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SURF STAR: Attractive
Zoe Ann Olsen, 17, of Oak
land, Calif., won the No. 1
berth on the American Olym
pic team with her fancy div
ing and swimming.
“Forty Years a King’fl
(From an editorial in The New
York Herald Tribune, June 17,
“It has been well said that to
judge a king properly he must first
be appraised as a man. By this
human reckoning in a day when
little of divinity hedges a consti
tutional monarch. King Gustaf of
Sweden, who celebrated yesterday
his ninetieth birthday, wins high
rating. Since 1947 he has ruled
Sweden with a bravery. simplicity
and wisdom which have' brought
his country through two world
wars and many a national crisis.
. . . Through the twilight of so
many royal houses. Gustaf has
lived on to know a democratic tide
which he greeted as the first mon
arch in Europe to accept a labor
government. Through every change
of a shifting Europe and a shaken
Sweden To Honor Memory
Of August Strindberg
STOCKHOLM. July 7.——(B’y alr
maih—Thc one hundredth anni
versary of the birth of August
Strindberg, Sweden's greatest dra
matist, will be observed on Jan
uary 22. 1949. with special pro
grams in many parts of the coun
Particular emphasis will, of.
course. be placed on Strindberg's
dramatic works. The Royal Dra
mstic Theatre in Stockholm. Swe~
den‘s national stage, has made a
entative choice of three of his best
known plays , and the Blsnche
Theatre. Also in the cspitsl. will
give Strindberg performances too.
The various municipal thestres in
such cities as Gothenburg, Mslmii.
Helsilng’borg, ets., will et sside
certain Weeks devoted entirely to
Strindberg. In sdditlon. seversl
of his shorter pieces will be given
over the radio by the Swedish
broadcastingr Company.
In the field of memoirs snd
monogrsphs, severe! interesting
new items hsve been promised.
Thus Dr. Men Eklund will pub
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i "1‘ Servmg the Scondmovnon-Amerlcon PODUIOUOH of the Great Nonhfl, .
Vol. 4, No. 7.
[Norway Minister Dies
NEW YORK, N. Y.——On Wednes
day, June 23rd, death clainied Nor
wegian Minister of Social Affairs
Sven Oftedal. Only 43 years of
age at the time of his death, the
late Minister had suffered greatly
during the war years, most of
which were spent in various Nazi
prisons. Following Norway's lib
eration he was the logical choice
for Minister of Social Affairs and
he joined the first Gerhardsen
Government in that capacity soon
after that country's liberation. Re
taining his post following the elec
ition in 1945. Dr. Oftedal immed
; lately set to work on a. revision and
iexpansion of the Norwegian social
welfare program which was com
pleted shortly before,his death and
with which his name will always
be associated. Dr. Oftedal was
born in Stavanger, Norway in 1905
and was a practicing physician at
the time of the German attack in
1940. He was one of the first to
be arrested by the Nazis, and the
following years in concentration
camps told heavily on his health.
Disregarding his own personal well
being. he entered his new position
———devoting his all in the interest of
others. Just as countless one-time
prisoners can thank Dr. Oftedal
for their being alive today, so may
thousands of other Norwegians
thank the late Social Minister for
the benefits of the new welfare
legislation which he has sponsored.
He is survived by his wife and
family. A brother Christian 8. Of
tedal is a member of the Nor
wegian Parliament.
world. he has kept his six feet
three inches of royal dignity with
out losing a nation's affection. As
a. king he has been loved and
judged by Sweden as a man. As
both king and man he has kept a
free people's respect and undimin
{shed loyalty—in palace or on a
tennis court . .‘ ."
\lish two new volumes of Strind
‘berg letters in addition to a psy
‘chological study of the dramatist.
‘Proi‘ossor Walter A. Berendson is
Tthe author of a. volume devoted to
‘the last four years of StrindbPi-g‘s
life, for which Arne Lindebaum,
‘lflirarian of the Royal Library, is
now selecting the illustrations.
‘The Strindberg Society in Stock
holm plans to hold a memorial
meeting in the so-callcd "Gothic
Raoms" in the Berns restaurant.
which Strindberg popularized in
his writings.
A special Strindberg stamp will
be issued by the Post Office De
psrtment. The City of Stockholm.
rinslly. will srrsnge s dinner st
the City Hsll to which will be in
‘vited members of the Strindberg
1Society, the Swedish Authors les
;gue. the SWedish Thestre Associs
1tion. snd directors in Sweden ss
‘well ss in neighboring countries
‘0! thestres sponsoring Strindberg
programs in connection with the
1centennisl. Wreaths will slso be
iplseed on his grsve st the New
Cemetery in Stockholm.
Their Road Led West
The President and the Vice-
President for The Seafarers’ In
ternational Unlon in San an'a
clsco, Cullfornln. coast. travelled
to Sweden on the "Stockholm" :1
short time ago. Mr. Harry Lunde
berg, (lelt) and Mr. M o rris
“Welcome Lutherans”
(From an editorial in the Dawn
port Times of June 7, 1948).
. . Sweden's official (church)
delegation, led by Archibishop Er
ling Eidem. has been honored else
where in its progress to Rock
Island . . . Yet is is particularly
significant that the outstanding
event of a religious nature in the
Swedish Pioneer Centennial should
be centered in Rock Island. From
the synod‘s early days. Augustann.
College and Seminary have been a.
lighthouse from which the gospel
has been spread with such success
that Augustana Synod is one of
the greatest organizations within
the Lutheran world.
“Honor is always due those who
lay the foundations for religion
land culture and especially is that
itrue under the circumstances by
‘which the Augustanu Synod came
‘into being. Iowa and Illinois. one
hundred years ago, consisted (Vf
widely sca tt ere d settlements.
Merely getting to them involved
“Yet from Sweden there came
immigrants and their pastors with
the love of their church deeply in
grained in their hearts and Swed
ish Lutheranism gained that firm
establishment which today is rep
resented by fine churches, a. well
educated and devoted clergy. and
hundreds of titanium“ of commun
lcmts . . ."
Swedish Troupe
The Swedlah troupe going to the
Olymplc Games in bondon this
summer will comprtse about twen
ty-flve officials. 175 athletes. md
more thun hut 0 dozen trunen.
The first teunu leave by host from
Gothenburg July 19. and the lust
contlngent will go by lit August
10. For Sweden's pu-tjclputlon in
the guinea the Swedish Govern
ment but made A grant of 390000
How Swedish Pioneers Become American Farmer:
Agricultural Historian. U. S. Department of Agrwuluz
Sweden. a country With a
million today. contributed over
United States during the past
arriving yearly was moderate,
sumed the proportions of a
18503 the annual average was
1,690; in the '60s, 12,245; in the!
'705, 15,000; and in. the 805, 37.000.‘
The average from 1891 to 1910‘
was 25,000 a year. During the seed
0nd decade of the present century‘
the annual average was 11,000. The ‘
high peak was the 45,000 who left
Sweden in 1888}; '
j These immigrants and their de~
.scendants have played an im
iportant part in the development of
zthe United States. especially in the
lagricultural communities of the
Middle West and the Pacific
Northwest. In 1930, the rural—
farm population of the United
.States included 98,589 persons of
Swedish birth and 215,221, ohe of
[both of whose parents were Swed-
Iish, making a total of 313,810 or
7.1 per cent of the total so-calied
l"foreign white stock.“ and rank
{ing next to the Norwegians and
eGermans in this respect. The cor
‘responding figures for the rural
,nonfarni population are 88,629 and
{150,139. a total of 238.768 or 4.8
iper cent. There were, therefore. a
Hotel of 552.578 Swedish immi
§grants and their children living in
{the rural communities of the Unit
ged States in 1930. This number. it
[should be noted, does not include
lthe many thousands of Americans
Iof Swedish descent whose parents
lyere born in the United States.
The States having the largest
Swedish rural-farm population as
indicated by the census of 1930
were: Minnesota ‘88,0411. Nebras«
k9. (23,099h. Wisconsin 122.706).
Iowa (21.196). Illinois (18.311)
Prince Btu-til and the met for Scandinavian Airlines
System in New York. Mr. Tore Nilert, with some of around
2,500 letters from Swedish-Amelie.” in the middkwest
as Prince Berti] offend to send to relatives and friends in
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population of less than seven
one million immigrant: tn the
century. At first the numhr
but within a generation Ié as.
mass movement. During the
Washington 114.641“. Mu'mznn
111.863), California I10.§52' .\'~-A
York (4.610). and Mam-mun”
(2.013). When [hr “mire! 1hr 1hr
rural-non-l'arm pnpullhon uv
added the ranking is ‘u full-I'-
Minnesota «34.90%. litmu- v3“-
244). Nebra a «34.170». Winn-cu
sin (38.233). Iowa 132,269» Wan-h.
ington 131,495”. Calif-mm: ."~
321 (I. Michigan :ZSAMI No-u \-~rk
(17.412’. and fiumrhunflh IV
Movement to MIMI": at
The movement 0! Sun-den in my:
American Middle West date- hau I
to 1841 when n mull group had by
IGustaf Unonlus settled .3 Put.
Lake. Wisconlln. No yearn In!"
Thure Ludvig Kumnen. nun-d 'Tur»
tier botanist and nrrtlthulncnt
started a similar cnlnny at Kw»
konong Lake in the mme star»
The settlement at the Jannmnm
at Bishop Hill. Illlnms. full-mm! m
1846. The pioneering «um: -!
these intellectuals Ind Maia-u
helped clear the way fur the bug"
tide whose centenary w. 4"» -.r
rently commemorating
It was during thv tbs-h that 'r .-
steamship. null-mad. and and r rm
panies and governmenta! new .-
interested in m-ttlers tut nu; .r- d
that Sweden was an .mp-ur'u'
‘Thls ankle u tau-d hung on in.
that. the alum» nae-bled nu mp mo
of Dr. Erlr lin‘lund in pnpauu who
essay entitled " he flurln and hum
Iran AJrk‘ultun" In "S‘v‘r’: ll \mrv
Ira" «- “ed by Adolph I bel-.... ma
Nahum Hedll. (so. an" no. ‘ \
Versfly Press. 193').
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