History: Lillian Alcorn

We had a coal and wood stove and the winters were very cold. We had a range in the kitchen and a regular heater in the living room. One morning I went in and stoked up the coals in the heater and laid the poker underneath the heater. David was just learning to walk and wasn’t walking very well. He had followed me into the living room and when I left the room he picked up the hot poker and started for the kitchen. Coming in he fell and the hot poker fell across the back of his neck and he screamed and cried. I ran in there and saw the hot poker lying across the back of his neck and grabbed it off and put it back. I picked David up and his poor little neck looked like burned beef. I called Dave and we took him to the Doctor. The Doctor thought that he had badly injured some of the tendons and that he would never be able to use or turn his neck normally again. But we were blessed and although it took a long time healing and left a terrible scar he was able to use his neck normally and never suffered ill effects from it.

David was a busy little boy and had to be doing something all the time. We bought him a new pair of shoes and put them on him. But the next time we looked for them we couldn’t find them anyplace. Later Dave found them out in the field in an irrigation ditch. Another time Grace had a pretty little doll and David threw it down the outside toilet. My sister Melva said she would get it out for us and went down one whole head first, but the poor girl got stuck! We couldn’t get her out and finally had to call Dave from the fields to get Melva out. We did get the doll too. Still another time I bought myself a new hat and laid it on the table to wear to Relief Society and it disappeared. We could not find it anyplace. When Dave carried the slop out to the pigs that night, it was in the bucket. Yes our little David was surely mischievous and had to be doing something all the time.

Grace was a mild, sweet-dispositioned child and always wanted to be doing something to help me. She soon learned to do many things that were very helpful to me. Mother Rowley had a Maytag power washing machine. We had an old Speed Queen and ours broke down so I took my clothes down to Mother Rowley’s to wash. Sometimes we were home alone and Dave would harness up old Babe before he went to the fields. My sister Melva and I would hitch her up and bundle up the children and then with the clothes off we would go on the sleigh down to Mother Rowley’s to do our washing. We did this part of the summer and into the winter. One day the sleigh slid off the road and dumped all of us in the snow. But old Babe was very quiet and gently stood there until we got things straightened up and then we went on and got the washing done.

In November 1931 we lost 13 head of cattle through the ice. Even though Dave got them out they froze to death before we could get them dried off. That winter we again had severe weather. There were blizzards and very cold and miserable weather to endure. The drifts sometimes blocked the road and no one could get into town or anywhere. Feeding our stock during these bad spells was very difficult. It was also hard to keep many of the homes warm enough and people had been known to freeze to death in their sleep. Life wasn’t too pleasant in the wintertime.

Our winter brightened very much, however, with the addition of another baby to our little family. On 14 December 1931 another boy was born and Dr. Hoone of Chinook took care of the baby and I. He was a very healthy, good-natured baby. He was blessed by Dave and named Douglas Alcorn Rowley. He had blonde curly hair and was really cute. His Grandfather Rowley called him his little “goldilocks.” His hair was naturally curly and I just assisted it a little and made it look more uniform in the curl.

Douglas was born while we were living on the old Merrill place across the road from the Milk River, and dead water channel. During that 1931-32 depression, when it was difficult to get money out of anything we sold our beet for $4.00 a ton and hat at $4.00 a ton. Wheat sold for $0.08 a bushel and other things accordingly, which didn’t even pay the expense of production. When Dave took our best check into the bank to deposit it and went back the next day to pay off our best labor the Bank had closed its door and couldn’t issue a check.

We decided we couldn’t sell our wheat for $0.08 a bushel so we fed out a lot of hogs. But when he had them all fed, we couldn’t sell the hogs and we gave many of them away or got rid of them as best we could.

A friend of Dave’s, Guy Nystrom, had a large herd of good cattle and he was very old. He put the money to buy his winter’s hay into the bank and when it closed its doors he lost all his money and he died a week later. Many people, businesses, and etc. were going broke and many people were hungry and starving.

Dave’s brother, Francis had bought the old Lee Morgan place in the spring of 1928 and had been doing quite well on it. Then the fall of 1932 when he couldn’t even pay his taxes the bank foreclosed on the mortgage, they took the place and all of our stock. Dave had signed the note with him and consequently we lost all of our material possessions as well, even the things we had before the note was signed. There was about $5,000 balance left on the place and all. Between us and Francis we had at least $10,000 worth of stock and chattel, besides the place. Dave asked the bank to sell it on time because no one had any money, but they said it had to be cash. They sold out the whole thing for $1,006. Then they wanted us to finish paying the balance of about $4,000. They sold the note to a Mr. Harbolt in Chinook and he came and tried to collect. Finally Dave and Francis paid him $200 for the papers (which was about two years later). Believe me these depressions are not fun and it has broken many people.

In November of 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as President of the United States and one of the first things he did was to declare a bank holiday and make it so no bank could go broke and cause so many people to lose their life’s savings. He then started the NRA (National Recovery Administration) and PWA (Public Works Administration) and etc. to get people on jobs so they could make a living and it surely helped many, where it was handled right and in an honest way.

Dave went to work on the NRA with a four horse team building reservoirs on sub marginal land above and north of Chinook. He made $11.00 a day for nine days a month which I think was more money than he had ever earned and it helped out more, too. Yet there were those who tried to take advantage of the program and did. Dave also trapped skunk and etc. to try and make ends meet.

Some of the first work Dave did for the NRA was to haul gravel for the roads when it was 40˚ below zero weather with a wind blowing. His wages were turned over to different stores so we could get groceries and the things that we needed. Our account was turned over to a Joe Eppler who ran a little store. Dave had heard that he was very crooked so he kept his own account of all the groceries we got. The weather was getting awful cold and we didn’t have money to buy children the clothes they needed. Mr. Eppler stocked some clothes, but not very many and he didn’t have the clothes we needed for the children. He said he wouldn’t get them for us either, even though he had quite a bit of our money. Finally the children got sick and he wouldn’t let us have money to get medicine. Dave went to the druggist and he let us have the medicine and then Dave did some work for him to pay for it.

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

Dave made arrangements to have Dr. Hoone of Chinook to take care of me and the baby. I went to see the doctor several times during the period of pregnancy. He was there when the baby was born on 20 September 1928. It was a beautiful baby girl, healthy and perfectly formed. We were surely thankful to our Heavenly Father for such a blessing and three weeks later Dave blessed her and gave her the name of Grace Harriet Rowley in honor of both her Grandmothers. Grace after Dave’s mother and Harriet  after my mother. She was such a beautiful child and we were proud and were always glad to show her off. I sewed most all of her clothes and she was always very daintily dressed. I think her grandparents were almost as proud of her as we were so she was pretty well taken care of and when I had her out in company someone had her most of the time.

The farm work was hard and oft times required long hours away from home for Dave. I had to spend much of my time alone with the baby and Dave’s parents. My own folks lived only across the road and I saw them quite often, but it still meant many lonely hours alone with little Grace. I certainly looked forward to evening when Dave would come in from the fields to be with us. I kept busy, though, and that helped to pass the time more quickly. The baby took a lot of care and her bath time was always a fun part of the day for both of us.

During the next year the time passed more speedily, but in another eleven months and seven days we were blessed again. This time Dave made arrangements with Doctor McConnell at Harlem to take care of us. But when Dad Rowley went after him, he couldn’t find him anyplace in town so Dave sent for Sister Southwick and she and Dave took care of me and the baby. We learned later that the doctor was found playing cards in the basement of the New England Hotel.

The baby was born 27 August 1929 in Harlem and was a very lovely little boy. He was blessed and given the name of David Alcorn Rowley after Dave and using my maiden name. This was wonderful, now we had a beautiful little girl and a wonderful little boy. We were very happy and enjoyed our little family very much. We lived in a small two-room frame home with a small storage cellar underneath. We had a nice large garden spot surrounding the house where we raised much of our livelihood, vegetables and some fruit.

The Branch Chapel was about 200 feet from our door, so it wasn’t too difficult to get the family to and from the Church meetings.

In the spring of 1930 Dave rented the Victor Bottomly place. It was straight north on the highway. It wasn’t a very good place, but we were getting to ourselves. It was a wonderful venture for us as we had always lived with or very near some of the folks, either Dave’s folks or mine. It was wonderful to be to ourselves.

We had a few cows, chickens, pigs and horses and some machinery so we felt we had a pretty good start and we really worked hard. The children were such an inspiration to us and because of them we wanted very much to make good. Dave again worked long days in the field much of the time it was before daylight when he left the house and after dark when he would come home.

It was while living here on the Bottomly place that I lost a baby because of miscarriage, which made us both very unhappy. I was confined to bed for a while but before long I was blessed to be up and around again. I needed to be up, with two small children to care for.

Shortly after this we with another family, the Hammers, from our Branch decided to take a vacation and go to Cardston, Alberta, Canada to the temple and have our marriage sealed for time and all eternity. It had long been our desire to alter our wedding vows from “until death we do part” to “for time and all eternity.”

And that the two lovely gifts our Heavenly Father should be ours forever. So on 24 September 1930 we were sealed and Grace and David were sealed to us. Now all the children we would have would be born under the covenant. This great opportunity and blessing was one of the greatest sources of joy and security, knowing that from now on through all eternity we would never be parted, really parted as long as we lived the way we should. We would remain as a family group, tied under the bonds of the eternal covenant of marriage as it was instituted in the beginning.

We both received our Patriarchal blessings by Patriarch John F. Anderson while we were there. He blessed me that I should grow in faith, wisdom and the knowledge of the Gospel and that I would receive the spiritual food that would nourish and strengthen my soul. My calling was to be an honorable wife and mother in Israel and to honor the priesthood and become a wise counselor among my sex and that my testimony would grow and prove of great value unto mankind. I was also told that my lineage is of the tribe of Joseph through Ephraim. I was told that through my diligence I should grow to be much use in my redemption of the living and the dead and through the exercise of faith I would be able to conquer the powers that were seeking my destruction and blessings of strength would be mine if I endured to the end. I would become familiar with the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. I must be quick to discern good from evil and be able to enjoy the promptings of the Spirit and I would be gifted with dreams and presentments. These and many other blessings he bestowed upon me in my patriarchal blessing for which I’ll always be thankful. Sometime after we came back from the Temple, during one night I had a dream that I was going up a flight of stairs and when I reached the top of these stairs I fell. I could see my body lying on the floor and I seemed to linger there for a while. I saw people gather around my body and they seemed to be trying to help me.[1]

We lived on the Bottomly place about a mile and a half from the church and about three miles west of Harlem, on the Highway.  Part of our beets were frozen in that fall and we didn’t do so well financially. We also lost all of our horses because they got into the garbage and ate some poisoned cats. But we had a lot of good experiences and really enjoyed that year alone. The following spring we rented the Emma Merrill place, a quarter of a mile east and a mile south. The Merrill place was about half a section and the buildings were on the banks of an old dead river. The men and boys would swim in the evenings after the day’s work was done. We enjoyed our family life very much.

[1] This was later fulfilled thirty years later at the time of her death

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

Dave went back out to the Morrison and Butler Ranch to help put up hay, irrigate and break horses. He stayed there until harvest started then he came back to help his folks harvest the crops and didn’t go back out to the Butler ranch. Dave and I started to go steady and we went most everywhere together. We both loved to dance and spent many enjoyable evenings dancing at Church socials. The winter passed fast. In the spring of 1927 Dad bought the old Sam Taylor farm three miles west of Harlem on the banks of the Milk River. It had an old log house on it with a dirt roof. It was a hard house to keep clean as the dirt kept sifting down through the roof.

In March 1927, Dave and I went to a dance at the Agency and on the way home Dave proposed to me. This marriage proposal was a little different from the usual. Dave said that he thought we could be married in March, but he had to pay his tithing and he didn’t have enough money left. But we did set the date and were married 14 July 1927.

Dave’s dad and my dad drove to Chinook with us to the home of President Wallace Peterson of the Chinook Branch where we were married by the law of the land. As we were leaving Brother Peterson’s home we backed out of the door so we could tell people we had backed out and came home. There was a big social at the Harlem Branch Chapel that night so each of us went to our own homes that night as we would not be shivered. Bert Murphy was going to broadcast the news, but Dave got hold of him and stopped him from doing it. At the social, which was a farewell party for Will Southwick, I sang the song “I Wish I had Someone to Love Me,” in pig-latin. Not many understood it, but they all seemed to enjoy it. The following night was MIA and the young people had a good time trying to shiveree[1] us a little. They pushed me around in a wheelbarrow for a while and were going to separate us and take us different places but Dave put a stop to that.

Well, we moved into a little two-room log cabin with Dave’s brother Francis and his wife. Francis and Erma lived in one room and Dave and I in the other room. We lived there the first summer we were married. Dave and Francis had rented this place from the Indian Reservation there. It was all dry farm and mostly meadow hay or wild hay. They broke a lot of meadow and planted grain and corn. They also raised a lot of cattle.

Dave and I wanted to get a place of our own so when in the fall of 1927 we heard that the Lee Morgan ranch was up in Paradise Valley and that it had been taken over by the Harlem Bank and put up for sale, we considered it. A friend of ours, Wren Stoddard who had told us about it came out to our place and  he and Dave got in Wren’s car and went right up to look it over. That night we prayed about it and Dave had a strange dream. In it he had been wrestling with Leo Morgan. He could throw Lee, but couldn’t get away from him at all. The next morning we talked it over and decided not to buy the farm. Dave went over to his dad’s place and told his folks and Francis that we weren’t going to buy it and Francis said that if Dave and I wouldn’t buy the Morgan place, he was going to buy it. So in the spring of 1928 Francis bought the placed and Dave signed the note with him. This later proved to be a big mistake for us. Well, anyway Dave and I stayed and helped his father operate his place for the next two years.

Dave and Wren Stoddard hauled coal in the winter from the Hebbleman Mine about 10 miles southwest of where we lived. They would haul it into town and sell it. They usually left before daylight and got back home about noon. Then they would take it into town and unload it and get back for the evening chores. One morning when they left the stars were shining brightly and the sky was very clear, but about seven or eight am a bad blizzard started and kept getting worse and worse. As the day proceeded you couldn’t see but a few feet in front of you. This lasted most of the day but began to clear off just before sundown. They got home about an hour after sundown. Needless to say, Mary and I were mighty concerned. Wren and Mary Stoddard were some of our closest friends.

The winters were very severe and oft times the temperature went down to 40˚ below and would stay that way for several nights and would rise only a little in the daytime. Most of the time when it was really cold the air would be quiet but there were times when the wind would blow fiercely and sometimes to gale proportions. This would pile up the snow in great drifts and make it almost impossible to go anywhere for a while. But we always had plenty of wood or coal and would keep the house warm. It was so dreary on these cold windy days with the windows making such a tumult of noise and draft. It made one really feel how small and helpless men are in the face of the elements; and how much we depend on our Father in Heaven for our well-being and protection. How little we appreciate the many blessings we have from day to day.

When Dave and I were first married we made several resolves. One was that we would always try and express our appreciation to our Heavenly Father for our many blessings. At times we weren’t as faithful in this as we should have been but we did try. Another resolve we made was that there would never be any foul language, talk or jokes that wouldn’t be fit for anyone else to hear used in our home. We both worked in the Church. I was still an MIA Counselor and Sunday School Teacher. Dave was the Boy Scout leader and an MIA Counselor and a Sunday School Teacher. Dave was ordained an Elder by John G. Allred n on 7 August 1927.

I always enjoyed Church and the inspiration it gave me to better living; even the messages from Sunday to Sunday, the Inspiration to do better. The joy one gets out of living and abiding by the principles of the Gospel, the satisfaction of realizing you’ve done something to help someone else. I love the gospel and all it has done for me to help me understand a better way of life. The many things I have to be thankful for and I pray that I’ll always be able to live so that I’ll be worthy of all these many blessings.

By April 1928, I knew our home was going to be blessed with one of the greatest blessings anyone could pray for. We were going to have a baby. We were both overjoyed and we began to plan. Along with the housework, I then prepared for the addition to our family. It gave me so much joy and happiness to know that we were going to have such a great blessing and the months seemed to drag by. It seemed as though September would never get here. I spent much of this waiting alone as Dave worked long hours in the fields and took care of a lot of stock and raised a fine garden.

[1] a mock serenade with kettles, pans, horns, and other noisemakers given for a newly married couple

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 dressings on Mother’s cancer had to be changed every little while as it was constantly draining. She was in so much pain all the time that her ordinary pleasant disposition was sometimes very difficult to satisfy and I tried hard to do whatever she wanted or to get whatever she needed. Father and the older boys had to be away most of the time making a living. Thinning, weeding and topping beets and most any other kind of work they could do to keep the family together and all healthy. In spite of our efforts after Mother died, Verl was adopted out to the Bishop Perry family and I went into the fields and worked with the rest of the family. So besides caring for the needs of the younger children, Dad and the housework, I was thinning, hoeing and weeding and topping beets with the rest of them.

There was time, now and then, for me to spend with my friends and to enjoy the out of doors. I loved the hills around where we lived and I loved to hike and tramp around these hills. We used to go over to where Indians had lived long ago and inspect the writings that we found on the cliffs there. I have often showed my children and grandchildren these same cliffs and hills and caves that I enjoyed so much as a young girl and lady. They seemed to enjoy exploring them as much as I did. I also enjoyed horseback riding.

In 1924 Dad and I went on a trip to California. The change was good for us and we enjoyed it very much. As we went over the California border we had a sack of oranges with us and they wouldn’t allow us to take them into the state, so we peeled them all and sat there in the car and ate every one of them. I didn’t think I could eat another orange as long as I lived. But I still enjoy them.

In the spring of 1925 after thinning beets until the season was over we decided to go to Harlem, Montana and work for the season and then come back to Utah. But instead of coming back to Utah we rented the Amos Everett Ranch about six and a half miles east of Harlem, Blaine Co., Montana. We farmed 160 acres of ground and as usual I did my share of work in the fields. We thinned, topped and worked in the beets. We also had about 1500 chickens which were my responsibility. The boys did the chore of keeping the coops clean and most of the manual work pertaining to their care and I took care of the rest. Sometimes my work in the house made it impossible for me to do much with the chickens. At these times the boys would fill in and take care of them for me. I appreciated this help very much.

Dad was a good provider and he tried hard to be one with us in going out to dances and socials and etc. He was anxious to see that we all had good times. I was very much afraid of my father and tried awfully hard to do whatever he wanted.

It was while we lived on the Amos Everett ranch that we all went to Church in the LDS Chapel which was 3 ½ miles west of Harlem. We had a nice old chapel, one large room divided into classrooms by curtains. Albert L. Johnson was Branch President with Angus Young and Chris Stuker as counselors and A. Lorenzo Stoddard as Branch Clerk. They asked me to work as a Counselor in the YWMIA with Martha Southwick as President and Alma Turner as 1st Counsellor. Mary Stoddard was the secretary/treasurer.

We had many enjoyable meetings in this little old chapel. It used to be a recreation hall out in the hills northeast of Harlem which our Branch bought. They cut it in two and moved it into the valley and out on the corner of the Jake Everett farm. They put it back together and fixed it up for a meeting place which was used for about twenty years. There was an old-fashioned pot-bellied stove at one end of the building which kept it plenty warm, even on the coldest of days.

I was blessed with a fair singing voice and was called upon quite often to sing in various programs. I enjoyed this very much. Some of my favorite songs were: “The Prisoner’s Song” – “’Twas a Cold Stormy Night” – “What’s the Use of Being Good” – among others. My favorite Christmas song was “Star of the East” which I often sang. I had quite a collection of music but during one of the spring runoff floods of the Milk River I lost all of it which made me very unhappy. Some of the music was not replaceable.

While we were living on the Amos Everett place the family went to a dance in Zurich which was about twenty miles away. We went in the old Ford car. I had become pretty well acquainted with the young people of the area and when a man came up to me and asked for a dance I told him I didn’t know him and I didn’t dance with strangers. Soon a friend, Bert Murphy, came and asked me if I would like to meet a young man and he introduced me to David William Rowley from Lohman, Montana. Lo and behold, this was the same young man who had invited me to dance. He asked around until he found someone who knew me and asked him to introduce us. Well, after this proper introduction I accepted a dance with him and was very much impressed with him, however I didn’t see him again for a long time. Dave told his brother Emerson that night that he had met his future wife.

Sometime later our agricultural field agent came to see us about our farm practices and he was invited to have dinner with us. We all knew Brother Barnes, the field agent, but the man that was with him was Hugh T. Rowley and a stranger. Upon introduction and hearing the name Rowley, I asked if he knew Dave and come to find out he was Dave’s father. I also found out that Dave taught a Sunday School class in the Chinook Branch. At that time though, he was working back in the hills on Clear Creek on the Morrison & Butler farms. Just before I was to serve dinner I discovered I was out of butter and not knowing what to do I put some food coloring in some shortening and passed it off as butter and no one ever knew the difference. This was in the early spring of 1926.

The Rowley’s rented the Colgrove place that spring and moved to Harlem and started to go to the Harlem Branch to Church. I became very well acquainted with Verda, Dave’s only sister. Verda later became the wife of Bert Murphy, the friend who had introduced me to Dave. Verda and I became good friends and I enjoyed her company very much. Dave wasn’t with the family when they moved to Harlem. He was still working on the Morrison & Butler farms. The farms were located about 14 miles southwest of Chinook, Montana and Chinook was about 20 miles from Harlem. It was a large sheep and hay ranch.

Well, My Dad and the boys got the crops in that Spring, mostly beets and potatoes. The crop did very well and the chickens started to lay early and that really helped us in paying our expenses. In May, Dave came home from the Ranch and helped his folks put in their crops and then went back to put up hay for Morrison and Butler. While he was in the valley though, we went out on several dates. With Verda and I as good friends and Leonard and Francis who became good friends we had some very good times together.

I had a lot of responsibility caring for my Mother’s family and I learned to be a hard and fast worker in all I had to do. I cooked and cared for the family and our hired help. One time one of the men made a remark in town that all they had for breakfast at Alcorn’s place was a prayer and cereal. The word got back to me so the next morning all I put on the table was cereal and as usual we had our morning prayer. The hired man asked if that was all we were going to eat and I repeated to him what he had told the fellows in town a few days before, that man learned a good lesson and we all had a good laugh.

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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 15, 2017

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  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 15, 2017

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  • 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

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  • Wednesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 16, 2017

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Thursday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 17, 2017

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  • 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

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  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 18, 2017

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  • 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

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Reporter, Verda R. Murphy,
Chinook, Montana

A baby boy was born to Violet Rowley and Hugh Byrd in June of 1958. He was named Danny. Violet is the daughter of Emerson A. Rowley, a grandson of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Bert L. Murphy, husband of this reporter, was in Salt Lake City recently attending a Sugar Beet Convention. While in the state he journeyed down to Provo, to visit with his sister, Lois Webb and his newly married son, Sheldon and wife, Lywinn.

Ralph A. Rowley, son of David Wm. Rowley, has received orders to report to Lockland, Texas between the 11th and 13th of December as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USA AIR FORCE. He and his wife, Aleene, are presently in Cheney, Washington visiting her folks. They will be in Bountiful the first week or so in December.

At present Francis Rowley Grandson of John T. and Jane Paul Rowley through Hugh T. Rowley, is working for the Fish and Game checking station in Kalispell, Montana.

His sons are located as follows:

Noland and his wife are in Chinook, Montana and working for Bert L. Murphy.

Lawrence and his wife are in Havre, Montana where Lawrence is attending college.

Miland and his wife are in Reno, Nevada. He is working in a Government Land Office. He enjoys it very much.

Updates

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 7, 2017

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  • Monday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133
  • Mary Emily Sperry – 121

This Day In Our Family History; December 7, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 70
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 7, 2017

Added Category:

  • Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 8, 2017

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  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46

This Day In Our Family History; December 8, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Alfred Lunt – 40
  • Priscilla Pitt – 41
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Edward Lunt – 100
  • Harriet Wood – 101
  • Amelia Emily Webb – 132
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Ann Cole – 336
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Walter Illith Rowley – 90
  • Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • Grace Davis – 86
  • Son Webb – 131
  • David Webb – 129
  • Esther Olpin – 130
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 8, 2017

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  • Price, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Oakland 2, Alameda, California, United States
  • Springville, Utah, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History; December 9, 2016

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  • This Day In Our Family History
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 9, 2017

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  • Wednesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46

This Day In Our Family History; December 9, 2017

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  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Clifton Hyrum Harper – 75
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Charles Benjamin Harper – 67
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Eva Pearl Sperry – 56
  • Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
  • Ronald Steven Smith – 14
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 9, 2017

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  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Helper, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Chinook, Blaine, Montana, United States
  • Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Duchesne, Duchesne, Utah, United States
  • Oakland 2, Alameda, California, United States
  • Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States