Jay A. BergquistJay A. Bergquist, 76, of Fargo, died at Sanford Hospital on August 24, 2013.
Jay was born May 22, 1937, to Ernest and Gertrude Swanson in rural Ramsey County, ND and given the name Leon Eldon. He was the youngest of nine siblings, two sisters and seven brothers. After difficulties and the dissolution of the family, the four youngest brothers were given into permanent custody and control of the North Dakota Children’s Home Society for adoption. The children came to Fargo, in June 1940, and resided at the North Dakota Children’s Home located at 804 S 10th St. After several months Jay was placed in the home of Art and Ina (Brayton) Bergquist in Fargo. He adored his secure, loving Art and Ina, and on April 16, 1941, the decree of adoption was filed and the case closed. Little Leon was now Jay Arthur Bergquist, son of Art and Ina.