Jahvetti Hokkanen
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1. Enoch Erhardt Makima

Sisko Eliina Hokkanen

  • Born: 1 Oct 1901, Joutsa, Finland
  • Marriage (1): Enoch Erhardt Makima on 1 Dec 1921 in Ontonagon, Ontonagon, Michigan
  • Died: 30 Dec 1993, Presbyterian Village, Redford, Wayne County, Michigan at age 92 25
  • Buried: 3 Jan 1994, Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia, Michigan

bullet  General Notes:

After immigrating from Finland, Sisko Eliina Hokkanen grew up in the Green, Ontonagon County, Michigan area. This is in the upper peninsula.

From the Institute of Migration Emigrant Register Passenger Records.

Last Name: Hokkanen
First Name: Sisko
Age or age class: 4
Port of departure: Hanko
Place of destination: Lewiston
State of destination: MI
Country of destination: USA
Price of ticket: FIM 241
Ship from Finland: Arcturus
Date of departure from Finland: 16.06.1909
Ship from England: Virginian
Date of departure from England: 25.06.1909
Ocean Line: Allan Line
Port of departure in England: *
List and page: 68/96
Remarks: Mk Herman ja Eliina Hokkanen

The port of entry was Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

R.M.S Virginian Details: 11,182 tons gross, 6,546 under deck and 6,832 net. Poop 70 feet long, bridge deck 210 feet. House on deck 1,269 tons. The forecastle 113 feet long. She was constructed in steel and had 3 decks. She was fitted for oil fuel and equipped with electric light, refrigerating machinery, submarine signalling device and wireless. Propulsion: single reduction geared steam turbines, and triple screws. The Virginian and her sister ship Victorian were the first triple screw North Atlantic liners, they had 3 steam turbines delivering 15,000 shaft horse-power, giving them a speed of 18 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 346 passengers first class, 286 second class and 1000 passengers steerage.

New names for 1910 - 1911 show:
First Grade: Byron Alexander and Sisko Hokkanen.

In 1935 Enoch E. Mäkimaa was an Auto Salesman for a dealership located in Detroit, Michigan at 5800 Woodward Ave. At the time Enoch and Sisko Makimaa lived at 1600 Seward, Apt. 101.
Source: Detroitin suomalaisten vuosikirja (Yearbook of Finns in Detroit) 6 (1935, 66 p.)

Sisko Hokkanen died at Presbyterian Village, Redford, Wayne County, Michigan. This is located at 25300 W. 6 Mile Road. Presbyterian Village is a nursing home.

The following is the obituary for Sisko Elaine Makima that ran in the Ontonagon Herald:
Sisko Elaine Makima (born Hokkanen, October 1, 1901) died at 92 on December 30, 1993. Services were held January 3rd by Rev. Elmer Liimatta of the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Southfield, Michigan, which she attended. The service was held at the Haley Funeral Home, Southfield, and burial at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan. Eero Keranen played the organ and sang appropriate Finnish and English music.
As a small child she came to Green, Michigan from Finland with her parents, John and Elaine Hokkanen. When she and Enoch Erhardt Makima of Mass, Michigan were married December 1, 1921 they moved to Detroit.
She is greatly missed by her daughters, Shirley Coller and Lila Riopelle, their husbands, seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Her nieces, Eileen Leggatt and Eleanor Karanen and her nephew, John Hokkanen, also have fond memories of her as well as other members of the family and friends.
Her talent for painting is admired and treasured by the family. Her memory will be with us always.

Glen Eden Cemetery is located at 35667 W. Eight Mile Rd., Livonia, Michigan 48152. The section of the cemetery is located in the southeast corner and is called "Rest".

A bit of history about the establishment of Green where the Hokkanens settled -
The first logs were sawn into lumber here (Ontonagon) in January 1900. Later that same year the McMillans bought 9500 acres of timberland west of Ontonagon in the vicinity of what is now Green to assure a long term suppy of hardwood and hemlock for the mill. Unlike most other logging operations of the time, the McMillans sold their cut over land when it became available to prospective farmers. Ansd so, Green was born. Almost all of the early farmers were newly arrived Finnish immigrants.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

1. Picture: 1953 Desoto. Sisko Makima drove a Desoto like this one in the 1950s. The color was gray.

2. Picture: Iron River Road (M64) at Duck Creek, 1902, Green, Michigan. In 1902 this is how M64 looked. The road runs along Lake Superior. It is now a smooth two lane highway and the only sign of a creek is a short section of guard rail. This is how the road looked 7 years before Sisko moved into the area with her parents.

3. Picture: RMS Virginian, 1909. Sisko Makima and her family crossed from England to their new home on this ship. The Virginian was going from Liverpool to Quebec city during the 1909 period of time. Her family departed from England on June 25, 1909.

4. Picture: Sisko Hokkanen emigrated from Finland leaving from Hanko, 1909. The ship was the Arcturus.

5. Picture: Sisko lived at 27305 Shagbark Drive, 1955-1980, Southfield, Michigan. Sisko lived here after her husband Enoch died. This is also the house where her mother, Eliina, passed away in 1957.


Sisko married Enoch Erhardt Makima, son of William Makimaa and Kaisa Maria Maronen, on 1 Dec 1921 in Ontonagon, Ontonagon, Michigan. (Enoch Erhardt Makima was born on 14 Sep 1900 in Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan,26 died on 27 Apr 1954 in Grand Blanc, Genesee County, MI and was buried on 1 May 1954 in Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Enoch lived in Mass and Sisko lived in Green when they were married. They were married by Orville H. Hood, Minister of the Gospel.

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