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Alva Tippetts

Birthplace: Winter Quarters, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
Death: Died in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
Place of Burial: Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alvah Lewis Tippets and Caroline Barney
Brother of Margaret Tippets; Joseph Harrison Tippetts; ? Tibbets and Tippetts
Half brother of Benjamin Kimball Barney; Laura Alice Barney; William Franklin Barney; Erastus James Barney; Wilber Joseph Barney and 5 others

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About Alva Tippetts

Alvah Tippets (1846 - 1847)

Infant son of Alvah Lewis Tippets and Caroline Beard, Alvah Tippets was born 15 June 1846 at Winter Quarters [present Florence], Douglas County, Nebraska. He died 28 July 1847 at Winter Quarters and was buried at Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, Grave #180, in Florence.

Summer Complaint

Summer complaint is a popular term for any diarrheal disorder occurring in summer, especially when produced by heat and indigestion. The disease is found almost entirely in the infant population. The first symptoms may be in the stomach, bowels, hands and feet. These symptoms may be followed by offensive vomit. The child will have a loss of body heat and intense thirst. Without relief, the infant will have a cold perspiration and the disease may become chronic until their death. Summer complaint may also be known by names such as cholera infantum, weaning brash, water gripes, and choleric fever in children.

Etiology: Summer complaint is caused in part by hot weather and/or poor ventilation. Summer complaint in infants is often caused by spoiled milk or other unwholesome, indigestible food. An additional cause may include painful teething.

Treatment: The first step in treating Summer Complaint is to remove the cause. If the infant is nursing, the mother's diet should be improved. The patient should receive pure air and sunlight. If the disease is a result of teething, the gums must be lanced.

Modern Day Equivalents: Summer complaint is referred today as Cholera Infanutm or infantile diarrhea. The disease may also be related to dysentery.


  • Winter Quarters Cemetery: Grave #180; Name: Alvah Tippets; Death date: 28 Jul 1847; Cause of death: Summer Complaint.
  • Hooper, Robert M.D. F.L.S. Lexicon-Medicum; or Medical Dictionary. New York: J. & J. Harper, 1826; Scholl, B. Frank. Library ofHealth: Complete Guide to Prevention and Cure of Disease. Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Company, 1944; Winslow, Kenelm. The Home Medical Library, Volume III. New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1911.
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Alva Tippetts's Timeline

June 15, 1846
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
July 28, 1847
Age 1
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
July 31, 1847
Age 1
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States