My grandfather Eino Nuottila was born in 1888 in the farmstead called “Muusa” located by the mountain Pyhätunturi, which can be translated as “holy mountain”; close to the lake Pyhäjärvi. Upon his military service he decided to set up a farm and purchased 700 hectares of land. It was a big oval-shaped plot spreading along 7 kilometers from the lake Sirkka and Rakkavaara, over the tundra slopes of Levi, up to Uusikkylä – the very place where nowadays you can see the gates to the town with its blue-painted name – “LEVI”.

Eino was a life-long bachelor, and corresponding habits clung tightly to him. He did not take proper care of the house and the farm – it was gradually falling into decay, whereas the cattle needed to be taken care of. Eino’s friends from Rautuskylä decided to help the poor guy and sent a young lady to help him. The lady’s name was Emma, she was supposed to take care of the animals and keep the house.

The civil war was over by that time, but local disturbances still took place here and there. Eino took the worker’s side, and this could be the possible reason why he lost all his small fortune – possibly he just fell into disgrace. According to another version, the farm could have been taken away from Eino because of his huge debts to the shop owner. Maybe, there was even some other reason why he lost everything – nobody knows anymore. However, Eino and Emma were hard working people and they knew how to get things done – they managed to buy back the house and the farm, although overpaid through the nose for both of them.

By the 30ies their life returned back to the normal; step by step they got things going, got the farm in order, gave birth to five kids and started a family. Later, during the World War II, when Eino was already an old man, he worked as a stableman for the German army, and the money earned at that work allowed him to pay major part of the remaining debt and even to raise a new wonderful house by the lake Sirkkajärvi. However, when the house was almost ready, the Germans came again and … reduced it to ashes.
When the family returned from evacuation, there was nothing else left for them to do but to rebuild the house. This time it was made from boards, not from whole logs. This board house was a target of jeers for neighbors: at those times only a blockhouse constructed from whole logs could be called a “real house”, whereas boards were used for building shacks only. This very house, repaired and painted in white, is still standing by the Sirkkajärvi lake. This white color was the reason why all of us, old Eino’s children and grandchildren, gave this nickname to our house in Pohjanmaa – “Valkonen Pohjonen”, which means “The White North”.

Although illiterate, Eino was witty, open-minded and hungry for knowledge. He separated two parts from his plot in order to sell one of them to the hydro-company and the other to a local school, both for a symbolic price. “Shouldn’t there be a school for kids, after all?! So, there will be one, indeed!”, Eino rubbed his hands happily. One geological engineer was crazy about the idea to find gold, and Eino sold the top of Levitunturi mountain to him. However, this gold-mining enterprise did not finish up with big success. Nowadays the restaurant “Tuikku” is located close to this place. The lift company purchased slopes on the mountain where the first elevators appeared in the end of 1960ies. Even at that time Eino was thinking of the future and persistently advised his children that they should start looking for proper plots of land in Rakkavaara: “Then you will be among those well-to-do guys who come here from the south of the country for mountain skiing”. Well, a whole generation had to pass before his dream could come true …

In 1980ies uncle Ossi, a forest ranger, together with the municipality, developed the layout of Rakkavaara. This layout included Nuottirakka near Kivirakka, including Nuottitie. Later, in “the zero years”, the Sointutie with six plots appeared. One of the plots fell into my possession, and its name is “Valkonen Pohjonen”. Two traditional styles of wooden construction are indicated on the layout: “pelkkahirsi”, a square beam house, and “höylähirsi”, a round timber house.

Thank you for reading my story. Here you can have a virtual tour about the house.