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  • Writer's pictureVesa Oja

Arthur and Suzanne Koski Morrison 2011

11th Finglish trip July 2011 #10

Suzanne is the descendant of Swedish immigrants, and Arthur Koski comes from Drummond Island, Michigan. Arthur’s grandparents on his mother's side, Miina and Johan Laakso, were given a 160-acre homestead on the island in 1906. They had come from Luvia, Finland to the Kreetan community via Finntown in Brooklyn.

Arthur Koski, however, wanted to travel and give up his role as the only son in his family. He signed on an iron ore freighter sailing from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio. He went to train as a chemist and follows a career in Baltimore, Maryland.

Arthur found his wife Suzanne in Swedish classes, which he had begun to attend in order to learn Finland's second language. He has also re-learned his mother tongue, Finnish, as an adult. Arthur Koski and his wife actively follow Finnish culture, especially music.

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