Mom at Poolside

Millie Beck, Colleen Jonas, Sandy Jonas

In the photos scanned earlier this year, this is another one that stood out to me and seemed to catch a glimpse of life.  Most photos are staged and seem to capture less of actual life or living.

Here is a picture of my mother, Sandy Jonas, with her Mom (my Grandma), Colleen Andra Jonas, and to the right of Colleen’s sister, Mildred (Millie) Andra Beck.

I love the fact that there is a guy, unknown, floating in the water in the background.  Just soaking in the water and the sun.

The photo is obviously captured through a fence, something else that tells me it is an impromptu photo.

Aunt Millie looks like I always remember.  Age would give her a few wrinkles, but the facial expression is the same.

Then there is Grandma looking at the picture.  Water on the concrete, big earrings.  I remember Grandma wearing many earrings, Millie also has in a pair for the day at the pool.  The curl in her hair.

I am guessing the photo is the late 1950’s.  Mom looks like she is about 4 or 5 years old, so 1958 or 1959.  Mom tries to block the sun, almost looking like a whine on her face.  Necklace around her neck.  Obvious light blond hair.  She still appears to have her ring finger in the photo.

Here is another one from probably the same date, just with the people more blurry.

Millie, Colleen, Sandy

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Happy 91st Birthday

Colleen Mary Andra Portrait

I don’t know the occasion for this portrait.  I had never seen it before.  It is probably one of the best pictures I have of my Grandmother in her young adult years.  I don’t know if there is an occasion that goes with it or not.  It is also one of the photos that I have where she is dressed up.  Perhaps it was purely just for a portrait.  Maybe it was for Graduation, but her Senior high school pictures has a rounder younger look.  I am guessing this is in her 20s, she married at 18, so this would have been in the late 1940s or early 1950s, but the clothing strikes me as more 1940s.

Attached is what I believe is a high school picture, early 1940s.  You can compare the change in her face and how she is more matured in the photo above.  The other interesting part to me is she had dentures by the time I was around.  Seeing her teeth and smile is interesting to compare with my memories and my children.  I see my Mom’s smile in my children, but I don’t recognize this smile, so a good part of my Mom’s smile must come from the Jonas side.

I am posting these pictures in honor of my Grandmother’s 91st birthday.  She would turn 91 today, 27 May 2019.  Happy Birthday Grandma!  She passed in 1999.

Colleen with unknown friend

The Durango Kids

“The Durango Kids”, Elizabeth, Otto, Bill, and Mary Andra in Mexico about 1945

Another photograph I found in the stack.  This one caught my eye because it has written “The Durango Kids” on the top of the photo in green ink.  I cropped it down to the actual photo so you don’t see “The.”

This photo, in talking with the remaining siblings, appears to have been about 1946.  Larry seemed to remember he was about 2-3 when they left to go to Mexico.  He recalled the babysitter wasn’t very nice so he got on his tricycle and started riding to Richmond to stay with his sister, and my Grandma, Colleen.  He only got as far as Whitney before someone picked him up and took him back home to Preston.

Nobody knows for sure where they went in Mexico.  I thought maybe the fact that “The Durango Kids” written on the photo might have indicated the City or State of Durango, but nobody has a clue.  All they know is that they went to Mexico.

Elizabeth Mauerman Andra (1911-1998) married to Otto Carl Andra (1902-1982).  Otto is William’s brother.

William Fredrick Andra (1898-1990) married to Mary Louise Wanner Andra (1901-1991).

I cannot make out the writing on Otto’s sombrero.  No clues there.

Colleen Andra Childhood Photo

Colleen Andra Childhood Photo about 1931

I know this is a common refrain, but please give heed.  Don’t give up searching for family history photos!

This photo appeared recently in a stack of photos.  I don’t have a single childhood photograph of my Grandmother, Colleen Mary Andra, later married to Jonas, Elliott, and Lloyd.  But because of the stack of photos and others in the photos, I knew this child was an Andra.  It caught my eye pretty quickly though because I thought I caught a hint of something more familiar.  Instantly I had a hunch this was my Grandma.

It was only after I messaged it to her surviving brothers that they quickly pointed it out as Colleen!  I have my first photo of my Grandma as a child.

She was born 27 May 1928 in Preston, Idaho.  I am guessing she is about 3 in the photo, which puts it around 1931.  The dress, pearls, and look match the time period as well.

I see my mother in her as well.  I scanned it in higher resolution so I can zoom in.  So many of the features I recognize and see in my mother’s own child pictures.  I can see one or two of the features in some of my own children as well.  Isn’t genetics a miracle?

Jan 1963 Jonas Family Photo

Sandra, Colleen, Jackie, and Doug Jonas in January 1963

As if the photo didn’t make it plain enough, this photo was developed in January 1963.  In our modern world, photos are data stamped and metadata stamped at the time of the capture.  Not in 1962!

I assume with the lush grass and flowers in the background, this is a photo from summer 1962.  It could have been an older roll of film, but 1962 would have turned Doug 10, Sandy 8, and Jackie 2.  If it was a more than the summer before January 1963, Jackie would have been less than a year, and she is too old for that in the photo.

I like the ruffles on Mom’s shirt.  The saddle shoes too.

It would be interesting to know where this photo was taken.  Also, what is Jackie pointing toward?

This month, this photo was developed 56 years ago.

Oneida Stake Academy

Aliza and Hiram Ross on steps of Oneida Stake Academy.  You can see the ongoing stone and foundational work here around the steps.

This year my Uncle Larry Andra notified me that during rodeo week in Preston, Idaho, there would presentations on the Nuffer and Wanner families at the Oneida Stake Academy the last week of July.  Amanda had continuing education in Utah so I jumped at the opportunity to go and take the oldest two.

We stayed with Uncle and Aunt Larry & Barbara Andra at their home.  We enjoyed the parade and other activities in northern Cache Valley.  It was also fun to reconnect with family.  Dale Andra was visiting and also staying with Larry & Barbara.

Larry and Barbara Andra with Aliza and Hiram Ross.

Along with the other festivities, we visited the Oneida Stake Academy.  We viewed the updates and ongoing improvements being made to restore that historic building.  (You can help give for its restoration.)  It was fun to also look closely at the pioneer faux painting and other quirks of pioneer Preston.

My link is that of Fred and John Nuffer, brothers to my Regina Nuffer Wanner.  They were a part of the tapestry woven in the construction of that building.  You can read more about the construction of the Oneida Academy and the Nuffer connections at the OSA website.  John provided oversight of the construction and Fred provided the stone from his quarry.

The Oneida Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filled most of current Franklin County and part of Bannock County.  The Idaho Legislature carved Franklin County (named after Franklin D. Richards, not Benjamin Franklin) from Oneida County in 1913.  The Oneida Stake began in 1884 with its headquarters in Franklin, Idaho.

Inside the main hall, there was this photo and brief history of John Nuffer.  I have previously shared John Nuffer’s autobiography.  I have other posts referencing John, including his history included in the History of Idaho.

Aliza and Hiram Ross with a picture of John Nuffer inside the Oneida Stake Academy.

That same day we visited a number of the local cemeteries where direct ancestors are buried.  I will share those photos in another post.  I am grateful that my ancestors helped build this part of Idaho (as well as the rest of Cache Valley).  Hopefully my children will come to some of that same appreciation that I hold.

 

Surprise in a picture frame

When you do a little family history from time to time and other people know about it, then you find out you get interesting phone calls or notifications when something comes up.  My Aunt Jackie called to let me know that she had found some photos in a box and a purse.  I invited myself over to see what was there.

In the process she showed me a picture of her when she was a baby.  Here is the photo.

Jackie Jonas as a baby

It is a beautiful picture well protected and preserved in its frame.  Here is a much poorer copy of the photo that I have from Great Grandma Lillian Jonas’ photo album.

Jackie Jonas 6.5 months old

I have no reason to believe this photo was not taken the same day.  Same clothes, same hair, just a different position.  This photo was in my Great Grandma Lillian Coley Jonas’ photos and had written on the back “Jackie 6 and half months”

The photo Lillian had was mostly black and white and pretty small.  The new photo is better quality and an 8 X 10.

Unfortunately, the frame was damaged so I took the picture out so we could hopefully fix it.  GUESS WHAT WAS BEHIND THAT PHOTO?

Norwood and Colleen Jonas wedding picture

This is by far the best copy I have of this photo now.  The best I had before was this wallet photo with its damage.  You can see it is cut, ragged, bent, and had blemishes on its face.

While the new photo appears to be a copy and has a haze, almost like it was a copy made from one within glass, it still gives the detail and another glimpse into the personality and soul of Grandpa and Grandma.

It is the photo, I even tried a small area to see if there was a film on the photo itself.  There is not.  As for now it is the best quality photo I have and happy to have it in my scanned collection.

Related to the purse and box, there are probably at least 100 photos there, many of them 1 X 2 or even smaller.  It will take some time to scan them all and there are a few I do not recognize.  Looking at the photos, I have a hunch a number of the photos came from my Great Grandpa and Grandma Andra as well as Great Grandma Jonas.

As always, there is more out there.  Family history is not just about the dates and information, it is about preserving the history, including photos, for later generations.  With photos, it is about getting the people in them named as well so that when the people are gone, it is still known who is who.