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Emil and Fanny Laurila papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: IHRC1357


Papers (1935-1940) of Emil Laurila consist of farm records; correspondence; and photographs of a pioneer homestead farm near Markham, Minn. Correspondents include John E. Aho. Included are also boardinghouse, household, and farm records of a Finnish-American family who lived in the Markham/Makinen/Aurora areas of northeastern Minnesota. Income/Expenses records spanning 1920s-1980s.


  • Creation: 1935-1940


Language of Materials

English and Finnish


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Biographical / Historical

Emil and Fanny Laurila met in Minnesota and were married in 1925. Emil Gust Laurila was born on October 3, 1892, in Toysa, Vaasan Laani, Finland. He had enlisted into the United States military service at the age of 25, working as a machinist, until receiving an honorable discharge in 1919. Emil eventually settled in Virginia, Minnesota and became a naturalized citizen on January 18, 1930. He died on September 11, 1963, in Aurora, Minnestoa. Fanny Lydia Aleksandra Heinonen was born on August 29, 1904, in Virginia, Minnesota. She had many health problems as a child, residing in the State Hospital for Crippled and Indigent Children in Phalen Park, St. Paul from age 4 to age 9 due to a displaced and infected knee cap. After Emil's death in 1963, Fanny was remarried twice. She had three sons, four daughters, many grandchildre, and many great-grandchildren. Fanny died on December 8, 1984, in Aurora, Minnesota, where she had resided since 1978. Prior to her death, Fanny was a member of the Aurora Senior Citizens and attended the United Methodist Church in Aurora.


5 linear inches

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