This is the only photograph I have of my mother as a baby. I am sure there are more out there, but they have not been shared with me. This photograph was in an album of my Great Grandmother, Lillian Coley Jonas (Mom’s paternal Grandmother). It was in an album that had the plastic stick pages and you can see the effects of that and a little moisture on the photograph. Hopefully some day another version will emerge. I am sure my Grandmother had some more pictures but nobody seems to know where they went in 1999.
Sandra Jonas was born 16 March 1954 in Logan Hospital in Logan, Utah. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and I do not have a record of how long. Her parents were Colleen Mary Andra and Wilburn Norwood Jonas. They resided at the home Grandpa built at 142 N. State Street in Richmond, Utah (someone update me so I can correct this). I do not know the exact address. She was delivered by Dr. Willard Goodwin Noble. An interesting note about her birth certificate, Dr. Noble made out the certificate of birth on the 24th of March and was probably filed the next day, but the certificate says it was filed on the 15th of March, the day before she was born! L. K. Gates was the Registrar. That is all from the State Certificate of Birth. The Logan City Certificate of Birth all states the same except signed by H. R. Pedersen as City Recorder with W. W. Nyman as deputy.
Sandra, who had a strong dislike for the name Sandra, has always gone by Sandy. Sandra is not a family name and was popular at the time.
Wilburn went by the name of Norwood (or “Nor”) because he did not like Wilburn. He is shown as a laborer on the birth certificate and worked on and off at various jobs through the years. The majority of the time he worked for Sego Milk (aka Pet Milk) in Richmond. When the plant closed in the late ’60′s, that is why the Jonas family moved to Burley, Cassia, Idaho. Norwood then began work helping construct the new Del Monte Plant in Burley. Colleen also worked through the years at various jobs, usually working at the at the pea and other packing plants in Franklin, Idaho and Smithfield, Utah.
Sandy was the second child of Norwood and Colleen, the older being a boy born in 1952, Douglas Norwood Jonas. Mom was later followed in 1960 by Jackie Jonas. Neither Douglas or Jackie are family names and the family appears to used names that suited their fancy than having any tie to ancestry.
As I look at the picture, I see a happy baby. I wonder what caused the pessimistic outlook on life that would later come? The loss of a finger, the loss of a father, some other traumatic experiences? I do not know that she will ever really tell. Something happened. Hopefully we can avoid some of the negative outlook that seems to have affected my mother.
I look at our new baby, Aliza, and I see much of my mother. While I never knew my Mom’s real face because it was rebuilt cosmetically after a wreck threw her into some barbed wire than nearly removed her face and her life, I see in this photo many features of Aliza. Everything from the long hair on the baby, the smile and build of the face, the wrinkles in the skin of the neck, and more. Little Aliza does not have the ears or the plumpness of this baby. Perhaps the plumpness will arrive when she is able to sit up as Mom is able to in this photo. We will just have to wait and see.