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.

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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.

William Fredrick Andra Jr

This past week Issiah and Jennifer Andra stopped by and visited our family with theirs.  We had a pleasant lunch, opportunity to talk, and rekindling of distant family relationships.  During that conversation, Issiah mentioned that he really did not have much information on his grandparents William and Edith Andra.  I told him I would give him some more information.  I wrote a short pictorial history of his grandmother Edith Maude Gudmundson Andra last year after her passing.  I thought I would do the same for his grandfather, William Fredrick Andra Jr.

William Fredrick Andra was born 25 November 1920 in Whitney, Franklin, Idaho to William Fredrick Andra and Mary Louise Wanner Andra.  He was the oldest of 12 children.

I tried to somewhat organized the photos in order, but some of them I just cannot tell.  But generally they should be close.

Mary and Bill, William standing holding June.

1926, Bill with his arm around Mary, William standing in front of Mary, June beside William, and holding Millie.

 

Edith and William Andra Marriage Portrait.  William and Edith married 13 June 1947

William and Edith married 13 June 1947 in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple.

Back: Colleen, Millie, June, William, Mary, Bill; Front: Larry, Ross, Donald, Sergene at Richmond, Utah

 

William Military Picture

 

Elder William F Andra Jr, 1941-1943.

William served a mission to Mexico, learned the language there, and converted many people.

Gracias for the nice xmas card and money dear Grandmother. William

 

1946, William and Golden in back, Sergene, Millie, Colleen, June standing, Donald, Larry, Bill, Dale, Mary, and Ross sitting.

 

Portrait

 

1960s Reunion: William, Donald, Larry, Bill, Golden, Dale, Ross

 

1984 Reunion: Ross, Colleen, June, Millie, William, Golden, Donald, Larry

 

1989 Reunion (b) June, Colleen, Mary, Sergene, William, Millie, Dale (f) Donald, Ross, Bill, Dale, Larry

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

 

Bill & Edith in Richmond for an Andra Reunion

Edith and William at Colleen’s

 

William at Deer Creek Inn

 

You can read more on Edith’s page.  William died 22 August 1992 in Weaubleau, Hickory, Missouri.  He was buried 23 August 1992 in the Mormon Cemetery, Arnica, Cedar, Missouri.

New Jonas Photo

The search for family photos continues, even though not with the effort and time dedication it once did.  But here are some fruits of the latest search.  I scanned an entire photo album for two photos and gave the back in digital format.  Granted all the photos were of extended family.

Colleen and Norwood Jonas, with Doug and Sandy in front. This photo is out at Hunt, Jerome, Idaho on the Johnson farm about 1957-58.

Norwood and Colleen married in 1946.  Colleen’s sister, June Andra (1923 – 1999), married Keith Hillstead Johnson (1920 – 1993) on 29 January 1942 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.  Six children were both to Keith and June: Sharon, Peggy, Lanny, Dennis (1948 – 1948), Mary Lou, and Cindy.

These photos came from some of June’s albums.  As is usual, when a person dies the family separates the photos among the children.  Sometimes a person has to visit all the children of a person to see all the photos, if those people will even dig them out for you.  These came from Mary Lou.

Doug Jonas, Sandy Jonas, Cindy Johnson, Mary Lou Johnson.  Not sure what happened, but it is likely a good story.

Fun to have a photo of my Mom as a little girl and Grandpa with a horse.