ALBERT WELLS BORDEN.
Prominent among the enterprising, progressive and determined business men of Hastings is Albert Wells Borden, manager
of the gas company and also the vice president and one of the stockholders in the business. He was born in Kings
county, Nova Scotia, December 18, 1880, a song of A. W. and Louisa (Woodbury) Borden. The father was also a native
of Kings county and engaged in the shipping business, handling maritime supplies. He was active in public affairs
to the time of his death, which occurred when he was but forty four years of age. His wife, who was born in Annapolis,
Maryland, is still living at the age of seventy one years.
Their son, Albert W. Borden, attended a private school in his native county and afterward continued his education
in Acacia College at Hortonville, Nova Scotia. At seventeen years of age he became connected with a gas light company
at Mount Vernon, New York, and since that time has been identified with similar business enterprises, winning success
in his chosen field of labor. He went to Galesburg, Illinois, as assistant to the superintendent of the gas company
at that place and in 1903 he came to Hastings as manager for the Hastings Gas Company, which is a corporation.
Becoming financially interested in the undertaking, he is now vice president. He rebuilt the plant, which represents
a large investment, and the latest processes are used in the manufacture of gas and in supplying the commodity
to the customers. He is likewise interested in the gas company at Grand Island and is regarded as one of the representative
business men of his city.
In early manhood Mr. Borden was united in marriage to Miss Julia Ferris, a native of Woodhull, Illinois, and a
daughter of Robert O. and Estelle (Richards) Ferris, both of whom were born in Galesburg, Illinois, and now reside
at Hastings, Nebraska. The father successfully followed farming in Illinois and remained an active and public spirited
citizen of Galesburg until 1908, when he removed to Hastings, where he has since been known as a well to do retired
resident. Mr. and Mrs. Borden have two children: Ferris W., born September 16, 1908; and Robert Wells, whose natal
day was March 18, 1913.
Fraternally Mr. Borden is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, in which he has held office,
and with the Travelers Protective Association. He is a member and one of the directors of the Chamber of Commerce
and takes an active and helpful interest in all of its affairs relating to the general development and improvement.
His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and he exercises his right of franchise in support of the men
and measures of the republican party, of which he is a stalwart advocate, doing all in his power to promote its
growth and extend its influence. In his chosen field of business he has steadily advanced, working his way upward
step by step, his expanding powers winning for him a creditable position in the business circles of Hastings.
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