Scandinavians (Danes, Norwegians & Swedes), Dallas County, Texas

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Society Notes.

     The Swedish young ladies will give an ice cream festival Tuesday evening in the building oppposite Sanger Bros. on Elm street.

- June 20, 1887, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3.
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Dallas County
Statistics from the Agricultural Report.

Population in 1880: 38, 488 in 1887: 77,323
males: 39,721
females: 37,602

Americans: 53,789
Colored: 8,427
English: 1,896
Germans: 4,332
French, 1,269
Danes: 593
Hebrews: 1,179
Irish: 3,764
Italians: 213
Mexicans: 187
Spanish: 128
Swedes: 615
Norwegians: 49
Poles: 13
Russians: 196
Chinese: 33
Scotch: 429
of all other nations: 211
In the county: 13,779 white families and 1,404 colored families.

- January 29, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3-4.
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A Large Membership Already

     Dallas contains a large number of citizens of Scandinavian birth, thrifty and industrious after the manner of their countrymen. Last night, they organized a union which shall be known as the Scandinavian Union, the object of which, is to bring together the Scandinavians, induce them to naturalize and become loyal citizens of the republic. The club will hold its meetings twice a week and will rent and furnish club rooms. Those who signed the call [card?] and were present last night were: J. E. Swenson, C. A. Rylander, A. G. Harrseth[?], H. A. Laneen, K. Wilson, O. Hanson, J. Swenson, A. Hogg, Tony Cenzerman[?], S. Johnson, J. W. Baselle, P. P. Loulon, J. F. Swanson, O. Anderson, J. Young, J. Larson, L. J. Larson, S. O. Ham and L. Johnson.

- February 7, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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Officers Elected at Last Night's

     The members of the Scandinavian Union held their second meeting and elected officers last night. Eighty-six members were present. Officers were elected as follows:
     J. E. Swenson, President.
     C. A. Rylander, vice president.
     S. A. Handlum, treasurer.
     John Lawson, secretary.
     Executive committee--A. G. Harrison, chairman; J. E. Swenson and Augustus Hags.
     President Swenson said to a T
IMES-HERALD reporter to-day: "We have the money subscribed already to defray expense of renting commodious club rooms. It is the aim and object of the Scandinavian Union to unite the Scandinavian residents of Dallas, and the social and benevolent features of the organization will appeal strongly to them. By Scandinavians, I mean the natives of the Scandinavian country---Danes, Norwegians and Swedes. We shall fit up bath rooms, tonsorial department, billiard rooms and reading rooms, where papers and periodicals---English and Scandinavian---will be found. There are 300 of our people in Dallas, and they have, for a long time, felt the need of an organization."

- February 11, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 2.
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Next May to Secure a Colony
for Texas.

     John E. Swenson will go to Sweden, his native land, in May, and organize a colony who will seek homes in Texas. A gentleman in this city, who has large landed interests, will accompany him. The colonists will locate on their lands and build a thriving city.

- April 27, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 1.
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A Poor Swede's Hallucination.

     The police, to-day, found in the rear of Mosher's foundry, a demented Swede who presented an ideal picture of a wild man. He was clothed only in atmosphere and a pair of trousers. He claimed to be the son of God and that Mayor Connor was his second son. He was turned over to the county officials at the jail.

- November 21, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3.
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     A social for the benefit of the Swedish Methodist church will be given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rylander, No. 311 North Griffin street, Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m.

- March 22, 1899, Daily Times Herald, p. 5.
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     The Swedish Lutheran church will have a picnic at Handley, June 25. Cars leave at 4 and 7 p. m. Those wishing to join are asked to report at Interurban station in time to get tickets.

- June 24, 1906, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 10, col. 2.
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Dedication of Swedish Church.

     Sunday, the dedicatory exercises of the Swedish Methodist church will be held at the church during three sessions, 10:45 a. m., 3 o'clock and 7:30 o'clock p. m. Dinner and supper will be served free of charge and a special invitation is extended to the Swedish people of the city to be present.

- June 1, 1913. Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 11, col. 6.
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