Solomon Farnham Kimball

Solomon Farnham Kimball

Winter Quarters / Florence, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 7 Feb 1920 (aged 73)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Q_8_6_1E
Memorial ID 19886322 · View Source
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Son of Heber Chase Kimball and Vilate Murray

Married Mary Ursulia Pomeroy, 10 Feb 1881, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Zula Vilate Kimball, Murray Kimball, Heber Chase Kimball, Solomon Farnham Kimball, Sarah Vilate Kimball, Helen Mar Kimball, David Pomeroy Kimball

Married Caroline Rasmene Fillerup, 28 Apr 1893, Manti, Sanpete, Utah

Children - Meriba Kimball

Came to Utah in 1848.

The first plot of ground in Salt Lake Valley formally dedicated as a burial ground was the little cemetery known as the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery. It is located on Gordon Avenue, between Main and State streets and between North Temple and First North streets in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was on the hill back of the old Kimball Homestead which faced Main Street. As far back as 1848, Heber Chase Kimball and Newel Kimball Whitney dedicated this sacred spot of ground to the Lord as a private cemetery for the two families. Ann Houston Whitney's remains were the first to be buried there in November of 1848. Her husband, who took part in the above mentioned dedication, was the sixth, following her death two years later. The remains of Heber C. Kimball, his wife, Vilate, and also Ellen Sanders Kimball, one of the first three pioneer women to enter Salt Lake Valley were interred in this cemetery, as were those of Newel K. Whitney, second presiding bishop of the Church. In all, there are about thirty-three Kimballs, thirteen Whitneys and ten hired help and friends buried there.

When Solomon Kimball returned from Arizona in 1886, he found the cemetery in a neglected condition. There was no fence around it. Nine-tenths of the graves could not be identified, and worse yet, the title to the property was in the hands of four different people, each of whom was determined to commercialize it. Soon after, he found that it had been sold for taxes. He took the matter in hand and discovered an old territorial law that exempted all burial places from taxation. He did not cease his labors until the titles were in possession of the Kimball family and a right-of-way was obtained to Main Street. A good iron fence was placed around the property. Four of the lots which belonged to Heber C. Kimball's estate were found which had been overlooked by the administrators. Proceeds from the sale of these lots brought $3,000 which was used to beautify and improve the cemetery. Lawn and beautiful evergreen trees were planted and a caretaker, John Drakeford, hired. Mr. Drakeford served in this capacity for many years. Solomon went before the city council who granted the perpetual right to allow the honored dead to remain there on condition that the family improve, beautify, and take care of this piece of property and allow no more interments to be made there.

Solomon F. Kimball was manager and custodian of the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery for twenty-five years. During that time it was kept up by donations from members of the Kimball and Whitney families. Annual reports were mailed to members of the families listing donations and expenditures and each contained poems, photographs and short sketches of those buried in the cemetery. Alice Kimball Smith and Annie Kimball Knox, daughters of Heber C. Kimball, were the next cemetery custodians; followed by Joseph Kimball, then J. Golden Kimball. It was through the efforts of J. Golden that the Latter-day Saints Church assumed perpetual care of the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery. — Meriba Kimball Cornie

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 19886322
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Solomon Farnham Kimball (2 Feb 1847–7 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19886322, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .