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Finnish Dock Workers 1938


EARLY ASHTABULA: Harbor dock workers were a sturdy lot. Most of the early arrivals had settled in the harbor area working at the docks and boats that plied Lake Erie. It was said that lakefront activity was revived in the coal and iron ore industry with the influx of Finns. Many of the Finns who came here from their mother country wanted to make money before returning to their homeland, but most of them stayed on.