John Wright and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1898 (Sunday) – I went to Sunday School, in the afternoon Mr. Pyper and Miss Gunderson came up for a while and Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I went with them down to the train. Esther and I came up to Aunt Augusta’s (Emma Augusta Taylor) for Ada Taylor and then we three went over to Grandma’s Sperry’s (Emily Louisa Miller). Aunt Emma Hague (Emma Elizabeth Webb) came up and spent the afternoon with us. in the evening Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came up and we went to meeting. Brother Iverson gave a lecture on repentance. Oh it was fine. I do so like to hear him talk.

1902 (Wednesday) – I am going to write a brief synopsis of the lives of my two babies up until now after which I would like to keep a daily account of their doings and sayings as often as I have time to write.

Alfred Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt Jr.) was born 10 January 1900. When between six and seven weeks old he became he became sick with earsyplis and we nearly lost our baby, it started with a spot on top of his head and we thought he might have been a bit by a spider or something, it spread very quickly the next morning, which was Sunday, we took him down to Oscar’s (Alfred Oscar Lunt) parents, (Alfred Lunt and Priscilla Pitt), and remained there for two or three days, I was ordered to bed early and Grandma Lunt cared for him. He was worse next day and that evening two sisters from the Relief Society sat up with him, I longed to get out of bed and take care of him as he cried so pitifully, finally Grandma came down stairs and got him to sleep. The next day, Wednesday, he was still very ill, Brother Orme came to the house and we had him administer to the baby, he promised he would be well and also that he would have a good a night’s rest, he went to sleep before I did and when he woke up it was six thirty in the morning, surely the prayer had been answered. Inside of a couple of weeks the baby was well again. When he was about four months old we moved down to the Old Sperry farm. We spent the summer month’s there and on returning to town we rented the brown house, it wasn’t a very good place. He was weaned when he was thirteen months old and started to walk when 14 months old. Before this time he walked by chairs or of holding to his buggy he would go all over but on the day he really started to walk he came running to me as I was by the stove cooking breakfast and burned his hand on the stove. That didn’t stop him for he kept running from room to room nearly all of that day.

On the 4th of July he too sick and was sick for two or three days, running quite a fever. But since then he has been quite well and strong. He has been a very good baby having a cross spell only once in a while.

Lillian was born 30 October 1901 and was blessed 1 December 1901. She is larger than Alfred was, when she was two month’s old she weighed 11 ½ lbs. She is quite a good baby although she usually has one real hard crying spell a day, most always before going to bed.

1902 (Sunday) – Today is New Year’s Day. Alfred (Alfred Oscar Lunt Jr) has been very good today. When I went out to get the kindling’s and coal in he stood on the porch and wanted to help me carry them in. Lillian (Lillian Lunt) had been quite restless this afternoon but is sleeping well this evening. We were quite disappointed because my husband (Alfred Oscar Lunt) didn’t come home today.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 – I have at last found time to write in my journal again. On Monday June 21, I walked up town, I slept at Aunt Sarah Abbott’s (Sarah Elizabeth Sperry) home. About nine o’clock in the evening Minnie (Minnie Lamont Abbott) and Maud (Ruth Maud Abbott) Abbott, Stella Taylor and I went down to Aunt Meg Buckholt’s to see Seina Beck. Tuesday I went with Father (Charles Henry Sperry) down to Scipio. We traveled in a buggy and as it was forty miles down there it was seven in the evening before we reached there. We had to play to a wedding dance. We stopped at the Robins Hotel. At the dance I met a lot of nice girls and they were very nice to me. We remained in Scipio all day Wednesday. In the afternoon some of the girls came over to the hotel and invited me to go with them over to Ella Thompson’s, she seems such a sweet girl. They had prepared a nice dinner in my honor and we had a very nice time. I returned to the Hotel and prepared for another dance as some of the people had persuaded Father to play to another dance while he was down there. Thursday we returned home, when in town, as we passed the Drug Store, Father went in to leave Mr. Jenkin’s cornet for him, Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) came out and stood talking to me for a few minutes. Towards evening, Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I walked up to town and went to a dance with Uncle Will Sperry in the Little Grande. There wasn’t very large crowd so they only danced a little while then closed the dance. During the dance I quarreled with Oscar which came very near making us play quits. As were going home, Oscar came up and stopped me and we stood talking for a few minutes and came to a better understanding then I left him and went down town and then went out home. Saturday I remained home all day. Sunday Oscar came down and he and father went fishing. When they came back Esther and I rode up town with Oscar. They took me up to Burton’s and then Oscar took Esther down to Kendall’s. In the evening he came up to Burton’s and spent the evening.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1896 – I stayed home all day, we made ice cream. Evening – I went up town with Art (David Arthur Sperry) to a dance. After the ball, Art took Ada Taylor, Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and I over to Spark’s Ice Cream Parlor and treated up to ice cream and lemonade. Afterwards, we walked down to the depot we were expecting a train to come in about that time, but it was late and didn’t arrive until after we reached home. I slept with Ada Taylor.