History: David William Rowley

We had to wait in Sue 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 buses was the worst […]

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We went with Francis (Hugh Francis 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 […]

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They (Donald Eugene Smith and Grace Harriet Rowley) 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 (David William Rowley) always tried to keep things in repair for Grace as much as possible. I also tried to help her […]

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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 (Harriet May) people […]

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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 (David William Rowley) could see right away that Grace and Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) like each other. It was good to see the children (Cheryl […]

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Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) were with me through 1961. Sometimes I took Grace places with me and sometimes we were mistaken for brother and sister instead of father and daughter. My own dear sister, Verda (Verda May Rowley), came to visit from […]

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In February 1965 we received word that Leonard Alcorn (Lenard 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 (Grace Harriet Rowley) car. Gay Alcorn (Wendall […]

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It wasn’t long until I (David William Rowley) was sent to work out at Dugway, near Tooele, Utah. I could only come home on weekends. Then it seemed like I spent all my time trying to clean up the house and fix something decent to eat. The boys (Clayton Alcorn and Grant Alcorn Rowley) were […]

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In February of 1956 Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came to see us and told us they were prepared to go to the temple and be sealed for time and all eternity. Don had joined the church shortly after they were married and I (David William Rowley) baptized him. While they […]

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In the fall of 1954 Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came back from Germany. She was expecting another baby soon, so she and the two girls stayed with us while Don went on to his duty station. On 7 November 1954, she gave birth to a baby boy, they were very […]

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