Places of Interest to Riries
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Henry Morgan Perry loved
concrete and his barnyards and buildings were meticulously laid out
and maintained. His civic contributions included service as president
of the Great Feeder Canal Company, serving as justice of the peace
and as a school trustee. He also served as Bishop of the Perry ward.
One of the most interesting
stories that happened here involved a man who called himself Sir
Jim Maguire. He appeared during 1915 and asked for work. Henry
Perry gave him a job and after a few months, Sir Jim came and
said he was in love with Eunice and wanted to marry her. Henry
Perry refused and immediately informed Maguire he was no longer
needed on the farm. Sir Jim turned to leave and muttered, "If
I can't have Eunice, then I'll have Verna." For the next years
the family lived in fear of this "stalker." He would
show up at unexpected times and in unexpected places. One morning
they came out and he was on the landing outside their bedrooms.
Another time he came on a Sunday morning, thinking they would all
be at church and attempted to set fire to the barn. Hebe was home
and saved their property. After serving time in jail for his continued
harassment of the family, Maguire was released and once again vowed
to do harm to the family. The sheriff gave the Perrys a gun to
defend themselves if it became necessary. Later that year, Sir
Jim lost his life in the great flu epidemic of 1918.
When it was time to build the canals that would carry the water diverted
by the Great Feeder Headgates, David
Ririe rode his horse to where he wanted the water to end
up. Then he turned around and headed back toward the Snake River,
marking the path as he went. Through his efforts, relying on
sight and judgment and without the use of modern tools to measure
elevation or distance, the path for these canals was laid out.
They were dug without power equipment, largely by hand and today
are still in use with few alterations. At the time of his death, David
Ririe was president of the Farmer's Friend Canal Company.
Burial place of Joseph and Leah
Ellen Lovell, David and Leah
Ann Ririe, James E. and Verna
Ririe, their daughter Ann who
died as an infant, Clive
P. Ririe, his daughter, Glenna and James
A Ririe plus numerous other relatives.
E. and Verna Perry Ririe Home
When first married, James
E. and Verna lived
with his Mother in her large home. After Max was
born they moved approximately ½ mile west to this location.
Like his father, James wanted
his family to have the best he could afford. He was a successful
farmer, hard working and tough.
This home holds memories for each of their children.
Standing behind this home was a large red
barn that had been moved from Leah
Ann Lovell Ririe's property. During the summer when the loft
was empty, the boys used to play basketball there.
of the Homestead of the Joseph Hyrum Lovell Family
Joseph Hyrum Lovell and
his wife, Leah Ellen Radford were
successful farmers and ranchers in Oak City, Utah. They decided to "pull
off into a new country" in hopes of finding better opportunities
for their children. With a caravan of seventeen wagons and a big
band of horses and cattle, the family headed for Wyoming. Reports
of the area where they planned to settle (Star Valley) were extremely
favorable. They left Oak City on the fourteenth of May and it took
five weeks to make the journey.
When they arrived it was clear
that the reports they had heard overestimated the potential of the
area. The family tried to make the best of their situation but after
a short time it was clear that the harsh climate and remote area
were obstacles they could not overcome. They packed up the end of
September with all that remained of their possessions in two wagons.
After being caught in an early snowstorm and traveling a total of
six days the family found an abandoned home at this location that
had been used as a barn, cleaned it out and moved in.
Hyrum Lovell died, his wife and children were left destitute.
One night as Leah Ellen prepared
for bed she prayed that she might find some way to buy the few
necessities that she wasn't able to make for herself. The next
morning she left her small cabin and not far away found a shiny
silver dollar lying under a sagebrush. She said it was still
clean, neither dirty nor dusty and she believed it had been placed
there in answer to her prayer.
and Leah Ann Lovell Ririe Home
In 1906 David built this
home for his family. He always wanted them to have the best he was
able to provide. Originally the home had 14 rooms but it has been
reconfigured for apartments.
There are several old photos in this building and also a history
of Ririe in the town library.
Also served as school gym, site of athletic victories, music performances
and theatrical productions starring David, Max, Clive, Carma and Wayne.
Both David Ririe and Henry
Morgan Perry were involved in the building of this channel. It
was engineered to divert water from the Snake River to smaller canals,
which ran throughout the upper Snake River Valley. During construction, David
Ririe was working on the head gate. Riding a large white horse, David went
out in the river to remove a large rock which had shifted and was
causing debris to back up behind it. The water was deeper than expected
and his boots filled with water, making it hard for the horse to
pull David to safety. The men who were working nearby saw David let
go of the horse and go down into the water. They rushed down stream
to watch for his body, thinking it would be impossible for a man
to go through the gates with the force of the stream without being
bumped against something and killed. When they looked at the head
gate and saw David climbing
out with the crow bar still in his hand they all felt that his life
had been spared.
Morgan Perry was the person who suggested the name Great
Feeder and was president of the company. He was also boss of
the crew that built the project. When they were finally finished
one of the workers turned to him and said, "We've done it
boss!" Henry Perry replied, "Don't
call me boss anymore, I'm just one of you." Later on a hot
midsummer afternoon he was lying flat on his stomach on the catwalk
poking driftwood away from the head gates. A salesman approached
and asked politely, "My good man, can you tell me where
I can find the president of the Great Feeder Canal Company?" "Why
yes," Henry Perry replied, "I'm
the president." And he kept on working.
Follow the Ririe Highway East from Ririe to Poplar
and then to the Great Feeder Headgates
Burial place of Henry Morgan
Perry, Fannie Young Perry,
Velda Lovell (Verna's twin)
and her husband, Hy Lovell (James
Edmond's cousin) plus other relatives.