Scandia, Kansas History
1867/1868--A great famine in Sweden combined with the discontent
bred by repressive government made the American advertisement of
land and freedom particularly attractive to Swedes. The third
largest foreign-born group in nineteenth-century Kansas came from
Sweden. The primary colony from Sweden was at Lindsborg in
McPherson County. The settlement at (New) Scandia in Republic
County was promoted by the Scandinavian Agricultural Society of
Chicago. Swedish influence was also in Osage County and the Blue
River parts of Riley and Pottawatomie counties.
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