The idea of ​​family products arises

When the board elected at the 1967 term meeting of Alta in northern Norway held a meeting on April 25, 1968 at the Niskala’s home in Helsinki, the idea of ​​storing old objects in the family’s possession came to the fore.
The club did not have a place to store these. It was known to Toivo Ellilä that Tiironkari’s Ellilä houses have a common boat whitewash. At his suggestion, the board decided to seek to bring the land to the management of the family association.
In the event of a change in ownership, the idea was to ensure that at least a small area of ​​land inhabited by the ancestors remained in the family, e.g. for family reunification.
There should also be a common storage area for old items, if they can be collected. However, in the history of the club, this goal has not been achieved, that is, the family association has not acquired real estate elsewhere for this purpose.

However, this idea is probably the first reference in the history of the club that can be considered to relate to activities related to family products.

First family products: Table banner and Host banner

Olavi Ellilä, supported by Tauno Ellilä and Erkki Paaso, suggested in his keynote speech in 1973 that a memorial and table banner for the family be acquired.
At the third term meeting in 1975, while presenting about the wooden signs, Erkki Paaso also suggested that he get his own banner for the family society.
So Pekka Ellilä and Erkki Paaso started designing a host banner and a table banner in the late 1970s.
By the next term meeting, the board of the club approved a banner designed by Erkki Lehtola, an artist from Kuivaniemi. This was called a standard or table flag.
The first standards were handed over at the 1979 term meeting to the widows of Tauno Ellilä and Toivo Ellilä, Erkki Lehtola and the mayor of Arto Lamminmäki.

Memorial plaque of the family association, unveiled in 1979

Olavi Ellilä’s idea of a family monument in his 1973 speech was also realized at the 1979 family reunion.

At the end of the fourth term meeting in 1979, the participants moved to the barn of the Ellilä main farm in Tiironkari, where a plaque commemorating the family was unveiled. It was also designed by Erkki Lehtola.
Eila Niskala, the chairman of the family association, revealed the slab and gave the unveiling speech.
This family product belongs to the series fixed monument and is unique in its series.

On the left is a cover photo of the family society’s 20-year history and on the right is a photo of the memorial plaque from 2021.

Now in 2021, after the family’s main estate was transferred to out-of-family ownership, the memorial plaque was moved to the area of the Aatenkartano estate near the ruins of Adolf Ellilä’s home, which is owned by Anne-Marie Ellilä, a member of the club’s board 2019-2023.

The First Lotta of Kuivaniemi

The following text is a direct quote from Ellilä Sukuseura r.y. history written by Erkki Paaso.

“Historians have not given a real picture of the activities of the Jaeger movement in Kuivajoki in 1916-1917. This is because Jaeger Väinö Vainio was not in front of Simo Battle or during his stage at Veska’s Jaeger Tap House, but was setting up the Northern Stage Route. In this task, he was involved in an armed battle at the Maaninkajärvi sauna. Jarl Wegelius, a glacier, studied the actions of the glaciers in northern Finland after the War of Independence and did not visit the locals in Kuivajoki. For these reasons, neither of them knew what was happening in Kuivaniemi at the time, and their meritorious narratives of history remained incomplete in this regard. That is why I wrote a play about the homeland and our family called Kuivaniemi’s First Lotta. I gave this manuscript to the head of the family club with Pekka Ellilä and said: “Read that handscript and think if it would be of use by the family club”. For clarification, Maria Sofia Sanaksenaho, named the first Kuivaniemi lotta, does not belong to our family. She was the hostess of the jaeger stage house “Veska”. After reading the text, the supervisor said that “according to the rules of the family association, the play is feasible and should be carried out.” As it did then. The whole winter of 1998 1999 and still the summer were hardened by practicing the play. The play, which was almost entirely performed by the members of the family association, was so demanding that I dedicate a considerable part of it to this history. ”

Lottery activities in Kuivaniemi began when a group of women gathered at Mursu’s house. A committee was established there, the members of which were hostess Maria Mursu, pastor Anna Kortekangas, Mrs. Hanna Laitinen and miss Iida Jääskö. Their task was to launch a fundraiser to procure food, villas, and money to help those involved in the fighting. The food shortage was a fact, but Iida Jääskö’s horse-gathering trip to Jokikylä, for example, produced food. Fanni Ellilä (later Kiuttu) from Kuivaniemi participated in the “lottery work” during the War of Independence.

The founding meeting of Lotta Svärd ry’s local branch in Kuivaniemi was held on March 7, 1920.
The founding members were Hanna Laitinen, Aino Vakkuri and Aino Rauma.

On the tomb of Kuivaniemi, a memorial statue, was erected on March 26, 1939, at the tomb of Maria Sofia Sanaksenaho, the stake house of Veskka. At the same time, the lotas gave Veska’s mistress the title she deserved.

The play is directed and dramatized by Seija Aho on the basis of Erkki Paason’s script. Most of the actors are members of the Ellilä family society.

The premiere has been at the Kuivaniemi Youth Society House on August 1, 1999.


The 20th and 50th anniversaries of the Ellilä Family Association, from 1983 and 2013

The following is a direct quote from the foreword of the history written by Erkki Paaso.

“The term meeting of the Ellilä Family Association on July 23, 2011 gave me the task of compiling a history of its half-century activities. To get started, I dug up the 20-year history of the family club I made. Then the work was done on a typewriter and duplicating. 30 years of development have introduced home computers. In order to achieve a more cohesive history, I considered it appropriate to rewrite the top 20-year history on a computer with minor corrections and additions.

It should be noted at the outset that many voluntary organizations are tired and dormant among memories before they reach such a significant age as the Ellilä Family Association. has now reached. The same thing was stated 10 years ago by Pekka Ellilä, the then head of the family association, when he opened the 40th anniversary meeting. Reaching such an age has required active and dedicated people in charge. Above all, in this company is the family leader who serves as the president of the association. The president alone will not be able to take care of the club’s affairs and take it forward unless the club has a competent and knowledgeable secretary. It is natural that the members elected to the board do not serve at a general meeting convened by the chairman. The success of the association also depends on the activity of ordinary line members. They should “whip” those in charge to act. Here, however, it must be remembered that “The cock is not telling Sing.”

On the left is a cover image of 50-year history and on the right is a cover image of 20-year history.

DVD Time Travel “Aikamatka”

The play of Time Travel belongs to the category: Historical plays in Finnish in the 2010s.
Kuivaniemi’s Role Switchers and Pelimanns honored centenary Finland by presenting the play Time Travel 1901 – 1918 Kuivaniemi as a Republic, written by Erkki Paason and directed by Sanna Kluuker.

The Russian Border Guard departments are already reaching Kuivaniemi and the surrounding municipalities.

State member Ahmavaara travels to exile in Sweden. The grand strike fuels the antipathy of the inhabitants towards the empire.

From Kuivaniemi and elsewhere in Finland, men leave for forestry work in the north.
After that, nothing is heard of them. At the same time, seed is sown, from which the growing medium in Kuivaniemi will later germinate for the Lotta organization.

The play features members of the Ellilä family society.

Woolen gloves of Family Association

In the 21st century, the family society has organized a family weaving competition.
The competition was won by Sirkka Raappana. Woolen gloves can be purchased to order.
They are not ready in stock.

The gloves has the family’s wooden badge and the colors of the flags of the countries where members of the family live.


During the 2015-2019 term, mainly on the initiative of Chairman Markku Toivola, the symbolic pin of the family association was designed. Its core idea is to emphasize communality in joint family association meetings.

The pin of the family club was included in the products of the family club in 2017. In the middle of the round pin is the family badge of the family and the text “Ellilän sukuseura ry Kuivaniemi 1598”.

Postcard “Greetings from the roots of the family”

Over the years, almost 200 of these images have been stored in the warehouse.

The family board officials of the club’s board: Irja and Merja suggest that these should not be included in the family products for sale, but that those in the archive should be distributed to those who wish, for example, at the next family meeting.

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