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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...

W. R. Merrell

One of the hospital’s shareholders was Dr. W. R. Merrell, a native of Brigham City who returned in 1931 to open a practice upstairs in the First National Bank building at Main and Forest, where he bought out well...

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Laura Andrea Petersen Sackett

Laura was born on June 17, 1864, in Brigham City, Utah, to poor Danish immigrants Hans Neils and Karen Sophia Petersen. As a child, Laura was sent to the fields to gather sego lily roots for food. She also gathered wool...

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George Hamson

George F. Hamson, Sr. was a bodyguard for the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. After he was assassinated, George came to Utah with his wife Sarah Ann and their two sons. The family settled in Brigham City in the fall of...

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William Wrighton

William Wrighton was born December 25, 1828 in Treadington, Worcester County, England, to John and Elizabeth Mallet Wrighton. William left England for America in 1850 after joining the Mormon Church. He was accompanied...

Anna Marie Nielsen Jacobsen Johnson

On July 18, 1834, Anna Marie (Mary) Nielsen Jacobsen Johnson was born to Christian and Karen Larsen Nielsen in Jenslev, Denmark. Because of her sunny disposition, Mary was a favorite of her uncle, who invited her to...

Anders Nielsen Andersen

Anders Nielsen Andersen

Anders Nielsen Andersen was born October 31, 1812, in Lystrup, Presto amt, Denmark to Niels and Annie Christoffersen Andersen. In his youth, Anders learned to use a cradle for reaping grain in the summer and to look...

Peter Fredrick Petersen

Peter (or Peder) Fredrick Petersen was born in Liseleje, Denmark, on August 29, 1831, to Fredrick and Ann Thompson Petersen. Peter received military training in his youth and in 1848 fought in the war between Germany...

Dr. Richard Pearse and Family

Richard A. Pearse

Medicine brought one of Brigham City’s legendary characters in the person of Dr. Richard Armstrong Pearse, who rented rooms for an office above Eddy’s Drug Store in 1902. He soon fell in love with a local girl, Venna...

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Peter Christian Christensen

Peter Christian Christensen was born May 18, 1854, in the farming district of Bedsted in Denmark to Jens and Else Jensen Christensen. When Peter was 12 years old, his family decided to emigrate to Utah after accepting...

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