History: Lillian Alcorn

In March 1955, Marjorie was expecting her first baby and I wanted to be there with her. It is such an important event in the life of a woman and Marjorie and Dwain had written and asked me to share it with them. They sent me the money for one way on the bus and we managed the other way fare and I arrived in Salt Lake City about a week before her baby was due. Her baby was a week later than expected but he did arrive on 7 March 1955 and was a healthy perfect little boy which they named David Lenn Judkins.

I returned home and Dave and I decided that we would sell our place and move to Utah. We could be closer to some of our children and close to the Temple and Genealogical Library where we could do research work and temple work. So we found some buyers for our house in Eureka, stored our furniture with some friends, bought a Studebaker Station Wagon and headed for Utah. We got to Marjorie and Dwain’s apartment and spent several days with them. Then we found a basement apartment and moved to ourselves.  Dave found work with the BYU maintenance crew. We stayed in Prove for about two months and the decided to move to Salt Lake City. We found a house for rent in the 4th Ward, Temple View Stake and moved in.

Dave then hired a man with a truck to take he and Hugh back to Eureka to get our furniture. The Eel River was flooding and was doing a lot of damage. It was washing away whole towns and devastating roads and bridges etc. It rained almost all the time they were traveling. They got to Eureka safely and got the furniture loaded and Dave bought a large tarp to cover the whole load. Some of the furniture had gotten wet while in storage and some of it was ruined but most of it came back to us in fine condition.

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.

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.

To be continued…

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law: Son Ralph’s (34) wife
Archie Harold Alcorn 97) – Brother
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law: Sister-in-Law Verda’s (88) husband
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
Coral Lorraine Bolton (28) – Son-in-Law’s Mother: Donald’s (9) mother
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
David William Rowley (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
Dollie Cook – Wife of Maternal Uncle: James Jr’s (228) wife
Donald Eugene Smith (9) – Son-in-Law: Daughter Grace’s (10) husband
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Douglas Alcorn Rowley (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins –  Son-in-Law: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) husband
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) daughter
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law: Brother-in-Law Emerson’s (89) wife
Fannie Marie Weaver (Aunt Fannie) (229) – Maternal Aunt: Mother Harriet’s (92) sister
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis (210) – Husband’s Maternal Aunt: Mother-in-Law Grace’s (86) sister
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr (228) – Maternal Uncle: Mother Harriet’s (92) brother
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Wife of Maternal Aunt: Fannie’s (229) husband
Jesse Verl Alcorn (99) – Brother
Joe Ben Smith (27) – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) father
John Joseph Everhard – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) stepfather
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn (96) – Brother
Karen Andrea Goe – Niece: Maternal Aunt Melva’s (98) daughter
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson: Son Ralph’s (34) son
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Margaret Jeanette Alcorn (224) – Paternal Aunt: Father Clark ‘s (91) sister
Marjorie Ann Rowley (36) – Daughter
Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder – Son-in-Law’s Stepmother: Donald’s (9) stepmother
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Catherine Hammons (218) – Paternal Grandmother: Father Clark’s (91) mother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Cousin: Brother Archie’s (97) daughter
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law: Brother Archie’s (97) wife
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Cousin: Maternal Aunt Fannie’s (229) son
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter: Son Douglas’ (33) daughter
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L. Goe – Brother-in-Law: Sister Melva’s (98) 1st husband
Ronald Steven Smith (14) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Rosina Weaver (Aunt Rose) (469) – Mother Harriet’s (92) maternal aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) – Husband’s Paternal Uncle: Father-in-Law Hugh’s (85) brother
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) sister
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law: Son Douglas’ (33) wife
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
William Vernon Alcorn (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather: Mother Harriet’s (92) father

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History: Lillian Alcorn

To help me avoid having to get up out of bed to answer the phone, we had an extension put in my room by the bed. I read and did genealogy and many other things to pass the long, long days that came with each sunrise. I enjoyed my handiwork at this time, too. I did a lot of crocheting and hand sewing.

It did seem good when I was able to get back to Church after months of staying at home. I was able to work in the Relief Society and enjoyed my associations with the sisters very much. I loved to sing and enjoyed singing with the Branch Singing Mothers’ group. There weren’t many of us but we certainly enjoyed singing and were called upon many times to present programs. I also served as the Improvement Era director in the branch and enjoyed going to MIA with the children. All of them except Grant were old enough to attend mutual and so we usually just took him with us anyway. They had an adult class called the Special Interest class.

We were still living quite close to where Melva lived and I was able to see her more often. Then after Douglas graduated from high school in January of 1952 he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Travis Air Force Base which was in the San Francisco Bay area and we made a trip or two to see him also.

We hadn’t been in Eureka very long when we were able to pick up an old piano for about $27.00 and Marjorie started to pick at it. Years before, she had had a girlfriend who took piano lessons and she learned the notes and keyboard from her. She began to pick out pieces and before too long she was able to play for our family enjoyment. Soon she was also playing in Jr. Sunday School, Primary and in MIA. We certainly appreciated having a piano in the home and music available when we wanted it.

We enjoyed living in Eureka very much. There was much in the mission field that was very good for us and the children. The branch was a closely knot unit because in the whole city if Eureka, there were only about 300 of the Latter-Day Saints. The children had many wonderful close friends. The young people of the branch did many things together. They held Fireside Chats twice a month on Sunday evenings after Church. We also had many Church outings together and had wonderful times.

Dave spent part of the time we were there as supervisor of the Fortuna Branch Chapel. This was considered as sort of a Stake Mission Assignment. He enjoyed it very much. While working there one day during the summer of 1952 a family from Utah who had been in an automobile accident came to the chapel. Upon finding out what their situation was, Dave invited them to spend the time it would take to fix their car with us. They were with us about one week. It was Brother and Sister Alfred Jordan and a son, Ray and daughter Amy. We continued to be very good friends and when we visited in Utah in June 1953 we spent several days in their home in Murray, Utah.

In May of 1953, missionaries were sent to the Eureka, Arcata and Fortuna areas. The supervising Elder or District President over the missionaries was an Elder Dwain Judkins from Ephraim, Utah. We had four missionaries in Eureka, two in Arcata and two in Fortuna. They were all under the direction of Elder Judkins.

Shortly after the missionaries came, Clayton who had just graduated from high school, talked to Dave and I about his future. He was concerned because he felt he couldn’t really plan a future until he had his commitment over with Uncle Sam. So he went down and asked for voluntary induction. He went into the Army and was stationed among other places at Fort Bragg, California and Fort Benning, Georgia.

We had made a standing appointment to have the missionaries to dinner each Wednesday evening and every Sunday they didn’t have other appointments. We enjoyed having them in our home because they were a wonderful inspiring influence on our children, especially the boys. At least we thought it was mostly the boys. But after the missionaries were taken out of our area in December of 1953, Dwain Judkins the Supervising Elder went home to Utah and had only been there three weeks when he called our daughter, Marjorie and asked her to be his. She of course, accepted without hesitation.

In the fall of 1953, Ralph went back to Provo, Utah to attend BYU and at a Fireside Chat he learned that he could go on a mission. He wrote home to tell us about it and we contacted President Walter Bingham and President Bradford. They were thrilled over the idea and arrangements were made and Ralph came home and prepared to leave for the mission field. He left in late December 1953. He spent Christmas in the home of Elder Dwain Judkins in Ephraim, Utah. Marjorie had not yet received Dwain’s proposal of marriage at this time, however. Ralph left shortly after Christmas for the East Central States mission field with headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dave had fallen and hurt his shoulder before Christmas and was out of work and it looked like he would be out of work for some time. Dwain and Marjorie had planned a summer wedding in the Manti Temple. Dave and I felt that they should know each other better, after all, he had been a missionary and a very good one, and she hadn’t seen him in any other environment. We thought that Marjorie and I would go back to Utah for April General Conference and while there spend a few days or a week in Ephraim with Dwain and his folks. Marjorie had a week out of school for Easter vacation and it came at just the right time for the planned trip.

When Dave was still out of work and the time came closer for us to leave, Marjorie received a phone call from Dwain and he asked if they couldn’t be married in April if both Dave and I could be there. Dave hesitated a minute or two and then he said okay. We were invited to ride back with some friends from Fortuna, Frank Adams and his wife. Marjorie and Dwain were married 7 April 1954 in the Manti Temple.

Now we had both of our daughters, two sons in the Armed Services and one on a mission. This left us with only two boys at home. The house seemed quite empty and we had some time getting used to it. Hugh sort of filled in the empty spot Marjorie had left. She had been a big help to me and we were quite close and good companions. Hugh took her place in the house doing much of the work that she had done for me. And Grant, he was always a source of happiness to us. We did enjoy our little family togetherness, and Dave and I were proud of our children away from home.

In the fall of 1954 Grace and Don came home from Germany. Grace was expecting her third baby in November so she stayed with us while Don went on to his duty station. It seemed good to have Grace and the girls in our home for a little while again. We missed her when she was gone and she was gone so much of the time. Well 7 November 1954 came and Grace gave birth to a lovely baby boy. When Dave called Don on the phone, Grace had asked him not to tell Don he had a son because Grace wanted to tell him. But Dave slipped when he said “He is doing just fine,” in answer to Don’s question on how the baby was doing. Don was very happy to finally have a son and they named him Ronald Stephen Smith.

To be continued…

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law: Son Ralph’s (34) wife
Archie Harold Alcorn 97) – Brother
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law: Sister-in-Law Verda’s (88) husband
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
Coral Lorraine Bolton (28) – Son-in-Law’s Mother: Donald’s (9) mother
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
David William Rowley (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
Dollie Cook – Wife of Maternal Uncle: James Jr’s (228) wife
Donald Eugene Smith (9) – Son-in-Law: Daughter Grace’s (10) husband
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Douglas Alcorn Rowley (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins –  Son-in-Law: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) husband
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) daughter
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law: Brother-in-Law Emerson’s (89) wife
Fannie Marie Weaver (Aunt Fannie) (229) – Maternal Aunt: Mother Harriet’s (92) sister
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis (210) – Husband’s Maternal Aunt: Mother-in-Law Grace’s (86) sister
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr (228) – Maternal Uncle: Mother Harriet’s (92) brother
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Wife of Maternal Aunt: Fannie’s (229) husband
Jesse Verl Alcorn (99) – Brother
Joe Ben Smith (27) – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) father
John Joseph Everhard – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) stepfather
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn (96) – Brother
Karen Andrea Goe – Niece: Maternal Aunt Melva’s (98) daughter
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson: Son Ralph’s (34) son
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Margaret Jeanette Alcorn (224) – Paternal Aunt: Father Clark ‘s (91) sister
Marjorie Ann Rowley (36) – Daughter
Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder – Son-in-Law’s Stepmother: Donald’s (9) stepmother
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Catherine Hammons (218) – Paternal Grandmother: Father Clark’s (91) mother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Cousin: Brother Archie’s (97) daughter
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law: Brother Archie’s (97) wife
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Cousin: Maternal Aunt Fannie’s (229) son
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter: Son Douglas’ (33) daughter
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L. Goe – Brother-in-Law: Sister Melva’s (98) 1st husband
Ronald Steven Smith (14) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Rosina Weaver (Aunt Rose) (469) – Mother Harriet’s (92) maternal aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) – Husband’s Paternal Uncle: Father-in-Law Hugh’s (85) brother
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) sister
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law: Son Douglas’ (33) wife
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
William Vernon Alcorn (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather: Mother Harriet’s (92) father

History: Lillian Alcorn

The boys were active in the Future Farmers of America organization in school and had projects of chickens and pigs at home. Douglas had the chickens and Clayton had the pigs. One Saturday afternoon, the boys had all gone to the movie except Grant and Hugh. Clayton’s pig was due to have a litter anytime and it happened while the boys were at the show and Dave was at work. I took Hugh into town and sent him into the theater to get the boys. When he found them they were in the middle of the row and Hugh couldn’t get to them so he said in a loud whisper, “Clayton, Clayton, come quick, your pig is having chickens!” Needless to say this brought down the house as all the people around the boys heard Hugh’s excited declaration and had a good laugh.

27 September 1950 was a day of mixed emotions for me. I received word that Grace had given birth to another lovely little girl the named Donna Diane; and we also received word that my father, Clark Alcorn had died (27 September) in Idaho, and they were having his funeral 3 October 1950. We wanted to go to the funeral, but we couldn’t decide whether or not to take the family. Dave remembered that at his Dad’s funeral, he was the only one without his family, so we decided to take the children and go to Harlem. We made arrangements to leave and had a safe trip. It was good to see many of our relatives and friends again, and all of my brothers and sister were together again for the first time in a long while. Even Verl was able to make it. It was a reunion, saddened only by the purpose.

Dave’s employers had both been drafted back into the Armed Services, and so his job was gone and in looking for the other work, we found that it was scarce around Gridley. So Dave went to Eureka, where his brothers Walter and Emerson lived, and found work there. He worked in Eureka the winter of 1950-51 and into the spring. Then I went over to see if we could find a house and move our family there. We looked at several, but we hadn’t decided on one when I had to go back to Gridley. When school was out, we knew we would have to make a decision on a house and we finally bought one located at 4217 Little Fairfield St in Eureka.

The children said their farewells again to many friends they had made and we picked up after selling our house in Gridley and made another move. We all liked Eureka, except for the undependable weather. Adjusting wasn’t too hard as Dave had been there for over six months and he knew the people in the branch quite well. We also had relatives there for the children to enjoy.

Before we left Gridley, we had received word that David’s body was being sent home and we could plan a funeral. After we moved, we notified the Army and shortly after we had settled in Eureka, David’s body arrived. We moved in July of 1950 and David’s body came just a few weeks after. His body was escorted by a very nice military escort. We had a lovely funeral and because we didn’t know too many people we hadn’t expected many to attend, but there was a nice group of people there. The main speaker was Lowell Thompson, who has proven to be a life-long friend ever since we met him in Eureka.

David was buried in a lovely cemetery (Ocean View Cemetery) with full military rites. The cemetery was not far from our home in Eureka. There was a lovely view of the ocean from his plot and it was a restful place.

In August, we were attending MIA as usual and enjoyed the activities that it offered. The branch usually had a dance after class time each week. This one Tuesday evening in August Dave and I had danced a fast member. I was a little out of a breath when we finished, but nothing too unusual. I felt tired as I had worked hard that day and we decided to leave MIA early. When I got to the car I was having pains in my chest and by the time the family got there the pain was getting quite severe and spreading down my left arm. I told Dave that we had better hurry and get home as I didn’t feel at all well. I frightened Dave and he drove as fast as he dared. On the way home we passed the General Hospital and the pain was getting so bad that I could hardly stand it. Dave decided we had better stop at the hospital and find out what the trouble was. When we got there he jumped out of the car and came over to my side and opened the door to help me. He reached for me and I remember saying “Oh, Dave, I’m gone!” Then everything went black. I went limp and slipped right through Dave’s arms and skinned my knees on the gravel. In the meantime, Dave sent Marjorie and Hugh into the hospital for help. They were so excited that the attendants couldn’t understand them so they just followed the kids out to the parking lot. They got me into the hospital and into bed and contacted the doctors.

Dave called the chapel and President Walter Bingham, the Branch President came and took the children home. The doctors told Dave that I had had a heart attack, a coronary thrombosis. They also told him that the first crises would pass in 24 hours. I was in an oxygen tent. If I survived the first 24 hours, the next crises would be 72 hours. If I passed that I would probably survive.

An unusual dream came to me during this crucial time. I dreamed I saw my mother in an old-time buggy. She seemed to be very happy and was going someplace singing. I didn’t know just where it was she was going, but she was singing. I wanted very much to go with her and held out my arms to her. She told me that I wasn’t ready to come and that I was needed at home. I remember being very disappointed because I had to stay behind. Shortly after this dream I passed the 72 hour crises and was on my way to recovery.

Ralph and Clayton had been working in Montana at the time of this attack, and I asked Dave not to send for them, but of course he did. They came home as fast as they could. Dave also contacted my sister Melva and she came up for a few days to help out at home. Elder Delbert L. Stapley was in Eureka attending a district conference while I was still in the hospital so Dave arranged for him to come and give me a blessing. I appreciated this very much.

The Relief Society helped out at home very much, although Marjorie took over the major portion of the work and cooking. Ralph liked to tease her by saying that he lost over 7 pounds with her cooking. While I was in the hospital, which was over six weeks, Marjorie also had to buy Grant’s school clothes. She did a fine job except she didn’t allow for him to grow. By the time school was half over they were all too small and we had to get him some more.

When the time came for me to come home from the hospital the doctors wanted someone to be there with me and to help with the work and worry. So we made arrangements for Grace to come and stay with us and help me. She came from Virginia where they were stationed. Soon after she came with her two little girls, Don was given an overseas assignment, but he was unable to take his family with him right at first, so Grace and the girls stayed there in Eureka with us. After I was back on my feet a little, Grace and the girls decided to find an apartment and she went to work as a waitress in a local drive-in.

To be continued…

Aleene Sumsion – Daughter-in-Law: Son Ralph’s (34) wife
Archie Harold Alcorn 97) – Brother
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law: Sister-in-Law Verda’s (88) husband
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
Coral Lorraine Bolton (28) – Son-in-Law’s Mother: Donald’s (9) mother
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
David William Rowley (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
Dollie Cook – Wife of Maternal Uncle: James Jr’s (228) wife
Donald Eugene Smith (9) – Son-in-Law: Daughter Grace’s (10) husband
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Douglas Alcorn Rowley (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins –  Son-in-Law: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) husband
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) daughter
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law: Brother-in-Law Emerson’s (89) wife
Fannie Marie Weaver (Aunt Fannie) (229) – Maternal Aunt: Mother Harriet’s (92) sister
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis (210) – Husband’s Maternal Aunt: Mother-in-Law Grace’s (86) sister
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr (228) – Maternal Uncle: Mother Harriet’s (92) brother
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Wife of Maternal Aunt: Fannie’s (229) husband
Jesse Verl Alcorn (99) – Brother
Joe Ben Smith (27) – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) father
John Joseph Everhard – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) stepfather
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn (96) – Brother
Karen Andrea Goe – Niece: Maternal Aunt Melva’s (98) daughter
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson: Son Ralph’s (34) son
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Margaret Jeanette Alcorn (224) – Paternal Aunt: Father Clark ‘s (91) sister
Marjorie Ann Rowley (36) – Daughter
Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder – Son-in-Law’s Stepmother: Donald’s (9) stepmother
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Catherine Hammons (218) – Paternal Grandmother: Father Clark’s (91) mother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Cousin: Brother Archie’s (97) daughter
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law: Brother Archie’s (97) wife
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson – Cousin: Maternal Aunt Fannie’s (229) son
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter: Son Douglas’ (33) daughter
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L. Goe – Brother-in-Law: Sister Melva’s (98) 1st husband
Ronald Steven Smith (14) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Rosina Weaver (Aunt Rose) (469) – Mother Harriet’s (92) maternal aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) – Husband’s Paternal Uncle: Father-in-Law Hugh’s (85) brother
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) sister
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law: Son Douglas’ (33) wife
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
William Vernon Alcorn (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather: Mother Harriet’s (92) father

Updates

This Day In Our Family History; December 11, 2016

Added Categories:

Deleted Italic
Changed wording to initiatory ordinances and fixed spelling on eternity

  • This Day In Our Family History
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 11, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118

This Day In Our Family History; December 11, 2017

Removed Elizabeth Lunt from endowed on this day

Added Categories:

  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 154
  • Charles Benjamin Harper – 67
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Elizabeth Ellis – 482
  • James Wood – 247
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • John Lunt – 242
  • Edward Lunt – 481
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • William Wood – 487
  • Ann Elston – 243
  • Ann Wood – 488
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 11, 2017

Added Categories:

  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36
  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States
  • September 26
  • 1957
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • November 4
  • Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
  • Crescent City, Del Norte, California, United States
  • October

This Day In Our Family History; December 12, 2017

Fixed were to was
Fixed Anna Amos to Ann Amos

Added Categories:

  • Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Ann Diana Wood – 490
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • Elizabeth Elton Lunt – 244
  • Mary Lunt – 245
  • James Wood – 247
  • William Wood – 487
  • Ann Wood – 488
  • Elizabeth Ellis – 482
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • John Lunt – 242
  • Edward Lunt – 483
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 484
  • Edward Lunt – 481
  • Joseph Wood – 489
  • Whittemore, Kossuth, Iowa, United States
  • Rachel Phipps – 574
  • Mary Phipps – 575
  • Joseph Phipps – 578
  • Clifton Hyrum Harper – 75
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Eva Pearl Sperry – 56
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 12, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Emerson Adis Rowley – 88
  • Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States
  • May 1
  • 1957
  • Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • Grace Davis – 86
  • Milo, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
  • November 16
  • August 31
  • Arcata, Humboldt, California, United States
  • Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 13, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Sunday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 13, 2017

Added Categories:

  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Benjamin Harper – 153
  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 154
  • Saint Mary’s, Haggerston, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Charles Wood – 250
  • Ann Diane Wood – 490
  • Elizabeth Betsy Spencer – 294
  • William Olpin – 300
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Daniel Olpin – 303

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 13, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Chinook, Blaine, Montana, United States
  • Thule, Greenland
  • Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Hill, Montana, United States
  • Hugh Francis Rowley – 87
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Alaska, United States
  • Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, United States
  • November 26
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 14, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Monday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50

This Day In Our Family History; December 14, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Harlem, Blaine, Montana, United States
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • Stephen Brand – 570
  • Enoch Brand – 571
  • Eliza May Rowley – 202

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 14, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
  • Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States
  • De Tour, Oakland, Michigan, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 15, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 15, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Aaron George Sperry – 282
  • Della Lunt – 21
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 16, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Wednesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 16, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Josiah H. Miller – 284
  • Bolton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
  • Robert Miller – 522
  • Ame Sarah Barnett – 523
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 103
  • Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Edward Lunt – 100
  • Harriet Wood – 101
  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 138
  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 16, 2017

Added Categories:

  • October
  • San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Havre, Hill, Montana, United States
  • November 25
  • 1957
  • Hugh Francis Rowley – 87
  • Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Alaska, United States
  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Sunday
  • December 1
  • November 30
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • October 27

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 17, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Thursday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 17, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • John Francis Gibbons – 163
  • Saint Pancres Camden, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • John Gibbons – 161
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Cardston, Alberta, Canada
  • Retta Sperry – 53
  • LANGE – Los Angeles California Temple; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Olive Dove Doke – 84
  • Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States
  • Endowed On This Day

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 17. 2017

Added Category:

  • David William Rowley – 30

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 18, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 18, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Henry Gibbons – 165
  • John Gibbons – 161
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Saint Pancres, Camdentown, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • William Dixon Bolton – 188
  • Emma Della Sperry – 54
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • LANGE – Los Angeles California Temple; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Archie Harold Alcorn – 97
  • Rosemead, Los Angeles, California, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1723

Hannah Potter died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1788

Joseph Phipps died

1843

Mary Curnock was buried in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1847

John Thompson Rowley was born in Barony Colton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom to Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Ann Thompson. He was the 2nd of 9 children, and the 1st of 7 sons, born to the couple

1868

Sarah Wild Cole completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint

1888

Charles Enoch Abbott and Sarah Elizabeth Sperry were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

1900

Harriet Wood died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1909

Lillian Lunt, age 8, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1920

George Arthur Lunt, age 8, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1929

Don Owen Lunt was born

1954

Ronald Steven Smith was born in Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States to Donald Eugene Smith, age 27, and Grace Harriet Rowley, age 26. He was the 4th of 5 children, and the 2nd of 2 sons, born to the couple

1969

Ann Purnell completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1981

Ralph Alcorn Rowley and Elaine Carlton were married

Updates

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 1, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Sunday

This Day In Our Family History; November 1, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Elizabeth Lamont Sperry – 279
  • Charles Sperry – 117
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Philenda Amanda Sperry – 119
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Mary Emily Sperry – 121
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • OAKLA – Oakland California Temple; Oakland, Alameda, California, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 2, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 119
  • Monday

This Day In Our Family History; November 2, 2017

  • Changed Cambridge, Gloucestershire, United States to Cambridge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Added Categories:

  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Evaline MIller – 287
  • Bolton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
  • Josiah H. Miller – 285
  • Amanda Morgan – 286
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • LANGE – Los Angeles California Temple; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 3, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46

This Day In Our Family History; November 3, 2017

Added Cateogories:

  • Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Coaley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Newmarket, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth Lamont Sperry – 279
  • Charles Benjamin Harper – 67
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 4, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Wednesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • David Arthur Sperry – 49

This Day In Our Family History; November 4, 2017

Added Category:

  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 5, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Thursday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; November 5, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Woodbridge, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 102
  • George Arthur Lunt – 22
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 6, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • David Arthur Sperry – 49

This Day In Our Family History; November 6, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; November 7, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Saturday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Sunday

This Day In Our Family History; November 7, 2017

Added Categories:

  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 120
  • Harriet Wood – 101
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Lillian Lunt – 18
  • George Arthur Lunt – 22
  • Ronald Steven Smith – 14
  • Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States
  • Donald Eugene Smith – 9
  • Grace Harriet Rowley – 10
  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reported by Walter I. Rowley

Lois Chapman Rowley, wife of this reporter is now cook and manager at the South Bay School, with promising chances for further advancement, they live in Eureka, California.

This reporter, Walter I. Rowley, is now serving in the Redwood District High Council, of the Northern California Mission. He was also recently assigned by Mission President Love, as first counselor of a unit of Seventys.

Clayton Alcorn Rowley returned home from the Northern California Mission, June 13, 1958. Clayton is the son of David Wm. Rowley and Lillian Alcorn. Clayton made his mission report in the Temple View Stake Conference in Salt Lake on June 29, 1958, the stake from which he left for his mission in June 1856. He made his report to the Ward from which he left, on July 20, 1958.

We are proud to announce the arrival of a fine baby boy born to Max and Wanda Rowley Pearson. He was born in Eureka, California on June 12, 1958, and weighed 9 lbs. he was named Leleand Jay. Wanda is the daughter of Walter I. Rowley and Lois Chapman.

Robert and Opal Rowley Cutler have moved from Shelby, Montana, and now live in Tremonton, Utah. Opal is the daughter of Francis H. Rowley. Robert is working for the Minneapolis Moline Co, as a parts man.

Keith Rowley, grandson of John T. Rowley and Lucy Golding is serving on a mission for the L.D.S. Church at Church Rock, New Mexico. He is doing a wonderful work among the Lamanites there. Keep up the good work, Keith.

Sheldon Murphy, son of Bert Lund and Verda Rowley Murphy, just returned from an L.D.S. Mission in Brazil where he was counselor to the Mission President. On August 29, 1958, Sheldon took to wed, Miss Norma LeWynn Potter, in the Idaho Falls Temple.

Reed Ashby Wade, son of Vivian Wade is enjoying missionary labors in Grand Island, Nebraska, which is the Western States Mission. He entered the Mission Home in Salt Lake on April 14, 1958, and departed April 21. He belongs to the Fillmore Third Ward.