G. B. Boren


G. B. BOREN, a prominent contractor of Steubenville, was born in Washington county, Tenn., November 22, 1851. He is the son of Dr. Isaac Boren, who has been a resident of that county since 1818. Dr. Boren is the son of Greenberry Boren, who was born at Baltimore, Md., in 1782, a son of Absolom Boren, a native of England. The latter had five sons and five daughters, John, Joshua, Greenberry, Jacob, Amon, Ruth, Dorcas, Violet, Abia and Polly. He moved to Tennessee and settled on Brush creek in Washington county about 1792, in which vicinity Greenberry Boren resided until his death, January 7, 1874, in his ninety-second year. He was an honest, industrious man and was highly esteemed. He was married October 11, 1807, to Mary, daughter of Peter Ruble, of Washington county, Tenn. She bore to him twelve children, six of whom are living. Dr. Isaac Boren, the father of our subject, practiced medicine for forty years in the same locality. He is also a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was married about 1844, to Nancy Yoakley, who was born in Sullivan county, Tenn., about 1822, the daughter of Peter and Rachel Yoakley. She bore to him six sons and three daughters, of whom all are now living. G. B. Boren, the third of those children, was reared on the plantation where he was born and where his parents still reside. His early education was received in Oakland academy, in Sullivan county, Tenn. At seventeen years of age he bade his parents good-bye and he set out for the Northwest, and finally made his way to Dayton, Ohio, arriving there with but $2 in his pocket. He became engaged with a large contracting firm and spent three years learning the brick-mason's trade. He followed his trade as a journeyman one year, and then in 1872 came to Steubenville for the purpose of working upon the court house, then in course of construction. In the spring of 1873 he took a sub-contract for all the brick work on that structure, and this was the beginning of his career as a contractor. With Steubenville as his home, he has given his exclusive attention to contracting ever since, with the exception of the years 1875, 1876 and 1877 during which he was also a manufacturer of brick. His efforts have been attended with brilliant success, and he now ranks as one of the leading contractors of Ohio. During the past five years the greater part of his attention has been given to street paving. He has done nearly all the work of this class in Steubenville, which is one of the best paved cities in the country. He has also paved a good portion of the cities of Bellaire and Newark, having, at the present time, a $40,000 contract in each of those cities. He has done all the sewer work of Steubenville, which, of itself, is an enterprise of no small proportions. Mr. Boren was married December 24, 1874, to Ella, daughter of Richard and Mary (Parrott) Archdeacon. Her father, now deceased, was formerly a woolen manufacturer, and later was connected with the Steubenville & Indiana railway office. Mr. and Mrs. Boren have had two children, Effie W., and Nellie M., the latter of whom died in her fourth year. Mr. Boren is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, and Encampment. In politics he is a democrat. He is a shrewd, enterprising business man, and his career, thus far, has been an eminently successful one.

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