History: David William Rowley

The winter we were living on the Merrill place I hitched up the iron gray team. Burt and Duke, and hauled a load of wood. Francis had come over and he was helping me unload the wood. I was working just behind Duke’s single tree when I felt a brush on both sides of me and I ask Francis, “did Duke kick at me?” He said, “He sure did and a foot went on each side of you as slick as a whistle,” and he had a good laugh.

My wife’s relatives lived with us for quite a while, especially her younger sister, Melva and her brother Harold. Her dad was with us for a while, too.

While living on this same place I got up one Sunday morning, it must have been in January or February and the day seemed so sunny and warm that I decided to air out the potato cellar. We had been in Church for a while when I looked out of the window and saw they were frosting up. It was getting cold and I saw a blizzard coming. I left church and hurried home. I shut the doors and put some heat down there. If I had been much longer everything in the cellar would have been frozen. This is an example of how quickly the weather changed in Montana. Some times in the winter it could be really cold when you went to bed and when you got up a Chinook wind would have melted almost all of the snow.

Francis had been living on the Leo Morgan place, but because of this terrible depression he couldn’t make payments so the bank decided to foreclose. They took back the place and sold everything Francis had; and because I had signed with him, they took everything I had too. I asked the bank to sell things on time because people didn’t have money. If they could have had easy payments people would have paid more for out things.

Between Francis and I, we had at least $10,000 in stock and cattle besides the place. They sold out the whole thing for $1,006. A flock of sheep sold for $2.00 a head; big short horned cattle sold for around $15.00 each; a very good four section harrow and a completely overhauled hay stacker (it cost $52.00 just to overhaul it) sold for $6.00 apiece. Then they wanted us to pay the balance of $4,000. We couldn’t, so they sold the note to a Mr. Harbolt in Chinook. About two years later he sold it to Francis and me for $200 cash. We paid it, not because we thought we owed it, but just because we wanted to clear our names.

Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected President and he started doing things to help the people get back on their feet, such as the NRA (National Recovery Service) and the PWA (Public Works Administration). I went to work for the NRA with a four horse team building reservoirs. The money I earned saved us from starving and going without clothing. The full account of this experience is to be found in the history in the history of Lillian Alcorn Rowley’s life.

Well, after losing all we had in the Leo Morgan episode, we moved back on the farm with the folks. We were better off because I was working on the NRA nine days a month, the rest of the time I could help Dad, trap and such. I was paid $11, a day and I must say that was the biggest money I ever saw I was most grateful for it and it seems like we made it go a long ways.

To be continued…

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History: Lillian Alcorn

I get quite tired lately and I am often discouraged, but I have lived a full life and I am grateful for the many things I have experienced in my lifetime. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who holds and honors the Priesthood. I have born nine wonderful children. I have passed through the sorrow of losing two of them, which sorrow only those who experience can understand. I have seen three sons leave on missions for the Church and two return safely home to us. Yes, I have indeed been blessed. I still enjoy doing my genealogy work, but I wish some of my children would develop more of an interest in it so I would feel good about letting them take it over. Perhaps someday they will realize the importance of the work.

Vonna gave birth to her third child on 2 December 1959. They are so thrilled to get a little girl and they will name her Pamela. They say that she looks like me which is very nice. She certainly will have her hands full with three little ones two and under. I hope Douglas will help her out as much as he can.

Christmas is coming and I am planning to have a lovely family gathering. My brother Harold and his wife Mary and their daughter, Mary Francis will also be here. Grace and Don are in the United States now and as far as I know they, too, will be here for Christmas. I am so busy at the sewing machine lately. I’m making bathrobes for all my grandson and robes for my granddaughters. I hope they enjoy them as much as I am enjoying making them.

We had a lovely Christmas. Marjorie and Dwain came up Christmas Eve and with Harold and Mary here we had a wonderful family night with singing and telling of the true meaning of Christmas. The next morning was one of the excitement and anticipation. It keeps us young to have youngsters around us once in a while. Marjorie and her family had to leave before dinner and I was sorry they did, but Mary was there to help me and she is a good helper. The day was saddened only because Grace and Don didn’t make it home.

Time passed and it was soon New Year’s Day 1960. I baked bread and made some cookies and then did some sewing. The next day, 2 January 1960, I again began to sew as I wanted to finish an apron I had started the day before. I hadn’t been sewing long when the family decided to go into Doug and Vonna’s apartment in Salt Lake City to visit with them. Doug had a flat tire on his car and he wanted Dave to help him fix it. Clayton wanted to go to a movie instead so he went to a show in Bountiful. It was a little late in the afternoon when we finally got away, about 2:30pm or so. When we got to the apartment Dave and Grant stayed downstairs to help Doug fix the tire and I went on upstairs to see the kiddies and Vonna. Little Pamela was only a month old. In fact, it was a month ago to the very day that she was born.

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How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Grandfather: Clark Alcorn – 91
Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother: Harriet Ann Weaver – 92
Harriet Ann 92 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Grandmother: Lillian Alcorn – 31
Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Lenard Clark Alcorn – 93
Lenard Clark 93 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: William Vernon Alcorn – 94
William Vernon 94 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Marvin Ballard Alcorn – 95
Marvin Ballard 95 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn – 96
Joseph Lorenzo 96 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Archie Harold Alcorn – 97
Archie Harold 97 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Aunt: Melva Alcorn – 98
Melva 98 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Jesse Verl Alcorn 99
Jesse Verl 99 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

History: Lillian Alcorn

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.

While we were living here I started to school again in the fall of 1910 at the Thatcher School. The teacher was still Miss Watt. Horrace Miller drove the school wagon and used to really tease. I remember trying to get back at him by sticking my tongue out at him. Later on in the fall we moved on to the Miller place in the Penrose Ward and I changed schools and attended Penrose. We had one room downstairs and one room upstairs in this house.

The Christmas of 1910 I remember we got nuts and candy in our stockings. Leonard got a pocket knife and I got some material for a dress. Shortly after Christmas we moved to Perry, Box Elder, Utah, which was first known as three-mile creek. It is three miles south of Brigham City. We lived in the north room of the old Mathew’s place kitty-cornered from the LDS Chapel. Uncle Albert and Aunt Dollie Cook Weaver lived in the south room. It was while we lived there that my brother Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn was born. He was born 27 March 1911. I attended school in Perry while we lived there.

Shortly after Lorenzo was born dad took my brothers Leonard and Marvin and myself out to Thatcher and left us with Aunt Fannie Nelson. We all came down with chicken pox while we were there so mother, who was to follow us, stayed in Perry with the baby until we were all over them. Then we moved back in the Vance house and I again started school in Thatcher. It was while on this place that dad filed a homestead on 160 acres of land on the bench west of Penrose.

We always looked forward to the times when we would go into Brigham City where our Grandparents lived. Dad had a very spirited little team of horses, Dick and Bess. We had a one-seated buggy without a top but with a large umbrella fastened to the back of the seat. Mother would dress us up in our Sunday best and off we would go. Usually by the time we get to out Grandparents’ home, we were dusty and dirty and looked as if we hadn’t been cleaned up at all. Mother would hold the baby and maybe a smaller child would sit in the seat between Mother and Dad and on our feet, because Leonard and I would sit on the top of the seat with our feet on the seat.

Dad was always singing. The horses were really a snappy little team and fast trotters. Some of the songs Dad would sing were ‘Lay My Little Shoes Away,’ ‘My Old Kentucky Hills,’ ‘My Mother’s Dear Hands,’ and many others. It was about twenty-five miles into Perry and we lived west and north of there.

While we were living on the Vance place in Penrose another brother was born. Harold Archie Alcorn was born 2 Sept 1914. We were always happy when another baby arrived safely and healthy, but I was getting a little impatient to get a little sister. Well, maybe next time!

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This Day In Our Family History

1807

Daniel Olpin was christened in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1897

Thomas Schofield and Lucy Jane Webb were married

1928

Hannah Pitt died in Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States

1937

Archie Harold Alcorn and Mattie Myrtle Payne were married in Weber County, Utah, United States

1941

Caroline Webb was buried, plot VB_A_4_8_23, at Vine Bluff Cemetery, which is located at 1200 North 400 East in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States. The burial was handled by Deseret Mortuary. Her find a Grave ID is: 40282309

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40282309/caroline-webb

1954

June Lillian McLachlan died in Overton, Clark, Nevada, United States

History: Lillian Alcorn

History of Lillian Alcorn Rowley

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law (wife of son Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34)
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law (husband of sister-in-law Verda May Rowley – 88)
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father; Papa; Dad
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson (son of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
David William Rowley; Dave  (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson (son of Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Dollie Cook – Maternal Aunt (wife of Maternal Uncle James Albert Weaver Jr – 228)
Donald Eugene Smith; Don (9) – Son-in-Law (husband of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson (son of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Douglas Alcorn Rowley; Doug (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins – Son-in-Law (husband of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Emerson Adis Rowley (98) – Brother-in-Law (brother of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law (wife of brother-in-law Hugh Francis Rowley – 87)
Fannie Marie Weaver; Aunt Fannie (229) – Maternal Aunt (sister of mother Harriet Ann Weaver – 92)
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis; Hannah Foster (210) Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Maternal Aunt
Harold Archie Alcorn (97) – Brother
Harriet Ann Rowley; Annie Robinson (199) – Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Paternal Aunt
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother; Mama
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley; Francis (87) – Brother-in-Law (brother of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr; Albert (228) – Maternal Uncle (brother of mother Harriet Ann Weaver – 92)
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Maternal Uncle (husband of Aunt Fannie – 229); Blessed Lillian
James Sheldon Nelson Jr – Maternal Cousin (son of Aunt Fannie – 229)
Jesse Verl Alcorn-Perry; Verl (99) – Brother
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn; Lorenzo (96) – Brother
Karen Goe – Niece (daughter of sister Melva Alcorn – 98)
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson (son of Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34)
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Margaret Jeannette Alcorn; Jeannette (224) – Paternal Aunt
Marjorie Ann Rowley; Margie (36) – Daughter
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Niece (daughter of brother Harold Archie Alcorn – 97)
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law (wife of brother Harold Archie Alcorn – 97)
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Maternal Cousin (son of Aunt Fannie – 229)
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter (daughter of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L Goe – Brother-in-Law (husband of sister Melva Alcorn – 98)
Ronald Steven Smith; Ronnie (14) – Grandson (son of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Rosina Weaver (468) – Maternal Great Aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Paternal Uncle
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson (son of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law (sister of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law (wife of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson (son of Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
William Vernon Alcorn; Vernon (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather

To be continued…

This Day In Our Family History

1564

William Lount was born in Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to Richard Lount and Mary Alen

1702

Moses Blakesley and Sarah Benton were married in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1705

Moses Sperry and Anna Hannah Blakeslee were married in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1730

Thomas Tuttle and Silence Sperry were married in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1807

Elizabeth Elton Lunt was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Lunt and Ann Elston

1847

Joy Sperry died in Highland Grove, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

1861

Hannah Nelson was born to Niels Nelson and Anna Anderson

1876

Alonzo Lunt Pitt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Meshach Pitt and Mary Alice Price

1877

Shedrick James Lunt, age 7, was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1879

Peter James Christensen and Rhoda Ann Webb were married

1887

Hannah and Anna Nelson died

1905

Cora Elizabeth Young was born in Mona, Juab, Utah, United States to John Osborne Young and Bertha Molyneuz

1948

Archie Harold Alcorn and Mary Gregory Askins were married

1965

LeRoy Metz died in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

2004

Charles Gilbert Lunt died at the age of 100 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States

Lois Lunt died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States