Jim Langhelm, left, of Gig Harbor and brother Dave, at right, didn’t know of cousin Hendrick Langhjelm, of Belfair, center, until they compared family photos. They were shocked to discover they had the same studio portrait of Thorwald Langhelm, who had emigrated from Finland to America in 1900. Thorwald Langhelm, Jim and Dave Langhelm’s grandfather, had arrived in America in 1900 with a 16-year-old girl named Alma, having left a pregnant wife named Rosa and two children behind.
Jim Langhelm, left, of Gig Harbor and brother Dave, at right, didn’t know of cousin Hendrick Langhjelm, of Belfair, center, until they compared family photos. They were shocked to discover they had the same studio portrait of Thorwald Langhelm, who had emigrated from Finland to America in 1900. Thorwald Langhelm, Jim and Dave Langhelm’s grandfather, had arrived in America in 1900 with a 16-year-old girl named Alma, having left a pregnant wife named Rosa and two children behind. Dean J. Koepfler Staff photographer
Jim Langhelm, left, of Gig Harbor and brother Dave, at right, didn’t know of cousin Hendrick Langhjelm, of Belfair, center, until they compared family photos. They were shocked to discover they had the same studio portrait of Thorwald Langhelm, who had emigrated from Finland to America in 1900. Thorwald Langhelm, Jim and Dave Langhelm’s grandfather, had arrived in America in 1900 with a 16-year-old girl named Alma, having left a pregnant wife named Rosa and two children behind. Dean J. Koepfler Staff photographer

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