Scandinavian Cemetery and the Swedes of Rockford

Source: Northwest Quarterly, Spring-Summer 2019


Immigrated 1850’s came to the end of the railroad line, 1/2 the Rockford Population 1900

Source: Rockford Big Town/Little City R 977.331 C973R

First arrived in Rockford Aug 1852

Source: Swedish Heritage Journal August 2002

“Swedish Water Cure Resort Here in 1870”

Source: Rockfordiana: Swedes in Rockford-1

1920 Swedes (foreign born) plus children born here: 19,500 for Rockford. Foreign born: 9,265

Source: 1920 Federal Census

1930 census lists 10,088 Foreign born Swedes in Rockford

Source: 1930 Federal Census

1940 census lists 7,082 Foreign born Swedes in Rockford

Source: 1940 Federal Census

Sofia Flickorna, noted gymnast from Stockholm

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/20/1952

Swedish Raatvik Costume

Source: Swedish American Genealogist March 2009


Nya Severige

Swedish newspaper, called in English, the “The New Sweden” page 32

has been establish in Rockford several months, and already acquired a large circulation

published every Wednesday at 111 S Third St,, East Rockford by Schalin & Beckman

Mr Schalin occupies the editorial chair and occupied a similar position in Sweden

former Editor in Chief of The Swedish American in Chicago before the great conflagration

liberal Republican in nature, the paper is devoted principally to interests of Swedes in the area

also does printing jobs in Swedish and or in English


Source: Holland’s Rockford City Directory for 1872-3, Western Publishing Co.