John Arnold van Borkum

 JOHN ARNOLD2 VAN BORKUM (ALBERT JOHN1) was born January 28, 1881 in Three Rivers, WI1, and died February 20, 1950 in the Lincoln, NE hospital1.  He married FRANCES PAULINE WITULSKI in 1902, the daughter of CHRISTIAN WITULSKI and MARY MAHLOCK.

John started the Van Borkum Company in 1923


John was a lover of animals. This little goat was a family pet for years. Just a little guy like this needs some baby bottled milk!  John was always ready to adopt new animals--even snakes, turtles, and of course the occasional dog.

The back garden of 1022 Scott street was often filled with wild life. At one time two ponds with an underwater tunnel kept all the kids busy. Weekend forays into the countryside yielded large boulders to line the edge of the ponds.

John passed this appreciation of wildlife on to his children.

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