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.2 I came up with the following…
HOW CAN A YOUNG PERSON REMAIN UNCORRUPTED?
WHEN HE ADHERES TO YOUR WORD.
participated in Christianity education
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.
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.
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.
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.
We expect to see the parents of the Reading Children present at both worship services and hope their other relatives and friends also appear.
- 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.
- Swedish-English & English-Swedish Dictionary. [Chicago: Engberg-Holmberg, 1904. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100644144