Juho Lallukka was the fourth son raised in a small farmhouse on the isthmus of Räisälä parish, which neighbours the town of Käkisalmi in Carelia, the area Finland had to surrender to the Soviet Union during the Second World War.
Juho began his career as a shepherd boy, but he soon progressed to study shoemaking and he met his future wife during his travels. He continued to change occupations and worked as a shopboy, sales clerk, land seller and burgher before establishing a wholesale business in Vyborg. Juho was the Chairman of the Town Councils of Käkisalmi and later of Vyborg and in his final years he served as a Member of Parliament.
Juho, a successful businessman, participated enthusiastically in national activities that were popular at the time. As a Finnish nationalist he was centrally involved in the civilisation of the people. Juho was also a founder of the Youth Association, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Association of Rural Theatre and a patron of Finnish literature. Patron of the arts Juho Lallukka was appointed Commercial Counsellor by the Pamaus business society in Vyborg in 1908, when he was 56 years old.
Maria Lallukka, Juho’s spouse, was also born in the parish of Räisälä, where her parents Matti and Valpuri Jääskeläinen owned an inn. It was in the inn’s drying barn that Juho Lallukka, then a sales clerk in Käkisalmi, refurbished his first own store. Juho and Maria were married in 1878 and they did not have any children.
When Juho Lallukka passed away in 1913, his wife Maria became the manager of the wholesale business and she fulfilled this duty with skill. The business was so successful that in 1919 Maria decided to change her portion of the earlier testament
Maria Lallukka increased the number of legacies in the will by twenty. She also specified half of her wealth to the establishment of the Vyborg library, and therefore the city’s contribution to the library designed by A
lvar Aalto was one-third.