Charles W., senior member of the well- known firm of Borg & Beck, is recognized as one of the most substantial and capable business men of Rock Island, and an excellent type of the successful men from Sweden, who have made such rapid progress in their adopted land. Mr. Borg was born in Sweden, May 7, 1861, a son of Carl A. and Maria (Gustavison) Borg, farm­ ing people. They came to the United States in 1888, locating at Burlington, Iowa, where the father died July 3, 1S89, but his widow survives and is making her home with her son Charles, having attained to the age of seventy-nine years.

Charles W. Borg was educated in the public schools of Sweden, brought up on a farm, and taught the trade of eabinetmaking. Coming to the United States in 1881, he worked for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad at Burl­ ington, Iowa, later moving bo Rookford. Ill., where he was superintendent of a furniture factory for a year. Then coming to Moline, he became superintendent of a furniture factory there and held that position for three years. He then entered the employ of Deere & Mansur Company and from 1894 to March 1, 1903, he was in their pattern department. At that date he left to open a factory of his own, and manufactures the following patented articles: Borg automatic tongue shaping machine, Borg automatic shaping planer, a porch column machine, stave machine, automatic wheel sanding machine, Borg automatic stave trimming and grooving machine, Borg plow share joining machine, buggy bow dressing machine, Borg automatic combined singletree, hooking and boring machine, and others of a similar nature, the patents of which are all owned by Mr. Borg. They are all peculiarly well adapted for the several purposes for which they are designed and are sold over a wide field.

Mr. Borg was married at Burlington, Iowa, August 11, 1884, to Amelia Larson, born in Sweden, in 1865, daughter of Nels Larson of Sweden, who was a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Borg became the parents of four children: Carl, who was born in October, 1886, at Burlington, Iowa, died in November, 1895, at Rock Island, Ill.; George W., who was born at the same place, October 24, 1887, married Florence M. Wadsworth, December 1, 1909; Esther V., wno was born at Moline, April 24, 1894, is now attending college; Grace H., who was born at Rock Island, December 11, 1897, is also attending college.

George W. is office manager for his father. He went one year to the Augustana business college, and specialized at the Augustana academy. Mr. Borg belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. He is independent in his religious and political views. Genius like that displayed by Mr. Borg is not often found, and it is gratifying that in this case it has been recognized be­ fore he has passed away from this life. So many inventors are not honored until after death. Honorable, upright, an excellent business man, Mr. Borg possesses more than the usual equipment for securing gratifying results, and with the able assistance of his son, he has his products placed in a desirable market, and his house firmly established.


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