History: Lillian Alcorn

Dave went back out to the Morrison and Butler Ranch to help put up hay, irrigate and break horses. He stayed there until harvest started then he came back to help his folks harvest the crops and didn’t go back out to the Butler ranch. Dave and I started to go steady and we went most everywhere together. We both loved to dance and spent many enjoyable evenings dancing at Church socials. The winter passed fast. In the spring of 1927 Dad bought the old Sam Taylor farm three miles west of Harlem on the banks of the Milk River. It had an old log house on it with a dirt roof. It was a hard house to keep clean as the dirt kept sifting down through the roof.

In March 1927, Dave and I went to a dance at the Agency and on the way home Dave proposed to me. This marriage proposal was a little different from the usual. Dave said that he thought we could be married in March, but he had to pay his tithing and he didn’t have enough money left. But we did set the date and were married 14 July 1927.

Dave’s dad and my dad drove to Chinook with us to the home of President Wallace Peterson of the Chinook Branch where we were married by the law of the land. As we were leaving Brother Peterson’s home we backed out of the door so we could tell people we had backed out and came home. There was a big social at the Harlem Branch Chapel that night so each of us went to our own homes that night as we would not be shivered. Bert Murphy was going to broadcast the news, but Dave got hold of him and stopped him from doing it. At the social, which was a farewell party for Will Southwick, I sang the song “I Wish I had Someone to Love Me,” in pig-latin. Not many understood it, but they all seemed to enjoy it. The following night was MIA and the young people had a good time trying to shiveree[1] us a little. They pushed me around in a wheelbarrow for a while and were going to separate us and take us different places but Dave put a stop to that.

Well, we moved into a little two-room log cabin with Dave’s brother Francis and his wife. Francis and Erma lived in one room and Dave and I in the other room. We lived there the first summer we were married. Dave and Francis had rented this place from the Indian Reservation there. It was all dry farm and mostly meadow hay or wild hay. They broke a lot of meadow and planted grain and corn. They also raised a lot of cattle.

Dave and I wanted to get a place of our own so when in the fall of 1927 we heard that the Lee Morgan ranch was up in Paradise Valley and that it had been taken over by the Harlem Bank and put up for sale, we considered it. A friend of ours, Wren Stoddard who had told us about it came out to our place and  he and Dave got in Wren’s car and went right up to look it over. That night we prayed about it and Dave had a strange dream. In it he had been wrestling with Leo Morgan. He could throw Lee, but couldn’t get away from him at all. The next morning we talked it over and decided not to buy the farm. Dave went over to his dad’s place and told his folks and Francis that we weren’t going to buy it and Francis said that if Dave and I wouldn’t buy the Morgan place, he was going to buy it. So in the spring of 1928 Francis bought the placed and Dave signed the note with him. This later proved to be a big mistake for us. Well, anyway Dave and I stayed and helped his father operate his place for the next two years.

Dave and Wren Stoddard hauled coal in the winter from the Hebbleman Mine about 10 miles southwest of where we lived. They would haul it into town and sell it. They usually left before daylight and got back home about noon. Then they would take it into town and unload it and get back for the evening chores. One morning when they left the stars were shining brightly and the sky was very clear, but about seven or eight am a bad blizzard started and kept getting worse and worse. As the day proceeded you couldn’t see but a few feet in front of you. This lasted most of the day but began to clear off just before sundown. They got home about an hour after sundown. Needless to say, Mary and I were mighty concerned. Wren and Mary Stoddard were some of our closest friends.

The winters were very severe and oft times the temperature went down to 40˚ below and would stay that way for several nights and would rise only a little in the daytime. Most of the time when it was really cold the air would be quiet but there were times when the wind would blow fiercely and sometimes to gale proportions. This would pile up the snow in great drifts and make it almost impossible to go anywhere for a while. But we always had plenty of wood or coal and would keep the house warm. It was so dreary on these cold windy days with the windows making such a tumult of noise and draft. It made one really feel how small and helpless men are in the face of the elements; and how much we depend on our Father in Heaven for our well-being and protection. How little we appreciate the many blessings we have from day to day.

When Dave and I were first married we made several resolves. One was that we would always try and express our appreciation to our Heavenly Father for our many blessings. At times we weren’t as faithful in this as we should have been but we did try. Another resolve we made was that there would never be any foul language, talk or jokes that wouldn’t be fit for anyone else to hear used in our home. We both worked in the Church. I was still an MIA Counselor and Sunday School Teacher. Dave was the Boy Scout leader and an MIA Counselor and a Sunday School Teacher. Dave was ordained an Elder by John G. Allred n on 7 August 1927.

I always enjoyed Church and the inspiration it gave me to better living; even the messages from Sunday to Sunday, the Inspiration to do better. The joy one gets out of living and abiding by the principles of the Gospel, the satisfaction of realizing you’ve done something to help someone else. I love the gospel and all it has done for me to help me understand a better way of life. The many things I have to be thankful for and I pray that I’ll always be able to live so that I’ll be worthy of all these many blessings.

By April 1928, I knew our home was going to be blessed with one of the greatest blessings anyone could pray for. We were going to have a baby. We were both overjoyed and we began to plan. Along with the housework, I then prepared for the addition to our family. It gave me so much joy and happiness to know that we were going to have such a great blessing and the months seemed to drag by. It seemed as though September would never get here. I spent much of this waiting alone as Dave worked long hours in the fields and took care of a lot of stock and raised a fine garden.

[1] a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple

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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