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Swedish History

+11 votes
I find it interesting how Moline had an entire newspaper in Swedish. I guess Moline had a pretty big Swedish population back in the day.
asked Aug 23, 2017 in CSC 285 (F17) by Daniel Tenorio (100 points)

3 Answers

+4 votes
Yeah, I definitely didn't expect such a vast number of Swedes to have lived way out here. I know the Quad Cities and surrounding areas have a large number of people with German heritage. You can see local German shops (Katy's in Moline) and the Heritage Center (in Davenport) around here, and many people will tell you about their German ancestry as well. It's cool knowing where people or the recent generations before them are from, yet we don't see most of those languages in mass production anymore.

We could relate our Hispanic population currently. Second to English, Spanish is one of our most common languages we hear in the QC due to the large Hispanic population, so some things never change in one way but do in others!
answered Aug 25, 2017 by Angelica Garcia (100 points)
+2 votes

Yeah, it looks like the main draw was John Deere, when a new plow business created a lot of jobs: http://www.illinoisancestors.org/rockisland/genealogy/swedishexperience.html

answered Sep 30, 2017 by Christian Elliott (100 points)
+1 vote
Interesting. I'm from Moline!
answered Sep 30, 2017 by Ricardo Garcia (-100 points)