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Biography of Herman Borth

HERMAN BORTH. Herman Borth, senior member of the firm of Borth, Barrett & Co., at Doniphan, is a man popular with all classes, and has a host of business and social friends. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 1851, and no doubt inherits much of his perseverance and industry from his German ancestors. His father, John Frederick Borth, was born in Hamburg, Germany, and when a young man crossed the ocean and settled in St. Louis. In 1858 he moved to Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri, and there died in 1861. While a resident of St. Louis he married Miss Henrietta Vittinghoff, also a native of Germany. After his death she married Christopher Gesell, a native of Germany, who is now deceased. At the present time Mrs. Borth resides in Doniphan. John Frederick Borth was a shoemaker by trade and an honest, persevering citizen. His marriage with Miss Vittinghoff resulted in the birth of six children, four of whom are now living. Herman Borth, the eldest, was educated in the schools of St. Louis, and afterward assisted in any work he could turn his hand to, though for the most part he was on farms in Ripley County, Missouri Later he went to Rochester, New York, and for two years was in the employ of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, first as truckster and then in the weighbill office. Later he returned to his home in Ripley County and for two years followed agricultural pursuits. He then spent a year traveling over Kansas, and in 1878 he went into business with T. M. Thannisch,...

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