Stephen Ekins Redd
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Stephen Ekins Redd was born November 26, 1923 thirteen months after Wyman Hardison Redd was born. He and Wyman, so close in years and in companionship, seemed more like twins. They used to play together and walk together holding hands. When some older boys stopped and teased Wyman, Stephen came to his rescue with, "Don't you hurt my little buvver." Marie sewed cute suits for both boys.
Jay built a fence around the "Dirty House," which was just south of the store, to keep the children from wandering off. Stephen, when he was three years old, got out of the yard one afternoon and wandered down the street. Jay, who was sitting at the counter in the store, looked out and saw Stephen hanging by his fingers to a culvert across the street, just minutes from being sucked under by the swift current. Jay ran across the street and grabbed the child into his arms just in time. He, being very upset, spanked Stephen and took him home. Jay, normally quite ruddy of complexion, was very pale.
Another experience that same summer frightened Marie in a similar way. Stephen had again gotten out of the yard. Marie saw him across the street hanging between the hind legs of a horse. She feared she would never get across the street in time, but she did. She rescued Stephen and took him home.
Later Marie and Jay felt these incidents had been a forewarning of what was to come. In October of that same year, Stephen, just shy of his fourth birthday, became very ill with what was thought to be stomach flu. Marie was very worried about him. Stephen, seeing her tears, asked, "Mama, are you laughing?" Marie told him she was, which contented him. When she told him they were taking him to the hospital in Moab, Stephen, in mature perception, told her if they took him there, he would die. Jay and Marie took him to Moab to the hospital as there were no doctors nor facilities in Monticello at that time. Marie wanted to stay with Stephen at night, but they would not allow her to do so. After a couple of days and Stephen was still sick, the hospital staff admitted to Jay that the doctor hadn't examined him yet. They advised Jay to take the boy home. Before they could get away, however, Stephen showed signs of worsening. Very shortly he was dead. Nothing had been done for him at all. Jay felt certain the doctor, a heavy drinker and a woman chaser, was negligent in this case, and this negligence caused Stephen's death. They carried the dead body back to Monticello in the car; Marie said she couldn't look at him. She said that when Wyman found out, he lay on the floor and screamed. Jay and Marie never completely got over this terrible experience. Although, Jay tried not to dwell on the memory of it, Marie mourned it the rest of her life.
Taken from excerpts in "A Bridge in Time--Biographies of Amasa Jay Redd 1895-1984 and Alice Marie Ekins Redd 1895-1985" written by A. La Raine M. Redd, 1986.