History: David William Rowley

My sister-in-law (Erma Thornton) and my nephew, Johnny Rowley (John Rowley) came by to see us. He was on his way overseas with the Army. He played the piano for us. Erma and Estella(Estella Cordelia Tidwell) had a good visit and seemed to like each other.

We went to Nampa for Christmas. We stayed with Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) that night. We had a turkey dinner at Harold’s (Harold Norman Johnson) place. Myrna Jean sure is a good cook. (I have two daughters that are good cooks, too.) They all have lovely children.

As soon as we got back we heard that Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) and Lois (Lois Evelyn Chapman) were in town and wanted to see us. Estella finally got to meet my dear brother Walter and we all had a good visit.

My niece Opal (Opal M. Rowley) had joined her husband in California but she left her oldest son in Tremonton to finish school. Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma came there to take care of him so my wife had a chance to get to know Francis. I have felt very close to my older brother all of my life. While we were there on a Sunday I heard Francis bear his testimony on paying tithing and I heard him say that he knew that the church was true. This was very precious to me.

The year of 1964 was a memorable one. First because we had a bumper crop of grandchildren – five – two sets of them born just two days apart. Harold’s son, Steven Paul Johnson, born 23 June 1964 in Nampa, Idaho; Hugh’s (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Carol Annette Rowley born 25 June 1964 in California; Ralph’s (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Janiel Rowley, born 7 July 1964; Douglas’ (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) daughter, Roxanne Rowley, born 4 October 1964 in Salt Lake City; and Archie’s (Archie Johnson) daughter, Tonya K. Johnson born 6 October 1964, in Boise, Idaho.

Another momentous thing was that I made some breakthroughs in my research. A sister Rosella Warren from Nevada, had been corresponding with me because she had a Nicholas Paul line and we thought it was a common line until a death certificate from England proved that it wasn’t her line. So she sent the information to me and offered to ma all that her researcher in England had found plus several certificates from Somerset House in England. We didn’t think she was asking enough for it so the officers of the Paul Organization put in $10 each and we doubled her price.

This material proved to be the gateway to the records of my people in Cornwall, England. We were able to substantiate all of this material in the library and to find much more. Estella was a great help with this work. We found ten of my direct lines in Cornwall and we extended them about five generations. As a result we were able to send in eighty-three family group sheets and in the three years following that we were able to do the sealing’s on these and others.

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History: David William Rowley

On 2 November 1962 we had the pleasure of going to the Logan Temple with Estella’s (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) daughter, Virginia (Virginia Fern Johnson) and her husband, Chad McKnight (Chad Layne McKnight), to be sealed. Their two little girls were like sweet little angels when they were sealed to their parents. Virginia was so happy that she wept.

The Salt Lake Temple was closed for quite a while so Estella and I went to many of the other temples on excursions and we enjoyed it very much.

About the first of the year Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) brought a beautiful girl home for us to meet. Her name was Gail Jensen. In about a month Hugh told us that they were getting married. I told him that he hadn’t known her very long. He said, “You should talk, you set the example by getting married in six weeks after you net!” That shut me up! They were married 9 February 1963 in Las Vegas. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple.

On 11 May 1963 another little boy came to bless Dwain (Dwain Eugene Judkins) and Margie’s (Marjorie Ann Rowley) home. They named him Mark Ammon and he proved to be a live wire and kept the whole family on their toes. Stella and I took care of him for a few days when he was about a year old.

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) and Jana (Janevie Clegg) were getting anxious to have children, but so far they had not been able to, so they went to Elder Harold B. Lee for a special blessing. Elder Lee had married them. Shortly after this special blessing, Jana became with child. They were so happy. It soon became apparent that they were going to have twins! As time drew closer they had x-rays taken and it was discovered that the twins were joined together on their backs, but it was just a skin joining. Jana became ill and was not feeling well so Clayton asked the father of a good friend of his, Brother Dehaun, to come over and give her a blessing. The twins were born shortly thereafter. Stella and I were allowed to see them and the sores they had. These little boys were named Bruce Charles and Bert William, and they were born 3 June 1963, My how my progeny was increasing. The twins made my 16th and 17thgrandchildren.

About this time Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and Don (Donald Eugene Smith) came by on their way from California to Georgia. They were anxious to meet my new wife. I could see right away that Grace and Estella like each other. It was good to see the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) and to have them back if only for a little while.

In August or September 1963 Estella’s sister Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) came up to visit and introduced her to our neighbor and landlord, we were buying the place from him, Bill Mitchell. They had both lost their mates so they decided to get married. We tried to tell Lavern that she should get to know him better. Anyway we had a wedding for them in our home on 23 November 1963. President Kennedy had been assassinated the day before. It was really nice for Stella to have her sister living just down the street.

Stella had another little granddaughter born to Archie (Archie Johnson) and Verna on 23 January 1963. They named her Janae Johnson.

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History: David William Rowley

We stayed at the Driftwood Motel that night. The next day I took Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) to meet some of my old friends and then we went out to the home of a cousin of mother’s, Sara Jane Killian (Sarah Jane Coles). I had known her when I was young. She seemed very glad to see me and invited up to stay with her. The next day I took Estella over to see my old girlfriend, Virginia. We had gone together for a long time when I lived there, before we moved to Montana. While I was talking to Virginia, Stella got to talking to her husband and found that he was a brother to one of her best friends in Nampa. This was the way it was several times – maybe I would go to see a second cousin and she would find she was related to the husband, or vice versa.

 I only had a few days off from work so we started back to Bountiful. We got as far as Tremonton that night. We stayed with Opal Cutler (Opal M. Rowley), my niece, and her family. Opal and Stella liked each other right off and we enjoyed our short visit. The next day we went on to Bountiful and took up our married life. We were very happy.

A few weeks after we were married my cousin Ralph Rowley, the cousin that was so close when we were boys, and his wife, Donna, came out from Salt Lake City to see us. They were our first dinner guests. They have been out good friends ever since. Stella thought we looked enough alike to be brothers.

Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) had enlisted in the Marines just before we were married. He had to leave for his basic training soon after. Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) had finished his six months in the Army and was back home. He got a job in Salt Lake, but was living at home. He said that it was sure good to hear his Dad laugh again. After a while he got a place to live in Salt Lake.

Stella’s brother, Hubert (Hubert Tidwell) came to see us for a visit and stayed on. He was quite a bit of help, but we would rather have been by ourselves. Of course the home was my children’s and they were always welcome.

The first year we were married many relatives came to see us, including several of Lillian’s (Lillian Alcorn) relatives – we thought that was really nice. One day the doorbell rang and Stella went to answer it. A man grabbed her and gave her a great big smack (kiss) – it turned out to be Bert Murphy (Bert Lund Murphy), of course. He had Verda (Verda May Rowley) stay in the car. They both came in stayed for a few days’ visit. Stella said she wished it had been her sister or someone else who answered the door so the joke would have been on Bert.

On our first anniversary we had been in Salt Lake and I had planned to take my wife out to dinner, but when we got home we found Leonard (Leonard Clark Alcorn), Lillian’s brother, had dropped in for a visit.

Oh yes, the first year we were married was memorable because of the birth of some more grandchildren. On 17 September 1962 Stella’s daughter, Geneal (Geneal Rose Johnson) gave birth to a baby boy. They named him Mark Redd. Stella went down to Orem to be with Geneal for a few days. This made her 7th grandchild.

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History: David William Rowley

Luella (Luella Jones) invited Stella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) down to her house for a visit and to meet me. Stella recognized my form as the man she had seen in her dreams, and she had the feeling that she had known me forever, that we had walked hand in hand together, somewhere. She told me later that it was as though her spirit gave a big sigh of contentment – as though it had finally come home after a long absence. I had a strong feeling for her, too, but I was still going with Marie (who had just left on a two week vacation – how’s that for timing?). I went to the Temple and prayed about it and the spirit confirmed that Estella was the woman I should marry.

I took Sister Johnson, as I was still calling her, down to Margie’s (Marjorie Ann Rowley) for Sunday dinner and to introduce Stella to them. Stella liked them very much. After this we saw each other every night for a week. Then I asked her to marry me and she said yea. We went to see my Bishop and while we were there, Estella asked us to give her a blessing. I touched the top of her head with the consecrated oil and asked the Lord to heal her of her afflictions from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Then Bishop Jack Bangeter gave her a wonderful blessing. Joseph Cutler and Brother Call were counselors and helped, too. Estella has told me that as soon as I asked the Lord to heal her she felt that healing power go all through her. She had a very painful kidney condition that she had been too shy to tell me about, but from that day to this she has been free of it. She didn’t even have to get any more medication; her condition was chronic before this.

I went up on the bus with Estella to meet her children who were living in Idaho and to break the news to them. We also met with her Bishopric and received their blessing. They were happy that she had met a good man to marry. Her children seemed to be happy also, even though their mother hadn’t been a widow for very long. When I got ready to come home I missed the bus at Nampa and Harold (Leonard Clark Alcorn) raced as fast as he could and we caught it at Mountain Home just as it was ready to pull out. I got home about midnight.

We were going to be married in September, but found that the Idaho Falls Temple would be closed all month so we met in Idaho Falls on 30 August 1962, with our sons, Hugh Rowley (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) and Harold Johnson (Harold Norman Johnson) acting as witnesses. Estella’s sister Lavern (Lavern Ellen Tidwell) and her daughter-in-law Myrna Jean and her cousin Ida Mae and my daughter and son-in-law Marge and Dwain Judkins (Dwain Eugene Judkins) were with us. My son, Grant, (Grant Alcorn Rowley) was of real service because he took care of Marge and Dwain’s children (David Lenn, Deon Eugene, Dwana Kay and Myron Dwain Judkins). After the ceremony, Dwana came and gave her new grandmother a kiss. Margie told us to treasure that because she gave those kisses very sparingly, (two found this to be true). She was almost five years old.

Dwain and Margie had arranged a wedding dinner for us. We had a private room in a nice restaurant. Marge’s children and Harold and Myrna Jean sang for us. We took a few pictures and then the others left for their homes.

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History: David William Rowley

Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) had dated a girl named Janevie Clegg before he went on his mission and after a couple of unsuccessful engagements to some other lovely girls, he and Jana started dating again and this time it clicked! On 16 February 1962 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. This was wonderful for Clayton as he had been at loose ends and now he could settle down and establish a home and family. It had been hard on him after Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) died and I was grateful that he found a lovely girl to share his life with and make each other happy.

School was out and Don (Donald Eugene Smith), who was back from overseas, came to pick up his family. About the same time my sister Verda (Verda May Rowley) came to visit, she helped me to house clean and to paint walls and woodwork. I also made some changed of closets, doors, etc. in the old house.

I introduced Verda’s to the woman I was going with and took her along with Marie and me and Marie’s children when we went on an outing. I was seriously thinking of asking this lovely lady to marry me. I was so tired of being alone and had silently given myself a deadline of September 1 to be married again. I could see that Verda didn’t really approve of the situation of Marie having children still at home, and she thought that would cause a problem at my age.

Well the Lord moves in mysterious ways! He had someone else in mind for me as you will see.

About the 1st of July, on a Sunday, I had been impressed all day to call my cousin, Luella (Luella Jones Downard). Then as the day progressed I received the impression that she was supposed to introduce me to someone. Luella told us later that the spirit went right through her when I said this, entering the top of her head and going through to her feet. This administration of the spirit was an affirmation of what the Lord had been preparing for her. She knew exactly the person she was supposed to introduce me to. She told me her name and where she lived.

To give you an understanding of this I will have to go back a ways. Luella and Estella Tidwell (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) had been school chums when they were children and they had continued to be friends, well more than friends – they loved and admired each other.

The 1st week of February, 1962 Estella came to Salt Lake to so a week of research in the genealogical library and she stayed with Luella. They talked and Stella told Luella that even though she might be left alone sometime, she was not going to be sealed to her husband. After Stella had gone home every time Luella thought of her favorite cousin, ME, she would also think of Stella and she would see the two of us walking hand in hand. She would say to herself, “but Stella is still married!” Then she would have the same experience again.

On 5 June 1962, Luella heard that Stella’s husband (Earl Robert Johnson) had died. The impression that she would be the instrument to bring these two loved ones of hers together grew stronger than ever. As for Stella, she tells me that she had seen me in two very special dreams. The Holy Ghost told her while she was in the Temple that she would have a man of her own to bring her to the Temple.

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History: David William Rowley

Some of my dearest memories are of these reunions and the warm and loving times we had together. The family tree I had made was a binding influence, also the family paper, I kind of long to go back to those times. More details of this time in my life can be found in my notebooks.

Sometimes I have a wonderful feeling that life is so sweet and I have the assurance that all is well. I haven’t always had the feeling and I haven’t always done as I should. But I do pray that I will and that I will have His spirit to be with me to guide me and help me to have the strength and inspiration to do right and to keep His commandments.

Being President of this new organization as well as trying to keep the Rowley’s going took a lot of my time but it gave me a great deal of satisfaction. Marjorie was doing a good job of the paper and I was happy for that.

I started going out with other women a year or so after Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) died. I went to some of the singles parties, etc., that the Church puts out. I met some of the women there, others were introduced to me by friends. I wanted to get married again, but just couldn’t seem to find anyone that fully satisfied me. I did not want to marry a divorced woman, but I did want one that I could take to the Temple.

I had kept my friendship up with Luella and Manuel Downard. I loved those two and they loved me. Sometimes I would call them on the phone quite late in the evening, maybe after I had spent many hours in the library doing research, and we would talk of genealogy. I could talk about anything to them and they didn’t seem to mind how late I called.

By February, 1961 Hugh (Hugh Alcorn Rowley) had finished his mission and came home. He had filed a fine mission, had many converts and many spiritual experiences. Since we were not at war and he was qualified to do, he decided to go into the Army for six months and get that duty taken care of before he went on with his life.

In April I received word of the birth of another little granddaughter. Kristine had a sister and Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) and Aleene (Aleene Sumsion) had three children (Kurtis Wayne, Kristine and Lorrian) now. They named her Lorraine. She was my lucky 13th grandchild, born 12 April 1961.

Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and the children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) were with me through 1961. Sometimes I took Grace places with me and sometimes we were mistaken for brother and sister instead of father and daughter. My own dear sister, Verda (Verda May Rowley), came to visit from Montana as often as she could and we went places together also. We always enjoyed each other’s company so much.

On 9 November 1961 Marjorie (Marjorie Ann Rowley) gave birth to her fourth child, another beautiful, brown-eyed little boy. They name him Myron Dwain. He was a special joy to me and he still is.

I was going with a woman who lived in Bountiful, but later moved to Salt Lake. Her name was Stella King Galloway. She was quite a genealogist and I was interested in that field myself. I used to go to the library and do research on my days off and on Saturdays and would work on my records and things for the family organizations far into the night, sometimes.

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History: David William Rowley

A little later in the year I had the offer to be the custodian of the Bountiful High School. I had four or five class rooms and the shops to clean. I also took care of some of the yards, mowing and irrigating, that is all the small yards and placed where the large mower couldn’t go. I was also doing carpenter work for others on the side.

Don (Donald Eugene Smith) was going overseas again, so Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and her four young children (Cheryl Jeanette, Donna Diane, Ronald Steven and Lillian Lorraine Smith) came to live with me and the boys (Clayton Alcorn, Hugh Alcorn and Grant Alcorn Rowley). This was sometime along the last part of the year. Having them there relieved my loneliness quite a bit and gave the boys and me someone to cook for us. The place was pretty crowded and noisy at times with children in the house again.

While Grace was there I was doing my work at the High School, and building a garage for one man, and helping on a house for another man and I guess I wasn’t getting as much sleep as I needed. I suppose I was also putting too many hours in to my work because I had a spell with palpitations of my heart. The doctor gave me medication and said I had to get more rest. During this time I also was helping to build the Bountiful 12th ward chapel. I worked here for several months. Earlier I had worked on several big jobs in the Salt Lake area.

I had become very dear and close friends with some of my Rowley cousins, including Luella Jones Downard, while Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) was living. Now I took it upon myself to get to know some of my Paul cousins (this was Dad’s mother’s line). I visited, among others, Dad’s cousin, Mabel Stott Clegg and her husband Fred Clegg. They became very close and I enjoyed their company very much.

With the help of Mary Bradley and Mabel Clegg and others I called the descendants of Nicholas Paul and Harriet May Paul together and we formed the Paul Family Society. I was voted in as President with Loren Paul as 1st counselor and James Smith as 2nd counselor with Mary Bradley as the secretary.

The association I have had with these cousins through the years, many of whom were Rowley as well as Paul descendants, has been a great joy to me and to Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) also, since we have been married.

While I am speaking of Family Organizations back in 1956. Lillian was a great help to me. I was put in as President of this one when we had the first reunion on 16 June 1956. Before this and after for several years, Lillian and I traveled hundreds of miles, I guess, visiting and friend shipping cousins from both sides of the Rowley lines. I was told by some that I could never get the together, but I did and much bad feeling and ironed out and laid aside by our meeting and remembering that we all descended from great and courageous pioneers. Pioneers that had sacrificed all to come to Zion and live in peace and worship the Lord as they knew they should and to make it possible for their descendants to do likewise. We came to know that we owed them a debt that could only be paid by doing the work for them in the Temple that would seal them as families and permit them to go on in their endeavors to become perfected and to gain eternal life. So on both the Rowley’s and the Paul’s we formed committees to do research and also Temple ordinances for our dead.

Luella Downard told Estella later that “Dave just put his arms around these cousins and loved them into coming to the reunions and then loved them some more until they thought it a pleasure to work with him in doing these things. He always went the extra mile, then added some for good measure!”

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