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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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Feeding the Sparrows

Feeding the Sparrows

Chapter:
(p.75) 5 Feeding the Sparrows
Source:
Whiskey Breakfast
Author(s):

Richard C. Lindberg

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.003.0005

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects further on the lives of his maternal grandfather, Richard Stone, and his family as Swedish immigrants in Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century. As much as Chicago’s Swedetown proved a powerful inducement to the poor farmers of Småland in Sweden, those who had spent a fair amount of time in the whirl of Clark Street began to view their situation somewhat less positively. They began to dream of living in more spacious and tranquil surroundings as soon as they had gained the confidence born of greater familiarity with the English language and American customs. On Decoration Day, 1927, Richard and Emma Stone abandoned Winnemac Avenue, the Clark Street taverns and bakeries, and the Swedish Cathedral forever and settled for a bungalow at New Norwood Park. Richard’s bungalow was a suitable though modest shelter for his long-suffering family who had come up from the poverty of Winnemac Avenue. In 1933, the Depression had deepened and hardships mounted. Like many families at that time, Richard and Emma fell behind.

Keywords:   farmers, Swedish immigrants, Richard Stone, Chicago, Swedetown, Sweden, Emma Stone, New Norwood Park, poverty, Depression

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