Margretta RonnbackX

Born: March 25, 1844

Location: Tornio

MARGRETTA RONNBACK Born –March 25th, 1844 I was born on the shores of the Kylajoki River near Tornio Finland on land that had been in the Hynalla family since the 1500’s. My Mother, Father and two sisters-Britta, Amanda and I came to Eagle River when I was 22 years old. One year latter I married Constant Ronnback. He was a Fisherman and we were one of the first Families to settle in the Portage Entry Quincy Location. My name has been spelled five different ways so our family’s historical documentation has been cloudy. Of my five children two lived to become adults, Sarah and Mary. One of my sons drowned while fishing in Lake Superior. My Husband was blind when he died and I was blind for the last four bedridden years of my life. My beautiful Grand Daughter Vera cared for me in those years. My sister Britta Nara’s family was in Mass City so when the Keweenaw Red Sandstone Company would not sell me the Company property our house was built on in Arnhiem I moved to Mass City where my Sister’s family lived. My faith in Jesus Christ kept me on my path….I was laid to rest on December 14, 1934 and my body is buried in the Jacobsville Cemetery.

Contributed by: Denise Laasko, Autrain Onota School System, Michigan