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Discovering Life on the Farm

Discovering Life on the Farm

Once a city boy, Gerald Reponen began learning about life in the country in the late 1930s when he and his mother and older brother, Calvin, moved from Duluth to the Sorila farm two miles east of Esko. The Sorila Road is named for the farm's founder, John Sorila, who came to the U.S. from Finland in 1880 and purchased the land in 1887. Gerald Reponen's mother, a widower, married Charles Sorila, one of John's three sons. The farmhouse on the hill, built in about 1900, today is surrounded by a housing development known as "Pine Meadows." Mr. Reponen graduated from high school in 1947 and, after college, served in the Air Force for 21 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel and embarking on a second career in the insurance industry. (Photo courtesy of Gerald Reponen)

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