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 Johann Jacob “Ira” Naef

Johann Jacob “Ira” Naef

Birth
Switzerland
Death 12 Feb 1921 (aged 84)
Sugar City, Madison County, Idaho, USA
Burial Providence, Cache County, Utah, USA
Plot A3737
Memorial ID 34325 · View Source
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Son of Johannes Naef and Elsbeth Sweitzer

Johann Jacob moved with his family to Kirchberg, Switzerland, when he was 13. His family had lived in St. Gallen, Switzerland for over 200 years. It was in Kirchberg that they heard the Mormon missionaries and were baptized in 1856. They determined that they should cast their lot with the saints in Zion, so in 1860 they left their home and emigrated to Utah in 1860.
With the company was Mary Frey from their hometown. Johann Jacob and Mary were married in Florence, Nebraska and continued west with their families. Upon their arrival in the valley, they went on to Providence, living in their covered wagon most of the winter of 1860.
Johann Jacob returned to his native land in 1886 to fulfill a mission. Upon his return home in 1888, he purchased land in Mapleton, Idaho, and moved his family there. He served three months in prison for polygamy and then returned to Mapleton to live. He was a good walker and often walked the 35 miles between Mapleton and Providence. He was an athletic man and loved to dance and he sang in many choirs.
He served as president of the German Branch in the Oneida Stake for many years. He was a weaver, farmer, rancher, and woodsman. He helped build and then worked in the Logan Temple for many years. After their family was raised, Johann Jacob and Kathrine sold the farm and moved back to Providence. After Kathrine's death he stayed with his son in Sugar City.
In later years he preferred the name Ira Naef.



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  • Maintained by: Burnt Almond Fudge
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34325
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johann Jacob “Ira” Naef (1 Nov 1836–12 Feb 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34325, citing Providence City Cemetery, Providence, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Burnt Almond Fudge (contributor 46857451) .