History: David William Rowley

I continued to see Lillian for a while, then went back to Taylor Butler’s. I could have continued to work for them, but it seemed like the folks always needed my help so I came home to help harvest their crop of grain, beets, hay, etc.

Lillian and I continued to go together through the winter and spring and then we decided to get married. We just took off, taking her father and my father with us. We went in Alcorn’s car and we were married by the President of the Chinook Branch, Wallace B. Peterson on 14 July 1927. We backed out of the building so that if anyone asked us about getting married we could tell them we “backed out” of it.

We came back to Harlem in a heavy rain storm and went to a Church party in the Harlem branch that night. No one knew we were married. Lillian sang some songs at the party, she had a very good singing voice. She used to entertain a lot at the Branch activities with her singing.

Lillian’s dad had given her 100 nice laying hens which I had to put in with dad’s chickens and we had to move in with my folks for a while because there was no other place to live. I hadn’t been able to save any money. The spring before Dad had bought the old Everett place near the Albert Johnson place. There were no buildings on it so we built a small house of cottonwood poles. This is where we all lived together for a while. There was Dad and Mother, Francis and Erma and Lillian and I all living together in the same house.

On the 7th of August 1927 I was ordained an Elder by James G. Allred.

Lillian and I were pretty excited that winter because we were expecting our very first baby. We wanted to get a place by ourselves, so when a friend, Wren Stoddard, told me that the bank wanted to sell the Leo Morgan place, he and I went up to look it over. It was a good place.

That night I had a dream that Leo Morgan and I had a wrestling match. I had been doing some wrestling and boxing and was pretty good at it. In my dream I could throw him awful hard, but he would get straightened up and reach out his long arms and get a hold of me and I couldn’t get away from him no matter how hard I tried. I just could not get out of his reach. I told Lillian about the dream and we figured it was a warning from the Lord. I went over and told the folks and Francis said if I wasn’t going to buy the place he would. It turned out that he couldn’t get the place unless I cosigned with him. To help a brother I did it against my better judgment and the Lord’s warning.

Since we didn’t get a place for ourselves, I moved two labor shacks from the Alcorn place over to Dad’s and fixed them up for a place for Lillian and myself. That was where Grace and David were born. We continued to stay on at Dad’s place in the house I fixed up for us and that fall on 20 September 1928, a sweet little girl was born to us and we named her Grace Harriet after her two grandmothers.

Grace was a tiny little baby, but we loved her so much and were so grateful for her safe arrival.

In the fall of 1928 my sister, Verda, was called on a mission. She came home in September in 1930. She enjoyed it very much.

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History: David William Rowley

Dad had some skin cancers on his face neck. He had heard about a man in Saint Anthony, Idaho who could remove them. So on his way to Montana he stopped there and they were removed. It was an herb remedy that this man had gotten from the Indians. It was applied in the form of a poultice and after a few days, when the poultice was removed, the cancers came with it. Dad had them in a bottle, roots and all. He had been given a jar of black salve to apply where the cancers had come out. He had some of it for a long time and it would heal any kind of wound or sore. Dad was sick from the treatment for a week or so. He went back for more treatments a couple of times, then he seemed to be all right.

Mother, Verda and Mary Galloway, Hugh’s wife, came up on the rain. The wind and dust was blowing very hard when they arrived and Mother cried. She never learned to like Montana. Her heart kind of stayed in Idaho. She would get homesick every once in a while and Dad would let her go back to visit with her relatives, since Verda was old enough to cook for the rest of us. Sometimes Dad would go with her. Several times Emerson went with her as well as Verda a few times and Walter, also. Francis went back to Idaho to work sometimes, but I never did get to go back and I really wanted to.

We got seed potatoes and other things to Zurich and put in a crop. Francis had a girl he liked in Idaho so he went back and worked there that summer. I thinned 15 acres of beets, mostly alone and it was very hard work.

A brother Barnes of Chinook was a field agent for the Utah Idaho Sugar Company. He came out to see us right after we got there and signed us for our beet acreage and found out that we were members of the Church. He told us they held meetings in Zurich. We tried to be there as often as we could. Winfield Hurst was the branch president and was a fine president.

I was asked to teach a class in Sunday School which I enjoyed very much. The students were thirteen and fourteen years old. Emerson was in my class. We weren’t there very long when I was asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting. I know our Heavenly Father helped me because it was one of the best talks I ever gave on faith and works.

We had all been going to Church in Zurich, but it was quite a ways to go so in the summer of 1925, the members from Chinook decided to organize a branch there. They had received permission from the Mission President and with his help they formed the Chinook Branch. In order to have a song books it was decided that each member was to bring a dollar to the meeting.

I had thinned a lot of beets for Dad, but he had so much expenses that he couldn’t pay me. I had worked for another man, too, but he couldn’t pay me either. I felt so bad that I couldn’t raise even one dollar. I was walking along to Church the next Sunday, with my head down and feeling really bad about it. The road was freshly graveled; in fact there were piles of gravel that hadn’t been spread out yet. I glanced to the side and there on top of one of those piles was a brand new shiny silver dollar. It was almost impossibility for anyone to have lost it there by heavenly means for me in my hour of need. I picked it up and went on my way rejoicing and was able to do my part in buying the hymn books.

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History: David William Rowley

Sometimes in the late winter and early spring, Francis and I would go to the different lambing sheds around the country to get bum lambs. We paid for them by doing chores around the yard, such as skinning their dead sheep. We would feed the lambs in bottles and managed to save several of them. They helped with furnishing meat and money from the ones we sold. It all helped a lot. One day I was up on the hillside above where we had the lambs. I looked down and could see two coyotes among the herd, but they killed one before I could get down there to drive them away.

In the fall we moved down in the valley and we children went to school at a country school between Rigby and Ririe called the Clark School. This was in the fall of 1919. We went there for the 7th and 8th grades. Robert E. Waller was our teacher. He was one of the best teachers I have ever known. He mixed a lot of humor and story-telling with his teaching. He would have us study hard for quite a while then he would tell us a story or a joke, probably something to go along with what we were studying that would make it more interesting. Every one of his 8th grade students graduated with high grades because they earned them with hard study. Francis, Verda and I were among those graduates. We boys had missed a lot of school because we had to stay home in the spring to help put in crops and again in the fall because we had to help harvest them. Also our sister Verda was very smart.

That summer, 1920, we farmed the Davis place. We raised a lot of hay, grain and about 7 acres of sugar beets. My cousin Ralph came to stay with us again and went to the Clark School with me and I was very glad. We looked so much alike that some people got us mixed up and our teachers always thought we were brothers. He was just a few months older than me.

I was ordained a deacon in the Priesthood by my father, Hugh Thompson Rowley on 3 November 1919. He ordained me a teacher on 12 January 1920. We were living in the Milo Ward at this time and Mahonri E. Brown was the bishop. We were still living on the George Davis place.

When we started High School, Francis drove the school bus (horse drawn). It was a wagon in the fall and spring and a sleigh in the winter. I drove it the next year. We drove to Rigby, Idaho taking both grade school and high school students to school in the morning and back at night. We would take enough feed along to do the horses through the day.

We raised a lot of hay, grain and sugar beets on our place. One time there was a herd of horses who got into our grain field when it was in the shock and were really tearing it up. Some of us boys jumped on horses to try to get them out. The horse I got on was a big, slow, awkward colt. He made straight for a shock of grain and wouldn’t be guided away from it. I dug my spurs in to try to make him jump and miss the shock of grain. He caught his front feet on something and fell on his back with me underneath him. The saddle horn went between my arm and chest and knocked the breath out of me. I wasn’t hut too bad. I’ve been told in my patriarchal blessing that my life had been spared many times. I guess this was one of them.

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History: David William Rowley

I will tell you how I got in trouble with my teacher one day. Among the families who had moved there was the Durfees. They had a boy named Delno who was about my age, but bigger than I was. He had a reputation for being a mean, tough fighter. He was a bully too and was always picking on the little kids. He would call me bad names, push me around and tell me to shut-up when I tried to say anything. I guess Verda (Verda May Rowley) was ashamed for me letting him do it and she went home and told Dad (Hugh Thompson Rowley). When I got home, Dad took me aside and told me that when that kid started something again I had better give him a licking or when I got home he would whip me till I couldn’t stand up. Then he said, “You mustn’t take that kind of guff from anyone.” The folks had taught us not to fight, that we should try to get along with people. I suppose I was scared of Delno too, but I knew I had to stand up and fight

Well the next day he started it again and we had a fight during the noon hour. The teacher stopped it and made us stay after school and each of us had to write, “If you want to fight – go to Mexico,” 500 times. Boy that was a lot of writing. When we finally finished and started home, we had gone just around the turn out of sight of the school house, and there were several kids waiting for us, including Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Delno’s big brother. Everyone knew we hadn’t finished it so we squared off and went at it again. We were so well matched that it seemed like one couldn’t whip the other. We fought till dark. I knew I couldn’t give up and he didn’t want to lose his reputation of being “KING OF THE MOUNTAIN.” I guess I kept following him and asking him if he had had enough and he finally said, “Yes”, so we all went home. He never picked on me anymore and neither did any other boy!!!

One of my boy friends there was Bill Hill and Verda was friends with the Bybee girls. There were only about a dozen children going to that school. Our next teacher was Myrtle Everett.

These early years on the dry farm were very wonderful. Dad was a powder man on the dug way for the county and sometimes we children (Hugh, Verda, Emerson Adis and Walter Illith Rowley) would walk down the canyon to meet him as he came home from work. One time we were playing among the rocks on the way down. One time we were playing among the rocks in the way down. We saw a hole in a rock about 2 feet from the ground. The hole was less than an inch across but we could see some kind of an eye looking out at us. Soon Dad came along with his hammer and drill and cut the hole bigger and out jumped something! Guess what it was? A frog! It had gotten into the hole when it was very small, evidently and lived on flies and things it could catch with its quick tongue. The hole was much bigger inside, but the frog had grown until it filled it completely. His body was even creased to the shape of the hole. In spite of being confined so long it hopped away and soon disappeared from sight.

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History: David William Rowley

They crossed the plains in covered wagons and with handcarts. They were strong enough to endure these hardships and still keep their faith because they wanted to worship according to the dictates of their own consciences. They had all heard the message of the Gospel and were converted while on foreign soil. They gave up whatever they had for the sake of the Gospel and to be among the Saints in Utah, that they might raise their families under the direct admonition of the Church, that they, individually, might learn more and be able to teach their families the fullness of the new and everlasting Gospel.

In the sturdy line of ancestors we find masons, carpenters, blacksmiths, farmers, miners, makers of pottery and builders of all kinds. In fact all tradesmen and craftsmen of various kinds and types from which they made their livelihood. They were people who withstood hardships, toil and sacrifice for the sake of what they thought was right.

They settled first in Utah, and then some of them moved to Idaho in the last part of the 1800’s, settling around the Shelley, Rigby, Idaho Falls area. My parents, Hugh Thompson and Grace Davis Rowley, met in that area. They grew to love each other and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 9 October 1901.

I was their second child having been preceded in birth by my brother, Hugh Francis. He was eighteen months of age at my birth. We were both born in Shelley, which is about 6 miles west of Idaho Falls. I have no recollection of having lived there. My folks lived different places around the valley. Dad was working for the Utah Idaho Sugar Company when a little sister was added to our family. She was named Verda May and was born in Sugar City, Idaho on 25 March 1906. From the moment she was born she was a blessing to our family and she has always been a dear and loving companion to me.

When I was a very small child something happened to me that greatly affected my life – I drank some lye-water. My mother had used some to soften the water on wash day and left the rest of it on the table. She was probably expecting to use it with the next batch of clothes. I was just tall enough to reach it and I suppose I thought it was milk. It burned my throat very badly. My mother grabbed the vinegar jug and poured some of it down me. She called a doctor and he said she had done the worst thing possible and told her she should have used olive oil.

After she called Dad, they consulted another doctor who assured my mother that she had done exactly the right thing. He said that if she had used olive oil it would have worked with the lye to form soap and would have choked me to death. My mother always thought that she had been guided by the Holy Ghost to know what to do.

I was a long time getting over the burn and couldn’t swallow anything solid for a long time. One day I tried to eat a piece of oatmeal and it lodged in my throat for several days, I think. One day, it must have been about my 3rd birthday because my grandmother Jane Paul Rowley was there for Thanksgiving dinner. I was sitting on my grandmother’s lap and I asked for some jelly and she gave me a little and the meat went on down with the jelly. I was so glad that I said, “Damma, its don, Damma, its don!”

To be continued…

This Day In Our Family History

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Sarah Bendall was christened in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1879

Mary Ann Sperry was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1880

Emily Miller was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, Josiah H. Miller and Amanda Morgan, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Saint George Utah Temple, which is located at 250 East 400 South in Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States

1890

George Wilson was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Oliver Wilson and Harriet Ann Batchelor

1891

John Martin Pitt died at the age of 74

1899

Alfred Oscar Lunt, age 24, and Jeanette Sperry, age 19, were married in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1906

Verda May Rowley was born in Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States to Hugh Thompson Rowley and Grace Davis. She was the 3rd of 5 children, and the only daughter, born to the couple

1992

Florence Blackett died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

2003

Norma Rachel Law died at the age of 93, in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States

2011

Morgan William Lunt and Zella E. Cornaby were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Ogden Utah Temple, which is located at 350 East 22nd Street in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States

Happy Birthday!

Starli Christensen