Young Family Picture

Colleen, Norwood, Doug Jonas

In honor of my Uncle Doug’s 67th birthday this July, I thought I would share this photo I came upon.

This photo is likely taken in 1953.  This is in front of the home my Grandparents built at 142 N State Street in Richmond Utah.  Today from the same vantage point you cannot see the valley floor like you can in this photo.  Many homes and trees have been planted to block most of this view.

I think this is the youngest picture I have of this young family.  I have couple pictures of Norwood and Colleen, those probably predate Doug.  But here is the young family.  I wonder who took the photo?

Grandpa was 29 in this photo, and Grandma 25, if this photo was taken after May.

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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

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

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?

Hands in the air and Tie

Douglas and Sandra Jonas

A cute little photo for Mom’s birthday yesterday.

I believe this photo is from around 1957-1958.  I can tell it is near the steps of the Jonas built home at 142 N. State Street in Richmond, Utah.  I don’t know the occasion of why they were dressed up; church or wedding.  I doubt anybody knows.  I do know that Doug looks pretty dapper and Sandy (Mom) has her hands in the air.  It looks like she is in the middle of a tantrum where the hands have gone up and are about to come down.  Either way it is a fun little picture, I believe I have the bow tie Doug is wearing in this picture.

Preface to Jonas History

Many years ago, I obtained a copy of Carvel Lee Jonas’ book that he wrote on our particular Jonas family.  I cannot seem to find my copy of the book now, but about 10 years ago I typed up most of it.  I am going to make it available with full credit to him.  Hopefully we can build off his research.  I removed Carvel’s home address and phone number off this preface.  If you wish to contact him, please contact me.  Further, I hope you will take the spirit of his preface to heart.  If you have stories to add, documents to share, or corrections, please make them know.  The sooner the better as time is our enemy when it comes to history.
“After more than four years of research and compiling I am thrilled to offer this Jonas family history book to family members.  The more family members distribute this history book to other members, the more likely the history will survive into the future.  This is your book!  Use it to create greater family unity.  When thoughtfully read the reader will discover a wonderful spirit which is associated with this history.  To get that feeling it may need to be read more than once. 
“This history book was no easy task!  Information was collected from all over Utah, and also from Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, and Germany.  We are blessed as a family to have the Jonas family pedigree from Germany, which was finally discovered in 1985.  A feeling came to me that the records were in existence, and it was possible to trace the family surname back to Europe.  In the process of looking for clues to extend that pedigree, I discovered that I had collected a considerable amount of information.  Land records, church records, county records, census records, etc.  The idea came to me that since I had so much information I might as well collect all that I could and make a history book.  I collected more information and talked to older members of the family so that I could get to know the personal stories about different members of the family.  I’d write down everything that I was told.  When I finally had enough information I put it all into one story.  Then I would get more information and rewrite the story again.  Finally I added my research and some logical conclusions which would feel correct to the stories and rewrite them again.  A special thank you to Verla Jonas Andersen Lythgoe for her willingness to answer my questions and tell me stories about Joseph and Annette Josephine Nelson Jonas.  She is the main reason we have a story for them.  When she was younger she would get my grandfather, William Nelson Jonas, and her mother, Rosa Nelson Jonas, together in the same room and quiz them about Joseph and Annie Jonas.  Because she asked questions and because of her good memory we now have a wonderful story about Joseph and Annie Jonas.  I remember taking all the letters that cousin Verla had sent to me, and putting all the information into a short story.  Then I went to cousin Verla with the story and asked her what her opinion was.  She corrected a part and eventually added more to the story.  I added my personal impressions and finally typed the last revision.  That is how the story of Joseph and Annie Jonas came into existence.
“The following persons gave information to me so I could write the individual life stories found in this book.
“Verla Jonas Anderson Lythgoe; Merlin Jonas Andersen; Lillian Jonas Talbot; Joseph H. Jonas; Spencer Jonas;  Carvel Thompson Jonas; Vaughn Thompson Jonas; Annette Nelson Brown; Mabel Jonas Parvi; Mr. And Mrs. Otto Hansen; Armina Jonas Farnes; Calvin Andersen Jonas.  Also, the autobiography of August Nelson and the biography of Christian Andersen were used and quoted when they applied to our direct family line.  It should be noted that the life stories were written by a person who had never met anyone he wrote about.  I never even met my grandfather, William Nelson Jonas, except as a small child.  I relied on the documents which I found and the memories of the above mentioned family members.  If there is a comment about something you read it is up to you to take the responsibility and let me know about it.  This is not intended to be the last edition of this history.  It is hoped that when more information comes from you, the family member, that there will be a future edition. 
“This history was reproduced in an inexpensive way to assure that a copy may be given to every member of the family regardless of their financial situation.  Perhaps a future edition will be professionally bound.  Also, this book is designed so that you may add your personal history to this book.  An attempt was not made, and will not be made by me, to write stories for those who are still living.  Their stories would be better stories if you wrote them yourselves.  I’ve left the responsibility for your own personal histories to you. 
Sincerely,
Carvel Lee Jonas
West Jordan, Utah
84084
26 October 1987

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.