History: David William Rowley

While we were living near Margie I gave some of my extra fishing poles to her boys and I took them fishing. We did pretty good sometimes and I enjoyed having this to do with my grandsons we fished mostly in the Provo River, but sometimes I went to Deer Creek Reservoir and I used to like to watch the base swim around and around. We could watch our hooks and bait, then all of a sudden they might decide to take it, maybe come in quick, then change their mind. At Deer Creek I got some pretty nice fish. It was interesting to watch the water in the river. Sometimes it was so clear I could see the fish watching me through the water.

I had some interesting fishing trips with Lavern’s new husband, Dewey Chidester. We went over to Wellington on our vacations and went out to Joe’s Valley and really caught some good trout.  Lavern would cook up a pan full with bacon strips and we would eat them and then we would catch some more. It makes my mouth water just to think of it.

On another trip we drove the pickup and Dewey pulled a trailer up to Ferron Reservoir. It was a wonderful place to fish and there was a large snow bank where Rusty loved to play. I was so surprised to see that even up in the mountains like this there were dandelions everywhere.

The mountain was steep and we went through some water on the way back, then discovered we had lost our brakes and it scared us. We topped and let them dry out then we went safely back to Wellington and home the next day. Dewey and Lavern came to see us a few times while we lived in Provo.

Where we lived we could see the whole circle of mountains around Provo. That was one of the things we liked about being there. This is how I have tried to describe it. The scenery surrounding Provo was grand. The lake to the west was beautiful and especially at sundown when the sun was shining across the water reflecting the colors of the sky or looking brassy or gold. Sometimes the water was ripply and other times it was very still. I will never forget the pleasure I had in living there and seeing this and the everlasting mountains raising their solid bastions to the skies with Timpanogas lying asleep. Never to be disturbed but broken through by the canyon of the Provo River. What centuries it must have taken to make that canyon by steady, continual erosion, the beautiful sides of the mountain, changing into differed robes with the seasons. In the spring there is a lovely new green of grass and brush and trees, mingled with the rocky cliffs that tower so high. It would seem impossible to climb but when nearer seen and better known are crisscrossed by pathways that are unseen from below. As the seasons go on, she changed robes again, the oak brush becomes red, the quacking aspens put in their bright yellow and then the beautiful maples scatter their gorgeous hues of color. Then with the first snows they put on their white bonnets usually lasting till spring. The sight is so grand to see and remember. When I think of the glories of the earth I hated to leave such beauty. We should not let such things become old and common because they are constantly seen.

Estella had a special feeling about these mountain, too, especially Mount Timpanogas. There is a very lovely Indian legend about it. Sometimes when she was cleaning the rooms upstairs and she needed a break she would throw open a window (you couldn’t see through these chapel windows), even in the winter, and drink in the rugged beauty and partake of the peaceful message that seemed to come from those mountains.

To be continued…

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How Are You Related To Me?

Paternal Great-Great-Uncle: Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
Charles Alonzo 48 + Charles Henry 46 – Jeanette 16 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal Great-Great-Aunt (Wife of Paternal Great-Great-Uncle): June Lillian McLachlan – 235
June Lillian 235 = Charles Alonzo 48 + Charles Henry 46 – Jeanette 16 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Charles Alonzo Sperry, Jr. – 236
Charles Alonzo, Jr. 236 + Charles Alonzo 48 + Charles Henry 46 – Jeanette 16 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

This Day In Our Family History

1711

Anna Sperry was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Moses Sperry and Anna Hannah Blakeslee

1825

Abigail Morgan died

1868

Fred McLaughlin was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Chatham Ewing McLaughlin and Rowena Amelia Terhewn, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Los Angeles California Temple, which is located at 10777 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

1899

Clarissa Loretta Sperry died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1928

Doreen Grace Bell was born in California, United States to John Alvin Bell and Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder

1951

Ann Bendall completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1982

Coral Lorraine Bolton completed her endowment ordinance and was sealed, by proxy, for time and eternity to her parents, Charles Edward Bolton and Olive Dove Doke, 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

1995

Ann Marie Cowan died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

History: David William Rowley

We soon had responsible positions in the ward. It was good to be back to work, also. I was put in as the leader of the Adult Aaronic Priesthood of the ward and Estella was chosen for the Spiritual Living teacher for the Relief Society. Our jobs were very challenging and we enjoyed them.

It was so nice to live just up the street from Dwain and Marge and their children. Dwain and I have always had a mutual admiration for each other and we love to talk and share ideas. I still feel the need to go back and renew that relationship.

This happened a few years ago, but I would like to share it now as we are talking about Margie’s children. We had taken Myron with us one day when he was about three or foot to hunt for garden rocks. We went over on the other side of Utah Lake. We found some nice rocks and decided the easiest was to get them to the car was to roll them down the hill because they were so heavy. Myron would pick up the biggest rock he could and he’d say…”1, 2, 3, boomty-boom,” and throw it down the hill, laughing as he watched it go. Grandma had left our good lunch behind but Myron was still happy even though we just had soda crackers to eat. He went on home to Bountiful with us and stayed a few days. He couldn’t understand why we were so tired after handling all those rocks, he wasn’t!

Harold and Myrna Jean came down for a short visit while we lived in this house. We enjoyed the children, especially Mike, who was growing into quite a fine boy. Little Steven was always a real curious child and this time he had to find out how everything worked, even if it was something that could hurt him. He didn’t want to mind nearly as well as he does now after a few more years of training at home. I have noticed this with so many children, they can be little stinkers when they are small, but if the parents continue to consistently and persistently train them in the way they should go, setting a good example all the while, the child becomes a real fine youth and man or woman.

The work at the chapel was new and hard especially at first when we were doing painting as well as cleaning. I was mowing the lawns, weeding and trimming edges as well. We enjoyed working in the house of the Lord because it was the House of the Lord and we always tried to remember this.

When October came there was a lot of leaves on the chapel yard. We were so busy that we dreaded having to get out there and rake them all up in piles and dispose of them, but we knew it had to be done. One day while we were both inside getting ready for Sunday, a big wind came up and blew those leaves all off the church yard and strait down the road for quite a ways. We were grateful to the Lord for sending the wind.

We were worried about Virginia and we knew that she could not take care of the yard work on our place in Bountiful, so on our weekly days off we would drive up there and take care of things and find out how the family was doing. These trips and the extra work was quite hard on us.

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Paternal Great-Great-Uncle: John Edgar Lunt – 45
John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal Great-Great-Aunt (Wife of Paternal Great-Great-Uncle): Lydia Jane Kendall – 226
Lydia Jane 226 = John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Homer Kendall Lunt – 227
Homer Kendall 227 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Marie Lunt – 228
Marie 228 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Aiden Lunt – 229
Aiden 229 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Boyd E. Lunt – 230
Boyd E. 230 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Beth Lunt – 231
Beth 231 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Ruth Lunt – 232
Ruth 232 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Marjorie Lunt – 233
Marjorie 233 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Paternal 1st Cousin 2X Removed: Jane Lunt – 234
Jane 234 + John Edgar 45 + Alfred 40 – Alfred Oscar 15 – Earl Sperry 7 – Nelson Earl 2 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

This Day In Our Family History

1890

James Edward Lunt completed his endowment ordinance and then was sealed for time and eternity to Mary Ann Shaw 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

1913

Twins, Beth and Ruth Lunt, were born to John Edgar Lunt and Lydia Jane Kendall in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States. The twins were the 5th and 6th of 8 children, and the 3rd and 4th of 6 daughters, born to the couple

1935

Moses Brockett completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1951

Franklin Irvin Rowley died

1963

Fred McLaughlin died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

1964

Miles Miller was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Josiah H. Miller and Amanda Morgan, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Los Angeles California Temple, which is located at 10777 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

1965

Willard Eby Snader was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Boise Idaho Temple, which is located at 1211 South Cole Road in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States

1976

Nelson Earl Lunt was ordained an Elder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by his father, Earl Sperry Lunt

Happy Birthday!

Maelei Smith

History: David William Rowley

That summer Virginia met a man from Twin Falls that she thought she was going to marry, so she moved over there in order for the girls to start school. In November we had an invitation to come up there for Thanksgiving. We went and we could tell that Bill was crazy about Virginia, but we had the feeling that she didn’t really love him. The turned out to be the case and her asking us to come up was really a call for help.

In a little while Estella went back there and on the 13 December Hubert and I took the Dat and a trailer and moved them down to Bountiful. The weather was threatening and our load was high and we sure prayed that we would make it back safely. We pulled in under the carport I had built and we were so tired that we just had something to eat and went to bed. The next morning there was about 8 inches of snow on the ground!

It really made Estella happy to have her daughter and her grandchildren living near. In March Virginia and I took the pickup and went back to Twin Falls and got her piano and some other things that she had left with a friend.

In the next June, Opal who had moved to Richfield from California, and Harold and Myrna Jean all came to our place to stay while they went to June Conference. Myrna Jean was in the Stake Relief Society and Harold was in the Bishopric and Opal was the head of the music in her ward. What a time they had together. They were all musicians and they played and sang and we sure enjoyed them.

Opal invited us to come visit and to bring Virginia and the children and so we did that summer. Cory had gone to Nampa to stay with his dad who had remarried. On our way down to Opal’s, Stella sat in the front seat. We all had a really good time. We went fishing over to Fish Lake and we spent one day hunting for nice rocks. We still have some of them. Virginia and Opal played and sang and visited and Opal fixed us sine really good meals. I helped get the weeds out of their garden. When we had to leave Rusty behind, he wouldn’t come out from under the bed, where we slept, until we came back. He was always this way with strangers.

Well, the time had come sooner than I wanted it and on 1 July 1969 I was retired from the David County maintenance crew. They held a kind of meeting for me and gave me a wrist watch. It was a good watch and I used it for a long time.

After I retired I jobbed around fixing up things on houses. Sometimes Estella helped me. It soon became clear that we could not stay in Bountiful and live on what income I had.

Marjorie let us know that her ward was looking for a custodian and we went down and had an interview with her Bishop, James May. He was a fine man and after a while we got the job. We moved Virginia into hour house and prepared to move to Provo. Thus I left the place o had lived for 13 years and began a new phase of my life.

This was a large chapel and took a lot of work. We started in August 1969. We rented a small house, at first, from Don Reese. It was just down the road from the chapel which made it really nice for us.

To be continued…