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Utah Historical Quarterly daily. Aunt Matilda made herself long aprons out of overalls that she used to wear over her clothing when milking, feeding bummer lambs, etc.^^

Blanche Dewsnup Jensen, a former patient of Aunt TiU, described her: She never complained. Everything was always well with her, and she never liked to talk about other people. She always said what she thought, and always gave more than her share. If she liked you she could not do enough for you. She charged very little for her services, and once she told you what you owed her she would never take more.^^

Dr. Shipp, a prolific writer, wrote extensively against the use of alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics. According to one source, "She regarded tobacco as a chronic poison. She advocated legislation prohibiting its sale to minors."^* Matilda, a devout member of the LDS church, believed fervently in the Word of Wisdom; but she may also have been influenced by Dr. Shipp, for she carried on her own crusade against the "evils" of tobacco until the day she died. She never hesitated to tell anyone who was smoking how harmful it was to both body and spirit. O n one occasion, her zeal greatly humiliated her nephews. She had taken several of them to Saltair where they had a wonderful time; however, after they boarded the train to go back to Salt Lake City, she went down the aisles of the cars pulling cigars and cigarettes from the mouths of offenders and chastising them for the damage they were doing to their health. That was her largest audience but not her last.^^ One evening a young man who was about to become a father for the first time went racing with his horse and buggy to the Hales residence in search of Matflda. She refused to get into the buggy until he threw away the cigarette he was smoking. The young m a n was rather arrogant and did not like her telling him what to do, but he relented when he realized that he needed Matflda more than he needed the cigarette. Later that night he became the proud father of a healthy baby girl.^^ Matflda's compassion for her patients was boundless. She took food to one expectant mother living in very humble circumstances so that she would receive the proper nourishment. Later, when the baby was about to be born, Matilda took the mother to the Hales home for the delivery. ^^ i2Mable Crafts Peterson to author, J a n u a r y 1986. i3lnterview with Blanche Dewsnup J e n s e n , Deseret, Utah, J u n e 1980. i^Alexander Neibaur, "Early Utah Medical Practice," Utah Historical Quarterly 10 (1942): 3 1 . isTold to the author by Dudley Crafts, ca. 1955. i^Told to the author by Thomas Allred, ca. 1955. 17Crafts letter.

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Utah Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, Number 3, 1987