Borden, Wyatt (History - 1858)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin, pg. 413

                                                               Ebenezer Borden Family and Residence


WYATT BORDEN, who resides on a farm on 160 acres in section 21, Loyal Township, and is engaged largely in the production of maple sugar, also keeping stock, was born in Jackson County, Wis., July 21, 1858, son of Eben and Catherine (Hallock) Borden. The father, Eben, was born, reared and educated in the Green Mountain section of Vermont, in the locality made famous by the exploits of General Stark and Ethan Allen during the Revolutionary War. When 25 years old he caught the Western fever and, leaving his native state, settled in Dodge County, Wis., where he stayed for about a year.


He then removed to Jackson County, this state, and there married Catherine Hallock, a native of Canada, and daughter of a blacksmith, who had come from Canada to that county. Eben then bought eighty acres of wild land on a bluff in Jackson County, and for about two years engaged in logging on Black River. During this time he, with some other men, had set up a boiling pot in a grove of about 800 maples in section 21, Loyal Township, Clark County, and there he settled, moving this family onto the land. They sold their sugar so low as six cents a pound that time. The homestead act made it necessary for him to take up 160 acres to make good his title, which he did, putting up an eight-room house and log barn and also breaking a little land, but his principal occupation was the operation of the sugar camp. At that time he used to go to LaCrosse for supplies, carrying them home on his back. He had oxen and later traded in Neillsville. He and his wife had eleven children: William, Herbert, Norma, Watson, Ruth, Myra, Marian, Edna, Florence, Lillian and Wyatt. Wyatt Borden remained at home until he was 21 years of age and then took up a homestead in Jim River Valley, Brown County, S. D., where he resided seven years. Much of his time, however, was spent around Fort Siston in carrying despatches and watching the Indians to see that they did not leave their reservation. At the end of that period he returned to his father's homestead where he has since remained, except for two winters which he spent on the farm of a brother at New Port, Ore. He still carries on the sugar-making industry, established by his father, producing about 2,000 pounds a year. He also raises Guernsey cattle and formerly raised Shropshire sheep, carrying on that industry for thirty years. He has built a barn 42 by 50 feet on his place and made other improvements, his operations all proving successful. Mr. Borden has never married. Eben Borden died in 1913, at the age of 84 years. Catherine Borden, his wife, died 1912, at the age of 76 years. They had lived to celebrate their golden wedding.



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