 
in 1899, he obtained his first sit- 



uation on a newspaper, and worked 
for the next four years on differ- 
ent papers in Helsingborg and 
Stockholm. 

In 1903, Mr. Westman visited 
the Louisiana Purchase Exposition 
in St. L,ouis as the correspondent 
of Oresiinds-Posten in Helsingborg. 
At the close of the exposition he 
came to Chicago and was persu- 
aded to remain. Securing a posi- 
tion on the Svenska Nyheter, as 
associate editor, he remained with 
that paper until October, 1906. 
During this period he contributed 
a large number of original sketches 
and feature articles to the paper. 
In 1907 he returned to Sweden. 

Two years before Mr. Westman 
engaged in journalism he had had 
his first book published. It w r as 
an historical novel, entitled "Ake 
Ulfsson," a very fair effort on the 
part of an author fifteen years old. 
This was followed the next year 
by a collection of novellettes, en- 
titled "Skamt och Allvar." In 
1900 he wrote "Alandskungen," 
an historical romance, which was 
published the following year. In 
1903 he brought out another novel, 
"Testamentet," and a collection 
of short stories under the common 
title: "Ur en gammal stadskro- 
nika." The same year he wrote 
a humorous annual review for 
stage production, dealing with 
local affairs in Helsingborg. From 
1902-03 he published "Argus," 
a comic paper. 

While engaged on Svenska Ny- 
heter he wrote a short novel, based 
on the events of the war between 
Russia and Japan, entitled "Pa 



Cook County 



lif och dod," which ran as a se- 
rial in that paper in 1905. 

A rich vein of humor, mixed 
with a dash now and then of sa- 
tire, flows from Mr. Westman's 
prolific pen. The first fruits of 
his work are prophetic of greater 
things to follow. 



ted chairman of the Illinois Scan- 
dinavian Temperance Association. 
He is the official physician of all 



JOHN F. LINDQUIST 
was born Jan. 28, 1863, in Upsala, 
Sweden. From his sixth year to 
his fifteenth year he attended the 
country school. His father was a 
physician with an extensive prac- 
tice. The son often spent his 
spare time in visiting the sick 
under his father's care. From the 
time of his father's death until 
1883 he studied with private teach- 
ers in Upsala. On Aug. n, 1893, 
he arrived in Chicago and here 
began the study of medicine at 
Rush Medical College and Harvey 
Medical College. After securing 
his medical diploma he took a 
post-graduate course in the Chi- 
cago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat 
College. For several years he was 
connected with the St. Mary's 
Clinic in Chicago, and was ap- 
pointed ear, nose and nose special- 
ist at this institution. His down- 
town office is one of the best 
appointed in Chicago, and contains 
apparatus with the newest and 
best improvements for the treat- 
ment of his specialties. 

Dr. lyindquist is widely known 
as a worker in the cause of tem- 
perance, having allied himself with 
local and national temperance so- 
cieties after his coming to Chica- 
go. He has repeatedly been elec- 




JOHN FREDRICK LIXDQUIST 

the national Scandinavian tem- 
perance societies and also of many 
English, Swedish and Spanish fra- 
ternal organizations. Dr. L,ind- 
quist's principles forbid the use 
of tobacco in any form. He dep- 
recates the daily use of coffee, 
tea or alcoholic beverages, although 
he concedes their value medicin- 
ally. He has converted many 
patients and physicians to his 
views. 

Dr. Lindquist is a member of 
the Chicago Medical Society, the 
Cook County Medical Society, the 
Illinois Medical Association and 
the American Medical Association. 

His religious home is the First 
Swedish Ev. Lutheran Mission 
Church. In this church he taught 
a large class of young men for 
Bible study for some time, but 
professional duties lately compelled 



Chicago 



him to withdraw from this activ- 
ity. 

Sept. 20, 1900, he was united 
in marriage to Miss Agnes Lin- 
quist, of Chicago. To them a 
daughter, Grace, and two sons, 
Raymond and Harry, have been 
born. 



NILS P. SEVERIN, 

contractor and builder, was born 
in Skane, Sweden, March 30, 1861, 




NILS P. SEVERIN 

his parents being Per Nilsson and 
Elna Nilsson, farmer folk. What 
education the son received was ac- 
quired in the common schools, in 
the intervals of farm work. At 
seventeen years of age he engaged 
himself with a carpenter contrac- 
tor to learn the trade. After four 
years' work he was promoted to 
a foremanship of a building crew, 
retaining that position until he 
Itf; for the United States in 1888. 
Mr. Severin located in Chicago 
-and began contracting for build- 



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ings here in the fall of the same 
year. Since that time he has 
erected a large number of build- 
ings in this city, including several 
large structures and fourteen 
churches. 

He is affiliated with the follow- 
ing associations and business in- 
terests: the Carpenters' and Build- 
ers' Association; the Chicago Cem- 
etery Association, as vice-presi- 
dent; the Swedish- American Hos- 
pital Association as a member 
of the board of directors; also 
director in the Scandia Life In- 
surance Company and president of 
the Swedish Baptist Mutual Aid 
Association. His business office is 
at 103 Reaper Block. 

Mr. Severin is a man of family, 
having been married Dec. 30, 1885, 
to Miss Hanna Anderson of Fren- 
ninge, in his own native province, 
where she was born Jan. 2, 1860. 
Their children, with year of birth, 
are: Alfred N., 1887; Esther I., 
1890; Enoch N., 1893, and Clara 
V., 1895. 



MARGARET C. E. DAHL- 
STROM, 

well known in musical circles as 
a vocalist and teacher of brilliant 
attainments, was born May 9, 1873, 
in Port Henry, N. Y. 

Her voice, early in life being 
recognized as one of great prom- 
ise, she was placed under local 
teachers and made rapid progress. 

After some years of study in 
eastern cities she came to Chicago, 
to become a pupil of John R. 
Ortengren, with whom she re- 









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mained for several years, event- 
ually graduating with high honors. 
In 1902 Miss Dahlstrom asso- 
ciated herself with the Balatka 



Cook County 




MARGARET CHRISTINE E. 
DAHLSTROM 

Musical College as an instructor 
in the vocal department, where 
she has a large class. 

Miss Dahlstrom is a member of 
the Sixth Presbyterian Church 
Quartette, the Hebrew Temple 
Quartette and also of the Swedish 
Ladies' Quartette. Her voice is 
a contralto of large range, sonor- 
ous and mellow, and capable of 
interpreting the most tender feel- 
ing. Her singing has a charm 
and resonance to which every 
audience is responsive. She has 
an extensive repertory of orato- 
rios and songs. 



JOHAN ALFRED ENANDER, 

poet, author, lecturer, editor, and 
historian, was born in a peasant's 
home in Skinmoen, Harja parish, 



Vestergotland, Sweden, May 22, 
1842. From his childhood he 
manifested an eagerness for read- 
ing, but opportunity for study 
was lacking. He was held to the 
duties of the average farmer boy. 
At the age of fifteen he left the 
parental home, (the family had 
removed to Bredgarden, near the 
city of Boras) for a distant school, 
where he pursued his studies for 
some time under privations and 
hardships resulting from lack of 
means. Leaving school at the 
age of nineteen he secured a 
position in a county office. See- 
ing no future in that line of work, 
Enander cast about for other em- 
ployment. He began contributing 
to local papers and wrote a "His- 




JOHAX ALFRED ENANDER 

tory of Mormonism," published 
in 1865 to counteract the spread 
of that doctrine in the province. 
After enjoying private instruction 
by several teachers, young Enan- 
der, in 1866, entered the sixth 



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class of the collegiate school at 
Venersborg. 

In order to make his way he 
acted as private tutor and as assist- 
ant teacher in the city's trade 
school, besides continuing to write 
for the papers. Per Wieselgren 
and Dr. Peter Fjellstedt counselled 
him to apply to the Board of 
Directors of Augustana College 
and Theological Seminary for free 
tuition and maintenance. This 
advice was followed and the request 
was granted. He left Goteborgfor 
America Aug. 6, 1869, and pro- 
ceeded to Paxton, 111., where the 
institution was then located. The 
newcomer gained entrance to the 
highest class and began his theo- 
logical studies, but continued only 
to the end of the term when his 
newspaper experience secured him 
the position of editor of Hemlan- 
det, the organ of the Augustana 
Synod. Accepting the place, 
Enander came to this city and 
entered upon his life career. 

In the great fire of 1871, En- 
ander lost all the little he pos- 
sessed. He was appointed chair- 
man of the Scandinavian Relief 
Committee and during the winter 
was tireless in his efforts for the 
needy and destitute. His health 
was undermined about this time 
and at the advice of his physician 
he took a trip to Mexico. Re- 
turning to Chicago in improved 
health, he appeared in 1872 for 
the first time as political orator 
making a speaking tour in com- 
pany with Governor Oglesby in 
behalf of General Grant's reelection 
to the presidency. 



The same year Enander entered 
into partnership with G. A. 
Bohman, purchased Hemlandet 
and made it a political newspaper, 
Enander continuing as its editor. 

Besides his work in Hemlandet, 
Enander exerted himself in other 
directions. The first Swedish- 
American Young People's Society 
was organized by his direction 
under the auspices of the Imman- 
uel Swedish Lutheran Church in 
Chicago. He also developed con- 
siderable activity as writer and 
publisher. About this time he 
edited a literary monthly of high 
excellence, Ndr och Fjerran, pub- 
lished by his firm. In 1879-81 
another publication, entitled Ung- 
doms-Vannen, was edited by him. 

In 1876 Mr. Enander was 
chosen by the festival committee 
of the Centennial Exposition at 
Philadelphia to deliver the ad- 
dress on the day set aside for the 
Swedish celebration. 

In 1878 Mr. Enander accom- 
panied the American delegates to 
the International Congress which 
then met in Stockholm. 

Enander was one the prime 
movers in having erected a monu- 
ment to Carl von L,inne (Linnaeus) , 
a replica of a statue erected in 
Stockholm. The Linne Monu- 
ment Association, formed for this 
purpose, chose him as chairman, 
a place which he resigned before 
the work was completed. On the 
day of unveiling, May 23, 1891, 
he delivered the festival oration. 

During all presidential cam- 
paigns for the past thirty years 
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champion of the principles of the 
Republican party. By direction 
of the Republican National Com- 
mittee, he has traveled through 
almost all the states in which 
Swedish-Americans reside, making 
stiring political speeches to his 
countrymen. President Harrison 
in 1888 appointed Mr. Enander 
American Minister to Denmark, 
but before he could leave for the 
post untoward circumstances cut 
short his ambition to represent 
the Republic in the Danish capi- 
tal, and another man was selected 
in his stead. 

In 1890, Mr. Enander was 
called by the Board of Directors 
of Augustana College to the chair 
of Swedish Language and Litera- 
ture. He served until 1893 when 
he resigned his chair. In the 
meantime the firm of Enander 
and Bohman had experienced fi- 
nancial troubles, leading to the 
dissolution of the copartnership. 

After a year of literary work at 
home, Enander for two years 
edited Svenska Journalen, a Swed- 
ish weekly published in Omaha, 
Neb. At the invitation of the 
newly organized Hemlandet Com- 
pany in Chicago, he again assumed 
the editorship of Hemlandet in 
1896. 

Enander from the time of his 
coming to this country has been 
an interested member of the Swed- 
ish-American Lutheran Church. 
The Augustana Synod has en- 
trusted to him many responsible 
commissions. At an audience with 
King Oscar II. in 1878, he was 
fortunate in obtaining from the 



King, and later the university 
authorities, permission for Swed- 
ish-American college graduates to 
enter the Swedish universities 
without examination. As a mem- 
ber of the synodical assemblies he 
has fathered and furthered many 
measures of importance to the 
church. 

Enander has been much in de- 
mand as orator. The principal 
occasions at which he has been 
the speaker of the day, besides 
the aforesaid, are the following: 
the reception to the military 
delegation from Sweden at the 
Chicago Semi-Centenary in 1887; 
Swedish Day at the World's Fair 
in Chicago in 1893; the King 
Oscar Jubilee in Chicago in 1897; 
Swedish-American Day at the In- 
dustrial Exposition in Norrkoping, 
Sweden in 1906. 

In 1902 the Board of Directors 
of Augustana College conferred 
on Enander the degree of LL. D., 
and in 1905 he received from King 
Oscar the "Literis et Artibus" 
medal in recognition of his author- 
ship. He is also the possessor of 
a Polish honorary order given as 
a mark of gratitude for actual 
efforts in behalf of Poland at the 
time of its struggle for independ- 
ence in the '6os. 

Enander' s published works and 
compilations, besides the Mormon 
history above mentioned, are the 
following: "Forenta Staternas 
Historia," (United States History), 
a work published in Chicago, 
1875-1880. This work, has been 
translated into Dano-Norwegian 
and in part into English. "Valda 



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Skrifter," (Selected Works), an 
illustrated work published in 1892 
in Chicago, comprising addresses, 
historical essays, narratives and 
poems. "Nordmannen i Amerika 
eller Amerikas upptackt," (The 
Northmen in America, or The 
Discovery of America) an histori- 
cal dissertation, published in Rock 
Island, 111., in 1892. "Vara Fa- 
ders Sinnelag," (The Character 
of our Ancestors), published in 
Stockholm in 1894. "Ur Svenska 
Sangen," an anthology of Swedish 
poetry from 1800 to 1850, published 
at Rock Island in 1901. "Linnaea," 
a collection of verse by Swedish- 
American writers published and 
sold for the benefit of the Linnsean 
monument fund. "Eterneller och 
Varblommor," a collection of 
standard religious and patriotic 
poems from Swedish literature. 

Knander has, besides, contributed 
to newspapers and literary an- 
nuals in Sweden and the United 
States, among which may be 
mentioned the annuals Vintersol, 
in Sweden, and Prarieblomman in 
this country. 

Dr. Enander is a member, active 
or honorary, of several civic, his- 
torical and literary societies. 

At 55 Oak place in Lake View, 
Dr. Enander and his family have 
resided for many years back. His 
marriage took place June 22, 
1873, at Paxton, 111., Mrs. En- 
ander, whose maiden name was 
Melinda Lawson, is the daughter 
of one of the earliest Swedish 
settlers in the West. There are 
three grown children, the daugh- 
ters Ada Elvira Angelika and 



Hilma Louise Alfhild, and the 
son, Johan Einar Hilding. 



CARL T. STRANDBERG 

belongs to the well-known Swed- 
ish family of this name. Mr. 




CARL THORSTEN STRANDBERG 

Straudberg was born Jan. 22, 
1861, at Tomta, Hallsberg parish, 
Nerike, Sweden. After having 
completed his education in Swe- 
den, he went to America, arriving 
in the month of June, 1888. He 
soon obtained a position as book- 
keeper on the Board of Trade in 
Chicago. In 1890 he accepted a 
position as chief clerk with the 
large transportation firm of Peter 
McDonnell & Co. , in their Chicago 
offices and remained with this 
firm for more than seven years. 
In 1898, Mr. Strandberg was ap- 
pointed business manager of the 
well-known newspaper Gamla och 
Nya Hemlandet, and later was 
elected its treasurer. 

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and director in the Scandia Loan 
and Investment Association, and 
holds positions of trust in several 
other enterprises. 

In 1889, Mr. Strandberg was 
joined in matrimony with Miss 
Ellen Victoria Pedro, who was 
for many years private secretary 
to the renowned Swedish novelist, 
Emilie Flygare-Carlen. Mr. and 
Mrs. Strandberg have one child, 
a daughter, Elsa Victoria. The 
family residence is at 1227 North 
Shore ave., Rogers Park. 

ANNA C. FREID 

was born March 20, 1848, at Pe- 
larne, Smaland, Sweden. Her 




ANNA CHARLOTTA FREID 

parents, Johan Magnus Freid och 
Anna Helena, nee Peterson, emi- 
grated to this country in 1857 
and settled on a farm in Andover, 
111., where they died in 1891. 

The daughter was confirmed by 
the pioneer, Rev. Jonas Swensson, 
and later became a professional 



nurse. In 1884 she was called to 
the newly established Augustana 
Hospital in Chicago as head nurse 
and matron of the institution, 
retaining both positions until she 
resigned in 1896. 

Miss Freid made a tour of Eng- 
land, France, Germany, Sweden, 
Finland and Norway in 1896 and 
and again in 1898, studying hos- 
pitals and deaconess institutions. 
She was one of the leading figures 
in the establishment of the Im- 
manuel Woman's Home Associa- 
tion at 577^ lya Salle ave. and 
is the president and treasurer of 
its board of trustees. Its object 
is to provide a home under Christ- 
ian influences for such young 
women as are temporarily out of 
work and also for those who have 
no other home. It will also be a 
social gathering place for such 
members as are employed but do 
not live there. The home was 
opened Sept. 7, 1907. 

Miss Freid is a member of the 
Immanuel Swedish L,uth. Church 
since 1886 and is a life member 
of the Immanuel Deaconess Insti- 
tute at Omaha, Neb. She spends 
her summers at Pistakee Bay, 
McHenry co., 111., where she has 
a summer cottage. 



JOHN A. SANDGREN, 
high secretary of the Independent 
Order of Svithiod, was born at 
Mortorp, Smaland, April 10, 1871. 
His father, C. A. Sandgren, is 
a leather manufacturer and a 
man of consequence in the com- 
munity, now holding the office of 
postmaster at Mortorp where he 



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resides. He is also the owner of a 
beautiful farm at Kulltorp. There 
were ten children in the family, 




JOHN ALBERT SANDGREN 

five of whom survive. The elder 
Sandgren aimed to give his chil- 
dren a fair education, and the son 
John, after attending common 
school and enjoying private in- 
struction, was given a course first 
at a business college in Kalmar, 
then at an agricultural school at 
Applerum, where he studied only 
the theoretical branches. His ed- 
ucation finished, John Sandgren 
held a situation as a bookkeeper 
on Baron Stjernstedts large estate 
at Lokene, Vermland, until 1891, 
when he came over to the United 
States. Here the newcomer dur- 
ing the first year worked at what- 
ever he could find to do. He 
was at Sheffield, Pa., Jamestown 
and Buffalo, N. Y., and elsewhere, 
stopping a short time in each 
place. In the fall of 1892 he 



came on to Chicago and soon ob- 
tained a clerical position with the 
Chicago Title and Trust Company 
and remained with this firm for 
eight years. In 1902 he was 
elected high secretary of the In- 
dependent Order of Svithiod and 
is still in charge of the head- 
quarters of that order at 525 
Reaper block. 

Besides holding membership in 
the Verdandi Lodge of said order, 
Mr. Sandgren belongs to the 
King Oscar Lodge of the Masonic 
Order. He is also the treasurer 
of the Swedish Societies Central 
Association, a charitable organi- 
zation maintaining the Swedish 
Old Peoples' Home at Park 
Ridge, Illinois. 

Mr. Sandgren was married Jan. 
n, 1899, to Miss Thekla C. Bo- 
gren of Chicago. They live in a 
home of their own at 3361 North 
Ashland ave. 



LARS JOHNSON 

was born Dec. 22, 1853, * n Has- 
selstad, Ronueby parish, Blekinge, 
Sweden, where he was educated 
in the public, grammar and high 
schools. Attracted by the greater 
chances offered in the New World, 
he came over to ^this country in 
September, 1879. For the last 
eighteen years Mr. Johnson has 
been engaged in the business of 
buying and selling of western and 
southern lands. His office is at 
room 1023, Chamber of Commerce 
Building, Chicago. 

Mr. Johnson was married in 



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1889 to Hilma L,. Carlson. They 
have a daughter, Myrtle, now 
about fifteen years of age. Mr. 
and Mrs. Johnson are members of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church. 



ROBERT ANDERSON 



was born Dec. n, 
taf Adolf parish, 



1870, in Gus- 
Vestergotland, 




ROBERT ANDERSON 

Sweden. His early education was 
obtained in the public schools in 
Sweden. He learned the painter's 
trade in Jonkoping. In 1887 he 
emigrated and came directly to 
Chicago. He worked at his trade 
during the day, and at night at- 
tended the night school. After 
three years of intense application 
he began his own business. In 
1895 he formed a partnership 
with E. Osterholm with the firm 
name of Anderson and Osterholm. 
The business started with five 
men and a business of about 



$5,000 a year. It now requires 
75 men and the volume of the 
business is more than $100,000 a 
year. The firm was incorporated 
in 1902 as the Anderson and 
Osterholm Co. Paint stores are 
maintained at 1202 W. 59th St. 
and 3200 N. Clark st. 

Mr. Anderson has been a trustee 
of the Swedish Mission Church in 
Englewood for the past sixteen 
years, and its Sunday school 
superintendent for many years. 
He is a member of the board of 
directors of Englewood Hospital 
and many other organizations. 

In 1890 Mr. Anderson entered 
the matrimonial state with Miss 
Selma Holtzen of Chicago. Mr. 
and Mrs. Anderson have a pleas- 
ant home and are blessed with 
two children, Sigurd, aged fifteen 
and Alice, aged five years. 



GUSTAVE JACOBSON 

was born Oct. 13, 1873, at 
Grangesberg, Dalarne, Sweden. 
Emigrating in 1884 with his par- 
ents, he went to Chicago. After 
attending the public school he 
started in the printing trade at 
the Engberg-Holmberg Publishing 
Co.'s. office in 1887. Since then 
he has worked in various places, 
among them Fosterlandet and 
Svenska Tribunen offices. Since 
1903 he has conducted a linotype 
office. He also has .charge .of the 
Hemlandel printing department. 

Mr. Jacobson is a member of 
Verdandi Lodge No. 3, I. O. S., 
the N. S. B. A. and of the Swed- 
ish Typographical Union No. 247. 



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He was married June 25, 1896, 
to Beda Dorothea Swansea, born 
Feb. 5, 1873, at Nas, Dalarne, 




GUSTAVE JACOBSON 

Sweden. Their children are Mabel 
D., Roswell G., Clifford A. and 
Vivian S. Jacobson. The family 
resides at 927 Devon ave., Edge- 
water. 

EMIL SHERMAN 
was born Feb. 12, 1865, in Stora 
Forssa, Hammar parish, Nerike, 
Sweden. His early education was 
obtained in the Swedish public 
school. In 1 88 1 he emigrated, 
arriving in America in July. The 
young man here went to work in 
a meat market, and finally became 
the proprietor of a market at 75 
Sedgwick st. In 1907 he opened 
a restaurant next door to his 
meat market. 

Mr. Sherman not only has 
pronounced musical tastes but is 
also gifted with a talent for com- 
position, having written several 
pieces for the piano. Two of 



these have been published, bear- 
ing the titles, "Peace and Pros- 
perity to All Nations," a march, 
and "Uncle the Great," a march 
and two-step. 

A novel piece of furniture called 
the rocking modore has been 
patented by Mr. Sherman in the 
United States, Canada and several 
European countries. It is a rock- 
ing footrest on which the feet are 
elevated on a level with the body 
and which swings with each mo- 
tion of the occupant of a rocking 
chair. 

Mr. Sherman was married Nov. 
21, 1885, to Clara Johanson, born 




EMIL SHERMAN 



in Varola parish, Vestergotland. 
Their children are Ella Victoria, 
born Nov. 5, 1886 and Gustaf 
William, born July 4, 1888. 



AXEL W. AKESSON 

was born in Lund, Sweden, March 
22, 1872. He was educated in 
the I,und Cathedral School, and 



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then, having obtained a stipend 
for five years from the Royal Col- 
lege of Commerce, went to Berlin, 




AXEL WICTOR AKESSON 

where he attended a technical 
school, thereupon going to Vienna, 
Zurich, Paris and London to va- 
rious schools. 

Returning to Stockholm, Mr. 
Akesson took a thorough course 
at the Kjellberg Institute. He 
went to Chicago in 1891, and is 
now the proprietor of the Kell- 
berg Institute for massage and 
medical gymnastics at 1107 Cham- 
plain Building. 

Mr. Akesson is a member of 
King Oscar Lodge of Free Ma- 
sons, the Oriental Consistory, the 
Mystic Shrine, the First Swedish 
Lodge of Odd Fellows, the Swed- 
ish Glee Club and the Svithiod 
Singing Club. 

On Jan. 17, 1902, was celebrated 
the marriage of Mr. Akesson to 
Anna Gronquist, who is his able 
assistant. 



GUSTAF HOLMQUIST 

was born in the Swedish city of 
Nora, Vestmanland, Feb. 14, 1872, 
and was reared there until thirteen 
years of age, when the family 
emigrated to Minneapolis, Minn. 
The same year, 1885, the young 
man joined a mixed choir as alto 
singer, but his musical training 
did not begin until he reached 
the age of twenty- one. Then he 
became a pupil of A. W. Porter of 
Minneapolis, continuing under his 
instruction for four years, or until 
1897, when Mr. Holmquist inter- 
rupted his studies for a year by 
going to Alaska as the superin- 
tendent of a gang of road build- 
ers. Returning in 1898, he resumed 




GUSTAF HOLMQUIST 

his musical studies and two years 
later came to Chicago. Here he 
placed himself under the direction 
of W. N. Burritt and W. L. Hub- 
bard, who have taken pride in 
the training and further develop- 



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ment of Mr. Holmquist's excel- 
lent voice. 

While in Minneapolis, Mr. Holm- 
quist was one of the prominent 
soloists of that city, singing in 
the Westminster, the Presbyterian 
and other large churches. Since 
coming to Chicago, he has been 
a member of the splendid quartet 
of the Plymouth Church for seven 
years. 

Gustaf Holmquist, within the 
last few years has made for him- 
self an enviable place among the 
ablest bassos of the United States. 
Possessing a voice of exceptionally 
rich, sympathetic quality, of great 
power and of wide range, he is 
peculiarly fitted for every kind of 
public concert work from oratorio 
and festival performances to song 
recitals and private musicales. 

During the season of 1901 he 
was one of the soloists selected 
for the Chautauqua Assembly con- 
certs. 

Mr. Holmquist has been twice 
engaged as soloist for the singing 
festivals of the American Union 
of Swedish Singers, namely at 
Jamestown in 1901 and at Chicago 
in 1905. He was soloist at the festi- 
vals of the Eastern division of the 
above organization at Boston in 
1903 and Providence in 1907, and 
at the Western division's festival 
in Moline 1907. The United Nor- 
wegian Singers of America chose 
him as soloist at their festivals in 
Sioux Falls in 1902 and at La 
Crosse in 1905. 

In 1903 he received the flatter- 
ing offer to go to the St. Louis 
Exposition as baritone soloist of 



the Evanston Musical Club. There 
he sang in an oratorio, the excel- 
lent rendition of which brought 
the club a competitive prize of 
$3,500. 

The Apollo Club of Chicago 
chose him as bass soloist in "Mes- 
siah" and in Gabriel Pierne's 
"The Children's Crusade." 

His successes with the leading 
choral societies of the country, as 
the bass soloist in Handel's "Mes- 
siah," "The Creation" of Haydn, 
Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and "St. 
Paul," Gounod's "Redemption" 
and kindred works prove him an 
oratorio singer par excellence. 

His song recitals have been the 
subject of most enthusiastic ap- 
proval, his interpretation of the 
standard German and English 
songs winning him only 'highest 
commendation and his authorita- 
tive rendition of the Swedish folk- 
and art-songs lending peculiar in- 
terest and novelty to his programs. 

May 23, 1893, Mr. Holmquist 
was married to Miss Olivia Ogren 
at Minneapolis. 



JOHN A. WESTERLUND 

was born June 10, 1865, near Ori- 
on, 111., and is the son of Peter 
Westerlund, one of the earliest 
Swedish settlers in Henry county. 
Until he was eighteen years of 
age he worked on his father's 
farm. Being desirous of a higher 
education he attended Bethany 
College at Lindsborg, Kans., for 
six years and was graduated in 
1891, in the classical course, with 
the degree of A. B., being a mem- 
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the institution. In the same year 
he went to Chicago, engaging in 
the real estate and insurance bus- 




JOHN A. WESTERLUND 

iness. ^He also identified himself 
with the colonization and immi- 
gration business in the South and 
West. With the exception of five 
years spent in the South, he has 
been making Chicago his home. 

Since 1902 he has operated ex- 
tensively in Oregon and Wash- 
ington and in western Nebraska 
acting as special traveling immi- 
gration agent for the Union Pacific 
R. R. and as state commissioner 
of immigration of Oregon by ap- 
pointment of Governor Chamber- 
lain. In 1903 he founded and 
organized the Western Oregon 
Orchard Company, which now is 
one of the largest fruit growing 
concerns of its kind on the Pacific 
coast. 

Mr. Westerlund has traveled 
extensively, having visited every 
state in the Union, and in 1897 



made a tour through England, 
Germany and the three Scandi- 
navian countries. 

Feb. 23, 1898, Mr. Westerlund 
was married to Miss Ella Cornelia 
Holmberg, adopted daughter of 
the late C. P. Holmberg, the vet- 
eran Chicago publisher. Mr. and 
Mrs. Westerlund reside in Sheri- 
dan Park, and are members of 
the L/utheran Church. They are 
both active in the church, Mr. 
Westerlund serving as trustee. 



JOHAN A. LINDEBORG 

was born Feb. 6, 1835, in Kraks- 
hult, Smaland, Sweden. His fa- 
ther, Johan Peter Olofson, a far- 
mer, was born in 1804 and died 




JOHAN A. LINDEBORG 

in 1890. His mother, Sara Lisa 
Svensdotter from Rumskulla,died in 
1 860, aged fifty years. In his early 
days he was occupied in farming 
and various mechanical pursuits. 
He studied four terms at the ele- 
mentary school in Ahlsborg in 



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1862-63. Subsequently he was 
engaged as assistant teacher in 
Rev. B. G. Glasell's institute for 
the deaf and dumb and the blind 
at Nya Varfvet in Goteborg. In 
i86y Mr. L,indeborg left this 
position to emigrate, and first lo- 
cated in L,a Porte and South 
Bend, Ind. where he was em- 
ployed as a cabinetmaker in 
the Singer Sewing Machine Co.'s 
factory. He was next employed 
in the Pullman shops, and worked 
for various periods of time at fine 
interior finishing in Chicago. 

Mr. Lindeborg was engaged as 
a salesman in the book store of 
Enander & Bohman for six years 
and in that of the Engberg- 
Holmberg Publishing Co. for two 
years. 

Mr. Lindeborg has been active 
in politics, served repeatedly as 
election clerk and was once a 
delegate to the county convention. 
He has been an unswerving 
Republican since he acquired 
American citizenship, and has 
taken part by discussion and vote 
in every campaign since 1868. 

He is a member of the Im- 
manuel Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Chicago. He served as secretary 
for ten years, taught in the Bible 
classes of the Sunday school for 
twelve years, and as a member 
of the Immanuel Society served 
as secretary for a number of years 
and frequently took part in its 
literary programs. 

At present he is engaged in the 
H. M. Cable piano works at 
L,a Porte, Ind. 

He was married to Karolina Jose- 



fina Widerstrom. Their one daugh- 
ter, Alida, is Mrs. V. O. Peterson 
of Rock Island. 



SVEN JOHAN SEBELIUS, 

minister of the Swedish Lutheran 
Augustan a Synod, is the son of 




SVEN JOHAN SEBELIUS 

Sebelius Anderson, a carpenter 
of Tvaaker, Halland, Sweden, 
where he was born April 4, 
1874. The family left the old 
country in 1879, stopping in 
Pennsylvania, where they resided 
at Clermont, Mclntire and Peale, 
and finally settled at Du Bois. 
In the public schools the son 
obtained his fundamental educa- 
tion and after that entered Aug- 
ustana College. From that insti- 
tution he graduated in 1901 with 
the degree of A. B. and from 
Augustana Theological Seminary 
three years later as a Bachelor 
of Divinity. While at college 
Mr. Sebelius was an earnest stu- 
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mother country and was one of 
the organizers of the Swedish 
Society of Belles Lettres, becom- 
ing one of the five charter mem- 
bers and serving one term as its 
president. 

Since his ordination in 1904, 
Rev. Mr. Sebelius has been in 
charge of the Siloa Swedish 
Lutheran Church at Blue Island, 
one of the suburbs of Chicago. 
He is a member of the Swedish 
Lutheran Ministerial Association 
of Chicago. 

The Rev. Mr. Sebelius was'mar- 
ried Sept. 25, 1907, to Miss Emily 
Anderson of Portland, Conn. 



MARIE SWANSON 

was born Aug. 31, 1875, in Har- 
lof, Kristianstad, Sweden. Her 




MARIE SWANSON 

father is Sven Johanson, now a 
^ resident of Chicago. She came to 
this country in 1892. Having re- 
ceived her fundamental education 
in her native land, Miss Swanson 



came to this city, where she at- 
tended Harvey Medical College 
for three years. Later on she 
attended the American Medical 
College in St. Louis, Mo., gradu- 
ating therefrom April 21, 1903. 
The state medical examinations 
in both Missouri and Illinois have 
been successfully passed by her. 

Dr. Swanson is a member of 
the Knights and Ladies of Secur- 
ity, Independent Order of Forest- 
ers and of the Royal Neighbors 
of America. She is medical ex- 
aminer of Harmony Council No. 
928 of K. & L. of S., of Com- 
panion Court New Monitor No. 
427 I. O. F. and of Ravenswood 
Camp No. 3053 R. N. of A. 



JOHN E. MOHLIN 

was born Jan. 18, 1863, in Kal- 
mar, Sweden. His early training 




JOHN EDVARD MOHLIN 

he received in a business college 
of his home city. In 1886 he 
emigrated to America and went 



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immediately to Chicago, which 
place has since been his home. 

After the lapse of a few years 
he began business as a mason 
contractor together with John 
Woodstrom. This business was 
incorporated in 1898 as the Lake 
View Building Company. 

Mr. Mohlin is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Ravenswood. 



EUGENE L. SWENSON, 

son of Carl Swenson, a wholesale 
dealer, was born March 12, 



fish 




EUGENE L. SWENSON 

1879, in Chicago. After gradu- 
ating from the Franklin School, 
he attended the English High and 
Manual Training School and the 
Chicago Athenaeum. 

Having gained a general busi- 
ness experience during the past 
few years, Mr. Swenson in 1905 
organized Swenson's Land Agency, 
with office at 171 La Salle st., for 
the purpose of attracting Swedish 



colonists to Bovina, Texas, a new 
settlement in the northwestern part 
of that state. Farmers in the 
northern states are finding that 
they can sell their farms and ob- 
tain with the proceeds from five 
to ten times as much equally fer- 
tile land in Texas as they origin- 
ally owned. Mr. Swenson is the 
owner of Swenson's Hotel in 
Bovina. 

He is a member of the Imman- 
uel Swedish Lutheran Church of 
Chicago. 

In June, 1906, he was united 
in marriage to Miss Torell, daugh- 
ter of Rev. J. Torell of Swedes- 
burg, Neb. 

A. P. MARTIN, 

Swedish Lutheran minister, was 
born Nov. 17, 1858, in Gud- 




A. P. MARTIN 



mundtorp parish, Skane, Sweden. 
When but a child of eight he was 
deprived of a home through the 
sudden death of his father. At 



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twelve he came to America, and 
after due preparation entered Au- 
gustana College and Theological 
Seminary, was ordained pastor of 
the Augustana Synod in Minne- 
apolis June 27, 1886, and entered 
the service of the church at Sioux 
City, Iowa. 

During the summer of 1900 he 
visited Sweden, Norway, Denmark 
and England. In the same year 
he accepted a call as a Lutheran 
missionary in Utah. After labor- 
ing in this field for five years, he 
served for three years as pastor of 
the church at Eureka, Cal. While 
there he acted as secretary of the 
California Conference. 

In the fall of 1898 Rev. Martin 
removed to Blue Island, 111., as 
pastor of the Siloa Church. In 
1904 he accepted a call to Strat- 
ford, la. Since September, 1907, 
he is stationed at Sharon Springs, 
Kansas. 

Oct. 10, 1894, Rev. Martin was 
married to Miss Ella Theresia 
Wahlquist. Their children are: 
Daniel Theophilus, Helga Naomi 
and Philemon Jonathan. 



wife being Mattie Surrean, a native 
of Sweden. They have two sons 
and two daughters, and live in 



FRANK ROSBERG 
was born Sept. 29, 1854, in Sma- 
land, Sweden. With his parents 
he emigrated to the United States 
in 1856 and settled in Chicago. 
Frank attended the old Kinzie 
School on the north side. He 
then obtained employment in the 
printing trade, and has been a 
cylinder pressman for over thirty 
years, having had a press room 
for more than fifteen years. 

Mr. Rosberg is married, his 




FRANK ROSBERG 

their own residence at 5251 Arte- 
sian ave. 



FRED J. NELSON 

was born July 16, 1866, in Ostra 
Ny parish, Sweden. Since his ar- 
rival to this country in 1877 he 
has resided in Florence, Wis., Iron 
Mountain, Mich., and Chicago. 
The parents are Nils J. Nilson, a 
merchant in Brunnby, and his 
wife, Carolina. 

Mr. Nelson was for four years 
employed as a switchman on the 
Northwestern Railroad, later going 
into business as a coal dealer and 
furniture mover in partnership 
with Mr. Westerberg. Their of- 
fice is at 3569 N. Clark st. 

For many years Mr. Nelson has 
been closely identified with church 
work. He is a member of the 
Ebenezer Swedish L,uth. Church, 



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and has faithfully served as a 
deacon, Sunday school teacher and 
treasurer of the church. 




FRED J. NELSON 

His marriage to Miss Augusta 
Kmelia Nelson has been blessed 
with three children, Signe, Harry 
and Judith. 



ROBERT UNDBIvOM, 

for thirty years one of the fore- 
most Swedish -American citizens 
of Chicago, was born in Asker 
parish, Nerike, Sweden, Nov. 17, 
1844. He received his funda- 
mental education in a school at 
Hogsjo, Sodermanland, and for a 
time was in the service of the 
government survey. Prior to his 
emigration to America, Mr. L,ind- 
blom had taken a course in a 
commercial school and had learned 
the rudiments of banking at Ore- 
bro, so that when he came here 
in 1864, he already possessed a 
fair knowledge of business prin- 
ciples. The following year we 



find Lindblom in Milwaukee, as 
an employee in the grain, packing 
and elevator business of the firm 
of I/. H. Higby & Co., with whom 
he advanced to the position of 
cashier. In 1873 he established 
himself in the grain and commis- 
sion business on his own account. 
Four years later he removed to 
Chicago, where he was a success- 
ful operator on the Board of Trade 
for many years. I^indblom was a 
veteran of many notable deals in 
grain. During the period of 1880 
to 1883, when speculation was at 
its height, there were few opera- 
tors who could match him in 
shrewd trading, and he frequently 
bought and sold blocks of half a 




ROBERT LINDBLOM 

million bushels of wheat and corn 
at a time. As indicated by his 
huge financial operations, L,ind- 
blom at this time was a man of 
wealth, but his fortune is said to 
have been shattered in the famous 
Leiter "May corner" a decade 



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ago. He was a member of the 
principal commercial organizations 
in the country, viz., the Milwau- 
kee and Minneapolis Chambers of 
Commerce, New York Consolidat- 
ed Stock Exchange, New York 
Produce Exchange, Pittsburg 
Stock Exchange and St. Louis 
Merchants' Exchange, besides the 
Chicago Board of Trade and Chi- 
cago Stock Exchange. 

About eighteen years ago Lind- 
blom became closely connected 
with the "farmers' movement" 
and contributed by speech and 
pen in the effort to bring about 
a reform in the system of handling 
farm products. He was from that 
time on a constant advocate of the 
abolition of option trading on 
boards of trade, favoring trading 
in actual grain instead. 

Lindblom affiliated chiefly with 
the Democratic party, but on oc- 
casion gave his support to the 
Socialists, without, however, parad- 
ing his friendship for the labor 
element as a device for attaining 
political preferment. In 1893 he 
was appointed a member of the 
Board of Education, and was chair- 
man of its finance committee from 
then until 1896. In 1898 Mayor 
Harrison prevailed upon him to 
become a member of the Civil 
Service Commission of Chicago, 
and Mr. Lindblom served as pres- 
ident of that body for four years, 
until July, 1902. During the pe- 
riod of 1893 to l8 97 he was a 
member of Governor John P. Alt- 
geld' s staff, with the honorary 
title of Colonel. 

We find Lindblom among the 



original promoters of the World's 
Columbian Exposition. He be- 
came one of its thirty- six direct- 
ors, and as chairman of the com- 
mittee on promotion wrote the 
first appeal to the people of the 
Mississippi Valley. While in 
Washington before the Senate, he 
was one of five men to subscribe 
the half million dollars then lack- 
ing to complete Chicago's pledge 
of ten million dollars. Mr. L,ind- 
blom served, besides, as acting 
commissioner of the Swedish ex- 
hibit until the arrival of Arthur 
Leffler, the regular commissioner. 
For his services to Sweden in that 
capacity and otherwise in con- 
nection with the World's Fair, he 
was decorated by King Oscar with 
the Order of Vasa. 

In the early nineties Lindblom 
launched in the publishing busi- 
ness with a daily newspaper, the 
Chicago Press. The enterprise, 
however, did not carry itself, and 
the paper suspended publication 
after a brief existence. In col- 
laboration with Ira C. Emery, 
Ivindblom wrote a book, entitled 
"Unrest," a sociological novel, in 
which his virile pen deals ingeni- 
ously with a number of political 
and social problems. He was a 
more forcible than fluent public 
speaker, who, forced to the front 
by his personal prominence in the 
community, often appeared before 
his fellow countrymen on public 
occasions. 

He was a member of the Union 
League Club and the Swedish 
Glee Club and of a number of 
other organizations in this city 



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and elsewhere. Of the Glee Club 
he was an active promoter and 
served repeatedly as its president, 
holding that distinction at the 
time of his death. In him not only 
this singing aggregation but the 
united Swedish-American male 
choruses had one of their best 
friends and patrons. He will be 
remembered as the one who do- 
nated a championship banner, 
valued at $500, for the Scandi- 
navian singers' festival, held at 
Minneapolis in 1891. 

In 1874 Mr. Lindblom was 
married at Milwaukee, to Miss 
Hattie Lewis of that city, who 
died in 1895. To them were born 
two daughters, L,enore and Vesta, 
the latter married to Clas Ake 
Mauritz Pauli, a lieutenant of the 
Royal Dragoons of Skane, and 
residing at Ystad, Sweden. 

Robert L,indblom passed away 
Feb. 15, 1907, at the age of sixty- 
two years. He owned a handsome 
residence at 678 L,a Salle ave. 
facing Lincoln Park, and left an 
estate valued at $15,000, a mere 
remnant of his former fortune. 



of sixteen he entered the people's 
school at Myssjo, and two years 
later went into the forests to earn 
his living as a lumberer. 



ERIK ROSEN, 

who for the past fourteen years 
has been in charge of the Swedish 
Baptist Church of Englewood, was 
engaged in evangelistic work in 
Sweden for a long period before 
coming to the United States and 
is mentioned among the foremost 
workers in the Baptist Church in 
the old country. He was born at 
Myssjo, Jamtland, Sweden, Nov. 
8, 1843, an d had a Christian 
bringing up at home. At the age 




ERIK ROSEN 

During a revival at Myssjo in 
1864 Rosen became the first con- 
vert to Baptism in that locality. 
The following spring he went to 
Sundsvall and became the as- 
sistant to Olof Engberg in col- 
portage and mission work. This 
work he continued, traveling in 
the northern provinces. Having 
participated in a course of instruc- 
tion in a Bible. school at Kullsta- 
berg, he preached his first sermon 
at Sonna, Medelpad. He traveled 
afoot as an unsalaried missionary 
and made his way by the sale of 
books and tracts. The following 
summer he took another course 
at a Bible school in Sundsvall and 
in 1866 entered the school con- 
ducted by Gustaf Palmquist in 
Stockholm. 

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Wiberg, Rosen in 1870 made a 
missionary trip to Finland. Hav- 
ing preached for a month in Ja- 
kobstad, he was arrested, con- 
fronted with the rector of the 
parish and forbidden to continue 
preaching. Disregarding the order, 
he continued his labors until one 
day a mob threatened his life, 
when he left for Vasa and preached 
there for a season. 

In the fall of 1870 Rosen en- 
tered the Bethel Seminary in 
Stockholm. After two years' study 
he was called to Gefle, where the 
Baptist church had been almost an- 
nihilated on account of the burn- 
ing of the city in .1870. He col- 
lected the remnants of the church 
and opened missions in the neigh- 
boring parishes, also extending 
his labors to the adjacent prov- 
inces. 

In 1882 Rev. Rosen removed to 
Falun, where he had aided in or- 
ganizing a church, and labored as 
its pastor for six years. The 
next five years he preached at 
Hudiksvall. Through his efforts 
the Gefle and Falun District Con- 
ference was formed. 

Emigrating to America in 1892, 
Rev. Rosen took charge of the 
church in McKeesport, Pa., for a 
short period. The following year 
he accepted a call to Chicago, 
where he has given the Englewood 
church excellent pastoral service 
up to the end of the year 1907, 
when he left this charge to reen- 
ter the service of the Baptist 
Church in the mother country, 
where he is known among his 
brethren as "the apostle of Norr- 



land," owing to his efficient pio- 
neer work in that region. 

Mr. Rosen was married in Gefle 
Dec. 1 6, 1876, to Helena Hammar- 
berg, who passed away in Hudiks- 
vall Jan. 9, 1889. There were in 
this marriage three sons, of whom 
one, Edward Daniel, now 25 years 
old, is still living. Sept. 12, 1901, 
he married Maria E. Modig, with 
whom he has three sons, of whom 
two died. Theodor Emanuel is ' 
still living, 4 years old. 



ALFRED STROMBERG, 

inventor, was born in Stockholm, 
Sweden, March 9, 1861. His 




ALFRED STROMBERG 

early life was spent in the vicinity 
of that city. In 1876 he began 
work in the electrical field and in 
1879-80 had charge of a large 
part of the work of installing the 
telephone exchange in Stockholm. 
Later he had charge of the con- 
struction and the installation of 
a large number of exchanges 



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throughout the Scandinavian 
peninsula and Denmark. 

In 1885 Mr. Stromberg having 
left Sweden for the New World, 
entered the employ of the Bell 
Telephone Co., in Chicago. He 
remained in the instrument and 
construction departments of this 
company until 1890, during which 
time he made a number of in- 
ventions, some of which are still 
used by the Bell Company. Mr. 
Stromberg then took charge of 
the practical work of the Chicago 
Electric Protective Co.'s Burglar 
Alarm System. While in this 
position he made a number of 
improvements and inventions, and 
the company is now operating 
under what is known as the 
"Stromberg system." 

When the fundamental tele- 
phone patents expired in 1894, 
Mr. Stromberg entered the inde- 
pendent telephone field with An- 
drov Carlson, incorporating in 
1895 as the Stromberg-Carlson 
Telephone Mfg. Co. By 1901, 
they had a force of 1,200 men 
and the business transacted a 
month amounted to $200,000. 

In 1903 the establishment was 
consolidated with several large 
eastern companies, the firm now 
having $20,000,000 capital and 
employing 2,500 men. Mr. Strom- 
berg has retired from the firm 
and is now president of the Gold- 
berg Motor Car Devices Mfg. Co. 
at 1253 Michigan ave. His old 
partner Androv Carlson is still 
associated with him. 

In 1886 Mr. Stromberg was 
married to Miss Ella Johnson, also 



a native of Stockholm. They 
have one son and three daughters. 
The family residence is at 2305 
Sheridan Road. 



OLOF VAL,L,EY, 

the well-known basso, was born 
Sept. 27, 1868 in L/jusne, Hel- 




OLOF VALLEY 

singland, where his father was 
for over 40 years foreman of a 
saw mill. The son came to this 
country in 1887 and located in 
Chicago, where he followed the 
trade of a machinist. 

Joining the Swedish Glee Club, 
he contributed not a little to its 
superb singing. Mr. Valley went 
with the chorus on the trip to 
Sweden in 1897. He studied the 
voice with prominent teachers 
in Chicago. He appeared in 
numerous concerts as bass soloist 
and had several appointments in 
church quartets. Entering the 
Chicago Conservatory of Music 
he was graduated in 1902. 



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In 1904 Mr. Valley accepted a 
call as director of music at the 
Kansas State Agricultural College 
at Manhattan, Kansas. Prof. Val- 
ley is at the head of the music 
department and is director of the 
college chorus. In the summer 
of 1907 he toured the states with 
an organization called "The Olof 
Valley Company" and met with 
fine success. 

Prof. Valley is a man of fine 
physique and has a splendid bass 
voice of wide range. 

He was united in marriage on 
May 2, 1896 with Anna Ostbom, 
daughter of Lieut. N. F. G. 
Ostbom of the Royal Svea Artil- 
lery Regiment. A son, Norman, 
was born to them July 26, 1898. 



EMU, AND ERIC WERNER. 

The elder brother, Emil Werner, 
was born at Snaflunda parish, 




Askersund, he emigrated in 1887 
direct to Chicago. Mr. Werner 
was married on June 29, 1902, to 
Miss Cecilia Carlson of Chicago. 
A son, Nels, was born to them. 
Eric Werner was born at Snaf- 
lunda, Dec. 21, 1872. He studied 
at the Carolinian Institute at 




ERIC A. WERNER 



Nerike, June 29, 1862. After 
attending school for some time at 



EMIL WERNER 

Orebro until 1887 when he emi- 
grated to America together with 
his brother. In 1892 the two 
brothers engaged in the expressing, 
storage and coal business under 
the firm name of Werner Bros. 
The beginning was modest but 
with time the business has grown 
to be the largest of its kind on 
the north side. The firm has 
one large storage warehouse at 
18-24 Evanston ave., another one 
at 266-272 Lincoln ave., a. third 
at 1968-70 Evanston ave., Sheri- 
dan Park. The firm employs 150 
men, has 20 moving vans, a large 
number of express and heavy 
truck wagons, and 125 horses. 



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They have over 500 fire proof 
rooms for the storage of furnit- 
ure, household goods and works 
of art. 

Emil Werner died April 19, 1906, 
so that now the management de- 
volves upon the younger brother. 

Mr. Eric Werner has twice 
visited his old home in Sweden. 
He also traveled through other 
European countries. 

Jan. 13, 1904, he was married 
to Miss Ellen Nelson, born in 
Copenhagen, of Danish parents, 
June 4, 1884, the wedding being 
celebrated with splendid festivities 
at the club house of the Swedish 
Glee Club, of which Mr. Werner 
is a member. Mr. and Mrs. Wer- 
ner have a daughter named Vivian. 



Illinois State Medical Society, the 
Chicago Medical Society, the Amer- 
ican Medical Association, the 



ANDERS FRICK, 

doctor of medicine, was born in 
the city of Malmo, Sweden, Jan. 
12, 1868. He attended the Malmo 
collegiate school and later, the 
University of L,und. After grad- 
uating in September, 1896, from the 
renowned Carolinian Medico- Sur- 
gical Institute in Stockholm, he 
came to the United States in the 
following December. 

Dr. Frick is a successful prac- 
titioner enjoying high standing 
among Chicago's medical profes- 
sion. He was associate to the 
chair of Therapeutics at Rush 
Medical College 1901-1905 and 
is a member of the staff of Au- 
gnstana Hospital since November, 
1903, and is assistant chief of its 
medical department. 

Dr. Frick is a member of the 




ANDERS FRICK 

Scandinavian Medical Society of 
Chicago, the German Medical 
Society of Chicago, the Swedish 
Medical Society of Stockholm and 
of the Swedish Glee Club. 



FRITHIOF V. HEDEEN 

was born Dec. 9, 1875, in Stock- 
holm. In his home city he at- 
tended the North L,atin School, 
his studies there forming a good 
foundation for his future work in 
America. In 1891 he emigrated 
and several years later became in- 
terested in religious work. After 
serving the Swedish Baptist Church 
in Altona, 111., he entered the 
Swedish Theological Seminary of 
the University of Chicago. In 
the summer of 1900 he served the 
church in Brunswick, Minn., and 



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in 1901 had a call to become pas- 
tor at Evanston. During this same 
year he was ordained and two 



Cook County 




FRITHIOF V. HEDEEN 

years later graduated from the 
University of Chicago. 

Rev. Hedeen has done splendid 
work in the Swedish Baptist church 
in Evanston. There has been 
progress both spiritually and finan- 
cially during his pastorate, a large 
part of the church debt having 
been paid off and more than one 
hundred members added to the 
congregation. 

He has served as vice-president 
of the Swedish Baptist Young 
People's Union of America. Mr. 
Frithiof Hedeen has recently left 
the ministry, and has now estab- 
lished himself as a jeweler at 1595 
35th street. 

In 1897 Mr. Hedeen was mar- 
ried to Miss Emma Olson, a union 
which has been blessed with two 
sons. 



JOHN A. WALGREN 

was born at Danville, 111., Feb. 9, 
1870. He was graduated from 
the elementary school in Oskars- 
hamn with highest honors in 1884; 
from the Minneapolis high school 
in 1889, and from the Minnesota 
State University College of Law 
in 1891, whereupon he entered the 
law offices of Hon. John P. Rea 
and Eli Torrance. He engaged in 
the practice of law, being admit- 
ted to the Supreme Courts of 
Minnesota and Illinois. 

In the campaign of 1900, Mr. 
Walgren toured Nebraska as 
speaker for the National Repub- 
lican Committee the members of 
which in a letter to him highly 
commended his work "on the firing 
line." 

He has devoted some of his 
time to literature and occult stud- 
ies, being the author and pub- 
lisher of the periodical, Golden 
Youth. 

Mr. Walgren is the founder of 
the Prentice Mulford Club in the 
Auditorium Building, and is man- 
ager at 5507 Indiana ave. 



CHARLES L. SWANSON, 

born Oct. 31, 1870, is a native 
Chicagoan. With a foundation 
laid in the public schools, he ac- 
quired a legal education at the 
Law School of the Lake Forest 
University, and, upon being ad- 
mitted to practice, established a 
law office. At present, Mr. Swan- 
son holds the position of assistant 
trial attorney in the City Attor- 
ney's office. 



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Mr. Swanson is identified with 
a number of orders and fraternal 
societies. He is commander of 
the Norden Tent; chaplain of the 
John C. Fremont Council, National 
Union; president of the Lincoln 
Singing Club; member of the K. 
O. Iv. M., and of the 26th Ward 
Republican Club. 

Jan. 9, 1895, Mr. Swanson was 
married to Miss Millie Hegberg. 



CHARLES S. PETERSON, 

proprietor of the Peterson Lino- 
type Company, and silent partner 




CHARLES 



S. PETERSON 



in the Regan Printing Company, 
was born at Daglosen, Vermland, 
Sweden, Aug. 29, 1873. At the 
age of fourteen he came to Chi- 
cago, where he was first employed 
on the Swedish weekly newspaper, 
Hemlandet. In 1888 he went west, 
stayed in Colorado for some time 
and then proceeded to California. 
Subsequently he made a trip to 
the Sandwich Islands, returning 



to California after two years. In 
1895 he came back to Chicago 
and became linotype operator for 
the weekly Svenska Amerikanaren^ 
continuing in that position until 
1899, which year he organized the 
Peterson L/inotype Company, at 
present the largest concern of its 
kind in Chicago. 

In 1901 Mr. Peterson was united 
in marriage to Miss Thyra Hjert- 
quist, daughter of Gabriel Hjert- 
quist, the veteran foreman of the 
typographical department of Sven- 
ska Amerikanaren. 



ANDERS HESSEIv, 

grand secretary of the Independ- 
ent Order of Vikings, was born 
Jan. 22, 1872. His father, Ed- 
ward Hessel, who was a sailor, 
died in 1904. After obtaining an 




ANDERS HESSEL 



education in a public academy 
and a manual training school in 
Sweden, Mr. Hessel emigrated to 
the United States in 1890 and lo- 



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cated in Chicago the following 
year. 

After coming to this country 
he supplemented his education by 
a course in a business college. 
For twelve years he was in the 
employ of Marshall Field & Com- 
pany, as salesman in the whole- 
sale upholstery department. 

He is a member of Brage Lodge 
No. 2 of the Independent Order 
of Vikings, and was elected sec- 
retary of the Grand Lodge of the 
Order in 1905. Mr. Hessel also 
belongs to the Orpheus Singing 
Club. 



ANDROV CARLSON 

was born May 9, 1854, on the 
Tommared estate, Karl Gustaf 




ANDROV CARLSON 

parish, Vestergotland. His par- 
ents, Carl and Anna Britta Johan- 
son, were farmer folk who died 
on the old estate. The son emi- 
grated in 1880, landing at Phila- 
delphia and proceeded to Chicago. 



Becoming restless, he spent three 
years in various parts of the coun- 
try, but finally returned to Chi- 
cago, where he has since resided. 
Mr. Carlson obtained employment 
at the Deering Harvester Works 
and later with various electrical 
appliance companies, such as the 
Chicago Telephone Company. 

In company with Alfred Strom- 
berg he formed the Stromberg- 
Carlson Telephone Company, which 
was incorporated in 1895. In June, 
1901, the firm purchased the seven 
story factory building located at 
the corner of Jackson and Clinton 
streets, which, together with the 
adjoining four story building which 
had been previously acquired, gave 
them superior facilities for meet- 
ing the increasing demand for 
their products. The firm em- 
ployed 1,200 men and had a busi- 
ness of over $200,000 a month. 
In 1903 the business was consoli- 
dated with several eastern con- 
cerns. In 1906 the company had 
increased its capital to $20,000,000 
and now employs 2,500 men, truly 
a marvelous growth from a small 
beginning. 

Mr. Carlson has retired from 
the telephone business and is now 
treasurer of the Goldberg Motor 
Car Devices Mfg. Co. at 1253 Michi- 
gan ave. and is still associated 
with his old partner, Alfred 
Stromberg. 

Mr. Carlson was in 1886 mar- 
ried to Christine Hillstrom, with 
whom he has had eight children, 
of which three boys and two girls 
are still living. The family re- 



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sides in an elegant home at 2693 
Sheridan Road. 



PETRUS SWARTZ, 

clergyman of the Swedish Baptist 
Church, was born April 13, 1860, 




PETRUS SWARTZ 

in Ousby parish, Skane, Sweden. 
At sixteen years of age he joined 
the Gota I,ife Guards, passed the 
subaltern officer's examination with 
the highest honors and resigned 
from the regiment in 1882. 
While in the military service he 
became a member of the First 
Baptist Church of Stockholm. 

Desirous of serving the church 
as a preacher, he entered the 
Bethel Seminary at Stockholm, 
taking a course of theological 
instruction there until 1885, when 
he left for the United States. 

Coming to Chicago, he was in 
charge of the Englewood church 
and of the Fourth Swedish Bap- 
tist Church for a time and then 
continued his divinity studies at 



the Morgan Park seminary, grad- 
uating in 1889. He now served 
the churches in Rockfbrd, 111., 
and Omaha, Neb., before return- 
ing to Chicago as pastor of the 
L,ake View church in 1898. In 
1907 Rev. Mr. Swartz assumed 
the pastorate of the Swedish Bap- 
tist Church in Kansas City, Mo. 
In 1895 Rev. Swartz was elected 
secretary of the General Confer- 
ence and in that capacity edited 
the yearbook of the Swedish 
Baptist churches for several years 
following. He also has served as 
chairman of the executive com- 
mittee of the Illinois Conference 
and as a member ^>f a committee 
to edit a new Swedish Baptist 
hymnal, published some years ago. 



CARL GUSTAF NORMAN, 

editor of Svenska Tribunen-Nyheter, 
was born Oct. 19, 1861, at Taf- 




CARL GUSTAF NORMAN 

velsas, Smaland, Sweden. He 
worked for a time as assistant to 



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a surveyor before emigrating in 
1879. The same year he entered 
Augustana College and pursued 
studies, with intervals, until 1890, 
when he was graduated from the 
theological seminary and ordained 
minister of the Augustana Synod. 
In 1882-83 he was instructor at 
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan- 
sas, and in 1887-88 edited Framdt, 
a weekly newspaper, published in 
that town. 

Mr. Norman entered upon his 
ministerial career as pastor in 
Center ville, R. I., and Williman- 
tic, Conn. After a year he as- 
sumed a charge in Providence, 
R. I., where h edited a weekly 
paper, Framat, 1892-95, having 
resigned his pastorate. He sub- 
sequently resumed preaching as 
pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Jersey City, but again 
exchanged the pulpit for the edi- 
torial chair in 1897 when he left 
the ministry and became editor of 
Pohtjernan, a new journalistic en- 
terprise in Brooklyn. He worked 
on different papers for a time and 
in 1899 became editor-in-chief of 
Svea, a weekly newspaper in 
Worcester, Mass. Mr. Norman 
left Worcester in 1906, and came 
to Chicago, assuming a correspond- 
ing position with Svenska- Tribunen- 
Nyheter. 

Norman possesses a poetic talent 
above the average versifier. In 
the early '8os he began to write 
verse for the papers and has con- 
tinued cultivating that form of 
literature to the present. Culled 
from the indifferent mass of his 
poetic productions, his best poems 



would make a meritorious collec- 
tion. 



WALFRID JOHNSON 

was born in Sweden, March 22, 
1874, and spent his boyhood days 




WALFRID JOHNSON 

on his father's farm in Rudskoga 
parish, Vermland. After finishing 
the course offered in the public 
school, he decided to train him- 
self for a mercantile career. With 
a few dollars in his pocket, he 
set out for the nearest city. He 
entered the Karlskrona manual 
training school, from the mercan- 
tile department of which he grad- 
uated with honor in 1893. The 
same year he emigrated and at 
once settled in Chicago, where 
he has since resided. He secured 
a position in the wholesale de- 
partment of Marshall Field and 
Co., where he was employed until 
ten years ago, when he accepted 
a position with the Stern Clothing 
Company. He left the service of 



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this house to join with the L,ind- 
sten Clothing Co., 1713 North 
Clark st., as a member of the 
firm. 

Mr. Johnson belongs to the 
Free Masons, Odd Fellows, For- 
esters and the Vikings. He is 
also a member of the Messiah 
Lutheran Church, Lake View. 



A. E. G. WINGARD, 

one of the proprietors of the Swed- 
ish weekly Svenska Amerikanaren , 




A. EDWIN G. WINGARD 

was born Sept, 26, 1841, in Sma- 
land, Sweden, at Marieholms bruk, 
a large manufacturing establish- 
ment owned by his father, A. Win- 
gard. In addition to a common 
school preparation, the son attend- 
ed the Jonkoping elementary school 
or college, which he left before 
completing the course to assume 
the duties of bookkeeper in his 
father's establishment. The year 
1867 was one of great financial 
depression in Sweden, and emigra- 



tion to the United States assumed 
unprecedented proportions. Young 
Wingard followed the westward 
current across the Atlantic and 
located in Princeton, 111. He was 
employed in a dry goods store in 
that city for the next five years. 
In 1872 he came from Princeton 
to Chicago., Two years later he 
secured employment as a salesman 
in the Marshall Field retail estab- 
lishment and remained with this 
house for eight years. His sub- 
sequent employment was- that of 
advertising solicitor for Svenska 
Amerikanaren. In 1884 he pur- 
chased from Gabriel Hjertquist 
the stock in the newspaper, owned 
by him, and since 1888, when F. 
A. Lindstrand purchased the ma- 
jority of the stock, the two have 
been joint proprietors and pub- 
lishers. 

Mr. Wingard is affiliated with 
no organizations other than the 
Swedish Glee Club. 

Sept. 16, 1897, Mr. Wingard 
was married to Miss Olivia Swan- 
soii of Chicago. Mrs. Wingard is 
a native of St. Charles, 111. The 
couple live comfortably at 1270 
Sheridan road. 



NILS A. NELSON, 

president of the Scandia Life In- 
surance Company of Chicago and 
secretary of the Svea Loan and 
Building Ass' n, came to America in 
1 88 1 from Halland, Sweden, He 
was born in Hvalinge Jan. 15, 
1860, his father being Borge Nils- 
son, who still lives on the old 
farm. 



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After about four years in this 
country, Mr. Nelson entered the 
Metropolitan Business College of 




NILS A. NELSON 

Chicago, where he spent fifteen 
months in preparing for commer- 
cial life. In the fall of 1886 he 
obtained a position with a large 
Board of Trade firm, where he 
continued for about ten years, 
most of the time having charge 
of the grain receiving department. 
In 1893 the Svea Building and 
Loan Association was organized 
and Mr. Nelson was elected pres- 
ident and in 1896 secretary of the 
association. Resigning his posi- 
tion with the Board of Trade 
firm, he has since made Svea one 
of the most solid financial insti- 
tutions in Chicago. Mr. Nelson 
also deals in real estate, loans and 
insurance, and has been treasurer 
and is now president of Scandia 
Life Insurance Company, having 
been elected to the latter office in 
April, 1905. He was the virtual 



organizer of the Chicago Cemetery 
Association and has constantly 
served as its secretary. 

While a thorough American at 
heart, Mr. Nelson takes pride in 
his origin and retains a warm 
love for the mother country. He 
is ever ready to further the inter- 
ests of his fellow-countrymen, in 
business, in politics and in church 
affairs. 

As a member of the Bethlehem 
Swedish Lutheran Church in En- 
glewood, he has held a place on 
its board of deacons for ten years 
past, and served for three years 
as superintendent of the Sunday 
school. 

His marriage to Adelia H. M. 
Olson, daughter of Herman Olson, 
dry goods merchant, took place 
April 30, 1895. Mr. and Mrs. 
Nelson's children are Byron Le 
Roy, born 1897, Norman A., born 
1901, and Stanley Everett, born 
1905- 

G. EDWIN SANDSTEDT 

was born April 17, 1876, at Gow- 
rie, Webster co., Iowa, where his 
father was a farmer. Young Sand- 
stedt attended the public schools 
of that state until he was fifteen 
years old. In the year 1892 he 
moved with the family to Kansas, 
where they engaged in farming 
and stock raising. He attended 
the public schools of that state 
and in 1899 came to Chicago. 

Entering the Teachers' Review 
School, he graduated in the spring 
of 1900, and subsequently attended 
night school at the Harvey Med- 
ical College. In 1900 he took an 



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agency with the Prudential L,ife 
Insurance Company, was promoted 
to the position of assistant local 




G. EDWIN SANDSTEDT 

superintendent and remained with 
that company until 1902. 

The last few years Mr. Sand- 
stedt has devoted to the study of 
medicine, completing his course at 
the National Medical University 
in the spring of 1907. His office 
is at 1741 N. Clark st. 



ALECK E. JOHNSON, 

publisher of Gam la och Nya Hem- 
landct, was born July 29, 1840, in 
Karlskoga, Vermland, Sweden. He 
came to America in 1854 with his 
parents. The whole family became 
affected with the then prevalent 
cholera epidemic, and the father 
died soon after the train pulled 
into Chicago. The rest of the 
family were taken to the hospital 
and later assisted by an American 
family. Aleck had four years' 
schooling at Mt. Carroll Seminary 



in Mt. Carroll, 111., and then began 
the battle of life. 

About thirty years ago Mr. 
Johnson went to St. Paul in the 
capacity of commissioner of emi- 
gration for the St. Paul, Minne- 
apolis & Manitoba Railway. In 
1883 he organized the firm of A. 
E. Johnson & Co., land and immi- 
gration agents, at St. Paul. Since 
that time, the firm of A. E. John- 
son Company has established head- 
quarters at Chicago, Minneapolis, 
St. Paul, Seattle, Boston and New 
York City, Mr. Johnson remaining 
at the head of the firm. For the 
past fifteen years, Mr. Johnson 
has made New York his head- 
quarters, where he is the general 




ALECK E. JOHNSON 

passenger agent for the Scandinav- 
ian-American L,ine. 

His career as a publisher began 
in 1891, when Mr. Johnson 
purchased an interest in the Gain la 
och Nya Hemlandet, forming the 
firm of Johnson & Soderholm. 



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Five years later he bought his 
partner's share and formed the 
present Hemlandet Co. 

In 1905, Mr. Johnson bought 
an interest in the only Swedish 
newspaper published at New York 
City, the Nordstjernan. 

Mr. Johnson is the Swedish con- 
sul in New York, and has been 
an instrument of much good to 
Scandinavian immigrants. In re- 
cognition of this fact he was dec- 
orated by King Oscar II. with the 
order of Vasa, and in 1906 was 
awarded the decoration of the order 
of Dannebrog by King Fredrik of 
Denmark. In 1907 he was given 
the degree of L,L,. D. by Upsala 
College, Orange, N. J. 

Mr. Johnson is a member of the 
council of the Swedish- American 
Historical Society and chairman 
of its finance committee, chairman 
of the Swedish Chamber of 
Commerce of New York, vice- 
president of the Scandinavian Sail- 
ors' Temperance Home in Brook- 
lyn and a trustee of the Swedish 
hospital in Brooklyn. 



Mr. Christopher has been a 
member of the Apollo Musical 
Club for several years. The ex- 



E. BERNHARD CHRISTOPHER 
was born April 22, 1866, at Domn- 
arfvet, Dalarne, Sweden. After 
obtaining a fundamental education 
he emigrated in 1886 and made 
his home in Chicago. He engaged 
in the manufacture of bicycles 
and, later, of automobiles. The 
Christopher Bros, establishment is 
at 1049 Sheffield ave., where is 
built the "Triumph," a self-start- 
ing car of 30 horsepower. General 
machine work and repairing is 
also done at the place. 




E. BERNHARD CHRISTOPHER 

perience thus gained has been put 
to good use, for he has been the 
choirmaster of the Swedish Bap- 
tist Church in L,ake View since 
and has drilled more than 



one Handel chorus with his choir. 
Mr. Christopher was married in 
September, 1887, to Miss Carolina 
Borggren. Their children are: 
Richard B., born 1888; Magnhild 
C., 1890; Gerald E., 1892; Elmer 
J., 1895, and Herbert, 1897. 



GRANDER E. WAI^D, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
of Swedish parents in Bagn, Nor- 
way, Sept. 7, 1868. His father 
was a timber dealer in Ostersund, 
doing business on both sides of 
the boundary line between Sweden 
and Norway. He came to the 
United States when the son was 
four years of age, settling at 



Chicago 

Grand Forks, N. D., whence the 
family removed to Willapa, Wash., 
in 1878. The son later returned to 




OLANDER E. WALD 

Grand Forks to study. The high 
school course completed, he entered 
the University of Minnesota, but 
interrupted his studies to become 
agent for Northern Pacific lands 
in the state of Washington. In 
1894 Mr. Wald entered the med- 
ical department of the University 
of Illinois and graduated with 
high honors in 1898. Dr. Wald's 
first appointment was that of field 
surgeon of the Scandinavian regi- 
ment organized in Minneapolis for 
service in the war with Spain, 
but which did not take the field, 
owing to the sudden termination 
of the eventful war. Subse- 
quently Dr. Wald did post-grad- 
uate work for two years at Johns 
Hopkins University under Dr. Os- 
ier. During the second year he 
was in charge of the dispensary 
of the university. In June, 1901, 



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he was appointed interne at Au- 
gustana Hospital, serving until 
December, 1903. Soon after, he 
was made surgeon-in-chief of the 
Bethesda and Lincoln Park hos- 
pitals. 

In June, 1905, Dr. Wald and 
others founded the Lake View 
Hospital at 1728 Belmont ave., 
an institution headed by him in 
the capacity of chief surgeon. 

In 1906, Dr. Wald was appointed 
professor of surgery at the Jenner 
Medical College. 

He is a member of the Chicago 
Medical Society, of the Illinois 
State Medical Society and the 
Scandinavian Medical Society of 
Chicago; also member and exam- 
ining physician of the Thor and 
Vega societies and of various 
lodges of the Independent Orders 
of Svithiod, Vikings and Macca- 
bees, of the Knights of Pythias, 
Knights of the Golden Eagle and 
the Royal Arcanum. 

Dr. Wald is affiliated with the 
Lutheran Church. 



HARRY OLSON, 

Chief Justice of the Municipal 
Court of Chicago, was born in 
Chicago Aug. 4, 1867. His father, 
Olof G. Olson, was a stone mason 
and bricklayer, who was born in 
Filipstad, Vermland. The mother, 
Clara C. Olson, was born at Sock- 
holm. The family came to Chicago 
in 1865. When the son was three 
years old, the family removed to 
Kansas, where the father died nine 
years later. The family then re- 
turned to this state, to Win- 



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nebago county, where Mr. Olson 
was graduated from the Pecato- 
nica high school in 1885. He 




HARRY OLSON 

subsequently taught school for two 
years in Kansas, and became prin- 
cipal of the public schools of St. 
Mary's, Kansas, in 1887. He 
studied at Washburne College, To- 
peka, for a like period and later 
entered Union College of L,aw in 
Chicago, completing the course 
and being admitted to the bar in 
1891. He was engaged in the 
general practice of law for the 
next five years* and in 1896 was 
appointed assistant state's attorney 
under Charles S. Deneen. He re- 
mained in that office for ten years, 
having been twice reappointed. 
The first important case that Mr. 
Olson conducted in Chicago was 
the trial of Moran and Healy, 
charged with the killing of Swan 
Nelson, in which case he was as- 
sociated with L,uther L,aflin Mills 
for the prosecution. 



During the time that Mr. Olson 
was assistant state's attorney of 
Cook county he was entrusted 
with the conduct of many of the 
most important cases prosecuted 
in that office, some of which at- 
tracted national attention. On 
account of the publicity given to 
the great trials held in the crim- 
inal court of Cook county, which, 
because of its extensive jurisdic- 
tion, is one of the greatest criminal 
tribunals in the world, Mr. Olson's 
eminent service in that court made 
him widely known and gave him 
national reputation as a barrister. 

Mr. Olson's last and one of his 
greatest services to the people in 
his capacity of assistant state's at- 
attorney consisted in apprehending 
in Morocco and returning to the 
state of Illinois the fugitive bank 
looter, Paul O. Stensland, former 
president of the Milwaukee Ave. 
State Bank, and procuring his 
conviction and sentence to a term 
in the state penitentiary. It may 
be added that Mr. Olson materially 
assisted Mr. Deneen in creating 
the so-called "Bankers' Row" in 
that institution. 

When in 1906 Chicago abolished 
the justice court and constable 
system and established in its stead 
the Municipal Court, the new sys- 
tem, to be an improvement on 
the old, required men of higher 
legal standing and better records 
than the average justice of the 
peace. Each of the two dominant 
parties looked about for a man 
particularly well qualified for the 
position of Chief Justice of the 
twenty-seven branches of the new 



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court, and the Republicans selected 
as their candidate Harry Olson, 
who was elected Nov. 6, 1906, 
with a plurality of 31,000 over 
the opposing candidates, one a 
Republican, the other a Democrat, 
a jurist of local eminence. As the 
directing head of this important 
branch of the judicial system of 
Chicago, Mr. Olson holds one of 
the foremost offices in the city. 
The Municipal Court of Chicago 
is the largest court in the state 
in the number of judges and the 
volume of business transacted. 

In 1891 Mr. Olson was married 
to Miss Berenice Miller of Peca- 
tonica, 111. They have three chil- 
dren, Harry, Sanford and Jane. 

Mr. and Mrs. Olson attend the 
Presbyterian Church. 



graduate work at the Chicago 
Lying-in Hospital. For one year, 
1903-04, she held the position of 



JOHANNA K. T. DAHLGREN, 
superintendent of nurses at the 
Swedish - American Hospital in 
Englewood, is a native of Chicago, 
having been born there Dec. 20, 
1875, the daughter of Peter Mag- 
nus Dahlgren and Ingrid Christ- 
ina, nee Swenson. The family 
lived for a number of years at 
Des Moines, la., where she re- 
ceived her early education, after- 
ward attending high school in 
Chicago and studying at Augus- 
tana College. At the latter insti- 
tution she completed the normal 
course and subsequently continued 
her studies for two years in the 
college department. 

In 1901 Miss Dahlgren entered 
the Augustana Hospital Training 
School for Nurses, graduating after 
two years. Later she did post- 




JOHANNA EMILIA THERESIA 
DAHLGREN 

acting superintendent of the Bless- 
ing Hospital at Quincy, 111., and 
the next year was head nurse of 
the maternity department of the 
Presbyterian Hospital of Chicago. 
From there Miss Dahlgren was 
called as superintendent of the 
Englewood Hospital, which posi- 
tion she occupies at the present 
time. 

Miss Dahlgren is an alumna of 
the Augustana Hospital, and a 
member of the Illinois State Asso- 
ciation of Graduate Nurses and of 
the Superintendents' Society of 
Illinois. 

She is a Lutheran in faith and 
a member of the Bethlehem Church 
of Englewood. Her home is at 
6754 Yale ave. 



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JOHN J. ERICKSON, 
proprietor of a number of restau- 
rants in different parts of the city, 




JOHN JACOB ERICKSON 

was born at Fensbol, Vermland, 
Sweden, Jan. 14, 1865. He was 
brought to the United States at 
the age of three, when the family 
emigrated in 1868. They settled 
at Dassel, Minn., where Mr. Erick- 
son lived until reaching the age 
of fifteen years. He then went 
to work in the printing office of 
a local newspaper in Grove City. 
In 1883, together with Lambert 
Gisslow and C. E. Peterson, he 
began the publication of a news- 
paper named Svenska Folkets Alle- 
handa at L,itchfield, Minn., but 
retired from this company a year 
later. From 1886 to 1889 he 
worked as a compositor on various 
Swedish newspapers in Minneapo- 
lis. The latter year he organized 
a company, composed of Hjalmar 
Bergman, Gudmund Akermark, 
Oliver Skone, Otto Oberg and 



himself, for the publication at 
Minneapolis of Nya Verlden. In 
1890 he secured a position as a 
compositor on the Minneapolis 
Times, remaining until 1896, when 
he came to Chicago and worked 
at the linotype machine for four 
years, first for John Linden and 
later in the establishment of the 
Peterson Linotype Company. 

Changing his occupation in 1900, 
he engaged in the restaurant bus- 
iness at the suggestion of his wife, 
who excelled in the art of cook- 
ing. They opened a restaurant at 
130 N. Clark St., and succeeded 
so well in the venture that they 
soon added a second, located at 
No. 8 So. Clark st. Then fol- 
lowed a third, a fourth, a fifth 
and a sixth eating house in their 
respective locations, viz., 230 N. 
Clark St., 234 Wells St., 88 East 
Thirty-ninth St., and 428 E. North 
ave. The average number of per- 
sons served per day in the six 
restaurants Mr. Erickson estimates 
at 3,000. 

The marriage of Mr. Erickson 
took place at Minneapolis Oct. 
20, 1897. His wife, who was Miss 
Carolina Erikson, is also a native 
of Fensbol, where she was born 
July 14, 1867. 

Mr. Erickson affiliates with no 
fraternal or social associations, his 
business occupying his entire time. 
In the summer of 1907, however, 
he took a vacation trip back to 
the land of his birth. 



GUSTAF CARLSON 
was born June 8, 1863, on the 
Donshults estate, Urshult parish, 



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Smaland. His father died when to Hilda Holm from Karlshamn. 
the boy was two years old. The They have two sons and one 
family moved the next year to daughter. 




GUSTAF CARLSON 

Karlshamn, where Gustaf, after 
his school career, learned the ci- 
garmaker's trade. At sixteen he 
became a sailor and shipped sev- 
eral times to the East Indies and 
China. On one voyage he stopped 
at Capetown, South Africa, where 
he worked as a cigarmaker. In 
1883 he shipped again, bound for 
New York. He did not remain 
there, but soon went to Buffalo, 
and finally to Chicago. Here he 
shipped on the great lakes for a 
season, and then resumed his trade. 
After nine years he began a bus- 
iness of his own. A few years 
ago he moved his factory to 172 
N. 48th ave., Moreland. 

Mr. Carlson is a member of I. 
O. S., Lodge No. i, I. O. V., Odin 
Lodge No. 8, and the Swedish so- 
ciety Kronan. 

Mr. Carlson was married in 1887 



OLOF HEDEEN, 

minister of the Swedish Baptist 
Church and professor of exegesis 
and homiletics at the Swedish de- 
partment of the Union Theologic- 
al Seminary at Morgan Park, was 
born at Undersaker, in the prov- 
ince of Jemtland, Sweden, June 
19, 1860. He began his studies 
at a collegiate school in Ostersund 
when sixteen years old. At sev- 
enteen, having been converted and 
filled with a desire to enter the 
holy ministry, he took up studies 
at the Fjellstedt School in Upsala, 




OLOP HEDEEN 

where the college course was com- 
pleted, and afterwards studied ex- 
egetical theology and Greek liter- 
ature at the Upsala University un- 
til 1883. Thereupon he was li- 
censed by the archbishop of Swe- 
den to preach and conduct services 



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in the State Church. Hedeen, 
however, had conscientious scru- 
ples concerning certain institutions 
and practices of the State Church. 
Thinking that the Lutheran 
Church in America might be more 
evangelical, he emigrated the same 
year with a view to entering its 
service. Most of his near relatives 
had preceded him across the At- 
lantic. Soon after his arrival in 
this country he assumed charge 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
in New Sweden, Maine, then be- 
longing to a German Lutheran 
synod. In 1885, after having 
passed a satisfactory examination 
at the Augustana Theological Sem- 
inary at Rock Island, he was or- 
dained as a minister in the Au- 
gustana Synod at its annual meet- 
ing in Rockford. Having accepted 
a call to the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Manchester, N. H., he 
served there until 1890, during 
which time the membership of the 
church largely increased and a new 
edifice was built. Part of the time 
Rev. Hedeen served as secretary 
of the New York Conference of 
the Augustana Synod and was as- 
sociate editor of Osterns Vaktare 
and Eastern correspondent of Au- 
gustana och Missionaren. 

In 1890 Rev. Hedeen withdrew 
from the Lutheran Church and 
joined the Baptist denomination, 
becoming a member of the Tre- 
mont Temple Church in Boston 
through baptism. Subsequently 
he served as pastor of the First 
Swedish Baptist Church of Brook- 
lyn for six years, meeting with 
remarkable success. In that short 



period he baptized 237 persons and 
received altogether 570 new mem- 
bers into the church. In the mean- 
time a new church edifice, known 
as the Swedish Tabernacle, was 
erected at a cost of $32,000. 

In 1895 Rev. Hedeen was ten- 
dered the chair of exegetical the- 
ology in the Swedish department 
of the divinity school of the Chi- 
cago University at Morgan Park, 
but declined the call. The fol- 
lowing year he was again offered 
the position, which he then ac- 
cepted and still holds, being also 
professor of homiletics and Swed- 
ish literature. 

During the past years Rev. He- 
deen has done a considerable 
amount of literary work, translat- 
ing several books into .the Swed- 
ish language and rendering a 
number of hymns and other verse 
into the same tongue. He has 
been a frequent contributor to 
newspapers, periodicals and other 
publications, both in Sweden and 
America, and has preached and 
lectured in many parts of the 
United States. 



CARL G. LAGERGREN, 

dean of the Swedish Theological 
Seminary in Morgan Park, was 
born June 21, 1846, in Ostersund, 
Jemtland, Sweden. At two years 
of age he was adopted by Mr. and 
Mrs. G. P. Lagergren of Indal, 
near relations, who for fourteen 
years gave the boy care and sup- 
port. At thirteen he was enrolled 
at the lower elementary school of 
Sundsvall. On Whitsunday, 1862, 



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he was converted to the Baptist 
faith through a sermon preached 
by J. A. Manner in the old Bap- 




CARL G. LAGERGREN 

tist chapel at Sundsvall. The 
change of religious belief cost the 
boy his home and maintenance, 
and at the age of sixteen he was 
thrown on his own resources. By 
securing a private tutorship he 
was enabled to complete his course. 
Having graduated in 1865 from 
the academy at Sundsvall, he was 
enrolled the same year at the 
higher elementary school, or col- 
lege, of Ostersund, completing his 
collegiate course in four years. 

After a year's teaching in a 
private family, L,agergren in 1870 
became assistant teacher of Swed- 
ish, Latin and Natural Science 
in the Sundsvall Academy. After 
another year he entered Upsala 
University and mapped out a 
course of study, leading to the 
degree of Ph. D., including anthro- 



pology and history of philosophy 
under the noted Pontus Wikner. 

The struggling little Baptist 
church in Upsala, which had been 
reorganized in 1869 by J. A. Ed- 
gren also noted in the history of 
Swedish - American Baptists in 
1871 called Lagergren as its pas- 
tor. He accepted the charge and 
after the first three years gave up 
his university studies to give all 
his time and energy to the work 
in the church. The result of 
twelve years of earnest labor in 
this field was shown in an increase 
in membership from fifty to about 
three hundred. 

In 1873 Rev. L,agergren became 
editor of Evangelisten, the first 
Baptist paper in Sweden, at the 
request of Rev. Wiberg, its found- 
er. After ten years it was suc- 
ceeded by Svardet och Murslefven, 
(Sword and Trowel,) which was 
published by Lagergren up to 1889. 
He was editor and publisher of 
Predikaren, a religious monthly, in 
1878-81. For two years, 1876-8, 
he also edited a temperance paper, 
entitled Svenska Nykterhetsvanner- 
nas Tidning. There was a lively 
temperance movement on foot in 
Sweden at the time, and Lager- 
gren was one of its most active 
promoters. He traveled extensive- 
ly in central and Northern Sweden 
giving temperance lectures and 
organizing so-called absolutist so- 
cieties. Meanwhile he published 
a number of lectures and treatises 
on temperance and religious top- 
ics. His activity as a temperance 
worker caused him to be made a 
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city of Upsala, and at the election 
a considerable number of votes 
were cast for him. 

In 1 883 Rev. Lagergren received 
a call from the Baptist church of 
Sundsvall, which had been torn 
by recent dissensions. On the advice 
of a number of leading Baptists 
Lagergren accepted the call. 

On June 21 of that year Rev. 
Lagergren was joined in marriage 
to Selma Kristina Konstantia 
Westerlund of Strangnas, a school 
teacher who had to give up teach- 
ing upon embracing the Baptist 
faith. 

The following October Rev. La- 
gergren assumed the pastorate in 
Sundsvall, continuing in charge 
until 1889, the year after the des- 
truction of the city by fire. 

The General Conference of the 
Swedish Baptist Church of Amer- 
ica at their meeting in Chicago in 
1888 issued a second call to Rev. 
Lagergren to become dean of the 
divinity school in Morgan Park. 
In response, he came over in the 
spring of 1889 and, after spending 
the summer on a tour of the prin- 
cipal Baptist churches in the United 
States, entered upon his educa- 
tional duties the following Sep- 
tember. At this post Rev. Lager- 
gren , through his learning and 
devotion to his church, continues 
to exercise an influence broad and 
deep on the Swedish Baptist de- 
nomination. 

Rev. Lagergren is professor of 
Dogmatics, Ethics and Philosoph- 
ical Propedeutics in the Swedish 
Baptist Theological Seminary of 
which he has been dean for the 



past 1 8 years. He is the author 
of several books on theological 
subjects, principally the following- 
"Om forsoningen," "Sma barns 
dop" and "Nytt och gammalt." 
He has written a textbook in dog- 
matics, published in two volumes, 
aud another in pastoral theology 
in one volume. He is also the 
author of a history of philosophy, 
not yet published. 

Rev. Lagergren has served as 
chairman of the executive board 
of the Swedish General Conference 
for a term of years, and was suc- 
cessively elected president of the 
Conference until 1907. From 1891 
to '93 he served as pastor of the 
Swedish Baptist Church of Engle- 
wood, of which he is still a mem- 
ber. He has been twice elected 
chairman of the Swedish- American 
Historical Society, organized in 
1905. The title of Doctor of Divin- 
ity was conferred upon Rev. Lager- 
gren by the Western University 
of Pennsylvania in 1907. 

Rev. and Mrs. Lagergren' s mar- 
ital union has been blessed with 
eight children, three of whoni 
are dead. Those living are, Zel- 
ma Maria Christina Eufrosyne, 
Gustav Petrus Constantin, Sigrid 
Anna Emma Carolina, Selma Gus- 
tafva Elisabet and Anna Constantia. 



HENRY O. LINDEBLAD, 
minister of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church, was born March 7, 1845, 
in Bohus Ian, Sweden. At the 
age of thirteen he entered the 
Goteborg college, where he 
studied for several years. His 
parents being poor, he suffered 



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great privations while studying. 
In 1866 he came to America and 
at once entered Augustana Theo- 




HENRY O. LINDEBLAD 

logical Seminary at Paxton, 111. 
He was ordained a minister of 
the Augustana Synod June 20, 
1869, and was at once engaged 
by the mission board and stationed 
at Campello, Mass. He reorgan- 
ized the congregation and built a 
church there, and then went to 
Boston, where he organized a new 
congregation. 

In 1871 Lindeblad removed to 
Chandler's Valley, Pa. Here he 
had under his care two congre- 
gations and a dozen mission sta- 
tions in Warren, McKean and ad- 
jacent counties. For several years 
he served as a member of the 
board of education of Warren 
county and as president of the 
New York Conference. 

In 1879 he accepted a call from 
the Swedish Lutheran church at 
Moline, 111., where he labored for 



thirteen years. He was for the 
same length of time a member of 
the board of directors of Augus- 
tana College and Theological Sem- 
inary and was successively secre- 
tary and president of that body. 
He was also a member of the 
Augustana Synod's board of mis- 
sions and for nine years was a 
member of the board of directors 
of the Moline public library. 

For a year after leaving his 
charge in Moline, the Rev. Mr. 
Lindeblad worked in Grand Cross- 
ing, Chicago, as a home mission- 
ary.. During this time a church 
was erected there. He then be- 
came pastor of the Elim Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Pullman and 
remained there four and a half 
years. 

The Rev. Mr. Lindeblad next 
served for several years at Augus- 
tana Hospital, Chicago, as chap- 
lain and solicitor. After about 
five years' service in that capacity 
Rev. Lindeblad, in 1903, accepted 
a call to the Swedish Ev. Lutheran 
Church at La Grange, 111., his 
present charge. 

Rev. and Mrs. Lindeblad have 
a family of grown children, one 
son, Luther, being an attorney at 
law, and a daughter, Alma, a 
teacher in the public schools. 



HJALMAR J. LIND 

was born March 24, 1864, in 
Kniitte, Elfsborgs Ian, Sweden. 
While living with his father, Jo- 
seph Abramson, on the Halm- 
akra farm in Liared, he had the 
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boy. In 1882 he left home, emi- 
grating to America. Here he was 
for eight years employed in the 
grocery business. In 1890 he be- 
came a partner in the firm of 
Sahlen & Burkross, hardware deal- 
ers, buying out Mr. Sahlen and 
changing the style of the firm to 
I,ind & Burkross. In 1898 Mr. 
Lind became sole owner of the 
business, which is still carried on 
under the name of I,ind & Burk- 
ross at 134 Oak st. 

Mr. lyind was married in 1891 
to Miss Hulda Erika Burkross. 
They have five children, four sons 
and one daughter. 

Mr. I^ind belongs to the Swed- 
ish Mission Church, where he has 
held the offices of trustee and 
treasurer. 



ilarly connected with Chicago- Bla- 
det. Having worked for a short 
time in the draughting room of 



HJALMAR C. LUNDQUIST 
was born at the Bofors mills in 
Karlskoga, Sweden, Oct. n, 1883. 
He is the son of K. J. F. L,und- 
quist, foreman at the Falu Wagon 
and Machine Works at Falun, 
and his wife, Hulda Serafia Wen- 
nerblad. The parents came to 
Chicago in 1886 and returned to 
Sweden ten years later. In this 
city the son attended the common 
schools, and in Sweden he stud- 
ied at the academic school in Ar- 
boga and the public college in 
Orebro, completing the course 
there in the spring of 1905. The 
following October he returned to 
Chicago. After two months he 
obtained a position with Svenska 
Tribunen as associate editor, re- 
maining until June, 1906. During 
the next few months he was sim- 




HJALMAR CARL LUNDQUIST 

the National Coal Dump Car Co., 
he returned to his former position 
with Tribunen, now consolidated 
with Svenska Nyheter, but left in 
December, 1907, to take a position 
with Hemlandet. 

Mr. Lundquist is a member of 
the First Swedish L,odge No. 479, 
I. O. O. F., the Verdandi Lodge 
No. 3, I. O. S., and was one of 
the organizers of the Swedish 
Chess Club. 



JOHN A. SODERSTROM 

was born in Chicago Oct. 10, 1872. 
After attending the public school 
he entered upon a business life, 
at the same time continuing pri- 
vate studies. He is a member of 
the firm of Soderstrom Brothers, 
located at 141-143 So. Clinton St., 
where they manufacture sample 
cards and sample book specialties. 



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The firm also deals in neckwear 
manufacturers' supplies. 

Mr. Soderstrom is a member of 
the Second Swedish Methodist 
Church. 



AXEL T. CARLSON 

was born on the farm of his fa- 
ther, Nils Johan Karlsson, in the 




AXEL THEODORE CARLSON 

parish of Misterhult, Smaland, 
Sweden, Sept. 10, 1875. His 
father subsequently engaged in 
the shipping trade, owning two 
sloops and holding part interest 
in a schooner. Equipped with a 
common school education, young 
Carlson came to this country with 
his father in 1888. They located 
in Axtell, Neb., and went to 
farming. After spending two and 
one-half years in that vocation, 
the son went to Omaha in 1890 
and secured a situation as office 
boy with the Omaha Svenska Tri- 
bim. Subsequently Mr. Carlson 
was for eleven years in the art 



business, as local salesman and 
traveling representative of art 
dealers in Omaha, Milwaukee and 
Chicago, including more than four 
years as traveling salesman for 
L. M. Johnson, wholesale art dealer 
of Chicago. In 1896-97 he was 
connected with Hemlandet as trav- 
eling agent. In 1904 he again 
entered the service of that news- 
paper, this time in the capacity 
of advertising manager, a position 
still held by him. 

When Mr. Carlson left his fa- 
ther's farm he was thrown en- 
tirely on his own resources and 
has since had his own way to 
make. The elder Karlsson, not 
satisfied with his experiment in 
American agriculture, returned af- 
ter a few years to the old coun- 
try. 

CARL O. F. BURKSTROM 

is a native of Stockholm, Sweden, 
where he was born July 4, 1852. 
He emigrated to this country in 
1869 and was employed as a 
clothing salesman until 1884, when 
he secured a position as a com- 
mercial traveler, traversing the 
country from coast to coast and 
from Winnipeg to New Orleans. 
In 1892 Mr. Burkstrom engaged 
in the sale of woolens and ladies' 
dress goods at wholesale, contin- 
uing until 1897, when the firm 
of Trieloff & Burkstrom was 
forced to suspend on account of 
the depressed business conditions. 
He is now the sole distributor for 
the United States and Canada of 
a proprietary article known as 
"Himalaya Tonic," an employ- 



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ment in which he has been en- 
gaged for several years. 

Mr. Burkstrom is a 320! degree 




CARL OSCAR P. BURKSTROM 

Mason, a Knight Templar and a 
Shriner. 



CARL AXEL COLSTROM 

was born near Goteborg, Sweden, 
March 23, 1866. His father, Carl 
Johan Colstrom, was a miller in 
the old country and later followed 
the carpenter's trade until he emi- 
grated and settled near Osage 
City, Kans., when he engaged in 
agriculture. He helped to organ- 
ize the Swedish Lutheran Church 
at Osage City, and has always 
been one of its leaders and most 
faithful members. He is now liv- 
ing in the city as a retired farmer 
and is the oldest living pioneer of 
that place. 

The son, Carl A. Colstrom, was 
reared on the farm and attended 
the district school. In 1884 he 
was sent to Bethany Academy, 



the forerunner of Bethany College, 
at Ljndsborg, Kans., and there 
took a two years' course of study. 
In 1886 he went to Augustana 
College at Rock Island, 111., and 
graduated with the class of '92 
from that institution. 

For the next three years Mr. 
Colstrom held the position of 
principal of the Avon township 
schools, in Baraga county, Mich. 
While there he was local reporter 
for the Detroit Evening News. 
This first experience in newspaper 
work led to direct connection with 
other newspapers, and for the next 
four years he was attached in a 
business and editorial capacity to 
Nya Pressen of Moline, 111., and 
Minnesota Stats Tidning of St. 
Paul, Minn., both Swedish week- 
lies. 

Mr. Colstrom in 1899 accepted 
a position as traveling passenger 
agent of the Canadian Pacific 
Railway Company's Atlantic serv- 
ice, with headquarters at Minne- 
apolis. In January, 1904, he was 
appointed assistant general pass- 
enger and ticket agent of the 
same line at Chicago. A year 
later he left the service of the 
Canadian Pacific to become man- 
ager of the Chicago office of the 
Theo. F. Koch L,and Company, 
and is the local representative of 
that firm at the present time, with 
office at 1025 Unity Building, 79 
Dearborn St. 



HANS A. LEAFGREN 
was born Sept. 8, 1866, in Far- 
hult, Skane, Sweden. His father, 
Anders L,6fgren, was a farmer and 



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builder. The son attended public 
school until the age of fifteen, 
when he emigrated to this coun- 
try, with Garfield, Minn., as his 
destination. After living there a 
year, he moved to Fergus Falls, 
Minn., and went to work as a 
mason. As a journeyman mason 
he worked at his trade in St. 
Paul, Omaha and Denver. In 
1892 Mr. Leafgren went to Chi- 
cago and began taking contracts 
for masonry work. In the mean- 
time he took a commercial course 
in one of the business colleges. 
At present he has an extensive 
business in Chicago and in the 
country. 

Mr. Leafgren is a member of 
the Masonic order. 

In 1891, while in Denver, he 
was married to Miss Julia Raf 
from the province of Vestmanland, 
Sweden. They have a son, Roy 
Walter. 



ing and early education had been 
of a Christian character, and in 
Stockholm the earnest preaching 



JOHN BENDIX, 

minister of the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church and financial 
agent of the Bethany Home, is a 
native of Smaland, Sweden, born 
in Fargaryd Aug. 13, 1849. At 
the age of fourteen he lost his 
father, Sven Anderson, by death, 
his mother having passed away 
eleven years prior. As a youth 
he went to Stockholm and was for 
a number of years employed in 
the home of his cousin, Carl Jo- 
han Jehander, the well-known 
Swedish railway builder. 

In 1872 he came to the United 
States, and spent the next few 
years in Dover, N. J. His rear- 




JOHN BENDIX 

of Rev. Beskow had impressed 
him deeply. In 1873 he experi- 
enced a definite change of heart 
and was among the first to join 
the Swedish M. E. Church in Do- 
ver at its organization. In re- 
sponse to an inward call to enter 
the service of the church, he en- 
tered the theological seminary upon 
recommendation in 1876. The 
same year he preached his first 
sermon, which rendered him a few 
kind words of commendation and 
encouragement by the well-known 
Captain L,indgren. In 1878 he 
was accepted into the Conference 
on probation, and two years later 
became a member in full connec- 
tion. He was ordained deacon in 
1878, by Bishop Merrill, and elder 
in 1880, by Bishop Peck. Subse- 
quently he was pastor at Moline 
two years, at Andover three years, 



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and, after having served the 
church at Bishop Hill for two 
years, was appointed presiding 
elder of the Burlington district in 
1887, and filled that office for the 
next six years. In 1893 he was 
transferred to the Second Swedish 
M. E. Church of Chicago and had 
charge until 1896, when he ac- 
cepted the position of financial 
agent for the Bethany Home, a 
retreat for the aged. Rev. Bendix 
has given eleven years of service 
to this institution and still remains 
at its head. 

Rev. Bendix was married Oct. 
6, 1880, to Alma Mathilda Dan- 
ielson of Oakland, Neb. She was 
born on the same date twenty 
years before. Of seven children 
born to them, three are living. 
The eldest son, Vincent, born 
Aug. 10, 1 88 1, is president of the 
Bendix Co. of Cragin, automobile 
manufacturers, and is himself the 
patentee of a power transmission 
arrangement known as the "turn 
friction system." The shop em- 
ploys thirty workmen. The daugh- 
ter, Esther Virginia, born May 3, 
1883, is a teacher in the Chicago 
public schools. The second son, 
Ernest Oliver, born Oct. 10, 1885, 
was graduated in 1907 from the 
Northwestern University with the 
degree of A. B., and is now em- 
ployed in the land department of 
the N. W. Harris Trust Company 
of Chicago. 



his home city. At the age of 
fourteen he was apprenticed to a 
carpenter and joiner, remaining 




AXEL F. MALMQUIST 
was born in the Swedish city of 
L,andskrona Oct. i, 1866. His 
early education was obtained in 



AXEL FRITHIOF MALMQUIST 

until he had mastered the trade 
and become a journeyman. 

In August, 1888, he came to 
this country and Chicago and 
here continued to follow his trade 
until 1893, when he associated 
himself with Edward Fjellander 
for the purpose of publishing a 
newspaper, named Forskaren, at 
Rockford. Its first number ap- 
peared in September of that year. 
Malmquist was associate editor of 
this paper while published at 
Rockford and after its removal to 
Minneapolis in 1894. In 1896 he 
returned to Chicago and was em- 
ployed for a time on Svenska Tri- 
bunen, first as agent and later as 
local news reporter, until given 
the position of editor-in-chief of 
Svenska Nyhcter in 1901. Mr. 
Malmquist directed the editorial 
work on that paper until its con- 



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solidation with Svenska Tribunen 
in July, 1906, when he resigned. 
Not long after his present position 
of associate editor of Svenska 
Amerikanaren was tendered him. 
Mr. Malmquist, although essen- 
tially a self-taught man, is a cap- 
able writer with a trenchant, 
though somewhat rough - hewn 
style. He holds radical opinions 
and is an extremist in the defense 
of his views. In Forskaren, under 
the head of "Forskningsproduk- 
ter," and later in the editorial 
columns of Svenska Nyheter his 
virile pen was principally em- 
ployed in the cause of labor and 
socialism and on the side of ag- 
nosticism as against the Church. 

Before engaging in journalism 
Mr. Malmquist made poetical con- 
tributions to the newspapers and 
has continued to develop his talent 
in that line. A collection of his 
verse was published in 1899, bear- 
ing the characteristic title "Tor- 
nen och Tistlar" (Thorns and 
Thistles). 

Mr. Malmquist is a member of 
the Independent Order of Vikings 
and has held the office of Grand 
Chief of the order for the past 
two years. He has also taken an 
active part in the work of the 
Swedish National Association and 
acted as secretary and held other 
offices in that organization. 



Illinois Wesleyan University at 
Bloomington. After coming to 
Chicago he worked for five years 



FRANCIS E. JOHNSON 

was born June 17, 1873, in Bloom- 
ington, 111. He was educated at 
Evergreen City Business College 
and in the law department of the 




FRANCIS EM1L JOHNSON 

as mileage clerk in the account- 
ant's office of the Chicago and 
Alton R. R. Company. This situ- 
ation he left to become cashier in 
the office of the Stromberg-Carlson 
Telephone Manufacturing Co. 

Determined to start in business 
on his own account, Mr. Johnson 
entered into a co - partnership 
known as Weig & Johnson, deal- 
ing in real estate, and acting as 
managers of the Lake View Safety 
Deposit Company's vaults at 1743 
North Clark st. He remained a 
member of this firm until Octo- 
ber, 1907, when Mr. Weig pur- 
chased his interest. 

On Feb. 25, 1899, Mr. Johnson 
married to Miss Cora Viola Wal- 
lace. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are 
members of the Millard Avenue 
Presbyterian Church. 



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HENRY NELSON Since 1907, Mr. Nelson has been 

was born Jan. 14, 1861, in Far- president of the Scandia Loan and 
lof, Skane, Sweden. He emi- 



In vestment Association. 




HENRY NELSON 

grated to the United States in 
1876. After taking the course of 
studies offered at the Morgan 
Park Theological Seminary he 
was ordained a minister of the 
Baptist Church in America. He 
has served as pastor in Valley 
and Omaha, Neb., L,a Porte, Ind., 
Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chi- 
cago, 111. For twelve years the 
Rev. Mr. Nelson was the official 
representative of the American 
Baptist Publication Society for 
the Swedish Baptist churches and 
manager of the Swedish depart- 
ment of the society. He was the 
editor and manager of the weekly 
Swedish Sunday school paper, 
Barnens Tidning. Rev. Nelson 
collaborated in compiling the col- 
lection of "Valda Hymner" used 
by the Swedish Baptist Church in 
America. 



BIRGER A. PETERSON, 

manufacturer of Swedish snuff, 
was born in Jonkoping, Sweden, 
Dec. 26, 1868. After obtaining a 
common and high school education 
in the old country, he emigrated 
to the United States with his fa- 
ther, C. W. Peterson, in 1886, 
locating in Chicago. Here father 
and son immediately established 
themselves in the tobacco trade. 
Their first location was in Oak 
st. Two years later they took 
larger quarters at 39 E. Chicago 
ave., where they remained until 
1891, removing then to 1241 Bel- 




BIRGER A. PETERSON 

mont ave., where they erected a 
building of their own. Charles E. 
and Tobias T. Peterson, younger 
brothers of Birger, joined the firm 
upon attaining their majority. 
After the death of the elder Pe- 



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terson in 1899 the three brothers 
continued the business. Tobias 
died July 10, 1905, and Charles 
Sept. 20, 1906, leaving Birger in 
charge of the business as sole 
proprietor. 

He owns two buildings at 1241 
Belmont ave., the rear one con- 
taining the manufacturing plant. 
Here, with the aid of two men 
and requisite machinery, run by 
steam, he manufactures on the 
average 3,000 pounds of snuff per 
month. Mr. Peterson sells his 
output to wholesale dealers ex- 
clusively. He also conducts a re- 
tail cigar and tobacco store on the 
premises. 

Mr. Peterson, who is unmarried, 
belongs to the Monitor Council of 
the Royal Arcanum and the Three 
Links Lodge of Odd Fellows. 



JOHN S. ERIKSON 

was born in Jonkoping, Sweden, 
March i, 1859. After his school 
days were over he learned the 
trade of a mason. Hoping for a 
better [future in the land of the 
stars and stripes, he left his na- 
tive city, emigrating to America 
in 1882. Soon he found himself 
in Chicago, where for two years 
he worked as a carpenter. Dur- 
ing the next two years he fol- 
lowed his old trade. Mr. Erikson 
then ventured to make some 
building contracts, which he car- 
ried out successfully, and has 
since continued in the vocation of 
a contractor. 

Mr. Erikson is an adherent of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church and 



belongs to the Knights of Macca- 
bees. 

In 1888 Mr. Erikson was mar- 
ried to Jennie E. Johnson, who 
was born in Olmstad, Smaland, 
Sweden. They have three sons 
and two daughters. 



CARL U. W. OTTONIUS 

was born Nov. 30, 1860, in Adolf 
Fredrik parish, Stockholm. His 




CARL UNO.WILHELM OTTONIUS 

parents were Otto Wilhelm Otto- 
nius, police commissioner in Adolf 
Fredrik parish, and Selma Fred- 
rika, nee Phalen. After finishing 
the sixth form in Jonkoping high 
school, the son took a course in 
Smedman's business college in 
Stockholm. In 1878 he entered 
D. F. Bonnier's book store in 
Goteborg, and for thirteen years 
clerked in various book stores in 
Sweden. 

In the fall of 1891 Mr. Ottonius 
emigrated to this country. Since 
May, 1892, he has been in the 



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employ of the Swedish M. E. Book 
Concern, where his knowledge of 
the book trade makes him inval- 
uable. 

Mr. Ottonius was married May 
19, 1888, to Wilhelmina Emer- 
entia Sund, daughter of the mil- 
itary surgeon Anders Sund and 
Carolina Sund, at Backtorp, Atorp, 
Vermland, Sweden. 



OTTO HOGFELDT, 

editor-in-chief of Missions- Vdnnen, 
is the son of a farmer of Dals- 




OTTO HOGFELDT 

land, who had formerly served in 
the Swedish army. He was born 
Aug. 10, 1861, the youngest of 
eight children. The lad had a 
passion for reading and, when the 
small supply of reading matter in 
the home gave out, borrowed from 
the neighbors. Having been con- 
verted during the confirmation 
term, he became a Sunday school 
teacher at sixteen. About the 
same time he wrote his first con- 



tribution to the press a corres- 
pondence to a free church paper. 
His purpose to take a course of 
study having been persistently 
thwarted by his father, he left 
home for America at the age of 
twenty in order to pursue his own 
course in life. Coming to Ish- 
peming, Mich., in the fall of 1881, 
he worked in a mine for one year 
before being able to realize his 
desire to study. He had affiliated 
with the free church element, 
known as the Mission Friends, 
while in Sweden, and now entered 
Ansgarius College, a school main- 
tained by the same denomination 
at Knoxville, 111. His divinity 
course under Prof. Princell having 
been completed, he was called to 
the church at Iron Mountain, 
Mich., where he labored for the 
next three years. 

During a trip to Sweden in 1888 
Mr. Hogfeldt wrote a series of 
letters to Missions- Vannen. This 
led to his being called to take an 
editorial position on that paper. 
After declining the first offer, he 
accepted the position a year later 
upon a repetition of the call. His 
first intention was to go back to 
pastoral duties after a short time, 
but despite repeated calls from 
different churches, he has remained 
with the paper these eighteen 
years, being of great service to 
his Church in the able editorial 
conduct of its leading organ. In 
the meantime, however, he has 
been in frequent demand as a 
preacher or speaker at church 
conventions and other public oc- 
casions. Since 1891 Mr. Hogfeldt 



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has published Hemat, a religious 
annual, in the interest of the 
Mission Covenant. 

Rev. Hogfeldt is one of the 
most energetic workers in the 
Covenant, and has served as sec- 
retary of that church body for a 
number of years. 

He is married to Augusta Lind- 
berg of Iron Mountain, Mich., and 
has a family of eight children. 



PETER O. EKSTROM 

was born July 26, 1870, at Boms- 
arfvet, Gagnef parish, Dalarne, 




PETER O. EKSTROM 

Sweden. His parents, farmer folk, 
were Olof Olsson and Christina, 
nee Jacobson. He passed in the 
public schools and was confirmed 
in 1885, then for three years en- 
joying private tuition with the 
teacher's or the ministerial calling 
in view, but which came to naught 
owing to religious dissentment. 
During the years 1887-90 he lived 
in Ivjusne, Helsingland, and there 



joined the Baptist denomination. 
In 1891 Mr. Ekstrom. emigrated 
to the United States, partly to 
avoid military service, which he 
considered wrong, and partly to 
acquire a better schooling than 
was possible in the old country 
for a man in his circumstances. 
In 1891-99 he worked in summer 
and went to school in winter, part 
of the time at the Normal School 
in St. Cloud, Minn. The years 
from 1899-1903 he spent in the 
Swedish Baptist Seminary at Mor- 
gan Park, graduating from that 
institution in the spring of 1903. 
During the three latter years as 
a student, Mr. Ekstrom had pas- 
toral charge of the Swedish Bap- 
tist congregation at Berwyn, 111., 
and a pleasant church edifice was 
built. The summer of 1900 he 
spent in Kandiyohi county, Minn., 
serving partly as school teacher 
and as a preacher. In 1903-04 
he labored as a missionary in 
Southern Michigan and as pastor 
in Bay City of that state. At 
New Year's in 1905 he moved to 
St. Cloud, Minn., and took charge 
of the Swedish Baptist church 
there. Since May, 1907, he 
has labored in the Red River 
Valley as a missionary pastor, so 
called. 

In politics, Rev. Ekstrom calls 
himself a Prohibitionist - Repub- 
lican, but is a liberalist in all 
questions pertaining to the body 
politic. 

The marriage of Rev. Ekstrom 
to Miss Katarina Mathilda Boren 
of Minneapolis, Minn., was cele- 
brated in August, 1904. 



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CARL H. GRUND 

was born April 24, 1864, in Karl- 
stad, Sweden. He took the course 




CARL HUGO GRUND 

of instruction offered at the colle- 
giate school in Karlstad, spending 
six years there. At Mellerud, in 
the province of Dal, he was en- 
gaged as apprentice in a pharmacy 
in 1885, an d three years later 
passed the examination as assist- 
ant pharmacist at the Pharma- 
ceutical Institute in Stockholm. 
After serving for a year he came 
to [America in September, 1889. 
A situation was at once secured 
in Chicago. Four months after 
his arrival he passed the examina- 
tion as registered pharmacist. Af- 
ter clerking for one year and a 
half, an opportunity to purchase 
his employer's interest was taken 
advantage of, and he became the 
proprietor of the drug store on 
the corner of Hoyne ave. and 35 
St., which he still owns. 

Mr. Grund is a member of the 



McKinley Park Swedish M. E. 
Church and has served as treas- 
urer of its board of trustees for 
the past three years. In politics 
he is an independent Republican. 
Mr. Grund was married in 1891 
to Signe Brand, who died, leaving 
a child. After her demise he was 
married on June 17, 1892 to her 
sister, Anna Brand, who bore him 
three sons and a daughter. The 
five children are: Signe Florence, 
Carl Hugo, Roy Walter, Esther 
and Norman L,ars. 



ANDERS TOFFT, 
associate editor of Svenska Tribu- 
nen-Nyheter, was born Sept. 28, 
1861, at Bareberg, Vestergotland, 
Sweden. After finishing the pub- 
lic school course, he continued his 




ANDERS TOFFT 

studies at home. Emigrating to 
the United States in 1883, he 
went to Red Wing, Minn. The 
following spring he moved to St. 
Paul. After some years he had 



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saved sufficient to enable him to 
attend Gustavus Adolphus College, 
from which he was graduated in 
1893. Obtaining a position on 
the staff of Minnesota Stats Tidning, 
he remained with that paper until 
1899, when he became an editor 
of Svenska Folkets Tidning. The 
following year he was attracted to 
Boston, but left after a few months 
to become city editor of Svenska 
Tribunen. Mr. Tofft retains the 
same position on the consolidated 
Svenska Tribunen- Nyheter. 



JAMES T. WIGREN, 

manager of the Swedish M. E. 
Book Concern, was born Jan. 13, 




JAMES T. WIGREN 

1854, in Attica, Ind. He is a son 
of the pioneer preacher, John Wi- 
gren. He joined the Methodist 
Church in 1868, and five years 
later preached his first sermon at 
Kewanee, 111. In 1876 he was 
ordained a deacon by Bishop Wiley 



at Pekin, 111., and at the same 
time joined the Central Illinois 
Conference. During a long term 
of years he was pastor of the 
congregations of Swedona, Dono- 
van, Evanston, Geneva and Bata- 
via, 111., Stratford, Des Moines 
and Keokuk, la., Bishop Hill, 111., 
and Burlington, la. In 1893 Rev. 
Wigren became presiding elder for 
the Galesburg district of the 
Swedish Central Conference, re- 
taining this responsible position 
for six years. Assigned to Evans- 
ton in 1899, ne labored there until 
1903, when he removed to Chi- 
cago, becoming pastor of the 
Moreland Swedish M. E. Church. 
In 1906 Rev. Wigren was ap- 
pointed manager of the Swedish 
M. E. Book Concern and still re- 
tains this position. 

Rev. James T. Wigren was united 
in marriage with Eva Sandell of 
Donovan, 111., Sept. 19, 1878. 
They have two sons, Victor Fin- 
gal, born in Batavia July 27, 1880, 
and John, born in Bishop Hill 
April 6, 1890. 



FRANK E. ANDERSON 

was born in Sweden Dec. 18, 1873. 
His father, Bernhard Anderson, 
was a piano-maker. His mother 
was Inga Anderson. The family 
emigrated to the United States in 
1882 and settled in Chicago. 
Here the son attended public 
school until his sixteenth year, 
when he went to work. He en- 
gaged in tailoring and having 
learned the trade, went into busi- 
ness for himself as a merchant 



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tailor. His place of business is at 
215 Dearborn st. 

Mr. Anderson is married to 
Frida Kabatek. They have a son, 
Percival H. Anderson. 



CHRISTOFFER BRUSELL, 

actor and theatrical manager, was 
born July 26, 1861, in Stockholm, 




CHRISTOFFER BRUSELL 

where his father was the proprie- 
tor of the Kungsholmen brewery. 
Young Brusell, who had a natural 
gift of song and other requisites 
for the public stage, discontinued 
his college studies in order to en- 
ter the pupils' class at the Royal 
Opera. The dramatic training 
here obtained by him was supple- 
mented by private musical in- 
struction by Anders Willman, a 
noted operatic singer. Upon his 
father's failure in business, Bru- 
sell entered the employ of a mer- 
cantile house in Stockholm, re- 
maining until 1882, when, upon 



attaining his majority, he left for 
the United States. 

In Chicago he soon entered the 
employ of A. Ellinger & Co., the 
cloak firm. After five years he 
was made manager of its factory 
at Racine, Wis. Returning to 
Chicago in 1892, Brusell secured 
a situation with F. Siegel & Co. 
After three years with this firm, 
he became foreman and examiner 
with the Empire Cloth Sponging 
and Refinishing Co., remaining in 
that capacity for more than ten 
years. 

During his entire residence in 
Chicago Mr. Brusell has been ac- 
tive in theatrical circles. Of the 
eighty odd parts taken by him in 
Swedish plays, many have been 
leading ones, calling for the high- 
est talent at the company's com- 
mand. The introduction to Chi- 
cago audiences of many of the best 
comedy dramas of Sweden redounds 
to the credit of Mr. Brusell and 
the meritorious aggregation of 
theatrical people from time to 
time. 

In 1895 he engaged the North 
Side Turner Hall for a series of 
five plays there given under his 
direction. The Studebaker The- 
ater was hired for the season of 
1901-02, when three plays were 
enacted. That season Mr. Brusell 
played Birger Jarl in "Brollopet 
pa Ulfasa," and took leading parts 
in two other plays. At the Grand 
Opera House the next season he 
put on three plays, handling a 
leading part in each. In 1903 
the company under his direction 
gave "L,ifvet pa landet," and 



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during the season of 1907-08 sev- 
eral performances were given by 
the Swedish Theatrical Company, 
headed by him. Part of the time 
Mr. Brusell has been associated 
with Ernst Behmer of the Swed- 
Dramatic Company, when the two 
companies of players cooperated. 

During his early years in Chi- 
cago Mr. Brusell was a member 
of the old Freja Singing Society, 
long dissolved, and later belonged 
to the Swedish Glee Club and the 
Svithiod Singing Club. He holds 
membership in the Merchants' 
Council No. 142, Royal League. 

In 1883 Mr. Brusell was united 
in marriage with Miss Anna Palm- 
borg of Stockholm. Of five chil- 
dren born to them, the daughter 
Hedvig has inherited her father's 
dramatic talent. 



ment. Having served for eight 
years, he resigned in 1864 and 
left for America. Landing at 



CARL A. BJORK 
was one of the founders of the 
Swedish Mission Church in Amer- 
ica in the late sixties, and in 1885 
aided in the organization of the 
Swedish Evangelical Mission Cov- 
enant, of which he has been pres- 
ident ever since. 

He was born in Lommaryd pa- 
rish, Smaland, Sweden, July 29, 
1837, on the farm of his parents, 
Sven Svenson and Anna Stina 
Samuelson. The mother passed 
away in Lommaryd in 1878, fol- 
lowed two years later by the 
father. Having attended common 
school, the son at the age of four- 
teen was apprenticed to a shoe- 
maker, and at nineteen entered 
military service in the Norra Vebo 
Company of the Jonkoping Regi- 




CARL AUGUST BJORK 

Quebec, he proceeded to Boone 
county, Iowa, and located at Min- 
eral Ridge, where he worked at 
his trade until 1868. When a 
little group of Mission Friends 
was formed at Swede Bend, he 
would frequently conduct their 
religious meetings and in the last- 
named year he was called as reg- 
ular preacher to the little flock. 
In 1876 he left for Chicago, ac- 
cepting a call to become pastor of 
the Swedish Evangelical Mission 
Church on the north side. Until 
1894 he remained in charge of 
this church, and resigned only to 
assume the more responsible posi- 
tion of mission superintendent of 
the Mission Covenant, in which 
he still serves. 

When the Evangelical Lutheran 
Mission Synod was formed in May, 
1873, in Keokuk, la., Rev. Bjork 



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was one of its organizers and in- 
corporators. Having been elected 
its president in 1877, he served in 
that capacity until 1885, when the 
synod became a component part 
of the Mission Covenant, Rev. 
Bjork being chosen head of the 
new body at the time and each 
succeeding year down to the 
present. 

As president of the Covenant, 
he has participated in founding 
and developing all the branches 
of its work, prominent among 
which are the educational work 
conducted at North Park College 
and the benevolent work carried 
on by the charity home and hos- 
pital maintained by the Covenant 
in Bowmanville. Rev. Bjork' s 
especial care, however, consists in 
supervising and promoting the 
Covenant missions, comprising the 
home and foreign fields. 

On Oct. 24, 1866, Rev. Bjork 
was married to Johanna Christina 
Boman, who bore him four chil- 
dren, Ida Susanna, \ born 1867; 
Selma Amanda, 1869; Joseph Al- 
bert, 1871; Victor Harry, 1875. 
His first wife having died in 1876, 
Rev. Bjork on July 6, 1878, en- 
tered wedlock anew, his second 
wife being Augusta Sophia Peter- 
son, born in Gasborn parish, Verm- 
land, May 8, 1846. In the second 
union there are three sons and 
one daughter, to- wit: August 
Emanuel, born 1879; Theresia Eli- 
sabeth, 1880; David Theodor, 1883: 
Carl Otto, 1885. Ida Susanna is 
the wife of August Stenstrom and 
Theresia Elisabeth died in 1903. 

The Bjork family residence is 



at 3297 N. Sawyer ave., North 
Park, Chicago. 



S. NILSSON SWAN, 

president of the Swan Company, 
manufacturers of pianos and or- 




S. NILSSON SWAN 

gans at Freeport, 111., was born 
June 20, 1844, i n Gards-Kopinge, 
Skane, Sweden. He comes of a 
long-lived family, his father, Nils 
Pearson, a butcher and tanner, 
having died at 75 years of age, 
and his mother, Kama Pearson, 
at 72 years. 

After receiving such education 
as the local public schools afford- 
ed, he was at fifteen apprenticed 
to a cabinet-maker. In 1863, his 
term of apprenticeship being fin- 
ished, he became a pattern-maker 
at Kristianstad and later at Malmo. 
A year was spent here at piano- 
making. Returning to Kristian- 
stad, he started in 1867 a furnit- 
ure factory. 

On April 8, 1868, he embarked 



Chicago 



for America, landing in New York 
on Easter Sunday. He went to 
Wyanet, 111., and worked at cab- 
inet-making for two years. In 
September, 1870, he went to Men- 
dota, 111., where he was employed 




MRS. S. NILSSON SWAN 

as action maker by the Western 
Cottage Organ Co. In 1876 he 
became a foreman contractor in 
the fly finish and action depart- 
ment of the factory. Moving in 
1887 to Chicago, he purchased an 
interest in the Chicago Cottage 
Organ Co. and also became a 
foreman contractor in the fly finish 
and action department of this fac- 
tory. By 1892 he employed ninety 
men under his contracts. In April, 
1893, he sold his holdings in the 
Cable Co., as the firm was then 
styled, for $45,000. At once he 
purchased stock in the Hobart M. 
Cable Co. and entered upon the 
position of manager and superin- 
tendent of the Burdett Organ 
Factory in Freeport, 111. In No- 



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vember, 1907, Mr. Swan bought 
this plant and formed the Swan 
Co., with himself as president. 

The organ factory has a capacity 
of thirty reed organs per day and 
employs over one hundred work- 
ers. The instruments are sold in 
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ger- 
many, England and Scotland, be- 
sides all parts of the United 
States. 

Mr. Swan is a member of a 
number of Masonic bodies, such 
as the Excelsior No. 97, A. F. 
and A. M., Chapter No. 23, Com- 
mandery No. 7 and Freeport Con- 
sistory. He is also a member of 
the Modern Woodmen. 

Mr. Swan was united in marri- 
age on July 22, 1866, at Krist- 
ianstad, to Ingrid Carlson. She 
is the daughter of Fredrik and 




DAVID EDWARD SWAN 

Anna Hokenson Carlson, and was 
born at Broby, Sweden, Dec. 10, 
1842. To Mr. and Mrs. Swan 
have been born seven children, 



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viz.: Anna J. C., May 9, 1867; 
David E., Aug. 15, 1869; Gustaf 
A. E., Sept. n, 1871; Amanda 
A. (Mrs. Harry H. Loomis), Aug. 
8, 1873; Ingrid Matilda (Mrs. 
Frank Reinhardt), May 15, 1875; 
Hulda O. (Mrs. Arthur H. An- 
derson), June 4, 1877; Minnie V., 
Aug. 23, 1879. 

The Swans are members of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. The 
family home is at 3415 Calumet 
ave., Chicago. 

DAVID E. SWAN 

was born Aug. 15, 1869, at Wya- 
net, 111. His father is the veteran 
organ builder, S. Nilssoii Swan. 
When fourteen years of age, Da- 
vid left school and since then has 
had a practical training in organ 
factories, becoming an expert or- 
gan builder. From 1888 until 
1903 he was a foreman at the 
Cable Co. plant in Chicago. He 
then transferred his activities to 
the Burdette organ factory at 
Freeport in the capacity of assist- 
ant superintendent. Since the 
incorporation of the Swan Co., 
he is also manager of the sales 
department. 

Mr. Swan is an Elk and also a 
32d degree Mason, Rockford Shri- 
ner, White Shriner, Chaldean and 
an Eastern Star Mason. He is 
further a member of the Modern 
Woodmen of America, the Royal 
League, the Columbian Knights, 
as well as the Freeport Club and 
the Germania Society of Freeport. 

His marriage to Hilda L. An- 
derson of Chicago took place 
Feb. 27, 1895. Mrs. Swan, daugh- 



ter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. An- 
derson, was born Oct. 29, 1870. 
They are members of the Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church, and reside 
at 156 West st., Freeport, 111. 

GUSTAF A. E. SWAN 
was born Sept. n, 1871, at Men- 
dota, 111., a son of the well-known 




GUSTAP A. E. SWAN 

organ manufacturer, S. Nilsson 
Swan. He attended the public 
school until sixteen years of age, 
when he began work in the organ 
factory. At the early age of 
twenty-two years he became a 
foreman in the Cable Co.'s factory 
in Chicago. After ten years' serv- 
ice he moved May i, 1903, to 
Freeport, 111., where he continued 
in the same capacity in the Bur- 
dett organ factory. Since the 
formation of the Swan Company 
he has also been vice-president of 
the firm. 

Mr. Swan was elected alderman 
for West Freeport in 1905 and 
served one term. He is a mem- 



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her of Ben Hur Lodge, Columbian 
Knights, and of the Royal Arca- 
num. 

Nov. 14, 1900, Mr. Swan cel- 
ebrated his marriage to Esther 
M. Johanson of Chicago. She 
was born May 22, i8'/8, to John 
and Christina Johanson. 

The Messrs. S. Nilsson, David 
and Gustaf Swan are men of un- 
usual ability, with a record in 
business and inventive fields plac- 
ing them in the front rank as 
organ builders and factory man- 
agers. 



ELLYN MARIE SWANSON 

is a young singer, who was bare- 
ly out of her 'teens before she 




ELLYN MARIE SWANSON 

acquired recognition on the con- 
cert platform. Her voice is a rich 
and full soprano, susceptible to 
the highest development. 

Miss Ellyn Swanson is the 
daughter of Adolph Swanson, a 
machinist, and his wife, Ida Fred- 



rika, nee Rhenborg. She was 
born in Chicago Jan. i, 1884. At 
the age of five she evinced musical 
talent and sang with a voice of a 
musical quality unusual in a child. 
Having studied privately from her 
early years, she entered the Chi- 
cago Musical College at the age 
of eighteen, continuing for a pe- 
riod of four years. She there 
received four free scholarships and 
has been awarded no less than 
three diamond medals. Miss Swan- 
son also has studied with Herman 
DeVries, the baritone, taking sev- 
enth grade in the teachers' class, 
and a post graduate course lead- 
ing to the degree of Bachelor of 
Music. 

Miss Ellyn Swanson is now 
connected with two institutions, 
namely the Central College of 
Music and the Balatka College, 
as instructor in voice. For several 
years back she is soloist of the 
First Congregational Church of 
Oak Park. Since she entered the 
field as a professional singer not 
long ago, she has become one of 
the favorite vocalists of Chicago. 
She is doing both concert and 
operatic work, is a member of 
the Balatka Concert Company and 
has appeared at the Auditorium 
in local productions of "Faust" 
and "Samson and Delilah," also 
in a Swedish country play. 



WILLIAM A. PETERSON, 

minister of the Swedish Baptist 
denomination and ex-professor at 
the theological seminary in Mor- 
gan Park, was born March 24, 



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1860, at Arila, Sodermanland, 
Sweden. He completed the course 
in the people's schools at the age 





WILLIAM A. PETERSON 

of fourteen. At eighteen, while 
on a hunting trip of a Sunday 
afternoon with a friend, he had a 
hair-breadth escape from being 
killed by the premature discharge 
of a gun. This accident deeply 
stirred the young man's mind and 
marked the turning point in his 
spiritual life. Having come under 
Baptist influence prior to this, he 
joined the Baptist Church at Arila 
through immersion in January, 
1879. On the advice of his pastor 
he decided to devote himself to 
evangelistic work, and began as a 
missionary, engaged by the Mis- 
sion Union of Sodermanland. 

Having labored in the mission 
field during the years 1881-83, and 
feeling the need of further train- 



ing, he entered the Bethel Semi- 
nary at Stockholm, where he pur- 
sued studies for the next three 
years. From 1886 to 1888 he was 
pastor of the church in Sala, a 
charge which he left to go to the 
United States. A few months af- 
ter his arrival in this country he 
entered the Swedish department 
of the Baptist Union Theological 
Seminary at Morgan Park, from 
which he was graduated the fol- 
lowing spring. He preached in 
Iron River during the ensuing 
summer, then returned to the 
seminary, entering the American 
department. Not satisfied with 
the course leading to the degree 
of B. D., which he earned in a 
year, he pursued post-graduate 
studies until the spring of 1891, 
meanwhile serving as assistant in- 
structor in Greek, Hebrew and 
Swedish. 

He was ordained and served as 
pastor of the church at Sioux 
Falls, S. D., for one year. After 
that he spent three years at the 
University of Chicago as a post- 
graduate student. In 1895 he 
was called as regular professor in 
the Swedish department of the 
Morgan Park institution, accepting 
the chair of universal and church 
history, and the Greek and Swed- 
ish languages. In 1907, having 
acquired views at variance with 
his denomination, he resigned and 
went to Sweden, settling in the 
vicinity of Eskilstuna. 



CHARLES H. JOHNSTON 
was born in Kroppa parish, Verm- 
land, Sweden, Nov. 6, 1860. He 



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learned the iron worker's trade in 
his father's shop. Five years 
were then spent working in the 
Nordenfelt Gatling Gun Factory. 
Leaving Sweden in 1886, he first 
settled in Pittsburgh. By the 
next year he was in Chicago, 
where he worked in various shops. 
In 1889 he opened a shop on In- 
diana st. for the manufacture of 
all kinds of ironwork for building 
purposes. In 1902 he removed 
his shop to IIO-H2 E. Ohio st. 
The present location of the John- 
ston Iron Works is 257-259 E. 
Division st. The work here turned 
out ranges from fire escapes, stand- 
pipes and iron beams to small 
castings and forgings. 

Mr. Johnston belongs to the 
Masonic order and to the National 
Union. 

In 1887 Mr. Johnston was mar- 
ried to Miss Sophia Nelson, also 
from Vermland. They have a 
son and a daughter. The family 
residence is at 3023 N. Ashland 
avenue. 



ticket and defeated by the narrow 

margin of a few hundred votes. 

In 1897 he attended the Stock - 



CHARLES F. ERIKSON, 
publisher of Svenska Tribunen- 
Nyheter, was born March 6, 1866, 
in Vestergotland, Sweden. He 
came to the United States in 1887, 
making his home in Marinette, 
Wis., for a time. From there he 
came to Chicago and was employed 
as advertising solicitor of Skandia, 
a Swedish daily published at that 
time. In 1891-92 he was an em- 
ployee of the Chicago Herald. Go- 
ing to Omaha, Neb., he engaged in 
politics there, was nominated for 
city comptroller on the Democratic 




CHARLES F. ERIKSON 

holm Exposition as special com- 
missioner in behalf of the man- 
agement of the Trans-Mississippi 
Exposition, which was to take 
place at Omaha the following year. 
While at Omaha Mr. Erikson 
conducted a newspaper advertising 
agency. 

Returning to Chicago in 1899, 
he became advertising manager of 
Svenska Tribunen, and when 
this paper was sold in 1900 to 
John E. Norling and Samuel E. 
Carlsson he secured a like position 
with Svenska Nyheter. In May, 
1905, he purchased the first-named 
paper and in July of the follow- 
ing year it was consolidated with 
the latter, which was named Sven- 
ska Tribunen- Nyheter. Since March, 
1907, Mr. Erikson has been sole 
proprietor of the paper, which is 
said to have the largest clientele 



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of any Swedish weekly in the 
world. 

Mr. Erikson is a member of the 
Swedish Glee Club, the Chicago 
Advertising Association and the 
Illinois Athletic Club. He is a 
Knight Templar, a Noble of the 
Mystic Shrine, a member of Me- 
dinah Temple of Chicago and of 
Chicago, of King Oscar Lodge A. 
F. and A. M., and affiliates with 
several other Masonic organiza- 
tions. 

Feb. 27, 1895 Mr. Erikson was 
married to Miss Selma Dahlstrom 
of Omaha. They have three chil- 
dren, two sons and a daughter. 



LUTHER P. FRIESTEDT 

is a typical Chicagoan. He was 
born April 30, 1860, at Water- 
town, Wis., of Swedish parents, 
and was brought here by them in 
1 86 1, since which time Chicago 
has been his residence. Beginning 
his education at the old Skinner 
School, he continued his studies 
until graduated from the old 
Washington High School. At the 
age of sixteen he went on a farm 
near Wheaton, 111., where he re- 
mained until he attained his ma- 
jority, attending Wheaton College 
during the winter months and 
giving particular attention to civil 
and mechanical engineering. 

Shortly after his twenty-first 
birthday Friestedt arranged to go 
to Oregon for the purpose of en- 
gaging in the cattle business, but 
while in Chicago purchasing his 
outfit he was asked by Robert 
McAuley, a house raiser and 



mover, to assist him in raising a 
building, a small brick structure 
in Indiana street. In this work 
he applied his engineering theories 
to such advantage that McAuley 
insisted that he enter his employ, 
promising him a partnership at 
the end of the year. Friestedt 
accepted his offer, abandoned his 
western trip and buckled down to 
work. McAuley's business pros- 
pered and within six months Frie- 
stedt was taken into partnership, 
the firm being called McAuley & 
Friestedt. At the end of a year 
the junior partner embarked in 
business for himself as L. P. Frie- 
stedt & Co. The firm is still in 
business, the largest of its kind 
in the world. 

A rapidly increasing business 
was Friestedt' s portion, but it was 
not until 1893 that he sprang to 
the front rank as an engineer. 
During that year he was awarded 
a contract for $100,000, engaging 
to clear the right of way of the 
Metropolitan Elevated Railway 
Company from Western ave. to 
Halsted St., salvaging all build- 
ings and holding the company 
harmless. It was his work on the 
Normandie apartment building 
during this time that brought him 
prominently to the fore. This 
granite front, three-story struct- 
ure, 100 by 75 feet, faced Laflin 
street. To enable the elevated 
road to properly extend its tracks 
it was necessary to raise and back 
this building and then turn it 
around so that it would face on 
Van Buren st. This work Frie- 
stedt accomplished, and the work 



Chicago 



was visited by government engi- 
neers and commissioners from 
different countries, resulting finally 
in his being engaged by the Aus- 
tro- Hungarian government to un- 
dertake a series of works in Buda- 
pest, which firmly established his 
fame as an engineer. 

It was in 1896 that the Austro- 
Hungarian government appoint- 
ed a commission to consider the 
possibility of widening the thor- 
oughfare in Budapest, intersected 
by the Danube River, in order 
that a cantilever bridge might be 
constructed. The commission de- 
cided upon Friestedt, and he was 
awarded a contract to widen Louis 
Kossuth boulevard 22 meters, or 
73.26 feet. In the prosecution of 
this undertaking it was necessary 
for him to move the Drear Palais, 
a new structure of stone and con- 
crete costing 1,500,000 florins, a 
distance of seventy feet. This he 
did without accident. A church, 
built in the twelfth century, was 
successfully moved, as well as five 
government buildings, and all this 
was accomplished without disaster. 

During the three years required 
for the work Mr. Friestedt spent 
much time in Budapest, was reg- 
istered under the law as a busi- 
ness man, carried a cash balance 
in bank of 200,000 florins and em- 
ployed thousands of laborers. He 
afterward executed several com- 
missions for the Archduke Joseph 
and operated in Austria- Hungary 
as the Friestedt Company of Bu- 
dapest for a time. 

While the L. P. Friestedt Co. 
of Chicago is the headquarters of 



Mr. Friestedt, he is largely en- 
gaged in other activities. He is 
heavily interested in the Friestedt 
Interlocking Channel Bar Com- 
pany, which makes an interlock- 
ing steel piling of his invention, 
and it is used by all railways and 
governments of the world. The 
company has executed immense 
contracts in the harbor of Naga- 
saki, Japan, and at the Mersey 
docks of Liverpool. He is a stock- 
holder in the Columbia Tool Steel 
Company of Chicago Heights, in 
the British Steel Piling Company 
of London, and owns real estate 
in almost every part of Chicago. 
His fortune is estimated at six 
figures. 

Mr. Friestedt was a member of 
the commission appointed by the 
sanitary district of Chicago, the 
city and the government to esti- 
mate the cost of deepening and 
widening the Chicago River so as 
to meet the requirements of the 
projected ship canal. 

In 1902 Mr. Friestedt was elected 
to the city council as an alderman 
from the Thirteenth ward by the 
largest majority ever given in that 
ward, and was re-elected in 1903. 
He resigned in 1905, owing to the 
demands upon his time by his 
business interests. 

In 1906 Mr. Friestedt waged 
the hottest kind of a fight with 
Congressman William Lorimer for 
the Republican nomination for 
representative in congress from 
the sixth district of Illinois, and 
was defeated by a small margin 
at the primary election. 

In religion Mr. Friestedt is an 



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Episcopalian and a member of St. 
Andrew's Church. His fraternal 
affiliations include membership in 
the Masonic order, he being a 
member of Union Park L,odge, 
York Chapter, Chicago Command- 
ery and Medinah Temple. He is 
a Knight of Pythias, a Son of the 
American Revolution and his list 
list of clubs includes the Meno- 
ken, Chicago Athletic, Chicago 
Automobile, Horican Gun, Eagle 
River Fishing and Hunting. He 
is a member of the Western Soci- 
ety of Engineers. 

When he was 22 Mr. Friestedt 
married Dora M. Huyer of Chi- 
cago. To them have been born 
five sons: Arthur, George, Her- 
man, L,uther and Willis. The 
three eldest boys are associated 
with their father in business, and 
all live at the homestead at 170 
Central Park ave. 



service in Battery H, First Illinois 
Light Artillery. After eighteen 
months of actual service in the 



ANDREW L. ANDERSON, 
who was a man of prominence in 
Henry county before removing to 
Chicago a few years ago, was 
born in Vestergotland, Sweden, 
Oct. 26, 1842. He grew up and 
obtained his essential education in 
the place of his birth. In 1860 
he emigrated to America, making 
a nine weeks' voyage on board a 
sailing vessel. After reaching the 
port of New York, he proceeded 
to . Geneseo, and from there to 
the township of Andover, where he 
worked on a farm through the 
summer and attended school the 
following winter. 

In January, 1862, the young 
newcomer enlisted for military 




ANDREW L. ANDERSON 

field he received honorable dis- 
charge for disability. Returning 
home, he passed some months in 
recruiting his strength, putting 
*n most of the time at school, 
perfecting his knowledge of the 
English language. As soon as 
his health permitted, he went to 
work for Mr. P. P. Allen, remain- 
ing in his employ for seven years, 
the first two or three years as a 
farmhand and afterward in the 
capacity of buyer of stock cattle, 
horses and sheep, spending one 
year in Missouri for that purpose. 

Subsequently, Mr. Anderson 
rented land until 1880, when he 
bought a farm in Munson town- 
ship, devoting himself successfully 
to farming and stockraising there 
for many years. 

In public affairs locally and 
nationally Mr. Anderson has taken 



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a deep interest. In 1872 he vig- 
orously opposed the movement 
headed by Capt. Eric Johnson and 
Jonas W. Olson to round up the 
Swedish voters of Henry county 
for Greeley, and at that juncture 
organized the Swedish-American 
Republican club of the county. 

Prior to 1885 he served as as- 
sessor for two terms and for sev- 
eral years as a school director. In 
time he acquired a dominant influ- 
ence in county politics, was entrust- 
ed with the county treasurership 
and held various other offices with- 
in the gift of his constituents. 
He did much to gain for the 
people of his nationality due re- 
cognition in county affairs. Mr. 
Anderson was one of the active 
organizers of the Swedish-Amer- 
ican Republican League of Illi- 
nois and served as its treasurer 
during the preliminary period and 
for the first two regular terms of 
one year. 

Having retired from agricultural 
pursuits and politics, Mr. Ander- 
son in 1903 removed to Chicago 
and owns a home at 6505 Green 
St., Englewood. 

March 16, 1871, Mr. Anderson 
was married to Miss Amanda 
Wallin, a member of a well-known 
family, most of whose members 
are living in Iowa. To the An- 
dersons have been born eight chil- 
dren: Hilda H., Alvin E., de- 
ceased, John Albert, Eugenia L., 
James Elmer and Andrew Wen- 
dell, deceased, George A. and 
Gilbert C. 



HENRY STRUVE 

was born in Kristianstad, Skane, 
Dec. 9, 1857. His parents were 




HENRY STRUVE 

the military surgeon Henry Struve 
and Dorothea Struve. After hav- 
ing passed through four classes of 
the local collegiate school he ob- 
tained a position as clerk in Hjal- 
mar Moller's bookstore in Krist- 
ianstad, remaining there eleven 
years. 

Mr. Struve emigrated in 1887 
and came at once to Chicago. 
For a number of years he has 
been in the employ of the Eng- 
berg-Holmberg Publishing Co. 

He is a member of the Skane 
Provincial Lodge of A. F. and A. 
M. in Sweden and also of Lodge 
No. i, I. O. S. 



ANTON C. ENGBERG 

was born May 20, 1877, in Chi- 
cago, and is the son of John J. 
and Marie S. Engberg. He was 



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educated in the public schools and 
at the Metropolitan Business Col- 
lege, where he completed a course 
in bookkeeping. 




ANTON CARL ENGBERG 

Learning the printers' trade, he 
has worked in various offices in 
the city. For a number of years 
he has been employed at the es- 
tablishment of the Engberg- Holm- 
berg Publishing Company. 

Mr. Engberg is a member of 
the Twenty-Third Ward Repub- 
lican Club and resides at 458 
Cleveland ave. 



JOHN J. ENGBERG 

was born in Bergsjo, Norra Hel- 
singland, one of the most beauti- 
ful spots in the kingdom of Swe- 
den, Jan. 8, 1846. His father, 
Jonas (Jonson) Engberg a farmer 
and, in fact, a carpenter and a 
blacksmith, as he performed all 
such work required on the farm 
became weary of paying fines for 
being a dissenter or separatist, 



and decided to seek a home in 
the land where religious liberty 
prevails. In 1856 he crossed the 
Atlantic and settled in Goodhue 
county, Minn. The following 
year the son, John, who had ac- 
quired an education in the old 
home public school and in a sep- 
aratist school under the tuition of 
Rev. Peter Beckman, commenced 
learning the printer's trade, "the 
black art," as it was formerly 
called, on Minnesota - Posten, a 
Swedish weekly, published in Red 
Wing by his cousin, Rev. Eric 
Norelius, and his eldest brother, 
Jonas Engberg. Aug. 8, 1858, 
the mother, Brita, nee I,arson, 
accidentally lost her life in cross- 
ing Cannon River on her way to 




JOHN J. ENGBERG 

church, the father passing away 
in 1862. That same year the 
youth journeyed back to Chicago 
and had a year's schooling with 
Prof. L,. P. Esbjorn, the founder 
of Augustana Theological Semi- 



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nary, at that time located in Chi- 
cago. In November, 1863, he en- 
listed in the 8gth 111. Vol. Inf'try, 
Co. D, and took part in General 
Sherman's operations in Tennessee 
and Georgia. Having successfully 
' 'dodged the bullets' ' for one year 
at the front, as he expresses it, 
sickness laid him low, and upon 
convalescing later in the fall of 
1864, he was transferred first to 
the 5Qth 111. and a short time af- 
terward to the 8th Regt. Veteran 
Reserve Corps at Camp Douglas, 
Chicago, where he served guard- 
ing rebel prisoners, until mustered 
out after the close of the Civil War 
in the fall of 1865- Since then he 
has mostly been employed as a 
"type-sticker" in different parts 
of the Western states, occasion- 
ally doing a little writing for 
newspapers here and there. He 
was among the thousands who 
in 1871 lost their all of worldly 
possessions in the Chicago fire in 
that year. In 1872 he added the 
knowledge of music type setting 
to his craft. At present he is 
' 'setting up' ' books and music for 
the Engberg-Holmberg Publishing 
Company. 

J. J. Engberg is affiliated with 
the Swedish Typographical Un- 
ion No. 247, of which he was 
the first president, the North Star 
Lodge No. 2393 Knights of Hon- 
or, in which he served as presi- 
dent for several terms, and is also 
a member of the grand lodge of 
that order, and of the G. A. R. 

Nov. 7, 1868, Mr. Engberg was 
united in marriage to Marie S. 
Agren from Kristianstad, Swe- 



den, the issue of the union being 
nine .children, six of whom sur- 
vive, namely: Axel Rudolph, Mrs. 
Rose E. Spoor, Alma B., Anton 
C., Ruth E. and Walter L. Eng- 
berg. 

ERNST W. OLSON 

was born March 16, 1870, in 
Finja parish, Skane, Sweden. 




ERNST WILHELM OLSON 

His parents were Johannes Olson 
(deceased) and Johanna Olson, 
nee Grahn. There are eleven 
children in the family, and it was 
chiefly on their account that the 
father, although a well - to - do 
farmer, determined to emigrate to 
the country whose name stands 
for opportunity. The family came 
over in May, 1878, and located 
on a farm near Wahoo, Neb. 

When in the fall of 1883 Luther 
Academy was opened at Wahoo, 
Ernst was one of the first half 
dozen students enrolled. He con- 
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College, Rock Island, graduating 
with the class of '91. 

With some experience in edit- 
ing college papers, including Cen- 
sor, Balder and the Lyceum Annual, 
he took a position with the week- 
ly Fosterlandet of Chicago shortly 
after leaving college. One year 
afterward he returned to Rock 
Island to edit the English monthly 
Observer, and later became editor 
of the Swedish weekly Nya Pressen 
of Moline, handling the two pa- 
pers simultaneously for a time. 
He was one of three persons who 
purchased the latter paper in Jan- 
uary, 1894, and published it at 
Moline for the next three years. 
The plant was removed to Chica- 
go early in 1896 and two editions 
were published, one for each city. 
In December, 1896, a consolidation 
with Fosterlandet was effected, and 
Mr. Olson became editor of that 
paper, also acquiring an interest 
in the plant. In 1900, when the 
paper passed under the control of 
the publishers of Svenska Tribunen, 
he was given editorial charge of 
both. He remained editor-in-chief 
of Tribunen until 1905, when a 
change in ownership and policy 
caused his retirement. Save for 
occasional news stories contributed 
to the Record- Herald of Chicago, 
the illustrated weekly Hvar 8 Dag 
of Goteborg, and other journals, 
he has since been out of the field 
of journalism from choice, having 
declined offers from several Swed- 
ish newspapers, and has devoted 
his time to editorial work for the 
Engberg - Holmberg Publishing 
Company. 



Besides writing original verse, 
Mr. Olson has turned a number 
of poetic masterpieces from Swed- 
ish into English, and vice versa. 
Among his translations may be 
mentioned "Angelika," by Malm- 
strom, and a portion of Tegner's 
"Frithiof's Saga.'' Competitive 
prizes were won by him for a 
college song, dedicated to his Al- 
ma Mater, and for a short story, 
submitted to the Ram's Horn. 
To Bethany College he is indebted 
for the honorary degree of A. M. 

Mr. Olson's marriage to Miss 
Anna Strand of Des Moines, la., 
took place Dec. 20, 1899. Their 
children are: Eugene Wilfred 
Irving, born 1901, Adele Eugenia, 
1903, Eunice Elizabeth, 1905, and 
Herbert William L,eroy, 1907. 
Mrs. Olson is a graduate of the 
Augustana Conservatory of Music. 

The family attend the Geth^em- 
ane Swedish Lutheran Church, 
Mr. Olson at present serving as 
its secretary and chairman of its 
board of trustees. He is secretary 
of the Western Oregon Orchard 
Company and member of the 
Swedish Historical Society of 
America. 



OSCAR ENGBERG, 

in point of years of service the 
oldest Swedish - American book 
publisher and bookseller, was born 
Dec. 6, 1863, in the parsonage of 
the Immanuel Swedish Lutheran 
Church, Chicago, which at that 
time, together with the church, 
was located on Superior st., between 
Wells st. and La Salle ave., on 
the site now occupied by the Pas- 



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savant Memorial Hospital. He 
has ever since had his name on 
the rolls of this congregation. 

After attending parochial and 
public schools as well as studying 
privately, young Engberg passed 
an apprenticeship of several years' 
duration in the printing office of 
Engberg & Holmberg, thereby 
laying the foundation for the gen- 
eral knowledge of publishing in 




OSCAR ENGBERG 

its various branches which he 
possesses. 

Having served as salesman with 
the same firm for several years, 
Mr. Engberg was placed in charge 
of a branch established in St. 
Paul, Minn., in the fall of 1881, 
remaining there for six years, 
when he returned to the parent 
establishment in Chicago. 

Since 1887 Mr. Engberg has 
been secretary of the Engberg- 
Holmberg Publishing Co. As he 
has made a study of the business 
and his memory is excellent, his 



head is crammed with knowledge 
of book titles and prices as well 
as names of authors and publish- 
ers. Being exceedingly fond of 
reading, he has "devoured" vol- 
umes innumerable. 

During his thirty years of serv- 
ice in the book business he has 
made the acquaintance of residents 
throughout the northern half of 
the states. He has the reputation 
of being an energetic, indefati- 
gable toiler. Mr. Engberg has 
edited a number of publications, 
and under a nom de plume made 
occasional contributions to the 
Swedish-American press, in verse 
form . 

Nov. 24, 1885, Mr. Engberg 
was married to Anna Christian of 
Winona, Minn., born March 19, 
1864. They have a daughter, 
Helen, born June 3, 1887. For 
the past fifteen years they have 
been residents of Ravenswood. 



JOSEPH G. SHELDON 

was born July 29, 1868, in Karls- 
kroiia, Sweden, where his father 
was cashier of the state peniten- 
tiary. He went to private school 
at the age of five years and con- 
tinued there until he was nine 
years old. In January, 1878, he 
began to attend the elementary 
school, where he remained until 
the summer of 1884, when he was 
a member of the seventh class. 
His father having died two years 
previously, young Sheldon, accom- 
panied by his mother, emigrated 
to America. He came to Chicago 
in August, 1884, and has since 
resided here. He soon obtained 



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employment with A. H. Andrews 
& Co., manufacturers of school 
furniture, and remained with this 
firm until 1886. In the fall of 
that year he commenced work as 
a dry goods clerk, and continued 
in that vocation until January, 
1889, when he took a course in 
bookkeeping at the Metropolitan 
Business College. After having 




JOSEPH GILBERT SHELDON 

completed his course he obtained 
employment as a bookkeeper, and 
in February, 1891, secured a po- 
sition as receiving teller and gen- 
eral bookkeeper in the Dime Sav- 
ings Bank, where he remained 
until the summer of 1895. In the 
fall of that year he matriculated 
with the Northwestern University 
L,aw School, from which he grad- 
uated in June, 1897, at the head 
of a class of eighty. He secured 
the scholarship prize, consisting of 
a series of thirty volumes of law. 
He has since practiced law in the 



state and federal courts with 
marked success. 

In April, 1902, he was appointed 
a justice of the peace to succeed 
Chas. H. Hoglund, deceased, and 
served in that capacity until De- 
cember, 1906, when that office 
was abolished, and he then re- 
sumed the practice of law. 

Mr. Sheldon became a member 
of Svithiod Lodge No. i, I. O. S., 
in 1898, was elected chairman of 
the lodge in January, 1900, and 
chairman of the grand lodge in 
1906, being reelected in 1907. 

Since 1907, Mr. Sheldon is pres- 
ident of the Engberg-Holmberg 
Publishing Company. He was in 
1908 elected secretary of the Swed- 
ish Historical Society of America. 

Mr. Sheldon is known as a flu- 
ent speaker in both Swedish and 
English and has appeared as ora- 
tor on many public occasions. 

Mr. Sheldon traces his ancestry 
back to Bishop Gilbert Sheldon, 
who was Dean of the University 
of Oxford in the early part of the 
seventeenth century and who do- 
nated the funds necessary to erect 
the Sheldonian Theater at Ox- 
ford, which is still in existence. 
In consideration of this gift, his 
lineal descendants are entitled to 
a free education at the University 
of Oxford. The sons of Bishop 
Sheldon were adherents of Charles 
I., and hence were forced to flee 
the country after Cromwell's ac- 
cession to power. All but two 
went to America. Gilbert and 
Francis in 1650 found a home in 
Sweden, where they followed their 
trade, that of ship builders. 



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Francis never married. Gilbert's 
descendants up to the present gen- 
eration have, with few excep- 
tions, also been ship builders and 
taken a prominent part in build- 
ing the Swedish navy. Gilbert's 
son, Charles Sheldon, was born 
Sept. 29, 1666, and died Aug. 10, 
1739. His son, Gilbert Sheldon, 
was born Feb. 21, 1710, in Karls- 
krona, where the family resided un- 
til 1884. He died April 20, 1794. 
Both he and his father were chiefs 
of construction in the Swedish 
navy. Although the family was 
numerous at one time, the only 
male representatives of the pres- 
ent generation are Joseph G. and 
his elder brother, Adolf Ulric 
Sheldon, a retired ship builder, 
now residing in Schloss Randegg, 
Baden. There are no Sheldons in 
Sweden at the present time. 

On Aug. 20, 1903, Mr. Shel- 
don was united in marriage with 
Sigrid Engberg, daughter of the 
late Jonas Engberg. 



MARTIN J. ENGBERG 

was born Sept. 4, 1872, in Chicago. 
His parents were Jonas and Eliza- 
beth Engberg. He was graduated 
from the North Division High 
School in 1889, and then spent a 
year in the Engberg-Holmberg 
Pub. Co.'s office. In the fall of 
1890 he entered the University of 
Illinois, taking a scientific course, 
and making a specialty of chemistry. 
Graduating in 1894 with the 
degree Bachelor of Science, he 
was a technical chemist for sever- 
al years. Since 1900 he has been 
identified with the Engberg-Holm- 



berg Publishing Co. in the capac- 
ity of treasurer. He is one of 
the editors of this work and has 
uncovered some historical material 
before unknown to Swedish-Amer- 
ican annals. He was for some 
years actively identified with several 
Swedish musical organizations. 

Mr. Engberg is a member of 
the Swedish Historical Society of 




MARTIN J. ENGBERG 

America, the Illinois State Histor- 
ical Society and of the Illinois 
Academy of Science. 

On Aug. 17, 1904, Mr. Engberg 
was united in marriage with 
Elizabeth Hoffsten of Philadelphia, 
Pa. Mrs. Engberg is the daugh- 
ter of Aaron and Sophie Hoffsten, 
and was born Nov. 4, 1873, at 
Wilkesbarre, Pa. She graduated 
from the Girls' High School in 
Philadelphia in 1891 and later from 
the Girls' Normal School and has 
taken special studies in the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania. Miss 
Hoffsten was a teacher in the 



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Robert Morris School in Phil- 
adelphia for several years. 

Since coming to Chicago, Mrs. 
Engberg has compiled a Swedish 




ELIZABETH HOFFSTEN ENGBERG 

primer entitled, "Min forsta lase- 
bok," which is founded on the most 
advanced American pedagogical 
thought, coupled with many new 
ideas devised for the book. It has 
cast aside the traditional methods 
heretofore used in the Swedish 
primers both in Sweden and this 
country. 

Mr. and Mrs. Engberg are 
members of the Immanuel Swedish 
Lutheran Church. They have two 
sons, Robert Martin, born Jan. 17, 
1906, and Paul Richard Hoffsten, 
born Aug. 20, 1908. 



CARL B. F. BERGQUIST 

was born Feb. 12, 1874, in Chi- 
cago. He is the eldest son of 
Carl O. and Wendla A. Bergquist. 
After finishing his public school 
course, he engaged in the real 



estate and insurance business, 
eventually entering into partner- 
ship with his father and younger 
brother, Hjalmar, under the firm 
title of Carl O. Bergquist and 
Sons. 

In 1902 he removed to Encamp- 
ment, Wyo., where he is growing 
up with the country. Mr. Berg- 
quist is connected with a number 
of mining companies operating in 
the camp. He is vice-president 
and general manager of the Wyo- 
ming Finance Co., president of 
the Big Butte Copper Co., and 
secretary and treasurer of The In- 
vestors Mining and Prospecting 
Co. The property of the company 
last named is at Rambler, Wyo., 




CARL B. F. BERGQUIST 

near the Doane-Rambler and the 
Ferris -Haggerty mines. 

Mr. Bergquist is further identi- 
fied with several of Encampment's 
industries and activities. 



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EOS HEGSTROM 

was born Jan. 7, 1854, in Berg- 
sjo, Helsingland, Sweden, where 
his father was school teacher and 




EOS HEGSTROM 

parish clerk. He came to America 
in 1869 and spent the first two 
years in Andover and Victoria, 
111., where he attended school. 

In the spring of 1872 he entered 
the employ of the Swedish Luther- 
an Publication Society in Chicago. 
When Hemlandet was sold to 
Enander and Bohman in 1873, he be- 
came their accountant, remaining 
in this capacity for nine years. 
In 1882 he went to Anoka, Minn., 
where he spent two years in the 
mercantile business of O. Norell. 
He entered, in 1884, the banking 
house of Haugan and Lindgren, 
later styled the State Bank of 
Chicago, and remained with the 
bank twenty years. Mr. Hegstrom 
was one of the promoters of the 
Union Bank of Chicago which 



was organized in the spring of 
1905 and has been vice-president 
from the start. On July 16, 1908, 
the bank had a capital stock and 
surplus of $225,000.00 and depos- 
its amounting to $818,288.18. 
Mr. Hegstrom is at the head of the 
real estate loan department and 
is one of the expert real estate 
valuators of the city. 

Mr. Hegstrom is not married. 
He is a member of the Elim Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church of Pullman- 



V. HARALD HEGSTROM, 

pastor of the Augustana Sw edish 
Lutheran Church in Hyde Park, 
was born Jan. n, 1869, in Berg- 
sjo, Sweden, where his father, 
Erik Hogstrom, was a teacher 
and parish clerk. The son attend- 




V. HARALD HEGSTROM 

ed public school and enjoyed pri- 
vate instruction in Sweden. Not 
long after his immigration to this 
country in 1884, he was enrolled 
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lege, where he studied from 1885 
to 1890, graduating the latter year 
with the bachelor's degree. Mr. 
Hegstrom next pursued postgrad- 
uate studies at Yale 1890-91 and 
'92-94, whereby he earned the 
degree of Ph. D. He continued 
higher studies at Columbia Uni- 
versity, New York, 1895-97, was 
a non-resident student of Chicago 
University 1902-03 and a resident 
student for four quarters, 1903-04. 

In 1892 Dr. Hegstrom took a posi- 
tion as teacher at Upsala College, 
Brooklyn. In 1898 he accepted a 
call to become president of Jewell 
College, Jewell, la., and remained 
at the head of that institution un- 
til 1903, when he exchanged the 
professor's chair for the pulpit, 
taking charge of the Augustana 
Church in Chicago as acting pas- 
tor. Having completed a divinity 
course at Augustana Theological 
Seminary in 1905-06, Dr. Hegstrom 
was graduated with the degree 
of B. D. and subsequently ordained 
to the ministry. In the Augus- 
tana Church, which he still serves, 
he has laid down great effort 
in securing a $20,000 church 
as well as in the inner upbuilding 
of the congregation. Dr. Heg- 
strom is a director of the Chicago 
Inner Mission Society. 

June i, 1898, Dr. Hegstrom was 
married to Ada Matilda Swanson, 
born July ir, 1877, the daughter 
of S. A. and Betty Swanson of 
Des Moines, la. Of three children 
born to them, two are living: 
Harald Eugene, born Aug. 8, 
1901, and Ada Inez Sarah Doro- 
thea, born Feb. 22, 1904. 



FRANK L. HELANDER 

was born in Sjotofta, Elfsborgs 
Ian, Sweden, June 29, 1870. and 
emigrated to America in 1886, 
coming to Chicago, where he has 
resided ever since. He first se- 
cured employment in the Rock 




FRANK L. HELANDER 

Island railroad shops, where he 
worked for three years. He then 
worked for several clothing firms, 
staying with one firm six years, 
in the same place that he now 
occupies for his own business, at 
5122 Wentworth ave. In 1897 he 
opened a clothing and men's fur- 
nishing house, and has succeeded 
well. 

Mr. Helander is a Lutheran by 
faith. He is a member of the 
Linne Society, Runan Lodge, I. 
O. V., Court Stockholm No. 16, 
Foresters of America, the John 
Ericsson Lodge No. 361, I. O. O. 
F., the Mystic Star Lodge No. 
758, A. F. and A. M., the Ori- 



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ental Consistory, S. P. R. S., and 
of the Medinah Temple, Mystic 
Shrine. 

In 1894 Mr. Helander was mar- 
ried to Miss Clara Johnson of 
Chicago, and they have estab- 
lished a pleasant home. Their 
children are: Alice, Mabel, Clara 
and Frank. 



her profession in the city of Chi- 
cago until 1904, when she was 
married to Dr. Ibrahim G. Khei- 
ralla, a Syrian scholar. 

Mrs. Kheiralla is a sister of the 
late C. G. L/inderborg, formerly 
editor and publisher of Svenska 
Tribunen. 



JOHN H. ROSBERG 



AUGUSTA SOFIA KHEIRA^^A was born in Reslof parish, near 
was born Jan. 21, 1854, in Fin- Malmo, Skane, Nov. 23, 1856. 
land, near the city of Vasa. At He was apprenticed at the age of 




AUGUSTA SOFIA KHEIRALLA 

the age of ten years she began 
her studies at a girls' seminary in 
Vasa, from which she graduated 
in 1870. The same year she emi- 
grated to America, taking up her 
residence in Chicago. In the year 
1888 she began the study of 
medicine, graduating from the 
Hahnemann Medical College in 
1892. Later on she took up a 
course of study at the Harvey 
Medical College, from which she 
graduated in 1896. She practiced 




JOHN HENRY ROSBERG 

sixteen to one Plan tin, a cabinet- 
maker in Malmo, and became a 
journeyman in 1877. After work- 
ing in Copenhagen for a year and 
in Stockholm for four years he 
emigrated to this country in 1882. 
After a short stay in Bridgeport, 
Conn., he came to Chicago, and 
after working for various firms, 
he entered in 1885 into partner- 
ship with Hans Jessen and started 
a cabinet-maker's shop in Jeffer- 
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in 1901, they moved to their 
present quarters at 405 W. Kinzie 
st., where they occupy six floors 
and employ about ninety workmen. 
Jessen & Rosberg make benches 
and cabinets for dentists, watch- 
makers' benches and the like. Mr. 
Jessen having died in 1902, Mr. 
Rosberg is now sole proprietor, 
having purchased his partner's 
interest in the business. 

Mr. Rosberg is a member of 
King Oscar Lodge No. 855, A. F. 
and A. M., Oriental Consistory. 
Washington Chapter No 43, Co- 
lumbia Commandery No. 63, and is 
a Noble of the Mystic Shrine as 
member of Medinah Temple, of 
Atlas Lodge No. 261, I. O. O. F., 
and of Svithiod Lodge No. i, I. 
O. S., of which he was treasurer 
for three years. 

Mr. Rosberg was married in 
1882 to Kerstin Holmgren from 
Arlof, Skane. They have six 
sons: Charles Henry, George Au- 
gust, Alfred Victor, Rudolf Wal- 
demar, Harry Emil and Elmer 
Gustaf. 

The home is at 1832 Hum- 
bold t boulevard. 



AXEL LUDVIG HVASSMAN 

was born in Habo parish, Vester- 
gotland, Sweden on April 24, 
1863. At an early age he moved 
to Jonkoping and thence in 1881 
to Stockholm. He was there en- 
gaged with Janson and Wallgren, 
court tailors. While in the capi- 
tal he sang in choruses directed 
by Berg, Albert Lindstrom, Krueg- 
er and others. In 1886 Mr. Hvass- 
man emigrated with Chicago as 



his goal. He there was employed 
with prominent tailoring firms like 
John and Henry Stevenson. Since 
1896 he has had his own business. 
He is now established at 352-354 
N. Clark st. 

Ever since coining to Chicago 
Mr. Hvassman has been active in 




AXEL LUDVIG HVASSMAN 

Swedish musical circles. Choir 
leader at Lake View Swedish 
Mission Church 1890-93, he has 
held the same position twice each 
at the Tabernacle Swedish Mission 
Church and the North Side Swed- 
ish Mission Church. He has served 
continuously at the latter church 
since 1902. Besides leading the 
church choir, he directs the Asaph 
male chorus. In addition he is 
director of the Swedish Mission 
Festival Chorus, organized in 1892. 
Mr. Hvassman was on Aug. 
27, 1907 united in marriage with 
Alma Emma Elizabeth, born in 
Chicago, July 16, 1879 to Carl 
and Sarah Anderson. She is a 



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graduate of Hyde Park High 
School. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Hvassmaii 
was born on July 4, 1908 a 
daughter. 



SWEN LINDEROTH 

was born Oct. 14, 1859, in Skane, 
Sweden. The parents in 1860 
moved near Eskilstuna, where the 
father became a farmer. Swen 
finished the course in the public 
school at the age of twelve years. 
Soon after, he was apprenticed to 
a wood- turner, but, treated cruelly 
by him, the lad was then made 
errand boy to a shoemaker. Tiring 
of this, he left Eskilstuna and went 
to Stockholm where he became a 
clerk. His evenings were devoted 
to study. At the age of seventeen 
he obtained a good position in a 
planing mill where houses were 
planned and manufactured ready 
for domestic and foreign shipment. 
Two years after, he became assist- 
ant superintendent in a planing 
mill in Eskilstuna. Returning 
to Stockholm he worked in an 
architect's office during the win- 
ter and in the different build- 
ing trades during the summer, 
thereby gaining the all-round 
experience he would have attained 
in a technical school and at the 
same time earning his living. 
As junior partner of an architect- 
ural firm Linderoth engaged in 
his profession until the fall of 1884, 
when he left Sweden. Arriving 
at Chicago he had to grapple 
with new architectural methods 
and a new language. He made 
good progress, and in 1887 he 



was invited to become a member 
of the Illinois chapter of the 
American Institute of Architects. 
In 1891 a severe illness almost 
cost him his life. He was, in 
fact, given up for dead, but revived 
miraculously after the time for 




SWEN LINDEROTH 

his funeral had been set. He 
required nine months to recuper- 
ate. In the meantime his former 
good business was so badly con- 
ducted by his subordinates that 
he decided to abandon his profes- 
sion. 

Mr. Linderoth now essayed the 
manufacture of enameled brick, 
which had heretofore been import- 
ed from England at high prices. 
A factory was built at 52nd and 
Wallace sts., and men were en- 
gaged who had made a similar 
product abroad. After a Swedish, 
a German and an English super- 
intendent had in turn failed in 
the attempt to produce enameled 
brick, the Linderoth Ceramic Co. 
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Mr. L,inderoth sold his house, 
and, under the assignee, con- 
tinued to experiment until he 
finally succeeded in producing 
a real enamel on clay. But 
being financially ruined, it was 
impossible for him to continue 
operations. A small shed was 
finally secured in Englewood, in 
which porcelain filter tubes were 
made. The demand for his product 
was so great that he soon occupied 
larger quarters. In 1900 a second 
factory was built. Two years later 
an addition was built and more 
ground purchased to provide for 
future extensions. The establish- 
ment is now incorporated as the 
Alhambra Ceramic Works, with 
Mr. lyinderoth as its president. 
Among the products are enameled 
and glazed tile, terra cotta statuettes 
and placques, porcelain filter tubes 
and pottery for use in schools 
as drawing models ; also under- 
glaze decorated ware, as yet 
quite new in the United States. 
A ceramic school has been started 
in connection with the enterprise, 
in which art students are taught 
various branches of the potter's 
art, including the purely decora- 
tive branches as well as ceramic 
chemistry. Samples of their work 
was exhibited at the World's 
Exposition at St. Louis by the 
firm. When the ceramic school 
was to be started at the Univer- 
sity of Illinois, Mr. Linderoth was 
offered the position of director, 
but declined the appointment. 

His clients have persuaded 
him to again enter the profes- 
sional field again, and he is now 



actively engaged in the practice 
of architecture. 

Mr. L,inderoth was married to 
Sophie Johnson in 1887 and his 
children are Ruby, Samuel, Irene 
and Edna. He is a member of 
ceramic, architectural, literary, 
and temperance societies. He has 
been major of the Swedish- 
American Guards and first vice- 
president of the Swedish National 
Association. Mr. L,inderoth pos- 
sesses marked ability as a writer 
and his contributions to technical 
and trade journals are many and 
valuable. 



CHARLES JOHN ANDERSON 

was born July 20, 1880, in the 
parish of Viby, Ostergotland, Swe- 
den, where his father, Anders 
Gustaf Peterson, was a carpenter. 
Up to his fifteenth year he re- 
ceived his training and educa- 
tion in his native place. Com- 
ing to this country in May, 1895, 
he worked on a farm near Oak- 
land, Neb. four years, attending 
public school in winter. Going 
from there to Omaha, he took a 
two years' course at the Omaha 
Commercial College and then was 
in the employ of the Western 
Paper Co. in that city a short 
time before leaving for Chicago 
in 1901. 

After being connected with the 
house of Carson, Pirie, Scott and 
Co. for a year, Mr. Anderson was 
engaged as advertising manager 
for Hemmets Van, a Swedish 
illustrated magazine, which proved 
short-lived. He next held a sim- 



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ilar position with Svenska Tribun- 
en, which he left Feb. i, 1906, 
to engage in the printing business 




CHARLES JOHN ANDERSON 

on his own account. Embarrassed 
by lack of sufficient capital, he 
gave up the business and is now 
a member of the firm known as 
the Gorham Printing Company, 
besides handling advertising for 
several Swedish newspapers. 

Mr. Anderson was married Aug. 
26, 1903, to Mamie Johnson, 
daughter of Julius Johnson, born 
at Kiron, la., Aug. 6, 1880. 
Their home is brightened by the 
presence of their first born, a son, 
Vincent Gaylord. 



MARTIN ANDERSON 

was born Nov. n, 1859, in Tan- 
urn parish, Bohuslan, Sweden. 
At the age of fourteen he went 
to Christiania where he learned 
the baker's trade from his uncle. 
After a period of five years he 



became a journeyman and then 
emigrated to this country, arriv- 
ing in Chicago in 1880. 

After working four years for 
a German baker, he formed a 
partnership with Hans Lystad, a 
comrade from his Christiania days. 
Their bakery was at 1 1 5 Sedgwick 
St., where they had a force of 
four men. Before long the busi- 
ness grew to such proportions 
that they moved to 296-298 E. 
Division st., where about fifty men 
are employed. Mr. L,ystad died 
about 1901 and Mr. Anderson pur- 
chased his share in the business. 

In 1890 Mr. Anderson was 
united in marriage with Emma 
Lystad, a sister of his partner. 




MARTIN ANDERSON 

Mr. Anderson is a charter mem- 
ber of King Oscar L,odge of Ma- 
sons. 



AXEL MELLANDER 

was born March 26, 1860, in 
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his parents moved the year follow- 
ing to Mellby parish. At his 
tenth year he had to leave home 




AXEL MELLANDER 

and earn his own living-. Convert- 
ed at the age of fifteen years, he 
was enabled by the aid of Christ- 
ian friends to study and then be- 
came a primary school teacher. 
Continuing his studies at the nor- 
mal school in L,und 1877-78, he 
could not reconcile himself to the 
religious views taught there. He 
thereupon studied with private 
tutors in the same city until 1879 
when he emigrated to America. 

After having resided with rela- 
tives in Fremont, la., Mr. Mellan- 
der secured admittance the next 
year to the theological class in 
Ansgarius College at Knoxville, 
111. In 1 88 1 he was ordained to 
the ministry in the Swedish Mis- 
sion Covenant. Rev. Axel Mell- 
ander had pastorates in Lowell, 
Mass., in 1881, in Boston, 1882, in 
Frewsburg, N. Y., and Scandia, 



Pa., 1883. In the fall of 1884 he 
accepted a call to the Mission 
Friends congregation in North 
Easton, Mass. Two years later 
Rev. Mellander became editor of 
Minneapolis Veckoblad, a post he 
retained for three years. During 
1889-92 he was pastor of the 
Iron Mountain, Mich., Mission 
Friends church. In the fall of 
1892 he became a teacher in the 
Mission Covenant's theological 
school, then in Minneapolis. When 
the seminary removed to Chicago 
in 1894 and became North Park 
College, Prof. Mellander went 
with it and has since been one of 
the leading members of the faculty. 

For several years he edited the 
covenant's newspaper Missionaren, 
now defunct. In 1901 Professor 
Mellander traveled through south- 
ern Europe, Egypt and Palestine. 
The results of his observations and 
studies on that trip are laid down 
in a book, "Genom bibelns lan- 
der." Besides the above, he has 
written the following books and 
pamphlets: "Lifvet, doden och 
evigheten," "Profetskolorna i Is- 
rael," and "Betankande i kongre- 
gationalistf ragan." 

Rev. Axel Mellander was mar- 
ried Aug. 22, 1884, to Erika A. 
Garberg. They have had four 
children of whom one son, Enoch 
Theophilus, born 1890, survives. 



HERMAN WILLIAM HANSON 

was born on Tjorn, an island in 
the Kattegat, Bohuslan, Sweden, 
on May 7, 1847. His parents 
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Johansdotter. After studying the 
rudiments at public school, he 
went at the age of twelve years 
to Gb'teborg in order to earn his 
living. Four years later he went 
to Stockholm where he had a 
place in the office of his brother, 
a baker by trade. 

In 1867 William emigrated to 
America and came to Chicago, 
where he learned the machinist's 
trade which he followed until 
1872. Mr. Hanson opened a store 
where he sold sewing machines 
and tailors' trimmings, remaining 
in this business a quarter of a 
century. In 1899 he went into 
the real estate and insurance 
business, entering into partnership 
with Fred Anderson in 1904. He 
is now in business for himself at 
1889 N. Clark st. 

Mr. Hanson is a well-known 
man among the Mission Friends, 
having joined the North Side 
Mission Church in 1875. For the 
last seven years he has been a mem- 
ber of the L,ake View Swedisli 
Mission Church. He has been a 
member of the board of trustees 
of the Swedish Home of Mercy 
for three years. He is a stalwart 
Republican and was active in 
politics in the old 23d ward for 
fifteen years. 

Mr. Hanson was married June 
1 6, 1872, to Mathilda Gustafson, 
born Dec. 19, 1851, at Kilaberg, 
Ostergotland, Sweden. They have 
been blessed with five children. 



where his father, a mason con- 
tractor, is still living. When a 
boy he sold newspapers and period- 
icals after school hours, thereby 
earning enough money to pay his 
fare to the United States. He 
came to Chicago as a youth of 
sixteen, and was first employed 




ERNEST GEORGE 

was born Sept. 30, 1870, in the 
town of Halsberg, Nerike', Sweden, 



ERNEST GEORGE DAHL 

as a rattan and reed worker. 
After four years he was given 
charge of a department of seventy 
workmen in the plant of the 
McKinley Manufacturing Com- 
pany, Hoyne ave. and Van Buren 
st. 

Shortly after the outbreak of 
the war with Spain, in May, 
1898, Mr. Dahl enlisted in the 
Astor Battery of New York City. 
During the war he saw active 
service in the Philippines, partici- 
pated in the capture of Manila, 
and served through the campaign 
until the battery was mustered 
out of service the following year. 
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discharge he made a visit to his 
old home in Sweden. 

From that time Mr. Dahl has 
been engaged as a commercial 
salesman, traveling through many 
of the leading states in the Union 
for three of the largest concerns 
in their line, including the Pacific 
Coast Borax Company. When 
this company some years ago sent 
its famous "twenty mule team" 
through the country on an adver- 
tising campaign, it was Mr. Dahl, 
who directed the movements of 
the unique expedition. 

In 1899 he was the promoter 
and organizer of the Swedish 
American Veterans Association, 
which was chartered by the state, 
and for four successive years he 
was elected its commander. Dur- 
ing the presidential campaign of 
1900 he organized and was chosen 
captain of a company of Republic- 
an veterans of the Spanish-Ameri- 
can war in a regiment organized 
by Gen. Ed. C. Young. 

Mr. Dahl was married on Dec. 
24, 1903. He is now conducting 
an office as a manufacturers' 
agent at 43 South Water st. 



OSCAR G. OLSON 

was born March 24, 1864, in 
Stockholm, Sweden. When he 
was two years of age his parents 
came to this country and settled 
in Chicago. The son received his 
early training here and subsequent- 
ly a medical education in the 
Kentucky School of Medicine. Dr. 
Olson is now following the pro- 
ession in Chicago where he has 



lived for the past fourteen years. 
He was county physician of North 
Chicago from 1894 to ^98 and 
has also been on the staff of 
the Swedish Mercy Hospital at 
Bowmanville. His office is at 
3616 N. Clark st. 



CARL LUNDBERG, 

state senator from the eleventh 
district of Illinois, was born in 
Kalmar, Sweden, May 20, 1868. 
He was educated in the common 
schools in the city of his birth, 




CARL LUNDBERG 

and then learned the trade of 
carpentry. When eighteen years 
old, he came to Chicago from 
Sweden. Before long he became 
active, in labor circles and joined 
the Carpenters' Union No. 28. 
Later he went into the real estate 
business in partnership with . his 
brother, Gust. Lundberg, former 
county commissioner, and since 
the latter 's death he has carried 
on the business alone. He is also 



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a director of the Englewood Build- 
ing and I/>an Association. 

Mr. Lundberg has taken an ac- 
tive interest in politics and repeat- 
edly been honored with public 
office. In 1896, when Republican 
success seemed hopeless in the 
town of Lake, he was nominated 
for supervisor and elected. As 
his acquaintance increased, he con- 
tinued to grow in public favor, 
until in 1902 he was made the 
choice of his party for state sen- 
ator, was elected by an over- 
whelming majority and is serving 
in that capacity with credit to 
himself and his party. 

Mr. Lundberg is a member of 
the order of Odd Fellows, the 
Cook County Rebecca Society, the 
North American Union, the Iduna 
Society, the North Star, and the 
Masonic Order, being a thirty- 
second degree Mason. He also 
belongs to the Hamilton Club, 
the Englewood Men's Club and 
the Swedish-American Republican 
Club of his ward, of which latter 
he is the president. He lives at 
5951 Sangamon st. 



LOUIS J. LUNDAHL 

was born in Moline, 111., April 18, 
1869, and spent his early youth 
in that vicinity. After finishing 
the studies offered by the public 
schools, he took a course at Au- 
gustana College in the adjacent 
city of Rock Island. At the age 
of seventeen he devoted himself 
to the trade of a painter and dec- 
orator, in which his brother, F. 
A. Lundahl, was already engaged. 
Accompanying his brother, he has 



assisted in decorating a large num 
ber of Swedish Lutheran churches 
throughout the United States. 

Mr. Lundahl is a member of 
the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
and also has a membership in the 




LOUIS J. LUNDAHL 

Modern Woodmen of America, the 
Improved Order of the Red Men, 
and the Royal League. 



OLOF A. TOFFTEEN, 

professor of Semitic Languages and 
Biblical Literature at the Western 
Theological Seminary, was born 
at Hexarfve, on the island of 
Gotland, June 26, 1863. Having 
finished at the common school, he 
entered the public college at Visby 
in r 88 1, completing the course 
in half the time usually required. 
In 1885 he took up university 
studies at Upsala and before long 
passed the preliminary examina- 
tion in Semitic and Classical 
languages, philosophy and history, 
as a candidate for the doctor's 



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degree. After two years he inter- 
rupted his philosophical and theo- 
logical studies by accepting a 




OLOF A. TOFFTEEN 

position as adjunct pastor at Haf- 
dem, Gotland, and in 1888 left 
for the United States. He then 
entered Augustana Theological 
Seminary at Rock Island, but did 
not long remain there. He was 
ordained to the ministry of the 
American Episcopal Church in 
1893, in Galesburg, 111. The year 
prior he had assumed pastoral 
charge of and founded the Swedish 
Episcopal Churches of Minneapo- 
lis, where he labored for several 
years. At the state university, in 
the meantime, he continued his 
studies of oriental languages, is- 
sued several minor religious pub- 
lications, a voluminous work en- 
titled "Vara Faders Kyrka" and 
"Myths and Bible." 

In 1902 Rev. Toff teen came to 
Chicago and took up studies at 
the University of Chicago, while en- 



gaged in pastoral work. The de- 
gree of Ph. D. was conferred upon 
him in 1905 by that institution. 
The same summer he was elected 
professor of Semitic Languages 
and Biblical Literature at the 
Western Theological Seminary in 
Chicago, and the next summer he 
was appointed, in the absence of 
Robert Francis Harper, to conduct 
his classes in Assyriology at the 
University of Chicago. 

There was published recently 
from the University of Chicago Press 
the first volume of a work by Dr. 
Toff teen, entitled, "Ancient Chro- 
nology" and also Volume V. of 
"Ancient Records of Egypt," both 
of which are scholarly results of 
the author's researches. He has 
this year published the first vol- 
ume of a third orientalist work, 
"Researches in Assyrian and Baby- 
lonian Geography." 

Dr. Toffteen is the founder of 
the Oriental Society, comprising 
seventy members, and is curator 
of the same. The Hibbard Egyp- 
tian Library, worth approximately 
$20,000, has been collected largely 
through his efforts, and at the 
seminary a post-graduate depart- 
ment has been established by him. 

In the year 1891 Dr. Toffteen 
was married to Maria Nitilia Rus- 
sell. 



WILLIAM HENSCHEN, 

editor of Siindebudet, was born 
April n, 1842 in Upsala, Sweden. 
His parents were district ad- 
ministrator Lars Wilhelm Henschen 
and his wife Augusta Munck 
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After several years of private 
instruction, he was entered at the 
cathedral school at Upsala in 
1850. He graduated from the 
University of Upsala on Dec. 9, 
1857, finished his doctorate stud- 
ies in 1862, and, after a defense of 
his thesis in May, 1863, he was 
awarded the degree of Doctor of 
Philosophy. Dr. Henschen sub- 
sequently pursued scientific and 
medical studies for three years at 
the universities of Upsala and 
Berlin. In 1866 he was appointed 
special teacher at the Lund 
collegiate institute and in 1867 
he became an instructor in the 
Helsingborg collegiate institute. 




WILLIAM HENSCHEN 

Emigrating in September, 1870, 
to the United States, he settled 
in Florida. After two years he 
went to New York, where he 
became in October, 1873, editor 
of Nordstjernan. From June, 1874, 
until August, 1875, Dr. Henschen 
was editor and part owner of 
Norden. 

Dr. Henschen joined the 
Methodist Church in the spring 
of 1875. The following Sep- 



tember, the moved to Chicago. He 
now became a teacher in the 
Swedish M. E. Theological Semi- 
nary and also editor of Sandebudet, 
the church organ, serving in the 
latter position until September, 
1882, when he resigned. A year 
later he withdrew from the semi- 
nary and became pastor of the 
Jamestown, N. Y., church. He 
passed the winter of 1884 in south- 
ern Florida. The next spring Dr. 
Henschen left for Sweden, where 
he labored as editor and teacher 
in Stockholm and Upsala until 
1889. Returning to this country, 
he has ever since been editor of 
Sdndebttdet, with the exception of 
four years, when he was pastor 
of the Swedish M. E. Church at 
Galva, 111. 

Dr. Henschen was in 1868 
united in marriage with Hilda 
Johanna Maria L/iljebjorn. They 
have had eleven children, of whom 
the seven surviving ones are: 
Henry Samuel Henschen, cashier 
of the State Bank of Chicago, 
Gustave F^. Henschen, a physician 
in Georgetown, Tex., Mrs. Signe 
Elizabeth Reese, Mrs. Ellen 
Augusta Herbert, Mrs. Hanna 
Linnea Grant, Agnes Lillian 
Henschen and Hilda Irene 
Henschen. 



SAMUEL E. CARLSSON 

was born Feb. 10, 1864, in Chi- 
cago. He is the younger son of 
Rev. Erland Carlsson and Eva 
Charlotta Carlsson, nee Anderson. 
His mother, who came from Tim- 
melhed, Sweden, in 1851, was 
married in 1855, and is still in 



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vigorous health. His father, of 
whom a sketch is given in this 
work, died Oct. 19, 1893. 




SAMUEL E. CARLSSON 

Samuel went to Andover in 1875 
with his parents. After a prepar- 
ation of three years he entered 
Augustana College in 1878. Dur- 
ing the year 1881-82 he taught 
public school at Andover. Grad- 
uating in 1883, he continued as a 
post-graduate until the spring of 
1884, when he moved to I^inds- 
borg, Kansas. Here he served 
for a time as a bookkeeper at the 
First National Bank of Lindsborg, 
and then became assistant cashier 
and a stockholder in the Farmers' 
State Bank in the same town. 

Mr. Carlsson in 1887 left for 
Chicago, where he was employed 
by the Pullman Company in the 
capacity of department chief in 
charge of bank, pay-roll and rent 
accounts. The following year he 
went to Rock Island, assisting his 
father in his work as business 



manager of Augustana College 
from January, 1888, until June, 
1889. After a short visit to Linds- 
borg, he returned to Chicago, 
where from 1890-97 he held the 
same position as before with the 
Pullman Co. 

Mr. Carlsson was married in 
1888 to Mathilda M. Edberg. 
Mrs. Carlsson died July 10, 1897, 
in Chicago. 

In 1898 Mr. Carlsson became a 
stockholder in Fosterlandet and also 
its manager. Two years later he, 
together with John E. Norling, 
bought Svenska Tribunen and be- 
came the president of the Swedish 
Pub. Co. In 1901 he sold his in- 
terests and engaged in the lino- 
type composition business. Chang- 
ing to the piano trade, he was the 
secretary and treasurer of the I. 
O. Nelson Piano Co., subsequently 
going to the Cable-Nelson Piano 
Co. in the capacity of manager. 

Mr. Carlson is an enthusiast, 
who has been active in Swedish 
and other musical circles. He 
was the first director of the Au- 
gustana Orchestra (1880-84), the 
first director (1884) of the L,inds- 
borg Orchestra, which subsequent- 
ly became the Bethany College 
Orchestra, director of the Imman- 
uel Church Orchestra, director of 
the Immanuel Church Choir 1890 
-98, and first violinist for three 
years in a string quartette. Mr. 
Carlsson is violinist of the Carls- 
son Trio, founded in 1907. Since 
the fall of 1904 he has been leader 
of the Rogers Park English Luth- 
eran Church Choir. In 1907 he 
directed the choir's performance 



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of the cantata "Faith and Praise," 
by Caleb West. He is also leader 
of the Male Chorus of the Im- 
manuel Swedish L,utheraii Church. 

On June 10, 1898, Mr. Carlsson 
was united in marriage with Pearl 
B. L,ockwood, daughter of J. B. 
Curtis, a physician of L,indsborg. 
Mrs. Carlsson' s children by a for- 
mer marriage are: L,illian Minnie 
Carlsson, born Dec. 17, 1892, 
and Mary Maud Carlsson, born 
July 2, 1895. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Carlsson have been born Ethel 
Vivian Carlsson, May 8, 1901, and 
Edith Audrey Carlsson, June 23, 
1907. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carlsson are mem- 
bers of the English Evangelical 
Lutheran Church of Rogers Park. 



ANDERS SCHON, 

journalist, historian and biograph- 
er, was born Nov. 17, 1864, in 
Regnsjo parish, Gefleborgs Ian, 
Sweden. In both of his ancestral 
families there were military men 
for several generations back, some 
of whom were non commissioned 
officers in the Helsing regiment. 
On the father's side there were 
several teachers of the public 
schools. The great-grandfather, 
Johan Schon, fought with distinc- 
tion in the battle of Oravais, Sept. 
14, 1808, received a medal for 
bravery and was promoted ser- 
geant. He died at a ripe old age 
in the early sixties. The parents 
were Jonas Schon, schoolmaster 
and organist, and his wife Mar- 
gareta, nee Westling. The son 
was reared in poverty, his father 
having died before the child was 



born. He was for some time unable 
to follow his studious bent, but 
managed ultimately to take a 
seminary course fitting him for 
teaching. In 1883 he obtained 
his first position as teacher in a 
primary school and three years 




ANDERS SCHON 

later was promoted to an advanced 
grade of the people's schools. On 
spare time he acted as extra clerk 
in the office of the lansman and as 
assistant teacher of an evening 
school for the study of political 
economy and civil government. 
About that time he became a con- 
tributor to the newspapers and 
served as local correspondent to 
Norrlands-Posten of Gefle. The 
clerkship gave him a taste for the 
public service, and to obtain the 
training required for the position 
of crown bailiff, or lansman , he 
entered the police service of Stock- 
holm in 1887. He was promoted 
from extra officer to the regular 
service, but disliking the duties 
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The outlook for advancement 
either in the schools or in the 
government service being far from 
alluring, he abandoned both fields, 
determined to brave fortune in 
the New World and emigrated in 
the fall of 1889, reaching New 
York on the 22nd of September. 
During his first two years in the 
United States he was employed 
as a common laborer in various 
trades, often at meager wages, 
and was put to the test in the 
manner customary to emigrants. 
In the meantime he studied Eng- 
lish and sought to familiarize him- 
self with the country and the con- 
dition of his fellow countrymen 
here. His first impressions were 
described in a series of letters to 
Svenska Tribunen. He came to 
Chicago in July, 1891, and worked 
here for three months at physical 
labor, until accepting a situation 
on the staff of Hemlandet, offered 
him on the strength of certain 
contributions of his to the paper. 
He has been connected with this 
same paper since Oct. 28, 1891, 
and has been acting editor-in-chief 
since the spring of 1903, Dr. Enan- 
der remaining only nominally at 
the head of the editorial depart- 
ment after his physical disability. 

As a newspaper man Mr. Schon 
is conservative. Alive to the re- 
sponsibility resting on organs of 
public utterance, he avoids news- 
paper fights and aims to promote 
unity and enlightenment among 
his countrymen and teach them to 
conserve their interests and treas- 
ure their national heritage. He 
dares believe that the Swedes are 



destined to make a specific con- 
tribution to the cultural develop- 
ment of this nation. 

Aside from his work on the 
paper, Mr. Schon has done ex- 
tensive literary work, made possible 
only by husbanding his time and 
denying himself almost all social 
pleasures. In 1895 ne made a 
Swedish translation of W. H. Har- 
vey's famous campaign book, en- 
titled "Coin's Financial School," 
and in 1897 he translated Frederick 
Davis Greene's work on the Turk- 
ish atrocities in Armenia, the 
Swedish title being "Korset och 
halfmanen." The same year he 
edited "Bilder fran Gamla Hem- 
landet," a book of views of Swe- 
den, the next year a book of 
Spanish-American war pictures, 
with descriptive text, and in 1900, 
"Panorama ofver Amerika," the 
three being published by the Hem- 
landet Company. He was one of 
the members of a literary society 
who originated the annual Priirie- 
blomman and has edited a series 
of nine volumes of this publica- 
tion, himself contributing several 
historical articles and a large num- 
ber of biographies. 

In the monthly Ungdomsvannen, 
of which Mr. Schon has been as- 
sociate editor since 1900, appeared 
in 1901-3, in serial form, the first 
and second parts of his history of 
the New Sweden colony, under 
the caption: "Svenskarne i Dela- 
ware. De forsta svensk-amerika- 
nernas politiska och kyrkliga his- 
toria samt deras seder och hem- 
lif." This work Prof. George T. 
Flom of the State University of 



Chicago 



407 



Iowa has characterized as "the 
most thoroughgoing investigation 
of the later history of the colony 
that we have." Mr. Schon has 
a fair-sized Swedish- American his- 
torical collection. He has rendered 
valuable service as one of the com- 
pilers of the "History of the 
Swedes of Illinois." Mr. Schon 
was one of the organizers of the 
Swedish Historical Society of 
America and served as its secre- 
tary the first two years. 

For six years, 1897-1903, he was 
a member of the executive com- 
mittee of the Illinois Conference 
and served for three years, 1905- 
1908, on the board of directors of 
the conference orphanage at Joliet. 
In 1899 he was chosen one of the 
directors of the Augustana Book 
Concern and still serves by dint 
of successive reelections. He has 
served as secretary of the board 
since 1901. He was one of the 
Swedish-American members of the 
Swedish exposition committee 
which promoted the erection of 
Sweden's building at the Louisi- 
ana Purchase Exposition in St. 
Louis in 1904, and personally he 
raised $1,100 for the care and 
maintenance of said building. He 
has been elected honorary member 
of several societies. 

On Nov. 12, 1892, Mr. Schon 
was married to Miss Anna Nils- 
son, a native of Vermland, Swe- 
den. They have a daughter and 
two sons. One son died in in- 
fancy. The living children are: 
Inez Maria Eleonora, Einar Bengt 
Valdemar and Birger Erik Engel- 
brekt. 



SIGNE ANKARFELT 



was born at Hof , near the city of 
Vexio, Sweden, April 5, 1858. 
The parents were Johan Olof 
Liedberg and his wife Louise, nee 
Ruuth. As a young man her 
father came to this country in 
1843, settling near Jefferson, Wis- 
consin, where he engaged in farm 




SIGNE ANKARFELT 

ing and lumbering, subsequently 
locating in New Orleans as a 
lumber merchant. In 1848 he 
joined a party bound for Oregon. 
In Utah they learned of the dis- 
covery of gold in California. The 
hardships of the journey caused 
them to abandon the original plan. 
After crossing the Sierras the 
party scattered, and Liedberg was 
one of the first to engage in "gold- 
picking," as it was first called, 
after the discovery of the precious 
metal had been reported. He re- 
turned to Sweden, via Panama, 
Cuba and Philadelphia, in 1852, 
but came back to this country in 



408 



Cook County 



1875 and located in Chicago, where 
he died 'in 1886. 

The daughter Signe was given 
a thorough education from child- 
hood. As a young girl she was 
thrown largely upon her own re- 
sources, owing to the financial 
reverses of her father. Resolved 
to become a teacher, she went 
to Germany and Switzerland for 
study. After two years spent 
mostly at a school in St. Blaise, 
Neuchatel, she went to Paris 
and thence to Rugby, England. 
Through the influence of friends 
she obtained a position as teacher, 
first at Boroughbridge and later 
at Helensburg, near Glasgow. 
Failing health compelled her to 
leave the rugged Scotch climate, 
and after some time spent in 
Switzerland and Italy and with 
friends in Sweden, she joined her 
parents in Chicago in July, 1882. 
After six years, she became the 
wife of F. W. Ankarfelt, a printer 
by trade, and then publisher of 
Kurre, a comic weekly. 

While Mrs. Ankarfelt modestly 
disclaims the title of authoress, 



stating that she has done some 
writing for pastime rather than as 
a literary vocation, yet the prod- 
ucts of her leisure hours betray 
talent of no inferior order. She 
has been a contributor to news- 
papers in Sweden, including Idun, 
the woman's journal, and to 
Swedish newspapers and periodi- 
cals in this country, chiefly Pra- 
rieblomman, Valkyrian and Ung- 
domsvannen. Her knowledge of 
English, first acquired during her 
residence in Great Britain, enables 
her to handle that language with 
skill in prose and verse. When 
the lyinne monument was unveiled 
she wrote a festal ode upon which 
she was highly complimented in 
the press. Mrs. Ankarfelt has a 
profound love of nature, and this 
characteristic is revealed especially 
in her verses and in a number of 
fascinating prose sketches in fable 
and fairy-tale form. In Prarie- 
blomman for 1906 there is an ex- 
tremely interesting sketch by her 
of her father's adventures and 
experiences as a pioneer. 




INDEX 



INDE:X 



PART II 

Page 

Abrahamson, Dr. Laurentius G 306 

Ackerburg, J. Albert 12 

Ackerburg, Henry E 8 

Ahlgren, John S . 19 

Ahlgren, Olof H 77 

Akerlind, Gustaf A 152 

Akesson, Axel W 327 

Alfvin, Rev. Peter M 307 

Allen, Charles T 20 

Allstrom, Carl M 266 

Almberg, Peter G 254 

Almcrantz, Aug. Gerhard 131 

Almgren, Esperance F 40 

Alqvist, John N 154 

Anderson, Aaron W 169 

Anderson, Adolf F 97 

Anderson, Alexander 80 

Anderson, Rev. Alfred 41 

Anderson, Amandus N 278 

Anderson, Anders E 263 

Anderson, Andrew L 382 

Anderson, Bengt S 278 

Anderson, Carl . . . . 80 

Anderson, Carl F 96 

Anderson, Charles A . . 131 

Anderson, Charles J 396 

Anderson, Charles T. A 96 

Anderson, Erik 121 

Anderson, Frank E 371 

Anderson, Fred 297 

Anderson, G. Bernhard 34 

Anderson, Gustavus 88 

Anderson, Johannes 171 

Anderson, John E 196 

Anderson, Martin ... 396 

Anderson, Nelson A 222 

Anderson, Robert 326 

Anderson, Samuel 59 

Anderson, William F 109 

Anderson, William R 191 

Ankarfelt, Signe 407 

Anthony, Nels William 298 

Appell, Carl J 198 

Axberg, John A 1 09 

Axell, Charles 93 

Barquist, Charles H 196 

Behmer, Ernst H 140 

Belmont, John W 119 



CHICAGO 

Page 

Bendix, Rev. John 363 

Berg, Andrew G 278 

Berg, John 135 

Bergbom, Adolf F 142 

Bergengren, Anders O. R 209 

Bergling, John M 245 

Bergman, Frank A 266 

Bergman, Dr. Nils 264 

Bergqnist, Carl B. F 390 

Bergquist, Carl 264 

Bergquist, John G 90 

Bergstrom, Gustaf 266 

Bernhardt, Adolf P 248 

Bihl, Ernest 122 

Bjork, Rev. Carl A 373 

Bjork, Rev. Carl J 67 

Bjorkman, Rev. L. W. A 302 

Blomfeldt, P. Axel 188 

Blomgren, William A 105 

Bloomquist, Rev. Wilhehn C 81 

Boberg, N. Gunnar E 88 

Boman, Charles H 29 

Bonggren, Jakob 308 

Bostrom, Charles 243 

Bovik, Edwin 315 

Bovik, Victor A 246 

Bramberg, Gustaf 259 

Broberg, Gustaf C 178 

Brunner, John 117 

Brusell, Christoffer 372 

Brusen, Carl Fr 180 

Burkstrom, Carl O. F 361 

Carleman, Charles B 224 

Carlson, Adolph A 41 

Carlson, Alexander F 18 

Carlson, Androv 344 

Carlson, Axel T 361 

Carlson, Carl A 291 

Carlson, Charles 26 

Carlson, Charles G 251 

Carlson, Edward T 224 

Carlson, Fred H 275 

Carlson, Gustaf 354 

Carlson, Gustaf H no 

Carlson , Herman 293 

Carlson, Rev. John A 17 

Carlson, John Gottfrid 173 

Carlson, Otto C. J 158 



4 I2 



INDEX 



I'age 

Carlson, William P 218 

Carlsson, Samuel E 43 

Carlstedt, Axel B. C 155 

Carlstein, Dr. John A 98 

Carson, Charles E 211 

Carson, Louis 245 

Cederlof, Gustaf T 223 

Chindblom, Carl R 162 

Chinlund, Charles G 190 

Christenson, August 113 

Christenson. Rev. Carl H. J 244 

Christopher, E. Bernhard 350 

Chytraus, Axel 219 

Colstrom, Carl A. .' 362 

Creutz, Stephen 72 

Cronholm, Neander N 183 

Croonborg, Frederick T 201 

Dahl, Ernest G 399 

Dahlgren, Charles J 52 

Dahlgren. Johanna E. T 353 

Dahlquist, Charles J 186 

Dahlstrom, Margaret C. E 319 

Davidson, Dr. Eric A 49 

Edgren, Erick 35 

Edstrand, John P 70 

Edstrom, Aron 10 

Ehnborn, Clemens 104 

Ekblom, C. Philip 53 

Ekenberg, Wilhelm 170 

Ekstrom, Rev. Peter 369 

Ellstrom, Charles 43 

Elmstrom, Rev. Karl H 177 

Enander, Johan A 320 

Engberg, Anton C 383 

Engberg, Axel Rudolph 295 

Engberg, Elizabeth Hoffsten 389 

Engberg, John J 384 

Engberg, Martin J 389 

Engberg, Oscar 386 

Engdahl, Charles 113 

Engelbrectson, Ferdinand 175 

Engwall, Axel G 76 

Engwall, John H 28 

Engwall, Oscar F 144 

Erickson, Charles J 157 

Erickson John 157 

Erickson, John J 354 

Ericson, John E 172 

Erikson, Charles F 379 

Erikson, John S 367 

Evald, Dr. Carl A 126 

Evald, Emmy 238 



Page 

Flodin, Claes 181 

Fogelberg, Peter 21 

Fors, Dr. Andrew P 13 

Forsell, Eric 23 

Foster, Walter C 312 

Franson, Fred R 257 

Fredrickson, Prof. Andrew 73 

Fredrickson, Lars E 192 

Freid, Anna Charlotta 304 

Frick, Dr. Anders 341 

Friestedt, Luther P 380 

Gordon, Rev. Gustaf E 15 

Grund, Carl H 370 

Gustafson, Frank G 189 

Gustafson, John G 38 

Gustafson, Pehr E 205 

HaggJund, Hans E 129 

Hagstrom, Rev. G. Arvid 50 

Hakanson, Dr. Alfred 58 

Hall, Martha Settergren 248 

Hallberg, Dr. Carl S. N 106 

Hallberg, Charles E 256 

Hallberg, Lars Gustaf 194 

Hallberg, Lydia H 152 

Hallstrom, Charles E 84 

Hanson, Andrew 299 

Hanson, Herman M 398 

Hedberg, Clara E 161 

Hedberg, Fredrik G 161 

Hedeen, Frithiof V 341 

Hedeen, Rev. Olof 355 

Hedenwall, Joseph M 48 

Hedstrom, C. Bernhard 203 

Hegstrom, Eos 391 

Hegstrom, Dr. Harald V 391 

Helander, Frank 392 

Hendrickson, Frank H 54 

Hennings, Nils 300 

Henrickson, John H 206 

Henschen, Henry S 183 

Henschen, Dr. William 402 

Herst, Charles G 104 

Hessel, Anders 343 

Hesselbom, Johan A 133 

Hesselroth, Lawrence 255 

Highfield, John 197 

Hjertstrom, Rev. John W . 103 

Hofvander, Charles A 151 

Hogfeldt. Fredrik 260 

Hogfeldt, Rev. Otto 368 

Holmes, A. Alfred 203 

Holmes, Alfred E 132 



INDEX 



413 



Page 

Holmgren, Ernst 284 

Holmgren, John H 91 

Holmquist, Gustaf 328 

Holniquist, Peter 70 

Holt, Emil J 54 

Hughniark, Alfred 91 

Hult, Rev. Adolf 294 

Hultin, N. Hjalmar 100 

Hvassman, Axel L 394 

Hvitfeldt, C. Robert 16 

Irenaeus, Dr. Carl I. J 228 

Isberg, Frank W 180 

Jacobson, Gustave 326 

Jansson, Alfred 84 

Jochnick, Axel af 138 

Johanson, Anton W 97 

Johanson, Axel 167 

Johnson, Aleck E 349 

Johnson, Alex J 252 

Johnson, Andrew G 123 

Johnson, Carl A HI 

Johnson, Charles E 22 

Johnson, Edward 137 

Johnson, Elof 258 

Johnson, Emil A. W 291 

Johnson, Francis E 365 

Johnson, Frank A 47 

Johnson, Rev. Fred M 121 

Johnson, George E. Q 285 

Johnson, Gustaf 241 

Johnson, Gustaf L 42 

Johnson, Gustaf W 44 

Johnson, Henning 314 

Johnson, John 40 

Johnson, Johan A 106 

Johnson, Johan F 55 

Johnson, John N 159 

Johnson, J. Wm 147 

Johnson, Lars 325 

Johnson, Nels B 31 

Johnson, Nels J 53 

Johnson, Rev. Olof 304 

Johnson, Theodore 38 

Johnson, Victor E 158 

Johnson, Walfrid 346 

Johnson, William K 305 

Johnston, Charles H 378 

Johnston, Rev. Theodore S 249 

Josephson, Aksel G. S 163 

Kheiralla, Augusta S 393 

Klaesson, Lars N. S 209 

Klaus, Dr. Carl F 87 



Kohler, Ernest A 262 

Kohler, John A 210 

Korsell, Dr. C. F 260 

Lagergren, Dr. Carl G 356 

Landgren, Andrew 93 

Larson , Erland 214 

Larson, John 218 

Larson, Martin 139 

Larson, William 316 

Leafgren, Hans A 362 

Lejonstein, Sven O. 225 

Lenberg, Arthur C 160 

Levin, Louis A 171 

Liedberg, Hugo J 49 

Liljencrantz, Gustave A. M 35 

Liljencrantz, Ottilie 227 

Lind, Hjalmar J 359 

Lindahl, John H 69 

Lindahl, Josua 233 

Lindberg, P. A 30 

Lindblom, Robert 335 

Lindeblad, Rev. Henry 358 

Lindeborg, Johan A 330 

Lindeen, Ernest W n6 

Lindell, Gustaf 169 

Linden, Charles J 205 

Linder, Oliver A 313 

Linder, Therese 314 

Linderholtn, John 32 

Lindgren, John R 7 

Linderoth , Swen 395 

Lindh, Frank C 204 

Lindholm, Carl G 208 

Lindholm, Frank A 215 

Lindholm, John T 25 

Lindquist, Anton F 75 

Lindquist, Dr. John F 318 

Lindskog, Rev. C. G. Herman 16 

Lindstedt, John A 37 

Lindstrand, Frans A 310 

Lindstrom, A. G. Ernest 242 

Lindstrom, Ellen 221 

Linne, Ragna 135 

Lofgren, Rev. Anders J 160 

Lofstrom, Anders 57 

Lonn, Frank 168 

Lonnerblad, Carl G 220 

Lorentz, John 83 

Lorentz, Nels M 120 

Lothgren, Carl A 208 

Lund, Anders G 112 

Lundahl, Louis J 401 



414 



INDEX 



Page 

Lundberg, Birger T 301 

Lundberg, Carl 400 

Lundblad, Charles W 116 

Lundeen, Andrew M 115 

Lundin, Carl 137 

Lundin, Frederick 274 

Lundquist, Frank A 145 

Lundquist, Hjalmar C 360 

, Lundstrom, John 101 

Malmberg, Oscar F 213 

Malmquist, Axel Frithiof 364 

Martenson, John 179 

Martin, Rev. A. P 333 

Meek, John S 298 

Melander, Silas P 246 

Melangton, John 136 

Mellander, Prof. Axel 397 

Mohlin, John E 332 

Morris, Alfred L 217 

Mossberg, Joel 46 

Myhrman, Othelia 36 

Nelson, Carl 276 

Nelson, Rev. Carl J 112 

Nelson, Charles R 182 

Nelson, Charles W 78 

Nelson, Engelbrecht 243 

Nelson, Fred J 334 

Nelson, Rev. Gottfred 202 

Nelson, Gustave 215 

Nelson, Henrj- 366 

Nelson, John 66 

Nelson, John 101 

Nelson, Lawrence 19 

Nelson, Martin E 240 

Nelson, Nels 184 

Nelson, Nels 130 

Nelson, Nels 99 

Nelson, Nils A 347 

Nelson, Olof F 147 

Newman, Charles W 56 

Newman, Gustave R. . . . 56 

Nilson, Nils E 305 

Nilsson, Pehr W 273 

Nord, Mons S 68 

Norberg, Herman G 125 

Nordenstam , Otho M 247 

Norlin, Fred 29 

Norling, John E 63 

Norman, Andrew E 201 

Norman, Carl G 345 

Norstrom, John K 167 

Norton, Alfred A 270 



Page 

Nye, John A 124 

Nylund, Oscar C 51 

Nystrom, Rev. Axel L 176 

Oberg, Augvsta J 312 

Ohlson, Rev. Karl F 283 

Ohlsson, Swante Wm 24 

Oldberg, Prof. Oscar 21 

Oldenborg, Hugo A 156 

Olin, Samuel 95 

Oliver, Albert 94 

Olson, Edward H 261 

Olson, Edwin A 207 

Olson, Ernst \V 385 

Olson, Harry 351 

Olson, John W 134 

Olson, Lars 288 

Olson, Louis 292 

Olson, Magnus 303 

Olson, Nels J 1 1 

Olson, Nils 67 

Olson, Nils F 250 

Olson, Olenius 286 

Olson, Olof 288 

Olson, Oscar D 141 

Ols^>n, Dr. Oscar G 400 

Olson, Rev. Oscar N 141 

Olsson, Axel E 82 

Onelius, Martin R 25 

Ongman, Clarence S 272 

6'rtengren, John R 230 

Osterholm, Emanuel 176 

Ottonius, Carl U. W 367 

Palm, Rev. Chas 32 

Palm, Robert Hj 64 

Pearson, Olof 36 

Pearson, Peter C 42 

Peterson, Axel 86 

Peterson, Birger A 366 

Peterson, Charles G 149 

Peterson, Charles S 343 

Peterson, Claes V ... 43 

Peterson, John 293 

Peterson, John A 282 

Peterson, Leonard 285 

Peterson, Oscar Chas 73 

Peterson, Pehr S 8 

Peterson, Prof. William A 377 

Peterson, Dr. William A . 124 

Petterson, Charles G 46 

Petterson, Erick G 62 

Pihlgard, Anders Fr 20 

Pilo, Axel 27 



INDEX 



415 



Page 

Plantin, Peter J 52 

Princell, John G 267 

Princell, Josephine 271 

Ranseen, Dr. Mattis C 295 

Rapp, Oscar 48 

Raymond, Edward 316 

Reese, Rev. Andrew 150 

Rehnstrom, J. Ernst 281 

Reihmer, Nils 94 

Risberg, Prof. Fridolf. 287 

Roberg, Dr. Oscar T 199 

Rocine, Victor 143 

Ronberg, Peter 39 

Rosberg, Frank 334 

Rosberg, John H 393 

Rose, Frank A 128 

Rosen, Rev. Erik 337 

Rosendahl. Rev. Johan A. H 290 

Rosengren, Frank 189 

Ross, Oscar A 74 

Rudelius, Gustaf 95 

Rundblad, Albert 55 

Ryden, Otto G 237 

Rydin, Adolph 200 

Sandberg, John P 1 14 

Sandberg, William K 44 

Sandblom, Edwin 290 

Sandblom, John N 65 

Sandegren, Andrew 79 

Sandell, Rev. Eric 45 

Sandgren, John A 324 

Sandstedt, G. Edwin 348 

Scherstrom, Rev. Eric 69 

Schlytern, Charles E 186 

Schmidt, Prof. Emanuel 1 18 

Schon, Anders 405 

Schonbeck, Albert 92 

Schoning, Peter 309 

Schoultz, Fritz 129 

Schuch, Rev. Edward 148 

Schycker, Carl J. M 25 

Seaquist, Gustaf 28 

Sebelius, Rev. Sven J 331 

Sellstrom, Alfred 20 

Settergren, Chas. G 87 

Severin, Nils P 319 

Sheldon, Joseph G 387 

Sherman, Emil 327 

Sjoholm, Peter 195 

Skoglund, August H 79 

Soderstron.', John A 360 

Soderstam, Julius 66 



Page 

Sorlin, Rev. Arvid N 206 

Spaak, Charles E 181 

Spann, John E ico 

Stille, Carl A 146 

Stone, Charles J 12 

Strandberg, Carl T 323 

Strandberg, Erik P 77 

Strandell, Charles A 86 

Strom. Eric Gustaf 89 

Stromberg, Alfred 338 

Stromberg, Charles J 75 

Struve, Henry 383 

Sundberg, Gustav 71 

Sundquist, John 85 

Sundsten, Knut 150 

Swan, David E 376 

Swan, Rev. Eric P 85 

Swan, Gustaf A. E 376 

Swan, S. Nilsson 374 

Swanlund, Swan 71 

Swanson, Andrew 191 

Swanson, Frank A 128 

Swanson, Charles F 115 

Swanson, Charles L, 342 

Swanson, Ellyn M 377 

Swanson, Ephraim J 278 

Swanson, Dr. Marie 332 

Swanson, Swen P 187 

Swartz, Rev. Petrus 345' 

Swenson, Axel E 132 

Swenson, Dr. Carl G 161 

Swenson, Eugene L, 333 

Swenson, John L, 164 

Tallberg, Andrew 223 

Tengwald, Rev. Victor 166 

Tennerstedt, Richard 292 

Thelander, Andrew 170 . 

Thelin, Edward J 108 

Thompson, Axel E 151 

Thorelius, P. William 299 

Thorsell, Waldemar G 259 

Thunander, Gustav 301 

Tiden, C. A 265 

Tofft, Anders 370 

Toffteen, Dr. Olof A 401 

Tunelius, Charles E 101 

Tyden, John E 242 

Urelius, Peter E 27 

Valentine, Gustav V 281 

Vallentin, Carl 185 

Valley, Olof 339 

Verenius, Rev. O. Nelson 269 



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INDEX 



Page 

Wahlquist, Ludwig 114 

Wahlstrom, Dr. Matthias 174 

Wald, Dr. Olander E 350 

Walgren, John A 342 

Wallin, Carl G 279 

Wattman, Ernest O 83 

Welander, August W 18 

Wennerskold, Elvira M 144 

Werner, Emil . 340 

Werner. Eric 340 

Westerberg, Oscar E 275 

Westerholm, Charles A 199 

Westerlund, John A 329 

Westerlund, William 273 

Westman, Alfred E 231 

Westman, Carl K 284 

Westman, Gosta 317 

Weydell, F. Oscar 103 



Page 

Weydell, K. Albert 217 

Wiche, Waldemar W 117 

Wigren, Rev. James T 371 

Williamson, Wahlfrid 211 

Willin, Andrew G 280 

Wilson, Prof. Charles J 302 

Wingren, Rev. Erik 60 

Wingren, William B 232 

Wingard, A. Edwin G 347 

Young, Dr. Carl 216 

Young, Rev. Gustaf A 279 

Young, Sophia C 251 

Youngberg, John E 253 

Youngdahl, Alfred J 220 

Younggren, Ernest H. M 240 

Youngquist, Carl 263 

Youngquist, Claes August 289 




HISTORY 



OF THE 



Swedes of Illinois 



PART III 

Biog'raphical SKetches 

WITH PORTRAITS 



COUNTIES AT LARGE 



Edited by 

ERNST W. OLSON and MARTIN J. ENGBERG 



CHICAGO 
The Engberg=Holmberg Publishing Company 

1908 



Copyright 1908 
by The Engberg-Holmberg Publishing Company 



HENRY COUNTY 



ANDOVER-CAMBRIDGE-GALVA-GENE- 

SEO - KEWANEE - OPHIEM 

ORION-WOODHULL 



CARL P. EDBLOM, 

pastor of the Augustana Synod 
and now in charge of its church 




CARL PETER EDBLOM 

at Andover, was born at Stam- 
aren, Dais Ed, Sweden, Sept. 14, 
1862. His father, who was a 
farmer and miller, moved to 
Knipan and died there May 24, 
1897, hi s mother, Kajsa Jo- 
hansson, having gone before, on 
Sept. 9, 1891. His early school- 
ing was obtained in the old coun- 
try. In May, 1882, the young 
man of twenty landed as an im- 
migrant at Philadelphia and pro- 
ceeded to Minneapolis, where he 
lived for a year and a half At 
New Year's, 1884, he was matric- 
ulated as a student at Gustavus 



Adolphus College at St. Peter, 
Minn., graduating in May, 1891, 
with salutatorian honors with 
the college class. Thereupon he 
took up the study of theology 
at Augustana Theological Semi- 
nary, from which he graduated 
in the spring of 1893 as a candi- 
date for the ministry. Upon be- 
ing ordained shortly afterward, 
he began his pastoral labors in 
Aurora. In December, 1894, he 
removed to Escanaba, Mich., in 
May, 1898, to Batavia, and in 
January, 1906, to Andover, where 
he is now stationed. 

While in Batavia, Rev. Edblom 
served on the board of the West 
Batavia public schools for six 
years. He has been for five years 
a member of the board of direct- 
ors of the Illinois Conference Or- 
phans' Home at Joliet and now at 
Andover Orphans' Home. Always 
a Republican, Rev. Edblom cast 
his first vote for James G. Blaine. 

Rev. Edblom entered matrimo- 
ny Jan. i, 1895, * ne [bride being 
Miss Anna Gustava Challman, 
daughter of Rev. Andrew Chall- 
man of Batavia. To Rev. and 
Mrs. Edblom have been born six 
children, five of whom survive, 
viz., Carl Gustav, born 1897, Es- 
ther Dorothy Charlotte, 1898, An- 
drew Theodore, 1901, David Rob- 



Henry County 



ert, 1902, and Evelyn Elizabeth, 
1904- 

JOHN A. FAIR 

was born Feb. 27, 1858, in An- 
dover. He is a farmer, the son 




JOHN AUGUST FAIR 

of a farmer. His father, Gustaf 
Fair, one of the oldest settlers in 
Andover, having arrived there in 
1854, was known as the "farmer 
poet," and contributed to some of 
the Augustana church papers. 
The son has inherited his father's 
taste for church work. 

Mr. John August Fair belongs 
to the Swedish Lutheran Church 
and has served as a deacon for 
many years. He has also been 
organist of the church. 

In local public affairs he is also 
active, having been a school 
trustee for a long time. 

Mr. Fair is married to Miss 
Hulda Carlson. They have two 
children, Joseph Arnold and Lil- 
lian M. 



FRANK O. SANDSTEN 

was born Feb. 9, 1844, in Mister- 
hult parish, Kalmar Ian, Sweden. 
He emigrated in 1867 and settled 
in Moline. During the past twen- 
ty-three years he has resided in 
Andover, 111., and there has suc- 
cessfully engaged in the business 
of a building contractor. Other 
places in which he has done con- 
tract work are Woodward, Iowa, 
and Wayne, Neb. He has now 
retired. 

Mr. F. O. Sandsten is the son 
of Samuel Sandsten, a farmer 
of Misterhult, and his wife, Cath- 
arina Sandsten. He has visited 
his old home once since his emi- 
gration . 

Mr. Sandsten is a member of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church. 




FRANK OSCAR SAXDSTEN 

He has served in the capacity 
of a justice of the peace of An- 
dover. 



Andover 



VICTOR SETTERDAHL, 

who was for many years pastor 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 




VICTOR SETTERDAHL 

in Andover, was born in Oppby, 
Sweden, Jan. 20, 1844. His par- 
ents, M. Anderson and his wife 
Catharina Larson, were farmers. 
At twenty years of age, Mr. 
Setterdahl emigrated and lived 
for a year in Andover, then en- 
tered Augustana College and 
Theological Seminary at Paxton, 
studying there 1865-68 and 1870-73 
and was graduated as a candidate 
for the ministry the year last 
named. After his ordination the 
same year he served as pastor of 
the Swedish Lutheran churches 
in Rock Island, Orion, Lockport and 
Joliet, before accepting a like 
charge in Andover. His longest 
terms of service have been at 
Orion, for ten years, and at An- 
dover, for over seventeen years. 
In the year 1905 Rev. Setter- 
dahl resigned the Andover pastor- 



ate to assume charge of the 
church at Chesterton, Indiana. 

May 5, 1874, Rev. Setterdahl 
was married to Miss Albertiua 
Larson, of Swedona, 111., a daugh- 
ter of Gustaf and Catharina Lar- 
son, 'born March 16, 1853. They 
have a family of five children: 
Victor E., born May 30, 1875, 
married to Miss Edith Hanaway 
of Meadville, Pa., Etta C., born 
Oct. 2, 1877; Fred N., born Dec. 
7, 1884; Violet E., born May 8, 
1887, and Naomi C. A., born 
Aug. 5, 1889. 

Rev. Setterdahl, during his long 
service as a minister of the Gos- 
pel in the Augustana Synod, has 




ALBERTINA SETTERDAHL 

been elected to various offices of 
honor and trust in the church. 



JONAS M. ANDERSON 

was born April 20, 1857, in Skep- 
perstad parish, Smaland. He came 
to this country in 1872 and settled 
on a farm in La Porte co., Ind. 



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In 1890 he went to Cambridge, 
111., where he engaged in business 
with the firm of H. M. Wier, at 
which place he still remains. 
Mr. Anderson has received pub- 
lic recognition in Cambridge, hav- 
ing been chosen alderman, in 
which capacity he has served for 
many years. He is a director of 
the First National Bank of Cam- 
bridge and also a director of the 
Electric Light and Power Co. of 
the same place. He is likewise 
secretary of the Citizens' Mutual 
Telephone Co. For thirteen years 
the subject of this sketch has be- 
longed to the Illinois National 
Guard, in ' which' he has served 
as a lieutenant for three years 
in Co. D, 6th Regiment. 

Mr. Jonas M. Anderson, son of 
Johannes Anderson, a farmer in 
Sweden, was married at Andover 
April 5, 1883, to Miss Mathilda 
Sophia Lyon, the daughter of 
Andrew L/yon, a farmer of Ando- 
ver. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have 
three children, Ivar T., Henry S. 
and Eva Elizabeth. 

Mr. Anderson is a member of 
the I. O. O. F. 



SVEN J. CHILBERG 
was born Oct. 6, 1843, in Kisa, 
Sweden. When but a mere child 
of scarcely six years his parents, 
Nils M. and Margaret Elizabeth, 
emigrated to this country. Then, 
in 1849, the sea voyage was quite 
an undertaking, and their party 
required two months for the trip. 
The family was bound for the 
West and reached what is now 
known as Swedona by river, canal 



and wagon. They were the first 
Swedes to settle in Mercer co., 
Illinois. 

Mr. Sven Chilberg received his 
early training in the county public 




SVEN JACOB CHILBERG 

schools. In the summer of 1861 
he enlisted in Co. C, 43d 111. Vol. 
Infantry, returned, and was dis- 
charged at Little Rock, Ark., 
Sept. 30, 1865, reaching home 
Christmas eve of the same year. 

He was appointed postmaster at 
Cambridge by President Benjamin 
Harrison and served for four 
years. His present appointment 
as postmaster was made by Pres- 
ident William McKinley. 

He belongs to the Order of Ma- 
sons, the G. A. R. and the A. 
O. U. W. 

Mr. Chilberg married Miss Mar- 
garet Lafferty in 1870. Their 
daughter, Martha P., is assistant 
postmaster in Cambridge, and their 
son, Nelson Guy, is an artist with 
the Illinois Engraving Co. in 
Chicago. 



Cambridge 



NICHOLAS A. HAGG 

was born Sept. 22, 1851, in Hjelm- 
seryd, Smaland, Sweden. He came 




NICHOLAS A. HAGG 

to this country in 1871 and settled 
in Henry co., 111. His early train- 
ing, received in the public school 
of his fatherland, was thorough, 
and hence he had a good founda- 
tion for prosperity in his adopted 
country. At present he success- 
fully conducts a real estate and 
loan business, and is a member of 
the State Bank of Cambridge. 

Mr. Hagg organized the first 
Swedish "marknad" or county fair 
held in Cambridge. He himself 
lives on a farm and owns much 
land to the south of Cambridge. 

In politics Mr. Hagg is a Dem- 
ocrat and a strong believer in free 
trade. He belongs to many dif- 
ferent societies. 

JOHN L HULL 
\vas born Nov. 3, 1850, in Hults 
fred, Sweden. He attended the 



public schools there. In 1869 he 
emigrated and settled in Cam- 
bridge, 111. Shortly after his ar- 
rival in this country he began 
work in a brick and tile factory, 
which had recentty been estab- 
lished. He soon became manager 
of the plant and in 1890 purchased 
a half interest in the business, 
which now continued under the 
firm name of Cook & Hull. In 
1891 Mr. Hull became sole owner. 
From small beginnings and hand- 
power, an engine of 80 horsepower 
and other improvements have been 
introduced. The product of the 
factory is superior and finds a 
ready market. 

Mr. Hull is a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church, in 




JOHN L. HULL 

which he has served as trustee 
and treasurer for twenty years. 
He has held several positions of 
public trust: supervisor of Cam- 
bridge township for ten years; 
school director of the Public School 



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for the same period, and has 
served on the town and county 
committees of the Republican party 
for a number of years. At the 
present time he is vice-president 
of Cambridge State Bank and vice- 
president of Henry County Agri- 
cultural Board. 

Oct. 12, 1875, Mr. Hull was 
married to Miss Josephine C. 
Lyons, born in America. Their 
four children are, Lettie V., Ed- 
win C., Emeline S. and Ernest I,. 

Mr. Hull belongs to the I. O. 
O. F., the Mystic and Fraternal 
Tribune and North Star. 



FRANK H. STREED 

was born March 2, 1857, in An- 
dover township. The parents are 
Sven P. Streed, a farmer in An- 
dover township, and his wife An- 
na S. (Nelson) Streed. Frank 
remained at home as a farmer until 
1890, when he went to Ulah. He 
there engaged in the grain busi- 
ness for thirteen years, after which 
he settled in Cambridge, 111., was 
engaged by the New York Life 
Insurance Co. and became inter- 
ested in the real estate business. 
He is also land and emigration 
agent of the C., R. I. and P. R. R. 
and a justice of the peace of Cam- 
bridge. 

Mr. Streed belongs to the order 
of Odd Fellows. 

He married Miss Julia Griffen, 
a daughter of Henry Griffen, a 
farmer of Andover township. The 
children of Mr. and Mrs. Streed 
are Henry G. and Eugene F. 



NELS F. ANDERSON 

was born Feb. n, 1858, in Ystad, 
Sweden. He emigrated in No- 
vember, 1872, and settled in Gales- 
burg, 111., where he attended 
Knox College from which he 
graduated in 1882. Some time 
was spent in Chicago, and in 
1886 Mr. Nels Anderson was ad- 
mitted to the bar at Ottawa, 111. 
He is now one of the prominent 
lawyers of Galva and at present 
is city attorney of that place. 

Mr. Anderson belongs to the 
Masonic lodge of Galva and the 
Kewanee Club of Kewanee, Illi- 
nois. 



was born Nov. 9, 1869, in Henry 
co., 111. The father, Jonas Berg- 
land, emigrated with his own father, 
the Rev. Mr. Andrew Bergland, 
who was one of the first pioneers 
of the Bishop Hill Colony. 

Mr. Albert Eric Berglaud is a 
prominent lawyer of Galva. His 
professional training was received 
in Knox College, in Galesburg, 
and in the law department of the 
University of Maryland, from 
which he graduated in 1894. 

On March 14, 1898, he was 
married to Miss Pearl Hendricks, 
daughter of Dr. William Hen- 
dricks, formerly of Galva. Their 
one child is Martha Helen. 

Since his graduation in 1894, 
Mr. Bergland has been practicing 
law in Galva. He belongs to the 
Elks. 



Galva 



NELS AUGUST CARLSON 
was born Dec. 22, 1863, 



Ystad, Sweden. 



near 
He emigrated in 




NELS AUGUST CARLSON 

1882 and immediately settled in 
Galva, 111., where at present he 
is engaged as manager of a lum- 
ber yard. Besides his regular 
business he has many other in- 
terests, that of writing poetry 
being foremost. In 1893 he pub- 
lished a volume of poems entitled 
"Hoppets behag och andra dik- 
ter." Some years ago he secured 
prizes in a poetical contest insti- 
tuted by Minneapolis Veckoblad. 

Although Mr. Carlson has at- 
tended no school in this country, 
he has through indefatigable ef- 
forts so far mastered the English 
as to make successful transla- 
tions from Swedish into English 
and vice versa. Among his trans- 
lations is one of Thomas Camp- 
bell's "Pleasures of Hope." 

Mr. Carlson is a member of 
I. O. O. F. Lodge and Valhalla 



Lodge No. 31, Independent Order 
of Svithiod, of which he is presi- 
dent since its organization, also of 
the Encampment and Rebekha 
branches of the I. O. O. F. 

He has been town clerk of Galva 
township for four years and has 
been elected to the city council. 



EBEN OSCAR ENGSTRAND 

was born Nov. 17, 1867, in Mon- 
mouth, 111. He is the son of 
J. M. Engstrand, a shoedealer in 
Galva. Mr. Eben Engstrand has 
steadily been gaining promi- 
nence, both in business and muni- 
cipal affairs. He is now manager 
of the E. W. Houghton Lumber 
Yard Co. and has been city clerk 
of Galva for several years and vil- 
lage trustee for six years. 

Mr. Eben Engstrand was mar- 
ried to Miss Jessie Arvidson, 
daughter of a retired farmer of 
Galva, on Sept. 15, 1892. Their 
two children are, Neal L. and 
Charles L. 

Mr. Engstrand is a member of 
the Modern Woodmen. 



JONAS M. ENGSTRAND 

was born Feb. 15, 1841, in Tveta 
parish, Smaland, Sweden. He en- 
joyed practically no schooling and 
in 1852, when his father, N. P. 
Anderson, died, the son was ap- 
prenticed to a shoemaker, to help 
earn a living for the family which 
was left almost destitute. He 
emigrated in 1864, reaching Cas- 
tle Garden on Aug. 15, destined 
for Galesburg, 111. He left a 
few days later for Blockfield, 



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Missouri, but soon returned to 
this state, settling permanently 
at Galva, in 1871, after living in 
turn at Galesburg and Monmouth. 



Byron Kennedy in 1902, and the 
second daughter Lillie to L- W. 
Barlow in 1899. 




JONAS MAGNUS ENGSTRAND 

Since his arrival in this coun- 
try Mr. Engstrand has been in 
the shoe business, meeting with 
success in a mercantile way, bar- 
ring the misfortune of being 
burned out three different times. 

Mr. Engstrand was married to 
Miss Anna Lundquist in 1867. 
Of their seven children but five 
survive: Eben Oscar, born 1867; 
Esther M., born 1873; Lillie O., 
born 1875; Annette, born 1883; 
and Ernest LeRoy, born 1887. 

Mr. Engstrand figures promi- 
nently in church work. In the 
Swedish Lutheran congregation to 
which he belongs he acted as 
Sunday school superintendent and 
treasurer for years. 

The son Eben Oscar was mar- 
ried to Miss Jessie Arvidson in 
1892, the daughter Esther to 



JOHN A. LARSON, 

secretary and treasurer of the 
Herdien Coal Company, Galva, 
111., was born in Frinnaryd parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, Sept. 27, 1857. 
He came with his parents to 
America in 1868 and had the ad- 
vantage of fifteen months instruc- 
tion in the public schools of this 
country. He studied and mas- 
tered book-keeping and has held 
a position in the office of the 
aforesaid coal company since its 
organization in 1877. 

He is an expert checker player, 
having won second prize in the 




JOHN A. LARSON 

state tournament at Decatur, 111., 
in 1906. 

In 1902 he was married to 
Miss Amelia Anderson. They 
have two daughters, Jennie Ame- 
lia and Eva Margaret. 



Galva 



OSCAR WILLIAM LARSON 

was born March 21, 1872, in 
Galva, 111. He attended the pub- 



blessed with three children; Flor- 
ence, Joseph and Ada. 




OSCAR WILLIAM LARSON 

lie schools in his home district. 
At present he is engaged in the 
manufacture of cigars. He be- 
longs to the Knights of Pythias 
and M. W. A., and is a member 
of the city council of Galva. 



OSCAR M. PETERSON, 

born Oct. 30, 1871, in Galva, 
111., is the son of Olaf L. Peter- 
son, a furniture dealer of Galva, 
and Betzie Hanson Peterson. He 
attended the public schools of 
Galva and the Metropolitan Busi- 
ness College of Chicago. At 
present he is bookkeeper with 
Wistrands Manufacturing Co. in 
Galva and is township clerk. 

Mr. Oscar Peterson belongs to 
Odd Fellows and Modern Wood- 
men. He married Miss Anna 
Johnson and they have been 



JOHN WILLIAMS 

was born Aug. 15, 1862, in Dais- 
land. He emigrated in 1877 and 




JOHN WILLIAMS 

settled in Clinton, Iowa. His 
education was received in the 
public schools. Being of a prac- 
tical turn of mind and possessing 
fine business ability Mr. Williams 
has been enabled to bring to 
a point of success the dry goods 
and clothing business of which 
he is the proprietor. He has 
one of the leading stores in that 
line in Galva. 

In religious belief Mr. Williams 
is a Lutheran and is a member 
of I. O. O. F., K. of P., and 
M. W. of America. 



VICTOR L. HEDMAN 

was born in Ostra Fernebo parish, 
Gestrikland, Sweden, March 10, 
1 86 1. He is the son of Jonas 



Henry County 



Hedman, a smelter at the Gysinge been a trustee and treasurer of 
Works. In 1880 he emigrated to the church for years. He is also 
America and settled in Henry a director of the Augustana Syn- 

odical Mission Board. 

In municipal matters he has 
taken active part, serving as a 
school director for nine years and 
as road commissioner for six years. 




VICTOR L, HEDMAN 

county, 111., where he has since 
resided. Mr. Hedman attended 
the public schools of Sweden and 
spent two terms in the Collegiate 
Institute at Geneseo. By occupa- 
tion he is a farmer, having spent 
the last eighteen years on a farm, 
but recently he has retired with 
the intention of going into the 
lumber business. 

Mr. Hedman has large interests 
in land in Munson township and 
in Canada. 

He was married March 13, 1888, 
to Miss lyovisa Wallin, daughter 
of Sven Wallin, from Kinneved 
parish, Vestergotland. Their two 
children are Hilda W. L,., born 
May 5, 1889, and Harold W. E., 
born July 13, 1891. 

The Swedish Lutheran Church 
of Geneseo has an invaluable 
member in Mr. Hedman. He has 



GUNNER A. JOHNSON 

was born May 7, 1863, in the city 
of Halmstad, Sweden. He emi- 
grated in 1880, and soon after his 
arrival in America obtained em- 
ployment near Geneseo as a farm 
hand. He worked on the farm 
three years, attending the village 
school during the winter months. 
In the fall of 1883 he began a 




GUNNER A. JOHNSON 

course of instruction in Prof. Wal- 
do's school, after the completion 
of which he obtained a clerkship 
with the grocery firm of Green & 
Trauger of Geneseo, where he 
remained four years. Next Mr. 
Johnson was offered a position 



Geneseo 



with Diedrich & Lawrence, also 
in the grocery business. Here his 
energies made him invaluable to 
the firm, and after several changes 
he became a member of the well- 
known John Diedrich Co. He 
holds the position of vice-president. 
In 1900 a complete line of dry 
goods was added to the already 
large stock of groceries and queens- 
ware. More room was needed and 
accordingly an adjoining building 
was rented. The business was 
again enlarged in 1904 by the 
addition of a complete shoe de- 
partment. 

Mr. Johnson was married in 
Geneseo, 111., June 3, 1887, to 
Miss Emma Engdahl, born Oct. 
20, 1866. Of their four children 
but two survive: Aline Victoria 
Constance, born 1889, and Wen- 
dell Gunner, born 1901. 

In politics Mr. Johnson is a 
Republican, in religion, a Luth- 
eran. He and his family belong 
to the Swedish Lutheran Church, 
where he has served as a trustee 
since 1892. 

Among the public-spirited men 
of Geneseo, Mr. Johnson is one 
of the foremost. He is ever ready 
to join in any movement calcu- 
lated to be of public benefit. He 
is a member of the town central 
committee and of the public school 
board. 



at Lonsas, then helped his father 
at tailoring and at seventeen years 
of age emigrated to America, 



CARL J. LAGER, 

son of John Lager and Maja 
Greta Swenson, was born in Lb'ns- 
as parish, Sweden, April 23, 1854. 
He attended the people's school 




CARL J. LAGER 

first settling in Princeton, 111., 
afterward removing to Geneseo in 
1875. Here on May 30, 1878, 
he married Miss Dora Larson, 
born Nov. 9, 1858. They have 
one child living, a daughter 
named Florence Ruth, born in 
1891. 

Mr. Lager is a clothing mer- 
chant, and head of the firm of 
Lager, Offerle & Co. 

He is a Mason, a Knight 
Templar, an Odd Fellow, a Knight 
of Pythias and a Mystic Shriner. 
He holds the rank of Major in the 
Patriarchs Militant and has re- 
ceived the grand decoration of 
chivalry in the order. Mr. Lager 
is connected with the Unitarian 
Church, in which body he serves 
as treasurer. Politically he is a 
Democrat. 



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PETER A. LARSON 

was born Aug. 3, 1863, in Fro- 
dinge parish, Snialand, Sweden. 
Since his emigration to America 




PETKR A. LARSON 

in 1868, he has resided success- 
ively in Geneseo, Orion, Omaha, 
and again finally in Geneseo. 

Perhaps instincts inherited from 
his father, Lars Larson, who was 
a cabinet maker, led him to learn 
the carpenter's trade. In 1882 
he began working for the firm of 
Munson and Olson, at Geneseo, 
after which he went to Omaha, 
Neb., and worked with the build- 
ing contracting firm of John Hart 
for five years. Returning to 
Geneseo, he engaged in business 
as building contractor with Mr. 
Guttorm Olson as his partner. 
Among the larger contracts un- 
dertaken by the firm of Larson 
and Olson are, the L. and O. 
Block and the Hammond Library 
building of Geneseo. In 1905 he 



bought G. Olson's interest in the 
business. 

Mr. Larson was married to 
Miss Christina Gustus in Omaha, 
June 4, 1889. Their children are: 
Clara L. A., Esther Helen, So- 
phia Ruth, Fred E., and Hazel 
Hildur. 

Mr. Larson belongs to the 
Swedish Lutheran Church of 
Geneseo and is a member of the 
Yeomen of America. 



FRANK AUGUST PETERSON 

was born Dec. 3, 1866, in Gene- 
seo, 111. He is the son of Jonas 
Peterson, a blacksmith of Gene- 
seo, and his wife, Johanna Bengts- 
son. Besides attending Augus- 
tana College in Rock Island, Mr. 
August Peterson took the Normal 




FRANK AUGUST PETERSON 

School course at Geneseo. At 
present he is a druggist and has 
been in the drug business for 
some thirteen years. His one 
sister, Josephine, is married to 



Mr. A. E. Norling of Geneseo; 
his only brother, Albert, is a 
druggist at Fort Dodge, Iowa. 

Mr. Frank Peterson belongs to 
the Swedish Lutheran Church at 
Geneseo. 



The family residence is at 809 
Willow st. 



JOHN O. ANDERSON 

was born March 10, 1859, in 
Hogbo parish, Gefleborg Ian, 




JOHN O. ANDERSON 

Sweden. He emigrated in 1888, 
settling in Menominee, Michigan, 
and since 1893 nas lived in Ke- 
wanee, 111. He is a building 
contractor by vocation. His par- 
ents are Anders Johnson, a cab 
inet maker of Hogbo and Karin 
Johnson. 

The subject of this sketch is a 
member of the Swedish Methodist 
Episcopal Church in which bod} r 
he serves as trustee and treasurer. 

Mr. John Anderson married 
Miss Ida Stam in 1890 in Nor- 
way, Mich. Their children are 
Lillie E., John H. and Carl N. A. 



SWAN A. ANDERSON 

was born Dec. 9, 1869, in Lode- 
rup parish, Skane, Sweden. He 
arrived in this country in 1890, 
since which time he has been a 
building contractor at Kewanee. 
He is the son of Anders and 
Bella Jonson. 




SWAN A. ANDERSON 

Mr. Anderson has been very 
successful as contractor and, con- 
templating retiring from business, 
several years ago bought land in 
North Dakota, with a view to 
settling there. In 1895 he was 
married to Miss Anna Swanson 
of Galva. 



ALFRED BURGQVIST 

was born April 21, 1857, at Stor- 
fors iron mills, Vermland, Swe- 
den, where his father, Nils Berg- 
qvist, was a master blacksmith. 



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Henry County 



He emigrated in 1881 and made ents both passed away in the 
Kewanee his home. In Sweden latter '903. 

he had attended a school of ar- 

FRITZ GAFVERT 

was born June 19, 1865, in Gus- 
tafsfors, Vermland, Sweden. In 
1893 h e emigrated to America 
and settled in Kewanee, 111. 
Here he soon established a lucra- 
tive business as contractor and 
builder, his success being the re- 
sult of good practical training in 
Sweden. 

Mr. Gafvert is a member of 




ALFRED BURGQVIST 

chitecture and on reaching this 
country he chose the vocation of 
building contractor. He has been 
engaged in that business in Ke- 
wanee ever since. 

Mr. Burgqvist is a firm adher- 
ent of the Swedish Mission church, 
having been connected with it 
for the past thirty-one years, 
here and in the old country. 

Mr. Burgqvist established a 
family Feb. 24, 1883, by marry- 
ing Miss Emma Charlotta L,6f- 
gren, born at Grythyttehed, 
Vermland, Oct. 27, 1860. Four 
sons and one daughter have been 
born to them, to wit: G. Alfred 
Mequin, born 1883; Emma Idalla 
Olivia, born 1887; A. R. Paul, 
born 1890; Spencer G. Emanuel, 
born 1894; F. A. Nathaniel, 
born 1897. Mr. Burgqvist' s par- 




FRITZ GAFVERT 



M. U. O. A. and 
Order of Svithiod. 



Independent 



ERNEST A. LAGERSTROM, 

minister of the Swedish Baptist 
Church, was born Sept. 7, 1877, 
in Upsala, Sweden. His parents, 
Erick and Margaret Pehrson L,a- 
gerstrom, went to Chicago in 1881. 
The boy attended the public school 
for a short while, but had to leave 
when his father died in 1885. He 



Kewanee 



helped support the family by sell- 
ing newspapers, and later became 
a cash boy and then auditing 




ERNEST A. LAGERSTROM 

clerk at Mandel Bros. Ten years 
were then spent as a printer with 
Rand, McNally & Co. During 
this period he united with Moo- 
dy 's Church and became president 
of the Y. P. S. C. E. and had 
charge of the open air meetings 
of that church. After three years 
he joined the First Swedish Bap- 
tist Church and was president of 
the B. Y. P. Union and assistant 
superintendent of the Junior 
League and of the Sunday school. 

Mr. L,agerstrom then entered the 
Morgan Park Academy and later 
the Swedish Baptist Seminary at 
Morgan Park, where four years 
were spent. While yet a student 
he was a missionary at Akely, 
Nevis and White Oak, Minn., 
serving American missions. 

After ordination, he became 
pastor of the Swedish Baptist 



Church at Kewanee, where he re- 
mained for a year. Since June, 
1905, Mr. L,agerstrom has been 
pastor of the Swedish Baptist 
Church at Springfield, Mass. He 
is vice-president of New England 
Baptist Young People's Union. 

Rev. L,agerstrom was married 
June 7, 1905, to Augusta S. 
Myhrman of Chicago, born Jan. 
4, 1878. 

EMU, NEWMAN 

was born May 30, 1861, in Bjur- 
karn, Vermland, Sweden. He 
emigrated in 1886 and settled in 
Kewanee. Here he is engaged 
in business as a carpenter and 




EMIL NEWMAN 

contractor. In 1905 he retired 
from that business. 

He belongs to the Swedish Con- 
gregational Church. 



GUNNAR P. NOREN 

was born Dec. 21, 1862, in Ansas, 
Skane, Sweden. He emigrated in 



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i886, with Minneapolis, Minn., as 
his destination. After due prepara- 
tion in private schools here in 




GUNNAR P. NOREN 

America, he entered the Emannel 
Academy and later continued at 
Augustan a College. Then he took 
up medical studies at the Keokuk 
Medical College, West Pennsylva- 
nia University, and in three dif- 
ferent hospitals. He now practices 
his profession in Kewanee, 111. 

Dr. Noren was married in 1899 
to Miss Emma Johnson of Minne- 
apolis. Minn. Both are members 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church. 

Dr. Noren is connected with 
many medical societies, such as 
the Physicians' Club of Kewanee, 
of which he has been president, 
the Galva District Medical Society, 
Henry Co. Medical Association, 
the Illinois State Medical Society, 
and the American Medical Asso- 
ciation. 



CARL A. NYSTROM 

was born Jan. 26, 1869, in Tjell- 
mo jarish, Ostergotland, Sweden. 
He came to America in 1892, and 
after residing at different places 
finally settled in Kewanee, 111. 

Mr. Nystrom is at present in 
the business of manufacturing and 
selling heaters. 

He belongs to the Masons, the 
Knights of Macabees, the Good 
Templars, the Amalgamated Asso- 
ciation of Iron and Steel workers, 
of which he has been president 
for two terms, and also has been 
president of the local lodge of the 
Svithiod order. 

In March, 1898, Mr. Nystrom 
was married to Miss Jennie John- 




CARL A. NYSTROM 

son. Their one child is a son, 
Carl Forest. 



GUST STONEBERG 

was born Dec. 14, 1860, in the 
city of Falun, Sweden. He 



Kewanee 



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emigrated in 1880 and went di- 
rect to Kewanee, 111., where he 
has since resided. He is by trade 
a molder and since 1893 has been 
foreman of Peter's Pump Co. 

Mr. Stoneberg was elected al- 
derman of the 4th ward in 1903. 
In the local lodge of the Svithiod 
order he has filled the office of 
treasurer. He was married in 




GUST STONEBERG 



1882 to Miss Kristina Oslund. 
They have four children. 



PETER SWANSON 

was born Feb. 8, 1861, in Skane, 
Swedgril* He emigrated in 1889 
and spent one year in Michigan. 
The following year he moved to 
Kewanee since when he has been 
a permanent resident of that city. 

Mr. Carlson is a carpenter 
contractor. He belongs to the 
Swedish Mission Church. 




PETER SWANSON 



OSCAR T. GUSTUS 

was born Sept. 27, 1864, in L,ynn 
tp., near Ophiem. His father, Nel- 
son Gustus, born in Hvena, Sma- 
land, came to America in 1854, 
being among the emigrants of the 
first decade. His mother, Clara 
Magnuson Gustus, born in Sun, 
Ostergotland, emigrated to this 
country in 1851. She was a sis- 
ter of Mrs. L. P. Esbjorn. After 
being bedridden for ten years she 
died Aug. 3, 1888, at her home 
near Ophiem. Mr. Oscar Gustus 
took a two years' course in West- 
ern Normal College at Bushnell. 
111., in 1883-84. In 1887 he be- 
came part owner of Orion Mer- 
cantile Co. Moving to Denver, 
he went into the real estate busi- 
ness. Thence he removed to Page 
City, Kansas, where for seven 
years he was engaged in selling 
lands for the Union Pacific. Part 
of that time Mr. Gustus was the 



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Henry County 



publisher and editor of the Page 
City Messenger. During his stay 
in Kansas he was also employed 




OSCAR THEODORE GUSTUS 

by the Southwestern Swedish 
Town Site Co. and by Victor Ry. 
lander in handling real estate. 

Returning to Illinois in 1896, 
he moved on his father's farm near 
Ophiem, where he has since been 
engaged in farming. 

He has been a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Churches at 
Ophiem, Page City and Swedona, 
generally serving as a trustee and 
frequently as secretary. 

An independent Republican, he 
was the first secretary of the first 
Swedish- American Republican club 
organized in Henry county. He 
has repeatedly refused nominations 
for local political offices, except 
that of school director, which he 
has filled for a number of years. 

Mr. Gustus was married July 
25, 1889, to Miss Clara C. John- 
son of Page City, Kans., born 



June 23, 1865, at Berwick, War- 
ren co., 111., whose parents, John 
G. and Karin Johnson, both died 
at their home in Page City dur- 
ing 1906, the mother on her eight- 
ieth birthday, Jan. 6, and the 
father in his seventy-ninth year, 
July 9. Mr. and Mrs. Gustus 
have three children, to-wit, Reuel 
Theron, 1890; Lyman Ellory, 
l8 93; Gladys Opal, 1896. 

With his brother, Prof. J. Ed- 
win Gustus of Moline, he has re- 
cently purchased land near the city 
of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, 
a territory now attracting many 
Swedish settlers, and later in the 
Pan Handle of Texas, near the 
city of Amarillo. 



HANS P. OTTOSON, 

Swedish Lutheran minister, now 
in charge of the Ophiem congre- 




HANS PETER OTTOSON 

gation, was born on the farm of 
his father, Otto Johannesson, at 



Ophiem 



Nossemark, Dalsland, Sweden, 
March 15, 1864. In the year 1888 
Mr. Ottoson left his old home to 
strike out for himself in the New 
World. He lived at first in Chi- 
cago and then at Iron Mountain, 
Mich. Not long afterwards we 
find him as a student at Augus- 
tana College, Rock Island, where 
he was graduated from the theo- 
logical seminary in the spring of 
1897, being ordained minister a 
few days later, at the meeting of 
the Augustana Synod held at Mo- 
line. For nine years from the 
time of his ordination Rev. Otto- 
son was in charge of the old Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church of Knox- 
ville. In 1906 he resigned this 
pastorate to take up that of 
Ophiem. 

Rev. Ottoson was married Nov. 
17, 1897, to Clara Amalia Lander, 
born June 5, 1868, daughter of 
J. O. Lander, one of the early 
Swedish settlers of Knoxville. The 
union has been blessed with four 
children, viz., Julia Magdalena, 
born 1900; Viola Georgiana, 1902; 
Ruth Linnea Elizabeth. 1904 and 
James Erland Gezelius, 1905. 



latter position he has held since 
1887. 

Mr. Stephenson is a member 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 



CARL A. STEPHENSON, 
the son of Stephen and Maria 
Stephenson, was born July 9, 
1859, in Henry co., 111. Having 
attended the public schools of 
Ophiem, he entered Augustana 
College arid later studied at a 
Business College in Galesburg. 
Mr. Stephenson now conducts a 
general mercantile business in 
Ophiem and is at the same time 
postmaster of the town. This 




CARL A. STEPHENSON 

at Ophiem and in this congregation 
he has served for many years as 
trustee and treasurer. He mar- 
ried Miss Hilda Carolina Peterson, 
daughter of C. J. and Maria Peter- 
son. Their one child is Clarence, 
born April 6, 1892. 

The family worships in the 
Swedish Lutheran Church in 
Ophiem. Mr. Stephenson has been 
a trustee and the treasurer for 
many years. 

PER JOHAN BRODINE 

was born in Hjelmsryd, Smaland, 
Sweden, Oct. 12, 1846. He ar- 
rived in America together with 
his father, Carl Johan Brodine, 
in 1853, his mother having died 
while on the voyage across the 
ocean. They settled in Andover, 
Illinois. 



Henry County 



In 1865 he enlisted in the U. 
S. army and was honorably dis- 
charged in 1866. He entered Au- 




PER JOHAN BRODINE 

gustana College, at Paxton, in 1869, 
the Augustana Theological Semi- 
nary in 1874 and was ordained in 
1875. In 1902 the degree of D. 
D. was conferred on him by his 
Alma Mater. 

Dr. Brodine has been pastor of 
the Swedish Lutheran churches of 
Varna, 111., 1875-1879, of Gene- 
seo, 111., 18791887, of Hol- 
drege, Neb., 1887-1900 and of 
Orion, 111., from 1900 until the 
present time. 

He was a member of the board 
of directors of Luther Academy 
in Wahoo, Neb., 1888-1900 and 
president of the Nebraska Con- 
ference 1889-1893 and 1897-1901, 
a member of the board of direct- 
ors of Augustana College and 
Theological Seminary 1900-1904, 
member of the Orphans' Home 
board and of the mission board of 



the Nebraska Conference in 1889 
-90, member of the mission board 
of the Illinois Conference in 1904 
-1905, and has seived on the 
board of directors of the Or- 
phans' Home at Andover, 111., 
from 1901 to the present, since 
1905 in the capacity of chairman. 

In 1885 Brodine toured England 
and Sweden for study and recrea- 
tion. 

Dr. Brodine was married to Miss 
Lovisa Nordling July 8, 1875. 
Their children are: Petrus Eman- 
uel, born 1877; Anna Paulina Lo- 
visa, 1880; Carl August Philemon, 
1881; Ellen Theodora and Gustaf 
Axel Theodor, 1885, and Signe 
Victoria Josephina, 1887. The 
eldest daughter is married to Mr. 
Elmer Theodor Anderson. 



PETER WESTERLUND, 

who has been a resident of Henry 
county since 1850, was born in 
the parish of Hassela, Helsing- 
land, Sweden, Aug. 21, 1839. 
His father, Eric Westerlund, and 
his mother, Elizabeth Johnson, 
were among the early Swedish 
settlers in this locality. 

The journey from Gefle, Swe- 
den, to Andover consumed about 
six months' time. The voyage 
across the ocean was made in 
six weeks by sailing vessel. The 
party went from New York to 
Albany by steamboat, thence to 
Buffalo in freight-cars, to Chicago 
by steamboat, to Peru by canal- 
boat and from there 011 to An- 
dover in wagons. Traveling by 
sea or land in those days was 
fraught with great peril and 



Orion 



privation. While on the Atlan- 
tic the mother and the youngest 
child of the family died and were 




PETER WESTERLUND 

buried at sea. The father with 
the five remaining children reached 
Andover in November, having 
started on the journey on the 
25th of May. 

Peter, then a boy of eleven, 
was hired out by his father to a 
farmer near Galesburg for four 
years, but at the end of two 
years he broke the contract and 
returned home. 

Peter Westerlund was one of a 
party of seven Swedes who in 
1859, at the time of the Pike's 
Peak gold craze, started out 
from the Andover neighborhood 
in quest of the precious metal. 
They visited the site of Denver 
when it was marked by only two 
small houses of frame, named re- 
spectively Aurora and Denver. 
Not finding what they sought, 
four of the party, including Peter 



Westerlund, proceeded southward 
to Albuquerque by oxteam, thence 
by boat to El Paso. These four, 
Andrew, Eric and Peter Wester- 
lund and Peter Hall, are thought 
to have been the first white men 
to traverse this stretch of the 
Rio Grande River with its eight 
rapids and other perilous passages. 

This was in 1860. Peter Wes- 
terlund remained for some time in 
the South, working in a lumber 
yard in El Paso. During this 
time he found that all through 
the southern states secret prepara- 
tions for war were going on and 
so concluded to go back North, 
where he was struck with the 
unpreparedness of this section of 
the country for the coming conflict. 

In 1865 Mr. Westerlund pur- 
chased his first 80 acres of land 
and went to farming on his own 
account. In time his farm was 
increased to one half section. 

On Feb. 17, 1863, he was mar- 
ried to Miss Elnora C. S. Hult- 
man. The six children born to 
them are: Oscar William, John 
A., Augusta Melinda, Emma E., 
deceased, Luther A. and Peter E. 

In 1897 Mr. Westerlund re- 
tired, leaving the management of 
the farm to the two youngest 
sons, and made his home in 
Orion, where, with his son Wil- 
liam, he founded the State Bank 
of Orion in 1882. He was vice- 
president from its inception and 
continues in that capacity since 
the bank has been merged with 
another similar institution in 
Orion. 

For two terms Mr. Westerlund 



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Henry County 



has held the presidency of the 
village board. He has served 
some eight years as a member of 
the board of directors of Augus- 
tana College. For the past twenty 
years he has been treasurer of 
the Svea Mutual Protective In- 
surance Co. of Henry, Knox and 
Mercer counties, of which he was 
one of the organizers. He has 
also held different township offices, 
as school trustee and road com- 
missioner. While a member of 
the old Andover church he served 
for eleven years as deacon and 
of the Orion church he has been 
a trustee for the past ten years. 
The family to which Mr. Wes- 
terlund belongs is one of the most 
numerous in the state. From 
Eric Westerlund, now deceased, 
the family tree has branched out 
so as to comprise at present some 
175 persons. A family reunion 
was celebrated at Orion in 1905, 
attended by 125 descendants. 
Mr. Westerlund is preparing the 
story of his early western trip 
and other reminiscences for pub- 
lication. 



graduated with the college class 
of '89. In the fall he entered 
Augustana Theological Seminary, 



GUSTAF A. SWANBURG, 

pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church in Woodhull, was born 
April 23, 1857, at Nasby, Sma- 
land, where his parents, Carl Gus- 
taf and Anna Maria Swanburg, 
lived on a farm. The son emi- 
grated from Sweden in 1870 and 
followed various occupations up 
to 1882, when he began his stud- 
ies at Augustana College at Rock 
Island. After seven years he 




GUSTAF ALFRED SWANBURG 

completed the divinity course in 
two years' time and was ordained 
to the ministry in the Augustana 
Synod at the synodical meeting 
in Chisago Lake, Minn., June 21, 
1891. Having accepted a call to 
the churches in Lucas and Belinda, 
Iowa, he assumed his pastoral 
duties there the following month. 
His next field of activity was 
Chariton, Iowa, whence he re- 
moved to Woodhull in the year 
1900. 

WALTER A. OLSON 

was born Sept. 2, 1872, in Wa- 
taga, Knox co., 111. His father, 
L- W. Olson, emigrated from 
Sweden in 1849 at the age of ten 
with his parents. He became a 
farmer and a merchant in Wataga, 
held several public offices and 
died there Aug. 17, 1907. Walter 



Woodhull 



attended Wataga High School, 
Knox College in Galesburg and 
Augustan a College in Rock Island. 
After Mr. Olson's graduation 
from the last named college in 
1895, he temporarily engaged in 
mercantile business in Oneida. 
After eighteen months he pur- 
chased the Pike co. Republican of 
Pittsfield, of which he was editor 
and publisher for three years. 

He was secretary for the Re- 
publican Central Committee of 
Pike co. for two years. In Sep- 
tember, 1899, he left Pike co. for 
Woodhull where he became editor 
of the Woodhull Dispatch. This 
position he still holds. Mr. Wal- 
ter Olson is an interested partici- 
pant in local and county politics. 
He was mayor of Woodhull for 
one term and has served as presi- 
dent of the Swedish-American 



Republican Club of Henry co. 
Besides his strong political bent, 
he has literary aspirations and so, 
in company with two or three 
others successfully conducted a 
lecture course for four seasons. 

Mr. Olson was married in 1896 
and has a family of two children, 
De Forrest, a son of nine, and 
Ruth, a daughter of seven. Mr. 
Olson and family are members of 
the Presbyterian Church. He 
belongs to the Order of Masons 
and Modern Woodmen in both of 
which he has held important 
offices. 

It may be here noted that the 
introduction of electric lights and 
a water works system in Wood- 
hull was due to the agitation of 
these matters through the Dis- 
patch since Mr. Olson assumed 
editorial charge. 



KNOX COUNTY 



GALESBURG-ONEIDA- VICTORIA 



A. W. BERGGREN 

is emphatically a self-made man, 
having risen by his own efforts 
from an apprenticeship to exalted 
stations of honor and trust. He 
was born in Ockelbo parish, Swe- 
den, Aug. 17, 1840, and is the 




AUGUST WERNER BERGGREN 

son of John and Karin (Hanson) 
Berggren. His father, a self-edu- 
cated man, held several minor 
offices and looked after cases in 
courts, administering estates and 
the like. For thirteen years he 
ran a flouring mill. Afterwards 
he purchased a farm, on which 
he lived until he emigrated to this 
country in 1856. 

The subject of this sketch is an 
example of the accomplishment of 
much in spite of limited educa- 
tional advantages. He attended 
the village school in Sweden until 
he was fourteen years of age, liv- 



ing at the same time on a farm. 
Then he was apprenticed to learn 
the tailor's trade. When the father 
decided to emigrate to this coun- 
try he was obliged to pay the 
master tailor fifty riksdaler for 
the release of his son from the 
apprentice's contract. 

Mr. Berggren first came to 
Oneida, Knox county, and then 
went to Victoria, where he found 
employment in the tailoring estab- 
lishment of Jonas Hallstrom. He 
then came to Galesburg and 
worked at his trade, where oppor- 
tunities were presented. In 1860 
he moved to Monmouth, Warren 
county, and worked for Captain 
Denman, a merchant tailor of that 
place. 

About the close of the war he 
returned to Galesburg and became 
a solicitor of life insurance. Dur- 
ing these years he devoted consid- 
erable attention, with fair success, 
to music. He played the violin, 
became a leader of string bands 
in Galesburg and Monmouth, and 
arranged music for them. 

Mr. Berggren, for no fault of 
his, lacks a military record. At 
the first call for volunteers to put 
down the Rebellion he went to 
Knoxville and joined the Swedish 
company, commanded by Captain 
Holmberg. Two companies were 
there: one composed of Americans; 
the other, of Swedes. The former 
was mustered into service; the lat- 
ter disbanded. He then went back 
to Monmouth, where he remained 



Knox County 



until his return to Galesburg in 
1864. 

Mr. Berggren has held many 
important offices. In 1869 he was 
elected justice of the peace in 
the city of Galesburg. While 
holding that office he was nomi- 
nated by the Republican conven- 
tion for the office of sheriff, and 
elected in the fall of 1872. With 
great credit he held the office for 
four terms. In 1880, while yet 
sheriff, he was nominated and 
elected senator from the Twenty- 
second district, composed of Knox 
and Mercer counties. Four years 
afterwards, he was reelected from 
the new district, composed of 
Knox and Fulton counties. When 
the senate was organized in 1887, 
he was chosen president pro tern- 
pore of that body. On May i, 
1889, the governor appointed him 
warden of the Illinois State Peni- 
tentiary at Joliet, which position 
he resigned in 1891, to take active 
supervision of the Covenant Mut- 
ual Life Association of Illinois, 
with principal offices in Galesbnrg. 

His public spirit is fully shown 
by his connection with various 
public enterprises, such as the 
Galesburg Stoneware Company; 
the National Perefoyd Company; 
the Galesburg Paving Brick Com- 
pany. He was a member of the 
firm Berggren and Lundeen, later 
the J. A. Lundeen Company, and 
still later the Berggren Clothing 
Company. From its organization, 
for twenty years, he was presi- 
dent of the Covenant Mutual Life 
Association, and after that its 
treasurer, until it was merged with 



the Northwestern Life Assurance 
Company of Chicago in Dec., 1899. 
He was one of the organizers 
of the Galesburg National Bank 
in 1884; continuously one of its 
directors and at present its vice- 
president. 

Mr. Berggren is both an Odd 
Fellow and a Mason, joining the 
former order in 1868, the latter 
in 1869. He is a member of the 
several Masonic bodies in Gales- 
burg, and in the Order of Odd 
Fellows has taken a very active 
interest, filling every office of the 
subordinate bodies, and the prin- 
cipal offices of the Grand Lodge. 
He was Grand Master and pre- 
sided over the deliberations of the 
Grand Lodge at Danville, 111., in 
1880, and represented the Grand 
Lodge in the Sovereign Grand 
Lodge at Baltimore, Md. 

Mr. Berggren has broadened his 
life and added greatly to his store 
of information by quite extensive 
travel. He has visited almost ev- 
ery state in the Union, and in 
1882 took an extensive trip through 
England, France, Belgium, Ger- 
many, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland 
and Ireland. 

His charities have been of a 
practical kind. He has given to 
the Swedish M. E. Church and 
parsonage; to several other church- 
es; to Knox College, Lombard 
Gymnasium and Cottage Hospital. 

His religious affiliations are with 
the Swedish M. E. Church, al- 
though in 1856 he was confirmed 
in the Lutheran Church in Sweden. 
He served as lay-delegate in the 



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General Conference at Cincinnati 
in 1880. 

In politics, he is a stanch Re- 
publican. He is not only a worker, 
but has been one of the leaders 
in his party. 

Mr. Berggren was married March 
8, 1866, to Christina Naslund, 
born Feb. 10, 1845, whose parents 
came to this country in 1854, join- 
ing the Bishop Hill colony. Six 
children were born to them: Cap- 
itola Maud, married to Rev. F. E. 
Jefferey, a missionary to India; 
Guy Werner, married to Minnie 
Belle Flanders; Ralph Augustus, 
killed in a railroad accident in 
1887; Claus Eugene; Jay Valen- 
tine, married to Bessie Sears, and 
Earl Hugo. 

Jan. i, 1900, Mr. Berggren with- 
drew from active life and has since 
lived in retirement at his home, 
529 Losey st. 



nineteen years he was in partner- 
ship with his brother-in-law, Swan 
Johnson. The firm owned a large 



NELS M. BURGLAND 
was born in Gammalstorp, Blek- 
inge, Sweden, Dec. 25, 1846. 
Emigrating in 1867, he landed in 
America Sept. i, destined for 
Galesburg which has ever since 
been his place of residence. His 
education was limited to that 
acquired in the common school 
in his home district in Sweden. 
In Galesburg Mr. Burgland em- 
barked in business as the proprie- 
tor of a meat market which with 
time has gained an extensive 
patronage. He learned the meat 
cutter's trade while in the employ 
of his uncle, Henry Burgland, 
for five years following his coni- 
ng to Galesburg. For the next 




NELS M. BURGLAND 

farm, on which were raised most 
of the cattle which they butchered 
and shipped. In 1892 Mr. Burg- 
land, severing the partnership, 
engaged in the same line of busi- 
ness independently and continues 
to the present time. 

Jan. 7, 1873, Mr. Burgland was 
married to Jennie Jacobson, a 
daughter of Jacob Nilson, of 
Jemshog, Blekinge, who operated 
a flour mill there. Mrs. Burg- 
land was born May 14, 1852. 
Their children are, Charles M., 
George H. and Arthur T. 

Mr. Burgland has served the 
community as a member of the 
city council. In politics he is a 
strong Republican. He is a stock- 
holder and director of the Bank 
of Galesburg, the Galesburg Tele- 
phone Co. and the Illinois-Cana- 
dian Land Co. He has likewise 



34 



Knox County 



served on the board of the Gales- 
burg Business Association. 



JOHAN ENWAI.lv 

settled in Galesburg in the spring 
of 1868, immediately after his 



lie school, he was sent to Knox 
Academy where his schooling was 
completed. 




JOHAN ENWALL 

arrival from Vestra Eneby, Swe- 
den, where he was born Nov. 
4, 1833. In this city he has 
plied his trade as a tailor for a 
long term of years. 

He is a devoted Lutheran and 
is one of the oldest living mem- 
bers of the First Swedish Lutheran 
Church of the city. He has 
given his services to the congre- 
gation for many years past as a 
member of the board of deacons 
of the church. All his interests 
have centered around his family, 
his church and his trade. 



PHILIP N. GRANVILLE 

is a native of Knox county, hav- 
ing been born and raised at 
Abingdon. Having finished pub- 




PHILIP N. GRANVILLE 

When the Bank of Galesburg 
was organized in 1889, Mr. Gran- 
ville was selected as assistant 
cashier. In 1892 he became cash- 
ier and still retains that important 
position. Mr. Granville has been 
a director of the bank since its 
incorporation in 1891. 

In 1887 Mr. Granville was elect- 
ed treasurer of the city of Gales- 
burg, serving in that capacity 
until 1889, and at the spring 
election in 1906, the citizens of 
the Second ward elected him with 
a handsome majority to represent 
them in the city council. 

Mr. Granville is prominent in 
fraternal circles, holding member- 
ship and office in the following 
orders: Prelate of Galesburg Com- 
mandery of Knights Templar, 
P. G. of First Scandinavian lodge 
of the I. O. O. F.; P. H. P. of 



Galesburg 



35 



theColfax Encampment, I. O. O. F. 
He is also a member of the Gales- 
burg Business Association. 

In 1903, Nov. i, Mr. Granville 
was married and the union has 
been blessed with a son, born in 
1904, and a daughter, born Nov. 
24, 1906. The family attend the 
Swedish M. E. Church, of which 
Mr. Granville is a respected mem- 
ber. 



WESLEY HOLT 
was born on a farm near Swedes- 
burg, Henry co., Iowa, May 3, 




WESLEY HOLT 



1874. There he spent his early 
years assisting in the work on the 
farm in summer and attending 
the public school in winter. De- 
sirous of a general education, he 
entered the State University of 
Iowa, from which he graduated 
in 1899, receiving the degree of 
A. B. Having decided upon the 
law as his vocation he pursued 
the study of it in the College of 
Law at the same institution. The 



following year he received the 
degree of LL. B. and was admit- 
ted to practice in the state and 
federal courts. 

While in college, Mr. Holt early 
exhibited marked abilities as a 
debater and speaker. He was 
chosen to participate in the Inter 
Society Debate and the University 
oratorical contest. His ability as 
a writer was recognized in his se- 
lection as editor-in-chief of the 
State University of Iowa Quill, 
and staff representative on the 
Western College Magazine. He 
was looked upon as a leader among 
the students. 

At the outbreak of the Spanish- 
American war, Mr. Holt was just 
entering upon his life work. For 
him to enlist at that time was no 
small sacrifice, but no selfish in- 
terest deterred him. As a true 
patriot he heard his country's call. 
He enlisted and served through 
the war with Co. I, 5oth Iowa 
Regt. Volunteer Infantry, a part 
of the yth Army Corps under Gen. 
Fitzhugh Lee's command. 

Mr. Holt came to Galesburg in 
the spring of 1901 and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in Illinois in 
the autumn of the same year. He 
opened an office in partnership 
with Walter C. Frank under the 
firm name of Holt & Frank im- 
mediately after admission and was 
the only Swedish lawyer in Gales- 
burg. 

Mr. Holt was active in religious 
work, being a member of the First 
Swedish Lutheran Church and one 
of the members of its board of 
trustees. 



Knox County 



In politics Mr. Holt was a zeal- 
ous Republican. He took an 
active part in the campaigns of 
the party on the stump and other- 
wise. He made his first political 
speech in 1896 for Wm. McKinley. 

In 1903, although he had lived 
but a short time in Galesburg, he 
had already gained the confidence 
of the community, as evidenced 
by his election to the office of city 
attorney in the spring of that 
year. 

Mr. Holt's creditable and highly 
promising career was cut short by 
his untimely death July 8, 1904. 



CHARLES F. HURBURGH 

was born in Sweden, Jan. 10, 
1872. A year later his parents 




CHARLES F. HURBURGH 

emigrated, settling at Altona, 111., 
where the boy was raised. After 
finishing public school, he ob- 
tained a liberal education at 
Abingdon Normal College and 
Knox College, institutions both 



situated in his home county. 
From the former institution he 
was graduated in 1892 and from 
the latter in 1895. 

Mr. Hurburgh has served his 
county in the capacity of sheriff 
for the official terms of 1902-04 
and 1904-06, having acted as 
deputy sheriff for two years, 1900 
to 1902. Prior to entering the 
service of Knox county, he held 
the position of principal of the 
public schools of Maquon, 111., 
from 1895 to 1900. In 1906 Mr. 
Hurburgh was elected a member 
of the state legislature and took 
an efficient part in railway legis- 
lation last winter. 

Aug. 6, 1903, he was mar- 
ried to Miss Anna Scott at 
Duncan, 111. Mr. and Mrs. Hur- 
burgh are members of the Con- 
gregational Church. He is a 
popular member of the Gales- 
burgh Business Association. 



CARL G. JOHNSON, 
physician and surgeon, was born 
in the city of Oscarshamn, Swe- 
den, Jan. 5, 1865. As a young 
boy he accompanied his parents, 
C. X. and Helena S. Johnson, to 
this country in the spring of 1869. 
The family located in Galesburg, 
and here the boy obtained his 
public school education. After 
that he worked in a boiler factory 
and at fifteen he went to work 
on farm for three years. At 
the opening of the school year in 
1883 he was matriculated at Au- 
gustana College, Rock Island, and 
graduated with the degree of 
Bachelor of Science in June, 1889. 



Galesburg 



37 



In the fall of the same year he 
entered the Long Island College 
Hospital medical school, from 




CARL G. JOHNSON 

which he graduated with the de- 
gree of Doctor of Medicine in 
March, 1892. Then he accepted 
an appointment as interne and 
ambulance surgeon to the Eastern 
District Hospital in Brooklyn, re- 
maining until the following Sep- 
tember, when he resigned to be- 
come house physician and surgeon 
to the Minneapolis City Hospital. 
Having served in that capacity 
for one year, Dr. Johnson passed 
the state board examination in 
Minnesota in October, 1893, and 
engaged in private practice in 
Minneapolis. 

In January,. 1895, he moved 
back to his old home city of 
Galesburg to take up practice. 
Just after having established him- 
self, he was honored by an ap- 
pointment on the staff of the 
Galesburg Cottage Hospital. This 
position he has retained by reelec- 



tion up to the present time, and 
in October, 1901, was elected chief 
of the medical staff. He is now 
commissioner of health of Gales- 
burg. 

In 1897 Dr. Johnson made a 
European trip for the purpose of 
observing the hospital systems of 
England, Sweden, Denmark and 
Germany. He improved the op- 
portunity by taking post-graduate 
courses at Brunswick and Berlin. 
He is a member of the American 
Medical Association, the Illinois 
State Medical Society and the 
Knox County Medical Society. 

Aug. 5, 1896, Dr. Johnson was 
married to Miss Hannah Larson 
of Moline, born Sept. i, 1863. 
There is one child, Helena Kath- 
arine, born in 1900. They are 
active in church work, being 
members of the First Swedish 
Lutheran Church. The doctor 
gives much time to the Young 
Men's Christian Association, and 
has been one of its directors for 
several years past. 

The Augustana Synod in 1899 
elected Dr. Johnson on the board 
of directors of Augustana College 
and Theological Seminary for a 
term of four years, at the expira- 
tion of which he was again elected 
for a like term. In 1904 he was 
chosen a member of the board of 
Augnstana Hospital in Chicago 
for a term of three years. 



CHARLES J. JOHNSON 

was born July u, 18/1, in Vill- 
stad parish, Smaland, Sweden. 
Emigrating in 1889, he came to 
Galesburg as a young man of 



Knox County 



eighteen, equipped with a common 
and high school education from 
the old country. He continued 




CHARLES J. JOHNSON 

his studies here, however, to ac- 
quire the language of the land, 
and graduated in Brown's Business 
College in Galesburg. Subsequent- 
ly entering the employ of the 
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy 
Railway Co., he has risen in their 
service to the position of foreman 
of the fuel department at the shops 
in Galesburg. Some seventeen 
years ago he went to work in the 
car department of the company, 
and was promoted to the afore- 
said foremanship about eight years 
ago. 

A leading member of the local 
lodges of the Masonic order, the 
Svithiod order and the A. O. U. 
W., Mr. Johnson has filled various 
offices in all three organizations. 

Mr. Johnson's parents, Johan 
and Anna Pehrson, remained in 
Villstad, where they are still liv- 



ing. Dec. 6, 1900, he founded a 
family of his own by marrying 
Miss Elfrida Mb'ller from Kristian- 
stad, Sweden. They have two 
children. 



C. T. E. JOHNSON 

was born and bred in Galesburg. 
The date of his birth was Feb. 
3, 1865. Having finished his 
education in high school and 
business college he turned his 
attention to the machinist's trade. 
For seventeen years he was in 
the employ of Frost Manufactur- 
ing Co., the last ten being spent 
on the road, erecting machinery 
for the firm. In 1903 he was 




C. T. E. JOHNSON 

appointed superintendent of the 
city water works. 

Mr. Johnson is a loyal and 
useful member of the First Swed- 
ish lyUtheran Church. He was 
elected several years ago on the 
board of deacons and also made 
assistant superintendent of the 



Galesburg 



39 



Sunday school. He is active in 
the Mens' Luther League of the 
church. 

JOHN J. JOHNSON, 

clergyman of the Mission Cove- 
nant, was born in Grasmark par- 




JOHN JONAS JOHNSON 

ish, Vermland, Sweden, July 3, 
1867. At the age of twenty-one 
he arrived in America. His par- 
ents, Jan Jonsson and his wife 
Birgitta, who were industrious far- 
mer folk, brought up their chil- 
dren in the Christian faith. The 
son, soon after his arrival, decided 
to prepare for the ministry of the 
Gospel, and for that purpose came 
from Fort Wayne, Ind., where he 
had settled, to Chicago, entering 
the Chicago Theological Seminary. 
After having completed the course, 
he was stationed as pastor at Ode- 
bolt, la., before coming to Bata- 
via, 111., were he labored for many 
years. Since 1907 he is pastor of 
the Swedish Mission Church at 



Galesburg, which has a member- 
ship of 230 people. 

Rev. Johnson was married Sept. 
8, 1894, to Emma Josephine Blom, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 
Blom, who came to this country 
in 1870 and had got settled in 
Chicago just before the great fire. 
Rev. and Mrs. Johnson have five 
children, Ruth Victoria, born 1895; 
Judith Delphine, 1897; Vernon 
Emanuel, 1899; Dagmar Naomi 
and Hilding Nathanael, twins, 
born in 1903. 



NELS O. G. JOHNSON 

was born in Mollegarden, Skane, 
Sweden, Jan. 10, 1844, but grew 
up in Maglarod in that province, 
whither his father removed short- 
ly afterward. Both parents died 
there in recent years. The elder 
Johnson was a merchant in his 




NELS OLOF GOTTFRID JOHNSON 

younger days and in later years 
operated a large farm, now 
owned by his youngest son. Mr. 



Knox County 



-N. O. G. Johnson's mother, Bengta 
Pehrson, was the daughter of 
Nels Pehrson of Skeinge, Skane, 
who owned a large dairy farm 
and also traded in grain and iron. 
The son was educated in private 
and public schools and grew to 
manhood in Sweden, which he 
did not leave until 1869. In 
May of that year he landed in 
New York, proceeding thence 
direct to Galesburg where he has 
been a resident since that time. 

After his arrival in Galesburg, 
Mr. Johnson farmed for the first 
three years, then engaged in 
business as a partner in the gro- 
cery firm of Clarkson and John- 
son. Then after nine years, the 
partnership was dissolved, Mr. 
Johnson engaged in milling in 
partnership with a Mr. Anderson. 
The Anderson and Johnson mill 
was profitably operated by them 
for a number of years; after that 
Mr. Johnson made heavy real 
estate investments and has been 
dealing in realty to the present 
time. He is treasurer and one 
of the directors of Illinois-Canad- 
ian Land Co. and prominently 
connected with other commercial 
interests, being director and vice- 
president of the Bank of Gales- 
burg and sustaining the same re- 
lations to the Commercial Union. 

His prominence and influence 
as a citizen and Republican has 
never induced him to seek public 
preferment. To the local Swedish 
Lutheran Church he has given 
his services for a number of years 
as a trustee. 

The liberal education afforded 



by travel Mr. Johnson has en- 
joyed in full measure. By exten- 
sive tours in the United States, 
Canada and Mexico he has thor- 
oughly informed himself on con- 
ditions in these countries, besides 
what he has learned of old world 
conditions by travels in England, 
Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Nor- 
way and Sweden. 

Mr. Johnson has been twice 
married. His first wife was So- 
phia Anderson of Galesburg, whom 
he married in 1878 and lost by 
death in 1882. There were in 
this union two children, Blenda 
Amelia, now Mrs. Charles E. 
Johnson of Galesburg, and Arthur 
Newton. On June n, 1890, Mr. 
Johnson took for his second wife 
Miss Anna Bennett, of Galesburg, 
born May 6, 1865, daughter of 
Bengt P. Bennett. To them have 
been born: Frances Evangeline, 
born 1892; Ruth Genevieve, born 
1896; Aldis Bennett, born 1900; 
Craig Russell, born 1901; Vivian, 
born 1904, and a daughter who 
died in infancy. The family resi- 
dence is at 527 E. Main st. 



HAROLD L. LINDQUIST, 
minister of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, was born at Beaver, 
Iroquois county, 111., Oct. 12, 1859. 
His father came over from Swe- 
den in 1852 and became one of 
the pioneer Swedish settlers in 
Jamestown, N. Y. Five years later 
he entered the ministry, serving 
various churches in this state up 
to 1867, when he removed to 
Minnesota. The son, Harold, after 
attending Folsom's Academy, Min- 



Galesburg 



neapolis, determined on following 
in his father's footsteps and began 
fitting himself for the ministry at 




HAROLD L. LINDQUIST 

the Swedish Theological Seminary 
in Chicago. The course completed, 
he was ordained and has -since 
labored in the following fields: 
Oakland, Neb., 1881-82; Stroms- 
burg, Neb., 1883; Des Moines, la., 
1884; Red Oak and Essex, la., 
1885-87; St. Louis, Mo., 1888-92; 
Burlington, la., 1893-97; Keokuk, 
la., 1898-99; Galesburg, 1900 to 
the present. As pastor at these 
places Rev. Lindquist has been in 
the service of the Central Swedish 
Conference of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church. 



ANDREW O. LINDSTRUM 

is one of the representative 
Swedish-Americans of Galesburg. 
He was born on a farm near 
Bishop Hill, Henry county, on 
the 29th of May, 1873, his father 



being a member and one of the 
founders of the Bishop Hill Colony. 
At the age of thirteen years, 
he lost his mother and before he 
had seen his sixteenth summer, 
he was also bereft of his father. 
He left the farm in the fall of 
1890 in quest of an education. 
He had chosen Knox College, 
located at Galesburg, for his 
Alma Mater, and from that in- 
stitution he was graduated in the 
spring of 1895 when he received 
the degree of B. S. He was 
business manager of the College 
Annual of 1893; was president 
of the Gnothautii Literary So- 
ciety; vice - president of the 
National Republican League of 




ANDREW O. LINDSTRUM 

college clubs; major of the cadet 
corps, and commissioned brevet- 
major of the Illinois National 
Guards by Governor Altgeld. 
He early identified himself with 
the Republican party and served 
as president of the Knox College 



Knox County 



Republican Club in the fall of 
1894. 

Mr. Lindstrum is a 320! degree 
Mason, Knight Templar and 
Shriner. 

Mr. Lindstrum is a young man 
of keen intelligence and naturally 
the field of journalism early be- 
came attractive to him as it af- 
forded a splendid opportunity for 
the development of native ability 
along lines in perfect harmony 
with his tastes. Upon the com- 
pletion of his college course, he 
became an assistant in the organ- 
ization of the Geneseo Daily Arena. 

His residence in Geneseo was 
brief and he soon severed his 
connections with the Daily Are- 
na to promote the organization 
of the Kewanee Daily Courier. 
In 1897 ne accepted the position of 
business manager of the Galesburg 
Evening Mail. This position, he 
filled acceptably for four years and 
then resigned to accept the ap- 
pointment of Deputy Clerk of the 
County Court of Knox County. 
At present he is manager and 
part owner of the Galesburg Eve- 
ning Mail. 

He was appointed one of the 
directors of the Galesburg Public 
Library in 1907. 

He was married on the 3d day 
of October, 1898 to Miss S. 
Winifred Chaiser. They have 
one son, Herbert James. 

Mr. Lindstrum is a young man 
of sterling character and is a 
recognized leader among the 
younger element of the Swedish- 
Americans of Galesburg. He 
stands high in his community in 



point of energy, honesty, and 
integrity. He is a young man 
of force, who has forged to the 
front and achieved his success at 
every stage of his career. 



PETER TRUED OLSON, 

the son of Trued Olson of Hast- 
veda, Skane, Sweden, was born 




PETER TRUED OLSON 

there Feb. 10, 1860. His father 
died in the old homestead in 
1902. The son has enjoyed no 
education beyond that obtained 
in the common school of his na- 
tive place, supplemented by a 
couple of years in our public 
schools subsequent to his arrival 
in America in 1879. For three 
years he lived in Henry co., Iowa, 
then, in 1882, located in Gales- 
burg, which became his perma- 
nent home. The same year he 
adopted the brick mason's trade, 
which he followed for the next 
ten years. 



Galesburg 



43 



Having become familiar with 
the various phases of building 
construction Mr. Olson in 1892 
embarked in business on his own 
account as contractor and builder. 
Since then a number of the large 
buildings in Galesburg have been 
erected under his supervision, 
bearing testimony to his practical 
skill in his chosen vocation. 
Among these are several public 
buildings including a half dozen 
school houses, bank and office 
buildings and private residences. 

Mr. Olson is devoted to the 
Lutheran faith and for a number 
of years has served as a trustee 
of the First Swedish Lutheran 
Church. He is not active in 
politics and has never sought 
public office, but his citizenship 
is unimpeachable. He has found 
no time to devote to fraternal 
societies and orders, living, as he 
does, for his business and his 
family. The latter consists of a 
wife and five children. Carolina 
Charlotta Edoff, daughter of Per 
August and Maria Charlotta Edoff 
of Galesburg, born April 16, 
1865, became his wife in Novem- 
ber, 1889. The children born to 
them were seven in all, viz.: 
Oscar Mauritz, 1890; Agnes Mil- 
dred, born 1892; Carl Nathan, 
born 1894; Hilda Maria, born 
1896; Ernst Joshua, born 1898, 
deceased; Ellen Olivia, born 1901; 
Ruth Carolina, born 1903. 



wife, Marit Bengtson, who were 
tenants on an estate. The family 
came to America in the summer 
of 1869 and located in Meeker co., 
Minn. Six weeks after reaching 
this place, the father was acci- 
dentally drowned while fishing in 
Lake Collinwood, and the mother 
was left in destitute circumstances, 
to raise a family of seven children. 




PETER PETERSON 

was born in Fryksande, Vermland, 
Sweden, Nov. 21, 1866. His par- 
ents were Per Person and his 



PETER PETERSON 

The subject of this sketch at- 
tended the country school and pa- 
rochial school at Moore's Prairie, 
and was confirmed in the Swedish 
Lutheran Church of this latter 
place in 1882. From high school, 
at the age of nineteen, he entered 
the academical department of Gus- 
tavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 
Minn., and graduated from the col- 
legiate department of that insti- 
tution in 1892 with the highest 
honors of the class, and from 
Augustana Theological Seminary 
in Rock Island in 1894. After his 
ordination on June 10, 1894, he 



44 



Knox County 



served the Mission Board of the 
Augustana Synod as missionary 
in Ogden, Utah, for one year. 
He then accepted a call to the 
St. John's Swedish Luth. Church 
of Essex, Iowa, and remained 
there over three years. On Nov. 
i, 1898, he entered upon his duties 
as pastor of the First Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Galesburg. 

Rev. Peterson was married Oct. 
17, 1894, to Miss Mathilda John- 
son of Vermillion, S. Dak. Three 
children have been born to them: 
Elmer Petri Theodor, Aug. 5, 1896; 
Mildred Mathilda Ingeborg, Dec. 
8, 1897; Rutl1 Sigrid Marie, Aug. 
26, 1902. 

Dec. i, 1905, Rev. Peterson re- 
moved to St. Paul to assume pas- 
toral charge of the First Swedish 
Lutheran Church in that city. 

Rev. Peterson is at present a 
member of the executive commit- 
tee of the Minnesota Conference 
and serves on the board of direct- 
ors of Minnesota College at Min- 
neapolis, and on that of the Dea- 
coness' Institute at Omaha. 



PETER F. SWANSON 
was born in Gumlosa, Skane, 
Sweden, Jan. 12, 1866. He grad- 
uated from high school at the age 
of fourteen with highest honors in 
a class of 50. The father died 
when Peter was only a child not 
yet a year old. After leaving 
school at the age of fourteen he 
had to work for a living, and for 
three years was engaged in farm 
labor, also learning the butcher's 
trade. As his father had been a 
carpenter and builder, the son, 



however, inclined to artisanship 
and began to work for P. Ljung- 
berg in Hessleholm, then operat- 
ing a large wagonshop. After 
serving his apprenticeship as a 
wagonmaker, he continued in this 
shop until he was seized with a 
desire to emigrate to America. 
Leaving Sweden in March, 1886, 
he went to Galesburg, which has 




PETER F SWANSON 

since been his home. After work- 
ing on a farm for four years, he 
again turned to carpentry and 
affiliated himself with the Carpen- 
ters' and Joiners' Union, soon 
becoming one of the leading mem- 
bers of that body, and for four 
successive terms held the office of 
financial secretary. He also rep- 
resented this body for two terms 
in the Trades and Labor assembly, 
holding the same office there. 
Having had no schooling in this 
country and desirous of a business 
education, he joined the night 
school of Brown's Business College 



Galesburg 



in the fall of 1893. Not satisfied 
with night school, he entered for 
the full business course, which he 
did not complete owing to the 
opening of the spring work. A 
year later he started in business 
for himself as general contractor 
and builder. He employs only 
skilled labor and pays good wages, 
believing that to his employes he 
owes much of his success. 

Mr. Swanson was married Nov. 
27, 1895, to Miss Anna Nieleu of 
Sioux City, Iowa, and they reside 
at 146 N. Whitesboro st. 

In politics Mr. Swanson is a 
strong Republican and has repre- 
sented his ward at a number of 
conventions. He has served on 
the central committee for two 
terms, and at the last McKinley 
election was vice-president of a 
McKinley club. He represented 
the Fourth ward in Galesburg City 
Council in 1901-02. 

Mr. Swanson is a member of 
the Swedish- American Republican 
League of Illinois, and of a num- 
ber of social and fraternity socie- 
ties; he is a prominent Odd Fel- 
low, holding the post of secretary 
of the Joint Board of Odd Fellows 
and executive committee of Gales- 
burg. 



JOHAN SAL,L,STRO'M, 

clergyman of the Swedish Evan- 
gelical Mission Covenant, was born 
March 12, 1866, in Grasmark in 
the province of Vermland, Sweden. 
He is of mixed Norwegian and 
Swedish stock, his father being a 
Norwegian and his mother a 



Swede. His education was obtained 
in the common schools and later 
supplemented by private study. 
In 1883 Mr. Sallstrom, having af- 
filiated himself with the Mission 
Covenant of Sweden, became one 
of its preachers. Two years later 
he came over to this country, en- 
tering at once the service of the 
Mission Covenant of America. In 
1 898 he became pastor of its church 




JOHAN SALLSTROM 

in Galesburg, where he has since 
been stationed, except for a recent 
journey to the Holy L/and and a 
protracted sojourn in Sweden, un- 
til the present year, when he re- 
moved to Ishpeming, Mich. 

Rev. Sallstrom was married at 
Tacoma, Wash., in November, 
1898. His wife, Julia, was born 
in Wose parish, Sweden, Feb. 16, 
1873. They have four sons, Hjal- 
mar Ferdinand, Enoch L,udvig, 
Paul Ansgarius and Bertel Me- 
lanchton. 

His observations in the Holy 



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Knox County 



Land Rev. Sallstrom has embodied 
in an attractive volume, published 
in 1907, entitled, "Med Penna och 
Kamera genom Loftets Land." 
Rev. Sallstrom has given interest- 
ing lectures on Palestine and the 
manners and customs of the 
Orient. 



MOSES O. WILLIAMSON 
was born on the Atlantic ocean, 
July 14, 1850, of Swedish parent- 




MOSES O. WILLIAMSON 

age. His father, William (Olson) 
Williamson, was a farmer by oc- 
cupation. He and his family came 
direct t to Illinois and settled in 
Sparta township, near Wataga, in 
Knox county, where the father 
died in 1853 and the mother in 
1885. Here the boy grew to man- 
hood and has since resided. 

When a lad of fourteen he 
learned the harnessmaking trade 
with Olson & Gray at Wataga, 
served an apprenticeship of three 
years and worked at the bench 



more than twenty years thereafter. 
He attended the district school up 
to the age of thirteen, with a 
term of six months in the village 
school at the age of seventeen. 

Mr. Williamson was married 
Oct. 18, 1871, to Mary A. Driggs 
of Wataga, 111. There were born 
to them one son, who died in in- 
fancy, and two daughters, Ade- 
laide F., born April 22, 1878, mar- 
ried May 13, 1902, to Edward 
Clyde Slocumb, division civil en- 
gineer on the C. B. & Q. R. R. for 
the St. Louis division, their home 
being at Beardstown, 111.; and 
Nellie M., born May 6, 1883, who 
is unmarried and lives at home. 
Mr. Williamson is a church at- 
tendant, without being affiliated 
with any one denomination. 

Mr. Williamson was elected and 
served as town and city clerk for 
seventeen years, alderman and 
justice of the peace, was elected 
county treasurer of Knox county 
in 1886, was elected county clerk 
in 1890-94-98, was elected treas- 
urer of the state of Illinois in 
1900. He has been a member of 
of the Republican county central 
committee for twenty-three years, 
serving as chairman or secretary 
most of the time. He was one 
of the organizers and an active 
member of the Swedish-American 
Republican League of Illinois and 
was its president in 1897. 

He is a Knight Templar Mason, 
an Odd Fellow and Knight of 
Pythias. In 1890 he with his 
family removed to Galesburg, 111., 
which has since been his home. 
He is, at present, president of the 



Oneida 



47 



Swedish Old Settlers of Knox 
county. He has held membership 
in the Business Men's Club of 
Galesburg and in the Hamilton 
and Marquette Clubs of Chicago. 
For two years he was a member 
of the Lincoln Monument Associa- 
tion of Illinois, and it was during 
his term that the rebuilding of 
the Lincoln monument at Spring- 
field, 111., was completed and the 
remains of the martyred president 
were laid in their final resting 
place in the monument. 

Mr. Williamson is, at this time, 
president of the People's Trust 
and Savings Bank of Galesburg, 
one of the largest and most suc- 
cessful financial institutions in the 
state outside of Chicago. 



from 1902 to 1904 he served on 
the Republican central committee 
of Knox county. From 1897 to 



LARS EUGENE OLSON 

was born in Sparta township, near 
Wataga, 111., Sept. 16, 1862. 
He attended district school and 
took a short course in a commer- 
cial college at Galesburg. Until 
1885 he worked in a store owned 
by his father, Lars W. Olson, 
now retired, and then engaged in 
farming for the next ten years. 
In August, 1895, he bought out 
a grocer in Oneida, where he has 
since carried on a thriving grocery 
business. 

Mr. Olson is a Republican and 
a man of public spirit who has 
given his services to the commun- 
ity in several official capacities. 
For eight successive years from 
his first election in 1898 he has 
been a member of the aldermanic 
council of the city of Oneida and 




LARS EUGENE OLSON 

1907 he held the office of asses- 
sor of Ontario township. He is 
affiliated with the Swedish Luther- 
an church of the adjoining city 
of Wataga, and with the local 
lodge of the Knights of Pythias. 
Mr. Olson was married in 1891, 
to Miss Minnie C. Danielson, 
whose death cut short the union. 
One son, Robert E. was born to 
them. Sept. 21, 1896, Mr. Olson 
entered into a second matrimonial 
union, with Miss Christina E. 
Nelson of Soperville, 111., daugh- 
ter of Nels P. and Brita N. Nel- 
son. The second Mrs. Olson has 
presented her husband with six 
children, as follows: Helen M., 
born 1900; Laura L. and Law- 
rence E., born 1901; O. Raymond 
and Paul W., born 1903, and 
Charles Leo, born 1906. Four of 
these survive. 



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Knox County 



HJALMAR W. WILLING 

clergyman of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, was born in Hel- 
singborg, Sweden, March 21, 
1871. He came over from Sweden 
with his parents in 1880 and they 
settled in Brooklyn, N. Y. 
He afterwards entered the Swed- 
ish Theological Seminary in 
Evanston in 1901 and was ordained 
in 1904 as a minister of the Gospel 



in the Methodist Church. He 
preached for three years at Joliet, 
111., four years at New Windsor, 
111., and then at Aurora, 111., before 
being stationed in Chicago, where 
he became pastor of the Emanuel 
Swedish M. E. Church and where 
he remained four years. 

His present charge is at Vic- 
toria, Knox county, 111. 



KANE COUNTY 



AURORA-BATAVIA-ELGIN-GENEVA 
ST. CHARLES 



ANDREW M. ANDERSON 

was born in Smaland, Sweden, 
Aug. 1 6, 1864. He emigrated from 




ANDREW M. ANDERSON 

his native land at the age of 
seventeen, landing in America in 
June, 1882, and first located in 
Galesburg, removing 'later to Au- 
rora, where he has since had his 
abode. For years past he has 
been an employee of the Chicago, 
Burlington & Quincy R. R. Com- 
pany and holds the position of 
mason foreman. 

Mr. Anderson has always taken 
a live interest in political and 
church affairs, and he is an active 
fraternity man. The Swedish 
Lutheran Church, of which he is 
a member, has profited by his 
services on its board of trustees 
for many years, part of the time 



as secretary of the church. Mr. 
Anderson was elected alderman 
from the First ward in 1903, and 
as a public servant he is a zealous 
promoter of public improvements. 
He was returned to the city coun- 
cil in 1905 without opposition and 
in 1907 was reelected with a large 
majority. He was vice-president for 
Kane county of the Swedish-Amer- 
ican Republican League of Illinois 
in 1897 an d 1898, and is in hearty 
accord with the purpose of that 
organization, namely to bring the 
Swedish- Americans into evidence 
and see to it that they receive 
their just share of recognition and 
political preferment. 

The fraternal orders of which 
Mr. Anderson is a member are, 
the Modern Woodmen, Fraternal 
Tribune and the local lodge of 
Nordens Soner. 



JOHN ALFRED BENANDER, 

pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Aurora, was born in 
Hogsater parish, Dalsland, Swe- 
den, Feb. 6, 1872. Being one of 
five children in a family of very 
limited means he was obliged to 
begin bread winning at the early 
age of nine, and his schooling 
was limited in consequence. He 
came to this country as a young 
man of twenty, lived in Moline 
and Sherrard, 111., tried factory 
work, carpentry and painting, 
attended public schools during one 



Kane County 



winter, then entered Augustana 
College in accordance with a long 
cherished desire to prepare him- 




JOHN ALFRED BENANDER 

self for the ministry. He was 
enrolled in the fall of 1893 an ^ 
graduated from the academy in 
1896, from the college in 1900 
and from the theological seminary 
in 1903. He made his way 
through school by his own efforts, 
his parents being unable to assist 
him. While a student he taught 
parish school and supplied vacant 
charges in Chicago, McKeesport, 
Pa., Cumberland, Wis., San 
Francisco and Des Moines. Af- 
ter his ordination to the ministry 
in June, 1903, Rev. Benander 
made a tour of Europe, visiting 
Sweden, Norway. Germany, Swit- 
zerland, Italy, France and Eng- 
land. His first regular charge 
was Kiron and Odebolt, la., 
where he labored from 1903 to 
1906. His pastorate in Aurora 
dates from the last named year. 



June 22, 1904, Rev. Benander 
was married at Harcourt, la., to 
Miss Minnie Joanna Engquist, 
born Jan. 19, 1878. 

While at school Rev. Benander 
was active in a number of socie- 
ties, was treasurer of the Au- 
gustana Foreign Mission Society 
for three years, and was presi- 
dent of his class in the seminary 
for a like term. While in Iowa, 
he was secretary of the Sioux 
City district of the Iowa Confer- 
ence and president of the Luther 
League . He is now secretary of 
the Rockford district of the Illi- 
nois Conference and a member of 
the Chicago Lutheran Inner Mis- 
sion Society. 



JOHN A. FREEMAN, 

who is engaged in the business of 
floriculture in Aurora, is a native 




JOHN A. FREEMAN 

of the Swedish province of Hal- 
land, where he was born in 1855. 
Emigrating in 1872 he landed at 



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53 



Boston and proceeded thence to 
Lemont, 111., where he remained 
only two years. His next resi- 
dence was at Batavia, where he 
lived from 1874 to 1880, when he 
located permanently at Aurora. 
Five years later he started in busi- 
ness as a florist and now owns 
large greenhouses on N. Lake st. 

Mr. Freeman was elected to the 
city council from the First ward 
in 1896 and twice reelected, serv- 
ing for six consecutive years. As 
a member of the board of alder- 
men Mr. Freeman was chairman 
of the License Committee and also 
served on the Sidewalk, Street 
and Alleys and other committees. 

July 10, 1883, Mr. Freeman was 
married to Miss Christine Ander- 
son. They are the parents of four 
sons and one daughter. The 
family are members of the Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church. 



lican Club and has served as a 
deputy sheriff of the county. Of 
fraternal orders, he is affiliated 



PETER A. FREEMAN 
was born in the province of Hal- 
land, Sweden, July 16, 1861. 
Eighteen years later he came to 
Chicago as a young immigrant, 
equipped with ordinary schooling 
offered in the common schools of 
Sweden. He then went to Auro- 
ra where he located permanently 
and is now engaged in business as 
a florist. 

Being an active member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church, he has 
been elected on its board of trust- 
ees. Equally active in politics, 
he has been for some time a mem- 
ber of the Kane County Repub- 
lican Central Committee, president 
of the Swedish-American Repub- 




PETER A. FREEMAN 

with the Modern Woodmen and 
the Yeomen of America. 

Mr. Freeman in 1884 was mar- 
ried to Augusta Anderson. The 
couple have two sons, William 
and Edward. 



JOHN GUSTAVE IVARSON 

was born in Ljunga parish, in 
Smaland, Sweden, Feb. 27, 1859. 
His parents were Peter Johanson, 
a farmer, and his wife, Maria 
Christina, nee Gustafson. Both 
parents died in the old country, 
the mother in 1865, the father 
ten years later. The boy attended 
common, or people's schools up 
to 1876, when he came to Geneva, 
111., as an immigrant. In that 
locality he worked on a farm for 
two years and then went to Ba- 
tavia, remaining until July, 1881, 
when he removed to Aurora and 



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obtained employment in the shops 
of the Chicago, Burlington and 
Quincy Ry., as a car builder. After 




JOHN GUSTAVE IVARSON 

eight years he left to accept a 
position as mail carrier, which 
has since been his vocation. 

Mr. Ivarson has always taken 
an interest in local political, fra- 
ternal and church affairs. He is 
vice-president of the Swedish- 
American Republican Club and 
secretary of the First Ward 
Swedish Republican Club; presi- 
dent of the Nordens Soner society 
and of the Nordens Soner central 
assembly of Kane county, with 
headquarters in Batavia; member 
of the Swedish Lutheran church, 
and chairmain of its board of 
trustees. Being endowed with a 
good voice, Mr. Ivarson for many 
years sang in the church choir 
and is now a member of the 
Swedish Male Sextette of Aurora. 



Mr. Ivarson was married Sept. 
1 6, 1882, to Miss Bessie L,. Olson, 
born in Torpa, Halland, Dec. 26, 
1860. Four daughters have been 
born to them: Anna Marie, born 
1883, Clara Josephine, born 1887, 
Emma Nora, born 1889, Mildred 
Matilda, born 1892. 



EUGENE MALMER 

has been a resident of Aurora 
from the day of his birth, March 
25, 1873. He attended the pub- 
lic schools here and subsequently 
graduated from the Aurora High 
School. After that he entered 
the Chicago School of Architect- 
ure, completing the course and 
receiving his diploma in 1894. 
Obtaining a place with archi- 
tect W. A. Otis of Chicago 




EUGENE MALMER 

he soon advanced to the place of 
head draughtsman. After hold- 
ing this position for a number of 
years he passed the state archi- 
tectural examination and left the 



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55 



office to assume charge of the 
construction of the new public 
library building at Aurora. Af- 
ter completing the work Mr. 
Malmer opened his own office in 
Aurora, where he is now one of 
the leading architects. 

As a member of the local Swed- 
ish Lutheran church Mr. Malmer 
has been elected on the board of 
trustees and is now serving as 
church treasurer. 



FRANZ OSCAR PETERSON 

was born Jan. 18, 1841, in 
Norrkoping, Sweden, whence he 




FRANZ OSCAR PETERSON 

emigrated in May, 1868, to 
Chicago. After a year's stay 
in that city he went to Aurora, 
but left that place for Springfield 
a year and a half later. Finally, 
after six years in the state capi- 
tal, Mr. Peterson returned to 
Aurora, which since then has been 
his permanent home. He is a 
book -binder by trade and in re- 



cent years has been engaged in 
the manufacture of binders' glue. 
A company has been formed for 
the manufacture of the None Such 
Flexible Glue, known as F. O. 
Peterson and Co., with Mr. 
Peterson as president. 

Such has been his devotion to 
his work and business that he 
has never affiliated with any 
church or fraternal order, or en- 
gaged in political activity. In 
1872 he was married to Miss 
Edla Sophia Engmark with whom 
he has four sons and a daughter. 



ADOLF I. ANDERSON 
was born Oct. 27, 1837, in Orme- 
valla parish, Halland, Sweden, 
where he began work as a tailor's 
apprentice at the age of twelve. 
Having mastered the trade at 
eighteen, he worked on his own 
account as a journeyman tailor 
until 1873. That year, with his 
family, he emigrated, landing at 
Quebec in July. After a stay of 
several months in the Canadian 
city he came on to Batavia the 
following October. Here he was 
employed in the tailor shop of A. 
P. Anderson for the next eight 
years. Then he formed a part- 
nership with J. E. Wallen and the 
two started a tailoring business 
on Batavia ave., of which, after 
three years, Mr. Anderson became 
sole proprietor. In 1893 the es- 
tablishment was removed to the 
Anderson Bros. Block on Wilson 
st., where it is located at the 
present time. 

In 1866 Mr. Anderson lost his 
wife, Carolina Gustafva Borgeson, 



Kane County 



to whom he was married in 1860. 
Of their two children, a son died 
in infancy. The daughter died in 




ADOLF I. ANDERSON 

Green Bay, Wis., in 1895, as the 
wife of Charles S. Addison and 
the mother of eight children. In 
1897 he took a second wife, Anna 
Stina Anderson, who bore him 
five children. The family are 
members of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Batavia, where Mr. 
Anderson has served many years 
in the church council. 



JOHN AARON ANDERSON 

is one of the most enterprising 
merchants and business men of 
Batavia, and he is given credit for 
having contributed more to the 
growth and development of the 
city than any other man during 
the thirty-five years he has resided 
there. 

Mr. Anderson is a farmer boy 
from Sallstorp parish, Halland, 
Sweden, where he was born Nov. 



24,1850. His parents were Magnus 
Anderson and Anna Nilsson. His 
father died in the old country, 
and the mother in Batavia. With 
the ordinary schooling offered in 
a country district, the boy grew 
to manhood. Arriving at the age 
of twenty-two he decided to quit 
the old soil and came over here 
in April, 1872, spending seven 
months in Lemont before settling 
permanently in Batavia. 

When he first came there he 
did not have capital enough to 
pay a week's board in advance. 
He at once got employment in a 
manufacturing shop, laying by 
enough to purchase an interest in 
a small stock of merchandise in 




JOHN AARON" ANDERSON 

1880. After a little over a year 
he sold out to one Nelson, but 
six months later formed a copart- 
nership with his brother-in-law, 
Oscar Anderson, and repurchased 
the stock. He still continued 
working in the shops by day, 



Batavia 



57 



helping in the store evenings. Af- 
ter two years, however, the 
business required his whole time. 

This copartnership existed for 
twenty years or up to 1903. when 
he and his sons, John A. Jr. and 
Wm. R., purchased the grocery 
department, one of the largest 
stores of its kind in the city. 

In 1892, their quarters having 
grown too small to accommodate 
their extensive trade, the old firm 
put up the Anderson Block, one 
of the most substantial buildings 
in Batavia, located at Batavia ave. 
and Wilson st. 

The present name and style of 
the business headed by Mr. An- 
derson, is John A. Anderson & 
Sons. 

Mr. Anderson has been inter- 
ested in two additions to the city, 
he being instrumental in selling 
all of the lots, on which up 
wards of a hundred snug and 
commodious houses have been 
built. He owns a fine residence 
in the city and also a large farm 
in the vicinity. 

When the Swedish Lutheran 
church was erected, of which Mr. 
Anderson had been a member since 
1872, he lent an active hand, serving 
as treasurer during its construction. 
For a dozen years or more he 
was a member of the church coun- 
cil. He has twice served the city 
as an alderman, four years in all, 
and is a director in the First Na- 
tional Bank of Batavia. 

Mr. Anderson's business career 
is an honorable one throughout, 
and has won for him the respect 



and esteem of his fellow-townsmen 
in full measure. 

He entered wedlock in 1875 with 
Anna L,. Anderson, daughter of 
Anders Borgesen and his wife, 
Anna Oleson, of Batavia. Of a 
family of six children born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, five are 
living. A son and a daughter are 
married, the latter to Charles A. 
Pierce of Batavia. 



OSCAR ANDERSON 

was born at Idala, Halland, Swe- 
den, Dec. 25, 1845. In 1869 he 




OSCAR ANDERSON 

came to the United States and 
resided in Batavia for more than 
twenty-five years. Prior .to that 
he worked twelve 3*ears as a com- 
mon laborer, mostly on railroads, 
in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. 
By rigid economy he saved enough 
to start a general merchandise 
business on a small scale with his 
brother-in-law, John A. Anderson. 
Year by year the business grew 



Kane County 



and, although various changes 
have been made in the firm, Mr. 
Anderson is still at the head of 
it. In 1902 the old building was 
removed and the firm purchased 
more ground and erected a hand- 
some two-story brick block 50x80 
feet. The firm is now known as 
Anderson & Sevetson, Mr. Sevet- 
son having become a partner in 
November, 1903. Up to this time 
the firm of Anderson & Anderson 
had handled dry goods and gro- 
ceries, but now the grocery de- 
partment was taken over by Mr. 
John A. Anderson and his son, 
Mr. Oscar Anderson andxhis firm 
continuing to deal in dry goods, 
clothing and men's furnishing 
goods. 

Mr. Anderson has served the 
city as a member of the Board of 
Education for a dozen years or 
more. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He is a devoted member 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church, 
it being the only organization 
claiming him as a member. 

In 1875 he was married to Anna 
Iv. Samuelson of Frillesas, Hal- 
land, who has presented him with 
two children, a son in 1878 and 
a daughter in 1885. The son is 
married and holds a position in 
the First National Bank of Bata- 
via. The daughter is attending 
college. 

Besides his business and a snug 
home Mr. Anderson owns consid- 
erable property in his home city 
and elsewhere. 



NELS PETER GUSTAFSON 

was born at Kristdala, Smaland, 
Sweden, Nov. 14, 1854. His 




NELS PETER GUSTAFSON 

father, Gustaf Petterson, an under- 
farmer, died in the old country 
in 1874. His mother, Kajsa Elisa, 
nee Samuelson, lives at the home 
of her son in Batavia. 

Mr. Gustaf son's schooling was 
limited to a brief attendance at 
the Normal School in Sugar Grove, 
111., in 1874-5, about one year 
after his arrival in the United 
States. 

Mr. Gustafson stands high in 
the community and has been for 
years past a prominent factor in 
Swedish American activities. He 
was the organizer of the benefi- 
ciary society known as Nordens 
Soner, which now has five branches 
and some 600 members in Kane 
county. In the organization of 
the Swedish-American Republican 
Club of Batavia he was also the 
prime mover and became its first. 



Batavia 



59 



presiding officer. He is a mem- 
ber of the Modern Woodmen. 

In 1896 Mr. Gustafson was 
elected to the office of county tax 
collector. 

Dec. 30, 1887, he was married 
to Miss Alice Butcher, born in 
Hyth, England, Feb. 12, 1866. 
They have seven living children: 
John A., born 1890; Alice Ottilia, 
'92; Nellie Grace, '94; Edna Ro- 
sita, '96; Stella Marie, '98; Oscar 
Arnold, 1900; Ada Lucile, '03. A 
daughter, born in 1888, died at 
the age of two years. The family 
are members of the Congregational 
Church. 



OSCAR W, HUBBARD 

is a native of Batavia, where he 
has been established in medical 




OSCAR WILHELM HUBBARD 

practice since 1899. He is the 
oldest son of Gustavus Hubbard 
who came to America from Har- 
lunda, Smaland, in 1853, an d was 
the first Swede to locate perma- 



nently at Batavia, where he en- 
gaged in timber contracting. He 
was united in marriage by Rev. 
Erland Carlsson, to Katharina 
Svensson , daughter of a school- 
master from Hjortsberga, Sma- 
land, who came over from Swe- 
den in 1854 and settled at St. 
Charles. The couple were pioneer 
members of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Geneva. Here three 
sons were born to them. Oscar 
Wilhelm, July 23, 1864, Gustaf 
Edmund, now owner of a cattle 
ranch in Kansas, and Levi Henry, 
a professional musician of Chicago. 

In 1876 the family removed to 
Salina, Kansas, and late in the 
same year, to Fremont. In 1899, 
the family made their home in 
Ivindsborg, Kans., where the elder 
Hubbard now lives, his wife hav- 
ing died in June, 1906. 

Dr. Oscar W. Hubbard received 
his preliminary education in pub- 
lic and Swedish parochial schools 
at Batavia, Geneva and St. 
Charles, 111., and Salina and Fre- 
mont, Kansas. On the day of 
the opening of Bethany Academy, 
the forerunner of Bethany Col- 
lege, Oct. 12, 1 88 1, he was ma- 
triculated as a student, and was 
graduated from the academy in 
1885. After having spent the 
next four years at Augustana 
College he was graduated with 
the degree of A. B. in '89. Having 
engaged* in educational work until 
1895, he then took up the study 
of medicine under the preceptor- 
ship of Dr. William Francis 
Waugh, Dean of the Illinois 
Medical College in Chicago. In 



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Kane County 



March of the following year he 
was matriculated at that school, 
graduating in the fall of 1898, 
with the degree of M. D. and the 
word of the president that "the 
college had never had a more all- 
round satisfactory student. 

Dr. Hubbard in the same year 
located in Chicago as a practitioner 
of the regular school, serving one 
year in the Illinois Medical Col- 
lege Hospital and completing a 
post-graduate course in dissection 
and demonstration at the Chicago 
School of Anatomy and Physiol- 
ogy. Thus equipped Dr. Hub- 
bard in 1899 moved back to his 
old home town of Batavia, where 
a lucrative practice was built up. 
Besides his general practice Dr. 
Hubbard acts as examiner for a 
large number of insurance com- 
panies and fraternal orders. He 
is a member of the following 
bodies, organizations and associa- 
tions: the American Medical Asso- 
ciation, the Fox River Valley 
Medical Association, Illinois Med- 
ical College board of censors, Bata- 
via Board of Education, the Betha- 
ny L,utheran church at Batavia, 
Nordens Soner and the alumni 
associations of Illinois Medical, 
Bethany and Augustana Colleges. 

In Sept. 1902, Dr. Hubbard 
was married to Ida Harleen, daugh 
ter of Per J. Harleen, a rural fur- 
niture maker of Horlunda, Sma- 
land. 

To Dr. and Mrs. Hubbard have 
been born two daughters, Svea 
Katharina in 1904 and Vendela 
Iduna in 1906. 



JOHN MICHOLSON 

was born in Halland, Sweden, in 
1860, and with his parents came 




JOHN MICHOLSON 

to Batavia, 111., in the year 1869, 
and has been a resident of that 
city since. 

He attended the public schools 
of Batavia and after leaving school 
learned the trade of molder which 
he followed a few years and then 
abandoned to take up the trade 
of butcher. After successfully 
a meat market for a number of 
years he sold out the business to 
engage in the wholesale and retail 
ice business, in which he is en- 
gaged at the present time. 

He early took an interest in 
politics and has always been 
identified with the Republican 
party. For. eight years he served 
his fellow citizens as alderman of 
his ward and he served a longer 
period as county supervisor repre- 
senting the township of Batavia. 
His long: and continued services 



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61 



in this capacity speaks volumes 
for the estimation in which he 
is held by his fellow-citizens. 

He has taken an active interest 
in the Swedish-American Repub- 
lican League of Illinois having 
served as president of the Kane 
County branch for eight years, 
president of the local club for 
three years and treasurer of the 
State League for one year. 
Wherever the interests of the 
Republican party can best be 
served there can Mr. Micholson 
always be found. 



GUSTAF NELSON 

was born May 26, 1861, in Fle- 
ninge, Skane, Sweden. On the 




GUSTAF NELSON 

same date, twenty years after, he 
landed in America and proceeded 
to this state, where he first located 
in Geneva. With a common school 
education from the old country, 
he went to work on the farm of 



Edgar Bartlett, near Geneva. Sub- 
sequently he became coachman for 
Rev. Dr. Gammen, a Methodist 
minister interested in the Marsh 
Harvester Works. Having saved 
a portion of his small earnings in 
these years, Mr. Nelson launched 
into business, opening a grocery 
store at Batavia. Here he has 
enjoyed a good trade up to the 
present time and is to-day one of 
the well-to-do merchants of the 
city. He deals now in general 
merchandise, meats, flour and feed, 
having added new lines from time 
to time. 

Mr. Nelson, who is unmarried, 
has made two European tours, 
visiting the principal cities, his 
objective point, however, being 
his old home in Fleninge, where 
his father, Nils Jonsson, is a 
building contractor. 



MATTHIAS LETHIN, 

who has been established as a 
merchant tailor in Elgin since 1875, 
was born at Jemshog, Blekinge, 
Sweden, Oct. 10, 1843. In the 
spring of 1868 he landed in Amer- 
ica, coming to Elgin to locate the 
following fall. Equipped with a 
common school education and hav- 
ing learned the tailor's tradg, he 
opened a shop and is still doing 
business under the firm name of 
Lethin Bros., his brother Swan 
being his partner. 

On the same occasion, Dec. 29, 
1871, the brothers were married 
to two sisters, the bride of Mat- 
thias Lethin being Miss Carolina 
Gustafva Samuelson, born Oct. 
22, 1846, in Vestergotland. Mr. 



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and Mrs. L/ethin have seven chil- 
dren, whose names are here given 
in the order of their birth: Theckla 




MATTHIAS LETHIN 

Maria, Agnes Elizabeth, Ruth 
Linnea, Emanuel Mattheus, El- 
mer Samuel, Walter Timotheus, 
and Anton Nathanael. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lethin have ever 
been active workers in the local 
Swedish Lutheran Church, Mr. 
Lethin serving at various periods 
as trustee, deacon and superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school. He 
also takes an interest in general 
affairs and has been elected a 
director of the local Young Men's 
Christian Association. 



SWAN LETHIN, 
associated with his brother, Mat- 
thias, in the merchant tailoring 
firm of Lethin Bros., was born 
Feb. 12, 1848, at Jemshog, Blek- 
inge, Sweden. In 1869 he came 
over to the United States, whither 
his brother had preceded him the 



year before. He rejoined his 
brother in Elgin, where he has 
since resided continuously. He 
was married Dec. 29, 1871, to 
Miss Mathilda Sophia Samuelson, 
the occasion being a double wed- 
ding, at which the grooms were 
brothers and the brides sisters. 

Mr. Lethin has served as organ- 
ist of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
for more than twenty years and, 
like his brother Matthias, he has 
taken a prominent part in the 
affairs of the church in the capaci- 
ties of trustee and deacon. 

In Mr. Lethin's family there 
are six grown-up children: Hulda 
Carolina, born 1872; Paul Walter 




SWAN LETHIN 



Victorius, 1874; Leopold Nathan- 
ael, 1875; Dell Emanuel, 1876; 
Rosa Johanna, 1880, and Albin 
Samuel, 1884. 



WILLIAM RUNDQUIST 

was born May 26, 1842, in Stock- 
holm, where his father, Per Gus- 



Elgin 



taf Rundqitist, was a jeweler by 
trade. Having attended the com- 
mon schools in the Swedish capi- 
tal, young Rundquist w r orked as 
a jeweler's apprentice from 1856 
to 1860. The latter year he went 
to sea as a member of the crew 
of the mission brig Hiram, from 
Gefle. This mission ship was fit- 
ted out by Ahlberg, the eminent 
Swedish divine, known as the 
founder of a divinity school bear- 
ing his name. The plan was to 
carry on shipping between Sweden 
and foreign ports in support of 
missions in heathen lands. After 
a few years' trial the project 
failed and, returning home in 1863, 




WILLIAM RUNDQUIST 

Mr. Rundquist went back to the 
jeweler's workbench and the fol- 
lowing year became a journeyman 
jeweler. 

In 1865 he decided to emigrate 
to the United States, and at first 
located in St. Charles. The fol- 
lowing year he lived in Geneva, 



and in April, 1867, removed to 
Elgin, where he obtained employ- 
ment in the watch [factory. He 
continued with the Elgin National 
Watch Company for more than 
twenty-six years, leaving in June, 
1893. F r years subsequently, 
Mr. Rundquist was engaged in 
making inventions and improve- 
ments in machinery and tools, and 
in manufacturing several articles 
patented by him. Among these 
are the Elgin lawn sprinkler and 
the Elgin screw driver. For six 
years from 1897 Mr. Rundquist 
was city superintendent of streets, 
retiring from active work at the 
end of that time. 

Since the organization of the 
Bethlehem Swedish Luth. Church 
of Elgin in 1871, Mr. Rundquist 
has been affiliated with that con- 
gregation, serving it all these 
years in the capacity of either 
trustee or deacon. 

Sept. 15, 1867, William Rund- 
quist and Miss Sophia Samuelson 
were married at Geneva. They 
have raised a family of seven 
children, four others having died. 
A daughter, Amalia, is the wife 
of Mr. Alfred Anderson of St. 
Charles, and a son, Gustaf Ruben, 
is married to Miss Jennie Johnson 
of Chicago. 

For the past thirty years Mr. 
Rundquist has been active as a 
lay preacher, frequently conduct- 
ing divine services in various 
places in the absence of regular 
pastors. 



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THEODORE N. PETERSON, 

Methodist Episcopal clergyman, 
was born in Sweden, July 4, 
1873. Since his coming to the 
United States in 1881, his time 
was divided between attending 
public school and other occupa- 
tions until he determined upon 
entering the service of the church. 
Matriculating at the Swedish 
seminary at Evanston, 111., he 
completed the divinity course and 
was graduated in 1895. After 
studying for another year at the 
Northwestern University he was 
ordained a minister of the Swed- 
ish M. E. Church in 1896. Sub- 
sequently he labored with success, 
three years at Braddock, Pa., four 
years at Falconer, N. Y., and 
for a number of years at Victoria, 
the cradle of Swedish Methodism 
in the United States. He is now 
in charge of the Swedish Method- 
ist Church in Geneva. 

Rev. Mr. Peterson was married 
at Chicago, Sept. 27, 1899, to 
Miss Clara O. Thorson, born in 
that city, April 25, 1876. Her 
parents' home, which was spared 
in the great fire of 1871, was 
opened as a place of refuge for 
many a homeless countryman who 
had lost everything in that terrible 
disaster. Rev. and Mrs. Peterson 
have two sons, Keith Ambrose, 
born in 1900, and Boyd Newton, 
born Nov. 3, 1906. 



moved to Moline, where he 
passed away in February, 1904. 
She was born in Paxton. Having 
completed her studies under Dr. 
Gustav Stolpe at the Augustana 
Conservatory of Music at Rock 
Island, she was among the first to 
graduate from that institution. 
Accepting the position as organist 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
in Des Moines, Iowa, she served 
in that capacity for a number of 




WILHELMINA C. WISTRAND 

is the daughter of J. H. Wistrand, 
one of the early Swedish settlers 
of Paxton, who subsequently re- 



WILHELMINA CATHERINE WISTRAND 

years, meanwhile teaching piano, 
organ and harmony and studying 
at the Des Moines Musical Col- 
lege, the American School of 
Methods at Boston, and the Amer- 
ican School of Methods at Chi- 
cago, being a graduate of the 
last named school. 

From De Moines she went to 
Jewell College, at Jewell, Iowa., 
where she was for one year di- 
rector of the musical department. 
From September, 1904, to the 
end of 1906, she has served as 



St. Charles 



organist of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church at Geneva, occupying 
simultaneously the position of 
principal of the Geneva Conserva- 
tory of Music and that of super- 
visor of music in the city public 
schools. At the beginning of the 
5'ear 1907, she removed to Denver 
to take the position of organist 
of the Swedish Lutheran church 
in that city. 



CLAUS ALFRED ANDERSON 

is a native Illinoisan, born at St. 
Charles, Oct. 13, 1873. His 




CLAUS ALFRED ANDERSON 

education was obtained in the 
local public schools. His father 
was a carpenter, and when the 
son reached mature years he went 
into the business of building con- 
tractor, in which line he has 
achieved a goodly measure of 
success. Among the more im- 
portant structures erected by him 
may be mentioned the Swedish 
Lutheran church edifice at Geneva. 



On May 18, 1901, Mr. Ander- 
son was united in marriage to 
Miss Mollie Rundquist, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Rund- 
quist, a prominent Swedish family 
of Elgin. A child, Ivan Le Roy, 
was born to the Andersons in 
1903. The family belongs to the 
Swedish Lutheran Church of St. 
Charles. 



PETER CARLSON 

was born at Langelanda, Bohus- 
lan, Sweden, Feb. 28, 1842, and 
has been a resident of St. Charles, 
since June, 1871. When seven- 
teen years of age he learned the 
shoemaker's trade and worked at 
that in Goteborg and Stockholm. 
In 1865, he was married to Mag- 
dalena Erickson, born April 3, 
1841. Two children have been 
born to them, Fritz Gerhard, in 




PETER CARLSON 



1866, and Oscar Ambrosius, in 
1879. 

In 1873, two years after locat- 



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ing in St. Charles, Mr. Carlson 
there established his present busi- 
ness as manufacturer and dealer 
in boots and shoes. 

In politics a Republican, Mr. 
Carlson is a member of the local 
Swedish Republican Club. He 
has served as a member of the 
aldermanic council. In church 
matters he affiliates with the 
Lutherans, and has served the 
local Swedish church for various 
terms as trustee and deacon. 

The eldest son of Mr. Carlson 
is now engaged in the clothing 
business in St. Charles. The 
younger, who was educated at 
Augustana College and at the 
Metropolitan Business College, has 
served three terms as engrossing 
and enrolling clerk of the State 
senate, and is now in the U. S. 
treasury department at Washing- 
ton, D. C. 



and other piano factories in New 
York, learning the trade in all 
its branches. 



THURE A. JOHANSON 

was born in the Swedish city of 
Kalmar, June 25, 1869. He at- 
tended common school and finished 
three classes in the higher ele- 
mentary school in Kalmar before 
emigrating to this country. Land- 
ing in New York City, May i, 
1887, he experienced the usual 
hardships of the newcomer, be- 
fore obtaining satisfactory employ- 
ment. After working for six 
months in an architect's office, he 
began learning the trade of piano 
making in the Conover factory. 
Later he practiced piano making 
in the Weber, the Decker Bros. 




THURE ADRIAN JOHANSON 

In 1891 he came to Chicago to 
work for the Cable Piano Co., 
and gradually worked himself up 
to his present position as super- 
intendent of their extensive piano 
factory at St. Charles. 

While living in Chicago, Mr. 
Johanson was for eleven years a 
very active member of the Swed- 
ish Glee Club. 

Mr. Johanson is married to Miss 
Maria Freeberg and they have 
two children. They attend the 
Emanuel Swedish Lutheran Church 
in St. Charles. 



NELS T. JOHANSON 

was born May 16, 1875, in Kal- 
mar, Sweden. He attended public 
school in his native city. 

When twenty years of age he 



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emigrated to the United States 
and landed July 4, 1895. 

Going to Chicago, he was em- 




NELS T. JOHANSON 

ployed as a pianomaker by the 
Cable Piano Co. In 1903 he re- 
moved to St. Charles and is now 
employed as a foreman in the 
Cable Piano Works at this place. 
Mr. Johanson is a member of 
the local Swedish Lutheran Church 
and of the beneficiary society I,ed- 
stjarnan. 

NELS M. ULJEGREN 

was born Dec. 9, 1846, in Karla- 
by, Skiane, Sweden. He attended 
the elementary school in Goteborg, 
from which he graduated in 1868. 
His hope of becoming a L,utheran 
minister was frustrated by finan- 
cial troubles. Eventually a change 
in his religious belief in 1869 
caused him to join the Methodist 
Society in Goteborg. He labored 
in this church body for seventeen 
years and emigrated in 1886. In 



America he has been stationed as 
pastor in Chicago, Moline, Rock- 
ford, Aurora, Marinette, Wis., 
Minneapolis, Minn., Bishop Hill, 
111., Racine, Wis., Andover and 
St. Charles, 111. 

Rev. lyiljegren is an indefatig- 
able worker and besides his reg- 
ular duties finds time for literary 
work. He has contributed quite 
extensively to Sdndebudet and other 
papers. Of the books he has pub- 
lished may be mentioned: "John, 
Whom Jesus lyoved," "Where and 
What is Heaven?" "Once More 
the Question of Baptism." 

In 1876 Rev. Liljegren was mar- 
ried to Miss Sophie Witting. Of 




NEI.S M. L1LJEGREN 

their six children but three survive, 
viz., Alice, Annie and Nels 
Victor. 



JOHN F. MONGERSON 

was born in Sweden April 7, 1866, 
and came to the United States as 
a child five years old. The fam- 



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ily located in St. Charles, where 
the boy attended the public schools. 
At fifteen years of age he began 




JOHM FREDERICK MONGERSON 

work as a clerk in a grocery store. 
After having gained seven years' 
experience in that line, he went 
into the grocery business on his 
own account in 1888, continuing 
as a grocer up to the present 
time. 

Mr. Mongerson has been elected 
to the office of trustee in the lo- 
cal Swedish Lutheran Church, of 
which he is a member of long 
standing. In 1905 his fellow 
townsmen gave him their tribute 
of confidence by electing him to 
the office of city treasurer. Prior 
to that, Mr. Mongerson had been 
honored by being chosen to fill 
various local offices, having served 
as alderman for two years, as 
town clerk for a like term, and 
as trustee of schools for nine years. 

His marriage to Miss Mathilda 
M. Peterson of Geneva took place 



April 30, 1890. The fruit of thi s 
union is a daughter, Valeda L,., 
born in 1893. 

CHARLES OLSON 
born at St. Charles, Dec. 3, 1857, 
is one of the earliest native 
Swedes of the locality. He was 
educated in the district schools. 
His youth up to the age of 
twenty-two was spent on the 
farm. Subsequently he worked 
in a foundry for four years, af- 
terward engaging in merchandis- 
ing as dealer in groceries and 
hardware. He was in that line 
of business for more than a score 
of 5^ears. Aug. i, 1904, Mr. Ol- 
son sold his mercantile business 
and engaged in the real estate and 
fire insurance business. 




CHARLES OLSON 

Mr. Olson served as town clerk 
for nine years and has been a 
member of the Board of Educa- 
tion for a considerable period. 
He is an active Republican, tak- 
ing the lead in Swedish political 



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circles and serving for various 
periods as president of the 
local Swedish-American Republi- 
can Club and secretary of the 
Kane County Swedish-American 
Republican Central Club. He 
has taken interest in the work of 
the Swedish-American Republican 
League of Illinois and in 1902 
was elected vice-president for 
Kane county. In April, 1905, he 



was elected justice of the peace, 
which office he still holds. 

Being a member of the Swed- 
ish Lutheran Church of St. Charles, 
he has served it in two capacities, 
as deacon and as secretary of the 
church council for many years 
past. 

In 1888 Mr. Olson was married 
to Ida T. Schoberg. There are 
four children as the issue of the 
union, two sons and two daughters. 



Rock Island County 



MOLINE-ROCK ISLAND 



WILLIAM A. ALSTERLUND 

was born April 9, 1870, in Chi- 
cago where his parents, John 
Frederick and Elizabeth (Bock) 
Alsterlund resided before removing 
to Moline. The elder Alsterlund, 
who died at Battle Creek, Mich., 
April 30, 1897, was an engineer 
who for a long term of years was 
at the head of the Moline water 
works. Mrs. Alsterlund died in 
Moline, Dec. 7, 1875. 

The son William had his gen- 
eral education in the public 
schools of Moline and by a course 
in business college in Davenport, 
la., prepared for his future work. 
For fifteeu years he has been 
with the firm of Dimock, Gould 
and Co. where he is employed as 
lumber salesman. 

In 1893 Mr. Alsterlund married 
Daisy P. Cleland who died after 
two years. Seven years afterward 
he married Louise J. Jamieson. 
A daughter was born to them on 
June 4, 1905. 

Mr. Alsterlund is a member of 
the First Baptist Church and has 
been one of its trustees. 



to this country with his family 
in 1868. They first located in 
Aurora, 111., but shortly afterward 



O. FREDERICK ANDERSON, 

cashier of the Moline Trust & Sav- 
ings Bank, was born at Trehorna, 
Ostergotland, Sweden, July i, 
1 866. His parents were Alfred 
Anderson, a miller, and his wife 
Anna Greta Johanson. The elder 
Mr. Anderson passed away in 
Moline in 1881, having come over 




O. FREDERICK ANDERSON 

settled permanently in Moline. 
Here the son, Otto Frederick, 
received his preliminary education 
in the public schools. He worked 
as apprentice to a machinist for 
two years, upon leaving school, 
then was salesman in a clothing 
store for a time. Determined to 
obtain better training for a busi- 
ness career, he took a course in 
a business college in Davenport, 
Iowa. 

At seventeen he was employed 
as messenger in the Moline Na- 
tional Bank, beginning May i, 
1883. Passing through the grades, 
he was promoted to bookkeeper. 
In 1891, he accepted the position 
of teller in the Moline State Sav- 



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ings Bank, afterwards known as 
the Moline Trust and Savings 
Bank, then just organized, and 
held that position until June 
30, 1900, when he was elected 
acting cashier of the bank. The 
following January, Mr. Anderson 
was regularly elected cashier. In 
this capacity he still serves. The 
assets of the bank, with which 
he is connected, have increased 
from $700,000 to one and one- 
half million dollars since he 
assumed the aforesaid office. 

Mr. Anderson is not connected 
with any religious denomination, 
but attends the Unitarian church. 
He is a public spirited citizen 
and takes an active part in 
all matters of interest to the 
city and public in general. 
He is prominent in fraternal and 
club circles, stands high in the 
Masonic brotherhood and has been 
vice-president of the Moline Club. 
Three times 1893, 1899 and 1903, 
he has been elected treasurer of 
the city of Moline and has served 
continuously since 1895 on the 
public library board, having been 
twice elected to the presidency. 
He is a Republican and has 
always affiliated with that party, 
still he is not a man that would 
hesitate to vote for a good man 
on any other ticket in the event 
that the corresponding Republican 
candidate in his opinion were 
unworthy of trust. 

Dec. 16, 1891, Mr. Anderson 
was married to Miss Sena Nielsen, 
daughter of L,ars Peter Nielsen, 
a well known real estate dealer 
of Moline. The home of Mr. 



and Mrs. Anderson is brightened 
by the presence of a son, Frederic 
Nielsen, born in 1903. 



CARL PETER BOHMAN 

was born in Morlunda, Smaland, 
Sweden, Aug. 19, 1847. His 




CARL PETER BOHMAN 

parents, C. M. Carlson, a laborer, 
and his wife, Clara Peterson, be- 
stowed on their son the. ordinary 
schooling. 

Mr. Bohman emigrated in 1867, 
going to Rockford, where he 
lived for six years, subsequently 
locating permanently in Moline, 
in 1873. Here his parents passed 
away, the father in 1887 and the 
mother in 1896. 

Shortly after removing to Mo- 
line, Mr. Bohman obtained em- 
plojmieiit in the hardware store 
of Reid and Witter, and has re- 
mained with that same firm for 
thirty years. 

Nov. 18, 1871, Mr. Bohman 
was married to Maria L. Carlson, 



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born in Smaland, Sweden, May 
22, 1850. Their children are: 
William R., born in 1873; Selma 
L,*, born in 1875; Carl E., born 
in 1878; Esther E., born in 1882; 
Oscar T., born in 1884, and Clar- 
ence, born in 1893. Mrs. Boh- 
man passed away at Moline, Jan. 
25, 1901, and one son, Joseph G., 
died in December of the same 
year. William R. Bohman was 
employed at the Augustana Book 
Concern in Rock Island for seven- 
teen years and is now a success- 
ful farmer at Oakland, Neb. He 
is married to Miss Ellen Lindblom. 
Carl E. is manager of the New 
York City branch of the same 
publishing house. His wife's 
name was Emily L,ilja. Oscar T. 
is teller and bookkeeper in the 
Moline Trust and Savings Bank. 
The elder Bohman is a member 
of the Swedish Lutheran Church 
and has served on its board of 
deacons for eighteen years and 
taught in its Sunday school for 
three decades. Mr. Bohman is a 
property owner in both Moline 
and Rock Island. 



business. Mr. Ed is financially 
interested in various enterprises, 
including the Moline Furniture 



GUST ED, 

a prominent contractoi of Moline, 
was born in Sweden, Dec. 8, 1850. 
Emigrating in 1872, he settled in 
Moline, where he has lived ever 
since. Twenty-two years ago he 
engaged in the business of build- 
ing contractor and since then has 
erected most of the large buildings 
in the city. At times he has had 
as high as two hundred men in 
his employ. Of late years his 
sons have been associates in the 




GUST ED 

Company and the East Moline 
Brick Company, and is president of 
the Moline Manufacturing Com- 
pany. He was married Aug. 30, 
1873, to Miss Helen Christine 
Anderson. The family belongs to 
the Mission Tabernacle. 



ALEXIUS EDLEN, 

physician and surgeon, was born 
July 14, 1859, at Kungslena, 
Vestergbtland, Sweden, where his 
parents, Anders Fredrikson and 
Anna Maria Bengtson, are still 
living on their farm. In Sweden, 
after finishing common school, he 
entered military service and after 
two years was graduated in 1880, 
with the highest honors, from the 
Karlsborg military school. The 
same year he left for the United 
States, and lived in Moline for 
four years. In 1884 he entered 



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Augustana College and graduated 
with the class of 1888. As a 
vStudent he was flutist and clari- 




EMIL ALEXIUS EDLEN 

netist of the college band and or- 
chestra, conducted the college choir 
for one year and for five years 
before and after graduation was 
instructor in gymnastics at the 
institution. 

From Augustana Mr. Edlen 
went to the State University of 
Minnesota. After taking one year 
in the medical department, he 
spent a year studying the sciences 
at Augustana, then returned to 
the university, graduating in June, 
1892. Having been admitted to 
practice, he located in St. Paul, 
but in December of the same year 
removed to Moline, where he has 
been engaged in the practice of 
medicine and surgery for upwards 
of fifteen years. 

Dr. Edlen is a member of the 
staff of the Moline Public Hos- 
pital and of the adjunct staff of 



St. Anthony's Hospital in Rock 
Island and the Mercy Hospital in 
Davenport, Iowa. He belongs to 
the Rock Island County Medical 
Association, the Illinois State 
Medical Society and the American 
Medical Association. He is chief 
medical director of the North Star 
Benefit Association and examiner 
for a number of insurance companies 
and societies, serves on the pub- 
lic library board, for three years 
was commanding officer of the 
Moline Naval Reserves and is 
first vice-president and a director 
of the Rock Island Tropical 
Plantation Company. 

Dr. Edlen was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Hulda Lindgren of 
Minneapolis, July 2, 1892. They 
have two daughters, Anna Viola 
Carolina, born 1893, and Olga 
Elizabeth Wilhelmina, born 1897. 
The family is connected with the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 

Dr. Edlen early showed literary 
ability, frequently contributing 
verse to newspapers and periodi- 
cals. As a medical man he has 
written a number of treatises, 
many of which have appeared in 
scientific journals, for instance: in 
the New York Medical Journal 
"Tuberculosis, with Special Refer- 
ence to Its Prevention and Treat- 
ment," and "Ulcers of the Leg;" 
in the Medical Age "Observa- 
tions on Influenza," being a 
paper read before the Iowa and 
Illinois Central District Medical 
Association; in the Illinois Medical 
Journal "Diptheria and Its Man- 
agement," "Psychotherapeutics," 
a paper read before the Illinois 



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77 



State Medical Society, and "Col- 
ics' s Fracture;" in the New Albany 
(Snd.) Medical Journal "Sum- 
mer Diarrhea in Children." Sev- 
eral of these articles have been 
reprinted or commented upon in 
scientific journals in Europe, such 
as La Presse Medicale and Deutsche 
Medicinische I Vochensch rift . 

Hulda C. Edlen, wife of Dr. 
Edlen, was born in Skiro parish, 
Smaland, Sweden, Oct 27, 1864. 
She was given careful training 
and a good education by her par- 
ents, Carl A. Lindgren, a gentle- 
man farmer and grain merchant, 
and his wife Albertina, nee 
Oijstrom. Besides public school 
she was taught languages and 
music by private teachers and 
later took general studies at a 
private boarding school for girls. 
She came to the United States in 
1886 and the following year ob- 
tained a position as copyist, trans- 
lator and interpreter in the office 
of the register of deeds in the 
Hennepin county court house at 
Minneapolis. This position she 
held until a short time before her 
marriage in 1892. Mrs. Edlen 
possesses literary talent and has 
contributed occasionally to Hvct- 
land-Posten in Sweden and to 
Svenska Polkets Tidning, Ung- 
domsvannen and other newspapers 
and periodicals in this country. 
She is a member of, and has held 
various offices in the following 
societies: the Veronica Society of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church of 
Moline, the Ladies' Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society, the Swedish Liter- 
ary Club, the North Star Benefit 



Association, the Court of Honor, 
The Loyal Americans and the 
Ladies' Independent Order of 
of Svithiod. She is also a mem- 
ber of the Woman's Club of Mo- 
line, and has served for some 
time on the Woman's Hospital 
Board. 



JAN MAGNUS BONGGREN 



was born Aug. 26, 
Dalsland, Sweden. 



1862, Habol, 
He was edu- 




JAN MAGNUS BONGGREN 

cated at a teacher's seminary, a 
military academy, and a school 
of technology. He is a photogra- 
pher by occupation and has de- 
voted some time to journalism, 
and w r rites occasional correspond- 
ences to the newspapers. He 
has no affiliations with churches 
or fraternal organizations. Mr. 
Bonggren is a brother of Jakob 
Bonggren, editor of Svenska 
Amerikanaren. 



Rock Island County 



FREDERICK GRAFLUND, 
who was the first Swedish dentist 




testant Episcopal faith and 
served for some years as secre- 

in the Tri-Cities, located in Mo- tar - v of the St Ans S ar Church of 

Moline. He is a member of the 

Royal Arcanum and was guide 
in the Monitor Council 1414 of 
that order in 1900, while living 
in Chicago. 

CARL A. HEMBORG, 

pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Moline for a long term 
of years before his removal ' to 
Nebraska, was born in Hemsjo, 
Smaland, Sweden, Feb. 3, 1847. 
His father, Anders Jonsson, was 
a farmer. The son pursued col- 
legiate studies at Vexio from 1865 
to 1870 and, emigrating in 1871, 
continued his studies at Augustana 

FREDERICK GRAFLUND 

line in Jan. 1903, and opened a 
dental office here April i, the 
same year. He is a native of 
Karlstad, Sweden, where he was 
born Nov. 26, 1877. On his six- 
teenth birthday in 1892, he came 
to the United States, after having 
attended elementary schools in 
Kristinehamn and Kristianstad. 
He started working in the dental 
office of Dr. P. Wm. Thorelius 
in Chicaga, in November of that 
year, remaining as his assistant 
till May i, 1900, when he opened 
his own office in Lake View, 
having previously completed the 
courses at the Northwestern Uni- 
versity Dental School, formerly 
American College of Dental Sur- 
gery, which he entered in the 
fall of 1895, graduating in 1898 
xvith high standing in a class of 
177 members. He is of the Pro- 




CARL AUGUST HEMBORG 

College, then located at Paxton, 
111., from 1871 to 1874, taking a 
theological course fitting him for 
the ministry in the Augustana 
Synod. He was ordained in Rock- 
ford June 28, 1874, and has had 



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charge of congregations in Dayton, 
Iowa, 1874-92, in Cowrie, Iowa, 
1874-77, in Moline from 1892 to 
1904, when he resigned to assume 
pastoral charge at Stromsburg, 
Neb. While in Iowa, he served 
as president of the Iowa Confer- 
ence for six years from 1886 and, 
after coming to Moline, was elected 
president of the Illinois Conference 
in 1903. The degree of Doctor of 
Divinity was conferred upon him 
in 1902 by Augustana College. 

Dr. Hemborg is a devoted ama- 
teur astronomer and is the author 
of two books, "Ord, Verk och 
Hvila," and "Glimpses of the 
Stars," consisting of original 
thoughts and phantasies, partly 
scientific, partly devotional, based 
on astronomical and biblical data. 

Feb. 2, 1877, Rev. Hemborg 
married Miss Jennie Ryden, of 
Bernadotte, Minn., born Feb. 8, 
1859. She is the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. C. M. Ryden. Of seven 
children born to Dr. and Mrs. 
Hemborg, the following six are 
living: Constans Alexis, born 1877; 
Carl Robert Philip, 1884; Claudia 
Sophia, 1886; Emma Evelyn, 1896; 
Harold Benjamin, 1899; Richard 
Edwin, 1904. 



left for America and came to Chi- 
cago to live. Entering the North- 
western Academy at Evanston he 



ANDREW G. JOHNSON 
was born in L,jungby parish, Sma- 
land, Sweden, Dec. 25, 1857, the 
son of Johannes Jonsson, a farmer. 
His father died in 1889 and his 
mother, Anna Christina Anders- 
son, in 1904, both in Sweden. 
The son enjoyed instruction pri- 
vately and in a pension school up 
to fifteen years of age, when he 




ANDREW G. JOHNSON 

continued through the Swedish 
M. E. Theological Seminary, 
graduating from the latter in 1878. 
After his ordination he has been 
stationed in the following places, 
viz , Minneapolis, 1878; New 
York, 1881; St. Paul, 1885; Gales- 
burg, 1890; Bethany Church, Chi- 
cago, 1892-93; Moline, 1901-04; 
St. Paul, 1904-07. ' 

When transferred to Chicago in 
1892, Rev. Johnson was chosen 
financial agent of the Bethany 
Home, erected in Ravenswood the 
same year with money solicited 
by him. In July, 1893, he took 
charge of the Swedish M. E. 
Book Concern as publishing agent 
and manager and filled that posi- 
tion for eight years, ridding the 
business of debt and conducting 
it in a successful manner. 

After leaving Moline in 1904, 



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Rev. Johnson has traveled exten- 
sively in the states and preached 
wherever opportunity offered. He 
is now the publisher and editor 
of the Royal Star, a monthly mag- 
azine, with office at St. Paul, 
Minn. 

Wherever Rev. Johnson has had 
pastoral charge, he has put forth 
great effort to increase his flock 
and place the property and church 
finances in good shape, with very 
satisfactory results in every in- 
stance. 

The family of Rev. Johnson 
consists of a wife, Selma C. John- 
son of Chicago, born Aug. 12, 
1867. and the children, Roy D. G., 
born 1890; Clarence, 1891; Walter 
Iv. Y., 1899; Paul Wesley, 1902, 
and Evelyn Phoebe May, 1906. 

During the twenty-eight years 
Rev. Johnson has been a member 
of the Central Swedish Confer- 
ence, he has been secretary or 
treasurer almost the whole time. 



came interested in the manufact- 
ure of furniture by associating 
himself with other of his country- 



GEORGE W. JOHNSON, 

president and treasurer of the 
Moline Furniture Works, is a 
native of Henry county, 111., 
where his parents, Sven P. John- 
son and Christina Peterson, were 
early settlers. He was born Oct. 
9, 1857, an d received his early 
education in the common schools. 
In September, 1889, his father, 
who was a prosperous farmer, 
died, and not long afterward the 
sons, George and Julius, began 
to devote themselves to other 
pursuits than agriculture. George 
soon made his home in Moline 
and engaged in business. He be- 




GEORGE W. JOHNSON 

men in a cooperative plant now 
known as the Moline Furniture 
Works. The concern for several 
years led a precarious existence, 
but by the substantial financial 
backing furnished by Mr. John- 
son and others the enterprise was 
put on its legs and is now in a 
prosperous condition and enjoying 
constant growth, due in great 
measure to the business acumen 
and intelligent management of 
Mr. Johnson who is the executive 
head of the establishment. 

Taking an active interest in 
political affairs, Mr. Johnson has 
won preferment at different times. 
During President Harrison's ad- 
minstration he held the office of 
postmaster at Orion, 111. and by 
the people of his present district 
he was twice elected to the state 
legislature, serving in the forty- 



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81 



first and forty-second General As- 
sembly. 

May 31, 1882, Mr. Johnson was 
united in marriage to Caroline F. 
Hagg of Henry county, born Nov. 
21, 1858. In the family four 
children have been born, a daugh- 
ter, who died, and the three sons: 
C. Mauritz, born July n, 1885, 
Estey E., Dec. 21, 1887, and 
George Franklin, May 29, 1895. 
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are devoted 
members of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church of Moline. 



LAWRENCE A. JOHNSTON, 

minister of the Augustana Synod 
and present pastor of the Swedish 




LAWRENCE ALBERT JOHNSTON 

Lutheran Church of Moline, is a 
native American of Swedish des- 
cent. His parents, Fredrick J. 
Johnson, a carpenter and build- 
ing contractor, and Charlotte 
Johnson, both from Hessleby, 
Smaland, Sweden, were among 
the earliest settlers in the East. 



They emigrated to America in 
1846, bound for New Sweden, 
la., but lack of funds cut their 
journey short at Buffalo, where 
they remained two years before 
locating permanently at Sugar 
Grove, Pennsylvania. 

Here Rev. L. A. Johnston was 
born Aug. 12, 1855. He attended 
the public school, had private in- 
struction in music during four 
years, and attended high school 
for three years before entering 
Augustana College (at Paxton) 
in 1874, graduated from that in- 
stitution (at Rock Island) in 
1879, and was the valedictorian 
of his class. As a student he 
gave private lessons in music and 
earlier served as organist of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church of 
Chandlers Valley, Pennsylvania. 

After two years of study in the 
theological seminary of the same 
institution, he was ordained min- 
ister in the spring of 1881. His 
first pastoral charge after ordina- 
tion was at Des Moines, 1881- 
1886; the next at Rockford, 1886- 
1894; the third at St. Paul, 1894- 
1904, and the last at Moline, 
1904 to the present. 

Rev. Mr. Johnston has fre- 
quently been called to positions 
of trust and responsibility in the 
church he serves and has been 
active in varied fields, as shown 
by the following list of offices 
held by him: president of the 
Bethania Pub. Co. and associate 
editor of Bethania, bi-monthly re- 
ligious organ of the Iowa Con- 
ference; vice-president of that 
conference in 1886; vice-president 



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of the Illinois Conference 1891- 
94; elected president the latter 
year, but resigned on leaving 
Rockford; member of the board 
of directors of the Augustana 
Hospital 1905-1908, of the Au- 
gustana Book Concern contin- 
uously from its organization, of 
Augustana College since 1893, 
being chairman 1893-94 and 1905, 
of Gustavus Adolphus College, 
St. Peter, Minn., and president 
of the board, 1895-98, again a 
member 1902-04, of the Bethesda 
Hospital in St. Paul, 1895-98 and 
chairman of the board for three 
years, vice-president of the Minne- 
sota Conference 1902-1904 and of 
the deaconess Institute of Omaha 
1904-05. Furthermore, he has 
served on the mission board of the 
Augustana Synod, has acted as 
associate editor of Ungdomsvannen 
for several years, and is at present 
vice-president of the Augustana 
Synod and Swedish secretary of the 
General Council of the Lutheran 
Church of America for a two year 
term, 1905-07. 

In 1901 the board of directors 
of Augustana College and Theo- 
logical Seminary conferred upon 
Rev. Johnston the honorary de- 
gree of D. D. In 1903 he pub- 
lished a little book entitled, "Be 
Thou Faithful, Words of Advice, 
Comfort and Cheer to the Con- 
firmed." 

Dr. Johnston is often heard 
from the public platform. He 
has made a large number of ad- 
dresses on temperance and on 
topics of especial interest to 
young people, and has spoken at 



numerous church conventions and 
public meetings, also lecturing on 
historical, patriotic, social and 
economic subjects. One of his 
most noteworthy discourses was 
on "The Swedish Element in 
American Civilization," delivered 
before the General Synod Chau- 
tauqua Assembly at Dixon, 111. 
Dr. Johnston has perfect mastery 
of both the Swedish and the Eng- 
lish languages and is held one of 
the foremost Swedish-American 
pulpit orators. 



JOHN A. JADER, 

former pastor of the local Baptist 
church, was born in Rytterne, Swe- 




JUHN A. JAUIiU 

den, Nov. 2, 1849 and came over 
to this country and to Moline, in 
1902. r He served for thirteen 
years as a non-commissioned offi- 
cer in the Swedish army. After 
studying theology at a Baptist 
seminary he was ordained minis- 
ter and has served in that capac- 



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ity in Sweden and the United 
States. Since 1905 he has been 
stationed at Lindsborg, Kansas. 
He has published several works 
and has contributed largely to the 
religious press. He w r as married 
in 1870, to Charlotta Ohlson, the 
fruits of the union being nine 
children, seven sons, Carl, Axel, 
David, Edwin, Filip, Fabian and 
Gustaf, and two daughters, Anna 
and Maria. 



FRANK A. LANDEE, 

well-known merchant and a mem- 
ber of the Forty-fifth General 




FRANK. A. LANDEE 

Assembly of Illinois, was born in 
Smaland, Sweden, Aug. n, 1852. 
Both parents having died, Frank, 
with a younger brother, emigrated 
in 1866. He worked on the farm 
in Knox county for the next three 
years, attending school in the 
winter months, then took a course 
at a business college in Galesburg. 
In 1869 he went to Peoria and 



was in the employ of the Western 
Union Telegraph Co. there for two 
years, up to the time of the great 
fire in Chicago, when he was 
transferred to that city and soon 
made foreman of telegraph con- 
struction. After holding a posi- 
tion with the Atlantic and Pacific 
Telegraph Co. for one year, Lan- 
dee returned to his former posi- 
tion with the Western Union 
in 1874. In 1 876-77 he was their 
office electrician in Chicago and 
in the next two years built tele- 
phone exchanges for the company, 
which was then also in that line 
of business. It was Landee who 
put in the first half a hundred 
telephones in Chicago. He also 
built exchanges in Peoria, Spring- 
field, Quincy, Rock Island, Mo- 
line, Dubuque, Davenport and 
Keokuk, being one of the pioneers 
in that line of work. 

In 1880, Mr. Landee was ap- 
pointed superintendent of con- 
struction of the Mutual Union, a 
new telegraph company, and the 
Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph 
Co. He served as joint superin- 
tendent for a year, then remained 
two years more with the former. 
When that concern sold out to 
the Western Union in 1883, Lan- 
dee became joint general foreman 
of the telegraph and electric de- 
partment of the C. R. I. & P. 
Railway Co. and the Western 
Union, with 8,000 miles of rail- 
road, extending into n states and 
3 territories. He remained with 
them until 1903, when he resigned 
to devote himself entirely to pri- 
vate business. 



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He is the proprietor of a large 
grocery store; interested in the 
Moline Furniture Works, being 
vice-president of the company; 
also vice-president and treasurer 
of the Moline Stone Co., and 
director of the People's Savings 
and Trust Co. of Moline. 

In 1906, Mr. Landee was elected 
to represent the 33d district in 
the state senate, having earned 
the distinction by unrewarded po- 
litical activity for many years. 
He has held the office of president 
of the Swedish- American Repub- 
lican League of Illinois. 

Mr. Landee is chairman of the 
board of trustees of the Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Moline, and 
was a member of the board of 
directors of Augustana College for 
eight years. He is chairman of 
the trustees of the Court of Honor 
Lodge, a leading member of the 
Swedish Olive Lodge, I. O. O. F., 
and chairman of the committee 
in charge of the construction of 
its $50,000 building, and was 
chairman of the trustees of the 
Olive Lodge for several years. 
He is a member of the Moline 
Club, Moline Business Association, 
Moline Retail Merchants' Associa- 
tion, the Telegraphers' Mutual 
Association and the North Star 
Benefit Association, of which he 
was chief treasurer for six years. 

Five patents have been granted 
on electrical devices invented by 
Mr. Landee and are now in practical 
use. Several inventions and im- 
provements made by him but 
not patented are generally used 
by telegraph and telephone com- 



panies. Two of these, in particu- 
lar, ought to have brought their 
inventor substantial returns. 

In 1879, April 9, Mr. Landee 
married Miss Hanna Johnson, 
born March 9, 1858, daughter of 
A. M. and Charlotte Johnson, 
of Knoxville. The children in 
the Landee family are: Effie L., 
born in 1880, deceased; George 
Edward, born in 1882; Frank J. 
born in 1884; Marion H. C., born 
in 1886; Anna Irene, born in 
1892. George Edward is married 
to Alma Swenson of Moline. 
The Landees reside at 1207 Fifth 
avenue. 



ALBERT J. LYDEHN, 
who has been established in Moline 
for eight years as a druggist, is a 
native of the city, being born here 
July 7, 1876. His father, Andrew 
P. Lydehn, died in 1900. 

Albert attended the public school; 
later he took a course in chemistry 
at Augustana College and com- 
pleted his studies with a regular 
course in pharmacy at the North- 
western University, being gradu- 
ated from that institution. 

He is a member of the Moline 
Naval Militia and the apothecary 
of that organization. 

Mr. Lydehn has traveled exten- 
sively in Sweden, Norway, Den- 
mark, France, Germany and Eng- 
land. 



ANDREW J. LYON 

was born in Torpa parish, Oster- 
gotland, Sept. 12, 1860. Coming 
to America in 1882 he lived for 
five years near Galesburg, where 



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he worked on a farm. From there 
he came to Moline and was em- 
ployed as a mason's apprentice 




ANDREW J. LYON 

until he had mastered the trade, 
when he started in business for 
himself as a brick and stone ma- 
sonry contractor. Since the spring 
of 1907 he has been farming in 
Illinois City, Rock Island county. 
Mr. L,yon was married in May, 
1890, in Moline, to Maria Gustaf- 
va Anderson, who is now the 
mother of seven children, three 
sons and four daughters. 

JOHN P. MILLER, 
present pastor of the Swedish M. 
K. Church of Moline, was born in 
Sjosater, Ortomta parish, Oster- 
gotland, Sweden, Sept. 4, 1866. 
Equipped with a common school 
education, he left his home for 
America at the age of twenty. 
His parents, Jonas Pehrsson, a 
farmer, and his wife, Anna L,ovisa 
Johnson, are still living in the old 
country. 



Mr. Miller lived in Des Moines, 
la., for the next three years, hold- 
ing a position with the F. O. 
Wennerberg grocery firm. He left 
there in 1889 to pursue studies 
fitting him for the ministry. En- 
tering the Swedish Theological 
Seminary at Evanston, he contin- 
ued there for three years, and af- 
terward took one year at Knox 
College, Galesburg. Having grad- 
uated from the Evanston institu- 
tion in 1892, he was ordained min- 
ister of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Moline in September 
of that year, by Bishop R. S. Fos- 
ter. His subsequent pastoral 




JOHN P. MILLER 

charges have been at Kewanee, 
Victoria and Bloom iiigton, before 
coming to Moline. 

Rev. Miller was married Oct. 3, 
1894, to Miss Hilda S. Eklund of 
Kewanee, born Nov. 10, 1872, in 
the city of Boras, Sweden, where 
her parents are still living. 



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ADOLPH G. NELSON, 

pastor of the Free Mission 
Church, was born at Bomala, 




ADOLPH GOTTFRID NELSON 

Morlunda parish, Smaland, Aug. 
22, 1870. The parents were farm- 
ers. His father, Nils Fredrik 
Hogren, died in the old home in 
1882. The son emigrated to the 
United States in the spring of 
1888 and located in Beresford, 
S. D., whither his mother followed 
him, passing away at that place 
in 1898. 

Having obtained an elementary 
education in the school of his 
native place Mr. Nelson, after 
working some time as a wage 
earner in this country, began to 
fit himself for the Gospel ministry. 
After completing a course of study 
he became a preacher of the Free 
Mission church. Since that time 
he has been stationed at Beres- 
ford, S. D., for three years, at 
Omaha for a like period, and at 



Moline for the past three years 
and over. Prior to that Rev. 
Nelson labored for seven years as 
a traveling evangelist. 

Oct. 10, 1895, Rev. Nelson 
was married to Miss Alma Young 
of Cherokee, Iowa, born Nov. 
28, 1871. A son, Elving Abra- 
ham Emanuel, was born to them 
at Beresford, in 1897. 



manufacturer of pianos and organs, 
was born in Grasmark parish, 




JOHANNES PETERSON 

Vermland, Sweden, and emigrated 
in 1868. After his arrival in this 
country he at first lived in Linds- 
borg, Kas., before coming to 
Moline. Having studied for three 
years at Augustana College, he 
entered practical life. We soon 
find him engaged in the manu- 
facture of reed organs, a business 
which has gradually grown to large 
proportions. Not many years ago 
the firm of J. Peterson Co. took 



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up the manufacture of pianos. 
While the bulk of the trade is in 
the United States, yet they have 
quite an extensive foreign trade, 
shipping instruments to the Scan- 
dinavian countries, all Europe, 
East India, China, Africa and 
South America. The company 
takes pride in the fact that the 
first parlor organs ever used in 
Porto Rico were of their make. A 
few years ago the growth of busi- 
ness made extensions to the factory 
necessary and the company now 
has a three story structure covering 
one quarter of a block. Mr. 
Peterson is a member of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 



ber of positions of trust to which 
he has been chosen. Thus he 
was for a term of years secretary 



G'. LEANDER PETERSON, 

president of the North Star Bene- 
fit Association, with head office 
at Moline, was born on a farm 
in Henry county, near Swedona, 
Dec. 24, 1864. His grandparents 
were the third Swedish family 
that settled in Mercer county. 
He has studied at Augustana and 
at the Davenport Business College. 
In the early nineties he was as- 
sociated with Ernst W. Olson, 
G. A. Gustafson and Julius John- 
son in publishing Nya Pressen, 
a Swedish weekly newspaper, at 
Moline and later at Chicago. 
For two terms he served as as- 
sistant clerk of the House of 
Representatives at Springfield. 
He is a member of the Emanuel 
Swedish Lutheran Church at East 
Moline, having acted as secretar)- 
and trustee. 

Mr. Peterson is a man of varied 
activities as shown by the nuni- 




G. LEANDER PETERSON 

and later president of the North 
Star Benefit Association , a fraternal 
insurance association; is president 
of the Svea Male Chorus of Moline; 
has been president of the Western 
Division of the American Union of 
Swedish Singers; has served on the 
board of directors of Augustana 
College and Theological Seminary; 
has served for a number of years 
as president of the board of trustees 
of the Augustana University Asso- 
ciation; has been vice-president for 
Rock Island county of the Swed- 
ish-American Republican League 
of Illinois, besides being one of 
its organizers, and secretary of the 
Rock Island County Central Com- 
mittee. Mr. Peterson is now 
president of the Rock Island 
Tropical Plantation Company. 



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FRANK W. SHALLENE, 
senior member of the firm of Shal- 
lene Bros., furniture dealers, was 




PRANK WILGOT SH ALLEN E 

born April 7, 1867, at Kotorp, 
Kinneved, Skaraborgs Ian, Sweden, 
where his father, Johannes Carl- 
son, was a farmer. He died at 
the old homestead in 1882, where- 
upon the mother, Charlotta, nee 
Back, joined her sons in Moline, 
where she died in 1902. 

Frank Shallene worked for his 
father on the farm in early life, 
attending the common school of 
the parish less than one calendar 
year. When seventeen years of 
age, he left the old home, destined 
for America, arriving in Moline 
on Midsummer Day, 1884. The 
first summer he worked on a farm 
near Geneseo and later obtained 
employment at common labor with 
the Moline Wagon Co. The next 
year he got work at the Union 
Malleable Iron Works and soon 
after began learning the molder's 



trade. The summer of 1889 was 
spent in Denver, where he worked 
on the construction of a cable 
street car line. Returning to Mo- 
line he was employed as a molder 
in various shops until 1903, when, 
with a little accumulation of sav- 
ings as a capital, he embarked in 
the furniture business in partner- 
ship with his younger brother, 
John N. Shallene. In 1906 they 
abandoned their old quarters and 
moved into a new four stor}^ build- 
ing, 1513-15 Fifth ave., where 
they carry a large stock of fur- 
niture, carpets, rugs and stoves, 
and have the largest furniture 
store in the city. 

Sept. 23, 1896, Mr. Shallene 
married Miss Almina Engdahl, a 
young lady of Geneseo, born Jan. 
27, 1872. Her parents are John 
and Anna Engdahl. Mr. and Mrs. 
Shallene have three sons, Wilbert 
Engdahl, born 1897, Milton Lin- 
neus, 1901, and Bertel Rudolph, 
1904. Milton L. died Dec. 15, 1906. 

The family is connected with 
the Swedish Luth. Church, and 
Mr. Shallene, besides, belongs to the 
Swedish Olive Lodge of I. O. O. F. 
and the King Philip Tribe of Red 
Men. He has always been a 
Republican. 



JOHN N. SHALLENE, 

junior member of the firm of 
Shallene Bros., dealers in .furni- 
ture, was born Dec. 27, 1870, in 
Kinneved parish, Skaraborgs Ian, 
Sweden. Up to the age of four- 
teen he attended the parish school. 
Then he accompanied his elder 



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brother to the United States, and, 
like him, located in Moline. 

After learning the molders' trade 
at the Union Malleable Iron Co.'s 




JOHN NATHANAEL SHALLEXE 

plant, he was employed at their 
works and also by the Barnard & 
Leas Manufacturing Co. of Moline 
and by the Forbes Manufacturing 
Co. of Rockford for various peri- 
ods, until he engaged in the fur- 
niture business in 1903. 

Mr. Shallene has shown his 
public spirit by active affiliation 
with a number of fraternal, polit- 
ical and industrial organizations. 
He is a member of the I. O. O. F. 
In 1900 he was chosen Sachem of 
the Improved Order of Red Men, 
after having held other offices in 
the local lodge, and he is now a 
member of the Past Sachems' As- 
sociation. Of the Union Protective 
Aid Association he was the presi- 
dent in 1899 and has served four 
years on its board of directors. 
He belongs to the North Star 



Benefit Association, was Astrono- 
mer of the local observatory in 
1903 and member of the board of 
directors for three years. He is 
an honorary member of the Iron 
Molders' Union and served as 
trustee for three years from 1900. 
He is a member of the Swedish- 
American Republican Club and 
has served as its vice-president 
and treasurer. In the Svea Male 
Chorus he is a passive member. 

His marriage took place June 
I 5< I 95 the bride being Minnie 
Eveline Nelson, daughter of Peter 
N. Nelson of Moline. Mrs. Shal- 
lene was born Feb. 28, 1877. They 
are members of the Swedish Luth- 
eran Church. 



FRED SUNDEEN 

was born Sept. 23, 1860, at 
Bergsjonas, Vermland, Sweden, 




FRED SUNDEEN 

where his parents, Olof and Kajsa 
Stina Olson, lived on a farm. 
In 1875 his father died, followed 
by his wife in 1888. The son 
was put to work at an early age 



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and was permitted to attend school 
only a few weeks out of the year. 
At twenty-two he left home bound 
for America and came to Daven- 
port, la., in the spring of 1882, 
locating permanently at Moline 
in October of the same year. 
Here he conducted a grocery store 
for fourteen years, whereupon he 
changed his line of business and 
for over four years has been a 
clothing merchant. 

Mr. Sundeen has served two 
terms on the board of supervisors 
of Rock Island county. He is 
well-known in fraternal circles, 
being a member of the local lodges 
of the orders of Svithiod, the 
Vikings, the Odd Fellows and the 
Modern Woodmen. He is trea- 
surer of the Freja lodge of 
Svithiod and of the Mutual In- 
surance Company. 

On May 27, 1886, Mr. Sundeen 
was united in marriage to Maria 
Hirsch, born April 7, 1863, daugh- 
ter of Sven Johan Hirsch of 
Hvetlanda, Smaland. Three daugh- 
ters have been born to them, 
namely, Ruby Maria, 1887, Es- 
ther Louisa, 1889, and Elvira 
Almida, 1892. 

In 1901 Mr. Sundeen took a 
vacation from his steady occupa- 
tion as storekeeper and went on 
a three months' visit to his na- 
tive land. 



who was for many years engaged 
in mercantile business, and Au- 
gusta (Johnson) Sundine, who 
passed away in Moline Oct. 17, 1887. 



JOHN SUNDINE, 
business manager of the Moline 
Daily Dispatch and Moline Review- 
Dispatch is a native of Moline, 
where he was born July 20, 1876. 
His parents were Carl Sundine, 




JOHN SUNDINE 

After having obtained an edu- 
cation in the graded and high 
schools, being employed meanwhile 
as a newspaper carrier and gro- 
cery clerk in his father's store, 
he began work as a news reporter, 
first on the Moline Journal, then 
on the Dispatch. After a time he 
became circulation manager on the 
last named daily, and was later 
promoted to the position of busi- 
ness manager, whicli lie now holds. 

During the Spanish-American 
War Mr. Sundine served in the 
navy as fleet printer under Ad- 
miral Remey, on board the U. S. 
S. Lancaster, stationed at Key 
West. He was also assistant to 
Flag Secretary Belknap, in the 
government office at that point. 

Mr. Sundine' s career has been 
rapid and his record is clear-cut. 



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He has been active in politics, but 
not as yet held any public office. 
Since he reached the voting age 
he has been a member of the Re- 
publican city central committee, 
of which he is now chairman. He 
has been a delegate to every Re- 
publican county convention and 
has served as sergeant-at-arms at 
the last two Republican national 
conventions. 

He is connected with the fol- 
lowing organizations: the Swedish 
Olive Lodge of Odd Fellows, the 
Elks, the Svithiod order, the N. 
S. B. A., the Moline Club and the 
Chicago Press Club. 

The parents of Mr. Sundine are 
old and devoted members of the 
Swedish Lutheran Church. 



SWAN TROPP, 

president of the Moline Stone Co., 
was born in Grenna parish, Sma- 




try. He emigrated in 1868, com- 
ing first to Rockford. From there 
he moved to Moline, where he 
engaged in the ice and stone bus- 
iness on a small scale. Together 
with Andrew Shallberg he opened 
a stone quarry in 1874, drilling 
by hand and employing two teams 
in hauling. Shallberg subsequently 
sold out his share in the business 
to J. W. Atkinson, he and Tropp 
now being the sole owners of the 
Moline Stone Company, which at 
this time employs steam drills and 
ships about 200 carloads per month 
besides all material used in Moline 
and neighboring cities. The pay- 
roll amounts to $3,500 per month. 
Mr. Tropp also continues in the 
ice business on his own account. 
He is married and the pair are 
members of the Swedish Lutheran 
Church in Moline. 

Mr. Tropp has served as alder- 
man in the city council of Moline 
for four years. 



S\VAX TROPP 



land, Sweden, Nov. 7, 1841, and 
had his schooling in the old coun- 



JOHN ALFRED GODEHN, 
assistant postmaster of Moline, was 
born i Drengsered parish, Halland, 
Sweden, July 7, 1853. His father, 
John J. Godehn, who was a farmer 
and a carpenter, came to America 
in 1870, and was joined by his 
son John the following year. They 
located in Moline, where the father 
died in 1878 and the mother in 
1904. Mr. Godehn' s schooling was 
limited to the common branches 
taught in the country schools of 
Sweden. At thirteen he began 
work on the farm, and since com- 
ing to this country he has had 
no opportunity for study except 



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in the school of actual life. He 
began as a common laborer in 
Moline, then obtained a situation 




JOHN ALFRED GODEHN 

as a coachman in Rock Island. 
Returning to Sweden in 1874, he 
brought back with him his mother 
and his brother, Carl Henning, in 
May, 1875. For the next two 
years he was employed by S. H. 
Velic as a coachman, and for three 
summers as a gardner, the win- 
ters being spent in the Deere Plow 
Works. For five years more he 
had steady employment in this 
factory, being in charge of the 
machinery and store supply house 
in 1884-7. After working as a 
grocery salesman, Mr. Godehn was 
for three years, 1887-90, manager 
of a cooperative grocery store 
owned by the Swedish Association 
Kronan. For the same length of 
time he was associated with C. G. 
Thulin and John A. Freeman 
in the retail grocery business. 
Selling his interest to his copart- 



ners in 1893, he next became sec- 
retary and collector of the Twin 
City Ice Co. In 1899 he purchased 
an interest in the Sylvan Ice Co. 
and the Moline Ice Co., and held 
the office of secretary and treasurer 
until April, 1906, when he entered 
upon his present duties as assist- 
ant postmaster. He still retains 
his interest in the ice business. 

Mr. Godehn is a Republican in 
politics and is one of the original 
members of the Swedish- American 
Republican Club of Moline, in 
which he has served two terms as 
president and three as secretary. 
In 1887 he was elected to the 
city council and in 1904 on the 
board of supervisors. 

In the Swedish I,uth. Church, 
of which he is a member, Mr. 
Godehn has been one of the trust- 
ees for ii years and is now serv- 
ing his twentieth year as secretary. 
Since 1872, when he joined the 
church, he has taken an active 
part in the work of its various 
organizations. 

On Nov. 7, 1888, Mr. Godehn 
married Miss Anna Mathilda Fred- 
rickson of Chicago, born March 
7, 1862. They have a family of 
six children: Johanna Irene Doro- 
thea Ruth, born 1889; Anna Ma- 
ria Alina, '91; Ruehl Ariel, '92; 
Esther Agatha, '95; Hedvig Cath- 
arina, '97; Selma Alfrida, 1900. 



ANDREW G. ANDERSON 
was born in Sweden, Dec. 4, 
1857, the son of Olof Anderson, 
a farmer, who with his family 
emigrated in 1870, settling at 
Red Wing, Minn. The son ob- 



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tained his first schooling in the 
old country, continuing his studies 
in Red Wing. In 1873, he se- 




ANDREW G. ANDERSON 

cured a position in the office of 
Luthersk Kyrkotidning where he 
remained until the next year 
when he went to Rock Island at 
the time the Atigtistana, the 
church organ of the Augustana 
Synod, was removed from Chicago 
to the Swedish Lutheran seat of 
learning. When his first employer 
sold his business, Mr. Anderson 
continued with his successors and 
became a member of the firm of 
Wistrand, Timlin and Anderson, 
of Moline. After two years the 
firm sold out to the publishing 
board of the Augustana Synod. 
Mr. Anderson continued as fore- 
man of the printing department 
until 1889, when he became man- 
ager and treasurer of the Au- 
gustana Book Concern, an office 
he has held ever since. Mr. 
Anderson has served on the board 



of directors of Augustana College 
for years, and has been appointed 
to various other positions of trust. 
He is a member of Zion Swedish 
Lutheran Church, where he has 
served as a deacon and Sunday 
school superintendent. 

On Oct. 26. 1880, he was mar- 
ried to Miss Hilda L. Lindstrom, 
daughter of Johan P. Lindstrom 
of Moline. Two sons and three 
daughters have been born to them. 
His political support Mr. Ander- 
son gives to the Republican party. 
He has served as alderman of the 
seventh ward for several terms and 
his word carried weight in the 
city council. 



CARL JOHAN BENGSTON, 

associate editor of Augustana, 
was born July 22, 1862, at Staf 




CARL JOHAN BENGSTON 

singe, Sweden, where his father, 
Sven Johan Bengtson followed the 
tailor's trade. In 1875 the family 
came to this country and lived 



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two years in Corry, Pa., after- 
wards settling in Titusville, where 
they lived until 1899, when 
they removed to Jamestown, N. Y. 
There his mother, Neta Christina, 
nee Andreasson, died in Nov. 1901. 

C. J. Bengston attended public 
school in Sweden and the United 
States before going to Augustana 
in 1880. He entered the second 
class of the academic department 
in January of that year and grad- 
uated with the college class of 
'88 with the degree of A. B. 
Two years later he had completed 
the courses in the Theological 
Seminary of the same institution 
and after his ordination became 
pastor of the Swedish Lutheran 
church at Hartford, Ct. In 
August, 1893, ne assumed charge 
of the churches at New Sweden 
and Upland, in Jefferson co., la., 
remaining in their service until 
1900. 

Rev. Bengston was secretary of 
the Iowa Conference 1898-1900, 
has served as secretary of the 
Church Extension Society since 
1901 and as treasurer of the Au- 
gustana Synod since 1902. 

In December, 1900, he assumed 
his present position as associate 
editor of Augustana, the official 
paper of the Synod. He is a 
member of the Zion Church of 
Rock Island, is now serving on 
the church council and as super- 
intendent of the Sunday school. 

Rev. Bengston was a member 
of the 28th General Assembly of 
Iowa, from Jefferson county, in 
1900. He was married June 4, 
1891, to Miss Emilie Otilia Swan- 



son of Jamestown, 
July 18, 1866. 



N. Y., born 



CARL AUGUST BLOMGREN, 

professor of Hebrew at Augustana 
Theological Seminary, was born 




CARL AUGUST BLOMGREN 

April i, 1865, at the Solstad 
mine, in the parish of Misterhult, 
Smaland, Sweden. When he was 
ten years old the family emigrated, 
settling in Calumet, Mich., where 
he attended public schools for the 
next five winters. In 1880 he 
entered the third class of the 
academic department of Augus- 
tana and in 1885 graduated from 
college with the degree of A. B. 
From that time until 1887 Mr. 
Blomgren supplied the pulpit of 
the Swedish Lutheran Church in 
Lowell, Mass., also pursuing 
higher studies at Harvard during 
the school year of 1886-87. 

The following fall he entered 
the Senior class of Augustana 
Theological Seminary, wasgraduat- 



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ed in the spring of 1888 and 
.ordained to the ministry in June 
24, the same year, at the synodi- 
cal meeting in Galesburg. Rev. 
Blomgren then took pastoral 
charge of the Swedish Lutheran 
churches at McKeesport, and 
Braddock, Pa. In 1890 he as- 
sumed the pastorate of Bridgeport 
and Stamford, Ct. For the next 
three years, along with his pas- 
toral work, he pursued studies at 
Yale University, receiving the 
degree of Ph. D. from that insti- 
tution in 1893. The following 
year Dr. Blomgren left his charges 
in Connecticut to become pastor 
of the Swedish Lutheran church 
in Philadelphia where he served 
from 1894- to 1904. During the 
years 1895 to 1898 he attended 
lectures in the Semitic department 
of the University of Pennsylvania, 
subsequently serving as instructor 
in Hebrew at the Mt. Airy Theo- 
logical Seminary until 1904, when 
he left Philadelphia to assume a 
similar position at Augustana 
Theological Seminary. In 1905, 
after one year's service to his 
Alma Mater, Dr. Blomgren was 
called to occupy the chair of 
Hebrew as permanent professor. 
His other subjects are Theological 
Propaedeutics and Biblical Intro- 
duction. Dr. Blomgren has written 
a work entitled "The Elements of 
the Christian Religion." 

At Lowell, Mass., Feb. 13, 
1889, Dr. Blomgren was united 
in marriage with Miss Sigrid 
Amalia Soderberg. Their chil- 
dren are three in number: Sigfrid 
Luther, born 1892, Svanhild Anna 



Margareta, 1895, and Mildred 
Hildegard lone, 1899. 



ANDERS OLOF BERSELL 

Prof. A. O. Bersell, deceased, 
occupied | the chair of Greek at 





ANDERS OLOF BERSELL 

Augustana College from the year 
1880 until his death. He was 
born in the village of Utmeland, 
Mora parish, May 16, 1853. H* s 
first instruction was received in 
the public school of the parish. 
In 1868 he took a course in a 
normal school, subsequently teach- 
ing for four years in his home 
districts. At nineteen he resumed 
his studies and was graduated 
from college at Upsala in 1877. 
After serving as tutor for a year 
he returned to Upsala in order to 
pursue philosophical studies. He 
took the degree of Ph. Cand., 
after two years at the university, 
whereupon he became instructor 
in a mission school in Stockholm 
conducted by "Evangeliska Fos- 



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terlandsstiftelsen." In 1880 he 
received two calls from America 
simultaneously, one from Gustavus 
Adolphus College at St. Peter, 
Minn., the other from Augusta na, 
to become professor of Greek and 
German. He accepted the latter, 
and entered upon his duties in 
the fall of the same year. Be- 
sides Greek and German, he taught 
at different times Swedish, Latin, 
Philosophical Propaedeutics and 
religious subjects, his main sub- 
ject, the Greek language and 
literature, eventually demanding 
a monopoly of his time and energy. 
He is the author of a Greek text- 
book, entitled, "Notes to Greek 
Grammar," also a first and second 
reader for the Swedish parochial 
schools, besides having done much 
literary work in the way of edit- 
ing or contributing to the news- 
papers Augustana, Ungdomsvdnnen 
and Hemvannen, editing Christmas 
books for the young and translat- 
ing juvenile stories from the Swed- 
ish and German languages. In 
1894 the degree and title of Ph. 
D. was conferred on Prof. Bersell 
by the institution he so long 
served. He was a devoted church- 
man and served as a deacon in 
the Swedish Lutheran church of 
Moline and afterwards for many 
years in the Zion Church of Rock 
Island. He died Dec. 16, 1903, 
leaving a wife, Uma Ber.-ell, nee 
Lagerlund, and 12 children. 



Rev. A. R. Cervin, Ph. D., fo 
many years professor of Greek and 
mathematics at Augustana College 




OLOF Z. CERVIN, 
architect of the Augustana 
Synod, was born in Paxton, 111., 
Oct. 1 8, 1868. His father was 



OLOF Z. CERX'IN 

and a pioneer in the spiritual and 
intellectual work among the Swedes 
of America. His mother's maiden 
name was Emma Thulin, sister to 
C. G. Thulin, treasurer of the Au- 
gustana Synod for a long term of 
years. 

In 1887 Mr. Cervin graduated 
from Augustana College, and there- 
after spent a year on the actual 
construction of buildings in Ish- 
peming and Houghton, Mich. 
After training for a few years 
with architects in Chicago and 
Rock Island, he entered Columbia 
College and in 1904 took the de- 
gree of Master of Arts, having 
written a "History of Colonial 
Architecture." This has been 
printed in two different publica- 
tions. 

After spending a year in a New 
York office he located in the twin 



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cities of Rock Island and Moline, 
111. Here he has erected a large 
number of buildings, among which 
are the Augustana Book Concern, 
a fireproof building, and the D., 
R. I. & N. W. Ry. station of 
Moline and Rock Island, also the 
Industrial Home, the Tabernacle 
of the Mission Friends, three large 
school buildings, Moline Wagon 
Co.'s warehouse and a number of 
factories and business buildings as 
well as residences in Moline and 
elsewhere, including specimens of 
Mexican, colonial and other styles 
of architecture. A six-story fire- 
proof reinforced concrete office 
building has been erected in Rock 
Island from the plans of Mr. Cer- 
vin, being the first of its kind in 
that part of the country. 

In 1 896 he was appointed official 
church architect of the Augustana 
Synod. Since this time he has 
planned many churches, among 
which are those of Lake Park, 
Minn., Orion and Belvidere, 111., 
Savonburg, Kans., Worcester, 
Mass., and Wausa, Neb. He has 
also planned the Orphans' Homes 
or additions to their old buildings 
in Andover, 111., Vasa, Minn., 
Omaha, Neb., and Stanton, la. 

Besides the history mentioned, 
he has written a historical sketch of 
the Spanish-Mexican Mission in 
California, which was published in 
an architectural journal in Sep- 
tember, 1903, and a review of the 
church architecture of the Swedes 
in America, published in Prdrie- 
blomman for 1902. 

It is needless to add that with 
such antecedents and a training 



of the kind his parents gave him, 
Mr. Cervin is deeply interested in 
the spiritual, intellectual and ma- 
terial prosperity of the Swedes in 
this country, wherever they may 
be located. 

In recent years Mr. Cervin has 
made two European trips, prin- 
cipally for the study of architect- 
ure in Italy, but also visiting 
France, Germany, Holland, Den- 
mark, Norway and Sweden. 



JOHN G. DAHLBERG 

came to the United States 
at the age of twenty-two from 




JOHN G. DAHLBERG 

Hvetlanda,Smaland, Sweden where 
he was born March 28, 1862. 
Having worked as a farmhand for 
a couple of years, he was enrolled 
at Augustana College in 1882 and 
graduated with the class of 1889. 
Two years later he was graduated 
from the Augustana Seminary and 
ordained as a minister of the Gos- 
pel at the synodical meeting at 



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Chisago Lake, Minn. His first 
pastoral charge was the Swedish 
Lutheran Church of Altona, 111., 
where he served 1891-99. He was 
then elected pastor of the Zion 
Swedish Lutheran Church of Rock 
Island in 1899 and served until 1905. 

In 1891 he married Miss Emilia 
C. Envall of Galesburg, who died 
in November, 1892, after giving 
birth to a son, Carl Johan Enril. 
In 1898 Rev. Dahlberg married 
Miss Josephine Nelson, daughter 
of Swan Nelson of Altona. In 
this union he has two daughters, 
Florence Emilia Josephine, and 
Mildred Clara Olivia. 

During the academic year of 
1889-90, Rev. Dahlberg was assist- 
ant teacher of Swedish at his Al- 
ma Mater and was called to the 
chair of Swedish Language and 
Literature in 1893, but declined. 
The institution later conferred on 
him the degree of A. M. He 
was elected professor of Christian- 
ity at Augustana College and 
served for a short period, resign- 
ing in 1906. 

Rev. Dahlberg is a member of 
the board of directors of Augus 
tana College and has served several 
years as secretary and one year 
as president of that body; he 
was secretary of the Illinois Con- 
ference 1897-1902, member of the 
board of missions of the Augus- 
tana Synod 1899-1902, acting as 
its treasurer in 1899-1900 and 
secretary in 1901, and was elected 
secretary of the Synod in 1903, 
being reelected in 1905 and 1907. 
Since 1901 he has edited Korsba- 
neret, a devotional and historical 



annual publication of the Augus- 
tana Synod. 



NILS FORSANDER, 

professor of Church History, Sym- 
bolics, etc., in Augustana Thco- 




NILS FORSANDER 

logical Seminary, was born at 
Gladsax, Skane, Sweden, Sept. n, 
1846. He first studied at the pub- 
lic college at Lund and subse- 
quently at a private college in the 
same city. During the summer 
of 1870, he met Rev. T. N. 
Hasselquist, who was visiting 
Sweden, and the following fall 
accompanied him to Paxton, 
111., where he completed the theo- 
logical course required for enter- 
ing the ministry of the Augustana 
Synod. During the illness of Prof. 
A. J. Lindstrom in the spring term 
of 1871, Forsander taught his Lat- 
in and Greek classes. He was or- 
dained minister in 1873 and, since 
that time, has had charge of the 
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in Aledo, Sagetown and Raritan, 
111., 1873-75, Kossuth, la., 1875- 
80, and the Bethesda Church in 
Page county, la., 1880-90. At 
different times during this period 
he acted as secretary of the Illi- 
nois and Iowa Conferences and of 
the Augustana Synod in 1887-90. 

In the fall of 1 889 he was called 
as acting professor in the Au- 
gustana Theological Seminary and 
in the following year was made 
regular professor, in which capac- 
ity he has taught and lectured in 
Church History, Symbolics, Isa- 
gogics, Homiletics, Pastoral Theol- 
ogy and Apologetics. In 1894 
Rev. Forsander was given the 
honorary degree of D. D. by the 
trustees of the institution with 
which he is connected. In 1907, 
King Oscar II conferred upon 
him the order of the North Star. 
Upon his 6oth birthday anniver- 
sary, Dr. Forsander 's former 
students presented him with a 
bust of Olaus Petri, by Jean Le 
Veau. 

As a theological writer Dr. For- 
sander has contributed both to the 
Swedish and the English literature 
of the Lutheran Church. While 
a young man he began by trans- 
lating hymns from German, to 
Swedish. Since then he has writ- 
ten for Augustana, Luthersk Qvar- 
talskrift, Ungdomsvannen, Korsba- 
neret, The Lutheran, The Lutheran 
Church Review, The Independent and 
other periodicals. He is one of 
the editors of a Swedish-English 
theological quarterly, "Tidskrift 
for teologi och kyrkliga frag or. ' ' For 
Kyrkohistorisk arsskrift he has writ- 



ten a historical sketch of the Au- 
gustana Synod and for the "Luth- 
eran Encyclopoedia" most of the 
articles on the Lutheran Church 
in Sweden. As a member of the 
editorial staff of Augustana and 
Hemvannen he contributed articles 
and stories to these papers. From 
the German he has translated quite 
extensively and has written a com- 
mentary on the unaltered Augs- 
burg Confession, which has been 
published in two editions. 

Dr. Forsander is a diligent stu- 
dent and has accumulated an ex- 
tensive library, especially rich in 
theological literature. 

Jan. 6, 1875, Dr. Forsander, then 
pastor of the Sagetown church, was 
united in marriage with Miss Jo- 
hanna Charlotta Ahlgren of Bur- 
lington, la., born Aug. 4, 1852. 



CLAUDE W. FOSS, 

professor of History at Augustana 
College, was born in Geneva, 
Kane county, 111., Aug. 28, 1855. 
His parents. Carl Johan and Char- 
lotte Christine Foss, arrived in 
Chicago from Habo parish, Vester- 
gotland, Sweden, in the summer 
of 1854. They settled in Geneva, 
111., but removed to Goodhue co., 
Minn., in 1858. His early train- 
ing was obtained in the public 
schools and at the Red Wing Col- 
legiate Institute. After having 
engaged in the work of a public 
school teacher for four years, he 
entered Augustana College in the 
the fall of 1879. Here he was 
graduated with the degree of B. A. 
in June, 1883, having also pursued 
studies of the scientific course. 



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In 1884 he was called to the 
chair of History and Political Sci- 
ence at Augustana College. In 




CLAUDE W. FOSS 

1888 he was elected vice-president 
of the institution, serving in that 
capacity until 1900. On the death 
of Dr. Hasselquist, he served as 
acting president until the election 
of Dr. Olsson as president in 1891. 
He continued to hold the position 
of vice-president under the entire 
presidency of Dr. Olsson, and upon 
the death of the latter, he was 
again appointed acting president, 
which position he held until June, 
1901, when Dr. Gustav Andreen 
was elected president. Since that 
time he has devoted himself more 
exclusively to his chair and liter- 
ary work. 

The degree of Ph. D. was con- 
ferred on him by Augustana Col- 
lege in 1900. He is a member of 
the American Institute of Civics, 
the American Academy of Political 
and Social Science, the American 



Historical Association and the 
Sw. -American Historical Society. 

In politics he is a Republican, 
and takes a lively interest in all 
political matters, local, state and 
national. 

Aug. 2, 1887, Dr. Foss was 
united in marriage with Miss Sarah 
Margaret Shuey of Augusta co., 
Virginia, born Feb. 14, 1863. 
They have no children, but an 
orphan niece, Martha Foss, fills 
the place of a daughter in their 
home. They are members of Grace 
Evangelical Lutheran Church of 
Rock Island. 



JOHN P. ENGSTROM, 
manager of the Rock Island Wood 
Works, was born in Floda parish, 
Dalarne, Sweden, Aug. 4, 1859. 
At the age of twenty he came to 
the United States, locating first 
in Minneapolis. After working for 
a time as a cabinetmaker, he be- 
came foreman of the Bardwell & 
Robinson factory, a position he 
was able to fill creditably by rea- 
son of having taken a course in 
the sloyd school at Falun, Swe- 
den. From Minneapolis he re- 
moved to Rock Island to become 
the mechanical head of the Wood 
Works in this city. 

Mr. Engstrom was married in 
1884 to lyizzie Engstrom; they 
have two daughters, Edith Eleo- 
nora and Maria Victoria, and a 
son, Frans Waldemar. 

Mr. Engstrom is a member of 
the order of Modern Woodmen of 
America, the Elks, and the Inde- 
pendent Order of Svithiod. 



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CARL OTTO GRANERE, 

librarian of Augustana College, 
was born in Granhult, Hogsby 




CARL OTTO GRANERE 

parish, Smaland, Sweden, Sept. 
27, 1844. Having begun his 
studies at a preparatory school in 
Morlunda, he later pursued a 
classical college course first in 
Linkoping and then in Stockholm, 
where he was graduated in 1870. 
In compliance with a special in- 
vitation or call, he came to Au- 
gustana College and Theological 
Seminary, at that time located at 
Paxton, 111., in the fall of 1870, 
arriving there on the anniversary 
of his birthday. Under the in- 
struction and guidance of Dr. T. 
N. Hasselquist, he completed the 
prescribed theological course and 
graduated in May, 1871. At this 
time he was called as assistant 
professor at Augustana College 
and entered upon his duties as 
such the following September. 
He was ordained at Galesburg in 



1872, and was called as regular 
professor of Latin and Swedish 
in 1873. During the years 1872- 
1876 he served also as assistant 
instructor in Church History and 
Doctrinal Theology at Augustana 
Seminary. He was regular pro- 
fessor of the Latin language and 
literature at Augustana College 
during the years 1873-1898, in 
the meantime also serving for 
many years both as secretary of 
the Faculty and as vice-president. 
In June, 1896, the Board of 
Directors conferred upon him the 
degree of Ph. D., and in 1898 
they appointed him librarian of 
the institution. 

Having lost his first wife, So- 
phia Albertina Wiborg, who died 
in May, 1883, Dr. Granere mar- 
ried his second wife, Marie Tho- 
mason, the 25th of Dec., 1887, 
and has had with her five chil- 
dren, four of whom are still living: 
Ruth Mirjam, Carl Emanuel, 
Helga Johanna and Hortensia 
Linnea. 

OLOF GRAFSTROM, 

head of the art department of 
Augustana College, is a painter of 
international renown. Both as a 
teacher of art and as a creative 
artist he has done much to develop 
the art instinct of the Swedish- 
American public. Grafstrom hails 
from the northern part of Sweden. 
This might almost be inferred 
from the stern and serious, not to 
say majestic tone of his land- 
scapes. The never to be forgotten 
memories of the grandeur of the 
north have impressed their hall- 



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mark upon his art. In the south- 
ern part of the province of Me- 
delpad Olof Grafstrom was born 




OLOF GRAFSTROM 

June n, 1855; here he imbibed 
with the very atmosphere his great 
love of that land whose beauties 
he never tires of reproducing on 
canvas. Prof. Grafstrom is a mem- 
ber of the same family that has 
given Sweden two poets of renown. 
He is the son of the late C. P. 
Grafstrom of Attmar, who was 
judge of the district court and a 
man of oldfashioned integrity and 
honor. The son at an early age 
showed a talent for drawing and 
sketching, but took no interest 
whatever in the contents of the 
traditional green bag. Regardless 
of the boy's proclivities, the par- 
ents predestined him to the occu- 
pation of a farmer and, in order 
to give him an education beyond 
that bestowed by the common 
school, he was sent to the high 
school at Niifsta. There his tal- 



ents were noticed, and Dr. Olof 
Wikstrom, then chairman of the 
school board, prevailed upon his