Ernest LeGrand "Bill" Fowlke

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Life history by his daughter, Keren Fowlke Morton.

The following photos and captions were taken from a children's book on the life of Ernest LeGrand "Bill" Fowlke by his daughter Keren Fowlke Morton.


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My Dad: The doctor that delivered by dad said, "This is the most perfect baby I've ever brought into this world." (Photo: Ernest LeGrand Fowlke with his sister Mildred Elizabeth Fowlke).

My dad looked kind of like his mother "Etta" when she was a baby. (Photo: Esther "Etta" Mariah Hanks with her mother Eunice Louisa Murdock Hanks).

My dad's name was Ernest LeGrand Fowlke.

He was named after his father, Earnest Alva. My dad’s sisters called him “Bill”. My mother didn't like that name and called him LeGrand. We called my dad “EL” but not to his face. My dad had a lot of names.

He bought a wild pony with wood ticks, for $5 dollars. He cleaned him up, took of all the ticks and tamed him. His name was “Roney.” He turned out to be a great, lightening fast horse! Then the Great Depression came. He had to sell his pony to help his family. He was sad.

My dad had two dogs; one named “Tip” and a bird dog named “Queen.”

My dad tended his father's prize rams and sheep.

My dad liked school. He liked his studies. He liked to play marbles, games, sports, and sometimes he liked chasing girls. He especially liked his second grade “brown eyed” teacher. (Photo: Bill with his Lindon school mates.)

My dad lived on State Street in Lindon, Utah. (Photo: Earnest Alva Fowlke with his sons, Ernest LeGrand and "H" in front of their Lindon, Utah home, spring, 1926.)

My dad liked to fish in his underwear and his safari hat. He thought he looked cool!

My dad had lots of hats. He always wore hats. He had work hats, dress hats and play hats.

Dad had lots of sisters too. Seven to be exact. (Photo: Etta, Earnest A., Mildred, Lucille, Ola, Bill, Winiferd, Flora, Lois, H, (Mae is missing).

He had only one brother, his name was “H”, (and the dog was "Tip").

My dad liked to go deer hunting. Sometimes he hiked and sometimes he rode horses. He liked to go with my mother, Lola. (Photo: LeGrand and Lola in the Uintah mountains.)

My dad worked very hard. He had to grow, mow, rake, bail and store hay to feed the cow. He grew wonderful fruits and vegetables for us to eat. He worked at the Geneva Steel plant and he was a forest ranger. (Photo: LeGrand, Ann Lee, Jane (toddler), Lorraine, harvesting hay on the east side of their Orem, Utah home.)

My dad liked history and he liked to do genealogy. He told us about the pioneers. He told us about his great grandfather, Ephraim Knowlton Hanks. “Eph” was a prayerful and spiritual man. He did what the Holy Ghost told him to do. He rode his horse in horse-waist deep snow hundreds of miles. He helped the starving and freezing handcart pioneers in Wyoming. He brought them buffalo meat, and healed their frozen feet and hands. He healed some of the Indian’s sick children too. (Picture, "Following the Spirit" by Clark K. Price.)

My dad loved my mother. (Photo: Salt Lake Temple wedding (12 March 1941), Cedar Fort, Utah reception.)

He didn't like it when William made ugly faces. (Photo: Ann Lee, Jane, LeGrand, baby Clark, Keren, Lorraine, William.)

My dad loved his family. (Photo: Keren, Lorraine, William, Ann Lee, Jane, Lola, Clark, Joel, LeGrand.)

My dad loved to tell us about how brave his Uncle Corey Hanks was. Corey lost both hands and his eyesight at age 21. He was climbing up to a mine when the blasting caps he was carrying exploded. After months of operations, he became addicted to the drug morphine, which his doctors had given him for the really bad pain he had. He locked himself into his room for days and went through the horrible time getting off the need for this drug. He never let his handicaps get in his way. He made his living by giving talks about his experiences all over the world.