Who is Deltha Bowles? (part 1)

Meet Deltha Bowles, my great-aunt!  She was born on 4 May 1895 in Nephi, Juab, Utah.  She was the sixth of  8 children born to William Abraham Bowles and Mary Ann Viola Johnson.  (My great-grandpa, Leo Bowles, was the fourth child… an older brother to Deltha.)

This picture of Deltha was found in a box of stuff my mom received after my grandparents’ deaths.  As I have been updating my genealogy, I found out some interesting information about Deltha that I had never known before, such as the following:

1) Deltha served a mission (for the LDS church) to the Eastern States Mission during 1915-17.  It appears she spent time in the states of Vermont, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Here is a letter she wrote to her home town!  Another person from Nephi, a man named Clyde Gowers, also served a mission there around that same time.  Deltha and Clyde were high school sweethearts, both graduating from Juab High School in May 1915.

Deltha sch ldr

2) Deltha was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple on 4 Jun 1915, probably in preparation for her mission.  Clyde was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple on 5 Apr 1916.  His (World War I) Draft Registration card was completed on 19 Jun 1917 and stated that his occupation was a “minister” for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “employed” in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

3) After returning from their missions, Deltha married Clyde Earl Gowers on 26 June 1918 in the Manti Temple.  Their wedding was announced in the local newspaper.  Three days later, Clyde was called up to train or serve in the military on 29 Jun 1918; he was released on 11 Dec 1918 as a Private.  Deltha and Clyde appear, with their first son, on the 1920 US Fed Census living with Clyde’s brother in Salt Lake City.

4) Their first son, Donald Ray, was born on 17 Sep 1919 in Nephi, Juab, Utah.  Their second son, Jay Earl, was born on 22 Jan 1921, also in Nephi.  Just 5-months later, Deltha and Clyde were tragically killed in an automobile accident.  I noticed they had both died on 22 Jun 1921.  After a little detective work, I came across this news article about their crash in Salt Creek Canyon (now known as Nephi Canyon).  I counted 4 adults and 3 children in the car and I don’t know why Donald wasn’t there, but it appears 5-month-old Jay was passed to the backseat just before the crash and thus escaped without injury.  Deltha’s and Clyde’s double funeral was held on 26 Jun 1921, exactly 3-years after their marriage.

Clyde-Deltha Headstones

Deltha and Clyde are buried next to each other in the Vinebluff Cemetery.

Death Cert- Clyde

Death Cert- Deltha

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