CLAYTON (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) – He was our second red-head and he became so sick that we thought we were going to lose him for a while, but through the administering of the Priesthood he soon got well and has stayed healthy.
I remember an incident that happened right after Clayton had been in school for just a short time. He went down to the Milk River where a gang of men were working on the bridge. He only had a pair of ragged overalls on. They asked him if he didn’t have anything better to wear and he said, “no.” The men took up a collection and took Clayton to town and bought him a new shirt and a new pair of overalls, and I think shoes, then gave him the small amount of change that was left (no comment!)
Clayton always had a way with animals. We had a little pinto mare when we were on the farm. Clayton was the only one who could go out in the field and catch her. He used to ride her a lot, but we had to sell her in the auction sale.
One time after we left the farm, Clayton was with us when we went to town for something we needed. I thought they were charging too much for it, so I jewed them down and got it for a better price. Clayton made the remark that he was going to jew people when he grew up. I told him that I never jewed anybody down unless I thought they were charging too much and if I knew that they could afford to take less. I think he has used this policy too.
I was so proud of Clayton when he saved the life of the man in Gridley. I was sure grateful that he didn’t drown himself, as he could have done.
Clayton, I am so thankful for your testimony of the gospel and for your efforts to live it and to teach it to your family. That is so important. If they learn it directly from you they will remember it all of their lives.
To be continued…