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Ida Platt (Boyd) Stipp


Ida Platt (Boyd) Stipp was born in 1857 in Lewistown, Fulton County, IL, the daughter of William and Sarah (Miner) Boyd.

At the age of 23, Ida married Dr. Henry Peter Stipp (1852- ? ) on Oct. 7, 1880, by the hand of Rev. J.F. Magill at Lewistown. Henry was a native of Illinois, and the son of James H. and Maria L. (Bass) Stipp. 

The Stipps had five children, of whom four daughters are known, the latter three born in California -- Ruth Stipp, Mary Stipp, Lois Stipp and Adah Stipp. 

When the History of Fulton County, Illinois was published in 1879, Henry was profiled in a paragraph, stating that he was "brought up on a farm; [and] commenced medical studies at the age of 20." He obtained his medical degree from the Homeopathic Medical College in Kansas City in 1876 and in 1878 is known to have moved from Wichita, KS to Canton, Fulton County, IL. Said the History, " since [graduation] he has practiced here in Lewistown, enjoying a large patronage." In August 1881, when Ida's young cousin William H. Stillman died of diphtheria, Henry was the attending physician. 


From the History of Fulton County, Illinois, 1879


Henry was deeply interested in the sanitary aspects of medicine. In 1882, he attended the 27th annual meeting of the Illinois Homeopathis Medical Association, and presented "a brief paper on his experience of the use of lithium carbonicum in urinary diseases," reported The Weekly Medical Counselor. He also read a paper on sanitary education and "said that the sanitary science offered the widest field, the deepest problems, and the greatest difficulties for the physician to overcome," said the Medical Counselor. "Among the obstacles to its advancement were ignorance, prejudice, and dishonesty. People needed careful education in sanitary  matters... A discussion followed, during which Dr. A.E. Small expressed emphatically his want of faith in vaccination as a preventive measure against small-pox."

Circa 1883, he served on the Bureau of Sanitary Science and Hygiene of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association, and was mentioned in that year's proceedings of its 28th annual session, held at Rock Island. The proceedings were published in The United States Medical Investigator, Vol. XVII (1883). He also is mentioned in a related list in the monthly journal of medicine, The Medical Era (Vol. III, No. 1, covering July 1885 to June 1886). 

In the early 1880s, the Stipps migrated to the West Coast, and settled in Sonora, Tuolomne County, CA. In 1890, while in Sonora, Ida received funds from the estate of her late step-grandmother, Ann (Thompson) Miner Walder

Ida is believed to have died in about 1890 or 1891. On April 14, 1891, Henry married his second wife, Elsie Cornelia Cady (1859- ? ). By the year 1900, when the federal census was taken, Henry and Elsie had been married for nine years. Also in the household in 1900 -- in Lakeport, Lake County, CA -- were the four daughters. 

Elsie was the daughter of Dr. Selden Daniel and Hannah Ann Cady, and an 1884 graduate of the State Normal School in Whitewater, WI. Starting at age 19, she is known to have taught school for two years prior to her certification, and for three years afterward.

In 1902, Henry signed a petition asking the California legislature to reject a bill that would have placed a license tax on the business of selling liquor because it would have placed too much political power in the hands of a single tax collector in each taxing community. 

Henry served as secretary of the Lake County unit of the State Board of Health in 1905, with Dr. H.O. Brink as president. Henry was admitted as a member of the California State Homoeopathic Medical Society in 1916. When the United States entered World War I, Henry served as a medical examiner for military draftees in the Lake County Division No. 1 of California. His name appears in the state's Adjutant General's Office Circular No. 350 for the year 1918. Continuing his active professional service, he applied for membership to the board of censors of the American Institute of Homeopathy, for the purpose of reviewing the credentials of potential member applicants.

The Stipps appear in the 1910 census of Lake County, with daughters Lois and Adah in the home. In 1920, Henry was age 67 and still practicing general medicine in Lakeport, on the western shore of Clear Lake, and their nest was empty. 

Henry and Elsie are mentioned in the 1910 book, Descendants of Nicholas Cady of Watertown, Mass., 1645-1910, authored by Orrin Peer Allen. 

Their fates after 1920 are unknown.


~ Daughter Ruth Stipp ~

Daughter Ruth Stipp


~ Daughter Mary Stipp ~

Daughter Mary Stipp


~ Daughter Lois Stipp ~

Daughter Lois Stipp ( ? - ? ) was unmarried and lived with her parents and sister Adah in Lake County in 1910.


~ Daughter Adah Stipp ~

Daughter Adah Stipp ( ? - ? ) was single and in 1910 dwelled with her parents and sister Lois in Lake County.


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