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several groupings in the area, with meetings held at regular intervals.

There was even workers' society activity, with a chapter in Florenton with 31 members in 1912, another in Sandy Lake with 9 members that same year. When the schism came, the IWW wing emerged victorious. The Florenton society continued to manifest signs of cultural activity, with a dramatics group which put on plays for several years.

As was the case in Pike, the Finnish majority in Sandy naturally filled most of the local administrative posts. In 1920, for example, Alex Pursi was chairman of the board of selectmen; William Jacobson and Nestor Wolun, supervisors; Ed. Janhola, treasurer, and Otmar Järvinen and Lars Koski, selectmen. That same year the Wuori administration was made up of Ed Arvola, chairman of the board of selectmen, William Rekonen and Emil Wittanen as supervisors, Sam Lampi as treasurer, and Antti Heikkilä and Alex Niemi as selectmen. For many years, Aino Evelina Heikkilä was secretary of the townships of both Sandy and Wuori; and she also started the Florenton post office at the time Henry Kangas started his in Pike. She used to walk to Pike for the Florenton mail, for the distance was only a mile and a half. She kept the Florenton office for 42 years, and after her retirement the office was moved to the Pike-Sandy cooperative store.

Saved from losses in World War II - for there were no longer many left of an age to serve in the armed forces - there was one casualty in World War I: Leander Wall, an immigrant from Finland, lost his life in battle in November 1918.


Angora Township, which embraces Angora proper and Idington, lies west of Sandy, and its settlement is of more recent date than the communities just previously discussed. However, the first Finns came here in 1902, when a foursome of Finnish miners from Virginia - Jack Latikka, Kusti Mäki, Henry Ronback, and a man named Perkola - came here looking for land on which to settle. It was a day in April; they had just left the night shift at their mine and set out directly, walked 15 miles, saw the land they had come to look at under a blanket of fresh snow which fell while they hiked there, and then hiked 15 miles back to Virginia and straight down into the mine to work the night again. All that summer and fall they trudged to their new land, to start the job of clearing it whenever they had


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