History: David William Rowley

We had to wait in Saulte Saint Marie for quite a while before we could take the bus back to the United States. They had some interesting ship locks there. We also noticed that everyone was smoking, even the children and the grandmothers. This smoking business in the bus depots and busses was the worst thing about our trip. It bothered Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) especially.

We arrived back in Green Bay as prearranged and Gail (Gail Jensen) came to the bus depot and got us. We had to rest up again, but we went to church with them and did a few more things. We were sorry to leave them but we were well along in our second month and had to be going. We extended our tickets while we were in Washington D.C.

Next we headed for Montana and we enjoyed the nice new bus and the very good freeway, the best we had seen since we left home, except for the toll roads. One thing surprised us and that was the greenness and lushness of the landscape in the east.

After taking a smaller bus and going over some long winding roads we arrived in Kalispell, Montana. We were very tired again, but also very glad to see Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma (Erma Thornton) again. They fed us and gave us a good bed. We enjoyed being with them as we always did. Francis had his place up for sale and they were going to move to Richfield, Utah where Opal (Opal M. Rowley) was living.

From here we went to Havre where Bert (Bert Lund Murphy) took us out to have a good dinner. Verda (Verda May Rowley) seemed to feel a little better and was still so willing to do everything she could to make everyone happy. Estella had been having a lot of pain in her back so Verda took her to her doctor for some treatments. We stayed with Marvin (Marvin Ballard Alcorn) and June Alcorn (Hilma June Bruan) and he took us on his mail route, I saw Montana country I had never seen before. He also took us over to Fort Benton where I visited with my old friend Elmer Hulse, who was bedfast. We had a nice day.

Now we must get home, so we took the bus on the last leg of our trip. We called up Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Smith) in Spokane, Washington and had a visit on the phone. The year before they came by and stayed with us and then took us to Utah with them. Mike (Robert Michael Owens) and Cheryl have always been good to us.

We were surprised when the bus driver took us right to our door. We had left it on 16 June 1973 and entered it again on 14 August. The old place looked good to us, but we lived that trip many times in retrospect and we always enjoy the memories.

We made a trip or two to the Idaho Falls Temple with our Bishop before the year was over and we spent two weeks in October up at our mountain retreat in Oregon. I worked hard putting skirting in the trailer. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed being there.

It seemed like 1974 went by so fast. I remember a few things that year, though. Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) came up in the spring on her way to Washington. We took her over to Homedale to see Noland (Noland Thornton Rowley) and his family. Her visit was short but sweet.

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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.

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Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) wrote and asked if we could come down to El Paso, Texas to see them. I decided to take my vacation and Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) said we might as well go in his almost new van, so we would have a place to sleep. We took along quite a bit of food, which was lucky, as it turned out. All went well at first. We spent my birthday in the Saint George Temple and started in from there. To make a long story short, in trying to make a short cut we got lost and spent 3 days in the desert. We didn’t even know what state we were in for Thanksgiving Day. Later we found out that we didn’t see anything alive except a stray cow or two and a rabbit.

The full account of this scary adventure can be found in Stella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) life story, but let me say this…if the Lord hadn’t answered our prayers and hadn’t helped and protected us several times we would never have gotten out of there alive and we wouldn’t have been found until spring. Hubert burned the engine up in his van and had to wait to get a new one. We took the bus back to Bountiful and were thankful to be home safely.

All the family had Christmas dinner at Grace’s (Grace Harriet Rowley) that year, then Stella and I stayed with her children while Grace (Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) went to Texas. Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Smith) had taken the car and driven there a few days before. Grace decided to let Cheryl stay with Ralph for a while and she came back around the first of the year.

This year of 1966 started off with a bang. On 23 January 1966 Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) and Jana (Janevie Clegg) added a little girl to their family. Charrielynn was the name she was given and she brightened that home considerably.

Then in March, Marge (Marjorie Ann Judkins) and Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) added another son to their family. This was their sixth child and fifth son. He was born on 13 March 1966 and was named Darrell Wayne Judkins. When Dwain told Dwana (Dwana Kay Judksin) she had another brother she went to her room and cried, she was tired of brother. As it turned out, she realized that this new little brother was pretty special and she would keep him after all!!!

Grace’s troubles were not over – it was discovered that she had cancer. They flew her to Lackland Air Force Hospital in Texas for cobalt treatment. Estella and I stayed at her home and took care of her children, the three still at home, for seven weeks. We went to a school program while we were there and Estella accidentally fell into a hole in the parking lot and hurt her back. She has had to have lots of treatments. She has never gotten over the effects of that fall.

In April, Harold (Harold Norman Johnson) and Myrna Jean and Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) and her husband (Chad Layne McKnight) came down for conference. The Mormonaires, a group they sang with was furnishing the music for the Priesthood session. Stella was so happy. This was the first time she had seen little Cory McKnight, Virginia’s baby. Virginia sat at the piano and played so many beautiful pieces and then they sang for us. We recorded some of it.

June was a big month for us. First, Emerson (Emerson Adis Rowley) and Sarah (Sarah Marie Alderson) came to see us and Estella finally had met all of my family. While they were still with us, Ralph and his family stopped in for a few days on their way to Glasgow, Montana where he had been assigned. Then on June 10th, Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma (Erma Thornton) came to pick us up to go on a trip we had planned with them. I had been wanting to take my wife to Montana ever since we got married. In order for Estella to stand the ride I would take her on a fast walk around the block whenever we stopped for gas or something. Even at that she rode a lot of the time on her knees because it hurt her so bad to sit.

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History: David William Rowley

They settled into their new home and it was good to have them there. They invited us over for Easter Sunday and a lovely dinner. I always tried to keep things in repair for Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) as much as possible. I also tried to help her with the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) but I couldn’t seem to, not as much as I would like to have done, anyway.

In July of that year I had to go back to the hospital. Grace’s little girl, Lori, was in there at the same time with a kidney operation. We visited with each other, I had an infection that kept me from going back to work for quite a while, so we took a trip out to Myton, Utah and stayed with Stella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) friends, Howard and Virginia Roberts. They took us to the dinosaur museum and to where they were digging the bones out of the mountain. It surely was interesting. We also took an interesting trip over to Flaming Gorge with them.

In the early part of October, Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) and Gail (Gail Jensen) came for a short visit. It was nice having little Carol (Carol Annette Rowley) in our home. They were good enough to make room for Estella to go back with them so she could see California and have a visit with her daughter, Geneal (Geneal Rose Johnson). She was able to get the two couples together for one day, anyway. It has always been our wish that our two families could get to know each other.

On 14 November 1964, the War Department called and said that Grace’s husband (Donald Eugene Smith) had been killed and they thought her father should be with her when she heard the news. Estella came and got me at work. Grace was all broken up, of course. If I remember it right a bomb had exploded under the jeep Don and another soldier were riding in.

The family was informed and all of my children were here shortly. It happened that Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) had a vacation coming, but it was hard for Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) to make another trip to Utah. The funeral was held in the Bountiful 18th ward and Don was laid to rest in the cemetery there. All of Don’s family was there except his old grandmother. Everyone was so good to Grace and the children. She decided that she wanted to go to California and spend Christmas with Don’s folks. Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) left to spend the winter in Arizona and Estella and I went to Nampa because Bob and his family were there for the holidays.

In February 1965 we received word that Leonard Alcorn (Leonard Clark Alcorn) had died. Also Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) called and told us that he was going to be sent to Vietnam and we wanted to see him before he went, so we went to California in Grace’s car. Gay Alcorn (Wendall Gay Alcorn) went with us and did a lot of the driving. He was sure good company.

The funeral for Leonard was held in El Monte. Being there and seeing and visiting with all of them brought back so many memories. Hearing Opal (Opal M. Rowley) sing at the funeral was good, too. We went places with Grant and we visited Hugh and Gail and George and Geneal. Hugh took us out to Burbank where we visited and exchanged some genealogical information with my cousin (on my mother’s side), Frankie Liddell Hill (Frankie Edra Liddell). It was a nice trip.

Estella’s daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) had a baby boy in May of 1965. Then Stella went out to California again to be with Geneal when she had her second baby. It was a boy.

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A TRIP TO NEVADA

I took my vacation on June 1964 and we started out on a long planned trip. We took two of my cousins who were both widows and sisters, Mable Clegg (Mable Ann May Stott) and Amy Allred (Amy Laura Stott). They knew the relatives and places we were going to visit. We set out across the Salt Flats and went as far as Ely, Nevada. There we visited with Marie Tilby and her family. They fixed supper for us and then took us out to see the Kennecot copper mine. It was quite a sight. The next day we went to Baker, Nevada and then across the line to Garrison, Utah. Here we visited some Rowley’s and a Paul cousin named Den Smith (Dennis Smith). He gave us some nice rocks for our rock garden. The next morning we explored the famous Lehman Caves which were nearby in Nevada. They were really wonderful. Amy who is 81 years old, had been in them when she was just a girl. It wasn’t developed then. They went down a ladder into a round hole and in some places they had to crawl on hands and knees to get from one room to another.

Next, many miles across the desert we found a little mining town called Pioche, Nevada. We were made so welcome; we were fed, sheltered and loved by my cousin Sadie Donehue (Sadie Butson). She is the daughter of May Paul Butson (Lavina May Paul). She told us that she thought her mother’s people had forgotten her.

Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) had been riding the brakes on our way to St. George, so I guess that is what caused our car trouble. At any rate when we were on the way up to Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) cousin’s place. Hubert stalled the car. The place we were going was up against a red cliff. But after the car stalled I had everybody get out and I drove it on up. When I got to the top I had no brakes and couldn’t stop the car. Estella said she could hear herself screaming and praying because I was headed for the cliff where I could have gone over and rolled clear into the homes below. I was able to turn the car sharply into some brush and I high centered the car. I was sure praying all the time it was happening. We sure got on our knees and thanked our Heavenly Father for answering our prayers. The car had to be towed out and while it was fixed we stayed with our Paul/Rowley cousin, Verda Hotchkiss (Verda Day) and her husband Bill (Wendell Wade Hotchkiss). Estella and I went to the Temple.

On the way home we went through Zion’s National Park and Bryce’s Canyon. They were really beautiful. We spent the night in Orderville where we bought some nice rocks. We stopped at Cove Fort on our way back also and from there we went to Fillmore where we spend the night with my great, great Uncle Lorenzo Rowley. I felt that he was born way out of his generation. He was a character, between the car and the house he proposed to Mable and that night he just wouldn’t let us go to bed. He was talking to us about such things as when he had seen a flying saucer and had talked to the occupants.

The next day we were home. The five of us had no conflicts. We liked the same foods and we liked to do the same things and we returned with many happy memories. It was a trip I will never forget!

About the time school was out Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) and their family (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) moved to Bountiful from Georgia. Don was being sent to Vietnam and he wanted his family close to Grace’s folks in Utah. Don rented a nice big apartment for them across from the 18th ward chapel. He had a talk with me before he left for this assignment. He seemed to feel more concern for his family as he was leaving, than he ever had on the many times when he had gone overseas before.

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On 2 November 1962 we had the pleasure of going to the Logan Temple with Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) and her husband, Chad McKnight (Chad Layne McKnight), to be sealed. Their two little girls were like sweet little angels when they were sealed to their parents. Virginia was so happy that she wept.

The Salt Lake Temple was closed for quite a while so Estella and I went to many of the other temples on excursions and we enjoyed it very much.

About the first of the year Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) brought a beautiful girl home for us to meet. Her name was Gail Jensen. In about a month Hugh told us that they were getting married. I told him that he hadn’t known her very long. He said, “You should talk, you set the example by getting married in six weeks after you net!” That shut me up! They were married 9 February 1963 in Las Vegas. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple.

On 11 May 1963 another little boy came to bless Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) and Margie’s (Marjorie Ann Rowley) home. They named him Mark Ammon and he proved to be a live wire and kept the whole family on their toes. Stella and I took care of him for a few days when he was about a year old.

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) and Jana (Janevie Clegg) were getting anxious to have children, but so far they had not been able to, so they went to Elder Harold B. Lee for a special blessing. Elder Lee had married them. Shortly after this special blessing, Jana became with child. They were so happy. It soon became apparent that they were going to have twins! As time drew closer they had x-rays taken and it was discovered that the twins were joined together on their backs, but it was just a skin joining. Jana became ill and was not feeling well so Clayton asked the father of a good friend of his, Brother Dehaun, to come over and give her a blessing. The twins were born shortly thereafter. Stella and I were allowed to see them and the sores they had. These little boys were named Bruce Charles and Bert William, and they were born 3 June 1963, My how my progeny was increasing. The twins made my 16th and 17thgrandchildren.

About this time Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came by on their way from California to Georgia. They were anxious to meet my new wife. I could see right away that Grace and Estella like each other. It was good to see the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) and to have them back if only for a little while.

In August or September 1963 Estella’s sister Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) came up to visit and introduced her to our neighbor and landlord, we were buying the place from him, Bill Mitchell. They had both lost their mates so they decided to get married. We tried to tell Lavern that she should get to know him better. Anyway we had a wedding for them in our home on 23 November 1963. President Kennedy had been assassinated the day before. It was really nice for Stella to have her sister living just down the street.

Stella had another little granddaughter born to Archie (Archie Johnson) and Verna on 23 January 1963. They named her Janae Johnson.

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