The Blue Goose

This article was shared with me in 2010.  I downloaded it in 2011 with the intent to share it.  Finally I get around to it 9 years later!

Here is a history of Samaria, Idaho on the Malad City website.  http://www.maladidaho.org/samaria.html

Be aware, as of today, The Blue Goose is open for business, although limited hours.  https://www.facebook.com/thebluegooseSamaria/  The Facebook page has a number of historical photos of The Blue Goose.

The Blue Goose, Samaria, Idaho

This is the Historical Sketch shared with me regarding The Blue Goose.

“Historical sketch of The Blue Goose by Sherrie Daniels

“Until recently this building, owned by Merrill Price, had been a thriving business of one sort or another since its construction just before the turn of the century.  Most remember it as The Blue Goose, a local hot spot of Samaria, Idaho.

“Charming and unique, the structure was originally built for living quarters and a furniture store by Isaac Ike Evans.  Organs, rockers, bureaus and other fine wood furnishings could be purchased there and the only furniture store in Samaria at that time also served as a post office to a population of over 800 people.

“Later on, the furniture store was converted into a candy kitchen.  The new owner, D.D. Williams, sold pop and confectionaries, and had a pool table.  Many remember stopping as youngsters on their way to Mutual to share a soda and socialize.  They were always reminded not to be late for their church meeting by Mrs. Williams, who would usher them out the door at ten minutes till.  Later the teenagers would reunite there to pick up where they had left off.

“A barber chair was also in the south corner of the candy kitchen.  The late Ernest Williams recalled to me many a lazy afternoon spent indulging in second hand gossip and of yesterdays bygone.

“A 1936 calendar hung on the abandoned building’s wall when around 1945 David Bronc Jenkins and Muddy Waters (a nickname – no one seems to remember his real name) took over the building to open it as the local saloon and pool hall.  Card games were a favorite past time and a nickel a cue could buy a splendid time of pool hustling.

“Since then, the lease of the Goose slid through many hands.  To name a few, Ralph Hughes, Waldorf Morse, who gave it up to become Samaria’s school teacher, Ariel Jones, Wally Nicholas, Ralph Williams, Arthur Doc Smith, Ted Loomis and finally Bill Thorpe, the last owner of the lease.

“Many names have been pegged on it since that time such as The Samaria Bar, The Nugget, The Second Ward, The Bucket of Blood, and most everyone’s favorite, The Blue Goose.

“Often, as a little girl, I would trod barefoot down the hot oil road to stand hesitantly outside its door, then almost recklessly make my pretense début.  My father would be too involved in his card game of Cassino to raise an eyelid in acknowledgment of my statement, The cows are in their stalls waitin to be milked, Dad.

“Can’t leave now, would be the mumble that came from lips which were also juggling his Pall Malls.  Got one more hand to play.  Wait on the porch and Spug will bring you a soda.

“Now, to a child who is just learning her A.B.C.’ s and how to count, one became the most versatile number in our numerical system for although I know at least five hands had been played, can of soda, two packages of peanut M&M’s and one bellyache later, my father always swore to my mother (who by this time had already started the milking), Jest had to play that one last hand.

“Today the Goose stands empty.  Weeds grow where once was smooth trodden earth.  No dim light slithers out into the night to say a friendly Hello, I’m open to passersby.   No more tales absorb into the paint-thirsty woodwork on lazy summer afternoons.  No smoke curls out from the chimney ascending to a stark winter’s sky.  No more ringing of the cash register to signal the sale of an ice cream, a soda, or a beer.  But it stands, a structure representing people past and a memory for us in the present.

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4th Grade, Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho

Back Row (l-r): Brandon Rogers, Erica Jones, Paul Ross, John Hayhurst, Shana Thompson, Jeff Hayden, Shane Ball, Alissa Anderson, Robin Anderson; Middle Row: Amber King, Bobie Jones, Deanne Williams, Kody Nielsen, Cesar Boroquez, Dustin McClellan, Jamey Price, Jesse Jensen, Grace Williams; Front Row: Amanda Moore, Brandi Cole, Archie Winnett, Jennifer Gebauer, Shaun Bettazza, Erin Zemke, Rigo Arteaga.

As I mentioned before, Bobie Story let me scan some of our common grade school pictures. All mine were lost due to a flood of our basement while I was away in the England Manchester Mission. I am happy to have copies again. (I am still missing Ms. Suhr for 3rd grade and Mr. Mendenhall for 6th grade. If you have a copy, please let me scan!)

This is our 4th grade class picture from Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho. This was the 1988 – 1989 school year.

Normally I organized photos with married names and dates. Since all are still alive, I will forgo any of the dates. I have added the married last name for the ones I know. If you have corrections, please let me know.

Miss Robin Anderson

Alissa Anderson

Rigo Arteaga

Shane Ball

Shaun Bettazza

Cesar Boroquez

Brandi Cole

Jennifer Gebauer

Jeff Hayden

John Hayhurst

Jesse Jensen

Erica Jones married Thorson

Amber King

Dustin McClellan

Amanda Moore married Kriwox

Kody Nielsen

Jamey Price married Crystal

Brandon Rogers

Paul Ross

Shana Thompson

Deanne Williams

Grace Williams married Wittman

Archie Winnett

Erin Zemke married McKindree

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?

28 July 2018

Aliza, Hiram, and I went to Preston, Idaho at the end of July.  If anyone knows me, I like to stop and visit people, family, and cemeteries.  While we were out visiting, we made a few stops at some cemeteries.  I thought I would share these couple of photos with Aliza and Hiram with the tombstones of a few of their ancestors.  All on the same date!

This is the grave of Wilburn Norwood Jonas, 15 May 1924 – 14 March 1975, who is their Great Grandfather, my Grandfather. There are other posts on Norwood.  This grave is in Richmond, Utah.

Hiram and Aliza at Wilburn Norwood Jonas’ grave.

These are the graves of Joseph Nelson Jonas, 19 March 1893 – 6 September 1932, and Lillian Coley, 26 August 1898 – 11 February 1987, who are their Great Great Grandparents, father of Wilburn Norwood Jonas, whose grave you can see right behind Hiram.  I have also previously written about Joseph and Lillian.

Hiram and Aliza at Joseph and Lillian Jonas’ graves.

These are the graves of Hannah Maria Rogers, 4 June 1932 – 22 October 1894, and Stephen Coley, 28 January 1830 – 22 October 1913, who are their Great Great Great Great Grandparents.  This is the grandparents for Lillian Coley above.  For whatever reason I didn’t get a picture with Herbert and Martha Coley’s grave, the link between.  These graves are in Lewiston, Utah.  I have written of Hannah and Stephen also.

Hiram and Aliza at Hannah and Stephen Coley’s graves.

These are the graves of Mary Louise Wanner, 5 March 1901 – 30 August 1991, and William Fredrick Andra, 11 February 1898 – 13 March 1990, who are their Great Great Grandparents, parents of Colleen Mary Andra, wife of Wilburn Norwood Jonas.  I need to write a biography yet of Mary and William but have been overwhelmed by it in the past and just need to work on it some day.  These graves are in Whitney, Idaho.

Hiram and Aliza at Mary and William Andra’s graves.

These are the graves of John George (Johann Georg) Wanner, 29 October 1870 – 5 January 1947, and Regina Friederike Nuffer, 26 January 1869 – 10 March 1942, who are their Great Great Grandparents, parents of Mary Louise Wanner, whose photo is above, but also the tombstone to the left of Aliza’s head.  I have written of John and Regina in the past.

Aliza and Hiram at John and Regina Wanner’s graves.

These are the graves of Ezra Taft Benson, 4 August 1899 – 30 May 1994, and Flora Smith Amussen, 1 July 1901 – 14 August 1992.  There is no relationship with the Bensons, but it is the same cemetery as Wanners and Andras.  He was the 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  As such, the kids know him as a previous prophet of the Lord.  They were happy to make the visit.

Aliza and Hiram at Ezra and Flora Benson’s graves.

 

 

 

 

Paul Elementary Faculty 1988-1989

Paul Elementary 1988-1989 Faculty: Back (l-r) Tracy Haskin, Annette Winward, Sherry VanEvery, Joy Hansen, Jennifer Reynolds, Bonnie Willis, Marvin Stearns, Claudette Bray, Karen Bagley, Jan Mee, Millie Laib; 3rd row: John Dutton, Michelle Ennis, Ella Suhr, Nancy Allen, Eileen Boots, Laura Workman, Brenda Goodsell, Carolyn Erwin, Dorothy House, Linda Johnson; 2nd Row: Ann Stearns, Janice Hansen, Cindy Danielson, Tammy Broadhead, Teresa Lowder, Ann Hollins, Helen Wyant, Elaine Mayes, Shirley Zemke, Frank Peterson, Lauriene Hathaway; Front: Irene Renz, Madena Wilson, Robin Anderson, Carolyn Peterson, Mary Frances Cozakos, Joann Fowler, Connie Williams, Anna Marie Andersen.

I mentioned a while ago that I ran into Robin Anderson, my fourth grade teacher, and told her I was missing photos from elementary school and asked if she had copies.  She said she had a scrapbook full of all the years she taught and would let me look through the photos for a scan.

She later provided the book and I scanned my missing fourth grade picture.  I also stole a copy of this picture at the same time.  This was the Faculty picture for Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho for the 1988-1989 school year.  It was a refresher for those adults that were hovering over us those years in grade school.

Nancy Allen

Anna Marie Andersen

Robin Anderson (4th grade teacher)

Karen Bagley

Eileen Boots

Claudette Bray

Tammy Broadhead

Mary Frances Cozakos

Cindy Danielson

John Dutton

Michelle Ennis

Carolyn Erwin

Joann Fowler

Brenda Goodswell (1st Grade Teacher)

Janice Hansen

Joy Hansen

Tracy Haskin

Lauriene Hathaway

Ann Hollins

Dorothy Ann House (1928-2009)

Linda Johnson

Millie Laib

Teresa Lowder

Elaine Mayes (2nd Grade Teacher)

Jan Mee

Carolyn Peterson (1945-2008)

Frank Peterson

Irene Renz

Jennifer Reynolds

Ann Stearns

Marvin Stearns

Ella Suhr (3rd Grade Teacher)(1927-2005)

Sherry VanEvery

Connie Williams

Bonnie Willis (5th Grade Teacher)

Madena Wilson (1925-2000)

Annette Winward

Laura Workman

Helen Wyant

Shirley Lila Zemke (1928-2015)

Burley High/Junior High School

Burley High/Junior High School

This is a picture of the Burley High School built in 1915.  I stumbled upon this post card early last year and picked it up.  This picture is from 14th street looking to the southeast.  This is the location of the jail or The Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice center, the southwest corner of Hansen Avenue and 14th Street.  The front doors would be facing the Family History Center to the North.

The interesting thing about this location is that the field to the right (or west) extended clear through the property that is now the Burley City Hall and the Cassia County Police Station.  Albion Avenue did not extend between 14th and 15th Streets due to the high school field.  The road was right behind the old Courthouse, virtually between the current Burley City Hall/Cassia Police Station and the old Courthouse.  If you look closely at this aerial photo, you can see the back of the school and its wings along with the field between it and the old courthouse.

Burley, Idaho about

This building was replaced by a new high school at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 16th Street built in 1958.  This building then became Burley Junior High and operated as such until 1973.  That is when the building burned down.

Here is an article from the Times News about the fire.  The Weekly Mailer provides this article about the history of fires in Burley.  You can read the limited history of Burley Junior High from this obituary from its principal, Lovell Turner.

The current Junior High on the northeast corner of Park and 16th Street was completed in 1975 and remains the junior high to date.  The 1950’s high school at southwest Park Avenue and 16th Street has been replaced and is now the home of the Mini-Cassia satellite site for The College of Southern Idaho.

After the school burned down, the city realigned the streets and took Albion through the block so it is a full grid today.  The Police Station and Burley City Hall, as mentioned above, are now on parts of the field.  Cassia County School District still owns the south side of the block and maintains a service garage and other buildings on the site.

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