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

My sister-in-law (Erma Thornton) and my nephew, Johnny Rowley (John Rowley) came by to see us. He was on his way overseas with the Army. He played the piano for us. Erma and Estella(Estella Cordelia Tidwell) had a good visit and seemed to like each other.

We went to Nampa for Christmas. We stayed with Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) that night. We had a turkey dinner at Harold’s (Harold Norman Johnson) place. Myrna Jean sure is a good cook. (I have two daughters that are good cooks, too.) They all have lovely children.

As soon as we got back we heard that Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) and Lois (Lois Evelyn Chapman) were in town and wanted to see us. Estella finally got to meet my dear brother Walter and we all had a good visit.

My niece Opal (Opal M. Rowley) had joined her husband in California but she left her oldest son in Tremonton to finish school. Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma came there to take care of him so my wife had a chance to get to know Francis. I have felt very close to my older brother all of my life. While we were there on a Sunday I heard Francis bear his testimony on paying tithing and I heard him say that he knew that the church was true. This was very precious to me.

The year of 1964 was a memorable one. First because we had a bumper crop of grandchildren – five – two sets of them born just two days apart. Harold’s son, Steven Paul Johnson, born 23 June 1964 in Nampa, Idaho; Hugh’s (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Carol Annette Rowley born 25 June 1964 in California; Ralph’s (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Janiel Rowley, born 7 July 1964; Douglas’ (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Roxanne Rowley, born 4 October 1964 in Salt Lake City; and Archie’s (Archie Johnson) daughter, Tonya K. Johnson born 6 October 1964, in Boise, Idaho.

Another momentous thing was that I made some breakthroughs in my research. A sister Rosella Warren from Nevada, had been corresponding with me because she had a Nicholas Paul line and we thought it was a common line until a death certificate from England proved that it wasn’t her line. So she sent the information to me and offered to ma all that her researcher in England had found plus several certificates from Somerset House in England. We didn’t think she was asking enough for it so the officers of the Paul Organization put in $10 each and we doubled her price.

This material proved to be the gateway to the records of my people in Cornwall, England. We were able to substantiate all of this material in the library and to find much more. Estella was a great help with this work. We found ten of my direct lines in Cornwall and we extended them about five generations. As a result we were able to send in eighty-three family group sheets and in the three years following that we were able to do the sealing’s on these and others.

To be continued…