Erik Erksson purchased 3/16 mantal of the original home on 4 Mar 1875
and the family moved on 18 March from Palo to the old Lågland home
Nr. 9 next to Sipola. They took the surname Lågland as was customary
at that time. This information is found in the journal that son Johan
Eriksson Lågland wrote about the family in 1909. Erik and Anna Sofia
had 11 children, 5 sons and 6 daughters; 7 of the children died while
young. Two sons traveled to America at 17 years of age, as well as daughter
Johan Eriksson Lågland (Lålas Jussi), b. 23 Oct 1849, married
Lena Sofia Johansdotter Wefvar from Linnusperä, b. 18 May 1861. They
had 10 children but only 4 became adults. They were: Johan Emil, b. 13
Jun 1878, Maria Emilia, b. 26 Jul 1883, Alfred Ernst, b. 8 Feb 1888 and
Irene Alina, b. 25 Aug 1900, d. 6 May 1925. Johan undertook a number of
community and church tasks after returning from a trip to America. His
oldest sister Anna Sofia married 1884 to Johan jakobsson Sipola (Sipola/Stenmark).
The oldest son Johan (Janne), b. 13 May 1878, traveled to America and
married there to Alice Evans, b. 1880, d. 24 Dec 1959 in Imatra. They
had three children 2 daughters and a son. The daughters stayed
in America while the parents and Cisel moved to Imatra where they went
into the hotel business after returning from America.
Cisel Erik Lågland, b. 13 May 1919, d. 20 Jan 1990 in Imatra. He
married Veino Slöör and they had 3 sons:
- Johan Eric, b. 13 May 1942, married to Eila Kyllikki Ruotsalainen.
They had 2 children and live in Canada;
- Lars Olav, b. 18 Mar 1946 was married and had 2 children living in
- Matti Cicel, b. 17 Nov 1953 married Merja Kopperi. They had 3 children
and live in Australia.
Maria Emilia, b. 26 Jul 1883 married businessman Anders Rikhard Prest
from Korplax, b. 15 Feb 1883 and they had 5 children. Their descendants
are the well-known merchants on Storgatan and Strandgatan in Gamlakarleby.
- Hildur Maria, b. 9 Nov 1905 married Ture Johannes Björk from
Esse. They operated Prests Handwork shop on Storgatan that their daughter
Gunvor, b. 8 Jul 1945 and her husband now manage.
- Anders, b. 11 Nov 1906 married Heldine Ahlskog, b. 15 Sep 1911. They
had a daughter Marita Heldine, b. 2 Oct 1937. Anders and Heldine had
a shop on Storgatan.
- Evald Johannes, b. 21 Aug 1908 married Ann-Lis Villman, b. 10 Jul
1913. Their children: Ralf Evald, b. 3 Dec 1943; Christel Elisabeth,
b. 18 Aug 1946, and Vivika, b. 13 Mar 1951. Evald and Ann-Lis operated
Diama Guldsmed and Uraffär on Strandgatan, which son Ralf now manages.
- Gunnar Valdemar, b. 9 Jul 1912, d. in his young years.
- Henry Rikhard, b. 23 Dec 1913 married Ulla Maria Nyström and
they had sons Bo Henry, b. 3 Sep 1945, and Martin, b. 3 Dec 1954. Henry
and Ulla took over his parents business on Strandgatan which son
Martin now manages.
In 1946 Alfred Ernst bought 3/4 share of his fathers home and 1/4
share from his brother Janne. Alfred married Rosa Emilia Furu and they
had 9 children 8 sons and a daughter Gretel who d. 6 May 1927.
Rosa d. 19 Feb 1928. He remarried to Lempi Maria Korkiasaari from Lestijärvi,
b. 23 Dec 1903, d. 24 Feb 1969. A son Lars and daughter Laura were born
in the second marriage. Alfred Lågland was active in community affairs.
He was chairman of Social Welfare for ten years and later was on the Social
Welfare committee, chairman and cashier of Kallis-Storby El. Cooperative.
After Rosas death in 1928 the sons inherited part of the home that
Alfred bought from brother Janne in 1924. The house was deserted until
1947 when brothers Hans, Einar and Anders bought Alfreds share.
In 1949 Anders traveled to Sweden and sold his share to Hans, who bought
Einars share at the same time. Hans lived in the old home until
1974 when the family moved into their new home on the homestead. The old
house was torn down in 1975. Alfred died 23 Aug 1962. He became a juryman
in 1937 and was awarded the title of Foreman of the Jury in 1948. Alfreds
and Rosas children were:
- Runar Alfred, b. 16 Jul 1917, killed on the Svir front 23 Jul 1943.
Before the war he built a stone house that he worked on until the outbreak
- Hans Vilhelm, b. 29 Aug 1918 married 1937 Dagmar Vessari from Gamlakarleby.
They had a daughter before they divorced. He remarried to Erna Timgren
from Esse and they had 4 children: Eivar, Jan-Erik, Sture and Rune.
Hans worked with blocks of stone and became a skilled engraver and sculptor.
- Sven Valdemar, b. 7 Nov 1919 married Ruth Tallquist Lepisto (now called
Salbacka) in 1947 and had 3 children: Olov, Bengt and Gunnel. The children
have all built their own homes at Salbacka. After retirement the sons,
together with those of Sven, have continued the gravel business. Sven
also made his debut as an author and wrote a book about events during
the war years.
- Ruben Johannes, b. 24 May 1921 married Gertrud Pitkänen, b. 8
- d. 1972. They built their own home at Bergåkrä on Rävfarmsvägen
and moved in 1961. They had 4 children: Birgitta, Birger, Bo and Berndt.
All are presently living in Sweden. Ruben worked with construction until
- Helge Alexander, b. 30 Jun 1922, wounded at Svir 24 Apr 1944 and suffered
from his wounds until his death 13 Jan 1952. He married Aune Puttila.
- Göran Matias, b. 28 Oct 1923 married Eila Puronhaara from Halsua.
Göran received irreparable war injuries, so his employment has
been incidental. Göran and Eila had 4 children: Henry, Anita, Karita
and Hillevi. They built their own house at Dahlbacka along Sipolavägen
- Einar Ernst, b. 11 May 1925 married Aune Pajuoja from Perho. They
had 5 children: Mariann, Inga-Lill, Rosita, Peter and Carina. Einar
worked as a concrete reinforcer on various buildings. They built their
own home at Dahlbacka and moved in 1954.
- Anders Verner, b. 6 Aug 1927 is presently unmarried and later lived
in Sweden, first in Umeå and presently in Växsjötrakten.
Despite his youth Anders took care of the property when the brothers
were in the war.
Alfred and Lempis children:
- Laura Maria, b. 20 Aug 1932 married Risto Sirén. Their children
are Hanneli and Hannu; they built their home at Vattentornsvägen
- Lars Lennart, b. 7 Mar 1942 married Kirsti Ahinko from Kronoby. They
moved to Köping in Sweden 1970 and have children Mikael and Maria.
Alfred Lågland died 23 Aug 1962.
Picture of Gambel Lågland the old Lågland house.
From: Storby Min Hemby
See Journal about Erik Eriksson Lågland in
Storby village in Karleby parish, written by son Johan in 1909