Lost Macon County
1105 North Calhoun, Decatur
Residence of Charles M. Borchers, Mayor-Elect
I apologize in advance for the poor quality of this scanned image. This photo
and the following short article appeared in the Decatur Review on 25 Apr 1909, after
Charles M. Borchers won the election for mayor of Decatur.
East Side Mayor Who Lives on East Side
Charles M. Borchers is the first east side mayor ever elected in Decatur who
lived on the east side. Indeed, the anxiety of the east side to have an east side mayor was
not noticeable in the late election returns. Be that as it may, Mr. Borchers was elected
from the east side largely by the west side and he resides on the east side.
All other mayors within the memory of the present generation - Chambers, Kanan,
Moffit, Taylor, Stadler, Shilling, Lehman and McDonald - were west side men taking Water
street as the dividing line. McDonald narrowly escaped being an east side mayor having moved
to the west side of the city barely in time to be elected mayor. Taylor and Shilling lived
on the east side of Main street, but not strictly speaking on the east side of the city.
Mayor M. Kanan's business was on the east side, he then being connected with the Decatur
Furniture company, but he lived at the Deming hotel and will have to be classified as a
west side man.
Mr. Borchers is not only an east side man but he is an extremely east sider.
He resides at 1105 North Calhoun street which is east of the Illinois Central tracks.
All materials contained on these pages are furnished for the free use of individuals
engaged in researching their personal genealogy. Any commercial use or any use for which money
is asked or paid for any reason is strictly prohibited.