Scandinavian Immigration and Aid Society formed in Seattle in 1876.

  • By Staff
  • Posted 5/26/2001
  • Essay 3311
See Additional Media

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.


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.

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You