Group of children in Swede Hollow, 1935. Back row, left to right: Richard Steele, George Silva, Matthew Manocchio, Joseph Sanchelli, Lupe Limon; Middle row, left to right: Dominick DaLoia, Donald Steele, John DaLoia, Antonia Silva, Agapita Limon, Catherine Limon; Front row, left to right: Michael Silva, Margaret Steele, Mary Limon or Alvera Silva.
Nestled into a small valley between the mansions of Dayton's Bluff and St. Paul proper, Swede Hollow was a bustling community tucked away from the prying eyes of the city above. It lacked more than it offered; houses had no plumbing, electricity, or yards, and there were no roads or businesses. In spite of this, it provided a home to the poorest immigrants in St. Paul for nearly a century.