D. W. BORUFF is one of the leading citizens of Macedonia Township, Pottawattamie County. He was born near Bloomington, in Monroe County, Indiana, April 18, 1845. His father, Samuel Boruff, was of German extraction and a native of Tennessee, and soon after his marriage came with his wife to Monroe County, Indiana. In the midst of the forest he cleared and improved a farm, on which he and his wife reared a large family of children and on which they spent the remainder of their days, his wife dying at the age of fifty-four years and he at the ripe old age of eighty-five. In politics he was a Jackson Democrat, and he and his wife were consistent members of the Christian Church. Of the sixteen children born to this worthy couple the subject of this sketch is the youngest of the fifteen who grew to adult age.
He was reared on the farm and received his education in the public schools of Monroe County. At the age of eighteen he went to Logan County, Illinois, where he worked at farm work. In May, 1864, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred Thirty-Third Illinois Infantry, and served about four months, the regiment being stationed at Rock Island, guarding rebel prisoners. After his discharge he returned to Logan County where he remained until 1876. In that year he came to this county and bought eighty acres of wild land, where he now lives, paying $12.50 per acre. Here he built a good one-story-and-a-half house, surrounded it with pines and other evergreens; planted a grove and orchard; built a barn 30 x 40 feet; has a modern wind pump; in fact, everything about the place indicates the good taste, the thrift and the enterprise of the owner. Mr. Boruff owns 120 acres of land located a half mile from the village of Macedonia. Among his cattle are some fine Holsteins and Jerseys. He also has some graded hogs.
Mr. Boruff was married in Logan County, Illinois, January 16, 1873, to Miss Josie Hoblit, a lady of intelligence and refinement, who was born, reared and educated in that place. Her parents, L. M. and Eveline (Haughey) Holbit, came from Ohio to Illinois and settled in Logan County previous to her birth. Mr. and Mrs. Boruff have one child, Otis D., born March 2, 1887. Mr. Boruff is a Democrat, and is one of the leading members of that party in his township. He has served the public as Township Trustee. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, associated with Ruby Lodge, No. 415, of Macedonia; and Chapter No. 159, of Glenwood. He is also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for U. S. of A. T. T. and D. thirty-second degree.
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