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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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Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home

(p.120) 8 Charity Begins at Home
Whiskey Breakfast

Richard C. Lindberg

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, narrates further the story of his father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, and his wife Helen as Swedish immigrants in Chicago. After they got married, Oscar and Helen Lindberg settled on Brummel Street in Skokie. Helen’s homesickness had not lessened over the months since she married. She was forced to rely on her husband’s goodwill for a ride back to Norwood Park to visit her parents, Richard and Emma Stone. One event triggered by Oscar and Helen’s marriage was the release from the orphanage of Charles, his son by former wife Evelyn. The author was born in the midst of a housing boom in Skokie, and he could not understand why so many of the old white-haired Swedes his parents would introduce him to over herring breakfasts in smoky lodge halls and the Viking Sport Club in Swedetown vented so much suspicion, venomous ridicule, and loathing toward Jews and other nationalities.

Keywords:   housing boom, Swedish immigrants, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Chicago, Helen Lindberg, Skokie, Charles Lindberg, Swedes, Swedetown

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