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Redd, Charlie, 1889-1975

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1889-1975

Biographical History

Charlie Redd (1889-1975) was a rancher in southern Utah during the 20th Century.

Charles Redd was born to Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. and Eliza Ann Westover on May 8, 1889, in Bluff, Utah. Charles, referred to as Charlie, spent his youth in Bluff, Utah. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he studied business and agriculture and was involved in sports, debate, and politics. From 1911 to 1913, Charlie served a proselytizing mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Northwest.

After his mission, Charlie graduated from Brigham Young High in 1914 and then returned to La Sal, in Southeastern Utah, to manage the La Sal Livestock Company. As the manager, Charlie hired men, supervised the irrigation and haying operations, kept the accounting records, and cared for the cattle and sheep. Eventually, he expanded the company and became the owner of La Sal Livestock Company as well as Redd Ranches, its successor.

In 1924, Charlie was asked by the San Juan County Republican Convention to become the candidate for the Utah House of Representatives. He accepted the invitation, and began his political career. During the next six years, Charlie was reelected twice and participated in the legislature for the 1925, 1927, and 1929 sessions. He also participated in the 1930 Special Session.

According to Charlie, the best day of his life was when he married Annaley Naegle on April 29, 1931, in Farmington, Utah. Then, in 1951 they were sealed in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. During the forty-four years that Charlie and Annaley were married, they had nine children together. Their children include Katheryn Anne, Charles Hardison, Annaley (who died in infancy), Robert Byron, Paul David, Maraley, Beverly, Regina, and Rebecca Sue Redd.

Throughout Charlie’s life, he was an active participant in the community. He was president of the first Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board, president of the State Bank of San Juan, and director of the Blanding Irrigation Company, the Federal Land Bank, and the Grayson Cooperative Company. Additionally, Charlie was chairman of the Utah Water and Power Board and assisted in the organization and then presided over the National Wool Marketing Association. He also was the director of the Amalgamated Sugar Company, Utah Power and Light Company, and Pacific National Life Assurance Company. Charlie also worked as the postmaster for fifty years, built a store, and ran a car and farm implement dealership. In 1957, during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s visit to America, he was one of five Americans to be awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Charlie received this award as a result of his services that strengthened Anglo-American understanding and friendship.

On March 30, 1975, Charlie died at the age of eighty-six, in Provo, Utah.

Citation

Utah's audacious stockman, Charlie Redd, c1995: CIP introduction (Charles Redd, always referred to as Charlie, b. in Bluff, Utah, 5-8-1889; d. 3-30-1975)

UPB files, March 26, (b. May 8, 1889 in Bluff, Utah to Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. and Eliza Ann Westover; rancher in southern Utah, went by Charlie; studied business and agriculture at Brigham Young University; involved in sports, debates, and politics at the university; served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Northwest mission from 1911 to 1913; graduated from Brigham Young High in 1914; mangaed La Sal Livestock Company after graduating; manager duties included hiring men, supervising the irrigation and haying operations, keeping the accounting records and caring for the cattle and sheep; became owner of La Sal Livestock Company and its successor Redd Ranches; invited to be a candidate for the Utah House of Representatives by the San Juan County Republican convention in 1924; was in the Utah House of Representatives for six years; participated in the legislature for the years 1925, 1927, 1929 and 1930 sessions; 1930 was a special session; m. Annaley Naegle on April 29, 1931 in Farmington, Utah had nine children together; sealed to Annaley Naegle in the Salt Lake Latter-day Saint temple in 1951; children's names: Katheryn Anne, Charles Hardison, Annaley - died in infancy, Robert Byron, Paul David, Maraley, Beverly, Regina, and Rebecca Sue Redd; president of the first Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board and of the state bank of San Juan; director of the Blanding Irrigation Company, the Federal Land Bank, the grayson Cooperative Company, Amalgamated Sugar Compnay, Utah Power and Light Company, and Pacific National Life Assurance Company; chairman of the Utah Water and Power Board; assissted in organizing and presiding over the National Wool Marketing Association; postmaster for fifty years; built a story; ran a car and farm implement dealership; awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1957 by Queen Elizabeth because of his services that strenthened Anglo-American understanding and friendship, one of five Americans to recieve this award; d. March 30, 1975 when eighty-six years old in Provo, Utah)

Found in 58 Collections and/or Records:

Charles Redd Oral History Project case files, 1973-1992

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 9 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes contracts, contact information, and biographical information for the participants, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews conducted by the Charles Redd Oral History Project, 1973 to 1992.

Charles Redd Oral History Project transcripts, 1973-1992

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 9 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains transcripts of recorded interviews done with participants in the Charles Redd Oral History Project, as well as background information about those participants, 1973-1992.

Charles Redd Oral History Project transcripts and case files, 1973-1992

 Series
Identifier: MSS 7752 Series 9
Scope and Contents Includes contracts from and contact information for participants in the Charles Redd Oral History Project, as well as the original audio recordings of the oral history interviews, and transcripts for those interviews, 1973-1992.

Charlie Redd business photographs, 1955

 Sub-Series — Box: 88, Folder: 7-9
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains photographs of people and places important to Charlie Redd’s professional life. Materials date to 1955.

Charlie Redd business records, 1914-1974

 Series
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains business records, financial documents, legal documents, and research collected by Charlie Redd. Materials date from 1914 to 1974.

Charlie Redd cattle records, 1954-1974

 Sub-Series — Box: 54
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains the general cattle business papers of Charlie Redd. Materials date from 1954 to 1974.

Charlie Redd community papers, 1951-1971

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers regarding community organizations that Charlie Redd was a part of, including the Boy Scouts of America. Materials date from 1951 to 1971.

Charlie Redd correspondence and research papers, 1911-1972

 Series
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence and research papers of Charlie Redd. Materials date from 1911-1972.

Charlie Redd ephemera, 1900-1974

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains cards, address books, notes, calendars, magazines, clothing, diplomas, and pamphlets regarding Charlie Redd’s personal and family life. Materials date from 1900 to 1974.

Charlie Redd family history papers, 1880-1966

 Sub-Series — Box: 15, Folder: 1-5
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains cemetery records, an autobiography of an ancestor, and other family history notes of Charlie Redd. Materials date from 1880 to 1966.