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John Alfred Borup
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1850, Sweden
Death: Sep. 1, 1921
Polk County
Wisconsin, USA

Another old pioneer of the town of Sterling, Polk County, has passed away. One by one the old pioneers are leaving us; this time the lot has fallen on John Borup, a resident of the Sterling community for nearly half a century. John Alfred Borup was born in Risa, Forsamling, LinKoping Lan, Sweden, on October 29, 1850. In the spring of 1874 he immigrated to the United States and settled the same year on a homestead in the town of Sterling, Polk County, Wis, which place he has called his home ever since.

Nr Borup was married twice. His first wife, Matilda, died in 1884, leaving five children, Mrs Mary Swanson of Minneapolis, Minn, Mrs Louise Weeks of Endicott, Wash, William of Saskatchewan, Canada, Albert of Minneapolis and Charley of Lindstrom, Minn. He was married again in 1885 to Ellen Nelson, who died in 1917. Four children were born to this union, Sena Ramstad of Minneapolis, Minn, Josephine Romlin of Cushing, Wis Christian and Olof at home.

Mr Borup has not been in the best of health for the last four years, but has been able to walk around and enjoy himself. He was fishing and gathered some seed corn the same day he passed away. On the afternoon of Thursday, Sept 1, 1921, about 5 o'clock, the deceased was stricken by a stroke of apoplexy and fell unconscious on the dining room floor. Dr Swanson was called and was by his side in a short time, but nothing could be done. He passed away in a short time and thus ended a long and useful life's career. Mr Borup will be missed in the home as a kind father and good companion, in the neighborhood as an honest and peaceable neighbor and in church as a true and faithful member.

Besides the children, he leaves two sisters, Mrs Stella Olson of Abbotsford, Wis and Mrs Louise Magnuson of Wilton, North Dakota; and one brother August Borup of Wolf Creek, Wis; and twentyone grandchildren.

The funeral took place the following Sunday, Sept 4 at 1 o'clock p.m. at his home, where the pastor read a passagefrom the scriptures and gave a prayer. Mrs Charles Eckles and Miss Minnie Maack sang a song. The remains were then taken to the Laketown Norwegian Lutheran Church followed by a procession of over fifty automobiles, where the old Rev O Risvold, pastor of that church for thirty-seven years, but now retired and living in Minneapolis, and a lifelong friend of Mr Borup, gave a very impressive sermon befitting the occasion. Mr and Mrs Chas Eckles and Miss Minnie Maack rendered two well sung hymns. The remains were then viewed for the last time and interment was made in the family lot of the cemetery of that church.

The pallbearers were six old settlers of the settlement, Thomas Orr, August Johnson, August Anderson, Gust Hoffman, Erick Romlin and Gust Hedman.

(The Journal of Burnett County, Wis, Friday, Sept 9, 1921)
Family links: 
  Carl Magnus Borup (1828 - 1890)
  Lovisa Monsdotter Borup (1823 - 1892)
  Christina Matilda Svensdatter Borup (1849 - 1884)*
  Elin Randine Nilsen Borup (1851 - 1917)*
  William J. Borup (1875 - 1961)*
  Albert Borup (1877 - 1960)*
  Mary Borup Swanson (1879 - 1959)*
  Charles Borup (1880 - 1955)*
  Louise Borup Sather (1882 - 1965)*
  Sena Olava Borup Ramstad (1882 - 1946)*
  Christian Martin Borup (1886 - 1961)*
  Josephine Amelia Borup Romlin (1890 - 1939)*
  Olof Norman Borup (1893 - 1982)*
  John Alfred Borup (1850 - 1921)
  Andrew Borup (1854 - 1917)*
  Carl August Borup (1858 - 1932)*
*Calculated relationship
Laketown Cemetery
Polk County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Oscar Sandstrom
Record added: Jul 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39217657
John Alfred Borup
Added by: David Coward
John Alfred Borup
Added by: David Coward
John Alfred Borup
Added by: Oscar Sandstrom
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