’23 Club: Carolyn Caines
February 21, 2016 - table lamp
Carolyn Caines’ family scrapbook reads some-more like an abridged story of a Kelso-Longview area’s early years.
Black-and-white photos underline Caines’ grandparents during their Columbia Heights home in 1906, when a mountain was still nicknamed Puolanga Hills — named after a encampment in executive Finland they emigrated from. Copies of her grandparents’ matrimony certificate from 1908 and a postcard, mailed to Catlin, Wash., (now west Kelso) are pasted beside Caines’ explanation on her family’s story.
“I consider they would consider their story wasn’t all that much, yet we only admire them so much,” pronounced Caines, a third-generation Cowlitz County proprietor who lives in Lexington.
Caines’ grandparents, Thomas and Reeta Juntunen, immigrated to a Pacific Northwest in 1906 from Puolanka. Reeta, who was unwed on arriving, trafficked by herself from Ellis Island to Astoria, and Thomas came later.
“You see how most integrity they had to have,” pronounced Caines, who has created extensively about her Finnish roots. “My grandmother left her landowning family to come to America. She was put on a vessel and a sight to Astoria and didn’t pronounce a word of English. She could’ve incited around and left behind to Finland.
“Just a integrity to face all this newness and know that you’d never go behind and see your family again, we can’t even imagine,” pronounced Caines, 68.
Settling a new land was arduous, Caines wrote in her book, “Coming to America: A Finnish Family Story.” While Thomas spent time divided from home during logging camps, Reeta and her eldest son tended to a family’s plantation and tiny flock of cattle. When Reeta fell ill, doctors operated on her on a family’s kitchen table, since their home was 8 miles divided by equine and cart from town.
The Finnish village was clustered for decades on Columbia Heights. Children went to propagandize in a one-room schoolhouse, where many of a students, including Caines’ mother, initial schooled to pronounce English. Families loved during a Finnish Mission Congregational Church, a medium building that Caines also visited flourishing adult until it was ripped down in a 1960s/70s.
By a time Caines became a teen in a 1950s, a Finns had widespread out, yet Longview confirmed a small-town, village spirit. It had a ignorance of a ended era, Caines said.
“There would be hobos hopping off a sight behind a house. They would come to a behind door, and my mom would palm out food. we can’t suppose doing that now,” she said. “You didn’t have a concerns we do today about break-ins. You only didn’t worry about things like that.”
She left quickly to attend Seattle-Pacific University. When Caines returned to a area in a 1970s to start her 30-year training career, a city still had an halcyon charm. She remembers vital in her Commerce Avenue apartment, personification her piano that she rented for $4 a month as business in a drugstore next her unit purchased buttons and combs.
“I didn’t feel bad entrance back. It was stirring and sparkling vital downtown,” she said. “And we met my father there. He lived down a hall. We got intent too soon, in 3 months. We were married in 6 months.” It worked out. She and Michael Caines have been married 45 years.
Caines still loves downtown Longview.
“I go downtown each day. There are a new flare posts and benches and a art work on a street. It’s a parochial feeling. we adore that,” she said.
Though Caines pronounced she thinks a city is doing well, she acknowledges a city’s stream hardships. For those that feel pessimistic, Caines pronounced a answers are in a past.
“We have to demeanour behind to see a future. Delving into a story and anticipating about their faith, we consider their faith in God gave them a integrity to keep going,” Caines said. “I consider Longview people have to go behind to their roots and be dynamic again.
“There’s hope. The destiny is bright, even yet we’re going by tough times right now.”