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Who was Solon Borglum? – taken from “Solon H. Borglum – A Man Who Stands Alone” written by his son-in-law, A. Mervyn Davies.
James M. Borglum, a woodcarver in Denmark and a Mormon immigrated to Utah in 1864 with his new bride, Ida Mikkelson, followed by Ida’s family, as they were Mormons also. The following year James also married Ida’s youngest sister Christina. She had 2 sons……John Gutzon, March 25, 1867 (the family always called him Johnnie) and a year and a half later Solon Hannibal was born December 22, 1868. After 3 years of emotional pressures between the two sisters, by mutual consent Christina left the family and rejoined to her parents later remarried. She never stayed in touch with the Borglum family so her where about is unknown . While the boy were still very young James Borglum family changed religions and moved to Fremont NE. Eventually Ida had 4 boys and 3 girls, they raised all 9 children as one family.
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