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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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A Picnic, a Proposal, a Passage

A Picnic, a Proposal, a Passage

(p.108) 7 A Picnic, a Proposal, a Passage
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 father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, and his wife Helen as Swedish immigrants in Chicago. In a conversation with Oscar, the author’s maternal grandfather Richard Stone lamented that his daughter Helen didn’t seem to want to get out of the house. Oscar hired Richard as a part-time day laborer on his construction sites, mostly on Saturdays so that the latter could earn a few extra dollars. When asked by Oscar about his family name, Richard explained that it was Sten back in Sweden, but he had decided to change it to a more American-sounding name to help him find a job. Then Oscar began to court Helen, and their courtship culminated in a marriage proposal on the evening of April 29, 1947. Oscar and Helen Lindberg exchanged vows on February 21, 1948 at the Bethany Methodist Church across the street from the dilapidated two-flat on Winnemac Avenue.

Keywords:   courtship, Swedish immigrants, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Helen Lindberg, Chicago, Richard Stone, Sweden, marriage proposal, marriage, Bethany Methodist Church

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