Updates

“The Origins of the Graubunden Family Juon” by Eduard Juon–26 pages were translated before our translator, Heike, moved.  We haven’t found another translator and welcome any help on this.

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In further correspondence with Edi Juon (his family was pictured in our first Juon Journal) many photos have been received including (1) his wife, Sue, hiking in a beautiful Swiss valley, shown below


(2) A painting of Edi’s grandparents by his Dad (Simon), a popular and well liked painter in North Devon, England

(3) Edi and Sue’s first grandchild, Yasmin (daughter of Marc and Helen) with her greatgrandmother, Claudine

(4) a map showing “Juon Schtobel” in the Safien Platz area of Graubunden, Switzerland, shown below.

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Missie Juon Sturch, Iowa, located our ‘mystery’ book, “Andreas Juon: Safien”.  GREAT EFFORT, MISSIE! The book is at the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.  This book has many colorful and interesting paintings including the selbstbildnis (self-portrait) below.

Edi Juon also sent an article on Andreas including a photo and an article (in German) which we have had translated:

“Andreas Juon was born on 22 January 1895 in Chur-Maseins as son of poor parents, where he went to elementary school to fifth grade and where he grew up together with his five siblings.  The family then moved to the Safien Valley, where his father made a living as road worker and mountain farmer.  After finishing school, Andreas Juon went for an apprenticeship at the painter Rath at Chur, to learn the trade of a decoration painter.  He then went to Hamburg.  He returned to the Safien Valley at the start of the first world war, where he started to paint creatively.  Two winters Juon spent in Zurich where he could participate in courses given by the professional arts school.  This was followed by a visit to Naples.  When he returned he moved to Engadin, where he met Hertha Proezehl, who he married 1928.  The first two years the couple spent in Lobbig, Bergell.  Return to the Safien Valley in 1930, to Inner Camana, where Juon worked as a mountain farmer.  Living was until old age a constant fight for survival.  Two world wars with the many social changes went by and the work as a mountain farmer was not easy.  Things got brighter as his two children grew up and he had small artistic successes, such as the order for the commissioning of a postage stamp (1944:  Celebration Stamp) and his exhibitions.  In the same year he also finished the wall painting “Hans im Glueck…”Happy Jack”, at the school at the Safien Square.”


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