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descent and one young woman served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II.


A part of the Town of Nashwauk is made up of a Finnish farming community, Cloverdale, where Finns began to settle down in 1910 and the years following. Among the very first were Isaac Korpela, Matti Rantala and Thomas Hedman, while a little later came Mike Laakso, Andrew Pääkkönen, Charles Erikson, William Wirtanen and Oscar Lehti, and still later, scores more. With the exception of Erick Hietala's and E. Michelson's properties, the lands were not homestead grants. The early residents here had to get along with their farm income, for it was both too distant and too expensive to go out to work elsewhere; the younger generation, on the other hand, has for the most part left farming aside and gone to work in industry.

The Cloverdale Finns have not had halls or organizations of their own, with the exception of one so-called `cattle club.' They have, however, held meetings and program evenings together at the township's Community Hall. Religious services have been held there also, or in private homes. Lacking fixed congregations, some of the residents are members of Nashwauk churches.

John and Walter Rantala kept a dairy business for a time at their father's (Eino's) farm; Ray Nurkka owns a store; Charles Latvala was a building contractor.

Township supervisors have been Mike Laakso, Charles Erikson, Dan Lehti and Harry Kannas; treasurers, Frank Beckman, Andrew Pääkkönen, Lillian Nurkka, Mrs. Dan Lehti, Jr., and Thomas Hedman; assessors, Aaro Lehti, Oscar Johnston, Reino Gyllander, Ina Wallin, Tauno Salonen and Elli Tuomala, while Eben Henderson served for 20 years as both township secretary and coroner.

Crooked Lake

Located partly in Nashwauk Township and partly in Lawrence and Balsam townships is Crooked Lake, once an area of primeval forest, left desolate by timber operations, restored to beauty with its newer deciduous tree growth, woods rich with game surrounding a lake rich with fish, it has grown into a popular summer colony with some 40 cottages, owned largely by Finns. Alex Mäki was the first to locate here, buying farmland on the north shore of the lake. Others followed, including so many from Hibbing that the north shore is still called `Little Hibbing.' Some have already


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