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Title Interview with Everett Laitala (Ely, MN) [Part 4]
Author Tilley, Lina
Date 8 Jun 1980
Document Type Oral History (Audio)
Name Laitala, Everett
Interviewer Doby, Velma
Date of Recording 8 Jun 1980
Duration 00:31:56
Reference IHRC1560, Box 4, Folder L-1
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Minnesota Finnish American Family History Project, c.1860-1985
Description Everett Laitala's sister, Lina Tilley is interviewed about her memories of living in Ely. She begins with how she started her teaching career, her position in the small Idington log cabin school at 18 working for a family, moving to her next position in a home built by the Red Cross and the novelty of an indoor toilet. She talks about some of the families in the neighbourhood where she worked, including a family who made moonshine, her salaries and the different conditions she worked in. Everett also discusses haymaking.
Series Description The Minnesota Finnish American Family History Collection (c.1860-1984) materials range from brief genealogies to extensive family history narratives relating the experiences of several generations. Collections include photographs, documents, and oral histories. The Collection offers a wealth of primary material with special strengths in women's, regional and family studies, as well as political and social events important to the area's Finnish Americans. The collection also provides a reliable tool for genealogical research, including as it does documents such as birth, death and citizenship certificates and papers.
Biographical Note / History Begun in 1979 and completed in 1984, the Minnesota Finnish American Family History Project had as its purpose the documentation of the personal histories and experiences of Minnesota Finnish Americans. The Project was sponsored by the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society and the Iron Range, St. Louis County, and Otter Tail Historical Societies.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Finland
Country (to) United States of America
Places Ely, Minnesota, United States
Nationality Finnish; Swedish; Slovenian; European
Keywords education, homestead, school, Red Cross, sanitation, homestead, children, alcohol, prohibition, wages, sauna, farming, livestock
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Finnish
Document(s) linked to Interview with Everett Laitala (Ely, MN) [Part 1]
Interview with Everett Laitala (Ely, MN) [Part 2]
Interview with Everett Laitala (Ely, MN) [Part 3]
Everett Laitalia Family History (Ely, MN)
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