William Fredrick Andra Autobiography

Andra Boys: William, Donald, Larry, Bill, Golden, Dale, Ross

Andra Boys: William, Donald, Larry, Bill, Golden, Dale, Ross

A copy of this autobiography of my Great Grandfather was given to me years ago.  I wanted to make it more widely available.  I will insert clarification or other information in brackets [].

The Life Story of William Fredrick Andra Sr
I was born on February 11, 1898 in Meissen, Saxony, Germany to Wilhimina [Wilhelmina Christiana Knauke] and Theodor F. [Fredrick] Andra.  My father died when I was about four years old [23 November 1902].
I was baptized in the Elbe River in [16] April 1909; came to the United States in the following month of May.  I left at the age of eleven, one year ahead of the same boat, but were for some reason delayed a month.  The boat that they had intended to take sank in mid-ocean.  “The Lord moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform!”
Upon arriving here, I went to Fairview, Utah to work out my board and room from John R. Anderson, who was a former missionary in Germany.  After being in Fairview for one year, I went back to Salt Lake to meet the rest of the family when they arrived.  We had quite a struggle at first, but we made out when the rest had learned the language.
At the age of fourteen, my Mother took me to Preston, Idaho to the home of a former missionary [George Wanner] who had helped convert my mother in Germany.  I thinned, hoed and topped beets; worked in the potatoes; and did many other things around the farm.  There were about 24 head of cows to be milked.  For my work, I got $18.00 a month.  The next summer I got $25.00 and then $30.00 per month.  In the winter I went back to Salt Lake City because there wasn’t any work left on the farm.
I worked in the Apex Mine in Bingham at the same time Jack Dempsey was a diamond drill sharpener.
The next winter, I worked in the coal mine at Wattis in Carbon County during the flu epidemic in 1918.  My future father-in-law [George Wanner] took the flu and was in the hospital in Salt Lake City.  Shortly after, his boy, Golden also caught the flu and died.  I took the body home to Whitney, Idaho on the train.
I did the chores for the family because they all had the flu.  After working for George Wanner for seven years on and off, I married at the age of 22 his daughter, Mary Louise Wanner, in the Salt Lake Temple on March 10,1920.
At a time when things were tough, I worked on the farm for James R. Bodily and in the winter I did janitor work at the Whitney School and meeting house for $30.00 a month.  Then our son, William Junior was born.  During this time, I helped build the sugar factory in Whitney.
In 1922, we moved to Salt Lake City and I worked for the Royal Bakery for one year and then we moved back to Preston and went into the café business with my brother Walter.  We stayed in the café business until the end of 1925.  We then bought the Wanner farm in Preston during depression times.
I used to dig basements, haul gravel and sand and haul sugar beets from the beet piles to the sugar factory for $4.00 a ton.  It was hard making this $1000.00 principal and $500.00 interest, but with the Lord’s help and a good wife and children, we paid for the farm.  In 1937 we bought nine more acres on the east side of our farm, making forty-four acres.
In 1937 I was made a High Priest.  I have been a ward teacher for thirty-six years, ward teaching supervisor for seven years, and a group leader for the High Priests Quorum for twelve years.  I am at present a director of the Mink Creek-Riverdale Canal Company.
Our main crops on this farm have been sugar beets and potatoes.  We have raised peas and corn for many years.  Our present family consists of twelve children; eight boys and four girls (of which two of the boys have passed on).
In 1947 I had a back fusion operation.  It was very successful.
Seven of our children are married and we have twenty-eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  One of the boys is in the Western States Mission now.  We have had two on missions previously.
I would like to pass this biography on to my son.
Prepared and arranged November 28, 1961 by William F. Andra, Sr.  (Age sixty-three)

Theodore Bourls Stem

Diploma of Theodore Stem

Diploma of Theodore Stem

Dad continues to go through more items he has from Grandpa’s death (Milo James Ross).  One of the seemingly random items is this diploma for Theodore Bourls Stem.  It is a high school Diploma for him from DuBois High School in DuBois, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  Dad does not have any idea why Grandpa would have this Diploma, if he knew Theodore Stem, or just picked it up at a yard sale or somewhere else.  We will not likely ever know.  I have tried reaching out to some Stem’s across the country.  Hopefully we can track down some of Theodore’s family.  I believe this Theodore Stem went on to become a Doctor but am struggling to find some definitive answers.  It may be that his son has the same name and is also a doctor.  Hopefully I can update this post later with some updates.


Del Monte Shield, July/August 1969 pt 3

Here is the last page (of three) given to me from Gib & Janet Richardson of my Grandfather, Norwood Jonas.  This picture resembles much the Del Monte plant in Burley, Idaho as I remember it as a kid.  My Grandma and I would go and drop things off from time to time.  I don’t remember what we dropped off, but we were there on a fairly regular basis.  I do not remember the plan having changed much at that time from 1969 to my memories in the mid 1980’s.


I remember as a boy my Mom would often remind me as we drove past Del Monte that my Grandfather helped build that water tower.  I don’t know how much he actually helped build it, but since he worked in maintenance I assumed he helped with its maintenance.  Who knows.  Too much time has probably passed to know for certain.  I tried locating information on the rest of the people in the pictures.  Many are likely still alive.  I tried searching names but none were an obvious match.  I will have to do more work to pin some of them down.

Jack Wilson Woolley, 18 Jan 1919 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon to 28 Jun 1973 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

Ron Peters (? – ?)

Wilburn Norwood Jonas, 15 May 1924 in Richmond, Cache, Utah to 14 Mar 1975 in Burley, Cassia, Idaho.

Patrick Mellott (? – ?)

Jon Reinhold Sadler, 4 April 1940 in Nevada to 6 November 1978 in Roy, Weber, Utah.

Earl Moser (? – ?)

Sheldon Rawlings, 9 Mar 1927 in Fairview, Franklin, Idaho to 8 Feb 1993 in Bountiful, Davis, Utah.

Paul Wood (? – ?)

David Carter (? – ?)

Brent Chugg (? – ?)

Del Monte Shield, July/August 1969 pt 2

Here is part two of the photos from the Del Monte Shield.  Again, this publication is dated July/August 1969.  As you can see below, there are copies of newspaper photos dated from June 1969.

I don’t know how many pages were between the front page already provided and this page.  But here are the two photos of interest provided.


In looking at the above photo, I realize a strange coincidence.  I live in a home that Jon Sadler built in Burley, Cassia, Idaho.  My mother and aunt both baby sat the Sadler children in the home I now live.

This is a good side picture of my grandfather at the age of 45.

Jon Sadler (?-?)

Floyd Edward Carlton (1914-1974)

Wilburn Norwood Jonas (1924-1975)

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Two of this picture are the same as above.  I don’t know anything about Mr. Hickman, even his first name because of the photocopy.

Hickman (?-?)



Del Monte Shield, July/August 1969

doc20150124225757_001The week of church when our memberships were read into the ward, we went through the usual procedure.  They read your names in, you are asked to stand, everyone welcomes you to the ward with an upright hand, you sit, and the meeting goes on.  After the meeting was done a lady stopped me.

“Are you related to Norwood Jonas?”

“Yes, I am.  Why do you ask?  How do you know that?”

“They read in your name.”

One of those points where you slap yourself for asking a dumb question.  My full name is Paul Norwood Jonas Ross.

“I knew your Grandparents.”

As time went on, we visited about the link between my Grandparents, Norwood and Colleen Jonas, and Gib and Janet Richardson.  Through a chain of events, my Grandparents had helped bring the Richardsons to Burley, Idaho from Smithfield, Utah.  My mother, Sandy Jonas, actually went to school with their daughter, LuAnn, in Utah.

Gib mentioned he thought he had some pictures of Grandpa.

When I met with him and Janet, they revealed that they actually drove all the way to Grandpa’s funeral in Richmond in 1975.  They kept in contact with Grandma through the years  and were at her funeral in 1999.  She told me stories of taking my mother to Young Women and other activities with her daughter.  Small world!

Gib gave me three copies from a booklet, the first of which is above.  The Del Monte Shield was apparently a periodical that was produced, I am not sure if it was a one time thing for the opening or if it continued.  If it was regular, I also do not know if it was just the Burley Plant or if it was for other plants as well (like the one that was in Smithfield).  Grandpa is the one farthest on the left for the cover of this booklet.  I believe the next person is Sheldon Rawlings, then Ed Carlton (in front), I don’t know the two people immediately behind Ed Carlton, then a Mr. Wood, and finally Jack Woolley.  Obviously the date is July/August 1969 and the photo is in front of the plant’s main office building for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Wilburn Norwood Jonas, 15 May 1924 in Richmond, Cache, Utah to 14 Mar 1975 in Burley, Cassia, Idaho.

Sheldon Rawlings, 9 Mar 1927 in Fairview, Franklin, Idaho to 8 Feb 1993 in Bountiful, Davis, Utah.

Floyd Edward Carlton, 3 Mar 1914 in Randall, Jewell, Kansas to 8 Jun 1974 in Heyburn, Minidoka, Idaho.

Mr. Wood, Unknown to Unknown.

Jack Wilson Woolley, 18 Jan 1919 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon to 28 Jun 1973 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015 has come and gone.  The day was full of joy, presents, food, noise, playing, fighting, rest, sweets, and plenty more.  Here are a couple of pictures I took of the day and eve that seem to best show the day.

Hiram, Aliza, Amanda with baby Lillian

Hiram, Aliza, Amanda with baby Lillian

I already know Amanda will not appreciate that I posted that picture, but this is our beauty, our family.

Hiram enjoying Christmas Eve dinner

Hiram enjoying Christmas Eve dinner

This picture is fun because it includes Jan and Dad, Milo, in the reflection.

Aliza enjoying

Aliza enjoying Christmas Eve dinner with Grandpa Milo.

Here is to many more wonderful days for our family.



Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Gerrit and Elsebina van Leeuwen

Thanks again to a cousin for providing the above photo.  I had not seen it before and am happy to have it in my collection.  It seems pretty doctored so I have asked for a scan of the original that has not been altered as some of the detail is obviously distorted.

I have written of Gerrit van Leeuwen and Elsebina Maria Catharina Weenig before (at this link).  I had a younger picture of Elsebina and another picture of Gerrit in his older years.  But this is one of Elsebina older and you can see the resemblance from her other picture.

Gerrit was born 12 April 1823 in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands and died 19 February 1906 in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands.  He was an organ builder and seller.  He went into business with Christiaan Frederik Everdinus Weenig as an organ builder and seller, they also sold pianos.  He later married Christiaan’s younger sister, Elsebina.  Christiaan and Elsebina were children of an organist, Christiaan Frederik Weenig.  Gerrit and Elsebina married 22 August 1849 in Leiden.

Elsebina was born 15 November 1826 in Leiden and died 22 March 1884 in Arnhem.  That places this photo pre-1884.  She died at age 57.  Gerrit died at 82.  I don’t know what year they moved to Arnhem (the city on the photo), but that would give us a narrower window in which the photo was taken.

If I get a better copy of the photo, I will provide it.  Apparently Carol Mann has an original of this photo.