Saturday, May 4, 2013

Days The Dearest

A short synopsis of her life:

To those of you who may not know the story of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, she came across the plains as a child with her father and mother.  Their first home was in Pleasant Grove. Her mother passed away, her father remarried.  They later moved to Mt. Pleasant. Everyone who knew her knew she had a great gift.  She learned fast, remembered everything.  She was obviously very intelligent.  When Brigham Young came to Mt. Pleasant for a conference, he asked to meet with this young girl.  After visiting with her a short while, he invited her to live in the Lion House with his family where she could get the best education possible here in the Utah Territory.  She prayed about it and worried some about leaving her father.  Her father encouraged her to go to Salt Lake and take advantage of Brigham Young's offer.  She was tutored with the children of Brigham Young.  One of her tutors was Karl Maeser.  She later married   Milford Shipp and ultimately gave birth to ten children.  Four of those children died in infancy.  Milford had entered into polygamy and married four more wives. Brigham Young announced that women would be sent east for training as doctors so that they could return to Utah and serve as physicians. Ellis left her children with her sister wives and went to Philadelphia to study medicine.  After three years, she returned home and set up her medical practice in Salt Lake.   During her career she delivered more than 5,000 babies.  She also served on the Relief Society General Board.  Amongst everything else she accomplished in her life, she wrote a book of poetry entitled "Life Lines".  As you read the poem below, she mentions the fort, the mill, school days, and dances with candle light.  Many of these memories I am sure were of our own dear Mt. Pleasant! The Daughters of Utah Pioneers honored her this month of October with a story.  We are proud to call her one of our own.   

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