John Wright and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

LIFE HISTORY OF HANNAH BARROW

Hannah Barrow was a daughter of Joseph Barrow and Maria Besswick. Her father was born, 19 December, or 4 November 1794, and her mother was born 11 September 1800. They were both born in Halloway, Lancashire, England. They were among the very poor, for the people who were among the first to join the Church in England were only the very poor.

Hannah Barrow was born 19 December 1825 (Archives Record), in Little Bolton, Lancashire County, England. Lancashire Co. England was one of the first localities where the Gospel was preached in England.

She was baptized when she was fourteen years of age in 1839, by Elder Amos Fielding, who was himself and English convert to the Church. “October 19 1838, Elder Clayton (Elder William Clayton, who later accompanied or was in the same company crossing the ocean and going to Nauvoo with Hannah, from whose record the story of their crossing is taken) gave himself wholly to the work, and soon after commenced preaching and baptizing in Manchester, and from thence the work spread into Stockport, and other places neighboring. Through the labors of Elder Claytons, Fielding (Amos Fielding), John Moon and David Wilding (given by Alice Bullock Lunt as the man who baptized Hannah Barrows). A small church had previously sprung up in Bolton, through the labors of Elder David Wilding, and was continued by ELDER AMOS FIELDING.” (Amos Fielding baptized Hannah).

“In the summer of 1839, Elders Clayton, Richards, and John Moon, (John Moon was later in charge of the Saints with whom Hannah came), labored in Burslem, with some success, and a small church was planted in Burnley etc..” (Church History, Vol. 4, Page 321).

On 17 April 1840 the members of the Church at Bolton, Lancashire, England consisted of sixty members, one elder, two priests, and two teachers. (History of the Church, Vol. 4, page 116).

“Saturday, 6 June 1840 – forty-one Saints sailed from Liverpool, England on the ship “Britannia”, for the United States, being the first Saints that gathered from a foreign land. John Moon was the leader of the Company.” (Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 1300).

These Saints were gathered mostly from England and Scotland. Many of them from Bolton, Lancashire, England. Among the Saints from Scotland was Peter Muir Fife. He and Hannah Barrow became acquainted and a deep and lasting friendship developed between them. Alice B. Lunt states that Hannah made the journey alone, without any of her family with her. She was a lonely frightened little girl of only fifteen years. Peter Muir Fife’s heart was heavy with grief and sorrow, he was leaving all that he helped near and dear to him, his wife and seven children. Hannah must have been about the same age of some of his older children. He longed for his wife and children and she for her loved ones and friends. Their relationship must have been at this time as a father and daughter.

Peter Muir Fife was born 6 April 1806, in Potshead, Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was John Fife and his mother Janet Muir.

“He was married in Edinburgh and had seven children. He made their living by working in the coal mines. Each morning he would go with his lunch bucket and work all day under the ground and return at night to his home. It was on one of these trips home he saw two young men standing on a street corner talking to a number of people. He was not very presentable after working in the coal all day, but he was very anxious to hear what they were talking about. He edged his way as close as he dared and found the young men to be missionaries. They said they were holding a meeting in the town hall the next night and invited all to attend. Peter Muir Fife told his wife about the meeting and wanted her to go with him, but she was very indignant and refused to go. All the next day he thought about the things these young men had talked about, and he decided to go that night to the meeting. A crowd of people were listening very attentively, and appeared to be much interested. My grandfather saw that they were the same young man who spoke on the corner the night before. They bore testimony to the truths of Mormonism. They explained to the crowd the first principles of the Gospel. Grandfather attended their meetings regularly, but his wife was very much opposed. In fact she would burn all the literature he brought home, even the Bible.”

“One night when he came home from work the house was empty and his wife and his children had gone and had taken everything in the house except a little brown cape belonging to one of the children hanging on the wall. Peter search throughout the city of Edinburgh, but could not find where they had gone. To look for one in such a large city without an address would be like looking for the needle in a haystack. He joined the Church and gave up the search for his family.” (Taken directly from the history written by Alice Bullock Lunt).

The trip across the ocean as a harrowing experience. There were many severe storms and high winds. Most of the Saints became violently son sick and many of them suffered from painful bowel complaints. A baby was born among the Saints and only lived a short time and was buried at sea. The prophecy made by Heber C. Kimball was literally fulfilled when the winds and water were calmed by prayer and the power of God. The tip over was so bad that it was hoped that none of the future Saint’s would come across on this same ship.

On 17 July 1840, they saw Long Island all covered with green and trees and beautiful white houses. What a beautiful sight it was. All their hardships seemed to be compensated for.

They were quarantines for three days. They then went to New York and looked up the Saints in New York. They were greeted with such love and kindness and many tears were shed when they told of the afflictions they had suffered. (Church Chronology, Church Historian’s Office, Room 308) (Retold from record told by William Clayton).

Some of them then undo their way on to Nauvoo, Ill. They were the very first English Saints to arrive in Nauvoo. Nauvoo was only two years old and it was a beautiful and welcome sight. The Saints were enjoying a recess from their persecutions. Hannah Barrow saw the events as they changed from happiness and peace to great sorrow and grief as though time passed and the Saints were again mobbed and mistreated almost beyond their endurance. She was there to see the Temple completed and work done for the dead.

Peter Muir Fife was baptized for his mother, Janet Muir and others of his family on 13 August 1873 (baptisms performed in Nauvoo, Book D, p. 25. In the early days of the Church males were baptized for females and males. This was not changed until later).

(The following two paragraphs copied directly from Alice Bullock Lunt’s History)

“Peter Muir Fife became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, and lived near him until the Prophet martyrdom 27 June 1844. He filled a mission in the state of Georgia. He came west with the Saints and enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and was mustered into service of the United States Army in Council Bluff, Iowa 16 July 1846, to aid in the war with Mexico.

“President Brigham Young called for five hundred young and efficient men for this expedition. He promised this Battalion, inasmuch as they would go forth and do right, there would not be a ball shot at them; that not one of those who might enlist would fall by the hands of the nations foe.”

Hannah Barrows left Nauvoo in January of 1847.

(From History of the life of Wilford Woodruff, p. 262).

“On the outskirts of civilization, near the banks of the Missouri River, on the 7th day of April, 1847 might have been seen a large body of men and women anxiously gazing on a band of pioneers just taking their departure from wives and children, friends and neighbors, and setting out upon a perilous journey in quest of a resting place in the Rocky Mountains. In the hearts of wives and friends there was a strange mixture of fear and faith, what the outcome could be, none could foresee; and the probabilities of danger from the hostile redman were only mitigated by the fervent faith which had served them well in the trying ordeal of other troubleous times through which the Church had passed. The pioneers were missionaries whose trust in the direction and care of an ever-ruling Providence was uppermost in their minds.”

So Hannah was there to see the first pioneers leave for the Rocky Mountains. On October 31, 1847 some of the pioneers returned from Salt Lake City, and what historic times to live through and experience.

The next statistic we have is that Hannah Barrow had a baby girl, Ellen Nelson at Winter Quarters, 4 December 1847. Again we can only guess at the suffering and sorrow she went through. Ellen’s father was Isaac Nelson and that is all the positive information we have been able to find, unless a wonderful history I have found of on Isaac Nelson, whose history run parallel with Hannah’s can be this Isaac Nelson. This Isaac Nelson was born in Westmoreland, England 21 May 1821. He came to Nauvoo early in 1847 and rowed a boat across the Mississippi River, carrying passengers from Nauvoo. He left Winter Quarters in 1851 for Salt Lake City, Utah.

Samuel S. Fife states that Ellen was raised, perhaps, by her grandparents, the Nelson’s. We know that Ellen was never with Hannah, her mother, in either the Fife or the Rowley homes. The people of the Fife Family Organization knew Hannah Barrow was married to an Isaac Nelson but they did not know there was a child until 1957. Samuel S. Fife reports that members of his family had heard Hannah Barrow, in her later life, proclaim many times that she did not want to be sealed to either Peter Muir Fife or to James Rowley, but to Isaac Nelson. To me this proves that whatever became of him that their association was a very happy one. She must have known him to have been a very kind and noble man and she must certainly have loved him all her life. If only the true story could be found and told. Somehow she had lost Isaac Nelson, never again to have his association in this life. There will come a time in the Eternities of Time when all problems of this kind will be solved and made known to all of us. At this time everyone will be rewarded with the blessings they richly deserve and a greater and wiser judge than any of us will make the decision.

Whether he was called away by death or some other circumstance, her heart was filled with grief and pain and she even had to be parted from her darling baby girl. We have no way to know the extent of her suffering.

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 19, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 19, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 20, 2017

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Obituary: Ralph Alcorn Rowley; December 21, 2015

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 21, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 21, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 22, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 22, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 23, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 24, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 24, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 25, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 25, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 26, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 27, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 27, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 28, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 29, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 29, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 30, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 31, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; December 31, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History

1565

Twins, Edward and Mary Lount were born in Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to Richard Lount and Mary Alen

1795

Robert Curnock was buried in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1848

Elizabeth Phipps Brand registered the birth of her son Charles Benjamin Harper

1955

Earl Sperry Lunt was ordained a High Priest for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1958

Scott Calvin Rowley was born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to Douglas Alcorn Rowley and Vonna Ensign

1968

Olive Dove Doke died at the age of 90 in Modesto County, California, United States

1974

Delina Alcorn died

1997

Nita Idale Allred completed her endowment ordinance and was sealed, by proxy, for time and eternity to her parents, Sanford Eugene Allred and Lilly May Lunt, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple, which is located at 742 North 900 East in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. She was then sealed to her husband Edward Rosenquist Nelson

2008

Morgan Gary Lunt completed initiatory and endowment ordinances and was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Morgan William Lunt and Martha Ellen Fullmer, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 (Sunday) – Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I walked out to the farm and in the afternoon we walked up town again. In the evening we went to meeting Brother Penrose lectured to us. Next day Esther and I cleaned all day at the new home.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

JAMES ROWLEY HISTORY, HANNAH BARROWS CHAPTER:
by Historian, Luella Jones Downard

Historical facts are so hard to find on the life of James Rowley that I am trying to secure a history of each of his four wives, hoping in this way to enrich the few facts that we will be able to find and perhaps add a few new facts and more detail in the history.

Last issue I gave a short history of his daughter, Zuriah Rowley Lyman, to take the place of a history of her mother and James Rowley’s first wife, Mary Shirlock. This filled in nicely the Mary Shirlock Chapter of his life.

Eva Hill a descendant of Hannah Barrows and her first husband, Isaac Nelson, has been a wonderful help to me. She has diligently sought and searched to secure most of the following information (She also gave us a picture of Hannah Barrows, a negative has been mane – anyone wishing a copy, please contact me and one can be obtained).

Hannah Barrows was born, 19 December 1826, in Bolton, Lainshire, England. Her father was Joseph Barrows, and her mother, Marie Besswich.

The next fact we have is that on 4 December 1857 a daughter, Ellen Nelson was born to her at Winter Quarters, (Indian Territory), Iowa. When Ellen Nelson received her Endowments, she gave her father’s name as Isaac Nelson and her mother’s as Hannah Barrows. This is all we know of Isaac Nelson, though a great deal of searching has been done.

In the current Sunday School Genealogical Lesson Book, by Archibald F. Bennett, chapter 41, “Searching in Scotland”, page 243, a partial genealogy is given of Peter Muir Fife. It states that he joined the Church in Scotland and emigrated to America, joining the Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1846 he joined the Mormon Battalion.

It is said that Hannah Barrows and Peter Muir Fife had known each other in England, however, we do not know when she migrated to be America or when she joined the Church, or what her circumstances were when her daughter Ellen Nelson was born. It appears that she did not raise Ellen, as Eva Hill reports that the Fife Family Genealogist knew nothing of Ellen’s birth.

We do not know the date of Hannah’s marriage to Peter Muir Fife, but she was sealed to him 10 October 1849. The first of their five children, Maria Fife was born 26 June 1849 in Salt Lake City.

Peter Muir Fife and Hanna Barrows were never happy in their marriage – the trouble seems to have originated from the great difference in their ages, he was twenty one years older. She left him at one time, taking all of their children but he overtook her and they all went back to him, later she left him again and returned to the home of her parents in Kanosh, Utah, leaving all of her children. These children were cared for by her oldest daughter, Maria, until their father married again.

Eva Hill states that her father remembers Hannah Barrows, His Grandmother and tells of how she used to visit then and that she always talked broken in an English dialect.

It is not known when Hannah Barrows married James Rowley. They were sealed 16 November 1867. Their first child, James Rowley Jr. was born 23 April 1861 in Deseret, Millard, Utah. Her last child by Peter Muir Fife was born 1 December 1858 at Hamilton’s Fort, Iron, Utah, Elizabeth Fife.

Hannah and James had the following children in addition to James Jr.; Abigail Rowley, born 22 May 1833 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Sarah Rowley, born 17 October 1865 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Joseph Rowley born 2 July 1868 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah.

She lived in Fillmore for forty years raised her family there and died there at the age of seventy-eight.

Her name is on the rolls of the Relief Society there.

If there are any more stories of her life in Fillmore, we would like very much to have them, surely someone knows of her life there. She must have taken some part in Church, community or social life. Please if any of you know even the slightest thing about her or her life at any time, let me know so that we can tell something of her long life and service to her loved ones.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ethel Jane married Russell Stewart Cabtree, 19 March 1938.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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