The 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.