The Borden Dairy company is an extraordinarily old American company. It was started by Gail Borden, Jr. (1801-1874) in the decade before the Civil War. The first product Borden tried to sell was a dehydrated meat biscuit, and his experience with it led him to patenting and marketing condensed milk, a form of milk that needed no refrigeration.
Borden was born in Norwich, New York, and raised in Indiana. When he was about 20 years old, Gail Borden followed his brothers to Texas. He had been told the dry climate would help with a persistent cough he had. He joined one brother in a surveying business. They also maintained a family farm as surveying was not full-time work. In 1835 the brothers started a newspaper for the Galveston area (1835). In addition, Borden was active with the Texas Baptist Education Society, which eventually founded Baylor University. Continue reading