LYLE, JAMES, LOREN BORLAND
In the late 1890's, James Borland began a house moving business. He hired workers as needed, but as his five sons grew older, he was able to employ them.
Houses were moved, in those days, with teams of horses and wagons, known as trucks. The early trucks had iron wheels. James bought wild horses, broke them and trained them to pull the trucks, at command, without damaging the houses! He owned as many as one hundred horses at a time. Later, trucks with rubber tires were purchased.
When James could no longer work, his son, Ira, continued in his place. A few years later, Ira was joined by his brother, Lyle. They worked together for many years moving houses and also repairing the foundations of houses and barns. Lyle's sons and nephews helped occasionally.
After Ira died, Lyle continued the business, employing his sons Brice and Keith, until he was around the age of seventy.
Early in 1974, Brice carried on the foundation repair business with an added feature: concrete flatwork. The company was incorporated in 1982. Brice hired Keith's son, Trent, who worked with him for several years. Currently Brice and Keith manage the company.
Lyle Borland ( sitting) and Eldon Borland
EARLY IRON WHEEL
JAMES BORLAND HOME
OAK GROVE, MO
JAMES AND HIS FAMILY MOVED THREE TIMES DURING HIS MARRIED LIFE.
WHEN JAMES DECIDED TO MOVE, HE TOOK EVERYTHING ; INCLUDING THE HOUSE.