Charlie Redd personal and family papers, 1880-1974
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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 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 50 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.