Reunion of dying out villages held in Palupõhja village

Palupõhja Nature School in Palupõhja village, Puhja Parish, Tartu County. (Kalev Saar)
8/1/2016 3:49 PM
Category: News

A reunion of former residents and descendants of three neighboring villages on the verge of dying out was held in Palupõhja village, Puhja Parish over the weekend.

While only three permanent households remain in the neighboring villages of Palupõhja, Kaldasaare and Sooküla, nearly 50 former residents and their descendants attended a reunion held at the former Jaago farm, reported ETV's nightly news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera."

Those attending did not focus on the reasons why the number of chimneys from which smoke still rises has dwindled from 38 just after World War II to just three in all across all three villages today; instead, they focused on recalling what life was like there back then, with Toots Normann, who has researched the history of Palupõhja, Sooküla and Kaldasaare villages, leading the discussion.

Elderly former Palupõhja resident Valdur Kuiv recalled that the total number of residents never quite reached 100. "But when there was work during the winter, then occasionally there were 100 people or more, when it was time to make firewood," Kuiv explained.

Normann, who organized the reunion, noted that nearby residents lived by oil lamplight late into the 20th century, as electricity only arrived in the village in 1992.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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