Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

1974 (Friday) –  Ron (Ronald Steven Smith) was married to Lora Ann Walker in our home. Not long after they were married Ron joined the Army and they were sent to Olympia, Washington.

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Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

The following April I bought a lovely home in Bountiful at 93 West 200 North.  It wasn’t anything big or fancy, but it was a comfortable happy home raising my children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine). Our first Christmas in our home was a challenge. Cheryl had taken the car and run away with one of her friends, they had gone to Texas so her friend could get married. After I caught up with them, we decided it would be best that Cheryl would stay in El Paso, Texas with my brother Ralph Rowley (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) and his family. It was while she was living there that she met Robert Michael Owens. He was raised in the Brigham City area. He was in the Air Force and stationed there. They had a whirl-wind short courtship and were married February 18th, 1966. Michael was a blessing to our family and I have been very grateful he and Cheryl found each other. After Mike got out of the service, they lived in Ogden, Utah, That is where my first grandchild was born, Robert Eugene Owens was born December 18th, 1966. I will always be grateful to Cheryl and Mike for sharing Bobby with me. There were times when I would go to their place and tell them I needed to take Bobby home with me for a day or two and they would always agree, a few days later Mike would come to Bountiful and say that he needed his son at home.

In 1968 Cheryl introduced me to Calvin King Knighton. Calvin lived in West Bountiful. It was about June when we started dating. Calvin had three children Deanne, Clark and Lyle. At that time he was waiting for his second divorce to become final. We courted and dated and were married in the Salt Lake Temple (for time) on October 3rd 1968. It was a lovely day, all my brothers and sisters, along with their spouses, were with us at the temple. We went out to dinner after the ceremony. (P.S. After Mom and Calvin both passed away. Donna and Jason (Jason Earl Lunt) stood proxy at the Manti Temple and had them sealed together. We will let them and the Lord figure out the eternal perspective).

Calvin’s sons, Clark and Lyle became close to the family as they would stay with us on weekends and go on short vacations with us. We went to Bicknell, Utah one time to stay with Calvin’s sister Suzy and her husband.

On June 20th we were blessed with a granddaughter. Cheryl and Mike had a baby girl Michelle Lei Owens. She was born at South Davis Community Hospital. Cheryl had come up from Tonopah, Nevada where they were stationed (Mike went back into the service). Mike had just gone back to Tonopah as Cheryl wasn’t quite due yet. Lori was in the same hospital at the same time recovering from kidney surgery. I took Bob up to the hospital to see his new baby sister. We were looking at all the babies through the nursery window when Bob Calvin King Knighton & Donna Diane Smith started talking “1 baby sitter, 2 baby sitters, 3 baby sitters, 4 baby sitters.” It was about this time that I realized what he was saying. He was counting all of his baby sisters; I explained that he had only one baby sister.

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

When Lori (Lillian Lorraine Smith) was about 2 months old we were transferred back to Germany. We stayed there for about three years.  Many happy times were spent in Germany with our little family. We were stationed in Baugh linger, aka, Boblingen.

After returning from Germany, we were sent to Fort Eustis, Virginia for a while. Then Don (Donald Eugene Smith) was sent to Korea and the kids (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Smith) and I went to live with Dad (Mom (Lillian Alcorn) had recently passed away) in Bountiful, Utah. We were there with Dad for about 15 months then Don was transferred stateside to Fort Ord in the Monterey, California area. Don was learning Indonesian at the Presidio of Monterey. Don thought after he retired from the Army, we would live in Indonesia and he would work for the Chevron Oil Company. Many found memories of belonging to the LDS ward in Seaside, California. We were in California about a year.  Then Don was transferred to Fort Gordon, Georgia. We were in the Augusta Ward, where Don served in the Bishopric. We lived there just over a year when Don volunteered for duty in Vietnam where he would be training the Vietnamese soldiers fighting the Viet Cong. Don settled us in Bountiful in a nice duplex across from the Bountiful 9th Ward Church before heading to visit his parents in California and then to Vietnam. Don was in Vietnam a few months. I will never forget Friday, November 13th. I was at work cleaning Sister Gadd’s home when Bishop Christensen came to find me. When I opened the door I knew why he was there. He said Grace, I need to talk to you and I replied “It’s Don isn’t it?” he said “Yes” and I said “he’s dead isn’t he?” he again replied “Yes.” We quickly learned, Don was killed when his jeep ran over a land mine. It’s interesting to know that he was found leaning against a tree. Another soldier from Hawaii, Sgt. Hoa was also injured and passed away two days later.

We had Don’s funeral on November 25th. He was buried in the Bountiful Cemetery. Don had told me that he loved Bountiful; he wanted to be buried there if anything happened to him. He knew before he went to Vietnam that he would not come back alive. He told his brother, Gerry Everhard that when he came back it would be in a pine box, then he laughed.

The kids and I spent that lonely Christmas without Don in El Monte, California with his family. We went by train from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Don’s Mom (Coral Lorraine Bolton) picked us up at the Los Angeles train depot. All Don’s family was there for that Christmas, even his Grandmother Olive Bolton (Olive Dove Doke) from Modesto, California. It was the last time we saw Lorraine’s beautiful Christmas scene that covered half her living room. The kids loved it and spent several hours laying in front of the scenes, day dreaming about the past and the future.

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

When Donna (Donna Diane Smith) was still little we moved to Virginia to live before Don (Donald Eugene Smith) was transferred to Trieste, Italy. We lived there for about two years. I don’t remember a lot about Italy, but it was beautiful. We had only been there for a short time when there was a jazz band playing in the street. I didn’t know what was going on so I went out and got the girls. I later found out that it was a funeral procession and that was the traditional way they did funerals in Italy. One time while living in Trieste, Don called Donna to come in when Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Sperry) came in instead. Don asked her why she had come when he had called her sister Donna to come in. Cheryl said she wasn’t sure if she was Cheryl or Donna, and she wanted to mind.

After we left Italy, we were transferred to Frankfurt, Germany. While in Germany I was about 6 months pregnant with Ron (Ronald Steven Smith). We lived on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the apartment building. Cheryl was about 5; she came running up the stairs screaming. Don and I went to see what in the world was wrong. Cheryl was upset because there were some ants climbing on her. Don got mad and spanked her for scaring me to death. I don’t remember ever running like that. We had an interesting event happen while we were living in Germany. I inadvertently got the missionaries drunk. It was Christmas Eve. We had invited the LDS service men and the missionaries over for Christmas Eve dinner (I bet Mom made her famous spaghetti. She was known to make a whole roaster pan full for family and friends). As a Christmas gift, we had been given a lovely box of German chocolates for Christmas. We had them out to share with our guests. At the time we did not read or speak much German and didn’t know that the main ingredient in the chocolates was either cognac or rum. Needless to say, I was really embarrassed.

We moved back to Eureka, California with my parents about a week before our second son Ronald Steven Smith was born. The doctor told me that if the baby were a girl, he would trade me for a boy. They had four or five sons and wanted a daughter. We didn’t have to worry because Ron was all boy and the doctor was joking anyway.

Ron was always a strong boy. One time when Ron was about five he stepped on a nail. They had to have his Dad (who was 6’3″) and two other men hold him down to give him a tetanus shot.

We were transferred to New Port News, Virginia when Ron was young. Our 5th child was born there, Lillian Lorraine Smith. When I was about four months along I received a letter from my Mother (Lillian Alcorn). She said it would be very nice to have a granddaughter named after her. So Don decided then that if we had a girl her name would be Lillian Lorraine, after both of her grandmothers, my mother, Lillian Alcorn Rowley and Don’s mother, Lorraine Bolton Smith Everhard (Coral Lorraine Bolton), and since I wanted to name her Laurie Ann anyway, we called her Lori.

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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History: Lillian Alcorn

The first part of September 1956, we found a very nice house in Bountiful and we decided to buy it. Douglas however, had planned to be married on 21 September, in the Salt Lake Temple and they had already rented their apartment so he stayed there for the next few weeks so he would be closer to work and to Vonna.

Douglas and Vonna were married in a very impressive Temple Ceremony and we now had three of our children married and all in the Temple. They had chosen companions that suited their personalities and we loved each of them.

We lived in the Bountiful 16th Ward with Edgar Barton as our as our Bishop. Shortly after we moved to Bountiful Dave was sustained and ordained a High Priest by the Quorum leader, Owen G. Hughes. He was then made secretary of the 16th Ward H. P. Group. We were very happy with our move to Bountiful and soon found that we had moved into a choice ward. The people were wonderful and very friendly. They welcomed us warmly and made us feel right at home. It wasn’t long before I was singing in the Ward Choir. Throughout my lifetime music has been a source of great comfort to me. I have sung for many years and have participated in a number of choirs and Singing Mothers’ group.

Shortly after Douglas and Vonna were married, I began to teach Vonna how to drive do she could have a little freedom. I soon learned to love Vonna very much. She is very sweet person and seemed to return my love. I shall always remember when she invited me to go with her to a Mothers’ and Daughters’ party. It meant a great deal to me and I appreciate having her close to me. Grace was expecting another baby soon after the first of the year, in January 1957. We were happy for her and also a little concerned. I wanted to go back to Virginia and spend some time with her and help with the tiny one. They were due to go overseas soon after the baby was born and I wanted to see them before they left so with the help of the family we began to plan the trip. However the trip came a little sooner than expected when Don called us on 30 December 1956 to tell us that Grace had had a lovely little girl. The mother and baby were doing fine. They named the baby Lillian Lorraine after her two grandmothers.

With this surprise I left right after the first of the year. I went back on the bus and enjoyed it very much, except for getting pretty tired. I enjoyed being with Grace and the family. They took me to visit many places of interest which had to do with our country’s history. I surely get a thrill out of little Ronnie and the older girls. Ronnie was talking pretty good and I was amazed at how clearly he could pronounce his r’s –especially for a child his age. I spent several weeks with them before coming back home.

I returned home and got back into the routine of things and got caught up on all the things that had gotten behind while I was gone. Then about Mother’s Day, Ralph and his girlfriend, Aleene Sumsion talked to us about getting married. I was very happy about it because I felt that Aleene was a very special person and just the girl to make Ralph happy. They had met at the BYU and Aleene graduated in June 1957 with a degree and a teaching certificate. They planned for her to teach school while Ralph finished his last year at BYU.

To be continued…