John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reported by David S. Rowley and wife, Selma

In the February issue of the paper we made a mistake and would like to correct it now. It is from Irene Jones Peterson: “Gordon, since Sept. 1957 has been with the U.S. Army, first at Fort Ord, and now at Fort McClellon, Alabama. He and Margaret Ruth Lewis were married at Rudley, (reported Rigley) Branch. Gordon was home for Christmas the went to Alabama, Jan. 3. Ruth finished her school term at Rudley College and joined him, March 6th. They are now living at 2202 Gurnee Ave., Anneston, Alabama. There is a small branch of the Church at Anneston, with a new chapel, so Gordon feels right at home. Ruth is soon to join the Church and she sings in the choir! Irene Peterson goes on to say that our little paper is a job and a wonder and that she enjoys it so much and likes to hear how everyone is doing and where they are. May this reporter add that it is a joy to get letters with news in them. I sure wish everyone would follow suit.

Our family surely has good news. In the past 3 ½ months, David and I have become grandparents three times!! On February 9, 1958, our son Jack and his dear wife, Barbara presented us with a grandson. He was born at Victorville, California and weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. They had him blessed in March 2nd and gave him the name of Jeffery Ray Rowley.

Just 15 days later our daughter, Gayle, who is married to Franklin Dee Wareham gave birth on February 24,  to a lovely little girl. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. her daddy blessed her on March 30, and gave her the name of Linda. Gayle and Franklin went through the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1957.

On May 12, 1958, our son, Wayne and very good wife, Annette ??rgeline McAuther, went through the Salt Lake Temple and two weeks later on May 27 a son was born to them. He weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. His daddy blessed him, July 6, and gave him the name of David Scott Rowley. Both these last two babies were born in Salt Lake City at the L.D.S Hospital.

I forgot to mention in my last report that on December 19, 1957 Gayle went through the Temple and did the endowment work for her sister, Celia Phyllis, who died Sept. 29, 1956 of injuries suffered in an auto accident.

On Monday, June 2, 1958, Fred and Harriet Rowley, Mrs. Sarah Rowley, Mrs. G. A. (Pe??l) Rowley and myself, (Selma Rowley) went to Provo to attend the funeral of Ethel May Bedkett Rowley Beardall. She died on May 29, in Provo.

It was nice to see family members again and chat with them. Seems as if that’s the only tine we get together is on one of these sad occasions. Ethel Jane has a lovely family as does Ruth. Reginald Rowley, who is Aunt Ethel’s second son, and the baby of the family, flew out from Annapolis, Maryland, where he is an instructor at the Naval academy, for his mother’s funeral. He sure looks like the Rowley’s. he is married and has two children.

Aunt Mary Ann Rowley Jones and her daughter, Luella were there, also Manuel, Luella’s husband. Winifred Rowley and his wife, Addie were there. They have five babies now and live in Provo.

Luella and Manuel’s daughter, Rebecca, (Mrs. Neil Adendauh) had a little baby boy (I don’t have the date), at the Dragerton Hospital. He only lived 1 ½ hours. They named him Louis Lee.

William W. and Olive Louis Jones finally got a girl. She was born, May 1, in Salt Lake City and the named her Elizabeth Ann. Such a lovely old name. this young lady is bound to be spoiled and why not, she has five older brothers.

Lenna and Waldo Bushnell and their children came over to Spring Glen to see their mother Mrs. Sarah Rowley, for Easter. Grandma Rowley (Sarah) went to Moab last month (May) to help her daughter, Celia Anderson, who had been in the hospital.


John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


We are sorry and apologize to some of those reporters who sent in their news last time, but were just a little too late for publication. May we remind you again the paper goes to goes to publication on the 1st of the following months, February, May, August and November. We would like your news on the 15th of the month preceding publication months. John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


PRESIDENT:                         David Wm. Rowley

VICE PRESIDENTS:             Vivian Wade
John Van Rowley
William ? Jones
Luke Day

SECRETARY:                        Mary Bradely

HISTORIAN:                         Luella Jones Downard

RESEARCHER:                     Angie Warner

PAPER STAFF:                     Eleanor Terry
Myrtle Carlton
Marjorie R. Judkins

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Mary Bradley reports our financial standing.

Lorenzo Day Rowley being the only surviving son of Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Day, gave a short talk. There were also some artificial flowers given to the oldest persons present: Mrs. Emma Chesely Rowley of Fillmore, wife of the late George Rowley; Mrs. Lucy Golding Rowley, of Salt Lake City, wife of the late John T. Rowley Jr.; Emily R. Wade of Fillmore, daughter of James Rowley and Mary Day; Lorenzo Rowley, of Fillmore, youngest son of Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Day; and Chester Lyman of Duchesne, Utah, oldest son of Elizabeth Ann Rowley and Ira D. Lyman.

There were some tokens of appreciation given to those who spent so many hours preparing and drawing the family trees which were shown at the reunion. There some small books given to Claude and Angie Warner, and Delane and Iris Lambertsen. We surely appreciate their work and sacrifice. The following family members traveled quite a distance to be with us at the reunion;

Mr. and Mrs. Loren (Lucy Rowley)
Wilcox, St. Helena, California

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. ? (Verda Day)
Hotchkiss, Congress, Arizona.

To these we presented an artificial rose in appreciation of their efforts to be with us.

After this a group took off for a tour of sites and old places of interest to the families. Among them were: Lorenzo D. Rowley, Ralph Nephi Rolwey, Loren Paul Rowley, Loren and Lucy ? Wilcox, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Lymanm Fern Starley, Manual and Luella Downard and Lillian A, Rowley.

While many of the others went over and discussed their family records and others visited the State House. Some went out to the cemetery and saw the graves of Ralph Nephi Rowley and James Rowley, and many others of the family that were buried there. We had a very enjoyable day.

In the evening, Chester Lyman showed some beautiful slides he had taken throughout the west of outstanding scenes and things of interest to everyone.

Sylvester Adams, an old friend of the family in the late 1800’s spoke to us of his association with the family and of his respect for them. He told how Jane Paul Rowley’s children had to walk or ride through their yard to go to school and of his acquaintance with John T. Rowley, Ralph Nephi Rowley, and Hugh Thompson Rowley and Royal J. Rowley and the rest of the family. He related experiences with them that were very interesting to those present.

We had a very enjoyable time – one that many of us will long remember.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Angie Warner of our Research staff also reported that she had family group sheets for all that were represented in the tree of the James Rowley families. Great work Angie – keep it up, you’re doing a great job.

But folks, don’t let up in giving Luella and Angie all the help they need to complete the family records of all the collateral lines. It is a big job they are doing, and we appreciate it very much.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Luella Jones Downard reported for the Historian’s staff. She told us that they had gathered a great deal of history on some lines, but a very small amount on other lines. She needs a lot of information on the James Rowley history. Anyone that can help Luella with this big assignment, please contact her with whatever information you have. She needs help from all of us, no matter how small our information, story, experience, or whatever it is, may sec?? It Will Help in the general pattern of the history and could fill in just where she needs help.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


(In place of our Editorial we are publishing the Reunion Report)

Our Reunion, as announced was held at Fillmore, Utah, on June 23, 1958. There were three family trees exhibited. One for the James Rowley families drawn by Claude and Angie Warner and one of the Ralph Nephi Rowley families drawn by Iris Lyman Lambertsen, and the tree that was drawn for our first family reunion in 1956 by Paul Cline. They tell quite a story of what has been done in the past two years in research of our collateral lives. Many branches are compete  and up to date, which is really an inspiration to many of us, of what can be done. We had nearly one hundred persons present throughout the day.

The day was started off with meetings. At noon we all enjoyed a fine Pot Luck dinner, after which there was a short program. The Wade girls of Fillmore gave a musical number, that was very fine, and Mrs. Lambertsen gave a short reading that was very good. We then heard reports from the committee heads, they are as follow.