John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reported by Clara Rowley O’Toole

Janet Rowley, daughter of Mark and Leona Rowley, of Newport, Oregon, made a short visit into California in June. She spent a short time in San Francisco and came on down to East Palo alto to visit John and me. She also called on Joe and Louise O’Toole, her cousins. Joe is John’s son.

My sister, Winifred Clevenger and her husband, Will, and their grandson, of McPherson, Kansas spent two weeks in California in June. They visited Will’s sister Florence Wilson at Felton, California, also for a few days, they then returned home by way of Los Angeles where they attended a Church convention.

Mrs. Frank Rowley (Vona) and son Franklin came down from their home in Kenai, Alaska, in July and visited her daughter and son-in-law, Billie and Verne Edmundson, and grandson, Verne Jr. in Seattle. Franklin was also trying to locate a trade school where he could take up Electrical Engineering. I have not learned what he found.

Eleanor Rowley, wife of Leslie Rowley, of Seattle, Washington, made a trip to Mayo Bros. Clinic in July for surgery. She had been there in 1958 for the removal of a tumor from the pituitary gland. This year she went for the removal of Thyroid Gland tissue – thyroidectomy. She has made an amazing recovery.


My husband and I had a delightful trip to Seattle and New York in August. We flew to Seattle and went by auto with our daughter, Selma Whilt. She has been in the Seattle School System for twenty-nine years, and her husband, Wesley has been in the Tacoma Washington Schools for several years. They decided to try to get employment in New York, so Wesley could take some extension work at Columbia’s Teachers’ College, during the year. They both found satisfactory openings in Long Island, N.Y. Housing conditions were a problem, so it seemed advisable to ship their furniture from Seattle. They were both in N.Y. and as Wesley was taking some classes it seemed that it was up to Selma to return to Seattle and arrange for the move. They have a motor boat which they wanted to move and it was rather an obstacle. Selma decided to tow it to N.Y. As it was quite and undertaking, she made arrangements for us to accompany her. It was a wonderful trip.

John’s daughter, Mary O’Toole Goodsell is not located on Long Island, also. She has opened an office, and calls her place of business the Homestead Electrolysis Center. She took a few days and showed us around while we were there.

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