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American Finns in Petroskoi, Karelia, Russia, in 1931

In the 1930's, many left-leaning Finns emigrated to the Soviet Union to join Stalin's "Worker's Paradise."  Eventually many were killed or removed to Siberia during Stalin's purges later in the decade and during World War II, however, the advertisement indexed below is an example of a more hopeful time for the Finnish Communists in Soviet-controlled Karelia (Karjala).

The 1932 New Years' Day edition of the radical-left Finnish-American newspaper, the Työmies, includes a half-page ad that was purchased by American Finns living in Petroskoi/Petrovodsk, Karelia (Karjala). The ad sends New Years' greetings back home to the United States. The headline reads:

 

Uuden Vuoden Taistelutervehdyksemme
Neuvosto-Karjalassa Työskenteleviltä Amerikkalaisilta Tovereilta
Lujittakaa Järjestöt Tasiteluun Sotaa Vastaan Neuvostoliiton Puolesia


New Year's Greetings
from the American comrades working in Soviet Karelia.
Strenghten the organizations against the war on behalf of The Soviet Union.

 

Although historically Finnish and part of the Grand Duchy of Finland prior to Finland's Independence in 1917 (as well as being a part of Finland while Finland was under Swedish rule), the city of Petroskoi was then under Soviet rule and is currently still part of Russia. 

The following index includes 204 individuals or families, about one-third of which also include the place of origin in the United States.

Transcribed by Kent Randell, Archivist, May, 2011.

 

Aalto, Frank Ironwood, Mich.
Aalto, Toivo  
Aho, Hilma West Frankfort, Illi.
Aho, Kalle  
Aho, Lauri and Emma  
Aho, Oskar Zinn, Minn.
Aho, Otto  
Aho, William and family  
Ahtiainen, Lauri Berkeley, Cali.
Alho, Axel Cleveland, Ohio
Alto, Matti Cleveland, Ohio
Anderson, Nestor  
Antton, Lauri and family  
Backman, Antti Chicago, Illi.
Bay, John and Mane  
Björminen, Orvo, Ada and Otto Waukegan, Illi.
Björn, Anni, Arvo, Hellen, Einar, Sulo, Elizabeth, and Anton  
Dahlström, Eino  
Eerola, Rauha and Urho  
Endokija, Sergeena  
Enlund, John  
Fakiina, Liiva  
Forsten, John and Hilja Cleveland, Ohio
Freeman, Tauno, Nasta and Herman  
Frost, Matti and Ida  
Häkkinen, Vilho  
Halberg, Urho  
Halme, Inez, Hulda and Karl Detroit, Mich.
Hämäläinen, Kalle and Olga Detroit, Mich.
Hannula, Andrew  
Harju, Knut and Sigrid  
Hautamäki, Edwin  
Hautamäki, Sam  
Hela, Henry  
Hemppi, Emil  
Hendrickson, Arvi and Evi  
Hendrickson, Fred, Olga, and John  
Hietala, Tauno, Anni and Victor  
Hill, Kalle and Hilda Baltimore, Mary.
Hill, Urho, Ida and Henry Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Hilunen, Aarne  
Hokala, Evert Brookston, Minn.
Holland, William and Edla Detroit, Mich.
Holmberg, Einar Cleveland, Ohio
Honkonen, Nestor  
Honkonen, William  
Ikäläinen, Lauri and Liina  
Järvinen, Otto and family  
Johnson, Richard and Riina  
Juutilainen, Henry and family Mahtowa, Minn.
Kaisko, Oscar  
Kangas, Eino  
Kangas, Ida and Saimi  
Kankaanpää, S.  
Karkkainen, Olli Ely, Minn.
Karttu, Matti  
Kataja, Walter and Urho  
Kaupila, Aini and Jack Ironwood, Mich.
Keränen, Irja, Unto, Mary and Eino  
Kero, Jaakko Detroit, Mich.
Kettunen, Arthur R. Brookston, Minn.
Kittilä, Emil  
Kivioja, Matti  
Knaninen, Väinö  
Koivisto, Gabriel and family Calumet, Mich.
Koivisto, Onni and Arn  
Kokko, Antti  
Kontio, Adolf  
Korpi, Oskar Cleveland, Ohio
Korpi, Robert Cleveland, Ohio
Kortes, Victor and daughter West Frankfort, Illi.
Koski, Joonas Worcester, Mass.
Kotila, Edward  
Kotiranta, Fanny, Leo and Oiva  
Krist, Jalmer (West) and Tyyne  
Kuittinen, Thomas and family Cloquet, Minn.
Kulmala, Frank Cleveland, Ohio
Laakso, Urho and Hilja  
Laatunen, Erkki, Sylvi and Maunu  
Laine, August and Taisto Waukegan, Illi.
Laino, Frans and family  
Laitinen, John and Anna  
Langila, Jaakko Oregon
Lehtinen, Ida  
Lehtinen, Kalle  
Lehtinen, R.  
Lehto, Arvo and family  
Lehto, Frank Ely, Minn.
Lehtola, Jooseppi  
Leppi, William Seattle, Wash.
Liimatainen, Matti  
Lind, Theodore and Tyyne  
Lindberg, Frank, Alma and Laila  
Lindholm, Ed. Embarrass, Minn.
Luoma, Leo, Anna and Lauri Detroit, Mich.
Mäkelä, Frank Cleveland, Ohio
Mäkelä, Roy, Hilma and Oscar  
Mäki, F. Arthur Chicago, Illi.
Mäki, Frank  
Mäki, Frans and Lydia Detroit, Mich.
Mäki, John and Tilda  
Mäki, Mike  
Mäki, Nestor Ironwood, Mich.
Mäki, Urho  
Mäkinen, Sylvia, Hilja and Isak  
Manner, Alex Woodland, Mich.
Mäntynen, Aili, Hessu and Yrjö Chicago, Illi.
Mari, Sylvia, Laura, Mary and Antti Ely, Minn,
Marttila, A.  
Marttila, Aarne  
Marttila, Y.  
Mattson, August E. New York City
Merilä, Alfred and Martha Hancock, Mich.
Meriläinen, Henry Cleveland, Ohio
Metsälehto, Arthur  
Metsola, Jalo Detroit, Mich.
Mikkola, Karl  
Myllymäki, Olavi Detroit, Mich.
Neva, Roy  
Niemi, Anni, Väinö and Kerttu  
Niemi, Axel Waukegan, Illi.
Niemi, Bill Zinn, Minn.
Niemi, Lyydia, Wilho, Yrjö, and Arvid  
Niemi, Viktor and Hilda St. Catherine, Ont.
Niikanof, Risto and Anna  
Niitylä, Kalle  
Nurmi, Einar  
Nylander, Heimo  
Oja, Niilo  
Oja, Tordi, Aino and Elias  
Olkinuora, Armas and Alisa  
Pääkkönen, M.A. Chicago, Illi.
Pake, Urho Nylander Minneapolis, Minn.
Pakkala, Alex Seattle, Wash.
Palmgren, Aarne  
Parkki, Hjalmar and family Raymond, Wash.
Pasanen, Henry  
Paukkonen, Veikko Detroit, Mich.
Pederson, John  
Pellerson, Harry  
Pellinen, Toivo  
Pesonen, Felix  
Pulkkinen, Eino and John  
Puro, Veikko and Lily Chicago, Illi.
Raita, August and family  
Raivio, Roy South Range, Mich.
Rämä, Emil and Anna  
Raukkonen, Tuure  
Rauma, Toivo  
Rautiainen, Armas, Hilja, Toivo and Ireni  
Rautiainen, Jaakko and Alina  
Rautio, Ander  
Riikonen, Hjalmer Detroit, Mich.
Roine, Reino Angora, Minn.
Roivainen, Arthur Eveleth, Minn.
Roivainen, George Eveleth, Minn.
Rossi, Einari  
Ruis, Alfred  
Ruomi, Onni  
Rutanen, M.  
Rynö, Karl  
Saarela, Stiina and John Baltimore, Mary.
Saari, Kalevi, Katri and Niilo  
Saari, Maija  
Salmi, Kalle  
Salmi, Sophie, Settla and Fred John Detroit, Mich.
Salminen, Oiva  
Salmivaara, Eino  
Salo, Erland and Emma Detroit, Mich.
Salo, Kalle and family  
Salo, Kalle and Hilda Chicago, Illi.
Särö, Frans Seattle, Wash.
Saukko, Heino  
Seppä, Wilho and Helmi  
Siikki, Art  
Siikki, Emil  
Siikki, Otto  
Siikki, Paul  
Siikki, Ukko, Maruusa and John  
Siren, Stepanus  
Sundrom, John Brookston, Minn.
Sundströ, Ina and family  
Sunell, Hjalmer and Lydi Waukegan, Illi.
Takola, Isack Waukegan, Illi.
Tervo, Erkki Zinn, Minn.
Thure, Sulo, Adde and children  
Tikkanen, Robert and Tilda  
Toivanen, Matti and family  
Torplund, Ray, Vilma and Matti  
Tuominen, K.F. and Hilja Chicago, Illi.
Turja, M.  
Tygo, Alsted Ironwood, Mich.
Ullakko, Toivo, Lyydi and Otto Embarrass, Minn.
Unkuri, John Cleveland, Ohio
Wäisänen, Erkki Seattle, Wash.
Wäisänen, Reino, Lempi, Liisa and Matti  
Wäre, Eino Detroit, Mich.
Watson, Evi and Pekka  
Wiita, John  
Wiitainen, Väinö and family Waukegan, Illi.
Wirranmaa, Sanfrid  
Wirta, Eino and Selma  
Wirta, Nestor  
Wirtanen, Mikko and family  
Ylisaari, Unto