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John Borger

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 617

JOHN BORGER, a retired farmer of McLean township, also president of the board of Berlin school district, was born in McLean township, this county, May 15, 1858. His father Cristopher Borger, came to America from Germany when a single man and after arriving here found employment on various public works. He married in Cincinnati and from that town moved with his wife by horse and wagon to Shelby county, stopping at a farm north of the present family homestead. He then purchased eighty acres of land at $2.50 per acre, which he registered at the land office at Chillicothe, O., walking there and back. This land is now owned by his son, J. Bernard Borger. His entire subsequent holdings included tracts of 120, 160, 80, 107 and 80 acres, which are now divided among his children. He died at the age of sixty-four years. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic church. Though not active in. politics, he always took an intelligent and useful interest in local affairs. His wife died at the age of seventy-five years. She was a native of the same town in Germany as himself. They had five children, namely: Catherine, deceased, who was the wife of Joseph Tepe of Cincinnati; Henry, now deceased, who was twice married, his second wife being Rosa Sherman; J. Bernard, who is a farmer in McLean township, married Johanna, daughter of W. J. Scherman; Mary, deceased, who was the wife of John Branlage; and John, who resides at Ft. Loramie, this county, and who married Maria Sherman, daughter of W. J. Sherman.
John Borger received his schooling in McLean township, Shelby county, O. From the age of seventeen he resided at Fort Loramie with his mother, working on a farm, but about six years later began the business of buying and selling live stock, and continued until the year 1900, when he retired from that occupation and was later occupied with agricultural matters, and farming during this time residing at Fort Loramie. He married Mary Sherman, a daughter of William J. Sherman of Fort Loramie, O., and their children have been as follows: Gertrude and Amelia, both unmarried; John, who died at the age of sixteen years; Peter, who died when two months old; Paul who is unmarried; Teresa, Mary and Carl,
Mr. Borger owns 200 acres in McLean township and has cleared all of one of the farms into which this land is divided, except twenty acres, on this farm being now engaged in draining and tiling. On the other farm, eighty acres have been drained and tiled, ten acres being left in woodland. On each farm is a good set of buildings. Both farms are located on the turnpike about one and a half or two mile, east of Fort Loramie, in McLean township. Mr. Borger is a member of St. Michael's Catholic church. In politics he has been a life long democrat. He has served as president of the board of education for twenty years and has also served a number of years as member of the town council. His residence is on South Main street, on the east side of the canal, at Fort Loramie, and in this neighborhood he has numerous warm friends and agreeable acquaintances.

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