Last week I wrote about my Great Great Grandmother Briita Liisa, my Great Grandmother Margaretta was her second child from her second marriage. Late Briita Liisa married Johan Leinonen and they immigrated to America.
It is unclear, but from what we know they did not all travel at once. Two adults and seven children came to America.
From Verniel : Johan immigrated to America in 1882 and established a farm in section 25 near the Crow River near French Lake Minnesota. Briita Liisa came on February 8 1883 along with the children. Note Kaarlo Pietari ( Charley) Leinonen was Born February 8, 1883. (?? Was Charley born the day they arrived??)
A recollection of Great Uncle Bill…Margaretta’s youngest child: When Johan and Briita sent money to grandma Margaretta to come to Minnesota from Finland. She told her brother Henry to go, that they would send her a another ticket. I guess she thought that they might not send him a ticket. So Henry arrived first.
Anyways Margretta did make it to America and joined her parents in Annandale Minnesota where she met a young man by the name of Isak Yliniemi. They were married on November 29, 1885. Margaretta would have been 18 years old and Isak would have been 28 years old.
I have a number of old photos from Verniel:
This is a photo taken in 1930. Margaretta and Isak my Great Grandparents are in red, their daughter Ethel in pink and the boys Bill, Levi, Joe and Charley in blue. My Great Grandparents were parents of 13 children…only five are in this photograph.
Andrew, Matt and Maria were all half brothers and sisters of my Great Grandmother, they lived at Annandale so they were probably visiting and just before they left they took a photo.
Long ago taking a photo of visiting relatives out by their car was the thing to do. That way they had a record of their visitors and could look back and remember the visit.