New Harmony: Ellis Shipp: keen mind, hard worker

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  • jans Pickerington, OH
    Aug. 25, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Slow Cooker, I think it is sad that you speak such sour grapes about one of our pioneer women just because not every frontier LDS woman has the same public accolades for all the great things they did. Will you equally critique the new Relief Society manual if it doesn't give the same print time to all your ancestors as well? Life isn't any more perfect now than it was then but we have great examples all around us, in history and in modern life, to help us figure out how to live our lives the best we can.

    It would be nice if we could focus on the positive in the lives of all these great women (and men) who came before us and try to dedicate our lives to the service of others and seeking God's direction in our path in life. There is no doubt in my mind that each of these women, whether they have buildings names after them or not, sought direction from the Lord in all their endeavors and worked hard throughout their lives to accomplish the work He had for them, in the home and in their public lives.

  • Slow Cooker Kearns, UT
    Aug. 24, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Ellis R. Shipp was the 2nd woman doctor in Utah. My great-great grandmother was her "sister-wife." And she was the 3rd woman doctor in Utah. She first went to PA to study medicine, while Ellis was supposed to care for my ancestor's children. It's my understanding that Ellis didn't write to her about how the children were doing, so my g g grandmother came home to care for her own children, and then Ellis decided to go to PA and finish up the medical studies that my ancestor started. Ellis has a lot of buildings and things named after her because her descendants are wealthy.

    Brigham Young advised my g g grandmother not to marry Mr. Shipp, but she did anyway. It ended in divorce. And then she married Elder B.H. Robers. Mr. Shipp was a handsome man whose doting and highly educated wives supported him financially.

    I'm sure Ellis was a fine woman like many of the pioneer era.

    I think it's sad that the actual first woman doctor in Utah has a tiny portrait in the DUP museum, while Ellis has an entire room dedicated to her with dummies modeling her clothes. etc.

  • Max Simmons Highland, UT
    Aug. 24, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    My love of great writings is piqued when I read the words of strong and noble people. This one renews my appreciation for those souls, now long gone, upon whose shoulders we now reside. Man's limitless capacity for ingratitude can be subdued when we sense the strength of people such as Ellis Shipp. My great grand father, William Burt Simmons was her contemporary. His strength was likely gained by working among such great people. They truly formed the foundation upon which we now rest. May that rest be limited.

  • onceamayor Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    This also brings fond memories to me. I have written a little poetry, but I mostly enjoy finding poems (hymns, songs) that have intersting word combinations that touch my heart. Over the years I have been a great fine of Ellis Shipp. I did know of her history and her accomplishments, but haven't thought of them for a while. Thanks for jogging my memory with your fine article.

  • bjdoc Vilnius, Lithiuania
    Aug. 24, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    Thanks for the memories. When I was 15 years old it was my priviledge to be Dr.Shipps daughters home teacher in Blackfoot, Idaho. Now I know why she named her oldest son Reynald, (We called him Ren.)
    Sister Hill proudly reminded me that she was born while her mother was in Medical School in PHiladephia. She recounted how her mother reminded her of the distress she felt with the nausea of pregnancy, as well as the formaldehyed oders of the anatomy lab.
    I short, hearing of her medical school experience from her daughter who was herself over ninety, constantly inspired me as I would pick up a date at Shipp hall, or working in the anatomy lab, but grateful I wasn't pregnant.