Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) had grown into a lovely young lady, although she was still very young. It wasn’t very long before she and the young man next door, Donald Eugene Smith, became very interested in each other. Along in June they came to Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) and me (David William Rowley) and told us they wanted to get married. They were both so young we didn’t feel like they were ready for marriage, I told them they should think it over very carefully and to watch each other and ask themselves, “could I stand to see him or her across the breakfast table for the rest of my life?” They waited a little while, but in July they came to us again and we agreed. The wedding date was set for 4 August 1945. The Bishop of the ward, Fred Steven Hatch, performed the marriage in his own home and Don’s parents (Coral Lorraine Bolton and Stepfather, John Joseph Everhard) gave them a reception in their home. The kids then moved to San Pedro where Don was stationed with the Navy.
As far as Church callings went in El Monte, I was teaching the Sunday School class that Douglas (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) were in, I was on the genealogical committee as well as working with the welfare program and I was in the Elder’s Quorum presidency.
I got a job with the U.S. Rubber Company where Lenard (Lenard Clark Alcorn) worked. When summer came I took on other jobs also to help with the expenses of a large family.
(For details of the children’s experiences in school, see Lillian’s history).
David (David Alcorn Rowley) had been having his troubles since leaving the farm and I wasn’t able to give him hardly any money. He couldn’t pick up any work that easily either. He and Don were good pals, so he joined the Navy while we were living here, but he didn’t like that very well. He later joined the Army.
We had a lot of good friends in the El Monte ward and Lillian and I would go to parties with them. We had lots of good times. One time they gave me a surprise birthday party. I was also asked to be Santa Clause that Christmas, (for details about these events, see Lillian’s history).
It was here that Douglas had his eyes operated on and the muscles changed back behind them. His eyes would cross while he was looking at you. They had tried to correct this condition in Montana with glasses, but it didn’t work very well. He didn’t have to wear glasses after the operation. The story of Douglas selling his glasses in school in Montana is told in Lillian’s history also.
To Be Continued…