10.06.2008

Transporting rocks for an anti-tank defensive line

Veikko Hämäläinen, who lived in Sarviselkä of Salla, transported rocks for the defensive line of the village centre with his lorry, from the autumn of 1940 until April the following year. Ten lorries were doing so from the Kaunisharju area – where the Reindeer Park is situated today –, the base of the Sallatunturi fell, and Hatajavaara. Most of the rocks came from the Sallatunturi fell. Each of the rocks was hauled up by hand, and the lorry was then driven under it and the rock lowered onto the platform. Working on a steep slope, you had to be extra careful. On one occasion, in the worst possible place, facing downhill, Veikko noticed that his lorry’s brakes did not work. In order to stop the truck, he would have to turn it sideways. However, when he was turning the truck, it rolled onto its side, and the three-ton rock rolled out.

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The oldest ski in the world

In the year 1938, when Jaska Repo was digging a ditch, a strange-looking tree stub emerged, attracting his attention. It was approximately 154 cm long and some 15 cm wide, resembling the nose of a ski. It had been cut off by the turning plough wheel, being very rotten and brittle. Most of the ski...