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News and events related to the family

Scholarship and Project Grant announced

For 2019, it was announced that in addition to the scholarships that had been offered in previous years, there will be project grants available as well. 

There will be 2 schoarships and 2 project grants awarded. 

For information, please see the applications below. 

CC Rich Scholarship Application 2019.pdf
Project Grant 2019.pdf
Project Grant Application

Charles C. Rich Memorial Hike

In the Footsteps of Faith

April 12, 2014

     After being called by President Brigham Young to lead the settlement of the Bear Lake Valley, Charles C. Rich moved his family to the newly created town of Paris, Idaho in 1864.  Early settlers faced daunting challenges.  One challenge was isolation.  Good roads in and out of Bear Lake Valley had not yet been built, and the roads that had been built were blocked by snow for much of the winter.  As a result, the newly established communities in Bear Lake Valley had a difficult time getting communication, mail, and needed supplies from the “outside world” during the winter. 

Charles C. Rich had duties as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles that required that he travel to Salt Lake City.  It was important to him to be in attendance for General Conference, which was held in April and October each year.  He was determined to fulfill his obligations, even though it meant that he had to walk over the mountains from Paris to Franklin, Idaho on snowshoes, or back the other way on the return trip.  This was a distance of approximately 30 miles.  From Franklin he could catch a train or have good roads to get to Salt Lake.  The path he used was also used to bring the mail in and out, and had previously been used by generations of Shoshone Indians.  He made the trip over the mountains more than 13 times, starting in his mid fifties.

     For his descendants, the story of these hikes has been passed down from generation to generation as an example of faith and sacrifice. 

     To honor the dedication and devotion of Charles C. Rich and other Bear Lake Valley pioneers, and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Rich family’s move to Bear Lake, the Charles C. Rich Family Association was pleased to sponsor the Charles C. Rich Memorial Hike and Dinner.  This event was held April 12, 2014.  The day began at 9:00 AM with a devotional at the Paris Tabernacle.  Transportation was arranged to the beginning of the hike, which will start part way up Paris canyon at the Paris ice caves.  The hike was approximately 10 miles, and took about 5 hours.  It ended near the Aspen Ridge Scout Camp in Cub River Canyon. Those not hiking were encouraged to gather at the Franklin, Idaho LDS Stake Center starting at 4:00 PM to visit and to welcome the hikers when they arrived. A hot dutch oven dinner was served at approximately 5:00 PM and there was a short program.  A commemorative medallion was commissioned to celebrate this event.  


Reunion 2018 Recap

Connecting and Celebrating our RICH Heritage

Paris, Idaho

August 10 -11, 2018


Place:   Paris, Idaho   (Lodging suggestions below)


Activities:  Friday, August 10

                  Supper:  Dutch oven-- Chicken casserole with homemade root beer

                  Discussion on DNA and the Rich Genealogy: Resource:


                   *Bring a funny story about a Rich ancestor, a special saying, or a trait that was present and still present in a Rich ancestor and today’s posterity.

                     Discuss fun stories, sayings and traits along with S’mores

                     Campfire sing along with Alan Fuller. Let’s learn the Bear Lake Monster song   (Do you know who started the legend of the Bear Lake Monster?)  



             Saturday:   August 11




                  Hike up Paris Canyon from Paris Campground to Paris Springs


                   Rich Family Fun: YouTube video presentation 


                               Rich talent:   Reader's theater, singing, orchestra, etc.


                  Activities for Children


                  Family Business


                  Lunch: Hamburgers and Hot dogs


                  Family Photo


                  Family History -- Carol Dekker and Carolyn Madsen


                  Family Displays


                  Auction – (Donations accepted:  gift cards, services, crafts, quilts, etc.)





Camping and Motel information for reunion

KOA Campgrounds-3 locations

Montpellier Creek KOA, Montpelier Canyon, (about 2 miles east of town) 28501 US Hwy 89 N, 83254, call to reserve: 800-562-7576 call for information :208-847-0863 $

Bear Lake/Marina Side KOA, 485N Bear Lake Boulevard, Garden City, Utah

call to reserve: 800-562-3442 call for information: 435-946-3454 $

Bear Lake Trail Side KOA, 145 N 300 W, Garden City, UT 84028 call to reserve: 800-562-1232 call for information: 435-946-8444 $

Conestoga Ranch Camping

Go to their web page at

These are very nice, but also quite expensive. $$$

Motels —3 locations

Park Motel, Washington and Eighth Streets 208-847-1911

Prices depend on the rooms you get from S80 + taxes up No discount for groups.

Clover Creek Motel, 243 N 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 208-847-1782 Nicest motel of the three.

Group rates if there are 15 or more rooms,

Prices range from $80 and up to $88 +taxes.

Super 8 Motel, 276 N 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254 208-847-8888

You can find the information on this motel online.

All reservations need to be made soon because they are all filled up in the summer.