“Celebration of Scandinavians. — More than 100 citizens of Eugene and vicinity of Scandinavian descent, with a few Americans met at Frank’s hall on New Year’s evening to enjoy their annual anniversary gathering. The exercises opened with a splendid banquet which lasted until about 10 o’clock and words are inadequate to describe the good things to eat and the good cheer that prevailed while it was in progress. There were all kinds of good natured raillery and joshes sprung on the participants and the toasts were especially interesting and mirth provoking. The auction of needlework made by the lades of the Norwegian Lutheran church followed the banquet and it too proved very interesting. After this was over those who cared to dance enjoyed themselves at this pastime until the wee smr’ hours and the crowd dispersed with many happy memories of this anniversary which has come to be a permanent things among these good people in this locality. The next meeting will be anxiously looked forward to by them.” Eugene Morning Register, Jan 3, 1909, pg. 5.
“Have Secured Danish Butter Maker – The business of the Eugene creamery has increased so rapidly during the time Muth & Hudson have had charged of the plant that they were obliged to secure more help and they were fortunate in securing the services of August Olson, a Danish expert, who learned his trade in the old country, where butter making is considered a fine art, and who knows every detail of the business.” Eugene Morning Register, Dec. 30, 1908, pg. 5.
These two articles represent the Scandinavian influence in Eugene, Oregon in the early 1900’s. In the early 1980’s when my wife and I were married we ordered our wedding cakes from a Danish bakery in Eugene, one of the two I knew still existed at the time. The Danish Lutheran Church with cemetery in Eugene is now part of West Lawn Cemetery owned and managed by Musgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries. The Church was moved off the property in 1926. Slowly over the years the Danish impact to West Eugene is harder to recognize.