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Serving the Scandinavian-American Population of the Great Northwest
Vol. I, No. 5
Berne S. Jacobsen to Tour
Scandinavian Countries
“AInIHAVIA.Bouln—Borne S- Jacobsen, votornn Post
lntellizencor staff teporter, who, in
tho dual role of writer and ambassador of good-will, soon will In
on his way to Scandinavian countries to give Seattle and Washing
ton readers a first-hand report on conditions as he finds than.
— t l-mt-lntelllzonerr Photo).
What has happened to the Scan
dinavian countries and their stur
dy. industrious peoples since Hit
ler's then invincible armies moved
in more than five years ago?
Now that the Wehrmacht has
been smashed, thousands of peo
ple of Scandinavian origin mak—
ing up a large and valued seg
ment of the population of the Se
attle and Western Washington ar
era. are eager to know what hap
pened in their former homeland
under the blackout of war.
To answer their questions. The
Post-Intelligeneer is sendin g
Berne S. Jacobsen. one of its n".-
eran ace reporters. to Norway.
Denmark and Sweden to report.
at first hand. on people and con—
ditions as he finds them,
Puyallup Home
Bums Mortgage
Members and friends of the
Lutheran Home in Puyallup Were
recently invited to attend a pro—
gram at which the mortgage on
the property was burned.
The home was purchased by the
Lutheran Welfare Society of
Pierre (‘ounty from the Grand
Lodge A. F‘. 81 Mi, State of Wash—
ington, in June.1938. The-building
was repaired and redecorated and
opened to guests in August. Twen
ty-three entered at this time and
it was not long until the home
was filled. The number of mem
bers in the. home at present is
73 with a staff of 16.
in 1938 the tWo buildings and
4': acres of ground were pur
rhased, Additional “cm-ace has
been purchased. making :i total
area of 24 m‘res.
Mr. Jacobsen will not only de-I
scribe general conditions at first
hand, but his mission will be that
of an unofficial ambassador of
good-will. ‘
He will carry with him greet
ings to the peoples of Norway,
Sweden and Denmark from Scan
dinavian groups in Seattle and
Western Washington.
In his extended travels throughl
those countries he will make an‘
effort to contact relatives of\
Western Washington residents1
and tell them how their kin in Sin1
attle. Stanwood. Everett. Lyndml
and other cities of this area arv‘i
getting along. 1
The trip will hold :i sentimental}
interest for Mr. .laenhsen hecansel
he is of Scandinavian origin on
both sides of his family. it winl
be his first visit to the hmnelan'l‘,
of his fathers.
Aside from his Scandinanan till-r
teeedents. he is eminentlv qualiv:
tied for the important mission l\e-‘
muse of his outstanding ability as;
:i newspaperman.
In his years of service on the
Post-lntelligrneer's staff which
he joined previous to his gradua
tion from the University of “'ash
inuto'i‘ he handled some of the Pri
eifie Northwi‘st's biggest stories
()ne of his newspaper exper»
ienees \\'lll stand him in goal
stead in his eomini: mission. to
.\t:i\' of 1939. as a Post-Intelli
geneer staff (‘orrespondenL he HP
u-ompanied (‘rown Prince Olav and
Crown Princess Martha of Nor
wzn' on their official tour u-t‘
“Wishinuton State
Mr J 'l e o h s e n' s ontstnndiu;
newshnpei' ability is evidenced li.‘
the MN that for the last two
vein-s he has served mpahlv 'is
part-tunn- .ISSiit‘lHlt' on m.. farnl
t\' of the l'nive‘rsity of “'llfilllll‘.“
ton's sehool of journalism.
ilmeriean Soldiers
5T0 Leave Iceland
l STOCKHOLM. Most of the
American soldiers on Iceland will
heave for home Within tho next
‘four or five months. the Swedish
lnewspaper Dagens reported.
Dagens Nyheter quoted Brig.
’Gen. Martinus Stonsoth as saying
[that aftr'r that time Iceland no
longer will he noedod as a mili
tary base.
sTIIe Bestiality can
Not Be Described
State Printer K. Einar Carlson
.last week received a letter from
iMr. Victor Lundberg. printer by
{trade and a former resident of
{Seattle who sinCe 1939 has lived in
SWeden. The letter was sent from
ithe city of Jonkoping on May
illth of this year. and the follow
}ing excerpt tells of the plight of
gthe refugees arriving in Sweden.
“ . . . The blessed peace has
ieome and the dark skies of Europe
jare beginning to clear up. The
‘fanfnres of victory are still ringing
in our ears over here. We have
quite a few refugees from all na
tions here in Sweden. About 20.-
000 have arrived lately from Ger
man eoncentration camps. They
were in a miserable condition. A
large percentage has T. B.
"Only yesterday a couple of hun
dred Polish women arrived in our
town. One of them said that she
thought she was dead and had
i-ome to heaven. Their sufferings.
and the bestiality of the Germans,
cannot be described. One can only
hope that these criminals will be
punished to the fullest extent.
"With the war in Europe at an
end the waterways to U. S. will
soon be open. In a few days the
SWedish Navy is going to send
ml! 100 boats to clear the mme
fields betwven Norway and Don
mnrk which means open water to
tho wvst. That means also that
thv passenger traffic between
Sweden and the U. St soon will
bngin again . l . , "
wireless. During the war 302 for
olgn planes madv forced landings
m Swvdon. Of these 140 were
Amvrivnn 131 four-motored
homhors and ninv Mustang fightvr
plantis‘ Of the bombvrs 81 have
been n-pain‘d and urv n‘ad)‘ to de
part; fuur haw twon lomwd tn
Sweden and rebuilt fnr pflssvnger
and mail sorvicva
The History of the Swedish
Club, Seattle, Washington
The Swedish Club is the oldesti
Swedish organization in Seattle.
with the exception of some of the
Churches. A mass meeting was
held at The Masonic Temple tat
that time iovated on Set‘ond and
Pike! August 5. 1892. for the pur.
pose of discussing and eventually
organizing a Swedish t-luh. This
"mass meeting was attvnded by
about 30 vaedes, and at that time
The Swedish Club was founded. ,
This club had hven thought of
long before. as whenevor two or
more Swedes t-ongregatvd. the
most popular topic for discussion
was the forming of some sort of a .
Swedish society. Among thosel
who took the initiative wert- E. A.‘
Seaburg (manager of the Swvdish
weekly “Viistra Posten“ u. D Wick
strom. Otto Roseleaf. A‘ T. Lund
berg. Gust Edenholm. N. B. Nel
son. .1. Melin. Jack Raymond. F, H.
Linde and others.
At this first mveting tho ma
jority of those present {anrml a
Club {or both men and Women, but
at the next meeting that idea was
ruled out. A men‘s club was what
they wanted. This did not mean
that the ladies were barred {rum
all socials. held by the men. but
only their business meetings. At
2:11 social gatherings the ladies. nf
«'nurse. were welcome
Swedish (‘0 n sul Andrew Chil
berg was the first eleeted eluhi
president. but he served only :i
short time, and his successor was
H. Stumeri Among the first big
undertakings was a Swedish mid—
summer celebration. and early next
Venr a committee was appointed.
Thus the first Swedish Midsum—
mer Festivai in Seattle was held
the last Sunday of June. H193. at
Sylvan's Grove Hater exiled Jen.
sen's Grovei un Lake I'ninn_ en
the same spot where the Lake
Union Shipyard now is heated
Twu hundred ninety persons at
tended that midsummer picnic
Making money mi 3 doing uf that
kind did not seem of iiiipnrtzinee
in those days Only $25 50 did the
club receive as net profit from this
The next hii: questinn iii the rluh
was creating :i miiie (‘hnrus \‘\'hvn
the eluh‘s hydnws Were drawn up
a dense stated that the i'liih shuiild
try tn maintain and summrt 11
Swedish male i‘huriis II! 1905 the
Sven Male t‘huir was merged With
the duh. and together \nth thn
club's own small (‘hnir bocamt‘ a
group of 30 singers. Thv Svea
Choir has ever since been a part of
The Swedish Club, has always as
sisted the club with singing ap-
pearances at all their banquets
and socials. and in roturn the
singers havt‘ been given free use of
the hall for their rohearsalsv
The club. like all other organiza
tions. has had its: ups and downs
As early as in “(93 half of the
membership went to Alaska look
ing for gold or fishing, Therefore
it bet-ame necessary to have a
membership drive. Two captains.
P. A, Hallberg and Gust Eden—
holm. were in charge of this under
taking and were so suecvssful. that
152 new members were brought
in. Hallberg and his group ae
eounted for 77, and Edenhnlni and
his helpers for 75. The winners
were honored With an oyster sup—
per at Rankvs Hall [where the
cluhrooms were lovated the first
{Continued on Page 2»
H. M. Eastvold
Named Assistant
To Prosecutor
Harold M, Eastvold. 43-year-old
Seattle attorney. has been appoint
ed to the King County prosecuting
attorney‘s staff. It was announced
r e c e n t l y by Prosecutor Lloyd
The new deputy IS a graduate
of the University of South Dakota
and also attended the I'niversity
of Washington and recexved a
bachelor of arts degree at St
Olafs College. Northfield. Minn
He Is a member of the South I‘m
kota and Washington State Bar,
A brother. Dr S (‘. l-Zastvold. Is
president of Pacific Lutheran Col
lege in Tacoma,
The Eastvold family us well
known m Scandinavian circles
hero Dr H F. Thorlakson. n
hrother~in-law of the new deputy.
us a Seattle physician. and an
aunt. Mrs. (‘laudia Eastvold. is a
long-time Rainier VaHey resident
Eastvnld is married and the
father of two children. Net]. 8
_vvars HM. and (‘nmL 3
10c a Capy

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