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Maternal Grandfather: Donald Eugene Smith – 9
Donald Eugene 9 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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

Maternal Uncle: Donald Eugene Smith, Jr. – 11
Donald Eugene Jr 11 + Donald Eugene 9 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Aunt: Cheryl Jeanette Smith – 12
Cheryl Jeanette 12 + Donald Eugene 9 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Aunt: Donna Diane Smith – 13
Donna Diane 13 + Donald Eugene 9 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Uncle: Ronald Steven Smith – 14
Ronald Steven 14 + Donald Eugene 9 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Mother: Lillian Lorraine Smith – 3
Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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History: David William Rowley

As far as Church callings went in El Monte, I was teaching the Sunday School class that Douglas (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) were in, I was on the genealogical committee as well as working with the welfare program and I was in the Elder’s Quorum presidency.

I got a job with the U.S. Rubber Company where Leonard (Leonard Clark Alcorn) worked. When summer came I took on other jobs also to help with the expenses of a large family.

(For details of the children’s experiences in school, see Lillian’s (Lillian Alcorn) history).

David (David Alcorn Rowley) had been having his troubles since leaving the farm and I wasn’t able to give him hardly any money. He couldn’t pick up any work that easily either. He and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) were good pals, so he joined the Navy while we were living here, but he didn’t like that very well. He later joined the Army.

We had a lot of good friends in the El Monte ward and Lillian and I would go to parties with them. We had lots of good times. One time they gave me a surprise birthday party. I was also asked to be Santa Clause that Christmas, (for details about these events, see Lillian’s history).

It was here that Douglas had his eyes operated on and the muscles changed back behind them. His eyes would cross while he was looking at you. They had tried to correct this condition in Montana with glasses, but it didn’t work very well. He didn’t have to wear glasses after the operation. The story of Douglas selling his glasses in school in Montana is told in Lillian’s history also.

In August of 1946 Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) had a baby boy. They named him Donald Eugene (Donald Eugene Smith Jr), after his father. We were all saddened when he lived only about 17 hours. It was really hard on Grace and Don.

I went to work for the Fidel Construction Company and worked up in the San Gabriel Canyon. I worked both jobs for a while, then quit the Rubber Company.

It was while I was working on this new job that we got word that my father, Hugh Thompson Rowley, had died on 14 March 1948, I got leave from my job and I went back to Montana for the funeral, dad hadn’t been himself since he had sleeping sickness some years before. He would get disoriented even out in our backyard, and Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) or Erma (Erma Thornton) or the children would have to lead him back into the house. It was a time of reunion, although a sad one. My Uncle Royal was there and we had a nice visit, Francis asked me if there was anything I wanted and I told him I would like Dad’s old watch since he bought it the year I was born.

I sold my place in Montana for a lot less than I should have had out of it, but with the money I was able to pay off the place in El Monte, California.

I was asked to help build the new chapel in El Monte. I worked on it for a while but didn’t get to help finish it because Lillian and I had decided to move to a smaller community thinking it would be better for the children. We had all lived on a farm most of our lives and there was so much congestion and crime in the city.

To be continued…

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

Fred Steven Hatch married us (Ron (Ronald Steven Smith) is named after him). We were married in his beautiful home. We lived with Don’s (Donald Eugene Smith) parents, Lorraine (Coral Lorraine Bolton) and John Everhard (John Joseph Everhard) for a few months. Then we moved to San Pedro, California where Don was stationed with the navy.

Our first child was born when we lived in San Pedro. I was taken to the Long Beach Naval Hospital in an ambulance on August 7th, 1946.  After our son Donald Eugene Smith Junior was born. I told Don that something was wrong with our son and Don told me I was wrong. I told him that I heard the doctors talking and something was wrong with our baby. Donny died 17 hours later. He had taken a breath in the birth canal and when they suctioned him there was a lot of blood in his stomach and he choked to death. I only saw my baby one time and that was when he was upside down and the doctor was spatting his bottom to get him breathing. Donny had red hair, just like some of my brothers. When I went to the hospital, the doctor on duty was drunk. There was another baby that died because of this doctor telling us both that we were not in labor. It was the only baby that the other mother could have. I was not even allowed to go to Donny’s funeral.

On the first day that Don went back to work after Donny’s funeral, he was walking home from work (I was still in the hospital). He saw them taking the body of a newborn baby boy out of the sewer that someone didn’t want. That was so hard for Don after just losing his own son that he had wanted so much.

We wanted to have another child, but were not blessed with another one until three years later when our beautiful Cheryl Jeanette was born. It was such a joy to have her in our home. She was a very happy little girl. One time when she was very little I was shopping with her. A lady came up to me and asked me if my baby was a girl or boy. I responded that I always dressed my boys in a pink frilly dress with a pink bonnet!

When Cheryl was about 11 months old she was with her Grandma. Her Dad came home and asked her where her mommy was. She said “Mommy gone to store shopping.” It was the first time she talked and then to say a whole sentence. Our little girl was smart and left her Daddy in shock.

When Cheryl was 15 months old we were blessed with another little daughter. Donna Diane was added to our family. She didn’t have what you would call hair, but she had red peach fuzz until she was about three when her hair finally came in, it was a beautiful strawberry blond, just like some of my brothers.

One time I was walking down the street with my girls, Cheryl was in a harness for safety. A lady came up to me and said that harnesses and leashes were for dogs, not children. I told her that if she thought more of keeping her dog safe than her child, she had a problem. Believe it or not, toddler harnesses were popular at that time.

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 21, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 21, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 21, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 21, 2018

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  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
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  • Mary Miller – 526
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  • Robert Miller Jr – 525
  • Ruth Miller – 762
  • Stephen Miller – 530
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  • Mary Right – 733
  • Mary Rogers – 754
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  • Jeanevery Sperry – 51
  • John Alphies Sperry – 127
  • John Wright – 496
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 22, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 23, 2017

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  • Priscilla Pitt – 41
  • Sarah Sheldon – 335
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This Day In Our Family History; February 23, 2017

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  • Elizabeth Lunt – 103
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  • Sarah Ann Lunt – 107
  • Shedrack Lunt – 104
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  • Eliza Olpin – 305
  • Elizabeth Olpin – 306
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  • Mary Ann Olpin – 304
  • Samuel Olpin – 298
  • Sarah Olpin – 301
  • William Olpin – 300
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  • Sarah Sheldon – 335
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  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 133
  • Harriet Wood – 101
  • Caroline Wright – 110
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 23, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 24, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 24, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright; February 24, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 25, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 26, 2018

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History: Lillian Alcorn

We enjoyed living in the 4th ward and we were called to serve in the ward in various capacities. Among them was Sunday School teaching, MIA work, Genealogy work and Dave also served as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies. I remember giving a 2 ½ minute talk once in the 4th Ward. I wore a bright red hat with the flashiest earrings I had and a huge bright red flower on my shoulder and as much bright jewelry as I could. Then I talked about dressing properly when giving a talk. I indicated that oft times the things we wear distract from what we are saying. I heard a lot of snickers in the audience but as I talked I started removing some of the things I was wearing. I think my point was well received.

We tried to go to the Temple once a week and to do all the research we could. We also enjoyed being within visiting distance of Marjorie and Dwain and their baby, David. On Christmas Day 1955, all the family except Grace was home for the first time in a long while. Clayton had been discharged from the Army, Douglas had a leave from the Air Force, Ralph had received an honorable release from the mission field, and Marjorie and Dwain came up from Provo. It was indeed a wonderful Christmas that year.

While he was home at Christmas, Douglas met a young lady in the ward named Vonna Ensign. He was quite taken with her but he had to go back to his base. When he was discharged from the service in about March of 1956 he again began to see Vonna and their friendship grew very strong in the coming months.

In February 1956, Grace and Don came to see me and they were prepared to go to the Temple and have their marriage vows sealed for time and eternity and have their children sealed to them. They went to the Temple on 21 February 1956 and Marjorie and Dwain came up from Provo to go with us. President David A. Broadbent sealed them, but before the sealing he drew Don up beside him and asked him if he knew how the Lord created Adam and Don said, “Sure, from the dust of the earth.” Then he asked Don how the Lord created Eve and Don replied, “The Lord took a rib from Adam’s side and created Eve.” Then President Broadbent said, “That’s right Don, and that is where she will always belong, through thick and thin, trouble and sorrow and trials. By your side, hand in hand. Talk things over and work them out together always side by side. Not just tagging along behind or going way out ahead, but side by side.” They were sealed and those lovely little children dressed in white were brought in and sealed to their parents. It was a wonderful experience for us. We are grateful that they have finally had their marriage sealed in the House of the Lord.

I enjoyed sewing and made many dresses and clothes for myself, the boys and my grandchildren. I also made many baby sweater-sets for the newer grandchildren. Marjorie gave birth to her second child, another son on 4 April 1956. This one they named Deon Eugene. My, he was a big baby, weighing 9 lbs. 6 oz. She got along just fine and now they have two lovely little boys.

In June 1956 Clayton was prepared to go on a mission and was interviewed by the bishop of the 4th ward. He received a call to labor in the Northern California Mission field. We were quite surprised that this was his call as we had just moved from that area the year before. He accepted his calling and enjoyed his labors very much. It was a great source of comfort to me to see my sons fill missions and I will always be grateful that they were found worthy to do so.

To be continued…

This Day In Our Family History

1680

Sarah Bendall was born in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to Edward Bendall and Mrs. Ann Bendall

1704

Edward Bendall and Elizabeth Jenkins were married

1729

Tamar Sperry was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Moses Sperry and Anna Hannah Blakeslee

1737

Thomas Olpin was christened in Cambridge Meeting, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1848

Charles Sperry, age 18, and Emily Louisa Miller, age 20, were married in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1900

Alegra Lunt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to George William Lunt and Rose Etta Morgan

1902

John Blakeslee completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1927

Bessie B. Archambeau was born in Oregon, United States to Elmer David Archambeau and Mable Esther Neubauer

1939

Nathaniel Potter completed his endowment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1956

Donald Eugene Smith, age 28, and Grace Harriet Rowley, age 27,  completed their initiatory and endowment ordinances, and then were sealed for time and eternity, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Their children, Donald Eugene Jr (by proxy after death) and Ronald Steven Smith (age 3) were sealed to them at the same time

1986

Robert H. Alcorn died and was buried in the Fort White Cemetery, which is located in Fort White, Columbia, Florida, United States. His Find a Grave ID is: 95420274

1994

Richard Grant Norwood died in Sundance Meadow Campsite, which is located in Riverside, California, United States

2006

Mary Elizabeth Lunt completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Saint George Utah Temple, which is located at 250 East 400 South in Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States

Happy Birthday!

Robert Michael Owens and Carlee Marie Jones

History: Lillian Alcorn

We had a wonderful group of friends in El Monte and we used to do quite a few things together. We would go to parties, movies and enjoyed being together. We were all members of the Church and attended Church functions as a group, too. There had been several surprise birthday parties given within the group and Dave said one time that it would take a lot of doing to surprise him. So the gang decided to put it to the test and they planned a surprise birthday party for him. We were going to have a get together on Dave’s birthday anyway and go to the Deardens’ home to make donuts and play games. What Dave didn’t know was that they were coming to our place first to surprise him. They all parked their cars around the corner and came quietly into the house. One of the ladies came in first and asked where Dave was and I told her he was in the bedroom, but to be careful that he might be dressing. Well she didn’t hear the last part of my sentence and the whole group, led by several ladies barged into the bedroom with a big “SURPRISE.” I believe they were as surprised as Dave was because he was just putting on his trousers and they were all very embarrassed. We had many good laughs about it later.

Grant had a little red wagon and a cute little puppy dog. One day he put his puppy into the wagon and went for a walk. He was about three years old or so and he walked with a pretty steady gait. When I missed him, I began to look for him and soon many of the neighbors were helping me. I finally found him about two blocks away in front of the Nazarene Church sitting on the steps. I gave him a good scolding and switched his little bottom a time or two and told him that he mustn’t go off like that again with his wagon and puppy! A few days later, Grant came running into the house and said, “Mommy, I went for a walk, but I didn’t take my puppy and wagon!”

Another amusing story about Dave happened here in El Monte. The ward had asked him to be a helper for Santa Clause at the ward Christmas party. The children happened to be around when they brought him the suit and were quite proud to tell their friends that they knew who was going to be Santa Clause at the party. The night of the party came and the children lined up to talk to Santa, when Marjorie got up to him she had the most astonished look on her face  and as she walked away she said, “that must be the real Santa, because it isn’t my Dad!” We had asked our good old neighbor, Mr. Hester to take Dave’s place.

In August of 1946, Grace was expecting her first baby and of course our first grandchild. We were very excited and anxious about the event. When her time came, they were unable to get in touch with her regular doctor and finally after she got to the hospital and was delivered, they discovered that the little boy had tried to inhale before birth and his little lungs were so congested that he had to gasp for every breath. They worked with him for fifteen hours but to no avail, he died. It was a terrible shock to all of us as we were all looking forward so much to the baby. Grace and Don were very upset about it as they had wanted a baby for a long time. He was named Donald Eugene Smith, Jr.

Our oldest son, David was about 17 years old now and really enjoyed going to dances and having good times. He was a very good dancer and was well liked by his friends. David became unhappy with school and was mixed up about a lot of things. He disappointed us when he decided to quit school and join the Navy, but we have to learn to accept the things which come. We had wanted him to finish his schooling and all, but he didn’t want to. He was stationed in San Diego, California.

To be continued…