The writing of this post comes after receiving two photos in the mail this week of my fourth great grandparents. I supposed there were photos out there somewhere and finally found some of them.
Here is the photo I had been given of Hanna Mathea Christensen Jorgensen by one of the descendants of her daughter, Amanda. These old photos that are a watercolor/drawing of a photo means there is a photo out there somewhere. It was just a matter of finding it. This photo obviously had some issues with it, like water damage and the print just bothered me for a number of reasons.
Well, I found a descendant of another daughter, Othelia, in the past month. She provided me this photo of Hanna, the actual photo the print above came from. It too looks like a print, it is of higher quality, and the eyes are. Further, they removed some of her facial features, which I suppose they could be viewed as a defect, but they offer much more personality and flavor than the doctored picture.
Along with the photo of Hanna come the colored print of Olavus. I have also seen his name spelled Olaves, Olavis, and variations of that. No clue on actual pronunciation, but I have my guess. But his tombstone has Olover Jorgensen. But that we have this coloring means there hopefully is still an actual photo floating out in the world somewhere. The ears seem a bit much, maybe they were actually like that, or maybe it is the imperfections of the artist.
Before I get much into the facts, I think it is important to share the story of Olaves and Hanna as told by their daughter. Amanda Emilie Jorgensen wrote this short biography about 1933. She married Albert Sigvard Swensen. Her grandson, Robert Mathis, shared the handwritten story with me.
“My father Olaves Jorgensen was born in Drammen Norway 19 November 1830.
“When he was twelve years old he started working in a saw mill for Mr Kjer.
“My mother Hannah Mathea Christensen was born in Drammen Norway fourteen November 1831. She was a dressmaker when she was old enough to work. They were married fourth november 1855 in Drammen Norway. Two girls were born there. Constanse and Olga. Then Mr. Kjer transferred Father to Fredrikstad Norway to another saw mill and he worked there until he came to America in 1896.
“Mother was very religious and always went to a church but never felt satisfied. She lived in an apartment house and was talking to a lady named Mrs. Ask that lived across the hall. Religion was mentioned and mother said she wanted to find a religion that baptised people like Jesus was baptised.
“Mrs. Ask asked her if she had ever heard about the Mormon people and mother said no. Mrs. Ask said to be ready Sunday afternoon and she would take her to hear the Mormon Elders.
“As soon as mother heard the Elders preach she knew it was the true church. The Priest and other people tried to tell her it was wrong but she wouldn’t listen. The Elders had to take her to the ocean to be baptised after dark as they would be arrested and put in jail if they were seen baptising people.
“Mother was a very faithful member and the missionaries were always welcome in their home. She was President of the Relief Society for years.
Father wanted to join but didn’t dare to because he knew he would lose his job. Father was baptised just before he and mother came to Utah.
“They went directly to Richmond Utah in Cache Valley to be near their daughter Othelia. They were here four years and had never had the opportunity to go to the temple when mother died in November, 1900. Father and Othelia and Constanse came to Logan and did the work for mother and she was sealed to Father. Father died in November 1904 and they were both buried in Richmond Utah.
“Mother told me that the pastor of the Luteran Church said her parents Christen Hansen and Marie Evensen were the most beautiful couple he had ever married while he was a pastor.
Olavus Jørgensen was born 18 November 1830 according to his christening record, christened 26 December 1830 in Bragernes, Drammen, Buskerud, Norway. His parents are listed as Jorgen Olsen and Oline Knudsdatter.
Olavus and Hanna Mathaea Christensdatter were married 4 November 1855 in Stromso, Buskerud, Norway.
On the 1875 Norwegian Census, Olaves is listed as a Skiber ved Kjos Brug at Nygaard Gulbergsiden Glemmen, Ostfold, Norway. Not sure what that means and I could not find a good translation. He did something with ships.
On the 1875 census and in the family history records are the following children:
Konstanse Elise Olavesen who is 18 and born in Drammen. Her husband, Ole Kristiansen is also listed along with their oldest daughter Valborg Olsen. Ole and Valborg listed as born in Glemminge. It is interesting that my Constance/Konstanse’s last name is Olavesen which should give more clarification on her father’s actual name. Valborg/Walborg Olsen, her father certainly was Ole, but it is interesting they appear to have stopped using the datter by this point. I have written on Constance previously and you can read about her here.
Olga Olavesen, 15, born in Drammen.
Marie Olavesen, 11, born in Fredrickstad.
Otilie Mathilde Olavesen, 8, born in Glemminge.
Amanda Olavesen, 3, born in Glemminge.
With the gaps in the children, we know of at least one more child, Olav Emil, who was born 28 October 1870 in Fredrickstad and died 16 February 1871. There may be more, but we don’t have records of them yet.
Constance married Ole Christiansen. I have linked her history page above.
Olga married Oskar Darius Danielsen and remained in Norway. They had 10 children together. They were LDS but I think they struggled with activity due to the constant flow of LDS people out of Norway to Zion.
Mari Caspara married Lorenz Christian Mathisen. I believe they also remained in Norway but I have not been able to confirm anything on this family.
Othelia Matilda married Niels Lillienqvist Eskelsen. I believe Othelia emigrated with her parents. She met and married Niels in Utah and married him in 1896 in the Logan LDS Temple. She did not emigrate with her parents in 1896.
Amanda Emilie married Albert Sigvard Swensen in 1894. I referenced her and provided a photo in a previous post.
Olaves and Hanna immigrated alone to the United States. They departed from Glasgow, Scotland on the Circassia and arrived 17 December 1896 in New York.
Hanna and Olaves are located on the 1900 Census on 10 June 1900 in Richmond, Cache, Utah.
I really don’t know anything more than what Amanda wrote above.
Hanna died 2 November 1900 in Richmond at age 69. Her death certificate indicates her name as Hanna Mattie Jornsen and she died from Asthma. The certificate says her husband is Oloyes Jornsen, probably some sign of a person taking the record from a thick accent.
Olaves died 16 November 1904 in Richmond at age 74. His death certificate indicates his name as Oloyes Jornsen and he died of LaGrippe. I had to look up LeGrippe, which is apparently another name for influenza. His son-in-law, Neils Eskelson provided the information and indicated Olaves was a widower.
Both are buried in Richmond, Cache, Utah.
On the 10th we made a pilgrimage to Logan for our own time while living on Darwin Avenue. We certainly miss our time at Utah State University and in Cache County, Utah.
We all know that people are just dying to get into Utah State, almost quite literally. The campus now completely surrounds the Logan Cemetery, although not technically on campus. Since we were driving around the school, I had to stop and at least pay homage to my ancestors buried in the cemetery.
John and Anna Wanner are my 3rd great grandparents, 4th to Aliza and Hiram. I have written of them before. Their son, John Jr, his daughter Regina, her daughter Mary, her daughter Colleen (Lillian’s middle name), her daughter Sandra is my mother. I have to note that this post will post on John George Wanner’s 170th birthday, who was born 18 October 1845 in Germany.
John (Johannes) and Anetta (Agnetta) Nelson (Nilsson) are my 3rd Great Grandparents. Their daughter, Annetta, her son Joseph, his son Wilburn (Norwood is his middle name but what he went by, his daughter Sandra is my mother. I have yet to write their history, but you can read quite a bit from their son’s autobiography, Nels August Nelson. Note that this month, John was born 188 years ago on 7 October 1827 in Norway.
How thankful I am that Logan Cemetery maintains its graves in such a dignified manner. May it continue to do so. Other cemeteries in which my ancestors repose (like Richmond and Preston) have done far less in reverential treatment of these sites.
In the background you can see part of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. A location of MANY memories while at Utah State University.
Later this year will be our 10 year anniversary. Ten years since we were married in the Logan LDS Temple in Cache County, Utah. Since we were down with the kids in Logan for a reunion, we made a stop.
The day turned out to be beautiful despite being the middle of October. Other than the angle of the sun, you might never have known it was October.
We took a picture in one of the doorways that we also took pictures 10 years ago. Time flies.
Of course I have heard multiple comments on my neon toes! Thank you to my in-laws for making me push my boundaries and wear toed shoes.
On the way home I asked the kids their favorite part of the trip. The quick response for both was the temple.
I have always felt a strong family connection to the Logan Temple.
John Nuffer and Eva Greiner, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 123 years ago in 1892. They were married 25 July 1867 in Neuffen, Esslingen, Wuerttemberg. You can read of them here.
Olle Christiansen and Constance Jorgensen, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 122 years ago in 1893. They were married in 1874 in Norway (and have yet to find the exact date and location).
John Wanner and Anna Schmid, my 3rd great grandparents were sealed here 117 years ago in 1898. They were married 6 June 1870 in Holzgerlingen, Boblingen, Wuerttemberg. Read more about them at this link.
John Wanner and Regina Nuffer, my 2nd great grandparents were married and sealed here 117 years ago on 31 August 1898. Read of them with this click.
Herbert Coley and Martha Christiansen, my 2nd great grandparents were sealed here 115 years ago in 1900. They were married 1 December 1896 in Lewiston, Cache, Utah.
Joseph Jonas and Lillian Coley, my great grandparents were married and sealed here 99 years ago on 6 September 1916. Read more of their marriage here.
Paul Ross and Amanda Hemsley, us, were married and sealed here 10 years ago on 20 December 2005.
This is just the sealing ordinances. This does not include endowments, baptisms, or second washings and anointings for my ancestors. I received my own endowment here with my father on 1 September 1998. Who knows what future ordinances for my family may take place in Logan.
All I know, I miss the days of attending the Logan temple. I miss learning in the House of the Lord for Stake instruction. I miss the fill the temple sessions where we would work in the temple all night long. I miss going to the temple with roommates. I miss doing endowment sessions on a regular basis with my wife, we often feel guilty leaving our kids with others for that long (and the drive).
One thing I know, and I hope my family history work proves this, I know the temple blessings are real. I see them in my life and feel them on a regular basis. I am grateful for my ancestors who went before and provided an example of what, and what not, to do.
Aliza kept asking if she could go inside the temple. I told her she would have to wait until she was at least 12. I am glad Aliza and Hiram also feel the draw to the temple. Hopefully those covenants are already beginning to find the way into their little hearts. Great promises and responsibilities come from the temple. That is my testimony.
As if the name is not enough in and of itself! She is my Great Great Great Grandmother and since we stopped at her grave in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon this past week, I thought it fitting to write about her.
Constance was born 23 April 1857 in Drammen, Buskerud, Norway to Olaves Jorgensen and Hanna Mathea Christensen. According to the 1875 Norwegian Census, her name was Konstanse Elise Olavesen, but when she immigrated to the United States she was given her father’s last name, Jorgensen. Actually according to the 1875 Norwegian Census, however correct it is, the last name is Jørgensen, but Americans don’t use that extra letter in our alphabet, so it dropped to the regular ‘o’. I don’t know where she picked up the Josephine, if she ever really did.
She married Ole Christiansen about 1874, I have yet to find that date and location. The two of them immigrated in 1889 through New York, New York, New York. However, they both took the long way to America. Walborg and Martha, their daughters, were born in Fredrikstad, Ostfold, Norway in 1875 and 1879 respectively. Martha is my Great Great Grandmother. Eivelda and Constance was born in 1881 and 1883 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Then Henry was born back in Fredrikstad in 1887! Then, the remaining six children were all born in Cache County, Utah starting in 1890.
Her parents later emigrated and lived nearby in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Two of her sisters, Matilda and Amanda, also emigrated and lived in Cache Valley.
Her husband Ole passed away 27 February 1900 in Richmond, Cache, Utah and is buried there. She passed away 10 December 1932 in Portland while staying with her daughter Jennie. She had stayed for some time with Jennie as she was listed as living with her on the 1930 census. I don’t even know what she died of for certain. I was told at one point she stepped off a trolley in Portland, slipped and hit her head, and she later died from those injuries, but I cannot confirm that lore.
I knew she is buried was Multnomah Park Cemetery in Portland and while driving through made it a point to stop and visit her grave this past Wednesday. I knew she had passed away and was buried there, I am not aware of another single relative in the entire cemetery. Not that the cemetery is that large. But I knew she was there, that she has an empty grave in Richmond so the circumstances were such that her body was not brought home for burial beside her husband.
It struck me how solitary her grave is. She does have two daughters buried or interred in Portland, but neither of them are in this cemetery.
It even took me a while just to find it, it is near one of the roadways in the cemetery.
I cannot help but think of how far away she is from her parents and husband, even though she does have two daughters at least in Portland. But for some reason her location disturbs me. I don’t know why, I obviously had nothing to do with the decision 80+ years ago to bury her in Oregon. Any person who might have known is long gone. A death certificate might tell me more about her death, but not the reasons for her burial in Multnomah Park. Some things we will likely never know in this life.
Okay, I admit it, I do a little family history. One part of that family history is the endless search for photos. I guess I am an eternal optimist in that regard. I keep visiting family with the hope that I might find another photo somewhere. Funny enough, as that optimism keeps me visiting people and looking through old photo albums, the eternal pessimist in me is become slightly more and more frantic as I know how often people die and the next generation just junks things. Okay, maybe not everyone throws things away or tears apart the historic photos and giving a dutiful part to each descendant, but it becomes a little harder to track these things down the father we get from the original descendant.
Let me give one example. I have not written more of this family history because I would like to find more photographs. There must be more out there. My fourth great grandparents are Olavus Jorgensen and Hanna Mathe Christensen Jorgensen. They were born in 1830 in Drammen and 1831 in Sonde, respectively, in Norway. Hanna joined the LDS Church in 1866 and members of the family started to join over the coming decades.
My third great-grandmother, Constance Josephine Eliza Jorgensen, joined in 1876. She had married Olle Christiansen in 1874. Both her and Olle joined the LDS Church in 1876. They made their way to Utah and settled in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Tracking down a photograph of Olle, despite 11 children, has been impossible, granted he died in 1900.
In that pursuit, I stumbled upon Amanda Emilie Jorgensen. She is the youngest sister of Constance, and as far as I know, the youngest child of Olavus and Hanna Jorgensen. Olavus and Hanna had immigrated to Richmond in 1896. Amanda had followed about 1898 or 1899 with her husband Albert Sigvard Swensen.
While I could not find a photograph of Olle, I stumbled upon this photograph of Amanda.
I recently posted this photo on FamilySearch and have a number of her descendants contact me asking me where I got the photo! It appears her own descendants do not have her photo. Yet, oddly enough, I obtained this photograph from her grandson. But that one grandson kept it sequestered away since he lives far from Utah to where nobody else knew of it. I found him along with some other relative photographs, and now I am making the photo of her available to more of her line.
The moral of the story is those photos are out there! They must be sought after. You have to make the visits to those long-lost cousins and ask to see their photos.
Back to my main point. I have hoped to find a photograph or two of the old Coley Cabin to the southeast of Richmond. I have my own photographs of the cabin almost completely collapsed in on itself. But this past couple of months, I became aware of a photograph of the cabin that hung on the wall of Sarah Colleen Coley Todd in Buhl, Twin Falls, Idaho. Apparently Colleen was born in the Coley Cabin near Richmond and someone took a photograph of it for her. Here it is.
Unfortunately, the photo is not of the highest quality. It is more of a printer print than a photo print. But I will take what I can get. Now I have to find out who took the original photograph. Maybe they have it in its original photo quality.
Nevertheless, I keep hoping some day I will find some pictures from 50 or 80 years ago of the cabin. Sadly, those pictures of homes (and not of people) are the ones that tend to get trashed when photos pass generations. Nobody cares about a home that there is not a link to. Most of the time, the story of the home is not even known. But here is one that is preserved.
I am still working on the history of Herbert Coley and Martha Christiansen Coley. It is my understanding they built the cabin. But I have so few photos of them and I keep hoping that as I visit family, I can get just another photo or two of them. I do not have many.
Anyhow, here is hoping for the future!
Herbert and Martha Coley are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Lillian to Joseph Nelson Jonas, son of Joseph and Annie Jonas. They were married 6 September 1916 in Logan, Cache, Utah at the LDS Temple. The photo above we think was taken around 1930 or so and is not a wedding photo.
Lillian was born the first child of ten to Martha Christiansen and Herbert Coley 26 August 1898 in Lewiston, Cache, Utah. Both Herbert and Martha were Mormon immigrants to Utah in the 1880’s. Herbert and Martha both had native land accents from England and Norway respectively. Herbert was a diligent laborer who would acquire full ownership in their home by 1910. Martha was a strict and involved homemaker and mother.
Lillian grew up assisting her mother in maintaining the home, large garden, and raising younger siblings. By the the time she married, she had six younger children who were in the home (three more were yet to be born). When Lillian was born, the family lived in Lewiston. By 1910, the family had moved to Wheeler, Cache, Utah (or the 1900 Census did not have Wheeler broken from Lewiston). The Wheeler area is almost 6 miles directly to the west from Richmond, Cache, Utah as indicated by the link. We do not know where they lived in Wheeler.
By the time Lillian married Joseph, the family lived at roughly 1950 E 9000 N to the south and east of Richmond. The remainder of the cabin built by Herbert Coley was still in the middle of a cow pen in fall 2012 on the south side of the road, but was in pretty poor condition. Ellis Jonas took me there about 2002 and indicated the home to me as where they lived when he was a little boy. Martha moved in to town, Richmond, after Herbert passed away in 1946.
Joseph Nelson Jonas was the sixth of seven child born to Annetta Josephine Nelson and Joseph Jonas 19 November 1893 in or near Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington. About 1896, Joseph’s mother, Annie, went to the Eastern Washington Hospital for the Insane in Fancher, Spokane, Washington (she is listed as Ann J Jonas). She was in and out of hospitals throughout her life but as Joseph was one of the younger children, he would not have known his mother a little better.
Annie got out of the Eastern Washington Hospital 31 October 1899 and went home to Ellensburg and continued to be a handful for the family. The family on the 1900 Census in Cle Elum, Kittitias, Washington does not include Annie though and the census that year has Joseph Sr in both Cle Elum and Spokane about two weeks apart in June 1900. Annie’s sister, Charlotte, visited in 1901. Due to Annie’s mental and emotional state, and with Joseph Sr’s approval, the whole Jonas family went to Utah to stay temporarily with Annie’s brother, Nels August Nelson. Uncle August lived in Crescent, Salt Lake, Utah and the Jonas party arrived 3 July 1901 from Washington.
Joseph Sr for one reason or another went back to Washington with the youngest child Margaret. Nels suggested it was legal issues, it might have just been the farm that needed attention. Annie’s issues were such that August and his wife, Fidelia, signed an affidavit of insanity and had her admitted to the Utah State Hospital 1 November 1901.
Joseph Sr had been raised as a Catholic and Annie Nelson had been raised LDS. Annie decided she did not like LDS men and wanted to marry a Gentile and did so. The children were raised Catholic in Washington. Now in Utah, Uncle August made sure the children learned about the LDS faith. The three boys elected to be baptized LDS on 10 January 1902 in Crescent by their Uncle August in an ice covered Jordan River. All three were confirmed 12 January 1902 by Jaime P Jensen. Rosa joined 6 February 1902, also in Crescent under the hand of Uncle August in a hole chipped in the Jordan River. Margaret did not join as she stayed near her father in Washington.
In 1904, Rosa married a boy, Christian Andersen, from Richmond. They married in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. They moved to 137 E 100 S in Richmond. Joseph and his brothers resided with Uncle August until after their mother passed in 1907, then they would regularly and for prolonged periods stay with Rosa in Richmond. The 1910 Census lists Joseph at home in Crescent. Read more of Brother John Jonas.
Joseph attended Brigham Young College in Logan and graduated with his diploma 3 June 1915. We don’t know much about his time at Brigham Young College but the story goes he wrestled with their team and did so very effectively. William, Joseph’s brother, was apparently here at school during some overlapping periods. Joseph became well known for his love of gospel conversations. He was known for regularly discussing and even arguing the gospel with extra determination. No hard feelings developed due to his ardor in arguing since others would always agree to a handshake after a good debate.
Below is a copy of a picture believed to be from his graduation at BYC. I have not been able to find the original of this photo or a copy at Utah State University’s archives where the Brigham Young College limited records are located (which are less than cooperative on letting me rummage through all the unknown photos).
In Richmond Joseph and Lillian met when Lillian’s father, Herbert, hired Joseph to help harvest hay. It was within six months, according to the story, that they were married. The two were married 6 September 1916 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Joseph registered for the draft of World War I on 5 June 1917. When he registered, he indicated he was a laborer working for Olaf Neilson, the man who would later become a brother-in-law. He indicated he was taking care of his wife and father. He also indicated that his eyes were brown and his hair was brown. He is listed as short and stout. Here is his signature from that registration. According to his family, he stood about 5’6″ and was very muscular.
Joseph’s father passed in Richmond in June 1917. Lillian gave birth to Joseph Herbert Jonas 14 August 1917 in Richmond.
In 1919, Joseph and his two siblings, Rosa and William, had all moved to Idaho. They operated a dry farm raising grain in Cleveland, Franklin, Idaho. Christian and Rosa, along with Joseph, did most of the work on the farm and lived about a mile apart. William taught at the school in Thatcher, Franklin, Idaho. The Andersen and Jonas families also kept cows, pigs, chickens, and a sizable garden. This is the only home Joseph and Lillian Jonas would together own. Joseph arrived with the cows in Thatcher on 1 April 1919. Lillian stayed in Richmond due to her pregnancy and while Joseph established the farm. Communications were slow because mail was held at Thatcher. Joseph and Lillian only heard from each other when Joseph made it in to Thatcher to pick up the mail or send a letter.
Spencer Gilbert Jonas was born 1 September 1919 in Richmond. Lillian and the two boys joined Joseph in Cleveland.
The 1920 Census found the Jonas family on 26 January 1920 living on the Cleveland Road outside of Thatcher.
Irwin John Jonas was born 2 September 1921 in Cleveland, but listed as Thatcher.
In 1923 or early 1924, the family then moved to Lewiston, Cache, Utah. The farm was not working out and he was able to obtain employment with the Utah-Idaho Central Railroad. Joseph worked on a section gang, just like his father had. The gang’s job was to repair rotten timbers, hammering in spikes, tightening bolts, and maintaining the rail line. He worked 7 days a week, sometimes all night, coming home only after a shift was over.
The family lived in a boxcar that had its wheels removed. A ditch ran under a portion of their home. Another boxcar nearby was used as a storage shed. It was here 15 May 1924 that Wilburn Norwood Jonas was born. Ellis Seth Jonas arrived in this home 6 September 1926, their 10 year wedding anniversary.
Joseph kept a tub of furnace oil in the shed. It accidentally caught on fire and and Joseph immediately announced to Lillian that the storage shed would burn down and probably their home too. Joseph, known for being a bit of a prankster, was not believed by Lillian despite his insistence. Joseph ran back to the shed and picked up the burning tub of fuel and carried it outside the shed. While he saved the shed and his home, he found himself in Ogden for several weeks with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. A 9 February 1927 newspaper mention in the Ogden Standard Examiner tells of his being brought to the Dee Hospital on Tuesday the 8th for treatment of burns to the face.
In 1927, Joseph was promoted foreman and oversaw the Quinney line through Wheeler, Thaine, and ending at Quinney (now Amalga). Later, he accepted another foreman job and moved to the railroad town of Uintah, Weber, Utah where he lived in row housing. Here is a picture taken while living there.
Joseph filed for divorce 2 March 1929 claiming Lillian had deserted him. The article in the paper indicates they had not lived together since 20 February 1928. It was during this time on 4 September 1928 that Evan Reed Jonas was born in Ogden. The divorce was dismissed on 9 March 1929 due to the party’s stipulation. Joseph again sued on 8 April 1929. He was ordered to pay $75 a month until the case was resolved. Joseph and Lillian had the case dismissed after they worked out their issues.
The family later moved into a comfortable home owned by the railroad at 102 17th Street in Ogden, Weber, Utah. It was a row house, but since he was Section Foreman, the only one with a porch. Joseph’s father, Joseph, had also served as Section Foreman. Joseph’s main responsibility dealt with the Huntsville and Plain City/Warren lines. During this time Joseph and Lillian became known as generous hosts where all visitors were always given more than enough to eat. Joseph prided himself on the vegetable garden they grew at this home.
On 6 November 1929 Lillian was hit and ran over by an automobile driven by Jack Mobley. It knocked her unconscious but she quickly regained consciousness. She spent the night in the hospital and was pretty seriously bruised and lacerated but suffered no broken bones. Joseph and Lillian admitted they were walking in the middle of the road when the accident occurred.
Joseph and Lillian continued active in the LDS church. Joseph regularly debated and discussed religion with others. He was also known to be strict in adherence to principles and expected his children to do the same. He was not afraid to “switch” his children when they got in trouble or disobeyed. One thing family members always commented about Joseph was his ability to remember and recall scripture in a conversation and discussion. Not only that, but when questioned to prove it, he was familiar enough with the book that within moments he could find the chapter and verse. His familiarity with the bible surprised many people, especially from a railroad laborer.
Lillian Annetta Jonas was born 15 July 1930 in Ogden. The 1930 Census found Joseph and Lillian at their home on 9 April 1930. The family was fairly comfortable, they could even afford some of the best appliances.
Joseph was especially glad to have a girl after six sons in a row.
Joseph and Lillian had a scare in 1931 when their son, Joseph, disappeared for a couple of weeks. He had been kidnapped by a Mr. J J Nelson and taken to Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho. He was finally recovered on 20 June 1931. The man was arrested after he beat young Joseph in public and the police determined Joseph was the missing boy from Ogden.
LeReta Mary Jonas was born 1 August 1932 in Ogden.
On Tuesday, 6 September 1932, a month after LeReta was born and on his 16th wedding anniversary, Joseph went to work as usual. Joseph knew the dangers of working on the railroad. It was near lunch time and his son, Norwood, was taking Joseph his lunch. Joseph saw Norwood and got down off a trolley near Lincoln and 20th Street, near the American Can Company plant. After getting off the trolley, he turned and walked toward Norwood and hit his head on a wire Mr. Child had strung down to do some welding. (Mr. Child was haunted by this episode the rest of his life because Joseph had warned him about the way he had hung the wire.) The shock knocked Joseph on his back unconscious and not breathing. Joseph died immediately but doctors worked on Joseph for over an hour. Lillian said Norwood was forever affected by the event. Joseph died at roughly 1:00 PM.
Here is a copy of the newspaper notice.
Here is the burial notice.
As a historical side note, here is the front of the train schedule Joseph had in his wallet at the time of his death.
The loss of Joseph dealt the family a hard blow not only with losing a family member, but it also lost them the company housing in which they were living. Lillian, at the mercy of family, moved immediately back to Richmond to be near her family. Lillian’s father, Herbert Coley, was appointed administrator for Joseph’s estate. The railroad paid out roughly $1,200 to Joseph’s estate. The funeral, transport, and burial of the family cost Lillian $150. The estate did not begin making regular payments to Lillian until 1934. Until then, Lillian wrote to the railroad for assistance and help. The railroad was happy to provide passes for the family to travel. Unfortunately, the company quit handling company coal so they could not fulfill her requests but allowed the boys to have all the used railroad ties they wanted for firewood.
Fortunately, the money from the estate was enough to purchase a home for Lillian in Richmond from a Melvin & Bernetta Smith for $500. This gave Lillian a home to raise her children and less worry about providing for her family. The home was located on the north side of the road at roughly 65 E 400 S in Richmond, Utah. Herbert and Martha, Lillian’s parents, lived across the street, but their home was a good couple hundred feet from the road.
Lillian made good effort to raise six unruly, now fatherless, boys and two girls. At Joseph’s death, the children were ages 15, 13, 11, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1 month. The Jonas brood were known for being a bit coarse and boisterous as the years went on. Only a few years would pass before the children would start marrying.
Joseph married Hilma Grace Erickson 17 June 1936 in Logan.
Spencer married Viola “Jimmie” Amelia Cole 5 August 1938 in Farmington, Davis, Utah.
Irwin joined the army 6 July 1939 and immediately left for training. He eventually married Mary Elizabeth Popwitz 17 June 1943 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota.
Evan married Lona Rae Jensen 15 March 1946 in Elko, Elko, Nevada.
Ellis married Geraldine Pitcher 17 August 1947 in Elko.
LeReta married Lowell Hansen Andersen 19 March 1948 in Logan.
Lillian married Ray Laurence Talbot 16 August 1948 in Ogden.
Lillian spent the new few years in an empty home. She knew Lorenzo “Ren” Bowcutt over the years. She accepted his offer of marriage and they were married 12 June 1953 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho.
At the time of her marriage to Ren, she had 22 grandchildren, 21 living.
Ren passed away 5 April 1966 in Logan (born 12 May 1883 in Honeyville, Box Elder, Utah). Ren was buried in Riverside, Box Elder, Utah.
She lived in the same home until the early 1980’s when she moved in with her daughter Lillian in Layton.
Lillian died 11 February 1987 in Davis Medical Center, Layton, Utah. She was almost 88.5 years old. She was buried beside her husband (55 years later) in Richmond 16 February 1987.
As I have written some of the histories already posted and continue the drafts of a few for later, I am surprised how many of my ancestors came through Albert Docks in Liverpool, England. Most of my ancestors that came to America during the 1800’s came in the latter part of the century and passed through this series of warehouses/docks. Doing some research, this was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world. The world’s first hydraulic cranes were also used here.
I took this picture on 13 April 1999 as we visited as a part of our mission tour. Since so many church history sites were in our mission, we were taken on tour and the Albert docks were included. At that time I had no knowledge that a single one of my ancestors walked these very stones. Since a good portion of my ancestry is German, I assumed they would not have traveled through Liverpool. I was wrong. As far as I can tell, every ancestor that immigrated in the 19th century came through this very port. German, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Welsh. One was even married on the water as they waited for their turn to leave the port.
Looking back, I wish I had known this at the time. But still, I am glad I have a picture from that day I visited. You can see The Three Graces between the Albert buildings. The Royal Liver Building is the farthest with the clock tower. This building also has the storied Liver birds on the top of each tower. The next building is the Cunard Building, built by the Shipping Company. The closest one, with the dome, is the Port of Liverpool Building. All three are pretty buildings and when I lived across the Mersey in Liscard, I would often see these impressive buildings from the opposite shore. I had no idea Albert Dock even existed then, otherwise I may have snapped a shot of it at that time.