Finnish-American Historical Archives, Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan


In the Oral History Project a number of contributors tell about their childhood, family, parents, journey from Finland to America and common happenings of the day. Below is a index of contributors and the date when the interview was made. The audio cassettes are transcripted and in a more detailed list in the Archives one can also see the topics which were discussed with each contributor. The Project Coordinator was Arthur Puotinen and all the interviews were made in the beginning of 1970's. The list was copied in August 1999.

Name of Interviewed
Date of Interview
Comment
Abrahamson, Ralph (Mrs.) Aug 1, 1973  
Alanen, Arvid Apr, 1975 Father came from Finland
Aldrich, Anne    
Anderson, Annie    
Anderson, Leon    
Anderson, Wallace Feb 20, 1975  
Andrews, Clarence (Dr.)    
Bartanen, Hattie S. Aug 8, 1972 Family comes from Finland
Bell, Roy D. Jan 31, 1974 Born in Munising
Bell, Warren M. Jul 27, 1972  
Bergh, Russell Jul 31, 1973  
Bigando, Bat (Mr.) Aug 7, 1973 Born in Italy in 1883
Bigando, John Jul 7, 1973 From Italy
Butala, Rose A. Aug 8, 1974 Born in Calumet
Butler, Ruth (Mrs.) Aug 9, 1972  
Chapman, Leslie Aug 3, 1972  
Cooper, Virginia A. Aug 6, 1973  
Eilola, Ray   From Pelkie
Erickson, Arthur Oct 20, 1973  
Erickson, Arthur B. Oct 5, 1973  
Erickson, Emil    
Erickson, Ida S. Aug 9, 1973  
Erkkila, Linne Maria Apr 5, 1975  
Errikainen, Urho Sep 20, 1974  
Fitzpatric, Ida   Father Matti Arvid Sarri from Finland
Foley, Jack Aug 9, 1972  
Foreman, Willard Aug 1, 1972  
Foreman, Willard Aug 1, 1974  
Foster, John Jul 22, 1974  
Fournier, Eleanor B. Jul 31, 1973  
Fredd, Victor Jul 17, 1972  
Funk, Olive Aug 7, 1974  
Gardner, William A. Aug 5, 1974  
Good, Allen R. Aug 10, 1973  
Goodell, Robert Aug 11, 1974  
Goodell, Swande Jul 28, 1972 Born in Finland
Gray, Mattie Aug 7, 1974  
Gustafson, Gust A. Dec 4, 1974  
Haas, Issac Newton Sep 21, 1972  
Halinen, Martin (Rev.)   Born in Finland
Harvey, Al Jun 18, 1973  
Haug, Anne Aug 15, 1973  
Heideman, Eva    
Heideman, Paul    
Heikkinen, Earnest    
Heinonen, Adrian Oct 19, 1973  
Heinonen, Adrian Oct 19, 1973  
Henderson, Nanni (Mrs.)    
Hendrickson, Nick Jul 14, 1972  
Hill, Gust Sep 9, 1974 Parents came from Finland
Hill, Gust T. Nov 9, 1974  
Hiltunen, Alice    
Hiltunen, Vivian Apr 15, 1974  
Hohl, Charles Jul 18, 1972  
Holmio, Armas Jul, 1972  
Holmlund, Walter Jul 31, 1973  
Hyypiö, Olga Marie Peterson Jul 13, 1973  
Isola, Anna Jul 9, 1973 Born in Calumet 1901
Jaaskelainen, Heimo "Paddy" Aug 3, 1972  
Jacka, Bertha    
Jacobson, Aileen Feb 16, 1975 Grandfather came from Finland
Janis, A. J. (Dr.) Jul 20, 1972  
Johnson, Laina Aug 12, 1973  
Johnson, Lempi Oct 2, 1974  
Johnson, Walter Aug 11, 1972  
Kallungi, Herman Jul 18, 1973 Born in Finland
Kangas, Anna Aug 31, 1973 Born in Finland
Karni, Ina Jul 20, 1973  
Keifer, Charles Aug 9, 1972  
Kelly, Michael    
Kemppainen, Denia Oct 19, 1973  
Kezele, Joseph Aug 1, 1974  
King, Clifford    
KIng, Jane Jun 28, 1973  
Klemetti, Hugo (Mrs.) Jul 22, 1973  
Koepel, Louis Jul 31, 1972  
Koivisto, Edith A. Aug 3, 1973 Born in Finland
Koski, Aily Aug 8, 1973 Born in Finland
Koski, Ernest Jun 26, 1973 Father born in Finland
Kruuth, Helen (Leiviska) Jun 26, 1973  
Kuitanen, Cecilia Nov 16, 1974  
Kuopus, Wilbert Jul 17, 1972  
Kurtti, James    
Lahti, Leonard Oct 29, 1973  
Lahti, Leonard (Mr.) Aug 3, 1973  
Lahti, Leonard (Mrs.) Aug 3, 1973  
Lantto, Paul Jul 18, 1973 Born in Finland
Larsen, Evert    
Larson, Amanda Oct 15, 1974  
Larson, Evelyn Nov 26, 1973  
Larson, Hilder Nov 26, 1973  
Lehto, Don    
Lehto, Waino "Pops" Jul 14, 1972  
Leiviska, Helen Kruuth Jun 26, 1973  
Lent, Harold Jul 26, 1972  
Lepisto, Sigrid Dec 4, 1974  
Litsenberger, John Aug 12, 1974  
Loukinen, Martin    
Lukkarila, Nick Jul 13, 1973; Jul 18, 1973; Aug 10, 1973
Luokkanen, Henry Aug 6, 1973 Born in Finland
MacDonald (Mrs.) Jul 26, 1972  
Macdonald, James Jul 24, 1972  
MacLeod, Howard D.    
Maki, Senja Aug 9, 1973  
Maki, Wilho (Buck) Oct 3, 1974  
Mantila, Ron    
Marsie, Minnie Jul 31, 1973  
Matthews, Frank Jul 31, 1973  
Mattson, Matt (Mr.) Aug 6, 1972  
Mattson, Matt (Mrs.) Aug 6, 1972  
Mattson, Peter Jul 23, 1972  
McMahon, Jack Aug 8, 1973  
McManiman, Charles O. Jul 17, 1972 Father came from Canada
Michelson, Andrew Summer 1972  
Miller, Gust Dec, 1974  
Mills, Ed (Mr.) Aug 9, 1972  
Mills, Ed (Mrs.) Aug 9, 1972 Parents came from Canada
Murtonen, Leonard (Dr.) Jul 26, 1973 Parents came from Finland
Mutkala, Arthur Jan 30, 1974  
Mutkala, Eva Sep 28, 1974  
Nancarrow, Jennie G. Jul 12, 1973  
Narhi, Gladys Sep 31, 1974  
Nash, Jim Jul 2, 1973  
Nelson, Alex Jul 28, 1972 Grandparents came from Norway
Nelson, Keith (Reverend)    
Nicholas, Jean Aug 4, 1972  
Niemi, Arthur J. Apr 18, 1975  
Niemi, Ilma Apr 18, 1975  
Niemisto, Reuben Jan 30, 1974  
Niska, Charles (Mr.) Aug 5, 1973  
Niska, Charles (Mrs.) Aug 5, 1973  
Noblet, John (Mr.) Dec 4, 1973  
Noblet, John (Mrs.) Dec 4, 1973  
Odgers, Marie Millicent Jul 1, 1973  
Oinas, Arthur Aug 3, 1972 Parents came from Finland
Oja, Matt    
Oja, Reuben    
Ojala, Esther Jul 24, 1973 Grandparents left Finland in 1881
Ojala, Lyle Jul 24, 1973 Grandparents left Finland in 1881
Ojala, Toivo Sep 22, 1974  
Olander, Robert Jul, 1975 Born in Finland
Ollanketo, John Dec 17, 1974  
Olson, Maurice Jan 31, 1974  
O'Meara, James Jul 13, 1972  
O'Meara, Lydia Jul 13, 1972  
Paananen (Mrs.)    
Paananen (Rev.)    
Palosaari, John Jul 14, 1972  
Paulson, Fred J. Jul 23, 1974  
Pelto, Alfred Oct 20, 1973  
Pelto, Emil Oct 4, 1974 Father came from Finland
Perander, Dagmar Oct 2, 1974  
Pesonen, Elmi Jul 10, 1973  
Pesonen, Emil Jul 10, 1973  
Peterson, Helmer Oct 2, 1974  
Peterson, Olga Marie (Hyypiö) Jul 13, 1973  
Polkala, John    
Popovich, Nick   From Yugoslavia
Puotinen, Hap Jul 9, 1973  
Pykkonen, Anna Jul 26, 1972 Parents came from Finland
Pykkonen, Edward Jul 26, 1972 Parents came from Finland
Pyorala, Arvo Jul 13, 1972  
Quilliam, Lillian (Mrs.) Sep 7, 1974  
Rajanen, Adolph Dec 4, 1974  
Rankinen, E. Olaf Jul 23, 1972  
Ranta, William Sep 28, 1974  
Rantavirti, Impi (Salo) Jul 17, 1973  
Raulo (Mrs.) Aug 9, 1972 Parents came from Canada
Raymond, Edmund Jul 2, 1973  
Reed, Grace Markham Jun 30, 1973  
Reinhart, Fr. Charles Jul 11, 1973  
Rogers, Theodore    
Rozich, Frances Aug 8, 1972  
Ruohonen, Jack Jul, 1972  
Ruohoniemi, Hilda Aug 9, 1972  
Ruona, Nora Oct 3, 1974  
Ryding, Norman (Rev.) Aug 9, 1972  
Salmi, Mayme (Mrs.) Aug, 1972  
Salmi, Walter Hugo Aug, 1972  
Salminen, Fanny Feb 7, 1975  
Salo, Impi Rantavirti Jul 17, 1973  
Sarkela, Sandra Nov 6, 1974  
Savela, Wilmer Aug 7, 1974  
Schwalm, Fred Feb 9, 1974  
Seppala, Signe Sep 16, 1974  
Sinervo, Eugene Apr 23, 1975  
Smith, Mason    
Snabb, Henry Aug 7, 1973 Born in Sweden
Snyder, John W. Jul 24, 1974  
Spiroff, Kiril Jun 20, 1973  
Sullivan, John L. Jul 24, 1974  
Suojanen, Reino Jul 19, 1972  
Suomi, Hilja Oct 3, 1974 Born in Finland
Suvanto, Price Arvo Feb 15, 1975  
Swetish, Joseph (Mr.) Aug 6, 1972  
Swetish, Joseph (Mrs.) Aug 6, 1972  
Tahtinen, Don    
Tainio, Onnie E. Feb 10, 1975  
Takalo, John    
Tapiola Senior Citizens Club    
Tauriainen, Matt (Mr.) Jul 28, 1972  
Tauriainen, Matt (Mrs.) Jul 28, 1972  
Tervonen, Helena Jul 17, 1973  
Todd, W. Parsons Oct, 1974  
Torkala, Helen (Mrs.) Aug 7, 1972  
Torma, Fred    
Trezise, Norman Aug 8, 1974 Born in Michigamme in 1888
Turunen, Eveleyn    
Turunen, Reuben    
Uusitalo, Eino    
Vivian, Elizabeth Jun 30, 1973  
Waisanen, Art    
Waisanen, Bill    
Waisanen, Fred    
Waisanen, Matt    
Willman, Charles (Judge)   Parents born in Finland
Winkler, H. J. (Dr.)