Today I received an email asking for information on a painting by Konstantin Juon. Ed, perhaps you have more information or could help this person find more information? Or maybe someone else in our global family has knowledge that might help?
“We are the owner of a wonderful oil painting by K. Juon of Siergiev Posad. We are trying to find out more about its history and originality of this painting (we are convinced it is original because it’s old, beautifully painted and signed). We do not know when and how it came to Germany. Because we do not know when and how it came to Germany, we think it would be a good idea to try and contact family members of the artist. Perhaps you could help us with this.
This week I received an email, asking for help with information about Ralf Juon, son of Paul Juon. I am including it here with the hope that some of our global Juon family might be able to give this man more information?
I am a German, living in Berlin and working in the Polish town Kostrzyn nad Odra, up to 1945 the old Prussian town Küstrin.
In this town lived from 1931 to 1933 the eldest son of the composer Paul Juon, Ralf, born in 1903 in Berlin.
In 1932 this town celebrated the 700th birthday and Ralf got the commission to write the official book for this event. He did it, and he did it so marvellously that his book became soon a kind of cult book, at least the finest illustrated history of this sad town which was demolished completely in the last days of World War II.
With the town 90 % of these books vanished for ever, ca. 70 books survived the inferno and are now objects of speculations in the internet, getting prices up to 1.200 €.
But bobody knew until now who was Ralf Juon…
The Museum of Kostrzyn where I’m working decided to make a reprint of this book, it was a very complicated task because not a single book survived totally undamaged.
I was the artistic supervisor – I got this book as present when I was five, my father was acquainted with young Ralf, we lived all in the same town.
I got the task to find out some details about the author. I detected with the help of the International Juon Society the sad truth, that Ralf was missed in Russia almost in 1941, four weeks after the beginning of the German invasion to Russia.
He was missed, but his death is not reported.
The German and the Russian Red Cross sections are quite sure to know his tomb, but they are naming different places. But we were told that until now nobody asked for poor Ralf.
I know that there is existing only Monsieur Philipp Juon, in Lausanne, but he has to do with the French line, with the children of the second marriage of Paul Juon.
When you know any more details about Ralf, why he didn’t leave Germany with his parents in 1934, what he did between 1921 – the year of his matura – and 1931, would you like to help us ?
With kind regards from cool Europe
Kostrzyn nad Odra
A collection of photographs taken and developed over the years.
Photo used with Ed’s permission.
The couple below and to the left of the post are Christian and Catherine Juon, Catherine holding Edna. Back row, upper left is Alfred. To the right of the post in the second row, second from the left is Clara. Front row, far left is Willis, next to him–Elmer, next to him (in front)–Merlan. Second from right in front row is thought to be Ione.
Photo contributed by a Lehman cousin, from his greatgrandparents, Frederick and Margaret Heim Lehman’s, 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Thanks, Steve!
Catherine Wagner Burns, daughter of John and Barbara Wagner, was born July 13, 1884, at Saratoga, Wyoming, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Lande, last Thursday morning, May 10, (1956) thus attaining the age of 71 years, 9 months and 28 days.
When a small child, the family moved to California, where she spent her childhood and youthful years.
On February 10 1904 she was united in holy wedlock with Christian Juon at Whittier, California, and at once came with him to Iowa where the couple established their new home on a farm south of Alleman. To this union were born eight children, all of whom were baptized and received into the membership of the Salem Reformed Church at Alleman, where she and her husband remained faithful members to the last.
After 40 years of devoted marital felicity her husband passed away in July, 1944. He was preceded in death by two sons, Lester in 1907, and Willis in 1943 by a tragic accident.
On March 11, 1952, she was united in marriage with John Burns at Lodi, California and since that time they had made their home alternately there and in Iowa.
Mrs. Burns, previous to her illness five years ago, had enjoyed good health and met her duties with vigor and great pleasure within the home and church, and many social obligations. Her neighborliness will always be remembered. Following her long illness the past six months, which she bore with true Christian fortitude, she was granted a release from her suffering, into the hands of the Maker on Thursday, last week.
Surviving are her husband, John Burns; her children, Alfred Juon of Jewell, Mrs. Clara Lande of Huxley, Mrs. Iona Kramer of Webster City, Elmer and Merlan Juon of Slater and Mrs. Edna Den Hartog of Shafter, California.
Fifteen grandchildren* also survive. She is further survived by three brothers and one sister: Joe Wagner of Saratoga, Wyoming, Andrew and John Wagner and Mrs. Eva Bueler, all of Modesto, California; many nieces and nephews and a host of more distant relatives and friends, all of whom cherish her memory.
*Frances, Lester and James Juon
Paul Joseph Kramer
Barbara, Bonnie and Harold Lande
Kenneth, David and Constance Juon
Donna Mae, Robert and Kristie Juon
Ronald and James Den Hartog
FUNERAL ALLEMAN RESIDENT FRIDAY
Services for Chris Juon, Widely Known Alleman Man, at Alleman Church
Native of Switzerland Came to This Country When An Infant
Alleman.–Funeral services for Chris Juon, widely known Alleman farmer and one of the older residents of that community, were held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home and at 2 o’clock from the Alleman Reformed church. The services were in charge of the pastor, Rev. A. I. Kruetzman. Internment was in the Lincoln cemetery.
The deceased had been in failing health for the past two years, but his condition was not serious until about two weeks ago. Since that time his health had failed rapidly.
During the services at the home Miss Mildred Hook sang “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” and at the church a quartet composed of Arnold Engelman, Raymond Hitz, Harold Hitz and Ralph Hitz, sand “Abide With Me,” and “Safely and Tenderly Jesus is Calling.” The pallbearers were: Arnold Alleman, Will Jaeger, Arthur Lehman, Carl Jaeger, Fred Lehman and Clarence Alleman.
Born in Switzerland
Christian Juon, son of the late Christian and Clara Juon, was born in Chrish (Grusch), Switzerland, August 8, 1871, and passed away this life Tuesday, July 25, 1944, at the age of 72 years.
The deceased came with his parents to this country at the tender age of one and a half years. The family came directly to the Alleman community, settling on a farm there. Here the deceased grew to manhood and has since made his home there. He was united with the Alleman Reformed church in 1886, being a charter member of that organization.
On February 17, 1905 (1904), at Whittier, California, he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Wagner(Wagoner) and to this union eight children were born, two of whom preceded their father in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Juon made their home on the farm south of Alleman until about two years ago when they moved to a property (in Alleman, Iowa?)
Surviving in addition to the widow are the children: Alfred of Jewell Mrs. Clare (Clara) Lande of Huxley, Mrs. Iona Ceamer (Ione Kramer) of Webster City, Elmer, Merlan and Edna, at home. One of the son’s preceding him in death was Willis, whose accidental electrocution occurred just a year to the day before his father’s death. Also surviving are a sister and a brother, Mrs. Will (Susanna) Jaeger of Des Moines, and S. (Sebastian) Juon of Chapman, Kansas, and six grandchildren. (Frances, Lester and James Juon, Joe Kramer, and Barbara and Bonnie Lande)