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Title Interview with Everett Laitala (Ely, MN) [Part 1]
Author Laitala, Everett; Jorgenson, Laura
Date 8 Jun 1980
Document Type Oral History (Audio)
Name Laitala, Everett
Interviewer Doby, Velma
Date of Recording 8 Jun 1980
Duration 00:32:23
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 and Laura discuss the original homestead on the shore of Shagawa Lake. Both were born in the area and remember the frost covered walls when the home was first built using wet logs and crossing the lake by boat to go to school because there were no roads until 1925. They talk about playing on the icy lake during the winter and Laura discusses their parent's farm in Finland. Although the family did well in Finland, they emigrated to America to earn money and buy land. Their father was caught in a serious mining accident not long after coming to the United States. They also discuss church, the work their siblings did, working in the mines and her mother's rag rugs.
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) Motives for Emigration; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Finland
Country (to) United States of America
Places Ely, Minnesota, United States
Nationality Finnish; Slovenian; European
Keywords homestead, children, infrastructure, education, sport, farming, timber, passport, health and sickness, mining, domestic service, industry, religion, church, Lutheran, livestock
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Finnish
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