Antti Karttunen worked at a spool mill known as the Kaukas rullatehdas near the Finnish town of Lappeenranta prior to his coming to America in 1901. On April 6, 1901, Antti departed Finland with three men. Traveling with him from Kaukas were Samuli Siljander and Johan Oinonen and Antti Oinonen. Johan Oinonen was single, while the others were married.
Antti married Ida Nisonen, daughter of Nisonen and Unknown.