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Title Henry Koski Family History
Author Koski, Henry
Date 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC1262
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Koski, Henry Gust Papers
Description Henry Koski's autobiography of his experiences as a Finnish immigrant in the US. In Finnish with English responses provided by Timo Rippa. The biography is rich in depicting the historical milieu of the Finnish-American communities in the Idaho mining areas. There are detailed descriptions of people, events, and everyday life and work, especially logging. Half of this narrative is a biography of Henry Koski written by Koski's son (whose name does not appear anywhere in the narrative), while the other half is the son's (the unnamed writer's) autobiography.
Biographical Note / History Henry Koski was born in Lapua, Finland, in 1883. Koski arrived in the U.S. in 1900. In 1906 he returned to Finland to get married and then returned to the U.S. with his wife, Kaisa. Koski lived in Hamilton, Montana, and then Bonner, Mullan, and finally Enaville, Idaho. Koski farmed and also logged on the timber on his land, selling it to the mining companies. Koski belonged to the IWW. The biography describes the primitive pioneer life of the Koski family in Idaho at the turn of the century. It was a family of six: the parents and four children, three girls and a boy.
Theme(s) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Finland
Country (to) United States of America
Nationality Finnish; European
People Reagan, Ronald; Carter, Jimmy
Keywords construction, labour union, communism, social life, entertainment, dance, labour, family
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Immigration History Research Center Archives catalogue.
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language Finnish; English
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