Monday, September 7, 2009

Long Valley Finnish Church 1917

Little White Finnish Church
Clues on Film

No clue what this says but on the other side it says to pick up your garbage.
Trash pick-up looks a lot fancier in another language.

Kendra Strikes a Pose
Mr. & Mrs. Vos at Rest in the Finnish Cemetery

This weekend we were back in Valley county camping with 5 other families for the three day weekend. I wanted to investigate a cemetery I had never visited before near Lake Fork. I piled the car full of teenage girls and we headed out for an adventure. The girls were so cute taking in the back seat about ghosts and how creepy it was for us to visit the cemetery. Boy were they thankful we were stopping during day light hours. We found that there is a beautiful little church right next to the cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Long Valley Finnish Church was built in 1917.

The Long Valley Finns, primarily at Elo and Roseberry in present-day Valley County near McCall, were farmers and loggers. The first Finnish immigrants arrived in Long Valley in the 1890s. They came from eastern Oregon where they had tried homesteading. Long Valley with its forests, mountains and green meadows appealed to them more than the Oregon desert country. Most of the Finns came to Long Valley between 1900 and 1925.

The largest Finnish community, Elo, was on the Elo Road southeast of present-day McCall. Named for its religious leader and teacher, Rev. John Eloheimo, Elo had a store, post office, school, and a meeting hall. Many of Elo's Finns were Lutherans. In 1917 they built the Finn Church located on the Farm-To-Market Road about five miles north of Roseberry and the Valley County Museum. It is one of the best preserved buildings erected in that early pioneer era.

I knew this little cemetery was begging for a box. Since it is a quick jaunt off of Highway 55 I thought that seekers would not mind this historic detour. The church is adorable that sits across the street and it is fun to peek in the windows. The “Finn Fairy” is now safe and sound at the Finnish Cemetery at Finn Church Lane.

Finn Fairy - Lake Fork, Idaho

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