How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Grandfather: Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother: Grace Davis – 86
Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Hugh Francis Rowley – 87
Hugh Francis 87 + Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Grandfather: David William Rowley – 30
David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Aunt: Verda May Rowley – 88
Verda May 88 + Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Emerson Adis Rowley – 89
Emerson Adis 89 + Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Walter Illith Rowley – 90
Walter Illith 90 + Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 7, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 7, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 7, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 7, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 7, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 8, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 8, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 8, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 8, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 8, 2018

Changed birth information for Courtney Nicole Lunt to Happy Birthday

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  • Havre, Hill, Montana, United States
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 8, 2018

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  • Maria Rowley – 721
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This Day In Our Family History; May 9, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 9, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 9, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 9, 2018

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  • Rose Etta Morgan – 1720
  • Clarissa Loretta Sperry – 123
  • Emily Ann Weaver – 465
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 9, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 10, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 10, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 10, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 10, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 10, 2018

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  • Harriet Miller – 289
  • Elizabeth Betsy Spencer – 294
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 10, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 11, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 11, 2017

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  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 11, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 11, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 11, 2018

Changed birth information for Mark Judkins to Happy Birthday

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  • John Wright – 264
  • Mary Wright – 272
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 11, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 12, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 12, 2017

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  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
  • Elizabeth Thompson – 731
  • Hugh Thompson – 729
  • Mary Ann Thompson – 399
  • Sarah Wright – 720

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; Mary 12, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 12, 2018

Changed Charles Benjamin Sperry to Charles Benjamin Harper
Fixed spelling from Gloucesterhire to Gloucestershire

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 12, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 13, 2017

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  • Jens Rosenquist Nelson – 58
  • Calvin Sperry – 513
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • James Sperry – 503
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family History; May 13, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 13, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 13, 2018

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  • Mary Olpin – 556
  • Calvin Sperry – 513
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • James Sperry – 503
  • Lillian May Sperry – 55
  • Caroline Webb – 47
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 13, 2018

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Updates

Changed Alexander Corbett – 1606 to Alexander Corbett – 103
Changed Iain Alexander Malcolm Ash Corbett – 1608 to Iain Alexander Malcolm Ash Corbett – 105
Changed Hali Ann Fifield – 1609 to Hali Ann Fifield – 106
Changed Calvin Marc Lunt – 1610 to Calvin Marc Lunt – 107
Changed Mason Dennis Lunt – 1611 to Mason Dennis Lunt – 108
Changed Bailey Ann Lunt – 1612 to Bailey Ann Lunt – 109
Changed Norma Rachel Law – 1614 to Norma Rachel Law – 111
Changed Calvin King Knighton – 1615 to Calvin King Knighton – 112
Changed Robert Michael Owens – 1616 to Robert Michael Owens –  113
Changed Robert Eugene Owens – 1617 to Robert Eugene Owens – 114
Changed Michelle Lei Owens – 1618 to Michelle Lei Owens – 115
Changed Owen Calvin Owens – 1619 to Owen Calvin Owens – 116
Changed Douglas Jones Birk – 1622 to Douglas Jones Birk – 119
Changed Brooke Tara Birk – 1625 to Brooke Tara Birk – 122
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 1, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 1, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 1, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 1, 2018

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Changed birth information for Gary Dee Fifield to Happy Birthday
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  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
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  • David Webb – 129
  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 138
  • Ann Wood – 255
  • Mary Wood – 254
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 2, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 2, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 2, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 2, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History: May 2, 2018

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  • Benjamin Harper – 153
  • Charles Benjamin Harper – 67
  • Elizabeth Martha Harper – 158
  • John Samuel Harper – 160
  • Mary Elizabeth Harper – 159
  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • Judith Ann Lunt – 1644
  • Rose Etta Morgan – 1720
  • Daniel Packer – 1055
  • John Packer – 1053
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  • John Martin Pitt – 109
  • John Pitt – 116
  • Meshach Pitt – 111
  • Caroline Wright – 110
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • SGEOR – Saint George Utah Temple; Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 2, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 3, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 3, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 3, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 3, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 3, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 4, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 4, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 4, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 4, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 4, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 5, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 5, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 5, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 6, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 6, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 6, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 6, 2018

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History: David William Rowley

As far as Church callings went in El Monte, I was teaching the Sunday School class that Douglas (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) were in, I was on the genealogical committee as well as working with the welfare program and I was in the Elder’s Quorum presidency.

I got a job with the U.S. Rubber Company where Leonard (Leonard Clark Alcorn) worked. When summer came I took on other jobs also to help with the expenses of a large family.

(For details of the children’s experiences in school, see Lillian’s (Lillian Alcorn) history).

David (David Alcorn Rowley) had been having his troubles since leaving the farm and I wasn’t able to give him hardly any money. He couldn’t pick up any work that easily either. He and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) were good pals, so he joined the Navy while we were living here, but he didn’t like that very well. He later joined the Army.

We had a lot of good friends in the El Monte ward and Lillian and I would go to parties with them. We had lots of good times. One time they gave me a surprise birthday party. I was also asked to be Santa Clause that Christmas, (for details about these events, see Lillian’s history).

It was here that Douglas had his eyes operated on and the muscles changed back behind them. His eyes would cross while he was looking at you. They had tried to correct this condition in Montana with glasses, but it didn’t work very well. He didn’t have to wear glasses after the operation. The story of Douglas selling his glasses in school in Montana is told in Lillian’s history also.

In August of 1946 Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) had a baby boy. They named him Donald Eugene (Donald Eugene Smith Jr), after his father. We were all saddened when he lived only about 17 hours. It was really hard on Grace and Don.

I went to work for the Fidel Construction Company and worked up in the San Gabriel Canyon. I worked both jobs for a while, then quit the Rubber Company.

It was while I was working on this new job that we got word that my father, Hugh Thompson Rowley, had died on 14 March 1948, I got leave from my job and I went back to Montana for the funeral, dad hadn’t been himself since he had sleeping sickness some years before. He would get disoriented even out in our backyard, and Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) or Erma (Erma Thornton) or the children would have to lead him back into the house. It was a time of reunion, although a sad one. My Uncle Royal was there and we had a nice visit, Francis asked me if there was anything I wanted and I told him I would like Dad’s old watch since he bought it the year I was born.

I sold my place in Montana for a lot less than I should have had out of it, but with the money I was able to pay off the place in El Monte, California.

I was asked to help build the new chapel in El Monte. I worked on it for a while but didn’t get to help finish it because Lillian and I had decided to move to a smaller community thinking it would be better for the children. We had all lived on a farm most of our lives and there was so much congestion and crime in the city.

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

When Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) was a young lady, she had a very nice complexion and was a very wonderful helper for her mother (Lillian Alcorn). She was the oldest child and often stayed home and took care of the children (David Alcorn, Douglas Alcorn, Ralph Alcorn, Clayton Alcorn, Marjorie Ann and Hugh Alcorn Rowley) and the house. She was a good housekeeper, too. One time we had to go to Havre and before I left, I told the boys to get the cows in about six o’clock. When it became time, the boys didn’t make any effort to get the cows in and Grace reminded them but they still didn’t go after the animals. Grace still tried to get them to do the job and finally she took off her shoe and threw it at the boys, but she missed and it hit the glass door in the library and broke it. She was afraid I would really get after her, but instead I got after the boys for not minding in the first place.

We had home nights part of the time and sometimes I read to the family. I read such books as “The White Indian Boy”, “Robinson Crusoe,” “The Swiss Family Robinson,” and then out of the “Instructor and the Improvement Era.” Sometimes we would go to the show, but not often because money was so hard to get.

Hugh was just a toddler when he tried to walk across a footbridge that went across the slough and he fell in. Marjorie wasn’t old enough to get him out, but she ran for help to Mrs. Wright who was living in the labor house on the edge of the slough. Her husband was working for us. When Mrs. Wright got there Hugh was crawling on the bottom, under the water, trying to get to the edge. She reached down and helped him out.

Lillian gave birth to another baby on 14 May 1942. A lovely red-haired little girl graced our home. She was born in the Harlem hospital and was the first of our children to be born in a hospital. We named her Sharon Lee Rowley. We were so glad to have another little girl. She was a frail baby and soon we learned that she had asthma, or at least the doctor thought it was asthma.

One Sunday morning, on the 27th of September 1942, the boys and I were out doing the chores when Grace came running out and said the Sharon was having convulsions. I was milking a heifer and almost done. I tried to hurry and finish. Grace came right back out and told me it was too late, that Sharon was dead. I dropped everything, spilling the milk, and went running to the house. Sharon was lying across Lillian’s arm like a wet blanket. I took the baby and laid across the foot of the bed and started artificial respiration by slowly by slowly pumping her little left arm up and down. I was praying all the time. Francis came running over too, after the boys had gone for him. Soon I saw the color coming back into her face, but her cheeks were still a little blue. I went to Bailey’s to call the doctor and to get someone to take us to Havre to the hospital. I didn’t have anything but a truck that was all open. Brother Larsen came soon and took us to Havre.

At the hospital they put Sharon in an oxygen tent and several of them started working on her. After a while they came and told us that there was mucus coming into her throat and choking her, but they couldn’t tell where it was coming from, so it wasn’t asthma.

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and I put in irrigation ditches and worked the land and tried to improve it. Our children (Grace Harriet, David Alcorn, Douglas Alcorn, Ralph Alcorn, Clayton Alcorn, Marjorie Ann, Lawrence Thornton and Noland Thornton Rowley) all played together and sometimes there would be some trouble, but never anything serious. Their Aunt Erma (Erma Thornton) was a good swimmer and she would take all the children swimming sometimes. I would help Erma with things at times and we always got along well and we liked each other. The four of us, Erma, Francis, Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) and I, would sometimes go dancing together and we all enjoyed dancing with each other.

I always had a big garden and from the time I used to help my mother (Grace Davis) with hers, I would work on it early in the morning, while breakfast was being prepared, then again in the evening, if I could get in from the field early enough..

I taught the Gospel Doctrine class in Sunday School, was the Scoutmaster for the boy scouts for years and was head of the genealogy work in the Harlem Branch for the last several years we were there. It seemed that no one else wanted the last two callings.

One time I was irrigating beet in the southeast field. I looked over the ditch bank at the field of grain that was nearly ready to cut and there the children were, running and playing in it again! I had told them not to play in the grain field many times because when they ran through it the stocks of grain broke and the binder couldn’t pick it up. Well, I thought I would teach them a good lesson so I climbed a tree and howled and barked. It scared the kids and they all started to run home. Douglas lost his shoes and David went back to get them. I got down from the tree and ran along the drain ditch and got to the house first and was sitting there when they came in. They said they had heard some wild animals and were really frightened. I asked them where they were when they heard it and they had to confess that they were in the grain field where they had been told not to play. I think they learned the lesson I wanted them to.

On a very cold January day, the 29th, of  January in 1939 another little red-headed boy was added to our family. This was the 7th child and my 5th son. It was 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit when he was born at 19 minutes past midnight. We named him Hugh Alcorn Rowley. He had such a cheerful, sunny and happy disposition that he added such joy to our family.

About this time we built a new chapel in Harlem. I helped with the building work. This was indeed a blessing to the whole branch. We had more classrooms and a nicer place and a better place to worship the Lord.

The children were growing fast. The other children went to school on the bus. The bigger boys were getting old enough to really help with the chores, especially David and Douglas. David was bout 11 and Douglas was about 9. Grace was about 12 and was a great help to her mother as she had been from the time she was small. She loved to help.

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History: David William Rowley

When we went to turn the water into the ditch to irrigate, our neighbor, George Watkins, came over and told us we had no water rights. I told him we did. I went to Chinook that very afternoon to look for the copy of the water rights in the courthouse. They tried to help me and we looked through most everything there, but we couldn’t find them. I was about to leave when I saw two big books over by the door. I asked what they were and was told, “just miscellaneous things,” I opened one of them and there lay the water contract for the Murphy place, Mr. Watkins had been using the Murphy place for practically nothing and he was very put out that I had bought it. I have always felt that either he tried to hide the contract or had someone else do it. I thank my Heavenly Father that I was again blessed with the gift of discernment.

Happy day! We finally got a second daughter on the 28th of October 1936. We named her Marjorie Ann. We were so happy to have her. I delivered her myself with the help of Sister Hulse because the doctor didn’t get there in time. She was already cleaned up and asleep when the doctor finally arrived!

A few years later the big two story house I had first moved onto the place was ruined by the wind because it was still on blocks. I then made arrangements to get the buildings off the old Hesterman place and we moved them onto our property. We dug a full sized basement, ran the cement and put the house on it. The other buildings including: a granary, a garage and a chicken coop, which I gave to Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) for helping.

We finally moved into the first real home of our own on our own place. The plot of ground where we had set the house was gumbo soil and in wet weather it would stick to our shoes so badly that we could hardly walk. The old saying was that…”after walking across the yard, if you could find a place to clean your shoes off, you would have the starting of a good farm.”

A little later I bought a big hip-roofed barn and paid $200 to have it moved onto the place. I was also able to buy a small coal and wood furnace for $15. I made a very good buy because even though it had been used a while it was in very good condition. I thank my Heavenly Father for the inspiration to go and look for it when I did.

I made a hole in the floor for a register in the center of the house and the heat from the furnace came up through it. Dad (Hugh Thompson Rowley), who was staying with Francis, would come over and sit by the register and toast himself. Sometimes the children would gather around and he would tell them stories of what he did when he was young. See his life story for some of those adventures.

I also built kitchen cabinets and put in a sink and tried to improve the house for Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) and the children (Grace Harriet, David Alcorn, Douglas Alcorn, Ralph Alcorn, Clayton Alcorn and Marjorie Rowley). We had an old log ice-house on the place. Every winter I would fill it with blocks of ice from the river, cover them with sawdust and straw chaff, and store them in the ice-house. We would keep things cold with this ice long into the summer months.

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