Erik Eriksson

Erik McKinley Eriksson

[The 1938 Chronicle Staff performed an outstanding service organizing and covering the the first 50 years of its existence, as well as the early history of Odebolt.   Erik Eriksson also researched and  preserved an amazing amount of Odebolt's history for this edition.   We have much for which to thank them all! - B. Horak]

"Fifty Years of Progress" Edition Is Result of Months of Research

(Source:  "Fifty Years of Progress"; The Odebolt Chronicle, Vol. 51, Number 31, Thursday, August 25, 1938)

This 50th Anniversary edition is the result of months of research on the part of members of The Chronicle staff and others who have assisted in its production.

In addition to the regular staff members, Virgil Crain, commercial instructor in the Odebolt high school, has been employed since early in June to work full time on the edition.  Mr. Crain has gathered much of the material which appears in the following sections through interviews with long-time residents and by searching through old records.

Erik McKinley Eriksson

(Source:  "Fifty Years of Progress"; The Odebolt Chronicle, Vol. 51, Number 31, Thursday, August 25, 1938)

Erik Eriksson Prof. Erik McKinley Eriksson of the University of Southern California, who wrote a number of articles for this edition, is a well-known historian.

Professor Eriksson is a native of Odebolt, and is a graduate of the State University with A. B. A. M. and Ph. D. degrees.  He was professor of history and head of the department at Lombard college, Galesburg, Ill. 1922-25; instructor in American history at Iowa State Teachers college, summer 1922; lecturer in American history, State Univeristy of Iowa, summer 1925; professor of American history and head of department, Coe college 1925-29; historian of Coe college, 1927-29; and has been at the University of Southern California since 1929.

According to "Who's Who in America," he is the author of "Official Newspaper Organs and the Presidential Elections of1828, 1832, and 1836" (1925); "Federal Civil Service Under President Jackson" (1927); "Founders of Coe College - Dr. E. R. Burkhalter" (1927); "History of Scottish Rite Masonry in Cedar Rapids" (1928); (with J. Hugo Tatsch); "Morgan Affair and Anti-Masonry" (1928); "Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute" (1928); "Parsons Seminary" (1929); Coe Collegiate Institute" (1930); "American Consitutional History" (with D. N. Rower) (1933); "Constitutional basis for Judging the New Deal" (with T. H. Steele) (1936).

Since September, 1936, Professor Eriksson has been a writer for the Six Star Service national newspaper syndicate feature, "You and Your Nation's Affairs," appearing in newspapers all over the country; he delivered 37 radio addresses on "Government in Action" in 1936-37 over station KHJ at Los Angeles and the Mutual-Don Lee network; contributed 36 articles to the "Dictionary of American History" 1938; and has written articles for various daily newspapers.

His magazine articles have appeared in the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, The Palimpsets, Tennessee Historical Magazine, Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Pacific Historical Review, New Republic, The Builder, Iowa Grand Lodge Bulletin, Ohio Mason, Masonic Analyst, Masonic Digest, Historical Outlook, Social Studies, World Affairs, Interpreter, Masonic Service Assn. of  U. S. Bulletin, Kiwanis International Magazine and others.

(Professor Eriksson was born in 1896 and died in 1941. )


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