FOLKETS VÄN
(THE PEOPLE'S FRIEND)

It was a Swedish newspaper which circulated in Stromsburg in the 1880's, edited by a man named Wenngren who was associated with the Central Bible Seminary here. We know this from the pages of the Headlight which are preserved on microfilm at the Stromsburg library. We have, as yet, no copies of Folkets Vän, but if any reader knows of one, Dalakarl would like to see and copy such a treasure. In the meantime, we do have the old Headlights to inspire a series of columns about the early days in Polk County.

This would be in the spirit of Helge, the pen name of Pastor Earl Byleen, Dalakarl's teacher and friend, who wrote a column for the Headlight some years ago. Helge's column was in Swedish, and as a professional linguist he was well qualified to help us understand that language, the language of most of our ancestors. Dalakarl is not so well qualified and so will write in English, but with just a little Swedish thrown in. Dalakarl is a sort of Swedish slang word meaning "an ordinary guy from Dalarna." Dalarna is a province of Sweden known for the little red horses...the familiar Dala horse. It was also home to the Greenwall clan.

Column Number

#1: Introduction and Purpose
#2: Stromsburg Land Office, Galva, Illinois
#3: Pioneer Swedish Baptist L.L. Frisk: Stromsburg resident
#4: C.H. Lundgren: another Baptist pioneer and carpenter
#5: The Chamberlain-Frawley altercation
#6: Stromsburg Presbyterians acquire former Baptist church
#7: A virtual tour of the Seminary on its gala dedication
#8: Captain Edgren: founder of the Seminary
#9: The "Swedish Mile" at New Sweden, Iowa
#10: Folkets Vän's cousin: Forsamlingens Vän of Ceresco

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#11: Swedish roots:Nordstroms, Larsons, Olsons
#12: Company I, Stromsburg, deploys to Wounded Knee
#13: The Railroads through Polk county and their own book
#14: Dr. Susan Nordstrom researches genealogy here
#15: Waldenstrom, Swedish statesman and theologian, comes to town
#16: The Swedish Methodist campgrounds on the Blue River
#17: Waldenstrom writes of his visit in a book
#18: What are "patronymic" names? Or, why so many Johnsons?
#19: Finding the Swedes of York, part one

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#20: Which church is the oldest? The Lutheran case
#21: Which church is the oldest? The Baptist case
#22: Which church is the oldest? The Methodist case
#23: Which church is the oldest? The Mission case, part one
#24: Which church is the oldest? The Mission case, part two
#25: Was the Greenwall's coming to Stromsburg an "affair of the heart?"
#26: What are "ornamental" names? Hint: Grönvall is one
#27: About Morrill and his homestead/estate
#28: Our forbears were required to "renounce" their king and native land

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#29: Finding two links with the past
#30: The Swedish Festival historic tour
#31: Where retired ministers lived; and there were many
#32: Can old ideas become new again? (Where is it written?)
#33: Betzy Anderson: a Swedish woman evangelist comes to town
#34: Two little graves, two big stories
#35: Let's go to Frawley's Lake!
#36: The Winquists' grand tour of Swedish sites: join them!
#37: Newspapers in the basement may one day be for everyone
#38: Polk County Historical Society church stories and pictures
#39: PCHS church stories from "the valley" west
#40: Finding the York Swedes, part two
#41: Salem Baptist Chapel, an amazing survivor
#42: Finding names for stations on the Central City extension
#43: An old Swedish book in an old house, sound interesting?
#44: Grandpa had many inlaws here
#45: "John Johnson's Wedding," the Stromsburg version
#46: That painting of the old man returning thanks
#47: Remembering Sears and Roebuck (or not)
#48: Two stories about Noah's ark
#49: Victor Anderson, a Stromsburg philosopher, part one
#50: Victor Anderson, a Stromsburg philosopher, part two
#51: Oriental workers and "chapel cars," more railroad memories
#52: Finding another priceless book
#53: First anniversary column

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#54: So cold that they had church in the basement
#55: Remembering cattle drives through Polk county
#56: O.A. Rystrom sold lots of Fords
#57: Our own swindler, be on the watch
#58: The "Highline Cutoff" comes through town
#59: The mule team, "Moody and Sankey"
#60: Grandpa buys a Model T
#61: The big Highline Cutoff parade
#62: "Goldenrod Shortcut Route" joins Highline Cutoff
#63: Where to dump the garbage?
#64: That big church sign on Victor Andersons

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#65: Skogsbergh comes to town
#66: "Ollie i Skratthult," #1 Swede commedian, comes to town
#67: 3 new/old books on Swedish Lutherans and Methodists
#68: Your Hit Parade, 1921 version and some drugstore newsstand favorites
#69: Technological wonder of the day: radio
#70: Wonderful video interviews from the library
#71: Life and legends from the Morrill estate
#72: An outside survey of Stromsburg churches
#73: More PCHS churches, this time from the central valley
#74: PCHS churches, east valley

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#75: New bridge and rerouting the Blue River
#76: "Closed cars," the new trend in autos
#77: PCHS churches, east valley part two
#78: PCHS churches, east valley part three
#79: Ice breakup threatens Morrill bridge
#80: Pioneer minister C.A. Falk
#81: Old Potash Road and the Nebraska potash industry
#82: The Wilson block, the Wilsons and Rent-a-Cars
#83: Greens Chapel
#84: The Swedish Historical Society of 1986

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#85: Of trees and people: the Arboretum dedication of 1988
#86: Our second hospital, the Home Hospital, rate $20 to $35 per week
#87: Park Hotel Sunday dinner menu, price 50 cents
#88: Old grocery tokens, given in exchange for farm produce
#89: Bishop Hill Colony and its special connection with Stromsburg
#90: The Skogsbergh farm and burials just over in Hamilton county
#91: Some new Christmas thoughts from an old book
#92: The Bethel cemetery; a church site just over the York county line
#93: Ever hear of Mapps, Nebraska?
#94: Yes, the immigrants brought their folks over, too
#95: A chair with a story
#96: The dawn of aviation arrives
#97: Why not visit the old country via the internet?
#98: Evangelist Anton Cedarholm visits, is thwarted by quaranteen
#99: Was merchant John Castile(Wilson-Castile store)from the Iowa Castle clan?
#100: An amusing car mixup
#101: What went on in the basement of the Senior Center?
#102: Stromsburg restaurants and eateries

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#103: When Nebraska had more elephants than people
#104: Reverends Johnson and Hall debate the baptism question
#105: The Old Library still holds many treasures
#106: Pick up your lost auto crank at the Headlight
#107: Another example of biligual skill: the Sioux Indian language
#108: We know more Indian words than we think: e.g. names of the states
#109: Swedish names based on the "Lind" tree
#110: World War Two military chapels served Protestants, Catholics and Jews
#111: Swedish archivist Setterdahl visits Stromsburg
#112: When a box of hardware is so much more
#113: The "Jennie Lind" walking cultivator
#114: Those bank basement barber shops
#115: An interesting encounter at the Swedish Festival
#116: #117: Did the Augustana Synod change directions?
#118: The second Festival Historic Tour
#119: The McCunes tour Colorado in their Winton auto
#120: A Lustron house in Osceola
#121: Spinning wheel spins a tale or two

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#122: Remembering Dr. Charles Patterson
#123: Big cities versus small towns
#124: An audio tape of Earl Byleen's Swedish class
#125: Finding the places where relatives lived
#126: Could you drive a Model T Ford?
#127: A flag story involving a local veteran
#128: When the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad went through York
#129: "Did you know?" a famous industrialist once lived here?
#130: Guy Green's other claim to fame

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#131: Best wishes to a fine lady
#132: Is the builder of Chicago's first house buried here?
#133: An Arboretum update
#134: Stromsburg churches celebrate 300th Gustavus Adolphus Day
#135: Finding Uncle Forslund's store, part one
#136: Finding Uncle Forslund's store, part two
#137: Why 1933 is missing from our newspapers, and encouragement from Ford
#138: Alex Swanson demonstrates his miniature steam tractor
#139: Stromsburg Dairies: Morrills,Nelsons and Nuttlemans
#140: Counting the Carlsons
#141: Another cousin! Is it possible?
#142: Why some Swedes have French names
#143: Jeweler J.A. Anderson remembers Ryder House, other things
#144: Natalie Lingenfelter's "Nebraska" movie collection
#145: The McKeesport Pennsylvania Swedes
#146: When a Swede is a turnip
#147: Keeping friends to the end
#148: Was a movie filmed in Stromsburg?
#149: Church news from 1934
#150: Good stories from the Senior Center

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Waldenstrom

Waldenström visits Stromsburg; 1889

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Miss Jenny Lind

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Miss Jenny Lind

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Central Bible Seminary

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Festival tour bus

Swedish Festival Tour Bus

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Morrill house

Morrill Estate Chalet

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