f DEATH OF UAt'T. ALhiX. BORDEN.
Captain Alexander Borden, one of the oid pioneers of Ottawa county, died at his home in Kooky Ridge, Saturday morning, at the ripe old age of 84 years. gi~/&-J8fff
Captain Borden was born in Glas¬ gow, Scotland, in 1814, and came with his parents to America in 1820. They settled at i'rescott, Canada. As a lad of 12, he began sailing on one of the small schooners that did the carrying- on the lakes, and at 18 years of age was master of one of these small vessels. It was a vessel commanded by him v«7i'fe7i brouuTit- %\v,i lirst iocohioiiV:. from Buif.-do to Sandusky for the old strapTroned Mad river railroad. Nav- i gat ion in those days was nv/ich more perilous than it is now. The vessels were small and the discomforts many. i lie gave up sailing in 1865, his last ; command being a large harbor t«g at [Sandusky, and he has since remained ashore.
He at one time conducted a hotel, known as the "River House," near the present wagon bridge, across the Port¬ age river, in this city. Later, lie wan associated with Mr. Shaenf'eld iu a mercantile business at Elmore, and still later he engaged in business at Rocky Ridge, where he has resided for the past 20 years. He was appointed postmaster in 1893 and held that office at the time of his death.
Mr. Borden was married in 1839 to Miss Adeiia Ann Xapier. at Marble¬ head. They have had nine children, two of whom have preceded him to the grave, the eldest daughter, who died by accident at Marblehead, and the wife of Mr. E. Stan berg, who died at Gal¬ veston, Texas. The surviving children are Mrs. J. B. Luckey. of Toledo, Miss Delia, who n sides at Rocky Ridge, County Recorder B. A. Borden, of this city, Andrew Jackson Borden, of Can- nonsburg, Pa., Miss Lillian,of Chicago, Mrs. Jimma Ritchie, of Fort Madison, Iowa, and Douglas, who is now in the Klondike, All of the children, with : the exception of Mr. Douglas Borden, i were, home to attend the last sad rites \ to a kind and indulgent father.
The remains were brought here Mon-. | day morning and taken to the residence of Mr. IJ. A. Borden. The funeral ser- I vicee were held at the M. E. Church in i the afternoon, Hey. Mr. Mayer oflieiat- ! ing. His discourse on the debt the ! present generation owes to the old pi- ' oneers, aud his tribute to the deceased ; were most eloquent and touching. ! The pall-bearers were selected from ,>Jie friends of his early manhood, and I were Messrs. O. J. True, Andrew Hop- '. linger, John Detlefs, F. X. Beck, John i Bosket and Hon. William Kelly. The [burial was in Lakeview cemetery.
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