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Christian Niels Olsen

Christian Olsen was born October 3, 1847, in Hilede of Hassres in Jutland, Denmark, to Christen Jensen and Annie Nielson Olsen. When Christian was four years old, his parents joined the Mormon Church. Because of...

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Eunice Iverie Olsen Fuller

In Harper Ward, a small village six miles north of Brigham City, Utah, Eunice Iverie “Ivy” Olsen was born July 7, 1891, to Christian and Mary Carlsen Olsen. Ivy’s home was a large, two-story house built of rock from the...

David Patterson Burt

David Patterson Burt was born September 11, 1852, in Red Butte Canyon, Salt Lake County, to John Davidson and Elizabeth Burt. The family lived in a wagon in the canyon as his father worked in a quarry cutting rock to be...

Mary Petersen

Mary Petersen, born in Brigham City in 1917, moved around with her family during her early years. She became interested in dentistry when she was about 11 years old, when her family drove from Wyoming to Salt Lake City...

Hans S Larsen

On the journey from Denmark to America, Hans’ mother and brother died of cholera. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Hans’ father and sister also died of cholera. Hans had cholera, too, but regained...

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Nephi Peter Anderson

Nephi Peter Anderson was born on November 29, 1847 in Sjaelland, Denmark, to Peder and Karen Olsen Andersen. Nephi had seven siblings, including three sets of twins. During his youth, Nephi was “taken up with books and...

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Barnard White

Barnard White was born in London, England, on November 9, 1839. His parents were Mary Ann Syer and William White, who died when Barnard was two years old. Barnard dreamed of being a sea captain from childhood, but was...

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Samuel Alonzo Whitney

Samuel Alonzo Whitney, Sr. arrived in Utah in 1847. When Samuel was about 15 years old, he lost his left arm in a threshing accident. Despite his handicap, Samuel became a Pony Express Rider and was the first person to...

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Rasmus Julius Smith

Rasmus Julius Smith was born Aug. 20, 1843, in Foldbjaerg, Vraa Parish, Denmark, to Juliane Sorensdatter and Rasmus Smith. In October, Juliane moved to Ravnstrup leaving Julius to live with relatives. When Juliane...

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Willard Snow Hansen

Probably because his mother ate only two slices of bread a day during a winter of famine, Willard Snow Hansen was described at birth as a “big, raw-boned baby.” Willard was born on April 19, 1856 in Brigham City to...

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