Reviews and Extracts
A History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area
What the reviewers are saying:
â€¦ .an essential tool for researchers seeking specific references for biographical or economic studies.
â€¦the Thunder Bay Finnish-Canadian Historical Society is to be congratulated for supporting the continued promotion of Finnish culture
Officially called â€œThe International Co-Operative Trading Company, Ltd.â€ the International Co-Ops were a network of Co-Operative stores owned and operated by customer-shareholders, which was patterned after American models. The Port Arthur Co-Op was incorporated in 1926 and ten years later had branches in Fort William, Pike Lake and Hurkett. The Farmerâ€™s Mercantile and I.A. Klamieâ€™s store in Nolalu were taken over by the International Co-Op Trading Company in the 1930â€™s and the original Farmerâ€™s Mercantile location operated until 1970.
Extract from Business chapter on the History of International Co-Op Stores.
I immigrated from Alavus, Finland in December 1951. I flew from Stockholm, Sweden to Dorval Airport in Montreal, there I boarded a train, and after two days, arrived in Port Arthur.
I was lucky for I was only unemployed for two days when my aunt Aili Sivunen directed me to Nelson & Kyro Menâ€™s Wear, where Y.W. Nelson hired me to work at his bush camp in the Raith area. I worked at various bush camps for Y.W. Nelson
Extract from His Own Story chapter as written by Matti Niittula *Trapper