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Reporter, John Van Rowley

A daughter was born, December 10, 1958 to Bill and Kay Powell. Kay is the daughter of John Van and Itha Rowley. She was given the name of Stacie Powell on 4 Jan. 1959, by Elder Ralph S. Rowley.

Elder Ralph S. Rowley son of John Van Rowley and Itha, his wife, received a call to the South Australian Mission of December 19, 1958. His Farewell Testimonial was held Jan 18, 1959 in the Strafford Ward. He entered the Mission Home, January 19, 1959 and left by plane for his field of labor, January 26, 1959 at 3:15 a.m. from Western Air Lines, Salt Lake City, Utah. His mission address is:

Elder Ralph S. Rowley
189 Kooyong Road, Toorak S.E. 2
Victoria, Australia


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Word has been received by David Wm. Rowley and wife, Lillian, from their son, Ralph A. Rowley and wife Aleene and son Kurtis. Ralph is a 2nd Luet. In the Air Force and is in Flight Training in Mission, Texas. They are well and are enjoying the Texas weather. Their address is:

2nd Luet. Ralph A. Rowley
A.O. 3094687
Box 653
Mission Air Force Base
Mission, Texas

We would also like to report that a Farewell Testimonial was held for Elder Hugh A. Rowley, another son of David Wm. and Lillian Alcorn Rowley, on Sunday, February 8, 1959, prior to his departure for the Argentina Mission. On Monday, February 9, he left Salt Lake City by plane for New York where he will depart, by plane, for Argentina.

It is also noteworthy to report that David Wm. and Lillian Rowley have another sweet grandson. Scott Calvin Rowley was born on December 19, 1959, to Mr. & Mrs. Douglas A. Rowley of Salt Lake City. He is a very sweet baby, and has one older brother, Billie. They had the baby blessed and named on Sunday, February 1, 1959 by his proud and happy daddy.

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Rebecca Brand was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom to Abraham Brand and Margaret Francis


Matthew Pitt and Elizabeth Martin were married in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Utah, United States

Ann Orpin was buried


Clarissa Loretta Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Sperry and Emily Louisa Miller


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


Thomas Sayre completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Nelson Earl Lunt was born, in the covenant, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to Earl Sperry Lunt, age 41, and Edna Viola Nelson, age 42. He was an only child


Elizabeth Nelms completed her endowment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Jane Purnell completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Shirley Mae Grace completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Bountiful Utah Temple, which is located at 640 South Bountiful Boulevard in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States


Joan Thompson died on Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

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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.

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Reporter, Chester Lyman

We went over to see Ralph Rowley and to see how Keith was and find he is getting along just fine. Ralph works for the Indian Department and had gone to Ft. Duchesne, which is headquarters for the Indian Department. Ralph’s wife, Beth, was home with Keith and is very happy for the progress of their son.

My oldest sister, Mable O’Fallon of Gunnison, Colorado has sold the ranch of 5,000 acres in Gunnison and now is visiting with her son who is a professor in the State College at Manhattan, Kansas. She will also visit her daughter, Patricia Favalt in Muncie, Indiana during February, 1959. Mr. Favalt is a professor in Ball University in Muncie, Indiana.

The Lymans are publishing a book of the lives of the sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of Amasa M. Lyman. I received a small sketch of the life of Edna Lyman Smith, which I am sending you. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon and works at the State College. (We are grateful to Chester Lyman for this wonderful history, and are filing it for future use.)

I have leased my Motel in Duchesne and have retired. We still live in Duchesne, however. We have one daughter, Laura May Timothy in San Bernardino, California and Jeannine Wallace in Duchesne.

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Reporter, Clara O’Toole

Mary T. O’Toole Goodsell, late resident of France, arrived in Palo Alto, California Jan. 21, 1959, for a visit with her father, John O’Toole, before continuing on to New York where she hopes to find employment. She recently received notice of final action of a divorce decree issued in France, whereby she has resumed her maiden name. She has been employed for about seven years in Europe (mostly France). The return trip was made from Copenhagen to Anchorage, Alaska directly over the North Pole, in 16 ½ hours of flying time, but only 5 ½ hours by clock time. She left Copenhagen at 1:00 a.m. January 11th and arrived at Anchorage at 6:30 a.m. January 11th. The entire flight was made in total darkness.

Aileen (Anni) Rowley, daughter of Frank and Vena Rowley of Kenai, Alaska was married January 15, 1959 to John Hopkins formerly of Jewell, Oregon. They will make their home in Kenai. The bride was very happy to have her cousin Mary O’Toole arrive just in time, from France, to join the festivities.

Eleanor, wife of Leslie Rowley of Seattle, went to the Mayo Clinic last summer, for diagnosis and treatment. She has been under par for quite some time but is reported as greatly improved.

Another great granddaughter for your reporter. Leigh Ann, born to Dererlee Bayton Holmes, and husband Frank. She was born October 24, 1950 at Garden Grove, California. A big, healthy youngster weighed in at nine pounds and fifteen ounces.

Editor’s note

We would like to report the change of address for Mrs. Clara O’Toole, she is now living at 2236 Oakwood Drive, East Palo Alto, California. Her husband, John retired the first of July, and they bought a house completely furnished including wall-to-wall carpeting, television, refrigerator, dishes, pictures, garden tools, hoses, etc. we are very happy to announce this change of address and we are sure they would like to hear from their friends who have lost contact with them since their move.

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Daniel Robbins and Hope Potter were married


Rebecca Bishop completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Sarah Bendall was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Joseph Packer and Elizabeth Nelms were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints