John Jacob Borger

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JOHN JACOB BORGER, brewmaster at the Elk Brewery of Kittanning, was born Feb 27, 1877, in Germany, son of John Jacob and Julia(Wendel) Borger.

John Jacob Borger, father of John Jacob Borger Jr, was a native of Germany who came to the United States in young manhood, remaining here for serveral years before he returned to his native land. There he married and remained until his son John Jacob was nine years old. The father then decided upon again trying his fortune in New World, and brought his family to Cleveland Ohio, arriving there in 1886.For a time he worked on a railroad, and then engaged in the liquor business.

John Jacob Borger, Jr, attended the public schools of Cleveland, and a business college of that city Following this he learned the trade of brewing, in various places, accumulating much useful information, which he has since found very valuable. Washing to perfect himself in his line of endeavor, he went to Chicago, where he attended the Institute of Fermentology, where brewing is taught as an art. In 1900 he was graduated from this institution, and returning to Pennsylvania accepted a position as brewmaster in a brewery at New Kensington. In 1903 he was made brewmaster of the Elk Brewery at Kittanning, and his since proved his fitness to discharge the duties of his important position. He is a member of the United States Brewmaster' Association. Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows, the moose, and the B.P.O. Elks.

In 1901 Mr. Borger was united in marriage with Julia Spahlinger, daughter of C.F.Spahlinger, of Cleveland, Ohio. Two children have been born of this marriage, Valetta A.J. and John Jacob.

Source: Page 781, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Bonnie Schultz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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