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Paul & Kalervo Halme Solvang 2009

8th Finglish trip June 2009 #30

Paul and Kalervo Halme were born in Los Angeles, California, to Finnish immigrant parents, the late Rev. Omar and Saimi Halme. Rev. Halme was one of the founders of Finlandia Foundation National. Omar Halme was the son of August Halme (birth name lkonen) and Aina Maria (nee Puranen). They first came to America in 1902 to preach the word of God to the immigrants. After Omar´s birth August and Aina returned to Finland.

Entering the U.S. again via Windsor, Canada in 1924 August Halme went on to a congregation on Drummond Island, Michigan. Three years later, he landed in Maine where he purchased a small apple farm in West Sumner, and sent for his family. Aino arrived in Toronto in 1927 with Martta, their youngest child, and Omar, who had been working as merchant seaman on the Baltic Sea.

Paul and Kalervo both reside in Solvang, California, where Paul is a partner in the law firm of Halme and Clark. Paul's wife Susan Darling Halme is the owner of The Solvang Bakery. Paul Halme is a graduate of UCLA, Hastings College of Law, and served in the military as USAF Captain. Kalervo is a Vietnam war veteran.

Paul Halme currently serves as chair of the board for the Paloheimo Foundation supporting the Pasadena Museum of History; El Rancho de las Golondrinas, La Cienega, New Mexico; Finlandia Foundation National; Leonora ja Yrjo Paloheimo Säätiö, Järvenpää, Finland; Autry National Center and Historic Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, California; School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan.

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