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Albert F. Richins

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Postmaster

Phone: (435) ***-****  HQ Phone
Grouse Creek Country Club
5124 S. Ridgeline Dr.
Ogden, Utah 84405
United States

Company Description: Grouse Creek Golf and Country Club is the unofficial home page for Grouse Creek, Utah. Grouse Creek is located in the extreme northwest corner of the State of Utah...   more
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Albert Francis Richins - 3 May 1855
www.grousecreek.com, 7 Feb 2012 [cached]
Albert Francis Richins - 3 May 1855
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Albert Francis Richins
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Albert F. Richins Albert Francis Richins was the son of Joseph Richins and Jane Morse Richins.
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by Wilford Woodruff, Albert being nineteen years of age and Mary Jane being sixteen.
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The load being heavy, it was necessary for Albert and Jane to walk up all the hill and then they would ride on the load downhill.
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Mary Jane, Caroline Ellen Tipper (her sister) and Albert F. Richins
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Those who made the trip were: William Betteridge Sr., William P. Paskett, R. Allen Jones and Albert F. Richins and Philip A. Paskett.
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Richins, Jones and William Paskett returned by train from Terrace to Henefer in April.
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, Albert Richins and his wife and small daughter and James Simpson and his wife and child, left Henefer for Grouse Creek.
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Albert and James Simpson walked for miles the next day trying to find their oxen.
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Albert then came back to where Jane was and helped her on up to the wagon.
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Thrashing Machine: George Paskett, Willington Richins, Newell Richins, Moroni Tanner, Uknown, Uknown, Orson Richins - Haystack: Unknown, Ralph Tanner, Valison Tanner Jr., Uknown, Sidney Paskett - Ground: Lorenzo Richins, Wilford Richins, Albert F. Richins and Phillip Paskett
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The land Albert located on proved to be the best land for farming in the valley. It was covered with about sixteen acres of white sage, which was good winter feed for cattle. The following spring, after the settlers had started working their farms, Albert lost both of his oxen from weed poisoning. They were found dead close to the house. This was one of the biggest heartbreaks of his pioneering.
In the fall of 1878 Albert and William Paskett went to Ogden, each with a load of wheat, to obtain flour for the winter.
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The following winter there was very little snow, and so Albert herded sheep for Hubbard & Company in the Pine Creek Country. The outlook for summer water was so very bad that he even offered his entire holdings in Grouse Creek for $100.00.
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Wilford F. Richins, Willard F Hales & Albert F Richins
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Albert raised 1,300 bushels of oats and wheat that year. One day while Albert and others were cutting and binding the grain one man was heard to say, "I'm going to Salt Lake and take this land. Richins cannot hold it. He is not a citizen and he has no papers to show that he can hold it. So while the other men were eating their dinner, Albert went into another room, got ready to leave, borrowed a horse from William Paskett and rode to Terrace.
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Albert was ordained a Seventy on December 28, 1884 by Lorenzo Hunsaker.
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Following is a list of all the children born to Albert Francis Richins and Mary Jane Jones Richins:
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In 1892 Albert Richins started in the store business, which proved to be a big help to the people on Grouse Creek. He was a very liberal man and gave much of his merchandise out of credit. When he went out of business many years later, he had many outstanding customers' debts, which were never collected.
He was ordained a High Priest on April 20, 1896, by Moroni Pickett, and sustained as a counselor to Bishop David Harry Toyn on the same day, a position he held for twenty years. Being in the Bishopric, he saw the need of a granary in which to store grain and other farm produce, as it was customary in those early days to pay their tithing in kind. Albert headed the building of this granary, which was built of sandstone and equipped with bins, scales, etc. The building still stands.
Albert was made the postmaster of Grouse Creek on December 1, 1894 and held that office until June 1915. For several years he served as Justice of the Peace and was a Notary Public until the time of his death.
He was called to serve a mission to England when Nola, his thirteenth and youngest of his children, was only two months old. He left home in November 1903 and returned in 1905, having filled an honorable mission.
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Albert Francis Richins.
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Albert was instrumental in carrying out many community projects, which added convenience and prosperity to the people of Grouse Creek. In 1908, when it was decided to run a pipeline from Buckskin Springs to the community, a distance of three miles, Albert was the main push behind that project. The Bishopric at that time, David H. Toyn, William Paskett, and Albert F. Richins, went to Salt Lake City and talked with President Joseph F. Smith and through his influence, they borrowed the money to complete the project, Albert taking the main responsibility. The Bishopric at that time, David H. Toyn, William Paskett, and Albert F. Richins, went to Salt Lake City and talked with President Joseph F. Smith and through his influence, they borrowed the money to complete the project, Albert taking the main responsibility.
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Albert took the lead and shouldered the main load of responsibility of this project. The money was raised, Albert taking the responsibility for the wages of the masons. He and Jane boarded fifteen of the masons who worked on the chapel.
Albert was the first person to have gas lights in his house. It was a considerable expense, but quite enjoyable. However, they were a lot of trouble to use, as the gas had to be brought into town in large cans, air pumped into the tanks and the lights ignited with wood alcohol, and it required more time than he could devote to the project, so the gas lights were finally abolished.
Albert owned a lot of range land and for years he pastured and cared for horses belonging to J.G. Read of Ogden. He bought harnesses, saddles, etc., from Read Brothers. He also installed the first commercial and livestock scales that were on Grouse Creek, for the use and convenience of the community as a whole.
When Philip Paskett was brought home to Grouse Creek from Basalt, Idaho, sick and destitute, Albert gave him a piece of ground to get started on and helped him build his house on it.
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Besides raising lots of grain, Albert had a good potato crop each year. He used to get the Indians to help harvest the potatoes.
Father raised lots of white-faced cattle, and the surplus was sold each fall to raise money for their winter expenses. At one time he bought fifty head of purebred Jersey cows at Ogden and had them shipped to Grouse Creek via the railroad to Lucin. He sold the cows to the farmers to supply good milk and butter products for their families. He bought a cheese press so the ladies could make their own cheese.
Also, Father built a smoke house where he cured his own meat, as well as that of many of the others. He provided for his family well and taught us all to work, help and share, all the basic virtues that make up the useful fulfillment of one's life. His desire was to build a home that would be a sanctuary for themselves and for their family, and hopefully for their grandchildren.
Albert and Mary Jane celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on November 15, 1924.
LaRene Richins Napoli - 30 March 1921
www.grousecreek.com, 7 Oct 1998 [cached]
, in the log house across the lane, which belonged to my grandfather, Albert F. Richins. He was born in the same room where my father had been born almost twenty-eight years previously.
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