John Jacob Perala

24 January 1871–11 April 1953 (Age 82)
Kuivaniemi, Oulu, Finland

The Life of John Jacob

When John Jacob Perala was born on 24 January 1871, in Kuivaniemi, Oulu, Finland, his father, Johan Jacob Margaretasson Halttu, was 31 and his mother, Anna Caisa Nilsdotter Ylitalo, was 24. He married Hilma Ilona Sarvoja on 24 June 1901, in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Otto Township, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States in 1920 and Tieton, Yakima, Washington, United States in 1930. He died on 11 April 1953, in Yakima, Yakima, Washington, United States, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

John Jacob Perala
Hilma Ilona Sarvoja
Marriage: 24 June 1901
Hugo Eino Perala
Lempi Ilona Perala
Alfred John Perala
Walter Raymond Perala
Hazel Hilma Perala
Edwin Jalmer Perala

Spouse and Children

24 June 1901
Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Johan Jacob Margaretasson Halttu


    Anna Caisa Nilsdotter Ylitalo




    Emil Nils Perala



    Herman August Perala


    Anna Gustava Perala



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1884 · Iron Mining starts in Minnesota

Age 13

After discovering iron ore in the Vermilion Range in North-East of Minnesota, iron mining companies began to come to the area and caused an economic boom to the area of Duluth and to the state as a whole.
1893 · The Minnesota State Flag

Age 22

The Flag of Minnesota was adopted on August 2 and consists of scenes from the seal of Minnesota. The flag has been modified over the years to be easier to manufacture.

Name Meaning

Finnish (Perälä): habitational name from a farm named for its location, from perä ‘end’, ‘back’, ‘remote’ + the local suffix -la. This name is common in Western Finland, both as a surname and as a farm name, especially in Ostrobothnia.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • John J Perala, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Perala, "United States Census, 1930"

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