Anna Ylitalo (b. November 11, 1871, d. February 10, 1942)
Anna Ylitalo (daughter of Nels Ylitalo and Lissa Onkalo) was born November 11, 1871 in Kuivajoki Iin Pitajassa, Oulun Laanissa, (near Haapavesi), Finland, and died February 10, 1942 in Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota. She married Matti Pietila on April 15, 1887 in Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, son of John Pietila.
Notes for Anna Ylitalo: Pietila Centennial Booklet, September 1984, p. 13: "Anna was born on November 11, 1871, at Kuivajoki Iin Pitajassa, Oulun Laanissa, Finland. She was the oldest daughter in her family. "Her father, Johan Niiles, and Jacob Perala came to New York Mills, MN, in 1883. One year later, in 1884, Anna came to New York Mills with the rest of her family. She did housework in and around the vicinity. Later the Ylitalo's homesteaded in Green Valley Twp., Section 28, NW1/4, where they farmed as they had in Finland..." _______________________________________________ 1895 MN Census of Green Valley Township (as transcribed by Benham and Hensdel) show: Pietala, (sic) Aunnie (sic) 24 F Finld. ________________________________________________ e-mail from Esther (Saima) McKee to family, June 1, 2001: "It should have been Annie [in the 1895 census], not Aunnie." ________________________________________________
e-mail from Esther (Saima) McKee to Judy (Saima) Berry, May 8, 2001: "Both Grandfather and Grandmother Pietila are listed as being born in Laanissa, near Haapavesi. Was looking at the map, and I believe that area is called Oulainen." ____________________________________________________
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In Ylävä there's a place where some houses located near the upper course of a river are known collectively as Ylitalo (literally 'the upper house(s)'), which in time also takes root as a dwelling name. The individual's name living in that particular house becomes reduced to the name of house itself (Ylitalo).
Many examples of this kind of occurrence exist. In Ikaali there was an Yli-Myllymaan talon (literally the house of the Yli-Mylly family) which becomes known as Ylitalo (the upper house), and over time the Yli-Mylly inhabitants become known as the Ylitalos.
There are many instances of Ylitalo inhabitant names and surnames in Varsinais Finland, southern Häme, Pohjanmaa and in northern Finland. It is also known in the northern parts of Turku and Pori provinces, and in Uusimaa and in parts of the Kymen valley. Ylitalo is also common as a talonnimi (farm name) in Kainuu.
Ylätalo is used as a dwelling name in the rest of Finland ('ylä' to denote "upper'). As a surname, Ylätalo is concentrated in the Kymen valley, but it also appears in regios of Päijänti and in parishes in southern and eastern Pohjanmaa (Soini, Ähtäri).
Regarding the name Ylöstalo. It is known as a talonnimi and as a surname in Häme and in locations in Uusimaa and the Kymen valley. It is also common as a talonnimi in the areas around Perniö.
Ylistalo is chiefly a Varsinais Finland talonnimi (from Vehma to Koski, to the Salo regions). It is much rarer as a surname.
In Siikaisi the surname Ylinentalo is known.
These types of names (Ylitalo, Ylöstalo etc.) have also been known to be adopted by individuals during the 1906 name-change.
Some examples of old Ylitalo type names:
The name Ylitalo occurs in Kittilä (1793); Kauhava (1684); Ylivieska (1823); Tammela (1856).
Ylätalo has been recorded in Masku (1672); Sippola (1850); Multia (1698); Mäntsälä (1774).
Ylöstalo is recorded in Janakkala (1774); (Hattula (1821); Ii (1729).
Ylistalo in Raisio (1559) and Oripää (1813).
More About Anna Ylitalo: Immigration: 1884
More About Anna Ylitalo and Matti Pietila: Marriage: April 15, 1887, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota.
Marriage Notes for Anna Ylitalo and Matti Pietila: The Menahga Messenger Thursday April 15, 1937 as reprinted in the 'Remembrance of Things Past' column, Review Messenger, Sebeka & Menahga, MN, Wednesday April 11, 2007, page 11:
COUPLE OBSERVE 50TH
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Pietila, pioneers of Green Valley township, will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Thursday, April 15. Mr. Pietila is 79 years old while Mrs. Pietila is 65. When a young man of 24, Mr. Pietila came from Finland to Crystal Falls, Michigan. Here he worked a few years at logging camps and on the railroad. Later he went to Duluth. After working a few months here, he was put off from work and no other jobs were available. At this time homesteads were opened. In company of some other Finns, he went west to New York Mills to file a claim. With four other men he arrived on what he thought his claim in November, 1884. Here a small log hut was built, and the men spent the winter living on the game that was plentiful. In the spring, Mr. Pietila discovered from landmarks that he was not living on his own claim; therefore he moved to his own land in Sec. 32, Green Vally Twp. At this time the surrounding country was covered with heavy timber. There were only paths and all the supplies had to be carried by pack. The following winters were spent improving the homestead and in summer work was available on the railroad that was being built from Hawley to Red Lake Falls. At this time Mr. Pietila bought his first cow from Norman county and led it to New York Mills. Here more cattle were bought and a team of oxen. These were driven back to his home. On April 15, 1887, he was united in marriage to Anna Ylitalo also of Green Valley. Mrs. Pietila came to Becker county with her parents when a young girl of 13. Mr. Pietila have had 13 children. Mr. and Mrs. Pietila are quietly living on the old homestead. An open house reception is to be given by the children in the evening of April 15.
Children of Anna Ylitalo and Matti Pietila are:
+Olga Gustava Pietila, b. September 21, 1888, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. April 28, 1974, Annapolis Hospital , Livonia, Michigan.
+Amalia Katarina Pietila, b. August 28, 1890, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. May 6, Wolf Lake, Becker County, Minnesota.
+Nels Pietila, b. December 12, 1892, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. September 4, 1979, Wadena, Minnesota.
Altrick Pietila, b. March 27, 1895, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. May 2, 1895, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota.
Major Midian Pietila, b. December 22, 1896, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. October 4, 1984, Crosby, Minnesota.
+Andrew Pietila, b. January 12, 1900, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. March 11, 1976, Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
+Lillian Elizabeth Pietila, b. August 8, 1902, Pietila Homestead, Green Valley Township, Minnesota, d. January 26, 1995, Green Pine Acres Nursing Home, Menahga, Minnesota.
+Emil Ewald Pietila, b. October 8, 1904, Pietila Homestead, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. February 22, 2002, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota.
Benjamin Philip Pietila, b. February 22, 1907, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. November 11, 1920.
+Sylvia Hilda Pietila, b. May 11, 1909, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. September 2, 2002, St. Joseph's Hospital, Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Edna Lucille Pietila, b. January 24, 1913, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. October 26, 1981, Wadena, Minnesota.
+Eva Charlotte Pietila, b. December 24, 1914, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. October 7, 1996, Veterans Hospital, Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
Vera Gunilla Pietila, b. April 30, 1919, Green Valley Township, Becker County, Minnesota, d. May 14, 1935, Park Rapids Hospital, Park Rapids, Minnesota.