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Herman Takala Salmela
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1883
Uusimaa, Finland
Death: Jan. 13, 1934
Uusimaa, Finland

Herman Salmela (né Takala) was born in Haavisto, Ruotsinpyhtää, Uusimaa, Finland on the 12th of July 1883 as the youngest child and second son of Antti and Anna Takala. His mother Anna Takala died just three years after Herman's birth in 1886.

Herman Takala was from a peasant family that had long roots in Ruotsinpyhtää. However, he was the youngest child and second son of his parents and therefore he would not have inherited his father's estate. It went to his fifteen years older brother Antti Takala the younger and besides that his sisters had the estate parceled out when they got married.

Herman Takala got engaged to Anna Salmela in the beginning of the 1910's and because Anna's parents only son had died during his childhood, Anna was the sole heiress of her parents estate. Antti and Anna Salmela had four daughters who had reached adulthood, of which Herman's bride was the eldest. Salmela was a relatively large estate and therefore Herman Takala took his wife's surname when they finally married in 1913 and Herman moved to Salmela as the son-in-law.

Anna's and Herman's first child, a son Kauno Ilmari Salmela, was born on the 15th of April 1914 soon followed by their second child Aili Orvokki, who died aged just five years in 1920. In 1917 their second son Leo Antti Salmela was born and in 1920 he got a sister Anni Kyllikki Salmela. Their third daughter, Hilkka Marjatta Salmela was born on the 28th of May 1923 and after her the family got three more sons: Pentti Herman was born on the 8th of April 1927, Timo Juhani was born on the 9th of April 1931 and their lastborn son Reijo Tapani, born on the 12th of December 1933.

During the first years of Herman's marriage, Anna's sisters still lived in Salmela (yet even the eldest of them was seven years junior to Anna). That changed in 1924 when the eldest sister Saima got married and moved to Elimäki and she was followed a years later by the youngest sister Lyydia who married Herman's nephew Antti Takala the youngest, son of Herman's only brother. The third sister Alma (born in 1899) was infected with tuberculosis and she left for lung sanatorium in the late 1920's. Alma however made a complete recovery and returned to Salmela in the beginning of the 1930's before her marriage to Onni Koivisto (a another nephew of Herman through his youngest sister Matilda) in the mid-1930's.

Besides the family, Salmela had also numerous servants in the 1920's and the beginning of the 1930's. Anna's parents Antti and Anna Salmela (who were quite religious) were still the old masters of the household but slowly Herman and Anna became the masters of the Salmela estate. In the 1920's Salmela got the electric light when the electric power reached the Finnish countryside.

The tuberculosis, which was a common problem at the time, stroke the Salmela in the 1930's and quickly killed their eldest son Kauno Ilmari, who died at the age of 18 on the 15th of March 1933. Herman's wife Anna was broken by the death of their eldest son and she wrote to her sister Saima many letters which clearly show that she secured to the Christian faith during hard times. Sadly their daughter Hilkka and son Pentti were both infected and even though Hilkka fought the disease for almost ten years, she finally passed away in 1943 even though both of her parents were death at the time.

Herman Salmela himself died of tuberculosis at the age of 50 years after a long struggle with the disease on the 13th of January 1934, just a few weeks later than his youngest child Reijo Tapani was born. He was hospitalized before his death but nothing could be done and he died in the hospital without being able to see his wife Anna again.

Herman Salmela was buried to the Haavisto Cemetery and he was greatly missed by his closest kin. His wife Anna described Herman to her sister Saima in a later dated on the 2nd of April 1934: "As you know, I always liked Herman so much, even when he was hidden under the black soil it felt so incredible [that he was gone]. But as always, you have to encounter the cold truth." Slowly Anna herself grew more and more tired, even though she still fought because of her children. Pentti Herman died just a few months after his father on the June of 1934 and Anna wrote to her sister Saima from the deathbed of her son. Eventually the tuberculosis took over Anna and she was too tired to fight anymore.

Just a few months before her death she wrote again to her sister Saima saying that she'll still has to try because of the children. Anna Salmela died of tuberculosis on the 20th of February 1936, two years after her beloved husband. The Salmela was facing difficult times as the estate had so much disease, poverty and the last nail to the coffin was the death of the eldest surviving son Leo Antti Salmela who was killed in the beginning of the Second World War in 1939. Of course Anna's parents, Antti and Anna Salmela raised their grandchildren as well as they could but they were already old and couldn't handle the large proberty all by themselves even though they still had enough funds to keep one maid. 
Family links: 
  Anna Alfhild Salmela (1890 - 1936)
  Timo Juhani Salmela (1931 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
Haavisto Cemetery
Pyhtää Municipality
Kymenlaakso, Finland
Created by: Jere Markkanen
Record added: Aug 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94990311
Herman <i>Takala</i> Salmela
Added by: Jere Markkanen
Herman <i>Takala</i> Salmela
Added by: Jere Markkanen
Herman <i>Takala</i> Salmela
Added by: Jere Markkanen
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Each sight might be eternal, each farewell the last. Rest in peace, Herman Salmela.
 Added: Aug. 8, 2012

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