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Re: Francis Koski (from mass. , n.h. area)
Posted by: Linda Koski Date: April 12, 2001 at 15:57:56
In Reply to: Francis Koski (from mass. , n.h. area) by Elizabeth Koski of 186

Hi Elizabeth,
It was your Great Great Grandfather that came from Finland.
I have some information regarding the family.
First of all, the family name was originally Rantinen...and it was changed when Francis Rantinen came into the U.S.A via the Boston, Massachusetts Port. (Not New York). That is when he changed it to Koski.
Here is a note my Aunt Mary Jo sent me regarding the Family.
Here is some information my Aunt Mary Jo (Koski) gave me regarding my family on the Koski Side. My Great Grandfather came here from Finland.
Hi Sweetie.
I will try to give you as much info as I can from what I remember of my grandfather on the Koski side.(your Great Grandfather Koski)
His name was Frank N. Koski. If I remember correctly N was for Nicoles. If you talk to any Finnish people they may know the correct spelling of the Finnish version. Also from what I remember hearing as a child my grandfather changed his name when he came to America. His last name was something like Rhaantinen. Maybe you could check that out also. That sounds like a Finnish name. I think he picked up a common Finish name (Koski) to get employment.
I believe he lived at some time in New Hampshire when they first moved here from Finland. They lived in Maynard, Massachusetts, where there was a great number of Finnish people.
My Dad was born there February 27th 1908. He was the first born of 3 children. There was another son born whose name was Neilo. He died at a very young age. 27 years old from TB.
The next child was a daughter. Rose. She is still alive at the age of 86. She is in an assisted living complex but is very confused and doesn't remember family relationships.
The family moved to Dracut somewhere I imagine around 1915. I am not positive. I think my Dad attended Dracut School system then Lowell schools.
Remember I am relying on things I was told.
I know that I had been told he was a great baseball player by many of the guys his age. He worked all his life in the American Woolen Mills in Dracut, Massachusetts. He died there at work one afternoon May 8th 1958 from a cerebral aneurysm. At the age of 50.
I am not sure what type of work my grandfather did but it seems to me when he lived in Dracut it was some type of auto repair.
Just hope some of the info will help you make a connection with the other Koski's.
Aunt Mary Jo (Koski) Demers


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