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Title: John A. Borders
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The amount of hard labor required to develop a farm in a new country can scarcely be estimated by the present generation, and all credit should be given the heroes of the period known to historians as "the early days," of which worthy number John JA. Borders, a neverable farmer of Prairie township, Warren county, must be reckoned. To establish a home in the primitive environment referred to was a task that never ended and all members of the family were required to assist early and late and at all seasons of the year. But this persistence brought success and in time the bare acres wree spread out before the sun and soon covered with bountiful crops and browsing herds. This was the task of Mr. Borders and his father, and the task was faithfully performed, as will be seen by a study of his life record.

Mr. Borders is a native of the state of Ohio, having been born in Butler county on July 31, 1836, and is the son of Jacob and Sarah (Alexander) Borders. When the subject of this sketch was but three months old, the family removed to Montgomery county, Indiana, where they remained about sixteen years, when the mother died and the father and children moved to Tippecanoe county, this state, where, two years later, the father breathed his last. In March, 1854, at the age of eighteen years, John A. Borders came to Warren county, settling within a mile of where he now lives. Here he farmed one summer and bought and moved onto his present farm in Prairie township. As a boy Mr. Borders did not have very good educational advantages, the public school system not having been established and, his father being poor and in bad health, the son was compelled to work and assist in the support of the family. After his father's death and the settlement of the estate, each of the children found themselves in possession of one hundred and thirty-eight dollars and thirteen cents, which was really the subject's capital in starting out in life for himself. When he was married, in 1860, he was in debt, but his wife nobly joined him in the effort to get ahead and by their united efforts they succeeded admirably, the result being the present fine farm, in which he takes a pardonable pride. The years since Mr. Borders first came to this section of the country have witnessed a wonderful transformation in every respect. During his first years here the country was almost a wilderness, with practically no roads, the highways being but pathways across the prairies and through the forests. No drainage had been attempted and ponds and sloughs were plentiful everywhere. The scythe and cradle, with the use of which Mr. Borders was thoroughly familiar, have given way to the mower and self-binder, while other farm machinery is now in use that was not then dreamed of. Then the telephone, rural mail deliveries and other conveniences have made the modern farmer's existence a paradise in comparison with his former conditions.

On October 11, 1860, Mr. Borders was united in marriage with Nancy J. Foster, who was born in Fountain county, Indiana, on June 22, 1838, and who died on June 29, 1903. Her parents, James Foster and wife, also were pioneers of Fountain county. To Mr. and Mrs. Borders were born seven children, of whom three died in infancy, those living being J. E., who is operating his father's farm; John F., of Olmulgee, Oklahoma; James J., of Benton county, this state, and Roy, who lives about a mile north of the home farm.

Politically Mr. Borders has been a consistent and life-long worker in the ranks of the Republican party and he served his township satisfactorily as assessor for four years. Religiously, he has for many years been a faithful and consistent member of the College Corner Methodist Episcopal church, in which faith the children were reared. He is also a member of the Horsethief Detective Association, No. 48, Indiana Division. Mr. Borders, though well advanced in years, takes a keen interest in public affairs and is intensely optimistic as to the future, believing that the wonderful development that has characterized the past few decades is but the opening chapter of still more wonderful strides in all departements of life. He is widely known in his section of the county and enjoys a well deserved popularity among the people with whom he has associated for so many years.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001071
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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