From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 508-510
John A. Border, the popular and extensive manufacturer of hardwood lumber at Warren, illustrates in his career the possibilities of the American youth when allowed the privilege of following his own inclinations. In tracing the history of Mr. Border we find that he was born in Shelby county, Ohio, on the 4th of April, 1858. His father was Amos Border, a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer by occupation, while his mother was Martha Peterson, who was born in Ohio. When John was a lad of six years the family settled upon the farm where his mother is still living, at the age of sixty-nine, surviving her husband, whose death occurred some years since. When John A. attained his majority he became identified with the production of hardwood lumber, operating on his own responsibility. He made a practice of buying timber land, from which he would cut the valuable trees and convert it into lumber, after which he would sell the land. Making some headway in this manner, he secured a mill at Hartford City, which he operated for some years, removing later to the village of Buckeye, near Warren. His mill was located at different points previous to his coming to Warren, his operations extending over a wide territory. In June, 1895, he purchased the present property, at that time consisting of but a few acres of land and an old shed devoid of machinery. He immediately installed a full outfit of the most improved machinery, at an expense of about twelve hundred dollars. Buying the standing timber, he has it cut by his own employes, (sic) numbering twelve men. His monthly expenditure for timber, wages and other incidentals in connection with the business amounts to fifteen hundred dollars per month, the money paid for timber being spread over a radius of twelve miles. The establishment is in constant operation, the production of dimension-stuff being the principal output, the extensive demands for “rig” timber in the oil fields creating a market almost equal to the capacity of the mill. Mr. Border devotes his personal attention strictly to the details of the business, his trained mechanical skill and experience, having been his own engineer and sawyer in former years, enabling him to assume the responsibility of any position. Having grown up, as it were, in the business, and with a thorough understanding of the demands upon each employe, he has full sympathy with every man in his employ, the result being unbroken satisfaction and community of feeling between employer and employe. The business has grown until it now exceeds the proprietor’s fondest anticipations, the local demand leading him to add a full stock of pine, hemlock and other building material, the entire business demanding an investment in excess of eight thousand dollars. The extension of the city has greatly enhanced the value of real estate owned by Mr. Border, some of which has been platted into lots upon which he has erected four residences, one being his own tastily-arranged and delightful home.
Mr. Border was married on the 12th of November, 1888, at Buckeye, Indiana, to Miss Mary A. Jones, daughter of Morris Jones, of that place, and whose birth occurred in Huntington county. Four children are the result of this union, the eldest being Albert, who was born in Van Buren March 12, 1891; Blanche E., born July 14, 1893; Mildred, born May 8, 1895; and Earl, born July 24, 1899. Politically Mr. Border stands with the Prohibition party, believing that the practical application of its principles would redound to the greatest benefit and happiness of the human race. Whenever the pressing demands of business are sufficiently relaxed he finds great enjoyment in hunting. It is safe to say that no citizen of Warren has assumed a position of greater importance to the progress of the town in so short a time as he whose life we have thus briefly outlined. Giving attention simply to his own business and without distraction over political ambition, his success is but the result of those traits which add to the wealth and advancement of any community.