This Day In Our Family History

1851

Mary Alice Price was born in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States to Charles Price and Mary Elsie Johnson

1903

Estella Cordelia Tidwell was born in Wellington, Carbon, Utah, United States to Justus Hyrum Tidwell and Mary Grundvig

1919 

Elizabeth Jane Rowley died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United

1939 

Elizabeth Lunt was buried In the Vine Bluff Cemetery, which is located at 1200 North 400 East in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1949

Samuel Blakesley was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1954

William Josiah Sperry’s baptism ordinance was completed by proxy, Richard M. Smith, and his endowment ordinance was completed by James Henry Luster. He was then sealed for time and eternity to his wife, Emma Augusta Taylor, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1982

Sarah Florence McCune was buried in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

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1651/2

Mary Bennett was born in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States to James Bennett and Hannah Wheeler

1652

Richard Sperry Jr. was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Richard Sperry and Dennis Goodyear

1664

Henry Orpin was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to John Orpin and Alse Sisson

1725/6

James Bishop and Elizabeth Clinton were married in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1899

Ebenezer Blakesley completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1946

Joyce Gabbitas was born and died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to Porty Louis Gabbitas and Della Lunt

1949

William Lamont Jr. completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

History: Lillian Alcorn

Grant had a little red wagon and a cute little puppy dog. One day he put his puppy into the wagon and went for a walk. He was about three years old or so and he walked with a pretty steady gait. When I missed him, I began to look for him and soon many of the neighbors were helping me. I finally found him about two blocks away in front of the Nazarene Church sitting on the steps. I gave him a good scolding and switched his little bottom a time or two and told him that he mustn’t go off like that again with his wagon and puppy! A few days later, Grant came running into the house and said, “Mommy, I went for a walk, but I didn’t take my puppy and wagon!”

Another amusing story about Dave happened here in El Monte. The ward had asked him to be a helper for Santa Clause at the ward Christmas party. The children happened to be around when they brought him the suit and were quite proud to tell their friends that they knew who was going to be Santa Clause at the party. The night of the party came and the children lined up to talk to Santa, when Marjorie got up to him she had the most astonished look on her face  and as she walked away she said, “that must be the real Santa, because it isn’t my Dad!” We had asked our good old neighbor, Mr. Hester to take Dave’s place.

In August of 1946, Grace was expecting her first baby and of course our first grandchild. We were very excited and anxious about the event. When her time came, they were unable to get in touch with her regular doctor and finally after she got to the hospital and was delivered, they discovered that the little boy had tried to inhale before birth and his little lungs were so congested that he had to gasp for every breath. They worked with him for fifteen hours but to no avail, he died. It was a terrible shock to all of us as we were all looking forward so much to the baby. Grace and Don were very upset about it as they had wanted a baby for a long time. He was named Donald Eugene Smith, Jr.

Our oldest son, David was about 17 years old now and really enjoyed going to dances and having good times. He was a very good dancer and was well liked by his friends. David became unhappy with school and was mixed up about a lot of things. He disappointed us when he decided to quit school and join the Navy, but we have to learn to accept the things which come. We had wanted him to finish his schooling and all, but he didn’t want to. He was stationed in San Diego, California.

Dave went to work for Fadel Construction Co., building a flying bomb base up in the San Gabriel Canyon. He worked for them for quite a while. While working for Fadel we received word that Dad Rowley had died, this was in 1948 (14 March). Dave prepared to attend his funeral in Montana. We decided not to take the family and when Dave got to Harlem he was sorry we all hadn’t gone with him as most of the other members of his family had brought their families.

There was a lot of violence and crime in the big city and so many influences that were not good for the children, that we decided it might be best if we looked for a smaller community to raise our family. We put our place up for sale and when it sold we prepared to leave for Gridley, California. We bid our friends goodbye and moved as soon as school was out.

We stayed with my Aunt Jeannette for a couple of weeks while we looked for a place we could buy. After about two weeks we bought the Melissa Clements home just off the Colusa road on Grace Ave. it was about three miles from town. It was much more of the kind of environment that we desired for our children. We made the move with six of our living eight children. David was in the Navy and Grace and Don were also in the Navy.

We sought out the LDS chapel, one of the first things, and enjoyed becoming acquainted with the good members in Gridley. The summer we got there, we were at a loss as to getting an income coming into the home, so Dave took the children and started to pick fruit. They would get up real early in the morning and work until afternoon. They picked peaches, prunes and other varieties. One day, just before school started, Hugh, who was only about 9 years old, climbed a tree to pick some fruit. He lost his footing and fell. He grabbed for another branch as he fell, but it was rotten and it gave away with him. He broke his arm and started school with his arm in a cast.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1948 Marjorie complained of a sore throat. The next day we took her to the doctor and he told us that she had diphtheria. There was only one other case in the whole town and we didn’t know the person involved. The family was put in quarantine for about three months. Dave lived with a neighbor during this time because he had to continue working. Most of the children were with us except for David, who had been discharged from the Navy. He stayed with another neighbor and went to school. We spent Christmas without daddy that year. Dave did come to the door and watch the children open gifts and play with some of them, but didn’t dare come in. Before we could get rid of the bug, both Marjorie and Hugh had to have their tonsils out.

In June of 1949 Grace and Don did have the baby they had waited so long for. It was a lovely little girl. Shortly after that, Don was discharged from the Navy and they came to Gridley to live. They named the baby, which was a girl, Cheryl Jeanette. Don couldn’t seem to adjust to the life of a civilian and he reenlisted in the Army. The Army afforded more time for his family than did the Navy. Just before this time, our son David also enlisted in the Army.

David was sent to Japan in 1949, and was there close to when the Korean conflict started in 1950. He was sent to Korea and we received word that he was missing in action as of 16 July 1950. We were very upset about this report and anxious for him to be found. We didn’t hear any more from the Army until December. In the meantime, another soldier had been reported missing whose family was Catholic. Their beliefs of the life after death were so much different than ours, that it was a real testimony to the family and myself when we saw how distraught this other family was. As far as they knew this was it, the end. But we knew that someday we could see our son again. We received word in December that David had been killed and as soon as they could they would send his body home. We were all saddened by David’s death but we would prefer that to his being a prisoner and going through some of the experiences that we had heard that our prisoner were going through.

The children all enjoyed school in Gridley. Grant started kindergarten in Gridley the last year we were there, in the fall of 1950. The children all learned to like Gridley and had many friends and enjoyed their associations. Hugh had a paper route part of the time we were there, and Clayton worked on a dairy farm for a neighbor. We were able to have a garden here and I enjoyed that very much. I also had some chickens here and it just seemed more like home.

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

This Day In Our Family History

1910

Harry S. Burton was born

1921

Phillipa Lunt completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1924

Jane Lunt completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1928

Phebe Pitt was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, Matthew Pitt and Elizabeth Martin in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

1932

Martha Eleanor Palmer died

1936

William Murphy Smith died

1949

John Wright and Ann Perry completed their endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

1964

Amos Bishop was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1990

John Joseph Everhard died in Butte County, California, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1615

Mary Wheeler was christened in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

1751

Humphrey Right was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Right and Mrs. Mary Right

1911

Florence Blackett was born

1920

James Albert Weaver died at the age of 65 in Perry, Box Elder, Utah, United States

1922

Harriet Gibbons died

1935

Cheree Lunt was born

1936

Richard Sperry and Mrs. Dennis Sperry were sealed for time and eternity

1949

John Wright and Ann Perry were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1954

Charles Sperry was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1972

Henry Melvin Sperry completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1977

Mary and Hannah Pitt were sealed for time and eternity to their parents in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1986

Agnes Coalter Golightly died

This Day In Our Family History

1642

Thomas Bennett was born in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States to James Bennett and Hannah Wheeler

1716

Thomas Lunt was born in Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Lunt and Ms. Millington

1879

Amanda Morgan died at the age of 84 in Nephi,. Juab, Utah, United States

1882

Royal James Rowley was born

1911

Edward Raymond Lunt and Florence Blackett were married

1933

Moses Brockett was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1936

Cora Weaver died

1949

Alonzo Lorraine Lunt died

1991

Della Lunt was buried at Bountiful Memorial Park, which is located at 2224 South West in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1736

Mary Rogers was born in Richford, Franklin, Vermont, United States to James Rogers and Mrs. Mary Rogers

1745

Ebenezer Mansfield died

1808

Samuel Brand was christened at the age of 9

1810

George Weaver died at approximately 15 years old

1832

Phillip Hammons died in Jackson, Alabama, United States

1884

Anna Rosenquist Nelson, 24 days old, was christened in Efveröd, Kristianstad, Sweden

1885

Richard Evans and Anaretta Webb were married

1887

Jeanette Sperry was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1949

Mathew Lamont completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1953

Lydia Jane Kendall was buried Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1957

Herbert Scoll was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1971

Richard Boulton and Mrs. Eleanor Boulton were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Logan Utah Temple, which is located in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States; their children, Barnard, Jane and John Boulton were sealed to them at the same time.

Barnard Boulton and Sarah Wells were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Logan Utah Temple, which is located in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States; their children, Chrysagon, Isabell, Robert and Sarah Boulton were sealed to them at the same time.

1977

Matthew, William and Benjamin Pitt were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1980

Coral Lorraine Bolton died in Magalia, Butte, California, United States