The spring of 1945 was late coming. Snowfall had been relentless and may have played a small part in Eva’s steadfast decision to remain at home when she contracted pleurisy. But in reality, her concern was most probably the cost of hospitalization; a cost that would have been prohibitive for this subsistence farm family.
Eva Nara was born in Tornio, Finland to Iisakki and Kaisa Kreeta Alanara. Eva’s nine siblings were: Hilda Maria (died age of two years), Hilta Karoliina (died at one year), Hans Wiljami (died at 6 months), Hans August (died at five years), Anna, Alma, Iisakki Wilho, Juho Petteri, and Kreeta Amanda.
Eva emigrated in 1906 on the SS Victor out of Liverpool, England when she was twenty years old. By 1907 she was working at the Spaulding Hotel in Duluth, Minnestota where she met her soul mate, Emil (Tenkula) Maki. They were married on July 14, 1908.
|Eva Nara and Emil (Tenkula) Maki|
Eva’s sister, Anna, married John Helsiva and they settled just several miles away from Eva and Emil on Van Kirk Road in Newfield, NY.
So on March 13, 1945, the family took Eva's body by sled to the point where the Town of Newfield had brought out men to shovel the road in order to remove Eva’s body.