Toivo "Oiva" August Finnila

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  • Name: Toivo "Oiva" August Finnila
  • Location of Birth: Sebeka, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 7, 1896
  • Date of Death: August 25, 1974 (78 years old)
  • Parents: Abram William Finnila & Emma (Niemi) Finnila
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  • Highest Rank: Pvt (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 28, 1918
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: December 20, 1919
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card
    Name: Toivo Finnila
    Age: 21
    Home address: Demmon, Michigan
    Date of birth: May 7, 1896 [birth records indicate April 7, 1896]
    Citizenship: Natural born citizen
    Place of birth: Wadena, Minnesota, USA
    If not a citizen, what country: -----
    Present occupation: Farmer
    By whom employed: William Finnila
    Where employed: Demmon, Michigan
    Dependents to support: No
    Marital status: Single
    Race: Caucasion
    Prior military service: None
    Claim exception from draft: No
    Tall, medium, or short: 5' 8"
    Slender, medium or stout: Slender
    Color of eyes: Blue
    Color of hair: Brown
    Bald: No
    Disability: No
    Date of registration: August 28, 1917
    Place of registration: Hancock, Michigan
    Addendum: Didn't register because I do not want to go to Europe to fight. /s/ Toivo Finnila; Witness: J. T. Kenny, Agt. Dept. Justice

    Toivo Finnila was listed as a "sick and wounded" serviceman aboard the ship "Manchuria" which left St. Nazaire, France on January 10, 1919 and arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey on January 22, 1919.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Toivo had been an area resident for the past forty years.

    Survivors include his wife, Hattie; one son, James; one stepson, Ralph Waisanen; one sister, Mrs. Jalmer Rinkinen; two brothers, John and Jack; and four grandchildren.

    Toivo died at Itasca Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Original-Block 30, Row 4, Lot 20)

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