Among the forces working for high ideals of American citizenship none exceed in beneficence the influence exerted by the Fourth Estate. In this connection a splendid work is being done by the Finnish Daily Publishing Company of Duluth, publishers of Paivalehti, known as the Finnish Daily, the oldest Finnish daily newspaper in the United States, which was established in 1898 and first found a reading public at Calumet, Michigan, coming to Duluth in 1912.
Politically independent, with a circulation of 8,000 readers, and subscribers from coast to coast and in Canada and Finland, this publication is recognized as the leading Finnish newspaper in the United States and Canada. Its publishers, realizing that America is a country where every man is given an equal opportunity for success, and believing that the immigrant will find chances here that he could not even dream of in his native land, have assumed it as their responsibility to present the ideals of the country in cogent form and, while discharging the normal duties which lie within the province of a newspaper, to foster and develop also a loyal and patriotic spirit. It has stood behind the affairs of the United States Government and has given strong support to such men as the late Theodore Roosevelt and his followers.
Through the influence of Paivalehti, Americanization work among the Finnish people is progressing rapidly, and many thousands of those of Finnish descent, residents of the United States, who cannot read the English language, have gained their preliminary knowledge fitting them for American citizenship through its columns. This publication is also recognized as a valuable instructor in economical questions, as it is its practice to give useful information to new settlers in farming communities and to men who take part in business life.
During the war period Paivalehti took a very active part in protecting this country against the menacing pro-German and other un-American elements. Its editorial staff and numerous agents and correspondents throughout the country gave valuable assistance to the United States Government in many issues during the period of the World war, in selling Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps and in aiding the Red Cross, as well as in urging men to enlist in the fighting forces of the country.
Its columns were constantly open to issues concerning the welfare of the country and its government.
The Finnish Daily Publishing Company maintains its plant and office at No. 31 East Michigan street, Duluth. The editor and publisher exerts a wide influence for good among his people in this country, and is held in high esteem and confidence by those who have had occasion to come into contact with him either in a business or social way.