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 Eino August Tuomisalo

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Eino August Tuomisalo

  • Birth 17 Jun 1915 Uusimaa, Finland
  • Death 28 Feb 1993 Uusimaa, Finland
  • Burial Haavisto, Pyhtää Municipality, Kymenlaakso, Finland
  • Memorial ID 100287925

Eino August Tuomisalo was born in Haavisto, Ruotsinpyhtää, Uusimaa, Finland on the 17th of June 1915 as the first and only child of August and Anna Elin Tuomisalo. During the time of his birth, father August was in Helsinki doing fortification works around the capital of Finland because the First World War had broken out a year earlier.

Eino's mother Anna Elin died just a year from that in 1916 when Eino was just one year old. In his memoir's he writes that he didn't remember his mother at all (quite understandably) and the first memory of his father was from the age of six in 1921.

After Anna Elin's premature death Eino's father August continued to live with his parents-in-law but they really didn't get along and he moved away to the village of Haavisto which was still quite near. He couldn't take care of Eino so he was left to live with his maternal grandparents. When the Finnish Civil War broke out in 1918 August was in his home parish Ristiina visiting his own father who Eino didn't ever met. He returned to Southern Finland through the forests because he had a wife candidate waiting in Haavisto. They married after the Civil War ended in mid-1918 and moved to Ristiina. Eino stayed with his grandparents and didn't met his father again until 1921 when August came back to Ruotsinpyhtää to buy a house.

Excluding his chilhood, Eino never lived with either of his parents and was completely raised by his grandparents, Maria and Matti Metsälä. He did met his father frequantly but only during visits. From his father's second marriage Eino had a half-brother, Toimi, but he grew up being the only child in his grandparents peaceful yet remote estate.

His first contacts to his own age group were actually when Eino started school in early 1920's and after that he had many friends yet he himself stated that somewhat the lonesome childhood left eternal mark in his character. Eino was a thinker and a person who found a personal solution for all the problems he endured. What he started, he finished with dignity and he never fell angry for anyone. His eldest daughter described her father with the following sentence: "If a cat sat on my father's chair, he let it to stay there and sat himself on the ground."

Eino August Tuomisalo met his fortcoming wife Lempi Mäkelä in the Haavisto school were they both got their mandatory education. Eino thought himself that he would have loved to educate himself to the university level but he couldn't afford to it - after all he lived with his elderly grandmother and who would have payed the costs?

Eino Tuomisalo and Lempi Mäkelä were wedded on the 16th of April 1938. They got eight children together, four daughters and four sons. When the Second World War broke out in 1939 Eino went to fight in the front. He survived but always hated the war and saw nothing respectable in killing - after the war he wouldn't hurt a fly if he didn't have to. He also refused to accept the medal he was going to have from his service during the war.

His later life he farmed the estate that he had inherited from his grandparents. With hard work he shaped it to the way he wanted and in the 1970's built a new home for
himself and his family. In 1980's and early 1990's Eino wrote his memoirs.

Eino August Tuomisalo died quitly in his sleep at his home in Haavisto on the 28th of February 1993. He was buried to the Haavisto Cemetery in March 1993.

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  • Created by: Jere Markkanen
  • Added: 6 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100287925
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eino August Tuomisalo (17 Jun 1915–28 Feb 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100287925, citing Haavisto Cemetery, Haavisto, Pyhtää Municipality, Kymenlaakso, Finland ; Maintained by Jere Markkanen (contributor 47885278) .