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A History of the Kaleva Knighthood &
The Knights of Kaleva


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A History of the Kaleva Knighthood &
The Knights of Kaleva


"This is an abridged translation of Alfons Ukkonen's book that was originally written in the Finish language for the Knights of Kaleva in 1996". The book reviews the origins of Knights of Kaleva in 1898 by John Stone, the meaning of Kaleva, a brief history of individual lodges and the activities that the Knights undertook to celebrate the Finnish culture.


Written by Alfons Ukkonen
Translated by Tessa Surkuukka
Edited by Oiva W. Saarinen




Roy Helander




Aspasia Books
Beaverton, Ontario

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Transcription of the section about the Salo Lodge, Maynard ( pgs. 128 & 129 ):


Salo Lodge Number 138 was founded April 11, 1915 in a small but active village where Finnish immigrants had settled already in the last century. There were as many as 2000 Finns living in the village. The lodge was founded by a group of fourteen Finns. John Nokelainen , Edward Hintsa, Antti Heiskari and Weeti Taival were some of the long term members who joined the lodge in the beginning; later, the following members enrolled: George Hekkala, Teuvo Grekula, Matti Nelson, Niilo Keto, Lauri Wick, Leo Weckstrom, Pastor Reino Hiironen, Olavi Alatalo, Edwin Sarvela, Paul Koski and Veijo Epailys.

At the start, the operation of the lodge remained ideologically close to that of the Knighthood, but gradually its features began to resemble modern times. The lodge bought a Kaleva Home and a villa by a lake in 1921. The villa is beautiful with 16 acres of land and 22 small beautiful houses, which are owned by the members. Many parties have been organized there, and since the villa is located only 6 miles from town, it is easy to get to. The villa has been enlarged, and nowadays it is used as a meeting location.

In 1932, Salo Lodge and the women's Salotar Lodge together purchased a house in the town center. With some minor repairs it became an excellent meeting location. Although the house was not large, it meet the needs of the membership. The house was later sold, and in the early 1980's a more suitable building was purchased. It was a great coincidence that just when the house was ready for use, the lodge was revisited by Grand First Brother Alfons Ukkonen who had been here previously with his wife at the summer party 1960. With them came the opera singer Kalle Ruusunen and his wife. The party was excellent, and it gave the members much enthusiasm.

The members in Maynard have organized many great anniversaries. They have always taken national holidays and their own anniversaries into account, and made contributions, especially when the Finnish Relief Fund was in operation. Summer camps have been held annually at the lodge's villa, as has a midsummer's party. The ceremonies of the villa have often included a "road race" in which local amateurs have taken part. In some cases, it has been a stepping stone to sports.

Nether Salo Lodge nor Salotar Lodge have organized a Grand Convention. In 1977, however, they held an Interim Meeting where Grand Puukka, Henry Hakanen, Robert Erickson, Tauno Rauhala, Tauno Nurmi, Leo Weckstrom, and Eino Haapanen, who represented the 6th Degree members. Grand Assessor Toivo Nevala planned to attend the meeting, but he had learned about the death of his mother and cancelled. Matti Hekkala was appointed to the Grand Lodge in 1920, Leon Weckstrom in 1978, and Veijo Epailys in 1990, who was reappointed in 1992 and 1994. The lodge has not been represented in the Grand Lodge very well. This is strange because the lodge's operation has otherwise been exemplary.

In October 1933, a Young Member's Friendship Association was established. Its operation was vey active. On February 20, 1940, the young members received a charter, which was presented at a special event. The association was named "Young Members of Kaleva." Meetings where held every week led by Matti Nelson, and Roosa Grekula; Mr. and Mrs. Eino Eklund acted as the assistants. The operation continued for a long time under the name "Hyva Heimo" ("Good Tribe"). "

Original Format

Soft covered book, 6 x 9 ins; 372 pages


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