Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 (Friday)  – Art (David Arthur Sperry) and I went down town I ordered some pictures of Ruth (Ruth Sperry) in the afternoon Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came up to tell me he was going to Provo on the afternoon train. Later Art and I went down home. Father (Charles Henry Sperry) and Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) went to Santaquin to play to a dance.

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IN MEMORIAL…..
A SHORT HISTORY AND TRIBUTE TO ETHEL MAY BECKETT, WIFE OF JOHN HENRY ROWLEY
Written by Luella Jones Downard, Historian

A funeral was held for Ethel May Beckett Rowley Bearsdall, at the Berg Mortuary Chapel, in Provo, Monday, June 1, 1958.

Ethel May Beckett was born Feb. 8, 1892, in Melbourne, Australia. Her parents were John and Ann Taylor Beckett. She was one of a family of 13 children. She lost both of her parents in death when she was only eight years old. She took turns living with her married sisters until she was old enough to work and support herself.

She was one of the first converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Melbourne. She and her family met a young Mormon Missionary, John Henry Rowley, who called on a mission to Australia from Spring Glen Wad, Carbon Stake. He was a son of John T. Rowley and Mary Jane Smith. Their friendship grew and John and Ethel became engaged to be married. He filled and honorable mission and was loved by all who knew him. He returned home and as soon as he could he sent for his sweetheart to come to meet him in Canada.

As a British subject, she could enter Canada but nit the United States until she was married to a citizen of the United States, thus becoming a citizen herself. Arrangements were made for a time and a place of meeting. John Henry was held up by Customs and there was a long delay on his passport. He was not able to keep the appointment. When he did not some as they had planned, she thought he must have changed his mind abour marrying her. When he finally did arrive she had obtained a job and was preparing to earn a return ticket to Australia. When their difficulties were finally settled, they were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the 5th of January 1914. She was then a citizen and they journeyed to Salt Lake City, where they were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

They made their home in Spring Glen, Carbon, Utah. They were both very active in the Church. The following children were born to them: Ethel Jane Rowley, born 1 October 1914; Ruth Adelaide, 19 December 1916; John Henry, 19 February 1919; Cora May, 16 December 1923; John Henry’s father died 31 January 1925, and they decided to go on a trip back to Australia. Their last child, Reginald Charles Beckett Rowley, was born to them soon after their arrival in Australia.

Ethel’s family and friends were very glad to see them and two children,. They were very happy at first. Them times began to get hard for them. John Henry had a bad automobile accident and became very ill. He was in the hospital for months and months, where he finally died 14 August, 1928. He was alone and friendless and homeless in a country that was not his own. He longed with all his heart to return to his beloved country before his death.

After his death their circumstances became even worse and it was with great suffering and sacrifices that Ethel was able to provide and keep her family together. ?? the many hardships they all suffered were very hard to hear. When the girls became 14 years of age (which is the age children are allowed to work in Australia) they obtained work and were able to make things better for the little mother.

Ethel Jane married Russell Stewart Cabtree, 19 March 1938.

Ethel Jane and Ruth Adelaide came to Spring Glen in 1940 to see their old home and visit with their father people.

The war in Europe came and traveling from one country to another was curtailed. Ethel Jane was permitted to return to Australia because she had a husband there, but Ruth had to remain here. She lived for a while with relatives. She lived for about eighteen months before her marriage to Grant Gerber, 19 January 1943 with her cousin Luella Jones Downard, where she was loved and honored as a member of the family.

Twenty years after her husband’s death, Ethel May Beckett Rowley came back to Utah, with some of the family and lived in Provo. While living there, she met Willis Beardall, whom she married for time only, on March 9, 1950. They made their home at 631 East A Street, Provo. They lived happily together for a long time.

The last two years of her life were filled with sorrow, unhappiness and poor health. During this time she became divorced from her husband, Willis Beardall and went to live with her girls. Her health continued to become worse and when she had a heart attack and had to have constant hospital care, she was put in a rest home.

She passed away with her daughter Ruth lovingly caring for her at the rest home, on Thursday, May 20, 1958.

She had great determination and held her family together under almost impossible difficulties. She had a deep and abiding faith and a sure knowledge a that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the only true Church. She was returned to her husband, family and friends who had passed on before her. She was dearly loved and cherished by all who knew her.

She is survived by the following: sons: John Henry, Salem, Oregon; Reginald Charles Beckett Rowley, Annapolis, Maryland; three daughters: Mrs. Russell (Ethel Jane) Crabtree; Mrs. Grand (Ruth Adelaide) M. Gerber; Mrs. Lloyd (Cora May) Crabtree, Sale, Australia; Nine grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Emma Land, Mrs. Olive Diamond, Melbourne, Australia; one brother, Harry Beckett, Melbourne, Australia.

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MORONI ROWLEY AND MARY MAXFIELD
Reporter, Clara O’Toole

This reporters two daughters, Lottie Bayton, and Selma Chilt, from Western Washington, her husband, John and herself, had a hurried trip through Utah and into Western Colorado in June. Selma was driving her car and had to report for summer classes at Columbia University, N. Y. early in July. In Utah we stopped only at Provo to have the car greased. We telephones Eleanor Terry, and met her and a short but delightful visit. My husband and I went as far as Glenwood Springs, Colo., and returned to Oakland from there. Lottie, an her daughter, went as far as Denver. Lottie returned by air to Port Angeles, Washington and Russelle, went to N. Dakota to spend the summer with her sister, Barbara and husband Gerry Johnson, at the two of Luverne.

My husband and I were raised in the same community in Wester Colo., so we had a delightful time. While in Colorado, I heard that my sister, Winifred and her husband Will Clevenger had been in our old home-town early in June, but she hasn’t written me the details of their trip.

My youngest brother Leslie Rowley and wife, Eleanor, plan to go to Rochester, Minnesota, the last of July. Eleanor, who has been in poor health for quite some time, is going through the Mayo Clinic.

I would like to contact Mary Ann Rowley, or someone close to her. Her mother was Hannah Sorenson and was married to my father in the early 1800’s. My address is as follows:

Mrs. Clara O’Toole
1467 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland 2, California

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JOHN THOMPSON ROWLEY AND JANE SMITH FAMILY:
Reported by David S. Rowley and wife, Selma

In the February issue of the paper we made a mistake and would like to correct it now. It is from Irene Jones Peterson: “Gordon, since Sept. 1957 has been with the U.S. Army, first at Fort Ord, and now at Fort McClellon, Alabama. He and Margaret Ruth Lewis were married at Rudley, (reported Rigley) Branch. Gordon was home for Christmas the went to Alabama, Jan. 3. Ruth finished her school term at Rudley College and joined him, March 6th. They are now living at 2202 Gurnee Ave., Anneston, Alabama. There is a small branch of the Church at Anneston, with a new chapel, so Gordon feels right at home. Ruth is soon to join the Church and she sings in the choir! Irene Peterson goes on to say that our little paper is a job and a wonder and that she enjoys it so much and likes to hear how everyone is doing and where they are. May this reporter add that it is a joy to get letters with news in them. I sure wish everyone would follow suit.

Our family surely has good news. In the past 3 ½ months, David and I have become grandparents three times!! On February 9, 1958, our son Jack and his dear wife, Barbara presented us with a grandson. He was born at Victorville, California and weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. They had him blessed in March 2nd and gave him the name of Jeffery Ray Rowley.

Just 15 days later our daughter, Gayle, who is married to Franklin Dee Wareham gave birth on February 24,  to a lovely little girl. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. her daddy blessed her on March 30, and gave her the name of Linda. Gayle and Franklin went through the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1957.

On May 12, 1958, our son, Wayne and very good wife, Annette ??rgeline McAuther, went through the Salt Lake Temple and two weeks later on May 27 a son was born to them. He weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. His daddy blessed him, July 6, and gave him the name of David Scott Rowley. Both these last two babies were born in Salt Lake City at the L.D.S Hospital.

I forgot to mention in my last report that on December 19, 1957 Gayle went through the Temple and did the endowment work for her sister, Celia Phyllis, who died Sept. 29, 1956 of injuries suffered in an auto accident.

On Monday, June 2, 1958, Fred and Harriet Rowley, Mrs. Sarah Rowley, Mrs. G. A. (Pe??l) Rowley and myself, (Selma Rowley) went to Provo to attend the funeral of Ethel May Bedkett Rowley Beardall. She died on May 29, in Provo.

It was nice to see family members again and chat with them. Seems as if that’s the only tine we get together is on one of these sad occasions. Ethel Jane has a lovely family as does Ruth. Reginald Rowley, who is Aunt Ethel’s second son, and the baby of the family, flew out from Annapolis, Maryland, where he is an instructor at the Naval academy, for his mother’s funeral. He sure looks like the Rowley’s. he is married and has two children.

Aunt Mary Ann Rowley Jones and her daughter, Luella were there, also Manuel, Luella’s husband. Winifred Rowley and his wife, Addie were there. They have five babies now and live in Provo.

Luella and Manuel’s daughter, Rebecca, (Mrs. Neil Adendauh) had a little baby boy (I don’t have the date), at the Dragerton Hospital. He only lived 1 ½ hours. They named him Louis Lee.

William W. and Olive Louis Jones finally got a girl. She was born, May 1, in Salt Lake City and the named her Elizabeth Ann. Such a lovely old name. this young lady is bound to be spoiled and why not, she has five older brothers.

Lenna and Waldo Bushnell and their children came over to Spring Glen to see their mother Mrs. Sarah Rowley, for Easter. Grandma Rowley (Sarah) went to Moab last month (May) to help her daughter, Celia Anderson, who had been in the hospital.

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 (Thursday) – Dear old journal I’ve had quite a time since last I was with you. On Sunday 18th Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I walked up town to Sunday School, afterwards we went with Della down to Kendall’s and had dinner. Afterwards Jennie Kendall and I walked part ways with her father. We made a bet with him that we were going up to the Livery Stable with him but before we got there we backed out and came back to her home. After that we walked up town and then came back to Kendall’s. Three or four girls came to see Jennie and then we went for another walk. After returning home Jennie and I went down on the corner to see some silk worms at work. It was part of Relief Society work. We had supper at Kendall’s then Esther, Della and I went for a walk and then I went up to Burton’s, Mrs. Moore and Flora were there. Mrs. Burton and I went home with them and stayed there until Mr. Moore came home from work. Then we returned to her home. On Monday I went over to Aunt Emma’s (Emma Elizabeth Webb) and took my music lesson. I went down to the post office and then up to Burton’s. in the afternoon Mrs. Burton and I went to Moore’s. Towards evening Esther and I walked out home. On Tuesday Melvin (Henry Melvin Sperry) took me up town. I went over to Aunt Zell Ikeu’s. I went down to Kendall’s and then up to Burton’s. Then Melvin and I came home. On Wednesday 21st Melvin too Father (Charles Henry Sperry – 18) and I up town and we went to Salt Lake. It was the Pioneer Jubilee. After reaching Salt Lake we went up to Uncle Dwight Sparkes home, he lives on 2nd South and 9th East. We came back down town and saw the grand parade we also saw Wy Jennings Bryan, the Free Silver Candidate. After the parade we had dinner in a restaurant and then we visited a building where they kept all the old relics of the pioneers. Father, Aunt Retta Sparkes (Clarissa Loretta Sperry) and I went out to Salt Air on the six o’clock train. While out there I got lost from Father and couldn’t find him anywhere, for as soon as we got there Dad and Aunt Ret wanted to eat and I preferred sitting up in the ball room, never dreaming they would leave me there so long alone. I saw some fine fireworks but lost the place where I was sitting as there was quite a crowd by then. I felt so alone and strange young chap came up and wanted me to dance, I wanted to dance bad enough but couldn’t think of dancing with a stranger so I turned him down. I was certainly glad when I spied Shed Lunt and he walked around with me until we found Father. We came in on the 10:15 train and it was after twelve by the time we reached Aunt Ret’s home. I was quite disappointed that I didn’t get one little dance out there and had I gone with Father he met some fellows he knew and who no doubt would have been glad to dance with me.

On Thursday Bert Sparkes took me down to see the parade. After the parade we went up to Fort Douglas just for the ride but we did not get off the car but came back to Aunt Retta’s. Art (David Arthur Sperry) was there and a friend Mr. Gilisbey. In the evening Mamie Sparkes and I went down to see the night parade. Oh it was simply grand. Immediately after the parade we returned back home.

On Friday (30th) Art came up and took Mamie and I down to the morning parade, afterwards we walked around a while, while walking along main street I met Amy Powers, she talked to us for a few minutes, while were there Mr. Burton and Oscar Lunt (Alfred Oscar Lunt)(8) came up to us we all stood talking for a few minutes, it was the first time I had seen Oscar while there. After promising Amy to call on Sunday we left them and went on for a little longer walk, Oscar came up to us again and walked with us to our street car. Art, Mamie and I returned to Aunt Ret’s. In the evening there was a large crowd at Aunt Ret’s and we all spent a very pleasant evening. On Saturday the 24th Father, Aunt Ret and I went down to see the grand parade, it was pioneer day and there was to be the grandest parade of all. Afterwards we had some ice cream. Professor Pickering, our old dancing master was waiting on tables, later I met Sadie Painter and we went for a walk, we met Minnie Lunt and others that we knew. Oscar met us again and talked to us for a few minutes. Sadie and I met Lizzie Garrett and her cousin and then we met Art and a friend of his and we walked all afternoon. Finally Art, Sadie and I met Father and he took me in a music store and we bought three songs then Father put me on a car for Aunt Ret’s. About seven o’clock Oscar came up and we went down town, he took me in a drug store and we had some ice cream lemonade. Mr. E. Jones, our old druggist, was a clerk in the store. We went out to Salt Air for a while and came in on the 10:15 car. We walked up town from the depot and went in a drug store where I waited while Oscar went to see a friend. After another ice cream soda we returned to Aunt Ret’s.

On Sunday (1st), I waited for Arthur, but he did not come, he sent word that he was returning to Silver City therefore could not go over to Amy’s. I had to go alone; I stayed quite a while and then returned to Aunt Ret’s. Monday, Mamie and I went down town to see if our tickets were good until Wednesday. In the afternoon Will Sparkes went over to Mrs. Hughes with me. She lives on 104-3rd Street. Afterwards I returned to Aunt Retta’s. Tuesday, in the afternoon Mamie and I went over to Liberty Park then when we returned I packed my valise and went down to the depot. Arthur Dennis was there he showed me which train to take and he put my valise on the train and sat by me until we got to Provo. There Oscar came on the train and with him Charlie Moore to whom he introduces me. At Nephi, Melvin met me at the train. Oscar walked up with us. I slept up to Burton’s. On Wednesday Oscar brought me out home, and this evening Oscar came out and took me out buggy riding.

This Day In Our Family History

1826

Benjamin Harper was christened in Saint Leonard Shore, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

1901

Sarah Sperry was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1906

John Edward Batchelor and Olive Biddlecome were married

1929

Samuel Webb Jr was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1936

Ruth Sperry died in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

1954

Hester Mallett completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1970

Rachel Mansfield was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, Richard Mansfield and Gillian Drake

1992

George Cable Spencer died

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Carol Annette Rowley was born in California, United States to Hugh Alcorn Rowley and Gail Jensen