Kalle Maukonen as a young man
Kalle Maukonen's Heritage
(The following is what I recall my
father, Henry, telling me about my
Kalle Maukonen was born in
Mikkeli, Finland. Mikkeli lies 200
kilometres (130 miles) to the northeast
of Helsinki where his sweetheart, Edla
Rautanen (?), lived. Kalle and Edla were
wed September 9, 1903 and emigrated to
Canada most probably in 1903. The reason
for emigration may have been to escape
Czarist-controlled Finland. (Finland
only became independent in 1917 after
the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.) It
has been told that Kalle was given the
identity papers and ticket of a
neighbour in order to exit the country.
Edla Rautanen (?),
the first wife of
mother of the five boys.
Kalle and Edla had five sons (named in
the picture below). Edla died at a young
age and eventually Kalle remarried to an
American woman, Emma, who had been his
housekeeper in Toronto. They had three
children (see the link to Kalle &
Kalle was a tailor by trade and had an
obvious influence on his sons. Three
spent some time earning livelihoods in
tailoring and my father was also skilled
at sewing. Neil was a prominent custom
tailor who, at the last, had his shop in
the prestigous King Edward Sheraton
Hotel in Toronto.
We do not have any written records nor
verbal recollections concerning Kalle's
origins in Finland.
by Bret Maukonen
The Maukonen boys (left to right):
Neil, Karl, Norman, Eric and Henry with their father, Kalle.