Finnish Cultural Heritage Pages

This is a project by Jim Kurtti's Finnish class taught at Houghton High School in Houghton, Michigan. This class is done interactively over television and is broadcasted to students in Painesdale, Chassell and Hancock live. Many of the stories and pictures were highlighted in two Finnish-American newspapers over several months.   

Finnish Heritage Stories

Finnish Links

Heikinpäivä-Mid Winter Festival

Finnish American Christmas

Michigan Finnish

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The family picture is of John (Juho) Pyykkonen and his
wife Wilhilmiina Kaartinen and their children. John
Yalmer Pyykkonen is the tallest son, Gustaf Arvid
Pyykkonen is the blonde son, Ann Pyykkonen Wanhainen
is standing in front of her father and Wilhilmiina is
holding Fredrikka (Carrie) Pyykkonen Junttila. This
picture was probably taken in the spring of 1894 at the
Frenchtown Location in Atlantic Mine, Michigan. The
father lost his legs in a train accident.
This photo of five women dates from about 1910. In the back row, Anna Pyykkonen Wanhainen, Wilhelmiina Pyykkonen, and a cousin.
In the front row: Fredrikka (Carrie) Pyykkonen Junttila and a cousin.
These pictures are from the Margaret Smith collection.
This is the Jacob (Jaakko) Pyykkönen family about 1903. The
picture includes Jacob Pyykkonen, Anna Wilhelmiina Mulari (formerly
Kemppainen), Eli Kemppainen, Charles Kemppainen and Hilda Mary, George,
Ann, Olga and Matt Pyykkönen. This picture is from Oliver Paavola collection.
Charlie (Kalle) Pyykkonen and his wife Lizzy (Briita Elizabeth Juntunen)
were married in Finland and immigrate to Houghton County around 1880.
Great grandfather Andrew (Antii) Pyykkonen was born April 3, 1884 in
Boston, MI. Other family members were born in Atlantic Mine. The family
later in 1894 moved to Esko, MN (near Duluth) and stayed there. The farm
is still in the Family name.Charlie had a sister Fredrikka (Rigi) who married Henry Juntunen. She died 9/9/1949 in Dollar Bay, MI.

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