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News and events related to the family

Mark your Calenders! 

It’s a REUNION year!

Friday, August 7th - Dinner and family business meeting for adult family members. Dinner will be served at 6pm with the meeting following. The location has not yet been reserved, but we are hoping to meet at a meeting house in Centerville. Location will be announced on the family website once reserved. We will be serving sweet and sour chicken, cheesy mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and peach cobbler for dessert. The cost wilt be $5/person. There will be displays of pictures, histories, and stories by the Family Historians and books and DVDs about Charles C. Rich available for purchase.

Saturday, August 8th - Lunch and family activities at "This Is The Place Heritage Park." We have reserved the Bowery and will be serving lunch from noon to 1pm. After lunch we will have a short program and gather for family pictures. The lunch menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, veggies, ice cream and cookies. The cost will be $4/person. The park is open from 10am to 8pm and admission for family members is only $5/person. Plan to stay the whole day and enjoy time with family. Some of the activities available at the park include: trade demonstrations, petting zoo, pony and train rides, panning for gold, Native American village and Native American dancers. There are also sites specific to the Rich family including the Rich home from his farm in Centerville and gravestones of some family members in the pioneer cemetery.

Please visit the family website, for more details and to purchase both park entrance tickets and meal tickets for Friday and Saturday. We encourage you to purchase these in advance, especially meals to guarantee there will be enough food for those interested.

If you have any questions about the reunion please call the reunion committee co-chairs, Colleen Killpack: 435-720-1179 or Natalie Watkins: 801-663-8S99. Or, email us at


Charles C. Rich Memorial Hike and Dinner

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.  


Charles C Rich Scholarship 2015

Attention all College Students of the 2015-2016 School Year!

Education was important to Grandpa Rich. In his honor, a $1000 scholarship will be given once a year to be used for college expenses. Any descendant of Charles C. Rich who will be attending college in the 2015-16 school year may apply. The application deadline was June 15th, 2015, and the CCRich Association will make their selection and announce the recipient at the reunion. 


Application Questions:
1. What is your lineage? Where do you "fit" in the family tree? Trace yourself back to Charles and include BOTH parents' names as you go.
Example: Penny Hall daughter of Rich Murphy & Wilda Dee Bledsoe. Rich son of T. Frank Murphy & Verla Eurilla Rich ... and so on back to Charles C. Rich & his wife.


2. What can you do to promote family history? OR outline a project that would be of value to the Charles C. Rich Association. Write at least 1 paragraph including details as necessary.


3. Why should you be given this money?

The applications for this year are closed now.