My parents, William Howard and Della Redd Ivins, were of pioneer stock and goodly parentage.
The Ivins family were in the third wagon to "set camp" in the colonization of St. George. This was the "Cotton Mission" and the settlers had been sent for the purpose of growing a needed commodity. There, on the 18 December 1866, William Howard was born to Israel and Julia Hill Ivins.
Spanish Fork was the home place for the Redds until 1862 when they were also called to Southern Utah, settling in New Harmony. This little town was the birthplace of Sarah Lancaster Redd (27 April 1870), later known as Della or Delle, daughter of Lemuel H. and Keziah Jane Butler Redd.
In both of these families, education was a much sought goal and so it was at the Dixie Academy in St. George that my parents met. Mutual attraction grew and a wedding day was set for 16 December 1891. Being an avid hunter my father, thinking to get a few shots in that morning, almost missed the ceremony in the St. George Temple.
To escape the persecution of Federal Marshals, Grandfather Lemuel H. Redd had moved his second family to Colonia Juarez, Old Mexico, where his oldest daughter, Jane Redd Spilsbury lived. Also, that was the home of Aunt Maggie Ivins Bentley, father's sister. So there was a reason why my parents decided to journey to Old Mexico.
In Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, on 9 September 1892, a baby son, William Howard was welcomed. Happiness was not to be long lasting for their first-born sickened and died of meningitis when he was not quite 13 months old (2 October 1893).
The return to Utah and loved ones eased their grief along with the heart-warming knowledge that another baby was on the way. A darling baby girl, later named Hope, arrived 23 May 1894, filling a void and bringing great joy to them. This too must end in tragedy, for little Hope passed away 24 August 1895 from injuries suffered in an accident. Again Mother was comforted to know a new baby lay next to her aching heart.
Their lives were gladdened with the birth of Loraine Redd, 4 March 1896. He was a sturdy, healthy child, full recompense for all their trial and anxious waiting. Then a baby girl, named Lillis, made her advent 20 November 1897. Their joy in these children was great, but there was still a yearning for a place to call home.
In the spring of 1898, came news that would change their lives completely. It was a call from Church Authorities for settlers in Nevada. A good friend, Thomas Judd, painted such a glowing word picture that they decided to follow him. With their belongings packed in a wagon, pulled by a sturdy team, they set out with great expectations.
And thus it was they settled, with others, in a tiny town, Lund, platted in a lucerne field which was to be their loved home for the remainder of their days.
The first summer, fall and winter were spent in the ranch buildings near the big perpetual spring. Mother always spoke of their temporary abode as a meat cellar. In the spring of 1899, several settlers brought houses over the mountains from the mining town of Taylor. My mother said they moved into their three-roomed home the first of May (1899) and added, "In my life I've known no happier day!" Later a "lean-to" was added on the east, mainly for a kitchen. In this home two more children joined the family, Harold Redd (17 October 1901) and Carol (5 September 1903).
Two of Mother's most prized possessions were a set of forceos and a large "Doctor Book" given her by Dad's father (Israel Ivins'. They were to be her guide and help in service to her family and her fellow men. The first test of her courage and ability came on the 25 January 1899 when she was called to be midwife at the birth of the first child to be born, Lillian, daughter of Bryant and Lillian Wakeling Ashby. The memory of this event was still vivid in later years when we could get her to tell about it.
Leone Whipple, number two, came along 4 July 1899. The next experience was the birth of her own child, a daughter Bliss, born 6 Octo
ber 1899. By that time the "Doctor Book" had been closely studied and all went well. Over the years she delivered many babies and helped with others, but each time she said she felt the tremendous awe and wonder at the miracle of birth.
When lots were drawn, our family received four--two on the corner where the High School now stands and two on the big ditch to the east where we built a three-roomed adobe house.
Shortly after we moved into this home, Dad was called on a mission to England. Missions in those days were a real test of faith and obedience. It was a great trial to leave a wife and five children-the oldest only eight years of age, but my father did just that. After his return two more children joined the family, Pearl (8 October 1907) and Fawn (31 Aug 1910).
My parents took an active part in church work from the beginning. Dad was 1st Assistant in the Superintendency of the Sunday School, organized 26 June 1898, also acting as presiding elder during the absence of Bishop Thomas Judd. On 11 December 1900, Della R. Ivins became President of the newly organized YLMIA. It seems as if I was the reason for her release 15 August 1903, because I came along three weeks later.
Mother was an excellent teacher and over the years taught many classes in various organizations.
A kitchen, rock cellar, bathroom, two bedrooms and a big "L" shaped porch were added to the original home, making it very adequate for our family. Two of the lots below the ditch were soon a garden spot with flowers, lawns, fruit trees and vegetables. A tamarack hedge across the front and north boundary gave privacy. The long path leading to the house, was bordered with yellow rose bushes, bouncing betty and golden glow.
Mother loved flowers and had many choice plants in her garden. I remember especially the delphinium and buddleia (summer lilac). Our two "summer houses" were bowers of hop vines and the porch enclosed in virginia creeper glowed in the fall with autumn colors. Geraniums and fuschias bloomed on the window sill.
The first break in the family came with World War I when Loraine went to France with other American soldiers. His safe return brought much joy to the family.
In the fall of 1919, Lillis and Bliss left to teach school at Rigby, Idaho. That winter the "flu" raged again and Lillis did not survive the attack, dying 2 February 1920.
Loraine Redd married a hometown girl, lovely Mildred Reid. His teaching coaching profession took them to many places: Heber City, Provo, Overton and Lund, Nevada and Salt Lake City. Their three children (Della Mae, Loraine Reid and Nancy) have given them sixteen grandchildren and two great-grand ones.
The only child of Aaron B. and Bliss Ivins Jones, William Nathaniel, named after his two grandfathers, has seven children and one grand child. He has served as a Bishop, Mission President and is now (1978) Regional Representative for the LDS Church.
My brother Harold chose to stay in the home town wlth his wonderful wife, Harriet Carter. They are the parents of seven children (six living). Anthony Harold has seven children, Colleen (Mrs. Clinton Gardner Scow) - five children, Ronald Alma - five children, Keith Nelson - four children, Beverly (Mrs. Darwin Perry Leavitt) - six children, James Rodney - five children. They also have four great grandchildren.
An interesting military life was in store for me (Carol) when I married 2nd Lt. Wells F. Collett, fresh out of college. After thirty years of service he retired as a Colonel in the Air Force, in 1956. We have three children: Wells Ivins (8 children), Carma Lynee (Mrs. Wendel K. Walton) (6) and Carol Luana (Mrs. Richard H. Swade) (2).
Ogden, Utah and Reno, Nevada have been the homes of Pearl and her husband L. "Bill" Walker, where he worked as an expert judge of dairy herds for the Industrial School and the University of Nevada. Of their three children, Kay passed away 21 September 1961. Gail (Mrs. James Dike) has four children and Dennis is the proud father of five sons.
The J. Graydon Robinsons (Fawn) have made Kanab, Utah their home for many years and two of their four children still reside there. A daughter, Sue Del, lives in American Fork, Utah. James Graydon has five children, David Ivins - four boys, and Michael Dale - four boys. Fawn and Gray have just completed a mission to the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Education has meant much to us as a family and we all worked hard for that goal. Loraine and Bliss were the first college graduates from the town of Lund. Fawn became the third and later achieved her Master's Degree.
We, the descendants of Sarah Della Redd Ivins, pay tribute to this wonderful woman. Steadfast in adversity, faithful through trials, compassionate and tolerant, gifted in many ways, she lived a life worthy of emulation. Each of us has carried through our lives her shining example, giving us a rich heritage, which we hope we have passed on to our posterity.
Equally important in our lives were the many wonderful traits taught us by our dad's example. He was the soul of integrity, honesty and generosity. No caller ever seemed to leave without some gift from the garden or cellar.
One of the most important gifts my parents gave me (and to all of us) was the value of work. We were taught that almost any dream could come true if we were willing to work hard enough for it. We revere their memory.
Written and submitted by:
Carol Ivins Collett