|Abstract:||Papers of Katherine Ruuhela consists of correspondence with Finnish relatives, in which is mentioned a brother who moved from the U.S. to Soviet Karelia; photographs of family members in Finland and in the U.S.; newspaper clippings; a scrapbookof collected poems and articles; a memoir of the Finnish-Russian war; miscellaneous books; a print of Juho Rissanen's painting of a Finnish American homestead; biographies intended for a family history; and miscellany.|
|Language:||Mostly in Finnish|
Katherine (Katri) Ruuhela (maiden name Kemppainen) was born in 1902. She married Jooseppi Jokelainen (Joseph Jokela) (b. 1893) in 1921. In 1931 Katherine travelled to the United States with her children, Mayme (Meimi) and Anja. The trip was paid by Jooseppi, who had moved to Hibbing, Minnesota before the rest of the family. Jooseppi died in 1943. Katherine was active in Finnish American organizations, e.g. in the Finnish Relief Committee during the Second World War and in Ladies of Kalevala. Later she married Make Juntunen. Her third husband, Henry (Heikki) Ruuhela, died in 1985 in Hibbing, Minn.
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The Ruuhela, Katherine Papers, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
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