Lola Hacking Fowlke

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(Dictated to her nephew, Richard Page)

APRIL 4, 2003

Lola Hacking Fowlke in her later years is still living in her home that she and her husband, Earnest LeGrand Fowlke, built for their family in Orem, Utah.  Currently Lola is confined to a wheel chair except for sleeping and she is doing remarkably well.  Her positive outlook on life is most helpful for her.  In recounting her memories her voice would indicate a little emotion, having to pause for a minute to continue sharing those things that she holds close to her heart.  One of her comments was, "I'm lame and blind and really coming to the end of my line," a rather cute comment don't you think?  My fond memories are as follows:


The first time I met LeGrand was while I was attending my freshman get acquainted dance that was held in the men's gym on the Brigham Young University Campus. LeGrand especially like what I was wearing which was a golden colored blouse and a blue skirt that happened to be the school's colors.  He asked me to dance with him. Soon after my sorority was organizing a dance, so I ask LeGrand to be my partner for this special occasion.  Our friendship was a happy time as we would greet each other on our walks between the Education Building and College Hall. LeGrand would be on his way to the bookstore.  The budding relationship of LeGrand and Lola was starting to bloom.  We always managed to see each other in the halls and other places on campus, and have a special moment of exchange with each other. LeGrand courted Lola by asking her to go to various school activities with him.  The football and basketball games, and occasionally a silent movie at the Capitol theatre assisted in helping to build our strong friendship.

LeGrand lived with his oldest sister Lucille and her husband Joseph Page who owned a home in Provo that was located near the lower campus and a block off University Avenue.  He assisted them in their various jobs about the house and yard to cover his rent while he was going to the University.  I was attracted to him.  LeGrand was an individual that who was a clean cut person, one who did not have any bad personal habits.

After we became better acquainted, LeGrand took Lola to meet his parents who lived in Orem, Utah.  He told her of his parent's financial misfortune during the depression.  His parents had lost their new large red brick home and several pieces of property due to the depression that devastated many families throughout the United States.  It had been necessary that LeGrand's family members move into a portion of a small home that was previously owned by Grandfather Frederick Fowlke.  This experience was devastating to the well being of his parents and family members.

LeGrand's parents had been very helpful to his older brother, John Frederick Fowlke who never married.  As John Frederick's health failed him he was getting very old, they help him extensively.  He laid in state in our parlor at the time of his death. John Frederick gave to Esther and Earnest Fowlke a small plot of ground located in Orem, Utah.  LeGrand was a wonderful son to his parents.  He knew that their living conditions had to be adjusted. He left his schooling for approximately one year.  He and his younger brother, DH, built a basement home.  Many families built basement homes after they had lost their original homes during the great crash.  LeGrand had never built any other structure before, so this was a huge project for such a young person. The younger members of the family assisted to the best of their ability. He did gain valuable building experience that assisted him when it was time for him to build his own family home.

LeGrand received employment with the United States Forest Service, as a surveyor.  His home office was in Heber Utah.  He worked on the Deer Creek Dam Project and other engineering projects in the state of Utah.  He swam across the Green River with a transit line wrapped around his stomach, in order to survey the area on the opposite side of the Green River.  LeGrand was an honorable and trust worthy individual who had developed skills well beyond this years.  He rather enjoyed living in the temporary shelters that was used by all members of the United States Forest Service while out on projects.  He really loved the beauty of nature in the rough.

LeGrand's parents were happy when he and Lola became engaged during Christmas of 1940.  They shared their home with the newly married couple to the best of their ability.  As a very young boy LeGrand spent several summers on the mountain range building fences in Morgan, Utah where his father owned and ran their large herd of pure Cotswold sheep during the summer months.  LeGrand and Lola were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 12, 1941.  He needed property to build his own home on.  His parents gave him a small plot of ground near their Orem home.  A little later they purchased a small piece of ground to add to their existing property.  The home building project was challenging and rather a difficult experience for the newly married couple, but they worked long hours and many hard days to accomplish their goal.

LeGrand continued to work towards obtaining his Bachelors Degree at the Brigham Young University.  It was a rather long process as he would be working full time and caring for his new little family.

Lola and LeGrand became active in gathering family genealogy data.  They contacted an undertaker from American Fork, Utah who was able to share information regarding the Fowlke family. They prepared a beautiful family group sheets and other data.

An interesting side story shared by the undertaker who had assisted in caring for the burial of Earnest Fowlke's sister Jeannett Levina Fowlke. Jeannett married Thomas Hewitt McLaughlin on 12th July 1911.  Thomas was employed by a railroad company and had developed a serious drinking problem.  Therefore, they did not have a religious life during this stormy and unhappy marriage.  Grandfather Frederick Fowlke had given Jeannett a deed to some water shares.  These shares were given to the undertaken as a security payment.  Evidently Thomas never paid the burial expenses for his wife's funeral.  A portion of the water shares were eventually given to Earnest Fowlke which helped him obtain some irrigation water rights without having to rent them.

Alaine Fowlke Warnick and Lola attended a Fowlke reunion held in Ft. Herrimen, Salt Lake County, Utah.  The reunion was an opportunity for folks attending to write a history that was latter compiled in an excellent informative book.  The book written was: "JOHN COOK 11, 1816-1865 & ANN DENLEY COOK, 1817-1901, ANCESTRY LIFE DESCENDANTS, compiled by Eastes William Murphy, Great Grandson: 1982.

Lola recalls the following about Grandpa Earnest Fowlke.  As a child he recalled an experience with a mean old rooster when he went to visit his Grandmother Cook who lived at Ft. Herrimen, Utah.  The rooster tried to attack him and frightened him. Ernest Fowlke would attend conferences in the Salt Lake Tabernacle with his parents and would stay with relatives after the sessions.  As a young man, he would travel by horse and buggy to go to the conferences.

Earnest Fowlke raised vegetables and fruit on his small farm.  His potato and tomato patches were always weed free.  His orchard produced pears and peaches that were delicious. He stored his potato crop in a long root cellar that kept his produce firm during the winter months.  He sold the fruit and vegetables from his farm to customers in Heber Valley, Utah.


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