David (David Alcorn Rowley) was sent to Japan in 1949. He seemed to like it pretty well. He wrote nice letters home and sent pictures. Then he was sent to Korea in June of 1950 when the “Police Action” began there. On 16 July 1950 we received word that he was missing in action. This was a very bad time for us, not knowing if he was dead or a prisoner of war. Then in December of 1950 we received word that he had been killed and that they would send his body home as soon as possible. We were all saddened by David’s death.
The children liked school in Gridley. Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) started kindergarten the last year we live there. Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) was always the special and protector of Grant. I can still see them together in my mind’s eye, with Hughie so loving and kind. He still is loving and kind with his own children and with everyone.
We learned to like Gridley and we had many friends there. Hugh had a paper route and Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) worked on a dairy farm for a neighbor. Clayton became a hero and had a write-up in the paper about him saving the life of his girlfriend’s father who was swimming in the river just outside of Gridley. He got him to safety, but almost lost his own life as he drifted into the rapids before he could get out of the water. It was a nip and tuck struggle for him to get out of the water for a while, but he finally made it.
I was ordained to the office of a Seventy in the Melchizedek Priesthood by Oscar A. Kirkham. At the same time I was set apart as one of the seven presidents of the Seventies Quorum of the Gridley Stake. This was on 23 April 1950. Also at this time I was called on a Stake Mission. I served in the presidency and as a missionary for a while. Then the construction company I was working for closed down because the bosses had been drafted into the Armed Services. Work was scarce in Gridley so I went over to Eureka, California where my brothers, Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) and Emerson (Emerson Adis Rowley) lived. I worked there the winter of 1950-1951 and on into the spring.
The family stayed in Gridley until school was out. I had bought a place on Little Fairfield Street in Eureka and sold the place in Gridley, so we were once again on the move.
I worked at the same place with Walter and Emerson and I enjoyed being with them again. I helped Emerson finish building his home.
We all liked Eureka except for the undependable weather. I had become acquainted in the Branch and it wasn’t long before Lillian and the children were making friends.
Oh yes, we had another grandchildren, Donna Diane (Donna Diane Smith), born to Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) on 27 September 1950. She was a cute little trick and she has always seemed to love her grandpa.
We hadn’t been in Eureka long when they sent David’s body home. He was given a very nice military funeral. He was buried in the cemetery at Eureka, California which is a beautiful and restful place for him.
To be continued…