My information says that John W BORDEN came to Crow Wing county in 1885 and with the help of his cousin James located on a homestead in what is now Center twp. (At that time, this area was part of Cass County.) I have not yet tried to find an 1885 census for Cass County but I did find John W and his family in the 1905 twp 135-27 ED 22 (possibly 221) The "g" in Crow Wing co, MN. *may* be hiding a "1" in the ED. I photocopied the page but I REALLY wish I had access to a transcribed version because some of the names I can't even make guesses at. I haven't heard of any ties to Long Lake but bits and pieces slowly come together. Was this a BORDEN family? Do you have any first names?