Alvi Vieno OjennusAge: 60 years1915–1976
- Alvi Vieno Ojennus
- Married name
- Alvi Vieno Brown
|Birth|| December 4, 1915 26 27|
Source: US Social Security Death Index
Note: Social Security Death Index gives 5 Dec 1915
|Census|| 1930 (Age 14 years)|
Source: 1930 US Federal Census
| Birth of a son|
|Frederic Emil Brown|
July 9, 1943 (Age 27 years)
|Death|| November 21, 1976 (Age 60 years)|
Source: US Social Security Death Index
Note: Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
|Burial|| after November 21, 1976|
Note: Bruce Crossing Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 166539477)
|Family with parents|
Jacobi Emil (Emil) Ojennus
Birth: about 1889 — Finland
Vieno Amanda Sjoblum
Birth: about 1888 — Finland
Marriage: about 1910 —
3 yearselder brother
Waino (Wayne) Ojennus
Birth: November 11, 1912 23 24 — Michigan
Death: November 12, 1978
|Family with James McCaslin Brown|
James McCaslin Brown
Birth: May 19, 1915 36 33 — Huron, Beadle, South Dakota
Death: August 3, 2006 — Wasilla, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
Frederic Emil Brown
Birth: July 9, 1943 28 27 — Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
Death: June 26, 2014 — Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska
Social Security Death Index gives 5 Dec 1915
Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
Bruce Crossing Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 166539477)
"Bio for Alvi Vieno Ojennus Brown--her younger days" written by her son, James McCaslin Brown.
My mother Alvi was born on the kitchen table of her Aunt Hulda's house in Trout Creek, Michigan on 4 December l915. This is in Ontonagon County of the Upper Peninsula. She was the daughter of Finnish immigrants who arrived in America about l904--Jacob Emil Ojennus and Vieno Amanda Sjoblom Ojennus. Emil came as a teen to work with father and brothers in the Calumet Copper Mine at Calumet, Michigan. Vieno came alone as a teen to Fitchburg, MA and worked there as a housekeeper. How they met and married I don't know. Emil and Vieno were part of a very large migration of Finnish folk to America in this period of unrest in Europe which culminated in the Russian Soviet Rebellion and WWI .
Mama told me she attended "grammar school" in Bruce Crossing, MI. Her father quit the mine and homesteaded there. Mama said she and her two older brothers Reino and Waino walked "2 miles to school and back, through the deep show and blizzards, uphill both ways". The grammar school books she used "were found in an abandoned house in Neguanee, MI while they were picking apples one fall and she was able to use them at her school". She attended grammar school from 1921 to 1929. Then attended high school one year at Marquette, MI, which was the closest high school and she stayed with other family. Then Emil started working for the Settlers Cooperative store and the family moved to Cook, Minnesota, where Alvi attended high school at Eveleth, MN graduating in 1933.
Like many of her first American generation Alvi was fluent (reading, writing, and speaking) in both Finnish and English. I onced asked her if she thought in Finnish or English. Her answer was "yes". Then she explained that , depending upon whom she was talking to or what she was reading, her brain would operate in one or the other. "My brain can shift gears." In fact during the early 1900's into the 1930's the Upper Peninsula was a largely Finnish speaking community including business (I have some Settlers Coop records in Finn from l932), newspapers, and radio broadcasts). I don't know if Finnish reading and writing was taught in grammar school.
As an aside, I should note that the politics in the UP (similar to other parts of the world during the Great Depression) was very Socialist. In fact, I have paperwork documenting Grampa Emil's and Uncle Ray's memberships in the American Workers (Communist) Party during the l930's. Alvi was a devout Democrat all her life.
As another aside, Finnish was my original language as a baby. I learned English at age 4-5 when I started playing with English-speaking kids on Fireweed Lane. Typical of many 2nd generation Americans, I know only a few Finnish words that translate as Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, crazy girl, milk, stew, and bad boy.
Alvie died from Victoria B Flu at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital.
Last benefit was paid to Trout Creek, Ontonagon, Michigan 49967