Apr 252012
 Posted by at 12:49 am
Apr 252012
 Posted by at 12:47 am
Jan 102021

Save the date

Reunion/Survey/JPFA Officers

Hello John Pack family members and friends! Our reunion is less than a week away! I hope you are planning on attending if you can!

Please fill out this survey if you have not had a chance to do so:

I want to bring up a few things about the reunion so we will all have a little more information.

First, that we have HUGE DISCOUNTS on the This is the Place Heritage Park passes available for those who come the John Pack home and buy them from us! It will cost $5 instead of $15! Come and enjoy this amazing park!

Next, we will be offering lunches which can be purchased for $10 each! They include a ½ sandwich (very large), a pickle, a cookie, a mint, and a salad (frog eye, potato, or fruit). We will have bottled water and Creamies for everyone also! The following sandwich options will be available:

· Turkey and Swiss on honey wheat

· Ham and Havarti cheese on sourdough

· Roast Beef and Provolone on 13 grain and Dijon horseradish

· Vegetarian on 13 grain with cheddar cheese, mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, red pepper, avocado, and pesto mayonnaise

Please let us know how many lunches you want by email, here [email protected] and we will make sure we get those ordered for you!

Then, we are looking for several new John Pack Family Association (JPFA) volunteer Officers. Here are the positions we are looking for with some very high-level ideas of what they might be doing:

· JPFA President – Helps organize Committee, contributes to the monthly JPFA Newsletter, sets up committee meetings, delegates tasks to Committee Members, and other tasks.

· JPFA Secretary – Organizer and communicator extraordinaire! Helps the Committee stay on task!

· JPFA Treasurer – Manages the bank account and handle accounting needs, including the tax-exempt status of our non-profit organization.

· JPFA Vice Presidents for Wife Groups – The ideal is to have at least one of these for each of the six wives that John had children through! They help gather and communicate with their Wife Group descendants and lead genealogical efforts for that Wife Group.

· JPFA Genealogy Committee Members – Anyone who wants to help! We have multiple projects in mind that we need to talk about, decide on, and execute!

Please think about volunteering to help us if you are so inclined! Also, think of your family members and cousins that you may believe would do a good job on this kind of opportunity! We are looking to really move forward with some great things into the future!

I love our shared heritage and the pioneering spirit that has been so central to my life because of John Pack and so many others that have given us so much to be proud of and humbled by!

See many of you soon!

Gary Pack
JPFA President


REMEMBERING OUR ANCESTORS—written by Margie Grider, Historian 8/2/2021

I woke up with a song in my head, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” that Joseph Smith sung before he was martyred.

A poor wayfaring Man of grief

Hath often crossed me on my way,

Who sued so humbly for relief

That I could never answer nay.

I had not pow’r to ask his name,

Yet there was something in his eye

That won my love; I knew not why.

and I thought of John Pack and his pioneer wives, and the sacrifices they each gave to be true to the gospel and a new religion. I am not comparing our ancestor to Joseph Smith, John was far from being perfect or not always loving in his personality, he was quite gruff and unrefined, but his heart was all in to serving God in this new religion. Our ancestors gave up much and were deeply committed. Thinking about the joys and trials that John and his wives went through. Each, independently converted to the gospel, willing to give up homeland and often family to be baptized and join the effort to create Zion in America. Six wives asked to marry and have children with a man they barely knew. One, Eliza Jane Graham left, and that took courage too. It also took courage to stay.

JOHN WAS ALL IN, NO MATTER THE DIFFICULTIES! Took on responsibilities of 8 wives. Purchased and lost land in several states, deaths of family members, sacrifice for church, persecution, illness and fear. Journeys across country for safety, living polygamy life with strangers, John marrying 3 extra wives at the same time, setting up life in a harsh environment like Winter Quarters, early Salt Lake, Bountiful and Kamas. Life was never easy, even when Salt Lake City became more civilized.

WHAT CAN I DO to honor their lives? How do I learn about them? What can we do to remember them? How can I connect with other descendants? Study FamilySearch, and family websites for histories and photos, sharing their stories to other family members, attend family reunions, donate $’s and pay dues, inform other people of the JPFA, collecting family emails and updating contact lists, message people updating genealogy with ideas and collaborate on research. Share modern technology skills with older family gives older generations a chance to share memories with young people whose computer skills come naturally. Volunteering, no matter how small the service feels, is a huge thing. Without service this family association does nothing, shrivels up and dies. Compared to the daily service of John, his wives and children; serving on the JPFA is a small sacrifice, with many rewards.

 Posted by at 8:12 pm
Aug 082018

We are excited to see a bunch of family at the reunion on Saturday!

Just so all is clear, we will be having LUNCHES available at the John Pack House for $8.00 each. We have ordered extra lunches so those of you who have not yet paid can pay us there at the Park and get a great dutch-oven lunch! Make sure you sign up for lunch when you register at the House since it still will be first-come-first-serve! When they are gone they are gone!

Also, please feel free to bring a PIE to share! If you bake the pie yourself, there will be a panel of judges (celebrities of course!) that will judge the pies and a there will be a $25 Amazon gift card for the best pie!  If you do not want to bake a pie, just buy one and bring it to share!  We will have ice cream to add to make it a complete dessert!    🙂

Some of you have seen that we are doing a contest for who can bring the most email sign-ups to the website. We will be giving Amazon Gift Cards for this contest. You should also know that we will be giving out Amazon Gift Cards to some random family members that will be at the reunion also! For instance, who has traveled the furthest to be at the reunion!  It will be fun!

We will have both the “Redoubtable” and the “John Pack From The Records” books available for purchase at the reunion! Come get copies for your family members who need a wonderful Birthday or Christmas present later this year!

We love our John Pack Family Reunion and look forward to seeing many of you Saturday morning!

Gary – JPFA President

 Posted by at 10:35 am
Jul 302018

Join us at the This is the Place Heritage Park on Saturday August 11th for our John Pack Family Reunion!

John Pack


Watch this page to see more details, and go to our John Pack Family Facebook page to get more information there too!

Hope to see many of you there!



2018 Reunion will be held on Saturday August 11th at This Is the Place Heritage Park– The John Pack Home, Registration begins at 9:30am–Reunion starts at 10am-2PM. – Margie Grider


 Posted by at 6:24 pm
Jun 252018

Please join us for the 2018 John Pack Family Reunion!

The Reunion will be held at The John Pack Home, in This Is The Place Park, Salt Lake City, Utah. Reunion family members get into the park free, and can roam the park free. Buildings, activities and train rides have a fee (half off wrist bands will be available). A great bargain for attending This is the Place Park with your family and a great chance to meet extended family members.

We will have food, fun skits and reports on our ancestors, the chance to meet your cousins and other relatives, and all the FUN at the This Is The Place Park!

Click below to buy a delicious Dutch Oven: Ribs, Potatoes, and Salad lunch.

***Note: You do NOT need to join paypal.com to purchase a lunch, just make the purchase as a guest.

 Posted by at 10:39 am
May 262016

Dear Pack Family,

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who have genealogy documents: photos, histories, recordings, etc and so on and don’t share them with others. So here are all the documents that I know exist about John Pack that I have collected.
In my next post I will post all of the other documents I know about for the wives of John Pack and his children.
Also look for all of the photos I know of, gps locations for homes and graves, and links to our genealogy on ancestry.com in future posts – those will all be a bit of work 😉
If you know of any other documents that you are willing to share, please email them, if possible to [email protected] or email me for a mailing address that you could mail a copy to. Love to see the cool stuff you have and I will be glad to credit you and any other sources you wish!
Thank You,
Brad Pack
All of the following are .pdf files and you will need a reader to view them and print them. Here’s a link if you do not have a .pdf reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
John Pack Documents
[download id=”1191″]Places you can visit in the Salt Lake City, UT area associated with John Pack, 2 pgs
[download id=”1189″]John Pack and Mary Jane Walker by Veldon R. Hodgson, 22 pgs
[download id=”1194″]John Pack by Inez Whiting Bush, 2 pgs
[download id=”1174″]Four brief histories by Veldon R. Hodgson, 9 pgs
John Pack Journal Transcript – original photos of the journal are here:  XX pages
John Pack Journal Transcript, Gallery of XX photos of his actual journal in his handwriting.
Frederick G Pack – History of John Pack, XX pages
other John Pack History docs, XX pages

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 Posted by at 12:52 pm
Apr 242016
From Gary Pack, JPFA President:
It is another year and another great time to celebrate our heritage!  The first thing we want all of you to do is mark your calendars for the John Pack Family Association (JPFA) Reunion!  It will be held at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday August 13th 2016 from around 9:00 in the morning until around 2:00 p.m. in the John Pack house there.  Bring your families and enjoy this amazing park!  On Friday night August 12th we will also be hosting our JPFA Genealogical Gathering for everyone in the family who is interested in the latest adventures in the research of our ancestors and what we can do to better collaborate as an extended family.
The second thing we want all of you to do is forward this to all of your extended family email lists so more of our family members hear about our JPFA and join us in this wonderful family history extravaganza, please use the links at the bottom of this email to forward it to your family!
The third thing we want everyone who is anyone in the Pack family to join us on the JPFA Facebook page where we can share fun things and gets news and updates from all around the family!  Find that page at https://www.facebook.com/JohnPackFamily/.
Next, which would be fourth, for those who are into doing temple work for our ancestral lines, Janeen Lambert has found a whole bunch of related Pack family names that need to have their work done, and would love to share some names with anyone who would like to get the work done.  Please contact her directly at [email protected]  if you would like to work with her on this important task.
And finally, which would fill one whole hand at five, we need more volunteers to help us on the JPFA Committee to help decide direction, Reunion details, organizational issues, genealogical treasure hunters, and article writers for the JPFA Newsletter!  Please respond and let us know if you are interested in helping us achieve some great things for the John Pack legacy!
Gary Pack
JPFA President
Great-Great-Grandson of John Pack, through Erastus Frederick Pack, William Crestfield Pack and William Donald Pack.
 Posted by at 5:32 pm
Apr 242016




John Pack’s “mission letter” for his France mission. I don’t think they got formal mission calls, I think the purpose of this letter was to prove their credentials if anyone asked, similar to the small version of our mission call we kept in our “white handbook” when I served my mission. For the best copy of this document, which is signed by Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Willard Richards, click this link (below):


 Posted by at 12:06 pm
Jul 122015

Welcome Aboard Our JPFA Reunion Bus! AND

Seeking New John Pack Family Association Officers!

JOHN PACK Family Reunion – July 31st – August 1st 2015

Friday: July 31st at the FHL in SLC

4 to 6 p.m. Workshop

7 to 8:30 p.m.   Family History meeting

Saturday, Aug 1st at This is the Place State Park


9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration at the John Pack Home

9:30 a.m. Meet at This is the Place Monument at for the bus tour.

10 to 11:45 a.m.   Bus tour of SLC sites for John Pack

Noon to 1:00p.m. Lunch

1 to 2 p.m. Meeting with Elections & Entertainment


Entrance to the park is free.  Wristbands for activities are $5 per person for ages 3 on up. (bought

at the home.)  We can park by the Kimball home.  Bus ride is paid by JPFA funds.

Books for sale at the home or order from the website: www. johnpackfamily.org

“The Redoubtable John Pack”     $10 each

“John Pack as Revealed in the Records”   $15 each

Yearly dues are $10 per family or an individual

Lunch: Order a box lunch, buy within the park or bring your own.

Cafe Zupas Box Lunches:   $8 each including bottled water


Choose between

1) Italian Club Sandwich, chips & a cookie


2)  Garden Chicken Chop Salad, bread & a cookie


Order your lunches by July 26th with Linda Westover

Contact Linda Westover at [email protected] or 1- 801-226-4111



Send all money to President Andi Zorn  We will accept credit card payments at the park.

If you have any questions contact:

Kathleen Skinner at 1-801-513-7364  [email protected]

Margie Grider at 1-801- 641-3843   [email protected]

Andi Zorn at 1 -435-840-5687 [email protected]

We are seeking new officers for JPFA President, Secretary and Treasurer to serve during

2015-2016.  Andi Zorn has carried too much responsibility the last year.  If you are willing to

serve in one of these positions for a year, please contact Kathleen Skinner at 801-513-7364 or

[email protected] before the Reunion!  We need you!!!

President duties:   Plan agendas for quarterly meetings, etc.

Desire to maintain the social and family history objectives of the

JPFA organization.

Oversee family reunions and other family projects.


Secretary duties:   Create and maintain notes for the meetings and contact representatives.

Assist the president as needed.

Treasurer duties:   Collect funds and manage the budget for the organization.

 Posted by at 6:55 pm