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Anderson, Katie Viola
Funeral services for Miss Katie Viola Anderson, 13 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Winson of Brigham City, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Emerson ward meeting house. Friends are invited to attend. Internment will be in the city cemetery.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - October 31, 1910

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Bowring, Henry E.
Pioneer Actor Dies at Brigham City
Henry E. Bowring, one of the pioneer theatrical men and actors of Utah, died at Brigham City Saturday. His death was sudden and unexpected. Mr. Bowring landed in America just half a century ago with but one cent in his pocket. Undaunted by circumstances, he made his way to Iowa City, Ia., and later traveled by foot to Utah. In early days Mr. Bowring built a small theater in Salt Lake City, which was one of the first here.

At one time Mr. Bowring had four wives, all of whom are now dead. He lived in Salt Lake City until 1877, and has since made his home at Brigham City. His funeral will be held at that place at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - March 5, 1906

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Burrell, John Raymond
John Raymond Burrell, son of William and Elma Burrell, of the 2nd ward of this city, departed this life Saturday morning, the 9th, of pneumonia. The young man was robust and hearty, the very picture of health, until attacked last Wednesday with the dread disease. He was 19 years old and had always lived with his parents working for his father in the sawmill. It is needless to say that the family is greatly shocked at his untimely taking away. We extend sincerest sympathy to those bereaved.

Source: Box Elder News - September 14, 1905

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Christenson, Christiane
Bear River City, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, December 1879
Editors Deseret News: 

I hereby wish to inform my friends and relations that my wife Christiane, daughter of Anders and Marie Sophie Christensen, died November 5th, 1879, at her residence, from paralysis, form which she suffered nearly two months.  She was born in Jylland, Denmark, August 31st,1834.  She emigrated to Utah in 1859, and crossed the Plains with the handcarts and suffered much hardship and scarcity of food.  She arrived at Salt Lake City September 4th, 1859, and was united in the bonds of matrimony on October 13th, 1859, Brother Erastus Sdow performing the ceremony.  These 20 years we have enjoyed the blessing of God and raised four sons and three daughters, who are left with me to mourn the loss of a true and faithful mother.  She died in full faith of the gospel, and a hope of a glorious resurrection.  L. C. Christenson.

Source: Deseret News - January 7, 1880

Submitted and transcribed by Jim Vandermark

Coulam, Joseph C.
Died in the 11th  Ward of this city, September 11th of Diphtheria, Joseph C., son of Henry and Sarah Coulam, aged 3 years, month and 17 days.

Source: Deseret News - September 17, 1879
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Vandermark


Gardner, Hyrum Alma
At Deweyville, Box Elder Co., Utah, Dec. 5, 1885, of erysipelas, Hyrum Alma, son of Milo V. and Margaret Gardner; born at Deweyville, July 31, 1874.

Source: Deseret News - December 16, 1885

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Hampton, Julia Ranalph
Died “In this city, August 6th 1879, of diphtheria, Julia Ranalph, daughter of Brigham Y. and Mary J. R. R. Hampton, aged 8 years, 7 months and 29 days. "

Source: Deseret News - August 13, 1879
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Vandermark

Hansen, Christian
Answers Last Call
Aged Veteran of the Fourth Ward Passes to the Great Beyond
In the departure of Christian Hansen from this world which occurred last Monday we are called upon to say good-bye to one of the noblest and grandest old men it has ever been our good fortune to know. His spendid physique, his powerful personality and his enlivening disposition made him a favorite among classes both old and young. He has been a familiar figure in Brigham City for many years. His death is the result of old age--he passed the 85th mile stone last January.

Christian Hansen was born in Skildelov, Denmark, Jan. 15, 1820. He was married Nov. 1, 1850, to Elizabeth Erickson, who preceded him to the spirit world six years ago. He became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in his native land April 9, 1852 and in December 1853 immigrated to Utah where he arrived in October 1854. He came to this part of the country and operated for many years the "Dairy" at Collinston or on the divide near Beaver Dam. On September 1882 he went on a mission to Denmark. He was in the move south in 1857 returning July 4th of the same year.


Mr. Hansen is an old soldier, having served in the Danish army from 1842 to 1847 and although he was in the thick of battle between Denmark and Germany almost continuously for three years was never wounded.


He has been very weak for several months and his death was not unexpected. He leaves besides his two wives, Marla and Christena, nine children, Willard, Lorenzo, Peter, Ephraim, James, Alma, Lester, Lizzie, Simeon and Daniel. Besides these there are 41 grand-children and five great-grand-children.


Funeral Services
Services were held over the remains yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the 4th ward meeting house. Notwithstanding the fact that the news of his death was not generally known, there was a good attendance. The meeting was presided over by Bishop Brigham Wright. Singing was by the ward choir, under the direction of Fred Kolter. Six sons of deceased officiated as pall bearers. The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful. The speakers were Elders James Olsen, A. Valentine, Bp. Larsen of Logan, Bp. James Nelson, Patriarchs Wm. L. Watkins and John D. Burt, Presidents Lucius A. Snow, Oleen N. Stohl and Bishop Wright. They were all old acquaintenances of deceased and the beautiful tributes they bore to his sterling character must have been a great source of gratification to the relatives and friends. We do not meet such men often in the course of a lifetime and it is too bad that they cannot stay with us always. But he knew he had always done the right and he died happy.

Source: Box Elder News - June 29, 1905

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Hendrickson, Kristine A. Mortensen
Mother Called by Death
Mrs. Kristine A. Mortensen Hendrickson, 65, died on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at her home in Corinne, Utah, after a lingering illness. Services were held on Friday, Dec. 12, at Corinne with burial in the Brigham City Cemetery. Survivors include a son and five daughters. Two of the daughters, Mrs. Anna Wight and Mrs. Dorothy Wight, are Susanville residents.

Source:  Lassen Advocate (Susanville, Lassen County, CA) -- January 5, 1953

Submitted by Jana -- A Friend of Free Genealogy

Jensen, Mrs. A. E.
BRIGHAM CITY, Dec. 12. – A short service was held at the Mantua cemetery Monday afternoon for Mrs. A. E. Jensen, who died Saturday night at Magna of diphtheria. Mrs. Jensen was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mads Hansen of Mantua and the wife of A. E. Jensen, a former resident of that place, who acted as superintendent of schools of Box Elder county several years ago. She was born at Mantua 45 years ago. The family resided for a time at Harrisville, and then removed to Magna, after leaving this city. Surviving are the husband and three children, who are under quarantine at Magna, the parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Hyrum Ipsen of Willard, Mrs. Edward Jensen, Mrs. Ezra Jensen and Lucias Hansen, of Mantua, Mrs. Parley Jensen and Guy Hansen of Ogden; Cyrus Hansen of this city, James Hansen and Clifford Hansen of the Utah Hot Springs.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - December 12, 1922

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Jones, Jane
At Willard City, Box Elder county, July 31st, 1879 of diphtheria, Jane, the beloved daughter of Benjamin and Mary Jones aged 9 years and 3 days. Deceased was a bright and intelligent child.

Source: Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) - Aug. 13, 1879
Submitted and transcribed by Candi H.


Kelley, William H.
President Kelley Dies at Brigham
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, April 24 -- William H. Kelly, president of Box Elder stake and one of the best known men in this section of the State, died at his home here Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The end came quite unexpected. Bishop Kelly attended conference and was taken ill on his return home. He was aged about 70 years. He came to this country from England forty years ago and he has resided here. He was first councillor to Rudger Clawson when Mr. Clawson was president of this stake, and succeeded him as president when Clawson was made an apostle. He was quite prominent last summer in the Adademy opera house dispute. He leaves a large family, mostly grown up. One of his daughters was recently married in the Temple in Salt Lake. He leaves a large circle of friends. Mr. Kelly underwent an operation last winter and apparently got over it well for a man of his age.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - April 24, 1905

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Kenney, E. E.
Died “At his lodgings, second house east of the City Hall, E. E. Kenney, of kidney disease, at two o’clock a.m., August 12.  Deceased was a native of Lowell, Mass., was a stranger to those who witnessed his patient suffering and his peaceful, quiet departure.”

Source: Deseret News - September 17, 1879
Submitted and transcribedby Jim Vandermark


Lambourne, Alfred Clarence
Died “In the 26th Ward of this city, August 7, 1879, of cholera Infantum, Alfred Clarence, son of Alfred and Wilhelmina Lambourne, aged 1 year and 5 days.”

Source: Deseret News - August 13, 1879
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Vandermark


Lauritsen, Benjita S.
BRIGHAM CITY, Nov. 17. – Mrs. Benjita S. Lauritsen, 80 years of age, died here Wednesday. She was born at Sweden April 25, 1837, and came to Utah in 1885. She married Nels Lauritsen, who died sixteen years ago. The family resided at Mantua for a time, but after the death of her husband Mrs. Lauritsen removed to this city. Surviving are four children: C. L. Lauritsen and Mrs. Albertina Nelson of this city, J. M. Lauritsen of California and John Lauritsen of Idaho. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Sixth ward chapel.

Source:  Salt Lake Telegram -  November 17, 1922

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Lindsay, James Leroy
At Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah, January 21st, 1885, of pneumonia, James Leroy, son of James S. and Emma J. Dewey Lindsay, aged 15 days.

Source: Deseret News (Salt Lake City) - January 28, 1885
Submitted and transcribed by Candi H.


Nelson, Mrs. Ferdinand
BRIGHAM CITY, Dec. 17. – Mrs. Ferdinand Nelson died at her home in Mantua yesterday after a lingering illness. Mrs. Nelson was 44 years of age, and was the mother of thirteen children, three of whom are dead. Surviving are the husband and ten children and her aged mother, Mrs. Olsen, who resides in this city.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - December 18, 1921

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Nielsen, Christian
Christian Nielsen of the 3rd ward has gone to his rest. He was well along in age, being in his 70th year, and was bent and worn by the burden of many years of hard labor. He bore his trials and sufferings with patience and set a splendid example for younger and more fortunate men. He died as he had lived, a faithful Latter-Day Saint. Mr. Nielsen was born in Ugilt Eljorring Amt, Denmark, Dec. 24, 1826 and joined the church on May 6, 1862. He came to this country in 1881 and lived in Sanpete County two years after which he moved to Brigham city which has since been his home. He leaves a widow, two sons, and a daughter to mourn his loss.

Mr. Nielson was a veteran of  the wars between Denmark and Germany from 1848 to 1850 where he served with honor. The King of Denmark recently sent him a medal of honor in recognition of his service to the state. He figured conspicuously in the wars of Lyptol, Isted and other places.


Funeral services were held in the Third ward meeting house Friday at 2 p.m. where a goodly number of friends and acquaintenances gathered to pay their last respects.


Source: Box Elder News - September 14, 1905

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Rasmussen, Mrs. Hans
BRIGHAM CITY, Oct. 29. – Mrs. Hans Rasmussen of Mantua died at the family home this morning after a short illness from general debility. Mrs. Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1843, and came to Utah in 1868, residing at Mantua since that time. She is survived by her husband, six sons and one daughter. Funeral services will be held at the Mantua ward chapel on Wednesday of next week.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - October 30, 1921

Submitted and transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Shepherd, John H.
Deaths and Funerals
John H. Shepherd, aged 55 years, late of Brigham City, Utah, died last evening of tuberculosis. The remains were shipped to Smithfield, Utah, this afternoon by Joseph William Taylor.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - February 4, 1909

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Snow, Mary
Mrs. Mary Snow Dies at Brigham City
Mrs. Mary Snow, widow of the late President Lorenzo Snow of the Mormon church, died at her home in Brigham City Saturday. Death was due to valvular leakage of the heart. She was 64 years old.

The deceased was a daughter of the lat Jacob Houtz, who lived at Springville. She came to Utah with her parents in 1847, just six weeks after the arrival of the first pioneers in Utah. She was married to Lorenzo Snow in 1858. Four children survive her. They are Mansfield L. Snow, Mortimer H. Snow, Mrs. Virginia S. Stephens and Mrs. George Harding.


Source:  Salt Lake Telegram - April 2, 1906

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Wilson, Robert W.
Robert W. Wilson of Brigham City is Dead
Was One of Utah's Pioneers, Known for His Public Spirit and Charity
Robert Knox Wilson, for nearly half a century a resident of this city, died at his home on February 28th. Mr. Wilson was born February 20, 1824, in Scotland, from which country he emigrated with his wife in 1851, going first to St. Louis, Mo., whence he journeyed in 1852 to Salt Lake City. Here he remained for about a year, engaged as a quarryman in Red Butte canyon, when he went to California, remaining about two years. On his return to Utah in 1855 he settled in Brigham and engaged in farming, which occupation he continuously followed until 1885, being accounted the best and most successful farmer in this county. On retiring from active agricultural pursuits he engaged in the liquor business, which became widely known as the house of R. K. Wilson & Sons.

Mr. Wilson's chief characteristic, among many strongly marked ones, was his uniform suavity and kindness and it was rare indeed for any to receive other than most kindly consideration at his hands. He was also, up to the last day of his life, the foremost among the men of public spirit and enterprise in the community.


In closing this all too brief record of his career the writer can say that it is a question whether a single life will be so much missed, or one whose absence will be more keenly felt than that of Robert Knox Wilson. May he rest in peace.


Source: Salt Lake Telegram - March 3, 1902

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

Worthen, Alonza Heber
Died “In the 20th Ward, Sept. 11, 1879 of miasmas, Alonzo Heber, son of Elizabeth and Alonzo H. Worthen, aged 2 years, 2 months and 13 days.”

Source: Deseret News - September 17, 1879
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Vandermark


Young, James
Utah Pioneer Dies At Brigham City
James Young, 71, died yesterday at his home in Perry, death being due to an ailment which had existed several years. When 17 years of age Young crossed the plains to Utah and became an important factor in founding his town. He was born in Caldicott, England, September 23, 1848, emigrated seventeen years later and arrived in Utah in 1865. Three years later he married Miss Francessa Campkin of Perry. He is survived by his wife and the following children: W. J. and A. L. Young of Perry, H. G. Young of Salt Lake, L. H. Young of Thatcher, J. T. Young, naval training school, San Francisco; Mrs. Lillie Johnson of Brigham, Mrs. Maud Watt of Layton and Mrs. Lizzie Wight of Thatcher.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram - March 4, 1919

Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis




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