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HORACE A. ALSDORF, farmer, P.O. Spartansburg, was born in this township, October 1, 1832, son of Seamen and Margaret (Birch) Alsdorf, natives of Southeast, N.Y., and who came to this township in an early day and were married here. They were parents of nine children, all of whom are now living and all married, but one. Mr. Alsdorf, now in his seventy- eighth year, has a farm of sixty acres, mostly cleared and improved by himself, Sparta Township being a wilderness when he settled here, without roads, fences, and with but few houses or people, deer and wild beasts roaming over the county. His wife died in 1877. Our subject was reared in this township, having, like other pioneers’ children, but few opportunities for acquiring an education. He was married in 1853, to Anna E. Coleman, a native of Germany, and whose father died in Germany; her mother, also a native of Germany, died in this country. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Alsdorf settled in Bloomfield Township, this county, and after living on a farm there for nine years, they moved back finally to this township. To them were born five children, four now living: Margaret, Dawson S., Dalton W. and Myrna E., the last three being of one age, (triplets) eight years old November 8, 1884. Mrs. Alsdorf departed this life August 5, 1882. Our subject, who is one of the prosperous farmers of this township, is residing on his well- improved farm of 170 acres, which is supplied with suitable buildings. He possesses some of the finest thoroughbred horses in the county, and intends soon to invest in Ayrshire stock.