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Boren, John W.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 275-276


John W. Boren has with the exception of a brief period of three years been continuously connected with business interests in Milton since the Civil war. He is now proprietor of a furniture and undertaking establishment with a liberal patronage which makes his business quite profitable. He was born in Pike county, August 2, 1842, his parents being Absalom and Lucinda Boren, both of whom are now deceased. They were among the early settlers of the county and the father elevated his energies to farming for many years. His death occurred in 1904, while his wife passed away in Milton in 1900.

John W. Boren was reared to farm life, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He acquired his education in the country schools and lived with his father, assisting him in the farm work until nineteen years of age, when in 1862 he responded to the country's call for aid, enlisting as a member of Company I, Ninety-ninth Illinois Regiment for three years. He served the entire time as a musician in his company and was honorably discharged on the 31st of July, 1865, at Springfield, by reason of the expiration of his term and the close of the war. Returning to his home in Pike county, he soon became a factor in the business life of Milton, opening a saddlery and harness shop in August of that year. Success attended the enterprise and he continued in the business for nine years, or until 1874, when he disposed of his interests in Milton and removed to Pleasant Hill, where he conducted a similar business for three years. On account of sickness, however, he returned to Milton and once more established a saddlery and harness store, which he carried on for seven years. In 1884 he sold out and turned his attention to the drug business, which he conducted for four years and through the succeeding four years he was a representative of real-estate interest, thus continuing in business until 1892. In May of that year he opened a furniture and undertaking establishment, carrying an extensive stock and for thirteen years he has been engaged in this line, enjoying constantly increasing success, which results from his straightforward business methods, his earnest desire to please and his fair and reasonable prices. Mr. Boren was married December 28, 1871, to Miss Mary P. Smith, a daughter of Mrs. Harriett A. (Baker) Smith. Their only child is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Boren have many friends and are highly esteemed residents of Milton. In an analyzation of his life record we find that the strong characteristics of his business career have been close application, unremitting diligence and unfaltering determination and he has enjoyed a gratifying measure of prosperity as the years have gone by. His name is inseparably intedwoven with the history of commercial advancement in Milton and moreover he is classed with the representative citizens of the town, manifesting the same loyalty to the welfare of his home community that he displayed when on southern battle-fields he proved his fidelity to the Union cause.

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