This is the work of several hours of typing. An hour here, an hour there, adding to a cumulative of about 10 hours over the past year. I am happy to report, I have finally completed this task.
I never knew my Grandmother kept a journal until my Sister mentioned it to me in 2003. I was finally able to snag it from my Aunt Jackie on the promise I would return it. To uphold that promise and to ensure it is not lost with it going back into her hands (you would have to know the situation to understand) I have typed the entire thing up. The same like I did with my Great Grandmother’s (Lillian Coley Jonas 1898-1987) journals.
To preserve these journals for posterity, I will place them all up here (Lillians’ will be up shortly).
This journal starts in mid 1944 and ends fall 1946. It is her high school years and covers several noteworthy dates. She records V-E and V-J day. She comments about the passing and birthday of siblings. While her entries are typically short, they do flesh out years I knew nothing of previously. There are many sites mentioned which do not appear to be still present and even in asking older people, they do not know them either. White City is the main location nobody seems to remember. I assume the saw mill is the Temple Saw Mill site up Logan Canyon. Logana was a swimming hole in Logan. Another issue is that many people are mentioned by their first name only, and even then many by nickname. I do not assume Dutch, Chick, and other names are actual names. Hence my difficulty. I fear only those closest to the situation would know who these people really where, and most of those closest don’t remember or are no longer available for asking.
There are also cultural things which have changed. Going to a movie or swimming on Sunday is now taboo in LDS culture where they were much more common place then. The separated meeting schedule is apparent with Sunday School and night church (Sacrament) being defined as separate meetings. Most of us would not even make mention to the fact that we listened to the radio where it was made special mention of in this journal. The putting up of the hair is another phrase which is not heard anymore. Other phrases in the journal have a completely different connotation in today’s world and hopefully they will not be understood in that light.
Colleen Mary Andra was born 27 May 1928 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho. As the journal shows, the main location of most events is Preston, Idaho. She married Wilburn Norwood Jonas 27 Sep 1946 in Elko, Elko, Nevada as is obvious in the journal. I have written more about them at this link: Jonas-Andra Wedding.
There are interesting things to note of the Jonas family as well. The marriage of Evan and Lona, the death of Irwin Jonas, and more are to be found. The journal definitely focuses on the Andra side in its short entries. Norwood would die tragically in 1975. Colleen would remarry twice more before she would pass away suddenly in 1999 from an operation.
I hope for those who read this and can add anything more, I would appreciate hearing from you. Defining more of these people and places involved would be great help and very appreciated. Please feel free to download a copy (by clicking on the link below) for your reading pleasure. I beg of you for your input and recollections!