EAST OTTER TAIL COUNTY 1977, VOL I
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA
HENRY TELIN FAMILY
Henry TelinÂ’s fatherÂ’s name was Iver Telin. He was born in June 1841 in the city of Puppola, Finland. He married Anaie Walberg in 1863. She was born on August 10, 1838 in Puppola, Finland. The emigrated to America in the spring of 1873, landing at New York and came directly to Holmes city, Minnesota, where they made their home for 6 years; then coming to Otter Tail County and took up a homestead in the township of Deer Creek on July 4, 1879 and lived there for 10 years and in 1889, they sold their homestead and bought 80 acres in the township of Newton, where they have made their home ever since. Mr. Iver Telin and family came to Otter Tail County in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Puppo and family; also Mr. and Mrs Matt Benferg and family. These three families came from Finland to America together and have always been living close together, coming together to Otter Tail County in covered wagons drawn by oxen. Mr. Telin had a covered wagon, one yoke of oxen, a cow, and a few pieces of home made furniture. The following spring, Mr. Iver Telin sold his oxen and walked to Holmes City and brought back the first team of horses to be in the New York Mills vicinity. Mr. Telin walked to Fergus Falls to pay his taxes.
The homestead of 80 acres that Mr. Telin bought was heavily timbered and he worked hard to clear the land until he had an improved farm and all of the land under cultivation.
Mr. Telin was a shoemaker, tailor and casket maker by trade. He learned these trades in Finland. He made as many as 300 caskets a year while in Finland. He made his own clothing as well as that for his family and friends. He did not follow these trades after coming to America, only to help out a friend once in awhile. The family went through many hardships. He made friends among the Indians so the family had no fear of them.
Mr. and Mrs Iver Telin were blessed with five children, one girl and four boys as follows: Iver Jr., Matt, Henry, William and Mary.
Iver sold his home farm to his son Henry in 1912. He then made his home with Henry until his death on June 12, 1937 at the age of 95 years. He made his own casket at the age of 90 years. Mrs Iver Telin died in 1907 at the age of 67 years.
Henry Telin was born in the spring of 1879. He was the first Finnish child to be born in Otter Tail County and made his home with his parents as long as they lived. Henry was married in 1901 to Miss Hilda Leskala, who was born in Kursomo, Finland on August 18, 1879. Mrs. Henry Telin came to America alone when she was 22 years old, landing in New York Mills July 4, 1900. This union was blessed with six children: Bruno; Impi, (Mrs Clarence Johnson); Annie who died in 1920; Martha was killed in a train wreck in 1936; Mabe; and Tilla who married Carl Haugen.