Note Missionary, public official, LDS apostle.
Woodward Ivins was born in Toms River, New Jersey in 1852, the son of
Israel and Anna Lowrie Ivins. While he was still a baby, the family,
recent converts to Mormonism, migrated to Salt Lake Valley where Israel
Ivins worked at a variety of jobs, including fishing on Utah Lake. In
1861 Israel was one of a group called by Brigham Young to settle southern
Utah at the present site of St. George. Israel, in fact, completed the
original survey of that city in addition to serving the colony as physician.
Anthony grew up in St. George where he developed what would become lifelong
interests in hunting, fishing, and the Indians.
1875 Ivins was called by officials of the LDS Church to participate
in an exploring mission to Arizona and New Mexico. On this first mission,
Ivins traveled 2,400 miles and assumed the role of hunter for the expedition.
A result of this exploration was the subsequent establishment of several
Mormon colonies in the area. Ivins approached the mission enthusiastically
and began the first of his diaries, a habit which continued to his death.
He wrote in an interesting manner, with much attention paid to details.
His entry for 22 December 1875, illustrates his style and also indicates
his continuing fascination with the Indians: