Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants

by Diane Dettmann/Miriam Kaurala Dloniak

Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants

Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants

by Diane Dettmann/Miriam Kaurala Dloniak

Published Jun 29, 2008
116 Pages
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


Book Details

Family Succeeds with Fortitude and Finnish Sisu


Miriam's story reveals her family's challenges, struggles, and commitment to carve out a life in the northern Minnesota wilderness during the Great Depression. As immigrants in a new country, her parents captured the strength and courage from their Finnish heritage to build a strong family life with minimal resources. It's a story of perseverance and commitment that is relevant even today.


Book Excerpt

THE EARLY YEARS: told by Miriam Kaurala Dloniak
"For living quarters, he purchased an old two-room-plus attic house, which he hauled to the site by horses."

My earliest memories go back to the house we rented in Ely, Minnesota, in 1922. I was about three and a half years old at the time. Mother and Dad had been married a few years and, so far had been blessed with four daughters. Martha, the oldest, had arrived on April 13, 1917; Esther, the next to come, was born May 10, 1918, and I, the third child, first saw the light on Halloween night, 1919. Then on Thanksgiving Day, 1921, my sister was born. I can well imagine the frustration my father must have felt as each daughter appeared on the scene; in those days many fathers dreamed of having sons to carry on the family name.

During the early years, money was tight, so Mother made most of our underwear out of flour sacks. Sometimes she was unable to remove the printed label before she sewed the garments. We often had Pillsbury Best on our back-side or across the front of a petticoat. Sometimes it was Dakota Maid or Very Best Occident. 

"Your aunt has a strong voice, and I loved how she contrasted her life growing up with today's world. I felt like I was there with her." A Reader's Insight


About the Author

Diane Dettmann/Miriam Kaurala Dloniak

DIANE DETTMANN is the award-winning author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph and On Liberty’s Wing: A Post-WWII Novel the third book in her WWII series. She's also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal, and the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants.

Diane has also written articles for the national “Women’s Voices for Change” organization in New York City and the Open to Hope Grief Foundation in Palo Alto, California.

View the book interview Diane did with Barry ZeVan on Youtube at https://youtu.be/6eC9Xd3704A

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Book reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble are deeply appreciated! Diane Dettmann

Also by Diane Dettmann/Miriam Kaurala Dloniak

Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal
Courageous Footsteps
Yasu's Quest
On Liberty's Wings


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