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Edith Tippets was born on December 31, 1897, near Georgetown, Idaho, to Jedediah and Emma Dunn Tippets. Edith spent much of her childhood on the family farm, which was located on the banks of the Bear River in southeast Idaho. Later her family moved to Spring Hollow, where Edith lived until she married Harrison Sorensen on February 23, 1916, in the LDS temple in Logan, Utah. They had one child, Marjorie, in 1919, but were divorced in 1922. Edith remarried on March 12, 1924, to John Riley Hayes, and they had two children, Colleen and John, Jr., in 1924 and 1927, respectively. John relocated the family from Georgetown to Soda Springs, Idaho, in 1928, and they later divorced in 1934. Edith subsequently married Robert Goodwin on September 6, 1936; they divorced four years later in 1940. Edith then moved to California where she assisted in the war effort, working for Douglas Aircraft from 1943-1945. After the war ended Edith moved various places throughout the West, working as a practical nurse, before settling for fifteen years in Boise, Idaho, beginning in 1951. There she ran a guest home for the elderly. In 1965 Edith moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she and her sister, Laverne Busby, ran a private nursing home. She settled in Preston, Idaho, in 1972, then eight years later moved to Richmond, Utah, where she died on August 20, 1994.
Edith had several interests in addition to her work as a practical nurse. Perhaps her most passionate hobby was writing, which included letters to family and pen pals, reflections on her LDS faith, numerous family histories, journals, and poetry. These writings offer unique insights into the activities and thoughts of a woman in southeastern Idaho, making this collection useful to researchers studying that region.
This collection contains the papers of Edith Tippets Hayes and spans the period 1904 to 1992. It is divided into two main categories: correspondence and scrapbooks.
Edith's correspondence is an interesting collection of letters dating from the 1930s through 1990s documenting various aspects and events in her life, such as her service at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, California, her interest in poetry, and her care for the elderly in Southeast Idaho. These letters were not just from family and friends, but also from her pen pals (which included soldiers in World War II, people living in Ghana and the Philippines, and even a Michigan prison inmate, Ed Hamblin). The correspondence is organized alphabetically by the last name of the sender. Letters from Colleen (Layland) Pederson, Edith's daughter, make up the largest part of the correspondence, and these letters are organized chronologically. Letters to Colleen, but not from Edith, have been separated and placed under the heading "Colleen Layland Correspondence (from senders other than Edith Hayes)." Letters Edith sent to soldiers during World War II are also separated and placed under the heading "WWII Soldier Correspondence." Finally, some letters could only be identified by first name, and family letters have been separated from this group when possible.
Scrapbooks are the other major component of Mrs. Hayes’ papers. Dating from 1944 to 1988, these books include journal entries, newspaper clippings, poetry excerpts, and pictures, and are organized chronologically. Most of these scrapbooks cover a period of one year, but Edith also made scrapbooks that covered the years 1949-1973 and include postcards, greeting cards, and photographs. These were placed at the end of the chronological run of scrapbooks.
Other items include Edith's poetry, some of which she entered in contests and submitted for publication in small hobby journals. Her school papers, family histories, as well as various personal and family keepsakes are also housed in this collection. More information about Edith's life can be found in her autobiographical "A Hop, Skip, and Jump through My History" (Box 28, Fd 1) and The (Cache) Citizen article, "The Twilight Years" (Box 29, Fd 13).
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