History: David William Rowley

They settled into their new home and it was good to have them there. They invited us over for Easter Sunday and a lovely dinner. I always tried to keep things in repair for Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) as much as possible. I also tried to help her with the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) but I couldn’t seem to, not as much as I would like to have done, anyway.

In July of that year I had to go back to the hospital. Grace’s little girl, Lori, was in there at the same time with a kidney operation. We visited with each other, I had an infection that kept me from going back to work for quite a while, so we took a trip out to Myton, Utah and stayed with Stella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) friends, Howard and Virginia Roberts. They took us to the dinosaur museum and to where they were digging the bones out of the mountain. It surely was interesting. We also took an interesting trip over to Flaming Gorge with them.

In the early part of October, Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) and Gail (Gail Jensen) came for a short visit. It was nice having little Carol (Carol Annette Rowley) in our home. They were good enough to make room for Estella to go back with them so she could see California and have a visit with her daughter, Geneal (Geneal Rose Johnson). She was able to get the two couples together for one day, anyway. It has always been our wish that our two families could get to know each other.

On 14 November 1964, the War Department called and said that Grace’s husband (Donald Eugene Smith) had been killed and they thought her father should be with her when she heard the news. Estella came and got me at work. Grace was all broken up, of course. If I remember it right a bomb had exploded under the jeep Don and another soldier were riding in.

The family was informed and all of my children were here shortly. It happened that Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) had a vacation coming, but it was hard for Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) to make another trip to Utah. The funeral was held in the Bountiful 18th ward and Don was laid to rest in the cemetery there. All of Don’s family was there except his old grandmother. Everyone was so good to Grace and the children. She decided that she wanted to go to California and spend Christmas with Don’s folks. Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) left to spend the winter in Arizona and Estella and I went to Nampa because Bob and his family were there for the holidays.

In February 1965 we received word that Leonard Alcorn (Leonard Clark Alcorn) had died. Also Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) called and told us that he was going to be sent to Vietnam and we wanted to see him before he went, so we went to California in Grace’s car. Gay Alcorn (Wendall Gay Alcorn) went with us and did a lot of the driving. He was sure good company.

The funeral for Leonard was held in El Monte. Being there and seeing and visiting with all of them brought back so many memories. Hearing Opal (Opal M. Rowley) sing at the funeral was good, too. We went places with Grant and we visited Hugh and Gail and George and Geneal. Hugh took us out to Burbank where we visited and exchanged some genealogical information with my cousin (on my mother’s side), Frankie Liddell Hill (Frankie Edra Liddell). It was a nice trip.

Estella’s daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) had a baby boy in May of 1965. Then Stella went out to California again to be with Geneal when she had her second baby. It was a boy.

To be continued…


History: David William Rowley

On 2 November 1962 we had the pleasure of going to the Logan Temple with Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) and her husband, Chad McKnight (Chad Layne McKnight), to be sealed. Their two little girls were like sweet little angels when they were sealed to their parents. Virginia was so happy that she wept.

The Salt Lake Temple was closed for quite a while so Estella and I went to many of the other temples on excursions and we enjoyed it very much.

About the first of the year Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) brought a beautiful girl home for us to meet. Her name was Gail Jensen. In about a month Hugh told us that they were getting married. I told him that he hadn’t known her very long. He said, “You should talk, you set the example by getting married in six weeks after you net!” That shut me up! They were married 9 February 1963 in Las Vegas. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple.

On 11 May 1963 another little boy came to bless Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) and Margie’s (Marjorie Ann Rowley) home. They named him Mark Ammon and he proved to be a live wire and kept the whole family on their toes. Stella and I took care of him for a few days when he was about a year old.

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) and Jana (Janevie Clegg) were getting anxious to have children, but so far they had not been able to, so they went to Elder Harold B. Lee for a special blessing. Elder Lee had married them. Shortly after this special blessing, Jana became with child. They were so happy. It soon became apparent that they were going to have twins! As time drew closer they had x-rays taken and it was discovered that the twins were joined together on their backs, but it was just a skin joining. Jana became ill and was not feeling well so Clayton asked the father of a good friend of his, Brother Dehaun, to come over and give her a blessing. The twins were born shortly thereafter. Stella and I were allowed to see them and the sores they had. These little boys were named Bruce Charles and Bert William, and they were born 3 June 1963, My how my progeny was increasing. The twins made my 16th and 17thgrandchildren.

About this time Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came by on their way from California to Georgia. They were anxious to meet my new wife. I could see right away that Grace and Estella like each other. It was good to see the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) and to have them back if only for a little while.

In August or September 1963 Estella’s sister Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) came up to visit and introduced her to our neighbor and landlord, we were buying the place from him, Bill Mitchell. They had both lost their mates so they decided to get married. We tried to tell Lavern that she should get to know him better. Anyway we had a wedding for them in our home on 23 November 1963. President Kennedy had been assassinated the day before. It was really nice for Stella to have her sister living just down the street.

Stella had another little granddaughter born to Archie (Archie Johnson) and Verna on 23 January 1963. They named her Janae Johnson.

To be continued…