Oral Interview of Russell O. Parta

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Russell O. Parta


Timothy Madigan



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Russell O. Parta, publisher of a Finnish-language newspaper in New York Mills, Minnesota, discusses the Finnish immigrant experience in Minnesota, including European history, churches and social activities, and radical politics.


Russell O. Parta was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918. In 1932, he moved with his family to New York Mills, Minnesota, where his father Carl co-founded the Finnish-language newspaper Minnesotan Uutiset (Minnesota News). The name was later changed to Amerikan Uutiset, and Parta became the publisher in 1955. The Parta family also printed and distributed the New York Mills Herald.

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Named Persons

Adolph Lundquist, Napoleon I, Lars Levi Laestadius, Ralph Henry Smith, Reverend Toivo Esala, Howard Lund, Reverend George Wilson, William Penn


Publishers and publishing


Industrial Workers of the World, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Suomen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko, Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church of America, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, Lutheran Church in America, National Farmers' Holiday Association (U.S.), People’s Voice Cooperative Publishing Company, Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society, Suomi College and Theological Seminary, University of Minnesota, Duluth, University of Minnesota


Minnesota—Duluth, Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh, Massachusetts—Worcester, Minnesota--New York Mills, Minnesota—Pine Lake, Canada, New York (State)--New York—Brooklyn, Finland, Wisconsin—Superior, California, Sweden, Russia, Europe--Torne River, Russia (Federation)—Karelia, Michigan—Hancock, England, Minnesota—Minneapolis, North Dakota—Fargo, Minnesota—Moorhead, Minnesota—Wadena, Minnesota—Perham, Ontario, Michigan—Detroit, Michigan—Saginaw, Finland--Oulun lääni, Finland--Lapin lääni, Finland—Helsinki, Russia (Federation)—Siberia, Finland—Turku, Florida, Washington (State), Ohio, Delaware, Delaware—Wilmington, Pennsylvania--Philadelphia


Finnish Americans, Finnish-American newspapers, Great Depression, High school student activities, Finland, Michigan—Calumet, Raivaaja (The Pioneer), Minnesotan Uutiset (Minnesota News), Amerikan Uutiset (American News), Socialism, Communism, Russo-Finnish War (1939-1940), Uusi Kotimaa (The New Homeland), Temperance--Societies, etc., Cooperation, Vacationer, Immigrants, Sami (European people), Congregational churches, Indians of North America

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S243 244

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