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Scandinavian Temperance Union (Moline, Ill.) records, 1914-1922


Collection Title:    
Scandinavian Temperance Union (Moline, Ill.) records

Collection Number:    


1 box (.25 linear feet)

Swedish, English

Scandinavian Temperance Union

Subject Headings:    
Swedish Americans--Illinois--Societies, etc.
Alcohol--Social aspects.
Prohibition--Societies, etc.
Temperance--Societies, etc.

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Scandinavian Temperance Union of Moline, Illinois was established in 1898.  Collection includes meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, correspondence with members of Congress, and temperance leaflets in Swedish and English from around 1916. 


Conditions Governing Access:    
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. 

Reproduction and Use:  
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder. 

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification], in I/O: 4 Scandinavian Temperance Union (Moline, Ill.) records, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


Materials donated by Ann Ringquist, 1536 21st Avenue in Moline, Illinois. It is not known how the records came into her possession.

Source of Acquisition:    
Gift of Ann Ringquist in 1981.

Processed By:    
Collection received by Kermit Westerberg in 1981. PastPerfect record created by Christina Johansson in 2006. Finding aid written by Lisa Huntsha in 2017 following DACS description convention.


Administrative/Biographical History:                
Scandinavian Temperance Union of Moline, Illinois was established in 1898. The first officers were president Rev. Richard Cederberg, vice-president M. J. Eggan, secretary Charles Osterman, and treasurer John Swansen. The Union was represented by members of the First Lutheran Church, Salem Lutheran Church, Swedish Mission Church, Free Evangelical Church, Swedish Baptist Church, and Swedish Methodist Church of Moline, Illinois. Some members included Rev. Samuel Hogander, Rev. G. H. Johnson, John Strombeck, Rev. C. A. Seaberg, Edward Ekström. 

Scope and Content:    
Collection includes a bound book of meeting minutes from 1914-1918; loose-leaf minutes, 1921-1922; newspaper clippings, 1916 and undated; correspondence with members of Congress 1918-1922; and temperance leaflets in Swedish and English from around 1916. 

System of Arrangement:    
Arranged by material type and chronologically. 

Collection Inventory:    

  • One bound record book of secretary’s reports from January 1914 through March 24, 1918 (Swedish).
  • One folder of loose meeting minutes taken by Rev. C. A. Seaberg of Swedish Methodist Church (Swedish).
    • 1918 membership notes.December 2, 1921 meeting minutes.
    • January 24, 1922 meeting minutes.
    • October 4, [no year] meeting minutes.
  • One folder of two newspaper clippings (English).
    • [Unknown paper, undated] urging Scandinavian Temperance Union members to vote.
    • Moline Daily Dispatch October 18, 1916 on police raids on bars still serving alcohol after the city went dry in April. 
  • One folder of correspondence (English).
    • Copy of letter to members of Congress from Scandinavian Temperance Union [1918].
    • To George M. Strombeck of Scandinavian Temperance Union from W.J. Graham, United States House of Representatives, March 28, 1918.
    • To Scandinavian Temperance Union from James Hamilton Lewis, United States Senate, April 2, 1918.
    • To C. A. Seaberg of Scandinavian Temperance Union from Oscar E. Carlson, State of Illinois Constitutional Convention 1920, February 2, 1922.
    • To Oscar E. Carlstrom and Cyrus E. Dietz from Samuel Hogander of Scandinavian Temperance Union, January 16, 1922.
  • One folder of temperance leaflets (English and Swedish).
    • English, published by California Campaign Federation, circa 1916:
      • Labor and the Liquor Men’s Fight by Franklin Hichborn 
      • Seattle Editor Who Opposed Prohibition Finds it a Good Thing 
      • Seattle, San Francisco and Booze
      • Vice and the Profit in It
      • Supreme Courts on Compensation of Liquor Concerns
      • The “Drink Habit” at Eighteen
      • Fighting, Drunk; And Fighting, Sober
      • What Prohibition Did to Arizona (reprint from Sunset Magazine)
    • Swedish:
      • Den Bästa Maskin Skapad [The Best Machine Created]
      • Vår Bästa Del [Our Best Part]
      •     Huru vi Ådraga oss Sjukdom [How we Cause Ourselves Disease]
      •     Huru befordran Vinnes [How your Promotion is Won]
      •     Tala Sanning [Tell the Truth]
      •     Huru Man Kan Lefva Länge [How you Can Live Long]
      •     Bättre Barn [Better Children]
      •     Ofödda Barn [Unborn Children]
      •     Huru Olyckshändelser Undvikas [How to Avoid Accidents]
      •     Kontrollerande af Könslifvet by W. S. Hall, M.D. [Controlling Sexual Life] 
      •     Hvarför Småbarn Dö [Why Small Children Die]

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