My Great Grandfather Isak decided to move his family north from French Lake Minnesota to Toad Lake Township Minnesota. He traveled with two horses, a colt, cook stove, barrel of salt pork, and three small children Marie ( Mary) age nine, Joe age 7 and Sam (My Grandfather) age 5. They travelled 170 miles north on wilderness roads, he homesteaded a parcel of land in Toad Lake Township Becker County Minnesota. He built a 10’ x 10’ home for Margaretta. She followed by train in October of 1896 with Isacki age 4 and Mikeal age 2. Isak was late picking her up in New York Mills..and while she was waiting she gave birth to John, he was born October 9, 1896. Later Levi, Ethel, Esther, Ida, Charles and William would join the family. Twelve children, thirteen if you count Greta Born November 16, 1886 and died December 10, 1886. It was cold and Margaretta took the baby to bed with her for the night and in the morning the baby was dead.
Lars Johnson a friend, Levi, Charlie, Joe and Bill my grandfathers brothers.
Joe (Grandpa’s Brother) Andrew Leinonen (Uncle to them and a half brother of their mother ) and Sam (My Grandfather)
1946 Ike (Grandpas Brother), Matt Leinonen (Uncle to them and half brother of their mother ) and Sam (My grandfather.)
They were salt of the earth men. I remember Great Uncle Ike and Great Uncle Mike the best, perhaps because my parents used to visit them sometimes on Sunday. The rest are just vague memories of very tall men that looked a bit like my grandfather.