Thomas Street Church Confirmation May 1913

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Petterson Family Collection; Betyg i Kristendomskunskap; 25 May 1913, 2nd Swedish Methodist Church, 59 Thomas Street1, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Among the many treasures saved by the Petterson family is this document that, without knowing any Swedish, I assumed to be Wallace Petterson’s Confirmation Certificate from May 1913.  But in order to be sure, I decided to try to translate it.  I started with Google translate and then looked up words that just didn’t seem right in a Swedish-English dictionary from around that time. I came up with the following…

CERTIFICATE

in

Christian Knowledge

HOW CAN A YOUNG PERSON REMAIN UNCORRUPTED?
WHEN HE ADHERES TO YOUR WORD.
PSALM 199:9

THIS CERTIFIES
that
Wallace Petterson
participated in Christianity education
and
was reviewed publicly and approved
at the 2nd Swedish M.E. Church
on the twenty-fifth of May 1913
Worcester, Mass.   24 May 1913
D.K. Englund       Pastor

I was very happy to find this photo among the photos copied from a CD borrowed from Epworth United Methodist Church.  I love the way the girls in front are posed!  Wallace, 2nd from the right in the back row, wasn’t able to keep from moving and ended up  a bit blurred.

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Confirmation Class – 2nd Swedish Methodist Church of Worcester Mass , 5/25/1913;                digital image, 5/31/2010; privately held by Epworth UMC, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609. restored by Donna Sexton 2018.

This article from a Worcester newspaper clears up the identity of the rest of this class and provides information about both services.  I used the same methodology  to translate this article and broke the article into sections to make it easier to read.

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“Thomas St. Krykan,” Skandinavia (Worcester, Massachusetts), 21 May 1913, p.20, col. 3; online images, (http://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/swedishamerican : accessed 21 January 2018), Minnesota Historical Society Swedish American Newspapers; Digitization by the National Library of Sweden in collaboration with the Media Conversion Center at the National Archives of Sweden, funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

Thomas St. Church. Next Sunday is the completion of this year’s Reading Class, which consists of the following; Anna Anderson, Edla Anderson, Selma Anderson, Walter Arnberg, Egnar Berggren, Arthur Bloom, Stina Bogren, Ebba Karlson, Evelyn Carlson, Herbert Carlson, Ruth Carlson, Elin Danelius, Gunhild Ekstedt, Esther Gavert, Elsa Holmström. Adolf Johnson, Adeline Kaner, Elsie Kinander, Helen Larson, Jennie Löfgren, Philip Nelson, Frances Peterson, Hildur Petterson, Wallace Petterson, Edith Steelman, Ivar Stohlberg, Agnes Swenson, Hilda Söderberg and Elna Söderquist.

The morning’s worship begins at half past 11 and consists of:
1. Organ Prelude, Fridolf Carlson.
2. The class marches in.
3. Congregation Song, Psalm 11.
4. The Confession of Faith, the Reading Children.
5. Prayer, Emil T. Rolander.
6. Gloria Patri, the Assembly.
7. Bible reading.
8. Song, Quartet.
9. Baptism.
10. Shorter sermon, pastor David K. Englund.
11. Examination in Christianity, the Reading Children.
12. Song, the choir of the assembly.
13. Notices and offering.
14. Praise and blessing.

The evening’s worship begins at 7 with the following programs:
1. Organ Prelude, Fridolf Carlson.
2. Reading Class marches in.
3. Congregation Song, Psalm 512.
4. Prayer, Emil T. Swenson.
5. Song, the choir
6. Speaker, Pastor N. P. Glemaker from Moline, Ill.
7. Song, the choir.
8. Reception into Membership.
9. Congregation Song, Psalm 444.
10. Celebration of the memory of Jesus Christ.
11. Distribution of grades and bibles.
12. Conclusion.

We expect to see the parents of the Reading Children present at both worship services and hope their other relatives and friends also appear.

  1. Methodist Churches.—There are nine Methodist-Episcopal churches in Worcester, including two African. The list is as follows:
    Trinity, 650 Main street, formed 1834.
    Laurel Street, Laurel Hill, formed 1845.
    Webster Square, New Worcester, formed 1860.
    Grace Free Church,Walnut street, formed 1867.
    Coral Street, Coral street, formed 1872.
    First Swedish, Quinsigamond Village, formed 1879.
    Second Swedish, 59 Thomas street, formed 1885.
    Zion (African), 86 Exchange street, formed 1846.
    Bethel (African), 302 Main street, formed 1867.

    Franklin Pierce Rice, Dictionary of Worcester (Massachusetts) and Its Vicinity (Worcester, Massachusetts: F.S. Blanchard, 1889), 53; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 21 January 2018.

  2. Swedish-English & English-Swedish Dictionary. [Chicago: Engberg-Holmberg, 1904. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100644144

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Children of Lars Petterson & Regina Ericson – Massachusetts Births, 1841-1951

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Lars Petterson  & Family – 1903
From left to right (front row): Ruth, Regina, Wallace, Lars 
(back row): Hulda, Harry, Elmer, Oscar

Photo from the collection of Pete Petterson. Year was given in the caption to the photograph on page 32 of  Swedes of Greater Worcester Revisited by Eric J. Salomonsson, William O. Hultgren, and Philip C. Becker. Arcadia Publishing: 2005.
My great-grandparents, Lars Petterson & Regina Ericson, had six children. They were born in Worcester, Massachusetts between 1884 and 1899.  Their youngest child, born on the 10th of December 1899, was my grandfather.

The database Massachusetts Births, 1841 -1951, consists of digital images of birth registries  required to be compiled by towns each year (since 1840) and then submitted to the state of Massachusetts. The originals are housed at the Massachusetts State Archives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lar’s and Regina’s children are all listed; all records contain at least one misspelling:

  • Peterson for Petterson
  • Erickson / Erikson for Ericson
  • Brur for Bror
  • Ruth A. for Ruth E. (Amelia for Emelia)

Other misspellings were introduced when the database was indexed: Worchester and “Lars N.”

It appears that  Oscar (born in 1890) and Wallace (born in 1899) weren’t named until some time after their birth.

Search Results

Pages from the birth registries are shown below.  You can see larger copies by clicking on the title below each image.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1888

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX6X-6GG : 1 March 2016), Harry E. Petterson, 07 Oct 1888, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #488, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,242.

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Birth Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1884

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXDN-2H6 : 1 March 2016), Hulda E. Peterson, 26 Sep 1884, Worchester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #Item 1, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,207.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1880

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX69-1YX : 1 March 2016), Brur E. Peterson, 23 Aug 1886, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,239.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1894

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXWP-JFS : 1 March 2016), Ruth A. Peterson, 27 Mar 1894, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 599 no 656, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,651,226.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1899

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXF3-XRL : 1 March 2016), Peterson, 10 Dec 1899, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 510, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,843,712.

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Births Registered in the City of Worcester for the Year 1890

“Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FXN7-YLJ : 1 March 2016), Peterson, 25 Dec 1890, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 525, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,245.

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“S-h-i-f-t-o” ©1935

Wallace E. Petterson wrote a pamphlet titled “S-h-i-f-t-o”. It was published in Worcester on October 11, 1935..

The titles for most of the other  pamphlets on this page provide at least a hint of the contents:

  • Simplified book-keeping for small enterprises
  • How to make your own perfume
  • All the hot water the family wants at lowest costs
  • The story of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter

It’s impossible to guess what information would be included in a pamphlet titled “S-h-i-f-t-o”.  The letters might stand for the first letter of the words in a phrase, but without any other information it’s still impossible to guess.

Source: Library of Congress. Copyright Office. “Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series.” 1936: p. 944. Google Book Search. 19 Aug 2017

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Wallace Petterson – A Mason for Over 50 Years, 1924 – 1974

Because it looks as though Wallace  is wearing a masonic lapel pin, I’m including a copy of his membership card with this photo. I have no idea when this photo was taken. I was given a very small (1.5″ x 1.75″) print  after my grandfather died.

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In 1924, Wallace Petterson became a member of the Athelstan lodge, one of the 9 lodges in existence in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He was 24 years old and listed his occupation as “Insurance”.  He received his “50 year Masonic Veterans Medal” in 1974. And with nothing else to go on…. I’m estimating that this photo was taken then.

 

Sources:

Photo scanned from my collection.

 Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original Data: Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

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