My first new entry for a long time, as I discovered a reference to a possibly lost memorial in Isokyrö while looking for other material in 1930s newspapers. In October 1936, the Seinäjoki-based Ilkka newspaper ran a short article as follows:
NEXT TO KYRÖNVIRTA: “A road made with crown funds during the reign of Alexander II. At that time, famine and death prevailed in the land. 1868.” The inscription above is carved in a stone along the road that leads from Untamala through Lehmäjoki to Isonkyrö Church, and is located about a kilometre from Lehmäjoki Cooperative in the direction of Untamala. Because the road is connected with the memory of the Great Hunger Years, we want to describe a bit about those times a full generation in the past.
The article’s author, “Sakari” then proceeded to give a description of local conditions within the overall national historical framework.
I have not had a chance to visit this area since reading about the old memorial, which sounds very similar to the well-known and well-maintained stone at Taivalmaa, on Tokerotie. Even if this stone at Lehmajoki has been removed because of road improvements, or otherwise lost, the reference at least hints at a pattern of contemporary memorials in Ostrobothnia which highlighted the benevolent actions of the imperial authorities in providing work for the unemployed and starving.
Hopefully I can get a chance to investigate this intriguing lead more in the summer of 2022.
“Sakari”, Kyrönvirran vierämiltä”, Ilkka, 26 Oct. 1936.