My father, Paul Johnson, was born in 1923. This photo shows him at about 19 years. My dad and I are having a good visit here in Kingston, and I have been asking him questions about his early life in Canada. In this photo, the little boy in the sailor hat is my dad, age 5 or 6. It was taken shortly after my father and his mother Anna emigrated to Canada from Finland in 1928. On the extreme left of the photo is John Niskala, the widowed father of three she married. The man in the centre of the photo is Tom Johnson, my father's uncle, who adapted my dad. Anna's sister, Alma, took the photo.
I want to put my father's story into a book for my children and grand children. These kinds of stories are important.