Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Gilbert Gord, Suomi Band Drummer|
among the Native-Born in Alaska
It would be that 17 years teaching among the Native-Born in Alaska would be an achievement for which not all women had time. Mrs. Alma Ander -
sen, Latest from Liljendal allows for an introduction and there it is understandable that with genuine interest we pray her to tell me something about life up there in the much debated gold-digger society.
- The whole thing is really not that remarkable, says wife Andersen in her undemanding manner . It was in July 1921 my husband who was a Dane , and I drove up to Alaksa , where my husband would be the teacher in one of the ambulatory government schools . Only a few months after, he died one and what was more natural one that I – I was recruited because I had been at his side. Thus it came to be that I was the teacher in Alaska and there I have since stayed .
- The conditions up there are still very Primitive . But perhaps therefor, for the yearly there is much to do to bring the country to civilization and culture, and the work of highly interesting. The children we teach do not understand English when they come to school . Gradually we try to implant in them the knowledge of this language, but we work likewise for the school the mother otngue by teaching them to think in both languages. Eskimo children are very teachable and seek to avail themselves under observation. A particular characteristic is their artistic talents, in particular their interest in vocals and music.
- I can add it is now thirty-two years ago that I emigrated to America and throughout this long time I have not visited the home country. There is of course a mighty distance from Alaska and I have now traveled approximately half the globe around during this trip. Finland never forgets about amerikan-finlanders not matter how long we have stayed in the big country to the west . All summer I dreamed I woucl again hear the cuckoo and the lark . You can understand with what joy I see that my will be met. I will stay in Finland for one year and then I steer again to Alaska and my Eskimo children there.
Style Load balance business
life in america
Board the Lancastria encounter we hubs pa leader for the Finland- Swedish farddeltagarna Mr. . Alexander Koll. Mr . Track if you were born in Pietarsaari , but emigrated already for 35 s back and since then has not been in Finland . Over the past thirty successor , he has been a resident of Washington, where he engaged in business .
- Businesslife in America presently is characterized as stagnant , says Mr. Koll. It can not claim to be oiled the surge, the steering wheel, the latest release after the recession, stalled. It is hard to say why this is, perhaps you could say that we have to do with a suite of depression and that it requires
a time of peace for the upswing again to be continued . For a part we can mention the numerous
strikes , which come after each other one after the other, to make a team uncertain.
- Finland Svenks take to ordinary choices in America . Maybe no great fortunes , but nobody falls either on society . During the worst depression I worked in an organization, which handled relief activities , but not in an output case, I remembered that a Finland- Swedish emigrant would have had to ask for help.
Below, the Swedish of the Article.
Ombord på Lancastria stota vi aven pa ledaren for den finlandsvenska farddeltagarna Mr. Alexander Koll. Mr. Koll ar fodd i Jakobstad, men utvandrade redan for 35 år tillbaka och har sedan dess icke varit I Finland. Under de senaste trettio åren har han varit bosatt i Washington, dar han idkat affarsverksamhet.
Good business permit
repatriation by private
Cheer and anticipation filled the arrival yesterday of the first American Finns in the obligatory holiday trip to the homeland . At the S.S. Lancastria, at nine o'clock in the evening gathered around 400 talented compatriots, who during strenuous years saved up for a ticket for the trip to Finland.
Many wonderful tongues buzzed in the air, when our people trod Lancastrias deck where the ocean giant was low out on Kronobergsfjarden - it was not just unlike Finnish and Swedish dialects , but also this peculiar mixture of home-country language and the American language which has been learned over there. And though a small boy’s onset of measles complicated national newspaper procedure and created a mood of quarantine for a few hours on board the steamer, the mood was the best . Expected was a joyous and heartfelt reunion with the homeland, and then a few hours here or there does could not mean anything.
There was Mr. Bruno Forsberg , who for many years has transported compatriots back and forth across the Atlantic, and ever helped perplexed emigrants get settled. There also appeared Dr . Rafael Engelberg, who in Suomi Seuras behalf tended comfort onboard. Also among the travelers was Consul Carl H. Salminen , who worked as a the many community leaders and further Mr. A. Koll, chief of the one hundred or amounting to that Finland Swedish Group Members. .
When all troubles were finally bustled away, when the wealthy emigrants with cars celebrated with a few barges and with suitcases on a few others, were you ready to disembark . Two steam launches operated the traffic between Lancastria and South Harbour and when
Swedish music scene at / Pacific
In the smoker's lounge we meet on a nice-loooking young man, well dressed.. He is talking brightly with Evert Ekroth , also there to greet the home-returning. And with an introduction, it appears that we have Professor John Sundesten in front of us, born in Munsala , but since 1913 has lived in the States. The professor, who is a pianist by profession occupies a significant position among his countrymen over there. He is a conductor of the great Finnish Swedish song festivals , which Runebergs Order organizes at the Pacific coast.
-And the choirs are certainly lively and cherish the Swedish song with great interest, he relates. At a recent " meeting" over 400 singers turned up , but I 'm afraid that number will drop significantly. The fact is , to trans-
plant the music is mighty weak in these choirs. Those who come out from Finland to attend probably are happy in this work , but the youth which often grows up over there, have other interests, and also are quite naturally alienated from the old mother tongue. I do not want to be pessimistic , but it can happen that we will have to limit ourselves after only five years or so , he says.
- What about you ?
I work in Seattle as a music teacher , and during this work come in quite lively contact with my countrymen in America. It is admirable to see how the parents work and sacrifice for the youth to be able to get the best possible upbringing. The result also means the that while the majority of the older generation stand quite foreign to intellectual subsidence, the younger generally go through some college and acquired an often quite impressive book learning . Thus do we too a modest cultural work in Swedish service.
Mister Albin Jansson calls himself a happy and toothless old man who, too, is on board . Also his wife 's with.
It 's been 28 years since Mr. Jansson was here last, and 45 years ago he went to the promised land , and now the cranberry cultivation in Massachusetts has gone so well that he could be sold on a trip home .
- But it will be only a few month , says Mr. Jansson, and grins contentedly as his gaze sweeps the city skyline at sunset. I have little time unfortunately to stay longer in my home district Kivijärvi , you know this famous place, yes ? Because then I'll travel back to care for my cranberries when the season starts again. Is it profitable ? Oh, yes, write that down reporter, write it up. Old man Jansson has been doing it for 45 years and had 10 adult children in America and no one knows how many grandchildren. My wife she was here last year , too , but I had no time then. And now I'm in on the road with splendor to the home district .
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
|Pond During Restoration 2007|
Monday, November 18, 2013
SHIP FROM BOSTON TO LIVERPOOL
Now I want to go back to when we took our trip across from Boston to Liverpool.. I'm going to tell you how we lived on that ship. In the first place I want to correct what might have been an error. When I was up there, as I said, dumping over the trash can - we didn't throw over the can we just emptied the can over board. This was done at close to dark, because it was done at night so that any submarine that might have been around would not see that trash and radio ahead to some more submarines to let them know that we were coming. Now as I said a lot of the men on that ship were tense as long as we were on it. It took us nine days to go across over the ocean, there the sleeping quarters were very cramped as anyone who has ever served or traveled on a troop transport will know. Our ceiling was about nine feet from the floor and in there were three bunks high and the bunks were so close together that a man could just barely stand between and in our bunk we slept with all our clothes on even our shoes.
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TAPE LABELED - FROM 1923 to 1941 ELMENDORF FIELD ALASKA
As I was saying, we slept with all our clothes on, even our shoes when we were on the transport. If we wanted to change our socks we had to take off one shoe and take off that sock then put on a clean sock and put a shoe back on and then do the other foot.
We were not to do both feet at a time we also had to be able to sleep with our mae west in the bunk with us, one arm in it at all times, we had also in our bunk, our duffle bag, and our back pack, our helmet and gas mask was hung on the end of the bunk and so we were fairly crowded.
The ship had been once a passenger ship on the Seattle to San Francisco run. It was the H.F. Alexander, it carried about 200 or 250 passengers on that run. However, when the ship was transferred into a troop transport it was supposed to carry about 2000.
However, before we left Boston 500 additional soldiers came on board. They were engineers who were supposed to be on a ship which had developed engine trouble. And therefore they had to divide up its passengers among several other ships. And as I say, We got 500 of them. They slept in hammocks in the mess hall at night until about 4 o'clock in the morning, when they had to get out of there in order for the mess attendant to get ready to have breakfast. The men, these engineers, had to go and sleep up on deck.
They did not have any blankets with them, they just slept with their overcoats on. So we were all very happy when one day the captain announced that, barring enemy action, we should arrive in the harbor of Liverpool in about forty-eight hours.