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mark
03-02-15, 20:48
Hello! My fatherīs cousins, three brothers, went to America about a hundred years ago. I have some information on them, but I donīt know if they married or had children. Any information would be greatly appreciated. They were born in Hankasalmi, Finland. Their father was Lauri Kinnunen and mother Maria Loviisa Matilainen.
1. Lauri Ville Kinnunen born 3. Oct. 1891. Came to Ellis Island 2. July 1913 by "Franconia". He lived in Gardner MA 1917 (1. World War registration card). Died 15. March 1937 in Montana? (record from Finnish archives).
2. Matti Kinnunen born 7. June 1896 (or 7. May 1896). Came to Ellis Island 11. Sept. 1923 by "Stockholm". Was in Gardner MA 1930 (Census) and 1942 (2. World War registration card). Died in Gardner 8. April 1970 (Death Index).
3. Herman Kinnunen born 5. July 1898. Came to USA 1923? Died in USA 4. Dec. 1970. I have no more information on him.

Markku

Karen Norwillo
04-02-15, 05:56
Lauri Kinnunen is found on the MT Death Index died 15 Mar 1937 in Silver Bow, MT.
I found Herman Kinnunen in several references, but birth date differs, all say 12 Jun 1898. WWI Draft card in Silver Bow, MT. In 1918 he is listed in Billings, MT city directory. In 1920 he's in Lincoln, WY, 27, single, miner. He is found in Anchorage, AK 23 Sep 1947 Naturalization Index.

mark
04-02-15, 16:46
Thank you Karen! Iīm sure that Herman you found is my relative (his nearest relative was brother Lauri K. in draft card). It seems I have no relatives alive in USA?

Karen Norwillo
04-02-15, 21:08
I found more about Herman. It looks like he changed his surname to Keno in Alaska. He was a miner there. 1930 and 1940 census he was single. He served US Army in WWII and is buried in Anchorage Memorial Park cemetery. It looks like he probably never married. There are no other Keno in that cemetery.

mark
05-02-15, 20:23
Very interesting. Herman was over 40 and served US Army. Is there any sources about that?

Karen Norwillo
05-02-15, 23:05
Here is a scan of his enlistment in Army 1942. From what I see online in 1942 the age was extended to 45 and sometimes older if physically fit.

mark
05-02-15, 23:28
Here is a scan of his enlistment in Army 1942. From what I see online in 1942 the age was extended to 45 and sometimes older if physically fit.

Ok. Thank you very much.