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June Pelo
07-06-05, 21:44
I came across these articles, including one written in 1895 - about life in lumber camps.










11-06-05, 19:06
Hi June,

I read these links you have sent. Fascinating reading indeed!

My wife has a forefather Johannes Jakobsson Hannula (born 18.08.1855 in Larsmo), who left his family to Finland and moved to lumber work into USA. The only thing we know about him is that he emigrated to America 18.11.1891 and died there 17.9.1895 in lumber work accident.

We don not have a clue where that might have been.
Are there any registries about lumber workers?
Where should I try to look for more information?

I already tried Ellis island records, but the records in the internet start only from 1892, which is too late for this case.

Warmest regards,

12-06-05, 16:52
Hi June

Thanks for another set of very interesting articles. I always enjoy reading all the interesting info you send to Finlander.

Karen Norwillo
12-06-05, 22:16
Sami, I found on Ancestry.com, an entry for a J. Hannula arriving Dec 1891 on the SS Teutonic age 35 a laborer Finnish going to Eureka, no state listed. Arrived in NY.
There are many towns in the US named Eureka.. in Minnesota, Nevada, California, Utah and Montana, those are just the ones I could find. Minnesota sounds like a good bet for lumber camps. The Dakota County Historical Society, where Eureka is located has a website. I didn't find him, but they will do research. Website is http://www.dakotahistory.org Hope this helps. Karen

June Pelo
13-06-05, 21:10

I don't know of any registry of lumber workers. Most of the Scandinavian lumbermen seemed to have gone to Michigan, Minnesota, California, Oregon and Washington. I had relatives from Finland who worked in lumbering in Eureka, California, and also near Seaside, Oregon, as well as in Michigan. Both of my grandfathers emigrated to Michigan and worked in lumber camps in the lower peninsula. I have a relative who died in a lumbering accident in White Cloud, Michigan in 1879, 5 months after arriving from Finland. I have a book about logging in Michigan, but very few names are mentioned. When the forests in lower Michigan were decimated, the loggers moved to the Upper Pensinsula and from there many went on to the northwestern states

I looked for Hannula in K-G Olin's book about Finlanders in Oregon: Egen Lyckas Smed, but didn't find that name.

Hopefully the man Karen found is your ancestor.