By Dan Reed 

Now and Then: A journey to mark 'Old Ones'


June 16, 2023

The author places a stone to mark a relative's grave in Washington State.

I just got back from a car trip to the West Coast. My cousin Kaija Kivimaki from Finland, my sister Denise, and my cousin Patsey Koivisto VanderVeer from Floodwood went with me on a mission to bring a headstone for my great-grandfather's grave in Washtucna, Washington.

The headstone came from a granite boulder I found in a wooded part of my Automba property. I had it cut in half and an inscription put on each section. One half of the stone was marked "Emil Riitijoki Reed, Ita Aure, Finland, 1884-1918."

Emil came to the U.S. in about 1906 and ended up working on the Iron Range and later Cros...

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