The Community Made It Happen
This long-awaited book became a reality because of the generous financial support of nearly 300 individuals, businesses and organizations as well as through the enthusiastic participation of past and present community residents in the information-gathering process.
A 2009 fundraising campaign, followed by a steady flow of donations right up to the day the book went to the printers, generated approximately $35,000, a sum far in excess of the book committee's original goal. As a direct result, the book is being produced in hard cover, with a dust jacket, on high-quality paper. The book features some 70 stories, about 160 black-and-white and color photos and nine maps, both historic and contempoary.
The Esko Historical Society and the book committee are especially grateful to the Finlandia Foundation National, whose $1,500 grant kicked off the fundraising campaign, and to the fundraising committee, whose members were Jack Bergstedt and Pete Radosevich (the co-chairs) and Lyle Colberg, Davis Helberg, the late Arvid Konu, Frank Liupakka, Florence Maki, Lynda Korby Nordstrom, Phill Powers, Verna Puline and Don W. Pykkonen.
All donor names and memorials will appear in the book. Unfortunately, however, some donations were received after the book was sent to the printer. We are attempting to contact those individuals to see if they would like a refund or prefer to apply the money toward book purchases.
We are also grateful to the scores of people who agreed to interviews, or provided answers to specific questions, or donated photos, scrapbooks, journals and other helpful documents and information. We are in the process of returning all loaned materials to the owners.
From the outset, those of us who invested our time in this project believed we were compiling the history of a truly special place. The community’s wholehearted support confirmed it.