From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 454
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Borning. Mr. Charles Borning, for twenty-eight years a prominent businessman of Reedsburg, was born Jan. 2, 1871, in Watertown, Wis. His father, John Borning, was born Jan. 20, 1842, in Ludenshagen, Germany, son of Joecum Borning. Joecum Borning's wife died when her son John was but a small boy, and in 1867 the family immigrated to America, settling at Watertown, where they remained for several years. Besides John there were in the father's family, Carl, Bernard, Ricka and Lena. John Borning married the following year, 1868, Fredericka Range. This lady was born Feb. 12, 1843, in Ludenshagen, Germany, daughter of Joseph and Marie (Fevendal) Range. She came to America in the spring of 1868 and was married soon after her arrival. They resided in Watertown about ten years and there four children were born to them. They were: Charles, our subject; Matilda, born Jan. 11, 1873, now the wife of Peter A. Cleary, Milwaukee; Anna, born July 12, 1874, widow of Seymour Basford; Emma, deceased, born March 25, 1877, died April 17, 1905; and Max, born Nov. 9, 1878 in the town of Summit, Juneau County,and died Aug. 28, 1913.
In 1877 the John Borning family moved to Juneau County, where, after residing several years on farms, they took up residence in Mauston. John Borning died in Mauston, Dec. 28, 1914; his wife, April 30, 1920.
Charles Borning grew to manhood in Juneau County, and at the age of 18, apprenticed at the butcher trade in Mauston, working for Mr. A. Eli. On June 20, 1900, he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Hass, daughter of Gustav and Elizabeth (Perau) Hass, her people having been of German birth. By a previous marriage she was Mrs. Winter, and the mother of one son, Art Winter, who is a partner in the firm of Borning, Winter and Gehrig was organized.
Mr. Borning is a prominent business man of this city, and was for many years an alderman from the Second Ward. He is a member of the K.P. and Eagle lodges, and a Modern Woodman. Mrs. Borning is affiliated with Pythian Sisters. The Borning family are members of the St. John's Lutheran Church, of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Borning have one daughter, Amy. She was born Aug. 19, 1907, and is a graduate of the Reedsburg High School, class of 1925; also of the Sauk County Normal School, and for the past two years has had charge of the office or secretarial work of the Reedsburg High School.
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