History: David William Rowley

My sister-in-law (Erma Thornton) and my nephew, Johnny Rowley (John Rowley) came by to see us. He was on his way overseas with the Army. He played the piano for us. Erma and Estella(Estella Cordelia Tidwell) had a good visit and seemed to like each other.

We went to Nampa for Christmas. We stayed with Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) that night. We had a turkey dinner at Harold’s (Harold Norman Johnson) place. Myrna Jean sure is a good cook. (I have two daughters that are good cooks, too.) They all have lovely children.

As soon as we got back we heard that Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) and Lois (Lois Evelyn Chapman) were in town and wanted to see us. Estella finally got to meet my dear brother Walter and we all had a good visit.

My niece Opal (Opal M. Rowley) had joined her husband in California but she left her oldest son in Tremonton to finish school. Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma came there to take care of him so my wife had a chance to get to know Francis. I have felt very close to my older brother all of my life. While we were there on a Sunday I heard Francis bear his testimony on paying tithing and I heard him say that he knew that the church was true. This was very precious to me.

The year of 1964 was a memorable one. First because we had a bumper crop of grandchildren – five – two sets of them born just two days apart. Harold’s son, Steven Paul Johnson, born 23 June 1964 in Nampa, Idaho; Hugh’s (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Carol Annette Rowley born 25 June 1964 in California; Ralph’s (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Janiel Rowley, born 7 July 1964; Douglas’ (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Roxanne Rowley, born 4 October 1964 in Salt Lake City; and Archie’s (Archie Johnson) daughter, Tonya K. Johnson born 6 October 1964, in Boise, Idaho.

Another momentous thing was that I made some breakthroughs in my research. A sister Rosella Warren from Nevada, had been corresponding with me because she had a Nicholas Paul line and we thought it was a common line until a death certificate from England proved that it wasn’t her line. So she sent the information to me and offered to ma all that her researcher in England had found plus several certificates from Somerset House in England. We didn’t think she was asking enough for it so the officers of the Paul Organization put in $10 each and we doubled her price.

This material proved to be the gateway to the records of my people in Cornwall, England. We were able to substantiate all of this material in the library and to find much more. Estella was a great help with this work. We found ten of my direct lines in Cornwall and we extended them about five generations. As a result we were able to send in eighty-three family group sheets and in the three years following that we were able to do the sealing’s on these and others.

To be continued…

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History: David William Rowley

David (David Alcorn Rowley) was sent to Japan in 1949. He seemed to like it pretty well. He wrote nice letters home and sent pictures. Then he was sent to Korea in June of 1950 when the “Police Action” began there. On 16 July 1950 we received word that he was missing in action. This was a very bad time for us, not knowing if he was dead or a prisoner of war. Then in December of 1950 we received word that he had been killed and that they would send his body home as soon as possible. We were all saddened by David’s death.

The children liked school in Gridley. Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) started kindergarten the last year we live there. Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) was always the special and protector of Grant. I can still see them together in my mind’s eye, with Hughie so loving and kind. He still is loving and kind with his own children and with everyone.

We learned to like Gridley and we had many friends there. Hugh had a paper route and Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) worked on a dairy farm for a neighbor. Clayton became a hero and had a write-up in the paper about him saving the life of his girlfriend’s father who was swimming in the river just outside of Gridley. He got him to safety, but almost lost his own life as he drifted into the rapids before he could get out of the water. It was a nip and tuck struggle for him to get out of the water for a while, but he finally made it.

I was ordained to the office of a Seventy in the Melchizedek Priesthood by Oscar A. Kirkham. At the same time I was set apart as one of the seven presidents of the Seventies Quorum of the Gridley Stake. This was on 23 April 1950. Also at this time I was called on a Stake Mission. I served in the presidency and as a missionary for a while. Then the construction company I was working for closed down because the bosses had been drafted into the Armed Services. Work was scarce in Gridley so I went over to Eureka, California where my brothers, Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) and Emerson (Emerson Adis Rowley) lived. I worked there the winter of 1950-1951 and on into the spring.

The family stayed in Gridley until school was out. I had bought a place on Little Fairfield Street in Eureka and sold the place in Gridley, so we were once again on the move.

I worked at the same place with Walter and Emerson and I enjoyed being with them again. I helped Emerson finish building his home.

We all liked Eureka except for the undependable weather. I had become acquainted in the Branch and it wasn’t long before Lillian and the children were making friends.

Oh yes, we had another grandchildren, Donna Diane (Donna Diane Smith), born to Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) on 27 September 1950. She was a cute little trick and she has always seemed to love her grandpa.

We hadn’t been in Eureka long when they sent David’s body home. He was given a very nice military funeral. He was buried in the cemetery at Eureka, California which is a beautiful and restful place for him.

To be continued…

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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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.

To be continued…

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

I also remember when my Grandma Grace (Grace Davis) died from a goiter in 1935. At that time in history, it was common for the body to be kept in the house until the funeral. I remember wondering what was wrong with my Grandma, why didn’t she move. I did not understand that Grandma had passed away.

I also remember when Grandpa Rowley (Hugh Thompson Rowley) went to get Uncle Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) from his mission. He brought back the most beautiful necklaces I had ever seen. The necklace he gave me was a beautiful blue. I cherished it for a long time.

Great Grandma Alcorn (Mary Catherine Hammons), Grandpa Clark’s (Clark Alcorn) mother was a special Grandma, she used to keep bread and jelly in her dresser drawer.  When David (David Alcorn Rowley) and I went to see her we felt special because would give us a piece of bread and jelly from her dresser.

My Grandma Harriet Ann Weaver died in 1922, 6 years before I was born. When I was older Mom (Lillian Alcorn) let me wear her ring to school. It was either garnet or ruby. While I was at school the ring was stolen. I remember how hard it was to tell my mother that the ring had been stolen, but my worrying was for nothing; mother was very understanding. Thank goodness we found out who had the ring and were able to get it back.

My Mother was a beautiful seamstress and made me beautiful clothes. She also had a wonderful singing voice. Mother had pretty auburn hair. Once when I was about 12, I got sick and mother took me to the doctor. I don’t remember what was wrong. But I had to eat boiled egg shells. Mother would boil the egg shells until they were brown.

I grew up during the depression and things were tough to say the l east. When I was about eight, I was invited to go to a birthday party. We didn’t have money to buy a present so mother made a batch of fudge and I gave that for a present. The other kids laughed at me. They thought it was so funny. That was not easy to take. My mother was a wonderful cook and made the best fudge.

Christmas was a special time of year for everyone. The trees would have candles on them and we would string popcorn. Mother would make homemade candy and goodies. Most of the presents were handmade too. Mother would sew clothes and Dad (David William Rowley) would make toys. We sang together as families and would go on horse drawn sleigh rides when there was enough snow. It was a wonderful time of year with many happy memories. When I was 12 or 13, the boys got a bike and I got a silver watch.

On Sundays the families would get together and make homemade ice cream. It was a wonderful blessing to have family close by and we did a lot of fun things together.

History: David William Rowley

Having my mouth and throat burned so badly affected my speech for years. Trying to say my name, “Willie Rowley” was especially difficult. I couldn’t pronounce my l’s and r’s and even grownups, who should have known better, would reportedly ask me my name and then snicker behind their hands when I would try to say it. I got so I would walk around several blocks to avoid anyone who might speak to me. I think this had a great deal to do with making me shy and caused me to have a poor self-image. I have often thought what a help it would have been if my family had started calling me David then, as it was so much easier for me to say than Willie.

When I was in my early teens I practiced in front of a mirror until I was able to speak more plainly.

I was still quite small when my father moved back on the David Peter Davis homestead and farmed it for Grandfather David Peter Davis. We were probably living here when Dad (Hugh Thompson Rowley) bought a new pair of shoes for both Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and me, telling us not to get in the water with them. When he returned from town he found us wading in the creek in our new shoes. Needless to say we got a tanning that neither of us ever forgot.

While living near Rigby, a beautiful, brown-eyed, curly brown haired boy joined our family, my brother, Emerson Adis. He was born on 4 September 1909. He was blessed in the Milo Ward where we attended church. He was so cute and had my mother’s (Grace Davis) eyes and as a result he could do wrong as far as Dad was concerned. I suppose my nose was out of joint, as they say, but it seemed like it was this way in all the years we lived at home.

Emerson had the brown eyes, but with Dad having ash blonde hair. I guess it was impossible for any of us children to inherit our mothers blue-black hair. A few years ago one of my Coles cousins told me that what she remembered about her Aunt Grace (my mother) was watching her brush her lovely black hair. She said mother’s hair was very long and black. Blue sparks would flash from her hair as she brushed it. We three older children had blue eyes and light hair that later turned brown.

Just two years later my mother gave birth to another sweet baby boy. He was named Walter Ilith. He was born on 8 December 1911 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also had brown eyes, but a much quieter disposition than Emerson. Our Dad was working on the dam at Idaho Falls when the baby, Walter, got the whooping cough and we almost lost him.

In our growing up years I always felt protective toward Walter and we have loved each other very much all through the years.

To be continued…