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.

To be continued…


John Wright and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Word has been received by David Wm. Rowley and wife, Lillian, from their son, Ralph A. Rowley and wife Aleene and son Kurtis. Ralph is a 2nd Luet. In the Air Force and is in Flight Training in Mission, Texas. They are well and are enjoying the Texas weather. Their address is:

2nd Luet. Ralph A. Rowley
A.O. 3094687
Box 653
Mission Air Force Base
Mission, Texas

We would also like to report that a Farewell Testimonial was held for Elder Hugh A. Rowley, another son of David Wm. and Lillian Alcorn Rowley, on Sunday, February 8, 1959, prior to his departure for the Argentina Mission. On Monday, February 9, he left Salt Lake City by plane for New York where he will depart, by plane, for Argentina.

It is also noteworthy to report that David Wm. and Lillian Rowley have another sweet grandson. Scott Calvin Rowley was born on December 19, 1959, to Mr. & Mrs. Douglas A. Rowley of Salt Lake City. He is a very sweet baby, and has one older brother, Billie. They had the baby blessed and named on Sunday, February 1, 1959 by his proud and happy daddy.

History: Lillian Alcorn

When Dave was still out of work and the time came closer for us to leave, Marjorie received a phone call from Dwain and he asked if they couldn’t be married in April if both Dave and I could be there. Dave hesitated a minute or two and then he said okay. We were invited to ride back with some friends from Fortuna, Frank Adams and his wife. Marjorie and Dwain were married 7 April 1954 in the Manti Temple.

Now we had both of our daughters, two sons in the Armed Services and one on a mission. This left us with only two boys at home. The house seemed quite empty and we had some time getting used to it. Hugh sort of filled in the empty spot Marjorie had left. She had been a big help to me and we were quite close and good companions. Hugh took her place in the house doing much of the work that she had done for me. And Grant, he was always a source of happiness to us. We did enjoy our little family togetherness, and Dave and I were proud of our children away from home.

In the fall of 1954 Grace and Don came home from Germany. Grace was expecting her third baby in November so she stayed with us while Don went on to his duty station. It seemed good to have Grace and the girls in our home for a little while again. We missed her when she was gone and she was gone so much of the time. Well 7 November 1954 came and Grace gave birth to a lovely baby boy. When Dave called Don on the phone, Grace had asked him not to tell Don he had a son because Grace wanted to tell him. But Dave slipped when he said “He is doing just fine,” in answer to Don’s question on how the baby was doing. Don was very happy to finally have a son and they named him Ronald Steven Smith.

In March 1955, Marjorie was expecting her first baby and I wanted to be there with her. It is such an important event in the life of a woman and Marjorie and Dwain had written and asked me to share it with them. They sent me the money for one way on the bus and we managed the other way fare and I arrived in Salt Lake City about a week before her baby was due. Her baby was a week later than expected but he did arrive on 7 March 1955 and was a healthy perfect little boy which they named David Lenn Judkins.

I returned home and Dave and I decided that we would sell our place and move to Utah. We could be closer to some of our children and close to the Temple and Genealogical Library where we could do research work and temple work. So we found some buyers for our house in Eureka, stored our furniture with some friends, bought a Studebaker Station Wagon and headed for Utah. We got to Marjorie and Dwain’s apartment and spent several days with them. Then we found a basement apartment and moved to ourselves.  Dave found work with the BYU maintenance crew. We stayed in Prove for about two months and the decided to move to Salt Lake City. We found a house for rent in the 4th Ward, Temple View Stake and moved in.

Dave then hired a man with a truck to take he and Hugh back to Eureka to get our furniture. The Eel River was flooding and was doing a lot of damage. It was washing away whole towns and devastating roads and bridges etc. It rained almost all the time they were traveling. They got to Eureka safely and got the furniture loaded and Dave bought a large tarp to cover the whole load. Some of the furniture had gotten wet while in storage and some of it was ruined but most of it came back to us in fine condition.

To be continued…

This Day In Our Family History


Robert Purnell was buried in North Nibley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom


Henry Melvin Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Webb


Thomas Purnell was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Thomas Wheeler Jr. completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Samuel Brockett completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


John Packer and Edith Farnell were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Logan Utah Temple, which is located at 175 North 300 East in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States


Judith Ann Lunt was buried in Washington, Washington, Utah, United States

Happy Birthday

Hugh Alcorn Rowley

History: Lillian Alcorn

Before we left Gridley, we had received word that David’s body was being sent home and we could plan a funeral. After we moved, we notified the Army and shortly after we had settled in Eureka, David’s body arrived. We moved in July of 1950 and David’s body came just a few weeks after. His body was escorted by a very nice military escort. We had a lovely funeral and because we didn’t know too many people we hadn’t expected many to attend, but there was a nice group of people there. The main speaker was Lowell Thompson, who has proven to be a life-long friend ever since we met him in Eureka.

David was buried in a lovely cemetery (Ocean View Cemetery) with full military rites. The cemetery was not far from our home in Eureka. There was a lovely view of the ocean from his plot and it was a restful place.

In August, we were attending MIA as usual and enjoyed the activities that it offered. The branch usually had a dance after class time each week. This one Tuesday evening in August Dave and I had danced a fast member. I was a little out of a breath when we finished, but nothing too unusual. I felt tired as I had worked hard that day and we decided to leave MIA early. When I got to the car I was having pains in my chest and by the time the family got there the pain was getting quite severe and spreading down my left arm. I told Dave that we had better hurry and get home as I didn’t feel at all well. I frightened Dave and he drove as fast as he dared. On the way home we passed the General Hospital and the pain was getting so bad that I could hardly stand it. Dave decided we had better stop at the hospital and find out what the trouble was. When we got there he jumped out of the car and came over to my side and opened the door to help me. He reached for me and I remember saying “Oh, Dave, I’m gone!” Then everything went black. I went limp and slipped right through Dave’s arms and skinned my knees on the gravel. In the meantime, Dave sent Marjorie and Hugh into the hospital for help. They were so excited that the attendants couldn’t understand them so they just followed the kids out to the parking lot. They got me into the hospital and into bed and contacted the doctors.

Dave called the chapel and President Walter Bingham, the Branch President came and took the children home. The doctors told Dave that I had had a heart attack, a coronary thrombosis. They also told him that the first crises would pass in 24 hours. I was in an oxygen tent. If I survived the first 24 hours, the next crises would be 72 hours. If I passed that I would probably survive.

An unusual dream came to me during this crucial time. I dreamed I saw my mother in an old-time buggy. She seemed to be very happy and was going someplace singing. I didn’t know just where it was she was going, but she was singing. I wanted very much to go with her and held out my arms to her. She told me that I wasn’t ready to come and that I was needed at home. I remember being very disappointed because I had to stay behind. Shortly after this dream I passed the 72 hour crises and was on my way to recovery.

Ralph and Clayton had been working in Montana at the time of this attack, and I asked Dave not to send for them, but of course he did. They came home as fast as they could. Dave also contacted my sister Melva and she came up for a few days to help out at home. Elder Delbert L. Stapley was in Eureka attending a district conference while I was still in the hospital so Dave arranged for him to come and give me a blessing. I appreciated this very much.

To be continued…

History: Lillian Alcorn

Their beliefs of the life after death were so much different than ours, that it was a real testimony to the family and myself when we saw how distraught this other family was. As far as they knew this was it, the end. But we knew that someday we could see our son again. We received word in December that David had been killed and as soon as they could they would send his body home. We were all saddened by David’s death but we would prefer that to his being a prisoner and going through some of the experiences that we had heard that our prisoner were going through.

The children all enjoyed school in Gridley. Grant started kindergarten in Gridley the last year we were there, in the fall of 1950. The children all learned to like Gridley and had many friends and enjoyed their associations. Hugh had a paper route part of the time we were there, and Clayton worked on a dairy farm for a neighbor. We were able to have a garden here and I enjoyed that very much. I also had some chickens here and it just seemed more like home.

The boys were active in the Future Farmers of America organization in school and had projects of chickens and pigs at home. Douglas had the chickens and Clayton had the pigs. One Saturday afternoon, the boys had all gone to the movie except Grant and Hugh. Clayton’s pig was due to have a litter anytime and it happened while the boys were at the show and Dave was at work. I took Hugh into town and sent him into the theater to get the boys. When he found them they were in the middle of the row and Hugh couldn’t get to them so he said in a loud whisper, “Clayton, Clayton, come quick, your pig is having chickens!” Needless to say this brought down the house as all the people around the boys heard Hugh’s excited declaration and had a good laugh.

27 September 1950 was a day of mixed emotions for me. I received word that Grace had given birth to another lovely little girl the named Donna Diane; and we also received word that my father, Clark Alcorn had died (27 September) in Idaho, and they were having his funeral 3 October 1950. We wanted to go to the funeral, but we couldn’t decide whether or not to take the family. Dave remembered that at his Dad’s funeral, he was the only one without his family, so we decided to take the children and go to Harlem. We made arrangements to leave and had a safe trip. It was good to see many of our relatives and friends again, and all of my brothers and sister were together again for the first time in a long while. Even Verl was able to make it. It was a reunion, saddened only by the purpose.

Dave’s employers had both been drafted back into the Armed Services, and so his job was gone and in looking for the other work, we found that it was scarce around Gridley. So Dave went to Eureka, where his brothers Walter and Emerson lived, and found work there. He worked in Eureka the winter of 1950-51 and into the spring. Then I went over to see if we could find a house and move our family there. We looked at several, but we hadn’t decided on one when I had to go back to Gridley. When school was out, we knew we would have to make a decision on a house and we finally bought one located at 4217 Little Fairfield St in Eureka.

The children said their farewells again to many friends they had made and we picked up after selling our house in Gridley and made another move. We all liked Eureka, except for the undependable weather. Adjusting wasn’t too hard as Dave had been there for over six months and he knew the people in the branch quite well. We also had relatives there for the children to enjoy.

To be continued…

History: Lillian Alcorn

We had an auction sale for our farm equipment and stock on 16 December 1944 and then prepared to leave when we received a letter from my brother Leonard Alcorn. He lived in El Monte, California. He said that it was hot and dry down there and if we would come there, he would rent us a house and have a job waiting for Dave. So we decided to go to El Monte, California and we rented the farm to Harold Morris and left Harlem in January of 1945.

My Dad had his big truck, so he consented to help us move our belongings. We put our furniture and all our earthly possessions into his big van and Dave fixed a little camper-style back onto a pickup for the boys to ride in and off we went. We stopped along the way to visit relatives and so it took us several days to make the trip. Dave found some big rocks that we would heat and put into the camper to help keep the boys warm until we got out of the cold country.

The first night we stopped at Dillon, Montana where we rented a couple of rooms in a motel. But poor little Grant got asthma so bad, that we thought we were going to lose him there. We were up with him most all night. We left there very early the next morning. It was 20° below zero that morning as we left Dillon. It gradually got warmer the farther south we came.

The next day we went from the cold north to the town where Dave was born, Shelley, Idaho. His Aunt Annie Robinson (Harriet Ann Rowley) lived there, and she was gracious and hospitable and prepared beds for us with her that night. We also visited with Dave’s uncle Royal James Rowley where our little son, Hugh, kept us all in stitches with his entertaining stories and jokes.

Our next stop was Brigham City, Utah where we stopped with my Uncle Albert and Aunt Dollie Weaver and enjoyed a visit with some of the Weavers who lived in the area. We spent the night there in Brigham City and then drove on the next day until we arrived in Utah’s Dixieland in Cedar City. We spent the night there with Dave’s Mothers sister, Aunt Hannah Foster. We enjoyed ourselves a lot in such a reunion. I had never met them, and Dave hadn’t seen them since he was about seven years old, so we talked until late hours and really enjoyed ourselves.

We arrived on Garvey Blvd. in El Monte, California about three o’clock in the afternoon on a February day in 1945. We called Leonard right away and he told us that the people who had been living in the house we were supposed to rent had scarlet fever and couldn’t move out. But he had made arrangements for us to move in with some friends until we could rent or buy a house. This proved to be quite a problem. There just didn’t seem to be any homes for rent in the area at all. There were quite a few places for sale, but they required larger down payments than we could give. We would look early in the morning and late in the evening trying to find something. It took us about two weeks before we found one we could even buy with our small down payment.

To be continued…