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Borden Acres Collection, 1932-1975

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-004

Content Description

This collection contains two ledger books, deeds, and Charlotte Observer newspaper articles relating to Borden Acres. Examples of transactions include farm equipment/machinery, gravel, labor, plumbing supplies, gasoline, food and beverage, sales tax, personal business/family matters, and other miscellaneous goods and services. The news articles mainly focus on Frank, Kathryn, Bayard, and Mitchell Borden and their military achievements, while the deeds trace the ownership of the property. Both sets of documents are arranged in chronological order and are dated 1932-1975.


  • 1932 - 1975

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material for any collection belonging to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room must be obtained by Library staff.

Biographical / Historical

Located off of what is now known as Wilmont Drive in Berryhill Township (referred to as “Wilmount Road”) in Charlotte, NC, Borden Acres was home to the Borden family 1932-1975. Major Frank R. Borden owned the property, and after his death, the property was deeded to his wife and sons (see deeds in collection for details). Wilma Borden, widow of Major Bayard B. Borden, sold Borden Acres in 1972.

Ads in the Charlotte Observer describe Borden Acres in 1969 as “For sale located in Berryhill Township, this estate with lovely old home and two guest houses, plus 96 acres of prime development land. Near Charlotte city limits.” Henry Bissell purchased Borden Acres in September 1972. He paid in six installments of approximately $12k. Details of the transaction may be seen on page 126 of Ledger 2. Advertisements in the Charlotte Observer list the asking price for Borden Acres at $140k-150k.

The Bordens were a military family. Major Frank R. Borden (1875-1962) and wife Kathryn Petrick (1879-1962) had two sons: Bayard Borden (1904-1963) and Mitchell P. Borden (1907-1965). Major Frank Borden and Kathryn resided in both Randolph Field, Texas and at Borden Acres in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was stationed in Texas as an active army surgeon, and later became one of the first army medical officers to attain rank as Flight Surgeon.

Major Bayard B. Borden served as a Flying Officer in Cincinnati, Ohio assigned to the 29th air base group and detailed as base athletic officer succeeding Lieutenant Num R. Ham, Jr. Bayard graduated from the Air Corps Flying School simultaneously with his brother, Mitchell, in 1928. Bayard also served in Baton Rouge, Louisiana stationed at Army Air base. He married Wilma Jeffries and had a daughter, Ann Bernadette Borden. The couple lived at Borden Acres in between being stationed at military bases elsewhere. Their daughter Ann married Air Force veteran Everette Mozingo in December 1970.

Lieutenant Colonel Mitchell Borden, Sr. joined the armed forces in 1924 and completed pilot training at the Air Corps Flying School in 1928. He was named Commander of the 62nd Air Base group and Base Operations Officer at Lawson Field in Fort Benning, Georgia in December 1941. He retired in 1953. On July 17, 1935, he married Edith Margaret Holt in York, South Carolina. The two divorced on July 10, 1942, with “desertion” listed as the cause. Edith remarried to Raymond Lawrence Zavasky in January 1947. Mitchell later married Jean O’Connor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 1944 in the post chapel at Morris Field. He was stationed at Marshall Field, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he and Jean made their home for about a year, until he spent some time serving in North Africa. They had two children: Mitchell P. Borden, Jr. (1936-?), and Cynthia Jean Borden (1946-?). His son served as Airman First Class with the US Air Force in Georgia.


0.31 Cubic Feet

0.97 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains two ledgers belonging to the Borden family, who kept detailed account of transactions made 1932-1970. Examples of transactions include farm equipment/machinery, gravel, labor, plumbing supplies, gasoline, food and beverage, sales tax, personal business/family matters, and other miscellaneous goods and services. Also included in this collection are deeds tracking the ownership and sale of the property. Materials are dated 1932-1975.


The newspaper articles and property records are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Pat Borden Gubbins in October 2019.

Bibliography North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

“Ann Borden Wed at Home.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), December 27, 1970. “Army Reunites Borden Family: Major, Captain and their Father, Now Retired, All in Mecklenburg.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC),October 9, 1941.

“Borden Acres.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), March 8, 1969. “Bride of May." Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), May 15, 1938.

“Captain Borden gets Promotion: Charlotte Army Officer Named Commander of 62 Air Base Group at Ft. Benning.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), December 13, 1941.

Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 27, 1936.

Deo, Nisha. “Visiting Professor Lectures on Photographer.” Exponent (West Lafayette, IN), Feb. 13, 2009.

“Miss Holt Wedded to Lieut. Borden.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), July 23, 1935.

“Miss Jean O’Connor Weds Major Borden at Air Base.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), September 2, 1944.

“Obituaries: Lt . Col. Mitchell P Borden, Sr.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), June 3, 1965.

Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014; Roll: 101167020

“96 Borden Acres.” Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), March 8, 1969.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition, but leather binding may become more brittle over time.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll in January 2020.

Borden Acres Collection, 1932-1975
Sydney Carroll
January 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA