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Richard C. Lindberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646845

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.001.0001

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The Taming of the Swede

The Taming of the Swede

Chapter:
(p.228) 15 The Taming of the Swede
Source:
Whiskey Breakfast
Author(s):

Richard C. Lindberg

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.003.0015

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, talks about his father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg. When he was sixty-seven years old, Oscar desired to make some changes in the quality of his life. Unable to find a suitable buyer or family successor to take over the construction company he established in the 1940s, he closed his business in 1964. He was restless not only in his business affairs but also in his love life. In 1964, Oscar, accompanied by his friend Edvin Lindberg, returned to Sweden, the land of his birth. However, the change he was seeking was not in Sweden. Back in Chicago, he decided to move into a new house on Louise Street, and found a new wife by the name of Marie Shields Warner, a courtly suburban schoolteacher from Indiana’s Brown County. Oscar, with Marie at his side, went to Sweden in 1969 for the last time.

Keywords:   Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Edvin Lindberg, Sweden, Chicago, Marie Shields Warner

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