Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
GUSTAV BORCK is one of the extensive land owners in the vicinity of Rocklyn. He dwells three and one half miles southwest of that station and there owns thirteen hundred acres of land, more than four hundred acres of which are excellent grain producing ground, and all enclosed. He has good improvements, such as a handsome eight-room house, large barn, good orchard, and so forth, and combines stock raising with the cultivation of his land. Practically all of this property he has accumulated since coming to Lincoln county in the spring of 1889. He at once took up a homestead and began making improvements; to do which, and support his family, he found it incumbent upon him to labor hard until his land began to produce dividends.
Gustav Borck is a native German, born March 14, 1859, the son of John and Louisa Borck, both also born in Germany. The father served in his country's army during the Austrian-German troubles, and died in the land of his birth. The mother of Mr. Borck is now living at Walkerville, Canada. Gustav is fourth in age of a family of twelve children, eight of whom are living, seven in Detroit Michigan, and one sister in Colorado, and was reared to the age of seventeen on a farm in Germany. Our subject's oldest brother, John, served in the Franco-Prussian war. When seventeen Gustav sailed for New York city, and from that port came to Detroit, Michigan, where he learned the hammersmith's and blacksmith's trades, which he followed in various railroad and blacksmithing shops of Detroit and Pullman, Illinois.
In 1880 occurred the marriage of Gustav Borck and Anna C. Graf, a native of Detroit, in which city the wedding took place. Mrs. Borck's father was Charles Graf, born in Germany, and came to Detroit in 1860. About the year 1888 he came to the Big Bend, but returned to Detroit, where three years ago he died, after having traveled extensively over the world. Mary (Neuman) Graf, Mrs. Borck's mother, also a native of Germany, is now living in Detroit. Mrs. Borck has one brother and one sister; William Graf, of Wayne, Michigan, and Mrs. Minnie Borck, wife of Conrad Borck, brother of ous subject, of Detroit.
To Mr. and Mrs. Borck have been born seven children; Johanna M., who went east in 1901 to attend Detroit University; Arthur A., also attending that institution; Orla Helen; Irving R.; Harvey W.; Grace Elsie; and Erma Pearl.
Both Mr. Borck and his wife are members of the German Evangelical church of Rocklyn.