On June 21, 1918, graduation exercises were held for Worcester Classical High School Class of 1918. Lars & Regina Petterson were almost definitely in attendance to watch their youngest child, Wallace, receive his diploma.
Singing “America’s Message” provided a break from the solemness of the remarks given by the honor students.
With perfectly legitimate musical means Loomis and Johnstone have, indeed, succeeded in a chorus which arouses the same frenzied in these patriotic days as an exciting ball game by world famed players. “America’s Message” is an anthem inspired by President Wilson’s memorable of April 2 1917. It consists of an original melody by Mr Johnstone which is most ingeniously combined with the tune “America” (My Country Tis of Thee).
Henry T. Finck, “”America’s Message” a Most Effective Patriotic Anthem for Mixed Choruses,” The Musical Leader, Vol 36, No 4 (25 Jul 1918), Google Books (https://books.google.com/books?id=L19FAQAAMAAJ : accessed 21 June 2018), page 91.
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.
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.
Pages from the birth registries are shown below. You can see larger copies by clicking on the title below each image.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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