John Wright and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reporter, David S. Rowley Jr. and wife, Selma

A Farewell Testimonial in honor of Rodger Park Rowley prior to his departure for the North Mexican Mission was held Sunday, October 12, 1958, at Spring Glen, Utah. Roger is the son of George A. and Pearl Snow Rowley and a grandson of John Thompson Rowley. Roger graduated from Carbon College last spring. I have a very special respect and admiration for Roger. Always there is a cheery smile and wave of acknowledgment whenever and wherever you meet him. He writes home that things are primitive where he is located. Cool oil lamps are used for light and when going into the homes one is given blankets in which to wrap up for warmth. In all these inconvenient and unfamiliar settings, there has not been one word of complaint or dissatisfaction from him. His only concern is for the health of his dear Mother.

Arthur Jones, a grandson of John Thompson Rowley was operated in for an eye cataract on January 6, 1959. Dr. Palmer says the operation was a success and Arthur is fine.

Louis Lockwood, husband of Vera Jones, granddaughter of John T. Rowley, is in Long Beach California taking special training for a month. He is employed at Hill Field, Ogden.

On June 26, 1958 Don and Carry Rowley got their second child, a girl, born in Japan where Don is a test pilot in the Air Corps. Carry reports that she is able to hire a maid in Japan to help her with the two little girls, Kimberly and Konstance, for $15.00 per month. They plan to remain in Japan for the next 3 ½ years. Don is the son of Franklin I. Rowley and a grandson of John R. Rowley.

A letter from Aunt Florence, widow of Franklin I. Rowley, who lives in Bell Gardens, California states that her daughter, Leone, has a little girl who is 6 months old December 26, weighs 19 pounds and has two teeth. The baby’s name is Machell. At Thanksgiving, Aunt Florence had six of her children and their families with her. Ora and her husband, Red Frazier, Joan and her husband (don’t know the name), Leone and her husband (don’t know the name) and baby, Irvin, Stanley and Jane. Also her sister, Dolores Mecham of Las Vegas, was a dinner guest. She writes she could not get into the Christmas spirit because it seems like the 4th of July down there with roses and poinsettias blooming. She is work director of the Relief Society and that keeps her busy.

Sarah Rowley, widow of David S. Rowley, left December 3, for Vallejo, California to be with her daughter, Mrs. Jeanne O’Neal who had a baby girl named Sara Michelle, on Dec 28, 1958.

The family of David S. Rowley, Jr. were home for the holidays. They included: Wayne and Annette and son, David Scott, from Logan; Dee and Gayle Wareham and daughter, Linda, from Canoga Park, California; Jack and Barbara Rowley and son Jeffery from Victorville, California; and Miki Adele who is still at home. It was the first time in two years they were all home together.

We have a few news items from Alfred D. Peterson and Irene Jones family.

Jacqueline (wife of Vernon Alfred Peterson, whom he married in Ireland 3 April 1957, they had a baby boy, Samuel David Peterson 10 January 1858) got so homesick she just had to go home for a visit. Ruth Ann (The Alfred Peterson’s youngest daughter) went with her — so Alfred and I are back where we were 29 years ago — just the two of us. It is odd not to have the house full and a bit lonely. Ruth Ann written that she is having a grand time.

Gordon’s wife, Ruth, has a baby girl, born 4 December 1958 at 10:29 p.m. The baby’s name is Audrey Lynne. Gordon is in Germany and Ruth hopes to go to him in March or April.

We are trying to get hay planted. We have had no rain so I have had to irrigate. Alfred and I leveled about four acres that didn’t water good, last week. This week we will have to plant.


John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reported by Rosa Lyman More

Mrs. Walter Lyman More, wife of your correspondent’s son, came from their home in Evanston, Illinois to attend a duo-piano concert given by her daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Wendell Nelson, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, California, March 19, 1958. Wendell is in the Music department at the University. They have both taught music in Texas, Iowa and Illinois, where their concerts were always well received, as well as in Minnesota and Kansas. As Mrs. More returned home she came by the old homerance in Sunnymead for a short visit with me. I came here as a bride in 1898, and my son was born here, so it is home too, for all of them, even for the great-grandchildren.

Barbara Deone More Sondker and her husband Gordon W. Sondker and little daughter, Susan, age 1 ½ years, are at present living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gordon is with an Engineering Consulting Firm in Chicago, and is sent out on assignments. They will be in Alabama for several months, then return to Chicago. “Deanie” is the second daughter of Walter Lyman More, and a great-granddaughter of Zuriah Rowley Lyman.

Walter Lyman More was recently appointed Vice President-Personnel-of the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway system, with office in Chicago, Illinois.

Mary Lyman Anderson, first child of Zuriah Rowley and Lorenzo Snow Lyman, was born in Fillmore, Utah, October 2, 1875 and died January 21, 1952, in Bloomington, California. Her husband, Amel A. Anderson died March 24, 1957. They had two sons, Charles Alfred and Robert Andrew Anderson.

Charles A. Anderson, geologist, chief of the Minerals Deposits Branch, U. S. Geological Survey, lives with his wife, Helen, in Washington, D. C.  Last year he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. They have one son, Bob, who with his wife and three children, live in Azusa, California.

Robert A. Anderson and his wife, Velma, and daughters, Martha and Linda live in Apple Valley, California. Robert is with the Portland Cement Co., in Victorville, California. He is an electrician. Velma teaches in the Apple Valley School.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

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.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Reporter David S. Rowley Jr. and wife, Selma; Helper, Utah

Excerpt from the letter containing this family news,

“I know I’m late with this news, but hope the old proverb of ‘better late than never’ will prevail. The most trouble I have is getting family members to co-operate by sending me their news items. Some of these items have come to me in a very roundabout way and I hope that I don’t have facts wrong. FOR THIS REASON I DO WISH FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME.” So remember if this report isn’t exactly correct in every detail it’s the fault of those who failed to report their news items.

Mrs. Elaine Rowley Webb of Ohio spent the holidays at the home of her mother, Mrs. Irvin F. Rowley, of Bell Gardens, California.

Lt. Don Rowley, his wife, Carrie and baby daughter, Kim, left Feb. 5th for Japan. Lt. Rowley and his family will spend two and a half years there. Lt. Rowley is a jet pilot in the Air Corps. Their little gal, Kim, had her first birthday, February 3rd. The family has resided at San Bernardino, California. They spent Christmas with Lt. Rowley’s mother, Mrs. F. I. Rowley of Bell Gardens.

Mr. & Mrs. Jack J. Rowley have moved from Price to Victorville, California. Jack received his honorable discharge from the Navy Air Corps at Imperial Beach, ???? Field, California, on October 13, 1957 and since that date has resided with his wife, Barbara, in Price. Jack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Rowley of Spring Glen, Utah.

We received word that Mrs. Edith Rowley Morgan of Santa Monica, California has been in a Los Angeles hospital, but has now returned to her home where her health is improving. Edith is the daughter of the late Silas and Lucretia Anderson Rowley. Get well Quickly, Edith.

On December 28th, Gordon Peterson and Miss Margaret Ruth Lewis were wed in an impressive ceremony performed by the Rigley Branch President, George Leavitt. The bride is the daughter of Joe E. and Lois Burnum Lewis. Mr. Peterson is the son of Alfred D. and Irene Jones Peterson. This was the first marriage performed in the new Rigley Branch chapel. It was a lovely formal wedding followed by a big reception. The young couple are making their home in Selma, California.

Mrs. Sarah N. Rowley visited Vallejo, California from Thanksgiving until the first of the year. She divided her time visiting with her son, Silas Asael and family and her daughter, Jeanne Rowley O’Neal. Mrs. Rowley’s daughter Madge Hansen of Price went to California and accompanied her home. One week after her arrival home Mrs. Rowley was taken to the Price hospital where she received treatment for a week before undergoing surgery for a gall bladder removal. We are happy to report that she is now at home and recovering very satisfactorily. Her children from out of town who came to visit her at the hospital were: Mrs. Lenna Bushnell of Meadow, Utah; Mrs. Delia Anderson of La Salle, Utah; and Silas Asael of Vallejo, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Alfred Peterson of Kingsburg, California welcomed their first child, Samuel David, January 10th. The new son weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces. He is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Peterson. The other set of Grandparents live in Ireland.

We are sorry to have to report that during the holidays Mrs. Ethel Rowley of Provo suffered a heart attack. She spent some time in the L.D.S. Utah Valley Hospital where she recovered enough to go to a convalescent home for more rest. Our best “get well” wishes are sent to her.

Mrs. Mary Ann Rowley Jones of Salt Lake City spent two months at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luella Downard of Price. She left recently with her son, Arthur to visit at his home in Cedar City.

Mrs. LaRue Rowley Donaldson fell on Jan. 27 and broke her leg. She had been off work for two weeks but is back to teaching no, although her leg is still in a cast.