I think you should surf this page: http://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htmhttp://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm (click in English on left - 25 hits on HOKANS) and start posting your info on Finn boards at rootsweb (mailing lists, name and county boards).
Have you emailed Gail Rapoza -- email@example.com -- with your Spolander request?What timeframe for Hilda's date of birth do you think?
Is this Harold?There was a Hokans immigration to MA ....
HAROLD HOKANSRequest Information (SS-5) SSN 340-07-0706 Residence:01532Northborough, Worcester, MA Born 8 Nov 1912 Last Benefit: Died Mar 1969 Issued:IL (Before 1951)
Or, I Like this -- how many HOKANS can come from Waukegan and not be related???The trick is - if you can't find a papertrail on one person, go for a sibling.THat goes for John and OScar in the IL death index.I would pull obits for these people at a library!
VICTOR HOKANSRequest Information (SS-5) SSN 344-07-5300 Residence:33461Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL Born 1 Aug 1894 Last Benefit: Died 9 Dec 1987 Issued:IL (Before 1951)
MARTHA N HOKANSRequest Information (SS-5) SSN 348-26-0997 Residence:33461Lake Worth, Palm Beach, FL Born 23 Aug 1900 Last Benefit: Died Sep 1990 Issued:IL (Before 1951)
In Finish?However - I think more importantly is a clue as to their religion -- why don't you go for baptismals with this parish?
Hokans, Victor, 522 George Ave., DElta 6-2516 Hokans, Martha Mrs., 522 George Ave.
And here they are down in FLA: http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3d56ae.htmhttp://www.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3d56ae.htm Hokans Arne V., 2424 N. Federal Hwy. B. Bcho, 734-4716 Hokans Victor & Martta, 507 So. C. St. L. W., 582-8895
You need a 1930 census lookup -- assuming those dates will help??
***************** This is interesting:
I came across this article, written by Ruth Heikkila Ottery of Waukegan >and published in the Waukegan News Sun paper special WAUKEGAN OUR TOWN in >June 1995. Thought it may be of interest and/or help to someone out >there. > >Angela >firstname.lastname@example.org > > >"To South Side's Finns, McAlister was Main Street > >My memories of Waukegan go back to the South Side of Waukegan where the >Finnish community lived. > >The area the Finns inhibited was bound by Utica Street on the east, >Eighth Street on the south, Lincoln Street on the west, and George >Avenue on the north. > >McAlister Avenue, with its many businessesm was the main street. Many of >these businesses were owned by Finlanders. > >The Cooperative Trading Company had a bakery and meat market in one >building, and a grocery store in another building. The grocery store had >a dairy in the basement, and behind it was a barn which stabled the >horses that were used ub home delivery of the milk bottled in the dairy. > >There was also Aho's shoe repair shop, August Aro's tailor shop, and a >hardware store owned by Sam Karjala, whose sons, Urho and Sulo assisted >him. > >Dr. Lahti had his dental office on McAlister Avenue and there were two >taverns owned by Pete Waisanen and George Manning. > >Mr. and Mrs. Haney owned a barber and beauty shop together. On May >Street was another barber shop, and a shoe repair shop owned by Sam Harju >and a restaurant owned by John Waltari. > >While the Finlanders were proud, hard working, honest, and on the >serious side, they took time for entertainment and fun. > >There were three halls ib the South Side, Workers Hall on Helmholz >Avenue, Temperance Hall on McAlister Avenue, and Liberty Hall on Eighth >and Adams. > >At these halls they presented plays and programs in the Finnish language. > A dance usually followed these, and the music was usually provided by a >single accordian player. These were fun times for adults and children. > >Workers Hall and Tempererance Hall both had sizeable libraries if Finnish >books. > >As for religion, the Finnish Lutheran Church was on Genesee Street next >to Oakwood Cemetery, and another, the Finnish Pentecostal Church, was on >Eighth Street. > >There were three saunas (Finnish steam baths) on the South Side. These >were open to the public. One was on McAlister Avenue owned by the >Kulmala family. A newer, more modern one, was the Marvel Health Bath on >Eigth Street owned by John Koski. > >The Finns loved their sauna baths, which were a weekly ritual for them, >so attendance at these bath houses was brisk. > >Another interesting aspecr of the South Side was the Jyry Boarding House >on Eighth Street run by a Finnish couple, Oscar Carlson and Aina Jarvi.>They provided meals for men who roomed close by and most of whom worked >at American Steel & Wire Company. They even packed their lunch pails for >them to take to work, >So, you can see that the South Side was a bustling are of Waukegan during >the 1920s through the 1960s for the Finnish community living there." >
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