Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) was always very smart and did well in school and was quite a scriptorium with a very good memory. He could read something and remember it.

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) had curly red hair like Ralph did. Clayton was often into mischief. When he was about 6 he was walking barefoot down by the river and some bridge workers asked were his shoes were. He said he didn’t have any so they took him to town and bought him shoes, socks, pants, and shirts. He was very dependable and would do what he was asked to do.

When Margie (Marjorie Ann Rowley) was a little girl she liked to throw temper tantrums until she would turn blue. Mother (LIllian Alcorn) would tell us to throw water on her face and she would be fine. When I got a little older and mother and father (Davis Alcorn Rowley) were gone. Sometimes Margie and I would make fudge and take it to our bedroom to eat. Sometimes we would share it with the boys and sometimes we wouldn’t.

When Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) was born, he also had red curly hair like Clayton and Ralph. Hugh was always fun to have around.

When Sharon (Sharon Lee Rowley) was born I was supposed to help the boys thin the beets and work the farm, but I kept passing out. So Mother traded places with me and worked the farm and I stayed in the house, did the cleaning and took care of baby Sharon. She was such a sweet baby. We were not blessed with her in our home for very long. Sharon had asthma when she was born. She passed away when she was 4 months old. Dad brought her back through the priesthood power one time. She stayed with us for a few days longer and then she died. Again Dad wanted to bring her back, but Mother said no, her mission here was complete and she was out of pain. I was very close to baby Sharon and this was another difficult time in my young life.

When my youngest brother Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) was born he also had asthma and the doctor told Mother and Father that they would need to move to a warmer, drier climate than Montana had. Mom’s bother, Leonard (Leonard Clark Alcorn) lived in El Monte, California and had a job waiting for Dad. So the family moved to California. When Grant was about three. Don (Donald Eugene Smith) and I bought him a little sailor suit and someone told him it was too small for him to wear anymore, he cried because he still wanted to wear it.

Dad bought us a home in El Monte, California that a blind man built.  Our neighbors had a daughter my age, Patty Smith (Ollie Lavern Smith), we became good friends. I dated her stepbrother Jack (Gerald Everhard) for a while until her older brother Don came home from the Navy. The day I met him he said, “If it wasn’t so late, we would go to Las Vegas and get married.” I thought he was joking. But we did get married a few months later on August 4th 1945. (We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in February, 1956). John (John Joseph Everhard) who was Don’s stepfather later told me that I had made the right choice in marrying Don instead of Jack.

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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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History: Lillian Alcorn

We also came down to spend Christmas 1958 with Marjorie and the family. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed it very much. However, before we came down, Vonna gave birth to their second baby. Scott Calvin, their second son was born 19 December 1958. She was delivered by cesarean section, but got along really well. They were thrilled at his arrival. This made 10 grandchildren, now.

Hugh was getting anxious to go on a mission so he approached the Bishop there in Bountiful and talked to him about going. The Bishopric was happy that he wanted to go and started the ball rolling. Hugh left for the Argentina Mission Field on 9 February 1959. He flew to New York and to Argentina. Again my heart was full for this spiritual blessing of having sons go on missions for the Church. We were still receiving some of the insurance money left us when David was killed in Korea and that helped to support Hugh, as it had Ralph and Clayton.

I was called to be a Visiting Teacher there in the ward soon after we had moved and I do enjoy it very much. It keeps me in contact with the sisters and members of the ward. I also was called to be the Speech Director in MIA and this is another job I really enjoyed. Since all but Grant were gone now I enjoyed working with young people again. It was part of my responsibility to assign all the talks that were given by young people in the ward. This included 2 ½ minute talks in Sunday School, talks in MIA and in Sacrament Meetings. I also taught the lessons that were outlined. I like to feel that the young people liked me as much as I enjoyed them.

We missed Hugh as any parent would and Grant seemed lost without him, but we know he is serving our Father in Heaven and doing a good work. We loved him, all the more for doing it. Clayton was working for the Dixon Paper Co., in Salt Lake City and living home with us. Ralph and Aleene were in Texas and expecting another baby. Doug and Vonna are in Salt Lake City and of course Grace and Don are in Germany. Marjorie and Dwain are still in Provo and they come up to see us as often as they can and we enjoy going down to Provo to visit them. Marjorie comes up sometimes and spends several days or a week with me. We sew or have other projects to keep us busy and I do enjoy her companionship and being with her kiddies. In the spring of 1959 she and Dwain went on a little trip and we kept David with us for a week. We surely enjoyed it. Once before we had kept Dwana for two weeks while they went on a trip to California.

Douglas and Vonna also bring their children out and my they are sweet children. They are growing so fast and getting so big. We try to have family get-togethers as often as we can. We are looking forward to Christmas this year as we expect Grace and Don and their family to be here and all the other children who can come. We hope to have a very nice family get-together. It should be a wonderful day.

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History: Lillian Alcorn

Aleene was from Washington State and went home to work for the summer. Ralph had to spend two weeks in Washington with the ROTC program for summer camp and they were able to see each other during this time. They planned to be married 21 August 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple. Ralph and Aleene were both good planners and things seemed to go just as they had anticipated. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 21 August 1957. Dwain and Marjorie and others of the family came up for the ceremony and the reception which followed in the 4th Ward in Salt Lake City. Now four of our seven living children had married and all in the Temple.

With the coming of fall we had two lovely new grandchildren born to our children. They were adding up fast now. Marjorie had her little girl Dwana Kay Judkins on 26 September 1957 and Vonna had their first baby, a boy on 4 November 1957. He was named William Douglas Rowley. We are always so grateful when these precious souls come into the world healthy and strong.

The city bus lines had a stop across the street from our house and I would catch the bus right after Grant left for school and go into Salt Lake City and spend the day at the library. I would come home before Grant got home from school. I did a lot of research on Dave’s lines because I had come to a standstill on my own lines. I enjoyed doing this research very much and felt that it was a very important part of our salvation. I only wish I could find more on my own lines and I wish some of my children would take more interest in this wonderful work and help me a little. I also enjoyed taking genealogical courses that were offered through the Stake. (Mother completed three of these courses and the family was given the certificate for the last course the day after her death).

Clayton came home from his mission in June 1958 and had some wonderful experiences to tell us about. He was riding his bicycle one day in Crescent City when he was hit by a car. He received some bad cuts above his eye and on his forehead, but they did a very good job sewing them up because the scars were hardly noticeable. It was wonderful to have him home again.

In April, 1958 Marjorie and I planned and gave a baby shower for Aleene as they were expecting their first baby in May. She was still teaching school and Ralph was still attending the “Y”. Aleene’s principal let her teach for quite a while after he was supposed to let her go which helped them quite a bit. The shower was held in Marjorie’s new home in Orem, Utah.

On 21 May 1958 Aleene gave birth to their baby, a boy, at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. They named him Kurtis Wayne. Ralph was a typical new father, happy and excited and grateful that both his wife and new son were well and had gotten along so well. This brought our number of grandchildren to 9; 5 boys and 4 girls. It surely doesn’t take long for one’s posterity to grow.

Dave was still in construction work and with the fall and winter coming he was soon out of work. Dwain’s father, Leonard Judkins who is a small contractor in Provo, gave Dave work for the winter months of 1958-59. Dave stayed with Dwain and Marjorie and their family. It was hard to be without him during the week, but the boys and I did come down on some weekends and Dave came home on others.

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History: Lillian Alcorn

We enjoyed living in the 4th ward and we were called to serve in the ward in various capacities. Among them was Sunday School teaching, MIA work, Genealogy work and Dave also served as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies. I remember giving a 2 ½ minute talk once in the 4th Ward. I wore a bright red hat with the flashiest earrings I had and a huge bright red flower on my shoulder and as much bright jewelry as I could. Then I talked about dressing properly when giving a talk. I indicated that oft times the things we wear distract from what we are saying. I heard a lot of snickers in the audience but as I talked I started removing some of the things I was wearing. I think my point was well received.

We tried to go to the Temple once a week and to do all the research we could. We also enjoyed being within visiting distance of Marjorie and Dwain and their baby, David. On Christmas Day 1955, all the family except Grace was home for the first time in a long while. Clayton had been discharged from the Army, Douglas had a leave from the Air Force, Ralph had received an honorable release from the mission field, and Marjorie and Dwain came up from Provo. It was indeed a wonderful Christmas that year.

While he was home at Christmas, Douglas met a young lady in the ward named Vonna Ensign. He was quite taken with her but he had to go back to his base. When he was discharged from the service in about March of 1956 he again began to see Vonna and their friendship grew very strong in the coming months.

In February 1956, Grace and Don came to see me and they were prepared to go to the Temple and have their marriage vows sealed for time and eternity and have their children sealed to them. They went to the Temple on 21 February 1956 and Marjorie and Dwain came up from Provo to go with us. President David A. Broadbent sealed them, but before the sealing he drew Don up beside him and asked him if he knew how the Lord created Adam and Don said, “Sure, from the dust of the earth.” Then he asked Don how the Lord created Eve and Don replied, “The Lord took a rib from Adam’s side and created Eve.” Then President Broadbent said, “That’s right Don, and that is where she will always belong, through thick and thin, trouble and sorrow and trials. By your side, hand in hand. Talk things over and work them out together always side by side. Not just tagging along behind or going way out ahead, but side by side.” They were sealed and those lovely little children dressed in white were brought in and sealed to their parents. It was a wonderful experience for us. We are grateful that they have finally had their marriage sealed in the House of the Lord.

I enjoyed sewing and made many dresses and clothes for myself, the boys and my grandchildren. I also made many baby sweater-sets for the newer grandchildren. Marjorie gave birth to her second child, another son on 4 April 1956. This one they named Deon Eugene. My, he was a big baby, weighing 9 lbs. 6 oz. She got along just fine and now they have two lovely little boys.

In June 1956 Clayton was prepared to go on a mission and was interviewed by the bishop of the 4th ward. He received a call to labor in the Northern California Mission field. We were quite surprised that this was his call as we had just moved from that area the year before. He accepted his calling and enjoyed his labors very much. It was a great source of comfort to me to see my sons fill missions and I will always be grateful that they were found worthy to do so.

To be continued…

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 16, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 16, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 17, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 17, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 18, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 18, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 18, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 18, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 19, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 19, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 19, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 20, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 20, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 20, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History

1720/30

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

1879

Harriet Rosabell Harper was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States to Charles Benjamin Harper and Harriet Gibbons

1880

Benjamin Hezekiah Smith was born in Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri, United States to William Cooley Smith and Mary Virginia Collins

1886

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

1925

Anna Nelson died

1928

Willie Gabbitas, Jr. died

1934

Abigail Brockett completed her endowment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1962

Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 36, age 27, and Janevie Clegg were married and sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1968

William and Elizabeth Webb and Elizabeth Darcy were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1986

Frank J Lunt died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

Happy Birthday!

Shawn McCormick Simpson and Joleene Rowley