Lopuksi perhe sai oman kodin uuden leipomotalon yläkerrasta nykyisen Lintuvaarantien alkupäästä. Tällä paikalla on nyt Leipurinkuja ja päiväkoti Rinkeli.
Leipää vietiin ensin ”yhden pojan” ja sitten kahden hevosen vetämillä kärryillä ensin pariin lähikauppaan ja sitten pitkin Hagalundin ja Mäkkylän metsiä pieniin kioskeihin, joista myytiin elintarvikkeita linnoitustyöläisille.
When the Mansikkala bakery came to Alberga
Mansikkala bakery was started in Alberga ( later Leppävaara) 1912 in a fine house called Villa Arkadia. The history was wiping trough the place, first was tsar himself passing, three years later german troops who finally stopped the civil war. The bakery had both good and less good times.
Mansikkala bakery in Leppävaara/Alberga in Espoo close to Helsinki was started by my grandfather Kaarle, Kalle, Mansikkala (30.6.1877-10.2.1933) and my grandmother, Olga fam. Johansson (4.11.1877-17.12.1960). The bakery was active in Leppävaara in three different places during 1912-1973. It had a good reputation due to its pleasant aroma, tasty bread called hiivaleipä (mixture of rye and wheat) and other products. Everybody loves fresh bakery products...
Both my grandparents came from poor homes from countryside. Kaarle was son of "Nikkari Hintriikki", carpenter in Lusi, Heinola, 150 km n.e. from Helsinki. It is not known where the family name Mansikkala comes from, but obviously from the big farm named Mansikkala at Lusi. Hintriikki was not from the house but perhaps worked for it.
My grandmother Olga was from Pernaja, close to Loviisa, 80 km east of Helsinki. It was poor and large family working for a big house with agriculture. She had to leave the home to work at age of 12. The first working place was in todays Porvoo, Emäsalo, in the farmhouse of Fadders.
They met in Helsinki when Kalle was about to be ready for his training as baker. When Olga was speaking only Swedish and Kalle only Finnish it would be interesting to know how they came together. They lived first in Helsinki, then in Hämeenlinna and close to Lahti, where they started their first bakery. On the way they had got five children, Bertil, Aarne, Aune, Veikko, and Ahti. The youngest one, Sven (my father), was born in Alberga/Leppävaara.
The very first bakery was in Friisinmäki/Frisbacka (the calour picture), but soon they moved to the fine white house close to the railway station. It was called Arkadia house, because it was former house of Arkadia Theater which had been moved here.
The family rented a apartment for living, downstairs was the bakery and the café. It was good business because around was plenty of activities for building military fortifications. There was plenty of small shops serving the crowds of workmen.
It was the time of World War First 1914-1918. Finland was not in war but it was the Russian frontier to the west. The tsar Nikolai II himself and his entourage was passing Arkadia house while coming to inspect the building of fortresses in march 1915.
- There was plenty of fine people in cars, remembers my aunt Aune.
There was strict orders who was allowed to see the tsar passing. He was at the time a very hated man in Finland because the repression, russofication of Finland, he started a year before.
From the bakery the bread was at first transported to the shops by carts drawn by two lads, later with two horses with carts, and after 1923 with one of the first cars in Espoo. (picture). It had register number Espoo 5.
One of the horses was a great trotter, called "Ylioppilas" (Student) due its black "student hat" (picture with Kalle). After it was ready with the bread transports it was serving in horse taxi close to the bakery and always in between running trot races.
In 6.12.1917 Finland was announced independent state. During the spring 1918 there was a cruel civil war after the revolution in Russia. The food transports from Russia had been cut off which was one of the many reasons for unrest. Both reds and whites had created military guards. It was the reds in Helsinki who took over the rule which started the war.
But the whites were the winning part - at the end with the support of troops from Germany, which landed in Hanko, west of Helsinki. The german troops marched even throug Alberga/Leppävaara where they easily defeated the little group of untrained troops of the reds.
The german troops overnighted in Alberga estate, the horses were staying outside Arkadia house (picture with many horses). After few days they took over Helsinki and the civil war was over.
During the civil war the local municipal administration of the reds took over the bakery and started food distribution to the people there. When the unrest was over my grandparents started the bakery again. It continued until 1928 when the family got a new home and bakery house of their own close to. About life in that house in article Leppävaaran komein talo jota ei koskaan rakennettu, The finest house in Leppävaara which was never built.