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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 Opposite Sides of the Tracks

The Opposite Sides of the Tracks

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Whiskey Breakfast

Richard C. Lindberg

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects on the lives of his maternal grandfather, Richard Stone, and his family as Swedish immigrants in Chicago. Richard, his wife Emma, and their two little girls lived in Swedetown for many years—moving from Clark Street to Winnemac Avenue, just a few blocks away. Richard worked at A. Johnson Coal and Moving Company, whereas Emma found employment at the Pickard China factory. On July 24, 1915, Richard witnessed a tragedy that reminded him how hard a place Chicago was: the Lake Michigan steamer Eastland capsized, causing 844 passengers to drown. Meanwhile, the author’s father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, and Harold Windahl, a commercial printer from Ronneby, helped organize a private social club called the Blekinge Gilles (Blekinge Society).

Keywords:   Swedish immigrants, Richard Stone, Chicago, Emma Stone, Swedetown, A. Johnson Coal and Moving Company, Pickard China factory, Eastland, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Blekinge Gilles

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