History: Lillian Alcorn

History of Lillian Alcorn Rowley

I was the oldest child of Clark Alcorn, who was born 3 January 1881 in Beattyville, Lee County, Kentucky, and Harriet Ann Weaver, born 26 March 1883 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah. I was born 7 January 1904 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah. I had blue eyes and medium dark hair and weighed about four pounds.

If I remember right, Dad said they lived in the 4th Ward in Brigham City, Box Elder Stake. I was blessed on the 31 January 1904 in the Perry Ward, Box Elder Stake, by James Sheldon Nelson Sr. (who later became the Bishop of the Thatcher Ward, Bear River Stake.)

In July 1905, my parents moved into the 3rd Ward in Brigham City and on 23 October 1905 my brother Leonard Clark Alcorn was born. He had large brown eyes and dark hair. In the fall of 1905 I believe it was, Papa and Mama moved to Garland, Utah where Papa worked at the Utah-Idaho Sugar Factory. We lived in a tent for a while. That winter we moved to Thatcher, Utah and lived in one room of my Aunt Fannie and Uncle Sheldon Nelson’s home. Aunt Fannie was my mother’s older sister. Not too long after moving there, I had diphtheria. One of my cousins, Myron Nelson died with the disease.

While I was recovering from this illness, I guess I was quite cross and it seems that my brother Leonard wasn’t feeling too well either, anyway Mama was rocking him. I somehow got the big toe on my right foot under the rocking chair and my toe was crushed. To this day I have a real thick toenail.

It seems that I was quite a proud little girl and when I was all dressed up to go somewhere I would always smooth my dress down and Papa said I would try to look at myself to see if my dress looked all right and if my hair was combed. Then I would strut around the house or down the road proud as could be.

On the 1st of March 1907 my brother William Vernon was born. We still lived in the one room at Aunt Fannie’s place in Thatcher. I don’t remember him, although I had just passed my 3rd birthday. On the 10th of May 1907 Mama and Papa were going into Brigham City. Dad was going with a load of grain and he was going in a big wagon. Bishop Nelson was going in a white-topped buggy. Mama was riding with the Bishop. The wind was blowing hard and baby Vernon was fussing and crying. Bishop Nelson was becoming annoyed and asked Mama if she could not quiet the baby. Mama was always sensitive about her children disturbing anyone so she held the baby tightly to her breast. When they arrived in Brigham City, Vernon appeared lifeless and limp. They took him to a doctor and he was dead. They told Mother that he had been a victim of heart failure to spare her further heartache, but actually he had been smothered. They took him back to Penrose the next day and buried him. As they went into their room after his burial, Dad rushed in ahead of Mother to remove the pillows from the rocking chair that she had taken the baby from the day before.

Some of my first recollections are the home where my Great Grandfather, William Weaver, lived on Burch Creek. I also remember my Great Aunt Rose when she couldn’t talk above a whisper. This was also on Burch Creek, close to Ogden, I believe. I remember one time when Bishop James Sheldon Nelson Jr. got my mother’s basket at a Basket and Bow dance held in in Thatcher, Utah. He teased Leonard and me telling us he was our new Daddy. We hid behind Mother’s skirts. He teased us all evening long. The Christmas of 1908 when I was about five years old, seven or eight little girls my age were dressed in long white dresses. We had our dolls and we laid them in a cradle made out of cardboard. We knelt beside the cradle and sang, “Away in a Manger,” at the Ward Christmas program. It was in the evening and were allowed to stay and watch the older people dance. It was a night of such fun and excitement.

While we were living on the Booth place in Thatcher, Utah some geese who belonged to Hans and Minnie Anderson, (they lived next door) would chase Leonard and I into the house. I remember how we would run and the geese would flap their wings and their bills would nip at the seat of our pants. We surely would run fast. This was the first time we lived on the Booth place and Dad planted an apple tree on this place.

My brother Marvin Ballard Alcorn was born 7 July 1909 on this Booth place in Thatcher, Utah. When he was born, Leonard and I were sent over to Bishop Nelson’s place and when it was time for us to come back home, they told us that Mother had a little pig in bed at our house. We both wanted to get in bed with Mother. Leonard got to lie down next to the baby first and I was very unhappy about it.

Dad grew sugar cane and ground it up and made molasses or sorghum out of it. I remember him digging a long strip out of the ground about two or three feet wide and about six to eight feet long and he would have it opened at one end. He shoveled on a slope so he could put wood or sage brush in the cane and cook the sugar and syrup. I don’t know what he made the vat out of but he would put it over the trench and fire.

In the fall of 1909 Mother started me to school in the Thatcher Elementary School which was about a mile from our home. I had been taught to always be truthful and never tell a ‘thib” as I called it. I wasn’t six and wouldn’t be until January 1910. Anyway I was to tell the teacher, Miss Hasel Watt, that I was six years old. When Miss Watt asked me how old I was I said, “I am five years old, but Mama said for me to tell you I am six!” I went to school for two days when they stopped me. My little girlfriend, Luetta Peterson was just four days younger than I was and she went on to school and graduated from the eighth grade a year before I did. The school was a two-roomed frame building. One room was used as a chapel and the other one was used as a schoolroom and recreation hall. It stood where the Thatcher-Penrose Ward Chapel now stands.

We moved to the Oliver place in Penrose soon after this. The house was two-roomed frame house. There were two rows of old fashioned poplar trees east of the house about ten rods apart and a row down along the partition fence for about a quarter mile.

One Halloween Dad took a load of sugar beets, after dark, down along the row of poplar trees hoping pranksters wouldn’t find them, as he had them all loaded and ready to start for the beet dump early the next morning. Well, the pranksters found the load of beets and unloaded them and tipped the box upside down. Dad was really angry, but he never did find out who the boys were.

To be continued…

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law: Son Ralph’s (34) wife
Archie Harold Alcorn 97) – Brother
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law: Sister-in-Law Verda’s (88) husband
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
Coral Lorraine Bolton (28) – Son-in-Law’s Mother: Donald’s (9) mother
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
David William Rowley (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
Dollie Cook – Wife of Maternal Uncle: James Jr’s (228) wife
Donald Eugene Smith (9) – Son-in-Law: Daughter Grace’s (10) husband
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Douglas Alcorn Rowley (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins –  Son-in-Law: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) husband
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) daughter
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law: Brother-in-Law Emerson’s (89) wife
Fannie Marie Weaver (Aunt Fannie) (229) – Maternal Aunt: Mother Harriet’s (92) sister
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis (210) – Husband’s Maternal Aunt: Mother-in-Law Grace’s (86) sister
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr (228) – Maternal Uncle: Mother Harriet’s (92) brother
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Wife of Maternal Aunt: Fannie’s (229) husband
Jesse Verl Alcorn (99) – Brother
Joe Ben Smith (27) – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) father
John Joseph Everhard – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) stepfather
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn (96) – Brother
Karen Andrea Goe – Niece: Maternal Aunt Melva’s (98) daughter
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson: Son Ralph’s (34) son
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Margaret Jeanette Alcorn (224) – Paternal Aunt: Father Clark ‘s (91) sister
Marjorie Ann Rowley (36) – Daughter
Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder – Son-in-Law’s Stepmother: Donald’s (9) stepmother
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Catherine Hammons (218) – Paternal Grandmother: Father Clark’s (91) mother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Cousin: Brother Archie’s (97) daughter
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law: Brother Archie’s (97) wife
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Cousin: Maternal Aunt Fannie’s (229) son
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter: Son Douglas’ (33) daughter
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L. Goe – Brother-in-Law: Sister Melva’s (98) 1st husband
Ronald Steven Smith (14) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Rosina Weaver (Aunt Rose) (469) – Mother Harriet’s (92) maternal aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) – Husband’s Paternal Uncle: Father-in-Law Hugh’s (85) brother
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) sister
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law: Son Douglas’ (33) wife
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
William Vernon Alcorn (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather: Mother Harriet’s (92) father


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