Charlie Redd
Western Rancher, Leader & Philanthropist
Brigham Young High School
Classes of 1911 & 1914

Charles Redd, BYH Class of 1911
Chas. Redd in 1910

Charles Redd was born in Bluff, Utah, on May 8, 1889, the sixth of eight children of Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. and Eliza Ann Westover. After his birth, his parents didn't think he would live, so they didn't give him a middle name.

Charles, always referred to as "Charlie", spent his childhood and youth in Bluff on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah.

He attended Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, where he studied agriculture and business, and was active in sports, politics, and debate.

He received two diplomas from Brigham Young High School: a BYH Agriculture Diploma in 1911, and a High School Diploma in 1914.

Under his photograph in his 1911 high school yearbook (see above) it reads:

Chas. Redd
Agriculture and High School. Charles was raised among the lofty mountains of San Juan and was early inspired with high ideals. He has been our class president and has represented us in every phase of school life. Member of Student Body Executive Committee. A leader and a pusher.
He served a proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Northwest from 1911 to 1913.

After returning from his mission, he attended BYH again in 1913-1914, receiving his High School Diploma, and then returned to LaSal, in southeastern Utah, to manage the newly purchased LaSal Livestock Company.

Charlie expanded the ranch and eventually assumed full ownership of it and successor Redd ranches. An active manager, Charlie Redd hired the men, kept the accounts, and supervised the irrigation and haying operations.

Howard L. Kearns' painting of a 1940s Bluff ranch
1940s ranch near Bluff - Artist: Howard L. Kearns
Edith Hamlins painting of a 1949 scene in Bluff
1949 scene in Bluff - Artist: Edith Hamlin

Charlie Redd watched over the herds of sheep and cattle as well as the lambing and calving and shearing operations, hauled salt and supplies, and built fences, sheds, and corrals.

He married Annaley Naegle on August 29, 1931. (See her biography below.)

Redd also built a store and served as local postmaster for fifty years.

In addition, he operated a car and farm implement dealership.

Through hard work, frugality, and wise investment, he improved the quality of his herds and expanded into western Colorado.

Redd helped organize and then presided over the National Wool Marketing Association; he was chairman of the Utah Water and Power Board; and a director of Utah Power and Light Company, Amalgamated Sugar Company, and Pacific National Life Assurance Company.

Active in politics, he was elected to three terms in the Utah Legislature (1923-1931) and was a delegate to three national Republican party conventions.

Redd served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Utah State University, and the Regional Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie Redd entertained important foreign visitors and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to and friendship with Great Britain.

On a local level, Redd was President of the State Bank of San Juan, President of the first BLM Advisory Board, and a director of the Grayson Cooperative Company, the Blanding Irrigation Company, and the Federal Land Bank.

Lime Canyon Natural Window near Bluff, Utah
Lime Canyon Window near Bluff, Utah
Example of Indian rock painting near Bluff, Utah
Indian rock painting near Bluff

In 1972 Charlie Redd established the Lemuel H. Redd Chair in Western History and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

He read widely, traveled extensively, and encouraged independent thought on religion, politics, and economics. He was good-natured, democratically minded, and helpful.

He was a conservationist of the land and water, and inaugurated grass seeding and water development programs. For this he was applauded by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and other ranchers.

Charlie Redd and his wife, Annaley Naegle Redd, also maintained a home in Provo. They had nine children. He died in Provo, Utah, on March 30, 1975.

Charlie Redd is the subject of a book, Utah's Audacious Stockman: Charlie Redd, by Leonard J. Arrington, published February 1995, Utah State University Press.

Annaley Naegle Redd, like her husband Charlie, was a prominent southeastern Utah rancher and philanthropist.

Annaley was born in the Mormon colonies, specifically Colonia, Morelos, in Mexico on August 27, 1910, to John Conrad Naegle and Millicent Dorothy Jameson Naegle.

Her family was forced to leave Mexico two years later during the Mexican revolution. Once back in the United States, her father provided no support, material or emotional, to Annaley and her mother, a plural wife, even when the families lived in the same town.

Despite economic hardships, Annaley Naegle graduated from Ammon, Idaho High School, near Idaho Falls, in 1928.

She then attended BYU in the fall of 1928. Her younger sister, Pearl Naegle, lived with her in Provo and attended Brigham Young High School.

Annaley graduated from BYU in 1930 with a normal [teaching] certificate, then began teaching school in LaSal, Utah, where she had relatives.

She worked in the Redd store and post office, acted as secretary to Charles Redd and later married him. They married on August 29, 1931, in Layton, Davis County, Utah.

She worked as a partner in Charlie's cattle company including the duties of cook, store keeper, and secretary.

When bankers came to foreclose on the ranch during the 1930s, Annaley's famous cooking, especially her "prairie fire" beans, helped save the ranch.

Charlie suffered a stroke in 1972, and Annaley cared for him intensively until his death in 1975.

Annaley had a love of family and history. She and Charlie had nine children, and raised eight of them to adulthood.

Annaley purchased her father's Naegle family home, a historic winery in Toquerville, Utah, and restored it. Her father died in 1928 in Toquerville.

She belonged to literary clubs and enjoyed reading.

She died on August 19, 2000 in Provo, Utah.

Lemuel H. Redd Family Home in Bluff, Utah
Lemuel H. Redd, Jr., Family Home in Bluff, Utah

The nine children of Charles Redd and Annaley Naegle Redd, as of 2000:

Katheryn Anne "Kathy" Redd Mullins [BYH Class of 1952] (Gary), Solvang, California;

Charles Hardison "Hardy" Redd, [BYH Class of 1954] (Sonya), LaSal, Utah;

Annaley Redd (a daughter who died in infancy);

Robert Byron Redd [BYH Class of 1957] (Mary), Provo, Utah;

Paul David Redd [BYH Class of 1959] (Diane), Paradox, Colorado;

Maraley Redd Rasmussen [BYH Class of 1961] (Richard), Winnetka, Illinois;

Beverly Redd Woods [BYH Class of 1963] (Loyd), Mapleton, Utah;

Regina Redd Mitchell [BYH Class of 1964] (James), North Salt Lake, Utah; and

Rebecca Sue "Becky" Redd Lambert [BYH Class of 1968] (Brian), Mapleton, Utah.

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