There was a Scandinavian presence in Seattle at least by the mid-1870s. In 1875, a Swedish settler, Andrew Chilberg, arrived with his two brothers and opened a grocery store. In 1878, Chilberg was elected to the Seattle City Council. The following year, he was appointed vice-consul for Sweden and later became the King County assessor.
In 1892, Chilberg founded the Scandinavian-American Bank.