The family of KK's father's father Hjalmar Kajander

Documents from Church Records of Orimattila:

First appearance of the name Kajander. The name has been added after 1860 by the priest, but he also added a less flattering characterisation of Karl Henrik Kajander: "skall vara ???? och våldsam". Can you read the missing word? Let me know if you can. (Timo Lähde could: drinkare, drunkard).

The whole family with children was recorded separately. Son Johan was in 1869 moved to page 609 of the book of records (t.p.609/69), he became a farm worker in another farm (dräng in Käkelä Ahola) at the age of 17.

On 18-29 May and 14-26 June 1869 Johan went to the confirmation school which he failed the first time (it seems the success rate was less than 50% for boys at that time). He succeeded when trying the second time in the summer of 1870. In contrast, his future wife Alexina, who then was "piga" in Rahjala, Mattila, Rekola (p.226), passed the first time in 1867, as "Förteckning öfver de flickor som infunnit sig till skriftskolan den 13 maj 1867" reports (Documents to be scanned).

In 1860-69 Karl Henrik, Anna Helena Thomasdotter + children were living in Orimattila Pyörähtälä Anttila Heikkilä (1/6 skattehemman 5/12 mantal). By 1871- they were recorded among Inhysingar in Pyörähtälä Viljamaa. Now the characterisation reads "skall vara drinkare och våldsam. Skall sig förbättrat". However, Karl Henrik died on 11.8.1873 as "Sp.Tp.(spannmålstorpare) uppl(?)" in "Frossa" and Anna Helena died in 1877 as "kyrkofattig enka" in "Lungsot".

So what happened, why was their social status reduced from torpare to inhysing? Maybe this is the reason why their son Johan Kajander together with his newly wed wife Alexina (Enqvist) chose to move to Pyhäjärvi, Vpl (Viipurin lääni)? The documents are Muuttokirja 113 Renki Johan Kajander, Kohtela Lattila (?) Isotalosta p.272, 27.10.1872 (with the text: "Luke 2. pääk. ja käsittä auttavasti. Tutkinnossa(?) ahkerasti. H.P.Eht.sell 27.10. t.v. (tätä vuotta). Puhdas ja ajallansa (?????). D 29.10.72 J. Granholm") and Muuttokirja 80 Piika Alexina Enquist Käkelä Jussilasta p. 265, 28.10.1872 (big picture by mistake; keep since easier to read handwriting; even then the result is not quite clear: "Luke 3. päkapp ja käsitt auttavasti katk. ahkerasti Hr.P. Eht.sell 28.10.72. Puhdas(??) ja esteetöin D 28.10.72"). The usual signature of the priest J. Granholm is missing here.

Alexina Enqvist's mother Elisabeth Sofia Evantytär died in 1900 at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 12 days, as the record reports ("old age") and father Anders Enqvist died in 1896 ("lung disease").

Photographs, maps:

Here are the parents of Hjalmar Kajander, Johan Kajander, 7.8.1852 (Orimattila) - and Alexina Enqvist, 13.12.1851 (Orimattila) - 1943, married on 25.11.1872 (Vpl Pyhäjärvi).

Alexina Kajander (Enqvist) is seen here at an age of about 90 in Kannus in 1941 (?) after her forced evacuation.

Johan and Alexina had eight children: Jenny Elina (27.2.1875-1946), Johan William (23.8.1877-1958), Hjalmar (20.3.1880-1949), Emil (26.8.1882-1942), Alfred (27.11.1885-1968), Elis (5.5.1890-1929), Siiri Maria (7.5.1892-1967), Kaarlo (7.4.1898-1962). Three of the Kajander brothers (from the left) Wilhelm (Vili), Hjalmar and Kalle can be seen here and here.

In 1890 (?) Johan acquired a farm in the village of Matiskala, on the eastern side of lake Pyhäjärvi, shown in this topographic map from 1939. The owners of the various properties are shown in this map, extracted from the map of Salitsanrannan koulupiiri. The village was visited by a small group of Kajanders on 5 July 2003. Finding there was not simple; the bus driver did not find the road and dumped the group closer to the place marked Ravakko kno on the map. Other groups also have ended in the same place. A friendly Russian lead us back to the main road and then it was easy to find the start of the correct road to Matiskala. We found the small brook Kajanderinoja (arrow on the map), the location of the original farm (marked Juhola), later owned by Wiljam Kajander. How old might the cottage standing there now be? At the least the farm owned by Alfred Kajander has still the original house. In older photographs one sees open fields towards the shore of lake Pyhäjärvi, now lots of small trees and datshas have appeared. We also walked along the road/path maked as a dashed line to the shore of the lake. On the side of the road the was a tall concrete wall bounding a forsaken run-down collection of buildings, built on the property owned by Kuisma. As usual, in one place there was a big opening in the wall and it was easy the enter the area.

Final grades of Hjalmar Kajander from elementary school in Sortanlahti, 28 May 1892.
Pictures related to Hjalmar Kajander follow:

With his first wife Hilma (1888-1917) Hjalmar had three children, Arvo (1909-1972), Aarne (1911-1994) and Toini (11.12.13-2002). Arvo looks very serious both with Aarne in 1914 and with Aarne and Toini in 1918.

Arvo Kajander at his confirmation in around 1920.

Hjalmar earned his living by running a shop in the Sortanlahti harbor at lake Ladoga near the island and monastery of Konevitsa. Here is a topographic map of the peninsula and here the whole community. The same region is seen in this beautiful picture taken from an airplane in the twenties. Hjalmar's house was at the neck of the isthmus on the side of the main lake, this is its porch. The house can also been seen in these paintings by Nikolai Tsherbakov, the house itself, the adjacent buildings closer to the shoreline (where Aarne was living) and the view towards the tip of the peninsula. Only ruins remained after the war. The present state of the rocky coastline in seen clearly in the photos taken by Risto Hakorinta on 6 July 2003; other prewar paintings by N. Tsherbakov are also shown.

Here you see what there is in the harbour during the Russian time in 1996.

Hjalmar married for the second time on 11 July 1919. Picture and picture of his wedding to Martta Vuorisalo (20.1.95-4.12.77).

Arvo Kajander (from 1935 Kajantie) married Sirkku Vaara in 1936. Aarne Kajander was married to Lempi Vainiontalo, here in around 1939 with daughter Arja.

In 2000 the oldest living member of the family is Lahja Hissa, 1913-, Alfred's daughter.