Carol Rice is a storyteller.
She believes strongly in making oral genealogy part of a family’s culture and in-house teaching.
“When a child feels connected to a larger clan — I’m Scottish, so I’ll use the word ‘clan’ — then a bad day at school doesn’t rattle them,” she says. “They have a strong sense of belonging that doesn’t come from what you drive, the clothes you wear or what happens in a certain day.”
Carol’s own strong sense of clan started from her mother — a storyteller herself — who made an organized, concerted effort to pass on the stories of the family.
“I was older when I finally realized these stories I’d been hearing weren’t about relatives I knew, but my ancestors,” she says. “That sense of knowing them really helped me understand how I fit in this world.”
A big part of her own family’s story comes from their home in Alpine. After first visiting the area more than two decades ago as a guest speaker at church functions, Carol eventually brought her husband to visit and the couple decided to make their first home in Alpine.
Now, 23 years later, the soon-to-be-grandparents and their five children have used the same “starter” house as the background for new family stories and have no intention of shifting the setting.
The clock tower
“We still have a clock tower that chimes throughout the day. It’s old-fashioned, but I love it.”
Poppy fields in Lambert Park
“A lot of people talk about the poppies here, and they really are beautiful.”
The bedroom-community feel
“Alpine is full of successful people in a variety of industries, which brings great energy to the area. But the town itself doesn’t have a lot of industry, so you don’t feel like its owned by any group or interest.”
“Alpine has a wonderful trail system and has worked hard to keep it. We have good stewards in city government who work with developers to keep those trails a great part of the community.”
“The mountains were the first things I noticed about Alpine. Alpine is nestled in at the base of two great mountains that feel like soldiers standing guard around us.”
“There’s a great sense of history at the park that tells the story of the people in this area and this specific community.”
“There used to be one road coming into town and it passed the gazebo. I love that gazebo and have had many family pictures — and parties — there.”
Alpine is hometown to a number of BYU Cougar athletes and coaches — past and present — including head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, who grew up in Alpine. Other Alpine natives include basketball stars Tyler Haws, Jackson Emery and Eric Mika.