Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Well, here's a bit of Steanso history. This is a picture of my grandmother, Tyne Johnson, as a little girl (she's the one in the white dress) with her mother, Mrs. Kivisto, and her brothers, Ero, Tolvo, Lauri, and Eino. The picture was taken in Finland, circa 1900. My great grandmother died in Finland, and my grandmother immigrated to the U.S. (through Ellis Island) to come live with her father, but he was killed in an iron ore mining accident shortly after she arrived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Anyway, my mom unearthed this photo recently and sent it to me. Those Kivistos may look like a somber group, but they're partying on the inside (actually, for some reason photographers weren't big on having their subjects smile back then- I have other old photographs of the family and no one is smiling in those, either). Anyhoo, three cheers to the Kivistos for coming to the U.S. so Steanso could be born here and spend his time complaining about the government and listening to rock and roll!!
Posted by J.S. at 12:31 PM