Cleo Grigg Johnson Gilchrist was born in Cove, Oregon on September 24, 1905. After three and a half years, she and her family moved to Nampa, Idaho, where her father farmed for twenty-five years. Cleo married Elmer Johnson, and the couple later moved to Long Beach, of Southern California. After the Depression hit, however, they moved back to Idaho, where they lived a rustic ranch life. In 1839, Elmer died in an oil field accident in Torrance, California. In 1946, Cleo and her two sons moved to Kuna, Idaho, to be closer to her parents. In September 1956, she moved to Ontario, Oregon to work as a receptionist. There, she met Robert Gilchrist, a successful farmer from Quincy, Washington. They were married March 9, 1959. On August 21, 1960, Cleo was called as the Stake Primary President, and on January 3, 1961, the family made a trip across Europe. Cleo died October 6, 2001 in Idaho.
This collection is categorized into six folders, held within two boxes. Biographies of women are scattered throughout. The first folder is a review of the Grigg family, as written by Cleo Grigg Johnson Gilchrist, the elected family researcher. Within it are also some letters of correspondence and reunion newsletters and directories. The second folder includes genealogical temple records. Before the third folder is a book of remembrance of Orin Harrison McClellan and Hannah Pamilia Grigg. The third folder is a book of remembrance compiled by Cleo of the ancestors and descendants of Parley Mormon Grigg and Thanful [sic] Halsey Gardner. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, genealogical records and short biographies. The fourth folder is the same, containing a book of remembrance of ancestors and descendants of Ammon Anderson Grigg and Mary Pratt Gardner. The fifth folder contains a privately printed book, William Grigg, The Immigrant to the Virginia Colony: 340 Years of His Descendants, 16401980. In a separate box and last folder are included the research papers and notes of Cleo with items varying from letters of correspondence to rough biographies and copies of wills.