Helenius Family Home Celebrates 100 Years


In a newer subdivision, where there’s a garden nursery, an industrial park, a road with traffic concerns, an award winning park in one direction and a 22 mile Ice Age Tonquin Trail coming along in the other direction, another find awaits to be uncovered.
It’s the pride and stored memories of a home with a 100 year family history sitting right in the middle of this land. A home with stories spanning our lifetimes, of a family settling in Tualatin from Keuruu, Finland at the turn of the last century and the significance a piece of history like this can point to good citizenship.


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  1. Jonathan: I left same message on your FB. I was amazed to learn that Oscar Helenius and my Grandfather Adiel Saarinen (Saarinen Wayside) were from the same hometown of Keuruu, Finland. I knew they were good friends, their sons (Harry, Ted and Bob Saarinen grew up together and I knew them also.)Although grandparents never gave us a clue as to their hometown, my sister and I found about 100 of his family in Keuruu, Finland in 2005 and communicate regularly with them.
    Some descendants have come here and we have traveled there often. Naturalization parties were common among the Tualatin immigrants in the good ol’ days. They all spoke different languages but seemed to communicate very well and have a great time. Thank you for the article. Would like to reunite with Larry to discuss further. Yvonne Saarinen Addington.

  2. Great story. Ran across it while searching for background on my natural family. Oscar was my grandfather through Harry’s first marriage. After Harry and my mother were divorced I was adopted into the family she then married into in Estacada, Ore. She would not allow me to have contact with Harry or Oscar.

    Thanks again for the story.

    Harold Kitching
    Casa Grande, Ariz.


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