Friday, May 3, 2013


This is of John. Matthias Candrian (we believe the John. stands for Johann.)  He was born to Christophi Rudolph Anton Candrian and Maria Barbara Vincenz in 1772 in the little village of Bonaduz, Switzerland.  He died 3 August 1842 in Bonaduz, Graub√ľnden, Switzerland This photo was taken by Irene Candrian around 1988.  It's actually an oil painting.  In the glass you can see the reflection of  Bonaduz.  

John. Matthias was the older brother to Josephus Anton Candrian  who was born around 1774 - 1783.  We know that Josephus was married to Maria Anna Barbara Stiefenhofer on 24 August 1800 in Bonaduz.  They were our 3rd great grandparents.

I wish we knew more about our Candrian line of ancestors.
If you know more, would you please leave me a message and I'll be happy to contact you?

Thanks - Danke!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Candrian, Adolph - More Life Details

from an Annual Chicago City Directory
From before 1875 because that is when Adolph's father, J.A. Candrian, died.
  • From Candrian Adolph (Candrian Bros. & Co.). r. 589W
  •  S.Halsted Candrian Bros. & Co. dealers in sewing machines,
  •  689H S. Halsted Candrian Herman (Candrian Bros. & Co.), r. 589
  •  S. Halsted Candrian J. A. r. 589, S. Halsted
Adolph's Views about The American Medical Association
"The American Medical Association is a powerful trust, and the more vicious because fortified by laws. This [is] clearly class legislation, for none of the numerous other systems of healing and treatment of disease, nor any other calling or profession enjoys similar privileges."
Adolf Candrian, 1910, p. 617

Friday, November 30, 2012

I've recently become connected to one of Herman Candrian's descendants via & he was gracious enough to send me this photo. 

(I'm thinking the older gentleman in the middle of the photo is Herman.)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Captain Candrian

This is one of the ships that Robert Lincoln Candrian was captain of, the SS California.  This photo taken in San Diego in 1962 right before it's maiden voyage.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hermann Candrian Map Maker

We know that Hermann (his Swiz spelling) or Herman Candrian (Adolph Candrian's younger brother) created early auto maps of Seattle, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Nevada. During the mid 1970's when a building in San Francisco was being torn down, one of these maps was found by a commercial realtor in-between the walls.  He knew my husband and thought that this "Candrian" was surely related to him.  At the time, since his Candrian grandparents had divorced while his father was young and then his father passed away right before he was given this map, no one seemed to know who H. A. Candrian was. 

Below is a link to one of the maps that H. A. Candrian created:,_California_-_Geographicus_-_SanFrancisco-candrian-1932.jpg&docid=duL0rK3JAz0tuM&imgurl=,_California_-_Geographicus_-_SanFrancisco-candrian-1932.jpg&w=4500&h=3790&ei=zyj6TuDuOKKciALN4oWoDg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=312&sig=111647808147163728627&page=3&tbnh=86&tbnw=102&ndsp=14&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:26&tx=61&ty=54

In 1880, Herman A. Candrian also created a patent for a barber chair.