GEORGE BORDENKIRCHER, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, was born on a farm in Ohio, May 1,
1842. His father was named Wendal, and was born in Germany; and his father, David, was born in Germany, and there married and came to America about 1833 and settled in Coshocton county, Ohio. He bought a large tract of land there, and lived there until his death. Wendal was eighteen years old when he came to America, and he resided with his parents until his marriage, when his father gave him land in Coshocton county, and he lived there until 1851, when he moved to Indiana and lived there until 1856, and then came to Illinois and settled in Mount Sterling township, and bought a tract of unimproved land with a set of log buildings. Their first home was a log hut. He quickly improved his land, erected frame buildings and lived there until 1878, when he removed into the city of Mount Sterling, and now lives retired. His wife's name was Mary Stous, born in Germany, and came an orphan girl to America. When she died in Mount Sterling she left four children.
George attended school both in Ohio and Indiana. He remained on the farm with his father until his enlistment, August 8, 1862, in Company D, One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois Volunteers, and remained with the regiment until the close of the war, being in all the various marches, campaigns and battles of his regiment. He worked his father's farm in 1867, then bought eighty acres of land in section 14, Mount Sterling township, which is included in his present farm. He has in all 180 acres of land.
He was married, April 10, 1866, to Florentine Meyer, born in Alsace, Germany, April 29, 1846. Her father came to America in 1851 and settled in Ohio, and his wife and seven children followed him two years later. He followed his trade of tailor for four years in Cincinnati, and then moved to Mount Sterling and continued the business. Mr. and Mrs. B. have six children living: Emily, Edward, Anna, Albert, Celestine and Freddie. Our subject with his family is a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. He is a Democrat in politics, and is now serving his third term as Supervisor and second term as chairman of the board, and is president of the Brown County Agricultural Society. He is also a member of the Western Catholic Union, and his wife is a member of the Sacred Heart Society.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, pages143-144.
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