History: David William Rowley

We went with Francis (Hugh Francos Rowley) and Erma (Erma Thornton) to Kalispell and enjoyed the beautiful country very much. Then over the highline road which Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) said seemed like the top of the world. We saw some big mountain sheep, then on to Havre. Verda (Verda May Rowley) went over to Harlem with us. My how the memories flooded back; we visited Sharon’s (Sharon Lee Rowley) grave and also my mother’s (Grace Davis) and father’s (Hugh Thompson Rowley). Then we went out to our old home and Estella got to see the country and places where I spent 20 years of my life. When we got back to Havre, Bert (Bert Lund Murphy) had a turkey dinner ready for us and boy was it good because we were all really hungry.

While we were gone to Montana Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) and Gail (Gail Jensen) had a baby boy. They named him Stephen Michael. Hugh and his family had moved back to Utah and he had gone into the insurance business. They were living in Layton. We went right out to see the new baby.

I had a few days left from my June vacation, so Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) and Estella and I went to Wyoming. We caught quite a lot of fish in the Green River and we dug out fish fossils from the side of the mountain. It was sire cold there, even in the summer

August came and with it word that Aleene (Aleene Sumsion) had given birth to her fifth child, finally another son. They named him Lynn Sumsion Rowley. Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) was very happy to have a second son.

Soon after we got word that Estella had a new grandson, also, born to Bob and Tita. We wished we could go see them. In November we got word that Geneal had given birth to a new baby girl. Stella felt bad that she couldn’t go down to be with her.

For my birthday that year, 1966, the children gave me a big “surprise” birthday party. It was held in Hugh’s chapel in Layton. There was quite a crowd and they were all my family! Being so near Thanksgiving we had a big turkey dinner and had such a good time. I will never forget it.

This year proved to be a bumper crop of grandchildren for us both. I had four and Estella had two. Then to top it all off, I received word that I was a great grandfather! Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Smith) had married a nice young man (Robert Michael Owens) she met at Ralph’s and now she had a baby. They named him Robert (Robert Eugene Owens), and he was born 18 December 1966. My cup runneth over! We had dinner with Douglas (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Vonna’s  (Vonna Ensign) that Christmas. Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) was home from Vietnam and went with us.

I was still working for the Davis Count School District. They had moved their shops from Farmington to Kaysville. The head of the carpenter shops was Claud Moore, my old friend from California. Estella and I visited them once in a while.

Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) brought his family down for a few days’ vacation and we had a nice visit. They told us that Chad (Chad Layne McKnight) and Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) were having marital troubles. We had suspected it before.

We were working almost constantly with our genealogical records, sending many sheets to the temple. We enjoyed this work so very much and were receiving heavenly direction in our efforts to do research. Estella was especially having spiritual direction. Refer to her history for details of some of these miracles.

To be continued…

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This Day In Our Family History; May 14, 2018

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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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This Day In Our Family History; May 12, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 13, 2017

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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 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.

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Abraham May – 743
Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Jane Trelease – 744
Jane 744 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Ann May – 745
Ann 745 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: John Trelease May – 746
John Trelease 746 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Joanna (Johanna) May – 747
Joanna (Johanna) 747 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Jane May – 748
Jane 748 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Elizabeth May – 749
Elizabeth 749 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Abraham May – 750
Abraham 750 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Richard May – 751
Richard 751 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Harriet May – 409
Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Lovina May – 752
Lovina 752 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Eliza May – 753
Eliza 753 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: William May – 754
William 754 + Abraham 743 – Harriet 409 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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