|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1866, Finland|
Mr. August Aalto, father of Mrs. Horace Plumb of Seahurst and Mrs. Robert Bonner of Boulevard Park, died in Juneau, Alaska after residing there since the turn of the century, where he came to this country from Finland. Mr. Aalto was 92 when he died. He had operated a dairy in Douglas, Alaska and was the father of eight children, seven of them living. Among surviving grandchildren in the Seattle area are Stuart and Margaret Plumb and Pauline and Donald Bonner.
Source: Highline Times
August Aalto, 92, an Alaskan resident 65 years, died yesterday in Juneau.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Juneau.
Mr. Aalto was a native of Finland. He lived in California and in the Franklin area south of Seattle before he went to Alaska. He was retired from the dairy business.
Surviving are a son, I. A. Aalto, Tillicum, Pierce County; six daughters, Mrs. Robert Bonner, Jr., and Mrs. Horace Plumb, both of SEattle, Mrs. Hilda Helmes, San Diego, Mrs. Alex Demos and Mrs. Edward Bach, both of Douglas, Douglas County, and Mrs. Waino Tapani, Juneau; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
(Source: The Seattle Daily Times, October 18, 1958, Page 18)
August Aalto, was born in Tampere, Finland on February 19, 1866, his wife Maria Nyyssala was born in Lappajarvi, Finland in 1870. The couple married in California in 1892 and settled in the small coastal town of Noya, near Fort Bragg. The first three children of Maria and August, Lempi, Ilmi and Helmi were born in Fort Bragg, California. August found employment with the expanding railroad system and as the railroad pushed north so did the Aaltos. In 1898, with the reports of gold in the Klondike, August headed north to Alaska. The family soon followed and set up housekeeping in Dyea. While in Dyea, Hilda, their fourth child was born. They did not stay long in Dyea, but moved to Douglas by 1900. August worked as a blacksmith for the Treadwell Mining Company. In the next ten years, by 1910, August and Maria had four more daughters, Impi, Laina, Selma and Lillian. After the Treadwell Mine ceased operation, August was employed by the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company as a machinist and blacksmith. Maria Aalto passed away in 1946. August lived to the age of 92, spending his last several years living with his daughter Helmi and Ed Bach in Douglas. August passed away in October, 1948, both he and Maria are buried in the Douglas cemetery.
Odd Fellows Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 58.28366, -134.41023
Created by: Bonita Olmer
Record added: Oct 23, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12138703
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