by Norm and Dolly Ford
Norman and Dolly Ford took a 10 day trip to see relatives and sightsee in Indiana and Michigan and Wisconsin. We visited Norm’s brother, sister, uncle and cousins and their families for 5 days. Next we went to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island for 2 days. We moved on to L’Anse for 2 days where we visited with Dolly’s cousin, Linda Kinnunen, and went to the highest point in Michigan, Mount Arvon where we placed a Suomi Centennial decal on the mailbox and signed the visitor’s journal.
We stayed overnight in Hancock and the next morning went to Finlandia University and met Jim Kurtti, editor of The Finnish American Reporter, Joanna Chopp, Archivist of the Finnish American Heritage Center and Pasi Somero from Jyväskylä, Finland who began as an intern on June 1st. Norm and Dolly presented Suomi Centennial items for the Heritage Center collections. During visiting I inquired as to the possibility that their collections might include Finnish language ads for the Pellervo Land Company that sold Itasca Lumber Company lands in the Suomi area in 1916.
Joanna located a bound book of the 1916 copies of Työmies written in Finnish. I found an ad in the 24 May 1916 edition and Pasi confirmed it was specific to the Deer River, MN area. After we returned home we received an email that Työmies of 22 Dec 1916 carried an ad by A.W. Havela listing the names of those who had purchased land in the Suomi (Deer River) MN area. Interestingly Havela called this area Suomi in December of 1916.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.