This Day In Our Family History

1600

Richard Lount and Mary Jacomyn McKinney were married in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

1796

Samuel Webb, Jr. was born and christened in Coaley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to Samuel Webb and Mary Comby

1873

Rose Etta Morgan was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Roger Morgan and Ann Mariah Delahay

1919

Margaret Ann Lunt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Alonzo Lorraine Lunt and Mable Ruth Owen

1925

Donald Snader and his twin sister Dorothy were born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Willard Eby Snader and Lillian Lunt

1956

Martha Ellen Fullmer died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1994

Richard Grant Norwood was buried in Springville, Utah, Utah, United States

2007

Sharon Lee Rowley – 39 was sealed to time and eternity, by proxy, to her parents, David William Rowley – 30 and Lillian Alcorn – 31. She was born after her parents had already been sealed to each; therefore she was born in the covenant. Sealing to parent per familysearch.org: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/ordinances/K2H8-DSB

Happy Birthday!

Elizabeth Stewart Corbett

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History: Lillian Alcorn

It is at times like these that we truly appreciate our friends and loved ones. The comfort they can give to us is good for the soul. We usually take these loved ones and friends for granted and sort of expect them to do certain things, but when we have tragedy come to us they seem to go the extra mile to help us adjust to the problems, and they don’t seem quite as bad as they might otherwise.

It was surely lonely after Sharon was taken away. It seemed to leave a vacancy in our lives that nothing would ever fill. But it seems that time heals all wounds and that many other blessings come and soon such terrible heartaches drift into the background of life and the present becomes more real than the past.

As time went on we decided that we needed an outside entrance into our basement, so Dave proceeded to fix one. At this same time he was able to purchase a used coal furnace for $15 that had been taken out of another house to be replaced with a gas furnace. It was a good furnace and we appreciated it very much. We installed it in the basement with a big register cut into the floor of the living room upstairs. It was so good in the winter as we wouldn’t have to touch it all day long after it had been stoked and banked in the morning. It kept the house warm all day and way into the night. We would take care of it night and morning.

While we were working in the basement, Dave also fixed a large fruit room and a large coal storage bin as well as sleeping facilities for the boys. We set up a washing area in the basement for me, too. So we were quite comfortable in our home. Things take time, but we were accomplishing our goals little by little.

I had been told by doctors that it would be unwise for me to have another baby but my arms ached for a tiny one to fill them, since the loss of Sharon. So against the advice of the doctors, I found myself once again with child. I didn’t have a hard time carrying the baby until the last while. Two weeks before I was to have the baby the doctor put me in the hospital in Havre. I had toxemia and high blood pressure.

On the way to the hospital I had a very strange experience. Of course with my five boys and two girls I was hoping for another girl. In fact all the family were crossing their fingers for a girl, that is except for Clayton. He wanted another brother. Well, as we were driving to Havre, I was saying a silent prayer that My Heavenly Father would grant our desires. As I was praying to myself, a voice said to me as plain as anything could be, “you will have another beautiful boy.” It was such a real thing that I no longer desired a little girl and put my mind at rest knowing I was going to bear a son.

On 26 June 1944 the baby was born and it was a beautiful healthy boy. We named him Grant Alcorn Rowley. I remember that when we called a neighbor on the phone to let the family know, Clayton kept saying, “I told you it would be another boy.” But all the family was thankful it was over and that we had a sweet baby to fill the vacancy left by our lovely Sharon.

Grant was only about four months old when the doctor told us that he also had an allergy and asthma and that if we wanted to save him, we would have to move to a warm, dry climate. So we tentatively decided to rent our farm and sell our stock and equipment and move to Mesa, Arizona.

To be continued…

History: Lillian Alcorn

In the summer of 1939 Dave bought a good high-roofed barn from up north of Zurich for $250, and then hired Carl Dolovan to move it down on the farm for us. Dave had the foundations all poured and ready and they set the barn right on the foundations. Dave then fixed it up. He made half of it for the cows and the other half was fixed to handle two teams of horses and a grain bin. It also had a hay loft which held almost enough hay for the whole winter. When we bought the house it didn’t have many cabinets or working space, and I needed more. Dave looked around at some that other people had and then built a lovely set of cabinets for me. We had a nice kitchen sink, although we didn’t have a drain for it. I used to keep a five gallon bucket under the sink to catch the water and then the kids would dump it for me. We didn’t have running water so there wasn’t too much danger of the water running over.

My only sister Melva was married in 1940 to Robert L. Goe. They were living in Salt Lake City, Utah. In May 1941, I took Marjorie and went to Utah to be with Melva when her first baby was to be born. My brother Leonard drove us in his car to Salt Lake City. Melva’s baby was born 30 May 1941 and was a lovely little girl which they named Karen. Marjorie and I returned after three weeks, on the bus. While we were gone, Grace, who was only 12 years old, took complete charge of the house and prepared the meals for all those boys. She even bottled several quarts of seedless grapes, which by the way, stayed good for years.

About this time the Branch decided to build a new chapel. A plot of ground was selected in town and the work began. It was completed and we moved into a lovely new white chapel. It was good to have more room for classes and a Relief Society room with kitchen facilities. It was good indeed and we certainly appreciated the new building.

We had an old log ice-house on our place and we would get big blocks of ice from the river every winter and fill the ice-house. It would last long into the summer months.

I gave birth to another baby on 14 May 1942. It was a lovely red-haired little girl. She was the first baby I had that was born in a hospital. We named her Sharon Lee Rowley. She was very quiet, sweet and loveable baby and was a real joy to us. This precious baby was not to be ours for very long, at least in mortality. She was a frail baby and we soon learned that she had asthma.

One Sunday morning, 27 September 1942 while Dave and the boys were doing chores, Sharon had a bad choking spell. She couldn’t seem to breath nor stop coughing and choking. I sent Grace after Dave and he sent one of the boys across the ditch for Francis. Dave and Francis got to the house about the same time. By this time, Sharon had from all appearances stopped breathing. Dave took her and I got the consecrated oil and he and Francis administered to her. She still seemed lifeless and Dave began to work her left arm up and down similar to working a pump handle. Within a minute or so she started breathing again and we rejoiced and thanked our Father in Heaven for his blessings to us and for the power of the priesthood which was in our home.

The next day we took Sharon to the hospital in Havre, about 40 miles from Harlem. I was allowed to stay right there with her. Although Sharon had always been a quiet baby and hadn’t smiled much in her short life, she seemed to smile and be quite content there in the hospital. Then on Wednesday, 30 September 1942 in the late afternoon, Dave and I were standing by her crib and she talked, cooed and smiled and seemed to be trying to tell us that this is the way things were supposed to be. She died about 5:00 p.m. that evening. It was a great loss to me and the family. A close friend at the time gave us the following poem in which we found much comfort.

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

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

Maternal Great-Grandmother: Lillian Alcorn – 31
Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Grandmother: Grace Harriet Rowley – 10
Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: David Alcorn Rowley – 32
David Alcorn 32 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
Douglas Alcorn 33 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
Ralph Alcorn 34 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
Clayton Alcorn 35 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Aunt: Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36
Marjorie Ann 36 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: Hugh Alcorn Rowley – 37
Hugh Alcorn 37 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Aunt: Sharon Lee Rowley – 38
Sharon Lee 38 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Uncle: Grant Alcorn Rowley – 39
Grant Alcorn 39 + David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

History: Lillian Alcorn

History of Lillian Alcorn Rowley

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law (wife of son Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34)
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law (husband of sister-in-law Verda May Rowley – 88)
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father; Papa; Dad
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson (son of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
David William Rowley; Dave  (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson (son of Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Dollie Cook – Maternal Aunt (wife of Maternal Uncle James Albert Weaver Jr – 228)
Donald Eugene Smith; Don (9) – Son-in-Law (husband of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson (son of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Douglas Alcorn Rowley; Doug (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins – Son-in-Law (husband of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36)
Emerson Adis Rowley (98) – Brother-in-Law (brother of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law (wife of brother-in-law Hugh Francis Rowley – 87)
Fannie Marie Weaver; Aunt Fannie (229) – Maternal Aunt (sister of mother Harriet Ann Weaver – 92)
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis; Hannah Foster (210) Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Maternal Aunt
Harold Archie Alcorn (97) – Brother
Harriet Ann Rowley; Annie Robinson (199) – Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Paternal Aunt
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother; Mama
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley; Francis (87) – Brother-in-Law (brother of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr; Albert (228) – Maternal Uncle (brother of mother Harriet Ann Weaver – 92)
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Maternal Uncle (husband of Aunt Fannie – 229); Blessed Lillian
James Sheldon Nelson Jr – Maternal Cousin (son of Aunt Fannie – 229)
Jesse Verl Alcorn-Perry; Verl (99) – Brother
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn; Lorenzo (96) – Brother
Karen Goe – Niece (daughter of sister Melva Alcorn – 98)
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson (son of Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34)
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter (daughter of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Margaret Jeannette Alcorn; Jeannette (224) – Paternal Aunt
Marjorie Ann Rowley; Margie (36) – Daughter
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Niece (daughter of brother Harold Archie Alcorn – 97)
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law (wife of brother Harold Archie Alcorn – 97)
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Maternal Cousin (son of Aunt Fannie – 229)
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter (daughter of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L Goe – Brother-in-Law (husband of sister Melva Alcorn – 98)
Ronald Steven Smith; Ronnie (14) – Grandson (son of daughter Grace Harriet Rowley – 10)
Rosina Weaver (468) – Maternal Great Aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) Husband David William Rowley’s – 30 Paternal Uncle
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson (son of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law (sister of husband David William Rowley – 30)
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law (wife of son Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson (son of Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33)
William Vernon Alcorn; Vernon (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather

This Day In Our Family History

1715

Thomas Purnell was christened in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1881

Karl Farnsworth was born

1884

Isiah Bowers and Philenda Amanda Sperry were married

1896

Charles Wood completed his endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1942

Sharon Lee Rowley died at the 4 months 16 days