One of the songs on Aallotar's upcoming 'Ameriikan laulu/Song of America' album
is a waltz from Kuortane, Finland. My great-grandfather Henri Saari was born in Kuortane in 1881 and landed on Ellis Island on Nov. 22, 1905. Both he and my great-grandmother Gustava came on the Oceanic liner from Liverpool. In Sparta, Minnesota they established a boarding and rooming house for Finns who worked in the underground iron ore mines.
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Here is the Oceanic and Henri: