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Title: Joseph A. Borders
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The record of Mr. Borders is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts worked his way from a modest beginning to a position of affluence and influence in the business world. His life has been of unceasing industry and perseverance and the systematic and honorable methods which he has followed have won him the unbounded confidence of his fellow citizens of Warren county.

Joseph A. Borders was born near Lafayette, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, on October 14, 1848, and is the son of Solomon and Margaret (Alexander) Borders. At the age of eleven years he was brought to Warren county and has lived here continuously since. His father was a farmer and his first years were therefore spent amid the scenes and as a participant in the labors of the farm. He received a common school education and upon starting in
life on his own account, having spent his time on the farm until 1892, he began building gravel roads as a contractor. At that time mud roads were the universal rule and he has been a witness of the wonderful transformation to the present magnificent system of highways in this section of the state. He hauled the second and third loads of gravel which were used in the construction of the State road through Warren county. He followed road building for about four years and then took county bridge building and concrete work, to which he has since devoted his entire attention. His work always stands the test and he is therefore considered a thoroughly reliable and competent contracctor. He has handled some of the largest contracts in his line in the county and enjoys an excellent reputation among business men with whom he has had dealings.

On October 28, 1874, Mr. Borders was married to Silvia Alice Scott, who was born near Boswell, Warren county, Indiana, on August 24, 1853, the daughter of David and Alice (Hanks) Scott. Mrs. Borders' grandfather and Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, were cousins. Mrs. Scott died when her daughter, Mrs. Borders, was but nine months' old and she was but two years old when her father died. She was then taken and reared by an aunt. She received a common school education, having attended the same school as Mr. Borders, where they became sweethearts.

Politically, Mr. Borders has always given his support to the Republican party, but has never been an office seeker. Fraternally, he is affliated with the Knights of Pythias and, with his wife, belongs to the Pythian Sisters. Mr. and Mrs. Borders are members of the Methodist church, she having served as president of the Ladies Aid Society for ten years. They are both popular in the circles in which they move and their home is the frequent meeting place of their many friends.

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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: 00001141
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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