Kultala/Hietela Family

My Great grandfather Matt August Kaisass Kultala was Born: 22 FEB 1872 in Saloinen Finland. He was Christened: 25 FEB 1872. He died: 15 JAN 1947 in Tower Soudan Minnesota. On 2 October 1895 he married Amalia Aliina Pettersdtr Hietela in Tower Soudan Minnesota. Amalia Aliina was born Marie Amalia Pettersdtr Ruicka on 15 AUG 1871 in Hietala Simo Finland and died 03 JUN 1917 in Tower Minnesota.

Greatgrandpa and Greatgrandma have 7 children: Lulu Aliina Kultala (my grandmother) b: 30 MAY 1909 d: 22 JUL 1986; Hugo Randolph Kultala b: 12 JAN 1902 d: 02 SEP 1959; Axel Jalmar Kultala b: 18 NOV 1903 d: 10 JUN 1989; Wayne Henry Kultala b: 06 OCT 1906 d: 10 AUG 1954; Lempi Marie Kultala b: 03 JUN 1899 d: 23 JUL 1966; Naomi Katrina Kultala b: 27 JUL 1897 d: 09 MAY 1988; Matt Arvid Kultala b: 12 MAR 1896 d: 17 SEP 1923.

Kultala/Hietela Index of names
PDF File Kultala Hietala Surnames

Helback Family added

grandpagustfishingThis is Grandpa Gust!  He was known as a great fisherman!  He loved to fish on Burntside Lake up in Northern Minnesota!

Gust Johan Helbacka Born: 17 FEB 1903 in Ely, Minnesota; Death: 10 APR 1995 in Duluth Minnesota.

He married 18 JUL 1928 to Lulu Alina Kultala. They have 3 children. Pat, Myron and Jerry.

Grandpa Gust is 1 0f 5 children born to Elias Heikki Eliass Helpakka and Anna Kaisa Kaatiala.  Victor, born: 18 August 1885; Sofia, born: 24 August 1887; Tynne, born: 14 May 1897; and Anna Matilda born: 14 MAY 1897 died: 14 MAY 1897 in Finland. Grandpa Gust is the only child born in Minnesota USA.

Helback Index of Names

PDF file Helback Surnames


Quiet Magic by Sam Cook

Here is a link to the chapter about my Grandpa Gust!


Esaias & Liisa Johnson aka. Hyyppa

From: “NEW YORK MILLS -75 Years of Progress 1884-1959

Esaias (Esa) Johnson (Hyyppa) was born n Isokyro, Finland in 1867. His wife, Liisa
(Nikula) was born in 1866 also in Isokyro Finland. They came to America in 1886
and first went to live in Ashtabula, Ohio. From there they traveled to Duluth
Minnesota where they were married 30 May 1887. Esa changed his name in Duluth
because very few people could pronounce “Esaias Hyyppa”.

Esa was hurt in Duluth while working on the docks. A rock fell on his left shoulder
and injured him for life. He didn’t receive any compensation as an injured employee
would receive today. Instead, he was forced to change occupations.

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Elias Heikki & Anna Kaisa Helbacka

From “Ely since 1888” As written by my Grandfather Gust Johan Helpakka

Elias H. (Helpakka, Finnish spelling) Helbacka was born 21 June 1863, and Anna Kaisa
(Katherine) Kaatiala, born 03 January 1864, were married in 1885 in Lapua Finland and
had three children.

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Ollila Family added

I added my Ollila Family.  My great grandmother is Helena Mattsdtr Ollila born 28 JAN 1870 in Ollila Lappajarvi Finland, died 13 DEC 1942 New York Mills Minnesota.

She married Erik Johan Olofss Tolkkinen [b: 23 JUN 1859 d: 16 MAY 1916] on 13 JAN 1894 in Calumet Houghton Michigan.

They had 11 children: Born in Calumet Houghton Michigan: John William Tolkkinen b: 20 OCT 1894 d: 26 FEB 1981, Eino Tolkkinen b: 05 APR 1896 d: 28 AUG 1910, Erick August Tolkkinen b: 14 AUG 1897 d: 25 JAN 1956, Arthur Tolkkinen b: 12 OCT 1898 d: 07 JUN 1965, Eli Ewald Tolkkinen b: 02 FEB 1900 d: 28 MAY 1981 and Ksenia Maria Tolkkinen b: 08 MAY 1902 d: 05 NOV 1975. Born in Minnesota: Edna Ester Tolkkinen b: 12 AUG 1903 d: 04 JAN 1986, Oscar Frans Tolkkinen b: 06 MAY 1905 d: 19 MAY 1946, Arvid Tolkkinen b: 28 JUL 1907 d: 28 FEB 1969, My Grandmother Helena Viola Tolkkinen b: 16 JAN 1911 d: 17 SEP 1991 and Charles Edwin Tolkkinen b: 27 AUG 1912 d: 11 JUN 2010.

I’ve added my Kaatiala Family

I just added my Kaatiala Family genealogy to my site.  My great grandmother is Anna Kaisa Kaatiala born 31 JAN 1864 in Hantulan Lapua Finland and died 27 JUN 1928 Ely St Louis County Minnesota.

She married Elias Heikki Hellbacka on 04 APRIL 1885 in Lapua Finland.  they had 5 Children:  Anna Matilda Eliasdtr Helpakka b: 14 MAY 1897 d: 14 MAY 1897,  Tyyne Maria Eliasdtr Helpakka b: 14 MAY 1897 d: 11 JUL 1979, Elias Vihtori Eliass Hellpakka b: 12 AUG 1885 d: 20 FEB 196, Serafia Eliasdtr Helpakka b: 24 AUG 1887 d: MAR 1975 -born in Finland.  My grandfather Gust Johan Helbacka b: 17 FEB 1903 d: 10 APR 1995 was born in Ely Minnesota.

PDF File Kaatiala Surnames