Emily Longi

Emily Longi was born December 1897 in Carbon, Wyoming, of Finnish ancestry. She married Johan Sigfried Lofstrom in Astoria Oregon on December 29, 1917 and had two children, Hubert and Sigurd. She died in the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon on December 22, 1950.


William Longi

May 1868

Immigrated from Finland 1882

Married 1886 (estimated)


Lizzie (??)

June 1864

Immigrated from Finland 1885

10 children, 7 alive in 1900


Ida Longi

November 1888


Hilla Longi

March 1890


William Longi

November 1891


Elmer Longi

November 1893


Lempi Longi

March 1896

Emily Longi

December 1897


John Longi

June 1899

Hanna Mine #1 Disaster of 1903, killed 96 Finnish immigrant coal miners

The Union Pacific mines used gouging, digging downwards to get the coal more cheaply. Safer practice involves sinking the main shaft all the way to the bottom of the works, then mining upwards, so that gas collects below the working area. Miners carried "safety lamps" which theoretically reduced risk, but sometimes opened them to light their pipes (!). A second disaster in 1908 killed 59 more. The mine was closed after that.

Emily did not lose her father or brothers to the explosions, but may have lost uncles.

19th century Finnish immigration

Finns were expendable immigrant trash, the northern "white wetbacks" of the early 20th century. They did not face today's racist border paranoia; as northern Europeans, they only had to pass a medical exam for communicable diseases. If they came in through Ellis Island and failed the exam, they were eligible for a stay at the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital until they recovered, or given a free trip back at the steamship company's expense.

My guess is that William and Lizzie did not pass through Ellis Island, but disembarked in Canada, and travelled by rail through Canada and Minnesota to Wyoming, their paper trail intentionally obscured by the Union Pacific company to avoid medical expenses. Wyoming was a territory before 1890, and documentation was minimal. Their first appearance in official documents was the 1900 US census.

Emily's future husband Johan Sigfrid Lofstrom disembarked in Canada in 1911, a generation after her parents arrived. I have his steamship and rail ticket.

EmilyLongi (last edited 2017-12-08 23:16:55 by KeithLofstrom)