HISTORY OF MILDRED WHIPPLE WEBB 1907-1987

Written: March 12, 1975 @ 828 No. 380 W. Provo, Utah

 

 

I was born in Lehi, Utah, Utah County, November 16, 1907, to Susan Winn and Robert John Whipple.  My father built the red brick house where they lived when I was born.  I weighed 4 pounds and my twin sister, Miriam, weighed 4 2 pounds.  We were very frail babies until we were about three years old.  When we were four months old, and also our mother, we had small pox and were very sick.  My father couldn=t get anyone to take care of us and [had] to quit working at the lumber yard at Peoples Co-op and care for us.  We (the twins) were the youngest of six children.  Our brother and sisters were Ora, Leath, June and Byron (in that order).

Father was a lumberman and a carpenter.  When we were six years old, we moved to American Fork, and father managed the Chipman Lumber Yard.  Here we started school.  My teacher was Miss Greenwood, and Miriam=s teacher was Alice Parker.

On our eighth birthday, they heated the water [in the] font in the Stake Tabernacle and baptized us.  We were the only ones that were baptized at that time.

I remember that there [were] many trees around our house and across the street.  Miriam and I loved to play house in the trees and take our lunch for a picnic across the street.  Mother told us that every time a herd of sheep passed our house, we [should] take hold of hands and off we would go and follow the sheep.  Our high top shoes were tied on, but we managed to get the shoes off, but not untied and would drag them behind us.  One day, when they couldn=t find us, they called Ora, my older sister, to come help find us.  Her whole class came with her.  They found us following a herd of sheep down by the Lehi Flour Mill.

When we were four years old, we sang in Stake Conference, AMy Kitty Has Gone from Her Basket@.  The next year, after we were baptized, we moved back to Lehi, where father purchased the Racker Lumber Yard.  Before the new house was finished, we moved into the Orhan home close by the Lumber yard.  I can=t remember why, but we didn=t live there very long.  We moved to one of Henry Lew=s homes close to Patriarch Kirkham=s home.   When we were ten years old, Brother Kirkham gave us Patriarchal blessings and told us that we would be known for our voices of melody.  We have done a great deal with our music wherever we have been.  He also told me that I would work in the house of the Lord.  I didn=t know what he meant at the time.

After our home was finished, we lived there until I finished High School.  While in High School, I participated in many of the operas and choruses, sang duets and solos.  My twin sister played the violin and sang alto with me.

When I was sixteen, I got my drivers license.  Miriam and I drove to Provo and took vocal lessons from Margaret Summerhays, and Miriam took violin lessons from Leroy Robertson.

In the fall of 1926, we entered the U. of U.  I took all the courses necessary for a two year normal teaching certificate.  I was very active in musical circles and clubs and belonged to the Alpha Chi sorority.  I had a very good time.

In 1929, I taught grades 1, 2, 3, 4 in Cedar Fort.  The next year, I taught third grade in St. Johns, Arizona.  I then went back to school for another year and changed my major to music.  I then taught school in Phoenix, Arizona.  I taught all of the instruments in the band and music to all of the grades in two schools of the Osborne District. 

In 1932 I married Ralph Smith Webb.  We had been sweethearts since we were sixteen.  Ralph went on a mission to the North Central States.  I taught school when he was on his mission.  After we were married, we moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where Ralph wanted to go to school.  We had a very hard time to find employment.  I sang in churches for money, and Ralph found work in a fraternity and grocery store.  I also worked in the same store while he went to school.  Milk was four cents a quart.  We paid $15.00 a month for rent for a two room apartment.  I cooked for a fraternity for a few months.           

In 1936 our first baby boy was born.  Dan was born in Lehi, Utah, Oct. 22.  I stayed in Lehi while he [Ralph] went to school.

We moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1938, where Ralph worked as a dental technician.  We lived there fore nine years.  Three of our children were born there: Suzanne in 1940, Miriam in 1943, and Bill in 1944 in the Idaho Falls Hospital.

We held many responsible positions while we lived there.  Ralph fulfilled a stake mission there and [was] ward and stake Sunday School Supt.  I taught Sunday School, Primary and led the singing in both organizations.

In 1947 we moved to Provo, where Ralph opened his own Dental Lab.  We bought the Ralph Britsch home and have lived there 25 years.  Soon after moving to Provo, I was asked to be a music conductor in the Park Ward Primary and Sunday School.  I also was music director on the Primary Stake Board for six years.

I then started the Park Ward Library.  I was given a grocery box of pictures to work with.  It took me several years to mount, secure, and classify all the pictures I could beg, borrow or steal, and secure books and visual aids.  I had some excellent help from Sister Fern Hindmarsh in doing this.  Many Church authorities came to see the library.

After about nine years of library service, I asked to be released to attend S.S. with my husband and go back to school and get my B.S. degree from B. Y. U.  This I did, and in 1958 I graduated with an Elementary Education degree.  I was then 50 years old.  I then taught school for seventeen years in the Alpine School District, fifth and sixth grades.

After returning in 1973, Aunt Miriam took us on a trip to the Caribbean.  We visited four Islands, Florida and New Orleans.  Also, three of our daughters and daughters-in-law had babies that year, and I was kept busy helping them and their families.

At this writing, we have twenty grandchildren.  Dan married Glenna Mae Lant.  They have eight children and live in Blanding, Utah.  He works for the State Welfare Dept.  He graduated from B. Y. U.  Suzanne married E. Marshall McCoy.  They have six children.  Marty received his M. A. degree [from] B. Y. U.  Miriam married J. Halvor Clegg.  They have five children and live in Orem, Utah.  Halvor got his Ph D. from Texas University.  After teaching in Madison, Wisconsin, he came to B. Y. U. to teach.  Bill (William Henry) married Gwen Ann Killpack.  He graduated from Northwestern Dental School.  They have two children, (three now) two boys and one girl and live in Bennion.  Bill practices denistry in Granger, Utah.

January 1976B We went to the Scandinavian countries with Miriam Bingley in August.  We saw all three countries in 14 days.  It was an interesting, but tiring trip.  We flew from Salt Lake to Oslo, Norway, stopping only in New York, for a few hours.  We came back by way of Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

We were asked to tell some of our family traditions: Ralph and I give each grandchild a large print New Testament after they are baptized.  This is a separate celebration from their birthday.  Also we try to do something special for the children that live near us on their birthday.  We bring them to our home to spend the night, or take them to a show or dinner.  We all enjoy this.  Another fun activity that we try to do is to go camping with each family during the summer or spring.  Christmas Eve is usually spent with a family that is close around in Utah.  We have slept overnight with one of our children and their families for several years.

Since I started my history, Miriam and Halvor have had a brown eyed baby boy.  His name is Joshua.  He is chubby and sweet.  Bill and Gwen have another brown eyed boy.

Ralph also has been put in the Park Ward Bishopric in Nov. 1975.  We both still work in the temple two days a week and try to do four endowments or more monthly.  My temple work has increased my testimony greatly.  We have a special spirit there at all times, and we feel like our parents are very close to us while they teach the Gospel to the dead.  We are very happy doing this work and find it very rewardingB1977, January.

 

TESTIMONY OF MILDRED WEBB, PARK WARD, MAY 23, 1976

 

A testimony to me is a very personal thing.  It is a feeling that burns within you and guides your actions.

I feel that I have a testimony of the truth [and] fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many times in my life, incidents have happened that made me feel that my Heavenly Father was attending me in my activities and in the activities of my family.

Since my retirement, I have devoted most of my time to working in the Church.  At present, I am an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple.  To work in the temple one must have a sincere belief in the work for our dead ancestors and its sealing powers.  The work is extremely exhausting and rewarding.  I couldn=t continue, if I didn=t have a testimony of its worth and truthfulness and the privilege of performing the Holy ordinances in His Holy House.

I have served in many positions in the Church.  I have been the recipient of many blessings through my work.  To me, this is a testimony of its truthfulness.  Also, through my activities, studying the scriptures and preparing my lessons, the Holy Ghost has manifest to me many times the truthfulness of the principles of the Church and helped me in my efforts.  My prayers have been answered many times.

I feel that I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the Lord, and that he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in these the latter days.  This knowledge has helped [me] to support my husband in his activities in the Church, and to do my part in raising our four children.

I know that God lives, and that we were put here on earth to work out our salvation and learn more about our Father in Heaven and His work.  I also know that Jesus is the Christ and that through His sacrifice and atonement, we shall all be resurrected to the degree of glory that we have earned.

I know that there is a prophet at [the] head of the Church today, and that the Lord speaks through him to His saints.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen   Signed, Mildred W. Webb.