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Olavi Malén changed his name to the Finnish Marva. The first two letters of the original name remain in the new one, and the letter "l" was replaced with a good rolling Finnish "r". The name is short, concise and easy to remember.
Later, when a Dutch ship bearing the name Marva arrived at Rauma harbour, Marva couldn't believe his eyes. It was discovered that the word "marva" means mermaid in Dutch.
In fact, the Dutch word "marva" is an abbreviation of the words Marine Vrouwen Afdelning, which was a naval department, established on 31.10.1944, for voluntary seawomen. So it turns out that "marva" does not mean mermaid, but maids of the sea.×
In accordance with tradition, the "Venetian Festival" is celebrated throughout Finland at the end of August. In Rauma the custom had all but been forgotten, until the young Olavi Marva revived it and re-established the custom at Leppälä villa, Petäjäs harbour. The occasion became the talk of the town, with its dancing and gaiety, and up to 500 guests.
In 1945 Olavi Marva establishes Satatuote, which begins manufacturing paper bags. Later on the product range was to include cardboard and carton packaging, such as egg boxes and shoe boxes. "Price-wise, Alko's best-selling product", says Olavi Marva about Alko* paper bags, to those who wondered where on earth Satatuote's products were actually used.
*(state monopoly alcohol retailer)
Olavi Marva was interested in the newspaper Länsi-Suomi for two reasons: he wanted to regain ownership into Rauma hands, and he also saw opportunities for cooperation between Länsi-Suomi printing house and Satatuote packaging. The deal with the majority owner, industrialist Yrjö Riisla, was finalised in 1955.
Pekka Marva became a salesman at Satatuote. After travelling by bus to the nearby town of Pori on customer visits, he came to the conclusion that, to expedite proceedings, it would be a good idea to invest in a car. He hired an ageing Skoda, which assisted in generating new customer relationships, and the business expanded.
A year later a schooner brought into Rauma a new car – the so-called "sailor's VW". Pekka was ready for the arrival of the car and the Skoda was replaced by a Volkswagen. Costing 6 000 Finnish markka, the car paid itself back many times over in the way of sales trips.×
In 1977 Olavi Marva was nominated as the first Entrepreneur of the Year by Rauma Entrepreneur Foundation. (He also thought up Satatuote's very own catch phrase, which goes something like this: "Your things, too, will feel at home in a Rauma-made box" (- a phrase which was a play on words of the town's own slogan).
Pekka Marva loved to be at sea, and took part in sailing races on his boat, the "Amanda". He developed his very own packed lunch for the competitions, which included a centimetre-thick slice of luncheonmeat and the same of cheese, sandwiched in a bread roll. Six such servings were wrapped in foil, heated up and consumed. Another alternative was lapskoussi, a special Rauma stew. Pekka once calculated that, during the 21st Rauma Sea Race, his crew consumed 2 100 bread rolls and a good barrel of lapskoussi.
"Even the more experienced crew members said later that the rations on the Amanda were right for every occasion".
The local radio Ramona began broadcasting on 3.3.1988. The name was selected from a number of alternatives. Ramona won, as it brought to mind the old-time, stylish dance music that it was named after, and which was familiar to everyone. In addition, the new Ramona song performed by Tuomari Nurmio ("Judge Nurmio") was a radio hit at the time. The name Ramona also easily brings to mind the idea of being "Rauma's own".×
The name Bernhard has been preserved as the middle name for the boys in the Malén and Marva family. The abbreviated form of the name, Pänne, suits the Rauma dialect better.
"The name has a certain assertiveness about it, and you won't meet anyone else in Rauma with the name, except in our family. It's not really suitable as a girls' name. It would be a bit of a struggle for the vicar to christen the first-born daughter "Katriina Bernhard", jokes Pekka Bernhard Marva.
Pekka Marva, commercial counsellor, is of baker's stock. His grandmother, Amanda Malén, was one of Rauma's most revered bakers of her time. Pekka also liked to be in the kitchen.
"In the restaurants, you would be served flavourless bread made with water and yeast. I decided to become a part-time baker. I also noticed that while baking, I could switch off the trials of work temporarily".
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Olavi Marva was a boy scout through and through, as was his son Pekka, who took part in scout activities from a young age. "I have always acted according to the scout promise that I made as a boy. As an adult, I have been entrusted with some posts bearing quite a bit of responsibility in the scout movement. At heart I'm still that same boy scout, as if snatched from the camp fire. The passing years haven't changed that feeling in any way", says Pekka Marva.×