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Alfred Torppa was the clerk for the society. These ledgers, written in Finnish, are minutes of the monthly meetings. The Cooperative store was on Main St. and the restaurant was functioning upstairs.

Diploma from the Veteli, Finland elementary school.
Translation by Roy Helander


The reception was held in Temperance Hall.
Mikko Hietanen, left center; Waino Muinonen, right center. The runners were from Finland.

The document was often signed two years after date of immigration with the intent of becoming citizens.

" Alfred Heikki's son Torppa, here in Kaustinen has castrated my colts during several years and all have recovered well. Also other diseases in both my horses and my cattle were cured through his medicine and good care to which I now…


" That animal surgeon, Alfred Torppa, from Veteli has several times with good results taken care om my horses and cattle, which by request I now attest.

In Perho, December 19, 1904 H. F. Karki"


" I attest that on October 25, 1899 Alfred Torppa, an animal surgeon, operated on my year and a half old Stallion colt and that operation succeeded very well. By request, I thus testify in Perho, on January 12, 1900.

Antti Sahipakka, a young land…


"By chance my two horses came down with such a perilous case of throat infection that the veterinarian Dr. Miller in Kokkala frightened me that it was an extremely severe disease. I had recourse to the services of Alfred Torppa, a folk medicine…


"That the farmer's son Alfred Heikki's son Torppa here in Upper Veteli has castrated my Stallion with good results which I now attest

In Veteli, December 23, 1904 Antti Torppa, a landowener in Veteli"


Marriage took place in New York, the certificate ended up Maynard. Presumably related to the Maynard Hamalainens.

The original certificate from the 1954 naturalization.

The original certificate from the 1954 naturalization.

"I can hereby attest that the young man, Alfred Torppa, from Vetili at my farm has passed courses in anatomy of house pets, horse shoeing, and birthing as well as the more ordinary outer and inner sicknesses with satisfaction. He has also taken…

Alfred Torppa is giving power of attorney to his son's wife's mother, Wilhelmina Vaclin, to act in his behalf in a matter concerning joint ownership of property in Vetili, Finland, with his brother, Kalle Torppa. Alfred Torppa's lawyer is U.…

Translation: " The American immigrant Alfred Heikki's son Torppa, born March 4, 1880 in Veteli, married on April 4, 1901 to Maria Amalia August's daughter Tofferi, born in Halsua on October 15, 1879 and live in matrimony in America.
Certified by…

This book contains minutes of the September 19, 1910 meeting at which The Finnish Workingmen's Association, Taisto, of Maynard was formed. The purpose of said corporation shall be: to influence among the laboring classes in Maynard a feeling of…

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"The peasant Alfred Heikki's son Torppa , b. March 4, 1880 in Veteli, and his wife, Maria Amalia Gustaf's daughter, b. October 15, 1879 and their two children Juho Teodor, 1903 and Hugo Alfred,1904 from Veteli in the Grand Duchy are traveling abroad…


Slides from Roy Helander's 2008 presentation to the Maynard Historical Society on Alku, the Finnish Temperance Society.

The book contains names of members, when they joined, the dues they paid and some minutes for planning for a summer festival in 1924. Several pages are shown and two translations of the minutes. Thanks to Roy Helander for the translation and…

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This photo is from one of the early Halloween parties of the All American Club.

In 1945, when the Finnish boys and girls who had grown up in Maynard came back from World War II, they wanted to form a Finnish American club at the Parker Street Hall…