Almina Borst

27 October 1862–1940 (Age 77)
Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States

The Life of Almina

When Almina Borst was born on 27 October 1862, in Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States, her father, Martin William Borst, was 49 and her mother, Sarah Ann Campbell, was 39. She married Christian Johanson Ward on 4 February 1887. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Mondovi, Buffalo, Wisconsin, United States for about 15 years and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1930. She died in 1940, at the age of 78, and was buried in Mondovi, Buffalo, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

Christian Johanson Ward
Almina Borst
Marriage: 4 February 1887
Florence Lucille Ward
Golden Adele Ward
Gladys Frances Ward

Spouse and Children

    Christian Johanson Ward



4 February 1887


    Florence Lucille Ward


    Golden Adele Ward



Parents and Siblings



    Edgar Borst


    Virgil Borst


    Curtis Borst


    William Borst


    Henry Whitney Borst


+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 5

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 23

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

1 German (also Börst): from Middle High German borst(e) ‘bristle’, ‘brush’, hence a nickname for someone with a prickly temperament.2 Dutch: short form of de Borst, a nickname for someone with a peculiarity of the chest, from Middle Dutch borst ‘chest’, ‘breast’. Alternatively it may be a short form of van der Borst, a habitational name for someone from Burst in East Flanders (Belgium), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a fortification, Middle Dutch burcht.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Almina Borst in household of Henry Borst, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mina Borst in household of Martin Borst, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mina Ward in household of George E Moyer, "United States Census, 1930"

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