Scandinavian Immigration and Aid Society formed in Seattle in 1876.

  • By HistoryLink.org Staff
  • Posted 5/26/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3311
In 1876, the Scandinavian Immigration and Aid Society forms in Seattle. The purpose of the society is to encourage migration to Seattle from Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Demmark, and Iceland).

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.


Sources: Janice L. Reiff, "Scandinavian Women in Seattle, 1888-1900: Domestication and Americanization," in Women in Pacific Northwest History ed. by Karen J. Blair (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988), 171.

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