James William Rowley

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James William Rowley

Also Known As: "Sonny", "Son"
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Sciotoville, Scioto, Ohio, United States
Death: February 22, 1942 (39)
VA Hospital, Huntington, Wayne, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Franklin Rowley and Myrtie Elizabeth Sowards
Husband of Alice Eva Rowley / Brooks
Father of Walter Ernest Rowley; Private and Private
Brother of Virginia Alice Rowley; Sanford E. Rowley; Nellie Mae Rowley; Lena Elizabeth Lima Lourine Hale; Thomas E Rowley and 1 other
Half brother of Franklin Woodrow Rowley; Francis Rowley and Herbert Lee Rowley

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About James William Rowley

Monday Feb.23,1942-Huntington,Wv. paper

James W.Rowley-Forty-two years old,216 Bellview Road,who died yesterday in a Huntington hospital after an illness of a week,will be buried in Oaklawn Cemetery following funeral services at 2:30 P.M. tomorrow at the Freewill Baptist Church in Guyandotte.The body will be returned to the home of the father,Frank Rowley,501 Richmond Street,Guyandotte,today at 11:A.M from the Cavendish Funeral Home.Surviving in addition to the father are the widow,Mrs.Alice E.Rowley,and three sons,Walter Ernest,Warren William and Robert Edmond Rowley,all of Huntington.(This was how it was in the paper)

He died in the VA Hospital,his death certificate says he was in the service during peace time.

Notes about James given to Judi from Bill his son.

About his courtship with Alice E. Wright. They both lived in a boarding room house, James step mother did not want Franklin's Indian's around. So this is where he stayed when he wasn't working. Dad said he came into the house one day, and Alice was washing her hair in the sink. He came up and brushed a lock of her hair out of her face then kissed her. He said since they were both single, that maybe they should be single together. (his proposal)

James loved hitching a ride on the train. He had worked for the railroad building track. On day he left the house to get a loaf of bread and cigarettes and Alice didn't hear from him for 3 months. He called her from Tennesse. They were always moving. If Alice wanted to keep anything she would keep it packed. He would come in from work and tell her that they were moving.

Dad told me that James had lied about his age so that he could get into the service. He was stationed in Texas and rode horseback... so I am assuming that he was in a calvary of sorts. He was doing somekind of guard detail and fell asleep on his horse. The troops an horses are trained when a sandstorm comes in to lay the horse down and cover them both with a tarp to save their eyesight. With James being asleep when the storm hit, he was not able to get this done in time. The horse was put down and after being hospitalized he was discharged. Years later he lost one eye then the other. The doctors had him on morphine to ease the pain, but it shortened his life.

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James William Rowley's Timeline

1902
May 6, 1902
Sciotoville, Scioto, Ohio, United States
1920
November 27, 1920
Age 18
Huntington, WV, United States
1942
February 22, 1942
Age 39
Huntington, Wayne, West Virginia, United States